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From left: Alex De Beer, Mark Paterson, Jonathan Jackon and Matthew Peach
oatesville turned on a perfect morning for the annual Mizuno Coatesville Half Marathon hosted by Running Events. The race which includes a 21km run, 8km run and walk, and 4km race as well as a kids' 2km, is the most scenic of the Running Events summer series but is also the most uphill course. Even so, it proved more popular than ever with 1856 people signing up this year. In fact, so many people wanted to participate that organisers reached capacity and had to stop selling entries on Friday, 8 February, two days before the race. The group of four above started the 21km race at 7.30am on race day and roughly one hour and a quarter later, crossed the finish line. First place went to Jonathan
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Jackson, an elite club runner from Auckland City Athletics who had competed in a 1500m race the night before. This was his first time in the Coatesville event which he literally took in his stride. His time of 1:13:31 shaved more that four minutes off last year's first place winner. Second home was Mark Paterson, a regular in the event. Mark crossed the line at 1:18:07. Third home and youngest of the four was Alex De Beer with a time of 1:19:55 while fourth place went to another regular Coatesville Half Marathon runner, Matthew Peach, in 1:20:00. Running Events are already planning next year's event which is tentatively scheduled to take place on Sunday, 9 February. More photos on pages 6 and 7.
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MARCH CONTENTS March news Glam at the polo New year for FOTS Half Marathon Heading to HOY Antarctic adventurers Scouts out & about Speed limit review Fire facts Classifieds Do you stand out?
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his month Auckland Transport is asking for feedback on the proposed speed limit reductions that are earmarked for our roads. On page 13 you'll find the list of roads in our neighbourhood and the speed limit reductions AT is proposing. Although you may not agree with them all, most of the speed limit reductions make sense. Rodney Local Board member Louise Johnston encourages the community to provide feedback by filling in the survey at AT.govt.nz/speed. She says none of the changes will go through without our support. For those wanting more information before the feedback deadline closes on 31 March, there are several information sessions in the coming weeks. These are listed in the diary dates column on this page and include the CRRA's open meeting on 20 March. As always, March means Horse of the Year for equestrians so I spoke to Nannette Cadwallader of Coatesville's top show riding family, Team Caddy, as they prepared for this year's competition. Sadly, they head to Hastings having suffered the devastating loss of champion pony Eastdale Diva just a fortnight ago. Not only has their team lost a prized performer, but the family has lost a dear friend. In spite of their grief, Team Caddy's professionalism will see them compete again this year and we wish them all the very best in the arena. On a happier note, passionate conservationist and Coatesville local Gracie Scott, shares her Antarctic adventure with grandmother Louise Sharp and our intrepid Scouts go bush – in Coatesville!
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Thanks Coatesville The team at Running Events would like to say a huge thank you to Coatesville residents and community groups for your support of the Coatesville Half Marathon held on 10 February. A special thank you to the Coatesville Settlers Hall Committee for their assistance in many areas, the Coatesville Pony Club for allowing us to use their grounds and doing an amazing job with parking, the Coatesville Primary School for the use of their driveway in the Kids’ Dash, and the residents who live on course who accommodate the road closures to make this a really unique event. We really appreciate everyone's contributions. The event this year had the largest number of entrants to date (forcing us to close entries on the Friday prior to the event). Feedback from participants has been amazing and is an absolute testament to the Coatesville community. We look forward to seeing you all again next year! The Running Events Team
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Diary Dates ∞ 8 MARCH, Friday, International Women's Day. Time to reflect on the progress that's been made in women's rights. ∞ 9-10 MARCH, Saturday and Sunday, Kumeu Show. Don't miss the fun rides, supplier exhibits and the biggest pumpkin. ∞ 12-17 MARCH, Horse of the Year, Hastings ∞ 14 MARCH, Thursday. Public Drop-in session at Albany Hub hall, 575 Albany Highway, 4.307.30pm to discuss the proposed speed limit reductions. ∞ 17 MARCH, Sunday, Coatesville twilight market 2pm till 7pm. ∞ 17 MARCH, Sunday, It's St Patrick's Day - Fiddle-dee-dee. ∞ 20 MARCH, Wednesday Come along to the CRRA's open meeting from 6.30pm at the Settlers Hall and learn more about the proposed speed limit reductions in and around Coatesville from AT speakers. ∞ 31 MARCH, Saturday, Public feedback to the proposed speed limit reductions closes today. Have your say by completing the online survey at: www.AT.govt.nz/speed ∞ 1 APRIL, Monday, April Fools Day. Watch out if you've got imaginative kids! ∞ 4 APRIL, Thursday, 7.15 pm CWI meets to the Settlers Hall. ∞ 7 APRIL, Sunday, Daylight saving ends at 2am. Put your clocks forward, enjoy another hour of sleep and check that the batteries in your smoke alarms are still working. ∞ 7 APRIL, Sunday, Coatesville Market 10am-2pm.
