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True local: Matt Ericksen shows the ground floor area of the new retail
With Ericksen Honda
Long-term Bay View firm Erick-
sen Honda is growing, with build-
ing work begun on a two-storey
extension of their business.
Many businesses are making
the move to the Bay View village,
which now boasts a seafood/fish
and chip shop, video store, hair-
dresser, pharmacy, 4-Square, Bay
View Pumps and a hotel.
The latest business to set up
shop is Takaro Trails, which offers
mountainbike and pushbike
touring in the area and is proving
to be a popular option for visitors.
Expanding our building is an
investment not only in Ericksen
Honda, but in Bay View village as
well,'' says Ericksen's parts and
sales manager Matt Ericksen.
We've been planning the ex-
pansion for a while and the Bay
View community is behind us -- in
fact the village in general seems
to be growing by the day, so it's
great to be part of that.''
Matt says the family team at
Ericksen Honda enjoy the fact
that they are close to the farming
community they service, and
having a base at Bay View is a
win-win situation for all.
Our customers are able to drop
off their bikes or boats to us on
their way into Napier and we can
work on their vehicle while they
do their shopping in town.
We've been in business on this
site for almost 24 years and as a
true family business, pride our-
selves on good service and know-
ing our community.
We now have generations of
farming families coming to us and
we are a known and trusted name
in the area.
Bay View village certainly has
a lot to offer and Ericksen Honda
is not only a part of its history, but
a large piece of its future as well.'' MMP coming under
the spotlight in debate
Whether MMP should be retained
as the electoral voting system will
be debated in Hawke's Bay on
The Campaign for MMP
national spokeswoman Sandra
Grey, will be debating against
Jordan Williams from the organis-
ation Vote for Change.
Hastings Mayor Lawrence Yule
will be in the chair.
The debate is this Sunday, at
7pm at the Clive Community Hall.
Dr Grey is the president of the
Tertiary Education Union, and a
senior lecturer at Victoria Univer-
sity, teaching social and public
Mr Williams is a Wellington
lawyer who grew up in Hastings.
Three Hawke's Bay women,
regional councillor Liz Remmers-
waal, Napier city councillor Max-
ine Boag and Taradale-based com-
munity advocate June Graham
launched the Hawke's Bay Cam-
paign for MMP on Suffrage Day,
Monday, September 19.
Suffrage Day is an ideal time
for us to launch,'' said Ms Rem-
merswaal, because MMP was
introduced in 1993, that's 100
years after New Zealand women
won the right to vote.
In the final first-past-the-post
election, 21 per cent of parliamen-
tary seats were held by women.
Just three years later in 1996
under MMP it jumped to 29 per
cent, and it is currently over 30
per cent,'' she said.
The diversity of women has
also been better represented,
including the country's first
Pacific and Asian female cabinet
Ministers in Luamanuvao Winnie
Laban, and Pansy Wong.''
Toy drive for Christmas
By our powers combined: Some Carlyle St retailers getting together to give
Christmas back to kids. From left, Tim Barker, Peter Tarver, Richard
Stevenson and Faye Murray.
Christmas and children go
together but, for many kids whose
parents are struggling to make
ends meet, there may not even be
a tree, let alone presents under-
When Richard Stevenson,
owner of Hell Pizza Napier, visi-
ted the recycling centre in One-
kawa, he met a woman with a box
of toys her children no longer
needed, and an idea was born.
Mr Stevenson spoke with other
Carlyle St retailers and together
they have come up with the
Carlyle Street Christmas Cracker.
They are asking people to donate
toys their children have outgrown,
to be distributed by Napier social
The Carlyle Street Christmas
Cracker is a way to bring the
smiles back to kids' faces on
Christmas morning,'' he says.
Pre-loved toys can be dropped
off at four points -- Hell Pizza,
Subway, Mad Butcher and
The retailers are determined to
bring Santa back, saying that
things have become so politically
correct'' that youngsters are miss-
ing out on what used to be one of
the greatest joys of the season.
Let's face it, Hell isn't exactly
the home of PC, so we plan to turn
the store into Santa's Grotto on
Saturday mornings during De-
cember,'' Mr Stevenson says. The
whole season seems to have
become so crassly commercial now
that we thought it was time to
take it back to the way it used to
be, with a modern twist. A Face-
book page will be set up so that
the kids can have their photo
taken with Santa then put on the
page for free.''
If your children have toys they
have outgrown but are still in
good condition, this is the ideal
way to pass them on.
Social services will identify fam-
ilies in need and ensure the toys
go to new homes where they will
be treasured. If any Napier busi-
nesses have toys to donate, they
will also be gratefully received.
All of the retailers involved
have children and we love to see
the joy and delight on their faces
on Christmas morning,'' Mr
Stevenson says. It's all about the
kids -- giving Christmas back to
them -- and we'd love to make this
an annual event, building on it
each year and making it lots of
Businesses helping out are: Hell
Pizza (Richard and Lisa Steven-
son), Subway (David and Faye
Murray), The Mad Butcher (Peter
and Kim Tarver), Aaron's Em-
porium (Aaron and Tessa Couvee),
Anjalo Construction (Ron and
Debbie Fritz), Barker Electrical
(Tim and Tracey Barker) and Na-
pier Signs (Andre, Gary, Lewarne,
Judy, Kelly and Aisling Hayden).
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