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4 July 2012

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Arts funding still on hold

Hats off for Hospice – Steampunks from around Auckland raised money for Hibiscus Hospice at an event in Puhoi last month. Hospice has struggled to recover from the financial effects of the fire that destroyed its Whangaparaoa shop (see story p6), making community events like this even more vital. Pictured are, from left, Steampunk event organisers Yahn Darkwood and Boris Van Galvin with Steampunk Mark Ridgway and musician David Mason-Riseborough (aka Herb) in Puhoi. See Steampunk story, p20. More photos

Safe house faces threatened closure by Auckland Council Council funding cuts are threatening the survival of one of the most valued services in the community – a safe house used by elderly people and others who have suffered abuse and neglect. Age Concern Rodney, which runs Council officers two weeks ago and is Age Concern Rodney chief executive the Council-owned safe house, was currently involved in urgent talks to Catherine Smith says a shortage continued page 2 advised that it could be shut down by try and save it for the community.

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The distribution of desperately needed arts funding for the Hibiscus Coast is subject to further delays. The Auckland Regional Services Trust (ARST) fund of close to $700,000 is to be allocated across the two local boards in the area formerly governed by Rodney District Council. The sum of $299,470, which represents 43.9 percent of the fund, goes to artists from the Hibiscus & Bays Local Board area and the remaining 56.1 percent ($390,906) to artists in the Rodney Local Board area. The report containing the advisory panel’s funding recommendations, which was to be tabled by Auckland Council at this month’s Hibiscus & Bays Local Board meeting, is now expected to go to next month’s meeting for final approval, so distribution of funds may not be until September. continued page 2

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Threat to safe house of funds has caused the problem, with Auckland Council Properties seeking to obtain a market rental for the property, which now sits in its commercial portfolio. An Auckland Council spokesperson says although notice of termination of the tenancy has not been given, Age Concern has been advised that “its occupancy is short term only and that the group should therefore investigate alternative accommodation and funding for its needs”. Use of the house on the Hibiscus Coast was granted to Age Concern Rodney in 2004, after Mrs Smith persuaded then Mayor John Law of the desperate need for a safe house. Mrs Smith says that elder abuse and neglect is growing in the region, as well as nationally, and this is reflected in demand for the safe house, which is also on the rise. Age Concern is very pro-active in promoting awareness of elder abuse and the Rodney branch has a social worker that goes into retirement villages providing staff training on the issue. Mrs Smith says the local safe house has proved to be an invaluable refuge, which has been used by more than 200 people for emergency accommodation.

Initially it was used solely by elderly people who had suffered abuse, for stays of around 10 days’ duration, but eventually use of the property was opened up to other community organisations, such as Women’s Refuge, Victim Support, WINZ, the Police, hospitals and other Age Concern offices in the region. It also housed people who fled Christchurch in the aftermath of the earthquakes. Rodney MP Mark Mitchell says he was shocked to be told of the possible closure of the safe house and has pledged his full support to Age Concern in their fight to save it. Mrs Smith says she was pleased to see that Auckland Council helped to support and promote Elder Abuse Awareness Day last month, even lighting up the Skytower to mark the day, and so she says she is not giving up hope that there will be a change of heart. “We are not going out without a fight,” she says. “This is not about a dollar – it’s about people’s lives. ” As well as taking part in urgent talks with Council, Age Concern Rodney has started a petition seeking that the safe house be retained. The petition can be signed at Age Concern’s office in Orewa. Have your say:

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escalated, and the cost of repairs ballooned, making a cash injection even more vital. “The problem has got significantly worse this winter and now we need money from the ARST fund, if it is granted, to get those repairs started,” Pat says. Auckland Council did not give a reason for the delay, but Arts and Culture manager Kaye Glamuzina says the reports have been completed for both local boards. “We apologise for the delay in getting the report to Hibiscus and Bays Local Board and wish to reassure those who are awaiting a decision that there will be no further delays,” she says.

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The report for the Rodney Local Board will be discussed at its July 9 meeting. Art organisations on the Coast waiting to hear the result of their applications, including Estuary Arts Centre and Centrestage Theatre in Orewa, say they are frustrated by the delay, as full proposals went in four months ago. Council’s original timeline for the funding round had allocations being made in May and funds distributed last month. Pat Shanks, who is a trustee of the Orewa Theatre Trust that oversees Centrestage Theatre’s funding, says since the theatre made its application, its problem with a leaky roof has

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Council ‘caves in’ to Kensington Park Input on ferry Neighbours of Kensington Park are angry and disappointed that the commissioners’ decision to reduce the height and density of the Orewa development has not survived an appeal to the Environment Court. An Order of Court made last May, near Kensington Park, the reversal She says while she would hope that the as a result of mediation between the means having bush and sea views Environment Court’s Variation 101 developer and Auckland Council, replaced with tower blocks. decision, which threw out multi-storey reveals that significant amendments She says she and her neighbours now buildings south of the town centre, put in place by the commissioners feel they were naïve to rely on the held some sway, she has learned what have been dropped. District Plan and seek to have some people with deep pockets can achieve. The commissioners’ ruling came say in the process. She says the only “We didn’t have the money to pursue after consideration of more than 100 thing she feels was achieved for the this in court, and that’s what developers submissions made on Kensington community was a nine-metre limit for are banking on. I imagine those Park’s Private Plan Change, 80 homes built on the western boundary. fighting the proposed development in percent of which were in opposition, “The developers got what they Red Beach, and others, will take note including many made by residents wanted, and as an average ratepayer we of what’s happened here. Kensington whose property and amenity values didn’t stand a chance,” Mrs Coll says. Park is only one of many set to do are affected. “I’m pleased we tried to make a stand, similar things.” The residents say that Council has but all those submissions, including effectively “rolled over” and ignored the well thought out views of locals, Kensington Park Holdings general manager Mark Peldmanis was on leave the views of the community. have had minimal effect. We also and unable to comment prior to this The consent order includes a return to made speeches to Council, and some edition going to print. the site density of 690 dwellings, rather Councillors were sympathetic, but than 672 as sought by commissioners, they’re only one voice. It was stacked Comment was also sought from as well as the inclusion of five-storey against us from the start, especially as Auckland Council, who failed to buildings with a semi-basement and Auckland Council has Orewa marked respond. four-metre roof. for infill housing and multi-level inner The consent order and Master Plan can For Pat Coll, who owns properties city apartments.” be viewed at

Orewa Library mural restoration complete

A mural that was put up as a Councilfunded community project on the back wall of Orewa Library 13 years ago, has a new lease of life after it was recently refurbished by local artists. The artwork, by John Mulvay, has been touched up and repaired over the years by artist Susannah Law of Red Door Studio in Orewa, and the library recently commissioned her to undertake a complete restoration. Sue, assisted by a raft of other local artists including Linley Quinlan, Michael Murray and Katherine Trayes, spent around 250 hours on the project over the last six weeks, sanding the work, cutting away vines, wirebrushing the concrete blocks, then completely repainting. Susannah says there was a lot of public interest in the work, including a visit by one of the people featured on the wall who wanted to check that his image was not being painted out.

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acknowledged on the mural and its original title Tree Frog Formation, has been added but otherwise there are no changes to the library scenes depicted.

service begins The push for improved ferry services from Gulf Harbour took a step forward last month with plans to establish a working party made up of members of the community that will liaise with ferry operators Fullers and Auckland Transport. The working party comes as a result of discussions between representatives of Auckland Transport, Fullers, and Terri Betts of Army Bay, who is campaigning for better ferry services between Gulf Harbour and Auckland. The meeting was called after Terri presented a petition bearing more than 300 signatures seeking better ferry services. The petition, which was handed around ferry users in May, states that as part of Auckland, the Hibiscus Coast deserves to receive the same level of commuter services as other parts of the city. Currently there are two ferry services per day to and from Auckland and no weekend services. Terri says the initial meeting, on June 25, was positive, although any improvements in services will come down to funding. She says Auckland Transport is also concerned about the amount of parking available on the Hammerhead, should the services be increased. Terri is looking for two more members for the working party, which currently includes herself and Kevin McCloud (who is also involved with preparation of a civil defence plan for Whangaparaoa). A questionnaire is being prepared by the working party and Fullers, which will go out to all ferry passengers asking for their preferred times for sailings. Terri is proposing to make the questionnaire available for anyone to fill out. To contact Terri, email triciabetts@

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Hibiscus Matters welcomes readers contributions to Feedback. Preference will be given to letters of 150 words or less, and the editor reserves the right to edit letters to meet space limitations. Unsigned letters, personal attacks or defamatory remarks will not be published. Contributions can be emailed to or posted to Unit G, Tamariki Plaza, Cammish Lane, Orewa.

