Waiheke Marketplace : December 22nd 2010
4 WAIHEKE MARKETPLACE, DECEMBER 22, 2010 NEWS Tivoli Audio Open for last minute Christmas gifts... Forgotten your batteries, leads, adapters? No problem, come in and see us! 23d Belgium St, Ostend (behind Ostend shops) Phone 372 1112 No need to go to town! Enjoy your holidays and SHOP LOCAL... OPEN: 23 Dec til 6pm 24 Dec til 5pm CLOSED: 25 Dec OPEN: 26 Dec 10-2pm 27 & 28 Dec 10-4pm 29 -31 Dec 8.30-5.30pm OPEN: SUNDAYS DEC-JAN Bumper year for snow' By LYNDAL JEFFERIES White Christmas: Heavy kanuka bloom above Whakenewha Regional Park and across the island has brought a white Christmas without the chill of snow. Spectacular: White Christmas blossoms for Waiheke. Bush properties across the island have been dusted in white this Christmas as kanuka and manuka trees have burst into abundant white blossom. Veteran tree-lover Brian Griffiths says he can't recall it being so spec- tacular in all his years on Waiheke. The blossom reminds him of the snow weighing down the tops of the trees while he was in the United Kingdom last year''. The bumper flowering season has local experts perplexed, Mr Griffiths says. It is almost certainly related to climate.'' It's more likely to be related to last year's drought than this year's La Nina Climate,'' arborist Tom Ransom says. Trees do have a flowering cycle and some trees do a massive seed every seven years, like the beech forests in Southland.'' Meanwhile, our snowy tree tops are cause for celebration, Mr Griffiths says. Especially considering the tough time Europe has been having with snow this year.'' Hard work is acknowledged Thanks for the hard work: RSA women's section with their certificates of appreciation. By GILL ALCOCK The ladies' section of the RSA enjoyed their Christmas lunch and took the oppor- tunity to award members with certificates of appreci- ation for years of support and hard work. Although everything that could go wrong did go wrong, according to secretary Bev Treloar, those who attended enjoyed the Christmas cel- ebration. The entertainer had to go off to hospital and the second choice couldn't make the lunch,'' Ms Treloar says. RSA president Bill Dowling arrived to sort out the PA sys- tem that had failed. All the while the ladies and their husbands and friends managed to amuse them- selves, she says. The kitchen catered for 48 and served up a seafood cock- tail starter followed by a choice of ham with cranberry sauce or roast chicken accompanied by roast potatoes and all the trimmings, followed by Christmas pudding and cus- tard. Many of the members were acknowledged for their hard work and long service with a certificate.
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