THUMBS UP & DOWN
■ 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.
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