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Inside this issue Development priorities More houses – less local jobs

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Devoted volunteer

Meet the library’s longest standing volunteer

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Travel feature This is just a small section of the “field” of more than 1000 ceramic poppies at the entrance to Estuary Arts Centre’s World War I commemorative exhibition. More than 1200 locals of all ages were involved in the poppy-making project, which began three months ago – including volunteers who used kilns all around the Coast to fire and glaze them.

Lest we forget: Coast commemoration of World War I centenary underway Several events will take place on the Hibiscus Coast, starting this month, to mark the centenary of the start of World War I including a major exhibition at Estuary Arts Centre, restoration work on local cenotaphs and a display of crosses at the Silverdale & Districts RSA. The RSA will also hold a dawn service Reflections on war at Estuary Arts Centre in Orewa at 6am on Anzac Day, April 25, in World War I is commemorated, 100 this week. addition to its usual daytime service. years on, in an exhibition that opens continued page 2

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WWI soldiers honoured The entire gallery is devoted to the theme of Reflecting on World War I and features everything from 100-year-old paintings to modern interpretations in bold red glass. The focus for the gallery was on wide, intergenerational involvement by the community – the exhibition includes prints and maps by local women printmakers, stitch and fabric paintings based on World War I recruitment posters by members of two disability groups and a highimpact installation featuring more than 1000 ceramic poppies made by Hibiscus Coast residents. Local artist Ria Erasmus has produced 3D, ceramic, close to life-size replicas of items such as pistols, helmets and gas masks and there are modern works in red glass by Inge Chappell. The Evelyn Paige Retirement Village choir, dressed in period costume, will sing songs from the era at the official opening, on April 5. A highlight of the exhibition is a selection of around 10 original paintings from Greg Moyle’s collection, some of which are usually held at the Auckland War Memorial Museum. Estuary Arts Centre manager Kim Boyd says this is a rare opportunity to see works that are not usually on display, painted during, or immediately after, the war. Kim says the exhibition as a whole creates a powerfully evocative impression designed to make people think about many aspects of the war. Reflecting on World War I is open from April 1–27 at Estuary Arts Centre in Western Reserve, Orewa. Cenotaph improvements It is now easy to read the names listed boldly in black on the cenotaphs in Silverdale War Memorial Reserve and Upper Waiwera. It’s a vast improvement from the faded silver lettering that was there before the Hibiscus & Bays Local Board took repair work on the cenotaphs in hand. The work, funded by Auckland Council, is ongoing and may include new paving. The cenotaph in

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Members of disability groups Way out West and Adults in Motion work on their stitching, creating works based on World War I posters.

the War Memorial Reserve has suffered from its proximity to the busy highway and moving it was contemplated, however stonemasons who relocated it from Wade River Landing in the 1950s said at the time that the structure would not survive another move. RSA remembers Two hundred white crosses will be placed on a hill overlooking the Silverdale & Districts RSA’s bowling green as part of the NZ-wide Fields of Remembrance project. The objective of the project is for communities throughout NZ to create fields of white crosses on Anzac Day or on the anniversaries of major battles, to honour those who fought in World War I. RSA president Jim Jamieson says his organisation hoped to have the simple wooden crosses in place before Anzac Day, however hold ups with the materials may mean they go up later in the year. The crosses are to be painted and assembled at Paremoremo Prison. Children from local schools may be invited to assist in placing them on the hill. • World War I commemorations run from 2014–2018. Next year is especially significant in NZ, as that is when Kiwi soldiers began fighting overseas • More than 100,000 New Zealanders served overseas from a population of 1.1 million • There were 59,500 casualties including 41,300 wounded and 18,200 killed • A total of 124,211 Kiwis enlisted ­– 51 percent of the men of military age.

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Employment loses out as housing takes priority The opportunity for locals to work, as well as live, on the Hibiscus Coast, is being eroded, even as the population grows, as owners of land that was zoned to provide employment seek consent for residential housing. Auckland Council is processing developments and other areas for light consents for both Clayton Reid’s industry. Highgate Business Park in Wainui Meanwhile, Johns Creek Holdings has Rd, Silverdale, and the 11.3ha site on applied for 7ha of medium density Hibiscus Coast Highway, opposite the residential, with the remainder to be Park ‘n’ Ride, owned by Johns Creek planted and enhanced as a Significant Holdings. Natural Area. Both sites are currently zoned Director Robin Kelly blames traffic Knowledge Economy – a zone designed volumes on Hibiscus Coast Highway by the former Rodney District Council for the shift to residential. to provide employment such as research He says during the company’s and development, computer and IT negotiations with Council and centres and educational institutions. Auckland Transport over its In the proposed Unitary Plan, the bulk intersection with the highway, an of the land is zoned General Business agreed maximum traffic flow to and with a precinct that carries over the from the highway was agreed. Knowledge Economy provisions, “Our research suggested any although part of the Business Park is commercial activity would exceed included in Council’s Special Housing the agreed peak hour flow,” Mr Kelly Areas, allowing residential development says. “Medium density residential to be fast-tracked there. development provided the least Currently Harcourts is marketing sites disruption to the State Highway in Highgate Business Park, with two network. It also fits into the Council strips available for Terraced House and Government’s strategy of

A combination of business and housing is planned for this site.

providing more housing in Auckland.” He says his land was inappropriately zoned by the former Council and that there is ample commercial land in the area. “Residential is an appropriate use for us, given the proximity to the Park ‘n’ Ride and Silverdale War Memorial Park.” However both Cr Wayne Walker and Hibiscus & Bays Local Board chair Julia Parfitt disagree, saying residential

New World Whangaparaoa taking shape

Plans for the New World supermarket and retail complex to be built on the former Placemakers site at 570–588 Whangaparaoa Rd were revealed last month after resource consent was granted for the project. The plan for the 1.94ha Stanmore Bay site includes a supermarket with a ground floor and mezzanine level. The floor area is more than 2700sqm. Around 14 small retail outlets, cafés and restaurants in two blocks and parking for 215 vehicles are included. All existing shops on the site will be demolished. Foodstuffs lodged its resource consent application last December, and Council granted it two weeks ago, on March 20, on a non-notified basis. The site has access points to busy Whangaparaoa Rd as well as

Beverley Rd and Ozone Rd, which are residential. Consent conditions include restricting access from Whangaparaoa Rd to left turn in and left turn out only, to reduce the impact on traffic flow. Foodstuffs will be responsible for redesign of the Holiday Rd/Ozone Rd intersection – work that is to be done at Foodstuffs’ expense prior to the supermarket being built. A public footpath is also to be provided from the south-eastern corner of the Beverley/Brightside Rd intersection to the site. The consent notes that the site will generate noise to nearby residences that exceed permitted levels by up to 5dBA, Monday to Saturday, and double that on Sundays. The goods vehicle delivery entrance


is on Ozone Rd. Deliveries, which occur 7am–7pm daily, are expected to generate a peak of 10 truck movements per hour (60–70 delivery vehicles per day). An acoustically rated, 3m high concrete fence is to be constructed adjacent to this entrance to reduce noise levels, and any restaurants located within 50m of a residential zone cannot operate between 11pm and 6am. The consent also states that the development will not adversely affect “the vitality and viability of existing retail centres”, although Hibiscus Matters understands retailers in nearby centres, such as The Plaza, are considering relocating to the new complex. The full resource consent decision and site plan can be found at www. linked to this story.

use erodes the purpose of the zoning, which was to provide quality employment on our doorstep. Mrs Parfitt says she has pointed out to ATEED and the other Council CCOs that they need to work with the board in promoting that land for employment. “You are always going to have other pressures on the land, but increasing employment opportunities as this area grows, should be a priority.”

