WI members enjoy busy meetings

Lucy Moger Mangatoki WI






For the November meeting, members went to Bev and Andy Davy’s Toilette Stoppe garden. This was a full and interesting garden which had taken 56 years to accomplish and includes many interesting features, such as old toilets. The members then visited Taraire Garden which is a rambling country garden of rooms. The members then visited Openlands on Auroa Rd, which is always a favourite. This established garden has been extended in the past few years and also offers a wedding venue. Next to Charmain and Leo Greater assurance over water quality at Taranaki swimming spots is set to emerge from a new-look sampling and testing programme getting under way for the summer. In November, Taranaki Regional Council (TRC) switched to fixed weekly all-weather sampling at 40 popular beaches and swim spots, instead of sampling only during fine weather. The new approach recognises surfers, kayakers and swimmers may still take to the water in poor weather. TRC director of environmental quality Abby Matthews Brennan’s Lucy’s Place garden, a smaller garden with many points of interest, also with plants and garden art for sale. After lunch, members visited Neda and Greg Howes’ interesting 5-year-old Jabulani garden. Here they have meandering paths and sunken entertainment areas, plants and crafts for sale, also tea and coffee by donations to the Breast Cancer Society. Some members visited the Ohawe Creative Collection and then Hugh Hartwell’s Little Ardlui. This is a townhouse garden, full of colourful plants and with a raised vegetable garden, HO Scale Model Railroad on display, and a sales table. The last garden was Alf and said one the perks of living in Taranaki was the opportunities to enjoy the region’s rivers, lakes and beaches. “The advice from health authorities has always been to avoid swimming for three days after heavy or prolonged rainfall, and this new regime will show why this remains sound advice.” She said the key thing to remember was that although the monitoring was likely to reveal more breaches of contamination guidelines over the summer, it would not necessarily mean overall water quality was getting worse. Bernie Christian’s Gabbot’s Garden. On November 24, 13 members went on a two-day Christmas shopping trip. The first stop was at Bushy Park near Kai Iwi, then on to Spring Vale Garden Centre, Whanganui. Next on to Granny’s Christmas Grotto in Marton. Back to the Christmas Barn Kairanga, Palmerston north. On November 25, still in Palmerston North, members visited Christmas Heirloom Company, Keith’s Doll Hospital, Uncle Bills and Ezibuy shops. Our December meeting took the form of dinner at The Rough Habits Sports Bar and Cafe. Members then visited homes decorated for Christmas. popular As in the past, all test results will be available online. Matthews said it was important to remember, in general, coastal waters were good quality, freshwater swimming spots mostly good quality. Results will be graded in a traffic light system: green meaning good for swimming, orange advising caution and red meaning unsuitable for swimming. Results will be posted at trc. govt.nz and lawa.org.nz when available. More information: trc.govt. nz/environment/maps-anddata/can-i-swim-here