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14 November 2012

Waiwera to Silverdale including Whangaparaoa Peninsula and Orewa


Progress ramps up at Business Park

Work is accelerating towards creating a business park in Silverdale’s Knowledge Economy Zone and earth-moving equipment could be on site within a year. Business park owner Clayton Reid and Memorandum of Understanding with town and strategic planner Alistair Mr Reid, which includes working White said at last week’s Hibiscus & together to facilitate the building of Bays Local Board meeting that among the ramps. their priorities are adjusting the Mr White said the ramp design would Knowledge Economy Zoning to allow be made public soon. The proposal the building of institutions to anchor utilises the existing Wainui Rd Bridge, the park. and the ramps are south facing. Their Mr White said the vision is for a mixed- capacity is expected to allow for more use business park that will bring jobs than the developers require. to the local economy, underpinned Mr White said while traffic modelling by a hospital and a tertiary education indicates that the ramps will alleviate facility. Light industry, offices and a lot of issues for the area, there are distribution bases are also likely to some “long and difficult” discussions be included, with a retail block at the ahead with Auckland Transport. Mr Reid is underwriting the building centre that will be developed last. A design competition is underway of the ramps, but at the meeting the allowing urban design consultants to developer made it clear that a financial continued page 2 work on the Master Plan for the site. Currently a lot of the work is behind the scenes negotiations with Auckland Council and its CCOs regarding Local business infrastructure, with the big-ticket pages 13 and 14 item being the ramps off the Northern Motorway at Wainui. Marine feature Neighbouring developer WFH pages 17 to 21 Properties, whose Millwater Education feature development will also benefit from pages 22 to 25 access off the motorway, now have a

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contribution from Auckland Council is expected and that this would be a focus for submissions to the Area and Unitary Plans. Mr White said that the business park will bring employment and development contributions. “The infrastructure will unlock the golf course, Silverdale town centre and the western side of the highway,” he said. “There needs to be a contribution from Council, such as an offset of development contributions.” The business park block is currently not serviced and Mr White said while the process of bringing water and sewage to the site had begun, it would require a rebate from Council. Local Board chair Julia Parfitt said that the business park owners are likely to face “an uphill battle” in getting any contributions from Council and its CCOs.

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“The CCOs are looking to save money, not spend it, and another impediment is that the Auckland Plan does not have the business park as a project in its 10 year plan,” Mrs Parfitt said. “The Local Board will support you in asking for this infrastructure, as Silverdale needs it, but it’s a big ask when dealing with Auckland Transport and Watercare Services.” The 54ha business park site lies alongside State Highway 1A and was zoned by the former Rodney District Council to allow for a hub of high quality IT, education, research and creative businesses. It was formerly owned by Rick Martin of Cornerstone Developments and known as Silverstone. Mr Reid purchased the land from the mortgagee, ANZ Bank, in June last year for $8.5 million after forming a company called Silverdale Business Park Limited.

Stanmore Bay site sought for cellphone tower

Stiff competition for cellphone tower sites on the Hibiscus Coast has left telecommunications company Two Degrees “between a rock and a hard place” according to the company’s Site Acquisition Manager John Watson. Mr Watson told the Hibiscus & the pole would be near tall trees and Bays Local Board last week that the reduce amenity values. company is in urgent need of a new Mr Watson said this site would require cellphone tower in Whangaparaoa a 15m pole to clear the trees. Two because of increasing demand from Degrees was advised by Council that the use of smartphones. any application to use the Brightside He said suitable sites are hard to come Rd site would need to be publicly by because many are taken. The towers notified. are attached to the top of light poles. Local board member John Kirikiri, A site on a berm in Stanmore Bay Rd, who has visited the original Stanmore that the company already has permission Bay Rd site with Mr Watson, says he is to use under the Telecommunications not happy that a cellphone tower may Act, met opposition from residents, and be located there due to interruption of for this reason, he said, Two Degrees marine vistas. investigated alternative sites. “You won’t be able to miss it as you The company located a site on come down Stanmore Bay Rd, as it Stanmore Bay Reserve, however will be 3m above the light,” he said. cellphone towers are not permitted Mr Watson says the company has there under the Reserves Act. noted this feedback and has made no A further site on the berm on decisions regarding which site to use Brightside Rd was opposed by as yet. A decision is expected before Auckland Council’s parks team as Christmas. Schwinn/ Fuji Hybrid Bike (5' 5" & above) From $


