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Santa parade back in town

Small things loom large this weekend with two events focused on scaled down objects. The Gulf Harbour Radio Yachting Club fun day on September 8 is followed by the Hibiscus Miniatures Club open day. Pictured is Auckland Miniatures Club president Gayle Davey of Orewa with the miniature versions she made of her grandparents’ chairs. See story p9

Area Plan designed to stem the tide of intensive development Smaller building lots, terraced housing and apartments of three to four storeys in areas such as Red Beach, Silverdale, Orewa and Whangaparaoa are some of the recommendations made in a 30-year plan which goes before the Hibiscus & Bays Local Board for endorsement this week. The Local Board’s draft Area Plan is reflects Auckland Council’s push Auckland Plan, Council sought the one of the first to be produced and for greater intensification. Via its continued page 2

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It was with palpable relief that Santa Parade organisers Destination Orewa announced last week that the parade would definitely proceed this year. Last year when the parade was cancelled due to resource consent and funding issues, it caused a storm of protest from Coast families. The five-year resource consent for the parade was received from Auckland Council last month and, with preparations already underway, organisers are hoping for the best event ever on November 17. However, the news was not as good for the popular Orewa Boulevard Festival, which attracted a crowd of around 15,000 and 90 stallholders when it was held in February, 2011. Destination Orewa Beach canned this year’s festival, citing under-resourcing, along with Auckland Council’s continued page 2

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addition of more than 10,000 extra dwellings in the Hibiscus & Bays area, over and above the existing planned growth of 14,000 dwellings, over the plan’s 30-year timeframe. According to deputy chair David Cooper, the Local Board has done its utmost to temper this demand for intensification. “We have tried to ensure some balance between Council planners’ aspirations versus the likely impacts on our communities,” Mr Cooper says. He says the board is concerned that the Area Plan will be finalised before the governing body’s master document, the Unitary Plan, is completed. The Unitary Plan will be released for consultation next March – the final Hibiscus & Bays Area Plan will be adopted that same month. “We are not clear how the zoning in our draft will be interpreted as development rules in the Unitary Plan, which means we’re working in the dark. The proposed building heights have changed two or three times in the meetings we’ve had with planners and it’s all very vague. The devil will be in the detail of the Unitary Plan, which will set out lot sizes, and terrace and apartment categories in the zones.” The draft Area Plan shows most of the local growth concentrated in Orewa, Silverdale and Whangaparaoa. These town centres will be subject to further precinct planning. Orewa is envisaged as “a boutique retail and professional services centre and recreation launching point”. Plans include the development of the commercial core to four storeys, three-storey mixed use buildings along Centreway Rd and two-storey mixed use buildings on the beachfront in front of the commercial area. A three-

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storey maximum Mixed housing zone is proposed for residential Orewa. Red Beach is identified in the draft as a neighbourhood centre, with the potential to grow. Low-to-medium rise residential development of up to three-storeys is proposed, including apartments and terraced housing along Red Beach Rd and Bay Street. In Whangaparaoa, the draft shows an increased range of living environments in and around the town centre, with buildings up to four storeys. Housing in the residential part of Whangaparaoa remains mainly single and two-storeyed due to the terrain. Further growth is anticipated in Silverdale with some re-zoning of business land to encourage employment and service activities. The draft plan also suggests improving pedestrian movement and public transport in the retail areas of Silverdale, Orewa and Whangaparaoa, Mr Cooper says that infrastructure is not in place on the Coast to accommodate the suggested levels of growth and that to provide it would mean making radical changes to Council’s Long Term Plan. The draft document notes these constraints, saying that any rezoning in the first 10 years will occur mainly in the East Coast Bays. Mr Cooper says that the board has put a lot of time and effort into the Area Plan, yet as it is not a statutory document, the influence it will have on the Unitary Plan is unclear. However, he says the community’s input, which will be sought next month, is vital. “I urge everyone to speak up as the character of our lovely towns, villages and suburbs could be changed substantially by the push for intensification,” he says.

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for resource consent was lodged late last year, but in a recent statement Destination Orewa said that “Council compliance has made this event too complex for our small business association to implement”. Destination Orewa is continuing the process, and hopes to end up with a 10-year consent that will enable the Boulevard Festival to proceed in 2014. There are plans to pass organisation of this event on to “a large non-profit community group”. Anyone interested in entering a float, wearing a costume or volunteering to assist with the Orewa Santa Parade should visit or phone Diane, 426 2638.

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Giant donation leaves foodbank freezer flush with food It’s not often that extra freezers are brought in and filled to capacity with food at the Hibiscus Coast Community House foodbank, but a donation from Dad’s Pies of 10,500 frozen meals has achieved just that. Community House coordinator Tessa itself, there was a huge amount of Lane says this represents the biggest support from locals that made getting one-off donation in the foodbank’s the meals out to people possible. history and is an enormous windfall This included free transport from for those in need. Fosters Refrigerated Transport, low The meals are currently being cost leasing of freezers from Eddie distributed locally, and a portion has Law, a borrowed trailer from Robert gone to the Auckland City Mission Brandt of Helensville and extra storage at Orewa New World. and a foodbank in South Auckland. Dad’s Pies were storing the macaroni “I’ve never seen such a ‘can do’ attitude,” cheese and spaghetti Bolognese meals Carol says. “We were overwhelmed.” in their freezers for a First Choice Dad’s Pies general manager Kevin Foods brand, Yummy Tummies, Smith says the company has given pies and, when this brand went out of to the Salvation Army and Auckland production, decided to hand all the City Mission on many occasions, and remaining meals to the foodbank. so the decision was easily made. Community House vice chair Carol Carol says demand at the foodbank has Laidlaw says as well as the donation risen by a third each year over the last

Tessa Lane says the frozen meals are already going out by the box load to the community.

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parcels and had already supplied 246 by the end of last month.

Air training corps in need of assistance to stretch its wings A group of Air Training Corps cadets have had their wings clipped by the lack of a suitable base on the Hibiscus Coast. Currently the 60 cadets of No. 5 Squadron (Rodney District) Air Training Corps parade weekly on what used to be the greens of the former Silverdale Bowling Club, as well as using the buildings on the site. However theft of equipment and lack of certainty regarding the lease has made it imperative for the group to set up its own facility. Support committee chair Mike Graves says the buildings that they share with the Nippon Judo Club are leased month by month from Auckland Council. He says attempts to find out from Council whether the bowling greens are available for the Corps to lease have not borne fruit. “The former bowling greens are ideal for parading, and we could put a building and compound out there,” Mike says. “Around 60 percent of our membership comes from Whangaparaoa, so we want to stay on the Coast if we can. We have looked

at options at North Shore Airfield in Dairy Flat and other sites in the area, but nothing is available that we can afford. It’s not easy to find places that can accommodate more than 80 people on a regular basis at a reasonable cost.” He says the need for secure storage for equipment such as camping gear, radios, GPS and a trailer has become more urgent following a number of break-ins where valued kit was stolen. “Fundraising and sponsorship enabled us to increase our asset base so it is disappointing to have items stolen.” Although the Cadet Forces are supported by the NZ Defence Force, they are staffed and funded at a local level by volunteers. This includes Squadron Leader Nick Epson, who says the squadron is poised to expand. Since Nick took over the role three years ago, numbers have increased 10-fold. The objective is to have 100 cadets, as this will support the best officer/cadet training ratios, but this would be a squeeze in the current facility. Mike says the value of the squadron

Members of No. 5 Squadron of the Air Training Corps are in desperate need of a new base.

