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EAST & BAYS COURIER, OCTOBER 12, 2011
Under New Ownership
Fresh food - Excellent coffee - Friendly Service
101 Main Highway, Ellerslie, Auckland
Ph. 09 525 2343 • Fax. 09 525 2349
Exciting times at Mondo Cafe, a brand new summer menu
is in the making and will be available shortly. Especially
designed for those health conscious customers, this new
menu will have the stamp of approval from Harbour
fitness. A new alchoholic beverage menu also will be
available around the same time. Try our new coffee blend
with more flavour.
Mondo cafe can be hired for private functions in the
evening. Its pleasant ambience and delicious food will be
appreciated by your guests. Our sister concern Beaujolais
Catering specilaises in private and corporate caterting.
Customers can choose from a new menu which will be
available shortly and we offer extremely competitive
We are open 7 days a week.
Mon- Fri 7am till 5pm. Sat & Sun 8am till 4pm
Home of Beaujolais Cordon Bleau Catering
Your total dining bill. Dine Only.
Not valid with any other offer. Expires 31.10.2011
Ellerslie and Fiji: A perfect match
Ellerslie adopted Fiji as its second team for the
Rugby World Cup and business association
manager Sally Eustace says it’s been a
Members of Auckland’s Fijian community have
taken charge of organising performers, arts
and craft and sports events.
“They’ve done a fantastic job and really tried
to keep the programme alive rather than just
having one or two events.’’
Every day at 9am a Lali drummer plays at
Memory Corner, calling Ellerslie shopkeepers
to open their doors. He is also playing each day
at lunch time in the town square.
“ He’s playing for the full seven weeks, Monday
to Saturday until October 21,’’ Mrs Eustace
says. “The business owners tell me they look
forward to hearing the sound each day, it’s
On October 22 a rugby sevens tournament is
being held at Liston Park from 8am to 6pm.
“It’s going to be quite a festival in its own right.
They’ll have arts and craft, food, sports, singing,
and all the musical side of things. It’s their last
big opportunity to showcase Fiji.’’
Mrs Eustace says Ellerslie’s Rugby World Cup
events have gone far better than expected.
“I applied to council for funding and got less
than I applied for. That money had to cover
signage and printing and everything else had
to be funded through doorsales - and they’ve
done it. We’ve filled the hall at every event
which has been fantastic.’’
“Overall it’s been a lot of fun, a lot of laughter,
with huge smiles and goodwill.
“Tourism Fiji has been very generous in
sponsoring our beautiful pole banners. They
paid for the design, manufacture and installation
and that was not a cheap exercise. They’ve
also supplied the prizes for the retail promotion
we’ve got going until the 21st of October where
people can win a trip to Fiji.
“ Fijians have said to me that they couldn’t have
been given a better town centre than Ellerslie.
It’s a great match. Ellerslie is not formal and
starchy nor is it downtrodden. Both Ellerslie
and Fiji have a similar feel - relaxed but not too
“Residents have really appreciated that the
events have been casual enough that people
can just come down and join in the fun.
“ We’ve had a happy, festival feeling the whole
“There’s been a lovely warmth about it. All
credit to the Fijians – they’ve done the work. I
just set up the infrastructure. They’ve provided
The Fiji Police Band came to New Zealand for
five days during the tournament and played
in Ellerslie, drawing a huge crowd to the town
“The feedback from that was extraordinary,’’
Mrs Eustace says. “I was told by locals that was
the best event ever in Ellerslie. It was lovely to
get those comments.
“Ellersie and Fiji made a beautiful match. The
Fijians are a beautiful people. Even when
they’re doing a war dance they’re smiling.’’
Bula: The Fiji Police band impressed shoppers.
Photo: Ben Campbell
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