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Auckland Council takes bookings for the inorganic collections it runs around the supercity. These collections are free and are part of your rates. The collection dates for Coatesville and the surrounding areas are available at aucklandcouncil.govt. nz. A quick squiz reveals these are around 1-5 July. However, bookings close eight days before the earliest collection date — so that's 22 June at the latest. But last year these dates were booked out well ahead of time. Efforts to book in mid-June revealed they were already full up well before the eight-day deadline. So, if you have inorganic waste that fits into the Council's agreed specifications, it's probably a good idea to get in early and confirm your collection while you can. Households are allowed roughly a small trailer-load of inorganic waste and the types of items and where the Council will collect from, are all detailed on the website. Go to https://inorganiccollections. aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/Inorganic/ InorganicWaste/EnterUserDetails Book early so you don't miss out.
Longstanding Coatesville resident and owner of Coatesville Plumbing and Drainage, Glynn Allen, has diversified his business based on demand he experienced last winter. Glynn has created Flood Solutions, to help people deal with the issues created by heavy rainfall and flooding. "Last winter we received lots of calls from people with flooded properties. Many of them had flooded basements caused by old blocked pipes. So Flood Solutions now specialises in this type of work," he says. For more informaton, or to book a quote, see the advertisements on pages 10 and 12.
Thursday tennis Dairy Flat Tennis Club is now hosting a mixed mid-week tennis morning for anyone who fancies a game of tennis on Thursdays. The fee is $5 and non members are welcome. Anyone can go along between 9am and 11am and have a bit of fun. Bring your racket. Balls are provided. .
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Traffic at Coatesville School during drop off and pick up times is becoming a serious problem. The school needs a helper to put on a hi-vis vest and help to keep vehicles moving and stop people from parking in the wrong place. The speed local people are driving at is also an issue and school representatives say it's just too fast. So, if you feel this is something you may be able to help with, please contact Coatesville School, phone 09 415 9218.
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Coatesville gets glam
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descend onto the grassy helipad and as its passengers alighted, I nearly choked on my icy chilled Veuve. Two Coatesville residents were among the elite group spilling onto the lawn! helped set the mood as we powered David and Michelle Blanchard our way towards Clevedon and the ducked expertly to clear the rotor Land Rover Polo. blades — with looks intact and without But, upon arrival it soon became so much a hair toss — they retained clear we were far from special. And their suavé. That's when I knew, we'd as I glanced between Bentleys I have to chat. spied some of the more exceptional I found guests No had completely mess, nodispensed dodgy products & them a short while later among Land Rover's VIP guests with with car travel, choosing instead to no run around. We guarantee it. Gilda Kirkpatrick, enjoying their friend arrive by air. I watched one helicopter eated in the back of the Maseratti
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refreshments. The trio happily agreed to a snap for The Coatesville Chronicle, although I'm sure the lesser media — social pages and the like — weren't so lucky. Thanks to the Blanchards for being good sports and to Mayne Automotive and polo player, Ben Skeats, for their VJ generous hospitality. Above: Michelle and David Blanchard with Gilda Kirkpatrick; Helicopter travellers arrive; Coatesville's Annie Tuck discusses rules with the umpires.
