Taupo & Turangi Weekender - - Thumb Up & Down -

■ Thumbs up and a big thank you to Stacey, Caitlin, Dawn and Fi­tar the aqua aer­o­bic in­struc­tors at AC Baths. Amaz­ing en­er­getic ex­er­cises work­ing the whole body which gets the heart rate up, blood pres­sure down and tones the mus­cles. You are do­ing a fan­tas­tic job. Thanks a ton.

■ Thumbs up to Terence St (most men­tioned street in this col­umn). A truly quintessen­tial Kiwi street packed full of good peo­ple and an ex­cel­lent res­i­dent band to boot.

■ Thumbs up to the gar­den­ers who main­tain our Taupo¯ rose gar­den. It is ab­so­lutely pic­ture per­fect at the mo­ment. Such a plea­sure to wan­der through.

■ Thumbs up to Me­gan Arch­bold from Pak’nSave. She was help­ing a blind lady shop and she went the ex­tra mile to check all ex­pi­ra­tion dates first. Awe­some to see!

■ Thumbs up from the Lake­side Va­ri­ety Coun­try Mu­sic Club Taupo¯ to the fol­low­ing Taupo¯ Cossie Club peo­ple; Al­lan Jamieson, the Taupo¯ Cossie Club com­mit­tee and es­pe­cially Deb­bie for the sup­port given to our not-for­profit club through­out the year.

■ Thumbs up to Tony and his team at Key & Lock for as­sist­ing us with our breakdown. Great pro­fes­sional ser­vice and thank you for see­ing us back on the road. Merry Christ­mas to you all.

■ Thumbs up to the or­gan­is­ers of Christ­mas in the Park last week­end. I be­lieve this was the Elim Church who fundraised to put on this won­der­ful free fam­ily event for all to en­joy. De­spite the horrible weather you bravely bat­tled on and pulled to­gether a re­ally fun af­ter­noon. It was ob­vi­ous that a lot of time and ef­fort had gone into this and I re­ally hope that it be­comes a reg­u­lar event. I’m sure that had the weather been fine, there would have been stand­ing room only. Re­ally look­ing for­ward to it again next year.

■ Thumbs up to those who were af­fected by the fire in town. Don’t give up, kia ora kia kaha.

■ Thumbs up to Sheree work­ing at Lake­side Meats for her out­stand­ing cus­tomer ser­vice, al­ways so friendly and her bak­ing is great. Davidson and Ross are lucky to have her.

■ Thumbs up for the or­gan­is­ers and volunteers for the Huka Chal­lenge moun­tain bike event.

■ Thumbs up to the kind per­son who handed my wal­let in to po­lice on Novem­ber 27. It was found in Paora Hapi St out­side Asian Kai. Very much ap­pre­ci­ated. They didn’t leave a name so hope they read this.

■ Thumbs up to the per­son that has set up a food pantry on In­ver­garry Rd. Your kind deed is ap­pre­ci­ated.

■ Thumbs up to all driv­ers con­sid­er­ate of oth­ers within the CBD. Some­times it seems like you are the mi­nor­ity, keep up the good work, your con­sid­er­a­tion may be in­fec­tious and en­cour­age oth­ers to fol­low your ex­am­ple.

■ Thumbs up to all the lo­cals who mow their ‘coun­cil-owned berms’ and weed eat bound­aries. You help make our town look re­spectable.

■ Thumbs up to all in­volved in the Taupo¯ Academy of Dance pro­duc­tion at the Great Lake Cen­tre last Sun­day, from the teach­ers through the pro­duc­tion crew, the par­tic­i­pants and the back­stage folk, a non-stop af­ter­noon of var­ied en­ter­tain­ment.

■ Thumbs up and thank you so much to the per­son that slowed down on Aca­cia Bay Rd last Fri­day and tooted at our cat. He was be­ing naughty and cross­ing the road. He is the heart of our fam­ily and we don’t know what we would do with­out him. Thank you for look­ing out for an­i­mals!

■ Thumbs up and may God al­ways shower favour and richly bless the beau­ti­ful hon­est gen­tle­man who handed in my hand­bag con­tain­ing a lot of cash, credit/cash cards, iPhone etc to the Count­down staff on Satur­day just be­fore 5pm. It had been left in the carpark trol­ley bay in the rain — what a hum­bling and valu­able les­son I learned for my care­less­ness! I am so very grate­ful — thank you.

■ Thumbs up and a big thank you to John Burn­side, Pakeke Li­ons, Hig­gins Con­struc­tion, Bron­wyn Mock and her team who have judged the floats en­tered in the pa­rade for many years. It was touch and go on Satur­day if it was to pre­serve its un­bro­ken record of it never rain­ing on the pa­rade in the 44 years of giv­ing plea­sure to gen­er­a­tions of Taupo¯ cit­i­zens. Thanks to John and his team from a grate­ful ‘Taupo¯ite’.

■ Thumbs down to SH1 Mo­tors at Two Mile Bay. Taupo¯ District Coun­cil should be proac­tive to nip this in the bud. Park­ing signs with lim­ited hours could be in­tro­duced to get rid of the prob­lem. It’s get­ting ridicu­lous and danger­ous too as prospec­tive buyers slow down and dou­ble park with­out warn­ing to view cars.

■ Thumbs down to the per­son who has em­barked on a cam­paign of char­ac­ter as­sas­si­na­tion, in­tim­i­da­tion and bul­ly­ing. Your words and ac­tions could have dras­tic con­se­quences. In the po­si­tion you hold, one ex­pects higher stan­dards, self re­straint and hon­esty.

■ Thumbs down to ir­reg­u­lar mow­ing of berms and parks and re­serves and and an even big­ger thumbs down for the lack of weed eat­ing. No doubt a lack of funds and re­sources will be blamed but should be fac­tored into main­tain­ing the green spa­ces we have so we can be proud of our town. Check out coun­cil-owned berms, bound­ary fences and weeds in road side gut­ters from Two Mile Bay sail­ing cen­tre to the air­port round­about as only one ex­am­ple of a poorly-main­tained area of Taupo¯.

■ Thumbs down to the coun­cil. What’s hap­pened to the pro­gramme to seal more road­side berms within one to three blocks of the Taupo¯ CBD to pro­vide off-street park­ing? We are lucky to have such wide streets to ac­com­mo­date driving and park­ing.

■ 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 or thumbs down that re­fer to eas­ily-iden­ti­fi­able peo­ple, busi­nesses or groups won’t be pub­lished.

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