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Omokoroa Omelette 1 February 2018 Omokoroa Omelette The Locally produced by February 2018 Volume 14 Issue 12 First Community Board Meeting 2018 Tuesday 13 March at Omokoroa Communit Church Hall 2018 Future Focus Event - 7 March 7pm Omokoroa Community Board Report by Murray Grainger Chairman Footpaths - As you will have seen, Council contractors have been undertaking footpath repairs in Omokoroa. As of the end of January 2018, 90% of the identified repairs have been completed. At the January Community Board meeting funding was approved for footpaths to be constructed in Kowai Grove and Kaharoa Avenue.

The funds will come from the Omokoroa Community Roading account. A previous meeting approved funds for a short length of footpath from Omokoroa Rd down Anderley Avenue to Heidi Crescent. This work has been put on hold as the decision to “urbanise” Omokoroa Road has been brought forward. This means kerb and channel along each side and this work could well alter the relative levels of footpaths and berms. Until the design work for the urbanisation is completed the final levels will not be known. Completing this short length of footpath now and then possibly having to replace it at a different level shortly thereafter would be very poor management of ratepayer funds.

Cellphone coverage - The latest information that the Board has is that we should see some progress on site in late February. Hopefully, the cellphone woes will be over soon.

The Road! - The current delay is getting concrete suppliers to install the kerbing etc around the new roundabout just past the Fire Station. Once completed, the tarmac can be laid and the new alignment open to traffic. Contractors are working hard to keep the sealed road available as long as possible to minimise the time we will need to drive on unsealed sections. Long Term Plan submissions - On 15 March the Long Term Plan Consultation Document will be adopted by Council. As this is only a week after the planned Future Focus meeting it seems sensible to delay the Future Focus meeting by a month or so in order that Council will have time to prepare presentations about the LTP for the Future Focus meeting.

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Omokoroa Omelette 2 February 2018 Letters to the Editor... 148 Prole Road Omokoroa NZ 3172 Phone: +64 7 548-1583 Fax: +64 7 548-1694 Closing date for any advertising and/ or editorial is the 10th of the month of publication. All prices are +GST (unless otherwise stated) Display Advertisement Rates from 1st July 2017: Classifieds: All classified ads must be prepaid (payment only by cash, bank transfer or existing account) and supplied in writing. Personal Ads: $6.00 (inc GST) Business Ads: $11.00 (inc GST) Ad prices are per 20 word block or part thereof. (All classified Ads are limited to a maximum of 40 words) Material published in the Omokoroa Omelette may not nessarily reflect the views of the editor; and the publishers accept no liability for articles submitted for publication.

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60x40 $49.50 65x95 $120.85 135x97 $229.30 200x90 $315.20 200x139 $386.55 200x277 $770.30 For front page: +30% on ad rate Creation & Labour rates may apply Recently Omokoroa Point School commenced the school year. My 6 year old daughter was riding her bike to school and on the way a car backed out of their driveway and didn't slow down to look for pedestrians. Luckily no one was hurt this time but obviously gave both parties a massive fright. My daughter was with an adult who was able to shout out to the car that there were kids on bikes, but it could have been very different. I have spent lots of time telling my children to look and listen for cars as I have seen this regularly around the streets of Omokoroa.

I also walk around the footpaths frequently and regularly have stopped for backing cars who back straight out of driveways without looking first. Please can this be a reminder to look out for people on the foot paths and roads especially when backing out of driveways. My kids love the local school so you will find even though the school hours are 8.30am to 2.30pm the kids will be out and about early as they love getting to the best little school in the bay. Please please watch out for them. Signed, Melissa van Heerden 2018 Phone Directory We keep being asked and YES we are doing a 2018 Phone Directory! It has been a few years since we have produced one as there is a lot involved with putting it together.

The phone directories have been produced for the community for years and we look forward to doing one this year.

We are wishing to collect listing information for this new edition Are you new to the area? Have you changed your address within the area? Did we make a mistake or omission in the last book? Let us know so we can add, correct or update your details.If you live in the greater Omokoroa area (irrespective of what your phone number starts with) then we would like to know! Thank you for your support! Name: Local Address: Phone Number: New to Area Change of Address Correct an Error Removal from Book Please tick applicable box(s) Please cut out & drop into Omokoroa Print & Copy, 148 Prole Road Or email us your details at or through our website: Omission

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Omokoroa Omelette 4 February 2018 “INVITATION” To the residents of Omokoroa and surrounding districts, Come play INDOOR BOWLS Date: Monday, 5th March Time: Arrive 1pm for a 1.30pm start Tuesday, 6th March Time: Arrive 7pm for a 7.30pm start Venue: Omokoroa Settlers Hall, Omokoroa Road (Opposite the fire station) Cost: $3 door fee (first session free to new players) Afternoon tea and raffle included PRIZES for winning team and a lucky last prize All equipment provided – please wear smooth soled shoes (slippers are fine) If you are new to Omokoroa this is a great way to meet others and learn a new skill.

For further information: Phone Jill 548 2799; or Dawn 548 2048 Omokoroa Beach Indoor Bowling Club A GIFT FOR YOU! JOIN US! Omokoroa Friendship Chit Chat On Friday 2nd February Omokoroa Friendship Club members were glad to resume meeting at the Omokoroa Community Church Hall. Sadly,longtimememberJoanHowarthdiedon13th January and some members attended her funeral service at Tauranga Park. Joan had been cared for at Acacia Park for some time. I remember Joan playing Up Words when I first joined Friendship in 2012. That was the game I knew best. Rummikub was a mystery – but anyone can learn a new game.