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FOTS off to a good start
The Friends of The School AGM held in February saw a team of parents take up executive roles. After a two-year tenure as FOTS chairman, Jace Steele stepped down and Julie Wall was appointed as the new FOTs chair for 2019. Julie is a familiar face at all Coatesville School events where she typically rolls up her sleeves and takes a hands-on role – no matter the weather. Deputy chair is now Anneke Bodde who moved from media relations and communications, which is now Mark Graham's responsibility, while Anna Atkinson remains the FOTS treasurer and Roslyn Sentch stays on as secretary. Julie's first order of business as chairperson is to encourage other parents in the school community to join in. "Every parent at the school is automatically part of our group," she explains. "But we need more people to come forward and put their name down for helping with specific events. No one ends up taking charge on their own. We all pitch in and help out and we have great fun doing it. Kids love seeing their parents involved with the school and it's a great way to make new friends," she says. Last year the FOTS raised $70,000 which was given to the school's Board of Trustees. The funds were raised from Ag Day, Casino Night, firewood sales, sausage sizzles and a host of other smaller activities that depend on a team of parent volunteers to make them happen. Anyone wanting to help organise upcoming school events, like the disco or movie night can get in touch via the Facebook page: Friends of Coatesville School Community Group.
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Coatesville Half Marathon
The story in pictures Captions: 1. And they're off! The 8km runners put their trainers to the tarseal. 2. Jonathan Jackson sets a Coatesville Half Marathon record: first home in 1:13. 3. The Asekona family (aka team Momma Epi), running in memory of special family member. 4. Pre-race excitement gets the better of one runner. 5. 20kms in and with only 1km to go, Courtney Rooney takes a call on her mobile. 6. A bus load of 4km runners at The Promenade on their way to the start line on Ridge Road. 7. Jenna Weir, (left) first woman home in the 8km (31:57) with Karen Donaldson, first woman in the half marathon (1:29). 8. Five super-keen athletes keep smiling as they wait for the main event - the kids' 2km. 9. James Kuegler (right) first in the 8km (29:09), with Jamie Reid, second in the 8km (29:26). 10. Andrew Glasson with daughter Claire and her friend Lucia Holloway at the start of the 4km. 11. The 4km field nearing the top of Glenmore Road. 12. Signs show the way. 13. The end!
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t 5am this morning (8/3), the Cadwallader family of Coatesville hit the road in their massive Volvo horse truck, heading for Hastings and the most important competition of their year: The 2019 Land Rover Horse of the Year show. Better known to many as ‘Team Caddy’, the family and their horses have taken away 29 HOY titles in just six years of competition. And to date, their success in the show ring at HOY has been unparalleled. Nannette Cadwallader powers the Team Caddy brand with her passion for presenting and conditioning show ponies. She rode competitively in her late teens but today spends her time training her children, some of New Zealand’s top show riders in their age categories, and fine-tuning the family’s team of horses. All three Cadwallader children; Trey (14), Brooke (12) and Mia (10) are professional show riders with numerous titles to their names and have represented New Zealand in Australia multiple times. Last year at the 2018 Land Rover Horse of the Year, Team Caddy came home with 10 titles, 1 runner up and two Riding Pony Society sashes. Their 2019 equine team members at HOY this year will be: Leeara Park First Edition (Leo); Willowmead Court Jester (Chachi); Nanteos Autumn Guardsman (Tommy), and Rosehill Park Sapphire (Saffy). Sadly, their champion pony Eastdale Diva will be absent. Diva became unwell with colic on 8 January, and after undergoing two surgeries and five weeks at Veterinary Associates, Diva sadly passed away peacefully at home on the 25 February. The impact has been felt by the whole family explains Nannette. “There’s a great hole in our team not having Diva with us,” she says. “The morale is not quite the same. At the moment we feel extremely lost
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Team Caddy heads for Hors
From left: Trey, Brooke and Mia Cadwallader at HOY 2018 with their prizes.
without her. Diva is one of the most successful ponies this country has had to date and to not have her with us is a huge loss to us as a family.” In spite of losing Diva, Team Caddy has rallied. Ponies have been moved around so each child has a ride and one called “Chachi” has been borrowed. By the time competition starts on 12 March, Team Caddy will display their characteristic game face, even if the outcomes may be less certain this year. This type of professionalism drew the attention of Australian feed giant Hygain, who has sponsored them for the past three seasons. Team Caddy have flown the Hygain flag high and are proud brand ambassadors. Nannette feeds all Team Caddy ponies with Hygain products and believes this adds to their winning formula.
