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Marina land under threat The possible sale of Gulf Harbour marina land by Auckland Council is causing growing concern among community groups and local board members. An item entitled Gulf Harbour Marina Land was discussed by Councillors at last week’s Strategy and Finance committee meeting in confidential and local board member John Watson says this could indicate the land is to be sold without public consultation. Councillor Wayne Walker was at the meeting and says he objected strongly to the confidential nature of the proceedings. Although he is unable to speak about the decision made at the meeting, he says he is determined to contest what he describes as “a deeply flawed and short sighted process”. Mr Watson says he understands that

This Councilowned land at Gulf Harbour marina is under threat of sale. Pictured are opponents of the sale, from left, Rod Klarwill, Les Shrubb, John Watson and Wayne Walker.

Watercare Services bows to public pressure to meter tanks Protests by tank water users incensed at what they consider inequitable wastewater charges have forced Watercare Services to agree to offer customers the option of installing meters on tanks. However, a report commissioned by cost of installation will be around A Watercare spokesperson says this the CCO suggests that the estimated $947 per meter, dependent on the site. continued page 2

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Tank meters introduced cost is subject to further investigation. A study by the Whangaparaoa Ratepayers & Residents Association, following a recent public meeting of tank water users, showed that manually read meters cost less than $100 and electronic ones around $200. The company that installs meters for Watercare has quoted $80 for installation. Watercare charges $550 to install 15mm meters for those on reticulated water. The Association is pushing for tank water users to have the right to install appropriate meters themselves. Watercare’s decision to offer meters to rainwater tank users comes after Auckland Council required the CCO to undertake a feasibility study into the meters – on the Coast around 4000 households are connected to the wastewater network, but not to the public water supply.

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Watercare commissioned a report from an independent engineer and presented the findings to Council’s Accountability & Performance Committee last week. Those who install meters will pay for what they use, rather than a fixed charge of $582, based on the average use of a two-person household. Watercare’s chief infrastructure officer Graham Wood says rainwater tank households of more than two people will probably be better off paying the fixed charge. Watercare is working through the process required to make metering available – including the possibility of a trial. The company says it will provide connection information to all rainwater tank customers as soon as details are confirmed.

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Council has expressed an interest in selling the land to the current lessee, Gulf Harbour Investments. He says that resolving issues over control of the adjacent Hammerhead, which is owned by Council and licensed to the same company, could be used as a pretext for the sale of the multi-million dollar asset. “There is the potential for a deal involving Council selling the marina land to the lessee in return for forgoing all leasehold rights on the Hammerhead.” One of the Local Board’s priorities is to ensure the long-term protection of the Hammerhead but both Mr Watson and Cr Walker believe that the Public Works Act is the most effective way to achieve this. Marine Village Residents’ Association chair, Rod Klarwill, says selling the marina land would have huge ramifications for the area. “It would mean Council loses all control over what happens there,” Mr Klarwill says. “It was only a short while

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ago that the current lessee planned to build 300 four-storey apartments on the Hammerhead.” He says that there is the very real concern that any transfer of ownership may lead to a similar style of development at the marina, compromising public use of the area. Gulf Harbour Berthholders’ Association chair Les Shrubb also has grave reservations about the repercussions of any sale on members. Cr Walker says should a sale go ahead, there would be a huge community backlash. He wants the matter deferred so that the community and the local board can have input and says that a number of groups with an interest in the marina will convene a public meeting shortly to air their concerns and call for collective action. Gulf Harbour Marina was reclaimed from what was Hobbs Bay. Under the Gulf Harbour Vesting and Empowering Act, ownership was vested in the former Rodney District Council and the public was assured access to the land.

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Honours bestowed on fire brigade volunteers The Hibiscus Coast’s volunteer fire fighters were honoured for their service to the community at their annual awards evening this month. Around 170 people attended the presentations at Orewa Arts & Events Centre on September 8 – including fire volunteers, supporters and dignitaries such as Hibiscus & Bays Local Board member John Kirikiri and Assistant Area manager John Booth. Nine fire fighters from the Manly Brigade and 20 from Silverdale were awarded certificates and medals recognising their length of service – which ranged from three years, to the 23 years that Keith Mackereth has served with the Silverdale brigade. The equivalent of ‘the people’s choice’ award (Firefighter of the Year), nominated by their peers, went to Ian Noon (Manly) and Mike Matthews (Silverdale). A total of 11 trophies were also presented to recognise volunteers with the best attendance at musters (Daniel Capon for Silverdale and Tony Clark for Manly); Most Improved Firefighter

effort and team spirit was awarded to Aniko Knight. This year a new trophy in honour of fire fighter Natalie Ericsen who passed away last month, was awarded for Operational Support fire fighter of the year; it went to Phil Briant.

The longest-serving of Manly’s fire officers, Shayne Kennedy, pictured, received a Long Service and Good Conduct medal at the recent awards, recognising 14 years of service. Shayne, who says he was hounded into joining the service by a rugby mate who was a volunteer at the Silverdale brigade, has risen through the ranks and is currently Deputy Chief Fire Officer for Silverdale and Manly. This voluntary position takes around 10-15 hours a week of Shayne’s time. He says the most frustrating thing about fire fighting is that most fires are preventable. “The message about installing smoke alarms, and not cooking while drinking are very slow to get through to the public,” he says.

A public meeting that is a cry for help from a community facility facing closure will be held in Silverdale next week. The pan-tribal marae Te Herenga this building and its perimeter is now held for principals and teachers of Te Waka o Orewa received notice to wahi tapu. Reo, as well as kapa haka and craft quit from the Ministry of Education, “While the process of the disposal of courses. Matariki and Waitangi Day which owns its site, last month and physical assets is relatively simple, the events have been held in recent years must leave by next April to make disposal of a taonga that has spiritual and are growing in popularity. way for sale of part of the land and significance represents another Te Herenga Waka chair Karen subdivision of the remainder. challenge,” he says. Kennedy says the public meeting, on The organisation, which has leased Recently he says he “politely denied September 30, is a chance to share all the former Silverdale School site since access” to a contractor who arrived the information regarding the status 2007, has known since last year that to do preparatory work for the road of the land with the public and find the Ministry was in the process of through the site. out whether the community want the selling the land, but being given notice The facility has gained a reputation facility saved, and what can be done. has still come as a shock. for being open to all, and providing a She says options include seeking Manager Kereama Nathan says the wide range of community services. Auckland Council’s assistance to organisation will “go down swinging”. As well as being utilised by several locate an alternative site. The first stage of the redevelopment Government agencies, the marae “We hope that people who have is building a road to the rear of the provides powhiri and blessings for local experienced what the marae has to site, which will mean relocating Te businesses and schools. A big focus has offer over the past five years will talk Herenga Waka’s wharenui which been education and interaction with about what it’s meant to them and opened last year. local schools, with NorthTec running perhaps provide Council with a better Kereama advised the Ministry that courses there, a number of large forums understanding of the impact of this,”

