Here’s a heads- up on some new pages we’ve added to our ever-evolving site.
With lots of warm swimming weather still ahead (free of the seething summer crowds), we’ve added – yes, we admit – a long overdue guide to beaches of the Western Bay, called Best of the Bay’s Beaches. We’ve packaged up the district’s ten top beaches, and thrown in a bit of advice on how to give surfing a go. If you think we’ve missed out a great beach, please hit us with your thoughts and preferably a picture or two. (firstname.lastname@example.org) We will run your views – and that’s a promise.
With another surf rescue carried out this week, we feel obliged to serve up this beachy information with a strong note of caution: there’s really no such thing as a safe beach – especially where children are concerned. The safest spot to swim is almost always the flagged area at the front of a surf club - on weekend days. On week days you are on your own. For more information, to help keep you safe, we recommend a visit to Surf Life Saving’s website (www.surflifesaving.org.nz). From the home page click on community education, and then ‘surf safety’ – for a superb 10-point guide.
Urban growth has rattled along at such a pace in the Western Bay that our education pages, with a summary of the local education scene, needed an update. We’ve remedied that with a fresh look at the local education providers. You’ll find snappy summaries of the main tertiary institutions and secondary schools, along with contact information. We regret that space prevents us from covering every primary school as well.
Coming up in our next newsletter, we look at a new dolphin watching venture, and two totally different festivals – one focusing on local walks and the other ‘kaimoana,’ Maori for seafood. And to mention another event, we’ve decided to poke our heads out from behind the computer screens... do our bit for a great community cause. We are pleased to have been appointed official photographers for the Cancer Society's Relay for Life Tauranga 2008. Photos and CD's of the Relay will be made available for viewing and purchase on www.bestoftauranga.com shortly after the relay. We’ll be taking part too, so watch out for our tent.