Bill Williams—A Man of Mapua
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August 2017
Bill Williams—A Man of Mapua
t is for very good reasons that Bill Williams will be
remembered unofficially as the “Mayor of
Mapua”. It was not just the many years Bill was an
active and effective leader of our community, but also
because of his skill at engaging with people. Bill was
always an interested listener often with a twinkle in
his eye, and then he would consider the best course
ahead for the whole community. Looking back, we
realise how we lucky we were that that Bill and
Karen came into our world at a time of major change
for Mapua as its biggest business, the chemical factory, faltered, closed, then required a huge clean-up.
Karen made a contribution to our community in
her own right, working to build community services,
most notably the Mapua Library and the Nelson Hospice. So this month we grieve with Karen, David and
the family over the recent loss of Bill, a remarkable
man who made his mark in many ways, and left
Mapua a healthier, more diverse and more cohesive
Bill provided the effective leadership our community needed at an early stage when it became apparent
that the dominant business in the community, the
Fruitgrowers’ Chemical Company was not only an
anachronism, but a threat to public health and needed
to be closed as quickly and safely as possible. Later,
Bill was also an agent for change leading the Mapua
community into an era of new values: he championed
care for the environment and sustainable businesses.
He was notable for his early advocacy for walking
and cycling pathways, encouraging better eating
places, caring for our unique estuary location and
planting and valuing native New Zealand trees.
It needs to be remembered that when Bill and
Karen first came to Mapua in the early 1980s it was a
very different place. It was a backwater, a charming
village, with not one pub. John and Jenny
Marchbanks were running the store in Mapua then
and John remembers first meeting Bill in his store
and learning that Bill and Karen had recently holidayed at the then newly-opened Mapua Leisure Park.
Their short stay proved to be life-changing. “Mapua
will do us,” were Bill’s words to John. Both Bill and
Karen quit teaching jobs they had in Wellington and
moved to Mapua, where they took up residence in the
small, historic Higgs Cottage, sited in a commanding
position overlooking the heart of the village.
Billl and Karen renovated the cottage, were generous with their hospitality and quickly made many
friends. Bill embarked on a long-term project to replace wattle trees growing on the bank above Aranui
Road with a range of natives.
Bill also quickly became a familiar figure as he
walked about the village, where he encountered some
of the eccentricities of our community at that time.
The Williams’ home was immediately opposite the
Bill Williams (in the white shorts) at the
clean-up site
long-established Perry’s Garage, probably the only
garage in New Zealand where customers with a faulty
car but short of cash might be offered a few tools,
given some rudimentary training and offered the
chance to repair their car themselves.
The garage, as well as serving the motoring public, was attached to an engineering workshop where
one of the Perry brothers, Ted, was Mapua’s jack-ofall-trades, and the chief fire officer of the local brigade. When Bill and Karen later decided they wanted
to set up a restaurant using a redundant school building from Henley School in Nelson, it was Ted who
was called on to help solve numerous problems in the
ambitious project. Ted, as apparently was often the
case, stipulated that there would be no charge for his
services. It was an offer that Bill and Karen refused to
accept. The difference was finally resolved when Bill
and Karen agreed to pay the cost of Ted’s mileage for
his services. However, as Ted’s workplace was just
across the road from the worksite, Mapua Engineering’s monthly mileage charge to the Williams was
always ‘zero’.
Another Mapua Engineering client was the
sprawling Fruitgrowers’ Chemical Company and
adjacent Lime and Marble plant at the junction of
Aranui Road and Tahi Street. Together, the two
made up Mapua’s biggest business enterprise, employing more than 100 people at that time. At the
height of FCC’s activities, in the 1970s, a bus carried
workers daily from Motueka to the chemical works
and home again.
A little further along Tahi Street from the chemical works, Bill encountered Chris du Fresne, who
was long-settled in Mapua, had built his own home
beside the estuary and had changed from running a
poultry farm to making pottery in a kiln he had also
built himself. Chris had become increasingly angry
over evil smells and likely contaminants emanating
from the nearby chemical factory, particularly a pungent garlic-like smell that could cause eye irritation
(probably gusathion).
In Bill, Chris found a ready listener. Bill was dismayed to learn that the list of chemicals being either
produced or experimented with at the chemical works
included some which were extremely toxic, from the
world’s “dirty dozen”, particularly organophosphates,
which could kill a person on contact, according to the
district nurse’s instructions for emergencies. Also on
the list were chemicals used by American forces in
Vietnam as defoliants, including 2,4,5-T and 2,4-D.
Bill began making his own inquiries and discovered that FCC was using 124 chemicals to make 84
different pesticides, herbicides and insecticides. From
discussions with wharf workers, he learned that many
of the drums of the most toxic chemicals were being
loaded on to coastal freighters and sent to ports
around the country, where they were distributed to
farmers by two of the country’s biggest oil companies. Bill joined Chris in making complaints about
the toxic chemicals in the village to the then Waimea
County Council, but made little progress with its long
-serving county clerk or with its councillors, who
were mainly farmers. Chris and Bill were also worried about the potential for a fire at the chemical plant
and what would happen to the residents along Tahi
Street if fire broke out.
Bill and other concerned residents formed a small
organisation called the Campaign against Noxious
Substances (CAN) and persisted with questions about
the chemical plant. CAN discovered that there was
really no evacuation plan for the community in the
event of a fire at the plant. CAN organised what was
believed to be the first citizen protest in Mapua, held
outside the offices of the chemical company.
Wider discussion of the dangers of big quantities
of toxic chemicals in the growing community followed, particularly after Bill encouraged and supported Mapua’s community newspaper which, even
in the 1980s, was still published by hand on an ancient Gestetner machine by long-term resident and
former orchardist Bernard Wells, who also became a
key member of CAN. A growing group of residents
became concerned about the toxic chemicals made at
the works, among them many mothers from Mapua
Playcentre, then based in the Mapua Hall.
A series of events followed in Mapua that sealed
the fate of the Fruitgrowers’ Chemical Company. The
biggest was a terrifying fire at the factory site, only a
few score metres from the Mapua Fire station. When
members of the brigade arrived at the scene, they
were confronted by a sheet of flames rising 20-30m
in the sky, followed by the explosions of gas cylinders up into the sky like rockets and an all-pervading
smoke and stench of chemicals. Other brigades from
Nelson to Motueka arrived at the site and the collective crews succeeded in putting the fire out, after it
had razed offices, laboratories and workshops on the
western side of Tahi Street, but had not reached any
significant quantities of toxic chemicals.
Because of the world’s growing concern about
chemicals in the mid-1980s, critical articles about the
Mapua factory’s activities started to appear in the
Nelson Mail, national magazines like North and
South and the New Scientist magazine in Britain.
Mapua was said to have the most toxic site in New
Zealand. Meanwhile, the Health Department was increasing restrictions on the use of many chemicals
like those being produced in Mapua.
Other events included changes in ownership of the
chemical factory, first to the BP oil company in 1980
and later in 1985 to a group of Nelson investors.
Meanwhile, the company was finding it increasingly
difficult to find places to dump its waste fluids, some
of which were being dumped in trenches on Rabbit
Island and holes on Takaka Hill through to 1988.
With the appointment of a new manager, plans were
developed to change the activity at Port Mapua to one
for chemical treatment of timber using a timber preservative liquid that included arsenic. When the plan
was supported by the local council, CAN took an appeal to court and won a reprieve. The chemical company changed hands again, manufacturing of chemicals and sprays ceased and in 1988 the site was to be
Through all these changes, Bill provided a steady
hand on the tiller as chair of the Community Association. He and the association subsequently insisted on
a proper clean-up of the site, and also a clean-up of
numerous dumps of waste chemical material in the
immediate district.
In court, in the council chamber, or in submissions to the Ministry for the Environment, Bill was an
eloquent and persuasive advocate for the Mapua community. When the going got tough, he would sometimes resort to an old tactic, referring to the period he
had served with British Armed Forces in the post-war
occupation of Palestine, that seemed to give him extra
credibility with
the officials he
needed to convince.
Finally in 2004,
the Community
Association then
led by Wilma
Tansley and Pat
Perry, signed an
agreement with
the Ministry of
which was to
oversee remediation of the toxic
Chris du Fresne
Bill was
still there at the signing as the central figure through
the whole saga and he continued to be actively involved in the clean-up until it was completed four
years later.
Bill subsequently stayed the course in advocacy
by the association and community for a park that
would overlook the estuary as a form of compensation for the long-term damage to Mapua from the
chemical factory. Government and council finally
agreed to the proposal of a park, but it was also a
compromise deal. The quantity of chemicals and contaminated soil to be remediated proved so great that a
proportion of the untreated soil was collected as an
underlay and then capped with clean soil to form
what is now Waterfront Park. As a public park, the
area was subject to a management plan that strictly
required no disturbance of the underlay of contaminated soil.
In the late 1980s and early 1990s, Bill was a driving force behind other Mapua amenities. His advocacy led to council recognition of a public walkway
across the Causeway, around the Western Entrance of
Waimea Estuary, and back to Mapua via the Old Mill
Walkway. In Ruby Bay, he encouraged the Van
Beek family and the council to protect areas of native
bush when the family subdivided the area north of
Pine Hill Road creating Brabant Drive and the housing there. Later Bill led the work by local residents to
create public pathways through the reserved area.
He was part of a group which worked for several
years on a proposal to enhance and improve the
Mapua Inlet, a forerunner of later efforts by community groups to plant native trees in Mapua Wetland,
Aranui Park and Dominion Flats.
In the 1980s, Bill and Karen had pioneered a new
type of restaurant for Mapua, the Inlet, specialising in
being less formal, home cooking and a welcoming
atmosphere. ‘The Inlet’ was a significant new business and hub for Mapua. Eventually it morphed into
the present Sprig and Fern Tavern.
Karen and her close friend, the late Betty Higgins,
made a huge contribution to Mapua when they successfully gained a grant of nearly $160,000 from the
Canterbury Community Trust (now the Rata Foundation) for the Mapua Community Library, enabling it
to build new premises on the RSA memorial reserve
at the corner of Toru Street and Aranui Road. Also,
for many years Karen and Betty supervised a fundraising stall for the Nelson Hospice outside the
Mapua 4 Square.
Bill and Karen’s close relationship seemed to give
them a resilience that enabled them to overcome
some major family setbacks and toward the end of
their time in Mapua, they were often seen out and
about with their grandchildren. They left their beloved cottage on the hill for a house on the flat in
Moreland Place, and some years later, they moved to
Nelson. However, their involvement in and service to
the Mapua community never seemed to be diverted or
diminished. Bill continued to hold court with friends
at the Naked Bun coffee house (now the Village Bakery) and at the tavern that is now the Sprig and Fern.
