No doubt you're heading out to buy a card and debating whether a Super Cheap voucher is best or you want to sweeten dad up with a box of chocolates you can also dip into.
Father's Day, it is rumoured started in the USA (where else!) by either a young lady who wanted to honour her dad for raising his 6 children on his own (although she didn't suggest the celebration until after his death so he never got any chocolates) or the other story is also from the USA and was again suggested by a young lady, and again after the dad's were dead, after a deadly mine explosion killed 361 men. Anyhow Father's Day was only officially recognised as a national holiday during the Nixon administration, so he did do something good to celebrate our men!
For some reason Father's Day is celebrated on different dates across the world. The most common date is the third Sunday in June which includes the bigwigs such as USA, UK, Canada, Japan, etc. Australia and New Zealand have however opted to celebrate Father's Day in September, apparently it is a quieter time of year for holidays and of course this decision must have been made by the retailers as another reason is it is also a better time of year to sell more "manly" gifts for the upcoming summer, you know the fishing rods, camping gear, etc. Consequently of course Mother's Day is the converse and being celebrated in May is a feel good time to get Mum fluffy slippers and crock pots - now who's being sexist here!!
Here at Linku2 we thought we'd celebrate Father's Day by giving away some amazing books that Dad will love from New Zealand author Mark Chamberlain and to be in the draw all you need to do is tell us your best (or worst) Dad joke - you must know plenty. So head over to our Fathers Day Dad Joke page - enjoy the jokes already submitted and some great Father's Day Specials and be in to WIN!!
As the deadline looms for a sale of Coast Plaza with offers closing on 30 August Rodney Times asked locals what they would like to see that would help in revitalising the area. As reported by Jay Borham in the Rodney Times Coast Plaza on the market article of 16 August suggestions ranged from K Mart , more dining options, a high end shopping experience to pulling the whole thing down. So why doesn't the Peninsula look to our flourishing Hibiscus Coast neighbour, Orewa, in the past few years the small coastal town has seen a boom and is becoming not only a mecca for local dining but also for boutique shopping. With a full schedule of wonderful events in the streets and on the beach all summer long why doesn't Whangaparaoa consider using the hub of the Plaza to stage summer fun?
The Town Centre, with JAC's and Esquires on either side was redeveloped last year. This area could be a hub not only for outdoor dining but also local entertainment. Perhaps the short strip of road between the library and Town Centre could be closed for the day (there is access both above and below and only a few parks would be lost) Music concerts, outdoor dining events, movies, kids entertainment, games?
If this area was used to showcase a local event what kind of event would you like to see that would get you and your family up to the Plaza and enjoy?
We love the Hibiscus Coast, the beaches, the community feel and the wide variety of things to do and places to go and this isn't diminishing as the Coast grows, although we are finding there are rather too many sets of traffic lights than the old days!