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Buzz in the Bay - News from Waipu and Bream Bay


New faces at Cove Cafe
For those who en-joyed some appetis-ing food and bever-age at Two Fish Café, Waipu Cove, there will be new owners when the establishment re-opens in a couple of weeks. Lloyd Roon-ey is adjusting a few things, bringing in a new look, new menu, new name. We’ll bring you updates in this column.

Ryder Tito snapper-626Speaking of fish…
While the big fishermen were out in search of the biggies in last week’s Kaiwaka fishing comp, 8-year-old Ryder Tito of Waipu was reeling them in. Though the really big ones got away, Ryder’s 4kg snapper was big enough to grab the major prize in the junior section. He also captured second place and also hooked the winning kahawai. This followed on from a winning snapper at the Waipu competition on Labour Weekend.

Surf School ready for summer
Emma Harrington has taken over Waipu Cove Surf School – now called Learn 2 Surf. The team com-prises Emma and Daniel Harrington, Toni Sturt, and Tony Baker, a well-known mem-ber of the Mangawhai Surf Life Saving team.

Surfing NZ accredited, check them out on www.learn2surf.co.nz and on facebook.

A wanderer returns
Ruakaka woman Tara Thompson with daughter Chloe returned earlier this year after four years in Perth. Former pupil of Bream Bay College, Tara recently passed her Real Estate exams and is expected to be a part of a Waipu company in the near future.

New release for readers
ocally acclaimed author writing as Violet Gregory has just released the fourth of her ‘Butterfly’ series of novels taking up where traditional romance novels leave off. This latest edition includes the first three parts and is widely available on line for devout chic lit followers.

Former pupil returns to school
After attending the school in her own jun-ior days, local lass Ab-bey McLean, daughter of Grant and Carla, will be back at Waipu Pri-mary in the new year but this time as a new teacher.

Daniel’s got you covered
New business at Marsden Cove Marina. Boat canopies, trailer covers, truck sides, sports bags, trampolines or any canvas work, new or repair, give Daniel Perkinson a call or he will call on you if you’re not too far away. It’s that time of year so, in the inter-ests of safer boating, check your gear now and get it sorted. Email marsdencovecanvas@ gmail.com, or phone 09 437 5756

Businesses on the move
NEW is the latest buzzword with new owners at Big Tomato Veggie store and Deep Sea Bar & Grill now called the Big Tomato Restaurant on Port Marsden Highway and we hear there could also be an electrical company moving to that area in the near future.

Changing of the guard is happening in Ruakaka village also as Colleen and Rhys Stratton of Ruakaka Stationery and Gifts take a step towards retirement after eight years behind the counter. New owner is Aucklander Grace Hou. Previ-ously employed in the finance industry Grace is looking forward to a change of lifestyle in Northland. Bream Bay is showing definite signs of growth.

Hard to keep up with
In what could only be viewed as a personal triumph, Waipu women Angela Stolwerk and Ranee McGregor last week took on, and beat, the New York Marathon. Follow-ing months of steady – then hard – train-ing under the watchful eye of Smart Fitness guru Shaz Carrol, they completed the 42.2 km in a little over 6 hours 15 minutes. To give readers the magni-tude of the event, this put them in 19,623rd and 19,625th place in the female section out of a total field of over 50,000 starters. Great going girls.
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