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15 February 2012

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Waiwera to Silverdale including Whangaparaoa Peninsula and Orewa

Tablets taking off at college

A Year 9 science class at Orewa College show the devices that are gradually taking over from pen and paper.

Developers go head-to-head over golf club land rezoning

Opening shots have been fired in a battle between two competing developers on the Hibiscus Coast. Millwater developer WFH Properties Beach on land currently owned by Board meeting. is unhappy about Peninsula Land Peninsula Golf Club and stated its At the heart of the matter is the fact Development’s proposal to create opposition in no uncertain terms at more than 500 residential lots in Red this month’s Hibiscus & Bays Local continued page 2

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As students returned to school this month, the Year 9 classes at Orewa College became pioneers – the first at the college to be required to use iPads or tablets for classes. It is a noticeable change in the classroom, with papers, pens and books nowhere to be seen. Principal Kate Shevland says the vast majority of the school’s 350 Year 9 students are equipped with their own iPads, tablets or laptops and that the school is working with around 15 Year 9 pupils who do not have a device. When the proposal to introduce iPads compulsorily was first aired with parents last July it caused alarm in some quarters, with issues raised such as cost and health. Kate says it’s early days yet, but so far the process has been a smooth continued page 2

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Developers in conflict

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that WFH Properties has paid for roading infrastructure in Silverdale North that it says Peninsula Land will derive benefit from at no cost. The company is also concerned at the amount of lots that could be released onto the market at one time, in competition with their own. Consultant to WFH Properties, Tim James, says it makes no sense that a competing developer should get “a free ride”. He says strict staging provisions agreed with the former Rodney District Council mean that sections in Millwater can only be released as roading infrastructure is put in place. “To facilitate this, WFH has paid for significant amounts of roading, including upgrading work on the intersection of Hibiscus Coast Highway, Millwater Parkway and Whangaparaoa Rd,” he says. So far 300 lots have been released in Millwater, of which around 200 have been sold. The entire development, including Orewa West, is 2600 lots. At the local board meeting, WFH Properties’ lawyer Sue Simmons said the company was not there “to bag” Peninsula Land Development. Nevertheless, she said WFH plans to make strong submissions against the plan change requested by Peninsula Land Development, which would

rezone the golf club land so that the residential development can proceed. “We are faced with a plan change that may put 520 new lots on the market and there seems to be a lack of recognition by Council and the community that the traffic effects on the network are unresolved,” Ms Simmons said. “The network is already at capacity. Any new development will take advantage of infrastructure that has been paid for by WFH.” Peninsula Land Development’s planner, Ian McAlley, told the board in response that issues on the wider traffic network have been taken into consideration in the plan change proposal, including looking at the timing of when the traffic will come on line and mitigation methods. He said the possibility of Peninsula Land Development staging the release of its lots would be something to be decided during the plan change process. Auckland Council’s Regional Development and Operations Committee resolved to accept the private plan change request last December and public notification must take place within the next two months. Among those also expected to make submissions in opposition will be the Hibiscus & Bays Local Board, Hibiscus Coast Village and Hibiscus Hospice.

iPads introduced

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one, with parents supportive and no technical glitches or theft of devices. She says keeping parents informed is key, including providing information on “responsible cyber citizenship”. The introduction of one-to-one computing as the predominant mode of learning and submitting work will be monitored, with a decision to be made in July about widening the iPad requirement next year. Kate says more pupils throughout the school are bringing their own devices

this year, which will be taken into account in the decision-making. She says the training of more than 50 teachers in delivering the curriculum via tablet makes it relatively straightforward to pass that information onto the remaining 50 or so teachers. However, even if the system is introduced school-wide, it will not make the school completely paperless as internal and external exams are currently paper-based and pen and paper are still used for some subjects.

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Dust gets up Kensington Park neighbours’ noses Earthwork currently underway at Kensington Park in Orewa is disrupting the lives of neighbours, who say they are dealing daily with unacceptable and un-consented levels of noise, dust and dirt. Peter Fyers, who works from home, manager Mark Peldmanis says the overlooks the development. This plan is to lower the largest pile of summer he and his wife Dale have topsoil, which is around 12m high, kept their doors and windows closed incrementally. whenever possible to mitigate the “There is a big phase of work to noise of diggers and trucks, amplified complete this year,” Mr Peldmanis by the surrounding terrain, which says. “We are looking at methodology has been running for 11 hours each to see if we can reduce the impact this weekday since just before Christmas. is having on neighbours.” The timing of these operations is permitted under Kensington Park’s Residents Pat Coll and Russell resource consent, however residents Holmes say two months of raising say other aspects of the company’s the issue with Kensington Park and Auckland Council, who monitor consent are not being adhered to. The terms of the resource consent resource consent compliance, have includes a requirement for Kensington been fruitless. Park to “take all necessary actions to “It seems to be all about their rights, prevent a dust nuisance to neighbouring and not about ours,” Mr Holmes says. properties” and suspend operations if Mrs Coll says that she has repeatedly necessitated by prevailing conditions. asked that the terms of the resource Of most concern to residents is that consent be met but no action is taken. prevailing easterly and northeasterly “On Saturdays, contractors often winds blow lime dust and dirt from extend their permitted hours of work large piles of soil into their homes. by two to three hours, and work when Kensington Park Holdings general there is a northeasterly blowing, which

Pat Coll and her neighbours living adjacent to Kensington Park are fed up with dust issues that they say breach resource consent provisions.

is not allowed,” Mrs Coll says. “We are not complaining for the fun of it – dust inhalation is a serious health issue for many of us, not to mention the constant noise.” Council’s northern consents and compliance manager Julie Bevan

says her team has been in regular contact with the developer about the complaints, as Kensington Park has an obligation to control the dust levels. “Council has requested that the developer water down the haul roads to deal with this issue.”

Pharmacies put ‘toe in water’ with first influenza injections For the first time this season, flu injections can be offered at pharmacies – a move that has caused controversy within the medical profession. The Pharmacy Brands group, which includes Amcal, Care, Life, Radius and Unichem pharmacies, spearheaded the move, seeking authorisation from Government last year for trained pharmacists to offer flu jabs. Last month the Ministry of Health cleared the way for the initiative to proceed, and outlined national guidelines for participating pharmacists. To take part in the scheme, pharmacists must meet criteria such as having two staff who have completed a training course and clinical assessment. Around 50 pharmacists will offer the service nationally starting at the end of this month. While the service has been welcomed

by pharmacists and some doctors, other GPs have expressed doubts relating to insufficient consultation, loss of business and fragmentation of health services. Dr Peter Hall of Family Doctors in Whangaparaoa says he has discussed the issue with local pharmacies and is comfortable with what is being offered. He anticipates little drop off in business at his practice as the vaccine can only be given by chemists to those who are not eligible for a subsidy; the vaccination is free if you’re over 65 or suffer from particular chronic illnesses. He says the pharmacies will charge around $45 for the shot, which compares with $20 at his surgery – this charge will vary from practice to practice. Government has signalled that there is the potential for the scheme to be

widened to include other vaccines and Dr Hall is not in favour of this. “Other vaccinations are more complicated and have higher reaction rates,” Dr Hall says. “There is the risk that pharmacists giving a range of vaccines would confuse the immunisation programme.” He says there has been a trial of pharmacists monitoring the use of the blood thinner Warfarin – doing tests, reading results and advising patients how much to take. “I would see this as fragmenting medical care, especially for people who may have other health issues as well.” Orewa Care Chemist owner Antony Wentworth is introducing the flu vaccination service at his pharmacy and says primarily it’s a great opportunity to ensure more people are vaccinated. He says the process is a ‘toe in the

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Joy bus remembered

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localopinion Meat in the sandwich?

The effectiveness of Local Boards as community advocates is being seriously compromised by a lack of access to professional services and by rules that restrict the impact the board can have on decisions that sit with the governing body. The issue has been brought to a head for the Hibiscus & Bays Local Board as it looks for ways to make the community’s views heard regarding the proposed development of the Peninsula Golf Club land in Red Beach. Notification of the Private Plan Change that must be granted before the development can proceed is due within two months. With a large part of the community concerned about the proposed development, raising issues such as the impact on green spaces, stormwater and traffic, the local board is keen to make a solid submission that conveys the view of its members and the community to Auckland Council and the commissioners who will consider the plan change. However in order to do so it needs professional advice but must go cap in hand to Council to request staff to provide this, with no certainty that it will be forthcoming. Further, supposing the board is sufficiently resourced to make a meaningful submission, it is understandably hopeful that this will be given weight by Council as it represents the voice of the community. In fact, as it stands, local board submissions have somewhat less weight than those made by the general public, as local boards do not have the right of appeal once Council has made its decision. Local boards are also prevented from making submissions on resource consent applications and can only do so as private individuals. That is contained in the legislation that set up the Auckland Council, seemingly because local boards are part of the same entity. While some members think it is a waste of ratepayers’ money for local boards to “go to war” with Council, others are of the view that their job is exactly that – to go into bat for the community, even when that means opposing Council. In the meantime the local board is left in the awkward position of being “the meat in the sandwich”. Council’s response to the issue of access to professional services will set a precedent as it affects the power of the local boards to represent community organisations that cannot afford those resources. By raising the issue, our local board is breaking new ground and the results will be of immense interest not just to this community, but to those throughout the Auckland region.

