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by Claire Ward
About 75 members
of the Tribal Nations
Motorcycle Club will
be arriving in Reefton
on February 3 for a
three-day stay as part
of the fifth anniversary
celebrations of the
founding of the club.
They will be holding a
poker run to raise money
for the Reefton RSA
outreach programme to
assist West Coast
A spokesman says the
programme fits in with
the Tribal Nations’ work
in raising awareness
around youth suicide.
The poker run is also
to thank the Reefton
RSA for honouring the
28th Maori Battalion
in a ceremony held in
Reefton in February
2018. The club
former ser vice people and
many of them attended
that ceremony of their
own accord to show their
respect and they say they
want to repay that fellow
The Tribal Nations is
a social club with an
emphasis on campaigning
to help spread awareness
around all forms of
violence, abuse and
suicide. Their mission
statement is: “ To support
those in the community
who are disadvantaged,
suffering serious illness, neglect,
deprivation, abuse, whether physical
or emotional and addictions”.
As many as 60 motorbikes and 75
club members will be in Reefton for
the run, and they say all local riders
are welcome to take part in the poker
A poker run is an organised event
where participants visit checkpoints,
drawing a card at each one, and the
object is to have the best poker hand
at the end of the run.
It starts from the Reefton RSA at
9.30am on Monday, February 4.
Tuesday, January 22, 2019 - 5
Who Cares House in Reefton
held its annual Christmas
lunch on December 17. About
40 people turned up to
partake of the scrumptious
array of food and have a great
natter and catch up.
Who Cares? began in
1986 and is an absolute
treasure for Reefton and
the surrounding districts in
providing assistance that
no other agency caters for
and helps fill some of our
community’s needs for any age
athleen Gallagher, whose
ancestors were Cronadun
pioneers, held a book launch
for her novel Inangahua Gold
at the Cronadun reunion
held over the weekend of
December 29-30 in Reefton.
Ms Gallagher’s parish priest and family
friend Father John Craddock, who was
born in Westport, regaled everyone with
a rousing and entertaining intro, which
included blessing her book and the audience
with water taken from the Inangahua River,
saying the water itself did not need to be
blessed as it already was.
Ms Gallagher then enthralled the group
by reading some passages from her book
and said as inanga is the Maori word for
whitebait, that was one of the reasons in
choosing the name of her book.
Terry Young from Cronadun commented
after wards that he did not go to the
Reefton Races that weekend as he read
Ms Gallagher’s book from cover to cover
The next day Ms Gallagher set up a table
along Broadway to sign and sell her book
and she did a brisk trade.
Reefton’s BMX track that was designed by Glen Kersten and Luke Brooks of the Reefton Dirt Track Riders and built with help
from all of the riders, Malcolm White, Miriam Squires, Simon Burke and Rosco Contractors is now open.
The track is situated behind the skatepark on The Strand and is proving to be very popular.
Reefton’s Brayden Parkinson,
along with his sons Jack and Sam,
took it upon themselves to clear
the zig-zag track off Rosstown
Sam and Jack like to ride their
motorbikes on the track but were
finding it increasingly overgrown
and hindering their ‘hooning ’,
so out came the tools and elbow
Their hard work has not only
benefited themselves but so many
other ‘Reeftonites’ and visitors.
So far they have spent over
20 hours hacking, chainsawing
and spraying the track, and it is
Eve Hawes, who had ridden
one of her horses up the track,
asked on Facebook who cleared
the track, saying she would like
to thank them in person. Lots
of other people joined in in
commenting their thanks and
praising the Parkinsons’ hard
Reefton Seido Karate are fundraising
to get their Dojo team to Sydney for the
International Seido Karate Tournament in
They have come up with the taste bud and
stomach pleasing ‘Ninja Nachos’ made in
mild, vegetarian, and hot and smoky.
They have been popping up all over Reefton
at events such as the Christmas Parade and
places like the Reefton Campground, and
will be at the Inangahua A and P Show on
Saturday, February 2.
They will also be holding another
fundraising initiative, the ‘Great Ninja D uck
Race and Market Day ’, on March 16 starting
at 11pm on The Strand. This promises to be a
great family day out by the river, racing ducks
and featuring frivolity and fun food.
The 109th Inangahua A and
P Show will be held at the
Reefton Raceway on February 2
and the gates open at 8.30am.
Along with the popular
annual classes of baking and
preser ves, vegetables, flowers,
art, photography and equestrian,
there will be coal shovelling, a
petting zoo, Norbert ’s puppet
shows, barrel racing, moto
trials demo shows, Bullock
Road Bows archery, the large
and small dog dash with best
dog trick, fetch and carry and
obstacle course, woodchopping,
and heaps more.
There is a category for
everyone, so choose one, or
several, and enter as there is
prizemoney, kudos and bragging
rights at stake. Challenge
your friends, neighbours and
workmates to bake-off, knit-
off, grow-off, dog dash-off, coal
shovel-off barrel race-off ...
So, may your lilies bloom, your
jams set, your cakes rise, your
tomatoes ripen, your dogs obey,
your water colour does not run
and your horses do not throw a
PICTURES: Claire Ward
Kathleen Gallagher signing and selling copies of her book at a stall on Broadway.
Gold book launch
109th Inangahua A and P Show approaches
Great Ninja Duck Race and Market Day
PICTURE: Claire Ward
Bev Donaldson at the pudding table.
40 attend Who Cares? lunch
PICTURES: Eve Hawes
The track before and after clearing — as seen from the saddle of Eve’s horse.
75 bikers to visit Reefton
Colin Agnew, back left, Gazza McClennan, club captain K P Pepperall, Benny Bennett, and in front, Vikram Chelli, left, China
Pepperall and Tiki O’Brien.
Reefton’s BMX track now open
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