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Police work rewarded at Orewa medal ceremony Twelve Hibiscus Coast Police officers were recognised for their hard work, bravery and commitment to the force at the Rodney Police Medals & Awards Ceremony on November 8. More than 100 people attended the Waitemata District Commander ceremony held at the Orewa Bridge Superintendent Bill Searle spoke about Club, including officers from around this year’s Canterbury Earthquake the Rodney Policing District along citations and their significance. with their families. Among those “These awards mark the courageous invited to attend was Cr Penny and dedicated efforts of our police Webster and Hibiscus & Bays Local personnel following the February Board member Greg Sayers as well as 22 earthquake, one of the darkest representatives from Ngati Whatua, moments in New Zealand’s history,” the NZ Army, Navy and Air Force. he said. Rodney Area Commander Inspector Scott Webb said police award “The Canterbury Earthquake Citation ceremonies are important because they is a unique award for a unique set of provide the opportunity to recognise circumstances. It is a highly valued not only the officers and their efforts, award and 3600 have been given out both nationally and internationally but their families as well. since the earthquakes took place. As “Every role in the Police force is a whole, district performance is going significant,” he said. “I am constantly well and I stand up here proud to lead amazed by the bravery and extra effort that is demonstrated right across the the Rodney team.” board but I’d like to acknowledge the Hibiscus Coast Police who received Clasp: officers’ families for their ongoing awards were: 21-Year support. Our men and women rely Sergeant Brett Henshaw • District on their family a great deal. If your Commanders’ Commendation: Peter partner, father, or mother is being Snelgrove • Canterbury Earthquake awarded today, it’s always for you too.” Citations: Sgt Mark Ovington of

Waitemata District Commander Superintendent Bill Searle, right, congratulates Hibiscus Sergeant Brett Henshaw for his 21-years of dedicated service.

Whangaparaoa, Snr Constable Richard Williams of Orewa, Constable Brett Hanly of Whangaparaoa, Constable Nicola Paterson of Orewa, Constable Rebecca Major of Orewa, and Constable Shannon Robertson of Whangaparaoa. • Area Commanders Certificates of Appreciation: Constable

Roger Dustow of Orewa, Detective Kevin Blackman of Orewa, Sergeant Mark Ovington of Whangaparaoa, Snr Constable Greg Smith of Orewa. • Community Partnership Awards: Richard Bayes of Bayes Buses Limited, Orewa New World co-owners Peter Anderson and Gary Christini.

Local board steps in to help marae find a new home There was fighting talk, but also a plea for assistance by members of pan-tribal marae Te Herenga Waka o Orewa at this month’s Hibiscus & Bays Local Board meeting. At the meeting in Browns Bay on November 7, manager Kereama Nathan asked for the local board’s assistance in locating and obtaining a lease for a large Council-owned site to accommodate the marae. The Ministry of Education has given Te Herenga Waka until next April to vacate its site in Foundry Rd, Silverdale, which the marae has leased since 2007. Mr Nathan said the group plans to find a way to relocate the former Silverdale School buildings from the current site to a new location, including the

wharenui. Local board chair Julia Parfitt said the board supported the marae’s work, which includes educational and cultural services. She invited Te Herenga Waka representatives to the next meeting with the Facilities & Reserves subcommittee this month, where potential sites could be discussed, and proposed to bring some options back to next month’s local board meeting. Mr Nathan said sites that the group are already aware of include one at the top of Tavern Road and the buildings currently leased by the Nippon Judo Club and shared with the No.5 Squadron Air Training Corps, alongside Silverdale United Rugby Football Club. He said the group are running out of