she says. “Council has to get involved and show it has the community’s interests at heart. They have a big part to play in the process but so far it’s all been lip service.” Kereama says the organisation is also interested in securing the rear site once subdivision is completed, but that the Ministry has blocked all their attempts to find out more about this. He is meeting with Rodney MP Mark Mitchell next week to discuss the issue. “We see a need on the Coast for what we offer, but in the end that’s up to the community to decide. If we are to find a way through this, it will only be with the support of the community.” The public meeting will be held on Sunday, September 30 at Te Herenga Waka o Orewa marae, Foundry Rd, Silverdale at 1pm.

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Whose aspirations? In Hibiscus Matters’ September 5 edition the comments by David Cooper do not fit with Mayor Brown’s Orewa Plan or give any recognition to the 15 years of planning that has already taken place. They also do not make any reference to the Local Board stakeholders briefing by Simon O’Connor at the Orewa Service Centre in May; although that’s not entirely surprising, since none of the Board were there. I note Mr Cooper says planners’ aspirations have had to be balanced against impacts on communities. I must be missing something here – I thought it was residents’ aspirations that were being considered? Of course it matters little what Mayor Brown, Mr Cooper, Mr O’Connor, the Board or the planners aspire to, as unless the concepts and proposals are commercially viable to developers there will be no progress. John Clements, Orewa

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have a very good chance of taking first prize. ‘Signalisation’ for traffic lights and ‘connectivity’ for link roads would appear to be ‘wafflisation’ of the English language. We know that our Super City Council is under the misapprehension that it is run by Super Brains, but please, stop trying to prove it by the use of such stupid words. Just tell it in plain simple terms. Mac Hine, Whangaparaoa

Secrecy doesn’t pay I applaud Hibiscus Matters attempts to obtain a copy of the report into the governance and operations of Estuary Arts (HM July 18). I live in Orewa and often visit Estuary Arts Centre but I will not be giving them so much as a gold coin donation towards their rebuild until the report is released. Why the secrecy? It certainly implies to me that either Council, or Estuary Arts’ board has something to hide. Often these places are run by arts enthusiasts and artists without a lot of management experience so maybe they need to wise up and realise that a fortress mentality only creates suspicion and unease in the community that they are there to serve. L Cotter, Orewa

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Penny who?

There’s no chance of Rodney Councillor Penny Webster getting a big head. Well, not if Auckland Council’s customer service section has anything to do with it. When a resident made a call to Council recently and asked to speak to Penny, the response was: “Who?” The operator then followed up with: “Sorry, we don’t have a number for her.”

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When Rodney North Harbour Health Trust recently changed its name to Northlink Health, perhaps it should have considered the fact that the former Rodney Health Link changed its name this year to Health Link North, as the combination has created endless possibilities for confusion.

Blowing in the wind

Political commentators have been bemused by the claim lodged by a northern hapu this month for commercial rights to the wind under the Treaty of Waitangi. Treaty expert Professor Paul Moon says that the claim will face several obstacles, including “that use of the wind for commercial purposes does not deplete the resource” and “that the wind is not restricted to tribal boundaries, so asserting property rights over it would be problematic”. There is, however, no barrier to iwi applying for consents to generate electricity by wind.

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Parks hauled before Board to explain budget blowout A performance report for the Hibiscus & Bays Local Board shows that income and expenditure are both lower than expected, with the notable exception of a $1.3 million overspend by parks services. The report contains a financial a miscalculation in depreciation. overview of where the board sits in The other large chunk is around the year to June 30, as well as noting $400,000 overspent in the parks projects completed. maintenance contracts. It shows that revenue was $779,000 While Mr Ramsay says he is not lower than expected, largely due concerned at the overspend because to income from the Leisure Centre the overall budget was underspent, he falling well short of the budget as says that the local board needs to go to competition from other facilities rises parks and find out how the situation in the region. arose and how it can be improved. Operational expenditure was Ms Jenkins says this is precisely what $589,000 lower than expected. The they are in the process of doing. report notes that this was mainly “We want to make sure this spending caused by lower than expected costs is legitimate – for example, is it for recreation facilities, as staff wages because the budget was set at very low were recorded at regional, rather than levels by the former Rodney District local, level. Council?” she says. Capital expenditure was down $2.2 “At the end of the day it’s about million, caused by delay in completion accountability for spending public of projects including the Stillwater money, so these matters need to be Community Hall. discussed with the board. It’s also a Local Board relationship manager concern that technically that overspend Lesley Jenkins says the result shows comes out of this year’s budget. the difficulties of working with legacy The board resolved at last month’s financial systems. meeting to remind parks staff that She says the board was not happy about they must consult the local board on the underspend in capital works as it all variances in capital expenditure would like to see every project finished and that departmental managers who within the agreed time frame, and that have spent beyond their allocated there will be “a degree of questioning” 2011/2012 budgets are to provide regarding why that has happened. urgent clarification and the reasons for However, the main concern for the any overspending. board is the operating expenditure The local board also expressed concern overspend by parks, which Ms Jenkins that they have not received parks’ says has been evident in the financial works programme for the current reporting in every quarter. financial year. Auckland Council’s finance manager A parks representative is expected Kevin Ramsay says the majority of to respond at the next local board this – more than $900,000 – is due to meeting, on October 3 in Orewa.