He came to Mapua Wetland to join a team of Mapua
School pupils planting native beech trees. Karen and
Betty Higgins continued to run the Hospice stall in
Mapua until they both left the district.
We are much the poorer for Bill’s passing, but
memorials he has left are all around us: Waterfront
Park on the cleaned-up site of the chemical factory;
the bank of native trees behind the Sprig and Fern; a
sign designating the Mapua Causeway and beach as a
public walkway; another sign at Grossi Point identifying the birds of the Waimea Estuary and the wonderful public pathways through the native forest west
of Ruby Bay. It is no exaggeration of Bill Williams’
importance to the Mapua community to use the tribute on the epitaph at St Paul’s Cathedral in London
for the architect Sir Christopher Wren as a parting
message that is also appropriate for Bill – “Reader, if
you seek his memorial, look around you”.
David and Judy Mitchell
Bill Williams
heophilus Richard Hamlen-Williams – known
around Mapua as plain Bill Williams – died in
Nelson in July at the age of 91.
Bill was born into a privileged family in Kingsland, Herefordshire. His father, David, was a substantial landowner who served a term as High Sheriff. In
World War I, he was at Gallipoli, and in World War
II he commanded an anti-aircraft site on the Thames.
This extract written by Bill’s favourite cousin,
Gynor, exemplifies the inter-war society into which
Bill was born: ‘When I was a child my uncle, Captain
Hamlen-Williams and his wife Dolly and my cousins
Diana and Bill lived at Angel House. On March 25
each year all his tenants would arrive up the steps into
the hall where they would be given a drink, possibly
sherry or beer. … One by one, they would speak to
the Captain, who was seated behind a large desk, and
After this, Bill headed into western New South
Wales to a job as a jackaroo on a large sheep and cattle station.
In 1951, he moved to New Zealand and worked on
farms in the King Country and as a wharfie in Gisborne. After a stint as a barman at Wellington’s Barretts Hotel, he enrolled in the University of Canterbury’s School of Fine Art where he was taught by
forward-thinking lecturers such as Bill Sutton and
Russell Clark. He lived at the famous 22 Armagh
Street with artists and notables including Pat Hanly,
Quentin MacFarlane, Bill Culbert, John Coley, Ted
Bracey, Dick Ross and Trevor Moffitt. Their communal flat was to become known as 'little bohemia’
and they were called ‘the Armaghnians’, a ‘tight
bunch of pre-hippies who thought they could save the
This communal style of living was novel in New
Zealand in the mid-50s. Another art student at
Armagh Street was my sister, Karen Macfarlane.
She met Bill there in 1954 – 63 years ago.
The following year, she brought him up to meet
the family in Days Bay. He was a decade older
than Karen and spoke with an upper-class British
accent. This made him fair game for my two
older brothers who took him sailing in their
Idlealong yacht. They made him forward hand,
the worst possible possie in a Wellington 25-knot
nor’wester. Having nearly drowned him, they
accepted him as an okay bloke. This was a good
thing as Karen and Bill married in December
1956. Within a month they sailed for the UK on
the Shaw Savill passenger ship Tamaroa's last
Now it was Karen’s turn to meet the family. The
newlyweds lived in London in a houseboat moored
on the Thames at Cheyne Walk, Chelsea, and did a
stint of grape-picking in Provence. Back in London
Bill got a job as a driving instructor and Karen waitressed among other jobs.
They returned to Days Bay in 1959 where they
bought a house at 48 Ferry Road with a magnificent
vegetable garden and views through Wellington
Heads to the seaward Kaikoura Ranges.
When their son David was born in 1961 Bill decided to become a teacher so went to Training College in Wellington. Both Karen and Bill taught at
various schools in Lower Hutt and Petone until in
1980 they sold Days Bay and moved to Mapua.
They pruned grapes. They bought the old Higgs
homestead on the hill above the village. Later they
built and opened the Inlet, the first restaurant in
Mapua (now the Sprig & Fern), in a small paddock
below the house. And they both got deeply involved
in the local community.
Bill on his 80th birthday at his home in Mapua
pay their rents, in advance, for lands and farms and
some houses and cottages. Contracts would be reviewed and renewed.’
On leaving school, Bill joined the Welsh Guards.
In 1947, as a lieutenant in the 1st Guards Brigade, he
was dispatched to Palestine, then under British Mandate, to try and control the tide of holocaust survivors
pouring in. After a motorbike accident in which he
smashed both ankles, he was hospitalised and eventually returned to the UK on a hospital ship and left the
Bill’s older sister Diana and her husband took
over the farming of the family estate and Bill decided
to head for the Antipodes. He got a job as a stockman
on the Shaw Savill ship Doric and left Liverpool with
a precious cargo of 12 prize bulls bound for Melbourne. To this day, it is a mystery how, on arrival in
Port Phillip Bay, Bill was one bull short. Somehow
the animal must have escaped from its deck cargo pen
and jumped into the Indian Ocean.
Kester Macfarlane
Tane’s Ark Wins Top Environment Award
en years of native tree-planting by Mapua
School pupils was rewarded at the 2017 Trustpower Community Awards with a first prize in the
environment and heritage category for the school’s
Tane’s Ark project .
The awards, announced in late June, were held at
an elegant presentation evening at Seifried’s Winery
with an estimated 1000 people present in the main
function hall. Representing the Tane’s Ark project
were Mapua School teacher Simon Clearwater and
David Mitchell of Friends of Mapua Wetland. They
were astonished when the project was declared the
winner. The group’s entry had been a rushed affair
and they did not expect even a placing, much less a
In announcing the win, awards convenor Emily
Beaton particularly praised the work of the 2016
Mapua School’s Tane’s team for planting, weeding
and mulching significant parts of Aranui Park and
also their work guiding visitors in Tane’s Ark and
Mapua Wetland, notably guests attending the 2016
National Wetlands Symposium. Ms Beaton also
praised the 2017 team, which had organised a Tane’s
Ark open day for the school and for parents in January this year.
She said that the award judges did not look for
particular achievements for a category winner, rather
they looked for community activities that “tell a
Describing the Tane’s Ark project, she said:
“These young volunteers are doing a great job of developing this area of wetland forest and they deserve
to be recognised. Congratulations. We look forward
to seeing this area continue to thrive.”
Tane’s Ark was one of three Tasman District projects which won placings in the Environment and
Heritage Awards section of the Nelson Tasman Trustpower Awards. Runner up in the section was the
Keep Motueka Beautiful organisation, a frequent
winner in the annual awards, while the Waimea Estuary-based Battle for the Banded Rail group won a
A notable feature of the 2017 Nelson and Tasman
awards was the number of awards going to teenagers
and young people. In the Education and Youth Development category, the Nelson Youth Council, an organisation encouraging young people’s involvement
in decisions about their community, won the award
for Nelson. Any one of the nominees for the Youth
Spirit Award could have been a winner, as all had
impressive records, with some committing to voluntary help for other children, such as with Big Brothers, Big Sisters.
The winner of the Youth Spirit
Award, Fynn Sawyer of Nayland
College, provided an emotional high
point for the evening with an announcement that surprised even the
event organisers. After Fynn accepted his award and praised his
mother for the support she had given
him with his commitments, he announced that he was
giving his whole $500 prize to a Nelson women’s
welfare group. He knew that the secretary was present and asked her to come forward to receive the
$500 for the women’s group. As he handed the
money over to the secretary, Fynn let the audience
know that she was also his mother. The audience reacted with strong applause for both.
The $500 prize won by Mapua School for the
Tane’s Ark will be used for further planting for the
project in Aranui Park. In recent years, the Tane’s
Ark project has also been supported by grants from
rates from the Tasman District Council. In 2016-17,
the TDC gave $2300 for the project.
The Trustpower Community Awards are an annual
event, with similar awards to community volunteers
being distributed at regional awards presentations
throughout the country. In 2011, Mapua School won
a Tasman District Council award for Best School
Project, also for the Tane’s Ark development.
David Mitchell
My neighbour knocked on my door at 2.30am.
Can you believe that? 2.30am! Luckily for him,
I was still up playing my bagpipes.
Statistically, 6 out of 7 dwarfs are not Happy.
The A to Z of Chopping Wood
great thing about a lifestyle property is the
hunter/gather feeling. While I could kill and
butcher one of the sheep wandering about a few yards
away, that’s hardly hunting and it would really irritate
Peter, the sheep’s owner. No, I’m referring to gathering wood, not that wood requires much hunting.
We’ve been burning a fair bit recently so I thought
I’d document the process of getting more. The first
thing is to fuel up the chainsaw. Of course the premixed stuff in the can has been there a few months
and gone off, so that has to be disposed of and a new
batch made. No problem, just a bit of mixing and
shaking. Then start the chainsaw and find, for the
first time in its 15-year life, it doesn’t. Off to the local shop. It’s funny I still go there; the first time I
went in it was to say my chainsaw wasn’t cutting
properly. He took one look and said it helps to have
the chain on the right way round.
A few days later the saw had been repaired and I
got cutting. And it certainly cut, ripping through logs
lying around as never before. A huge tree trunk I’d
been eying up for months was no more after 30 minutes. There was no stopping me, except the growing
pile of “rounds” dotted around the property. The next
task was to get them to the chopping area. Not having an ATV, it’s by hand. Pick, carry, drop. Repeat,
and repeat, and repeat.
Having spent twice as long getting the wood back
to the shed and by now tired out, that was it for one
day. Next day was splitting day. Two friends of
mine had suggested an axe called an X27. I never
knew axes could have such muscular, supercar-type
names, but I knew I wanted one. Logs “fell apart at
the sight of it” they said, or rather the wife of a
builder friend said. She did the splitting in their
household, no problem, and didn’t look like a Soviet
discus-throwing champion either. Off to Mitre 10
and then back home, $130 poorer.
Now it was time to split. The rounds were
stacked, the block positioned, the round on top, the
axe ready. And swing! The axe buried itself deep in
the round. Lever it out, swing and it’s in again.
Lever it out, swing and watch the round split in two.
Now split those two halves into quarters—two
blows—and we’ve done one round. Perhaps we now
have two hours of firewood. Or rather will we have
when I have carried them up the hill to the house.
