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Luge back on track

A Silverdale engineering firm is planning the re-birth of the luge as an innovations and entertainment hub, and has already designed a people mover, track and carts specifically for the project. Pyramid Engineering director Les luge riders back up to the start of the Osbourne says with support from track. Auckland Council, he could have the “The ride will be more family luge up and running in 12 months. orientated and safer but still a high Auckland Luge, next to Snowplanet speed thrill,” Mr Osbourne says. in Silverdale, operated for just one “There will be an additional fast year before going into receivership in section set aside for the use of serious racers.” November 2008. Mr Osbourne designed the carts for the The firm’s cart designs have already previous owner/operator and supplied generated export revenue and Mr spares and replacement wheels. When Osbourne says re-starting the luge is the business went under he was owed an opportunity to create a working ‘Innovations Park’ so overseas around $100,000. Over the last two years he has companies can get a first-hand look at formulated a scheme to get the facility the latest technology. As well as the luge, plans for the site back up and running. He currently owns a 6ha section on the include a Space Dome simulator upper part of the former luge site and (similar to the one at MOTAT), a tube is negotiating with Silverdale South slide and mini golf. The café will be Holdings, which owns the remainder, repositioned and there will be a toilet regarding a possible purchase. continued page 2 His innovations, which he has worked on for around two years in Pyramid Engineering’s workshop, include a ‘Rolls Royce quality’ track around Local folk 500m in length and a cart design that Grant Straker page 9 he says will make the ride safer. The new carts feature a twin brake system Spruce up and disposable wheels that are replaced pages 13 to 15 as they wear, to make maintenance Local business easier. A people mover called the pages 21 and 22 Destin8or has been designed to move

Inside this issue

Les Osbourne of Pyramid Engineering (front) gives Rodney MP Mark Mitchell and his son Nathan a feel for the luge that he hopes will bring the entertainment facility back to Silverdale. They are pictured on the Destin8or.

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block and ticket office. Mr Osbourne says making the park family friendly is a priority, and this includes establishing manicured lawns, picnic areas, ponds and trees that can be used by the public free of charge. One reason cited by the former owner/ operator for the lack of viability of the luge was the site’s rural zoning, which the former Rodney District Council proposed to change to a Recreational and Entertainment Zone. Recently Mr Osbourne met with Auckland Council and local landowners regarding the zoning and says that he is pushing for a graduated zoning from commercial to retail, residential and entertainment. A further meeting with Rodney MP Mark Mitchell and Councillor Michael Goudie to go over the plans

preceded the company’s imminent resource consent application. Mark Mitchell says he is fully supportive of the idea of an innovations site and that the intellectual property being generated is exciting with the likelihood of bringing jobs to the local economy. “As well as the export potential, the luge will have a positive spin off for the area by providing a great family facility,” Mr Mitchell says. Mr Osbourne says he hopes his resource consent application will be relatively straightforward because there was a luge formerly on the site. “We want to make Silverdale a destination, and the luge facility is a big part of that. People will be able to bus here once the park ‘n’ ride is up and running from all over Auckland.”

Silverdale’s potential as urban centre outlined

A potential future for Silverdale as a major metropolitan hub for the Hibiscus Coast, rather than a smaller town centre, was outlined in a report commissioned by Auckland Council Property Ltd. Among the report’s key rethink” will be required to transform recommendations were that Silverdale Silverdale into a Metropolitan Centre was more appropriate than Orewa as a due to topography and transport potential Metropolitan Centre, noting constraints. that Orewa “needs to become a seaside The report suggests that final village town centre”. decisions regarding the development Metropolitan Centres are characterised in Silverdale will need to be made by Council as having “important retail, “before the next major land release in employment and residential function, the Silverdale/Orewa corridor”. at a sub-regional scale”, whereas Town The report was prepared by a team Centres have “retail and social function from strategic advisory firm Cranleigh, at a local, community level”. who were commissioned to provide a Whangaparaoa, Silverdale and Orewa commercial perspective on the selection were identified as Town Centres in the of Auckland’s Transformation Projects Auckland Plan, however the report and Town Centres, focusing on market concludes that the Hibiscus Coast will trends, strategic issues and concerns. not support three centres from a long- If Auckland Council accepts term economic perspective. the report’s recommendations, “Silverdale is the logical centre, given Silverdale will join just two other that Orewa has only half a catchment areas of Auckland as key greenfield (being on the coast) and Whangaparaoa transformation projects for Auckland. has accessibility issues,” the report says. To read the full report visit www. It goes on to note that “a strategic

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Visitor centre closure causes community concern

Staff at the Orewa i-SITE were feeling “sad, shell shocked and stunned” when they were advised last week of plans to close the facility. Auckland Council CCO, Auckland commissions on bookings, as well as being retained not because they make Tourism, Events & Economic retail sales and ATEED says the Orewa money, but because they are in strategic Development (ATEED) is proposing facility is forecast to run a deficit of locations,” she says. “We’re disappointed to close five i-SITES by the end of the almost $150,000 for the 2012/13 year. that we were not given the option of Together, the five i-SITEs threatened shifting the i-SITE, rather than closing year, because they are losing money. The closure of the i-SITE on Western with closure, located at Bombay, it down. We feel as though our full Reserve would mean the loss of four Pukekohe, Kumeu, Takapuna and potential has never been realised.” Orewa, are forecast to lose around paid and seven volunteer positions. The Hibiscus & Bays Local Board $700,000 ($687,294) for 2012/13. made submissions to ATEED in Among the paid staff are Kelly Clark and Cory Payne, who say the service “There is obviously much more of favour of retaining the i-SITE. a commercial push from Auckland that will be lost to tourism in the area Council, and services such as ourselves, Chair Julia Parfitt describes the i-SITE Orewa i-SITE staff Kelly Clark (left) and is immense. Cory Payne are among those set to lose the libraries and Leisure Centres are in as one of the most economical to run “The people that come in here, the gun.” Kelly says. “What they don’t in Auckland; there is no rental as it is their jobs as the facility faces closure. both New Zealanders and tourists, realise is that these facilities are about located in a Council owned building local businesses. on a reserve, and the majority of staff She says Destination Orewa Beach is want face to face advice from people much more than dollars and cents.” who love the area and know it well,” Cory says that since the Te Ara Tahuna are volunteers. keen to work with the i-SITE team Kelly says. “Some of them do make walkway and cycleway opened, foot “The people that work there are and ATEED to see if it can deliver bookings via the internet, but they traffic to the i-SITE has increased trained, informative and interested in some of the services and/or establish still visit in person to get the benefit of considerably, but that shifting the promoting the area,” Julia says. “As a an information centre to assist small local knowledge.” tourist business operators. facility into the town centre, which local board, we hate to see that lost.” The i-SITE was in the process of was first considered by the former Destination Orewa Beach also Orewa i-SITE staff have until November setting up a Facebook page promoting Rodney District Council several years made a submission to ATEED, and 5 to provide feedback on the proposed local attractions and events, and staff ago, would further increase patronage. operations manager Leanne Smith closure and a decision is expected from were gearing up for the usual busy “ATEED says that the i-SITES that says the organisation is very concerned ATEED on November 9. The closure is summer period. will remain open such as in Devonport, at the loss of a facility that contributes expected to take place on December 9 The i-SITE’s income is derived from Waiheke Island and Warkworth, are to the local economy and supports if all efforts at retaining the i-SITE fail.

Reins of Estuary Arts Centre change hands One of the original members of the team that set up Estuary Arts Centre, Kim Boyd, will return to Orewa to take up the position of Centre Manager next month. Her role will be on a part-time basis from December 27, as her entry in the recent NZ Body Art Awards (pictured) won her a 32-week, fulltime scholarship to study makeup and prosthetics, which she takes up shortly. She will begin work full-time at the Centre next June. For the last six years, Kim has been General Manager/Curator at the Lake House Arts Centre in Takapuna. She holds an MA in Arts Management and previous roles have included Head

of Education at Mairangi Arts Centre Trust and tutoring at Hungry Creek Art and Craft School. In announcing her appointment last month, the Arts Centre Board of Trustees says the change over in management from long-time incumbent David Poole “marks an important step in the operation of the Centre, particularly in light of the continued success of the gallery, the renewed focus on education and the development of the Education Wing”. Jennifer Kipfer will continue as Interim Centre Manager and David Poole continues his role as Gallery Director until the end of the year.

Newly appointed Estuary Arts Centre manager Kim Boyd won the fluorescent illusion category of the recent NZ Body Art Awards with this entry entitled ‘Miss Universe 2040’.