Secret plans The Auckland Plan, dwelling density remains under wraps, story (HM June 13) made interesting reading. We lack infrastructure for further intensification and the motorway is already congested during rush hour. The high-rise apartments last proposed for Orewa were to sell for $1 million plus – hardly the affordable housing promised. The plan shows “moderate change” for Orewa with houses of 3-4 storeys. Council should abide by

the Environment Court’s decision of three storeys. Up to eight storeys are allowed in the town centres of Orewa, Whangaparaoa and Silverdale. Only Silverdale offers Greenfield opportunities for intensification without compromise and the threat of inundation. Shown is a town centre in 2012 and 2040. Buildings are feathered in height towards the outside of the town with higher buildings in the centre and plenty of green space. Will these green areas flourish in the shade, will the land owners accept the principle

of feathering and green areas, and will the town centre be predominately commercial as determined by the Environment Court? Surely council will showcase the Hibiscus Coast plan to all Aucklanders who will want to see what “the world’s most liveable city” means in the suburbs and what infrastructure/amenities they will get. Why the secrecy, no community involvement and our representatives not talking to us and apprehensive? Perhaps all is not what it seems? Martin Emery, Orewa

Parks works make progress on the Coast Auckland Council is currently renewing and upgrading the sports fields at Gulf Harbour Reserve, which is expected to put the reserve off limits for around 10 months. The work involves extending the Board member John Watson says the Manly Reserve (behind Manly Sailing playing area, improving drainage and work is welcome as the reserve has Club), with the creation of new car resurfacing and irrigating the turf. been under utilised for 10 years. He parking bays. Council advises that The first stage is due to be completed says is an important public facility as the work will optimise the trailer soon and the second stage, involving it is the only public sports field east carparking beside the boat club and the couch planting, grow-in and sand of Manly and that it is needed for the improve parking by dealing with carpeting, is programmed to begin burgeoning codes of rugby, soccer, drainage problems along the park road edge. The project budget for the work in November. The fields should be cricket and league on the peninsula. available for use in May 2013. Local Work has also been underway at is $31,000. Ross and Debbie Good of Silverdale had their trip to the recent Fieldays in Hamilton made even more memorable when they won a major prize draw, taking away two quad bikes. Online purchasers of Fieldays tickets went into a draw for the Suzuki prize package of one Ozark 250 and one Quadsport Z50. Ross said it took a while for the fact he had won to sink in, “This is amazing, a great surprise and the timing is great as we were looking for quad bike anyway.”

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Age Concern Rodney’s annual meeting last month not only marked the Orewabased, not-for-profit organisation’s 15th anniversary, but also saw the departure of Tom Mayne who has held the post of chair for a decade. Incoming chair Pam Long has already been working with Age Concern for 11 years, and so brings a wealth of experience to the position. She is pictured with Tom Mayne at the annual meeting.

Changes at Estuary Arts

Following a review of the governance and operations of Estuary Arts Centre for Auckland Council, the Centre is seeking a new manager. Former manager David Poole has been appointed Exhibitions Manager and Jennifer Kipfer is managing the centre, until an appointment for this paid position is found. The Centre’s recent annual meeting noted that progress is underway for the extension to its facilities, which will soon include discussions with other groups using Western Reserve.

New Transport chair

Dr Lester Levy was appointed as the new chair of Auckland Transport last month. On November 1, he will replace Mark Ford, who has been chair since the creation of Auckland Council. Dr Levy is also chair of the Auckland and Waitemata District Health Boards, as well as being a director of Tonkin & Taylor. His previous roles include chief executive of Sth Auckland Health, the NZ Blood Service and MercyAscot Private Hospital Group and he has also chaired film and television production and biotechnology enterprises. Dr Levy will work with Auckland Transport from next month, working alongside Mark Ford, to ensure an effective transition when Mr Ford’s term finishes at the end of October.

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Tank water meters suggested as fairer option for ratepayers Watercare Services is looking into the possibility of metering household rainwater tanks, which has been proposed as a fairer way of assessing wastewater charges. However, the owners of the almost 4000 properties on the Hibiscus Coast that are connected to the wastewater network, but not to the public water supply (as well as those on dual water source – connected to the public water system, but also using a rainwater tank or bore – for which there are no figures Many residents on tank water spoken available) should not hold their breath to by Hibiscus Matters disagree, saying for a speedy resolution to the matter, that the $582 charge does not reflect as Watercare is raising a number of the fact that their households use concerns about metering. water conservatively and should be The proposal to meter tank water charged far less, which is why a meter comes as a result of several public could be a fairer option. submissions made to Auckland Watercare’s objections to metering Council’s Long Term Plan. include access, variable water pressure Subsequently Councillor Wayne and plumbing irregularities as well Walker proposed a Council resolution as additional meter reading and administration costs, compliance to investigate the issue further. Cr Walker says that people with tanks and auditing costs and contractual need to be treated fairly and on the arrangements. same basis as those on reticulated Cr Walker says those objections don’t water when it comes to volumetric stack up. charges for sewage. “It’s clear that people, especially on The new wastewater tarriff, which Whangaparaoa Peninsula where there Watercare Services says has been are large numbers on tank water, need determined on “an average household to stand up for their rights around this basis” using the volumetric charge issue,” Cr Walker says. for domestic customers, is $582 per He says the first step is to demonstrate annum for unmetered properties. that a water meter on a tank is workable, Watercare says that the charge means practical and readable and a fair basis there will be significant reductions for charging and that he would like to for customers in the former Rodney initiate a pilot study on the Coast. District Council area. “I am interested in getting meters “In fact they will be paying between onto a number of tanks. We can take 31–60 percent less for wastewater than readings and supply the information they do now,” a spokesperson says. to Watercare and say ‘why not?’ “This is on top of last year’s reduction He says if need be, there should be a in the water tariff, where customers in legal challenge. that area received price reductions of “Why should someone on a tank be between 33 percent and 62 percent.” treated unfairly because there is a The spokesperson says only low water supposed difficulty in reading a water users, such as single occupants or meter? There are a lot of local people holiday homes occupied for part of the affected, and most people on tanks are year would be better off with metered doing their bit to conserve water in rain tanks rather than the current fixed Auckland. They should be applauded, not penalised.” charge.

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Talent fest at X Factor finals A packed hall of around 500 lively supporters cheered on the finalists in this year’s Whanga X Factor and So You Think You Can Dance competitions held at Whangaparoa School hall last month. This is the third time the X Factor competition for singers from Whangaparaoa College and Primary has been held, and support for the event has risen each year with larger numbers of contestants and ever more difficult decisions for the judging panel. The college winner this year was Gabby Bourne (Year 10) with Year 7 student Rachael Johnson second and Annah Clune (Year 9) third. The Primary winner was Che Mahon, with Teva Dickinson second and Rebekah Morton-Jones third. Teva and Annah also won a package from the JAM Talent agency that includes a full contract, photo shoot, website profile, audition training plus Above from left, Annah Clune and a video shoot. Gabby Bourne. Below, Rachael Johnson This year the event included a dance competition, which was won by Claudia Fowlie from the Primary and Juan Wurz from the College. Dennis Hickey of Whangaparaoa Recording Studios, who will record CDs with the X Factor winners this month as part of their prize package, says the event has been embraced by the community. “It’s all about the kids and they had an awesome night,” he says. Organiser Justine Wilcox-Brown says next year the event will take place in a different venue as a larger stage is needed to accommodate the dancing component of the competition.