And so it went on for an hour or two, with each
swing getting lamer and the blows per round increasing. The X27 is certainly a great axe, but the key to
block splitting is you have to really, really mean it
when you swing. Even with an X27. An X27 is no
substitute for aggression and I have a newfound respect for my builder friend’s wife, and perhaps for the
builder too. Eventually I’d done a fifth of the rounds
and the woodpile was a little bit bigger. That evening
we walked the dog up the road. Within five minutes
of leisurely stroll there are two firewood suppliers,
their crates overflowing with firewood, all the right
shape, just the right length and with a look to them of
“I can’t wait to be burned”. You know what I mean:
that rough, splintery edge you just know is going to
catch light really easily. And I looked at these crates,
all transportable to the location of your choice, and
wondered what they might cost.
John Blampfylde
Mapua Bowling Club
In his after-lunch speech, Club president Dave
England looked back over the history of the club
which was first established in 1927. He noted that the
club was first located on the corner of Toru and Iwa
streets in Mapua. In 1933, the club shifted to the corner of Seaton Valley Road and State Highway 60.
Several members at the birthday lunch were members
back when the club was located at this site: Joy Scott,
Sylvia Peters, Nancy Coeland, Judy March and Les
In 2004 the club sold its club rooms and grounds
on Seaton Valley Road to Network Tasman. The
company had plans to build a substation on that site.
So, the Mapua Bowling Club then moved to its current location on the Mapua Domain, returning to
within 400 metres of its original 1927 site.
After the president’s speech, the birthday cake was
cut by Dave England and club captain, Sue England.
Hillary Brown played the piano as all joined in to
sing a rousing rendition of Happy Birthday as a salute
to the past and a toast to the future of the club.
The Write Bias
Ragtime and swing music of the 1920s filled the club
room as members of the Mapua Bowling Club celebrated the club’s 90th birthday on Sunday 16 July. A
glass of bubbly welcomed each as they arrived for the
special birthday lunch. Around 40 members, many
dressed in a 1920s style, enjoyed the fabulous hot
lunch which included savoury chicken and baked
ham. There is always room for dessert and the selection was mouth-watering. Dessert bowls were brimming with pavlova, brownies, lemon tarts, apple and
black currant crumble, trifle and bread and butter
Sequins and glittering dresses, beads, boas and
feather headbands were the style of the day for the
ladies. Black and white were the colours of choice of
a number of the men, with some sporting classic hats,
vests and braces. Denzil and Kate Stephenson of Redwood Valley won the prize for the best-dressed. Joy
Scott, a life-member of the club, received special
mention for designing and sewing her complete outfit, including her hat!
Barbara Brown
At left: President, Dave England and Club Captain,
Sue England cut the birthday cake
I was at an ATM yesterday. A little old lady asked
if I could check her balance, so I pushed her over
My girlfriend thinks I am a stalker. Well, she's not
exactly my girlfriend yet.
1) The ‘Dale’s Gift’ community hospice project is
charitable. It is structured so that it is impossible for anyone to get a financial advantage from the process. It embodies the spirit of care, trust and kindness with the only
beneficiary being our community.
2) The ultimate goal of the project is to build a warm
and friendly hospice facility on the hill that will be available to members of our community, free of cost.
3) The project will deliberately network with existing
Mapua community groups, to support the need for a ‘whole
community,' process.
Let's get it all started with a great community event.
Ruby Bay Twilight Music Fest Committee
Dale Vercoe's generous gift of prime land has made
possible the building of a hospice in Mapua. While the
project is still in its infancy, many people have already
been generous with their time and energy, demonstrating
that our community spirit is very much alive. A hospice is
something that every family in our district may need at
some stage and this makes the project worthwhile .
Our mini festival/concert on 12 August will fund the
formation of a New Zealand-registered charitable trust that
will run the project, and also support the completion of the
final stages of a two-year community consultation process.
Three ‘Helpful Understandings’ about the project:
Mapua Health Centre
he August calendar includes heart awareness
month and there are some interesting snippets in
some of the recent research about what you can do to
help keep this very important pump working well.
People with at least three unfavourable health stats
from a list that includes large waist size, high blood
pressure or triglycerides, high blood-sugar or low
HDL cholesterol are said to have metabolic syndrome, and are at increased risk of going on to develop diabetes, heart disease or both. But researchers found that when generally healthy people did
strength-building exercise for less than an hour a
week they had 29 percent lower odds of developing
metabolic syndrome than their peers who did no resistance exercise (Mayo Clin Proc 2017).
Not only are sugary drinks bad for the waistline
but they can also lead to clogging up of the coronary
arteries. Research shows that those who consumed
five or more regular soft drinks a week have a 70%
higher risk of increased coronary artery calcium,
which is a marker of disease (Am Heart J 2016).
However, on the positive side regular consumption of
chocolate may decrease the risk of heart events and
stroke in otherwise-healthy individuals. Analysis of
almost 21,000 UK adults showed that those who ate
the most chocolate had an 11% lower risk of developing coronary heart disease (CHD) and a 25% lower
risk of heart-related death over 12 years of follow-up
when compared with those who ate no chocolate. In
addition, the highest-consumption group had a 23%
lower risk of stroke (Heart, June 2015). However,
dark (high cocoa) chocolate is probably better than
milk chocolate when it comes to not furring up arteries according to Italian research (J Am Heart Assoc
Going nuts is also helpful as a higher nut intake is
associated with reduced risk of cardiovascular disease, total cancer and all-cause mortality, and mortality from respiratory disease, diabetes, and infections
(BMC Medicine 201614:207). And, higher fish intake is associated with lower incidence of heart failure, sudden cardiac death, stroke and myocardial infarction (Heart Lung Circ. April 2015). Weight loss
at any age for overweight adults - even if it is not
maintained - is worthwhile because it may confer
long-term cardiovascular health benefits, according to
60-year epidemiological study (Lancet Diabetes Endocrinol May 21, 2014).
It is good to see that the patient portal service,
which allows registered patients access to their own
medical notes, is getting increasingly popular. Manage My Health™ - - is a
web site that uploads patient information from our
computer to a secure web server so that you can access your own health information and manage aspects
of your health care wherever you may be. It also allows us to communicate about test results, appointments, etc. If you would like to register for Manage
My Health™ please talk to the receptionists or email
[email protected]
Book Review
The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen, 83 ¼ Years
Old, by Hendrik Groen. Reviewed by Jill Bunting.
This book is available in the Mapua Community Library.
tale reveals how friendship, selflessness and dignity
lie at the heart of most human experience.
The telling of Henrik’s love affair with Eefjie—
the slow flowering of that love, his new zest for life
and his concerns and attention to his appearance contrasts with his past—a sad, unfulfilling marriage to a
woman who suffered chronic severe mental illness
and the tragic death of their only daughter. The reader
becomes captured by the romance and agonise with
Hendrik over what to wear and how best to impress…
Hendriks friends become real to the reader; his wit
and charm and the kindness he feels towards others
contrasts beautifully with the acerbic comments he
makes about the “moaners and complainers”. We feel
the effects of Alzheimer’s Disease as it slowly consumes the mind of one of his friends and the cruelty
of diabetes in the elderly as another friend gradually
loses toes. We worry about the fate of the animals
that the “inmates” have been forced to give up as animals “are not allowed”, with the entry of some of the
residents into the care facility having been precipitated by family members who wish to glean an early
inheritance by selling the family home. And we laugh
as with self-deprecating humour Hendik tells us of his
drippy bladder and escapades with his mobility
As in the rest of life there are villains, amongst
them the care home manager who is guided by “the
bottom line” and who hides behind rules, rules which
don’t appear to be written down anywhere but are
often quoted… we rejoice as Hendrik engages a lawyer to check the veracity of some of these unwritten
rules, a lawyer who agrees to work pro bono, and
who, despite his stuffy appearance and insufferable
accent also seems to fall under the spell of this engaging old man, just as the reader does.
The theme of this book is an important one and
the reader should read between the lines and spare a
thought and perhaps rethink their opinion of those at
this end of their lives, quite often living in reduced
circumstances through no fault or any degree of mismanagement of their own. The beauty of this book is
the humour and pace of it and the kindness and caring
shown within its pages. It has all the ingredients of a
good read.
I would have to confess that as a lover of crime fiction and travel books I approached this book with
some trepidation, thinking that I would perhaps end
up bored to tears with the ramblings of an old man,
confined to a Dutch rest home, basically waiting out
the rest of his days with a whole lot of like-aged folk.
After all, a great deal of my working life has been
devoted to the health and well-being of the elderly
and the latter decade of my parents’ lives were spent
in a rest home, with me as the only relative in the
same area and thus the primary care person. I truly
thought that a book on the subject would be a less
than pleasant reminder of all the endless hours spent
in rest homes and hospitals...
However, this book is a delightful, sometimes
funny, sometimes truly heart-wrenching story where
the life of Hendrik Groen becomes so entwined with
your own that by the end you feel that he is a personal
The story is set in a care home in Amsterdam and
is the diary of a man who with some fellow residents
sets up “The Old But Not Dead Club” in an attempt
to stir some life into his environment and those
around him.
It is a tale like that many retirees probably have
inside their heads. The young may not expect the 80+
group to still experience the same emotions but this
Mapua Community Library
(Moutere Hills RSA Memorial Library)
Mapua/Ruby Bay and District Community Trust
Sincere thanks for the grant towards the purchase of
books for our Regional Interest collection. This collection
is located in the corner of the library diagonally opposite
the front door. Do go and have a look. We are building a
great selection of fascinating local interest reading material.
Magazines. Current stocks include:
Good Health Choices, July 2017
The Guts of a Good Diet - Michael Mosley; Benefits of
Good Exercise; Quick Healthy Recipes
Wilderness July 2017
Tramping - Dragon's Teeth in Southland, West Coast;
Toaroha Range, Strachan Range; Up the Clyde River into
the Lawrence
NZ House and Garden July 2017. Bland is Banned house full of colour on the Kaipara Harbour; More and
Less - stylish Kiwis talk about how they live; Nourishing,
Comforting Winter Meals; How to Make Flatbreads - roti,
naan, paratha
Trustpower Community Awards 2017
Please see page 26 in the Coastal News for a full report
on this exciting news.
During August and early September our displays will
feature the theme and work by authors and illustrators of
our literary festival.
Can you help? Local electrician needed.
The library seems to have relatively frequent but very
minor electrical issues and would love to have a friendly
electrician who is happy to donate some time and expertise. Do you know anyone who would be happy to have the
library as their community initiative?
Back-up Website and Facebook Page Needed
We currently have only one administrator for these two
public faces of the library. Do you have an understanding
of and interest in the library and would be available to help
maintain these sites? The website uses Weebly. A marketing background would be useful but is not essential.