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True blue event at Placemakers While All Blacks and other high profile Kiwis are the face for the Blue September campaign nationally, locally the fundraising charge is being led by Placemakers in Whangaparaoa. Blue September aims to raise awareness of the need for men to have regular checks for prostate and testicular cancer. All funds raised from Blue September go to the Prostate Cancer Foundation. Prostate cancer is the most common cancer Kiwi men face with one in 10 being diagnosed (3000 cases each year) while testicular cancer is the most common cancer affecting men aged 15–35 years. The Prostate Cancer Foundation recommends a Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) blood test for men every year from the age of 40, especially if there is a family history of the disease. Placemakers is a long-time supporter of Blue September and last year the organisation nationally raised $300,000 for the cause. This year the team at Placemakers Mike Wilson of Placemakers prepares Whangaparaoa have pulled out all the for Blue September. stops, organising a family fun day on pass to Tiritiri Matangi Island and a September 29 which will transform gas barbecue. the carpark of their facility with live Organiser Mike Wilson says music, a bouncy castle, face painting, Placemakers hopes to raise more than balloon twisting and a “man size” $3000. barbecue. “We hope our customers and other Competitions include hammering and families will come and enjoy what’s door lock assembly. on offer and contribute to this very Local businesses have contributed to worthy cause.” a raffle – one of the major prizes is Blue September Family Fun Day • a $500 New World voucher. Up for Placemakers, 576 Whangaparaoa Rd • auction are a mower package, a family September 29, 11am-2pm

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Things will get even more colourful than usual at Whangaparaoa Kindergarten this week, with children and adults wearing their brightest clothing in support of Loud Shirt Day. Three-year old Quaid McKinley, who attends the kindergarten, has severe hearing loss in one ear, which is one reason the kindergarten is getting behind Loud Shirt Day (September 21). His mother Karrie says the loud shirts are a great way of raising awareness of an unseen disability. Funds raised from Loud Shirt Day help The Hearing House and the Southern Cochlear Implant Paediatric Programme to provide free therapy to profoundly deaf children – those who couldn’t hear an aeroplane if it was right next to them – once they have received cochlear implants and need specialised therapy to learn to listen and speak. Registrations to take part as a business, school or individual are open right up to September 21. Donations can also be made via the website. Info: www.loudshirtday.org.nz

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Orewa Optics is celebrating 25 years in business this month. The business has been kept in family for quarter of a century – Guenther and Margareta Lammer opened it in 1987 and today it is owned by their daughter Petra Hewitt.


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Super seniors head to the gymnasium Fitness centres around the Coast attract large numbers of elderly people and, according to Brad Barron of Peak Pilates, many of them are in the “super senior” category. Hibiscus Matters visited a few local gyms to ask older folk about the advantages of regular exercise.

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Like a graceful puppet master, Tai Chi instructor Brian Barton leads his class, their limbs raising and lowering in unison. Most of the participants are elderly and were introduced to Tai Chi as part of ACC’s Falls Prevention programme. They chose to continue taking part in Brian’s classes at The Leisure Centre in Stanmore Bay, and at Orewa Community Centre, at their own expense. Brian, who holds a black sash (third degree) and has been instructing for 13 years, says to understand Tai Chi’s appeal, you really have to do it.

“It’s more than physical, it’s about an emotion and feeling that is difficult to put in words,” he says. “It’s relaxing and positive and people get a lot of benefits that keep them coming back to class.” Brian took up Tai Chi 16 years ago while caring for his wife, who had breast cancer. He says it was a way to refresh himself at a stressful time. His classes are mainly attended by retirees, but Brian hopes to expand these and offer classes at times that suit working people. He says Tai Chi can assist those with a wide range of health issues. “The earlier you begin, the better. Tai Chi is a preventative for things like osteoporosis and helps stop bone strength from declining.” Hazel Davis says she continued doing Brian’s classes after the Falls Prevention scheme ended because she found Tai Chi great for coordination and balance. “It’s lovely to do the movements to tranquil music – it’s very peaceful.” Info: ph Brian, 021 747 947

Peak condition Now in her eighties, Marnie Andrews is still able to hold her own on the mat each week at Peak Pilates in Red Beach.

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Senior Club member Brian Reiersen at Northern Arena.

At Northern Arena in Silverdale North, the Seniors Club that started seven months ago has already clocked up more than 80 members. Marketing manager Justin Byrne says the club, which offers a discounted membership rate for seniors who use the facilities at off peak times, is “designed for those aged 60 plus who have plenty more life to live”. He says many of the classes at Northern Arena are tailored specifically for older people, offering low impact, cardio workouts. The pool is also popular with a Swim Fit coach helping with technique as people swim, water walk or jog. A free introduction to the equipment and programmes is part of the package. “We are trying to build a relaxed, social atmosphere where seniors can keep fit and have fun,” Justin says. Info: ph 421 9700.

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Grey Power seeks greater powers Grey Power is pushing for greater representation for older people on Auckland Council in order to gain recognition equal with other groups. Warkworth president Anne Martin says that while Advisory Panels exist for the likes of ethnic peoples, Pacific peoples, and youth, older people have no formal recognition,despite the fact that Auckland’s elderly population is projected to grow dramatically. Statistics NZ estimates that the number of Aucklanders aged 65-plus will more than double from 156,000 in 2011 to more than 320,000 by 2031. Anne says although Auckland Grey Power and Age Concern representatives appreciate meetings with the mayor and senior Council staff, currently held three times a year, they don’t have the same “kudos or mana” as official groups. “When you don’t appear in these plans specifically as seniors or older citizens, then you’re not visible.” Mayor Len Brown says the current meetings are

a valuable way of understanding the needs of Auckland’s senior citizens, however, although he has the power to establish a more formal senior citizens advisory forum and is not ruling this out, he has no current plan to do so. Anne says positive outcomes from past meetings highlight the importance of formalising the representation of senior citizens’ unique perspectives. Successes include Council’s commitment to allow people with a licence to occupy units in retirement villages, to apply for a rates remission under the Rates Rebate scheme and a general push for awareness that the income-tested scheme is available. Grey Power and Age Concern representatives are also involved in a Council-funded Mayor’s Morning Tea at the Town Hall on October 5 to recognise the contributions of older citizens and in an Auckland Libraries’ move to form an ongoing consultation group representing older people’s library needs.

Rain and wind did not deter around 400 people, including 42 NorthHaven Resthome residents, school children and supporters, from walking around Manly Park last week as part of the Bupa Global Challenge. A relay style circuit around the park over four hours clocked up a total of more than 900kms towards Bupa NZ’s commitment to get people walking the equivalent of Cape Reinga to Bluff (15134km). Bupa, which owns NorthHaven in Whangaparaoa, was supported by students of Whangaparaoa School and College who walked alongside residents. Bupa Internationally is attempting to get at least 100,000 people walking this month to raise awareness of the health and environmental benefits of regular exercise The organisation hopes that those who take up the challenge will be inspired to build walking into their everyday lives.

Probus members begin their weekly walk.

