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Neighbours say ‘no’ to proposed Peninsula Golf Club development

A public meeting held this month to discuss the proposal to re-zone and develop the Peninsula Golf Club land in Red Beach attracted around 150 residents – all opponents of the proposal. The meeting, which was held at Red Scheib and Andrew Mount from Red the importance of getting involved in Beach School on May 6, was addressed Beach School’s board who spoke of the the Plan Change process by making a by Frank Butler of Hibiscus Coast effects the development could have on submission. continued page 2 Village, Red Beach resident Mark residents if it goes ahead and stressed

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Golf club rezoning Andrew Mount says the school has “grave concerns” for the safety of children should the development proceed, because of an associated increase in traffic. Around a dozen residents, who ranged from those who had recently moved into Red Beach to others who had lived there for decades, then addressed the meeting about their concerns, which included the lack of cycle and walkways through the development, stormwater issues, additional noise and traffic, and the loss of trees and green spaces. Philip Du Plooy – a former Rodney District Council and Watercare Services employee with expertise in sewage systems – said the Coast’s sewage lines are already overloaded, with storm events causing overflow at the pump stations. “The infrastructure cannot cope with a development of the size proposed,” the resident said. “Developers should be required to contribute to a much-needed upgrade. Why should ratepayers pay for it when the problems are caused by development?”

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Community Trust, which is affiliated with Northgate Church, is excited to have such a substantial base on the Coast, which she says will enable it to extend its services. For seven years the Trust has operated community services, including an education group for young mothers, Mainly Music and the popular Orewa Christmas Day lunch as well as offering budgeting programmes. Until now these have taken place in various locations around the Coast, but Karen says most will be brought into the Silverdale site as current leases expire. A foodbank and meal bank, which has been operating from members’ homes, will also relocate to Silverdale and the Trust is hoping to expand its food

from page 1 Maureen Bayes, who has lived in Red Beach all her life, says many trees planted on the golf course, including kauri and other natives, were planted in memory of local residents many years ago and some bear their names. She was concerned that these could be felled to make way for housing. She was one of several who suggested the best use of the land would be as a park. Peninsula Land Development’s private plan change seeks a re-zoning of the golf club land from Future Urban to Medium Intensity Residential, opening the way for its 520-site development. The proposed plan change and submission forms are available at www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz, at Orewa Service Centre, Centreway Rd, Orewa or local libraries. Red Beach residents have also set up a website to disseminate information and submission forms –­ www. SaveRedBeach.co.nz Submissions close this week, on May 18.

from page 1 garden in Orewa, which provides fresh produce to supplement food parcels. There are plans to introduce music and movement sessions that target adults with disabilities next term and parenting courses and events for youth are also on the drawing board. Karen says these services are subject to funding, as the Trust is run by volunteers and funded by donations. “This area is growing rapidly and there are a huge number of people who need extra support in a whole range of areas,” Karen says. “Our services provide a helping hand, practical skills and resources, complementing what is already on offer locally.” Info: email info@salttrust.org.nz or visit www.salttrust.org.nz

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Dog owners force Council U-turn on huge fee rises Auckland Council’s attempt to make all dog owners shoulder 80 percent of dog management costs under its user-pays model has fallen at the first hurdle, as a result of strong and numerous submissions to its draft Long Term Plan. The proposal would have seen registration charges for desexed dogs rise by 155-200 percent, as well as the removal of the discounts for holders of Dog Owner Licences. At its meeting on May 3, councillors voted to adopt the recommendation of the Strategy & Finance Committee to retain the current fee structure for one year, with a 3.3 percent increase for inflation, giving Council time to analyse the cost of services and revenue streams before developing a region-wide dog policy. While dog owners are celebrating the Council’s U-turn, they say the hard work on fixing the problem still lies ahead. Jill Parsons of lobby group Rodney Dog Friends says the proposed charges were set on the basis of costs in the animal control budget that seem excessively high. “As an accountant, I was horrified when I saw that on top of the $9.3 million allocated for private contractors and salaries, there is a ‘corporate cost allocation’ of $1.8 million,” Jill says.

She says Cr Wayne Walker is among those seeking answers as to what the $1.8 million is for. “We hope there will be answers as to why those costs are so high, and whether contracting out the services is a good idea. Council needs to look at ways of reducing those costs without cutting services.” She says in addition, dog owners do not believe they should pay 80 percent of the cost of dog management, with the remaining 20 percent funded from general rates. The Auckland Transition Agency set the previous ratio of 51/49. “Responsible dog owners are happy to pay everything for our dogs, but not to cover costs caused by irresponsible owners.” She says Council should also investigate the wider problem of why there are large numbers of unregistered and un-neutered dogs. Cr Cathy Casey supports the dog owners, and made the amendment adopted by Council to hold fees at the current level. She says the process over the next year will address all the concerns expressed

Dog owners celebrate, from left ex-Auckland City councillor Toni Millar, John Kirikiri and Gaye Harding (Hibiscus & Bays Local Board), John McKillop (Stand Up Auckland Dog Owners), Cr Cathy Casey, Jill Parsons (Rodney Dog Friends) and Craig Dunn (Paw Justice).

by dog owners and councillors including obtaining accurate, up-todate information about the cost of all services and an analysis of revenue from infringements. “Dog owners are prepared to pay a little more provided that they know what they are getting for their money and that they are not shouldering the burden of services provided to keep the public safe from the dogs of irresponsible owners.