If you are looking for company and something to do. Do try us! At the moment we play 500, RummikubandUpWords(likescrabble)andweare open to other ideas. There is morning tea or coffee, and for lunch, sandwiches and cakes. All for $3. Be assured of a warm welcome at 10am Friday mornings, 139 Hamurana Road. Barbara Walls President Phone 548 2899 or 027 645 9421 My girlfriend left me because she couldn't handle my OCD. I told her to close the door five times on her way out My mom said that if I don't get off my computer and do my homework she'll slam my head on the keyboard, but I think she's jokinfjreoiwjrtwe4to8rkljreun8f4ny84c8y4t58lym4wthylmhawt4mylt4amlathnatyn We can't help everyone, but everyone can help someone.

A man walks into a bar with a roll of tarmac under his arm and says: "Pint please, and one for the road."

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Omokoroa Omelette 5 February 2018 22 January Winners Trish Wstern 2750 Andy Smith 3480 Lucky Last Brick Taylor 700 29 January Winners Lorraine Taylor 3390 Jill Clark 3000 Lucky Last Rosemary Thompson 410 Reg Deane 1350 Raffle: Lorraine Taylor Shirley Deane Barbara Dowman Colin Kurth 5 February Winners Lorraine Taylor 3390 Hugh Moleta 3910 Lucky Last Barbara Dowman 910 Colin Kurth 950 12 February Winners Trish Western 3910 David Nielson 3190 Lucky Last Lorraine Taylor 1430 Graeme Davis 900 ♣ The group meets at the Bowling Club on Monday evenings 7:15pm. We welcome any new players, if you don’t really understand the game, but would like to learn; our members will teach and mentor you.

Please phone Andy on: 570-6035 OMOKOROA CARDS 500 ♠ We welcome any new players! concerned husband went to the doctor to talk about his wife. He said to the doctor, "I think my wife is deaf because she never hears me the first time and always asks me to repeat things." "Well," the doctor replied, "go home tonight, stand about 15 feet from her, and say something. If she doesn't reply, move 5 feet closer and say it again. Keep doing this until we get an idea about the severity of her deafness." The husband went home and did exactly as the doctor had instructed. He started off 15 feet from his wife in the kitchen as she was chopping some vegetables.

He said, "Honey, what's for dinner?" He heard no response. He moved 5 feet closer and asked again. No reply. He moved 5 feet closer. Still no reply. He finally got fed up and moved right behind her, about an inch away, and asked again, "Honey, what's for dinner?" She replied, "For the fourth time, vegetable stew!"

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Omokoroa Omelette 6 February 2018 Community Constable Paul Wrigley Omokoroa Community Policing Group Report Community Constable Paul Wrigley’s thoughtful New Year message encourages all of us to review our values, consider the benefits our community environment provides and how, by increasing dialogue and engagement within our neighbourhoods we can enhance the lives of others including our own.

Paul writes: Greetings to you all. I have been thinking about what makes rich communities. Sometimes we look at the streets in our town with the bigger houses and trailer boats parked out front and make that erroneous link between materialism and perceived happiness. I have been fortunate enough to travel to other countries where I have both lived in and visited communities with much less than most New Zealanders have with little or no support from local authorities. The lack of resources probably forces those communities to communicate more with each other, live in closer proximity to their neighbours, share their resources, trade amongst themselves and work together when an issue arises.

One of the standout observations of those places I have visited is the apparent high demonstration of happiness even though the people I was visiting seemed to have very little and even less chance of improving their circumstance. So, I encourage you to get out and engage with your communities, volunteer where you can, offer to help an elderly neighbour with their garden or give a friendly hello when walking down the street. They are small things, but cumulatively they create a positive vibe to where you live, and who knows, you may even feel richer for it.

Regards Community Constable Paul Wrigley Omokoroa already has a number of ‘street groups’ who meet on special occasions – e.g. Christmas/New Year holidays – socialise with street BBQ’s and other forms of social togetherness. These low-key events bringing close neighbours even closer together don’t need to be complicated. Refreshments and a ‘pot luck plate’ and meeting in a garage or off-street green area is easy – someone just needs to take the initiative and get it started. There are plenty of long summer’s evenings ahead – why don’t you get one under way in your neighbourhood? For the Omokoroa Community Policing Group Committee – Glenn Whittaker

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Omokoroa Omelette 7 February 2018 The Pakeke Lions’ Club of Omokoroa maintains a wide range of health aids equipment which is available to community residents on a loan basis when needed following illness and/or surgery. To enquire about the equipment contact Mary Klein 548-1600 Lions’ Health Aids / Equipment Available on Loan Bed Hoop (1) Bedside Table (2) Bedside supports (help out of bed) (1) Bed / Shower Access Aid (1) Bedpans (2) Chair for Rehabilitation (4) Chair Raiser (3) Commodes (4) Crutches (7 pair) Eating Tray - cushioned (1) Elephant Feet (2 set) Electric Fan (1) Exercise Cycle (1) Heat Lamp (1) High Stool (2) Knee Supports (2) Long Shoe Horn (1) Monkey Bar (1) Moon Boot (5) Nebulisers (3) Non-slip Shower Mat (2) Picker Upper (7) Protectors for Plaster Cast when showering (2 leg, 1 arm) Ring cushion (2) Sheepskins (2) Shower Stools (8) Sock Putter-On (1) Spenco Cushions (5) Stroller Walkers (9) Toilet Seats (7) Transfer Board (1) Transfer Cushion (2) Urinals (4) Walkers: Wooden / Metal (5) Walking Aid, 4ft.

