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Lizard News - Our Community
Lizard News has a print run of 11,500 including mailbox deliveries from the Wairoa River at Bethlehem to Waihī Beach, through the rural & urban areas of the west of the Western Bay of Plenty District; Te Puna, Whakamārama, Matakana Is, Ōmokoroa, Pahoia, Apata, Aongatete, Katikati, Tahāwai, Bowentown and Athenree.
3 weeks ago
Friends of the Blade Predator Control Group in Whakamārama is holding a Community Day Out this Sunday, 10am-noon.Come and learn more about what’s involved in protecting our native bush from introduced pests, and enjoy the resurgence in birdlife and plant life around The Blade.There is a 40-minute family-friendly walking track that takes you through the heart of the area that is protected by volunteers.There will be trap demos and displays, a sausage sizzle, prizes, and a chance to learn more about volunteering.Location: Department of Conservation Carpark at the top end of Whakamārama Road. Bad weather location: Whakamārama Hall, 469 Whakamārama Road. ... See MoreSee Less
4 weeks ago
“We knew as soon as we got here. This is the place we’d been looking for,” says Kelly. Coffee Club at The Village Ōmokoroa opens its doors to the public at 7 a.m. tomorrow, Thursday 9th November.Matthew Farrell reports:Owner-operators Kelly and Jessica Bain and their three boys moved into town last week and say they’ve never known a community like Ōmokoroa.“We’ve already had eight neighbours introduce themselves and bring us shortbread, avocados, and chocolate slices. Our 8-year-old absolutely loves knowing the whole street. After five years in Hibiscus Coast, we only knew one of our neighbours,” says Kelly.“The sense of community feels so perfect, so good. We are really excited to be opening and for the children to be starting at Point School and Minnows Kindergarten.“The biggest reason for moving here is to have a better lifestyle for our family. I’ve been in hospitality all my life and ran a restaurant in Auckland for the past five years. It was busy and hectic, and I loved it - but it was stressful, too - and it was time for a change.“We kept an eye out for about 18 months for the right opportunity, and after a chat with Coffee Club about Ōmokoroa, we drove down the next day to check it out and made the decision within 24 hours. “This place has morning sun, which is perfect for us, and evening sun for our neighbours at Village Green, which is perfect for them. The Village Ōmokoroa is a great development for all the businesses here. I greatly believe in the aphorism; a rising tide lifts all boats.L-R: Cameron Hollis, Kelly Bain, Jose Vilardy, Ruby Ji. PHOTO: Matthew Farrell/Lizard News. ... See MoreSee Less