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oatesville School's Ag Day is just around the corner and once again promises to be an awesome day of rural fun. There literally is something for everyone, from proud parents to casual visitors. Animal and plant judging is first up from 9am and stalls open at 10.30am. The deals are sensational in the recycle boutique, book stall and cake stall. Food vendors will be offering delicious snacks and lunch options and there's plenty to keep the youngsters busy, including pony rides, bouncy castles and face painting. It wouldn't be Ag Day without school principal Richard Johnson taking his seat beneath the bucket of water in Dunk the Teacher − always a high point for students. Eftpos is available but cash is king on the day, so smash the piggy bank wide open, grab a fistfull of coins and see you there! 










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October News Online crime Blue September A busy year for our very own Santa Vet advice for Guy Fawkes' night Dio's new bus From the CRRA Classifieds New rules for overseas buyers

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oatesville has been looking mighty pretty lately and this blossom-lined driveway is a picture each spring, especially this year after the long wet winter. It's a daily reminder that we're on our way towards sunshine and short sleeves. That's not all we're on our way towards. Christmas is 12 weeks away. Most of us don't even start to think about the big day until next month when we finalise who's hosting. But there's one household in Coatesville where Christmas is front-of-mind all year. Recently I spoke with Svend Fanefjord (aka Santa) from Santa's Workshop on Coatesville-Riverhead Highway, and his wife Nicola. For the entire year, Svend makes wooden toys for children, aided by Nicola's organisational and budgeting skills. He does this with the help of a few supporters but no one else

funds his toy making. It's not often you meet people who give so selflessly. I was blown away by the care and generosity that goes into everything the Fanefjord's do. You can read about them on pages 6 and 7. Another seasonal event that's approaching − and is less pleasing to many folk − is Guy Fawkes. These days, with the huge bomb-like fireworks people let off, it's become divisive in communities like ours. Horse owners couldn't think of anything worse and those who like a party can't see what the fuss is about. Vet Jono Pollard has some suggestions on page 8 about how to care for animals − before the fireworks start going off. With improved community safety on their minds, the CRRA and some other community groups are making submissions to Auckland Transport to get a pedestrian crossing installed outside the dairy. Read about their latest efforts on page 10. FInally, cross your fingers for fine weather on Ag Day, Saturday, 27 October and remember to head along and support our school. Your editor,

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14 OCTOBER, Sunday, 10am. Last day to give your feedback on the proposed Greenway plan. Go to page 10 and read Louise Johnston's column for the link to have your say. ∞ 15 OCTOBER, Monday, Term four starts today at Coatesville School. ∞ 22 OCTOBER, Monday, Labour Day. Enjoy a day off and hopefully some sunshine. ∞ 25 OCTOBER, Thursday, Coatesville Settlers Hall Incorporated are holding the AGM at where else ‒ the hall ‒ from 7pm. All welcome. ∞ 27 OCTOBER, Saturday, from 9am, Coatesville School's Ag Day kicks off. This is the fundraising event of the year. Don't miss the grand parade and plant exhibits before the you take in the stalls and enjoy the fun-fair atmosphere. Bring along your cash and support our school. ∞ 31 OCTOBER, Wednesday, Halloween. Trick or treaters, get thee to a trick or treat event. Look out for details like the Riverhead community event on Facebook. ∞ 4 NOVEMBER, Sunday, 10am till 2pm Coatesville Market. ∞ 5 NOVEMBER, Monday, Guy Fawkes. Remember to consider your pets and all animals living nearby when planning to let off any fireworks.