(2) Walking Stick (5) Wheel Chairs (7) Softech Full Chair Cushion (1) Omokoroa Lions Club by President Peter Hartles Next Omokoroa Lions Omokoroa Market Days March 11 / April 8/ May 13 Come along for some good deals, some good food and some great company!

Contact Betty or any local Pakeke Lions member to give them to! Don't forget we Lions do collect a lot of things too! We collect... - Screw top wine bottle caps - Can tabs - Unwanted Spectacles - Old and foreign money Betty Gane Ph: 548 0845 Well, summer has certainly felt hotter than usual this year, and particularly if you jump in the briny for a dip, then you would find that the water temperature also has been a lot warmer than normal. On the 20th January a number of our members manned the gate for the VIP parking at the Tauranga Port Half Ironman event. As the market in Coronation Park was still happening, the parking quickly filled up with the VIPs and the market stall holders.

The day was a great success for the 700+ registered competitors. On the 24th January we had our summer BBQ evening, instead of our usual dinner meeting. We held it at the Te Puna Quarry Park and what with the beautiful weather and the great location, it was a wonderful occasion. We all enjoyed a good old chat and lovely shared food.

I hope you all have had a great start to the year and are enjoying all the great things this wonderful area has to offer. YOUR AD COULD BE HERE! 07 548 1583

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Omokoroa Omelette 8 February 2018 474 Whakamarama Road RD7 Tauranga 3179 Facebook: Whakamarama Kindergarten Ph/Fax 07 552 6631 Mobile: 0278336524 Email: Kia ora everyone, Happy New Year to Everyone. We have a new friend at Whakamarama kindergarten. We wonder if you can guess what it is? We went for a walk across to school and Natasha Greatorex (Principal of Whakamarama school) said 'Call back in after your walk I have something for you!' We went for our walk we rolled down the hills, picked up some small ferns from the green house and went and explored little bush before heading back to find Natasha.

She said, 'Come quietly and take a look in this container'. We all stood in a circle around a red cubed container covered with a cloth. Natasha carefully lifted the cloth and there were two absolutely gorgeous frogs. Natasha said 'your kindergarten can have the big frog'. We were all surprised and excited. We got all the bits that we needed and set off to collect the frog. Joybells tried to catch him in the net but he jumped away and nearly got back under the fence. Right at the last minute she caught him, whew! Emily and the children were now in fits of laughter! Safely in the aquarium we brought him back to kindergarten.

We set to work collecting stones and someone suggested that he needed a plant too. So we have used one of the ferns which Whakamarama school donated to us. He looks really happy now. At whanau hui we thought of names for the frog and through a process of elimination he is now called, ‘Mr Frog.’ We love our frog! Kindergarten is looking really beautiful. Before the holidays we had mulch delivered for the gardens. We still had a pile to finish off when we got back so we all got stuck in. Once this job was complete we rang Gamman’s and they delivered a truck load of bark. Thanks to Al and with the children’s help this has been spread.

Some new flowers for the planters, some beautification in our entrance way and we are off to a beautiful start. It has been wonderful hearing the children’s stories about their time spent with their families. Our kindergarten is such a special little place up on the hill. We would like to wish you all a happy and safe new year!

Love from the team at Whakamarma kindergarten, Joybells, Sharon, Emily and Bronwyn. Q: Why is tennis a noisy game? A: Because each player raises a racket. Q: Why are spiders great tennis players? A: Cause they have great topspin. Q: Why can't fish play tennis? A: Because they are afraid of the net. Q: Why is it not good to play tennis in a court? A: Because you might get arrested

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Omokoroa Omelette 9 February 2018 Ditch the Chocolate Bunnies... ...and go for a White Wabbit this Easter. Quite perfect as it is, or wrap some hot cross buns in one to take to a new neighbour.

Available from our hospice shops for $14 each, or purchase online, where you’ll also find a list of other outlets. Charity Shops We’ve got the district covered when it comes to quality secondhand goods. Katikati to Te Puke and almost everywhere in between, come and visit! Make a day of it and do an op shop crawl with a group of friends and a set budget. Even better, bring something to donate, and do some shopping while you’re there. Check out the maps and locations on the Shops tab at Supporting our shops directly helps our care and support of patients and families.

We’re always keen to see makeover projects, outfits or upcycling that you’ve achieved using purchases from our shops so feel free to post them on our Facebook page WaipunaHospiceTauranga. We also have an Instagram page if that’s more up your alley. Keep in touch and see what we have in store for education, events, fundraising and volunteering opportunities. Photo of Pip and Neil, managers of our new Papamoa Charity Shop which opened in February. Opportunity for Senior Drivers to update and refresh driving skills Senior drivers are encouraged to refresh their driving skills by attending a free driver refresher workshop.