“People often ask me how we get our ponies looking so good and I tell them it starts with diet and needs to be balanced with a good exercise regime. Hygain have brought an edge to our team in performance and conditioning,” she says. Nannette’s decision to campaign all her ponies in Peter Horobin saddles has recently been complimented by a second sponsorship with Maddox Equestrian; another element that Nannette says is key to their success. Needless to say preparing the animals to compete at HOY once they arrive in Hastings takes hours. The team will spend a day plaiting and grooming the four horses, even applying horse make-up, to ensure they’re looking their best. After that, the reins are literally given to the children and it’s time to watch
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y with Rosehill Park Sapphire (Saffy).
everyone’s hard work pay off. Competing at the highest level in the show ring has its challenges. It’s such a hard ladder to climb to get to the top, but to stay there is even harder. Expectations are huge. “Commitment is the key to everything and my kids want to be successful. I’m proud of them. They work hard, behave professionally and treat competitors respectfully,” says the proud mum of three. The fun of glamping in their top-end horse truck for 10 days is a pleasant distraction from the tension of competition. Showing requires a precise style of riding that demands intense concentration and collaboration from both rider and pony. Back at home the children practice six days a week to make their performances appear effortless in a discipline that’s all about looks “Showing is glamorous,” says Nannette. “It’s where you take something beautiful and make it exceptional by knowing how to condition an animal and make it perform. Showing is about form, and a rider must be committed to the aesthetic to be successful. My family is well known in this discipline. We have a beautiful and well-polished show team, and we work hard,” says Nannette. Team Caddy has a saying: “If we can’t do it at home, we can’t do it out there (in the show ring). Based on the photo of their garlands, ribbons and trophies from HOY 2018, with or without Eastdale Diva they’re still the ones to beat in the show VJ ring at HOY 2019. Good luck Team Caddy!
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"At only ten years old, Diva's life was cut unfairly short — she has left an incredible hole in our family and we are struggling to imagine a world without her in it. She touched so many lives and there will never be another pony quite like her." Nannette Cadwallader. Team Caddy purchased Diva in early 2013. She proved herself to be one of the best show ponies ever produced in NZ, winning an unprecedented six NZ Small Show Pony of the Year titles in a row. Diva travelled to Australia on three occasions and won the prestigious Australasian Medium Pony Championship – the first time a New Zealand pony ever won at this show. Diva's most notable achievements: • NZ Small Show Pony of the Year 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014 & 2013 • NZ First Year Ridden Pony of the Year 2018 & 2015 • NZ Lead Rein Pony of the Year 2017, 2015 & 2014 • Sydney Equifest First Ridden Show Pony 2017 • Sydney Equifest Runner-up Small Show Pony 2017 • EA Australasian Show Horse and Rider Championships – Champion Medium Pony 2013 (Runner-up in 2015)
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Scott of the Antarctic W
hat do you give a millennial on her 21st birthday? Louise Shave, a tour guide and septuagenarian with a taste for adventurous travel, chose a gift for granddaughter Gracie Scott that was, quite simply, life changing. Gracie grew up in Coatesville and says she's always felt drawn to protecting the environment. She attended Kristin School and is now in her fourth year of studying law and environmental science at Victoria University. In her spare time, she's a co-coordinator for NZ Forest and Bird Youth, but on her days off you'll find her tramping with friends. In August last year, the night before a law exam, Gracie learned she was going to Antarctica with her grandmother. Needless to say, study for her exam the next day went out the window and her mind filled with images of the frozen continent she’d always wanted to visit. Louise shares Gracie's passion for conservation and had visited Antarctica in 2009. She describes returning with her granddaughter as a chance for the 21-year-old to experience something incredible. "Around 80% of the world's water is tied up with Antarctica and with the Antarctic Treaty at a stage where we must preserve it, I saw legal and environmental issues that were right up her street," recalls Louise. Finding out she was going to Antarctica was completely surreal for Gracie. “I tried not to research it too much because I knew that what you see in Antarctica is determined by the weather, but I couldn’t help imagining what it would be like,” she says. In late January the pair set off, travelling to Buenos Aries then on to Ushuaia, Argentina, the southern-most city in the world. Gracie describes it as rather like Wanaka, picturesque and bordered with snow-capped mountains. Sadly, it was here Gracie encountered a familiar traveller’s
Louise Shave and Gracie Scott at Palaver Point on Two Hummock Island
challenge – food poisoning. Luckily, the illness only lasted a day. The next day they boarded the Ocean Endeavour with around 150 guests and roughly the same number of crew. The 137m vessel which had been converted from a Ukranian car ferry into a passenger ship, took them across the Drake Passage towards South Georgia, one of the sub Antarctic islands. "Today it's predator-free after a successful eradication programme and birdlife like pipits are returning," says Louise. Gracie admits that although the weather was brilliant her sea-sickness medication came in handy. For the two days they spent travelling at sea, scientific lectures about what they would see and the impact of climate change, fueled Gracie’s passion for environmental conservation. "The Ocean Endeavour also had an open bridge policy, so at any time we could check out the view. We saw fin whales, humpbacks, a right whale, orca, hourglass dolphins, fur seals and elephant seals and all sorts of birds,” she says.