Around 50 people showed support for Te Herenga Waka o Orewa’s bid for a new base at this month’s Local Board meeting. Manager Kereama Nathan is seated in the foreground.

options, and a way forward needs to be found with urgency. “Without local board support, we will be faced with the potential occupation

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Spiders net winning entry for Coast cartoonist A fascination with spiders and a background as an arts student gave Stanmore Bay’s Matt Turner the edge in a recent competition to design a comic book character. Matt not only won the Auckland Libraries competition in the 18 years plus category, but his drawings of spiders Grotny and Pavelka were judged the best entry overall. Matt says although he entered the competition because his son Theo, aged nine, was also taking part, it reignited his interest in drawing, as well as “outing my comic book work”. “I went to art school in the 1980s and apart from making birthday cards for family and friends, haven’t done much drawing since then,” Matt says. “It was fun to get back into the mode of drawing for the sheer pleasure of it.” The cartoons were hand drawn using a calligraphy pen and coloured with watercolour pencils, crayon and ink. He says his winning cartoon, entitled Blest Pair of Spiders, is designed to appeal to children, but is also a tribute to his mother whose favourite piece of music is Blest Pair of Sirens, by Sir Hubert Parry, and was also an attempt to speak up for spiders.

Matt Turner says winning the Auckland Libraries competition has inspired him to create more comic characters. Right, Matt’s cartoon was judged the best of more than 500 entries.


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the record

A nifty and festive idea for re-using copies of Hibiscus Matters came from The Cake Lady in Orewa who up-cycled pages of the paper into Christmas decorations for her Cammish Lane shop.

“Spiders are such beneficial creatures and maybe by personalising them I can help stop people from feeling the need to step on them.”

Matt, who works freelance in publishing, wins a $100 drawing board from Rob McLeay’s The Cartoon Workshop and an $85 Whitcoulls voucher.

Big softie

North Shore MP Maggie Barry shares a small flat in Wellington with fellow MPs Mark Mitchell and Nick Smith. When a pigeon was found to have laid eggs in a plant pot on the balcony, Maggie says she immediately assumed Mark, with his experience in Iraq, would be tough enough to remove the nest and fledglings, however cute they looked. “I couldn’t have been more wrong – he turned out to be a big softie,” she says. “Mark took one look at the nest of baby pigeons and said they would have to stay put.” Perhaps he was worried about negative tweets?

Not so funny

One Hibiscus Coast mum got into strife with a friend recently, because of a lack of texting experience. In the mistaken believe that ‘lol’ stood for ‘lots of love’ (not ‘laugh out loud’), she texted her friend, whose dog had just died. “So sorry to hear that Fido died, lol”.


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Pool pricing evaluated Auckland Council’s decision last May to introduce free access to its pools for those aged 16 and under, is expected to have a significant effect on the bottom lines of the facilities, and therefore the profit they return to Council. This is one of the subjects of a high learn from each other so that costs to level overview of Council facilities to customers are kept low through good practice,” Mrs Tocker says. take place next year. Currently the operation of Council’s 24 She says that although there are aquatic facilities costs ratepayers $10.1 commercial imperatives on Leisure million annually made up of $6 million Centres, she does not foresee Council for the six Manukau facilities (which selling any of the less profitable at present are run under a free access facilities as they provide a valuable community service. policy), and $4.1 million for the rest. Financial modelling undertaken for “The Auckland Plan articulates the Council by KPMG concluded that need to use infrastracture, such as the net impact of the change to free sports centres, as a community hub.” access to all pools for those 16 and Mrs Tocker says the Stanmore Bay under would be positive, to the tune Leisure Centre will need to focus on of $450,000 per annum in additional its core strengths, such as high quality income, although naturally the impact programmes and strong links with the will vary for each local board area. community in the face of increasing The overview, to be lead by Council’s competition. community policy and planning team, “The Leisure Centre’s customer service will also look at why Council has pools results are always very high,” she says. and the bigger picture of how they The free access policy for those 16 contribute to the health and wellbeing and under is currently being worked of Aucklanders. through, starting with a report on The results will inform the operational guidelines presented to this development of a policy covering all month’s local board meeting, and is Council pools. expected to come into effect next April. Council’s manager of recreation The renovations of the Stanmore Bay facilities Lisa Tocker says the overview Leisure Centre were deferred until the is part of Council’s desire to roll out 2013/14 budget, pending consultation an Auckland-wide approach to the regarding the type of additions that business model for pools. will best serve the community’s needs. She says it is likely that facilities Mrs Tocker says this consultation that are currently performing below will take place next year and that the targets, such as the Leisure Centre in money for the improvements has been Stanmore Bay, which has been hard ring fenced for that facility. hit by competition from privately run The building of a Leisure Centre in gyms and pools, may have their targets Metro Park, Silverdale, which was on adjusted down. the former Rodney District Council’s “We will also have to look at how plans for the site, is not in Council’s 10we can best provide a cost effective year plan and a Council spokesperson service and what various Council pool advises there are currently no plans for operators throughout Auckland can it to go ahead.