The theory based refresher workshop covers road rules, intersection rules and negotiating roundabouts, searching and scanning skills, car care and maintenance reminders and driving rural and urban roads. The workshop is presented by Age Concern, Tauranga and supported by Travel Safe, Tauranga City Council and Western Bay of Plenty District Council.Age Concern Tauranga workshop facilitator, Deb Grainger says while ageing is inevitable, growing older doesn’t mean giving up an active life and quotes NZTA “Age isn’t necessarily a precursor to being an unsafe driver. All drivers regardless of their age need to continually assess their driving skills to maintain their high levels of safety.” Thanks to some additional funding, those that attend are eligible to go in the draw for a 50% subsidy of the cost of a lesson with a licensed driving instructor.

I offer this workshop throughout the year at venues from Waihi Beach to Te Puke. Feedback from participants includes: “Time well spent; very worthwhile; very interesting and informative; up to date information; I have been a driver since age 17 (now 89 years old) and need to keep up with traffic changes; good variety in the presentation”. The course begins at 9.30am and finishes at 1.30pm with a break for lunch. Participants need only to bring a packed lunch. Tea and coffee will be provided.

Please register with Age concern on 07 578 2631

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Omokoroa Omelette 10 February 2018 Omokoroa Point School ‘ The best little school in the bay’ 2018 – Creating Our Future Celebrating 2017 - Last year we celebrated the achievements of our students at our end of year senior prizegiving. We were able to celebrate the academic excellence across curriculum areas, sporting excellence and high achievement in leadership and citizenship. Congratulations to the following OPS senior students – Gane Cup for the Most Improved Pupil Kye Proctor Scahill Cup for Sporting Achievement Elias Cresswell Pilkington Award for Sporting Excellence Paige Gerrish Year 7 Speech Shield Jason Cartwright Year 8 Francis Speech Challenge Paddle Paige Gerrish Jackson Trebuchet for Science & Technology Excellence George Miller Citizenship Award Ella Drake Godkin Creativity Award Amelie Duffy Rangatiratanga Award Kye Proctor Spirit of Hillary Award Ella Drake Dunn Leadership Trophy Mya Weatherley Excellence in Music Amelia Duffy Excellence in Maths Kayla McShane Excellence in English Ella Drake Academic Excellence Cup Kayla McShane We have new leaders this year – the 8 House Captains and their Vice Captains were announced at the prizegiving – we look forward to the our 2018 young leaders making their mark on the positive culture of OPS.

All of our senior classes are off on camp this term with Rooms 6 and 7 starting the ball rolling with their 4 day camp to Port Waikato – this camp has a strong team building and Science flavour and we can’t wait to share their adventures with you all. At the beginning of March Rooms 5 and 5 L are heading for 3 days adventure at Waitawheta and then Rooms 8 and 9 round off the term with a 3 day camp at Whakamaru. Watch this space for photos and a summary of their learning. Our friendship tree is up and running – thanks to Paul Moran we now have a special seat for this special place. This is where you go if you want to offer to play with someone who may not have a friend to play with – it’s proving a very popular spot to meet and then venture off together with a new friend.

The OPS triathlon will be held in March – so between now and then you’ll see lots of children getting fit on their bikes, in the harbour and running the streets. We thank everyone for being safety conscious and keeping an eye out for our precious children when driving. Omokoroa Community Playground Group Last year our small group has been working alongside WBOPDC Reserves & Facilities Projects & Assets Manager Scott Parker and Tim Lander of LOAM Landscape Architects. We met on several occasions and are excited to have a draft concept plan for the planned playground at the Omokoroa Sports grounds.

With the success of the skate path we are looking at ensuring any playground built will enhance the existing facilities, provide challenge and creative play spaces for children of all ages and compliment the beautiful environment. Feedback has been invited from everyone via the council Have Your Say portal – this closed on Friday 23 February. We are excited at the prospect of starting yet another exciting project that will further enhance Omokoroa. If you’d like to join our group please contact Vicki Knell at Omokoroa Point School.

  • Western Bay of Plenty District Council and the Omokoroa Community Playground Group have been asking for feedback​ on the concept for a new playground at Omokoroa Sports Ground on Western Avenue.(Feedback closed February 23rd) It is intended that the new playground will complement the existing skate path and be a fun place for kids of all ages to play. Features include: ​ Flying fox cableway
  • Low terraced playing space on part of the existing slope
  • Swings
  • Slides and bridge
  • Rotating equipment
  • Junior treehouse Maximising the shade from established trees but further planting is planned The playground will be constructed using top quality equipment and have full compliance with New Zealand standards.

LOAM Landscape Architects won the playground design tender in October of last year.

Omokoroa Omelette 11 February 2018 This month’s column is not one I had been expecting to write for quite some time to come, with Bill English announcing his retirement from politics. Bill has had a stellar career as Party leader, Minister of Finance and Prime Minister. His contribution has been significant, and he has certainly left his mark on New Zealand’s political landscape for generations to come. What I admire most about Bill is that throughout his entire journey he has always carried himself with the utmost integrity - grounded in the love of his family and the strong connection he held with the community of Clutha-Southland that he represented for 24 years.

He’s left on his own terms, which is the only way this was ever going to be - because of the huge respect all in our caucus, and the wider National Party, have for him. During the election last year I vividly remember walking through a local shopping centre with him during a campaign stop. Most leaders would have taken the photo opportunity – smiled, waved and moved on – but not Bill. He stopped and spoke with everyone who wanted to chat and you got a real sense that he genuinely wanted to engage with each and every personal story. For me, that is the make of the man. At the time of writing this column our caucus is in the middle of a leadership selection.