to the community is its ability to develop confidence, leadership skills, self-discipline and respect, as well as flying skills, in teenagers. For some it can lead to a career path. “Everyone gives up their time to organise events aimed at providing young people with the skills and knowledge that will help them become fine young men and women.” The Squadron also actively supports the community with a full turn out at the Silverdale RSA on Anzac Day

and local events such as the Soap Box Derby, school fairs and North Shore Aerodrome open days. Mike says support from Council will be vital in making a facility possible and the group plans to approach the Hibiscus & Bays Local Board soon. “We offer a lot to kids in this community, and hope we can get some assistance in return.” Info: contact Mike, 2mj.graves@gmail. com, or visit

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Plans and more plans I assure Tom Parsons (HM August 15) that there are plenty of Orewa residents with the intellect, experience and enthusiasm to try to ensure that Orewa Beach develops in a manner that will benefit the majority of Orewa residents and make it a great place for visitors too. The upcoming Area Plan consultation process will provide the opportunity for people to make their feelings known. But it’s worth noting that we spent 15 years evolving an Orewa Plan which seems to have been shelved by the

Auckland Council. Progress? John Clements, Orewa

System rubbished Reading the Auckland Councils rubbish collection plans, I find it hard to believe that it is actually going to happen. We are all to receive three wheelie bins, which we don’t want. According to the NZ Herald, people are to be employed to walk in front of the collection vehicles to check that we have placed waste items in the correct bins, with a threat of fines up to $400

for those who have committed such a crime. If it works, don’t fix it – I think most people on the peninsula are quite happy with the present system. Will there be a penalty for the mass of wheelie bins that will be littering the roads and pathways for most of the week and those not placed in the correct position for easy pick up, or not collected within minutes of being emptied? I suspect that a few weeks after receiving all these wheelie bins a large number of them will be found forming a landing stage in Arkles Bay. Mac Hine, Whangaparaoa (abridged)

Public parking feedback set to go online Facebook feedback was vociferous following Hibiscus Matters story on Auckland Transport’s parking proposals for Orewa (HM August 15). The proposals, which have been the current range of time restricted and we live in a user pays society,” one developed by Auckland Transport parking, which varies widely in Orewa. respondent said. in consultation with Destination Facebook discussion was mainly The proposals are expected to go out Orewa Beach, are designed to improve against parking restrictions, which for public consultation this week or parking turnover in the town centre, were described as “very off putting for early next week. Auckland Transport which will in turn reduce parking customers”. advises that information and feedback provision for business owners and methods will be sent to every residence A number of people said they currently staff. and business within the area and the have no problem finding a park in primary method for consultation Destination Orewa Beach does not expect Pay and Display will be among Orewa, “so I don’t see how restrictions will be via the CCO’s website, www. the proposals on the table, but the would be better for businesses”. mere mention of those three words However, some questioned why “The majority of people prefer online Orewa should be any different, when consultation, but paper-based will be sparked several indignant comments. available on request,” a spokesperson Blanket two hour parking restrictions parking is restricted elsewhere. are proposed as a replacement for “It costs money to provide parking says.

the record The Leisure Centre team puts its green credentials on show with this version of its logo, made from milk bottle tops, on one of its doors.

Meddling with medalling The Olympic commentators’ fondness for using medal as a verb caused a confusing moment for a Stanmore Bay mother recently. Her seven year old, learning about the Olympics at school, asked mum ‘what does medalling mean’? “To interfere, to push in where you’re not wanted,” mum replied. “My teacher says NZ is getting better at that, but China and America are the best,” came the response.

Prosperous George

When he visited the Coast last week, Minister of Consumer Affairs Simon Bridges revealed that Rodney MP Mark Mitchell is seen around parliament as “a bit of a looker”. “We call him George Clooney,” the Minister said, “but a prosperous one judging from his girth.”

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First stone turned at Stoney The restoration of historic Stoney Homestead in Silverdale North began last month and includes a number of challenges for Auckland Council’s contractors N. Cole. One of the first is to replace soil around The public will be able to see some of the homestead, which is contaminated the work in progress as time goes on, with lead and arsenic from the paint as it involves lifting the homestead 1.5 used on buildings at the time. metres into the air, where it will be The other priorities for stage one of suspended for around two weeks while the project are securing site access, the piles and bearers are replaced. trimming trees and dismantling the Following completion of phase one, veranda as well as structural repairs expected to be early next year, Council and weatherproofing. will ask the community for input Council’s project leader Rachel Hume regarding the homestead’s future use. says N. Cole were awarded the contract Funding for the work ($1.5 million because they have experience in the funding over the next four years) is refurbishment of heritage buildings. included in the capital projects budget Although the farmhouse and of the Hibiscus & Bays Local Board. outbuildings are in very poor repair after years of neglect, foreman Don Stoney Homestead, also known as Heighway says he’s seen far worse and Seaview, has heritage value as a rare he is confident the job will transform example of early pioneering and farming life in the Orewa district. the property. “It’s just a process of massaging it back For updates visit: www.facebook. or www. into shape,” Don says. “It will be as com/hibiscusandbays good as new when we’ve finished.”

Committee considers Archer’s Block reserve

The process of retaining the Archer’s Block in Whangaparaoa, owned by Auckland Transport, for a public reserve is still on track according to Hibiscus & Bays Local Board member John Watson. Mr Watson says the report recently presented to the board proved the process is a long-winded one, and the land still has to be “purchased” from a bookkeeping perspective, even though Auckland Transport owns it. He says a further influence on the process will be the Acquisitions Policy that is being formed in Auckland Council. The Archer’s Block proposal went before the Parks & Heritage Committee last month, as a confidential item.

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Auckland Council has adopted a new format for the Dog Policy hearings that began last month. The next one is at the Orewa Service Centre on September 14. Hearing committee secretary Wendy on the submissions on October 8 and Stevenson says rather than submitters send its recommendations to the full speaking to their submission in front Council meeting that takes place on of the panel, the hearings are being November 22. run in Forum format “as the best way Draft proposals released earlier this of dealing with this particular issue”. year attracted more than 10,000 There are two tables set up for 10 submissions. One of the major people and two Councillors, and the proposals includes making seasonal Chair circulates between them. The access times and dates for dogs on public and media can attend, although beaches and parks the same across Wendy says space is limited. the region. Other proposals include She says this is a new approach for a requirement to neuter dangerous, Council, and is to enable people to menacing and uncontrolled dogs ask questions of other submitters and and standardising access rules for the panel. The panel consists of four playgrounds, sports areas, streets, car Councillors and one independent parks and campgrounds. The final Maori Statutory Board member. policy will be adopted in November. The panel will deliberate in public Info: This poplar – a defining feature of the Arkles Bay foreshore – was felled last week by Auckland Council due to a serious decline in its health. A spokesperson says that the tree had to be felled for safety reasons. Manager of Local and Sports Parks North Martin van Jaarsveld describes the loss of the tree as “disappointing”. It was around 100 years old and one of the biggest trees on the peninsula. Auckland Council had been closely monitoring the tree after it didn’t come into leaf in spring. Previously it was subject to a regular maintenance regime to check the stability of its branches and ensure the safety of neighbouring residents. Felling the 30m high tree, on August 28, was a Herculean task; it was dismantled in sections by crane and the stump will be ground. More photos,