Hot spot a focus for Police An area of Manly that recently attracted Police attention as a crime ‘hot spot’ is being dealt with by ‘prevention tactics’. The area links Whangaparaoa Primary School and Whangaparaoa College via a pedestrian route that includes Edith Hopper Park. Repeated call outs in the area focus on groups of youths and spates of crime such as vandalism. Rodney area manager prevention, Snr Sgt Belinda Dewar, says environmental design is one strategy used in areas such as this, and includes working with Council and organisations near the ‘hot spot’. Snr Sgt Dewar says the other important factor in reducing crime in a ‘hot spot’ is for residents to report any concerns via the crime reporting line (0800 555 111) and to call police patrols in by dialling 111 as an incident is occurring.

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Feedback Hibiscus Matters welcomes readers contributions to Feedback. Preference will be given to letters of 150 words or less, and the editor reserves the right to edit letters to meet space limitations. Unsigned letters, personal attacks or defamatory remarks will not be published. Contributions can be emailed to or posted to Unit G, 18 Tamariki Plaza, Cammish Lane, Orewa.

localopinion Estuary report largely withheld

Congratulations to Hibiscus Matters, and Councillor Wayne Walker for bringing to the public’s attention the shameful work that Auckland Council is doing by selling Gulf Harbour Marina in secret (HM September 19 and October 3). I am surprised there has not been more of an outcry about the potential loss of this coastal land to the public. It seems that, like other councils before it, Auckland Council

is only transparent when it suits it, and is happy to also conduct deals that impact on communities behind closed doors. I hope a public meeting will be called so locals can voice their opposition in no uncertain terms. M Clark, Gulf Harbour

Sand solution sought Articles in Hibiscus Matters October 17 edition about Orewa Beach have a familiar ring to them. For years now,

Councils have prevaricated, duckshoved, buck-passed and generally avoided doing anything to fix the frequent erosion problem. Of course replenishing is a band aid fix; that is said every time there’s a storm. However, it’s done in Hawaii and other places, so maybe it is a solution. There are, I’m sure, hydrologists who could advise the Council about such things. Clearly Council has no bright ideas itself. John Clements, Orewa (abridged)

Waitemata District Health Board director of nursing, Dr Jocelyn Peach’s enthusiasm for North Shore Hospital’s new lakeside unit overflowed at a recent meeting in Silverdale, when she described the unit, which houses the emergency and cardiology departments, as “a great place to have a heart attack”.

A Hibiscus and Bays Local Board member says that Auckland Transport members of the public from accessing information about its operations. Member John Watson says he was charged in excess of $300 when using notified by Auckland Transport that it the Official Information Act to request would charge him more than $300 to information from Auckland Transport. locate copies of the tender documents He says he will not be paying and may for the weed control contracts of appeal the charges to the Office of the the legacy Rodney and North Shore Ombudsmen. Councils. “Obviously people can’t afford to pay Mr Watson says that he knows of cases large sums of money for what are only where members of the public have been photocopies of documents and so the

While waiting for the right moment to cut the ribbon and officially open the Countdown supermarket in Warkworth, Cr Penny Webster noted “it makes a change from opening toilets.”

What transformation?

Auckland Council has begun a number of so-called Transformation Projects, and Silverdale may soon be among them. It seems however, that Council has no clear idea of exactly what a Transformation Project is. A member of its media team advised that, despite a hunt through the Annual Plan and other documents, there was no sign of a definition.

Lush pastures

How appropriate that one of the chief executives of the NZ Fertiliser Association is Rodney Green. And still on names, we thought we’d skipped into the land of Dr Seuss when we received a press release tell us “the project is being managed by Helen McPhun of McZoom Ltd.”

A bit of iFun

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The slightly pretentious “sent from my iPhone/iPad” footnote that appears on emails was turned on its head in a message to our office, which read: “sent from one of those i-device thingies”.

information remains hidden – basically it’s a tactic to prevent the public from finding out the truth,” Mr Watson says. He says the fact that elected Council representatives are also being asked to pay for this information raises questions about the accountability of the CCO. Auckland Transport declined to comment.

Move this tree if you dare! This ‘generously’ staked tree is in the grounds of a local school.

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Changing rolls

The community is still largely in the dark regarding investigations into the governance and operations of Estuary Arts Centre, despite the release of a report on the subject to Hibiscus Matters under the Official Information Act. A copy of the report commissioned by Auckland Council (Arts and Culture North) into the governance and operations of the Centre, with large sections removed was handed to the paper last month following a request made to the Office of the Ombudsmen last July. Among the information withheld are parts of the rationale for conducting the review as well as the entire Findings of the Research section. From the information that has been supplied it seems that a strong focus of the report is to critique a lack of strategies put in place by the centre to achieve goals such as upskilling and training volunteers, and developing its arts education programme. Information regarding the financial position of the centre is largely withheld, but the report states there are no issues of immediate concern; it states that, while the organisation is clearly not financially robust in terms of income generation, “it is not, at the time of writing, insolvent”. One of the report’s objectives is “to consolidate the interest that Auckland Council has to support the centre as a functional, effective organisation and as an arts centre that meets clearly defined community needs”. It is therefore somewhat baffling that the findings of the ratepayer-funded report should remain largely withheld from the very community that the centre serves. Hibiscus Matters will continue to seek full release of the report and will make the details public once we do.

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Local boards seek fair share As Auckland Council establishes future financial policies and seeks acrossthe-board savings of three percent, local boards are striving to secure a fair slice of the funding pie. Hibiscus and Bays Local Board chair has been operating on legacy funding Julia Parfitt said she and other board and much of its discretionary spending chairs met with the Council Strategy has been directed towards establishing and Finance Committee, chaired by equity between the Bays and Hibiscus Penny Webster, last month to push Coast areas. their case. In the future she hopes it will be “In our opinion too much focus is able to exercise more flexibility and going onto regional projects,” Mrs creativity in its spending decisions. Parfitt says. “About three quarters of Meanwhile, at its meeting last month, the budget is controlled at a regional the board responded in detail to an level and a quarter at local level, and Auckland Council scoping paper on the impacts are so much greater when budget allocation principles, in a bid you take out a project at a local level.” to secure budgets in line with its nonShe says savings are more easily made regulatory decision making powers. with large-scale ‘big dollar items’, “Basically, what we’re saying is that if which incur significant capital costs it’s a local decision the budget should and ongoing operating expenses, and sit with us,” said relationship manager are often centred on the inner city, Lesley Jenkins. reducing their relevance and benefits The scoping paper acknowledges that for residents further out. “implementation of the decisionHowever, she says that closing down making allocation for non-regulatory libraries and some other ‘cost-saving activities has been a challenge for ideas’ raised by council officers would Council since its establishment”, have a huge impact at a local level and referring specicifically to ongoing could be a false economy. budget issues in areas such as events, “Why would you reduce the budget community development, economic of a local arts centre, which is getting development and environmental about $68,000, when they’re able programmes. to generate just under half a million Local boards will be able to comment in income? We’d hate to see the on a draft report of recommendations governing body become like the old this month and next, before a final regional council where their focus is decision is made by the Govening totally regional. We don’t want them Body in February, in time for the to miss the local flavour.” adoption of the 2013/2014 Annual Mrs Parfitt says that to date the board Plan.

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Developers confused by Council plans Developers’ optimism about Auckland Council’s plans for intensification has been somewhat deflated by initial impressions of the Area and Unitary Plans, which went before the public and stakeholders last month. Last year, when Southside Group metropolitan, town and local centres. where people can afford to buy into it, director Chris Jones revealed his It also includes a strong emphasis such as in Orewa.” concept for “an iconic” 10-12 storey on design quality and development He says whatever is contained in the building on his site at 292–312 controls to address amenity issues, such final Unitary and Area Plans, his Hibiscus Coast Highway, he was upbeat as privacy, outlook and overshadowing. building will go through a full resource about the prospects for a Unitary Plan consent process. that would enable development such as Currently in Orewa town centre, “In the end, if the local lobby against building to more than 10.5m his to move forward. (three to four storeys) is a restricted high rise buildings like this is too However since then he says he has been discretionary activity. strong, we may be defeated.” forced to sit on his hands, awaiting Local board’s Area Plans feed into some certainty, and that documents Mr Jones says he has met with planners the Unitary Plan, which replaces who are writing the Unitary and Area released by Council are confusing and the District Plans of all the former Plans. contradictory. Councils. Public consultation on “The Auckland Plan promoted “We have put our aims to them and the Hibiscus & Bays Area Plan is Orewa as a town centre, with six to depending on the outcome, will make a underway, and the Unitary Plan has eight storeys as allowable heights, decision. It’s a very frustrating business.” been discussed with stakeholders and whereas the Hibiscus & Bays Local He says an additional concern will be released for public consultation Board’s Area Plan is talking about four is Council’s choice of areas for next March. intensification. storeys,” Mr Jones says. The next Area Plan engagement dates The first working draft of the Unitary “Intense development is being are: November 2, Whangaparaoa Plan, discussed with stakeholders last promoted around transport hubs, but Library, 11am–3pm; and November month in Orewa, makes mention of that’s not where the demand is. If you 13, Orewa Service Centre, Centreway four to six storeys in areas close to want density, you might as well have it Rd, Orewa, 10am–1pm.

