Taupo & Turangi Weekender - - News -

■ Thumbs up for the vol­un­teers who main­tain and im­prove the Ton­gariro River Trail. The two Tu¯rangi vol­un­teers are Dar­ryl and Gary who have given up wait­ing for DoC or coun­cil or who­ever to im­prove the ac­cess for bikes up and down the steps to Red Hut Bridge. So we found them build­ing these ramps or run­aways for bik­ers. True com­mu­nity-spir­ited vol­un­teers. What good guys!

■ Thumbs up to Cherise at Farm­ers for go­ing that ex­tra mile (lit­er­ally) and en­sur­ing the safe de­liv­ery of our long awaited ot­toman.

■ Thumbs up to Mary. When we had the power cut on Mon­day, she jumped in her camper­van and went to visit sev­eral el­derly friends mak­ing them hot drinks and heat­ing water to put in flasks for them. Thanks, Mary.

■ Thumbs up to Lane from Loader Up Con­tract­ing. Had a jun­gle for a back­yard filled with con­crete, tree stumps and a bro­ken per­gola. In one day he tore it all out, took ev­ery­thing to the dump and lev­elled out our yard. He was ef­fi­cient, pro­fes­sional and did a stel­lar job.

■ Thumbs up to all the com­mu­nity groups, rest homes and clubs who have in­vited the AA65 choir to per­form this year. We love singing — but it is so much more fun with an au­di­ence, es­pe­cially one that joins in! Thank you for your sup­port.

■ Thumbs up and a big thank you to the lady who found a card in a lo­cal ATM, fol­lowed the owner and re­turned it. Thanks for ev­ery­thing. Card holder will be more care­ful in fu­ture.

■ Thumbs up to Pam who rang me to say to check my car in­sur­ance as my trailer might be cov­ered. Thank you Pam, I have done this and I am cov­ered. Bless you.

■ Thumbs up to West­pac bank teller Robyn for your kind­ness to a se­nior ci­ti­zen who doesn’t know how to do mod­ern banking. You were so kind, thank you. Please show your boss this. You de­serve a bonus in your pay packet.

■ Thumbs up to Terry at Briscoes for the help in us pur­chas­ing a bar­be­cue at Black Fri­day price. Ex­tremely help­ful and ap­proach­able. Top man.

■ Thumbs up to Su­san who works at the $2 Plus shop for awe­some cus­tomer ser­vice and go­ing that ex­tra mile, we miss you work­ing in the week.

■ Thumbs up to Kate and Jenny of Sum­mer­set Vil­lage, who fired up the bar­bie, cook­ing sausages, also boil­ing water for tea and cof­fee for res­i­dents dur­ing the re­cent power out­age. Thumbs up also to those at the vil­lage with camp stoves who stepped up, boil­ing water for cof­fee and tea and look­ing af­ter the more frail res­i­dents. Good on you all for your thought­ful­ness.

■ Thumbs up to Jaime El­lis who has been a mas­sive sup­port to her brother Pete.

■ Thumbs up to Chris from lit­er­acy class, an amaz­ing tu­tor help­ing me to achieve my goals.

■ Thumbs down to guys who took bags put aside for Com­mu­nity Christ­mas food bank col­lec­tion in Kin­loch. They ripped into them, guz­zling the drink cans, etc. Your ac­tions mak­ing oth­ers miss out that need it!

■ Thumbs down to the two women sit­ting right in front of me and to my right, who both found it nec­es­sary to look at their phones dur­ing a movie at the cin­ema. Even though they were on silent the light from your phones is very dis­tract­ing and an­noy­ing when some­one else is en­joy­ing the movie. If you can’t go with­out look­ing at your phone for two hours then maybe go­ing to the movies is not for you. Have some con­sid­er­a­tion for oth­ers.

■ Thumbs down to peo­ple who pur­chase houses near golf cour­ses, then com­plain about way­ward golf balls land­ing on their prop­erty. The onus is on the pur­chaser to un­der­take due dili­gence. The golf club and sur­round­ing houses have been there for decades.

■ Thumbs down to the drone oper­a­tor dressed in uni­form. Check out the reg­u­la­tions re­gard­ing hover­ing over a pri­vate dwelling with­out no­ti­fi­ca­tion and lack of con­tin­u­ous line of sight of of­fend­ing drone. A bit creepy.

■ Do you have a bou­quet or a brick­bat? Email your thumbs up/ thumbs down to us at [email protected]­, 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 that re­fer to eas­ily-iden­ti­fi­able peo­ple, busi­nesses or groups won’t be pub­lished.

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