Any future funding model must link in to the principles in the new draft Council dog policy and bylaw which will be finalised by the end of this year, which includes registering all dogs; reducing dog attacks and re-homing all healthy impounded dogs.” The new fees will be included in the Long Term Plan, which will be adopted on June 28. The fees come into effect from July 1.

Clinic opening marks changes to dental service delivery The first community dental clinic designed to service the Hibiscus Coast and Rodney area was officially opened last week, marking the end of a project that began in September, 2010. The opening, on May 9, was attended by iwi and representatives of Waitemata District Health Board and Silverdale School. The state of the art facility at Silverdale School, which has been accepting patients for around six weeks, is part of a national scheme set in motion by government in 2006 that replaces school dental clinics with a combination of community clinics and mobile services. The new clinic is owned and maintained

by the Health Board, not the Ministry of Education, which was formerly responsible for school dental clinics. The two-chair clinic is staffed by two dental therapists and one dental assistant, with capacity for a second dental assistant to join the team. It will provide services for around 4000 children (including preschoolers) from Silverdale School and seven other schools on the Coast and Rodney. The on-site dental clinics at most of these schools have now been closed and students will be routinely seen at their own schools by a mobile diagnostic clinic, attending the Silverdale clinic for more extensive procedures.

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Tenants of Tamariki Plaza in Orewa were told in no uncertain terms this month that staff were not to park outside the building, in customer carparks, or towing may be introduced. Among the offending vehicles identified was the police car that parks outside the Orewa community constable’s office. “Good luck towing him,” one local business person commented.

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localopinion The price of ‘liveability’

The battle that is being waged over the proposed re-zoning and development of the Peninsula Golf Club’s land in Red Beach boils down to the issue of ‘liveability’. Many, but not all, objectors are Red Beach residents and NIMBY-ism definitely applies. However there is little doubt that most of us would object to the prospect of having an additional 520 homes built in our ‘backyard’, which was formerly green space. Whangaparaoa Peninsula already has a lot of infill housing and, as a result, there is little open space or tranquil green views for the community to enjoy. That is perhaps why there is such a furore over what happens to a 45ha piece of land that has been described as “a bog” by some golf club members. The land was zoned Future Urban in 2004, signalling Council’s intention, and it is not development, per se, that is opposed here. Perhaps if it had been possible to make a profit from a lower density development – if 350, rather than 520 homes were built, with larger open spaces and a green buffer zone for surrounding residences, there would not have been such an outcry. A lower density would not only affect ‘liveability’ for neighbours, but also for future residents of the proposed development. Instead, the removal of more than 500 trees, most of them mature, and the creation of numerous “house and land packages” means the prospect of considerably less ‘liveability’– including for Hibiscus Hospice, whose building was designed so that patients in every room could take in restful views of the golf course. The impact of an additional 1000 cars on the network is also a concern raised by submitters, with traffic reports likely to be presented on both sides of the argument. The proposal, while it is obviously a win-win situation for the golf club, with a new, international standard golf course and money in the bank on offer, is not a winning formula for the whole community. It is also not the last to be faced by peninsula residents, with an area bordered by Karepiro Drive, Arklow Lane and Scott Rd destined for 100 homes and around a dozen commercial/industrial sites once Cabra Developments activates its consent, and development continuing in Gulf Harbour. It is to be hoped that commissioners will take the bigger picture on the peninsula into account, as well as the concerns of immediate neighbours. The fact remains that Peninsula Golf Club no longer wants the land, which is a natural watercourse and has ongoing drainage issues. For the same reason it is not ideal for residential development, judging by the amount of re-contouring and stormwater work in the proposal. What it would be ideal for is a park, with community gardens, ponds in the irredeemably wet areas and cycleways. That would come at a cost to ratepayers, compared with a development that is a source of rates. However, judging from views expressed at a recent community meeting (see story p1) it is a price ratepayers are prepared to pay for ‘liveability’ – not only in Red Beach, but in the wider community.

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Auckland mayor Len Brown shares a cuppa with David Wildish of Ebode and Sue Bright of Brandon Reserve Neighbourhood Watch.

Mayor takes tea in Manly Brandon Reserve brought out the big guns for its Neighbourhood Watch meeting last week. Determined to liven up what are of a building boom, with consents normally low key, tea and biscuit coming through in large numbers and affairs, organiser Sue Bright invited that making building more affordable Auckland mayor Len Brown to the was a focus for Council. This includes meeting on May 9, and he was happy taking a hard look at the appropriate to oblige, speaking to the gathering of percentage for developer contributions, around 30 people at Manly Methodist which varied widely across councils church. prior to amalgamation. As well as local safety concerns such The mayor compared his time as as traffic speed, residents quizzed mayor with that of Sir Dove Myer the mayor on rates increases, public Robinson, because of the focus on transport and the cost of consents. forward thinking especially in the area The mayor said that rising costs of public transport. are inevitable as the city is growing “I don’t want to put these transport rapidly and infrastructure must not initiatives off, and have future fall behind. generations of Aucklanders regret that He said Auckland is sitting on the edge something was not done,” he said.