First draft Area Plan roadshow held in Orewa The Hibiscus & Bays Local Board presented its draft Area Plan to local residents for the first time in Orewa last week. The meeting at the Orewa Service Centre on October 24 was attended by representatives of the local board, Council planners and a handful of residents. Chair Julia Parfitt said better attendance is expected at presentations at market days and libraries.

Among the aspects of the draft plan that drew attention were the positioning of a tertiary training facility, a youth facility and a community hub in central Whangaparaoa. It was also noted that the minimum site size for a mixed-use development, set at 5000sqm by the former Rodney District Council, has been reduced to 2000sqm. Mrs Parfitt says this is because planners consider this will

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Breakfast launches employment scheme Representatives of around 20 Silverdale businesses attended a breakfast meeting last month to support an initiative that aims to connect local youth with jobs in the area. The meeting, organised by the Hibiscus & Bays Local Board to launch its Youth Connections initiative, made it clear to businesses that their role is vital as part of an integrated approach to improving youth employment statistics. The latest Statistics NZ Household Labour Force Survey shows that the unemployment rate for youth was 16.8 percent in the year to June 2012 – 0.5 percentage points below its level a year ago, and 6.5 percentage points higher than its level five years ago. Compared with the unemployment ‘Team Silverdale’ – members of the Silverdale Commercial Ratepayers rate for all people, which was 6.6 Association with Sir Stephen Tindall and Local Board chair Julia Parfitt (centre). percent in the year to June 2012, the Questioned about the effect on local have obtained funding to run it; with youth rate is noticeably higher. jobs of The Warehouse importing $1.35 million confirmed to date. Keynote speaker, The Warehouse much of its stock from China, Sir founder and head of the Tindall Stephen said that this was the only The money is coming from Foundation, Sir Stephen Tindall, option in order to remain competitive. organisations such as the Tindall Foundation and the Auckland Airport said if youth unemployment holds Community Trust, and from Council’s “We tried to keep employing NZ at these kind of levels, NZ will see social problems brewing as happened manufacturers, and currently NZ operating expenditure budget. products make up 25 percent, whereas The Hibiscus & Bays Local Board area recently in Spain and Greece. it used to be 50 percent, of our stock,” He pointed to the successful youth he said. “We had to go offshore to is relying on community support to get the scheme up and running. employment model in Otorohanga, a compete with the likes of Kmart.” “Although we don’t have a huge amount place he said has “zero youth crime” and exhorted business owners to “have Local board chair Julia Parfitt said of money to put into the scheme, a hard look at the jobs you can provide helping youth into work required an the enthusiasm in the community integrated approach for educators, to tackle youth unemployment is to young people”. businesses and the community. enormous,” Mrs Parfitt said. “It is not a silver bullet – we have to look at our planning and how we can She said she was heartened to hear that The next stage for the Local Board get youth into training to fill the needs at least one business that attended the is an employment audit, to assess of businesses,” Sir Stephen said. “If we breakfast was looking for staff prior to businesses’ short, medium and long term needs and the skills and training can create just one job each out of this Christmas. room, we will have made a difference,” The Youth Connections scheme required to fill any gaps. The audit will he said. involves 10 local boards, but only six be conducted in Silverdale.

Plaza for sale

The Plaza Whangaparaoa is back on the market. The Plaza, which is owned by the Wholesale Australian Property Fund, was put up for sale in November 2009, then withdrawn in mid-2011 after it failed to attract acceptable bids. Currently The Plaza is being marketed by CBRE, and a spokesperson for the company which manages the Property Fund, AMP Capital, says the company is pleased with the level of buyer interest. The facility’s book value is in the vicinity of A$31.6 million. CBRE’s marketing information states that the Plaza’s annual net passing income is approximately $3.3 million, with around 40 percent of net rental income derived from the majors and more than half of this from Countdown supermarket. It also states that the zoning provides an opportunity for future redevelopment, such as integration of The Warehouse with the main complex.

Hearing date awaited

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Students of The Art Lab with their mural at its unveiling last month. Below, Around 10 teenage artists created this mural for the hall.

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Murals that represent hours of dedicated work by young artists over the past year were put up on the walls of Whangaparaoa Hall last month. The two multi-media murals made of They then spent about 40 hours (in acrylic paint on board with fired clay different groups) working towards the pieces were created by students of The finished paintings. Art Lab, an art studio based at the hall, At the unveiling on Labour Weekend, lead by Anna Evans and MacTreliving. Anna thanked all the young artists for The youngest artist involved is aged their hard work. five and the oldest is 16. The murals will be entered into Ten teenagers were involved in the the Resene Mural Masterpieces production of the beach scene mural competition. over the last year, including four – The next project for The Art Lab is a Rose Peddie, Amanda Naude, Jamie sculpture garden. The studio also plans Halpin and Mia Voudouris – who put to create more murals to beautify the in many hours towards the finishing local area. Info: layers, during holidays. Each artist studied a native bird of their choice, then made it out of clay, carved and decorated it. The teenagers’ mural was supported by funding from Creative Communities and the background gradient was painted by local airbrush artist Jonathan Grange of Impact Art. The sea themed mural made by around 30 younger students was created in Terms 2 and 3. Each child made two different ceramic sea creatures.


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Grant Straker Local Identity

Grant Straker of Arkles Bay began his career as an ‘action man’, parachuting into the trouble spots of the world as a member of the elite British paratroopers but these days he is more likely to arrive at an international destination carrying a laptop and wearing a suit. The IT company he and wife Merryn formed has grown into a big player on the world stage despite being run from modest offices in Manly. Grant spoke to Terry Moore about making the transition from paratrooper to programmer. I grew up in West Auckland and my father used to fly Orions for the airforce – in fact both my parents were in the engineering in the Waikato – that’s airforce. When Dad left the service, what got me into computers. I had he flew commercial planes in the UK never even switched one on until and so my family moved there when I was 30, but I found I had a gift I was 14. On leaving school, initially for programming and it interested I did an apprenticeship as an aircraft me. So, in 1999 when a lot of engineer but soon after decided to join people were asking me to build the British army, as did two of my three programmes for them, I started brothers. During my time in the army a computer programming I served in Africa and the Middle East, business in my front room in Germany, Hong Kong and many other Ponsonby. At the same time I countries in the Parachute Regiment. met Merryn and she gave up Being a paratrooper generally involves her join me in the business parachuting behind enemy lines and – her parents thought she away from support, so you have to be was nuts. We started Straker self-reliant, resourceful and fit. Joining Translations, specialising in requires a lot of specific training and multi-lingual content and won some a stringent selection process. Many of big contracts with Tourism NZ and the lessons and discipline I got taught Tourism Queensland, Australian at a young age have served me well Mining Companies, British banks during my working life and I would and the European Commission. It recommend the military forces as the was pretty successful and lead to a lot best possible start any young person of travel – I must have been on 20 could have to their career. I was one of around the world trips in the last 10 the last people ever to guard the Berlin years, plus several short ones doing Wall and was there when it was taken business in the USA, Britain, Asia and down; I was in the Middle East the day the freezing skifields of Canada. Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait and had lots of other exciting A couple of years ago we could see experiences! There were a lot of good an opportunity to revolutionise the experiences outside the army too, such translation industry – having people as the time when a few army mates and doing the translations, but with I mountain biked across America from computer programming making it Washington DC to Los Angeles, both easier and faster, so we could become the fastest translator in the world. We on and off road, camping as we went. started this at the beginning of last In the early 1990s I left the army to year and it has been hugely successful be a commercial airline pilot. The for us. We have a processing centre in military is a very prescribed lifestyle, Albany, one in Southern Ireland and despite all the exciting stuff, so I recently decided to open a satellite figured I’d done my time and wanted office in Manly. I chose Manly because to get into other things. But all that it’s close to home and means I can changed when I was involved in a respond to fire calls during the day. bad car crash. An out of control truck Three years ago I became a volunteer smashed into my van; it jack-knifed in at Manly Fire Brigade, partly as a foil front of me and I was lucky to survive. to desk work and because it’s a great My leg was badly damaged and it took social environment. A lot of my army a couple of years for the insurance to friends are only leaving the forces now, come through. The injury prevented retiring at around 40, and we keep in me passing flying medicals, so I drove touch via Facebook. It made me think a truck for a while. My leg is still a how different life is for us; we have bit smashed up, and I have the scars got the company, which is growing to this day. Once my National Health fast, and we can see the opportunity money came through I returned to to build a very significant business. NZ, in 1994, and studied mechanical This year we will generate $4 to 5