No-fuss mine clearance

When three World War II mines were detonated in Tiritiri Channel last month, with a big media contingent on board HMNZS Manawanui, there was nothing to see. For Warrant Officer (WO) Simon Marsden of Gulf Harbour, who was in charge of the operation, this was the best possible outcome; three mines cleared and not even a splash above water. The job of the Navy Dive Team, of which WO Marsden is a member, was to place explosives on the casing of each mine; it was a delicate task requiring enough explosive to break open the casing and render the mine safe, while not detonating the main charge. The mines were discovered during the recent international Mine Countermeasures and Diving Exercise, hosted by the Defence Force’s Tamaki Leadership Centre in Army Bay (HM February 19).

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Whose money is it?

Your service levels story (HM March 19) was right on the money. What I think Council tends to forget is that the money in its purse is not its own, it’s ratepayers’ hard earned cash. In return, we’d like a say in having local contractors get the work locally, provided their quotes are acceptable, and an open process as to how contracts are let and to whom. Thanks for continuing to bring real stories of interest to the community. Kay Allison, Tindalls Bay

Save the pennies Liked the story in HM March 19 about service levels – or rather lack of them. Greg Sayers is dead right. It’s a bloody shambles! I’ve been on about

What’s on your mind? Readers are welcome to air their views. Letters may be abridged or withheld. See address on p2 or e: it for years. Obviously contractors are not busting a gut to do things that are not in their contracts – or in some case things that are. Routine maintenance around Orewa is minimal. In bygone days there was a bloke who kept Orewa neat and tidy. That’s all it’d take – one person, full time, for about $50k a year. I wonder how much all the various contractors get? I bet a lot more than $50 grand. Here’s an example: Last year I asked for a field drain to be put in on the Estuary Reserve where it flooded in heavy rain. I could’ve done it myself but would have probably got prosecuted! I attended a meeting with four Council people. Two who were supposed to attend didn’t and two of the four that did attend seemed to know nothing about the subject. No decisions were made – it was just a

talkfest. Later a chap phoned me to find out what needed doing. I showed him. A month or so after that, a contractor did the job. It took a few hours. I wonder how much all that cost? I don’t think any Council people looked at it after completion, so the contractor could’ve just dreamed up a number. The contracting system is flawed. As Greg suggests, there seems to be no effective control. The money Council wastes on useless meetings, lack of direction and duplication of staff work is costing ratepayers a mint. John Clements, Orewa Hibiscus Matters received a variety of comments and feedback from readers on our story last edition about Orewa College changing its uniform supplier and its effect on local businesses. Join the conversation online at

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Talk is cheap Auckland Mayor Len Brown paid us a visit earlier this month, observing local board projects during an “update” visit to the Hibiscus & Bays area. Hibiscus & Bays Local Board chair Julia Parfitt and deputy chair Greg Sayers showed the Mayor around, using the opportunity to draw his attention to the area’s priorities and saying they got positive feedback and that he recognised the exceptional growth which is occurring. However, in the wake of the hand shaking and photo opportunities, the local board is expecting some real funding as part of the current Annual Plan budget discussions, and some real progress, with Julia Parfitt saying she is expecting something concrete to come from the Mayor’s visit as currently the region is not getting its fair share of the funding pie. While our local board counts every penny and finds various creative ways to make local projects happen, massive investment is needed in infrastructure that it cannot fund alone. Slow progress on projects that have regional benefits, such as the seawall and other anti-erosion measures needed on Orewa Beach, and the Silverdale Park ‘n’ Ride is a source of frustration to the community. Some locals will also be surprised to hear the Mayor comment that during his visit he noted “the foresight of community leaders over the years for purchasing and protecting vast swathes of green spaces on beachfronts for public use, and the immense respect and regard the wider community has for that vision”. “It is a wonderful vision that our council is committed to continue with,” he added. In light of the ongoing battle by our Councillors to get the Archer’s Block in Whangaparaoa retained as a bush reserve and Council’s refusal to purchase houses on Orewa beachfront, opposite the shops, for reserves when they came up for sale a couple of years ago, it seems a hollow statement. Let’s hope, however, that, as the ultimate holder of the purse strings, he has truly taken on board the community’s needs and that he will put some money where his mouth is.

Planning overkill

Cr John Watson is questioning the time and money that Auckland Council spends on the production of strategies and planning documents. “An item at the recent Regional Strategy and Policy Committee meeting covered the Recommended Strategy and Policy Forward Programme,” Cr Watson says. “In this item councillors were told that ‘…a stock-take of the organisation’s strategy, policy and planning work… revealed approximately 130 planned and in-progress documents and that the programme is presented within the context of a number of other related council documents including the Unitary Plan, Long Term Plan, Local Board Plans and Area Plans.” While no one questions the need for good planning, Cr Watson says it can become an end in itself. “You have to ask what proportion of Council’s staffing and operational budget (rates) is devoted to the production of strategies and planning documents. For example there is $95,000 in the budget to cover the costs of the policy development for a ‘local approved products policy’,” he says. Cr Watson says the explanation given by the Mayor for the number of strategies/plans and attendant costs was that Council has had to rationalise the planning and policy regimes of the various legacy councils. “We’ve already had three years of that,” Cr Watson says. “My feeling is that the Policy Forward Programme suggests that we’re in for more of the same.”

Notorious intersection

The NZ Transport Agency named the 100 worst intersections in NZ last month and Hibiscus Coast Highway/ Silverdale St is listed at number 16. The list is based on the number of crashes at the sites – for this intersection the figures show in 2003–12 there were 21 crashes causing 30 minor injuries, three serious injuries and one fatality.

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Library volunteer looks back on 30 years of service

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Orewa Library’s longest-standing volunteer, Kath Rhodes, was acknowledged last month with a morning tea attended by library staff and fellow volunteers. Kath, who turns 90 in November, has been with the library since it opened in 1984 in a little wooden shed attached to the side of the Orewa Community Centre. In those days, Kath says, the library was run by a small, dedicated committee who met regularly to decide what books to buy. Members paid an annual fee of around $10 a year. Kath remembers the library’s relocation to its current spot in Moana Ave, into a house moved onto site from a local campground. The bookshelves and desks therefore shared the space with a fireplace, bath and a kitchen behind the main counter. Kath Rhodes was thanked for her 30 The house was eventually pulled down years of voluntary service at Orewa and the library moved to a temporary Library. location while the former Rodney week and her co-workers say she keeps District Council, who had taken over a close eye on the accuracy of the the running and resourcing of the cataloguing. library, built the current facility. This “I can’t imagine what I’d do without opened in 1995. books,” she says. Kath says demand at the library has Kath also volunteers with Hibiscus been constant over the years and she Coast Forest & Bird and received a sees no reduction in this in the digital Community Service Award from the age. former Rodney District Council in Kath still assists at the library once a 2009.