By the time you read it the outcome will likely be known. We are very fortunate to have a deep bench in the National Party. I have no doubt whoever is selected will be of the highest calibre and will be ready to lead a united team into the 2020 election.

Todd Muller - MP for Bay of Plenty

Omokoroa Omelette 12 February 2018 Omokoroa Community Tennis Club Well before anyone asks, NO the new courts have not been completed yet! The latest news is that the asphalt is due to be laid on March 5th and then things should progress quite speedily after that. Our 2nd series of the leagues of 5 are under way with some members from Te Puna tennis club taking part in 5 leagues of 5 players playing each other at singles. True to form I have personally played 1 and lost 1 . . never mind. We have entered a team in to the business house doubles that Te Puna are running, our lazy lizard squad is made up of Gail camp mum Singleton, Murray he’s too good to hurry Treloar, Chantal I have a fresh choice of shots Thomas, net chord Kevin Goddard, and whacky Jacqui Pittendreigh as well as myself Jeff what a player Warren.

We do have points on the board after 2 weeks but not many! Finally on a winning note our team that has entered the WBOP tennis twilight doubles tournament won their opening match 4-0 against Gate Pa, well done to Keith lucky bounce Bardwell, Andrew dilly dally Dallas, Simone sureshot Jenkins and Chantal Thomas for her fresh choice of shots!

That’s all folks By Jeff Warren.

Omokoroa Omelette 13 February 2018 Free workshops for young entrepreneurs Two free workshops for Western Bay and Tauranga youth aim to encourage problem solving, entrepreneurial thinking and ways of turning ideas into action. MiniMashup is a day-long workshop on Saturday, 3 March 2018, 9.30am – 3pm, for youth aged 14 years and over. It’s designed to get students using problem solving techniques so that they can tackle things in the world they want to change – or develop projects to benefit their community or their own lives.

Mashup is a two-day event on Saturday and Sunday 24-25 March for youth aged 14 years and over from the sub-region. Over the two days, teams of four will design a solution to a problem using mashing tech and business. They will develop a product idea, explore its viability and build a prototype. The challenge culminates to a final pitch to a panel of judges to win cash prizes.

  • Centre co-founder Pascale Hyboud-Peron says the workshops are designed to give young people the entrepreneurial skills and networking opportunities to turn ideas into solutions. “Mashups allow young people and their friends to bring together different skills and interests, from business, computer, marketing, writing and design and to work as a team in a safe and fun environment to build something that matters to them.” Both events are being held by Venture Centre at the Basestation in Tauranga. Western Bay of Plenty District and Tauranga City have a contract with Venture Centre to implement the Digital Enablement Programme in the sub-region. The programme aims to help people reach their potential in business, social interaction and economic growth through access to, and utilisation of, digital technology. If you would like to sign up for Minimashup go to: If you would like to sign up for Mashup go to: 5 February 2018 - Omokoroa Road update Bad weather over winter and a shortage of specialist contractors has slowed the progress of the Omokoroa Road upgrade. Difficulty in getting contractors specialised in upgrades (water main replacement, underground power, fibre optic cable, gravity sewer installation etc) during the Bay of Plenty’s construction boom has put the project behind schedule. Western Bay of Plenty District Council Mayor Garry Webber says: “trying to coordinate a raft of specialists during a boom time has put the project behind but in saying that, Council’s team have continued work throughout which you can see starting to take shape now.” This includes: Widening the carriageway
  • Creating a roundabout and new intersection for housing developments
  • Building a new park and ride area and improving the safety of the Prole Rd intersection
  • Preparing the new road area for pavement. Once the roundabout has been completed, the traffic flow will be redirected onto it and away from the existing road allowing the earthworks to be completed. These earthworks will allow the remaining underground service installations to be completed. It’s estimated the road will now be finished after the planned completion date of June. First of three Omokoroa cycleway bridges underway Work has started on building the first of three bridges for the Omokoroa to Tauranga Cycle Trail. The bridge restores the link across the Jess Road wetland that was lost last year with the closing of the old bridge by the Department of Conservation due to safety concerns. Jess Road Estuary Group spokesperson Warwick Murray says the group will be delighted to have the new bridge back to restore their access for restoration work. Western Bay of Plenty District Council project manager Scott Parker says the new bridge will take about four weeks to complete. It will be 2.5m wide and 20m long. It is being built by HEB Construction, which was awarded a $1.8m contract to build three bridge links across the estuary and wetlands between Omokoroa and Te Puna. The first bridge will connect Omokoroa Peninsula to Plummers Point, the second is within the Jess Road wetland, and the third will connect the end of Jess Road to the unformed end of Newnham Road. The three-bridge project is jointly funded by Council’s cycleway budget; the New Zealand TransportAgency’s (NZTA) urban cycleway programme; an NZTA subsidy; the New Zealand Community Trust and PowerCo. The entire cycleway route is expected to be completed by the end of December 2018.

Omokoroa Omelette 14 February 2018 Friends of Puketoki Puketoki Reserve is a stand of native bush ten minutes off the main highway, up Whakamarama road and well signposted. There are two walking tracks, with some steps and bridges crossing the streams. The long loop about 60 minutes and the short loop about 30 minutes duration. There are a great variety of trees, supplejack vines, ferns and fungi and over 20 large trees marked with their botanical names. Once visited, I’m sure you will agree it is really the jewel of Whakamarama.