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OCTOBER NEWS Winter round-up

The Coatesville Country Garden Club celebrated its 21st Anniversary in June and thanks go to our wonderful committee for organising the celebratory cake and lunch. As always with our winter meetings we had speakers present on a number of topics. Firstly, Mary Stewart, horticulturalist from the Auckland Council provided some pretty eye-opening facts about the state of pest plants, which are having a huge impact on our native flora in New Zealand. Of the 2418 native vascular plants in New Zealand, 82.2% of these are endemic whereas 30% of NZ natives are now considered threatened ‒ a sum of 797 species. Part of the problem is the 30–50,000 exotic plants now naturalising in our environs of which 500 have now become invasive. Next up was Liz Light, writer, photographer and extraordinary adventurer, taking us on a journey through the Darjeeling, Sikkim and Kashmir regions of India. Liz has amassed a bounty of knowledge of these regions that hold special interest to her: their people, the culture, botany and the fabric industry. The last speaker for our winter season was horticulturalist Jack Hobbs, who took us on a journey through the behemoth of the Mongolian and Siberian wilds. In 2017 Jack toured to Mongolia, a country with a traditional nomadic culture set upon a vast landscape, then onwards to Siberia, and Yakutsk which is nestled adjacent to the Lena River and has a 1.5kmdeep permafrost. From here we went to the opposite end of the globe Africa, where succulents and aloes, Quiver trees and stone plants provided the drama of a visually diverse scape. Now, with winter over, the Garden Club are set for some trips further afield to Ayrlies Garden and even further afield to Rotorua in November. Tanya Ankersmit, President, Coatesville Country Garden Club

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A visit to Santa's Workshop


arly each morning, Svend Fanefjord, Coatesville's very own Santa, makes his way from the house he shares with wife Nicola, across the garden to his workshop. He says it takes him about an hour to warm up before he starts work. But he enjoys the quiet time preparing for the next six to eight hours he'll spend making wooden toys. Tip trucks, logging trucks, tankers, steam rollers, bulldozers, rocking horses, doll cribs, toy washing lines, push-along walker toys for littlies. He makes a huge range. Although the toys are traditional, Svend finds modern characters he can add like Disney princesses and minions that will appeal to today's boys and girls.

Walker toys with book and movie characters

Nicola says he has a special knack for knowing what children will enjoy. It's not surprising he's become known to many as Santa. At 79 years old his productivity suggests he may indeed have a team of helpers hiding in the garden. When he started making toys in 2009, he made 300 but production has steadily increased each year. In 2017 he made 1700 toys and this year when we spoke he was on track to make 1800 by the end of October. Shortly, the toy-making work will be done for the year and the various charities who distribute them will start to arrive. Each will collect their share of the banana boxes filled with toys from those stacked to the rafters in the workshop. The Salvation Army, the Toy Library, Barnados, various hospitals, Auckland City Mission, Heart Kids, Grandparents Raising Grandchildren, Women's Refuge and others have all taken loads away to give directly to children. But he's also happy for

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Santa working in the painting section of the workshop

charities to use them to help with fundraising, so some will be sold at markets. In the past, some of the toys have even gone offshore. For a time, a group of NZ midwives working in Vanuatu distributed them, others went to Samoa after typhoons struck. One tip truck even went as far as Barcelona. Svend also makes a range of smaller-sized wooden toys for Foster Hope. These toys go into the backpacks given to children who are taken into care. Nicola explains that these kids often don't have any possessions with them when they are removed from their homes. "They will be given a backpack that contains a pair of pyjamas and a toothbrush and a toy to play with," says Nicola. Svend makes and donates the toys for these children too. "For some of them, it may be the first thing they have

ever owned that is truly theirs," she says. Working with wood has been Svend's life-long vocation. When he emigrated to New Zealand in 1988 with wife Nicola (a Kiwi) he worked restoring wooden antiques. He had business premises in Wainui and built a playhouse outside to help keep the children of his clients entertained. His innate sense of what's fun meant the playhouse was a hit with the kids and he was soon in business