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Development mooted for Link Crescent gets mixed reception The process of building the Hibiscus Coast Family Centre and providing a hub in Whangaparaoa for community services, which began in earnest nine years ago, moved forward recently with Auckland Council releasing its proposed development plan for the site. Council produced a mail out to on the building’s footprint. neighbouring residents seeking “As it stands we’ll be spending Trust feedback regarding the proposed monies on draining the site, and the development last month, but costs are extensive,” she says. Auckland Council Property Ltd Traffic generated from the intensity of (ACPL) has already cleared the site this development is also likely to be an at 20 Link Cres, which has a capital issue according to Cr Wayne Walker. value of $2.2 million, for sale. He says the opportunity to improve Council’s plans make allowance for the intersection between Link 52–56 two and three-storey dwellings Crescent and Whangaparaoa Rd was to be built on the land – a mix of lost when the former Rodney District terraced housing, semi-detached and Council sold the McDonalds site. detached properties. He says an additional factor is that The site set aside for the Family Palmgreen Court, opposite Link Centre four years ago by the former Crescent, is earmarked for further Rodney District Council remains, intensification in the proposed together with an area to be designated Unitary Plan. as reserve. The Hibiscus Coast Family Centre The Family Centre Trustees are was first mooted in 2005 and is pleased to see progress being made designed to provide access to services and say the Hibiscus & Local Board by groups such as Unique Families is being helpful, however the problem (formerly Teenadders Plus), Citizens they face remains – that the land Advice Bureau and Parent Aid. they have been given is a stormwater Feedback on the plans for the site, which collection point. is only open to residents designated by Trustee Patricia Wardill says they are Council as being in close proximity to discussing with ACPL the option Link Crescent, closes on April 15. Info: of moving the Family Centre to a The plans location on the site that has better can also be viewed at www.localmatters. drainage as well as seeking clarification linked to this story. Whangaparaoa Kindergarten got ‘the blues’ recently, but in a way that made all the pre-schoolers smile. The kindergarten held a Big Blue teddy bears’ picnic on March 21 to raise funds as part of Plunket’s annual appeal. Big Blue, Plunket’s mascot, was a popular addition to the many bears and other toys brought by the children. Plunket’s Hibiscus Coast community support coordinator, Emma Johnson, says the money is being used, together with support from Lions and businesses, to fund playgroups and a new heat pump at the Whangaparaoa clinic. Pictured at the picnic with the children are head teacher Wendy Downey (left) and Emma Johnson.

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The initial design of the Orewa Surf Club building, revealed in Hibiscus Matters in June 2012, pictured, has been shelved in favour of a more affordable option. Surf Club chair John Chapman says the club has had to cut its coat according to its cloth, although he believes with the goodwill of its members, including many who are in the building or related trades, “the Taj Mahal option” could have been achievable. However he says because big funding agencies do not make allowance for this type of goodwill, the club went back to the drawing board and scaled back the design. The new plans, which provide opportunities for other sporting groups and the community to use the facility, will be presented to the Hibiscus & Bays Local Board. Construction may need to occur in two stages as funds permit. Resource consent will be publicly notified.

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The recent decision of Auckland Council to allocate staff to act as ‘facilitators’ for Cultural Impact Assessments (CIAs) will do little to quell public concern over this issue. Currently there are over 3600 sites identified across the Auckland region, including many on the Hibiscus Coast, that would require a CIA in the event of a resource consent application for earthworks or building activity. Since September 2013 it’s estimated that between 10 and 30 applications per week have triggered the need for a CIA or confirmation from mana whenua that a CIA is not required. Charges for CIAs have ranged from $300 to $1500 while some iwi have opted not to charge. The fear is that this will develop into another expense in an already expensive process – just another money making rort, the facilitators little more than glorified go-betweens and the genuine need to preserve cultural and built heritage undermined. As it stands it’s yet another example of how rushed and ill considered this whole Unitary Plan has been. It’s been driven through with ideological fervour. The vested interest groups have got exactly what they want. By contrast the poor old public have found it difficult to comprehend and to access, as this CIA debacle has graphically illustrated. In my view the whole Unitary Plan is fundamentally flawed. It’s predicated on population estimates that are excessive and on an unrealistic assessment of the Council’s ability to provide adequate infrastructure to cope. Remember it’s struggling to provide adequately with the current population far less 1.5 million more. The Council now has a debt approaching $7.4 billion (up from $3.9 billion in 2010) equating to $1 million dollars per day in interest payments)! A more sensible approach would be to stage growth in a controlled manner from the inner suburbs out, develop the required infrastructure incrementally and to secure in advance the environmental and heritage gains that make such an important contribution to our standard of living. In this respect if you want to see an example of an organisation that’s really got its act together and its priorities spot on, look no further than the Red Beach Surf Club who recently opened an impressive extension to their clubrooms. They provide an outstanding service to the local community in a whole variety of areas– and they do it on the smell of an oily rag. The Council could learn a lot from community groups like them.

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The recent purchase of this site on the corner of Silverdale Street and Millwater Parkway by the Farmers Trading Company is the first indication of the type of retail centre that could be built on the land. Farmers purchased the 1.16ha site for Whangaparaoa Plaza is also yet to be determined. Farmers, Whitcoulls and around $5.7 million. Farmers Trading Company managing Stevens are all owned by the James director Rod McDermott confirmed Pascoe Group, and they all have stores in The Plaza but at this stage the purchase of the land, which is it is unknown whether any or all of alongside the Silverdale Centre, but those stores will continue trading in would not provide any further details. Whangaparaoa long term, as The The possible impact of Farmers’ Warehouse has, or open jointly at the future development in Silverdale on new site in Silverdale.

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Turning the Stanmore Bay Pool and Leisure Centre into a modern and financially sustainable facility will cost considerably more than the $3.67 million already allocated, with Council officers seeking local board approval for a further $1.8 million. Council staff estimate that the lion’s the second phase which will be “timed share of this additional amount, to meet growth and demand”. $1.67m, will be required to cover “fees, The $3.8m covers the remediation and consents, insurances, levies, direct refurbishment needed and includes costs, escalation and contingencies”, $1.6m for extensions to the gym and leaving a net $3.8m for repair work fitness rooms and $350,000 for front and extensions to the building. of house improvements. In a presentation to the Hibiscus & This leaves work on the pool facilities, Bays Local Board last month, Leisure including a toddlers “zero depth” pool, Centre programme manager Darryl spa and sauna, and a replacement Tutchen said that the additional crèche, in the “nice to have” basket. money is needed to get the building up The Local Board supported the to scratch, before any redevelopment increase in the budget, subject to a can occur. “reprioritisation exercise” for other He said there are hard decisions to be projects. This enables staff to begin made because there is a finite amount work on a business case to move the of money. project forward. The work is likely to happen in two Details of the project scope and cost stages, with “asset protection” as the top estimates can be found attached to this priority and the “nice to have” items in story at


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The weekly Night Market, which has been held on Friday nights in the lower carpark of Whangaparaoa Plaza since last November, is shifting to Wednesday nights. The Night Market will be held on Wednesdays, 5pm–10pm, starting this week (April 2).

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Mums the Word is offering local families an opportunity to sell items, old or new, or even food (if they have a permit), at a car boot sale. The car boot sale will be held monthly on Sundays in the lower Whangaparaoa Plaza carpark starting on April 6, 9am– 12 noon. The cost is $15 per car, and bookings are essential. There will also be spaces where community groups or schools can fundraise with sausage sizzles or raffles. Info: email or phone 021 275 1168.