Lost Property
Clothing and soft toys seem to be the most common of
our lost property items. These are generally posted on our
Facebook page. Please note that we will hold these items
for four weeks before donating them to charity.
Book Sale
Despite the inclement weather, nearly $500 was raised
at our winter book sale. Thanks for your support. A small
selection of sale books are kept in the library for those folk
who would like to make a purchase between sales. Perhaps
you need a good book to take away on that sun-seeking
holiday without having to worry about bringing it back?
Lynley Worsley
Library Hours (closed Statutory Holidays)
Wednesday 2pm-4.30pm
10am-12.30pm, 2pm-4.30pm
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Major Sponsors: Rata Foundation; Lion Foundation; Tasman District Council; Lottery Grants Board.
Some of New Zealand’s best-known authors will speak
at the Literary Festival being organised by Mapua Community Library for the weekend of 15-17 September.
The Festival begins on Friday 15 September with
events for students from Mahana, Mapua, Tasman and
Tasman Bay Christian Schools. Birdlife Productions will
perform Kokako’s Song, a drama and puppetry show for
the younger children. Emma Stevens, author of Walking on
Ice, will speak to the older students about her life and adventures in remote, isolated Alaska.
In the evening Joe Bennett, the library’s patron and
well-known columnist and raconteur, will act as quiz master for a fun quiz.
On Saturday morning storyteller Roger Sanders will
spin tales for younger children followed by presentations
by or conversations with six of the visiting authors.
Joe Bennett will be sure to provide an entertaining start
to the day. Then Fleur Beale, author of numerous novels
for teenagers including I am not Esther, will talk with Jacquetta Bell.
After the prize-giving for the short story competitions
Fiona Farrell, author of The Villa at the Edge of the Empire, will speak with Stella Chrysostomou. Local historian
and well known Golden Bay identity Gerard Hindmarsh
will follow with stories from his upcoming book, Kahurangi:More Tales from North West Nelson.
Mapua Community
Literary Festival
15 — 17 September 2017
Later in the afternoon Fiona Kidman will be in conversation with Carolyn Hughes and then Duncan Sarkies,
writer of the black comedy thriller Scarfies, will talk with
Stella Chrysostomou.
Nelson Live Poets, Fiona Farrell and Fiona Kidman,
will share some of their poetry to finish the day.
Paddy Richardson’s conversation with Peter O’Halloran will start the day on Sunday, followed by Sarah
Laing, author of Katherine Mansfield and Me.
In the afternoon Jenny Pattrick will chat with Esmé
Palliser. Then Veronika Meduna, whose works are concerned with climate change and its impact on Antarctica,
will speak with Dana Wensley. The final speaker for the
weekend will be Elizabeth Knox, author of Vintner’s Luck,
who will talk with Anna Crosbie.
A full programme and booking information is available
in the library and on the library’s website:
Anne Thompson
Still Crazy
Reviewed by Pete Archibald
Among the more remarkable aspects of pop music has always been its ability to reinvent itself,
transforming disasters into triumphs and break-ups
into reunions.
The August movie Still Crazy is a lively, deadpan
comedy that celebrates the joy, the heartbreak and
the absurdity of the rock 'n' roll life. This film is a
funny and witty depiction of an aging 70s British
rock group named Strange Fruit, that gets back together for a reunion 20 years after its last disastrous
One day, the keyboard man, Tony, is recognised
in a restaurant by the son of the man who produced
the disastrous 1977 concert at which Strange Fruit
disintegrated. He suggests a reunion. Tony, who services the condom machines, still believes a little in
the dream of rock 'n' roll. The boys agree to do a
"test tour" of Holland as a preliminary to a big '70s
revival concert. They need the money. But they are
all much decayed since their glory days. By not
shaving and letting their hair grow rank, they're not
able to conceal how bad they look!
Two decades have not been kind to the surviving
members of Strange Fruit. Lead singer Ray (Bill
Nighy) is living way beyond his means. Keyboard
player Tony (Stephen Rea) squandered most of his
earnings on booze. Drummer Beano (Timothy Spall)
is dodging the tax man while holed up in a trailer in
his mother's garden. Guitarist Les (Jimmy Nail) runs
a roofing business in the freezing north of England.
Roadie Hughie (Billy Connolly) works in a street
market. Brian (Bruce Robinson), the Fruits' charismatic lead guitarist, is reportedly dead.
They argue, they act out, they rehash and mourn
the past as they rehearse and they perform for young
people who, in the end, accept the band as kind of
cute, or cool, or at least funkily retro.
Still Crazy (1998) is a film of middle-aged retired
rockers trying to re live and recapture the level of
excitement and enthusiastic and public regard that
left their lives when they hung up their guitars –
funny and entertaining. A great way to spend a couple of evening hours in Mapua.
Dominion Flats
News Flash
The Dominion Flats restoration project has
just been the lucky recipient of a share of native
trees donated by Z Service Stations through a
national scheme called Trees That Count.
Nelson was one of only four regions throughout New Zealand to receive a share of 5000 native trees including rimu, kahikatea, miro,
kanuka, totara and matai. This has been totally
unexpected and is a wonderful boost, particularly with the range of trees offered.
So thank you to all those customers who fill
up their cars at Z stations because you are
helping to green New Zealand.
Helen Bibby
ment, that access to the Mapua Boat Club boat ramp would
never be denied.
Deep-water boat-launching access into the Mapua
channel has spanned several generations and I believe it is
now our role as the current generation to ensure boatlaunching access is maintained for future generations.
I know Mapua is a strong community and I also know,
if we chose to work together to share all current facilities at
the waterfront, each user group can maintain their choice
of recreation pursuit, by working together to mitigate any
problems or issues that may arise.
It’s not too late to have your say to ensure the boating
part of Mapua’s character and boating history survives the
test of time.
Submissions close on 14 August 2017. If you would
like assistance with this I would be happy to help. Simply
phone 540-2618.
Marion Satherley
Letters to the Editor
‘Save Mapua’s Character’
Help save Mapua’s historical character—it’s not too
If you are not already aware, part of Mapua’s historical
character is under threat of not being replaced by the Tasman District Council.
In the TDC’s ‘Proposed Options for the Mapua Waterfront and Adjacent Area’ (POMWAA) document, the TDC
is not supporting the relocation of the current boat ramp at
the wharf. And this decision contradicts the TDC’s assurances to the Mapua Boat Club, the Tamaha Sea Scouts and
the community at the time of the Waterfront Park develop18
Letters to the Editor
Boat Ramp Opposition
I recently bumped into Peter O’Halloran taking his
daily constitutional walk along the beach to Grossi
Point and I took the opportunity to ask him why he
was opposed to the Mapua Boat Club’s proposed
Concept Plan for a launching ramp in the Waterfront
Park. He said that he didn't want to see a line of cars
with boat trailers on or around the Tahi Street parking area.
So I asked him where he thought they should
park. Grossi, Point, he replied. I pointed out that the
Tasman District Council was hopeful that the Waterfront Park’s status as a reserve would be enhanced
with a new ramp and parking. On replying that it had
no reserve status, I suggested that he lacked any
quantitative thought process, as he failed to articulate
any real alternative to the Boat Club’s proposal. His
reply: shift it to the Leisure Park.
I wish to apologise to him, for after hearing his
reasons I became a little upset and castigated him.
However, I was and I am concerned that anyone
would so actively object to this community project
on such flimsy, selfish ideals. If this is truly the basis
of his objection then may I suggest he revisit his ideals. As for the TDC, to put any community boat
ramp at the Leisure Park would mean they may have
to purchase the park – at a cost of how many millions? And then still put in a useable ramp. How
much would this add to our rates?
I also feel that using the Mapua Community Association for lopsided surveys actually does the
group little credit. I think the number of abstainers in
the survey tells a far more accurate story.
I support the right to object, but not to use your
own set of facts – check out the TDC reserves list. I
also heartily agree with the lovely front page article
in the July edition of the Coastal News: put aside
selfish ideals and think in community big-picture
ideals. It is far more rewarding and beneficial to a
greater number.
And yes, I am a boaty, I love it. It's why Sally and
I shifted here, and I'm also concerned about overfishing, boat safety, community spirit, and looking forward to community enjoyment in their environment.
I do genuinely hope that the Boat Club succeeds
in their endeavours, as so far I have yet to hear a better realistic idea or plan. Martin and Tim and the
Club have put a lot of thought and effort into this,
and so it deserves due consideration.
Wayne Daniel, Mapua.
Cooking School for Winter & Spring Meals
arah La Touche, an accomplished chef and cook
school facilitator, and a qualified holistic nutritionist, has set up a cooking school for winter and
spring recipes on the third Thursday of each month at
Plum Tree House.
Sarah started cooking in her early 20s in Sydney.
In 1992, she and photographer husband Denis, upped
stakes and moved to the beautiful village of Roquebrun in the south of France, where they created the
popular guesthouse and cook school, Les Mimosas.
On her return to New Zealand she ran The Epicurean Workshop Cook School, and went on to create
with Cat Vosper, owner of Miro Vineyard, the awardwinning Casita Miro Eatery on Waiheke Island, specialising in Mediterranean food.
In 2010 she qualified as a holistic nutritionist, and
continued sharing her passion for food with the focus
on what nourishes us.
Since 2012, she and Denis have hosted relaxed
and inspiring food lovers tours and walking holidays
in southern France, northern Spain, and Italy through
their company, Foodies In France.
Sarah has written for a variety of food magazines
including Dish, and her recipes have featured in
French Saveur Magazine, Cuisine, and Australian
Gourmet Traveller. Sarah and Denis have also coauthored three cook books including The Les Mimosas Cook Book, a selection of recipes from the meals
they cooked for guests at their French guesthouse.
There is nothing that gives her more pleasure, than
sharing her love and passion for food, wine and
France with others.
She says: “Winter is here and it’s time to explore
the seasons’ bounty, get inspired, and pick up some
yummy new ideas and recipes to share with your
family and friends.
“With shorter days upon us, and cooler temperatures snapping at our heels, there is time in the
kitchen for a bit more reflection, while still not spending hours and hours at the bench.
“We’ll be looking at some wow factor ‘one-pot
wonders’, classic mid winter warmers, French without tears, Spanish/Catalan and Tapas (small plates),
Eating in rhythm with the seasons, better breakfasts,
and if we can fit it in once the weather has warmed, a
raw ‘un-cooking class’.”
Classes run from 1pm to 4pm, are demonstrations,
and limited to 10 people.