million of export revenue. What we are really in the business of is shipping ideas that help people, from an office that could be based anywhere in the world. Our focus has been to build a New Zealand company – despite an opportunity to build a call centre in Thailand or elsewhere in Asia, but we wanted to keep it based here so we can employ locals. We have hired staff at the rate of one or two a month for the last six months in Europe and here, which has been exciting. We will have five marketing staff in the Manly headquarters – but have 18 in our Albany office that includes programmers, call centre staff and linguists, as well as four in our office in Ireland. The translation and technology industry that we are part of is huge – worth around $40 billion worldwide. We are leading the world in our sector of this technology and there’s been a lot of international interest – we have had three takeover offers in the past year. However my dream is one day to have a company that employs anything from 100 to 1000 New Zealanders and right now I can see the potential for that to become a reality. We have been a NZ High Tech Award winner and were finalists in the Auckland Business Awards in the High Tech category this year. At the same time as working hard on our business, Merryn and I are juggling caring for our young family.

We have lived in Arkles Bay for eight years and have three children with the eldest seven and the youngest two, including one who has special needs. Merryn works full time in the business too; we’ve worked together for 13 years, and it has its moments, but it works. We moved to the Coast because we work so much and wanted to live by the beach so we can make the most of any time off that we have. If I hadn’t had that car accident, my career, and life, would have taken a completely different path. But although all the plans I’d had for my future went out the window just like that after the accident, it also gave me the cash buffer to do different things. Recently I’ve been thinking about getting back into flying and that means starting again from scratch to get a pilot’s licence. The plan I’ve been hatching is to fly around the world with my Dad, who is aged 72. I haven’t told him about it yet, but I am pretty sure he would be keen; he still flies from Ardmore whenever he can. There would be enough danger and thrills involved in a trip like that to make it interesting. It will take at least a year to plan it properly and you need a lot of time so you can pick suitable weather, so I guess we won’t be going until 2014 or later. When you work really hard you have to have aims, and the older you get the more urgent it becomes to get them done. When I get ideas I tend to carry them out so this is definitely going to happen.

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Viewpoint with Len Brown, Auckland Mayor

Build it and they will come One of the biggest challenges in fast growing places like the Hibiscus Coast is transport. A welcome development in recent times has been the final go-ahead for the park and ride in Silverdale. Construction of the first stage, including 104 car parks, begins this month with the intention of having it open by next June. I am hopeful that stage two involving another 400 car parks will follow soon afterwards. It comes as more people move into the area to live in Silverdale. The significance of the park and ride is far more than just enabling people to park and then take the bus into town. This is all part of a new way of looking at public transport throughout Auckland. Auckland Transport’s Regional Public Transport Plan for the next 10 years has been open for public consultation for the past few weeks. I encourage people on the Hibiscus Coast to ensure you have your say on this because we need to ensure that the network not only meets our current needs but also meets our needs into the future. Auckland Transport is proposing extending bus services on the Hibiscus Coast with regular services from Silverdale to Manly, Gulf Harbour, Orewa, Waiwera and Warkworth. The intention is to create a simpler, more integrated network providing improved access to more places. This will be a new concept for many people who may view changing buses to save time as being counterintuitive. The plan also includes a new zone based fare system allowing unlimited travel within a certain area and timeframe. Now I know improvements in public transport never come as fast as we want. But this is a real step in the right direction. As I always say with regard to public transport, if you build it people will use it. So let’s get on with it. I also want to pay tribute to a young Aucklander on the Hibiscus Coast who is doing his bit to keep the area tidy. Cr Michael Goudie alerted me to the great job Taila Johnston is doing and the support he is getting on Facebook. Take a look at his Clean Coast page. Taila got sick of seeing piles of litter on his regular run in Arkles Bay and he’s doing something about. And hundreds of people are backing him. This young man is an example to all of Auckland. I hope others follow his lead.

From left, friends and flash mob organisers Jaz Bishop and Samantha Neary accept their prize from Orewa Library senior librarian Liz Morris.

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An event in the true spirit of the flash mob was put together, in a flash, by enterprising Orewa College teenager Samantha Neary, earning her first prize in the Auckland Libraries’ FUSE competition. The competition combined music, show stopper. books, DVDs, video games and the “The entry impressed us with its internet into a series of challenges, energy, choreography and sense of events and activities for teens. fun,” Liz says. “It’s hard to believe Samantha, aged 14, heard about it was put together practically the competition, which required overnight.” organising a flash mob of at least 20 The flash mob was uploaded to participants, the day before entries YouTube and won Samantha $200 closed but did not let this deter her. worth of Dick Smith vouchers. She and her friend Jaz Bishop Samantha and Jaz are in the vocal choreographed dance moves, compiled group Treble Threat and will use a music mix, borrowed a sound system the prize to purchase t-shirts and and got the flash mob underway. equipment, as well as treats for all who The flash mob took place in September took part in their flash mob. outside Orewa Library, and, according To view the Flash mob look for Flash to senior librarian Liz Morris, was a Mob Orewa Fuse on YouTube.

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A question of authority Authority is addictive. Those with some power, no matter how small, are inclined to exercise it to the extreme. For anyone on the receiving end it can make life difficult. However there are remedies available to challenge arbitrary behavior if that has occurred. The most common example of this happening is seen when local authorities grant or withhold permission for particular action. For instance the granting of resource consent without consulting affected neighbours or the local community. The power of the community can be effective and an example in Auckland that made the news and is ongoing is the use of Western Springs as a speedway venue. Notwithstanding a long history of use at the site by speedway enthusiasts the locals brought enough pressure to bear on Auckland Council to severely change the conditions of use. This was particularly contentious as the main protagonists were for the most part new residents to the area. Aside from the political pressure that action group was able to take the Council to Court to review its planning processes. That option is open to anyone to review bureaucratic action. Any person in a position of power can ultimately only act within the limits of the legislation providing the power. Anything outside the limits can and should be challenged. The white jacket phenomenon is also one to be wary of. A famous experiment involved a man in white jacket persuading others to inflict severe pain on people simply by saying words to the effect, ‘Don’t worry I’m a doctor’. Seen as an authority figure, and also told the experiment would fail if the pain was not inflicted, over 90 percent of people complied. The man in the white jacket was a psychology student and the aim of the experiment was to try and find out why no one rebelled against the Nazis when asked to perform outrageous behaviour. The experiment was conducted in America and the results shocked the community, demonstrating that we are preprogrammed to comply with authority figures. Hard as it may be, we are all duty bound to challenge authority when necessary – not only for our own personal benefit, but for the benefit of the community as a whole. If allowed to go unchallenged, the wielder of power is like a drug addict, more is needed and the concept of moderation is easily lost or forgotten. This will be Dennis’ last column for the paper, as he is leaving the area. Hibiscus Matters thanks him for his valued contribution.

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Time to throw open the doors and welcome warmer weather with a top to toe tidy up. In this feature we look at recycling and an art project that will spruce up Orewa.

Solution sought for garden plastics Reduce, reuse and recycle should be the plan for any spruce up, but when it comes to the products of the garden industry only the first two of those are possible. Every plant sold in a garden centre comes in some form of plastic container, or with its roots wrapped in black polythene and currently the vast majority of those plastics cannot be recycled. Gardeners’ sheds are typically filled to the brim with unwanted pots, some of which are washed and reused but most of which end up in landfill. A number of alternative pots of varying construction including natural based plastics that break down over time, have come on the market but are not widely used by the industry. Peat pots can be purchased for planting seedlings, but are also not used commercially. NZ Nursery and Garden Industry chief executive John Liddle says the industry is aware that its use of plastics places a burden on the environment. “However, there is no easy fix, and there will not be an overnight

solution,” he says. Earlier this year the industry withdrew from a scheme called Gardenwise which was being developed in conjunction with recycling company 3R Group, designed to benefit householders and commercial suppliers. According to 3R Group, plastic has been identified as the biggest solid waste problem for the garden industry, affecting both growers and consumers, who are all faced with the problem of disposing of items such as planter pots, seed trays, ground films, mulch bags and the like. The organisation also says that it is time the industry dealt with the problem, as it has become substantial and consumer attitudes to environmental issues have shifted dramatically in recent times. The 3R scheme aimed to develop a sustainable and practical recovery programme to recycle the large volumes of garden related plastic currently sent to landfill. John says that the NGIA withdrew from the scheme last April “as a result of concerns as to its viability and effectiveness”.