When they reached South Georgia, they came across a King penguin colony. "Their breeding cycle meant we saw eggs, chicks and fledglings all at the same time. With most other species, you only get to see one stage of life at a time,” explains Gracie. The two-day visit to South Georgia also included a trip to Gytviken where Ernest Shackleton is buried (facing south). Their next stop were the Danger Islands where they found a rare super colony of Adélie penguins. Gracie also spent over two hours kayaking around the island's massive tabular icebergs. These monoliths are several stories tall and are known to roll over without warning. Gracie kept a safe distance but was dressed to survive if she ended up in the water. “We wore two base layers, a fleece layer and another layer then a dry suit, beanie and gloves. I felt like a marshmallow but was glad to have the warmth once I was in the kayak.” She says there’s more to experience than just the cold when you're outdoors. “You expect Antarctica to be silent
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but it’s not. It’s always cracking, creaking and breaking. It’s really eerie. It also smells a lot less salty than you’d expect. When you inhale through your nose, it’s like having a breath mint in your mouth that doesn’t taste minty.” Fair weather meant that after crossing the Weddell Sea, the Ocean Endeavour could head along the east side of the Antarctic Peninsula that had been claimed by Argentina. After that they turned south and encountered brash ice which Gracie describes as "soupy and makes popping sounds as it melts, releasing bubbles of air that were trapped when it froze." Even though it was summer, there were times when Gracie felt it was so cold outside she didn’t want to go out, "but you had to because it was so special to be there," she says. "We would dance around to stay warm waving our arms in the air." When asked about the safety skills they were taught on board the boat, Gracie is quick to recall. “The most important thing of all is bio security. Leave as little trace as possible and stay at least 5-15m away from the animals at all times. We didn’t want our being there to change their behaviour, but since they haven’t had much interaction with people,
they're curious and some penguins will approach if you sit very still. It’s important to stay away from the fur seals though, because they can be aggressive and have a bacteria in their mouths that’s actually dangerous." After each expedition on the ice, the group returned to the boat and scrubbed down their gear, including Velcro fasteners. Gracie says,“we were even given a paper clip to use to clean out the sand and grit in the grooves in our boots.” Their last day was a big one. Starting at 5am there were three learning stops and near the end of the day Gracie witnessed the highlight of her trip. “We were in the zodiac coming back to the boat and our guide Mauricio saw something in the distance. It turned out to be two humpback whales hunting krill. They dive down deep in the water and come up beneath the krill blowing out bubbles that drive the krill to the surface where they catch them. It was just magical. Mauricio had worked there for years
Two humpback whales dive to hunt krill
filming and had never seen it before so we were very lucky,” she says. After more than two weeks in one of the world’s most pristine environments, the pair returned to New Zealand. Gracie feels inspired to do more to protect the environment and inform people about climate change and its impact. “It’s made me a lot more motivated and I now know what I want to protect,” she says. Looking back on the trip, Louise says, "the magic was watching Gracie experience it all and realising that the world is in great hands with this VJ generation."