Hands-on fun at sculpture park Yarn bombing aficionado and knitter Jennifer Kipfer, whose work has been seen throughout the Hibiscus Coast, is among the artists involved in Have a Go fun days at Kaipara Coast Sculpture Gardens. Jennifer, who lives in Orewa, together with sculptors Ekarasa Doblanovic and Sally Lush, will introduce participants to her art work with a guided tour around the sculpture trail, followed by a power

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Drinking reform on the table Soon all MP’s will be casting their conscience vote in Parliament on the purchase age of alcohol. I want my vote to reflect the majority view of our electorate, so I have been asking which option you support: yy Raise both the on-licence and off-licence purchase age to 20 yy Split purchase age of 18 for on-licence premises such as bars and restaurants, and 20 for off-licences such as supermarkets and liquor stores yy Keep the status quo To date I have received several hundred votes, and they are still coming in thick and fast. You can cast your vote on my website, I will communicate the result of the poll to you on my website. Parliament will be giving final consideration on changes to the Alcohol Reform Bill, which aims to drive a change in our drinking culture. The bill contains a broad set of measures to reduce alcohol-related harm in our communities. Problem drinking is a major contributor to crime and a significant cause of public disorder and health problems in New Zealand communities. The Alcohol Reform Bill will address these problems by empowering our local communities to determine where and how alcohol is sold and increase personal and parental responsibility for the supply of alcohol. A risk-based licence regime means licence fees will reflect risk factors such as type and capacity of venue, trading hours and previous conduct of a licensee. Low-risk premises such as wineries will pay the lowest fees. At a recent clinic, I met with a mother who is struggling to deal with a son whose life has been shattered through alcohol dependency. She would like to see tough laws around the price of RTDs. As a former Police officer I have witnessed all too often the tragic outcomes that New Zealand’s binge drinking culture inflicts upon its communities and families. On the other hand, I don’t believe we should be penalising the majority who enjoy a responsible social drink with friends or enjoy a quiet drink at home after a busy day. As parents, I believe we should look for ways to be good role models for our children and teach them about the risks around alcohol use and the dangers associated with binge drinking. The proposed reforms are a positive step in the right direction. The binge drinking culture has to stop. It’s like the advertisement says – it’s not the drink; it’s the way we’re drinking.

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Leigh Hopper

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Self-described adrenalin junkie Leigh Hopper thrives on high intensity sports like motor racing and flying, but it is in business that he says he has faced some of the most hair-raising risks. As the managing director of Hopper Developments – a business started by his father and uncles – he is best known in Orewa for his part in developing Maygrove Retirement Village in the 1980s and more recently for promoting a higher density model of development for the Orewa beachfront. He spoke to Terry Moore about bureaucracy and the developers’ Holy Grail. I’ve had a skinful over many years of consultation, submissions, hearings and court time across several councils. We are over regulated as a nation and excessive process and consultation delivers a level of risk that makes development not viable. Young people are leaving NZ because they are unable to find work – largely because the private sector has been held back from creating jobs and wealth. Prosperity comes from wages and salaries from an employer who has put together their toil, intellectual property and capital to produce goods and services and employ people. But no one will commit their capital and hard work if there is too much risk and process involved. John Key knows that and part of this government’s strategy is to reduce regulation. High rates and excessive local government regulation are among the results of an increase in the non-productive sector. Thirty years ago, a District Plan was bedtime reading – a few inches thick. Now it’s almost a metre thick. Councils used to have one planner and a whole raft of engineers out building roads and other infrastructure but now it’s the other way round and that approach has provided more regulation. Those processes have to be simplified. Our family has lived on the Hibiscus Coast since the late 1920s. I was born and bred in Vipond Rd and went to Whangaparaoa Primary. My father Ian developed Pauanui, so the family moved there in 1969. I used to cross the river each morning on a tractor with pontoons on it, which my old man made, then go by bus to Thames High School. My three younger sisters still live in Coromandel but I came back to Orewa and still live here because that’s where my business is. I learned civil construction on the job, working six days a week for my father’s company, and re-established that side of Hopper Developments in 1990. My focus these days is on management and the overall design of our projects.

We specialise in retirement, resort and marina/canal development such as the ones at Pauanui, Whitianga and Marsden Cove. In partnership with others, we were seeking to build comprehensive medium rise residential near the Orewa foreshore and it was a frustrating process. Orewa has been identified in various regional development strategies over the years for intensification. There are a number of things that have to align to make intensive housing viable economically – the land needs to be flat, near services and in a relatively high value suburb and the beach is a big attraction. It doesn’t pay unless all these things are in alignment. What the community and planners have to realise is that there are market influences on anything we build. Nobody will pay for a highrise apartment unless they are getting amenity value, such as an attractive location, and nobody is going to risk building something unless they can see a profit in it, so everything becomes a trade-off. If you don’t want height, you have to spread out and that means removing trees and green spaces. Taller, thinner buildings supply the yield with lesser site coverage, and that is my preference because it produces a better landscape outcome at ground level. Sustainability is just one element of the regulatory process – the more you want to build that in, the more it will cost and often it’s more than the market is prepared to pay. Every developer is looking for the Holy Grail – how to build a property that everyone wants for half the price; trying to reach that goal is how you keep a competitive edge. I have seen three Councils come and go and each one has looked at reviewing its District Plan to make intensification possible. The Rodney District Council went through an extensive consultative process to give effect to its Orewa Plan (Variation 101) so the Environment Court process that threw it out was very disappointing for us. It will be

interesting to see what happens with Auckland Council’s Spatial Plan, which shows they want 70 percent development in built up areas. What we will watch with interest is whether Council actually delivers the planning instruments and zoning to attract risk capital so developers can pursue intensification – at the moment I’m not convinced. There will have to be plan changes that make more intensive development permitted or controlled activities, not subject to notification, but whether Council has the guts to do that is questionable. The global financial crisis has made life in the development sector tough, particularly in the coastal region where it is often a discretionary product. Land development goes through peaks and troughs and it is possible to do well on a short-term development, provided you have the cycle right. We are in long-term projects of 10-30 years, and in that situation you have to be geared to withstand the shock of extended downturns. My days off tend to be at one of our coastal properties, combining work and play – boating, diving and fishing. I also enjoy aviation and have had a pilot’s licence since I was 21, for helicopters and fixed wing aircraft. A few years ago I took some World War II veterans who live at Maygrove Village for a flight. They were very

frail, and it was great to see the smiles on their faces showing that the flight brought back a flood of memories for them – particularly when we did some tricky manoeuvres. I am also a keen rally driver and started racing in Targa NZ rallies with my son Stace. He lost his life in an aircraft accident two years ago when he was 27 years old. He was an awesome young man and a real adrenaline junkie. Initially we competed together in the Targa rallies, but I kept wrecking cars, so then we raced against each other. I have been racing his car with my other boy, Gray, as co-driver, ever since Stace died. We won the Targa Rotorua last year, came second in the Targa Bambina in February and also came second in last month’s Targa Rotorua, so we have one of the fastest Subarus in the country. Gray is 27 and was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a bone tumour, at the age of 14. They had to remove a portion of bone in his left leg and he’s had 11 operations and quite a bit of trauma, but recently had what we hope was his last operation. My daughter Shana is 23 and has just finished exams for her BCom. My family ethos, which has come down through the generations, comes from the realm of hard toil and a good work ethic. Work can be frustrating and hair-raising at times, but it is also exciting and building things is quite rewarding when you get it right.

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Fruitful planting at Primary Among the flurry of tree planting that occurred last month on the Coast was a project at Whangaparaoa School that promises to bear fruit for future students. The planting of an orchard of around tree and also contributed a number of 15 fruit trees in the school grounds feijoa trees. Around a dozen Northtec was a collaborative effort between the students then spent two days building school and students from NorthTec’s the planter boxes and preparing the site. Sustainable Rural Development course. Teacher Debbie Thompson says the The site was used by the Northtec school community is covering the cost students to learn about soil sampling of additional trees, which include Nashi and orchard design. pears, apple, plum and citrus as well as Northtec obtained a grant to cover rasberry canes. Primary school students the costs of garden mix and timber will plant the garden below each tree for raised beds placed around each with suitable companion plants.

Trees go in to celebrate Matariki A grassy area next to Whangaparaoa College’s Maori room (Te Maramara a Tane) has the beginnings of a mininative forest after three years of Matariki plantings by the college’s Maori and Pacific Island high achievers. Around a dozen native seedlings have been planted on the site, the latest last month (June 21) as part of the

college’s annual Matariki celebrations. The trees are planted by highachieving Maori and Pacific Island students – both ex-pupils and Year 7s, symbolising ongoing learning. The school’s Matariki celebrations also included a powhiri for Principal James Thomas, who took over the reins at the start of this term, and a hangi.