THE “Friends of Puketoki”are a group of volunteers who go into the reserve once a month to maintain the traps and bait stations and tracks.

The traps and bait stations have been put in place to eradicate pests and vermin and over the years have reduced possum, stoat and rata numbers to allow for a resurgence of flora and bird life.This all makes for an enjoyable walk withbirdsong a plenty. The traps and bait stations are maintained so that the unwantedpests are kept out, and there is very little sign of vermin and two possums only caught since our Christmas break, early December. Birds and giant wetas are in abundance. We have received a Community Match funding grant to purchase loppers and weed eaters to keep the ways open.

Friends meet once a month, usually on a Thursday morning and anyone interested in joining us to see what we do, just come for the exercise, or join the group please phone John Budden, ph 548 1180 or Terry Edwards ph 552 6222 for more information. On Saturday March 10th The Northernmen of the NZ Men’s Choir will perform in the Katikati Memorial Hall. After months of negotiation the Katikati Freemasons’ Lodge has achieved something that small towns dream about. Their success in Europe, Australia and Canada have shown the Choir to be of world class, providing a memorable musical experience with a wide range of music catering for all preferences.

Musical Director Joe Christensen will conduct his choir, and accompanying them will be International pianistAlex Wiltshire. The programme will be supported by performances by the Mural Town Singers under the direction of Jeanette Hasell-Back, solo violinist Dr Chintamani Rath and soloist 14yr old Sophie Turner.

The programme will begin at 7pm. Entry is by ticket only and limited to one peformance only but Omokoroa residents are able to purchase tickets locally. To purchase tickets please contact Greg Taylor 021 992446. NZ MENS CHOIR TO PERFORM IN KATIKATI

Omokoroa Omelette 15 February 2018 Omokoroa Playcentre is located behind Settlers' Hall, 334 Omokoroa Rd, and is open from 9am – 12pm Mon, Thurs, Fri (during school terms). For more information, pop in during our open hours, phone 07 548 1343 or email: We’d love to see you sometime soon! It’s been an eventful holiday break at Omokoroa Playcentre with a major renovation of our facilities taking place – we’ve completely rebuilt the kitchen, bathroom and office areas, and have a lovely new room dedicated to our sleeping babies!

The goals of this project were many: firstly to promote our children’s education and learning by creating more accessible and safe spaces for their various activities such as cooking, and to allow for more independence and self-sufficiency in the bathroom areas. We wanted to make our Centre wheelchair accessible throughout, and provide a much more practical, functional and efficient use of space to meet the needs of the parents too. We’ve also installed new systems to improve our energy efficiency across the whole centre. We hope that our new clean and fresh facilities will be so much more inviting to the many new families moving to Omokoroa who might visit.

The real star of this show, to whom we want to say a super special thank you, has been our fantastic builder, Peter Groot of Key 7 Developments (see ad below). He’s worked tirelessly throughout this project and has been amazing to work with – no job was too big or too small. If anyone out there is looking for a builder that is flexible and accommodating, talented and masterful, with lots of great advice, and who is friendly to boot, then Peter is your man! Thank you so much Peter for all you’ve done for our little Playcentre – we’re so grateful!

We’d also like to thank Playcentre Federation for providing the funds for most of this project; Harcourts Tauranga for their generous contribution ;Peter Lochhead of Te Puna based ‘Design on James Architects’ for his charitable services; Lanna Gell, Emma Ward, Angela Wallace, and Julia Third for their time and advice to the planning and decision making process; and all the Playcentre members who have contributed (there are too many to mention them all).

It was a great team effort all around! Finally, to all those who have called Playcentre their own in years gone by, or who have young families still to see what it’s all about, we’d love you to come and visit sometime and have a nosey. We hope to see you soon!

OMOKOROA EASTER ROCK HUNT Hosted by Omokoroa Playcentre During March, we will be hiding 100 bright yellow rocks around the Omokoroa community. These can be traded for a chocolate Easter egg at Omokoroa Playcentre at the end of the month. Tell your kids to keep their eyes open for these ‘Easter Rocks’ when they’re out and about, and if they find one, take it home and keep it safe. There is also a large Easter hamper up for grabs for one lucky rock hunter. To go in the draw, simply take a photo of your child holding the rock (make sure the number on the rock is shown in the picture too!) and post it on our ‘Omokoroa Playcentre Rock Hunt’event page on Facebook page with #omokeasterhunt or email it to *’Like’or ‘Follow’our Facebook page so you can keep up to date with the event (go to Facebook and search for ‘Omokoroa Playcentre’then click ‘Like’) *Rocks can be traded on Mon 26 March or Thurs 29 Mar (between 9am-12pm).

One rock per child please. For children aged 0-6yrs of the Omokoroa, Te Puna, Pahoia, Aongatete, Whakamarama areas only.

Hamper draw on Fri 30 Mar and winner notified by phone (name to be published in the April issue of Omokoroa Omelette). BEFORE AFTER

Omokoroa Omelette 16 February 2018 Volunteers enjoying a well-earned non-alcoholic drink after four hours of track clearing and trap installing We had a great crowd of volunteers turn out to help install the second expansion line on Sunday the 28th January. Considering it was the long weekend, we were very grateful to have such a good turnout. It took the team of eight to clear the traps of impediments to safe walking, and three more to set up seven possum traps and twelve rat traps.