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A spokesperson from the 3R Group says the organisation continues to work with those in the industry who remain keen to provide a solution for customers. “This is seen as a positive move – based on experience within the industry, we do not feel that a kerbside recycling model for these products will be supported by councils,” the spokesperson says. However, the industry retains a clear preference for having its plastics accepted into council kerbside recycling schemes. John says concerns related to other options include “the costs burden

through the supply chain and the ability to either pass these on or absorb them, and the long-term opportunities afforded by biodegradable pots”. “These concerns need to be addressed before we can go on further. It’s a process which we have to work through stage by stage,” John says. Currently the industry is beginning work on its own ‘environmental stewardship programme’, part of which deals with plastics. While this is developed, gardeners’ only option is to reduce the numbers of plants in plastic pots that they purchase, re-use the ones they do purchase and support companies that use biodegradable alternatives as they come on the market.

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Business has charitable heart Wardrobe clearouts can be a windfall for second hand shops, many of which are constantly surprised at the high quality of the discarded items that come their way. The bonus for people that donate their clothing to a second hand store is that their unwanted items may help raise funds for charity. Many local second hand stores, such as the Hibiscus Coast Community House shop, Salvation Army Store and the various Hospice shops, are in existence to raise funds for community causes. The most recent addition to these stores that have the community at heart is Revival Republic, which was set up eight months ago as a business that trades for a social purpose and community benefit. Among its core objectives is raising funds for the charity Kids Can, which assists children in need throughout the country. Owner Bronwyn McIntyre says Kids Can receives five percent of every sale from the second hand clothing store. “As the business becomes more established, we hope to be able to increase the percentage,” she says. Store manager, Bronwyn’s sister Christine, says the reason they chose Raising funds for KidsCan charity for disadvantaged NZ children

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Kids Can stems from their own upbringing in South Auckland. “Our mum did it tough, bringing up nine kids and so we can relate to what those children are going through,” Christine says. The store also offers work experience and training, provides affordable goods to budget conscious consumers and increases the rate of re-use and recycling in the community. “To achieve our objectives we need to establish ourselves as a well-run, competitive and profitable business while keeping true to our core values, which are to run an ethical and sustainable business that has a truly positive impact on all stakeholders,” Bronwyn says. At the moment Christine says the business needs to raise its profile, as its location at 584 Whangaparaoa Road (under Manly Boxing Gym) is not overly visible to traffic speeding by. However, the public is supporting the enterprise by donating wearable clothing to the bin outside The Plaza Whangaparaoa, as well as one outside the store itself. A good range of clothing, including some designer labels and children’s clothing is stocked. Christine is always looking for more, including things like school uniforms, which she says, are sold as soon as they become available. Bronwyn says she would love to hear from people who share Revival Republic’s core values. “If there are people who would like to help us to shape a business where profit can do the greatest good, we would love it if they got in touch – especially if they can assist with displays, marketing or mentoring.” Info: ph 428 1825 or email

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Art project with many faces A chance to bring out your inner artist is on offer at Estuary Arts Centre next week with the introduction of two large interactive community art boards. Centre exhibition manager David Poole instigated the Faces of Auckland project as part of a Landmark Education programme. He says the idea is for members of the community to paint a self-portrait on A4 size pieces of plywood. These will be mounted on two 2.5m x 1.2m boards positioned on the grassed area in front of Estuary Arts Centre. The project begins on November 10, with the launch of the boards by Local Board chair Julia Parfitt, after which anyone, including children, can use the paint supplied by Dulux and Gordon Harris to complete a painting. David says no artistic expertise is required, as it’s all about taking part and having fun. “It’s certainly not about doing a perfect portrait – anyone can take part

and the portraits can be abstract or representative.” Artists, including Heather Matthews, Andy Hamilton and Linley Quinlan, will be on hand to provide ideas and assistance. The community painting will be put into a power point DVD that will be available from the centre. The paintings will remain in place for two months, after which the boards will be painted white. Members of the community with an idea in mind can approach the arts centre and paint the boards, although David stresses they are not to be used as advertising billboards. “It’s about empowerment. This will be an ongoing project for as long as the community wants it to. We are confident that the community will respect it and not damage the boards.” Faces of Auckland self portrait painting • Estuary Arts Centre, Western Reserve, Orewa • November 10, 10.30am–4pm

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Crafty Christmas gifts offered A market designed on a European theme will be held in Silverdale Hall this month, and this, coupled with shopping nights held by local schools, will provide plenty of opportunities to pick up unique gifts to fill Santa’s sack. The first European market was held Schools support Santa in Silverdale last year and organiser Shopping nights at two local schools Helene Blomfield says stallholders offer a fun way to support local were enthusiastic about making it an craftspeople while searching for annual event. Christmas gifts. The idea grew from French-themed yy As well as work from more than markets held in Silverdale by the North 50 designers, Kingsway School’s Shore Alliance Francais in 2009, which Christmas Shopping Night offers had a positive response and support goodie bags for the first 100 from retailers and the community. shoppers, spot prizes and a café. The European market, which will be Entry costs $5. The event takes held on Sunday, November 18, includes place on November 8, 6pm–9pm at a wide range of hand made crafts such the school, 100 Jelas Rd, Silverdale. as carved greenstone, soap, jewellery yy Whangaparaoa Primary School’s and woodwork as well as many items Christmas Shopping Night will be with a festive theme such as Christmas held on Friday, November 30 from decorations, lolly trees and cards. 7pm at the school hall. Around 40 Food from Europe is a big feature of the exhibitors will be selling gift items market, with Italian salami and cheeses, and there will be entertainment and a French patisserie and Swiss chocolates refreshments, as well as spot prizes. among the delicacies on offer. Info: ph Rebbeca, 424 8386 or email The market runs from 9am–3pm.

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Get ready for Christmas In the coming weeks kitchens will fill with the aroma of baking cakes and other festive fare that is best prepared well before Christmas Day arrives. Simon and I recently updated and revised our Cooking for Christmas book (Hyndman Publishing) – the original sold nearly 40,000 copies and is now out of print. As well as a range of Christmas fare, the new book contains ideas for treats that make great gifts when attractively packaged, like this Italian panforte.

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An explosive event in Orewa, including burning cars and a spectacular firework display, will be held this week in support of local volunteer fire fighters.

Fireworks back on beachfront The night of Saturday, November 3, will be a chance for local families to celebrate Guy Fawkes in a safe environment with the annual public Fire Brigade Open Day. This year the event returns to the jeeps and other entertainment for the Orewa beachfront after a trial of younger ones. Western Reserve as a venue last year Food vendors will be on site and failed to ignite the public’s enthusiasm. families are welcome to bring a picnic. All funds raised via a bucket collection The event costs sponsors around and gold coin entry fee support local $25,000 to put on and is funded volunteer firefighters – in particular the largely by Orewa New World, the Manly Brigade for its first response van. Hibiscus & Bays Local Board, with Leading up to the fireworks at 9pm are contributions from other local live displays of fire fighting techniques businesses. Additional assistance on and music by The Banned and The the day is provided by volunteers from Rotary and the Hibiscus Coast Youth Sons (formerly The Sons of Melody). There will be a carnival operating Centre. including activities such as water balls Silverdale & Districts Volunteer Fire and a new 50m long zip line flying Brigade Open Day • Orewa Beach fox as well as bouncy castles, mini Reserve • November 3, 4pm–9pm

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The positive effects of a regular jog on Manly Beach are well known to Andrew Scott, who has been running recreationally for around 30 years, however it was when he began taking his disabled daughter with him and saw her strength improve, that he decided to form a group that would benefit from increased exercise. Andrew, who lives in Little Manly, is a full time and could join in with a gentle run a few times a carer for his 26-year-old daughter Claire who has week as a group. We slowly jog the length of Manly alternating hemiplegia which is characterized by Beach and back, which is around 2km, when the recurrent episodes of paralysis on one side of the body. tide allows, and it’s a pleasant way to start the day.” Andrew said Claire came on runs with him to build her As well as running with Claire, Andrew runs around strength and initially (“the first 20 times”) there was a 25km a week to keep fit. lot of walking, encouragement and hand holding. “I am not a fitness coach, just a regular runner, so Claire now runs with Andrew two or three times a it’s just about forming a friendly group with health week, slowly, and can run the length of Manly Beach benefits.” and back. “Running can make a huge difference to how you “Claire is really an inspiration to anyone who wants feel in just a few weeks. It’s the kind of exercise that to exercise but is reluctant or lacks the motivation can be daunting to start with yet before long you’re to get started,” Andrew says. “I’m sure there are a cruising along, enjoying the views. It’s free, there’s lot of others who would like to improve their fitness no equipment or special clothing and it’s fun.”