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Coast open mic turns back on Acoustic open mic nights designed to bring Coast musicians out of their garages and bedrooms and into the limelight start up in Manly next week. The open mic nights, which often He says the Coast Open Mic nights turned into jam sessions, were first drew musicians from all over Auckland. held last year at Whangaparaoa Styles of music encompassed country, Golf Club, designed as a social and rock, blues, jazz and pop. networking event for musicians as well The first session will be held at Kinja as a chance for the public to enjoy live Bar, Manly Village on May 23, starting music and support local artists. at 7.30pm and will feature a special Organiser Reg Keyworth of Army Bay guest artist. Anyone can take part and says this winter the change of venue to entry is free.The evenings will be held Kinja Bar in Manly Village provides a monthly. Info: visit the Coast Open more central location. Mic Facebook page.


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Council plans move forward It’s hard to believe that the middle of the year is just around the corner. Time is flying, but I’m proud of things we’ve already achieved this year at Auckland Council. Of particular note is the adoption of the Auckland Plan in March. This plan will provide direction for the Auckland region over the coming years and it’s great that we have this in place to help us to implement all of the other plans we are working on – like the Auckland Unitary Plan. Work on finalising the Long Term Plan is also progressing well. With over 10,000 submissions received and 1500 of these being heard, it’s definitely a busy time but it’s also great to see people taking an interest in how we prioritise our projects, activities and budgets for the next 10 years. As part of the hearings process, we have introduced a new forum style of hearing submissions, that is not only innovative, intimate and relevant to both submitters and politicians, but is also more efficient and allows us to take note of the issues that are the most important to residents. One key issue concerning many is rates. I have heard from numerous people who want to know what potential changes to expect when the new single rating system is introduced in July. The Auckland Council website (aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/ rates) has tonnes of useful information about the changes, including a rate guide that allows you to enter your details and get an estimation of approximately how much your rates will be. I recently travelled to Southland for the Youth in Local Government Leadership Conference. The conference looked at how we can inspire and engage young people involved in their local communities and in Local Government. It was refreshing to spend time with such a passionate group of young leaders who are making a real difference within their communities throughout New Zealand. I was also fortunate enough to spend some time with Young New Zealander of the Year, and organiser of the Student Volunteer Army in Christchurch –­ Sam Johnson. We spoke a lot about emergency response and he had some great ideas, which I’m keen to incorporate into my work as the Chair of the Auckland Civil Defence Emergency Management Group. As always, I’m keen to hear your thoughts, ideas and opinions so feel free to get in touch via Facebook, email or twitter.

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Auckland Council has announced that businesses will pay the same proportion of rates as under the combined legacy councils and rates differentials will reduce over the next decade. Auckland Mayor Len Brown says he businesses pay $2.63 in rates per dollar is committed to reducing the business of their property’s capital value, where differential each year for the next 10 residential ratepayers pay $1 for every years. dollar of capital value. “Auckland’s legacy councils all had The NZ Retailers Association says different business differentials and the proposed rates differential will the ratio of 2.63 to 1 will be retained result in big rates increase for some meaning business will continue to of its members and describe it as “an contribute the same proportion of rates arbitrary figure that has no justification revenue across the region as it did under and appears to be set solely on the the old councils,” the mayor says. basis of business being able to afford The Business Differential means that making up a funding shortfall”.

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At the official launch of the Westpac Auckland North Business Awards in Orewa last week, Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED) urged local companies to celebrate their contribution to Auckland’s economy. More than 100 local business people attended the launch on May 9 at Orewa Arts and Events Centre. Businesses of all sizes can enter up to three of seven categories, with all winners eligible for the Supreme Business Excellence Award. Two extra awards –Best Emerging Business and Small Business of the Year – will be selected from the overall entrant pool. Winners will be announced at gala dinner in October. Info: www.ens.org.nz

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Tourist operators in the Hibiscus Coast region are invited to attend a free Asian marketing seminar at the Sharks Function Centre in Orewa on June 19. The event, organised by Auckland Tourism, will look at how operators can access local Asian communities, and build business from the growing Asian inbound markets. Tony Boot, the founder of BTM, which specialises in Asian marketing and translations, will run the seminar. An Auckland Tourism spokesperson says the seminar will be a ‘grass roots’ introduction to the market. Session topics include tourism trends and web strategies. The seminar starts at 5.30pm. Info: Lynne Butler 09 354 7053 or lynne.butler@aucklandnz.com

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Holidays before the harbour bridge Norma Baird and her friend Dorothy Taylor, now living on the Whangaparaoa Peninsula, both grew up in Auckland and remember the days when they and their families came to the Hibiscus Coast for holidays in the 1950s long before the Harbour Bridge was built. Crossing the harbour was an adventure in itself with the holiday traffic banked up and often an hour’s wait to get on the vehicular ferry. Roads were not as good and cars were not as reliable as they are nowadays. One dreaded section was the Albany Hill – towing a caravan, it took a really good car to make it without spluttering and stalling. They journeyed on past Dairy Flat and in those days everyone stopped at the wellknown Falloons store for fruit and vegetables. On one occasion the towbar on Norma’s sturdy Oldsmobile broke while they were towing the caravan. Somehow they got to Silverdale where the local garage mechanic managed to weld it back together. Norma’s family stayed for several years at the Pinewoods Motor Camp at Red Beach where four of her five children spent many happy hours on the beach. The other child had a special holiday – he spent every day riding round the camp on the tractor and trailer with the caretaker collecting the rubbish bins. In the evenings (before the advent of television) there were movies and games of Bingo.In the late 1950s they hired a bach at Stanmore Bay. It had no bathroom, a long drop toilet and water tanks to collect water. Often in January there were heavy rainstorms and at high tide the water in the creek met the water rushing down from the hillsides and Brightside Road was often flooded. Dorothy’s family holidayed at the Orewa Beach Motor camp for several years, eventually building a holiday home at Manly in 1965 – the first house to be built on one of the Hoppers’ newly opened sections. The blocklayer brought his whole family up to the area for a holiday while he was building their home. He worked in the morning and spent the afternoons at the beach. Manly and Red Beach were then mainly open paddocks and almost the only buildings were baches. There were very few shops but Norma and Dorothy recall a wonderful cake shop with home-made goodies.