Exercise and coffee a winning formula Walking for an hour on the beach, with the promise of a cup of coffee and a chat at the end, has proved popular with a group of around a dozen members of Orewa Probus Club. Probus president Ces O’Dea instigated the weekly walks on Orewa Beach in April and the group has continued through the winter, only missing one session due to wet weather. The pace is suitable for the majority, and definitely not power walking, but still gets the blood circulating and heart pumping. However Ces says the main reason people take part is for social interaction. “Probus is about offering fellowship, friendship and fun for seniors and the Walking Group certainly meets that criteria,” he says. Info: phone Ces, 427 9945.


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Eye health comes into focus Whether in its ‘wet’ or ‘dry’ forms, macular degeneration is a serious condition that optometrist Vipti Harry, co-owner of Specsavers Whangaparoa, sees in an increasing number of patients. “Macular degeneration is one of the leading causes of blindness in New Zealand,” Ms Harry says. “As we age, the central region of the retina, known as the macula, may degenerate causing distortions of central vision and ultimately, loss of central vision.” According to Macular Degeneration NZ, this problem affects about one in three New Zealanders over the age of 80 and about one in seven over the age of 50. It is thought to be caused by genetic and environmental factors. Key symptoms include difficulty with reading or any other activity that requires fine vision; distortion, where straight lines appear wavy or bent; distinguishing faces becomes a problem; or dark patches or empty spaces appear in the centre of your vision. Treatment options are dependent on the stage and type of the disease. Ms Harry said that in its most common ‘dry’ form, the condition can be remarkably slow to progress and patients often do not notice any

symptoms or realise that they have lost any vision at all. “Age-related ‘dry’ macular degeneration causes great difficulty in doing many everyday tasks and unfortunately, the majority of cases are untreatable,” she says. By comparison, ‘wet’ macular degeneration is characterised by a sudden and unexpected loss of vision which must be treated immediately in order to save the patient’s sight. Ms Harry advises that everyone over the age of 40 prioritises regular eye checks every two years as the basis for maintaining proper eye health, as some of the more serious eye conditions do not have any visible early warning symptoms. “Age increases the risk of a number of eye conditions, including cataracts and glaucoma, so it is important to have regular check-ups to pick up any signs of these diseases, before they do irreversible damage to the eyes. A digital retinal photograph is part of every eye test at Specsavers. The camera provides a detailed colour image of the back of the eye, assisting with early detection of serious diseases including macular degeneration, glaucoma and retinal changes that may be associated with diabetes.


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Viewpoint with Mark Mitchell, Rodney MP mp.rodney@parliament.govt.nz

Celebrating our elderly The International Day of the Older Person is on Monday, October 1 – a day dedicated to our older citizens, both throughout New Zealand and globally. We have many great organisations within Rodney and the Hibiscus Coast that provide support and assistance to our older people, all of which deserve recognition. It would be impossible to name them all. However, I would like to mention the great work that Age Concern Rodney does in our communities. Ably lead by chief executive Catherine Smith, Age Concern has over 2500 members, and this is increasing annually. They provide a hospital shuttle, a safe house and other valuable support services for our elderly. The safe house has been operating in Whangaparaoa for 10 years and has been providing support, not only for Age Concern, but for many community organisations including Victim Support, Women’s Refuge, Mental Health Services, Police and Hospice. It was bought to my attention recently that a proposed significant increase in rent would put the safe house’s continued operation at risk. This issue was also brought to the community’s attention with a front page story in Hibiscus Matters earlier this year. I have written to Mayor Len Brown seeking his assurance that the safe house would continue to receive Council support. In his response he has informed me that Auckland Council Property have been in discussions with the Local Board, who will also be liaising with Age Concern to identify a solution to this problem. It is important to retain a service like this for the support and care for the vulnerable people in our community. I am looking forward to hosting the Age Concern Christmas concert in December, at Centrestage, Orewa. This is a tradition that was started by Dr Lockwood Smith, and on being elected as your MP I made a commitment to continue with this popular event. Those who know me well will be relieved to hear that I will not be singing, however, we will have some great local talent performing for our senior citizens. I would like to finish by paying tribute to our senior Kiwis, many of whom are still active in the workplace, and contributing to our economy. They keep our volunteer organisations afloat and make a huge contribution to our communities in so many ways. They have worked hard all their lives, and through their continued involvement in the community, they contribute to the improved quality of life for all New Zealanders. Please join me in honouring our older citizens not just on the October 1., but whenever the opportunity arises.

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Nutrient needs that change with age Market held in by Deborah Silich of Agewell Whatever stage of life you are in, healthy nutrition is very important in achieving vitality and long-term wellness. The basic principles of a balanced diet remain the same no matter what age you are; consuming a wide range of nutrient dense foods with the focus being on vegetables, fruit and whole grains, is one of the best ways to meet the body’s nutritional requirements. However as we get older, the amount of nutrients we need changes, as do our appetite and eating habits. The amount of energy we need declines due to loss of muscle mass, slowing metabolic processes and decreasing physical activity. This means we need less calories, but the need for protein, vitamins and minerals remains the same or, in some cases, increases. The nutrients that we need more of include calcium, with women over 50 requiring 1300mg per day to help prevent osteoporosis and build healthy bones. Good sources of calcium include

canned salmon and sardines including the small soft bones, cheese, yoghurt, milk and leafy green vegetables. The adequate intake for vitamin D increases to 10ug (micrograms) a day for the over 50s and 15ug a day for the over 70s. Vitamin D helps to prevent bone disease and to support the immune system. About 20–30 minutes of exposing the face, arms and hands to direct sunlight in the morning or later afternoon 2–3 times a week is enough to get adequate vitamin D. Some food sources are salmon, mackerel and eggs. Protein requirements increase with age. With men over 70 needing 81grams and women 57 grams in a day; eggs, fish poultry, meat and beans are all good sources. Fibre is essential for the gut to work well and has been shown to reduce the risk of some types of cancer, diabetes and heart disease. Most vegetables, fruit and nuts are high in fibre. Raw bran is not the answer, as it is too bulky and may interfere with the absorption of other nutrients. Sometimes older people can no longer

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eat as much food at a single sitting, so eating small amounts of nutritious foods frequently during the day can boost the nutrient intake. It is common for older people’s sense of taste and smell to diminish which can lead to a lesser enjoyment of food – the best way to make meals more appealing is to eat food with different textures and use herbs and spices for added flavour. Making healthy food choices along with being active will help you stay fit and healthy so you can live life to the full – as well as reducing the risk of some age related diseases such as osteoporosis, hypertension, diabetes, cataract, cancer and heart disease. It may not be possible to turn back the clock, but incorporating healthy foods into your diet will help you to have increased vitality and wellness. Naturopath Deborah Silich holds a Bachelor of Health Science, Complementary Medicine and runs a clinic in Orewa that offers naturopathy, herbal medicine, therapeutic massage and lymphatic drainage.

