Welcome back to our Bay Waka!

Picture of Antoon Moonen standing at a beach
Bay Waka quarterly community magazine Founder and Managing Editor, Antoon ( "UN-Tone" ) Moonen.

What a privilege it has been to work alongside Ray Dumble and his team at Tauranga Airport, during the final stages of the incredible transformation that has taken place at the airport passenger Terminal, to bring the feature articles together for this magazine issue. Ray would like to extend a warm welcome to all to come on down and visit the new airport Terminal, admire the outstanding facilities and watch the planes come and go, while enjoying the café with its tasty cuisine. It is also well appointed and spacious enough to carry out short business meetings while savouring the fresh coffee. Come on down and see for yourself and bring a friend!

Quick, there is still time to tell the Bay of Plenty Regional Council what you think about their Annual Plan for 2019/20 (page 37). They are seeking your input on many of the matters that affect our community today and at the same time, are giving us a timely update on buses (page 33). Be sure to visit the Regional Council website (page 35) in time to make your submission count.

Let us keep in mind that this is the year for the Local Body Elections and so we have several thought-provoking opinion articles penned by local thinkers to encourage discourse amongst candidates and voters alike. At the same time, Bay Waka is preparing to deliver two exclusive Election Special Issue magazines for candidates in Western and Eastern Bay of Plenty totalling around 130,000 copies to be delivered a few days before the voting papers arrive in mail boxes (page 26).

If you didn’t know about Kai Aroha, you’ll find out now! how for past three years every Friday night on average 50 hot meals are served to those in need in our community. They now need our support to obtain a well-appointed van and find permanent lodgings (pages 18-21).

Department of Conservation (DOC) invite us to celebrate the arrival of Matariki with planned events to which you will need to book your place! They are also giving away 10 awesome Wetlands posters that we published in previous issue 14 (page 57).

Finally, I would like to extend personal thanks to the 100+ people in our community who brought forward their enthusiasm and positive energy to bring this bumper issue to fruition. You may have noticed that this issue is 64-pages, up from our usual 56-pages. This is solely due to the phenomenal support that has built up around Bay Waka by writers and advertisers alike.

Please support our advertising supporters – it’s because of them that we are here! Keep the magazine on hand for the timetables inside and make use of the vouchers and discounts. There are all kinds of tickets and prizes to be won which are referenced on page 2.

If you want to support this magazine by writing or advertising or have any other feedback, we’d love to hear from you.