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A small production of Woman in Black that takes place this week (May 17–19) may be a taster of exciting things to come at Centrestage Theatre in Orewa. The theatre is currently best known for its musical productions, farces and comedies as well as school holiday children’s shows, however members of the executive committee are hoping to introduce different types of shows to draw in new audiences. The first such show is three performances only of a drama called Woman in Black, which is definitely not a musical, and, according to director Charlotte Nightingale, also “far from funny”. The spine-chilling ghost story, by Susan Hill, is the tale of Arthur Kipps, now an old man, who attempts to exorcise the ghosts of his past. With the help of a young actor he recounts his experiences as a junior solicitor summoned to attend the funeral of Alice Drablow, the sole inhabitant of Eel Marsh House. At the funeral he glimpses a young woman, dressed all in black and a creeping sense of unease begins to take hold, a feeling deepened by the reluctance of the locals to talk of the woman in black – and her Zane Fleming (left) and Reg Williams get to grips with the drama of the Woman in Black at Centrestage rehearsals. terrible purpose. The show has run in London since Fleming from Onehunga, and local too scary for anyone under the age of the 1980s and Charlotte says its performer and Centrestage regular about 12.” effectiveness relies on great acting, Reg Williams have done a brilliant job Tickets are available at Centrestage simple staging and traditional theatre at rehearsals and are very excited about Theatre, phone 426 7282 or visit the show. effects. www.centrestagetheatre.co.nz She says with a cast of just two actors, “It really is a terrifying ghost story Woman in Black • Centrestage picking the right performers was and is made all the more terrifying by Theatre, Centreway Rd, Orewa • May crucial and that 19-year-old Zane being live theatre,” she says. “It’s a bit 17–19

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The award-winning barbershop sounds of the City of Sails Chorus return to the Hibiscus Coast this month, with a performance at Centrestage Theatre in Orewa. The City of Sails Chorus are the 2011 NZ Association of Barbershop Chorus Open champions, and also took first place in the Most Improved Chorus category. Local member George Phillips says as a result of last year’s win, their standard is even higher, and the number in the chorus has increased to more than 50. As well as singing a selection of ballads and more upbeat numbers, the chorus will present the two numbers that took out last year’s award. Shaun Petterson, who sings anything from opera to jazz and romantic Italian Serenades will also perform at the show. Tickets ($20) are available at Centrestage Theatre, phone 426 7282 and door sales will be available. City of Sails Chorus • Centrestage Theatre, Centreway Rd, Orewa • May 20, 2.30pm

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Home built camper costs owner blood, sweat and tears A home built Teardrop Camper that took more than a year to build will soon take to the streets of Tindalls Bay for the first time. Its distinctive, ingenious design, wireless headphones in the sleeping which has packed a sleeping area and space, gas hob, mini-fridge, granite kitchenette into a unit that is only bench top and hot and cold water for 3.2m x 1.3m, is the work of Dave the external shower. Cupboards and Senior who constructed it after seeing use of any spare space has provided a picture of the exterior of one on the a significant amount of storage. The internet. A coachbuilder by trade, living space will be further extended learning his craft in the days of wooden by a 6m x 2.4m tent, which Dave will frame buses, Dave currently works for adapt so it can be attached to the frame. a building company that was happy to To ensure it is environmentally give him left over marine stainless steel friendly when freedom camping, the sheets valued at around $4000 for the unit is fitted with a wastewater tank. project. This reduced the total cost of It is already registered and roadworthy, the build to around $5000. and has reversing cameras and sensors The entire structure, which has a in the tailgate for safety when backing. Dave Senior wooden frame, weighs around 700kgs As well as time and money, Dave has and can easily be towed by Dave and put blood, sweat and tears into the which was excruciatingly painful and take them further than ever before. wife Lynette’s Land Rover. project, cutting the tendons on his required extensive surgery. “We have never been to the South It has taken around 18 months to build thumb while building the chassis and Dave and Lynette had a 1964 caravan Island and we figured if we built and has all the comforts of home, with getting his eyes full of swarf (slivers that Dave restored, 15 years ago, but something small enough for two, we a little flat screen TV and stereo with of steel) while shaking out a towel, they say the Teardrop Camper will can do whatever we want.”

