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YOUR COMMUNITY NEWSPAPER |November 2018 | No.199

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Coatesville School student Tayla Wall with her lamb Pepper

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he weather was perfect and the school looked magnificent for the annual Coatesville School Ag Day. Once again it proved to be an extremely well supported and successful event for the school and our wider community. We wanted to hold a memorable event and to raise some money in the process. Well, we were highly successful on both counts! A large number of people attended and thoroughly enjoyed the experience, and a large amount of money was raised during the day (official figure still to be confirmed but we anticipate it was possibly a record figure or close to it). The silent auction was extremely well supported, as the bidding on an enormous number of

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desirable goods and services was hotly contested. The stalls − food, produce, plant, book, clothing, lucky dip and many others − and all the activities also did a tremendous trade and satisfied many. Great work! Many, many thanks to the Ag Day committee who worked tirelessly in the lead-up to the event and on the day. We are very fortunate we have so many committed people willing to work so hard for our school and community. Many parents, family members and staff also provided essential support on the day to ensure all the systems, stalls and activities ran successfully. Many fantastic members of the wider Coatesville community also stepped up to help with planning

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and preparations, coordination of judges, animal, plant and rural tradition project judging, running stalls/activities and providing valuable sponsorship in a number of ways for the event. We are so extremely grateful to these wonderful people who support us so generously. And finally, one of the pleasures of Ag Day for many is reconnecting with the many former students, staff and families. It is such a great place to catch up on the latest happenings with the school and with their lives. Long may it continue to be an event which brings Coatesville − both current and past − together to celebrate our special place in the world. We will see you all at the next event! Thank you for your support. Richard Johnson, Principal, Coatesville School

NOVEMBER CONTENTS November News Hall AGM Report Calling all cricketers Images from AG Day 2018 Keas, Cubs and Scouts update Pony club news CRRA invites you to pop-on-down Classifieds Market review

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Editorial

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oving on is part of life. Whether it's from Keas to Cubs, Playcentre to Primary School or more grown-up destinations, we all have to adjust to the ever-changing faces that surround us. However, sometimes the change can be bitter-sweet. Shortly, some Coatesville residents who've made a positive impact on the community are leaving the area; Brian and Lynne Hedley and Louise Sneddon (Brooks) and her family. Brian is well known to many as an active member of the CRRA for many years and as an advocate for Coatesville. An experienced community development specialist and planner, he led the Coatesville Community Plan as a potential blueprint for development in the area and has put energy and skill behind many community projects. Lynne has been involved in the Coatesville Garden Club and has been seen behind the servery in the Settlers Hall, lending a hand, on many occasions. Louise is full of fun and passionate about ponies, horses and family. Her tell-it-like-it-is community Facebook posts attract likes, comments and sometimes debate, whenever they hit social media. These good sorts deserve a mention before they move on to their next addresses. So, thanks for everything. Your Coatesville friends will miss you. Your editor,

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Diary Dates

1-30 NOVEMBER, Movember Stop men from dying too young by supporting Movember. Grow a mo to save a bro. ∞ 21 NOVEMBER, Wednesday, 3pm-7pm. Pop-on-down to the Settlers Hall and find out what our community groups and AT have planned for Coatesville. For more infomration go to page 10. ∞ 25 NOVEMBER, Sunday, Coatesville Pony Club Show Jumping day at the reserve. Visitors are welcome to come along and watch. ∞ 25 NOVEMBER, Sunday, Fencing Workshop at Kaipara Coast Plant Centre 9.30am to 11.30am. Ever wanted to mend your own fences? This 2-hour course will tell you all you need to know including what tools are required. Cost $20 per person. Bookings essential. Call 09 420 5655 ∞ NOVEMBER-DECEMBER date TBC. The community swimming pool will open soon. To purchase a key for the summer, contact the Coatesville School office on 09 415 9218. ∞ 2 DECEMBER, Sunday, 10am till 2pm Coatesville Market. ∞ 6 DECEMBER, Thursday CWI Xmas dinner for friends and family at Black Cottage.