Council a let down It’s heartening to read that Julia Parfitt and John Kirikiri are fighting for funds for this area (HM Feb 1). Of course they wouldn’t have to be ‘fighting’

but for the fact that there was a reallocation of funds destined for local projects to Auckland Council and its CCOs. The idea of amalgamation was that all would benefit. There would be economies of scale and there would be

significant reductions in administrative costs with no dilution of planned projects and services. What tripe that is turning out to be. With the grand plans for Auckland Central, the Council has four options to meet the huge costs:

Having just read that the Joy Bus will once again be seen in Orewa (HM February 1) brings back fond memories for both me and my family. Keith Morris was a great man. I have memories of him driving his beloved yellow Joy Bus around town with his black cap on, stopping to talk to everyone, handing out lollies and other small toys to children. Keith was a man of great integrity. He always had time for young people, particularly those who were disadvantaged. I had the great pleasure of working for Keith for several months at a Fruit and Vege shop that he set up at Hillary House. The main purpose of this venture was to give young people the opportunity to run their own small businesses. This was just one of many projects Keith was involved in. His greatest contribution to this community is the Hibiscus Coast Youth Centre. I was honoured when I was chosen to officially open the Centre and, along with others, including the mayor, have my hand print pressed in concrete. It meant a lot to him that the young people had somewhere to ‘hang out’. He made a difference in their lives. Keith truly cared about the people he met. After I was involved in a bad car crash, and had my wheelchair stolen, all in the same week, he phoned me to ask if he could help. Just knowing that he cared was help enough. I am honoured to have called him a friend. The world needs more people like Keith. Belinda Edwards, Red Beach (abridged)

cut services, increase rates, borrow, cut staff, or all of those. That is why a lot of us opposed amalgamation. The little fish were bound to be swallowed by the big fish. Progress? John Clements, Orewa (abridged)

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Tolls on the Northern Gateway Toll Road will increase on March 1 by 20 cents to $2.20 for cars, motorcycles and light commercial vehicles, and by 40 cents to $4.40 for heavy commercial vehicles. Transaction charges introduced last August to some toll payment methods will not increase. They remain at 40 cents for payment by kiosk and $3.70 when payment is made by phone. There is no administration fee for tolls

paid online. The NZ Transport Agency’s regional director for Auckland and Northland, Stephen Town, says the increases are to ensure the toll road remains viable and on-track to repay its debt as planned within 35 years. Building the road required borrowing $158 million of the total $372.5 million construction cost. As at the end of December 2011, the Transport Agency had repaid $17.5 million.

Agreeing to differ

The Hibiscus & Bays Local Board resolved not to make any changes to the financials of the Local Board Agreement, which will mean finding an additional $477,000 over and above the current allocation from the governing body to fund local projects. Chair Julia Parfitt says that the board is narrowing the gap by achieving economies and extending projects across more than one year.

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This is Hibiscus Matters’ 100th issue. The first issue was published on August 8, 2007. We would like to thank all our readers, advertisers, columnists, distributors and other supporters who ensure that the paper continues to go from strength to strength.

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A change of policy by Waiwera Thermal Resort has caused an uproar in the community, with most people only becoming aware of it after would-be picnickers were turned away at the gate. The policy was introduced on that used to enjoy a day’s outing at February 1 and prevents the public Waiwera Hot Pools. It prices the day from bringing their own food or drink beyond our reach.” into the hot pools complex – formerly Waiwera Thermal Resort management a popular picnic and birthday party were approached for comment, but venue for families. declined other than to point to the Instead, food and drink must be announcement of the decision on its purchased at the on-site café. website. In this notice, the company Comments on Facebook expressed implies that food safety issues are anger and frustration at the new policy, behind the decision. with many regular and long-time “Moving forward we will now operate Waiwera visitors saying they would be within the industry standards in patronising Parakai Springs instead. regards to food consumption at the Several commented that picnicking complex. We would like our guests to was the only way families could afford eat in the café or designated outside to spend a day at the pools. picnic areas which are maintained and Typical of the comments was one that serviced by our staff to keep you and noted: “this is awful news for families the resort pools more hygienic.”

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Bus tour highlights roading deficiencies Silverdale’s traffic issues were viewed first hand by a group of local government and business representatives during a minibus trip around the area this month. The group, which included Cr Mike Lee, who chairs Council’s Transport Subcommittee, local board members Julia Parfitt and John Kirikiri and Silverdale business owners, toured Silverdale at the invitation of Silverdale Commercial Ratepayers. President Lorraine Sampson says the trip, on February 2, provided the opportunity to see first hand the problems faced by the community. Emphasis was placed on the speed limit for cars on the slipway from Whangaparaoa Rd to Hibiscus Coast Highway, and the difficulties for drivers wanting to return south. From left, Silverdale Commercial Ratepayers vice president Graham Johnson, Steve Taylor of Atlas Concrete also Graeme Carter of Herman Pacific and Cr Mike Lee. raised the issues facing those working at the East Coast Rd entrance to very happy that the local board has put in Titan Place, which is frequently Forge Rd, plus the problems for large the Curley Ave extension into the 10 used for U turns. Mrs Sampson says articulated trucks entering Tavern Road. year plan, but we feel that the promised in the short time the minibus was in lights at the Silverdale Street/Tavern Rd Titan Place, 10 U turns took place, Mrs Sampson says the next step will intersection should be installed. With be to make a presentation to Auckland the changes happening in the area, it is illustrating the point. Graeme Carter of Herman Pacific Transport. important for the economy to resolve informed the team about the problems “Silverdale Commercial Ratepayers is the traffic issues now.”

Auckland Council fees almost scupper sign Auckland Council fees almost put paid to a plan to erect a ‘Welcome to Silverdale’ sign near the Silverdale motorway interchange. First steps towards the creation of a sign were taken by the Silverdale Commercial Ratepayers Association last year, with an application to Council in September.

A grant for $700 from the Hibiscus & Bays Local Board came through, the NZ Transport Agency gave consent and selected a site and all signs were positive until a list of Council fees were presented to the Ratepayers Association. The fees, which totalled nearly $1840, included a $64 fee for ‘sending an email and talking to the parks department’.

Ratepayers president Lorraine Sampson says the organisation refused to pay the fees and after several weeks of negotiations, the costs were reduced by around $840. “Council took into consideration that this was for community benefit” The 4.5m tall sign should be installed this month.

Reverend revs up It’s not often that Harley Davidson motorcycles take pride of place in the car park of Red Beach Methodist Church. However, a gathering of members of the Redeemed Motorcycle Club on January 29 for a special service by Reverend Ian Hanley drew around 30 bikes, and their owners, to the church. After the service, Rev Hanley blessed each of the motorcycles. Rev Hanley currently rides a 2010 Harley Davidson Road King – his fourth Harley – and has been a keen rider for 40 years. He is a member of HOG (Harley Owners Group) and the Ulysses Motorcycle group. He jokes that the only connection between his love of motorbikes and his ministry is “that everyone I take for a ride always ends up praying”.

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Compact city report offers vision for urban areas The potential ramifications of Auckland Council’s push for a “compact city” were revealed in black and white when a report prepared by Patrick Fontein, original developer of Kensington Park in Orewa, was leaked to the media this month. The report, entitled Total Auckland type of highrise that this report says will Development Potential, was prepared be required to meet Council’s targets.” to inform Council’s Auckland Plan Mrs Parfitt says the Hibiscus & Bays and the spatial and Unitary plans. Local Board is gratified that they were It looks at whether it is possible for one of the first local boards to prepare the majority of development to occur an Area Plan that will also have an within the metropolitan urban limits influence on future development. This and notes: “substantial intensification suggests that intensification in Orewa is possible, but needs to be much more is currently not appropriate. widespread than the current town She says Patrick Fontein’s report is centres and corridors”. one reason why it is important for The report provides models of what residents to make submissions on Council’s planned intensification the Spatial and Unitary Plans, and to (300,000 new dwellings within 30 make their views known to the local years) would look like and warns that board as part of the process. major re-zoning will be required. “We don’t want this proposal to Fourteen areas with potential for more develop legs – we want to be able to intensification, including several on the point to all the reasons why that scale North Shore, were studied in the report of intensification is not appropriate.” and Hibiscus & Bays chair Julia Parfitt Cr Wayne Walker says the report says the recommendations, which in makes valid points as to how some instances double the intensity intensification can happen, but currently allowed, will be far-reaching. that areas within Auckland must be “Much of the Hibiscus Coast is within considered on a case-by-case basis. the metropolitan urban limit, so the He says it is also important to note report is extremely relevant here, Mrs that the intensification process will be Parfitt says. undertaken in stages, over 30 years. She says the report sent shockwaves The Auckland Plan will be adopted around the North Shore. next month. It directs other key plans “People on the North Shore often point and policies such as area spatial plans, to The Nautilus and say they don’t want the Auckland Unitary Plan, and the development like that, but that is the Long Term Plan 2012-2022.