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Life on the edge

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Boomtown North My, how we’re growing. When you come up from the big smoke and scoot off the motorway to climb the Silverdale hill, the landscape to the left is all clay, cranes and construction. The new Pak ‘n’ Save is up and running, its car park always busy. The Warehouse store is taking shape. A Southern Cross hospital and medical centre is rising at the top of the hill next to the Northern Arena pool and gym complex, and on it goes. Is there a recession going on? Not if the hectares of housing going up around the Orewa Estuary are anything to go by. The huge Millwater subdivision is spreading so fast that houses on its western side are now butting close to the motorway. More houses are spilling down the eastern slopes, all enjoying grand ocean views. It’s reckoned that 10,000 new residents will be moving in during the next few years. When completed there’ll be about 3000 homes there in five different communities, plus about 50 hectares of business and commercial development. Meanwhile over the hill from Orewa at the back of Hatfields Beach, formerly green hills are also being bulldozed for yet more new housing. The last time I took a curious drive around Millwater I thought, well, this is nice but it’s a heck of a walk to the nearest shops. Three retail complexes are planned for the area, apparently, but I do yearn for old-fashioned communities where local dairies and cafes are sprinkled around. Developers don’t put small corner stores in subdivisions. I guess they’d lower the tone. No one would want to live next door and put up with the traffic. So instead shops get clustered together, with lots of car parks, because of course we all drive everywhere – at least until the next global oil crisis comes along. It all makes me more fond of dear old Orewa, even though it’s looking a sad lately with increasing amounts of vacated retail space standing empty for months on end. Are the rents too high or do shopkeepers think it’s going to be too hard for small businesses to compete with Silverdale’s coming megastores? Orewa is developing a sort of raffish charm though. A bit of grunge makes a place more human and I reckon there’s life in the old girl yet. It also has one other thing Silverdale doesn’t possess – that long, golden beach.

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One of the most distinctive new homes in the Millwater subdivision in Silverdale North belongs to former Rodney mayor John Law and his wife Lesley. The house, which the Laws move into the kereru (wood pigeon) over the this week, is plastered in warm terracotta front door, as this bird has special tones and features six art panels on the significance for the family. When John exterior walls, created by John and was mayor, a painting of a kereru hung in the council chambers, but this was Lesley’s daughter, artist Sue Law. John says that incorporating artworks replaced with a portrait of the Queen into the exterior of their home was when Penny Webster came in as mayor. important not only from an aesthetic The public is already taking an interest point of view, but also to show the in the panels, with neighbouring children picking a name for the benefits to the wider community. “We are not good in NZ at putting art morepork chick that appears in one in our buildings,” John says. “You see of the paintings. The Laws then added it a lot overseas, and New Zealanders the name to the panel. have begun to bring sculpture into The 1000sqm site also includes more their gardens, but art on houses is still than 30 fruit trees and raised vegetable fairly new here. It has huge benefits – and flowerbeds as well as a garage with for instance if there had been artworks a sod roof covered with 600 flowering of some kind on the Nautilus, it would plants. have changed the way that building The plan is to share fruit on the public related to the surrounding Orewa walkway side of the boundary fence landscape.” with passers by as part of the couple’s The panels on the Law’s home philosophy that fruit trees should be are of native birds, including ruru planted as much as possible in public (morepork), kingfisher, kotuku (white spaces. heron) and silver eye. Seabirds feature “Every building should interact with on the gables, while the paintings of its environment and even though this wading birds are at ground level. is a private home, we’re doing what we Lesley says one of her favourites is can to show how that can work.”

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Growing interest in green roofing Home options Living roofs and walls are part of a popular movement among builders and architects in Europe that brings plant life into the heart of cities. The gardens or grassed areas created on walls and roofs not only soften the visual impact of buildings, but also provide permeable surfaces that reduce stormwater and support insect life as well as conserving energy. Green walls can be internal or external, with climbing plants growing on them or structures attached to the walls that foster suitable species, while sod roofs can support drought-tolerant, self-seeding plants such as grasses, succulents, mosses, wildflowers or mat-forming perennials. Sod roofs are popular with environmentalists, such as the late Joe Polaischer, who built one at Rainbow Valley Farm in Matakana, as well as architects like the late Frederick Hundertwasser who incorporated them into the now famous toilet block in Kawakawa. Former Rodney mayor John Law has been building sod roofs since the early 1990s – the first at Brixton Rd Preschool in Manly, which the Laws owned, and then at Koru Grove School in Wainui. His new home in

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Silverdale North will feature an earthroofed garage, covered in colourful gazanias. He says one big advantage is the insulating qualities of a sod roof. He suggests that anyone interested in building a sod roof starts small, with a garage, veranda or even a letterbox. Engineering advice is essential for a large sod roof to ensure the construction meets building codes and is safe. The roof pitch should be around 30 degrees or less. John says his sod roofs are supported

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Insurance issues An often-overlooked aspect of owners doing work themselves is insurance. A professional builder will ordinarily have cover in place for fire, theft and the like but this may not apply when the owner is on site doing work. Insurance is particularly important when doing alterations – a Builder’s Risk policy needs to be taken out. From personal experience the cost of such a policy is well worthwhile. A subcontractor set fire to my house while doing alterations and the insurers sorted out the mess. The reason for the Builder’s Risk policy is the higher risk while work is being carried out, compared to when the house is passively occupied. Guarantees and warranties Guarantees are often given by the builder as a standard feature of the contract. Look closely at these. Consider the position if the builder goes into liquidation or if a small scale builder, becomes ill or dies. The guarantor needs to be a third party with the ability to step in and complete the work. Product warranty documents need to be available from the builder as part of the final settlement. The typical builder’s guarantee under the contract ranges from 30 to 60 days and is generally aimed at workmanship. Product warranties however may have a much longer shelf life but need to be backed up with the documentation to enable a claim to be readily made. These warranties often have requirements for maintenance of the product or prescribed use and you must comply with those to claim. To ensure that you get the best from a contract, get it checked by a lawyer.


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The contemporary French-inspired interior of L’Daubeney Hair Beauty & Photography, which opened last month in Silverdale, is an elegant introduction to what promises to be a high quality experience for clients. Everything from the polished porcelain tiled floor to the restful spaces designed to envelop clients in luxury has been put together with great attention to detail by L’Daubeney owner Marié Richards and her partner Kim. Marie says it seemed natural to combine her photography studio, specialising in fashion, weddings and portraiture, with a salon offering hair, beauty therapy and makeup. The family business also includes Kim’s son Sam, who is L’Daubeney’s Head of Salon and senior stylist. Although the different professions dovetail together nicely, and can be combined in a package, Marié says L’Daubeney is not simply a makeover business, as each area is strong enough to stand alone. She says the salon will offer a luxury experience without the million-dollar price tag. There are private spaces for hair colouring, and beauty treatments, which include pedicures and manicures, gel nails, facials, waxing and hot stone massage as well as makeup. L’Daubeney focuses on high quality,

Ageing well is an art that Naturopath Deborah Silich says stems from a balanced approach to health and wellbeing – not a quick fix from Botox or fad diets. It is an approach that can be adopted from any age and enables women and men to better deal with stressful lives. Deborah, who recently opened a clinic in Tamariki House in Orewa, offers a service that incorporates a number of strands of natural medicine, including naturopathy, herbal medicine, massage and lymphatic drainage. She says that her background as a science technician at a local college helped her through six years of study, after which she graduated with a Bachelor of Health Science, Complementary Medicine from the Charles Sturt University of Australia. The study propelled her into a career that began with her passion for gardening and a belief in the power of herbal medicine – something that she put into practice with her children. Deborah says the majority of her patients suffer from stress-related health issues. She says the effects of stress on the body include fatigue, hormonal imbalances, weight gain, sleep problems and digestive upsets. Dealing with the root causes of a health problem, including making

Marié Richards and Sam Dobney

sustainable products, and exclusively uses Italian brands Davines, and the Comfort Zone beauty range. Away from the salon, Marié and Sam share a passion for horses. For Marié, this led to freelance work photographing horses, and then to weddings. Sam qualified in Equine Studies, working as a groom and riding coach. His interest in fashion resulted in study at Premiere Hairdressing College in Takapuna and several years’ experience in a Warkworth salon. Both Marié and Sam are in their element in L’Daubeney, providing clients with a luxurious experience. “The important thing is to back up the first impression people get when they walk in, with a great experience.”

