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■ Thumbs up to the lovely gen­tle­man in the op shop that kindly paid for my daugh­ter’s dress as an early Christ­mas present for her. Such a lovely ges­ture and made her day and Christ­mas. Thank you.

■ Thumbs up and a big thank you to Lisa work­ing at Pak’nSave Taupo¯ . My mum col­lapsed in the store on the af­ter­noon of New Year’s Eve. It was Lisa’s shift and she was there to com­fort and be there for her. Mum was rushed to Ro­torua Hospi­tal, but is now back home with full re­cov­ery. The Takarangi wha¯ nau want to thank you Lisa for your kind­ness and time to sup­port our mum in a mo­ment of dis­tress. The world is a bet­ter place when good peo­ple like you are around.

■ Thumbs up and thank you and praise the Lord for the lady and gen­tle­man who came to help me when I lost con­cen­tra­tion while rid­ing my mo­bil­ity scooter on Nor­man Smith St. It rode up the grass slope and rolled over with me on board. Thanks to the seat­belt, the only in­jury is a sore left arm and shoul­der blade which only lasted a cou­ple of days. Thank you for help­ing me and may the Lord bless you for show­ing so much car­ing.

■ Thumbs up to the lady un­known who de­liv­ered a large col­lec­tion of beau­ti­fully-knit­ted an­i­mal toys and new­born hats to Oranga Tamariki. Your gen­eros­ity is greatly ap­pre­ci­ated and we think you are awe­some!

■ Thumbs up to Ange and Tracey at the car wash at Pe­ga­sus Car Rentals. Awe­some ser­vice, go­ing above and be­yond to de­liver a spot­less car at a very rea­son­able price. I can highly rec­om­mend their ser­vice.

■ Thumbs up to the man from Be­van Martin Elec­tri­cal walk­ing along Horo­matangi St with his bag of tools on Mon­day, De­cem­ber 17 who was will­ing to come to the res­cue along­side Taupo¯ ’s bird lady Shel­ley. They freed a bird that was stuck be­hind our shelv­ing — thank you from the team at Hardy’s Taupo¯ . I’m sure the bird is as grate­ful as we were.

■ Thumbs up to Ross White Panel & Paint. What a won­der­ful busi­ness. Friendly staff and very pro­fes­sional. When they fin­ished work­ing on my car, they valeted it. It made my day. To top it off, it was fin­ished a day ear­lier than promised.

■ Thumbs up and thank you to Awhina So­ci­ety, all of the staff and all of Santa’s elves. Your work through the year is enor­mous and then you go the ex­tra mile at Christ­mas. Thank you for sup­port­ing our com­mu­nity.

■ Thumbs up to Rachal Wil­son at Fam­ily Works, an amaz­ing boss who un­con­di­tion­ally sup­ports those she works for and those who work for her.

■ Thumbs up to Peter from the Taupo¯ Dis­trict Coun­cil’s Dis­trict Am­bas­sador Team. We stayed three days at the free camp and the en­tire time he was very friendly and helped us plus other tourists and lo­cals with tips and in­for­ma­tion and helped keep the camp clean.

■ Thumbs up to the Catholic Church who on Tues­day, De­cem­ber 18 turned on a beau­ti­ful free Christ­mas lunch for one and all.

■ Thumbs up to the post of­fice staff or maybe to the per­son who handed in a re­cently pur­chased bag from Trade Aid, in­clud­ing money, that an 82-year-old wo­man with a trundler had left be­hind.

■ Thumbs up to Christina who or­gan­ised the Christ­mas car­ols in Cherry Lane Re­serve in

Tu¯ rangi on De­cem­ber 23. There was even song sheets pro­vided. Apart from a lit­tle rain, it was bril­liant.

■ Thumbs up to the lovely per­son who found my wal­let in a trol­ley at Pak’nSave. You are a saint!