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Local ski sensation Harrison Messenger (above), had a hugely successful winter, bringing home a record haul of trophies and medals. So how successful was he exactly? Below are the events Harrison won in 2018:

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The Pony Club's poles got their annual spruce up in October when volunteers including the Pony Club kids, got busy painting. On Friday, 19 October this group of three finished the job which was no small feat. Coatesville Pony Club is now ready for its upcoming events including the club's Show Jumping day on 25 November.

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The Coatesville Residents and Ratepayers Association (CRRA) has a new website. Go to www. coatesville.org.nz to check it out. The site has a new look and feel and links to local organisations and community groups.

Our community library (shown below) is now in place, thanks to local author Kathy Servian and volunteer builder, Richard Carr. You'll find it on the left of the Settlers Hall when you're standing on Mahoenui Road. Feel free to borrow a book and donate one you've read so the community can enjoy it.

Handy hoodacky CRRA committee member Samantha Webster has negotiated a special deal for Coatesville residents with Econowaste. People who sign up for their wheelie bin collection service will receive a free wheelie bin hitch worth $24.95 to help tow their bin behind the car. After looking into it, Samantha says the bins are cheaper than green rubbish bags and better for the environment. To find out more, go to www.econowaste.co.nz and enter the coupon code TOWA, or call 09 426 9333.

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Report from Settlers Hall AGM

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ur society set up to oversee Usage of the hall continues to and manage the Coatesville be significant with over 200 hall has now completed its second bookings for the 12 months year of operation and its first year ending September 2018. Details of full financial management. of bookings and numbers of The second AGM was held on 25 users are provided each month to Ever had mess October and the committee was Auckland Council. able to report that the operation of An analysis of the year’s usage left behind? the hall has performed very well. to September shows that some Financially the society has had 160 bookings were made by local net revenues of just under $50,000 groups (community groups at no resulting in a surplus of $14,140 charge together with fee-paying after allowing for the contribution activities such as Zumba and cake of $3,500 towards the Fitness decorating run by local people). Station that had been sponsored Weekends have seen 27 private mess, no dodgyand products & booked by non-Coatesville by theNo Coatesville Residents events Ratepayers Association. residents no run around. We guarantee it. (mainly weddings) and

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a further 21 private events booked by locals While maintenance of the hall is overall a responsibility of Auckland Council, the committee considers that the interior of the hall is due for a refreshment earlier than in Council’s plan and has requested agreement to paint the interior of the hall from its own funds. Auckland Council has recently undertaken a full condition assessment of the exterior of the hall and have programmed a number of improvements including partial roof replacement. A number of changes to the society’s rules were proposed and approved at the AGM that will enable the committee to complete its application to the Charities Commission to become a Registered Charity. This will allow us to provide more of the unused surplus funds for community projects. An online booking system has been developed which also provides detailed information about usage of the hall. The existing hall committee was re-elected and we look forward to another successful year. Alan Curtis, Chairman, Coatesville Settlers Hall Incorporated

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Calling all cricket-loving Coatesvillians:

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hile you may have once harboured dreams of playing T20 fixtures for the Blackcaps (or still do), it’s time to set your cricketing sights a little higher and put your name forward for selection in the Very Serious Coatesville Cricket Club team. The VSCCC is a squad of elite cricketers originally formed in 2015 and I think it’s fair to say that over the last three seasons the side has almost, but not quite, dominated the East Coast Bays Monday Night social 2020 league. Well, we’ve certainly won more than we’ve lost. Made up of a bunch of very enthusiastic Coatesville blokes and the odd random South African, the VSCCC pre-game routine typically involves at least one beer and a lot of banter. Any stretching, running, throw downs or catching practice is strictly prohibited.  A second beer is perfectly ok though. You’ll often spot a VSCCC player with beer in hand, whether batting, bowling, fielding or umpiring. If not a beer, it will likely be a BBQ sausage in bread with T-sauce.  The side travels with BBQ and chilly bin, always.   So while the VSCCC side takes itself very seriously, the truth of it is the ECB 2020 comp is fairly relaxed. The 2020 games are played on a Monday evening after work, eightaside teams. Games run from 5.30pm through to about 8pm and are generally played at Windsor Park, Freyberg Park or Rangitoto College − so all pretty handy. The competition runs from early November for six weeks and then another seven weeks from February.   We’ve got a decent squad rearing to go for the 2018/19 season but are always on the lookout for other keen Coatesvillians to get involved, whether regularly or extremely part-time. If this sounds a bit like you, then dust off the pads and call David on 021 812 297 or Nat on 021 415 727. By David Chapman-Smith

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1. Jake Clifton with his herb garden; 2. Four lucky guinea pigs get a cuddle; 3. Tense times at the lamb judging. 4. Loads to see under every tent; 5. May Peng with her eight-weekold gosling; 6. Talking to the judge; 7. Will Neunz with Dotti the lamb; 8. Snail Kingdom; 9. Tayla Munt and her top-scoring kunekune piglet; 10. Belinda and Ruby Finlayson at the inflated animals stall; 11. Clare Glasson, Elsa Aitken and Phoebe Webster sitting pretty on Elsa's garden chair; 12. Carter Robertson with his Kokedama, and 14. Alex and Shelly Black with a very well-dressed lamb wearing a bow tie!

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Scouts take a break after 2 ½ hours of walking to have lunch above Anawhata Beach

Keas, Cubs and Scouts Update

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ll three sections of Coatesville Scout Group have been very busy with their activities. Our Keas (6 to 8years), have had loads of fun each week under the guidance of Roslyn Sentch our fantastic Kea Leader. One afternoon they were very excited to make “cake pops” in the hall kitchen. They enjoyed mixing the ingredients and showing off their cooking and decorating skills, dipping the pops in chocolate and sprinkles. Another highlight was celebrating the Kea's birthday with an afternoon in the playground and a birthday cake at Fernielea Café. Keas taste-testing their cake pops Our Cubs (8 to 10 ½ years), mushroom. Cubs had to sort all under the enthusiastic leadership the kitset pieces, cut their perch of Jacky McCoy and Dean and then nail the bird boxes McCarthy, have been very together. There were so many busy with handi-craft activities. smiles as they all completed Each Cub has built a starling this activity and actually very nesting box and made a cement

few hit fingers, believe it or not. Coatesville Cubs have been making the bird boxes for the past 12 years. The starlings are very appreciative as the hole size does not allow the bigger, nasty, mynah birds to get in so they can raise their chicks in peace. The following week they got to paint their bird boxes and to form the mould and pour the mortar mix for their cement mushrooms. Quite a few cubs were surprised to see how the moulds turned out such different shaped mushrooms once the cement had set. To end the term they were painting again, this time to give their mushrooms colour and white spots. Our Scouts (10 ½ to 15 years), have also been busy with activities and a camp and everyone completing various parts of their award scheme from native bird and tree identification to weather and camp planning and cooking. The highlight was our camp to Anawhata where we stayed in the well-fitted Alpine Sports Club Hut. Friday evening, after fish and chips, the scouts were dropped off on Scenic Drive for a 3km night hike to the hut, in the dark. Saturday saw everyone hike down the gravel road to Anawhata Beach. Lunch was enjoyed overlooking the beach and then we descended the very steep track, climbing down to the beach. Here the scouts had over an hour exploring all along

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the coastline and climbing the hills. An old seal skull was observed at the high-tide line and a large crab was found among the rocks, then released into the water before we climbed back up the hill. The hike continued, taking us along the full length of Piha beach until we got to Lion Rock. Then it was a short walk to the dairy and a well-deserved ice cream and the waiting ride back to camp. That night saw some very tired scouts and a few sore feet but everyone deservedly earned their hiking badge with over 16km hiked during the day. This fantastic weekend camp has become a regular bi-annual event and is always eagerly anticipated, especially with the opportunity to sleep in the top of the triple bunks.