Viewpoint with Cr Wayne Walker wayne@waynewalker.co.nz

Cutting costs This year Auckland Council is focused on how we implement the Auckland Plan and the other plans like the Waste Plan and Long Term Plan (10 year budget). There are big opportunities for Council to take a lead and make savings across its water, waste and energy. In house I work with a sustainability team putting in place many hundreds of thousands of dollars in savings across the organisation. Because there are so many people, buildings, purchases, vehicles and so on, small changes multiplied can have a big impact. We now have smart electricity meters on many Council buildings so we can measure, track and incentivise reductions in electricity use. Encouraging travel planning, reducing paper and expanding recycling are all part of ‘walking the talk’. Construction has started on the expansion of the park and ride at Albany and I remain confident we can build stage 1 of the Silverdale Park & Ride this year. This, together with a simpler and better local bus service, will lead to further increases in bus patronage. Especially at peak times the express bus service into the shore and the city is quick, convenient and cheap compared to car running costs – and it’s smart. I find the trip is great for reading Council papers and enjoying conversation that keeps me in touch with local concerns. Two or three more full buses on Whangaparaoa Road at the morning and evening peak would significantly improve traffic flows. If you haven’t already done so, consider switching some trips to bus; download a bus timetable and check out the times; even using the bus occasionally makes a contribution to reducing congestion. The 10-year budget we put in place this year sets Council’s income and expenditure and effectively sets the rates that property owners pay. A critical consideration will be the funding sources we can bring into play other than rates – especially for funding the big transport projects like the city rail loop. A regional fuel tax, congestion charging, value uplift and targeted rates are among the options in the mix. In this new council model, the mayor puts up the budget to Council in the first instance and then Council as a whole goes to work on it. Hibiscus Coast ratepayers can expect their rates to go up less than much of the wider new city. The reasons are historical: the valuations that the rates are allocated against have generally dropped on the Hibiscus Coast (they were previously based on the 2007 property ‘peak’), our rates have traditionally been higher and our capital values are generally lower than areas closer in. We have already had a significant reduction in the cost of water.

Is Employee Theft a problem at your Business? SOME EXAMPLES OF STAFF THEFT CASES THAT WE HAVE RECENTLY INVESTIGATED...... CASE 1

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“We knew our business should have been operating at a profit but every month we were having to put money in to pay the bills. We called Insite Security in to take a look at our processes and within a week they had identified that our Manager was stealing $400 each shift that he worked. As he was rostered on for 4 Shifts per week and had been working for us for over 10 months, we worked out he had stolen about $50,000 from us! Insite Security gathered up all the evidence and interviewed him. He admitted all of these thefts, made a written statement acknowledging his guilt and resigned on the spot. Our business is once again making a good profit” – Janet

“The petty cash tin at our work was getting hit once or twice every week with around $20 or $40 taken each time. As we have a large staff it was really hard to pin down who was doing it? My wife and I were very upset to know that we had a thief in our company as we liked and trusted all of our staff. We called in Insite Security and within a couple of days they were able to conclusively prove that it was our Foreman who was stealing from us. Insite interviewed him & he admitted having stolen all of the money. He paid it all back to prior to resigning. The hardest thing for us to understand was that he had worked for us for 7 years and I had always thought of him as a personal friend. In the end it was great to have the matter sorted out and suspicion taken away from all the rest of our innocent staff” – Charles

“We called in Insite Security to investigate when it became apparent that our till balances were consistently out by around $40 a day, 3 or 4 days a week. These were the only days that we had 2 part time staff working for us. Two days after starting their enquiries, Insite identified one of the part-timers as being the thief. On the evidence that Insite had gathered the Police were called in and the girl was interviewed by them. She admitted being the thief, paid us back $1000 and immediately resigned. Insite Security did a fantastic job getting this problem sorted out for us” – Steve

If you feel that there might be a similar problem at your business, please give Insite Security a call NOW. All enquiries are treated in the strictest confidence.

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Coast teens in line for free entertainment College principal An Auckland Council initiative, coupled with a Council grant, has resulted in free events for Hibiscus Coast teenagers that begin this month. The Chill Youth Group events have Grant has enabled them to be offered been running at the Hibiscus Coast free of charge. Youth Centre in Orewa for several The first free event for teens is Laser months, but until now young people Force on February 18. There will be were charged a fee to attend. one event held every month. Leader Anthony Waith said the idea for providing Chill Out events arose Anthony is also leading Chill In sessions at Council’s Converge meetings every Saturday at the Youth Centre, last year in Takapuna. These were starting on February 18. This will enable brainstorming sessions for youth, young people to come and hang out, or looking at positive ways to connect take part in activities such as kayaking, sports games or watching movies at the young people with their community. Anthony expects numbers at the events centre, from 10am–10pm. to double now that a Community Info: ph 426 5005. Children’s Day will be celebrated locally with a chance to have a go at operating old time household equipment, and games such as a treasure hunt and gumboot throwing at the Silverdale Pioneer Village. The activities take place on March 5, 10.30am–3.30pm. The aim of Children’s Day, which was first held in NZ in 2000, is to heighten awareness of the importance and needs of children and promote their development. Pictured is Elaine Butler-Stoney showing Jake Thompson of Stillwater the art of making butter pats at last year’s Children’s Day celebrations. Are you following us on facebook and twitter? www.facebook.com/hibiscusmatters

bowing out

Anthony Wraith

Looking for leaders

The Sir Peter Blake Trust is seeking nominations for its annual Emerging Leader Awards, which will be announced as part of Leadership Week in June. The trust is looking for six leaders, aged 25–45 years, who have inspired and achieved in many areas of life, sometimes in relative obscurity. Entries must be received by March 30. The awards aim to encourage New Zealanders to develop the kind of leadership demonstrated by Sir Peter Blake during his yachting and environmental feats. Info: www. sirpeterblaketrust or contact Siobhan O’Kane 09 307 8875.

Whangaparaoa College principal Brian O’Connell announced his resignation this month, leaving college staff wondering who may take his place at the helm Brian O’Connell of the school. In a note to parents, Brian says the Board of Trustees has begun the process of appointing a replacement. “The school is in an exceptional position to develop further. The finances are strong, the staffing is first rate, the property is of the highest standard and he achievement of our learners is moving to a very good level.” Brian will leave at the end of Term 1, to move to Australia, where his wife has accepted a job. Brian was appointed principal in February 2004 to establish the college, which merged with Hibiscus Coast Intermediate. The college opened in 2005 to Years 7, 8 and 9, and grew a level each year until it reached Year 13 in 2009.

Orewa Community Church

Discovering God Sharing Christ’s Love Sunday Family Services 10am + Kids Church 19 February “Pastoral Sunday” 26 February “Introduction to Isaiah” ~ All Welcome ~

Entrance from Amorino Drive, Red Beach. Phone 426 7023

www.occ.net.nz


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learningfrontiers Learn about marine reserve for free during Seaweek

An opportunity to explore and learn more about Leigh Marine Reserve at Goat Island with the free services of a knowledgeable guide is being offered next month as part of Seaweek. The free informative snorkelling sessions, to be held on March 3, will run from the beach with wetsuit, mask, snorkel and fins provided. Volunteer guides and patrolling kayakers will not only ensure the safety of participants, but also help by naming the many fish species that can be seen and pointing out things of interest. No bookings are needed, and families are welcome (children under 15 need to be accompanied by an adult). Half

Photo, Darryl Torckler

price vouchers for Glass Bottom Boat trips are available to participants and there will also be free flax weaving under the pohutukawa trees. If the weather, or sea conditions do not make the event possible, the back up day is March 10. Info: ph DOC Warkworth, 09 425 7812. For cancellations listen to NewstalkZB. Community Snorkelling Day • Leigh Marine Reserve (Goat Island) • March 3, 10am–2pm

Community’s youth benefit from Orewa Big Dig fundraiser Although final numbers are still being crunched, the recent Big Dig is expected to raise a record total of around $6000 for local youth organisations. Sunshine and the holiday atmosphere of Auckland Anniversary weekend were major contributors to the most successful day in the event’s 33-year history. In excess of 3000 children aged from five to 16 years dug cordoned off sections of Orewa Beach searching for buried prize tickets.

Orewa Lions president Paul Reid says seeing that number of diggers taking part was an awesome sight. “It was like carnage out there – sand flying everywhere,” Paul says. Most of the more than 1000 prize tickets buried in the sand by Lions volunteers were dug up. The event, on January 30, was held two weeks later than normal, and Paul says there is no doubt that the Anniversary Day holiday increased the numbers attending.