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Inside the new gift store in Hillary Square, Tantrumm, is a world of keepsakes and treasures – things lovingly and creatively made or upcycled. A wide range of hand made gift items and art are displayed using furniture and boxes that also have the hand made touch. It’s the polar opposite of the throwaway society, which was exactly what owner Cirrus Laing was hoping to achieve. Cirrus makes a large amount of the items in the store, including knitted pieces, glass and crystal jewellery. She also made a screen at the back of the store from a collection of wooden doors, each finished in a different style. This was made for her own enjoyment, but she has since received orders for them from customers. She makes jewellery to customer’s requirements, and also offers a repair and up-cycle service. Cirrus’ family was one where television was sidelined in favour of reading, making things, gardening and baking. She says she now appreciates how valuable this was. It gave her a lifelong hobby, which eventually became an online business coupled with selling at markets and craft fairs. This led, at the end of last year, to the opening of her pop up shop alongside Countdown supermarket in Orewa.

A city-style salon experience, minus the city price tag is what Morris & Co owner Marcia Morris is promising clients at her Red Beach salon. Morris & Co Red Beach opened at the end of last year, taking over when The Hair Centre owner retired after many years of ownership. Marcia has given the place a chic modern makeover and says demand has exceeded all her expectations and meant that her senior stylist Abby Mandl’s bookings are in high demand. This is Marcia’s first venture into salon ownership, but her background, which includes work for an event management company, has always been people-focused. She says this, coupled with the strong support and 10-year experience of Abby, has made the move into the hairdressing industry a smooth one. She’s taken a hands-on approach to her role and is there to welcome clients and make sure everything runs smoothly. The team at Morris & Co agree that the key to getting a client to keep coming back is a good quality consultation. Abby says it’s a process that takes time, and needs to be thorough so that the client is comfortable and happy before any styling begins; the consultations are free of charge.

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She says she was overwhelmed by the support and feedback she received from customers of that store, which made it possible to fulfil her dream of opening the Hillary Square store on March 1. Cirrus, who lives in Stillwater, says because 95 percent of the items in Tantrumm are hand crafted, it is possible to find anyone a unique gift. Among the most popular items are the Eternal Essence range of skin creams, balms and lotions made with essential oils, artwork by Ruby Jude and wooden bowls made by people with hearing loss. Trawling through Trade Me, and sourcing pieces from Op Shops and bargain stores is a favourite pastime for Cirrus. “I love things that have been used and appreciated by others,” Cirrus says. “Those kinds of things make customers feel at home. I also get bored easily, so regular customers can expect to see changes made all the time to keep things interesting.”

Marcia Morris (left) and Abby Mandl

Monthly training from the professionals behind the store’s Redken brand ensures that the team is knowledgeable about the latest trends in cuts and colours – Abby says “warm and natural” is the way to go this winter season. However she believes that the most important thing is to create a wearable look that not only makes the client look and feel good, but is easy to maintain between salon visits. Feedback so far has been extremely positive, which Abby says is confirmation that the team is achieving its aim of providing an exceptional salon experience.

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Coffee app comes to town Businesses these days have to adapt to new technology all the time. If you want to stay on top and be front-of-mind with your customers you have to adapt with the times. I remember when faxes were the way we did business and then rolled in this computer generated messaging service called ‘email’. A lot of business owners didn’t want to move from faxing but as time went on faxing became the thing of the past and emails are the way we do business today. Today a lot of business owners use their mobile phones to do business. Your emails come to your phone, you can sign contracts and send images and have your client database at the touch of a finger. This is also how customers look for business –via emails, photos, messaging, social media and Google – and, most importantly, people are using Apps. I love seeing businesses use this new technology to make it easier for their customers. Restaurants and beauty therapy businesses are using Apps to get customers to book in. Facebook has been a great option for these businesses and why pick up the phone when you can book it all at a touch of a finger? One of the newest Apps to hit town is The Smart Coffee Card App. I for one think this will be the best addition for any café/restaurant because, like many customers, I don’t like carrying around every café’s coffee card and what I dislike more is not having the card on me and missing out on my well-deserved stamp. Everyone loves getting that free coffee at the end of a certain number of stamps. The coffee card App takes those cards out of your wallet and stores your stamps for the cafés you frequent on your mobile phone. It is really easy to use – all you have to do is: Find a café that uses the card, buy a coffee, get the cashier to photo the barcode, stamp added. Simple. At present there is only one café on the Hibiscus Coast that is using this App, and that is Alley Katz in Orewa. They have been trialling it for a few weeks and say customers are flocking to change over to the App and get rid of their paper cards. I have been testing the App out these last few weeks and it has been working brilliantly. Alley Katz have seen an opening in the market and have dared to start something new. I am so impressed that this local café is leading the way and I for one will be a frequent visitor just so I can get my stamp for my phone. To get the App, head to the app store and search Smart Coffee Card or head into Alley Katz and take a photo of the QR code. CL





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Where to go when the world’s your oyster The world is really a travel agent’s oyster and so Hibiscus Matters decided to find out what standout experiences some of our local consultants have had over the years. It turns out to be everything from luxury cruising to trekking in Chile.

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Cruiseabout Orewa’s Heather Bint says her favourite travel experience so far is cruising the waterways of Europe from Amsterdam to Budapest. “We cruised down the calm waters of the Rhine, Maine and Danube Rivers, navigating scores of fascinating locks, with castles on one side, vineyards on the other and my loved one by my side,” Heather says. “Waking to find myself just a short stroll from the centre of town in most ports, and being treated to hotel-like comfort, great food and service on board was like heaven. One of my favourite things is to peoplewatch and soak up the atmosphere.

Just sitting in the local town square and watching people go about their everyday lives is enthralling to me – that and standing outside a German cake shop eyeing up all the goodies!” River cruising is growing in Europe and other parts of the world and provides a unique perspective. “The rivers and large tributaries you travel are the life blood of the countries they meander through for trade, culture, and scenery.” For her next adventure, Heather has her eyes on the Snake & Columbia rivers in Oregon in north west America and the colourful Bramaphutra River in north eastern India.

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Rachel Williams of Viva Expeditions says hiking the W Trek in Torres Del Paine National Park in Chile, is one of her best travel experiences ever. “Nothing can prepare you for how overwhelmingly beautiful this place is, it takes your breath away,” she says. The park has magnificent glaciers, rugged mountain peaks and granite spires, evergreen forest, opaque glacial lakes and rivers and wildlife such as condors, guanacos, foxes and birds. A highlight for Rachel was getting a rare glimpse of a Puma. “I was coming around a bend on the Greys Glacier hike when I came face to face with this elusive predator. We both froze and stared into each other’s eyes before the Puma darted off.” The W Trek is a 4-day hike which can be done as three separate day hikes and Rachel can’t wait to go again.


