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Discover more about your beautiful region on the
Hawke's Bay Regional Council and the Department of Conservation
Spring/Summer Walk and Talk Series
Waitangi Wetland Wander
Saturday 12 November,
1pm - 2pm, then option to
continue on Colenso Walk.
In conjunction with the Hawke s Bay
Museum and Art Gallery which is hosting
the William Colenso Conference, join us
to learn about the natural and historical
signi cance of this important estuary so
close to Napier. There is the option of
continuing to Napier Hill for the rest of
the Colenso Walk. Contact Hawke s Bay
Museum and Art Gallery for details,
to book phone 835 9243.
Morere Springs Scenic
Reserve Great Walk
Saturday 11 February,
11am - 4pm
Join us for a 5-hour demanding but
rewarding walk through Nikau groves and
black beech forest with views of waterfalls
and gorges. We will walk the Morere Ridge
and Mangakawa Track with local DOC
rangers. The challenging track is suitable
for walkers with a high level of tness.
Take Your Dad Fishing for
Sunday 4 September,
10am - 12pm
Kids -- have you been nagging your Dad
to take you shing but you just haven t
made it yet? Make his Fathers Day by
taking him shing at Lake Tutira! Staff
from Fish and Game, DOC, Regional
Council and Hamill s will be on site from
10am - 12pm to show you the ropes,
and your licence for this event will only
cost you a gold coin -- regardless of age!
Hamill s will also have specials on gear
leading up to the day and there will be
some spot prizes. Why not bring a picnic
and make a day of it?
Sunrise Hut - Tramping 101
Saturday 15 October
(back up date 29 October),
9am - 4pm
Have you ever been tempted to give
tramping a go, but aren t sure if it s
for you? First-timers can join this fun
introductory day tramp up to Sunrise Hut.
A good level of tness is required as the
climb is quite steep, but the view at the
top is worth it! Join us on one of the
Bay s best known day tramps.
Cape Kidnappers Crusade
Saturday 10 or Sunday 11 March
(dependent on seabird feeding roster)
Join a small group to learn hands-on the
importance of volunteers in the Cape
Kidnappers and Ocean Beach Wildlife
Preserve project. Hear about coast care
and help with weeding the seabird area
and feeding/checking petrel chicks.
A good standard of tness is required.
Bring your own picnic lunch to enjoy on
site. A contribution to the running of the
wildlife preserve of $10 per person is
payable upon registration and numbers
are very limited.
Please register for walks by contacting Hawke's Bay
Regional Council during business hours on
0800 108 838 or visit our reception,
159 Dalton St, Napier.
These events are brought to you by the Department
of Conservation and Hawke s Bay Regional Council.
No buses will be provided, however carpooling is
encouraged. Information packages with more details
will be sent to registered participants before each walk.
Book early as places ll up fast!
www.hbrc.govt.nz 06 835 9200
Cut me out and keep me on your fridge.
Alex celebrates century
Former Hastings mailman Alex Elliott
has been expecting a special delivery
from his postie this week.
Mr Elliott turns 100 today and is
expecting cards from Buckingham Palace
and Government House.
Music, travel and a strong Christian
faith have been mainstays of his long life.
Born in Northern Ireland, Mr Elliott's
varied CV includes stints as butler to a
country doctor and Belfast prison warder.
It was partly a desire to escape North-
ern Ireland's sectarian conflict that
brought him to New Zealand in 1947.
Settling in Hastings in 1949, Mr Elliott
revelled in the sunshine and fresh air of
Hawke's Bay and his job as a postie,
which he enjoyed for 14 years.
His children Yvonne and Michael have
fond memories of a dad who was always
singing and would pick them up from
school on a Wednesday afternoon for
trips to Westshore Beach and the Marine
Parade skating rink.
Mr Elliott's wife Isabella died in 1986
but in his seventies he married Joyce
Knight, who shared his love of music.
Mr Elliott is an accomplished mandolin
player. Together they would play and
sing in rest homes. Now they are both
residents of Ahuriri's Princess Alexandra
Retirement Village and enjoy singing
along when entertainers call.
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