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In a month where many of us have just received our first rates bill, it is important for local boards to focus on how this money is spent to ensure that we get good value for your money. Our Hibiscus and Bays Local Board has even more of a challenge than most, as the two different surveys that have been conducted on funding have Hibiscus and Bays Local Board as either the second or third to lowest funded Local Board per capita in the Auckland region. We do however have one resource that gives us a real edge, we straddle two distinct yet wellresourced communities with strong and active community groups and a Local Board that is keen to work in partnership with them. In this column I would like to concentrate on one project where our Local Board is working in partnership with the community in the Hibiscus Coast division. Extending the Te Ara Tahuna walkway /cycleway around the Orewa estuary and beyond was identified as a key project in our Local Board Agreement. Already this wallkway attracts many locals and visitors to Orewa and it is getting exceptional use by both walkers and cyclists. After a number of requests to widen the path to the same width through the Western Reserve and provide the same level of lighting we went out for pricings. Faced with sums we simply could not afford the Local Board asked Conservation Volunteers, a not for profit group that has done extensive riparian planting in our Bays division and built tracks and bridges across the region and country, to give us a quote. Not only can they do the job under skilled project management, they can take 20 of our young people without jobs and upskill them to help make them work ready. The trees that were removed to create the walkway have now been cut into lengths and have been constructed into five seats, which are currently being carved by the prison carvers at Paremoremo. Our only costs will be the milling, transportation and installation costs. Finally in association with Harbour Sport we are currently developing a Memorandum of Understanding with all the groups who are keen to see the walkway extended southwards through Millwater and beyond. Working together and partnering with other trusts such as Estuary Arts and the Te Araroa Walkway Trust (which will enable these groups to apply to external funders to leverage money), will allow this project to become a reality. While we will continue to champion for a fairer and more equable funding formula for local boards, working in partnership with our community groups has let us get on with the job and ensure that we spend your money wisely.

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Top models go on display Small is beautiful for two local clubs – Hibiscus Miniatures and Gulf Harbour Radio Yacht Club – which are both holding public events this weekend. While dolls houses may be what immediately spring to mind when miniatures are mentioned, Laurie and Gayle Davey have created far more than that, with their shed and a room in their Orewa home packed wall to wall with all sorts of miniatures. A Kiwi bach, retro caravan, villa and art deco houses as well as replicas of the Auckland Zoo, a church and a bordello are among the miniatures the pair has made over 30 years. Radio yachts in action in Gulf Harbour Retired builder Laurie, who is president of the Hibiscus Miniatures Radio Yachts Fun Day Club, constructs the exteriors while The best thing about radio-controlled Auckland Miniatures Club president yachts, according to Gulf Harbour Gayle makes the interiors. Radio Yacht Club treasurer Chris An eye for fine detail is essential in Grant, is the chance for anyone to making miniatures – Gayle enjoys enjoy the art of sailing. discovering that a certain curtain He says the club’s around 30 members fixture is a dead ringer for a caravan are all fascinated by sailing, but may towbar, for instance – as well as not be able to afford their own full size patience and deft fingers. boat. Hibiscus Miniatures Club, which started in Warkworth but was re- “Learning to sail a model sailboat is named and moved to the Coast last much like in a life-sized boat,” he says. year, is holding a public open day Enthusiasts can purchase ready-to-sail at its base in the Girl Guide Hall in remote controlled sailboats, or build one from scratch or from a kitset. Centreway Road on September 9. It will provide an opportunity to The Club holds regular fun days at view models as well as speaking with Regency Park Drive in Gulf Harbour, members and watching them at work. where anyone can come along and try There are six clubs in Auckland, and the sport. Yachts are on hand and club 28 nationally, dedicated to this hobby members will help get newbies started. and Laurie says he hopes the open The next fun day is on September 8. day will attract new members to the For information on both events see Hibiscus club. What’s On, page 27.

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With the approach of summer comes many property owners’ desire for a good old-fashioned spring clean. The new owners of Neat & Tidy Bins of Silverdale, Vince and Tracey Douglas, have set out to provide a service that makes the removal of any amount of household, or commercial, rubbish simple. Vince and Tracy, former owners of Wade Motors of Silverdale, say they jumped at the chance to purchase Neat & Tidy Bins. “It’s a complete change from automotive repairs, and that’s just what I was looking for,” Vince says. “I wanted more flexible hours so an owner-operated, local business like this is perfect.” Tracey, who works at Northern Arena, is taking a back seat in the couple’s new enterprise but is assisting with marketing and office work. Neat and Tidy Bins come in 3m, 4m, 6m and 9m sizes, and although their contents are destined for landfill, Vince can also help with recycling. He also has a trailer, so can pick up those little piles that sit around most properties waiting to be taken to the tip – and offers half an hour of free labour. This is especially helpful for elderly folk and is part of offering a personal friendly service.

Marie Keast brings 20 years of hairdressing expertise to her role as joint owner (with husband Russell) of Rodney Wayne and Shampoo N Things in Whangaparaoa Plaza. This includes eight years as a tutor – six years at Otago Polytechnic and, most recently, two years at Servilles Academy of Hairdressing in Auckland. Marie, who took over the franchise last month, inherited a talented team of stylists and says a high standard of staff training will be a big focus for the salon, complemented by Rodney Wayne’s courses and workshops in the latest hair trends. “Everyone likes to feel they are in style, so keeping up with trends means we can adapt the latest looks to suit an individual,” Marie says. For Marie, the choice of career was never in doubt. Her mother was a hairdresser and Marie took up an apprenticeship that included off-job training as soon as she left school. Marie has worked in Australia as well as owning a salon in the South Island. After starting a family she got into teaching. When her husband’s job took the family over to Dubai she set up a hairdressing business catering for the expat community. Marie is very excited about her latest venture, describing it as “the best of

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In future Vince hopes to add a property maintenance service. While no job is too small, there are bins large enough for commercial customers, such as local builders and roofers, who have already shown an interest in the service. Bookings will be able to be made online. The bins themselves are receiving a makeover with Vince painting each one in the company’s colours. “They don’t need to be an eyesore while they’re outside your property,” Tracey says. “We wanted to make them look tidy and a bit more attractive.” When Vince is not loading up the gantry truck and heading to and from the Albany tip, he is training, with Tracey, for Ironman events. “It’s great to be able to fit training in around work, and to have that new focus and feeling of a fresh start.”

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The common contract for buying and selling real estate now includes an option to make the deal conditional upon a building report. This change has been made in an attempt to standardise such provisions, as the demand for inspections had led to a wide variety of clauses being used. I highly recommend anyone buying to get such a report. In the last six months three of my clients have avoided buying “a lemon” by getting a professional inspection of the property. One instance disclosed an unauthorised addition of approximately 60sqm, despite the vendor’s assurances that the whole property had a code of compliance. Another case revealed recent work that was faulty and would eventually be prone to leaks. In essence why buy someone else’s problem if you can avoid it? Taking advantage of the building clause needs some care. The inspection has to be done on an objective basis by a suitably qualified person in accord with accepted principles and methods. A frequent strategy in the past was to get a builder friend to look through the property; most times this consisted of a simple walk through and little more, with a verbal “it’s ok” or “it’s no good” – that is no longer sufficient. Another problem that often occurred was an inspector that also undertook repair work. In this case, the conflict of interest could mean a loss of objectivity. To get the best value from the condition, an independent professionally recognised inspection agent needs to be used. Any inspection is not allowed to be invasive – such as requiring the removal of cladding and the like – without the seller’s prior written consent. Most of the reports I see have detailed inspection notes, photos of the interior and exterior of the property, moisture readings, photos of problem areas and recommended action for any remedial work. The clause allows the buyer to cancel the contract but if that occurs the vendor is entitled to ask for a copy of the report and the buyer has to provide it. This is to ensure that the buyer has valid objective reasons for not approving the property. Any attempt to use the clause as a simple means to get out of the deal will be risky. Used prudently this is a valuable provision in the contract.