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When it comes to travel arrangements, the need for personal service has not diminished according to House of Travel co-owner Dennis Payne. Dennis, who recently celebrated the opening of House of Travel in Manly Village, already owns House of Travel offices in Browns Bay and Orewa with his wife Yvonne and has been in the industry for more than 30 years. He says five years ago the access afforded by the internet was such that he expected to see neighbourhood travel agents become a thing of the past. However, what has happened is that people are seeking out travel consultants’ services to guide and advise them through the plethora of options they see via Google. “Travel agents bring a perspective and the ability to work out the best deal for your individual requirements,” Dennis says. “Online, everyone is selling their particular service or destination, whereas we have an overview, and at the same time focus on each client. One size definitely doesn’t fit all when it comes to travel and there is no substitute for

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A Matakana man’s attempt to drive 40,000km around the world has had to be postponed because of political tensions between Iran and Pakistan. Leo Nelis, who moved to New Zealand from the Netherlands 25 years ago, decided to drive back to his hometown of Amsterdam last September. But 27,000km into his journey, he was forced to abandon his attempt following the kidnapping of Iranian border guards by Pakistani militants, which closed the border. He hopes to resume his journey in two months’ time. Leo began the trip by shipping his Land Rover Defender to Melbourne, where he and his wife Lily Grace began the drive across the Outback to Perth, and up to Darwin. His wife then went home to hold the fort in Matakana, and Leo was joined by his daughter, Pascal. They continued through East Timor to Indonesia where they camped in the crater of an active volcano and saw a komodo dragon, ferrying between islands along the way. Then it was on to continental Asia, through Malaysia, Thailand, Laos, Myanmar, India and Nepal. They had originally planned to drive via China through Tibet and Central Asia. However, that plan was abandoned after the Chinese border closed following conflict in Tibet. The only other route was through Myanmar, a country notoriously restrictive in providing visas for vehicles. However, a group of European travellers who also happened to be travelling through Myanmar saved the day. “They had the papers already, so we just joined them. But we had to drive with

a government guide who said where we could and could not go,” he says. It was only the third time foreigners had been allowed to drive through on their own, and the country turned out to be a real highlight, he says. “The roads were very, very bad, but it was a beautiful country. The people in Myanmar are the most happy people I’ve met in the whole world. If someone’s feeling depressed, send them to Myanmar.” Leo wasn’t exactly inconspicuous — at 1.9m tall and, with long blonde hair, he became the centre of attention in many isolated villages. “In India especially, they just didn’t have a sense of privacy. They would surround the car and just look at you — whole groups of people too, not just children.” When they found out in India about the issues on the Pakistani border, they decided to temporarily abandon their plans. “There was no other way. So we decided that this is too dangerous for us.” They drove back down to Calcutta and had the car shipped the car to Amsterdam. The pair is no strangers to intercontinental road trips. Three years ago they drove from Amsterdam to Senegal in a €500 Reno Scenic, going through the Sahara Desert via Morocco and Mauritania. “There were 50 of us doing it and when we got to Senegal we sold the cars and all of the money goes to charity.” Leo and Lily will fly to Amsterdam and collect the car when it arrives in two months’ time and continue the road trip through Europe.

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A group of locals committed to supporting Hibiscus Hospice with an annual fashion show fundraiser are asking the community to help, with donations of pre-loved designer and top end clothing. Each year women golfers from Gulf Harbour Country Club assist Hospice’s boutique Francesca’s to exhibit its fashion at a morning tea fundraiser held at the club. They have all emptied their own wardrobes to supplement the stock that Francesca’s has available, but with donations of designer and high end label clothing falling short of expectations at Francesca’s this year, they are making an urgent appeal for help. Last year Francesca’s fashion show raised $6000 – something organiser Carol Bragoli is keen to repeat. “We’re asking any women who might have unwanted designer garments, shoes or accessories to donate them in support of Hospice,” Carol says. She says it would be particularly good to see fashion for young people come Francesca’s volunteer Mary White, in, as she’s hoping to have a teenage who also models in the parade, section in the parade. searches for a designer item to donate Around 150 women of all ages typically from her own wardrobe. attend; items seen on the catwalk can Donations of good quality and be purchased after the show. designer clothing can be dropped Francesca’s volunteers go the extra off to Francesca’s at 20 Silverdale St, mile, donating garments, assisting Silverdale or any other Hospice shops with the fitting of models and selling (clearly marked for Francesca’s fashion parade). fashion on the day. Funds from the Francesca’s fashion The parade takes place on May 2 at parade go towards keeping Hospice’s 10am. Tickets are $20 and will be on home based and In Patient care and sale next month at Francesca’s and Gulf Harbour Country Club. support services going.

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Lodge tackles dyslexia head on Help has come from an unexpected quarter for local students who struggle at school due to dyslexia. The Freemasons of Lodge Orewa Peter is spearheading the project on hope to replicate a model that has the Hibiscus Coast, starting by talking proved successful in four other to schools to explain the project and NZ communities in order to assist ascertain the size of the problem. Hibiscus Coast students with dyslexia. The local Lodge will fundraise with the The project involves the Lodge aim of providing Lexia free of charge purchasing a software package called to schools that want it. The Lodge Lexia, then working with Research nationally matches local contributions Teachers of Learning and Behaviour dollar for dollar. (RTLB) in each school to measure its Peter’s father was a Freemason and success. Peter has been in the organisation for Lexia is designed to support the core 14 years. He says the Lexia project is reading curriculum, prevent reading one example of the Lodge losing its failure for at-risk students and insular image. remediate difficulties in struggling “We have tended to hide behind readers. It enables children to closed doors, but there is recognition work independently on tasks, with that we have to get out and talk to people about what we do,” he says. supervision from resource teachers. Lodge Orewa publicity convenor Peter He says in his father’s day, the family Packard says in Northland, where the was not invited to attend Freemason project was first trialled starting three functions but this is now very different years ago, feedback showed there were with families and non-members invited to social events and into the huge gains made by students. The Lodge raised $175,000 which Lodge to learn more. One thing that enabled it to present Lexia to every has not changed, is that membership primary and secondary school in is restricted to men only. Northland and it soon became The Lodge donates large amounts apparent that it had a positive impact of money to medical research and on student engagement, reading education, including scholarships. and spelling as well as confidence Peter would like to hear from schools and behaviour. The Lodge has since that have a dyslexia problem, large or introduced the project in Napier, small. Email Motueka and Takaka schools. or phone 427 5718.

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Family focus pays dividends A small team of volunteers has pulled off one of the most successful galas ever for Whangaparaoa School, raising more than $40,000. The organisers from the school’s PFA community. took a risk, departing from the standard She says the positive feedback, coupled gala format of big commercial rides in with a total raised that is $4000 more favour of low cost, low-tech games run than last year, means the school will by volunteers at the gala, on March 22. definitely stick with this type of gala Games included a human fruit in future. machine,when Nerf guns shoot out, sandpit “Families loved it, and were able to “There youand need lucky dip beanus.” bag shotput. There stay for the whole day,” Susan says. was also a wide range of food and “The kids enjoyed the games, and ACC visits - Free for 6yr olds plenty ofunder on-stage entertainment. winning prizes galore. There is lots Co-organiser Susan Cruickshank says that needs tweaking, but we think this this type of gala required a team effort is a winning formula.” and garnered great support from the More photos,

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Plot to plate with Trish and Nigel Middleton

