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Shauni talks to sports achievers; saber enthusiasts

Shauni James





Hi everyone, I hope you have all had a great week and are managing to stay warm. I’ve had a couple cheeky hot chocolates this week because not only are they delicious, but they you warm up. They make great hand warmers for a bit. Unfortunately, I’m not a coffee or tea drinker, so hot chocolates are my go-to. What’s your favourite winter warmer drink? Every week there is big congratulations in order as Rotorua people accomplish amazing things, and this week is no different. A massive well done and good luck to Hana and Carly who are in Jordan to represent our country in basketball. What an exciting opportunity and awesome accomplishment. It will be great to see how the competition goes for our New Zealand team! I don’t know what you were up to last Saturday, but I certainly enjoyed going along to check out the lightsaber tournament held here in Rotorua. There were some very quick and fancy looking moves displayed on the day, and seeing the glowing lightsabers flashing through the air was super fun. If you are ever around and available when a tournament is being held near you, I would certainly recommend going along to see what it’s all about! Have a read of the story on the next page, and you can see more photos on page 14. Rotorua athletes Lisa Adams and Hannah Gapes continue to achieve great results and inspire, both doing well at the Oceania Area Championships recently. It was awesome to catch up with them about the competition and what’s coming up next for them. You can read the story on page 4. It was also interesting to talk with artist Jon Marett this week, whose collection of artwork on Jean Batten will be exhibited at the Rotorua Council Galleria. All of the things Batten accomplished were extraordinary and it is so cool to have this exhibition on display here in Rotorua where she was born. Find out more about this exhibition on page 6. There is plenty more to read about in this week’s edition, including a story with both the retiring (Andy Garrick) and new (Arash Alaeinia) Eastern Fish and Game Council chief executive, the upcoming Matariki Night Ride, and a story on the Give it Your Best Shot pop-up shot put challenge that was in Rotorua last weekend. Don’t forget to keep those thumbs ups and downs and reader’s photos rolling in. Take care, until next time. Shauni