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Nice day for a picnic
Sport Tasman is hosting their annual New
World Teddy Bears Picnic this Sunday, 25th
January from 10.00am – 1.00pm at Thorps
Bush, Motueka. Entry is free and there will
be games, a colouring competition and spot
prizes on the day. Bring the whole family
and don’t forget teddy.
Tata Titanic
It’s that time of year again for the annual
Tata Titanic Cardboard Boat Race. This
is the events 18th year and in the past
there have been boats resembling wedding
cakes, fire engines, submarines, sea creatures and cars – what will your cardboard
boat look like this year? The challenge is not
only to complete the course, but to impress
the judges with the most dramatic sinking.
Entry forms are available on the day with an
entry fee of $10.00 per craft. All competitors
must be able to swim and wear a flotation
vest. It’s all on at Tata Beach, Golden Bay,
on 25th January from 9.00am.
Mini Music Festival
There is going to be the most amazing
Music Fest in the cafe gardens at Riverside
from 4.00pm to 10.00pm on Thurs 22nd!
Featuring an all star line up of local performers, includingb Gabor Irmalos, Aroha
Beat Project, Irie Vibes and much MORE!
Plus kids entertainment, pony rides, circus
shows, and of course great food and drink
options. Tickets on the door, just $5.00 adult
and $2.00 kids!
This Town
Go to the Motueka Market this Sunday
25th and chances are you’ll see your face
later on TV One! A film crew from JamTV
will be there from 9.00am for at least an hour
and a half filming for “This Town”. Centre
stage will be local muso A.J. Hickling.
Many of you will have enjoyed his great
piano playing in recent years in unusual
His Father’s Will
Golden Bay author Suzanne Clark will be
speaking about her newly released book “His
Father’s Will” at the Motueka Library next
week. Her novel is based on the life of her
grandfather, William Tyrrell, born in Takaka
on 24 December 1891. Information was
researched from a framework of authentic
material set alongside family stories, events
of the time and seasoned with the author’s
imagination. Come and hear Will’s tale as
he grows from troubled boyhood to a man
who fights adversity at every turn and strives
to make his way in the world. Suzanne will
be at the library next Friday, 30th January
between 7.00pm-9.00pm.
Twilight concert
Dance along to newly formed band
Fortune Cookie, also known locally as “four
professional musicians and a bank teller.”
It’s on this Friday, 23rd January at Takaka’s
Village Green between 6.00pm and 9.00pm.
There will also be local singer Laura-Mae, a
Smoke Free Rock Quest and NZ X-Factor
entrant. Everyone’s welcome.
Winding up for music festival
Book your tickets now for the Adam
Chamber music festival and gala dinner.
It’s on at Woolaston Estate, January 29th
featuring the New Zealand String Quartet,
Ying Quartet, David Griffiths (clarinet), Helen
Webby (harp) and a surprise guest. What
better way to ease in to 10 days of spectaular music making by partaking in a gala
dinner. There will be great food and wine
which is included in the ticket price as well
as the live music and transport. Get your
tickets from Ticket Direct.
One of the 25 firemen that were called to the scene on Sunday afternoon. Photo courtsey of Ken Horrell.
Fire destroys
roof of home
Twenty-five firefighters were
called to a King Edward Street
house on Sunday afternoon after
the residents noticed a fire coming
from within the ceiling.
Motueka’s Chief Fire Officer
Mike Riddell says they are still
investigating how the fire started
but they are not treating it as suspicious.
Kaiteriteri, Mapua and Richmond
were on the scene with three water
tankers and a fire engine from
Richmond containing a thermal
imaging device used to scan the
structure for heat sources.
It took firefighters 45 minutes to
get the blaze under control which
“looked a lot worse than what it
was,” Mike says.
He believes that the slow burning gib board ceiling meant that
the roof was sealed off well from
the rest of the house, and if it
weren’t for that, the fire would
have spread rapidly throughout
the home.
The roof and ceiling suffered the
most damage, as well as some
water damage in parts of the
house, though some of the furniture had been saved as they were
covered with tarpaulins.
A rare encounter
in Tasman Bay
A pair of local fishermen were
lucky enough to experience a rare
sighting of a large ocean creature during the snapper season in
Tasman Bay late last year.
Jason Manson and Aaron
Sharkie were fishing off Adele
Island when they noticed a black
fin appear on the surface of the
water some distance away.
As it gradually approached they
discovered it was an ocean sunfish which are usually found in
tropical and temperate waters.
Sunfish are the largest boney
fish species in the world and can
grow to weigh up to 1000kg and
nearly 2 metres in length.
“The ocean sunfish feeds on
jelly fish and ironically jelly fish
were around our fishing spot,”
Jason says.
He managed to capture a short
video of the creature which can be
viewed on YouTube.