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Every wardrobe contains at least one much-loved item that the owners just cannot bring themselves to consign to the local Op Shop. Even though it may no longer be worn, it evokes a special time or is so beautiful that it will always be treasured. Hibiscus Matters unearthed a few of these pieces. Rodney MP Mark Mitchell’s favourite clothing item is not, as you might expect, the tie he wore when first taking his seat in the Beehive, but an eight-year-old white polo shirt, complete with several holes (which is why Mark’s wife Peggy, pictured below with Mark, says she would dearly love to throw it away). Mark left school at the age of 15, which made the fact that he went on to complete study at Wharton Business School at the University of Pennsylvania an even more significant achievement. The polo shirt that bears the university’s crest is something he still wears with pride – even though he’s only allowed to wear it around his Orewa home. Local Board member Greg Sayers still likes to wear the red socks he bought to support the 1995 America’s Cup challenge. “I wear them whenever the All Blacks play and recently I slipped them on while watching NZ compete in the Olympics. Lucky red socks symbolise what it means to be a New Zealander.”

Councillor Michael Goudie has never been a surf club member, but says wearing his Red Beach Surf Lifesaving hoody is “like wearing your fave team’s jersey”. “It’s not a perfect fit but I will never throw it away – it represents the place where best friends and memories come from.” Artist Jennifer Kipfer of Estuary Arts says she treasures the orange silk jacket that came her way more than 30 years ago when her younger sister was having a wardrobe clear out. Jennifer was raising three young boys

at the time and had a very limited wardrobe. She says the jacket has had a lot of use. “It is as fashionable today as it was then – although it has not always been so in the intervening years,” she says. However, when it comes to longevity, nothing beats cooking writer Alison Holst’s favourite garment, which dates from the 1970s. Alison bought her coral and white Mumu in Hawaii around 40 years ago, while holidaying with a girlfriend. “People still stop me on the street to tell me how nice it looks,” she says.

Dyan Cann of Hibiscus Hospice’s most treasured item remains in her wardrobe, despite the daily temptation she feels to donate it to Francescas. “The oldest item in my wardrobe is a 1990s Trelise Cooper dress that I absolutely loved to wear because it was so feminine without being frilly,” Dyan says. “I have long since been unable to fit into it because each year it seems to shrink a little more! However, it is just as beautiful as it was 20 years ago.” Dyan says this dress, and the designer’s reputation, is what inspired her to have a Trelise Cooper wardrobe as a major prize in this year’s nationwide Give it Up for Hospice campaign. Anyone who purchases fashion items for $20 or more at a Hospice shop between September 17 and October 6 can go in the draw to win $5000 to spend at Trelise Cooper. Spring 2012

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From the power dressing days of the 1980s to this season’s hottest fashion looks, Charisma owner Beryl Clark has enjoyed the challenge of keeping on trend. Although Beryl had spent less than a year in clothing retail before opening her own store, her business has survived tough economic times and recently celebrated its 30th anniversary. At home in rural Wainui, 73-year-old Beryl trades heels for gumboots and gets stuck into the garden – and her passion for travel has seen her go through several passports. She spoke to Terry Moore. I have always been interested in clothes and used to make my husband’s shirts and clothes for our four children. However, I’d only worked for nine months in a retail fashion shop before opening my own store, so I must have been mad! The bank wouldn’t lend to women unless they had assets in their own name so I set up the shop with just $10,000 that came from my mother’s estate. It’s much more difficult to start a business these days unless you’ve got a lot of money behind you. In the early 1980s when I opened Charisma in Orewa, I worked there six days a week. It was next door to where Subway is now on Hibiscus Coast Highway and the shop was only seven feet wide and about 20 feet long. There were far fewer shops: another clothing store, Cobblestones, was there – Vera has been around the same time as me, if not longer, and we had what you could call a ‘friendly rivalry’. My business started well and I was in my element picking and choosing which labels to stock. It was the same kind of fashion that we are selling now – somewhere between a chain store and designer boutique. Since we’ve had the business I’ve seen the fashion go from the power dressing look, with huge shoulder pads in jackets and bright colours in the 1980s, to more subdued and now back to bright again. The biggest change was a couple of years ago when everyone was wearing tunics and boots – a look that was updated from the 1970s. Originally most of our stock was NZ made but now about half is made in China. NZ clothing has always been well made and the seamstresses do a very good job. The Chinese stuff varies from the cheaply made to high-end fashion that is very good quality. After we’d only been open two years, we had the 1984 crash and rather than indenting (forward ordering) I took myself up to the city once a week in my station wagon and went around the wholesalers and took what they had. This meant I could order what I wanted but not plan too far ahead as things were very uncertain.

A lot of people lost a lot of money and it made everyone cautious in their spending – customers are like that now, but not to the same extreme. We just tightened our belt and didn’t overstock and that saw us through tough times. Fashion is a tricky business because you have to be right up with the trends and what people want as well as predicting what they’ll buy next season. After two or three years I moved into bigger premises where Subway is now; I stayed there for seven or eight years. I remember seeing the For Lease signs on what had been a music shop with guitars and pianos and sheet music. I knew it would be perfect for Charisma and we have been in that store ever since – for the past 20 years. My father was a market gardener, and I was brought up in Pukekohe. My husband Ross was a nurseryman, growing trees and shrubs in the open ground and selling them bare rooted, before the days when they were sold in plastic. He’s 78 now and semi-retired. Travelling is my passion. In recent years we’ve been mainly to Europe, South Africa, America, Turkey and China. When I’m with my husband we go off the beaten track and explore. In 1990 we went backpacking in China, which was pretty hair-raising as no one spoke English where we were and tours didn’t generally go there. My first ever trip was to the Olympic Games in 1956 in Melbourne when I was in my last year at high school. Over the last few years I’ve been taking my three oldest granddaughters to places in the Pacific such as Norfolk Island, Fiji and New Caledonia. Travel is not so important now for young ones because the world comes to them via television and the internet, but nothing can replace going there. You have to smell a place, particularly places like Africa and Asia – and see people from all walks of life, including the very poor. Ross and I have four children and nine grandchildren. By the time I started the store my daughter Rhonda was in the 5th form and Sandra in the 6th form

and they were very independent – not wanting to work in the shop at all. Rhonda didn’t get involved until the early 1990s when she came back from Australia and was looking for a job. I took her on some buying trips with me and found that she has a good eye. She also took on the window displays and is still at Charisma. Sandra had a serious health scare 14 years ago and could no longer drive. It was a terrible time, but I helped out with the children and driving. Five years ago she started doing our computer work and she does all the record keeping now. My husband has had his fourth hip replacement (two in each hip) and is slowing down a bit so I’m staying close to home, as well as helping at Charisma. We’ve lived on our 500-acre farm in Wainui for more than 40 years. We have an enormous garden, which I love, and if I hadn’t gone to work at the shop it would be even bigger. Because Ross was a nurseryman we planted a lot of trees and shrubs that he used for cuttings, so our place is surrounded by large trees, including a pair of 40-year-old golden totara. I like a bit of colour, so I started planting annuals and roses and other flowering plants. We don’t have a vegetable garden because it would produce far too much for the two of us to eat and I’d rather grow flowers. When we moved to this property 44 years ago the tarseal stopped at our farm and the rest was metal roads. I used to go into Silverdale to buy my groceries

from a store where the Bendon shop is now. We haven’t been touched by the huge growth in the area as yet, but soon there will be houses right up to the motorway, so eventually it’s bound to affect us. Orewa was always popular. From day one, I opened Charisma on Saturday mornings and not many stores at that time had Saturday opening – only Orewa and Browns Bay – so we were always frantically busy. Now lots of businesses, including ours, open on Sundays as well. We didn’t have any problem when the motorway bypassed Orewa – the main thing to affect trade in the last 20 years has been the building of Albany Mall. When that went in we noticed a significant drop in our business. The future of the business is something I’m giving a bit of thought to, and working on at the moment. The store will definitely remain in some form – if I retired I might consider selling it, but not at this stage. I’m still in the background, not working exactly, but overseeing and being there for the girls. I also enjoy the contribution we make to the community – for the last six years we have supported Hibiscus Hospice with a fashion parade and I’ve organised fashion parades for fundraisers for local kindergartens and schools over the years. Owning a business has never seemed like work because it’s always been fun – I’ve loved all 30 years of it.

