Taking that well-deserved break
So another school holiday comes to an end, and it seems as though Rotorua has had another big one with lots of families spending their well-deserved breaks in our city.
I hope yours went well, whatever you got up to over the break. That is if you had one of course!
Despite the best planning it isn’t always possible to coincide your work leave with the school holidays is it, which adds to additional stresses around home environment.
Both my wife and daughter have been overseas on a school trip during the school holiday period, and despite some of my friends and colleagues talk and comments about living the bachelor life and hitting the town, the past three weeks have been pretty quiet and subdued.
There haven’t been a lot of after hours work commitments either, but that changes next week, just as my girls get back home. Murphy plays some cruel tricks, huh.
Help us out
There has been plenty of fingerpointing this week over the continued rise of petrol prices.
He said, she said, government versus opposition, politicians versus gas company bosses. I certainly reckon they all need to accept some of the blame, and work together to help us all out.
There is plenty of talk about how much more we are spending, but perhaps we all need to consider driving less.
We could plan a bit more and do more chores during a single trip.
That way we might actually end up only needing to spend the same amount of money.
I know everyone’s situation is a bit different, but I worked out my costs following the rises over the past six weeks.
For me in my car (Ford Falcon, so a biggish car) it costs me an extra 30c for a trip to town and home again.
This weekend I’m going to Auckland to pick up the girls from the airport.
Compared with six weeks ago, it’s going to cost me an extra $5.15 in fuel to get there and back.
Not a lot really, so are we overreacting?
One upside of this would be less fuel being burned, therefore it’s a good environmental story, right?
Or is that taking it a stretch too far?
While we are lucky here in Rotorua that there is always plenty going on, as the weather gets warmer there is always an increase in the number of events taking place for everyone in the community to get involved with.
At The Hits we love getting involved in these events, and another big one we support each year is the Mitre 10 Mega Ladies Night which is on this coming Wednesday night. Once again Warren and his team have put together a great night out, and I’ll be one of the few guys in attendance feeling a little out place!
However, I’m looking forward to it and doing my bit to support Hospice.
There are still a few tickets available (just $5), of course topped off with an encore performance from this year’s Harcourt’s Dancing With The Stars.
Also this week on The Hits, we have announced that our Melbourne Cup Party is happening again at Ambrosia in Eat Streat on Tuesday November 6.
Stay listening for all the details as these two big days get closer.
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Tania Tapsell and Warren Rehu will be dancing again at this year’s Mitre 10 Mega Ladies Night.
Many people in the community got behind the Fill the Bus campaign last year.