The cost of each class is $65. You will enjoy tasting plates, a glass of wine, recipes, wellbeing and
nutritional tips, as well as a little extra something special to take away.
Classes can be booked either individually, or if
you fancy doing a series, you can book the whole
five, and receive a 20% discount. So grab a bunch of
friends, your partner, or just bring yourself.
To reserve your places call Sarah on 027 315 1165
or email [email protected]
Mapua and District Community Association
he Bill Marris Room at the Mapua Hall was full
for the July meeting of the Mapua and District
Community Association meeting. Community members
had come mainly to hear Tasman District Council staff
talk about water access issues for Mapua and the range
of proposed options for boat access in Mapua that Catherine MacFaul had gathered in the last few months.
Lindsay Mckenzie, the TDC’s chief executive officer, opened the discussion then handed over to Cath
who outlined the background to the TDC review and
the subsequent range of options which are now attracting submissions. These close on 14 August.
Sharon Flood then spoke about the submission process, noting that the TDC will have an information tent
in the wharf area on 29 July between 10am and
12.30pm (probably in the hall if wet).
It is really important to be informed and the TDC
website is a good place to get information from. On
their website look for – Public Consultation – Mapua
Waterfront Options- which gives links to follow.
Mike Shruer and Juliet Westbury, TDC staff, spoke
about the background causes contributing to the flooding in the area, particularly in the recent heavy downpours and in the Mapua School area. He assured the
meeting this is being dealt with as are the wider water
and waste water systems for the area.
During the meeting members were given voting
slips to choose a new logo for MDCA from finalists
selected by the executive committee. The choice was
not easy as the selection was all of a very high standard.
The result of this will be announced at the August meeting.
The Waterfront Park Upgrade subcommittee have
made good progress and tabled a plan showing the
placement of picnic tables in the park. Spokesperson
Trish Smith said the next step is to find funding for a
BBQ for the area.
The death of Bill Williams was noted with sadness .He had been given Life Membership of the association to acknowledge all the work he had done for the
community over the years. Several members spoke of
particular contributions he had made and projects he
had been involved with.
The next meeting of the Community Association is
the AGM on 14 August. Do consider putting your name
forward as a representative on the executive. And remember to put in your own submissions regarding water access in this area.
Neville and Helen Bibby
Ginger a Good Winter Warmer
By Sarah La Touche
e all need winter warmers and ginger has to be
one of the best. This pungent, aromatic rhizome was domesticated way back in prehistoric times
in southern Asia, and was one of the most important
dried spices to be used in medieval times. Gingerbread dates from around this period too, and ginger
beer dates back to the 19th century when English
pubs sprinkled dry powdered ginger on their drinks.
Relatives include galangal, cardamom, turmeric
and quite distantly, the banana of all things. We use
ginger in a surprising number of culinary creations
from sweet cakes and biscuits, drinks, flavouring teas,
chutneys and relishes, curries and stir-fries, pickled,
candied for desserts and baking, in soups, and fish
dishes. The latest craze if you are in the loop, is Turmeric latte—a weak latte with turmeric, honey, and a
dab of coconut oil. I can’t say it spins my wheels but
I do love a warming turmeric and ginger tea at this
time of year (see recipe).
Aromas vary depending on where the ginger
comes from. Chinese ginger tends to be quite pungent. South Indian and Australian gingers have more
of a lemony aroma. African ginger is penetrating, and
Jamaican ginger, said to be some of the finest, is delicate and sweet. A lot of the ginger we buy here comes
from Fiji.
Surprisingly, dried ginger can be more heating
within the body than fresh, and as with mustard,
cooking reduces its pungent taste. It adds a refreshing
zing and warmth to whatever it’s mixed with, and has
the ability to compliment the flavours that accompany
it rather than dominating them. Which is possibly
why, although it is creating depth of flavour, we don’t
always recognise it in a dish.
Fresh ginger contains a protein-digesting enzyme,
which makes it great for marinating fish and meat. It
has enormous health benefits, easing and aiding digestion, warming and enhancing digestive fire and
circulation, cleansing and disinfecting. It can be beneficial along with turmeric in lowering inflammation.
It protects our DNA, and even quells nausea and motion sickness. Not surprisingly, it is highly prized in
Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine.
In our household, the day often starts with a
squeeze of lemon and some freshly grated ginger in a
cup of hot water. Better still, to ward off those winter
chills, and leave you feeling just great, try adding this
treat tea to your week. I love sipping on it in the late
afternoon as a pick-me-up, or in the evening when we
are snuggled down by the fire on a chilly night.
Just remember when you are choosing fresh ginger to look for organic by preference (know the
provenance of your food ingredients). Make sure the
rhizomes are firm and smooth-skinned, which should
give you lots of delicious juice and flesh. Avoid any
that are wrinkly or spongy to the touch.
You can chop, grate, or rub ginger, peeled or unpeeled, (the skin is packed with antioxidant properties), use the flesh or juice, and it freezes well too.
Spiced Ginger & Turmeric Tea
This warming drink is spicy, aromatic, and does
not contain any caffeine or dairy. I recommend that
you add a little fat to any recipe using turmeric as this
helps with enhancing absorption of its active constituent, curcumin. In this recipe, the coconut or nut milks
contain some fat. Serves two.
5cm piece of fresh turmeric, peeled and chopped
2.5cm length of ginger, peeled and chopped
1 cinnamon stick, lightly toasted (dry pan)
6 black peppercorns
1 star anise
5 whole cloves
3 green cardamom pods, crushed to release seeds
2 x 2.5cm wide strips orange peel
2 teaspoons honey, or to taste
240 ml (1 cup) drinking coconut milk or other milk of
your choice like A2 or almond.
Put the turmeric and ginger, cinnamon stick, peppercorns, star anise, cloves, cardamom seeds, and
orange peel into a pan with 240ml (1 cup) water and
bring to the boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 3 –
5 minutes or until fragrant. Turn the heat to low and
steep for another 5 minutes.
Remove from the heat and stir in the honey. Strain
and discard the seeds and solids. Warm and froth the
coconut milk, or other milk of your choice, and gently pour into the steeped liquid. Serve immediately.
Source: Spice Health Heroes by Natasha MacAller
Time to Stop Blaming Old Age
blaming “old age”. It is important to begin to take
responsibility for the way you feel, think and live,
and to make your health a priority.
Your body is capable of adapting in a healthy way
to positive changes in your lifestyle. These changes
include the way you take care of your spine and nervous system every day.
Unfortunately, injuries and interference to the
movement of your spine and how well your nervous
system functions can cause many of the conditions
that make people feel old. Falls, accidents and injuries, as well as chronic stress or exposure to toxins to
name a few, can cause them.
If you have an injury to your spine, whether it be a
recent injury or a reoccurring nagging old injury, it is
important to get it seen to. Problems neglected don’t
get better over time, they usually get worse. Many
people confess they have learnt to live with their
problem, or thought it would go away. Some think
that is the way they are supposed to feel as they get
older and they maybe only 30 years old! Here at our
Chiropractic Centre, we will help you to be more informed about your condition, get to the root of the
problem, and give you the knowledge to equip yourself to help yourself, a little DIY should we say? You
can start to make YOU a better YOU and ultimately
enjoy life more.
If you are feeling old, chiropractic care can help
restore the function of your spine and nervous system
to get you feeling and moving with more of a spring
in your step and vitality to life. It can also help to
avoid more severe degenerative arthritic changes
down the road due to neglect.
Combined with movement, nutrition and good
habits you and your loved ones will be able to enjoy a
greater possibility of both quality and quantity years
as you age.
Stop blaming “old” and start building your awareness of ways to defend yourself from potential or ongoing chronic issues through healthy choices that will
afford your mind and body what it needs for today
and in your future.
Dr Ron Howard
hen you awoke this morning did you feel
groggy or did you feel rested? Do your clothes
fit the way they did when you bought them? Do you
dread a flight of stairs? Maybe it is your knees, ankles, low back or memory reminding you that you are
not a teenager anymore. Before you decide your age
is to blame consider the following:
Feeling out of breath is not because of old age.
Struggling to find clothes in your closet that fit
is not because of old age.
Forgetting appointments or where you left your
keys is not because of old age.
Waking up with stiff and sore joints is not because of old age.
A chronically sore back or neck is not because
of old age.
Taking medications daily is not because of old
In a recent issue of Psychology Today, Susan
Krauss Whitbourne, Ph.D wrote, “Blame is an excellent defence mechanism. Whether you call it projection, denial, or displacement, blame helps you preserve your sense of self-esteem by avoiding awareness of your own flaws or failings.” It is not a flaw to
be tired, weak, in pain or forgetful. It is a failing to
deny one’s personal duty to acquire physical and
mental strength and stability, and avoid damaging
activities, foods and drugs.
Many people I have seen in my 27 years of clinical practice have come to realize that it’s time to stop
Tasman Bible Church
country and those in charge of the media—is itself a
fascinating reality show only to be rivalled by so and
so country’s got talent. And with the advent of ‘fake
news,’ or at least its reported prominence in our day,
it raises the age-old question of what to believe. Irrespective of the entertainment value or living tragedy
faithfully (?) reported, one is left with whether there
is any point in watching the news at all, for actual
The issue might come down to credibility closely
followed by content. Belief or faith stance is common to all humanity. Even ‘unbelief’ cannot escape.
Without over-simplifying the question of ‘news’ and
one’s response to it, there is a clear and committed
choice to be made for one particular propaganda that
one favours over another.
All history, and reporting of it, has a built-in and
prejudicial tendency and is ‘spun’ or ‘slanted’ to
make a point and elicit a certain faith reaction.
The Christian ‘Good News’ or Gospel is no different. It has an explicit agenda to call people into a
living faith in God through repentance and committed
trust deliberately placed in Jesus Christ. It makes the
claims that the person of and events surrounding Jesus Christ are historically based, faithfully witnessed,
and communicated by past and present reasonable
and sound-minded individuals. More than that, the
significance of that person and an encounter with
him, are life-changing—eternally so. More ‘fake
news’ you say? Well, that is the challenge and responsibility for each person to address. How do you
Fake News
I think I must be getting old, or at least older. There
was a time when the most boring programme on TV
was the news and I really could not make out why
people bothered with it. It was the programme that
interrupted children’s TV and evening viewing in the
winter – the one you watched as you ate your tea and
was what ‘wallpaper’ is to the computer.
But recent events in the world and, in particular,
the elections across the planet, have formed compulsive viewing. The news via TV, internet or, you as
The News, straddles infotainment and claimed reality
Thankfully, for the almighty and seemingly omnipotent media (who does control that by the way?)
the days of ‘slow news’ is rare indeed. Just check out
the latest Tweet.