Drivers say giveway rules still to bed in on Hibiscus Coast

While the NZ Transport Agency is trumpeting the success of the new giveway rules, with a recent press release that describes the “fantastic 40 days” of driver performance nationwide since the new rules were introduced, locals are finding young drivers in particular are having

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Reputation of Wade Motors of Silverdale in safe hands One of the Coast’s most long-serving automotive businesses, Wade Motors of Silverdale, was recently sold to Malcolm and Sally Meek, who say they are looking forward to maintaining its reputation for excellent service. Sally and Malcolm, who emigrated from Sally’s expertise in administration will technology advance considerably in that the UK in 1995, sold their business, be an important part of the business, time – particularly in diesel vehicles. Morrison Diesel, in Onehunga last and although the couple haven’t He says the new diesel vehicles not year, then spent six months fulfilling worked together before, they are only have more power (similar to petrol their dream to sail their own yacht in relaxed about the prospect. models) but are extremely fuel efficient. the South Pacific Islands. Wade Motors, in Silverdale’s industrial He plans to introduce diesel and fuel The couple say it was an incredible centre, was started 25 years ago by pump repairs to Wade Motors to cater adventure that has left them with some Vince Douglas and Russell Green. for owners of these vehicles. great memories of the places they visited The business also includes George Bell and the fantastic people they met along Radiators, a radiator repair business Sally says their years in the business have shown that keeping customers the way. The journey took them to that offers specialist service including happy is key. parts of the Pacific most visitors never vintage repairs. “We thrive on problem solving, and see, including the Minerva Reef that Sally and Malcolm have also retained are always happy to get feedback from Malcolm and Sally Meek lies between NZ and Tonga. On their return, experienced diesel qualified mechanics Lauren and Adam customers on the work we do,” Sally content to be landlubbers for a while. says. mechanic and fuel technician Malcolm and apprentice Wade. “We’ll probably buy a motor boat, discovered Wade Motors was for sale Malcolm has been in the automotive She says having recently sold their boat though,” she says. “There’s still a lot of and says it ticked all the boxes. trade since leaving school, and has seen and settled in Whangaparaoa, they are exploring to do.”

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New vehicle sales power ahead

Strong sales of new vehicles were recorded last month, according to figures released by the NZ Transport Agency, with the Motor Trade Association describing the market as “powering ahead”. Motor Trade Association spokesperson Ian Stronach says it is gratifying to see sales well ahead of last year’s levels. Last month 7048 new vehicles were sold in NZ, compared to just 5610 in April 2011 – an increase of 26 percent. Overall sales are up by 13 percent in the year to date. New passenger car sales were up 28 percent on last year, while sales of new commercial vehicles rose by 20 percent compared to April 2011. Going against the trend were on road motorcycles, with sales dropping 27 percent compared to last year. After a positive start to 2012, overall sales of motorcycles are down by 310 units (13 percent) for the year to date.

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important step to becoming a more sustainable and resilient liveable city. The Auckland Solar project will be managed for Council by North Shorebased company, Solar Group Ltd. The scheme makes it easy for homeowners, with company taking care of everything from installation to the consent application. To qualify, homeowners must have a suitable roof to install solar panels –

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Photography skills click at Hospice Art Show Award-winning photography is among the more than 250 artworks that go on sale next month to raise funds for Hibiscus Hospice. Local photographers Miriam Godfrey and Jennifer Williams, who both won awards at this year’s Photographic Society of NZ National Exhibition (NATEX), will exhibit their works as part of the annual Hibiscus Hospice Art Exhibition and Sale, held over Queens Birthday Weekend. Miriam and Jennifer are big supporters of Hospice, volunteering more than 40 hours of their time to take all the photos in the Slice of Hibiscus Hospice recipe book that was released late last year. In addition, Miriam has worked for several years as a Hospice fundraiser. As a first time entrant in the NATEX awards, Miriam was thrilled to have won the H.S. James Landscape Award and gold medal for her photo of Titoki Point. Jennifer, whose career has included owning a Real Estate company and a stint in catering, says that photography is her passion. She has been honing her photographic skills for four years and says that the digital age has made so much more possible, without the hassle of negatives and dark rooms. Jennifer earned an honours award at NATEX Photographers Jennifer Williams (left) and Miriam Godfrey for her portrait of a Weddell seal. Hibiscus Hospice services are free and include providing The 7th annual Hibiscus Hospice Art Exhibition has more education to health professionals as well as counselling and than 20 new artists exhibiting and an emphasis on affordable support for patients and their friends and families. Hospice art. Work includes oil paintings, acrylics, watercolours, also cares for the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of mixed media and prints as well as ceramics, fabric, fibre, people with life limiting illnesses so that they can make the glassware, terracotta, wood, copper, aluminium and steel. most of their remaining time, either in their own homes or The exhibition is open June 1–4, with a preview night and as in-patients in the Red Beach facility. Government funding auction on May 31 from 7pm–9pm. Tickets can be booked for the Hospice service falls short by about $1.5 million online at www.hibiscushospice.org.nz or phone 421 9180. annually, so it relies on community donations. Hospice Awareness Week is on until May 20 and donations can be Hibiscus Hospice Art Exhibition •Estuary Arts Centre, made at www.hibiscushospice.org.nz or at Hospice shops. 214B Hibiscus Coast Highway, Orewa •June 1–4

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Hot off the success of taking 30 women across the finish line at the Orewa Beach Half Marathon, I am now starting training for both the Auckland and the Kerikeri Half Marathons. If you’ve never done anything like this before and are up for the challenge or if you just want to join our running group that meets every Wednesday at 6pm contact Debbie Goldingham.