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Bright ideas for spring fashion flair Prepare to be dazzled when you shop for clothes this season, because the racks are resplendent with bold colours, spots, stripes and printed fabrics. Bright colours and animal prints – trends that took off last spring – are everywhere, including shorts, jeans and cropped pants in prints and colours. Rhonda Clark of Charisma says tunics, which were embraced by Kiwi women, have gone, but are not forgotten. She suggests re-making your favourite tunics into tops by shortening them – and looking for this season’s long shirts and tops that can be worn in a similar way to tunics. This season’s dresses are styled with a nod to Jackie Onassis and the late 1950s and early 1960s in the structured form and belted waists. Chiffon and other light, pretty fabrics are also combined with structured, fitted tops. Jackets, including some blazers in light fabrics, are also structured with the hint of a shoulder pad beginning to appear. Accessories have followed the same palette, with bright colours and florals in hats, scarves, bags, shoes and jewellery – Rhonda suggests putting it together

with a coloured pant and neutral top teamed with a bright necklace. Shoes are fun and colourful in combinations like hot pink and orange or cobalt and lime green. There are lots of wedges and what Rhonda calls “modern heels”, which are high, but not super thin – wearable but not teetering. Plastic footwear is also making an appearance.

Tips for the season • Orange and tangerine tones are ‘the new red’ and inky blue is ‘the new black’ for spring/summer • The catwalks of Europe demonstrated that glamour is back. Think screen starlets of the 1950s • Summer scarves in florals and bright colours are a simple way to add this season’s colour • Skirts are back, in structured styles with belts.

When it comes to shirts, it’s all in the trim according to Robyn Green of Orewa Menswear. Current dress shirt styles, including brands such as John Lennon (licensed by Yoko Ono Lennon) and the Scott Weiland Collection feature contrasting trim inside the collar and cuff. The trim may include spots, stripes or patterned fabric, and gives a plain shirt a bit of pizzaz – such as a black and white checked strip on a black shirt. Robyn says to expect a lot more of this in the spring/summer collections. She says men will see a lot more colour in shirts also.


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lifematters Find a whole lot of FUN and mix it with a great load of FITness and you’ve discovered funfit the hottest new exercise and life motivator on the north shore. Laurinda Howarth is the woman on a mission behind the funfit brand. Laurinda is absolutely passionate about giving every person she meets the opportunity to get the most out of their lives, and truly live their life with a cherry on top. Just released from funfit are the 12 week woman only and men only fitness programmes. Meet once a week for 12 weeks and you will be feeling fit, stronger, energised, motivated, confident, and asking for more. It is nothing like a gym class, it is so much fun and it is completely, healthily addictive. The 12 week programmes are a great way to kick start or continue your health and fitness journey. The programmes are designed so that in one group of people you can have older or younger, smaller or larger, fitter or not-so-fit-at-all, and it still works to your level. It even supports those people with minor health or injury barriers to fitness. The programmes provide you with as much support as you want via emails, facebook or the funfit website.

Balloons, Clifford the Big Red Dog, sausage sizzles and a bouncy castle were enjoyed by families as part of Manly Village’s Red Nose Day fundraiser for Cure Kids. More photos,

Manly Village support for Cure Kids raises thousands Manly Village retailers got behind Red Nose Day in a big way, with everything from red nose-themed cup cakes, red wine and even red nose ice cream on offer as well as red nose merchandise and special deals. The afternoon of family entertainment raised through donations and raffles, on August 24 was part of a national and this includes funds raised by campaign to raise money for Cure Kids. Whangaparaoa School, which had a Paper Plus manager Natalie Hastings, red nose mufti day. who organised the event, says she was Cure Kids funds research into a wide pleased with the turnout. range of life threatening illnesses that A total of more than $3000 was affect children.

Annah Stretton graces Hospice Fashion Show

This year’s Hospice Fashion Show features the high fashion Annah Stretton label for the first time. Annah’s store in Orewa opened in March last year. Also confirmed for the show are David Pond, Joseph Ribkoff and Scintilla. The show previews the season’s hottest looks and last year raised $16,000. It is on October 17 at Whangaparaoa College Auditorium. Tickets from Hibiscus Hospice, 2a John Dee Crescent, Red Beach or

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First aid skills put to the test in Silverdale  BRIEFS

Parts of Silverdale, including the usually tranquil Pioneer Village, were turned into a mock disaster zone recently, with actors with bandaged heads, and others lying groaning on the ground being attended to by St John cadets. The reason for the gruesome scenarios was that around 100 St John cadets from the North Shore, West Auckland and as far north as Wellsford were taking part in a regional competition, held on August 26. It’s the first time the regionals have been hosted by the Hibiscus Coast Cadet Division and assistant divisional manager Margaret Graham says this is due to rapid growth, which has seen the division increase from 15 to 50 cadets in the last six months. The cadets, which included Penguins (aged 6–8), the Green Group (8–10) and Blue Group (10–13) from 11 divisions, competed at four venues around Silverdale including the ambulance station, Pioneer Village, Silverdale Playcentre and Cranefields. Practical tests, including general first aid, CPR and drills as well as written exercises were included. The Hibiscus Coast division did well, with top three placings in several Penguins and Green Group

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competitions – including first and second place in the Penguins Healthy competition, first in Penguins Safety and second in Penguins First Aid. This gave the division an overall first in Penguins and third in Green Level. Margaret says the local cadets performed well above expectations, especially in light of the fact that none of them have ever competed before. “From our records this is a first for the Hibiscus Junior youth and we can only continue to get stronger from here,” she says. More photos,

Researchers need 1600 pre-school NZ children aged between two and four years old to take part in a study designed to assess their vitamin D status. The study, funded by the Health Research Council, aims to identify illnesses associated with low vitamin D levels. From this, they will develop a vitamin D deficiency risk assessment tool for health professionals. Study supervisor Dr Pamela von Hurst says there is currently no information about vitamin D levels in this age group. Dr von Hurst says they want to investigate the relationship between low vitamin D status and respiratory infection, asthma, eczema and allergies. Parents need to contact the research team to register their child for the study. The testing takes place at Massey University in Albany. Info: phone 0800 627 739 or email

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Scenarios such as two boys who had fallen from a tree, required acting skills that one cadet described as “the best part of the competition”. Cadets also demonstrated their CPR skills.

Is PAIN or INJURY stopping you doing the things you enjoy? Getting physiotherapy soon after a problem begins will assist you with an early return to full function or activity. Coast Physio has a team of local, experienced and caring Physiotherapists coveniently located around the Hibiscus Coast CALL US NOW FOR MORE INFORMATION • Orewa: 174 Centreway Rd. Ph 426 1945 • Red Beach: 9 Bay St. Ph 426 6619 • Stanmore Bay: (Leisure Centre) Brightside Rd. Ph 426 6619 • Manly: 53c Rawhiti Rd. Ph 424 1309 • Home Care at your place: Ph 426 6619.

