What’s On? Bikes big and small

Cyclists will be taking to the stormwater trail in Papamoa en masse today. Photo: Brydie Photography.

Good morning, SunLive readers, and welcome to your post-election Sunday.

Last night 46 per cent of New Zealand continued to back the incumbent National Party, while Labour improved on their 2014 result by gaining almost 36 per cent of the vote.

In Tauranga, Simon Bridges secured a fourth term with barely any diminished support, although his nearest rival – Labour's Jan Tinetti – improved both her party's electorate vote and party vote. She'll be heading to parliament, too, on the list.

Whether you're quietly satisfied or clinically depressed from the result, there's no better way to cleanse yourself of politics this morning than by getting on your bike.

The annual Pedal Papamoa event is on in that neighbourhood today. The free family-friendly ride leaves from the Papamoa Plaza at 10am and will follow the off-road stormwater trail to Evans Road.

There will be treasure hunts, giveaways and pit stops along the way and cyclists can refuel with a free breakfast at the Papamoa Beach Tavern after the ride.

Elsewhere, bikes with a little more grunt will be taking part in ‘The Distinguished Gentleman's Ride', which has the goal of raising funds and awareness for men's health, specifically prostate cancer and men's mental health.

More than 80 participants on motorcycles have registered for Tauranga's event, which sets off from Club Mount Maunganui at 10am.

For more happenings and things you might not have considered before, just scroll a little further down:

WHAT'S ON – Sunday, September 24:

A Course In Miracles

Apply Miracle principles from this life transforming course. 50 First Ave 12:30-2:30 Koha. RSVP Txt 021 0274 2502

Bible seminars

1:45pm Greerton Senior Citizen's Hall, Maitland St, Greerton. Title: “Genesis - The 6 days of creation” Interactive, Q&A. All welcome. Vic 543 0504.

Corkers Toastmasters

Building communication & leadership 3rd Sunday of Month. Upstairs Zone Cafe, Owens Place, Mount Maunganui. 2-3:30pm. Chrissy 027 296 7939

Croquet

At Tauranga Domain, Cameron Rd, Sun, Tues, Fri, 12:45pm. Beginners welcome. Peter 571 0633

Farmers Market - Mount Mainstreet

Held every Sunday 9-1pm rain or shine! Right in the middle of Mount Mainstreet at Phoenix Car Park, Maunganui Rd. www.mountmainstreet.nz

Free Womens Self Defence

28th & 29th Oct More details contact The Gym, Tauranga or go to selfdefencecourses.co.nz click on Register for Workshops

Healing with OEFT

Sickness healed at emotional level. Grindz Cafe 50 First Ave 12:30 coffee. 1-2:30 Practise Optimal Emotional Freedom. Koha. RSVP txt 021 027 42502 www.eventspronto.co.nz/meaningfullife

Historic Village Market

Every 1st & 3rd Sunday monthly 8-12noon. Wet or fine. Inquiries: hvm@lionsclubs.org.nz A Bethlehem Te Puna Lions Club Project.

Introduction to Buddhism classes

Join us for a ten week course based on the DVD "Discovering Buddhism". Facility donation/Koha of $5 gratefully received. Email buddhismbop@gmail.com for details

Papamoa Country Music Club

Monthly meeting. Enjoy an afternoon of music at Papamoa Sports Ground. Ph Dick 576 4527

Quakers in Tauranga

In hall behind Brain Watkins House, cnr Elizabeth/Cameron Rd 10am for an hour of mainly silent worship followed by tea/coffee & talk 544 0448 www.quaker.org.nz

WBOP Squash Open Day

Come along & try Squash at one of our 4 local clubs! 1-4pm Devoy/Mount Squash/Te Puke/Katikati Squash clubs. More info at www.squashbop.co.nz or call 021 0466 838



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The Lovely Mount Maunganui beach. Photo: Denis Player.

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