He says local businesses got right behind the Big Dig, especially Orewa New World, supplying prizes that included bikes and scooters, vouchers and gift packs. Sausages were sizzled by the dozen by Whangaparaoa Lions and entertainment on the reserve, which included bouncy castles, slides and merry go-rounds were so popular that people were queuing at 9am for rides. For more photos, visit www. localmatters.co.nz

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We’re looking for more

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The Manly walking school bus is pictured with Lance Dunne of Times FM (right) who broadcast live while walking to school with the children.

Buses get back on the road As children headed back to school this month, commuters immediately noticed the increase in traffic. However, the children who are Debbie Thompson of Whangaparaoa walking or cycling to school helped Primary says participation in the reduce the impact of those doing ‘the scheme is growing each year. school run’ by car. “Many parents would like their kids Walking school buses, supported by to walk to school, but are concerned Auckland Transport, offer an option about safety issues,” Debbie says. for Primary School students wanting “That’s one reason the walking buses to walk together. The groups are supervised by parent volunteers. Like a are so popular.” bus, it travels at a set time and children Whangaparaoa Primary’s walking join or leave at designated stops. Teacher school buses started again last week.

Scottish dancers switch to Orewa

The Hibiscus Coast Scottish Country Dancers are forming up in a new location this year, having moved their base from Stanmore Bay Community Hall to Orewa Primary School. To start the New Year on the right foot, the club is offering two open nights for the general public to come and try out this style of dancing. All age groups are welcome, and there is no charge. The open nights are Wednesday, February 22 and Wednesday, February 29, starting at 7.30pm. For more information, see What’s On, page 27 and advertisement page 16. Pictured are junior members of the dance club.


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A good way to beat the back to work blues is to plan your next holiday, which is one reason why this time of year is a busy one for travel agents. Local agents say the destinations getting the most attention are mostly in Europe, although cruises are also proving as popular as ever. In this feature we provide some tempting travel options and advice.

Luxury cruise designed with recreation in mind If you fancy a bit of golf, fishing or kayaking on your cruise, look no further than the Island Passage – a 500-ton ship built in Nelson in 2005. The ship was designed to create a small ship cruise experience for sailing in the South Pacific – with a maximum of 24 passengers in 12 cabins. It provides all the luxuries expected by cruisers, including spacious and comfortable cabins and exceptional Pacific influenced cuisine prepared by skilled chefs using the best local produce. Although the ship has the feel of a luxury lodge, the pace onboard is as energetic or as relaxed as you wish and the dress code is very much the latter with most onboard choosing not to wear shoes, and shorts the dress of choice. A helipad was added, as well as three large tenders to enable guests to explore the beautiful destinations the ship visits, or simply go fishing with one of the onboard guides. There are also kayaks, snorkelling equipment and a significant amount of fishing gear. Destinations include Vanuatu and the Bay of Islands as well as five and two

night itineraries in Auckland’s Hauraki Gulf. This year the Island Passage will also cruise Vava’u in the Northern Island group of Tonga. Essentially the ship follows the summer so the New Zealand cruises are from November through mid-April and then north to the tropics for May through October. Aside from scheduled cruises, the ship is often chartered for small groups, such as families celebrating weddings and other occasions. The ship can host up to 150 people on board for functions and corporate events. Helicopters are also a key part of the popular golf cruises on the Island Passage. Initially these focused on the Bay of Islands after a group of 16 Australian golfers cruised there last year and liked it so much they rebooked for this year. Word got around and soon there were three and four groups coming over and playing courses such as Kauri Cliffs, Carrington and Waitangi – all flying in and out to the course straight off the back of the ship. They have also created a Hibiscus Coast & Rodney

Sailing away on the Island Passage.

version featuring Gulf Harbour, Omaha, Formosa and Muriwai. Island Passage has been active in the Auckland community for over six years with its base, when in Auckland, down on Princes Wharf. They have sponsored the Gulf Harbour Fishing tournament and become a favourite with cruisers

who are serious and the more leisurely angler who likes a rod in one hand and a cold drink in the other. The Teams from Manly and Orewa United Travel have all been on board the Island Passage so don’t hesitate to pop into either store to find out about the 2012 cruises.

South Island Tour 2012 - 18 Days – 28 April to 15 May 2012 Auckland to Bluff ... and all in between Experience the best of the beautiful South Island in comfort and luxury Features include: Flight to Christchurch • Stunning Scenery • Dinner, Bed and Breakfast in Luxury Hotels • Luxury Coach Travel • Full Commentary throughout • Ferry crossing across Cook straight • Tranz Alpine Train Journey • TSS Earnslaw cruise & Homestead dinner • Milford Sound Boat Cruise • Picnic Lunch on Milford Sound • Albatross Colony Information centre • Larnach Castle • 4 two night hotel stays. Optional - Taieri Gorge Rail journey from Dunedin

Price : Share Twin $3,600.00 pp • Single Room $4,590.00 pp Please call our office or email us for a copy of the full itinerary and a booking form on

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CONDITIONS: Prices are per person share twin based on inside stateroom at best available price as at 27 Jan 12. Valid for new bookings only as specified or until sold out. Prices are per person share twin. Airfares additional. All prices are subject to availability and curreny fluctuations at time of booking. Amendment and cancellation fees may apply. Refer Holland America Line 2012 Europe brochure for full Terms & Conditions.

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For more information on these itineraries or other cruising options please contact NZ Representative, Francis Travel Marketing or your preferred Cruise Professional. 09 444 2298 ~ enquiries@francistravelmarketing.co.nz


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Well travelled books Anne Pretorius of Never Ending Books in Orewa never travels without a book or two in her bag. Here are her all-time favourite holiday reads for travellers. Blue Shoes and Happiness by Alexander McCall Smith Who says men can’t write about women and get it right? This author brings Botswana’s indomitable Precious Ramotswe into our lives in a way that leaves us astonished at how interesting a lady detective’s life can be. Happiness can be a pair of blue shoes and life is what you make it. A wonderfully restful read that leaves you feeling that life is indeed very good; reading it on vacation will supply a wonderful extra memory from your holiday. The Affair by Lee Child What a wonderful series – book number 16 and still I am not tired of Jack Reacher and his exploits. Lee Child’s series is improving with time and new fans are constantly being netted. This is not a holiday read that you will want to leave on the plane/at the B&B/ with your friends overseas. You will want to bring it home to add to your collection, even if this is the first one you have read. Heart and Soul by Maeve Binchy Maeve Binchy has taken a cast of characters from some of her best-loved books and included them in this heart-warming tale of love and marriage and how to work with the one you love to hate. A thoroughly enjoyable read, with the bonus of coming across old favourite characters and taking a moment to reminisce on where you met them. No brain strain here, just ‘feel good’ all the way. A wonderful light read that you will remember fondly many moons after your holiday, yet will happily leave for someone else to enjoy.

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Leap year romances motivate travellers

Girls with romance on their mind, as well as travel, will be aware that 2012 is a leap year and according to an Irish legend, St Bridget struck a deal with St Patrick, allowing women to propose to men every four years on February 29. Flight Centre has compiled a list of the top 10 most popular proposal destinations to help women decide on the perfect backdrop for their big moment. They are: the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris; over a picnic in Central Park, New York; in one of Venice’s gondolas; on the beach at Whitehaven, The Whitsundays; aboard a yacht in the Greek Islands; at sunset in an African game reserve; at the Pyramids of Giza, Cairo at dawn; off the coast of Fiji on a deep sea diving or snorkelling adventure; taking a helicopter flight over Fox Glacier or Franz Josef Glacier; or overlooking Sydney Harbour. The problem remains, however, what do you present instead of an engagement ring?

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While the cat’s away

Peace of mind during a holiday can best be achieved if forethought is given to home security issues. Police say that the priority is to make your home look as lived-in a possible during your absence. Leave a light on that will shine through at night, but leave the curtains open (drawn curtains in the daytime are a sign no-one is home). If possible, ask a neighbour to close curtains at night and open them during the day. Ensure mail is collected regularly by a neighbour and, during long absences, arrange for lawns to be mowed. Leave your holiday contact details with a neighbour.

*Terms & Conditions apply. Airfares are additional. Prices are based on Oceanview cabins. Sales are valid until sold out. All prices are based on per person twin share, in New Zealand Dollars & subject to availability. Travel agent service fees are not included. Prices are correct at the time of printing & are subject to change without notice. Cancellation fees apply. Prices are based on consecutive nights. Offers valid for new bookings only. Events beyond our control such as currency fluctuations may result in price variations. Prices are based on payment by cash or EFTPOS only. Product is supplied by suppliers with their own terms & conditions, please contact your local United Travel for full terms and conditions. UT0899


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up&away Hibiscus coast scottisH country dance club Orewa Primary School Hall, Maire Road, Orewa Each Wednesday 7pm Starts 22 February 2 open nights – no charge All welcome. Wear soft soled shoes

Ph: Gail 09 428 5655 or Keith 09 421 0158

Airport transfers • Weddings and Special Occasions • Dial-a-driver. Pre Booking Essential

A sea of hammocks on the cargo barge.