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Scouts adventure camp and Founder's Day
The 'Le Mans' style start in choppy seas at Browns Bay Beach
oatesville Scout Group is back in full swing for 2019 with our Keas, Cubs and Scouts enjoying the fantastic warm, dry, summer for outdoor and water activities. This month our Scouts have had two raft building and paddling practices at the reserve by the river in Riverhead and a practice at Browns Bay beach combined with a fish and chip dinner. With several new Scouts having to learn knots and lashings to build the rafts and then having to learn to be efficient paddling teams, our prospects for the Founder's Day Raft Race looked uncertain at best. Founder's Day, the annual celebration of Baden-Powell’s birthday, sees about a thousand Keas, Cubs, Scouts, leaders and parents attend Zone Competitions at Browns Bay Beach each year. Rangitoto and Mahurangi Scout Zones (covering the area from Wellsford to Devonport) combine to hold this event. Our Cubs had had only one practice for their model raft building, but all had managed to learn their reef knots. A dozen Cubs turned up on the day, had a load of fun, and two model rafts were built for the floating competition but
unfortunately, we didn’t place in the medals. Our 10 Scouts, with the help of two from Puhoi, built two rafts within the hour allocated. Both looked extremely well made, solid and sea-worthy, so our practice sessions must have been worthwhile. A “le Mans” running start saw 30 rafts plunge into a choppy sea and attempt to paddle out and around buoys before heading back to the beach. Both our rafts held up very well in the water, unlike many that fell apart upon hitting the waves, and both crews finished the race inside the first 10 home. With most points being awarded on the beach for design, teamwork, leadership, knots and lashings, we had to wait until prizegiving before we found out that our crew, ably captained, by Toby had won third place, with Alexander’s Call this farmland...
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crew finishing a highly commendable seventh. A really fantastic effort by a group of new, young Scouts well led and mentored by a couple of our experienced seniors. We held our first “Survival Camp” for many years at the end of 2018. On the first Friday in December seven Scouts and two leaders set off from the top of Glenmore Road carrying all their gear for the weekend and hiked cross-country to Mahoenui Valley Road and camped on the edge of the scenic reserve. The hike was a lot more difficult than anticipated as much of the land we crossed was overgrown and we often had to beat a path through long grass, scrub, gorse and blackberry. Hike tents were put up before dark and survival rations were the order of the day, but that evening meal never tasted better. The next day saw the Scouts building bivouacs for Saturday night and trying to catch eels for their supper. One eel was caught and fried up as a very tasty starter before another survival ration dinner. Just on nightfall all the Scouts retired to their bivouacs and settled in for a peaceful night in the bush. Sunday was occupied with bushcraft activities, pioneering and rope-bridge building and all Scouts successfully
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Cooking the eel starter
completed their Bushcraft and Survival Camping Badges. The parents had not been told of the pick-up location until Sunday afternoon and were quite surprised to see just how close to civilization we actually were. This was a hugely successful camp and everyone agreed they would like to do another next year. Coatesville Scouts would like to thank all those landowners who granted us permission to cross and camp on their land; without your support we would not have been able to run this activity. Anyone keen to join Keas (6 to 8 yrs) or Cubs (8 to 10½yrs) or Scouts (10½ to 15yrs) please contact Phil at phil. email@example.com.
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The speed limit review is now out for public consultation and I encourage everyone to give feedback before the consultation period ends on 31 March. At this stage there are mixed views across the community about the proposed speed limit reductions. Many people are against Coatesville Riverhead Highway (CRH) going to 60km/hr but are supportive of the speed limits being reduced on some of our side roads, such as O’Brien, Sunnyside, Potters and Green Road. It is essential that the community provides feedback to ensure that the new speed limits make our roads safer for all road users. To provide feedback, go to www. AT.govt.nz/speed and complete the online survey which gives you the chance to voice your opinion. For those wanting more information, there will be a public drop in session on Thursday 14 March 4.30pm to 7.30pm, at the Albany Community Hub-Albany House, 575 Albany Highway. AT will also be attending the Coatesville Resident and Ratepayers meeting at the Coatesville Hall at 6.30pm on Wednesday, 20 March. This will be a public meeting so all are welcome. The proposed changes will only happen if they are supported by the public and feedback closes on 31 March. On the right are the proposed speed limit reductions in our area. Please contact me with any questions/issues etc. louise. firstname.lastname@example.org. Mobile: 021 729-739.