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Health with Clinical Psychologist Karolle Gjaltema

Mining the gold of failure Have you failed at something recently? How did you cope with it? How did it feel? Welcome to the human race. We’ve all failed at something but I’ve learned not to let myself be defined by my failures. Failing at something doesn’t make you a failure. I also know that every successful person has failed at something. If you’ve never failed, you’ve never tried anything new. Did you know: yy Walt Disney was fired from a newspaper for lacking imagination and having no original ideas. yy Michael Jordan was cut from the High School basketball team. He went home locked himself in his room and cried. That wasn’t the end of the story. yy The Beatles were rejected by Decker Recording studios who said “we don’t like their sound, they have no future in show business”. yy Oprah Winfrey was demoted from her job as a new anchor because she “wasn’t fit for television”. yy At 30 years old, Steve Jobs was left devastated and depressed after being unceremoniously removed from the company he started. yy Albert Einstein wasn’t able to speak until he was almost 4 years old and his teachers said he would “never amount to much”. The difference between successful and unsuccessful people is that successful people find a way to pick themselves up after a failure and try again. Unsuccessful people give up. Sometimes failure is the best teacher – it makes us reassess what we want and what we don’t want, what works for us and what doesn’t. It can strengthen our resolve. It helps guide us to what we really want. After you have failed at something ask yourself: What can I learn from this experience? How important is this to me? What do I need to do differently? What’s my passion? What’s the next thing I need to do? If someone tells you that you are a failure, remember; you don’t have to let someone’s opinion of you become your opinion of yourself. You don’t have to be defined by someone else’s opinion. Listen to your inner truth – let that guide you.

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The Touch season begins next week, and several young Coast players are raring to go after training throughout the winter, preparing to play not only locally but with national teams. Three players from the Hibiscus Coast top Australian regional sides in the found out last April that they had Queensland U18 tournament, and been selected for NZ teams – Mikayla the U19 girls will play in the TransWoodham-Enosa (15) of Stanmore Tasman Touch Tournament to be held Bay and Stephanie Springer (17) from in February in Auckland. They train Hatfields Beach in the U19 girls and with Global Sport on the Coast as part Sean Stevenson (16) of Whangaparaoa of their development. in the U17s. Mikayla’s father, Ricky Enosa, who This gave Stephanie and Mikayla the coaches the North Harbour open impetus to forego netball this winter men’s team, says the standard is very to concentrate on strength and cross high in the NZ Touch team. training work at Orewa Beach Gym, He says the sport is growing fast among as well as attending a NZ U19 training players from social to elite and that camp last month, so they are in top there are rep programmes that can take form as Touch gets underway. talented players all the way to the NRL. Sean is heading to Australia with Info: ph 022 172 9983 or riki@ the team this month to play against

Challenge offers fitness focus Getting fit requires motivation, and having an event to train for can help. The Orewa Beach Half Marathon has been a gateway to better fitness for many Coasters since its owner, Laraine Chase of Orewa Events, started the Challengers group in 2010. The group is designed for people who want to improve their fitness, and provides a training programme and

support to get each person towards the goal of taking part in the Half Marathon next April. The programme is open to all ages and abilities of runners and walkers. Laurinda Howarth will provide personalised six month training programmes. There will be compulsory weekly training, as well as a voluntary group run/walk in the weekends. Members are also encouraged to put in further training. “The members need to commit and put some things on hold for awhile,” Laraine says. “Sometimes they might think it’s a bit tough, but it’s an amazing sight when they cross that finish line.” On September 18 there will be a get together at Sharks Sports Club in Victor Eaves Reserve, Orewa at 7pm to sign up members. Info: email Laurindahowarth@gmail. com or

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Sporting barriers After many weeks of enjoying the Olympics there will be many people motivated to begin a rigorous training program. Adults have visions of gaining physical prowess and young people are dreaming of competing at an Olympics in the future. We all want NZ youth to reach their highest goals and represent our proud sporting nation, but what barriers will they face? Recent KiwiSport consultation through Harbour Sport has indicated that a lack of skilled coaches, volunteers and already stretched teachers are the major barrier to young people participating in sport. Volunteer Coordinator, Maree Wright from Harbour Sport notes that recruiting volunteers for youth sports has long been an issue, and says that anyone involved in youth sporting organisations will tell you that acquiring and retaining quality volunteers is a major stumbling block to youth sport. KiwiSport also found that a lack of competitions, time, cost, travel difficulties and young people’s negative experiences are also barriers to young people participating in sport. Many young people in sports clubs and schools around the Hibiscus Coast travel great distances, at considerable cost, to compete in events. Harbour Sport has taken a multi-faceted approach to address these issues. Harbour Sport’s KiwiSport funding objectives are to give more opportunities for school-aged youth to be involved in sport by increasing the availability and accessibility of sport in their region. KiwiSport is encouraging our youth to get involved in sport in many schools throughout the area. The schools currently working with KiwiSport include Orewa, Red Beach and Whangaparaoa Primary schools. Benefits to these schools include teaching fundamental movement skills, creating links with clubs, increasing competition opportunities, and seed funding and increasing the number of youth participating in sport. Teachers are being exposed to, and trained by, high level coaches from many sporting organisations. These organisations include Harbour Rugby, Harbour Hockey, AFL, North Harbour Basketball, Northern Football and more. These provide great skills and knowledge to our area and provide a massive return via KiwiSport’s involvement. The Greater Auckland Coaching Unit is tackling the issue of skilled coaches, providing training, networking and evaluation at no cost. A positive, skilled, enthusiast coach can make all the difference in a young person’s sporting experience. Will someone from the Hibiscus Coast be in Brazil for the next Olympics? We certainly hope so. Let’s endeavour to inspire, provide opportunity and encourage our youth to participate and enjoy sport at any level. Together we can help them overcome the obstacles they face in sport. All of us in our community will benefit if our youth are participating in and enjoying sport.


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A TALK AT THE THEOSOPHICAL SOCIETY “The Journey West” based on the life of the Chinese Buddhist Monk Triptaka. An exploration of how ONE influences the MANY. Saturday September 8, 2pm. 488 HBC Highway All welcome $5 donation inc. afternoon tea and cake. Ph Neil 428 3691. Badminton, women’s social 60’s plus Mon 9.30-11.30am. Whangaparaoa Hall Ph Laurel 428 2355. Brandon Reserve Neighbourhood Support next meeting, 7pm Oct 10, 37 Brandon Road. Car Boot Sale Nov 17, Whangaparaoa Methodist Church 9am-12 entry by 8.45am proceeds from entry fee to be donated. Ph Sue Bright 428 3575. Bowls Orewa Inc Twilight/Business House Competition starts 2 October. Teams of 3 or if you are short of players we will match you up with other bowlers. Meal provided. Info: Sylvia 426 3198. BRIDGE LESSONS at Orewa Bridge Club. 10 Tuesday evening lessons begin 4th September (7pm – 9pm). $50. PH: Carrol Harnish 426 9815 Ron Cooper 427 8160 or Club 426 7677. Chill – Ice Skating Sept 7. Transport leaving from the Youth Centre at 6:30pm to go ice skating and will be returning at 10.30pm, will cost $24. Book your spot now before you miss out. Chill – Multi/ Mini Sports, Sept 14. 7pm–10:30pm @ the Youth Centre hbcyouthcentre@ihug. Ph 426 5005 Coast Open Mic night Wed Sept 19. Kinja Bar, Manly Village 7.30pm. Special Guest Artist on the night. Enjoy an afternoon of Housie (Bingo). Bowls Orewa, every Fri, 1pm. Play 40 games from only $4. 50 prizes available from $20-$1000. All welcome. Ph 426 6236. Empathy Support Group meeting for people who have lost loved ones to suicide. Next meeting Monday August 27, Hibiscus Coast Community Centre (behind Estuary Arts) 214-216 Hibiscus Coast Highway Orewa 7-9pm. All welcome. Gold coin donation. Ph Maureen Wesley 424 5135 or 021 513506. Good as New Pre Loved Kids Market Saturday 22 September 22. 40+ stalls selling pre loved kids toys, clothes, furniture and accessories. Buy or Sell. Orewa Community Centre. 9am–12 noon. Email Nikki Morgan Hibiscus Coast Aikido Club Those of any fitness level, age 13 and above, can join. Whangaparaoa Community Hall, 717 Whangaparaoa Rd, Wed 6.45-7.45pm and Sun 6.307.30pm. Beginners Course, Sept 23 and 30, 6.30-8pm. Info: Ngaire 021 261 2267 and Rosso 021 819 454.

