THUMBS UP & DOWN
■ Thumbs up to the young lady who drives a blue Holden Commodore station wagon. Thank you for helping my two boys after school last Wednesday, when three older kids approached my boys ages 5 and 8 and began to shove them and bully them. This young lady took it upon herself to pull over and put my two boys in her car to protect them from the bullying and immediately dropped them off home to me. I didn’t catch you in time before you drove off, so would like you to know I’m extremely grateful that you stepped in and helped my boys.
■ Thumbs up to Taupo & Turangi Weekender for the complimentary tickets we received for the Songs for Nobodies Ali Harper show at the Great Lake Centre. It was a thoroughly enjoyable evening and we felt very spoilt.
■ Thumbs up to Turtle at Bunnings for helping me with a ramp for my wee dog and not charging me, very much appreciated.
■ Thumbs up to Kylie Overington for helping the Kids Bike Taupo Programme at Spa Park on Tuesdays and at Craters Mountain Bike Park, Wairakei Forest on Thursdays. Your mother would be so proud of you!
■ Thumbs up to Sarah and Sarah at Envy for your outstanding customer service.
■ Thumbs up to Joel Corbie for organising the Taupo¯ Halloween Film Festival which was an awesome evening. A huge amount of work for an event that inspires and celebrates creativity for kids and adults in the region.
■ Thumbs up to Dan at Pro Drive Golf. Knowledgeable and helpful, he helped with the kinks in my swing, being very easy on the eyes is a big plus too!
■ Thumbs up to Taupo¯ Residents Group for creating a valid survey representing the views of the community regarding the TDC Tongariro Domain Precinct Proposal.
■ Thumbs up to the wonderful sponsors who supported Marotiri School with their generous contributions to our annual Agricultural Day.
■ Thumbs up to two of Pak’n Save’s excellent conscientious workers Zac and Jacob. Always so obliging, much appreciated.
■ Thumbs up and top marks to vet Lauren Dombroski for her excellent care of Danny and Danny’s owner and also the vet nurse who administered VIP treatment to Danny.
■ Thumbs down to the very rude male cyclist, who, when biking along the lake front on the footpath on Sunday morning, told two women who were walking their small dogs, and had stopped to say good morning, to get out of the way and show some courtesy. Read the signs, cyclists give way to pedestrians!
■ Thumbs down to the pharmacy that charges double the normal price for getting a prescription filled on a Saturday afternoon. I hardly call 3pm after hours especially when they are open.
■ Thumbs down to whomever is responsible for the management of the traffic lights on Tongariro St. On numerous occasions recently, vehicles wishing to exit from Story Pl cannot do so because the green light cycle is being skipped over, leaving vehicles unable to move. On occasions when the cycle does allow movement, it is so short that only two vehicles can exit before the red light comes on, despite other vehicles waiting. Something needs to be done urgently to address this problem — please!
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