More than half a million New Zealanders will have arthritis in their lifetime, and exercise has a key role to play in managing the condition. Suitable activities for people with arthritis include dancing, exercise in water, cycling, low impact aerobics or a supervised exercise programme at the gym and walking. Seek professional advice before taking up any activities. Source: liveto100.everybody.co.nz

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Age Concern Rodney is hosting a market day outside its premises in Orewa on September 28 to celebrate International Older Persons Day. Chief executive Catherine Smith says the aim of the day is to provide a fun event for the whole community. “Age Concern works everyday to promote the rights, wellbeing and quality of life of older people,” she says. “The market day is about raising community awareness of older people’s contribution to society. We would love the support of our community and would appreciate any donations of items such as baking or homemade preserves to sell. All money raised will go towards running costs.” The market day will include a sausage sizzle, Devonshire teas, stalls selling bric-a-brac and entertainment provided by local keyboard and accordion player Joe Cook. It will be held at the Westpac Plaza in Tamariki Ave, Orewa, from 10am to 2pm. International Older Persons Day is observed annually on October 1. Info: Phone Catherine on 426 0916.


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Gardening with Terry Moore terry@localmatters.co.nz

A herbal cure There are spring projects aplenty in my garden, and I started recently with a complete overhaul of the herb garden. This sheltered, sunny spot was largely abandoned this wet winter, apart from visits to pick Italian parsley and rosemary. The sage turned up its toes in the damp soil and the potted rosemary was about to go the same way, because its roots were waterlogged. Buttercup was rampant, and a pretty flowering weed I don’t know the name of had completely smothered the thyme. A full day’s work saw the patch transformed into what should be a productive, scented and attractive feature. Weeding provided a trug full of guinea pig delicacies. The buttercup was a bit of a mission, but satisfying, to dig out. What seemed like 100 snails were also removed. I added compost to the soil and then hauled the rosemary from its pot, trimmed the roots and replanted it in the garden, mounding up the soil to help with drainage. I want it to take pride of place, so it’s in a central spot and recovering. Normally I’d sow a few things for this patch myself, as a money saver, but for more of an instant makeover this time I purchased seedlings – I often get these from Weathersfield Organic Seedlings at Orewa Farmers Market, or from Vicky Maire who grows a wide range of spray free seedlings at her home in Manly (for a list of what’s available email vmaire@clear. net.nz or phone 424 2293). Flowering plants are to be a big feature in the garden to keep bees onside, so as well as the herbs, I added heliotrope, sweet peas and stock. I’m encouraging the sweet peas to climb up the fence behind the garden. Chocolate geranium and chocolate mint (Mentha x piperita ‘Chocolate’) went in (I couldn’t resist their scented leaves) as well as common mint, sage, garlic chives, thyme and oregano. Those that spread like wildfire, or prefer light soil, went in pots. A dwarf pineapple that has languished, uncared for, for years has finally come into its own in the pot that used to hold the rosemary. Because there’s a swan plant in one corner, the final touch was a flat rock, for the butterflies to sun themselves on. Before/after picture www.localmatters.co.nz RIP Anzac Guinea pigs may not be the most responsive pets, but they are cute, and the contribution that Sookie and Anzac have made to the garden, since my daughter got them five years ago, is significant. The newspaper and hay that we replace daily from the hutch has provided fantastic quantities of mulch that over time has improved our heavy soil no end. Recently the death of Anzac, from natural causes, brought this into focus. Thank you, and RIP Anzac.

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The arrival of 12 lively Gulf Harbour School pupils at Platinum Community Care adult rehabilitation and day care centre, as you might expect, has an instant uplifting effect on the elderly clients being cared for there. Noise and bustle fills the centre, and soon the children are seated with the clients, most of whom have dementia, chatting and sharing a sing-along. The Year 5 and 6 students visited Platinum Community Care in Red Beach three times this term as part of their school-wide study into volunteering. Teacher Helen Morris says her class responded with great enthusiasm to the project, learning about dementia, and also about the importance of community work. “For this age group, it’s quite a concept to take in – the idea of giving without expectation of anything in return,” Helen says. “They’ve learned it’s not about money, but giving your time, knowledge and skills. The feedback they’ve given me is that they like the feeling of making a difference in the wider community. Some of the students don’t have grandparents, so the contact with older people is a real bonus for them.”

Children from Gulf Harbour School shared time with clients of Platinum Community Care this month as part of their study into volunteer work.

Occupational therapist Monica Grimshaw says her clients look forward to the visits, with smiles all round as the children work with the clients on creating a poster. Platinum Community Care offers day care for people with dementia, providing a much-needed break for those who look after them at home. Clients take part in activities such as exercises, gardening, baking, crafts and music. Director Kearns Bezar says the Red

Beach centre has proved so successful that this year a charitable trust, Respite NZ, was formed, in hopes of expanding it. Setting up a charitable trust will enable the facility to access funding that could see centres opened Auckland-wide, based on the Platinum model.

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History with Ruth Olsen, Silverdale & Districts Historical Society randnolsen@maxnet.co.nz

Death in Dairy Flat Dairy Flat strung out along what was once SH1 with its green paddocks and life style blocks has a look of peace and prosperity. It was not always so. There was a time in the mid-1800s when men were felling kauri there and huge logs were dragged out by bullock teams. Once the kauri had gone a motley bunch of kauri gumdiggers arrived digging for the valuable solidified lifeblood of long dead kauri trees buried deep in the soil. These were mostly men with dubious pasts and little if any family connections. Sometimes they would give up gumdigging and seek employment with the few local farmers in the area. One such was Bill Lowther who was employed by a Mr Wilson to help around the farm. One evening while standing in the barn watching the working of a hand operated chaff cutter, Bill suddenly dropped dead. Telephones were few and far between in those days and the nearest was at the Wade (Silverdale). The local schoolmaster, Mr Hammond, who boarded with the Wilsons, made a one and a half hour ride to the Wade to inform the Devonport Police. By the time he arrived the Post Office was closed and the message had to wait until the next morning when a constable set out by horseback from Devonport. He stopped for lunch at Lucas Creek (Albany). As he remounted his horse it reared and threw him but somehow he managed to arrive at Dairy Flat the following day. He decided that Mr Hammond would be required as a witness and instructed him to close the school and help round up enough men for a jury. This was not an easy task as the sight of a uniformed policeman in a gumdigging camp was enough to send most of the escaped convicts and others on the wrong side of the law running for cover in the bush. However, eventually enough men for a jury were found and Mr Leigh from the Wade was sent for as Coroner. Those present at the death gave evidence and then they all went to the barn to view the body of poor Bill Lowther. His clothes were removed, no signs of violence were seen and a verdict of “death by natural causes” was returned even though no doctor had viewed the body. The dead man’s clothes were put in a sack but were never claimed and were eventually given to a needy gumdigger.