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Fire Danger and Precautions up and moving out timely may be the “best” idea.
s was illustrated by the current fire emergency in Nelson, grasslands can carry a devastating fire in the right (wrong) circumstances. Due to the proximity of the Riverhead Forest and given dry weather, we must be vigilant of the fire danger in the Coatesville valley. The Auckland Rural Fire District has two fire seasons currently. • All Islands of the Hauraki Gulf – Prohibited Fire Season • Rest of Auckland (Mainland) – Prohibited Fire Season Once the weather changes and conditions enable a restricted fire season status to resume, residents can apply for a fire permit free of charge, at www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/ EN/licencesregulations/ruralfire/ Pages/applyforafirepermt.aspx, or if you want to chat to someone, email ruralfire@aucklandcouncil. govt.nz with your contact details and someone will call you. The basic rules and common sense suggest: • No open air fires to be lit unless it is
a certified BBQ or in some instances an approved incinerator. • Create a defensible space between flammable vegetation and property planting species which resist burning even when conditions are dry as fuels breaks (adjacent to buildings). Groomed mown green grass does not readily burn. • Keep guttering clean and if fire is imminent, blocking down spouts and filling guttering with water. ensuring if the house is raised off the ground (on piles) the area above ground and below floor is closed off (no sparks under house into cobwebs etc). • Rotary slashing tractor mowing in very dry periods can cause fires with stones sparking on the flail blades. Time of day and days since rain has an impact. • Knowing and planning your escape route and awareness of wind direction if fire smoke is seen and known to be in the catchment. Leaving early rather than leaving too late. Being aware if there is only one way in out and possible fire fuel adjacent to that route the unpalatable scenario of locking
Untidy, Overgrown Land Untidy, overgrown land can be an eyesore but these overgrown areas may not necessarily be a fire hazard. If there is land near you which is untidy and overgrown, in the first instance, you should try to speak to the occupier or landowner. If this does not resolve the problem and the area presents a potential risk to health or safety; for example, if it provides a breeding ground for rats and other vermin, then you should contact your local council. Fire and Emergency is only able to ask an occupier or owner to remove or destroy a potential fire hazard when: • There is enough flammable material on the land to support a fire spreading to another property. • It is likely a fire will start (for example there is a recent history of suspicious fires in the area). • If a fire did start it is likely to endanger lives or significant property (e.g. multiple houses). If you are unable to resolve a potential fire hazard directly with the owner/occupier and you believe the land near you fulfils all of the points listed above, then you can let us know about the area of concern by calling us on 0800 336 942 (FENZHA) or filling out an online form at: firehazard.nz/hazards/oneoff If you are concerned about multiple pieces of land, please complete a separate form for each one. Fire and Emergency personnel will then assess the location of the potential fire hazard, and use their professional judgement to determine what action to take.
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he market now is different from the last few years. Buyers are taking time to make decisions and have a lot of choice. Where property in Coatesville was previously taking roughly 6-8 weeks to sell, the average time on the market is currently 10-14 weeks and could be longer for the more unique properties that have a smaller buyer pool whether that be price point, design or property type. For this reason, you need to consider bringing your property to market sooner rather than later to allow a longer marketing period. It’s important as a vendor to expand your reach through more extensive internetbased marketing i.e. Herald.co.nz or Stuff.co.nz for a start. The readership for these forums are more business orientated people or people who travel a lot. The good news is there has been an increase of enquiry from genuine buyers looking to move from residential to lifestyle. The hurdle – there is a wide range of property for sale right now in our area from entrylevel to high-end property and everything in between. However, one thing stays the same regardless of property – first impressions. The impact your buyer feels when they first arrive at your property is critical, more so now than ever before, to pull at the heartstrings and emotions. The market has changed and it’s important that vendors set themselves apart from their competitors. Do invest in staging. Results show this does increase the sale price. Do invest in creating the ‘wow’ factor at your entranceway, both inside and out i.e. potted colour, a gorgeous rug and flowers. Do invest in the time you spend with your agent prior to going to market to establish what you can do to set your property apart from others. There are currently 67 properties (approx) for sale in Coatesville, including 26 bare blocks. Understand that the properties that present well, sell well! Call me today and let's identify what's special about your property and make sure it stands out from the start of your marketing campaign.
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