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lifestyle changes where necessary, is central to the holistic philosophy of naturopathy. An initial consultation and diagnosis involves talking with clients about their lives, as well as using diagnostic tools such as hair testing, blood tests, and iridology. Treatment may involve herbal tonics as well as advice on diet, exercise and other aspects of lifestyle. Deborah treats both acute and chronic conditions and says what is most important is dealing with any underlying disorders, helping restore normal body function by enhancing the body’s natural healing ability. “Naturopathy provides people with the tools to take charge of their health, and that is key to living, as well as ageing well.”

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The team at Vivo Hair Salon in Manly.

A focus on client service has seen Vivo Hair salons expand rapidly across Auckland. In May, Vivo purchased Platinum Hair Salon in Manly Village, now re-branded as Vivo Hair Salon. Vivo owner Lynden Mason says his company, which formerly owned a chain of Optometry clinics, started Vivo just 18 months ago. The first salon opened in St Heliers, and there are currently 12 salons Aucklandwide, with further growth planned. Lynden says the secret to the company’s success is a focus on delivering the highest quality service, at affordable prices. “It’s about having the right team and giving them the tools to deliver the best customer service,” Lynden says. Vivo’s leadership team includes wellrespected hair stylists, including creative director Aimee Packer, a L’Oreal colour trophy winner, who

sets the vision and standards for the service Vivo salons provide. Staff benefit from this expertise, taking part in regular training to ensure they stay at the top of their game. The organisation aims to establish itself as Auckland’s hair experts and Lynden says that it’s about making trends accessible, not imposing an unrealistic high fashion look. Lynden says the team at the Vivo Hair Manly have all been retained. “One reason we purchased the business was because we were so impressed with the team. They were already doing a great job of looking after clients.” He says Vivo salons have a reputation for pampering their clients, and also offer loyalty programmes. “Our salon team are locals, yet benefit from the expertise of the larger group so it’s a win-win situation.”

Literacy North Shore is seeking support from local business associations and their members to make Auckland North the most “literate” business region in the country. The group offers personal, group and region are immigrants, which poses a workplace training for a diverse range unique challenge for businesses. of people and organisations, helping “Many immigrants are highly skilled them improve English communication and educated, but hampered by poor and numeracy skills for self- English, resulting in employment improvement and employment. well below their capability levels,” Ms Last year Literacy North Shore Rigby says. supported 300 students. It is planning She says that sectors most at risk are to set up offices on the Hibiscus retail, manufacturing, distribution, Coast this month and is asking health and disability care and other local employers to foster workplace service industries. literacy training or sponsor a student Advantages for businesses in helping for whom there are no government to up-skill their workers includes training subsidies – at a cost of around improvements in those workers’ $350 for each student. planning, organisational and computer Both Destination Orewa Beach and skills. Students report increased Silverdale Commercial Ratepayers confidence in completing such things Association are supporting the as job sheets, reports, and forms; and programme and will circulate letter writing and numeracy tasks such information to their members. as reading and understanding graphs. Literacy North Shore is also looking Team participation and business for community facilities on the Coast presentations also improve. in which to run classes for people Ms Rigby says that implementing a wishing to improve their employment workplace programme is simple and prospects or communication skills. currently programme costs are free to Literacy North Shore manager Jane the employer. Rigby says poor literacy and numeracy Literacy North Shore is a not-for-profit skills affect one in four people in NZ, society registered with the Charities often because of insufficient education Commission and has been operating for or learning disabilities such as dyslexia. more than 30 years. It is Government She says in addition, 40 percent of funded. Info: www.literacynorthshore. the adult population in the Auckland org or ph Jane Rigby, 09 444 0420.


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Picture your garden with bellbirds singing, whiteheads flitting amongst the branches of your fruit trees, fantails flicking their tails at you each time you venture outside. The removal of animal pests from Shakespear Open Sanctuary has provided a wonderful opportunity to do the same in Whangaparaoa, creating a predator-free peninsula. No rats or possums raiding bird nests, or hedgehogs and mice eating invertebrates essential to the diet of some bird species. No stoats raiding ground nests, and killing our kiwi chicks. Our peninsula would be burgeoning with bird life and bird song. The Hibiscus Coast is an integral part of the North West Wild Link, an ecological corridor, linking Tiritiri Matangi Island, with the Ark in the Park in the Waitakere Ranges, so the predator free peninsula could be a valuable part of a much wider picture. In 1976 at a Biodiversity conference in Wellington the scientists thought any eradication of such pests, anywhere, was impossible. Fortunately, technology and attitudes changed and in 1988 the total eradication of Norway rats from Breaksea Island was accomplished in little more than three weeks. Since then ever larger islands have been cleared of predators, including Campbell Island in 2001 (over 11,000 hectares). Tiritiri Matangi, on our very own doorstep has also been successfully cleared of predators. Paremoremo and Lucas Creek communities plus many land care groups and private individuals are all making a difference with an intensive network of volunteers eradicating pests from local properties, through regular trapping and baiting of pests. Targeting rats, mice, possums and mustelids (stoats, ferrets and weasels) leads to a huge increase in bird numbers. Around 80 percent of chicks never get to fledge the nests, because of predation by possums or rats. A training programme for volunteers, to ensure safe handling of baits and traps, and a structured system for placement of trapping lines in preselected target areas are all part of the overall plan for a predator free peninsula. However, there are things you can do right now to increase the bird count in your garden and improve the safe movement of birds through the Hibiscus Coast. These include trapping rats (snap traps are a good start), or sponsoring a trapping line. Schools and clubs can adopt an area for pest monitoring. Keep your cat inside at night and consider purchasing a trapping box from Forest and Bird, which helps keep your pets safe from traps and baits. Forest & Bird is also proposing to run a volunteer training programme to kick-start a pest free peninsula and you can register your interest in this by emailing me (address above). Public attitude, changes in technology, acting local but thinking in a bigger picture, small steps make a huge difference overall. My vision of a pest free Whangaparaoa Peninsula? Yes I can see that happening, in my lifetime.

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A free film-making workshop to be held in Orewa this month aims to nurture young talent and explores the theme of sustainability. The one-day workshops are being held nationwide by The Outlook for Someday and are open to Year 7–13 students, primary/intermediate teachers and youth workers. Interested people can register for the Orewa workshop at workshops Spaces are limited to 25 participants per workshop. The programme, which is run by Connected Media charitable trust, builds on the success of last year’s pilot funded by the Ministry of Youth Development, the Department of Conservation and Auckland Council. New premises with Whangaparaoa Physio


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School jumps into fundraising effort Pet therapists All of Orewa Primary School’s pupils, and some teachers, took part in a giant Skip-a-thon Challenge last month to raise money for the Heart Foundation. More than 200 Year 1–6 students skipped for around half an hour, using a mix of single, long and double Dutch style ropes. Sports coordinator Judy Scott said the children practised different skipping techniques all term in preparation for the Skip-a-thon on June 20. The children obtain sponsorship for the number of jumps they complete, and this is expected to raise around $2000, 25 percent of which goes towards school sports equipment. The event was part of the Heart Foundation’s Jump Rope for Heart initiative, which increases children’s awareness of fitness and health. Since the initiative began in 1985, more than 2.5 million children have Orewa Primary’s Skip-a-thon Challenge raised funds for the Heart Foundation. More photos at skipped the equivalent of eight times around the world.

New Health Links formed

Rodney Health Link, which promotes better health in the region, liaising between community health groups and Waitemata District Health Board, has amalgamated with its North Shore equivalent (North Shore Community Health Voice). The organisation is now known as Health Link North and encompasses Rodney, North Shore and Albany Wards. Council amalgamation forced Rodney Health Link to reconsider its future because its services were provided within local authority boundaries, and dissolving entirely was among the options considered. The organisation says the merger has provided an opportunity to become a stronger, more effective voice for the community.