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Pioneer Village open Sat/Sun 10a.m–3pm. 1860s Chapel available for weddings and other ceremonies • September 29–October 14 Auckland Heritage Festival. Hidden Treasures exhibition open every day at the Pioneer Village, 15 Wainui Road, Silverdale • October 5 – Trip to the Polish Museum at Howick and Warbirds at Ardmore $29. Visitors welcome, phone 424 8615 to book.

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League celebrates 75 years A group of around a dozen Fitness League regulars in Whangaparaoa have been in training all year to perform a special item at the League’s 75th birthday celebrations next month. The anniversary marks the 75 years that the Fitness League has been in New Zealand – its parent organisation, in England, started more than 80 years ago. The anniversary, to be held at AMI Stadium in Auckland on October 13, is expected to attract more than 400 people and will include general and combined classes as well as a number

of social activities. A number of groups will also perform items, including the Whangaparaoa group, whose item, entitled Waves Upon the Shore, is typical of the rhythmical movements to music that makes up Fitness League routines. The Fitness League was founded by Mary Bagot Stack in London in 1930 and Millicent Ward brought the system to NZ in 1937. Locally the Fitness League has classes in Silverdale, Red Beach, Waitoki and Whangaparaoa, offering an affordable, sociable and simple way to keep fit.

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Health with Dr Kevin Walters coastcare@ccam.co.nz

Life expectancy or expectation of life? The fact is that we are all getting older. Not just as individuals, but as a society. But are we getting wiser? We keep hearing how we have an ageing population, but from a health perspective, what does this actually mean? The most obvious things are that most of us can expect to live longer than people did 50 years ago due to early detection and interventions and advanced medications. The burden of chronic disease, however, is becoming increasingly larger. There will be more individuals living with diabetes and heart disease in the future. They will continue to live longer, but possibly not be as well. We have become very good at prolonging the lives of those people who would have died at an earlier age of heart disease and strokes, but by increasing their life expectancy, there is more opportunity for them to develop cancer. And even though our treatments for cancer have improved, it will likely soon overtake cardiovascular disease as the leading cause of death. The baby boomers will also have an impact, as that cohort of our society reach retirement and require medical treatment. The face of our health services will also change. Our general practitioners are also ageing; the average age of GPs in most towns in NZ is often quoted in “the mid 50s”. So the question arises – who will be around in 20 years to look after this ageing, possibly unwell population? The reality is that primary care and health providers will change. We will have health professionals with a more team-based approach to healthcare. The hospitals will still be there, but there will be an increased focus on helping people living with their illnesses. Pharmacists, practice nurses, nurse practitioners, healthcare assistants, and health navigators will be there to help patients within a different health system. The aim of healthcare will be to assist patient with choices rather than diagnosing and treating the disease. There is also an increasing awareness today of healthy lifestyle and selfmanagement of chronic disease. People are more educated and more aware of healthy eating, exercise and smoking cessation. So the future patients should not only be healthier and more active but also more productive into their later years. Genetics will be more developed so that people may be able to access information early in life to make the correct choices to prevent disease. So make sure that you are in that elite group of very active and healthy elderly. Do something about it now by ensuring you have an active lifestyle, eat healthy foods and try not to put on weight in your 40s and 50s. Your preparation for retirement not only involves saving financially, but also investing in a healthy lifestyle that will carry you and your body into retirement with some prospect of happy and healthy years ahead. You deserve it!

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Aiming high at AIMS games Sports teams from Whangaparaoa, Orewa and Wentworth colleges are still on a high after spending last week in Tauranga taking part in one of the largest sporting events in the country. More than 6000 11-13-year-olds taking part in the opening ceremony, from 166 schools (including two inspiring the young competitors. from Melbourne) took part in the NZ Orewa College was represented by its Community Trust AIMS Games in Year 7 and 8 basketball, netball and 16 sporting codes ranging from rugby gymsport teams, Wentworth sent league, hockey, netball and football Keagan Modlin and Kieran Pangalila to indoor bowls, cross country, for the swimming, as well as cross swimming, gymsport and water polo. country competitors Jacqui and The Tauranga City Council flagship Rose Gatfield-Jeffries and McKenzie event began eight years ago as a small Wilton, while Whangaparaoa College festival of sport with 17 schools and sent a rugby sevens and netball team. four sporting codes involved. Its aim The games were held from September is to provide opportunities for middle 10–14 at a variety of venues around year students to compete at an elite Tauranga and included a focus on level, be active, celebrate fair play and recycling with all competitors and enjoy success. supporters being encouraged by a This year an Olympic theme was dedicated Green Team of school brought into play with medallists children to reduce and recycle their Mahe Drysdale and Sarah Walker waste throughout the event.

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• Silverdale Squash Club is open for training 24/7 at the Silverdale Rugby Grounds, 4 Hibiscus Coast Highway, Silverdale. All are welcome. The Ridgeline Business House Competition is coming up. It involves 8 teams of 2 experienced and 2 beginner players. Info: Brian 021 444 921 Martial Arts

• Hibiscus Coast Aikido Club allows those of any fitness level, age 13 and above, can join. Training is at Whangaparaoa Community Hall, 717 Whangaparaoa Rd on Wednesday, 6.45-7.45pm and Sunday, 6.30-7.30pm. There is a Beginners Course, 23 and 30 September, 6.30-8.00pm. Info: Ngaire 021 261 2267 and Rosso 021 819 454 Gymnastics

• North Harbour Gymnastics has training at HBC Gym Centre, Unit 4-5, 27 David Sidwell Pl, Stanmore Bay. 5-14 year olds train MondayThursday, 3.45pm-6.30pm and Saturday 9.30am-11.30am. Training times for 2-4 year olds are available during the day on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Info: Lynn 09 443 2570 or 021 216 8083 Powerlifting