Kitchen kale

The venerable and ancient vegetable known as kale has had resurgence in popularity in recent times, but its health benefits have been known for many years. We are often asked at Two Spoons; “What is kale? Is it easy to grow and how do you use it?” Well the good news is that kale is super easy to grow and to use. This plant that has served the human race since the dawn of civilization is a member of the highly nutritious Brassica family, which includes broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower. Kale is used worldwide and there are many varieties, the most common here being ‘Curly’, ‘Cavolo Nero’, ‘Red Russian’ and ‘Tuscan’. Kale is a food that has a multitude of health benefits, if for no other reason than its exceptional nutrient richness. It is praised for its high antioxidant, antiinflammatory benefits. Health-promoting phytonutrients in kale have even been gaining attention for combating cancer as well as their beneficial effects on both heart and eye health. Growing kale is much the same as growing spinach or silverbeet. It is a hardy plant that you can grow year round; quite simply plant it and let it go. Space plants: 40–50cm apart and harvest in 50–65 days. We have found that it is quite popular with those pesky white butterflies that love cabbage so much. You can protect your kale and the other Brassicas (cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, Brusells sprouts) with fine mesh to stop the butterflies laying their eggs on the leaves. It is the caterpillars that do all the damage. You can deter the caterpillars with a chilli spray or by dusting with household flour. Remove any visible caterpillars by hand. Store kale in the refrigerator where it will keep for up to five days. The longer it is stored the more bitter its flavour becomes. Kale is great in a variety of dishes: salads, soups, stir-fries, frittatas or juices. To make a smoothie, blend a handful of kale with fruit and your choice of water, milk or yoghurt. You can also steam, sauté, bake or eat it raw. Another popular option is to make ‘kale chips.’ Simply bake in the oven after spraying with a good oil and sprinkling with salt. Watch them, though, as they can quickly burn. Grow your own Kale or you can find it at your local farmers’ market, supermarket or green grocer, though home grown or organic would be our pick to avoid chemical sprays. Look for kale with firm, deeply coloured leaves and moist hardy stems.

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Charitable Trust saddles up in Whangaparaoa

Coastguard with Matt Turner, Coastguard Hibiscus

Kay Harrison’s dream of providing riding lessons and equestrian activities to people of all ages with, and without, a disability took a big step forward last month when she leased 24ha in Whangaparaoa from Auckland Council. The land is being leased at market rates to Kay’s Equestrian for Everyone Charitable Trust. Since forming the Trust two years ago, Kay has had to take the horses from her Dairy Flat property by float to an arena in Blackbridge Rd for the lessons, so she says she is thrilled to finally have a place where the horses can permanently graze and be ridden. Kay has previously volunteered with Riding for the Disabled in Stillwater, and also worked with the Special Olympians. She says Equestrian for Everyone is Kay Harrison designed for people with a wide range of physical or other disabilities who do Equestrian for Everyone has received not need side-walkers and can learn to huge community support; ASAP hold reins and ride assisted by a leader, Water donated 10,000 litres of water to fill the Trust’s tank, and there are or perhaps even ride on their own. plenty of volunteers to look after the A modest fee is charged for rides, all horses. of which goes back into the not-forHowever Kaye says the land needs profit service. breaking in, as it has a lot of gorse, and Her five gentle horses include two needs fertiliser, fencing and irrigation. miniatures for the under fives to ride and three ponies. She also offers “There are so many costs for us at the carriage driving for those who are not moment, that every donation is huge and so appreciated.” able to sit in a saddle. Kay says being close to horses touches The long-term goal is to create an the lives of all involved – an example equestrian park with bridle trails that is a non-communicative young person the public can use. with Autism who said, “I love horse Info or to join the waiting list: email riding,” to her mother after one ride.

What lies beneath This summer brought the startling discovery of wartime mines off the Whangaparaoa Peninsula during the multinational naval exercises in March. The mines had been laid between the peninsula and Tiritiri Matangi in September 1942. They’ve now been disarmed by the navy and left on the seabed (see story p3) You may also not be aware that Army Bay was the setting for one of New Zealand’s most-secret wartime weapons testing programmes. Code-named Project Seal, this was an attempt to create a ‘tsunami bomb’ that could flood low-lying enemy terrain; Japan was thought to be the principal target. The programme was a failure, though, and Seal was closed down in 1945. Bombs aside, Whangaparaoa Passage still holds some surprises down there. Just the other day, Coastguard Hibiscus went to the aid of a vessel that, while in the hands of a highly experienced sailor, had struck a submerged rock off Huaroa Point and jammed its rudder. If you’re unfamiliar with our submerged rocks, study the charts: NZ 5321 covers the local peninsula waters in detail. What goes up The summer also saw a surprising number of boat fires on the Hauraki Gulf. Among the varied causes were an exploding lithium-ion battery, faulty heat shielding on an exhaust manifold, and engines being used to dry clothes – the clothes were left in place the following day before getting under way! On one occasion, Coastguard Hibiscus ferried a Fire Service crew out to check a vessel that had been reported to be on fire, but it had been completely extinguished by the time we arrived on scene. It was then safe to bring the vessel back into Gulf Harbour Marina. Fire at sea takes hold rapidly and poses a serious danger to you and to other water users. If you have an engine or cooker on board, carry an extinguisher and have it serviced regularly; dry powder is usually the best all-round type for boats. Keep your electrical items and circuits properly maintained. Fit a smoke detector in your cabin, and a fume detector somewhere low-down (petrol fumes are heavier than air). LPG bottles and hoses should also be inspected regularly for leaks. Ensure, too, that you ventilate your boat fully after refuelling and before restarting the motor. This is Coastguard Hibiscus’ final column for the summer season.

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Monthly Contest, Club Members $10, Visitors $15, Juniors (12 or under) only $5 • Every Junior wins a prize • Weigh in 4pm –5 .30pm both days at the club • Prize giving 6pm Sunday • Snack meals and bar open for all contestants from 4pm Sunday. Ladies Annual Contest (Postponed from March 15/16). $10 entry. Lots of special ladies spot prizes as well as regular fish species prizes. Phone 09 424 5428 for details.

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Coast athletes up against it All the best athletes from North of the Bridge up into the Rodney District were involved in the North Harbour Secondary Schools Athletics, held at Sovereign East Coast Bays Stadium last month, so it was a great chance to see kids from the Hibiscus Coast in action. The Sovereign stadium, which is behind the Millennium Institute of Sports facility, is purpose built. I know our kids were excited to perform on a proper track or compete in other field events like our nation’s best athletes. The facilities are good except that there is no cover. We all know how harsh the sun can be so it was good to see the schools take their own. It was interesting seeing the difference between the various schools in terms of uniforms and equipment. I may be showing my age here but I reckon everyone representing their college should be wearing the same shorts and shirt. There is a trend for our young ones to wear NRL shorts whenever they can. Obviously the bigger schools on the Shore prospered better in the results. They have better numbers for a start and have access to training on first class facilities and elite coaching. Our kids have good raw potential and if they had more coaching they could give it a better shake. We are fortunate that they do run Athletics up at Whangaparaoa College over the summer, which is a good base start for any aspiring athletes. However one day soon we will need our own track and field facilities. I must express an opinion on the running of the day. It is a massive event and coordinating all the athletes would be challenging but I was disappointed for the kids in how this day was run. They need a better sound system: it was hard to hear what was up next and that was only when they bothered to say anything. They need to have the results of heats and fields for finals displayed in order of event. They just stapled result sheets on top of other sheets randomly and it was extremely difficult to see if you had qualified for the finals. In one case an Orewa College girl lined up on the blocks to run in the final only to be told she hadn’t made the field. It beat the hell out of me, because I watched her run in her heat and she blitzed in. It was embarrassing for her and could have been avoided if the organisation had been better. Of course because of such errors the programme ended up running late. I hope whoever is in charge can make improvements next year. I also watched the Greater Auckland Champs at Mt Smart and it was a really well run event with the bonus of a grandstand for shade. The Hibiscus Coast kids who represented North Harbour at this meeting were: Marike De Wet and Reuben Shepherd from Kingsway College; Briana Morrison, Finn Mount, Georgia Henare, Jenna Washbrook, Liam Flew, Makenzie Vitosovich, Megan McMullen, Morgan Zuyl, Scott Vriens, Taylor Duncan, Aiden Sinclair, Alexandra Still, Katherine Groom, Matt Jordon, Regan McClennan and Thomas Henson from Orewa College and Keiran McNair, Dylan Allison, Michaela Sokolich Beatson and Nicola Morrison from Whangaparaoa College. Congratulations to you all. Special congratulations for finishing in the top three in Greater Auckland go to Makenzie Vitasovich who finished second in Discus and third in Shotput. Also Kathrine Groom who finished third in the 100m final. Well done and we wish you all the best for the future. For more sport visit our website


