Reflections Post – on the elections for local government


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Noel at the Permablitz, Papamoa Rock Gardens

Congratulations to all those people who stood up for the environment and put their name forward for the elections. They’re all winners, even if they lost. Well done to Noel Peterson of Tauranga who stood for Mayor and as a councillor. He used the publicity to showcase the possibilities for the Western Bay of Plenty and to remind the electorate that the environment needs sustainable practices to be followed locally. Although he didn’t win, the environment did, as his passionate care about it rubbed off on candidates. Will they keep their promises I wonder?

Noel, now in his persona of the Green Wizard of Tauranga, will be seen in public again, this time with me, to celebrate Books from our Own Backyard in the Library Arcade on Friday October 21 from 11 to 1 pm.

Noel Peterson - Green Wizard
Noel Peterson – Green Wizard in his own backyard.

This is a chance for readers of all ages, but especially children, to meet local authors at a preview event for National Book Week, 24th-29th October (the last day being National Bookshop Day, so do find out what’s on offer at your favourite local bookshop, Books a Plenty in Grey Street, too.)

Books from our Own Backyard is hosted by Creative Bay of Plenty as one of their regular community Arcade Arts events. Seven authors will be present to discuss their own book, read an excerpt from it and invite you to join in an activity. If you have children at home, please bring them along to meet our local authors. And teachers are warmly invited to bring along a class or two, or members of any creative writing club they run to learn what it means to be an author from those who know.

I’m going to have a pavement drawing of a life-size Green Wizard for anyone to help colour in with pastels. And a sunflower or pumpkin seed  in a pot to be taken home to grow. Oh, and reading from my own book too.

Who are these local authors waiting to meet you? I will introduce you to them two-by two this week:

Etheljoy Smith is a well-known literary personality who has been writing articles for journals, stories for children, accounts of living elsewhere in the world and poetry for pleasure for more years than she will admit to. This year she published her first junior novel about the adventures of pedigree cat Alicia and her beau. Rob to the Rescue is an enchanting story about being yourself and finding love.


Harsha Rigney is known to adults through her annual moon calendars, always in demand, and last year surprised and delighted us with her first picture book. I Love Flowers was written as a tribute to her mother, who first taught her to appreciate their charm and variety, and Harsha had great fun illustrating this colourful little book. She will read her story and involve children in making a tissue flower of their own to take home to Mum.

Circle that date: Friday October 21st 11 to 1pm in the Library Arcade.



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