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Merged health links ready to forge ahead The contribution of women to health organisations was made clear at the launch of Health Link North in Silverdale last month. The vast majority of around 50 people who attended the launch were women, representing various health sectors including the Waitemata District Health Board, the fire service and Waitakere Health Link. Interim Health Link North chair, Carol Ryan, addressed the meeting; newly appointed community engagement coordinator Anne Curtis was unable to be there due to bereavement. Carol said the new organisation, which merges

Rodney Health Link with North Shore Community Health Voice, has proved there are many synergies between the two groups. The organisation offers a conduit between health professionals and the community, through engagement, newsletters and a focus on ‘health literacy’. An office has been set up, shared with Age Concern Rodney in Orewa, and Carol says the organisation is moving ahead “like a racehorse”. “Several projects were put on the back burner while we got the organisation on its feet, but we will pick those up and move forward with purpose,” she said.

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Flexing the gratitude muscle We can experience a greater level of personal happiness by developing the habit of noticing and feeling grateful for things in life. It can help us to be a “glass half-full” kind of person rather than a “glass half empty” sort. Even if you see yourself as a “glass half empty” kind of person, it is possible to change this habit. It is a mental habit, a neural pathway that our minds have become accustomed to going down, and like any habit, we can unlearn it and learn new things – like noticing what you can be grateful for right at this moment. Try it and see. Whatever the situation you find yourself in right now, try to find things about it and yourself that you are grateful for – without changing anything. I make it a habit to wake each morning and be thankful for another day of my life. I find that gratitude helps me start the day in a good frame of mind. Have you ever lost your wallet or something else important? Then maybe you found it again, or some kind person handed it in to the Police? Recall the relief and gratitude you feel when you get your precious belonging back. Well there’s no reason we can’t have a “haven’t lost my wallet today” moment of gratitude every day. When we look for things to be grateful for, we can find them all over the place. Think about being grateful for the things that didn’t go wrong; gratitude for the smile the shop assistant gave you when you were being served; gratitude for the sun shining; for the guy that let you in the queue; for the colours in the trees as you walk or drive along; or gratitude for the food that you are eating. You don’t have to be a person who doesn’t realise what they have, until it is gone. Think about what you really value in your life – such as the people who mean a lot to you, your health, past experiences and memories. Take a moment regularly to be thankful for those things. Notice what effect it has on you to reflect in this way. A useful practice to try out is at the end of each day is to reflect on three (or as many as you like) things that you feel grateful for from the day. It builds a strong ‘gratitude muscle’ that will enable you to be more aware of things that you are grateful for as they happen.

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Cycling reaps benefits for Orewa Spring is here and it is a good time to dig out the bike from the garage, give it a clean and head out to the 7.5km long cycle track that meanders through Orewa for a beautiful ride. Cycling is low-impact and is a great fitness activity for any age.The Orewa cycling community, as well as cyclists from out of town, are enthusiastic about getting out, cycling together, making new friends and enjoying the fantastic scenery. The cycleway travels around the Orewa Estuary, over boardwalks, past residential backyards and parks. Bike Me, in conjunction with Harbour Sport, has whole heartily supported cycle groups in the past to the extent of providing rental bicycles free of charge. Bike Me has also been providing the opportunity to ride in groups, of any fitness level, every Saturday. Riding together in a group is safer as riders are more visible to vehicles. It also provides an encouraging environment that allows riders to spur each other on. Earlier this year, the Hibiscus and Bays Local Board and Harbour Sport created a real buzz when they began guided cycle rides around the extensive bike trails of the Te Ara Tahuna Cycleway. Harbour Sport had a vision to see more people enjoying the beautiful coastal and estuary views that are available to the Orewa community and is looking to organise more group rides in the future. Group cycle rides are a fun way to explore and get fit at the same time. The cycling groups Harbour Sport has run so far were excited to get outside, reap the benefits of beautiful Orewa, chat with friends and get fit. These groups evolved into meeting for coffee after each ride at the local café. Since April, many people from diverse backgrounds have enjoyed cycling on the well maintained mostly flat, concreted cycleway. Hibiscus and Bays Local Board Chair Julia Parfitt would like to see more people aware of and taking pleasure in the superb cycle ways of Orewa. She believes that the group tours have encouraged more people to take advantage of the local cycle ways and have helped establish Orewa as a beautiful cycle-friendly community. The side benefits have been allowing people to discover the many interesting shops in the area such as the nearby Estuary Art Centre. While the cycleway is a nice way to enjoy Orewa, it also benefits the whole community. It is never far from coffee shops, providing convenient watering holes and refreshment stops. Many find a handy place to start their bike ride is at the I-Site near the Orewa Bridge, from there the cycleway has good signage throughout. So there are no excuses to get out and enjoy the wonderful biking pathway, meet some friends and get your weekly exercise all at the same time.

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Also available 3m3, 4m3 & 6m3 bins

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Coastguard 671 Whangaparaoa Rd, Auckland • Ph (09) 424 5556 • Fax (09) 424 1948 •

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Remember your lines The stiff nor’westerly winds of October gave boaties a few gnarly moments, as you may have noticed when a local yacht was washed up on Tindalls Beach (luckily with only minimal damage). If you have a vessel on a mooring, and have not checked it recently, now’s good! Every year, like clockwork, Coastguard is called out to incidents where a vessel slips its mooring, often because the line securing it has simply deteriorated with neglect. Drifting vessels can end up on the rocks or among other water users. The Auckland Council rules for moorings state clearly that owners must maintain their mooring hardware ‘in a safe and efficient condition’, and that ‘the most common cause of mooring failure is lack of maintenance.’ The rules also state that boat owners should check moorings regularly for chafing and so on. (Info: www.aucklandcouncil.govt. nz) And it’s not just mooring lines: we’ve seen all manner of sun-rotted or frayed rope being used long beyond its natural lifetime. If you had to tie up in rough weather, do you have reliable bow and stern lines? Or, more seriously, if someone fell off your boat, do you have an appropriate floating throw-line handy? If your lines are looking tatty, spring’s a great time to treat your boat to a new set. Here’s a quick guide to the main synthetic options (abridged from the excellent Safety in Small Craft by Mike Scanlan): yy Nylon: Strong, moderately resistant to UV rays, has plenty of stretch, does not float, hence is ideal for use as an anchor warp. Note that it

Photo, Jeff Royle

absorbs water and is weakened by saturation. yy Polyester: Heavy, strong, does not float, has high UV resistance, easy to handle. Low stretch, so not ideal for anchoring, but ideal for mooring and an excellent all-rounder on board. yy Polypropylene: Strong and lightweight, plenty of stretch. Because it floats, it’s ideal for use as a throw-line but no good for anchoring. Can be used to moor small vessels, but low UV resistance means relatively low durability. yy Polythene: Similar to polyprop in that it floats and has low UV resistance, but not quite so strong. Costs of lines vary tremendously – but bear in mind: a few dollars spent here is better than seeing your pride and joy on the rocks.

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For a free introductory weekend application form Contact Gulf Harbour Yacht Club Ph 09 424 2118 or email:

On the water learning

Among the champions of water safety announced at the Sealord NZ Water Safety Awards in Wellington last month was Surf Lifesaving NZ, which took out the Education Award for its Beach Ed Programme. The programme has been delivered to more than one million primary and intermediate school kids since 1990. Supported by Water Safety NZ, Beach Ed teaches students about surf and beach safety and has both theoretical and practical components.

Surf website is up

Surf Life Saving NZ can now be found online as well as on the beach. Last month the organisation launched its summer patrol season with a website called Find a Beach. The live, interactive website features up-to-the-minute information including weather, swells, hazards and a rating system for activities like swimming. It also has information about what facilities are available such as toilets and changing rooms. It also includes an interactive element where people can add comments and upload photos. Info:

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‘Olympics’ herald Christmas INFLATABLE BOAT REPAIRS Christmas combines with an Olympic theme in a new event designed to kick off the festive season. Orewa Baptist Church organised the carols will be played in between events Kids Olympic Day as a lead in to and cheerleading and support for festive celebrations such as the Orewa teams will be encouraged. New World Santa Parade. Prizes include $500 of sporting Around 13 local schools are taking equipment for the winning school, part in the Kids Olympic Day, which $300 for second and $200 for third, will be held at Orewa College sports thanks to sponsorship by companies fields on Saturday, November 10. such as Fulton Hogan. Teams of students from Year 1 to 8, Year 7 and 8 children will compete representing each school will take part in events such as long jump, high as individuals for Gold, Silver and jump, hurdles, relay races, javelin and Bronze medals and sports pack. shot put – several of which are adapted Prizes will be presented on the main to suit younger participants. stage at the Summer Festival that Fun events such as the sack relay race, follows the Orewa New World Santa egg toss and water bucket relay are also Parade, on November 17. included. The Kids Olympic Day begins at Pastor Paul Collins says Christmas 10am and finishes at 2pm.