Amazing Amazon adventure Local travel agent Rachel Williams of Viva Expeditions says this trip is not one of the ones her company offers to the travelling public, but was nevertheless one of the highlights of her time in South America. There are many ways to travel: by car, plane, bus or bike, but perhaps my greatest travel experience was a twoweek adventure through the depths of the Amazon travelling by canoe and cargo barge, five years ago. Myself and partner Brendan travelled from Coca in Ecuador along the Rio Napo to Iquitos in Peru, mainly on a cargo barge, stopping in small communities to pick up people, animals and produce. This gave us a unique opportunity to glimpse the way of life of the people living in one of the world’s most diverse ecosystems – the mighty Amazon jungle. We watched the river change, widening and then narrowing, carving huge arches through the vast landscape. The sunsets and sunrises were spectacular. We shared stories with the locals, played chase with the kids, and spent nights playing cards with the crew, none of who had heard of NZ.

On one section of the journey we travelled in a small dugout canoe and I feared for my life for the entire two hours. The river was flowing high after recent rain. Trees twice the size of our canoe streamed past us as our pilot Pedro fought to keep his place on the river. In the villages there were no cars, phones or TVs and, in most communities, no electricity. The people were immersed in the jungle, relying on the land and the river for food, materials and transport. There were no restaurants, but were welcomed to eat in people’s homes. By the time we neared Iquitos, space on the barge was limited as we had amassed around 200 people, two cows, 30 pigs, a couple of hundred chickens and a mountain of bananas. A trip to the toilet or the canteen involved weaving under, over and through a tangled sea of hammocks. On the final day we turned a corner onto the Amazon River, and by the end of that day we had arrived in the city. As the noise of cars engulfed me I realised how lucky I was to have seen such a special part of world.

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lifematters The team at Caci Orewa – Nicola Freeman (Senior Therapist), Christine Dawkins RN (Appearance Medicine Specialist), Penni Burgess (Treatment Co ordinator), Absent-Veness Grimes (Senior Therapist).

Front view of the apartments featuring balconies with a North West view and the existing Care Home at top right.

Construction begins on Northhaven apartments Residents driving along Whangaparaoa Rd may have noticed that work is underway on a block of 27 independent living apartments designed for retirees at Northhaven Hospital and Rest Home in Red Beach. The project represents a $10 million residents can make use of.   investment for Northhaven’s owners, Bupa spokesperson Lisa Chambers Bupa Care Services and includes says the additional facilities will work around the existing care home provide a more intimate community entrance that will provide easier access for those people seeking this style of retirement living. for visitors. The new apartments will all have A village manager will be in charge of North West facing views and the the day to day running of the building complex will have shared spaces and assist residents. including a library, movie room The complex is due for completion in and dining room/lounge areas that early 2013.

Sandra Coney guest of honour at Women’s Day fundraiser Sandra Coney, well known campaigner for women’s health issues, will speak at a fundraising dinner next month, to mark International Women’s Day. The dinner, on March 8, has been organised by the Hibiscus Coast Council of Women and Hestia Women’s Refuge Rodney and all proceeds will be shared by the two organisations. Sandra will speak on the topic of

Tools for better parenting

Feminism in the 21st Century. She will also offer her perspective on being a woman in the supercity, as she is current chair of Auckland Council’s Parks, Recreation and Heritage forum. Tickets cost $40. Tickets/enquiries: ph Julie Walker, 424 3121. International Women’s Day fundraising dinner • Hibiscus Coast Retirement Village, 101 Red Beach Rd, Red Beach • March 8, 6pm

Six-week courses in parenting begin at Hibiscus Coast Family Services this month. The Tool Box courses, operated by Parents Inc, are run by trained facilitators. The course for parents of children aged 0–6-years is held on Tuesdays, 9.30am–11.30am, starting on February 28. The cost is $67.50 per person or $90 per couple (subsidies are available) and free for foster carers or grandparents raising their grandkids. Info: ph Hibiscus Coast Family Services, 424 4014 or visit them at 575 Whangaparaoa Rd.

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The use of Round Up for weed control in parks, roadsides and reserves on the Hibiscus Coast was raised with the Hibiscus & Bays Local Board this month. As a result of a plea from local resident the same weed control system as other Noeline Burgess, whose health is badly parts of Auckland. affected by chemical sprays, members “In recent years I’ve become aware of resolved to ask the Auckland Council a number of people on the Coast who for a trial to be conducted on the have become very ill as a consequence Coast, using a recently developed of exposure to chemical sprays. The super-heated steam system. Council sprays not only the roadside Member John Watson says that but parks and reserves where young the undesirability of spraying with children play. These young kids are Round Up (glyphosate) has long potentially exposed to toxic sprays.” been recognised by North Shore and The former Rodney District Council’s Auckland City Councils. view was that it was too expensive to “North Shore has used a hot water use non-chemical sprays. Mr Watson system for many years and Auckland says that argument no longer holds uses a coconut based system for their any weight as there are now a number weed control,” Mr Watson says. of companies in the market who “Basically their residents wouldn’t have chemical free systems that are stand for the use of chemical sprays.” as efficient and cost-effective as the Hibiscus Coast residents can request Round Up. to go onto a ‘no-spray’ register but “With the Auckland Council the Mr Watson says that is limited in its whole emphasis is meant to be on effectiveness because of spray drift. ‘liveability’ – how liveable can it be He says that ultimately it will be up to spraying your neighbourhoods with residents to insist that they are offered Round Up?”

Delivery of bowel kits in motion More than 100,000 people in the Waitemata District Health Board area will be invited to take part in the bowel screening programme launched last October. All residents aged 50–74 are eligible for the free screening and the process of sending out letters and test kits to eligible people has begun. The test kit allows people with no obvious symptoms to check for early signs of bowel cancer.

Bowel cancer is the second most common cancer and the second highest cause of cancer deaths in New Zealand, despite the fact that if it is diagnosed early, there is a 90 percent chance of a long-term cure. You don’t have to actively enrol but if you haven’t been to a doctor recently, or you’ve changed address, contact the screening centre on 0800 924 432 to ensure your correct details are on the register. Info: www. bowelscreeningwaitemata.co.nz

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Variety – The Children’s Charity is calling for application for its Gold Heart Scholarship programme. The programme provides talented Kiwi kids who are sick, disabled or disadvantaged with $5000 and matches them with a mentor to help them reach their goals. To apply children should already be at a high level in their field and show passion and commitment to achieve a long-term aspirational goal. The money could be used to assist with tuition fees, personal development, coaching, and the purchase of training equipment, travel or accommodation. One of the unique aspects of the Scholarship is that each recipient is assigned a leading professional or celebrity mentor to encourage and support them throughout the year. Applications close on March 31. Advertisement sponsored by Hibiscus Matters

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Health with pharmacist Tania Adams tania.adams@manlycarechemist.co.nz

Back to school bugs Holidays are great; I love having my kids at home. I also love the absence of all those childhood illnesses like head lice (nits), chickenpox, worms and all the various viruses that seem to descend upon us once they start back at school. Actually the head lice season seems to have preceded going back to school this year. It’s rampant. Maybe it’s been this “indoor weather” and all the children huddled together over board games. Because that is how they spread. Kids hugging and playing closely together. The head lice are able to move more easily from one head to another. There are lots of different ways to treat head lice ranging from chemical or natural products through to wet combing techniques. Which method you choose depends on your time available and personal preferences. Resistance is also a problem in our community. This generally comes from one of the following: inadequate application of a product, lice are resistant to treatment, failure to re-treat or re-infection. Running through your options with your pharmacist is a sensible idea. Just as you stop itching your head, I have another creepy topic to discuss – worms. Like head lice, worms are most common in primary school aged children. In New Zealand and other developed countries, threadworm (pinworm) is the most common of these infections with estimations of as many as 30–50 percent infection rates in some communities. It’s easily spread to family members, caregivers and other children at school. The most tell-tale symptom is an itching bottom, especially at night, but only 30 percent of children will have this. It’s important that you realise that having threadworms in your family is absolutely NO indication of poor hygiene. However, hygiene measures should be used to help eradicate the infection from the household. For instance, avoiding scratching, washing hands and washing bedsheets, pyjamas, underwear and towels in hot water to help kill eggs. Threadworms are easy to treat with medicines. The main thing to remember is to treat the whole family and to repeat the treatment in two weeks time in order to eliminate threadworms at all stages of development. If you are a parent out there with the “Back to School Blues”, I hope you can take solace in the fact that you are not alone.