• Coast Barbell Club is hosting a powerlifting meet that will have local and international lifters that will be setting NZ and international records! Some of those competing are at World Championship level. September 29, 9am, and the club is open to the public on this day at Unit 4/41 David Sidwell Pl, Stanmore Bay. Info: Damian 021 244 6346. List sports news by phoning Ashleigh on 427 8188 or ashleigh@localmatters.co.nz

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COMMUNITY NOTICES Brandon Reserve Neighbourhood Support next meeting, 7pm Oct 10, 37 Brandon Rd. Car Boot Sale Nov 17, Whangaparaoa Methodist Church 9am-12 entry by 8.45am. Ph Sue Bright 428 3575. Bowls Orewa Inc Twilight/Business House Comp starts 2 Oct. Teams of 3 or we can match you up with other bowlers. Meal provided. Ph Sylvia 426 3198. BRIDGE LESSONS at Orewa Bridge Club. 10 Tuesday evening lessons (7pm – 9pm). $50. Ph Carrol Harnish 426 9815 Ron Cooper 427 8160 or Club 426 7677.

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Good as New Pre Loved Kids Market, Sat 22 Sept, 9am-12pm, Orewa Community Centre, 40+ stalls selling quality 2nd hand clothes, toys, clothes & Furniture. Ph 0274 707 151.

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.

Hibiscus Coast Forest and Bird Branch meeting, Thurs 27 Sept, 7.30pm St Andrews Presbytarian Church Hall, 105 Centreway Road, Orewa. Door charge $3. All Welcome.

Notice of Meeting: NZ National Party Whangaparaoa Branch, Monday 24 Sept 2012, 6pm at Manly Methodist Church to reform branch and elect a new committee.

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.

Orewa Garden Club meets 2nd Thursday each month, 1pm, in the hall behind St John’s Catholic Church, 180 Centreway Rd, Orewa. Enquiries: Glenis McCarty 426 5785. New members welcome.

Kiwi club dance Sept 23, all welcome. 4th Sun of month, 5pm-8pm. Silverdale Hall. Ph 428 4939 or 022 081 6476.

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.


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COMMUNITY NOTICES 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. SCRAP METAL FUNDRAISING collection. Help Sea Scouts raise money and fill that bin ! Drop your unwanted scrap metal into Tinmen at 14 Tavern Rd, Silverdale from 17 Sept-1 Oct & let them know its for Scouts. Singers wanted for Hibiscus Coast Singers rehearsals Mon 7.15pm, Presbyterian Church, Waiora Rd. For information, ph Bob 424 5711 or Wendy 428 4452. THE THEOSOPHICAL SOCIETY “The Soul - our link to the Divine” Diane Winder will share stories and experiences. Sun 23 Sept 2pm. 488 HBC Highway. Ph Neil 428 3691 Whangaparaoa Mental Health Support Group Every Friday 1.30pm3pm Community House all welcome to Drop in. Tea, coffee biscuits provided.

LOST Reward for return of 2 keys on Toyota tag, lost Sat 8 Sept, The Plaza/ Stanmore Bay area. Ph 0274 997 268. Oct 3 issue’s deadline for paid classifieds is Sept 26. Payment or ads received after this date will appear in the Oct 19 issue.

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. BUILDERS Renovating, maintenance; Kitchens, bathrooms & decks. Reg BLP & CBANZ. Ph Gary 021 514 830 or 09 421 1172 A/H.

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Lawnmowing & Garden Care. Also Hedge, Clean-up, Rubbish, Gutter clear, Waterblast. Guaranteed & Insured. Call Jim’s Mowing 426 0465.

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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. 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. purewaterservices.co.nz 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.

services Repairs, Tents, Tarps, Canvas & PVC. Ph 426 4821.

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

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Black Cord For Jade Pendants Ph Rita Gibson 426 6076. Jade Pendants From $10 Ph Rita Gibson 426 6076.

Orewa Community Centre, Sunday 8.30am & Tuesday 9.30am & Leisure Centre Stanmore Bay, Tues 11.30am Info: Brian 021 747 947 or bartonfamily@xtra.co.nz

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6 week Bootcamps starting 2 & 3 Oct $132. Ladies - Weds 7.15pm & Sats 9am. Blokes - Tues 7pm & Sats 10am. All fitness levels welcome Phone 027 2863521 or email profit@hotmail.co.nz 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, www.wisechoices.co.nz Women’s Adventures NZ Horse Riding at Warkworth $85. Ten Day Cycle Samoa June 2013. To find out more Ph Debbie 428 5181.

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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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Guitar Lessons 1-0-1 All styles/All ages Reg Keyworth • Ph 424 8959 Its time to really rock. www.guitarlessons1-0-1.com

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

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.

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

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: klcorbett@xtra.co.nz Orewa Private Hire.

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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

Singing & Piano Lessons: Local professional musician and teacher. Any level, age and genre/style. Phone Sam 424 1130 or 021 261 0469, Email: samanthaskyjones@gmail.com

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 juliemurray@orcon.net.nz TO BUY, RECORDS/LP’s, 45’s Ph Mike 428 1587.

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.


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Life on the edge with Lindsey Dawson lindseymdawson@me.com

Vanishing landmarks I was cruising around an Orewa gift and homeware shop the other day. There was a sale on. The store was about to close the doors forever before re-opening in the smart new Silverdale shopping zone. I thought I might pick up a bargain. While I was there two other customers drifted in, not so much wanting to buy anything as to express dismay. Both were elderly and very sad that a place they liked was no longer going to be there. “We’ll only be up the hill,” said the sales assistant brightly. “You can come and see us up there.” The shoppers replied that they no longer drive and so Silverdale is too far to go. “It’s hard for them,” the assistant told me after they’d gone. “Lots of our older customers like having everything in walking distance. And now quite a lot of the shops are closing down.” It made me wonder if some of the mainly older citizens who protested years ago against development in Orewa might now be a bit regretful. You can’t, after all, stop progress, and if it gets stymied in one place you can bet it’ll pop up in another. And so this is where we’re at: while Orewa’s commercial activity shrinks, Silverdale’s booms. When feelings against high rise were running strong, we kept on hearing residents didn’t want Orewa to become another Gold Coast. There was always scant chance of that given our rainy climate and cooler economy. Whatever, we’ve ended up with one slightly high-rise building, the Nautilus, which only looks so tall because everything else is so small. It really could do with some decent-sized companion buildings to create a cluster around which other activity can grow. More apartments could be a good thing, too. We can’t keep on pushing stand-alone houses out over this city’s green outskirts forever. Like it or not, higher density housing is inevitable, even this far away from Auckland’s CBD. Many older people tend not to like the idea as it’s so different from their memories of the quarter-acre sections of their youth. But perhaps retirement-village living is changing that. Those who make the move seem to find the social life pretty good, not mention the relief of never having to ever mow another lawn. I’m not sure, actually, why village life is being touted only for seniors. All of us like the idea of living in places with vitality and heart and a sense of community. A bit more high-density living around Orewa just might add more excitement around town. Wonder if it’s too late?

