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  • A warm welcome

    WEDNESDAY 18 NOVEMBER 2015 PH 03 5282088

    Despite wet weather warnings Sunday dawned fine and warm and by 9.30 there was a sizable crowd of youngsters and their adults, fish-ing on Talleys platform at Port Motueka. It was the annual Take a Kid Fishing event organised by the R.S.A. Fishing Club.

    Most youngsters caught a herring of two, a few snagged their neighbours and some were troubled by the inordinate amount of

    Surelytwo year old Jaime Shutt was the young-est fish-erpersonduringSundaysTake a Kid fFishingouting on Talleys platformat Port Motueka?Others like JessicaWood of Riwaka-said sheloved the chance to spend time fishingwith her dad, but 11 year old Sophie was disap-pointedthat her catch was going to be her gran-dads bait.

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    JANE WELLSIt was a beautiful setting on a deli-

    ciously warm spring Sunday when a good crowd of around 200 gath-ered to celebrate the godwits of our Motueka Estuary.

    It was the first time weve had the support of local Iwi, said organiser, Dana Wensley, Its a crucial step forward. Its brought the community together to broaden our understand-ing of the kuaka. The words spoken added a richness and meaning to the event.

    The godwits are a great example to us, said Ngarangi, form the local Iwi, They transcend barriers and travel here as a family. He also told of how his ancestors in the Pacific watched the kuaka and recognised that their annual flight was a sign that there was land further south.

    He also paid tribute to the late Pauline Samways whose inspira-tional work created this event for the first time four years ago. It takes one person to start a journey for us all to follow. His words were sup-ported by a karakia from the local Maori people.

    David Melville of Birds New Zealand spoke about how important the health of the estuary is. As the tide draws out the godwits feed on the kai Moana. It is important to keep the estuary healthy for the birds and ourselves. Healthy mud-flats mean healthy birds and healthy people.

    China is not so good at look-ing after the godwits habitat. In New Zealand we need to show the Chinese that we care and we need to encourage them. This event has more than national significance.

    Afterwards many people lingered to take tea and cakes, to peruse the Department of Conservations display of shore birds and to look at the art and poems from St Peter Chanel Schools pupils. Copies of the scjhools book The Never Ending Summer sold well.

    sea lettuce they fished up instead. One enterprising mother col-lected her familys haul and was planning on taking it home for her asparagus patch. Club members were on hand to help out and sprinkle about the occasional handful of fishmeal. On-shore free sausages and juice were available and at 11am President Linda Glew presented every child with a prize and icecream.

  • guardianthe2 WEDNESDAY 18 NOVEMBER 2015In brief

    Hot fashion for a hot planetThis fashion show with a difference is aimed to mobilise

    creativitywhile delivering an important political message. Its an opportunity to have a response to the unsettling prospect of climate change using wearable art. The fashion show takes place at The Boatshed on 24th November and a number of local artists have entered. Amongst them is the MoTEC staff with Ocean Leather Bikini, Yvonne Hammond with an incredible flax fibre hat creation and Stella Bogdanoff and her Mephitic Toxica We are calling on all government leaders to take bold action to reduce carbon pollution in order to stabilise the climate. said the organisers.

    The United Nations Climate Change conference is on in Paris from November 30th until December 11th with its aim to achieve a legally binding global agreement on climate from all the nations of the world. To find out more go to www.cleanenergyactionz.org

    Want to know about Solar technology?Ulrich von Werder worked as a smart grid architect at General

    Electric in Germany and hell lead tomorrow nights discussion (19th November) about the implementing of viable solar sys-tems for those wanting to go solar. Hell also speak about the future of this technology and therell be talk of customer interests, economic viability and more. All at the Riverside centre from 7pm. Please register with Tanya on educational@riverside.org.nz

    Logo design competition for swimming poolSubmit a winning design for a logo to be used in fund-

    raising for the Motueka Community Swimming Pool and youll receive two double State Cinema movie passes. The logo needs to include the title Motueka Community Swimming Pool and be simple and able to stand out in black and white. For more info contact Maree at dsatherley@xtra.co.nz, or visit Motueka Floral Studio in High Street. Submit your entry by Sunday 13th December.