A roundup of sports activities and events in the district Golf Whangaparaoa Golf Club. Annual fees reduced. Junior membership from $50, 2014 Full membership was $925 now $750. 9 Hole membership was $640 now $525. Call into 1337 Whangaparaoa Rd or phone 09 424 5441.


Gymnastics Community Trust, Playgym Classes (pre-school classes): 2-4yrs Tues/Thurs 11am, Fri 10am, Sat 8.30am; Age 4+ Tuesday 10am; Fun Gym Classes: 5yrs+ Wed 3.30pm, Sat 9.30am; 5-7yrs Mon/Thurs 3.45pm; 6yrs+ Rhythmic Sat 10.30am; 9yrs+ Mon/Thurs 5pm. Unit 4-5, 27 David Sidwell Place. Info: Centre Manager 021 216 8083 or 09 443 2795


Netball World Series open for registration, early bird deals prior to March 31. The series is played on May 1–2 in Northcote, and is a fun netball tournament for Year 5–10 players. Info: or phone 027 436 3638

Stand up paddleboarding Orewa SUP Club - Free intro every Wednesday night, all welcome 6pm 278 Hibiscus Coast Highway, Orewa. Fun races 6.30pm every Wednesday, plus we run training 2-3 times per week. Contact: Deane 021 954 022 as training is weather dependant.


Masters tennis, 40+ available every day at Hibiscus Coast Veterans Tennis Club 56 Laurence St, Big Manly. Club mornings 9am, Monday, Wednesday and Friday. New members welcome. Info:

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Classifiedadvertising Hibiscus Matters publishes Community Notices as a free service for the community. A strict first in, first served policy, published subject to space & availability, for non-profit organisations only (conditions apply). All other classifieds are $4.11 per line + GST. Em: (no attachments) Visit: Tamariki Plaza, Cammish Lane, Orewa

COMMUNITY NOTICES a very friendly 60s up group 10am, 3rd Wed of month, Whangaparaoa Ratepayers Hall. Morning tea, speakers, outings, entertainment, luncheon parties etc. Ph Secretary Barry 424 5082. BOATING & FISHING Club nights and meals every Wed. Monthly fishing contests. HBC Boating Club. Visitors & new members welcome. Ph Joanne 424 0952 Child-friendly venue available for children’s birthday parties, playgroups, lessons, meetings etc. Great rates. See or ph 426 3598. Combined Rodney Seniors Scenic Drive to Ruawai, and visit to The Kumara Box. Mon April 7, $47pp (incl coach fare, lunch & tea/coffee, tour & talk) Trip subject to numbers. Depart Red Beach 8am. Bookings Ph Fred 424 7545 or leave message, or Stan, Orewa Community Hall, Tues/Thurs, 12.30pm– 12.45pm E waste Drop off Computer, Laptop, Monitor, Cable/wire, Cell Phone, UPS IT Peripherals, Power Adaptor, and Car Batteries, etc. Sat April 5, Red Beach School, 20 Albert Hall Dr, Red Beach HBC Orchid Society New members welcome at our monthly meetings. 1.15pm start on 2nd Sunday at Masonic Lodge, 103 Centreway Rd, Orew. Ph Bruce 428 3978 HIBISCUS COAST FLORAL ART GROUP meets 2nd Mon of month, Orewa Community Hall, 10am-3pm. New members welcome, tuition available at all levels. Ph Jean 424 7115. Hibiscus Coast Widowed Club Meets 2nd Wed of month. Orewa Community Centre 1pm. Interesting speakers, morning/afternoon teas, raffles, outings/trips. Good Company – We care. Ph 424 3757. Ladies Craft Club, Orewa Community Church – Tuesdays @ 10am Come along and try a new craft and make some new friends. A crèche is provided. Ph Carole 426 7023. Market Day at the Peninsula Club Retirement Village, April 12. 441 Whangaparaoa Rd, 10am–1pm. Plants, preserves, homemade cakes etc. Morning Fun, Exercise and Companionship for seniors 65+. Meet at Red Beach Wed and / or Stanmore Bay Thu. Volunteer enquiries always welcome. Please call Rachel on 09 4898954 to find out more. Silverdale Tennis War Memorial Park (next to Rugby Club) HBC Hwy. Jnrs: Sat from 8.30am, Trish Midweek Club: Wed from 9.30am, Adrienne ragil@ Senior Club: Sun from 10.30am & Wed from 6.30pm, Rob Join now at reduced fees. Ph Linda 427 8209.

TREASURER NEEDED The Hibiscus Coast Grey Power Assc. is in urgent need of a treasurer. This voluntary position need familiarity with Microsoft Office including Excel. If you would be interested in serving the over 50s in this way please ph Simonne Dyer 424 1315 or 027 212 8322 partially sighted bowling group, every Wed 9.30am–11.30am for morning tea and fellowship, and a game of indoor bowls. New members welcomed. St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Centreway, Orewa. Ph 426 8454. Plunket playgroups (during term time). Under 5s, various activities, ride on toys, bouncy castle, craft work etc. Mon, Orewa Community Centre, 9am12pm, $4 per family. Wed, The Plaza, food court, 9.30am-11.30am $2 per family. Bring your child’s morning tea. Ph 021 173 5525. Classifieds adverts for insertion in April 16 issue, need to reach us by April 8.

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Delivery person required urgently for paper and flyer distribution in the “Silverdale Industrial area”. This is only that side of the Highway. Ph Julie 021 333233 or email Restaurant Staff Experienced Indian & European cuisine chef, waiting staff, manager (with LCQ) wanted for a new bar & restaurant in Silverdale. Ph 09 391 7817 Email:

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HYPNOSIS for stress, phobias, easy Stop Smoking. Bill Parker NZAPH, 424 7610. AUTUMN Special: HandS & Feet Nails cut & filed, includes hand & foot massage. $30 each or 2 people for $50. I will come to you. Phone 424 0676. WISE CHOICES – Counselling/ Supervision Service, Brigitta Rohr (B. Couns., MNZCCA), Stanmore Bay. Ph 021 416 251,

HAIRDRESSING HAIRDRESSER – CARING MOBILE SERVICE, I come to you. Pensioner rates. Phone Inga 426 0985.

