In this week’s edi­tion we look back at some of the events and per­son­al­i­ties that shaped Te Puke and the sur­round­ing area dur­ing the first six months of 2018 with the first half of our Year in Re­view.

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A fa­mous face ap­peared in Te Puke as well known artist Gra­ham ‘Mr G’ Hoete painted Joseph Parker’s like­ness on the wide wall of Te Puke Bak­ery — at­tract­ing a fair few peo­ple to see him at work. The mu­ral co­in­cided with Parker’s world cham­pi­onship bout against An­thony Joshua, a bout he lost on a unan­i­mous de­ci­sion af­ter the fight had gone the full 12 rounds.

Te Puke Toy Li­brary cel­e­brated its 20th birth­day with a se­ries of events. The toy li­brary was set up by a group of mums de­ter­mined to plug some of the gaps in fam­ily needs in the com­mu­nity. It was first es­tab­lished af­ter a pub­lic meet­ing in May 1998 called by Kathie Hart, Mandy Bai­ley and Caro­line Ste­wart. The idea was to give fam­i­lies an op­por­tu­nity to pro­vide ed­u­ca­tional toys for their chil­dren.

A seven-year project to es­tab­lish the 4km Te Ara Kahikatea Path­way came to fruition with the path­way’s of­fi­cial open­ing. The open­ing was marked by a for­mal cer­e­mony on April 20 with a fun run/walk the fol­low­ing day. The idea for the path­way, to be used by walk­ers, run­ners and cy­clists, be­longed to Gael and Cedric Blaymires who put it to the Te Puke En­vi­ron­men­tal Fo­rum which cre­ated the Te Ara Kahikatea In­cor­po­rated So­ci­ety to drive the project.

Sadly, Cedric died in 2017 and didn’t see his dream com­pleted.

Te Puke War Me­mo­rial Hall was of­fi­cially re­opened af­ter be­ing closed since Oc­to­ber 2017 to al­low earthquake strength­en­ing work to be car­ried out. The first event in the newly re­fur­bished hall was the an­nual Bay of Plenty Orchid So­ci­ety Show, fol­lowed by the An­zac Day com­mem­o­ra­tions.

Artist Mr G (Gra­hame Hoete) painted a mu­ral of boxer Joseph Parker in Te Puke.

Te Ara Kahikatea In­cor­po­rated So­ci­ety sec­re­tary Grant Dally, left, Gael Blaymires and Western Bay of Plenty Mayor Garry Web­ber cut the rib­bon to of­fi­cially open the Te Ara Kahikatea Path­way.

Te Puke’s Easter egg trail proved to be a real hit with all kinds of Easter-re­lated cos­tumes. Ella and Mya Ri­ley grab a selfie in the Her­itage Walk­way.

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