    Young Mums lunchHave you wondered where to go to get help with parent-

    ing and any health concerns for you and your children? There is a chance for young mums to get together over lunch at Community House at Decks Reserve on Friday 20th November at 10.30am. Come and join us for a yummy lunch.

    Its happeningA small but intrepid group of enthusiasts is working hard

    to establish a base which will cater for the RSE workers who

    live near Motueka during the horticultural season. .The Matariki Pacifica Development Project is going from strength to strength planning and organising what will be the new Cultural Hub, said instigator Renee Doherty recently. Our building at the end of Whakarewa Street is being painted and I have managed to attract a unique artist Jonathan Muzacz , who is on a working holiday.Our facebook page is Matariki Pacifica Project and Im just setting up an online Give a little page. We are only a handful of people networking within the community in order to see this project come to light so we need community assistance.

    Law for Lunch at library All sorts of questions about getting your affairs in order will be answered at Motueka Library on Tuesday 24th

    November between 12.19pm and 1pm by Simon Jones of the Nelson Bays Community Law Service.Bring your lunch and your questions like - Wills, Power of Attorneys and Family Trusts. Why do I need a will and P.O.A.? How do I get one? Is a Family Trust a good idea? Its free!

    On Saturday 28th November, in conjunction with the Food Forest folk as part of an international day of action on Climate Change, the Community Garden is holding its annual sunflower and swan plant plantings and seed swap. Everyones invited and your help with clearing the gorse for the Food Forest behind the gar-den would be welcomed. Its from 1pm.

    Vince OPossum and Sue Walker at work in the Community Gardens tun-nel house.

    As we were saying last week when rudely interrupted...If youre going cross country ski-ing pick a small one.

  • guardianthe WEDNESDAY 18 NOVEMBER 2015 3

    TIM OCONNELLTestament to the

    wide array of recrea-tional activities avail-able these days and the willingness of chil-dren to try something new, aerial perform-ance has emerged as a popular way to pro-mote agility and instill self-confidence with local youngsters.

    Firebird Circus has been giving local chil-dren an opportunity to learn the skills asso-ciated with the acro-batic and aerial side of performance, from silk routines to double aerial hoop for three years now.

    Its roots can be traced back to Brooklyn School, where initial after school lessons saw ropes and silks hung over trees as kids took their first steps in aerial mastery.

    Today 32 prima-ry school children

    receive tuition in acro-batic dynamics and have been making appearances at many local events includ-ing both the Ngatimoti and Brooklyn Fairs in recent weeks.

    Having been essen-tially handed the reins to come up with their own routines the latest group of aerial aces will show what they have produced in a one off performance at Motuekas Memorial, Hall starting at 6pm on Friday 20th November.

    For teacher and cho-reographer Beck Finn - a Circus Arts graduate and former performer with Circus Aotearoa- the opportunities that exist in learning such a physically demanding pursuit go far beyond mere entertainment.

    The scope is huge- its all about increasing fitness and spirit which is so important these

    days when more and more people are sitting still, she said.

    Better still, it and it gives the kids a chance to be expressive and create something

    amazing to show their friends and parents.

    Tickets for next Fridays show are available on the door- $2 for kids $5 for adults and $10 for a family.

    Kids take flight in circus

    Eight year old Lily Mae Kennard- Kohey shows what she has learnt as part of her classes with Firebird Circus.

    Puffin PasschendaelePhoto by Mary Shee

    Nine Motueka locals took time out recently to travel by steam train from Greymouth through the Buller Gorge to Westport and to as far north as Ngakawau before returning to Otira on a very special old steam locomotive - the Ab 608 named Passchendaele. It was a memorable journey with Steam Incorporated which has its headquarters at Paekakariki in the North Island. Here it struggles up the Reefton Incline.

  • guardianthe4 WEDNESDAY 18 NOVEMBER 2015

    Street talkWe asked a few of the guests to our region whether they planned to be in New Zealand for Christmas and if so, where?

    NickCalifornia Ill be in Raglan- thats w

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