YEAR IN RE­VIEW

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July 2018

■ The stars came to town with the se­cond in­stal­ment of the re­in­stated Te Puke Great Com­edy De­bate, with com­edy heavy­weights Michele A’court and Jeremy El­wood at the helm of the two teams. The hus­band and wife pair­ing were ad­ver­saries on the night, Michele A’court get­ting the up­per hand in the de­bate with the moot Youth is Wasted on the Young.

■ Mal­lory the sheep proved to be more than just a woolly com­pan­ion when she took on the role of es­capol­o­gist in Te Puke’s town cen­tre. Owner Fleur Salt de­scribed her as a “weird sheep”, but was pleased to have her re­turned af­ter she was cap­tured in Jel­li­coe St.

■ Te Puke High School was put into lock­down early in the month af­ter a ma­li­cious email was re­ceived. Po­lice checked the school and gave the all clear.

■ Te Puke Reper­tory Theatre marked its 65th birth­day with a get-to­gether of past and present mem­bers at its Litt Park Theatre.

■ Rangiuru pre­miers se­cured a top-four spot in the Bay­wide Premier 2 com­pe­ti­tion to se­cure premier divi­sion rugby for the Te Puke club next sea­son. Rangiuru men’s and women’s sides and Te Puke Sports’ premier and de­vel­op­ment sides all se­cured places in their re­spec­tive com­pe­ti­tions’ fi­nals.

■ Pos­si­bly the dis­trict’s old­est res­i­dent, El­iz­a­beth Forbes cel­e­brated her 105th birth­day sur­rounded by five gen­er­a­tions her fam­ily at Te Puke Coun­try Lodge. El­iz­a­beth was born in north­ern

Scot­land but left with her hus­band Alex and sons Eric and Ken in 1958, spend­ing three years in West­ern Aus­tralia be­fore sail­ing to New Zealand.

■ Te Puke Sports clinched the Bay­wide Pre­mier­ship rugby ti­tle with a 27-13 vic­tory over Te Puna in front of a packed Mur­ray Salt Sta­dium. Club pres­i­dent Ash Peat said the oc­ca­sion was “prob­a­bly the biggest day in the club’s his­tory”. The club’s de­vel­op­ment side made it a dou­ble cel­e­bra­tion by re­tain­ing the de­vel­op­ment tro­phy with a 27-22 win, also over Te Puna. Rangiuru se­cured the Premier 2 ti­tle with an ex­tra-time 36-32 win away at Te Teko.

■ Anger greeted the news that West­ern Bay of Plenty Dis­trict Coun­cil was con­sid­er­ing scrap­ping com­mu­nity boards, with both Te Puke and Maketu¯ Com­mu­nity Board chair­man crit­i­cis­ing the pro­posal. Maketu¯ Com­mu­nity Board chair­man Shane Beech said he felt com­mu­nity boards were work­ing and Peter Miller, Te Puke Com­mu­nity Board chair­man, said he didn’t see what the prob­lem was with the sta­tus quo.

■ Tack­ling sus­tain­abil­ity is­sues in the ki­wifruit in­dus­try saw Trevelyan’s Pack and Cool win Hort NZ’S En­vi­ron­men­tal award. The En­vi­ron­men­tal Award recog­nised a per­son or or­gan­i­sa­tion that de­vel­oped and im­ple­mented a sus­tain­able en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­ject, with iden­ti­fi­able ben­e­fits. It was the first time Hort NZ has made the award.

Au­gust 2018

Teach­ers from the dis­trict joined col­leagues across the coun­try in strike ac­tion. Teach­ers are con­cerned at the dif­fi­cul­ties of re­tain­ing and re­cruit­ing teach­ers and say con­di­tions need to im­prove for the trend to be re­versed. Prior to strike ac­tion be­ing taken in Au­gust, lo­cal teach­ers held a day of com­mu­nity ac­tion to get their mes­sage across.

■ The town’s Pa­cific com­mu­nity came to­gether at Te Puke In­ter­me­di­ate School for a Pasi­fika Fia Fia fea­tur­ing stu­dents and fam­ily groups from Kiri­bati, Samoan, Tonga and Fi­jian her­itage. ■ Te Puke United’s women’s team won the Bay 1 Cham­pi­onship ti­tle with a 5-2 vic­tory over O¯ tu­moetai women, with Ash­ley Weld scor­ing all five of Te Puke’s goals.

■ St Thomas Angli­can Church cel­e­brated its 150th an­niver­sary with a week­end of events at the church and at Whakaue Marae in Maketu¯ . One of the high­lights was the un­veil­ing of a glass case hous­ing a Bi­ble that is older than the church it­self. The Bi­ble was given to Maketu¯ ’s first lo­cal Angli­can min­is­ter, Ihaia Te

Ahau, when he fin­ished his train­ing. It is dated April 29 1858. There was stand­ing room only at the small church on the hill­side over­look­ing Maketu¯ for the morn­ing Eucharist led by Rev Wiremu Ana­nia.

■ Two peo­ple in a house in Queen St that went up in flames were alerted to the fire and es­caped be­fore emer­gency ser­vices ar­rived. The Te Puke Med­i­cal Cen­tre was evac­u­ated and the street closed.