Omokoroa stalwart Tricia Wilkinson has adopted this line as her own. She has previously been helping fill gaps in other lines in a very capable way, and she is happy to now step into responsibility for our newest line.

We have another three lines tagged with pink flagging tape, 12 to 14, and hope to run working bees over the next few weeks to set them up too. We have one potential volunteer in waiting to adopt 12, but would love some of the other potential volunteers out there in the community to get in touch for the others. We hope to have expanded to line 23 by the end of the year. Progress Report By the end of January, we had reached a total of 533 possums, 26 more than last report, in spite of a three week break over Christmas. We had a very exciting New Year’s present from DoC who made 117 rat traps available to us in early January.

These are to be deployed around the original 100 Ha area, to supplement the Ditrac baiting, enabling us to have less toxin use in future, which should please our hunting friends.

We have had several people say they would join us in the New Year, so we hope to start showing these people the ropes from then. We meet at the Blade Carpark, which is 500 metres down the single lane road at the end of Whakamarama Road. Friends of the Blade About a month before he died, my uncle had his back covered in lard. After that, he went down hill fast. What's the best part about Valentine's Day? The day after when all the chocolate goes on sale. Don't let your worries get the best of you; remember, Moses started out as a basket case Before I tell my wife something important, I take both her hands in mine.

That way she can't hit me with them My girlfriend is always stealing my t-shirts and sweaters... But if I take one of her dresses, suddenly "we need to talk".

Omokoroa Omelette 17 February 2018 Omokoroa Preschool Ohana means family - Family means nobody gets left behind or forgotten. Kia Ora everyone and a big welcome to all of our new families. We are now back into the full swing of things here at Omokoroa Preschool with all of our children now back from their summer holidays. To all of our tamariki that have turned 5 over the last few months, we wish you all the best with the exciting new adventures you have just began at school. We have big things happening here this year especially with the development now happening to extend our outdoor play area.

The tamariki have been enjoying watching the construction workers next door from our fort as they do earthwork and build our new fence line. Our new raised vegetable gardens have also arrived and are waiting to be filled with rich soil to grow our nutritious produce. Our tamariki are beginning to plan our new space and share their ideas about what should be included, where everything should go and what we should grow. So, watch this space for updates!

In our Over 2s room we have been focusing on friendships this last month. Our tamariki have been learning and demonstrating what it takes to be a good friend such as sharing, supporting on another, and looking after and helping each other just to name a few. Many of the tamariki made friendship bracelets to give to each other; it is really heartwarming to see these bracelets returning to Preschool day after day, weeks since they were gifted to each other. Our Under 2’s have been getting busy in the outdoor area with lots of sensory play. They have really been enjoying playing in the sandpit and getting super messy with gloop, slime and paint.

We pride ourselves on providing quality care and education for children and creating a home away from home environment. For more information please feel free to pop in and met our friendly team at 144 Margaret Drive Omokoroa, or Phone us on (07) 548-2626, or check out our website at Sophia and Stevie exchanging friendship bracelets Jacob, Jackson, Riley, Lee and Vinnie exploring the texture of slime. Progress of our extended outdoor space. Trinity, Tikiri, Eden and Sophia creating friendship bracelets for their friends.

Omokoroa Omelette 18 February 2018 An earlier big flood in Omokoroa The king tide of January 5 2018 brings back memories for some of the 1951 flooding in Omokoroa.

Was that a similar combination of a storm coinciding with an exceptionally high tide? Photos in local papers of the January 2018 event have caused considerable discussion. Maps showing areas where tsunami damage would be greatest were distributed to households in late 2017 and signage boards have been placed along harbour edge walkways. The floods reinforced for some the advice in these Council initiatives. Does anyone else remember the flood of 1951, and people’s reactions to it? Are there more photos that could be added to our historical record of this event? Below is part of a report first published in the Omokoroa Omelette, November 2009, based on interviews with Ella Coulston: That One In Fifty Years Flood.

Ella Coulston’s memories and photos may be of interest to people new to the area. The Coulston’s home at 38 the Esplanade was still under construction and they were living a few doors along in their 21x18 foot bach, a single room with lean-tos for bedrooms. They moved into their new home in 1952 and Ella described herself as “the first of the intruders”, meaning no longer a holiday maker but not an original like the first farming families either. Ella recalled: “The previous winter there had been a big storm, with waves right over the foreshore. Flood water came right up to our front steps.

One photo from this time shows my daughter, Margaret, rowing and Myrtle Crapp standing.” Have sufficient actions been taken to ensure no repeat of this? Is this even possible? The Domain has been drained and improved greatly since that time – Easter high tides used to flood this area, to the delight of young children who could sail, row or paddle their boats on the area in the 1950s. It has been raised on at least two occasions with multiple truckloads, including the excess soil from the site of the Omokoroa Point School when it was first built in the mid 1950s and corrective work over the years.

Walls have been built in several locations in attempts to withstand the worst high seas can bring. Since the1950s some property owners have done their own remedial or preventative work. Over recent years the WBOP District Council has imposed restrictions on re-builds in low-lying areas. Some sections have been raised with many truckloads of sand prior to rebuilding. Other property owners have built on piles. The flooding caused by the king tide and coinciding storm of 5 January 2018 was not a ‘oncer’ – it has happened before. Article submitted by Chris Wright, photos 1 & 3 courtesy of Ella Coulston, photo 2 courtesy of Murray Grainger Photo 3 Taken by Murray Grainger Waterfront at the Esplanade (Photo 1) Winter 1951 Coulston home nearly completed when storm hit 1951 Storm damage 1951 MAGICIAN AND THE PARROT There was once a magician on a cruise ship who performed mainly sleight of hand tricks.