Pony club rallies are well underway again, with lots of young enthusiastic riders participating. This year we have a big membership with around 30 junior rally riders on Wednesday nights and around 40 senior night rally riders on Thursdays! Add to this, there is an adult rally on Tuesdays. First event the club is running is a Show Jumping day on 25 November. This is an event for those wanting to qualify for the representative team to go to the North Island Pony Club champs held in Cambridge in the new year. All are welcome to come watch, we just ask that you are aware to keep out of riding areas, if unsure just ask. Several other events are scheduled for early next year, see the Coatesville Pony Club website for details. Hazard signage on the

Pony Club grounds: With the tightening of health and safety regulations, Coatesville Pony Club is required by its national body, Pony Club New Zealand, to have signs pointing out potential hazards on all pony club grounds. These signs are the same as all the other clubs in the Waitemata Rodney District. Coatesville Pony Club has been in discussions with Auckland City Council, who are looking to provide alternate signs with the Auckland City Council logo on, but in the meantime the current ones are valid. While we await the new signs, we ask that people respect that the club is obligated to have these signs on display at entrances and not remove them. Thanking the Coatesville community in understanding this matter. By Jo Lynch 

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couple of weeks ago I was interviewed by Auckland Transport (AT) at the intersection of CoatesvilleRiverhead (CRH) and Dairy Flat Highway (DFH) about the longawaited roundabout. I did think that this was an encouraging sign, however I have since been told that I will only find out the construction dates in December which is frustrating given that the priority of this project is urgent. On a more positive note, AT are reviewing the speed limits in our area via a speed limit bylaw review. There are two reviews that are of interest, one that includes the roads ringed by Coatesville-Riverhead Highway, Dairy Flat Highway, Kahikatea Flats Road and State Highway 16. For the rural roads south of CRH this is included in the speed limit bylaw review for Albany and Paremoremo. The results of the reviews will be out in Nov–Dec for public consultation. If you're keen that some of our unforgiving rural roads are set to safe speed limits for all road users, then this is an excellent opportunity to provide feedback to AT. As a community, I think it important that we do this. The DFH speed reduction is scheduled to be implemented next month. Hopefully this will be in time for the Christmas period and help reduce the number of tragic accidents along this stretch of road. As soon as I know more about how and when to provide feedback on the speed limit bylaw reviews, I will update local groups. Please let me know if you have any questions via email at louise. johnston@aucklandcouncil.govt. nz.


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he increase in numbers of buyers to open homes in Coatesville has been noticeably positive since August. This is earlier than normal as includes both buyers and sellers that paused last year due to the lack of confidence with the election and overseas buyer rules. There is now confidence in the market which feels like ‘fair transactional’ real estate. Property in Coatesville, with good marketing strategy, is selling on average within six weeks if listed this side of winter. Auctions are currently successful and my last four auctions sold under the hammer. This market confidence has not been around for the last 18 months so is great news for all. By comparison, the bare land market in Coatesville has been challenging and competitive with plenty of bare land blocks available for buyers to choose from. Those that have sold have been sitting around $1.1 million. However, in the last month two blocks sold by myself and my colleague Paul Arundel in the central Coatesville area reached $1.2 and $1.6 million. These are great levels which can only be good news for our community sellers moving forward. If you're thinking of putting your property on the market this summer, you need to set a marketing strategy now. Photography is the key selling tool in every successful strategy so don't delay. With Christmas in the middle of the season and the paddocks and lawn looking dry after Christmas, it’s hugely beneficial to have your marketing photos taken over the next six weeks. Call me to discuss how we can use this time to set the best strategy possible to get you the best result!

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