Taupo & Turangi Weekender - - News -

■ 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!

■ Do you have a bou­quet or a brick­bat? Email thumbs up/ thumbs down to us at news@Taupo¯week­, text us on 021 241 4568 (in­sert the code TW at the start of your text mes­sage) or drop them into our of­fice in Waipapa House, Paora Hapi St, Taupo¯. Thumbs up/ thumbs down may be edited or abridged. Per­sonal at­tacks or thumbs down that re­fer to eas­i­lyi­den­ti­fi­able peo­ple, busi­nesses or groups won’t be pub­lished.

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