Pain at pump as new taxes bite

Rotorua Weekender - - News - Paul Hickey

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.

Fam­ily fun

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.

■ Hear Ro­torua me­dia per­son­al­ity Paul Hickey week­days 9am — 3pm show on The Hits Ro­torua 97.5FM. Fol­low on Twit­ter — @paul­hick­eynz Face­book — The Hits Ro­torua.

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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.

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The 2017 West­pac Ro­torua Busi­ness Ex­cel­lence Awards.

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