DRESSMAKING alterations, dressmaking, cushions & curtains. Ph 021 025 70658. Sylwester’s Dressmaking & Tailoring for alterations & garments made to order. Ph 426 7559.

Photography PRESERVE YOUR MEMORIES Videos, slides & old 8mm films all onto DVD. Ph TeTotara Video (09) 422 5710.

BUSINESS services Adept Computer Services, Est 1993. PC repairs at good rates. Ph 421 1039 or 021 114 5517

TUITION Nanny & More! Quality full-time local courses for nanny & childcare careers Call Amanda now for free info! 424 3055

WANTED someone to teach me basic sign language Ph 09 424 2585

wanted to BUY CASH PAID Tools & Machinery, Shed & garage clearouts. All things considered. Call or txt 021 161 5139. TRAINS WANTED FOR CASH All makes of Electric Model Railway items. Layouts dismantled and removed. Ph David 021 901493. TO BUY, RECORDS/LP’s Ph 428 1587.



Dog walker Manly Reliable, responsible teen available to walk dogs in Manly area. Tired of walking your dog? Let me take the lead. Reasonable rates. Phone 428 4576 (AH) or text 027 814 9688.

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World War I exhibition, Estuary Arts Centre, Western Reserve, Orewa. Artworks that commemorate the centenary of World War I. (see story p1) Dairy Flat Live presents the Blue Collar Band, Dairy Flat Hall, Postman Rd, Dairy Flat, 8pm–11.30 pm. Licensed Bar with club prices. Light supper provided. Entry $10 members. Free membership available. No Eftpos. Eaves Bush Appreciation Group workday, meeting 9am at the Kensington Park entrance to the Reserve. We will be working on the wetland area, (left after crossing the bridge at Kensington Park). Some tools supplied but BYO gloves and spade. Cup of tea at 10.30am. All welcome. Info: phone Don Turner, 426 4761 or Laurie Rands, 426 3122. E waste drop off, Red Beach School, 20 Albert Hall Drive, Red Beach, 9am–3pm. Collection of computers, monitors, cable/ wire, cell phones, car batteries and other e-waste. Fun walk and Boot Camp to support Hibiscus Hospice, Stanmore Bay Beach Reserve, 2pm. A Fun Walk along Stanmore Bay beach, followed by an exercise bootcamp and refreshments run by Fitter Faster Stronger. Tickets $10 per person with $8 going to Hospice. Everyone welcome and children under 12 are free. Info: phone Deb or Bob, 428 1506. Tickets from the Gym 625b Whangaparaoa Rd or Local artist Neville Bradley takes a three-day Painting Workshop at Baycrest Village, Manly for new and experienced painters. Subject: Autumn colours in oils. Info: ph Neville 424 7849. Conservative Party leader Colin Craig speaks at The Orewa Community Hall, 7pm. All welcome. Business & Professional Women’s Club, Annual Tertiary Student Award Presentation & Dinner and 25th Birthday Celebration, Hibiscus Coast Village, Red Beach. Guest speaker Dr Frances Pitsilis. Tickets $45 each. Info: phone 426 0407. Market Day at the Peninsula Club Retirement Village, 441 Whangaparaoa Road, 10am–1pm. Plants, preserves, homemade cakes, white elephant stall, raffles and much more. Whangaparaoa Horticultural Society show, Whangaparaoa Hall, Whangaparaoa Rd, 1.30pm. Exhibits of flowers, fruit and veges. Trading table, speaker, refreshments, raffles. New members welcome. Info: ph Lyndell 426 0327. Anzac Day (see story p1). Services at cenotaphs around the community – details next issue.

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Francesca’s Fashion Parade, Gulf Harbour Country Club, Gulf Harbour, 10am. Showcase of pre-loved designer and top end fashion that is available for purchase after the show. Morning tea included. Tickets $20 from Francesca’s, 20 Silverdale St, Silverdale Village, or from Gulf Harbour Country Club. Free composting workshop, Orewa (exact location to be given on booking), Run by Trish Allen, formerly of Rainbow Valley Farm. Bookings essential, ph 09 482 1172 Email:


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The Art Lab – Whangaparaoa Hall, 717 Whangaparaoa Rd (The Art Lab is at the back of the hall on the lower level, just above the Library) Agenda includes: election of the committee, alterations to rules, presentation of accounts, membership fees. Please note this is a meeting for members and voting is by those members qualified to vote. Over the year other meetings are planned on specific issues including: Unitary Plan, Gulf Harbour Hammerhead, Wastewater charging for properties on tank water.

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24 | Hibiscusmatters 2 April 2014

Upward trajectory for “little Lydia” It’s hard to believe, judging from her confident stance when she’s on the green, and her presence at competitions among some of NZ’s top women golfers, but Bo Hyun Park is just 11 years old. Hibiscus Matters first met the NZ Women’s Stroke Play event in Wentworth College student 18 Hastings, where she was disappointed months ago when she had just not to get a placing but enjoyed placed first overall in an U19 Girls competing amongst some of the golf tournament. Since then her country’s top players. handicap has dropped from 10.5 to “I appreciated the tough competition, 0.8 and she has played in some major as playing against more experienced tournaments. and lower handicapped players helps In January she competed in the me to lift my game,” Bo Hyun says. North Island Women’s Under 19 Bo Hyun is a member of the Gulf Golfing Championship. Almost 60 Harbour Country Club and the competitors took part, including Wentworth College Golfing Academy, players from Australia, Switzerland, who call her ‘Little Lydia’ after her Finland and South Korea. Bo Hyun friend, world number four golfer secured the U13 Division title and Lydia Ko. also placed first in the U15 Division With the support of her father Ju and 5th in the Open, Under 19 Ha, who is her caddy and trainer, she Championship. could well be headed for the elite level Last month she took part in the of the sport she loves.

The Hibiscus Coast Raiders kicked off their season with a confident win. The club’s Phelan Shield team beat the Ponsonby Ponies at Stanmore Bay on March 22 by a 28–20 margin in the first match of the season. Pictured is the Raiders’ Lewis Harding-Powel fending off the Ponies. Photo, Roger Reid.

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Bo Hyun Park More than 130 fighters from Auckland and the Waikato, including 31 from host club Dynamic Martial Arts of Silverdale, took part in the WKA Auckland Open Tatami Tournament at the Orewa Arts and Events Centre recently. Tatami is a low impact kickboxing discipline. First timers along with some of NZ’s top competitors, took part in the event on March 15, with selectors in attendance to choose a team for the World Champs in Italy in October. Pictured is Jeslyn Clyde of Dynamic Martial Arts (left) at the tournament. Photo, Jennifer Hall

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The pre-season game between the Silverdale Snails, a team of players aged 35 plus, and the Tamaki Kiwis, demonstrates the enjoyment and team spirit of rugby at this community level. Sure, the players are not as fit as they could be, but the passion for rugby and sportsmanship is still there. The Snails even helped out Tamaki Kiwi, with some players changing sides, and although the Snails won the match on March 22, rugby was the real winner. The Snails have fielded a team since the late 1960s – almost as long as Silverdale United Rugby Football Club has been in existence. Players gain fitness, camaraderie and ongoing involvement in a sport that they love. They are currently training for their match against Massey this weekend. The Silverdale Snails welcome new players – info: phone Danny, 022 627 8531 or turn up to training on Wednesdays at 6.30pm at the Club.

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