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You may have heard that, with our ageing population, we are going to have a socalled ‘epidemic’ of some diseases. This is inevitable, in my view, if we combine this with our increasingly overweight society. It is very likely, for example, that we will see a massive increase in people suffering from diabetes. At present about five percent of the adult population have diabetes but this is expected to double by 2028. Diabetes is a disease characterised by the inability of the body to produce or use insulin efficiently to transfer sugar from the blood to the body. This results in high sugar levels in the blood, which can cause damage to various organs. The effects include: Blood vessels – blocking of arteries in the heart or brain may result in heart attacks or stroke. Blood vessels in the foot can also become blocked, resulting in chronic ulcers or amputations. • Eyes may become damaged, resulting in reduced vision or blindness • Kidneys – kidney failure may occur which requires dialysis • Nerve damage – especially in the feet resulting in chronic pain or the inability to detect injuries, which in turn can result in infections and sometimes amputations Factors that increase your chances of developing diabetes are if you have family member with diabetes, are overweight, have a waist measurement of more than 80cm in women and 94cm in men, have had diabetes in pregnancy or are of Maori, Pacific Island or Indian descent. If you have any of the risk factors or are over the age of 40, you should consider asking your doctor to do a screening test for diabetes. Many people do not have symptoms and that is why it is important to have a screening test to find early changes in sugar levels. The good news is that the HbA1c blood test, which was until recently used only to monitor diabetes, can now be used to test for the disease. The test is easier to do than the old fasting tests of the past and your doctor or nurse can also use the test to assess your risk of developing heart disease and help you plan any lifestyle changes.

 BRIEFS Half Marathon up for sale

The Orewa Beach Half Marathon event, which this year attracted more than 2000 competitors, is up for sale on Trade Me. The race was held in Orewa during the early 1990s, and re-introduced to the Coast by race director Laraine Chase of Orewa Events in 2009. More than 1000 runners and walkers took part in the 10.5km and 21km courses in 2009, and since then numbers have grown steadily and the race has expanded to include a 5km beach walk/run and a Schools’ Challenge. It has resource consent for five years.

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Silverdale Rugby Club player Glenn Preston was selected for the NZ U20 representative team, which will contest the rugby junior world championship in South Africa next month. The squad leaves for South Africa on May 30, and begins with a game against Samoa on June 4.

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Daphne Luke says Yin Yoga is an antidote to a busy, stressful life.

Yin Yoga makes connections The new kid on the block, as far as Yoga is concerned, is Yin Yoga – and, according to registered Yin Yoga teacher Daphne Luke, what makes it different is its focus on the body’s connective tissue or fascia. The fascia is the soft tissue located just floor-based poses, which are held for below the skin. It wraps and connects several minutes. The idea is to stretch, the muscles, bones, nerves and blood compress and twist the fascia, which vessels of the body. Together, muscle Daphne says nourishes it, improving and fascia make up what is called the the flow of energy through the body. myofascia system. She says the fitness industry is also Daphne says the fascia tissue dries out increasingly aware of the importance and shortens with age, which decreases of “fascial fitness”, and finding ways of range of motion and flexibility. Exercise exercising that are more holistic rather and sport that involves repetitive, than just working the muscles. weight bearing muscle movement can Yin Yoga, which also uses music and also injure the fascia, which can tighten the calming effects of breathing, and shorten in athletes. is accessible to everyone, with no Although this type of yoga has existed previous experience necessary. Daphne for thousands of years in the East, says it is especially useful for athletes, it has been named Yin Yoga and those with stiff joints or back injuries, popularised in America within the last seniors and teenagers, as well as during 10-15 years. pregnancy and after childbirth. Props Daphne was one of the first to bring are provided to accommodate injuries the practice to NZ, teaching classes and other limitations. on the North Shore which she says The introductory workshop is on are now among her most popular. She Sunday, May 27, 11.15am–12.45pm. is offering an introductory workshop Register at the Leisure Centre in Yin Yoga at the Leisure Centre in reception. Daphne says there may be Stanmore Bay on May 27. further classes, depending on feedback Yin Yoga practice involves a range of from the workshop.

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Recently I have watched a lot of the local sport that is on around the Coast. There is nothing like watching sport live to really experience the fun, the passion, the drama and the sheer enjoyment people get from being out there competing. While the weather is quite benign, I urge you to get off the couch and have a look at what goes on in our local clubs. The sidelines are packed with enthusiastic family members and club stalwarts. There is no doubt that young people involved in sport are getting great life skills and a positive direction in their lives. Whatever your favourite winter code may be, there is much to admire about the way all our local clubs go about making a positive influence in our young peoples lives. As the winter sports codes kick off, we are seeing our local fields inundated with crowds of enthusiastic juniors, before the seniors kick off later in the day. The Hibiscus Coast soccer club, as always, has a massive junior section and Saturdays produce packed fields down at Stanmore Bay. One good feature is that you can also walk straight across the road and see the junior league players at the Raiders Club. What they sometimes seem to lack in size, the Coasties is made up for by spirit and skill. Down at Silverdale, the rugby club is again bursting at the seams with junior players. I believe that Silverdale has one of the biggest junior memberships in the country, and should be congratulated on their organisation and effort. If you fancy your rugby at a higher level, the premier team at Silverdale are travelling very well and look to be very fit and motivated this season, making a positive start, including wins over traditional powerhouses Northcote and Takapuna. The Raiders league club and the Hibiscus Coast soccer club’s respective premier teams are both currently leading their grades. In fact, there are strong similarities in both teams, with both fielding very young and talented teams. If all these local clubs can retain their premier players, they are laying a strong foundation for the future. I must admit to not having got out to Edith Hopper Park this winter to watch netball, but having watched my daughter out there in her younger years, I am well aware of the depth of interest and strength in netball in our local schools and clubs. Again, I urge you to watch a bit of grass roots sport. It is invigorating to watch sport at a different level from what is shown on television, where top level sport can become very formulaic. You can lose sight of the sheer enjoyment people of all ages get out of competitive sport at all levels.

