Get your glad rags on, and you dancing shoes shined, and come to the Paengaroa “Op Shop Ball”. Maketu Rotary and the Paengaro School PTA proudly present this fun party that is, of course, a FUNdraiser to support the school's "GO-4-IT" swim programme. Paengaroa School wants to extend this important programme to include Class 1-4, a fantastic goal to get children in the water and learning to swim at an early age..
For just $20 admission, you can spend the evening hanging out with friends, dancing to DJ hosted music or getting into the act on the Lip Sync stage. Get your friends together and take advantage of the special price of $150 for a table of 10. There will be a cash bar and a refreshments will be on offer. R18 only, of course.
The theme of the evening is in the name. If you don’t have smart retro rags hanging in your closet, head down to your favourite Te Puke op shop and pick up a killer outfit that will turn heads when you make your grand entrance into Paengaroa Community Call. It all happens, Saturday, 15 October from 7:00pm. Tickets are available at Paengaro School, the Paengaroa Country Store, Maketu Landing, and Te Puke Paper Plus. Enquires to Rotary@Maketu.nz
And shout-out to the sponsors: Right Royal Racket Disco, Ray White Real Estate, and Vision Lab
The September 2016 edition of "Mai Maketu" is out, and it's only a click away.
This 6-page edition is packed with news from the community starting with a front-page story on the upcoming Maketu School 150th Anniversary. You'll find stories from the Whakaue Marae committe, Maketu Ongatoro Weatland Society, the Surf Lifesaving Club, Womens Biking Group, Maketu Hauora, Te Kura O Maketu, and more
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Kasey and Karena Bird, Maketu's gourmet duo extraodinaire, have gone to the ends of the world to showcase New Zealand's cooking culture.
Karena and Kasey's Kitchen Diplomacy will air on TV ONE, Sundays at 8:00pm. The show takes the winners of Masterchef New Zealand to ten countries in Europe, Asia, and the Americas where they explore the local food culture.
Kasey explained, "Each week we ate street food, dined in high-end restaurants, ate in people's homes and immersed ourselves in that place for the week".
On the show, they take what they have experienced and combine it with their Kiwi approach to cooking to present a unique dish at a public appearance.
This new TV show is just one more remarkable achievement for the Maketu sisters following the recent Gourmand World Cookbook Award for "Best TV Cookbook". They recently returned from China where they accepted the award.
Karena and Kasey have put their mark on NZ cooking, and now they have put Maketu's mark on the world. Tune in Sunday night and make the journey with them.
On 22 July, the Maketu Fire Service and Maketu Coastguard jointly unveiled three new public safety tools.
The Fire Service’s brand new M.E.R.V. (Maketu Emergency Response Vehicle) was on display, replacing a van that had been in service for over a decade. It will serve both as a response vehicle for highway accidents and fire emergencies, and to transport crews and supplies to/from callouts and training events.
The star of the show was Maketu Coastguard’s new Yamaha high performance “Super Vortex WaveRunner”.
This is a top-of-line watercraft that provides the Coastguard with the ability quickly reach a rescue scene and to perform in a range of difficult sea conditions.
A third vehicle, a new quad bike, was unveiled as a key tool for getting the WaveRunner quickly into service. The quad bike makes it possible to launch the watercraft in Maketu’s ever changing beach conditions.
Shane Beech, Fire Brigade Chief and Coastguard Chairperson, thanked the grant sponsors, area business owners, and others who made the acquisition possible. Station Chief, Shane Goulay, spoke on behalf of the Fire Service and talked about the role of the new M.E.R.V. The vehicles were blessed by Kahi Honara. The dedication was followed by a BBQ for those attending and the cutting of a celebratory cake.
The sun shone brightly on the dedication of the new Maketu Health and Social Services facility.
With a large crowd of Maketu residents looking on, the Minister for Maori Development, the Honourable Te Ururoa Flavell, unveiled the dedication plaque and opened the door of the hauora to continued service to the Maketu community.
Of the many people who contributed to the creation of this magnificent facility, none was more proud that the chairperson of the MHSS Trust, Elaine Tapsell whose vision and years of dedication to the Hauora has seen the organisation grow and enrich the community.
A formal dedication programme included comments by several key individuals who guided the planning and construction of the building.
The featured speaker was MP Flavell who spoke of the hauora’s leading role in creating a strong and healthy community.
The building architect, Graham Price, spoke of the design and challenges that were faced, John Downes, representing the builder Watts & Hughes Construction, spoke in Te Reo of the construction process evoking a humorous exchange with his audience.
MHSS Chief Financial Officer, Rick Rapana, oversaw the project for the agency and spoke on behalf of the staff who were all smiles in their stylish new MHSS scrafs and ties to commemorate the opening.
Deputy Mayor, Gwenda Merriman, represented the Western Bay of Plenty District Council, and used the occasion to announce the recent acquisition of the adjacent property by the council as site of a future Maketu Community Center.
Closing remarks were made, appropriately, by Elaine Tapsell who spoke of the thirty year journey of Maketu Health and Social Services, recognising many individuals for their commitment and courage. Elaine punctuated her final words with a fist pump and ear-to-ear grin that captured everyone’s sense of pride.