Added to that, the bickering between the powerbrokers in various countries—those in charge of the
Richard Drury
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A thief who stole a calendar got 12 months.
Acupuncture is a jab well done. That’s the point
of it.
The stars shone beautifully on the crisp Saturday
night as Mapua Playcentre started its Matariki celebrations. Matariki or the Pleiades star cluster has
seven prominent stars or the seven sisters which appear in late May or June each year and mark the start
of the Maori new year. It celebrates new growth and
the beginning of the next harvest and is a time to
gather with friends and family and reflect on the past
and plan for the future.
At Mapua Playcentre a casual fish and chips dinner was held, followed by a torch expedition outside
exploring the grounds. Playcentre Tamariki squealed
and giggled as they explored this area they know so
well but which is usually seen only during daylight.
While the actual Matariki star cluster cannot be seen
at night, as it is only able to be seen at dawn, the clear
night gave the children the opportunity to lie back in
the sandpit and spot other stars and the moon until the
cold drove them home.
Matariki celebrations continued into the following
week. Children used their creativity and made numerous star-shaped ginger biscuits, listening and following instructions, and continuing their coordination
and cooperative development. A treasure hunt, popular with many ages was set outside where small collections of seven stars were hidden throughout the
grounds. The session finished with a star-ginger biscuit eating feast outside enjoying the Mapua sun
while the story of Matariki was read to the children.
Thank you Tawhirimatea, the kaitiaki of the
weather, for ensuring both our celebrations were so
successful and able to be held outdoors.
This highlights the importance of Playcentre. Not
only as high quality early childhood education but as
a community support network for families and their
children. It is a wonderful place for parents and children to work and play alongside one another learning
about so many things; New Zealand and other cultural celebrations, child development with a focus on
learning, and how we all contribute to society and
support each other.
Mapua Playcentre has been a prominent place for
families in the Mapua community for over 60 years.
We have a qualified supervisor on each session and
we love having visitors so please feel welcome to
drop in at any time and find out what Kiwi families
have been embracing for generations.
We offer a term of free sessions for first-time
families and all children under two are free. Session
times are Mondays and Fridays 9:30am – 12 noon
during school terms. We are at 84 Aranui Road
(behind the tennis courts by the scout den). Alternatively, please contact us with any questions you have
either by phone: Liz on 021 998 899, email: [email protected] or find us on Facebook.
Anyone Interested in a
New Game?
Would you like to play this great game here in
Mapua? We are looking to start a club and find some
ground on which to play the game if there is any interest.
The game is easy to play for all ages from teens
to the 90s and both genders. The average game lasts
up to 60 minutes and is played on a green 32m by
25.6m. There are six hoops and four balls—blue,
red, black and yellow, and a mallet.
We are looking at having a demonstration some
time soon.
New Zealand is is one of the leading countries
playing croquet. It has more than 100 clubs throughout New Zealand, with many top players in the Nelson district.
Would you be interested in giving this great game
a go? It was first played in France and then in England, where it was refined. Then the short game of
golf was introduced not too long ago.
I love the challenge that the game gives, as well
as exercise for brain and body and having a good
time with other players.
If you would like to know more please ring David
at 027 327 8052.
nspiration for creating works of art come from all
aspects of life. I am regularly amazed at the subjects that my fellow artists use to put paint to canvas.
Everything from a delicate flower to a beloved pet, a
beautiful landscape or even an old rusty car sitting in
a paddock. We are all moved by something and we
want to capture that moment or thing with our pastels.
Coming events—mark your calendar! Impressions National Art Awards 2017 is coming to the
Mapua Community Hall from 7 October to 15 October. This is for paintings (wet and dry media), drawings and original prints. The Exhibition opens at 1pm
on Saturday, 7 October with
the Awards Ceremony from
3pm to 4:30pm.
Starting from Sunday, 8
the Exhibition
will be open from 9:30am to
4:30pm and entry is free.
All artworks will be for
sale. Artists who are interested in entering their paintings can contact Impressions Picture Framers & Art
Supplies in Richmond at 03
544-5756 or email [email protected] for the
Conditions and Entry Criteria.
You are welcome to come on a Tuesday morning
from 9am to 12 noon at the Mapua Community Hall
on Aranui Road, Mapua, to chat with our members
and see what they are creating. We hope you might
become inspired to give pastels a go!
For additional information please contact our area
representative, Glenys Forbes, at 03 540-3388 or by
email [email protected]
Postal Delivery
We can post you the Coastal News. Post $20 with
your name and address to Coastal News, PO
Box19, Mapua Store, 7048, or email
[email protected]
Gloria Anderson
Community Award Goes to Mapua Library
The Mapua Community Library volunteer team is
thrilled to have received the Joint Regional Runnerup Award in the Arts and Culture section of the 2017
This is the transcript read when the award was
announced: “We have a joint runner-up to award in
the Arts and Culture category, and the first of those
goes to the Mapua Community Library.
“Mapua Community Library is home to a comprehensive range of reading material that caters for all
ages and interests of the community. Volunteers ensure that there is an up-to-date and relevant collection
and welcome suggestions of books to purchase. They
have created a vibrant and welcoming space for their
community with it being a regular social spot for retired community members, both as volunteers and as
patrons too.
“Younger members of the community get involved with the borrowing service as well as being an
‘outing’ destination for pre-schools and home school
families alike.
Thank you to this group of volunteers for keeping
this community space up to date and vibrant, you are
an integral part of your community and your work
behind the scenes definitely doesn’t go unnoticed.”
These words touch on the reasons that this is the
fourth time that the library has been recognised by the
TrustPower Community Awards. I believe that there
are many more factors that contribute to building the
foundation on which the above words are written,
including that the library (From a long list of points
a few have been selected. Editors)
Has around 45 active volunteers, many of whom
assume multiple roles
Is one of the few volunteer organisations that has
a waiting list
Maintains a current and up-to-date collection
Spends around $10,000 a year on new and replacement books
Runs well supported and well attended Literary
Attracts high profile authors to its Lit-Fests
Enjoys a warm and welcoming purpose-built
Maintains a positive relationship with local preschools and schools
Sets up a permanent display of work by local artists – updated around six-weekly
Has extremely committed volunteers who bring
passion and a wealth of skills and knowledge
And last but not least, members of our community
clearly love reading and value the treasure that is its
Lynley Worsley
Friends of Mapua Wetland
Four former Mapua School pupils are now on the
committee of Friends of Mapua Wetland Inc: Alice
Reade is studying architecture at Victoria University,
Max Scheider is at Garin College and Mac Karalus
and Luis Schneider are at Waimea College.
The following were elected at our AGM on 9
July: Chair: David Young; secretaries, David and
Judy Mitchell; treasurer, John Cretney; committee:
Helen Beere, Alice Reade and Janet Taylor.
Tane’s Ark Subcommittee: Simon Clearwater,
Mac Karalus, Chris Lovell, Max and Luis Schneider
Mapua Wetland has been given rat traps which
are already having a high if brief occupancy and
‘weta motels’ which will take time to be occupied.
Tane’s Ark has also benefited from work by Nico
from the coffee cart and he and Be gifted and helped
plant some well established young trees.
Ross Lovell and helpers with council staff support have volunteered to restore the old shed on
Aranui Park to make it safe, while not changing its
open-sided look.
Local artist Alice Reade has made a set of cards
from her striking pencil and watercolour drawings of
native birds to sell for extra wetland funds, $20 for a
set of five, blank inside. Contact 540-2873 if you
would like any. You can see Alice’s work on or
Judy Mitchell
Exhibition Update:
Be sure to plan for the Impressions National Art awards
and exhibition in October. We have finalised the dates—7
to 15 October. Entries are open to all local painters and art
makers producing two dimensional work. There are several thousand dollar prizes and merit awards to be announced at the opening. Three guest judges are confirmed
and further developments will follow. For entry details and forms, see Impressions in Richmond or
Graeme Stradling in Ruby Bay. For further enquiries
phone Graeme 540-2050.
Boat Club Led Wharf Preservation
(This is part of an article marking the 30th anniversary of the Mapua Boat Club published in The
Leader. It is used with permission.)
convince the Harbour Board not to pull the wharf
down and discuss restoring it by putting in new
Once it was refurbished, the wharf was handed
over to the Tasman District Council but the Mapua
Boat Club retained custodianship of it. When a boat
ramp was constructed near the wharf, the boat club
was overwhelmed with volunteer labour.
"Hundreds turned up to help. We couldn't use
them all and had to send some of them home," Tony
John Leydon, a retired sailmaker, arrived at
Mapua in 1987, about the time the boat club was
Without a venue to host its regular meetings, boat
club members would gather at a nearby factory, Fruit
Growers Chemical Company (FCC), where Tony
worked as an engineer.
When the factory closed, the Mapua Boat Club
was offered the use of a storage shed on the Mapua
wharf as a meeting venue.With the factory's disassembly, club members acquired some of the white
panelling that lined the factory buildings.
"We used it to line the wharf shed. It looked like
the inside of a fridge – which is rather how the rooms
look today," John says.
"One of our first moves was to sort out a launching ramp. Previously, boats were taken over a sand
bank and across the beach. We put a cut through the
bank to lay the ramp which, when completed, allowed
boats to be moved down to the water."
In more recent times, the wharf area has been redeveloped as a retail and eating precinct. The resultant influx of foot traffic has limited the accessibility
of the ramp which meant boats can be launched only
before 10am and after 7pm – and then only if the tide
is suitable.
The club has had talks with the council about relocating the ramp to another site and, after surveying
opinion within the community, it will soon release its
"A little-used park that was created nearby on
remediated factory land would be a suitable site to
put in another launching ramp," John says.
he Mapua Boat Club was formed three decades
ago by Mapua boat owners but the Mapua Boat
Club now represents the greater community as much
as it does those who go down to the sea in boats.
That is entirely appropriate because, without the
boating club's intervention, the wharf that is a Mapua
icon might have been lost.
The wharf is such a centre of activities for the
small seaside town that, ironically, its popularity and
commercial viability threatens to nudge the boat club
Tony Chaney was among a small band of boat
owners who initiated the formation of the Mapua
Boat Club. A catalyst for the club's being was the
likelihood that the Mapua wharf, which over the decades had fallen into disrepair, would be dismantled by
the former Nelson Harbour Board because it no
longer served the purpose for which it was built.