Annual toy production is recorded on the workshop wall

building playhouses. Then someone commissioned him to make a bespoke dog kennel and word got around. Dog owners began asking him to make kennels for their dogs that were miniature designs of their own homes. Svend obliged but stopped making playhouses and dog houses before starting to make wooden toys, which has been his passion. The workshop where he spends each day is meticulously organised. Wood, dowels, wheels waiting for sanding and doll cribs ready to be painted, are all in their correct places. A fine layer of sawdust coats the surfaces giving off a sweet, dry smell and with the wood turner switched off, it's quiet. He is quick to acknowledge the companies that donate materials to help him make the toys. North Harbour Doors and Dominion Handles and Dowel both contribute wooden materials. And local Sheryl Bregman who makes the fabric bedding for the doll cribs gets a mention too. Just like Santa, he's always giving to others. Whether it's the gift of toys or credit for their efforts. So where did this real life Santa come from? He is Danish and spent his early life on picturesque Bornholm Island in the Baltic Sea close to Sweden and Poland. Bornholm was bombed after WW2 ended when Svend was five years old. He still recalls hiding under his bed during the ordeal. As a result, he dislikes all images of war which is perhaps why you won't find any toy guns in Santa's workshop. Later in life he met Nicola, a research expert, working in London and after a long distance relationship they married and moved to New Zealand. Today Svend speaks English interspersed with Danish that Nicola

Dolls cribs 'made with love' in Santa's Worskshop.

translates because his hearing isn't what it once was. Regardless of this partial interpretation, it only takes a few minutes to recognise he's something special. And, without trying to make him seem more like Santa than he appears − and there is more than a passing likeness − he has a twinkle in his eye that's almost magical. It's as though he knows exactly which toy you'll like best from the selection on the shelves. He chuckles to himself when you uncover the special function or item he has built into it, and if you're very lucky, you might see it again. Svend Fanefjord is no Santa impersonator. He is the closest thing to Santa you will ever meet. Santa needs some helpers: Santa asks you to email him at santa@santasworkshop.kiwi if you have any solid wooden furniture or leftover untreated wood or any leftover paint you can donate. Cash donations are also appreciated, just pop into the workshop on C-R Highway and put it in the tin marked: Donations. Finally, a load of toys destined for Kerikeri needs to be delivered, so if anyone is driving up that way and has space for some banana boxes, please get in touch by email.

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beforehand to prepare supplements and medications that will help manage fireworks induced anxiety before Guy Fawkes night. These can vary from herbal supplements such as Calmex through to sedatives and antianxiety medication. Your pet will usually require a check over to make sure they are healthy before prescribing medications. Remember it is always possible to take your pet to an alternative location where they will be more comfortable for the night if necessary. Keep a close eye on livestock and horses − check on them frequently and make sure their paddocks are free from obstacles/debris/boggy areas/cliffs and all the fences are in good condition and safe. Make sure flighty animals have calm companions to try keep them settled and to stop them winding themselves and each other up. Some may prefer to be stabled but this varies on a case by case basis. Please call the clinic with any queries. Jonathan Pollard BVSc, 027 559 0889, Your Mobile Vet Ltd.

Reliable bus service makes Diocesan School an option for local families


ocal families can now consider sending their daughters to Diocesan School for Girls thanks to a school-only bus service that transports students from as far west as Helensville to the school gates in Epsom. Diocesan School Principal Heather McRae says the service came about after Auckland Transport changed its school bus routes, dropping some entirely. The changes meant the students affected had to move to taking public transport to get to school. “The problem was that if AT’s buses were full, they drove past stops where students were waiting because they didn’t have room, sometimes leaving girls stranded. This meant their parents had to suddenly step in and arrange to get their daughters to school,” says Ms McRae. “We believe parents should have a choice about where they send their children to school and a reliable and safe bus service with a driver the girls know and trust, is essential,” she says. Dio’s 067 minibus service with driver Lois Williamson behind the wheel, now sets off from Helensville at 6.45am and collects students along State Highway 16 until its last pick up point in Whenuapai. It then travels nonstop into the city, arriving at school around 8am. Several other girls’ schools near Diocesan are literally jumping

on board. At the moment, commuters on the 17-seater minibus include students from Saint Cuthbert’s College and Epsom Girls Grammar, however boys are – and will remain – noticeably absent. Ms McRae says the bus journey is too long for some of Diocesan’s youngest students (pre-schoolers and early primary) but girls of nine years old and over can easily cope with it and senior students help by taking care of the younger travellers on board. The good news for some of the school's families is that their travel time has been dramatically shortened. The Boot family from Whenuapai has two girls at the school and mum Justine says they have reclaimed over an hour of time each day. “We now have time to do other things after school! It has been life-changing,” she says. According to the school’s website, the return service for those living in Coatesville (Zone 6)

costs $2995 for the year, $7.88 per ride. However, one-way and tenride concession tickets are also available. Coatesville students can catch the bus outside 331 SH16 in the morning and will be dropped off on the corner of SH16 and Taupaki Road in the afternoon.

