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CENTRAL DISTRICT TIMES, DECEMBER 6, 2011
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Magical mystery tour to ‘hidden valley’
Great day: Folk on Taihape’s Older and Bolder mystery bus trip had a magical day at River Valley on Wednesday.
Scottish style: Pipers, from left, Peter Gordon, Andrew Peters and Jimmy Whittle
– Taihape Highlanders, accompanied by Robyn and Brian Sage, thrilled the Older
and Bolder group at River Valley.
Soulful singing: The singing group entertain at River Valley. From left, Terry
Karatau, Elizabeth Mortland and Pat Karatau back up Lauren Devlin singing
Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah.
By TERRY KARATAU
Taihape Older and Bolder co-
ordinator Betty Tierney said
feedback from some of the 43
people who went on the mystery
bus trip last Wednesday shows
that everyone had a great day at
‘‘Nobody knew where we were
going, not even the committee. It
was a magical day! River Valley
is a great spot – like a hidden
valley,’’ she said. The bus ride
through the picturesque
Pukeokahu back country still
didn’t give passengers a clue of
their destination. At least half of
the people had never been out to
River Valley and some did not
know it existed.
The first stop at River Valley
was a tour of Robyn Sage’s gar-
den perched high above the River
Valley lodge. Then, at the lodge,
the group were served a roast
Christmas dinner with all the
Mrs Tierney said when organ-
ising this, Brian Sage told her not
to worry about entertainment as
he would fix it. So this part of the
day was a complete surprise to
her and everyone else.
The groups were seated in the
shade and entertained by the
Taihape Highlanders. Brian and
Robyn Sage provided the
The Sages then played three
numbers on dual keyboards. This
was followed by a group of
singers: Lauren Devlin, Eliza-
beth Mortland, Pat and Terry
Karatau, who entertained with a
varied selection of songs. Mrs
Tierney said Older and Bolder’s
first mystery trip 15 years ago
was to River Valley.
‘‘This trip has shown some of
our people what they have, right
here, and it is good to support
local businesses and ventures.’’
Shifting into summer
By WICKET KEEPER
On Saturday Taihape, played its first
match of the summer league against
Saracens, from Marton. The summer
league is played during December and
January when college teams are
The format differs from the normal
grade in that instead of 40 overs
straight, each team bats for two
periods of 20 overs.
Taihape fielded first and struggled
in the hot, trying conditions. Saracens
scored 292 from their combined 40
Matt Jacobson was the standout
bowler with two for 29 from his eight
overs. Brad Fannin took two for 46,
Nathan Chaney two for 45, and Kerryn
Clark one for 42.
However, the bowling lacked consist-
ency and leaked runs on a regular
In reply Taihape scored 130 with
Matt Jacobson completing an excellent
all-round game with a hard hit 77 (two
sixes and 12 fours).
Mark Riley, 21, and Arthur Kauika,
11, were the next best.
Summary: Taihape 130 (Matt
Jacobson 77, Mark Riley 21), Saracens
292 (Matt Jacobson two for 29, Brad
Fannin two for 46, Nathan Chaney two
for 45, Kerryn Clark one for 42).
Band has crowd rockin’ at hotel
the band Sven
Hunterville came alive on Sunday
afternoon when the band Sven Olsen’s
Brutal Canadian Love Saga set up
their gear and began playing in the
Because of the threatening weather,
the band had to set up inside one of the
bars not leaving much room for
However, local residents gathered to
fill every table and chair throughout
the hotel and a number spread out into
the garden bar.
Georgie Ormond from Lucky said
there would have been about45 to 50
people enjoying the music.
‘‘It was a shame we couldn’t have the
show out in the garden but everyone
enjoyed the music anyway. It was a fun
weekend,’’ Ms Ormond said.
Band leader Nigel Beckford said,
‘‘Hey, it was great – we got people up
dancing at the Hunterville pub.’’
He said the group made some new
friends and he is looking forward to
maybe bringing them back to the area.
‘‘There could be a fundraiser garden
party coming up.’’
About 20 people made up the band
and, according to Mr Beckford, added
quite a few dollars to the local econ-
‘‘We all had a real fruit ice cream
and my wife bought a dress,’’ he said.
Because of the weather, the barbe-
cue was not prepared but the band
were happy thanks to organic pizzas
Chris Donovan, of Taihape, made.
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