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Regional Council notes

May 23, 2018 May 2018, Regular Features Comments Off on Regional Council notes

Mother nature delivered us another warning recently by way of a storm that hammered Auckland in particular.  It created havoc across the top of the North Island with 200km winds that tore of roofs and toppled trees leaving hundreds of homes without power; some for many days.

It gave the rest of the island a fair rocking too but, with nowhere near the ferocity, we came off largely unscathed.

In the following days we received news reports that many Aucklanders were still without power.  Sitting in a region, as we do, that is very accustomed to gale force winds, it was easy to guffaw at the television and tell them to get over it.  A bit of further investigation however revealed that actually the majority had their power restored very quickly and it was the more remote rural areas that were posing the problems.  It’s this bit of news that we should actually sit up and take notice of as it could easily happen to us. … Continue Reading

News from First Church

May 23, 2018 May 2018, Regular Features Comments Off on News from First Church

Weep for the waste of all that might have been

Weep for the cost that war has made obscene

Weep for the homes that ache with human pain

Weep that we ever sanction war again.

 Shirley Murray

Members of First Church joined locals and visitors at Lake Ferry to celebrate the traditional ANZAC Day in a service led by our minister the Rev. Dr Jim Veitch.

NOW – spread the word – the 10th Midwinter Monster Book Fair will take place on the weekend 16th and17th June. As the Town Hall will not be ready for us this year, this will be held in the First Church Hall on Weld Street. So if you need a spur to tackle that job of clearing out book shelves, or disposing of boxes of books cluttering up the place, you are invited to “go for it now”. 

From now to the middle of June we will be gathering books of all kinds (also jigsaws and music) in the hall, and sorting them by category for the avid book-hunter. 

Please look for notices round town in the coming weeks for collection points – in the meantime contact Mary Smith, Pam Colenso, Anne Dodd or any member of First Church to arrange collection.

  Or email: mboro.firstchurch@xtra.co.nz 

Maree’s musings

May 23, 2018 May 2018, Regular Features Comments Off on Maree’s musings


How far? How long? Us mortals love to calculate distances so we can organise our time and space, possibly because chaos is worrying. Whether travelling from A to B or building a wall [sorry, Mr Trump], distance matters.

I’m sure most of us have pondered about the length of a piece of string, but that doesn’t matter unless it’s too short.

In modern times, we’ve generally got a bit boring with distance measurement. Since 1960, it’s been metrics and accuracy so we all know where we are and how far we have come. But habits die hard, so some oldies persist.

For example, a modern version of ‘give (him) an inch and (he’ll) take a mile’ would just sound silly, and ‘I love you to the moon and back’ says a lot, but not very accurately. ‘A miss is as good as a mile’ doesn’t update well either. … Continue Reading

Library News

May 23, 2018 May 2018, Regular Features Comments Off on Library News

Well the pressure is really on now.  The deadline for this article came forward because of ANZAC Day and of course it had never occurred to me that would happen, so here I am frantically slapping on the keys trying to get it in a bit However Mike is so patient and forgiving I’m sure he won’t mind me being late.   Not Mike’s fault – I haven’t been at work for two weeks and missed the email.  

There isn’t much to talk about, however, as you know that never seems to stop me from wittering on ad infinitum.  Lots of great new non-fiction books in this past month.  As my spy has been down to Unity books in Wellington and made a list of all the good new stuff, I have obediently gone and bought them all.  So the little back room I told you about last month is having a clear out of some of the old stuff to make room for all the new books.  

I challenge everyone (especially Gary) to come and have a look at the new non-fiction as there are definitely books there to suit everyone’s taste.  There was an interesting interview on National Radio last week about the Octopus and how intelligent they are (I put the singular as I can’t remember at this moment what the plural is).  I happen to have two new books on the octopus brain and other similar animals, one of which I have read and it is fascinating, so I can recommend those.   … Continue Reading