TIME TO REFLECT
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.
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.