Week one cleaned up, teddies return


Week one of the latest nationwide Covid-19 lockdown is done and many homes and cars are clean and shiny, the garden is tidy, the lawns mown, spare citrus fruit on offer at the gate.

With the early spring clean out of the way what next for week two, Tamahere?

More walks, runs, scoots and rides for stir crazy kids, mums, dads and everyone else?

On Windmill Rd the much storied Archie and Amber Teddy Bears are back and for Tamahere School families that can manage it it’s back to online school today.

“We are preparing, and expecting, to have our students working online for some time,” said school principal Waveney Parker on Saturday as she accurately predicted the lockdown would go past its first deadline of midnight tonight.

“We can’t imagine being moved from Level 4 to Level 2 in one go, especially with this
highly contagious Delta Variant.

“So here we go again! We can all do this!”

Parker was right. With cases of the Delta variant of Covid-19 continuing to show in the community, mostly in Auckland with some in Wellington, New Zealand will continue at Alert Level 4 until Friday, August 27 at 11.59pm, with a review on the same day.

Auckland will remain at Alert Level 4 until 11.59pm Tuesday, August 31. This will be reviewed on Monday, August 30.

“The thing to remember is that we are all so different. Each bubble has its own
challenges and opportunities ahead of them and achieving a one size fits all model
does not work,” Parker said.

Meanwhile, there are still a few sad-looking teddies in trees from last year’s lengthy lockdown, perhaps forgotten, possibly determined, but on Windmill Rd a family of bears has returned for fresh adventures.

Amber, Archie and Annie enjoy morning tea and a return to their now famous lockdown adventures

Last year during the nationwide Great NZ Bear Hunt, Tamahere’s June Perfect had kids waiting at her garden fence to see the latest antics of her teddies Amber and Archie.

Her busy teddies ran the gamut of lockdown activities – they hid in trees, sunbathed on loungers, rode bikes, played cards, chess, and board games, did jigsaws, made crafts, went fishing, did fitness workouts, painted and did their school lessons on laptops.

June photographed the bears’ activities to share with her grandchildren on the other side of the world … and then published them in a book which proved so popular that she continues to sell it as a charity fundraiser.

The book finished with (spoiler alert) an addition to the family, Annie, and now the three bears have made a comeback to delight passers by.

So far, they’ve had morning tea in the sun, rugged up for a chilly picnic, snoozed under hats when the sun turned up the heat, played Connect 4 and generally hung about looking unfazed by lengthy lockdown2.0.

June Perfect with her now classic tale of Archie and Amber’s first lockdown adventures

June’s not sure another book is in the pipeline but her now classic book is still available.

Five dollars from each book is donated to charity, including Kids in Need Waikato, which supports children in foster care.

Hardback books are $25. To order a book email June here or contact her on Facebook Messenger.

Archie and Amber playing Connect 4 this morning while Annie dozes in her highchair.

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