To All Our Weekend Walkers
 
On Friday 8th December we joined the Cycle Group to have an end of year luncheon at Canton Kitchen.

 
Dear Sir
 
A question was raised at the November general meeting regarding the morning teas provided by Maungatapu Kindergarten. When  did it start etc. ? I waited for some other aged person nearer to the microphone to answer  but before I could put in my pennyworth the moment had passed.
 
  So here is the answer.  I was on the U3A committee early in the 2000’s when a couple called Mr and Mrs Adams did the morning tea for a small number of members on a voluntary basis.  The members grew in number,  and as Mr & Mrs Adams grew older  they reluctantly resigned from the job.
 
The committee was then obliged to come up with an alternative provider.
 
Having been associated with kindergartens and play centres for many years I suggested getting Maungatapu Kindergarten to do the catering. They were the closest to 14th Avenue at the time, would always be looking for funding and the parents would be moving on with their children so there would be a regular annual change of people required to do the catering.  They were approached, consulted and accepted. The rest is history.
 
They have supplied wonderful morning teas over the years and I believe they not only enjoy it but have benefited from it for many years.
 
This should be in the 2000 to 2005 minutes for verification
 
Sincerely
Ena Hay

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Weekend Walkers Dickeys Flat to Karangahake Gorge 25.11.17
 
On Saturday 14 members carpooled to Dickeys Flat.

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A fine day with little wind saw this group of happy cyclists starting from the Historic Village.

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Hikers 1 visited Rotorua Centennial Park (formerly known as the Rotorua Tree Trust) situated on the slopes of Tihiotonga at the southern side of the City.

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Hikers 1 Started November with a stroll up Otanewainuku, elevation 640 m, into a light mist.

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Hikers 1 enjoyed fine weather and a dry track to the summit of Rainbow Mountain, that distinctive shaped hill between Rotorua and Taupo.

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On the 14th October, 2017, 12 members of the Weekend Walkers met and carpooled to Rotorua Lakefront where 5 others joined us.

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Opera Appreciation 1 recently did the full opera Rossini "William Tell". It was Rossini's last opera and a real blockbuster, four hours over two DVDs.

Our Buildings & Cities Group has this year become quite diverse in its range of topics chosen either from personal interests or experiences, and has proved united in enthusiasm to attend a guided tour of our Elms Mission House in Tauranga for our September Meet.

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Otawa Trig. Doc writes :Enjoy a walk through attractive lowland forest dominated by tawa and rewarewa. Entering the forest, this track follows the gently undulating ridgeline to Otawa Trig."