Tak­ing that well-de­served break

Rotorua Weekender - - News - Paul Hickey

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?

Ladies Night

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.

■ 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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Ta­nia Tapsell and War­ren Rehu will be danc­ing again at this year’s Mitre 10 Mega Ladies Night.

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Many peo­ple in the com­mu­nity got be­hind the Fill the Bus cam­paign last year.

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