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he CRRA Transport subcommittee is currently preparing a submission to Auckland Transport requesting the installation of a raised pedestrian crossing near the Coatesville dairy and a painted horse crossing area on the highway further towards Riverhead. This submission will support the initiative by the Pony Club that has already been submitted to Auckland Transport. The aims of the proposed work will be: 1. To provide a safe crossing for community users especially Pony Club kids, block walkers, and “quick-stop” dairy users 2. To provide safe crossing for horse riders away from the hub/entrance to the café and Coatesville Motors workshop.

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Placing a pedestrian crossing near the dairy will provide safe crossing due to the good visibility by pedestrians of traffic approaching from all directions. We envisage a raised crossing, as recently installed in Riverhead, that will enhance the safety and slow traffic near the busy entrance to the dairy/café/ motors parking area. Providing a designated horse crossing further towards Riverhead will allow horses to prepare to cross without noise/interference from vehicles and other road users. Horses can be startled by unexpected noises and being away from the busy entrance to the dairy/café/motors will help to avoid problems in this respect. We are currently developing an amended plan and are looking for community input, as well as looking to discuss the ideas with the local businesses. Anyone interested in commenting can email information.crra@gmail. com and you will be contacted to discuss your ideas.

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Thank you to everyone that provided online feedback to Council about the type of spaces and activities they would like to see at Green Road park. Council received 895 submissions which is fantastic and are now preparing a needs assessment. After that an open space management plan will be prepared. The next project seeking feedback is the draft Greenways plan for Dairy Flat and Coatesville. There are number of pathways included in the draft such as the 8km Coatesville Classic route however it is vital that you tell Council the trails that are missing. Got to https://www. aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/haveyour-say/topics-you-can-haveyour-say-on/west-rodney-draftgreenways-local-paths-plans/ Pages/default.aspx Feedback closes on 14 October. Please let me know if you have any questions on the above. louise.johnston@aucklandcouncil. govt.nz Louise Johnston

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If you are currently on the market or soon to be, there may be a spike in overseas buyers looking to conclude a quick sale. For Coatesville, over the past few years we had a number of overseas buyers purchasing to land bank or move here in later years. Moving forward this will no longer happen. The date has now been confirmed, as of 22 October 2018, overseas investors who are not New Zealand citizens or not "ordinarily resident" in NZ are deemed an "overseas person". This therefore means they are unable to purchase property here. The few exemptions to these changes in the act are residence class visa holders as well as Australian and Singaporean citizens who can still apply to the OIO (Overseas Investment Office) to have consent to buy a home to live in NZ. To qualify as "ordinarily resident" a person must: 1. Have a residence class visa. 2. Have lived in NZ for the past 12 months. 3. Have been in NZ for at least 183 days of the past 12 months. 4. Be a tax resident. The changes apply to land that is classed as residential or lifestyle under the District Valuation Roll. Every purchaser will be required to complete an eligibility statement from 22 October and provide it to conveyancers who must retain a copy for a minimum of seven years. Any false statements or noncompliance will receive harsh penalties. In some circumstances, overseas investors can purchase residential land but NOT live in it. These include property developers who add to NZ's housing supply through developing land and on-selling new housing or who want to use the residential land for non-residential purposes, such as building hotels, offices or motels. What to remember − ANY transaction entered into before 22 October is not subject to the changes in the Overseas Investment Act even if the settlement is after this date. The information above is sourced from linz.govt.nz/oio

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