Pain at pump as new taxes bite
How does the saying go? There are only two things in life that are certain — taxes and death — and this week that’s certainly been the case for yours truly and parts of the family.
More taxes on our petrol is hitting everybody that bit harder, but I admit to being thankful that firstly we live in Rotorua (and not Auckland), and then that I live eastside for some of the cheapest fuel in the country, but it still hurts filling up.
At least I also have the AA Smartfuel to ease the pain a little bit. It’s been a sad week too.
This week marks the 29th anniversary of my Poppa’s death, and the date of October 3 has always stuck with me.
Probably because it was my first real brush with death.
But then it turned into a doublewhammy this week with the passing of my step-grandfather as well. RIP Poppa Des.
Time to be proud
Traditionally us Kiwis are a little bit shy about talking ourselves up.
That is changing slowly, and so it should, especially when you’ve got good reason to be proud of what you do.
And there will be plenty to show off about tonight at the Westpac Rotorua Business Excellence Awards.
The Hits is sponsoring the Community Organisation Award and I want to wish good luck to the finalists in the category — St Chads Charitable Trust, Te Taumata Nga¯ ti Whakaue Iho-ake Trust, and Rotorua Tourism Investment Partnership.
They all do great jobs for our community, and I look forward to presenting the winner’s trophy.
Just another reason to get swished up!
Recycling the bicycle
Last week I was involved with the launch of The Hits Bicycle Recycle, which of course featured on the front page of this paper seven days ago.
I’ve got to admit to being pretty impressed with the response we have had so far with unused bikes being donated to us.
I had a chat with Tak Mutu from Mountain Bike Rotorua on the radio last week, and we talked about the sheer number of old bikes there must be around the place.
When you stop and consider all the bike stores in Rotorua, and how many new bikes get bought here, there must be plenty of old ones lying around the place.
So keep them coming Rotorua, and soon we will be wanting your nominations for families and individuals who we should rehome those bikes with.
I hope the school holidays are going okay for you and your family. Are you managing?
If you are looking for things to do, remember to tune into my show on The Hits again next week for family passes to Agrodome and Rainbow Springs.
I’ve managed to check them both out these holidays, with lots of excited families there as well.
Next week is also the last chance for you to enter to win a new Suzuki Swift. We could be flying you to Wellington for a chance to have 20 Shots at goal during the Silver Ferns v Australia Netball Test match.
You just need to get one shot in to win the car. If the chosen one misses all the shots, we’re still going to give the car away.
Register for the second chance draw now at our website.
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Rotorua Chamber of Commerce former chief executive Allison Lawton announces new awards at the launch of the 2018 Westpac Rotorua Business Excellence Awards.
The 2017 Westpac Rotorua Business Excellence Awards.