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Ukulele Jam, Sharks Sports Bar, Victor Eaves Reserve, Orewa, 3pm–7.30pm. Ukulele Karaoke launch, performances by Eleluku, Juke and the Jukesters band. Info and tickets: www. ukejam.co.nz or phone Sharks, 426 8884. (see story p7) 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. hibiscushospice.org.nz All proceeds to Hibiscus Hospice. 26 Paul Jonson of Toa Guitars presents a free community Ukulele Class 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 perfectpizzazz@xtra.co.nz or phone 027 561 9876. 26–29 Whangaparaoa Lions Club Monster Book Sale, Whangaparaoa Plaza. Around 6000 books on sale at unbelievably low prices. Proceeds to community projects. 28 Chill – End of term dance party, Hibiscus Coast Youth Centre, Orewa, 8pm–12am. A chance to kick the holidays off with good music, a good time and good friends. Info: email hbcyouthcentre@ihug.co.nz or phone 426 5005. 28 James Ray & the Geronimo Band play at the Stetson Country Music Club, Dairy Flat Community Hall, Postman Road, Dairy Flat, 8pm–11.30pm. Licensed bar, club prices. Info www. stetson.co.nz or phone 09 476 4554. 28 Age Concern Rodney market day fundraiser, Westpac Plaza, Tamariki Ave, Orewa, 10am–2pm. Includes a sausage sizzle, Devonshire teas, stalls selling bric-a-brac and entertainment from keyboard and accordion player Joe Cook. (see story p16) 29 Blue September Family event, Placemakers Whangaparaoa, 11am-2pm. Bouncy Castle, Live Band, Face Painting & Balloon twisting, Fun activities, Mr Bean and an auction. Funds go to the Prostate Cancer Foundation. (see story p8) 29 & 30 Garage Sale Scouts NZ, Car Wash & Sausage Sizzle, Scout Den, Arundel Reserve, Orewa Beach (northern end), 8am– 12noon both days. Drop donated goods at the Scout Den on Wednesdays 6–8pm and Friday Sept 28, 4–8pm, or phone Gwenda, 428 5887 or 027 344 5953 to arrange collection. No computers, TVs or large whiteware please. 30 Te Herenga Waka o Orewa community meeting seeking input on its future, Te Herenga Waka o Orewa marae, Foundry Rd, Silverdale, 1pm. All welcome. (see story p3). 30 Manly Sailing Club open day, starting 10am. Chance for people to join the club and register for learn to sail programme. Sailing treasure hunt and a chance for children/adults to give sailing a go with an experienced sailor. Barbecue lunch Junior/ Senior Racing.

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Cyclists band together to raise funds Last weekend Chris Mason-Battley of Stanmore Bay was among the crowd of around 100 cyclists and supporters that gathered in Clevedon to ride 100km to raise funds for TEAR Fund’s work in NZ and overseas. from Northgate Baptist Church. The Poverty Cycle Challenge on and is about to record a third album. September 15, saw 15 teams of five “I’ve been cycling all my life, and I This inspired him to hold a local ride in a relay around a 20km road jumped at the chance to be able to cycling event on October 20, to raise course and as well as doing two laps raise funds at the same time for the additional money for TEAR Fund. for the Marbecks team, Chris was then wonderful work TEAR Fund do,” The 40km or 75km road rides start required to do a quick change and set Chris says. “Having the band play was at Silverdale School (7.30am) and up with his jazz band to entertain the the icing on the cake.” include Waitoki and Wainui to cyclists and their supporters. Kaukapakapa with the longer one Although it was a full-on day, TEAR Chris has been a TEAR Fund advocate continuing on to Helensville and back for 10 years and says he’s seen first Fund advocate Chris says he was in his via Peak Road. hand, during a visit to the Philippines, element, as the challenge combined the positive changes that the Christian Cyclists can turn up on the day or his three favourite things – cycling, organisation has made for those in need. enter via the website www.povertycycle. music and TEAR Fund. Chris works as an itinerant music A veteran of the Round Taupo, org.nz and search for rider ‘Chris MB’. teacher and his band, The Chris Rotorua to Taupo and Rodney Coast The Poverty Cycle Challenge aims Mason-Battley Group, which played to Coast events, Chris also goes to raise $200,000, all of which goes at the Poverty Cycle Challenge, has on weekly training rides of around towards children in need in New been together for more than 10 years 100km with a group of keen cyclists Zealand and overseas.

Chris Mason-Battley

Hibiscus Coast Athletics club puts the fun in fundamentals The success of Valerie Adams at the London Olympics has created interest that is expected to bring good numbers of young athletes to the start of Hibiscus Coast Athletics Club’s season next month. The club, which has been running on the Coast for around seven years, provides a programme based on Athletics NZ’s fundamental movements scheme, which was launched this year and will soon be offered to local primary schools. Club organiser Lynda Hay, who is

a trained Fundamental Movement Development Coach, says the programme has been tweaked so that it is specific to athletics for the 5-14-yearolds that join the club. It focuses on game-based skill basics such as jumping, swinging and throwing, which Lynda says are lacking in many youngsters because of a reduction in physical play. “We’re passionate about getting the basics right,” Lynda says. “Athletics NZ is getting more involved in the junior level of the sport through programmes

like Fundamental Movement because those basic skills are essential for confidence in a whole range of sports.” The club is also introducing a programme that provides drills and training for 7–14 year olds on the track, in between races. Although the Athletics Club provides a good build up for the winter sports season and can provide a pathway for talented children who wish to take athletics further, it is more about family participation and fun.

Parents are encouraged to help, and free training is provided for parents who want to coach. The club is also looking for people to train as field event officials in high jump, discus, shot put and long jump – all training will be given before season starts. This year, the club has halved its fees and is charging $30 for the full season. Registrations are open and the first session, on Whangaparaoa College’s sports fields, takes place on October 17. To register, visit www.hcac.co.nz

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