Manly sailor’s skills prevail in Australian competition

The sailing ability of 10-year-old Sean Herbert of Manly made him a target of Australian rivalry at the recent Open Bic Nationals held in Queensland, but this did not prevent him from taking first place in the U12 division. Sean, who, with older brother Liam is a member of Manly Sailing Club, “did a horizon” in one race, leaving all the other competitors in his wake and marking him out as the one to beat. As a result, Australian competitors successfully “pinned” him at the start line in one race. This race was not included in Sean’s score, and he came out the clear winner of the U12 division by five points, coming only two points shy of an overall win. Sean Herbert at Manly Beach The result is all the more impressive considering that Sean was up against completely different from what he’s more than 60 older and more used to at Manly with shifty winds, a experienced sailors and was nursing a strong current and the need to dodge serious knee injury as a result of rugby riverboats and ferries on the busy trials. waterway, popular with tourists. The Australian Open Bic Nationals Sean and Liam are preparing to head were held on the river at Noosa, to the World Open Bic Championship where Sean says conditions were in Miami, Florida in early November.


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Seeking New Board Members North Shore CMA is a not for profit charitable organisation that provides companionship and activities for the isolated elderly in our community. We currently have 8 centres throughout the North Shore and Hibiscus Coast. We are actively seeking new Office Bearers for our volunteer board in the positions of treasurer and secretary. We would welcome applicants from the community who have an interest in the well being of our elderly with relevant experience for the role. For more information please contact Rachel on 489 8954 • www.cmans.org.nz

PUBLIC NOTICES AGM ESTUARY ARTS CHARITABLE TRUST Thurs May 24 2012 , Estuary Arts Centre, Western Reserve 6.30pm. AGM Orewa Ratepayers & Residents Association Sun May 27 2012, 2pm, Orewa community hall. Guest speaker - Julia Parfitt, chairperson, Hibiscus & Bays Local Board. AGM STILLWATER RATEPAYERS & RESIDENTS ASSOCIATION Sun May 20, 2012. 1.30pm at the Boat Club. Empathy Support Group for people who have lost loved ones to suicide. Meeting Mon May 28 Hibiscus Coast Community Centre. Gold coin donation. Ph Maureen 424 5135 or 021 513506. Good Companions Orewa meet Fri mornings for senior citizens 10am– 11.30am. Orewa Croquet Club rooms, Hatton Rd., Orewa. Hibiscus Coast Forest & Bird Thurs May 24, 7.30pm. Guest speakers presenting: Shipwrecked on Coppermine Island. St Andrews Presbytarian Church Hall, 105 Centreway Road, Orewa. Door charge $3. All Welcome. Hibiscus Coast Widowed Club Meets 2nd Wed of month. Orewa Community Centre 1pm. Speakers, morning/afternoon teas, outings/trips. Good Company – We care. Ph 424 3757. Kiwi club dance May 27, all welcome. 4th Sun of month, 5pm-8pm. Silverdale Hall. Ph 428 4939 or 022 081 6476.

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A major fundraiser for the Tamaki Sports Academy is the free metal collection service it offers. We will pick up any old metal – whiteware such as fridges, stoves, dishwashers, washing machines – roofing iron, metal piping, venetion blinds, computers, batteries, car panels, cars, metal shelving, filing cabinets, machinery, lawnmowers, engines and so on. Tamaki Sports Academy offers mentoring, coaching, and work experience to South Auckland youth who have dropped out of the mainstream school system, but who show some sporting talent. Academy members are enrolled in the Correspondence School and work towards unit standard credits and national qualifications.