"The Harbour Board wanted no responsibility for
the wharf. They were going to pull it down," Tony
says. "At the time, there were only two or three boats
in the harbour but we needed the wharf to load various items onto them.
"When we called a meeting to tell the community
that the wharf might be pulled down, we got a big
turnout of about 80 people. Everyone was of the same
belief – if there was no wharf, Port Mapua would no
longer be a port and would be no use for anything.
"With their support, we arranged a meeting with
the Harbour Board and asked them if we could take
responsibility for the wharf.
"I remember we had to pay a dollar to gain custodianship of it, because the dollar came out of my
pocket. After we got custodianship, we were able to
Senior Moments
These are pictures of a few
of the celebrations we have
had over the last year or so.
Senior Moments is a social
group for retired people that
meets twice a month. It is
held at Hills Community
Church but you do not have
to be a Church member to
attend. The group is open to
all local residents. We enjoy
a variety of activities from
listening to guest speakers,
sharing stories and experiences, quizzes, games, outings and much more. There
is always a good morning
tea on offer. There is no
membership fee and if you
would like to join then contact Heather on 543-2018, or
[email protected]
Diamond Wedding
A happy Mapua couple,
Hardy and Olga Jenkins,
celebrated their Diamond
wedding anniversary last
month with a grand lunch at
the Moutere Inn. It was arranged by the Mapua Senior
Moments group and was
well attended by many old
and new friends, including
Hardy’s sister from Christchurch “who just happened
to be here.”
Hardy and Olga were
married in Karamea on 27
July 1957. There was a celebration with more than 120
people attending. (Surely
most of Karamea must have
been there?) They subsequently travelled throughout
New Zealand and Australia
over many years before finally settling in Mapua 26
years ago.
Mike Halse
The picture at top shows a
visit to a local garden; top
left are our team of helpers
—Elizabeth, Heather and
Ella—at Hardy and Stan’s
birthday celebration. Below
them is Brian celebrating his
90th birthday at
Kahurangi W inery. At
botttom is a mid-winter dinner last month.
Under The Bonnet with Fred
Made in India—Mahindra
couldn’t leave my thoughts of our India trip without mention of that hardy little vehicle, the Indianmade Mahindra. When introduced to New Zealand
some 25 years ago they seemed an amusing replica
American Jeep but were very much liked by 4x4 enthusiasts. Little did we know they were a real Jeep.
They were affordable, something to thrash around on
the rough bush tracks as they had a hardy suspension,
drive train and they could take it.
Mahindra is now owned by Tata Industries who
have recently brought Land Rover and Jaguar so
Mahindra has a good business background. Maybe
the world dominance of the motor industry is slowly
changing to countries like India. India is also manufacturing cars under licence for Japanese companies
like Suzuki.
Like all things Indian
they always stick around
and make things work that
maybe New Zealanders
might have walked away
If you look on you can see
their latest range from the
original base model Jeep,
2WD single cabs, 4WD
double cabs to their latest
addition, the XUV500, a
luxury sports SUV 4x4 to
match any of the Japanese SUVs. My only comment
would be they all have the same 2.2-litre turbo diesel
as used in their tractors, but in a new world where
motor cars are maybe changing from a status symbol
to transport only, a small but reliable engine might
be preferable. The 2.2-litre diesel has a long history
in their tractors as reliable and easy to work on. In
New Zealand Mahindra’s market is farming and
trades mostly, and I have noticed tradies buying them
lately. If you want a 2WD workhorse with a 2.7m x
1.6m deck which is ideal for carrying 2.4m Gib then
for $20,000 including the deck, it is good value.
My experience was riding in a Mahindra Balero
4x4 owned by the Department of Conservation of
India. We went on a bush trip to see some of the sites
around Orchidda. First comment is the high roof
made the Balero appear narrow but at 1.7m wide
there was comfortable seating for three across. The
suspension was hard but the Bolero was a workhorse
version of the Scorpio as pictured. The suspension
was hard but as I say that there were a lot of potholes
in this part of India so it was always going to be a
hard ride. The four-speed gearbox had a low ratio
with manual locking hubs to engage the 4WD. Under
the bonnet was a 2.5-litre Peugeot diesel which ran
smooth as. The interior was Land Rover basic in this
This Bolero did have air-conditioning which was
great with the outside
temperature at 48deg.
For myself, I find it better to have airconditioning off in any
vehicle having one temperature for my body to
deal with. The hot and
cold of jumping in and
out at these temperatures always upsets my
body clock and I reckon
it made me crook.
I liked the shape of the Bolero—it was very much
like the Willys Jeep Wagon of the 1950s which kept
that nice Jeep/outback/beach wagon look about it.
My instant thoughts when I saw it was it would make
a great customized woody wagon.
As the price of Japanese 4WDs climbs past
$40,000 and more, maybe a Mahindra is for someone
who is strong enough to except change. In closing I
have to say of all the thousands of Mahindras we saw
while on tour, usually loaded to the hilt, I never saw
one with the bonnet up.
Fred Cassin
Wee Wellbeing Studio Shares Space & Skills
he Wee Wellbeing Studio is a small space in
Ruby Bay for people in our community to be
well and find balance in their lives, to be nurtured and
supported in whatever way they need. As a small
space the providers are able to offer high-quality services tailored to individual needs.
Birgit Baader and her team aim to share “what’s
there” (space and skills) with people in the community and offer complimentary services with a holistic
and flexible approach tailored to individual needs.
In the beginning Birgit met Seija McIntosh, owner
of the Wee Shop Organics at 155 Stafford Drive, in
November 2016. Together they developed the initial
vision for a collaborative Wee Hub. Birgit started the
Wee Wellbeing Studio at the start of 2017 coordinating a growing team of facilitators and practitioners. The aim was to provide a safe and intimate
space for people of all ages and from all walks of life
to be well.
The Wee Studio Team is a
tight-knit family working
closely together to ease the way
for others. Their facilitators
(one who supports others on
their journey and makes it easier for them) want to co-create a
space where everyone fills each
other’s cup as a combined team,
family, community of facilitators and people with other skills
as well as being of service to
the wider community.
With Francesco Brogi they have a talented graphic
designer on board who takes care of professional
presentation and design. Seija McIntosh is dedicated
to the overall wellbeing of the place and co-ordinates
The Wee Shop Organics to provide nutritional balance. Birgit Baader is co-ordinating The Wee Wellbeing Studio to add mind-soul-body balancing tools to
the mix.
The Wee Wellbeing Studio offers many forms of
support: Movement Classes – gentle and soothing
movement to enhance your overall wellbeing; individual mentoring as well as women’s support circles;
drop-in clinics for mums and children; Conscious
Birth antenatal classes as well as individual sessions
and treatments and workshops. Tailor made classes or
one-off events according to individual needs can be
organised and suggestions from the community are
Some of the Wee Hub Team.
Birgit Baader, the founder of the Wee Wellbeing
Studio, came to Aotearoa/New Zealand from Germany in March, 2005, following a strong impulse to
bring up her children “somewhere out of Europe”.
Her youngest son was aged one and her daughter was
13 when they arrived. Birgit is glad they had the
chance to grow up closely connected to nature. They
were attracted to the Tasman region right from the
beginning without knowing the rest of the country.
They didn’t even know which airport to choose when
they booked their original flights, but intuitively
chose Christchurch. They landed and never left (of
course, they continue to travel overseas) and consider
Tasman to be their home.
Seija McIntosh, owner of the property and a cofounder of the Wee Hub, is an artist and photographer, entrepreneur and mother of two teenage girls.
She brings knowledge and many skills to the team as
well as offering nutritional and naturopathic advice to
find overall balance and health especially for people
with addiction. She brings deep understanding, sensitivity, and valuable life experience to her work to
support others on their journey.
Kate Mander is a qualified midwife, neonatal
nurse and biodynamic craniosacral therapist. Kate
runs the Wednesday drop-in
clinic and offers her vast experience to ease the way for mothers and babies.
Luisa Giacon is an experienced
Bars facilitator. Bars is a simple
process of touching 32 points
on the head that start to clear all
the limitations and blockages
you might have in your life.
Debbie Summer, Nikki Fitzgerald and Elaine Asquit, all qualified and experienced instructors, offer various styles
of Yoga.
Dr Fran Halford teaches Qi Gong.
Sarah La Touche is a registered holistic nutritionist, cook school facilitator and food coach.
Vanessa McBride practices Shiatsu and is also
running Movement Classes for pregnant mums.
Colette Higgins practises Foot Reflexology.
Sybille Feint teaches different Dance Modalities.
The Wee Hub at 155 Stafford Drive consists of the
Wee Wellbeing Studio, the Wee Health Shop and the
Tiny Tea Room. It holds a space for people in our
community to connect, have fun, share stories, get
advice and learn new skills. The Wee Team provides
a wide range of “treats” for individuals, families and
groups in our community and a collaborative workspace for facilitators and practitioners.
See our website for a description of what’s on offer, schedules and more. Contact the Wee Wellbeing
Studio for more information or simply pop in.
Tel./Text: 027 717 8578
Email: [email protected]
Facebook: http://’WeeWellbeingStudio/
Website: http://weewellbeingstudio.wixsite.come/home
Hills Community Church
tion will define us more as people than the ‘what?’
and the ‘how?’
The ‘Why?’ question is also of course the question
of faith, purpose and meaning in life. It is what drives
us to act and motivates us to give and sacrifice for a
greater purpose than our own pleasure. The thing is
that, in truth, our ‘Why?’ comes not from ourselves
but rather from the God who created us, who has
placed us just where we are, and in fact has called us
to his purpose.
The prophet Jeremiah came to see his purpose; his
‘Why?’ in the belief that God’s hand is profoundly at
work in shaping his life.
‘Before I formed you in the womb I knew you,
before you were born I set you apart; (Jeremiah 1:5)
So as we wrestle with the ‘what?’ and ‘how?’ in
our lives, may we find the space to wrestle with the
‘Why? And in this may we come to know God’s hand
forming and shaping us for the work he calls us to.
am not sure if you have heard of TED talks; essentially they are short 10-20-minute talks posted
online, on The tagline for the organisation
is this: ‘Ideas worth spreading’ One of the most popular TED talks is by a motivational speaker, Simon
Sinek, it has been viewed some 33 million times, so it
is an idea that has indeed spread. In it, the question is
asked; ‘Why do some organizations or people seem to
achieve and excel when others don’t?” Why is it, for
instance, that Apple has been able to be so innovative
and extraordinarily successful, when at heart it is a
computer company like many others? What Simon
Sinek suggests is that what differentiates truly inspiring organizations or leaders has to do with three questions. Why? How? and What?