Sports pavilion underway

Orewa College has applied for resource consent to construct the next stage of its sports pavilion. Fundraising for the $500,000 facility began last year and stage one, an upgrade of the changing rooms, is already complete. It is hoped that construction of a pavilion on top of the changing rooms will begin early next year and take 12 months. The facility will be available to sports clubs.

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Bigger bangs but fewer bucks for fire service open day A spectacular fireworks display and a record crowd went hand in hand with one of the most challenging Open Days ever for the Manly Fire volunteers, who faced a major fire callout the night before. The Volunteer Fire Brigade Open Day has been held annually for around five years, and was designed to provide a safe family fireworks display – a major bonus being that in past years it has noticeably reduced the number of fire callouts on Guy Fawkes night. However, this year a callout to an enormous scrub fire in Manly that kept crews out from 3am until 11am on November 3, as well as a number of other fireworks related fires over that weekend, meant many volunteers could not attend the Open Day at Orewa Beach Reserve. According to Manly Fire Brigade project manager Michelle MacDonald, this was one reason that donations taken on the day were down by half to around $4500. “We were just too busy fighting fires, and so the bucket-shaking was largely forgotten,” she says. Despite this, the Open Day on November 3 is being hailed as a success by all involved, attracting a crowd that swelled over the day until an estimated 12,000 people lined the beach to see an impressive, free firework display. Earlier, the crowd were entertained by demonstrations of fire fighting prowess, children’s rides and live bands, while food stalls did a lively trade. Silverdale & Districts deputy chief fire officer Shayne Kennedy says the event ticked all the boxes. “It’s about raising fire safety awareness and providing a community event that people enjoy and it was an unqualified success on both those fronts,” he says. Donations are still being accepted and will be used towards purchase of a First Response Van for the Manly Brigade. Info: email Theresa Nesbit, fire.

Clockwise from top, Manly fire volunteers Elme Donaldson (top) and Renee Bird. Fireworks on the beach. Photo, Simon Maddock. Dramatic display of firefighting skills wowed the crowd.

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Youth supported by grant

The Hibiscus Coast Youth Centre received the largest of the community grants allocated this month by the Hibiscus & Bays Local Board. Discretionary Community Grants to a yy North Shore Centres of Mutual Aid, $600 towards the cost of lunch total value of $35,620 were allocated for seniors at Valentines and Snow at the Local Board’s November 7 Planet. meeting, $18,700 of which was allocated to organisations that offer Among those who applied but were their service on the Hibiscus Coast. not successful were Centrestage The Hibiscus Coast Youth Centre Theatre in Orewa and NZ’s Walk of received $15,000 towards the cost of Fame. senior staff for project coordination, Centrestage applied for funds towards training, service delivery and its operating costs for the next 18 administration for the One Stop months; this was declined on the basis that Centrestage is receiving Youth Centre. other operational funding. Stage 51 Other local recipients were: Ltd, trading as NZ’s Walk of Fame, yy Hibiscus Coast Grandparents sought funds towards the placement Parenting Grandchildren, $2500 of more stars from entertainers on to be used for school camps and Orewa Boulevard over the next three outings. years. The ‘stars’ project was initiated yy Hibiscus Coast Elderly People’s by Gary Brown when he owned the Lunch Club, $600 towards the cost Boulevard of Dreams restaurant which went into liquidation last April. of Christmas lunch for the elderly

Summertime and the living is easy.