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solutions for a business. “Landlines will become a thing of the past, as is already happening overseas. That’s because it costs 30–40 percent less to put calls over the internet.” He says issues with the system related to reliability in power cuts or internet outage and call quality have been ironed out – for instance in a power cut, calls are re-directed to the mobiles of staff, so businesses do not lose communication. He says there is no need to wait for Ultra Fast Broadband before setting up VOI, because current internet speeds are sufficient. Initially Shane set up Telzone to work with residential and private mobile users, but the operation is now focused solely on business customers. He works with businesses to ensure their telecommunications system dovetails perfectly with their needs, looking at aspects such as internet communications, mobile, fax to email, 0800 numbers, web hosting and domains. “In my experience most business owners have no idea how much money they can save by having telecommunications set up properly. An example might be replacing a second line for a fax with a fax to email system.” Shane says many businesses get tied

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Z Petrol station in Manly handed over cheques to four community groups this month. The company donated $5000 per site to local charities in the first trading month of their revamped sites (locally, Manly and Whangaparaoa Rd). Customers were invited to vote for a charity and a total of $5000 was split according to those votes. On February 1 the Manly Z station presented cheques to: Community Patrol the Community Patrol ($1000), Whangaparaoa members Joan Marks and Rob Thompson Coast Youth Community Trust with Gursharan Mann, Manly Z owner. ($900), Coastguard North Shore ($2000) and Women’s Refuge ($900). The money from the Whangaparaoa site was split between Coastguard Hibiscus ($2000), Hibiscus Hospice ($1500), Hibiscus Coast Family Services ($750) and Whangaparaoa Community Policing $750.

In-home pet care

The Animal Health Centre based in Orewa has introduced a new Mobile Pet Service for people who prefer at-home vet nurse care for their pets. This unique service operates on Wednesdays in the Whangaparaoa Peninsula, Orewa and Silverdale areas; and on Thursdays to the Kowhai Coast and Helensville/Kumeu regions. For more information, see ad page 8.


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Freedom Companion Driving Service Making a difference in someone’s day comes naturally to Dairy Flat’s Kirk Storie, which is why he is happy to be on the road as the local operator of Freedom Companion Driving Service. More than a decade of voluntary work at Radio Lollipop in Starship Hospital, combined with 14 years spent working as a property manager at a large college, shows the value that Kirk places on being helpful and putting people first. This attitude is key to the door-todoor driving service he offers, which requires a lot more than skill behind the wheel. “Of course I take customers wherever they want to go, but as well as a safe,

secure ride there are extra services that you might ordinarily expect to get from friends or relatives,” Kirk says. “Taking the time to talk, to carry groceries into the house, take pets to the vets or pick up a prescription is what makes this type of service more personal, and so valuable to our clients. We take the time to make their outings affordable, enjoyable and stress-free.” As a long-time resident of a lifestyle block in Dairy Flat, Kirk also has the local knowledge needed to help customers in the region; his territory extends from Long Bay to Waiwera. To make things comfortable, his vehicle has been carefully chosen with large doors for easy access and space in

the back for groceries, or larger items such as a walking frame. All Freedom Companion Service drivers are police checked. Kirk and partner Gill Plume, who handles the administrative side of the business, both have personal experience with people who were no longer confident driving at night and who needed help sometimes with carrying heavy grocery bag and understand about the need to take time. They say the option of gift vouchers enables friends or relatives to ensure a loved one can continue with the hobbies or activities they enjoy. However Kirk says the service is in demand from young as well as old.

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Intuition and foresight essential part of business success Trusting your gut instinct is as important in business as it is in other areas of life according to Brigid Curran of Making a Change. Brigid learned this first hand, during 15 years spent as the owner of a property management company and she plans to assist other businesses to discover the positive power of intuition too, as she expands her business mentoring practice. Brigid’s focus is on holistic solutions for business, which comes from the fact that

it combines her business expertise with her skills as a clinical hypnotherapist. “Business people began coming to me with their business plans, seeking guidance,” Brigid says. “Often their instincts are telling them which path to choose, but they need the confidence to believe in the validity of those feelings.” As a clairvoyant and professional member of Hypnosis NZ, Brigid says increasing numbers of business people see value in using “non-traditional” skills such as hers when they need to

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think outside the square. She says her intuitive business mentoring has assisted business owners with decision making regarding new ideas or initiatives, helped resolve workplace conflict or staff performance issues and improved motivation and empowerment to help a business move forward. “Several years of clairvoyant readings has given me credibility in this community, and so I’m pleased to move it into the business world.”

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Sport with Mark McCarthny mkmy@hotmail.co.nz

Olympic dreams After the excitement of last year’s Rugby World Cup, it is hard to think that anything can top the way that event brought the country together. However, there is plenty of sport to look forward to this year, but the big event will surely be the summer Olympics in London. For two weeks beginning in late July, we will revel in the exploits of our top athletes as they strive for that elusive Olympic medal. A gold medal gives any athlete a lifetime of recognition. New Zealand has only ever won 36 gold medals in the history of the aummer Olympics. Who will add to that tally this year? Will we uncover a new athlete who will become a household name? Locally, we will follow the efforts of Erin Taylor in the kayaking. This is her second Olympics and she and kayaking partner Lisa Carrington are realistic medal contenders. We will find out shortly if fellow kayaker Teneale Hatton will get the seal of approval from the Olympic committee to join them. For many, selection for the Olympic team itself will be validation for their years of sacrifice and dedication to a punishing schedule that few can contemplate. Sadly, the standard in all sports have become so high, that athletes can no longer hold down anything but a small part time job. Recently I spoke to one of our top swimmers, who is within two seconds of qualifying for the Olympics. Her training regularly involves three sessions a day, sometimes four. All this to drop two seconds over 200 metres, essentially one body length. Hopefully, some of our young local athletes will be inspired and also make a serious effort to also get to that elite level. Some of our local juniors are already showing real promise and I am sure many will follow their progress. At the Secondary School Athletic Nationals in December, Orewa College had two athletes win events. Both competed at the junior level which is under 15 years. Matt Bloxham broke the record for the junior hammer throw as well as placing second in the shot put, while Mackenzie Vitasovich also won the hammer throw for the girls. The good bit is that Mackenzie has at least one more year in that age group. Both train four days a week down at the Millenium Institute at Mairangi Bay.

Young drivers face harder tests

Driving tests for young people will become harder this month with the introduction of a longer and more challenging restricted driving practical test on February 27. The NZ Transport Agency says learner drivers and their parents should be aware that a substantial amount of supervised practice (up to 120 hours) will be needed to prepare for and pass the harder test. The Transport Agency says research shows that more supervised practice at learner stage significantly reduces the crash rate. Info: www.nzta.govt.nz

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The toilet block in Silverdale Street is sporting a fresh new look following a makeover that Silverdale Commercial Ratepayers president Lorraine Sampson says was a true community effort. A team from the Silverdale Bunnings painted the toilet, paint was donated by Dulux and Silverdale Bakery provided the painters with lunch. Pictured are the team from Bunnings.

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A Shakespearian tale The charming young Robert Henry Anson Shakespear, son of Captain William Ross Shakespear arrived in Auckland in the mid 1870s. In 1878 he eloped with his 18-year-old sweetheart Blanche and settled in Takapuna. Robert began looking for land to buy (with financial assistance from his grandfather, Sir Robert Hamilton) and found a block “with an abundance of fish and wild pigs and splendid flats of alluvial soil”. This was land on the Whangaparaoa peninsula originally bought by Sir Ranulf Dacre, whose son had built a house on the property. Eventually after various purchases the Shakespears owned 2388 acres – the whole of the eastern end of the Peninsula. Robert and Blanche continued to Blanche Shakespear on horseback live in Takapuna from time to time journeying to Whangaparaoa by horseback with two small children (Robert and Frances) as far as the Weiti River where they and their saddles and other gear were taken across by punt while the horses swam over. There was no bridge. The family moved into the Dacre house where three more girls were born. Blanche’s sister who was a schoolteacher came to live with them and taught the children “in strict school fashion”. In 1897 Robert was offered a post as caretaker of the bird sanctuary on Little Barrier Island and he and the family lived there for thirteen years. The girls enjoyed life on the island becoming expert sailors and son Robert (Bob) was apprenticed to Logan Bros builders of many of Auckland’s classic yachts. He built a 32ft yacht, The Pirate which carried the family’s supplies to and from the mainland. The Whangaparaoa farm was leased to Jack Hobbs who in 1906 bought a large block including the Dacre house. In 1910 Robert decided to return to Whangaparaoa where he planned to build a new house but sadly after a short illness he died aged 54. His son Bob took over the building of the Shakespear homestead and the running of the farm with the help of his sisters. By the time of the depression in the 1930s it was difficult to make a living from farming sheep and cattle and Bob decided to grow pumpkins and melons at Okoromai Bay and Te Haruhi. The crop was loaded on to the family’s yacht Frances and sailed to Auckland where it was sold directly from the yacht at Queen’s wharf (to avoid paying Council tax if it was sold on land). The pumpkins were a remarkable flavour and weight and the best were kept each year and the seed saved. Neighbours were asked not to grow pumpkins within a seven mile radius so that the plants were not cross pollinated. During the war the NZ Army purchased 321 acres at the north tip of the Peninsula for Defence purposes and in 1967 the Auckland Regional Authority purchased the farm for a regional park In 1975 after Bob had died, they took over possession of the Shakespear homestead.