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A service that has been operating in Rodney for more than five years and reaches out to people through contact with pets, is looking for volunteers. The Outreach Therapy Pets programme is jointly run by St John and the SPCA and area manager Nicky Gumbrell coordinates the service for the Hibiscus Coast and Rodney. A team of 16 volunteers on the Hibiscus Coast, and one in Warkworth, take their pets on regular visits to local retirement villages and schools. Nicky says the pets are currently all dogs, which have been chosen because they like people contact, are well behaved and respond well to being patted. Volunteers and their pets are assessed and attend a workshop before joining. For retirement village residents, interaction with a pet provides companionship and reaching out and patting a dog is also physical therapy for those with impaired movement. In schools, the service assists with reading practice, as children with reading difficulties can feel more comfortable reading to an animal. Info: ph Nicky on 424 7783 or email

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Clockwise from top, Vee Fittall’s body was painted by Kara Jensen with the Steampunk motif of wheels and cogs. Families enjoy dressing up in Steampunk style. Boris Van Galvin, pictured at the hat-making table, says innovation and creativity using “re-purposed items” are an important part of the Steampunk ethos.

Steampunks on track to raise funds for Hospice

Visitors to Puhoi could be excused for thinking they’d stepped back in time due to the numbers of Steampunks in quirky Victorian-style costumes that took over the village hall and surrounding area for a Grand Victorian Steampunk event last month. Around 100 people from as far afield alternate world-view based on science as the Waikato and Whangarei (as well fiction. as many locals) attended the event, Puhoi Village Hall was decorated in including several families who arrived cogs and metallic objects by Vee Fittall dressed in long dresses, suits and hats. and Jack Waller and stalls included Metal objects and inventions like designer clothing, jewellery and body extendable illuminated ‘wings’ and a paint by artist Kara Jensen. blunderbuss transformed into a ray Sword fighting, hat making, costumed gun made this a unique event. photos and several bands provided Costumes worn by the Steampunks entertainment. Co-organiser Yahn celebrate what event co-organiser Boris Darkwood says the Steampunks will Van Galvin describes as “the beauty and creativity” of the Victorian era, return to Puhoi for further events. but often with a nod to mechanical “There are now many more people wizardry, reflecting Steampunk’s blend that are interested in Steampunk, and are wanting to know more about this of futuristic and historic. Boris describes Steampunk as a hybrid fast growing aesthetic,” he says. of several groups, with members who The event, held on June 23, raised enjoy roleplay, inventing, art and an $430 for Hibiscus Hospice.

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Health with Clinical Psychologist Karolle Gjaltema

Why see a psychologist? When someone first comes to see me, they are often very apprehensive, nervous or unsure about what will happen. Often they come in because they are suffering in some way, someone at work or a doctor has recommended it, or there has been a crisis in their life. I am aware it takes a lot of courage to sit on the couch in my rooms, and start talking about oneself to a complete stranger. Some of the myths and fears that people come in with include: ‘you are going to start psychoanalyzing me’, ‘you are going to tell me what’s wrong with me’, ‘you are going to tell me how I can sort myself out’, ‘you are going to find out I am crazy (and just hide it well)’, and ‘how is talking about things going to help – it doesn’t change anything?’ I’m not surprised that people have these fears. No one likes feeling vulnerable and we learn ways not to show our deeper feelings. However it can be a turning point in one’s life to take some time for reflection, especially when there is unhappiness with the way life is unfolding. Therapy provides a safe space to explore and shed light on aspects of ourselves that we are not fully aware of, or don’t understand. It can help us to gain insight into limiting core beliefs that have been operating unconsciously in our lives. It can involve processing and integrating emotions that have been pushed down when it hasn’t felt safe to express them. Therapy can also heal the impacts of traumatic experiences. It can bring greater self awareness, self acceptance and self compassion. These are qualities which are associated with higher levels of wellbeing. This can enable a happier and healthy life and equips us to deal with the challenges that life brings. I love my work because I love to witness the transformation that can happen as people come to understand themselves better and integrate aspects of themselves that were previously rejected. What a privilege it is to facilitate that.

Free yoga classes head indoors

After a successful summer offering free yoga classes on Manly Beach, Shelley Charlton has continued to offer free classes, but indoors at Diane’s Tap Dancing Studio on the corner of Brightside and Whangaparaoa Rd, through the colder months. Participants can opt to give a small donation, which goes to The Peninsula Players. Shelley is also looking for rugby players who would like to train with her free of charge. This will help her complete her Yoga Sport Science studies. Rugby players who would like to do this, email Shelley at

Image: From left, Christine Fox with visitor Sharon Bruce

Interested in making a new local friend? Christine Fox ex-Police Constable in Orewa now assists Ros Capper of Age Concern North Shore co-ordinating the thriving local visiting service. Christine and Ros have 40 Volunteer Visitors matched up and seek three more special people for: • a ‘rugby mad’ Whangaparaoa resident for a local woman • an Orewa person who would enjoy one of our oldest folk • an inventor offering great conversations • a Red Beach person not getting out and keen for a visitor. Interested? Can spare one hour each week? Great.

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Fundraiser to bid farewell to Hibiscus Coast Singers A marathon effort has seen the Hibiscus Coast Singers within reach of the funds needed for their trip to Beijing next month. A total of 33 members of the 45-strong well as musical entertainment. choir, plus musical director Barry Comedy on offer includes The Golding, needed $52,000 to cover Showstoppers as well as Jo Evans. all costs (except airfares) for the trip, which includes a performance at the The Westlake Girls High School String Quartet and promising young International China Choral Festival. violinist Olivia McNeill will also Concerts, garage sales, market stalls, perform. raffles and sponsorship over the past six months have raised $49,000 – this The Hibiscus Coast Singers will includes a generous donation from the provide a sneak preview of their Beijing repertoire, under the direction Richard and Tina Yan Foundation. The Singers are putting on one final of Barry Golding. This includes Guconcert before they depart for China on zheng player Yao, who will accompany the choir’s performance of the Chinese July 13, to raise the last of the money. The Grand Variety Concert takes place folk song Beautiful Jasmine, as well as at the Orewa Arts & Events Centre on performing solo. July 8. The concert is aimed at a wide Soloists include tenor Roger Clark, audience, and includes comedy acts as Chris Wyatt, Sam Rutherford, Helga

HBC Singers Beijing group ‘sing for their supper’, conducted by Barry Golding and accompanied by Yao Chen Xiyao on the gu-zheng.

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Orewa art teachers’ creative works go on show at Estuary The art teachers of Orewa College say putting on an annual show at Estuary Arts Centre is a matter of pride – showing the community that what they teach is backed by their own creative art practice. Six art teachers are contributing to the exhibition, which opens this week (July 5), with a diverse range of works including painting, photography, drawing and performance sculpture.

The works include trophy fish by Graeme Irving, who heads the Visual Art department at the college, John Lee’s minimalist abstractions, small paintings of dogs by Suzy Carnachan and black and white photographs by Irene Robertson, taken on film and developed in the college’s darkroom. Orewa College Tutors’ Exhibition • Estuary Arts Centre, Hibiscus Coast Highway, Orewa • July 5–29

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From left, Orewa College art teachers Irene Robertson, Suzy Carnachan, Karl Pearce, John Lee and Graeme Irving.

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Heat oven to 200°C or 190°C fan-bake. Place rack just below middle of oven. Separate the broccoli into florets, then place it in a microwave-safe container with 1 tablespoon of water, cover, and microwave for about 3 minutes on Full power until very tender. Alternatively, boil or steam until tender, then drain well. Place the yoghurt, oil and egg in a food processor and mix well. Add the broccoli and roughly crumble in the blue cheese. Process in short bursts until there are no large pieces of broccoli left. (Try not to purée the broccoli, rather just chop it finely.) Measure the flour and salt into a large bowl and toss together with a fork. Pour in the liquid mixture and begin to fold together. If you think the mixture looks too dry, add the extra milk and fold just enough to combine. Spray 12 regular or 24 mini-muffin pans with non-stick spray. Using two large spoons, divide the mixture evenly between the pans. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown and centres spring back when pressed. Remove muffins from the oven and cool in their pans for 2-3 minutes before tipping out. Store cooled muffins in a plastic bag to prevent drying out. Check out Hibiscusmatters Facebook page, where we make this recipe. Hibiscus Matters has one copy of Simon and Alison Holst’s Healthy & Delicious Muffins (Hyndman Publishing) to give away. To be in to win, write your name, address and daytime phone number on the back of an envelope and post to Healthy & Delicious Muffins, Hibiscus Matters, Unit G, Tamariki Plaza, 18 Tamariki Ave, Orewa 0931. Entries close July 20. CONGRATULATIONS to Norma Drower of Red Beach who won a copy of Soup Book.