Property sales power ahead Although only $24 million-worth of Council property has been sold so far, Auckland Council Property Ltd is confident it can achieve the target it was set of selling $100 million of surplus property by the end of next year. The CCO’s report for the quarter ended June 30, presented to the Hibiscus & Bays Local Board last week, states that, to date, $24 million of property has been sold. Another $15 million-worth is subject to agreement and properties to the value of $17 million are either being prepared for sale, or are currently on the market. Acquisitions are the other part of Auckland Council Property’s brief, and as of year-end, the CCO has received 32 acquisition briefs from Auckland Council and 427 from Auckland Transport. A total of 191

acquisitions at a value of $39 million have been completed. “Given the level of project activity provided for in Council’s Long Term Plan, acquisition activity will remain high for the foreseeable future,” the report says. Also noted in the report is the CCO’s target of optimising the value that Council receives from its ‘non-service’ property portfolio. Revenue received from properties from Jan 1, 2011 to June 30 this year increased by more than $1.2 million, through “the recovery of operating expenditure from tenants in accordance with lease terms”. The 12 months ending June 30 marked Auckland Council Property’s first full financial year in existence.

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Parking changes on their way

Following a brief public consultation process in September regarding changes to parking restrictions in Orewa town centre, Auckland Transport is analysing the results and preparing a report on the way forward. Destination Orewa Beach, which is working with Auckland Transport on the proposed parking changes, says the idea of a blanket two hour parking zone throughout the town centre received support and could be implemented early next year. The change includes the introduction of P120 restrictions on currently unrestricted spaces in the town centre, including on Hibiscus Coast Highway.

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The revocation of State Highway 17 by the NZ Transport Agency in October is expected to lead to enforcement of the 30km/h signs through Orewa Boulevard. The signs on the boulevard (from Florence Ave to Riverside Rd) were put in place on a temporary basis by the former Rodney District Council but could not be enforced. Destination Orewa Beach says that now that Auckland Transport is responsible for the highway, the 30km/h signs will be replaced, and that the new signs will be enforceable.


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Conference offers insight into farm forestry Manly Christmas

M EA fo Ca SU r a ll n R FR ow E & EE Q U O TE

Around 250 farm foresters from around the country will explore future opportunities in farm forestry at the New Zealand Farm Forestry Association’s 57th Annual Conference, hosted by the Lower North Branch in Orewa next April. While acknowledging significant, early forestry activity in the region and formation of the association, the conference (April 20–23), will focus mainly on harvesting and marketing, recognising the rapidly maturing resource and the higher percentage of high value/high quality species. Conference speakers will include NZ Wood Council chair and managing director of Pan Pac Forest Products, Doug Ducker, and Scion chief executive officer Warren Parker, outlining the strategies and developments to ensure a positive future for forest investments. Field trips will provide insights into a diverse range of farm forestry operations. Lower North Branch chair Gordon Perry says farm foresters have played an important role in supporting forestry trials throughout the country and with the export value of forestry approaching $5 billion a year, has Gordon Perry says the influence of Auckland growth on farm foresters will be highlighted at the national conference in Orewa next April. proved its place in the New Zealand Forestry Association in the lower north landholders. economy. While the local region faces unique region in 1950, acting on concerns Gordon says their combined challenges due the growth of about shelter and a lack of durable experience represents “a wealth of Auckland city and associated increases timber for fencing. Neil later travelled knowledge, second to none” that’s in land values, planting trees remains around the country encouraging readily shared through conferences viable, offering a range of benefits farm foresters to set up local interest and regular branch field days. including erosion control, waterway groups, which led to the national The conference will be held at the protection, animal welfare, landscape association’s current 27 branches and Orewa Arts and Events Centre. beautification and more. more than 2000 members, including Registration is open both to association Farmers Neil Barr, Hec Nicholls and everyone from city people to farmers, members and the public. Info: www. Frank Bartlett founded the Farm representing lifestylers to larger