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14–20 Hospice Awareness Week. A chance to learn more about Hospice, and show your support for its work in the community. (see story p17) 17–19 Short season (four performances only) of Woman in Black, Centrestage Theatre, Centreway Rd, Orewa. A spine-chilling drama. Tickets from Centrestage Theatre, phone 426 7282 or visit www.centrestagetheatre.co.nz (see ad p7 and story p10) 18 Womens Health Forum, Red Beach School Hall, 7pm. Entry by gold coin donation. Organised by the Hibiscus Coast Zonta Club. Guest speakers, displays, networking. Info: ph Sue Judd, 427 5316 or Suzanne Coleman, 09 422 0073. 18–20 Orewa Rotary’s Annual Book Fair. Orewa Community Hall, Orewa Square, Orewa. Friday 5pm-8pm $10 entry (because of Antique Roadshow, see below); Saturday, 9am-4pm free; Sunday, 9am1pm free 19 Orewa Rotary Antique Roadshow, Orewa Community Hall, Orewa Square, Orewa, 10am–1pm. Bring your antiques and collectables for assessment by expert Norman Young. Entry $10. (see story p6) 19 Life writing course, with author and Next magazine founding editor (and Hibiscus Matters columnist) Lindsey Dawson. Whangaparaoa Library, 9.30am-4pm. A one-day intensive writing course that makes memoir writing easy and stimulating. Cost is $55. Info: email lindseyoutloud@xtra.co.nz or ph 021 159 9309. 19 Chill Couch Run, Hibiscus Coast Youth Centre. Couch Run race around Orewa starting at the Hibiscus Coast Youth Centre. Enter your team to race on the day and be in to win wicked prizes. For 13-17-year olds. Info: ph 426 5005, email hbcyouthcentre@ihug. co.nz or call into the Youth Centre on Hibiscus Coast Highway (behind Estuary Arts). 20 The City of Sails Chorus presents a selection of jazz, ballads and old favourites. Concert also features Shaun Petterson. Centrestage Theatre, Centreway Rd, Orewa, 2.30pm. For tickets ($20), ph 426 7282. Door sales available. (see ad p7 and story p10) 23 Open Mic night at Kinja Bar, Manly Village, starting at 7.30pm. Special guest artist. Anyone can take part and entry is free. (see story p6) 24 Whangaparaoa College Junior Concert, College Auditorium, 4.30pm–5.30pm Gold coin donation. Featuring Loud and Proud, Junior Choir, Guitar ensemble and a variety of soloists. 26 Social Dance fundraiser for Hibiscus Hospice, Dairy Flat Community Hall, Postmans Rd, Dairy Flat, 7pm. Organised by Kiwibank North Shore Business Banking and BNI Hibiscus Coast. Music/entertainment by ‘Union Jack’, aka Robbie Powell. Cash Bar. Supper provided. Tickets $25 (R18) available at www. hibiscushospice.org.nz or phone 421 9180. 27 Fun Trivia afternoon at Stables Bar, 707 Whangaparaoa Rd, 3pm. Teams of 4 required with $20 entry fee. Stables donate $1 from every drink bought to Hibiscus Hospice. BYO plate of nibbles. 27 Dacre Cottage Working Bee, 9.30am–12 noon. Planting will complete the break between the future development on Weiti Station and the wilderness setting of the Dacre Cottage, beach and reserve. Lunch supplied at midday. Catch a boat trip over the Okura Estuary at 8.45am to 9am. Walk the new track from Haighs Access Rd or Silverdale or boat in. We will have boats to transport you back to Okura after lunch at 2pm. Bring spades, everything else supplied. Info: ph Pete, 09 476 7066. Local Markets: Whangaparaoa Plaza Market, Saturdays 8am-1pm. Fresh produce and more. Contact Paul 021 956 399 • Silverdale Markets, every Saturday 8am–1pm. Vegetables, flowers, plants, crafts and much more • Orewa Craft Market & Bazaar, Orewa Community Centre, Orewa Square. Held fortnightly. Info: Annamaria, ph 021 145 0640. • Orewa Farmers’ market, Orewa Square carpark. Sundays, 8am– 12.30pm. Locally grown produce, home-made preserves and soaps, plants, bread, fish. • Puhoi Farmers’ market, 8.30am -12.30pm, Puhoi Sports Club, last Sunday of the month. Info: Phillippa, ph 422 0009. • Gulf Harbour Market, Gulf Harbour town centre, every Sunday from 10am–2pm in Info: ph Debbie, 027 461 1148.


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Tricks and turns win the day at Orewa Scooter comp Skateboards were sidelined at the Orewa Skate Park on May 5, as scooter riders took over the space for the inaugural Orewa Scooter Competition. The competition reflects the growing number of young people riding scooters, not only for recreation, but also competitively – local riders say that a few years ago there would be hardly any scooters at the skate parks, whereas now there are often more scooters than skateboards. The Orewa competition, which was organised and sponsored by Bikeme and Scooter Central, was also seen by some riders as a chance to prepare for the National scooter competition, which takes place this week in Wanaka. Bradley Goudie, a sponsored rider, was MC for the competition. He says scootering has become a huge sport Whangaparaoa College principal in NZ, with more riders buying high quality scooters and practising to James Thomas presented the prizes. Henry Tan of Bikeme says he hopes improve their riding and learn tricks. Around 25 scooter riders aged 11 to to hold the event annually as it helps 16, mainly from the Hibiscus Coast, local riders to improve their skills, as took part in the event, showing off well as promoting the growing sport. tricks such as bar spins and inward He says a trust fund has been set bri-flips and encouraged by around 50 up to assist local competitors such as Logan and Visko so they can supporters from the sidelines. competitions nationally. Judges were looking for good use of attend Contributions are accepted for this at the skate park, style, and tricks that Bikeme in Orewa. were completed cleanly. Among the top performers were local Results: 11-13 years: 1 Logan Lear, riders Logan Lear, a Whangaparaoa 2 Blake Tocher, 3 Jamie Black. 13College student, who won the 15 years: 1 Visko Bryers, 2 Cody 11-13-year-old division, and Visko Richardson, 3 Max French. 16 and Clockwise from top left, Stanmore Bay rider Logan Lear about to land a ‘bar-to-bri’ Bryers of Orewa College who won the above: 1 Lawrence Rubben, 2 Bradley spin. Coast competitiors included 11-year-old Max Goudie (right). Bradley Goudie Goudie 3 Sam Hornby (16) demonstrates moves for younger riders. More photos www.localmatters.co.nz 13-15-year-old division.

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