The August 2016 edition of "Mai Maketu" is out, and it's only a click away.
You'll find a great cover story about Kasey and Karena Bird's amazing global journey as they filed their new TV show. There's coverage of Maketu EduCare's successful "Black Tie" Ball", a promo of Maketu Rotary's upcoming "Opp Shop Ball", a report from the marae committee, update on what's happening at Te Puke Intermediate school, 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.
Maketu has lost one of its most valued residents with the passing of Maureen Tapsell on 2 July 2016
Maureen was well known for her relentless positive outlook on life and her infectious good humour. But her lasting mark will be in the lives of the people she touched with her many acts of kindness.
She was particularly known for her service to the community through the Maketu Maketu which she, and her partner Toko Sergeant, ran for many years. The market not only provided a social and economic service to the Maketu community, but also raised funds that were distributed as grants to local organisations and individuals, including many to serve the youth of Maketu
Maureen was a charter member of Maketu Rotary Club, and was actively involved in the service projects of the club. She was awarded a Paul Harris Fellow in recognition of her service to the Maketu Community.
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.
The upcoming 150th anniversary celebration of Maketu School has received a cash infusion thanks to the Rotary Club of Maketu with the support of the Te Puke Repertory Theatre.
Maketu Rotary raised $1,500 to help underwrite the cost of the school’s milestone anniversary. Funds were raised from a “Gala Charity Night” presentation of Te Puke Repertory’s recent production of Ladies’ Day. The fundraising event was organised by Maketu Rotarian, Lyn Fraser-Jones. Te Puke Repertory made the show available at a nominal cost and Rotarians raised funds from ticket sales and interval refreshments. The event was a sell-out.
This year Maketu Primary School will mark 150 years of service to the community with a weekend of festivities Nov 18-20. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org