Hibiscus Coast Toastmasters Meet fortnightly, Tues 7.30–9.30pm. Manly Bridge Club Rooms, Edith Hopper Park. All welcome. Ph 027 482 9620 or Hibiscus Miniatures Club Open Day, Sept 9, 10 am – 2 pm at the Girl Guide Hall, 224 Centreway Rd, Orewa. See our display of miniature rooms, buildings, retro caravans, a village and dolls houses, and all the tiny things that go in them. Club members will be on hand to demonstrate their craft. Kiwi club dance Sept 23, all welcome. 4th Sun of month, 5pm-8pm. Silverdale Hall. Ph 428 4939 or 022 081 6476. LOOKING FOR TRUE CHRISTIAN TEACHING and fellowship as in the Bible? Come and hear. Sundays 4pm5pm. Whangaparaoa school hall. Ladies Mile. Thurs 7.30pm-8.30pm. Stanmore Bay Community Hall. Waiora Rd. Manly Bowling Club. Our new summer season starts this month.Join now,social and competitive bowls. Make new friend and have lots of fun. for more information, Ph Eric 428 1925. Orewa Recreation Group for the Partially Sighted. Every Wed, 9.3011.30am at St Andrews Presbyterian Church Hall, 105 Centreway Rd, Orewa. Come along for indoor bowls, coffee and fellowship. Info: Virginia 426 8454. Pioneer Dance Club. Social dancing at Silverdale Hall, Thursdays, 1.30-3.30pm. Ph 426 5290. Rodney Aphasia Group Inc Meet every 4th Thurs, 1.30pm, St John Ambulance Hall, Silverdale. Support/ education for those with Aphasia. Ph Lisa 428 0414. Silverdale Tennis Club Social tennis all year round. Training Wed 9.30am. The Senior Club Wed 6.30pm and Sun 10.30am. Junior Club Open Day Sat Sept 15, 2-4pm. Tennis Courts, War Memorial Park, Hibiscus Coast Highway, Ph Linda 427 8209. Singers wanted for Hibiscus Coast Singers rehearsals start Mon Sept 3, 7.15pm, Presbyterian Church, Waiora Rd. For information, ph Bob 424 5711 or Wendy 428 4452. UNTUTORED SESSIONS - every Friday in the Education room, Estuary Arts Centre. Starts 9.30am–3.30pm. Work with other artists and share ideas and inspiration. You are welcome to stay for as long or as short as you wish. Cost $5. Whangaparaoa Horticultural Society Ratepayers Hall, 3rd Mon of Feb, April, June, Sept and Nov Annual show. Coach trips, trading table, raffles, ph Lyndell 426 0327, Julie 424 7358. Whangaparaoa Mental Health Support Group Every Friday 1.30pm3pm Community House all welcome to Drop in. Tea, coffee biscuits provided.




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 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. Water pumps Low water pressure? Get it sorted. Sales, service and installation. Work guaranteed. Ph Steve 09 945 2282 Waterblasting & Chemical House Washing. Local owner operator. Careful service, reasonable rates. Ph 426 2253. Window Cleaning 30 years exp, local owner operator, reasonable rates. Ph David 426 2253.

Orewa Community Centre, Sunday 8.30am & Tuesday 9.30am & Leisure Centre Stanmore Bay, Tues 11.30am Info: Brian 021 747 947 or Yoga meditation starts Monday September 17, 7-8pm followed by spiritual healing. Hibiscus Coast Community House on Estuary Corner. Class $6. Ph Merrilyn 426 6608.

services Cleaner Available Fastidious, honest & reliable. Ex ref. Will travel, Silverdale, Orewa, Whangaparaoa & Waiwera. Ph Susan 021 514 664.

HOME & MAINTENANCE 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. BAY APPLIANCE REPAIRS Repairs to all major brands of Laundry and Kitchen Appliances small appliances and powers tools. All work guaranteed EWRB registered. Ph 09 947 0333/022 600 9919. Bays Painting & Decorating Free quotes. Ph Ron 09 410 1321 or 0210 223 6825. Best pricing on lawns on the Hibiscus Coast. Gardens and Hedges. Ph 022 671 8464







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BUILDERS Renovating, maintenance; Kitchens, bathrooms & decks. Reg BLP & CBANZ. Ph Gary 021 514 830 or 09 421 1172 A/H. Lawnmowing & Garden Care. Also Hedge, Clean-up, Rubbish, Gutter clear, Waterblast. Guaranteed & Insured. Call Jim’s Mowing 426 0465.

Competitive rates • Quality service Available NOW on the Hibiscus Coast • Lawnmowing and Garden Maintenance Pruning • Weeding Ready & waiting for your call

Phone Mac 021 554 928 PAINTING, Quality work at discount price. Honest & reliable, excellent local references. Free quotes. Ph Mark 0211 566 177.

SITUATIONS VACANT Carpenters, Warehouse and Civil Labourers – Hays requires experienced Carpenter and Labourers. North Shore based, good hours, and possibly long term. Contact Diana on 09 525 1333 or email Diana.dolensky@

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

ENTERTAINMENT DJ Remix s Recognisable dance remixes from the 80’s, 90’s and today! Awesome sound system! For your club or party! Good rates Ph Steve 0800 214 800

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

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HYPNOSIS for stress, anxiety, phobia, depression. Stop smoking specialist. Bill Parker NZAPH, 424 7610. WISE CHOICES – Supervisory/ Counselling Service, Brigitta Rohr (B. Couns., MNZCCA), Stanmore Bay. Ph 021 416 251, Women’s Adventures NZ Tree Adventures Sept 8, $65. Horse Riding Warkworth Sept 22, $85. Ph Debbie to register 428 5181.

Black Cord For Jade Pendants Ph Rita Gibson 426 6076. Jade Pendants From $10 Ph Rita Gibson 426 6076. water tanks – 1000l – great way to save $$ on your rates! Ex cond sits in an alumimum cage. Been used once for a food grade syrup. $150. Ph 426 6706.

HEALTH & Beauty A1 WEIGHT CONTROL, Personalised Weight Control Programmes. Scientifically & medically approved, 100% money back guarantee. Ph Vicki 426 2253. Toenail & Fingernail – Trim, file & paint. Includes free foot spa & foot massage. Mobile service. Only $30. Ph Lesley 424 0676 or 027 271 6676.

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

DRESSMAKING SYLWESTER’S TAILORING for alterations & garments made to order. Ph 426 7559.

DANCING DANCE CLASSES FOR ADULTS in Ballroom, Latin American & New Vogue. Thursday nights, 7pm. Children’s classes, Tues & Thurs, 4pm. Silverdale Hall. Phone 428 4939.

CHILDCARE After school and morning care at Treehut. Pick up from Orewa North and Orewa Primary - Homework + Activities. Ph 427 9058/027 2244 180.

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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.

TUITION Computer help at SeniorNet Tuition and workshops in a range of subjects. Ph 426 1509. 9am–3pm Mon–Thurs and Fri 9am–12pm. www.