For most of us, and most organizations, the primary focus is on the ‘What?’ and the ‘How?’ These
two questions take up so much of our attention and
focus, ‘If we get the ‘What?’ and the ‘How?’ right,
then we will succeed. ‘What am I going to do today,
or next week, and how am I going to do it? But the
really important question and the starting point
should be ‘Why?’ This is the question that inspires
and motivates us as people.
There is an ad on TV for sporting equipment that
takes this idea and asks: ‘What is your why?’ This is
the place of our motivation in life. It is vitally important that, regardless of what you do in life, you come
to understand the ‘Why? How we answer this ques-
In Christ, Rev John Sherlock
Hills Community Church,
‘Living Christ-centred life, living Christ-centred love’
Please see our website for further information., or phone 5403848
Sunday Worship: 9am, Traditional service 10am,
Morning tea, 10:30am, Contemporary service & Children’s programme. Communion is celebrated at both
services on the 2nd and 4th Sundays.
Fire Brigade
June 17 - July 17 call-outs
June 11: Motor vehicle crash H60 near Weka Road. Assisted police.
June 22: Smoke in area of Williams Road, small fire on
Permin Road. No action taken
June 25: Tanker to fire at Ngawhatu old hospital building
Calls this year – 50
Safety Tip: Clean smoke alarms, blow or vacuum
dust, spray for insects and test monthly
On Saturday 15 July the Mapua Volunteer Fire Brigade celebrated Chief fire Officer Ian Reade being in the
brigade for 25 years with a Gold Star awards evening.
Ian’s family, friends, work colleagues and urban and
rural fire personnel all helped Ian celebrate this milestone. Ian is the 7684th fire person to receive the Gold
star awards in on 100years.
With a great venue at the Upper Moutere Community
Centre and catering by Petite fleur all enjoyed a splendid
Why Women Need Strength Training
f you believe the magazines and blogs all women
want is a nice butt, a flat tummy, toned arms and
sexy curves. In actual fact all the women I talk to just
want to feel comfortable in their own skin. One of the
best ways to get that feeling is strength training.
It’s a common misconception that women should
not lift weights, and a lot of women still go to the
gym for the cardio machines. According to The National Centre for Health Statistics, only about 20% of
women practice strength training. There are good reasons for this percentage to rise. Lifting weights a few
times a week will not only trim inches off your waist
and hips but will transform your whole body. The
mental benefits of strength training can last hours
after a work-out and boost your mood all day.
Benefits of strength training:
Lose Body Fat: Strength training builds muscle. As
your lean muscle increases your metabolism speeds
up. A higher metabolism means you will burn more
calories all day. Studies have found that the average
woman that strength trains two or three times a week
for two months will gain nearly two pounds of muscle and will lose 3.5 pounds of fat. For each pound of
muscle you gain you will burn 35 to 50 more calories
a day. That can really add up in the long term.
Gain Strength without Bulking: Unlike men,
women typically don’t gain size from strength training because they have 10 to 30 times less of the hormones that cause bulking. Instead, women develop
muscle definition and strength without the size.
Your Bones Will Benefit: Strength training will also
strengthen your bones. Research has found that
strength training can increase spine bone mineral density by 13% in six months. So strength training is a
powerful tool against osteoporosis.
Reduce Risk of Injury: Strength training also increases strength in cognitive tissue and joints. Strong
joints, ligaments and tendons are important for preventing injury and can relieve osteoarthritis pain.
Burn More Calories: As you add muscle your resting metabolism will increase, so you’ll burn more
calories all day. For each pound of muscle you gain,
you’ll burn 35 to 50 more calories a day.
Improve Posture and Reduce Back Pain: Weight
training will strengthen your back and core helping to
alleviate lower back pain. Studies also show that
strength training can ease arthritis pain.
It will strengthen your mental health: Exercise
strength training releases endorphins. Endorphins are
neurotransmitters that prevent pain, improve mood
and fight depression. An increase in endorphins naturally reduces stress and anxiety. They also stimulate
the mind, improving alertness and boosting energy.
Strength improvement is possible at any age, so
whether you're 20 or 80. Catalyst Fitness can put together a beginner’s workout for you. Give Karyn a
call if you would like to talk more about the benefits
of strength training.
Karyn Holland, Catalyst Fitness Personal Trainer
Edited by Andrew Earlam (advertising) 540-2845, and Terry Smith (editorial) 540-3203. Views expressed are not
necessarily those of the editors. We aim to have the newsletter out by the 1 st of the month. The deadline for emailed items
to [email protected] is the 20th of the month. Notices are a gold coin donation in the collection boxes. Club
notices are free. Printed by the Tasman District Council.
Postal Delivery
We can post you the Coastal News. Post $20 with
your name and address to Coastal News, PO
Box19, Mapua Store, 7048, or email
[email protected]
Just turn up with your bike, HiVis top & coffee money,
or email wheels2meals
Mapua Fellowship Group: (formerly Probus Club).
Monthly meetings, Mapua Hall, first Fridays 1.30pm. A
social group with interesting speakers and a monthly social lunch at venues around Nelson Tasman. Contact:
Club Pres: John Sharman, 540-3642.
Ruby Coast Walking Group meets 9.30am Wednesdays
outside Tasman Store. We walk for about 1½ hours, then
enjoy coffee & muffin back at the Store. Walk according
to your ability and speed. All welcome. Just turn up.
Fiona 526-6840, fiona.oliver
Kidz 'n' Koffee playgroup: Wednesdays 10-noon, Hills
Community Church, Aranui Rd (during term time). All
parents & carers welcome, we cater for 0-6 yrs. $2 don/
family. Make some new friends. Info: Esther 540-2177.
Spinners, Knitters, Weavers – Creative Fibre Group,
Mapua Hall, 2nd Tuesdays 10am. All welcome.
Mapua Community Youth club. Year 9 -13 youth. 6.30
-8.30 most Fridays at Mapua Hall. Contact: Andy Price
540 3316, Marv Edwards 027 312 6435. A communitybased youth project for Mapua and district, funded and
co-ordinated by Hills Community Church.
Daytime Book Group: Meets first Tuesdays 9.45am.
New members welcome. Anne 540-3934
Fair Exchange: A small group meets at Appleshed restaurant 9am 2nd & 4th Wednesdays to exchange home
grown and home made produce & goods. We welcome
everyone! It’s the sharing that counts. Info: Judith
Holmes 021 072 8924 / 544-0890.
Ruby Coast Newcomers Social Group: meet new people, make new friends. We have coffee at 10am last Fridays at Tasman Store & hold ad hoc day & evening social events. Info: Vivien/Richard 526-6707, vpeters, or just turn up.
Motueka SeniorNet. Technology for mature adults.
Monthly members’ meetings with guest speakers. Help
sessions twice monthly. Courses & workshops change
each term. Special interest groups meet regularly. Demystify technology in a fun and friendly forum. Clubrooms 42 Pah St Motueka. More info: Seniornet, Neighbourly or call Annie 540-3301.
Mapua Art Group meets Bill Marris Room Mapua Hall
Thursday mornings, 9-noon. Like-minded artists get together to paint, draw, help each other in a social environment. All levels & media welcome. $5 /session includes
morning tea. Tables, chairs & easels provided. Cushla
Moorhead 03 528 6548.
Toy Library: extensive selection of toys, puzzles & videos for children 0-5yrs. Mapua Hall every 1st & 3rd Tuesday, 10-11.30am & 6.30-7.30pm. Phone Anja, 544-8733,
about membership or casual hire.
Technical problems solved! - Don't know how to use your
electronic devices? Can't set up something new you've
bought? Need computer tuition? Local help is at hand!
Average job price just $35. Web design and mobile app
creation also available. Call Sam, 03 544-0737,
[email protected]
Mapua & Districts Community Association AGM:
7pm Monday 14 August, Mapua Hall. All members
of our community are warmly invited to attend. Inquiries: [email protected]
Coastal Garden Club meets 1pm first Thursdays,
Tasman Bible Church opposite Jester House Café.
Both men & women most welcome. Ph 03 528-5405
Sing Your Lungs Out! (SYLO) Free community
singing group for anyone with respiratory issues, followed by morning tea. Singing improves your lung
health! 10am every Monday, Tokomaru Rooms, Te
Awhina Marae, Pah St, Motueka. Pip 0274 282 693
Writing competition in association with the Mapua
Library Literary Festival Sept 15-17.
For information: mapua
Entry forms available at the Library.
Mapua Craft Group meet Fridays 10-noon, supper
room, Hills Community Church. Simple craft work
including: paper craft & card making, sewing, knitting, small upcycling projects. Occasional guest
speakers, demos & outings. A social, a cuppa, some
easy craft along the way. $2 for room rent, koha for
materials. Info Rowena 543-2400, Marian 540-2427
Women's Recreation Group - meets outside Mapua
Mall Thursdays. Leaves 9.15am for 1½hr walk.
Route varies. Join us whenever you can. Some members may cycle. Info Lynley 540-2292.
Ruby Coast Run Club meets 9am Mondays at Mapua
School parking lot. Info: Debbi 027 327 4055.
Java Hut Knit Group: 10am Tuesdays at Java Hut.
Bring your knitting or crochet project. Info: Debbi 027
327 4055
Yuan Gong: Improve your health and life by daily Yuan
Gong practise. Info: Marianne 0220 828 559
Mapua Friendship Club meets twice a month, 3rd
Thursdays & last Fridays at Mapua Hall for indoor bowls
and bring-a-plate afternoon tea. New members enthusiastically welcomed, no prior bowling experience needed non-competitive, lots of laughs. $3 door fee, 20¢ raffle.
Contact: Val 540-3685.
MDCA: Mapua & Districts Community Association
meets Feb-Dec, second Monday of each month, 7pm
Mapua Hall; contact: [email protected]
Taoist Tai Chi Beginning class Tuesdays 1- 2.30pm.
Continuing class Wednesdays 12.30 - 2.30pm. All welcome. Enquiries 545-8375
Tasman Golf Club welcome new golfers to Kina Cliffs
for local golf experience at realistic cost, the best in Nelson. Coaching available. Come join us, we can help you
learn the game! Info: Gary 540 3885.
Mapua Boat Club nights Thursdays 5.30-7.00 at the
Club rooms, Mapua Wharf. Visitors and guests welcome.
For more info: [email protected]
Mapua Social Cycling Group: “Wheels 2 Meals”.
Approx 30 km ride, coffee break halfway, no racing!
Depart Mapua Wharf each fine Wednesday @ 9:30 am.
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