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• The Orewa Recreation Group for the Partially Sighted meet every Wednesday, 9.30am–11.30am at St Andrews Presbyterian Church Hall, 105 Centreway Rd, Orewa. People of all ages are welcome Info: Virginia David 426 8454 • Whangaparaoa Indoor Bowls meet every Monday, 7.15am–10am at Whangaparaoa Primary School, 39 Ladies Mile, Manly. All welcome. Info: Roy Funnell 428 5488 • Manly Bowling Club. Free coaching available now to prepare you for the summer season that starts in September. Coaching takes place at 56 Laurence St, Manly. Info: Hazel Davis 424 2791 or Tennis

• Silverdale Tennis Club has social tennis all year round, meeting Wednesday 9.30am–12pm and 6.30pm, and Sunday at 10.30am at War Memorial Park, Hibiscus Coast Highway, Silverdale. Info: Lauren White, 426 7489. Badminton

• Badminton Orewa operates a club at the Badminton Hall at Victor Eaves Park, Orewa, from 7pm–10pm on Tuesdays with a junior club running from 5pm-6.30pm on Tuesday also. Casual rates are $7. Info: Noeline Kingston 426 3370. List sports news by phoning Ashleigh on 427 8188 or email

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Whangaparaoa (blue strip) put up a tough fight, but Otamatea proved too strong.

Close contest in college final It was a tightly fought game between Otamatea High School and Whangaparaoa College when they met in the final of the Rodney District Secondary School Netball Challenge, played in Wellsford, last month. The score was nine-all after the first Meanwhile, the Rodney Netball Centre quarter and 16-15 to Otamatea at half- competition is in full swing with fewer time. Whangaparaoa nudged ahead in senior teams playing this season. There the third quarter to lead 27-24, but a is no premier grade and only five teams determined Otamatea side clinched in the A grade. Organiser Lynette Gubb says to compensate, an inter-centre the victory in extra time 36-34. Other participating schools in the competition with the Hibiscus Coast competition were Kingsway (3rd), Centre has been organised to give the Rodney (4th) Ruawai (5th) and senior teams a challenge. “There’s less social teams playing Wentworth (6th) colleges. Players of the competition were this year and we’re not quite sure Laura Anderson and Bridget Davies, why,” Lynette says. “We moved the Kingsway; Cheyanne D’Ardenne, competition from Saturday to Friday Breeze Tuheke and Patty McCabe, night last year, so maybe that has had Otamatea; Jacinda Downs and Rebecca an impact.” Simmonds, Rodney; Tiana Langdon, A total of 40 teams are playing in Ruawai; Georgia Cox, Wentworth; the junior grades on Saturday Jessica Poupouare, Deearna Lucas and morning, which is also slightly down on last year. Kathleen Oneroa, Whangaparaoa.

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The local roller derby league, the Hibiscus Coast Rollers, which formed a year ago, is getting its skates on in preparation for its first bout next month. The full squad of around 15 trains twice a week, and the competitive team of skills tested players (called Bella Mafia) is also taking part in regular scrummages (friendly matches) with Auckland-based Pirate City. Skater Melany Eddy says as Pirate City includes many NZ players, Bella Mafia is able to hone gaming skills and improve match fitness in readiness for its first bout on August 25 in Whangarei against the Hellswives. This is expected to be the first of many bouts around the country, as Bella Mafia will be ranked and able to take part in official bouts starting next year. Melany says this may include some local bouts. Roller derby is a popular spectator sport, as it involves speed, endurance, tactical skill and a fair amount of Hibiscus Coast Rollers aggression. Dressing up is part of the fun, with a range of feminine and As the team begins to take part in hard-core looks, coupled with the the competitive side of the sport, it is looking for sponsorship for uniforms requisite safety gear. Hour-long games are broken down and banners to display at games. into intensive two-minute “jams” There is also space for new players as opposing teams of five skaters (or “fresh meat”), who must be over battle for position on a flat, indoor the age of 18, to join to build up the track. Four “blockers” do whatever league, at the start of each term and is necessary to get their point scorer referees (who can be male) are also or “jammer” around the course and sought. Training is at the Leisure through the opposition pack the most Centre in Stanmore Bay. often. Info: ph Melany, 021 061 6275.

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500 and Scrabble at the Methodist Church, Whangaparaoa Rd. Starts Mon 9am-12pm, $2, coffee and biscuits. Ph Ann Clayton 427 8024. ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS meet Fri 7.30pm, Orewa Community House (behind Estuary Arts Centre) Ph John 027 646 2995, 0800AA WORKS. Bridge Players Wanted for small group, Orewa. Some exp required, no beginners. Ph John 426 1665. Empathy Support Group for people who have lost loved ones to suicide. Mon July 30. HBC Community Centre (behind Estuary Arts) 7-9pm. All welcome. Gold coin donation. Ph Maureen 424 5135 or 021 513 506. Good Companions Orewa meet Fri mornings for senior citizens 10am– 11.30am. Orewa Croquet Club rooms, Hatton Rd., Orewa. Gentlemen Wanted. Single, 50+. We have lots of ladies at our informal evenings-very short of gentlemen. Ph James 428 1075. 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 Group Orewa Community Church - Tuesdays @ 10am. Come along and try a new craft and make some new friends. A creche is provided. Ph Chrissy 424 4108. Macular Degeneration Free Seminars. Find out about research into this eye disease. Orewa Community Centre, Orewa. Fri July 6, 12.30pm2pm. Seminar repeated Mahurangi Community Centre, Snells Beach. Fri Aug 10, 12.30pm 2pm. More info ph 0800 622 852 email or Mainstreet Orewa Inc. T/A DESTINATION OREWA BEACH A.G.M Destination Orewa Beach Office Boardroom, Level 2, Hillary House, Hillary Square, Orewa Wed Aug 8, 2012. 5.30pm. Only DOB members may attend. Enquires ph Diane Osborne 426 2638. MAYGROVE LAKE VOLUNTEERS. Next working bee is September/ October. We will let you know closer to that time. Things look tidy at present. For info ph 427 6505. Mentors Art Group, Orewa Community Church. Tues 12pm2.30pm. Art classes with an experienced teacher. Suitable for beginner to advanced. Come along and discover your artistic abilities. Ph Jane 426 6537. Mosaic Workshop at M.A.K.E. Studio July 7 & 14, 1–3.30pm M.A.K.E. your own eco products. Wed 4 & 11. 2-3pm Ph Karen 428 1049 or ara18@

North Shore Group Riding for the Disabled Inc needs volunteers. Ph Rhonda 426 8110. NZ Blood Donate blood, Thurs 12 July, 1pm-7pm, Fri 13 July 9am-2pm, Orewa Community Centre. Open Mic Night Wed July 11. 7.30pm Kinja Bar, Manly Village. Free Entry. Petition to stop toxic spraying of our roadsides groups/nospray Puhoi Historical Society meets every 3rd Wed, 7.30pm, Puhoi Museum records room. All welcome. Museum winter hours Sat & Sun, 1pm-4pm. Probus Ladies Club Orewa 1st Thurs monthly, 10am, St Johns Catholic Church Hall, Centreway Rd. Come and enjoy meeting and making new friends, go on outings and listen to excellent speakers. Ph Daphne 426 1904.

LOST/MISSING Snowbell – Much loved family cat. All white, with gold eyes. Neutered male, ragdoll/moggy mix, very friendly, (too friendly). Missing from Arkles Bay since Sun May 27. Reward. Please Ph Lorry 021 889 671 or 427 8188 wk. July 18 issue’s deadline for paid classifieds is July 6. Payment or ads received after this date will appear in the August 1 issue.

BUSINESS & FINANCE Adept Computer Services, Est 1993, covering Hibiscus Coast, for all PC repairs, including Internet, Antivirus & networking at reasonable rates, please phone 421 1039 or Mob 021 114 5517.