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

UKULELE PLAYALONG classes for 5-9 year olds. Spaces available for Term 4. Renee (B.Music.Ed, Dip Tch) Ph 427 4663 /021 893 631 the VIOLIN AND PIANO LESSONS: Professional musician and experienced teacher in Orewa has a few spaces available, all ages and all levels welcome. Ph Cathryn 421 0280/021 166 9492. Whangaparaoa Guitar Tuition Experienced teacher/performer. Live Performance & Confidence Coaching. Free introductory session. Ph Rod 09 555 1928 / 021 047 1963.

wanted CASH PAID Tools & Machinery, Shed & garage clearouts. All things considered. Call or txt 021-161-5139 Delivery people needed

to distribute Hibiscus Matters, flyers on the Peninsula, Orewa & Silverdale. Phone Julie Murray 09 473 4287 Email TO BUY, RECORDS/LP’s, 45’s Ph Mike 428 1587. Sept 19 issue’s deadline for paid classifieds is Sept 12. Payment or ads received after this date will appear in the Oct 3 issue.

Local Markets: Silverdale Markets, every Saturday 8am–1pm. Vegetables, flowers, plants, crafts and much more • Orewa Craft Market & Bazaar, Orewa Community Centre, Orewa Square. Held fortnightly. Info: Annamaria, ph 021 145 0640. • Orewa Farmers’ market, Orewa Square carpark. Sundays, 8am– 12.30pm. Locally grown produce, home-made preserves and soaps, plants, bread, fish. • Puhoi Farmers’ market, 8.30am -12.30pm, Puhoi Sports Club, last Sunday of the month. Info: Phillippa, ph 422 0009. • Gulf Harbour Market, Gulf Harbour town centre, every Sunday from 10am–2pm in Info: ph Debbie, 027 461 1148.

what’s on Hibiscus Coast

September 2012

Aug 30 - Sept 30 Estuary Arts Centre Collaborative Works Exhibition. Works created by artists collaboratively in various media, as well as individually made pieces. 7&8 Hibiscus Coast Orchid Society Spring Show, Orewa Community Hall, Orewa Square. Friday 11am–4pm, Saturday 9am–4pm. Orchids for sale and raffle. Gold Coin Entry. 8 Learn How to Write and Publish an ‘E-book’ on Amazon, Whangaparaoa Library, 1pm–3pm. With Brian Morris, author and principal of the NZ Institute of Business Studies. Free entry. Cup of tea to follow. Organised by Hibiscus Coast Writers. Info and bookings: phone Neil Garner, 427 4082. 8 The Gulf Harbour Radio Yachting Club fun day, Regency Park Drive, Gulf Harbour, 1.30pm–3.30pm. Open to everyone to come along and try Radio Yachting – the club will have boats and helpers on hand. (see story p9) 9 Hibiscus Miniatures Club Open Day, 10 am – 2 pm at the Girl Guide Hall, 224 Centreway Rd, Orewa. Display of miniature rooms, buildings, a village and dolls houses, and all the tiny things that go in them. Club members will be on hand to demonstrate their craft. (see story p9) 9 Dairy Flat Live presents Australian band Tabasco Tom and Doc White with Broderick Smith, Dairy Flat Hall, Postman Rd, Dairy Flat from 2pm–5pm. Door sales only. Plus, Ragtime Ukulele Workshop 11am–1pm. Info: 12, 19 & 26 Paul Jonson of Toa Guitars presents three free community Ukulele Classes for players who have some basic knowledge of ukulele chords at Whangaparaoa Library, opposite The Plaza, 3.30pm–4.30pm. Limited space. Info and registrations: email or phone 027 561 9876. 14 Chill – Multi/ Mini Sports, Hibiscus Coast Youth Centre, Orewa, 7pm–10.30pm. A night dedicated to sporting fun. Info: email or phone 426 5005. 14 Kiwi Express plays at the Stetson Country Music Club, Dairy Flat Community Hall, Postman Road, Dairy Flat, 8pm – 11.30pm. Licenced bar, club prices. Info: or phone 09 476 4554. 16 Heart Foundation Orewa 6km Walk, Orewa. Meet at the car park at the back of the Orewa Service Centre, Centreway Rd, Orewa, 11am. Adults $10, children (15 years and under) $5, families $20. Enter at the Leisure Centre, Stanmore Bay, Orewa Care Chemist or Orewa Menswear. 16 The Summerset NZ Young at Heart Chorus perform their second-ever concert Yes We Can Can at Whangaparaoa College Theatre, Delshaw Ave, Whangaparaoa, 4pm. Chorus of over 70-year-olds kick up their heels and perform a range of popular music including songs by Bob Dylan, Billy Joel and Split Enz. Bookings or phone 09 361 1000. 19 Hibiscus Coast National Council of Women celebrates Suffrage Day by hosting a buffet breakfast at Joust, 268 Hibiscus Coast Highway, Orewa, 7am. All welcome. Guest speaker is Tracey Swanburg of the North Shore Women’s Centre. Tickets ($25), email or 21 Chill – Theatre Night, Hibiscus Coast Youth Centre, Orewa, 7pm–10pm. A hilarious night with lots of games and things to do. Info: or phone 426 5005. 26 Noel Crawley Memorial Swing Concert, Centrestage Theatre Orewa, 7.30pm. This year features Ray Woolf, Lisa Crawley, Cousin Alice, Celebration All Stars, Mike Walker Trio and the Orewa College Jazz Band. Tickets $30 from Hibiscus Hospice shops and Lions Clubs in Whangaparaoa and Orewa or www. All proceeds to Hibiscus Hospice. 26–29 Whangaparaoa Lions Club Monster Book Sale, Whangaparaoa Plaza Around 6000 books on sale at unbelievably low prices. Proceeds to community projects.

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Cross-country wallow finds favour with young runners It’s been a muddy few weeks around the Coast – the perfect conditions in which to hold cross-country races, according to the young participants. Children emerged from a series of Teacher Mark Barrow says the event recent races exhausted but smiling and continues to be very successful and plastered in mud. One Primary School highly competitive, with more than even supplies a mudslide down a bank 100 taking part in each race. in Edith Hopper Park. He says next year it will be run by a A total of 16 schools from north of the different school, which may mean it Auckland Harbour Bridge took part shifts from the Shakespear course. in the North Harbour Intermediate Several schools also held their own races Cross Country event at Shakespear last month, including Whangaparaoa Regional Park last month, and the Primary’s cross-country challenge on Year 5 and 6 interschool event took August 16. The event sees the whole place on the same course last week school – around 700 pupils – race (August 30). around a course on Edith Hopper Park The 3km course, at Te Haruhi Bay, in Manly cheered on by grandparents, includes a section along the beach and parents and friends. a challenging hill climb. Teacher Susannah Franks says the The only incident at the North event is looked forward to as the one Harbour Intermediate event was day a year when the children can get caused by an active electric fence that as muddy as they like and that this was the muddiest that the course has been was close to the course. in the five years they’ve used it. Northern Regional Parks principal ranger Mathew Vujcich says children that took a shortcut came close to the line, and one or two touched it. He says electric fences are not usually turned off unless they are directly on the course. The organisers from Gulf Harbour School identified the issue and put the appropriate risk management in place Clockwise from top right, Year 8 girls start the first lap of the cross-country course including clearly identifying the track at Shakespear Regional Park. The mudslide is one of the most popular parts of with cones. Whangaparaoa Primary’s cross- country course through Edith Hopper Park. Year 3 St John reported that one student was student Jacob Hohepa approaches the finish line. Amber Ferreira of Whangaparaoa College at the end of the event. More photos, treated for contact with the fence.

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