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Ex-golfers have whale of a time The Whalewatchers Social Club is a club within a club. It formed seven years ago by Whangaparaoa Golf Club so that exgolf club members could maintain social contact with past and present club members once their active golfing days were over. Member Jenny Mann says many of the Whalewatchers have a longstanding association with the golf club were very much part of the endeavours to carve today’s recreational 18 hole course from the farmland it was nearly 60 years ago. Babe Cross and Jenny Mann

instigated the Whalewatchers Social Club and the first luncheon was held in September, 2007, with 10 people attending. The name was chosen because the golf club’s logo is a whale. Today’s bi-monthly luncheons see a gathering of between 35-40 members who are catered for by a team of current lady golf club members – this catering group in turn has a great feeling of comradeship as they plan menus and themes for each event. “We believe the Whalewatchers  Social Club is unique in the golf club world – it is most unusual for a golf club to cater for its ex members,” Jenny says.

Sports field capacity increased

The Hibiscus and Bays Local Board has been allocated $3.8m of regional funds to help increase the capacity of existing local sports fields over the next 10 years. It is estimated that in the Hibiscus and Bays Local Board area $3.8m from the regional fund and $1.6m of local board funding will provide an additional 112 sports training hours per week by 2022. The proposed upgrades in the Board’s area will provide six new sand carpets, nine new fields with floodlights and two new artificial turfs, including new sand carpet and lights at Red Beach Park and Silverdale Memorial Park. While lights at Gulf Harbour Reserve and Stanmore Bay Reserve fall outside the funding envelope, the board agreed they should be progressed as funds allow.

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Phone Dan 0800 inflate (463 528) or 021 886 642 Laurie Southwick Parade Gulf Harbour Marina

For all Mechanical Repairs, WOFs, Servicing

Contact Grant Taylor or John Wilson John Wilson owned and operated Johns Auto Services Ltd in Manly for 16 years, earning the nickname “Honest John”. He has an outstanding reputation and has many long term customers in Rodney. Selling his business in 2008, he has now joined Grant Taylor at GT Automotive.

Free Coffee @ Gusto Café with WOF or service. We can pick up your car for free.

Ph 428 7969

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Grace McFarlane (left) and Babe Cross, both founding members of the Whalewatchers Club.

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8/667 Whangaparaoa Rd, Mon - Fri 7.30am - 5pm or by Appointment & type in GT Automotive

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Hibiscus Matters publishes Community Notices as a free service for the community. A strict first in, first served policy, published subject to space & availability, (25 word limit) for non-profit organisations only (conditions apply). All other classifieds are $4.11 per line + GST. Email: hibiscus@ (no attachments) Visit: Tamariki Plaza, Cammish Lane, Orewa or phone 427 8188.

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ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS meet Fri 7.30pm, Orewa Community House (behind Estuary Arts Centre) Ph John 027 646 2995, 0800AA WORKS. Are you Stuck? Depressed? Anxious? Or just keen to maintain your relationships? Call us! Local, Profession & Affordable counselling support. Lighthouse Counselling - 0508 544 482 or Car Boot Sale Fundraiser. Last Sun of month. Centrestage theatre Carpark, Centreway Rd Orewa. $10 per Car. 8am-12noon. Ph Rosalie 0274 198 135 or CROQUET HAVE A GO DAY Sunday November 11, 1.30pm, Orewa Croquet Club Hatton Rd. Enjoy Golf and

Association croquet – great fun, friendly club, free coaching. Ph Julie 426 6285. Good Companions Orewa meet Fri mornings for senior citizens 10am– 11.30am. Orewa Croquet Club rooms, Hatton Rd., Orewa. Hibiscus Coast Aikido Club Any fitness level, age 13 & above. Whangaparaoa Community Hall, 717 Whangaparaoa Rd, Wed 6.45-7.45pm. Sun 6.30-7.30pm. Ph Ngaire 021 261 2267 & Rosso 021 819 454. HIBISCUS COAST PLUNKET AGM An invitation is extended to all who are interested to attend the Annual General Meeting of the Hibiscus Coast Plunket Branch Inc. Orewa Community Hall


The Warkworth Wellsford Hospice is in the process of planning for the provision of a new facility to be located in Warkworth and which will provide for an expanded range of services. We are seeking expressions of interest from suitably qualified persons to undertake design work to building consent and tender stage based on the project brief and specifications. Persons interested in registering interest should do so in the first instance by providing details of qualifications; work experience and where possible details of previous assignments. Please register your interest by 16 November to: Warkworth Wellsford Hospice Building Project P.O. Box 517 Warkworth Or by e-mail to:



(supper room) Nov 8, 7.30pm. Ph 428 3580. Hibiscus Coast Widowed Club Meets 2nd Wed of month. Orewa Community Centre 1pm. Interesting speakers, morning/afternoon teas, raffles, outings/trips. Good Company – We care. Ph 424 3757. Hibiscus Coast Family Services - free confidential services to support families with young children. Parent/ caregiver‘drop in’group during term time Wed 9.30-11.30am. Share experiences, gain knowledge in a safe environment. Children under five welcome. Kiwi club dance November 25, all welcome. 4th Sun of month, 5pm-8pm. Silverdale Hall. Ph 428 4939 or 022 081 6476. Orewa Garden Club meets 2nd Thurs of month, 1pm, the hall behind St John’s Catholic Church, 180 Centreway Rd, Orewa. Enquiries: Glenis McCarty 426 5785. New members welcome. 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. SILVERBACKS WRESTLING CLUB training Thurs at Judo building, Hibiscus Highway, beside Silverdale Rugby Club. Club Wrestling at 6:15pm. New members ph President 426 7156. Sociable Singles Night Out, 45+. Dinner/Chat/Boogie. Friday, Nov 30 & every last Friday of the month at 6pm, Silverdale RSA, 43a Vipond Rd, Whangaparaoa. Ph Corrine 021 840489. Whangaparaoa Indoor Bowls Whangaparaoa Community Hall on Thurs afternoons. Whangaparaoa Primary School Mon night. Ph 427 0816. Whangaparaoa Mental Health Support Group Every friday 1.30pm-3pm Community House all welcome to Drop In. Tea ,coffee biscuits provided. Whangaparaoa Horticultural Society Annual Flower Show, Nov 2 & 3 Whangaparaoa Hall, $2 adult entry, Fri Nov 2, 1.30-4pm, Sat Nov 3, 9am-3.15pm. Trading table, raffles, refreshments. Entries are welcome from the public. Ph Zelma, 424 4112 or Lyndell 426 0327. All visitors welcome.


FOUND CAT - Pretty youngish tabby grey cat found on Whangaparaoa Rd Manly. White bib, paws & small strip on nose. Striped grey & black tail. Very talkative and friendly, used to people. But hungry & scared as living rough in garden. Please phone 424 1414.

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.



FOR FREE QUOTES CALL FRANK since 1966 09 426 428 8079 4012 or 021 2144 250 Agents for

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Supply Installation Cleaning Repairs


BUILDER 40 yrs+ exp semi retired available for property maintenance, decks, fences etc. No job too small. Good rates. Ph Rob 021 1672155 or 426 2960. 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 PEST CONTROL, Flies, spiders, cockroaches, ants, rodents, wasps. Competitive prices & quality service. 25 years exp. Ph 426 2253. Plastering, Gib Stopping. All aspects of stopping. Coveing specialist. 25 yrs exp. Ph Karl Hall 0210 424 296. Plastering, solid, Gib Stopping, Painting/repair work. Small jobs. Trade Cert. Keith 424 8841 or 022 682 4760. 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.