Museum news: Pioneer Village 15 Wainui Road Silverdale - open Sat/Sun 10am–3pm. 1860s Chapel and gardens available for weddings March 4 International Children’s Day, 10.30 am–3.30pm. Fun Day for children at the Pioneer Village. Woodturning, ropemaking, gumboot throwing, old time machinery treasure hunt. Gala date change

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HIBISCUS COAST TOASTMASTERS Would you like to improve your presentation and communication skills? We are running an 8 week Speechcraft course from March to April 2012. Starts Thursday March 8 6.30pm. $190. Whangaparaoa Public Library.

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education@toastmasters.org.nz ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS meet Fri 7.30pm, Orewa Community House (behind Estuary Arts Centre) Ph John 027 646 2995, 0800AA WORKS. Garage Sale First Sat of month. HBC Community Shop, Western Reserve, Orewa, behind the Information Centre. 8am–12pm. Ph 426 3598. Good as New Pre Loved Kids Market Sat March 24, Orewa Community Centre. 9am-12pm, 50+ stalls selling quality 2nd hand kids toys, clothes, furniture accessories. Ph 027 447 07151/natashagoodasnew@yahoo.com Hibiscus Coast Steiner Playgroup We welcome parents with children 0–5 years to join us for songs, crafts, bread-making, morning tea, imaginative play and story-telling. Tues & Thurs, 10am. Ph Genevieve 421 0855. LADIES SOCIAL BADMINTON 60’s plus Whangaparaoa Hall, Mon 9.30am ph 424 5508. Ladies Craft, Orewa Community Church, Tues 10am. Come along and try a new craft and make some new friends. Creche is provided. Ph Chrissy 424 4108. Puhoi Historical Society meets every 3rd Wed, 7.30pm, Puhoi Museum records room. All welcome. Museum winter hours Sat & Sun, 1pm-4pm. Spiritual Centre fortnightly, Orewa. Wed nights. Guest medium on platform. All welcome. Ph Lynda 424 1998.

PUBLIC NOTICES Stetson Country Music Club, Fri Feb 24, 8pm–11.30pm. Glen Moffatt & the Tall Boys featuring Chet O’Connell Band & Neil Hannan, Gordon Joll and Randal Terrens playing at the Dairy Flat Community Hall, Postman Rd, Dairy Flat. Licenced bar, club prices. www. stetson.co.nz or Ph 09 476 4554. Whangaparaoa Indoor Bowls start Mon Feb 20, Whangaparaoa Primary School Ladies Mile, 7.15pm. Thurs Feb 23, 12.45pm Whangaparaoa Ratepayers Hall. Ideal time for new bowlers to join, everyone is welcome. Ph Anne 426 4714.

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DUTCH LADY loves animals,would like to look after them whilst you away. Refs. Ph 09 627 8250 leave message or email jenfab@xtra.co.nz Want a holiday? Have you got a home/pet to care for? I am a reliable, mature lady with excellent references who will provide A1 care for all or any of the above. Ph Rae 021 217 4075. TO RENT or HOUSESIT, short term Senior, reliable non smoker couple. References available. Ph 0274 966 399 email donclarke@xtra.co.nz Professional lady wanting to rent 2/3 bdrm house. Long term. References available. Ph 426 8989.

To rent Red Beach 1-bed granny flat in family home: Avail March 3. Rent incl of power, water, free-view, broadband, phone. $300 single $350 couple. Ph 426 6793 or 021 108 4603 or Trade Me.

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. www.adept.net.nz

Bath any colour or size. For fish pond in garden. Ph 426 3308. 3 seater cane couch, Ph 426 6802. TO BUY, RECORDS/LP’s, 45’s Ph Mike 428 1587. DOUBLE GARAGE OR SECTION, to erect garage. Wanted to rent or lease for long term storage of furniture & car. Ph 0274 966 399 or donclarke@xtra.co.nz

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• Shed & Garage clear outs • Tools & Machinery • Cars, motorcycles, boats, caravans All things considered. Ph or txt 021 161 5139

Window Cleaning 30 years exp, local owner operator, reasonable rates. Ph David 426 2253.

Supply Installation Cleaning Repairs

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At Fence king We do all types of fences. Satisfaction guaranteed for prompt service and a free competitive quote. Phone Sam-the-fenceman 021 1264 660 or 09 42 4 8874. Cutting edge lawns, hedge trimming, tree pruning & section clearing. Quality & experienced workmanship. Ph Dave 021 269 9665 or 424 3800. Karl Hall Plastering Ph 0210 424 296. LAWNMOWING Friendly personalised service. Ph 09 426 4317 or 0274 113 133. LAWNS & GARDENS Trees. Hedges. Cleanups. Quality & reliable service. We’ll beat any price. Blake & Jackie. Ph 424 8268 021 256 8934. PAINTING, Quality work at discount price. Free colour consult. Honest & reliable, excellent references. Free quotes. Ph Mark 022 152 7203. PEST CONTROL, Flies, spiders, cockroaches, ants, rodents, wasps. Competitive prices & quality service. 25 years exp. Ph 426 2253. 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.

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Water 8,000 lItrEs $130, Whangaparaoa only. Ph Gavin, ASAP Water 0800 27 27 42 Water Filters Underbench filters & whole house Ultra violet filters – Kill and remove ecoli/bacteria. FREE site visits. Ph Steve 09 945 2282 www. purewaterservices.co.nz Water pumps Low water pressure? Get it sorted. Sales, service and installation. Work guaranteed. Ph Steve 09 945 2282 www.purewaterservices.co.nz 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 Est 35 years. Quality service. Ph 09 426 4317 or 0274 113 133.

QUALIFIED MASSAGE THERAPIST for health and beauty clinic. Min 2 yrs experience. Beauty, aromatherapy or Reiki 2 quals. an advantage. Must be able to work evenings and weekends. Contact Angela 09 428 2931 for application form.

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

HEALTH & Beauty A Toe nail trim & file Specialising in older adults & disabled. In clinic $35, home visits arranged with additional charge. Ph 427 5067 or 027 256 9979. BODALISHOUS Spray Tanning Full Body $25 Look fab for summer and lose weight in minutes with a natural organic tan! Ph 0274 429 703 Book now. FEET & HANDS – Pedicure, Foot spa, Foot massage and Free manicure (file & paint). Mobile service $30, or two people for $50. Ph Lesley 424 0676 or 027 271 6676.

HEALTH & FITNESS ACTIVE MUMS - SILVERDALE Specialised exercise classes for new mums or mums to be. $12.50. Thurs 6.30pm-7.15pm Silverdale Bowls Club, Ph Debbie 428 5181/027 600 6110. BODYFIT – WAITOKI SCHOOL Tone, strengthen, get fit. Mon, Wed, Fri 6.30am –7.15am. $9-1 class, $16-2 , $203. Ph Debbie 428 5181/027 600 6110. KEEP FIT CLASSES Friendly, affordable class for all ages & stages. Fun routines to easy-listening music. First class FREE. Tues 9.30am, Whangaparaoa Baptist Church, Thurs 9.30am, Whangaparaoa Scout Den, Wed 7pm, Orewa College Sat 9am, Orewa College. Ph Judith Douché 424 3009 or 027 671 5881.

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Group classes and 1:1 in Stanmore Bay or classes in your own home. Times to suit. Qualified, exp teacher Ph Penny 424 0570/021 0260 3034 WOMEN’S ADVENTURES NZ Exciting adventures coming up: Paddleboarding, Waikato Horse Trekking weekend, Canoe the Whanganui River, Bay of Islands tramping weekend and a winter Otago Rail Trail! More info, Ph Debbie 428 5181/027 600 6110.


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Adult classes in Ballroom and Latin American held at the Silverdale hall every Thursday night – starting February 2, 7pm - Beginners, 8pm - advanced. Ph 426 8989. Dance classes for children resume Tuesday February 7, 4pm at the Silverdale Hall. Qualified Dance Sport teacher, medal classes, group tuition, private lessons, competitive coaching. Ph 426 8989.

WISE CHOICES – Counselling Service, Brigitta Rohr (B. Couns., MNZCCA), Stanmore Bay, phone 021 416 251, www.wisechoices.co.nz

Guitar Lessons 1-0-1

All styles/All ages Reg Keyworth Ph 424 8959 Its time to really rock. www.PlatinumMusicCreations.com

Keyboard Klassiks Piano Tuition & Theory All ages, all levels. Experienced teacher, Ph 424 1001.