Septem­ber 2018

A light-fin­gered let­tuce thief plun­dered Te Puke Com­mu­nity Gar­den, steal­ing vir­tu­ally all the 200 seedlings planted in a bed close to Jo­ce­lyn St. The let­tuces were be­ing grown to sup­ply The Daily cafe and the town’s food­bank at Em­pow­er­mentnz as well as be­ing for the com­mu­nity. “It’s crazy — they are not even plants, they are just seedlings,” said com­mu­nity gar­den chair­woman Julie Gray. The com­mu­nity ral­lied and do­na­tions from in­di­vid­u­als and busi­nesses en­sured the seedlings were re­placed.

■ Te Puke In­ter­me­di­ate School re­claimed the AIMS Games boys’ 7s rugby crown it had won in 2016 with a fi­nal vic­tory 19-12 over lo­cal ri­vals Tau­ranga In­ter­me­di­ate. Te Puke In­ter­me­di­ate’s girls’ 7s side al­most made it a dou­ble, go­ing down 12-7 to Auck­land’s Royal Oak in the girls’ fi­nal.

■ Maketu¯ Vol­un­teer Coast­guard had a stel­lar month, be­ing named win­ner of the Supreme Award at Trust­power West­ern Bay of Plenty Com­mu­nity Awards and Coast­guard’s East­ern Re­gion’s club of the year. At the re­gional awards the club also won the res­cue of the year and the com­mu­nity event of the year ac­co­lades. At the end of the month Maketu¯ Coast­guard launched its new res­cue ves­sel Ko­hinui Res­cue.

■ Te Puke High School head girl Ash­leigh Ngow won the Com­mu­nity Spirit Award at the Trust­power Com­mu­nity Awards. Pa¯ pa¯ moa Surf Life­sav­ing Club and Maketu¯ Ro­tary Club also re­ceived awards, while Te Puke Toy Li­brary, Paen­garoa Kinder­garten and Maketu¯ On­ga­toro Wet­land So­ci­ety were

fi­nal­ists in the Trust­power awards.

Oc­to­ber 2018

■ The Te Puke Cen­tre Work­ing group an­nounced plans to crowd-fund to buy the rights to pro­vide postal ser­vices in Te Puke, with an in­no­va­tive pro­posal to use prof­its from the busi­ness to fi­nance the pro­vi­sion of a vis­i­tor and in­for­ma­tion cen­tre in the Post­shop build­ing in Jel­li­coe St. The group had been work­ing for around 18 months to es­tab­lish a cen­tre which would be a pro­fes­sional, neu­tral and shared space that sup­ports the com­mu­nity, its vis­i­tors and the town’s in­dus­tries.

■ Rangiuru Sports Club cel­e­brated 125 years of ex­is­tence over Labour Week­end with sports and so­cial events. The club’s roots can be traced back to the 1890s when the first Rangiuru team was formed by brothers Moho and Ari­taku Wi­hapi.

■ Maketu¯ Vol­un­teer Coast­guard was still win­ning awards in Oc­to­ber and was named Na­tional Unit of the Year at the 2018 Coast­guard Awards of Ex­cel­lence in Welling­ton. The club also won the Com­mu­nity Re­la­tions Ac­tiv­ity of the Year award. Pres­i­dent Shane Beech said the award recog­nised the hard work put into train­ing, com­mu­nity ac­tiv­i­ties and fundrais­ing.

■ Te Puke’s Sikh com­mu­nity put on one of the town’s most colour­ful events with its pa­rade over Labour Week­end. Thou­sands marched from the Gu­rud­wara Tem­ple on No 3 Rd to the town cen­tre and back again.

■ In his first sea­son as a Bay Steamer, Te Puke Sports lock Kane Le’au­pepe was named rookie of the year and male club player of the year at the an­nual Bay of Plenty Rugby Awards.

■ The se­cond run­ning of Te Puke’s Hal­loween trail was a re­sound­ing suc­cess, with traf­fic man­age­ment mea­sures head­ing off the is­sues ex­pe­ri­enced when the trail was held in 2017.

Our re­view of the year will be wrapped up in next week’s Te Puke Times.

Win­ning team cap­tain Michele A’court makes a point with some venom at the Epic Te Puke Com­edy De­bate.

Fleur Salt with Mal­lory the sheep that went walkabout in Te Puke.

Te Puke In­ter­me­di­ate School Pasi­fika stu­dents, from left, Pe­lea Lan­g­ley (Kiri­bati), Al­ice Ma­soe (Samoa), Malakai Cama (Fiji) and Ju­nior Tau­mata (Samoa).

Five gen­er­a­tions gath­ered to cel­e­brate El­iz­a­beth Forbes’ 105th birth­day at Te Puke Coun­try Lodge.

St Thomas Angli­can Church dea­con Meeshla Nathan with the Bi­ble that was pre­sented to Maketu’s first lo­cal Angli­can min­is­ter, Ihaia Te Ahau, when he fin­ished his train­ing in 1858.

Te Puke Com­mu­nity Gar­den chair­woman Julie Gray was dis­heart­ened by the theft of 200 let­tuce seedlings.

Labour week­end saw Te Puke’s Sikh com­mu­nity pa­rade through the town.

Maketu¯ Coast­guard pres­i­dent Shane Beech.

Te Puke Sports lock Kane Le’au­pepe was named BOP Rugby rookie of the year.

Sa­fari Fawcett (left) and Sum­mer Fawcett on the Te Puke Treat trail.

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