TRANSPORT AIRPORT SHUTTLE Door to door service by a very reliable and experienced driver. Best rates. Ph Kim or Lyn Corbett 426 8105 email: klcorbett@ Orewa Private Hire. Airport drop off & pick up driving service - competitive flat fee rates, plus we can assist at either end. Phone Kirk Freedom Companion Driving Service on 0800 956 956 or 021 333 917.

DRESSMAKING alterations, dressmaking, cushions & curtains. Phone Diane 021 025 70658. SYLWESTER’S TAILORING does everything from ball dresses to alterations. For expert, fast, affordable service call 426 7559 24/7.



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PEST CONTROL, Flies, spiders, cockroaches, ants, rodents, wasps. Competitive prices & quality service. 25 years exp. Ph 426 2253. Plastering - Karl Hall 25 years experience. All aspects of stopping. Coveing specialist. Ph 0210 424 296. A/ hrs 428 7127. Plastering, solid, Gib Stopping, Painting/repair work. Small jobs. Trade Cert. Keith 424 8841 or 022 682 4760. Ronnic Electrical Installation & maintenance. Ph Ron 428 3848 or 021 752 430. TANK WATER TESTING High quality testing for T and E-coli in your tank or bore water. Printed clear Lab test results provided with recommendations. Phone Simon TWT 422 9345. Water Filters Underbench filters & whole house Ultra violet filters – Kill and remove ecoli/bacteria. FREE site visits. Ph Steve 09 945 2282 www. Waterblasting & Chemical House Washing. Local owner operator. Careful service, reasonable rates. Ph 426 2253. WILLOUGHBY Carpet & upholstery cleaning, Est 35 years. Ph 426 4317 or 0274 113 133. Window Cleaning 30 years exp, local owner operator, reasonable rates. Ph David 426 2253. Window Cleaning Est 35 years. Quality service. Ph 09 426 4317 or 0274 113 133.


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Health & wellbeing HYPNOSIS for stress, anxiety, phobia, depression. Stop smoking specialist. Bill Parker NZAPH, 424 7610. KEEP FIT CLASSES: Friendly class for all ages & stages! Fun routines to easy listening music. First class FREE Tues & Thurs 9.30am, Whangaparaoa Scout Den. Wed 7pm & Sat 9am, Orewa College Gym. $60 for 10 discount for seniors. Ph Judith Douché 424 3009. WISE CHOICES – Counselling Service, Brigitta Rohr (B. Couns., MNZCCA), Stanmore Bay, phone 021 416 251,

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Computer help at SeniorNet Tuition and workshops in a range of subjects. Ph 426 1509. 9am–3pm Mon–Thurs and Fri 9am–12pm. www. MATHS COACHING Qualified High School Math teacher for quality individual coaching and tuition. NCEA and Cambridge. Limited vacancies. Ph 424 7939.

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Teacher offering tutoring incl ESOL, homework, homeschool, exam prep + supervision. Excel refs. Ph 426 9009 or 021 213 9085. PIANO TUITION Young, passionate and patient teacher. 4 years teaching experience, 14 years playing piano. Affordable rates: $15/half hour, $25/ hour. Able to teach entry–intermediate level pupils. All ages welcome. Flexible times. Based in Orewa. Diploma of Contemporary Music. Ph Crystal Teo 021 128 0238 or 426 1313.

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5–29 Orewa College Tutors’ Exhibition, Estuary Arts Centre, Hibiscus Coast Highway, Orewa. Annual show of works in a variety of media by art teachers at the College. (see story p22) 7 Chill – Cinema fundraiser, Ice Age 4, Hoyts Whangaparaoa, 8pm. Chill has hired Hoyts Whangaparaoa and is selling tickets at $10 a seat. Funds to Hibiscus Coast Youth Centre. Tickets and info: ph 426 5005, email 7 Eaves Bush Appreciation Group workday, meeting 9am at 38 Hillcrest Road, Orewa. Some tools supplied but bring gloves and secateurs. Cup of tea at 10.30am. New faces welcome. Info: ph Don Turner 426 4761 or Laurie Rands 426 3122. 7 Garage Sale, St Chads Church, 117 Centreway Road, Orewa. 8.30am-12.30pm. Something for everyone, Everything must go. Funds to St Chads Church. 7 Peninsula Players’ production of ‘Allo ‘Allo, Whangaparaoa College Auditorium, entry at 6.30pm for 7.30pm show. Tickets $20 including nibbles. Cash bar. Tickets from Hibiscus Hospice, 2a John Dee Cres, Red Beach, ph 421 9180 or visit www.hibiscushospice. All proceeds go to Hibiscus Hospice. (see ad p22) 7 A fun ‘Vegieluscious Fest’, Orewa Theosophical Hall, 488 Hibiscus Coast Highway, Orewa, 10am–1.30pm. Bring your favourite vegetarian dish. Prizes and shared meal. Info: ph Neil, 428 3691. 8 Hibiscus Coast Singers Grand Variety Concert, Orewa Arts & Events Centre, Orewa College, Orewa, 2.30pm. Includes comedy from The Showstoppers and Jo Evans as well as songs from the choir and soloists. Proceeds to fund the choir’s trip to Beijing (see story p22 and ad p23) 11 Coast Open Mic Night, Kinja Bar, Manly Village, 7.30pm. Free entry. Special guest artist. All welcome. 12 Free film-making workshop by The Outlook for Someday, Orewa Service Centre, Centreway Rd, Orewa, 9am–4.30pm. Free oneday workshop open to Year 7–13 students, primary/intermediate teachers and youth workers. Develop film-making skills and explore sustainability. Info: ph David Jacobs, 0274 522 627 or email 13 Western Union plays at the Stetson Country Music Club, Dairy Flat Community Hall, Postman Road, Dairy Flat,8pm–11.30pm. Licensed bar, club prices. Info: visit or phone 09 476 4554. 14 Hibiscus Hospice Masquerade Ball to raise funds for Hibiscus Hospice, Orewa Arts and Events Centre, 7pm–12.30am. Champagne and hors d’oeuvres, sumptuous dinner and fine wine, charity auction. Dancing until midnight. Tickets: $125 from or phone 421 9180. 25 Free Financial Health Check Seminar, Orewa Baptist Church, 2–4 Loop Rd, Orewa. Designed to help struggling families, presented by Andrew L’Almont, together with personal consultations for all who attend. Bookings essential – phone the church on 426 6976 or email

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Tournament tightly contested by young netballers School and club netball teams from all over Auckland, and as far north as Mangawhai, took part in a junior tournament last month at Edith Hopper Park in Manly. The tournament was organised by Whangaparaoa College to raise funds to send one of its Year 8 teams to the AIMS championship in Tauranga in September. A full day of netball was enjoyed by 28 teams of Year 6–8 players, who competed in a pool play series of games, in a whole raft of weather conditions, on June 24. Among the entries were a mixed Year 8 team, The Worlds, made up of players from several schools, who remained unbeaten until they met the Whangaparaoa Mystics in the final. This tightly fought game resulted in a 19-14 win to the Whangaparaoa Mystics, seeing them undefeated in the tournament. The Year 6 trophy went to the Albany Flames and the Year 7 champions were Sharks Elite. The organisers raised around $3000, which they say was largely due to the hard work of volunteers and the generous sponsorship of businesses such as Hellers, Mitre 10, Wendys, Manly Care Chemist and Jetts Gym.

Clockwise from top left, The Whangaparaoa Mystics (blue strip) play Orewa 2. Mahurangi’s Year 7 team (red strip) won this match against Silverdale, 13–9. The Worlds at full stretch, playing Orewa 3 (dark green strip). More photos

Powerlifters raise the bar at North Island championships Powerlifting records fell like ninepins at the North Island Powerlifting Championships, held in Tauranga last month, thanks to the efforts of the Coast Barbell Club. The club’s team of seven lifters competed against more than 30 others from around the North Island. Two of Coast Barbell Club’s lifters, Rachel and

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Four team members won their respective weight classes, and the Women’s Team’s combined efforts also won them the Auckland Women’s Team Trophy. Manager/coach Damian Clayton says the club is especially proud of Rachel and Emma’s results, as this is the first time a mother and daughter have featured together on the podium and in the record books.

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