He had a regular spot on the ship's cabaret evening entertainment. He was actually quite a good magician, but his routines were regularly ruined by the onboard parrot who would fly around squawking out and giving away his secrets like: "IT'S UP HIS SLEEVE, IT'S UP HIS SLEEVE!"or "IT'S IN HIS POCKET, IT'S IN HIS POCKET!"or "IT'S IN HIS MOUTH, IT'S IN HIS MOUTH!" The magician was getting pretty sick of this and threatened to kill the parrot if it ruined his act one more time. That evening right at the climax of his act, just as he was about to disappear in a puff of smoke, the ship hit an iceberg and sank in seconds.

Amazingly, the magician and the parrot were the only two survivors. The magician was lying on a piece of driftwood in a daze. As he opened his eyes he could see the parrot staring at him out of its beady little eye. The parrot sat there for hours just staring at him and eventually said, "OK, I give up, what did you do with the ship?"

Omokoroa Omelette 19 February 2018 Omokoroa No1 School... We are at the beginning of a new era at Omokoroa No 1. We welcome our new principal, Craig Pentecost, to our school. Here is an introduction from him to our school and the wider community: I am honoured, and very proud, to have been selected by the Omokoroa No.1 School Board of Trustees and lead the learning across the learning community.

My responsibility as the Principal is to ensure that all children continue to receive the highest quality education within a safe, respectful and supportive environment at Omokoroa No.1 School. I have 20 years’ experience within a wide range of educational environments across New Zealand. I have also taught in Australia, London and America. Over the past 6 years I have been the Principal of Matangi School in Hamilton and TeAwamutu Primary School in TeAwamutu. I am happily married and have three amazing children aged 15, 13 and 8. I was raised in Christchurch, and I have always had a passion for sport and a love of the outdoors.

Omokoroa No.1 School offers me a unique opportunity to work with a school community that thrives on compassion, community support, quality teaching and learning, innovation, and above all else...its STUDENTS! I firmly believe that creating strong relationships and having effective communication is an integral part of everyday life, personally and professionally. For me the wider school community plays a significant role in the success of its students and the school. I encourage the school community to engage in a wide range of experiences, whether it is supporting learning experiences in the class, sports teams or outdoor education programmes.

As an educational leader, I provide opportunities for staff to develop their learning styles and encourage them to explore new ways of learning with a ‘Growth Mindset’, to motivate and challenge them, and provide purposeful learning experiences for students. I value contributions from all members of the school community, provide positive and constructive feedback, identify personal strengths, and use a distributive leadership model. The opportunity to make a positive difference to the lives of the students, staff, caregivers and the wider community at Omokoroa No.1 School excites me as an educational leader.

I am very grateful to everyone at Omokoroa No.1 School for making me feel so welcome and supported in my new role. Mr Pentecost and the other new people to our school this year Mr Pentecost with our New Entrant children

Omokoroa Omelette 20 February 2018 As this is the first Hall report for 2018, I want to wish everyone a belated Happy New Year! I hope you have some exciting plans for 2018. There have been a couple of exciting developments regarding our Hall. Firstly, an information leaflet, created by the Hall Committee, has been distributed to all Whakamarama residents who contribute an annual hall charge in their rates. The leaflet outlines the proposed hall alterations and encourages everyone to look at the plans and provide feedback. The plans can be viewed at the library (open times below), and on the website

Please make an effort and have your say.

Secondly, the old playground in the Hall grounds has been pulled down and trees removed to make way for a brand new play structure. Debbie Allan, who runs the Whakamarama Playgroup, has been working hard to organise this. It is going to be fantastic, thanks Deb! To contact the committee, please email ANNUAL HARVEST FESTIVAL – Friday 16th and Saturday 17th March. The Harvest Festival is a very popular event that brings friendly competition amongst the gardeners within the local community.The festival will start with a Night of Country at the TWIF on Friday evening, followed by the produce display and competition on Saturday afternoon.

Come and show off your best pumpkin or preserves and maybe win a prize! Check out for more details.

WHAKA HALL LIBRARY - Opening times are Thursdays from 9am – 12 noon, and every 3rd Friday of the month (TWIF night) from 6:30-8pm. TWIF (Thank Whaka it’s Friday) – Every third Friday of the month from 6-9pm. All welcome. Bring your dinner, a bottle or two and meet the community. A great way to meet the locals and get to know what’s happening in Whaka. PLAYGROUP – A free no pressure group for pre-school children. Come and have a cuppa and let the kids enjoy a wonderful range of toys and the outdoor playground. Thursday mornings 9.30 to 12pm.

WHAKA NEWS VIA EMAIL - Colin Hewens informs Whaka residents of news in our community which includes: - police reports, lost & found animals, items for sale, excess fruit/vegetables, rentals wanted etc.

if you would like to receive these emails please contact Colin on HALL BOOKINGS – Contact Debbie Allan, the booking officer, on 07 5525141 or via to hire the hall, chairs and tables at very reasonable rates. If you need a clean, light, spacious affordable venue for a special function IT’S ALL HERE! Give Debbie a call 5525141.

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