READINGS Clairvoyant/ Medium

Beryl Clarke genuine accurate messages from spirit. For confidential appointment Phone 428 3887 or 0274 750 999

Psychic Development How to read your cards. Tarot, Plain or Alchemy, Bring your cards (we have cards here too) Sat 10am-12pm, Orewa. Limit 4 per group. Receive messages, interpret cards. Tune into your intuition. Fun and casual. Booking essential $40 per person Ph 426 8361 www.makingachange.co.nz Psychic Readings with Brigid Ph 426 8361 www.makingachange.co.nz

WEIGHT CONTROL A1 WEIGHT CONTROL, Personalised Weight Control Programmes. Scientifically & medically approved, 100% money back guarantee. Ph Vicki 426 2253.

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Courses and workshops available at SeniorNet. Phone 426 1509. Mon–Thurs 9–3pm, Fri 9–12pm www.seniornet-hbc.org.nz

SING RIGHT LESSONS available for beginners, amateurs, includes presentation and performance. Experienced teacher. Ph Robyn 09 431 9159 or 0274 725 610. Watercolour classes Absolute Beginners & experienced. Drawing from the Beginning. Start week of January 31. Pauline Smith 426 4244

FOR SALE Black Cord For Jade Pendants Ph Rita Gibson 426 6076.

HAIRDRESSER - A CARING HOME SERVICE. Pensioner rates. Now using unique natural products that care for your hair & scalp. Excellent ongoing results. Ph Inga 426 0985.

HYPNOTHERAPY HYPNOSIS for stress, anxiety, phobia, depression. Stop smoking specialist. Bill Parker NZAPH, 424 7610. Making a Change through Hypnotherapy. www.makingachange. co.nz Ph Brigid 426 8361.

Caregiving/HOMEHELP Nanny Experienced, mature, reliable, local. Avail over summer. Ph 424 1505.

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Rat trapping/bait station boxes from Forest & Bird $35. Safe for your pets. Ph Pauline Smith 426 4244.

alterations, dressmaking, cushions & curtains. Phone Diane 021 025 70658. SYLWESTER’S TAILORING dressmaking, balldresses, alterations, wetsuit repairs. Over 40 years exp. Fast & affordable. Ph 426 7559 - 7 days.

Canon Printer/Scanner/Copier Pixma MP520. Excellent condition. Individual ink tanks (4 – all full – worth $34 each). Works best with Windows XP. $150. Ph 424.7437.

your local choice for professional sewing, tailoring & Alterations, 199 HBC Highway, Hilltop. Cheap rates. Phone 427 5880

Jade Pendants From $10 Ph Rita Gibson 426 6076.

Regular events: Sunday Funday at the Leisure Centre, from 3pm. Fun for the whole family • 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. Every Sunday, 8am to 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 every month. Info: Phillippa, phone 422 0009. • Kaukapakapa Village Market and Car Boot Fair every third Sunday of the month. Next market Sunday November 21, 8.30am to 1pm. Info: Sarah ph 09 420 9175 or Kim 09 420 5776.

what’s on Hibiscus Coast

February 2012

18 Giant Garage Sale to raise funds for the Hibiscus Coast Singers competition in Beijing. Red Beach Methodist Church, Red Beach Road. Starts 8.30am. Something for everyone. 19 Peninsula Players auditions, 1 Brightside Rd, Stanmore Bay, 2pm-4pm. Singers and musicians needed for Masquerade, An evening of Andrew Lloyd Webber music. Show Dates: April 12-21. Info: ph 424 1529. 22 Hibiscus Coast Scottish Country Dance Club Open Night – 7.30pm Orewa Primary School Hall, Maire Road, Orewa. All welcome, no charge, wear soft soled shoes. No partners needed. Info: Gail 09 428 5655 or Keith 09 421 0158. (see story p12) 24 Special night with Glen Moffatt & the Tall Boys featuring Chet O’Connell Band & Neil Hannan, Gordon Joll and Randal Terrens, the Stetson Country Music Club, Dairy Flat Community Hall, Postman Road, Dairy Flat, 8pm–11.30pm. Licensed bar. Info: www.stetson. co.nz or ph 09 476 4554. 24 Operatunity presents Showstoppers at Centrestage Theatre, Centreway Rd, Orewa, 11am. Show stopping songs from musical theatre. Tickets $30 including lunch with the artists. Group discounts available. For tickets, ph 0508 266 237. 25 REAL Women’s Series duathlon, Western Reserve, Auckland, 9am– 12pm. Includes individual duathlon, individual 5km walk/run, team of two relay and team of three relay. To enter, ph 09 303 4412 or visit www.realseries.co.nz 26 Fundraising Event, with up to 7 Bands including Blue Collar Band, Indigo Blue, Los Diablos and Riverhead  Slide, Dairy Flat Communiy Hall, Postman Rd, Dairy Flat, 1pm till 8 pm (approx). Info: www. DairyFlatLive.com 29 Hibiscus Coast Scottish Country Dance Club Open Night – 7.30pm Orewa Primary School Hall, Maire Road, Orewa. All welcome, no charge, wear soft soled shoes. No partners needed. Info: ph Gail 428 5655 or Keith 421 0158. (see story p12)

March 2012 3 Community snorkelling day at Leigh Marine Reserve, 10am– 2pm. Free guided snorkelling sessions, no bookings needed. Part of Seaweek Celebrations. Back up day March 10. Info: ph DOC Warkworth office, 09 425 7812. For cancellations: listen to NewstalkZB on the hour after the news. (see story p11) 5 Children’s Day fun day at Silverdale Pioneer Village, 15 Wainui Road, Silverdale, 10.30am–3.30pm. Hands on activities with old time equipment, treasure hunt, gumboot throwing and sand saucers. Info: ph Ruth Olsen, Silverdale and Districts Historical Society, 426 8778. (see story p??) 8 International Women’s Day Fundraising Dinner, Hibiscus Coast Village, 101 Red Beach Road, 6pm. Info: ph 424 3121. (see story p17) 10 Estuary Arts Centre celebrates its fifth birthday. Special exhibition entitled Celebration as well as an open day including live entertainment and displays by artists on Western Reserve. Info: ph Pat Shanks 426 4736, or email rpshanks@xtra.co.nz 17 Whangaparaoa Primary School Gala. 39 Ladies Mile, Manly, 10am– 2pm. Fun for all the family. Stalls, entertainment, children’s rides, food galore and more. Info: ph the school 424 9029. 23 & 24 Movies in Parks, Outdoor movies at Western Reserve, Orewa. Friday, The World’s Fastest Indian (PG), 7pm-10pm; Saturday, Love Birds (PG) 7pm-10pm. Info: www.moviesinparks.co.nz


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Boxing scholarships offer lifeline to troubled teens

The generosity of a local gym will enable five young people to take part in a boxing programme that could change their lives. TotalFit Studio in Silverdale is offering has already seen huge benefits for the five scholarships to its Amateur Boxing 15 young people taking part. programme, which covers all costs for “The programme develops good the 10-week course. discipline and fitness and is also Owner Charlotte Chignall says helpful if kids have been bullied.” anyone aged eight to 19 is welcome to However Charlotte says boxing is not apply for the scholarships, which are about equipping children to fight back. worth $100 each. Recipients will be selected by instructor Nigel Andrews, “Boxing provides the confidence for who is looking for young people who kids to stand up to bullies, not fight will obtain the most benefit from the with them. Parents have also noticed that children who lack focus have boxing tuition. Charlotte says these may be youth improved in their schoolwork since taking up boxing.” from disadvantaged backgrounds. “Boxing is a safe way for those who Nigel also works at pro boxer Shane are struggling with everyday life to Cameron’s gym on the North Shore, deal with issues such as anger and which enables him to assist talented frustration,” Charlotte says. “It youngsters to take their boxing to the channels that energy in a positive way.” next level. The programme has been running for Charlotte says boxing is becoming a four months at the gym and Charlotte huge sport in NZ, with both adults

Youngsters taking part in an Amateur boxing programme will soon be joined by scholarship recipients.

and young people taking it up in large numbers for fitness reasons. Anyone interested in the Amateur Boxing scholarships should contact

TotalFit Studio at 59-61 Forge Road, Silverdale, email info@totalfitstudio. co.nz or phone 426 4380. Applications close at the end of this month.

Helping hand needed for Coast’s women powerlifting team A seven-woman powerlifting team based on the Hibiscus Coast is making its presence felt in national competition. Last year the Coast Barbell Club Female Powerlifters came third in the country, as well as winning the Auckland Women’s bench press championships. Head trainer Damian Clayton says it is unusual for an area this size to have

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such a strong female group involved in powerlifting, but that the benefits of the sport for women are considerable. These include developing leg and core strength. “Women pick up technique very quickly and are easy to coach,” Damian says. “Once they have the technique down, they can squat 140kgs or bench press 70kgs.”

Damian has high hopes for the team this year, but he says funds are always an issue in getting the women to competitions such as the North Island champs in Tauranga in June and the Nationals in Dunedin in August. Over the next few months, the team will be sizzling sausages outside the Manly Butcher in Manly Village and The Warehouse to raise funds.

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