■ Thumbs up to the Awhina So­ci­ety for all the amaz­ing pre­sents you pro­vide each year to fam­i­lies in need, we re­ally ap­pre­ci­ate it.

■ Thumbs up to Tash from Lake­land

Glass. We cracked the wind­screen of our rental car four days into a month’s hol­i­day in New Zealand just be­fore Christ­mas. Tash had a look at the wind­screen, con­firmed that the crack could spread and man­aged to squeeze in an ap­point­ment for us to get the screen re­placed and the at­tached screen cam­era to be re­cal­i­brated be­fore we left Taupo¯ for Welling­ton and Lake­land Glass closed for Christ­mas. She even picked us up from Jar­den Mile on the Fri­day morn­ing we were col­lect­ing the car. Thanks Tash and Lake­land Glass for sav­ing our hol­i­day.

■ Thumbs up to Nigel Broad­hurst from Taupo¯ Mo­tor Com­pany for be­ing the best car sales­man ever. Your af­ter-sales loy­alty is out­stand­ing. We hear you are re­tir­ing and wish you all the very best, and a huge thank you for all your ser­vices in the past 25 years, you will be missed.

■ Thumbs down to who­ever is re­spon­si­ble for road sig­nage in Taupo¯ , for not putting up suitable di­rec­tions at the be­gin­ning of the East Taupo¯ Ar­te­rial high­way to state there are an­other three dif­fer­ent ways of get­ting into Taupo¯ by util­is­ing the East Taupo¯ Ar­te­rial, thereby re­duc­ing the traf­fic com­ing via the Con­trol Gates Bridge — it would be a sim­ple fix.

■ Thumbs down to the dog own­ers who run their dogs be­hind their cars on the dirt track down to Whakaipo Bay. One day a dog will be hit or cause an ac­ci­dent. By the way you are in breach of by­laws and as a re­sult could be fined $3000.

■ Thumbs down to the lo­cal em­ploy­ees clog­ging fire lanes be­hind busi­nesses, es­pe­cially along Roberts St and Tuwhare­toa St — if there’s an­other busi­ness fire, don’t be sur­prised when it can’t be han­dled swiftly be­cause you parked in the way, or when your ve­hi­cle gets shoved out of the way.

■ Thumbs down to Taupo¯ Dis­trict Coun­cil for hav­ing no real park­ing en­force­ment to keep the al­leys clear, or to ticket those park­ing on the kerb­sides and me­di­ans from Briscoes to the ma­rina, in­stead of in ac­tual marked spots. And thumbs down for not util­is­ing proper park­ing signs that state the days and hours the park­ing rules are in force and en­forced as well — it’s ask­ing for peo­ple to make a mock­ery and do as they please.

■ Thumbs down to a cer­tain group who worry more about house colours and vis­i­ble wash­ing lines than big­ger is­sues. Get off your pedestals and re­alise there are far worse things in life.

■ Thumbs down Taupo¯ , my wife and I stay here ev­ery year for sum­mer (from the south­ern US) and we are dis­ap­pointed that you have al­lowed a huge dig­i­tal screen light pol­lu­tant to flash bright light over your stun­ning town. We leave ci­ties to get away from this and will have to visit an­other town next time we are in New Zealand.

■ Thumbs down to the per­son who would not give me, a aged pen­sioner on a mo­bile scooter, on Ta­ma­mutu St room to get past, as he had more ac­cess to the foot­path than I. What a plonker, I re­ally would like to meet him again in the same sit­u­a­tion!

■ Thumbs down to the wo­man who rides on the pave­ment in town with­out a hel­met, nearly knock­ing me down around a cor­ner. Next time I will cap­ture live footage for the po­lice to re­view. Shame on you!

■ Thumbs down to the per­son on so­cial me­dia who keeps ask­ing for free and cheap stuff when your par­ents have money and so do you, stop bludg­ing.

■ Do you have a bou­quet or a brick­bat? Email your thumbs up/ thumbs down to us at [email protected]¯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.

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