9th July 2011 Update on the RDA Equestrian Centre - please see in the photo below, Trevor Wilkinson of Belvedere Construction and Colin Amrein of Colin Amrein Earthworks, getting ready to turn the first sod, with the assistance of the mayor of Tauranga, Stuart Crosby. The site was blessed by Ngati Pukenga iwi leader, Awanmui Black.
June and July 2011 Office and staff news
Established June 25th 1998, last year saw Belvedere reach 13 years, and Trevor & Debbie Wilkinson celebrate their 28th wedding anniversary.
Congratulations go to LOUIS TE RAKENA BROWN for completing the last of his apprenticeship modules. He is now a fully qualified carpenter. Well done Louis, seen here with Trevor Wilkinson receiving his certificate at one of our major projects at the Elizabeth Knox Home and Hospital in Auckland.
SOCCER (or as some of us prefer to call it FOOTBALL) - new shirts for the team seem to have made all the difference with a good win; this strangely happened to coincide with ANDY BIRCHENOUGH being away at the Masters football tournament in Thailand where he was Captain of the New Zealand team. Next on the list of requirements is apparently a pair of goalie gloves for Murray Jamieson ..
A first aid refresher course was held in the office attended by Trevor Wilkinson, Iain Gleaves, Paul Chapman, Chris Markie and Larry Bosson. This was bravely run by Chris's wife, Alison of behalf of Triple One Care. After much serious business and much laughter, let's just say we know out of this group who would NOT want to be given first aid treatment by!
Old news, but entertaining for some ..
26th October 2010 - extract from Bay of Plenty Times
For the next two weeks local builder Andy Birhenough is hanging up the toolbelt and swapping his steel-capped boots for dancing shoes as he heads to Argentina to do the tango. The 47 year-old Belvedere Construction worker from Manchester took up tango nearly four years ago.
"I wanted to find a new way of socialising and I don't really drink so going to the pub on a Friday night isn't my thing," Mr Birhenough said.
"I had always fancied finding out what dancing was all about."
He enjoyed tango because it was a masculine dance but at the same time quite beautiful, he said.
"It's a real sensual dance but you have to be respectful of your partner, so you can't throw her around."
On the building site his workmates, who wouldn't be caught dead doing the tango, liked to give him grief. "Obviously they give me a bit of stick but they all reckon it's a good idea."
Tango took a long time to learn and persistence was the key, he said.
"You almost have to learn how to walk again. You either stick at it and fall in love with it or you give up."