THUMBS UP & DOWN
■ Thumbs up to ‘Merica for all the skating coaching even though you have a little baby in tow. You are appreciated.
■ Thumbs up to Megan at Taupo¯ Foodbank for being so responsive to helping out my clients when they’re having tough times. Thank you.
■ Thumbs up to The Brantry restaurant for the beautiful food.
■ Thumbs up to Earthwise for deciding to help deal with our increasing mountains of plastic by using 75 percent recycled plastic milk, juice and water bottles to make their one-litre laundry liquid bottle. Great ecofriendly way to help reduce our impact on the environment.
■ Thumbs up to councillor John Boddy who got a recent closed workshop (no public allowed) about the cultural precinct development open to the press and public. It’s great to see at least one councillor believes in open and transparent governance.
■ Thumbs up to the Taupo¯ District Council female mower worker at Kinloch on Monday October 1 for her great work ethic. I approached her after the larger mower operator had missed a large area of grass on the embankment on the public reserve at the rear of my section. She was working in another location in Kinloch but made a special effort to finish the job properly. Thank you.
■ Thumbs up to Countdown for collecting soft plastics for recycling — great to keep this stuff out of landfill and make a difference.
■ Thumbs up to David, the young man who works as a waiter at Dixie Brown’s. He was so pleasant with a big smile and very efficient while being extremely helpful. Having a meal there was made so much more enjoyable because of his service. He’s a real asset to Dixie Brown’s.
■ Thumbs up to Kirk and team at KDS Kitchens, Grant Glover Electrical and Mark Sinclair Plumbing. Thanks for my amazing kitchen, all you guys rock. Been a pleasure working with you all.
■ Thumbs up to Aaron from Jae Services for another outstanding job rescuing my carpet (again) from disaster. I thought I was going to have to replace it, but Aaron to the rescue, all with a smile. Thank you many times Aaron.
■ Thumbs up to the Kinloch Volunteer fire and emergency services teams. Your hard work, dedication and professionalism is admired and greatly appreciated. It has been a pleasure working along side you. Thank you.
■ Thumbs up to Andy at SawBang Building Company — fantastic service start to finish on our renovation. Very knowledgeable, honest and his workmanship is the best we’ve seen. Would recommend Andy to anyone needing high-quality building or renovation work.
■ Thumbs up to all those Zero Waste Enviro Schools who have thought to provide school recycling bins so that the rubbish can be correctly disposed of rather than going home in the kids’ school lunch boxes to be binned there.
■ Thumbs up to Contact Energy for sponsoring free swimming lessons for Taupo¯ school children. What a meaningful and life-saving way to support the community. Thank you on behalf of all the parents and caregivers.
■ Thumbs up to the rider of the brown and white horse using the paddock side of Poihipi Rd between Acacia Bay Rd and Wairakei Dr. Walkers on the residential side appreciate your consideration. Thank you.
■ Thumbs up to John Boddy for voting against the Sri Chimnoy statue. You are the only member of the council that returns emails/phone calls. Run for Mayor, I’ll vote for you.
■ Thumbs down to the people who only turn up at our local club for the big money draws. How about giving once in a while instead of just taking?
■ Thumbs down to the person who runs on the wrong side of the road, into on coming traffic on Mapara Rd. It’s a 70km/h area, with blind corners so cars can’t swerve on to the other side. You will cause an accident, and you or your dog will get hurt. Use the grass verge!
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