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

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BUSINESS services

A Night With Spirit - Clairvoyant readings from guides & loved ones, 14 Nov, 7.10pm at Red Cross Hall, Silverdale. To book ph 0220977335 or email HYPNOSIS for stress, phobias, easy Stop Smoking. Bill Parker NZAPH, 424 7610. WISE CHOICES – Supervisory/ Counselling Service, Brigitta Rohr (B. Couns., MNZCCA), Stanmore Bay. Ph 021 416 251,

Adept Computer Services, Est 1993. PC repairs at good rates. Ph 421 1039 or 021 114 5517

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. WAXING SPECIALIST All aspects of waxing incl Brazilian. 15 yrs experience. Ph Teresa 428 0187 or 0210 220 2789.

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

TRANSPORT A 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. 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.

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. Mathematics Tuition. All levels and abilities. NZ registered teacher with 30 years experience. Ph 424 0176.

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

Whangaparaoa Guitar Tuition Experienced teacher/performer. Live Performance & Confidence Coaching. Free introductory session. Ph Rod 09 555 1928 / 021 047 1963.

what’s on Hibiscus Coast

October 2012

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

27–Nov 10 Me and My Girl, Centrestage Theatre, Orewa. Includes matinees on October 28, November 3 and 4. Bookings at Centrestage Theatre, phone 426 7282 or from iTicket.

November 2012 2&3

TO BUY, RECORDS/LP’s Ph 428 1587.



Part time Caterer / Cleaner Min 20hr week, split shifts, some weekend work, based in Waiwera working for children’s holiday camp. Ph Beki 09 427 9219 or


FOR SALE Black Cord For Jade Pendants Ph Rita Gibson 426 6076. Jade Pendants From $10 Ph Rita Gibson 426 6076. Dog clippers, Wahl Pro Series $175. Retractable dog lead $10. Both as new. Ph 428 3420




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


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


Nov 14 issue’s deadline for paid classifieds is Nov 6. Payment or ads received after this date will appear in the Dec 1 issue.


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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.





Whangaparaoa Horticultural Society Annual Flower Show, Whangaparaoa Hall Friday 1.30pm–4pm, Saturday 9am– 3.15pm. Trading table, raffles, refreshments. Entries from public, including children, welcome. Entry $2. Info: phone Zelma, 424 4112 or Lyndell, 426 0327. Silverdale and Districts Volunteer Fire Brigade Open Day, Main Beachfront Reserve, Orewa, 4pm–9pm. Fire Displays 4pm– 6pm, concert 6pm–9pm. Fireworks at 9pm. Carnival and food vendors. Proceeds to Manly brigade for their van. (see story p18) Eaves Bush Appreciation Group workday, meeting 9am at the Hillcrest Road entrance to the Reserve, 38 Hillcrest Road, Orewa. We will be primarily attacking the climbing asparagus on the Pa site nearby. This might be the last workday of the year. Cup of tea at 10.30am. New faces welcome. Info: phone Don Turner 426 4761 or Laurie Rands 426 3122. Hibiscus Coast Kindergarten Ducky Derby fundraiser 11am Western Reserve, Orewa. Duck race at 2pm with $10 duck tickets available from Orewa Menswear, on the day or by phoning 021 609 747. First prize is $500 cash plus 2nd and 3rd prizes and loads of spot prizes, rides, food and more. Whangaparaoa School Christmas Shopping night, at the school hall, Ladies Mile, Manly, 7pm onwards. Around 40 stall holders selling Christmas gifts. Refreshments available. (See story p16) Designer Christmas Shopping Night, Kingsway School, 100 Jelas Rd, Silverdale, 6pm–9pm. Designer gift items for Christmas shoppers. Goodie bags for the first 100 shoppers. $5 entry. Info: (see story p16). North Harbour Rockers Band plays at the Stetson Country Music Club, Dairy Flat Community Hall, Postman Road, Dairy Flat, 8pm–11.30pm. Licensed bar, club prices. Info: www. or phone 09 476 4554. Bellydancing on the Beach show, Orewa Community hall, doors open 6.30pm. Tickets: $15 includes entry and half time supper. Family friendly event. Info: contact Vicki, 426 1105. Launch of Faces of Auckland project, outside Estuary Arts Centre, Western Reserve, Orewa, 10.30am–4pm. Opportunity for the public to paint self-portraits for public display. (See story and ad p15). Public meeting re Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations, hosted by Rodney MP Mark Mitchell. Guest speaker Hon Chris Finlayson, Minister for Treaty of Waitangi, Orewa Primary School Hal, 86 Maire Rd, Orewa, 9am–10.30am. (see ad p2) Orewa New World Santa Parade, central Orewa, starting at Alice Ave, 12.30pm. The parade travels along Hibiscus Coast Highway and ends at the Orewa Beach Reserve car park by Orewa Surf Club. Goes ahead rain or shine. Float entry is free and there is also the opportunity to participate as a costume wearer. Info: phone Diane, 426 2638. (see story p16) European Market, Silverdale Hall, Silverdale Street, 9am–3pm. Stalls offering delicious European food treats, gift items, crafts and more. Alliance Francaise information table. (See story p16) Red Beach School Gala, Red Beach School, 20 Albert Hall Drive, Red Beach, 10am-2pm. Wide range of stalls, White Elephant, rides and food. Fun for the whole family.

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Sailing club brings national event to Manly Programme on an even keel

Manly Sailing Club has a major feather in its cap with the recent announcement that it will host the Optimist Nationals next Easter for the first time. The five-day event attracts around 300 entrants including sailors from Australia and the Pacific Islands. The regatta has been a starting point for some of the country’s best sailing talent. Past competitors in the event include Olympic sailors Jo Aleh and Olivia Powrie, Peter Burling, Paul Snow Hansen and Susannah Pyatt. Vice Commodore Sean Paterson says it will boost the interest of local youth in competitive sailing as well as bringing an entourage of families, coaches and officials to the Coast, boosting the local economy. Luke Ferreira of Manly, aged 12, (above) was among those preparing to head into Meanwhile, the club’s annual Hibiscus challenging conditions at the annual Youth Regatta off Manly Beach. Coast Youth Regatta, held on October 20knots range, forcing racing into the for the day for fear of injury – the 14, was badly affected by high winds. pair leave this week to compete in the bay in flatter water. Entrant numbers were way down on Open Bic Worlds in Miami. None of previous years after north westerly The Starling fleet had some intense the other Open Bic sailors completed gales the day before the event, and racing in light of the conditions. a race due to the extreme conditions. predictions that the rescue boats Arkady Edmunds from Glendowie The Optimist Open division had would be busy proved accurate as Boating Club won the day followed Murray’s Bay sailors Kerensa Jennings winds of 20 knots, gusting to 27 knots by James Jennings of Murray’s Bay and pipping Nick Egnot-Johnson for Glendowie’s Tamryn Lindsay. There took their toll on the fleet. first place while Nick’s younger sister A total of 28 competitors aged 10–18 was not so much glory at the back of Sophie won the final race to clinch years battled conditions described as the fleet, with two broken masts and third. Dillion Browne from Manly was “character building” by organisers, a rudder for Lisa Dartnall, Mathew in the mix until he capsized towards while some were forced to abandon Leydon and Chelsea Rees respectively, the end of race three. but very fast runs were had by all. racing altogether. The club now has its fingers crossed The plan to run open fleet races out Unfortunately, the Manly sailors for smoother sailing conditions when of Big Manly Bay in clear winds were didn’t fair so well. In the Open Bic it hosts the Open Bic championships scotched 10 minutes into the first the Herbert brothers, Liam and Sean, next January – an event that it race when winds averaged in the high completed just one race before retiring instigated last year.

Educations, choices, sharing

A programme designed for young sailors interested in racing keelboats kicks off with an introductory weekend this month (November 24/25), with more planned for December. Gulf Harbour Yacht Club instigated the Youth Keelboat Programme for sailors aged 14 and up. Organiser John Weston, who will coach the programme, says he and club commodore Chris Biggs are currently offering the free introductory sailing to schools and yacht clubs in the area. John is a former coach of the RNZ Yacht Squadron youth programme and has travelled with young teams to international regattas. The year long programme, which costs $500 including club membership, begins next February and includes an opportunity to race the Bruce Farr designed International Platu 25 Class keelboats, with a crew of five or six on board. He says that the Club may subsidise the programme fee for sailors that meet certain criteria. “The sailors will be coached to improve their competitive sailing, including the rules of racing, physical training, equipment preparation and maintenance,” John says. Info: phone the Club on 424 2118.

Woman’s Health Seminar

A must attend seminar for all women aged 40 plus. Pharmacist Monterrey Marks (qualified in nutritional and hormonal medicine) runs evenings on menopause and peri-menopause (the period of transition between regular cycles and menopause when PMS seems to worsen and new symptoms can appear due to a hormonal “storm” time.)

The next seminar date is Wednesday 14th November, 6.30-8.30pm Register now on phone 424 7708 or email.

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