event cancelled

For the second year running, the Manly Village Christmas Evening has been cancelled. The event, which has been held for six years in early December, draws a crowd of around 500 people to the Village to see Santa arrive on one of Manly Fire Brigade’s fire trucks. Retailers offer special deals and entertainment and a barbecue are among the attractions. The Christmas Evening was cancelled last year because organiser Tania Adams of Manly Care Chemist was concerned about issues relating to traffic management. However this year Tania says pressure of work is the main cause of the cancellation. The event is run under the banner of the Manly Business Association, which is a small organisation, and on a shoestring budget. Tania says it is very much a community event, although local businesses do benefit, and she is disappointed that it will not happen this year. However, she says owners of several Manly businesses have put their hands up to help in future, so the event is likely to start up again next year.

i-SITE decision awaited

Auckland Tourism, Events & Economic Development extended the time for input on its i-SITE closures (HM November 1). A final decision is expected this week.


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Stoney Homestead – have your say What would you like to see Stoney Homestead used for?

Drawing by Brian Moore.

Stoney Homestead is an historic farmhouse and outbuildings in Millwater, Silverdale. Hibiscus and Bays Local Board and the Stoney Homestead Trust are working together to plan the future of the homestead in a way that benefits the local community, while still recognising the historical significance of the homestead. We want to hear ideas from the public on potential uses and activities. What do you think? Please let us know what you think the homestead should be used for by completing a short survey: Online: then click on ‘Current Consultations’ Alternatively, post your ideas to: Auckland Council, Freepost Authority 241331, Private bag 92300, Auckland 1142 Attention: Rachel Hume Please send in your comments by Friday 30 November 2012. Thank you. Your feedback will be of great use to assist the planning of the interior fitout, services, landscaping and ongoing operation of the homestead.


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Viewpoint with Julia Parfitt, Hibiscus & Bays Local Board chair

Have your say After launching our Draft Hibiscus and Bays Area Plan in Browns Bay almost a month ago, we have taken this local planning blueprint on the road – visiting shopping centres, libraries and weekend markets to ask our communities how they feel our special part of Auckland could prosper in the years ahead. Fellow Local Board Members and city planners have joined me on a busy programme of engagements to provide as many people as possible with the opportunity to see what is in the plan, ask questions and share their views. This area plan supports Auckland Council’s draft Unitary Plan, currently being developed and due to be released next March. It shows how and where development could happen within our area. As one of the first two local boards to prepare their area plans, we are in a strong position to help shape our own future. It has been an opportunity we have been fortunate to have been given and we have taken it with both hands. We have sat down with the planning team, our ward councillors and community leaders to discuss the options and opportunities ahead of us. Together, we have discussed how and where we might accommodate the further growth that the council’s compact city model identifies, while retaining our special village character and coastal environment. This includes protecting the countryside living area between Okura and Silverdale that provides an effective greenbelt between our two communities. Hibiscus and Bays Local Board has, through community consultation and dialogue with the key players, got a head start on the planning process. We have been able to influence and inform the Unitary Plan, with concessions already gained to limit heights in our existing town centres such as Silverdale, Orewa, Whangaparaoa and Browns Bay, to either three or four storeys. We have also been clear that any future development can only take place were there to be adequate physical and social infrastructure in place and that the city, in its 10-year (long-term) plan, makes suitable funding provisions. If you haven’t seen a copy of the draft Area Plan, they are available at our service centres, libraries and online. Please remember that this is still at a draft stage and any decisions have yet to be made. All feedback will be considered when developing our final Area Plan. It will then be reported back to the Hibiscus and Bays Local Board and the Auckland Plan Committee for adoption in March 2013. Please have your say before November 23 and stay in touch.

New business group plays to women’s strengths

A new Hibiscus Coast women’s business network hopes to help boost local businesses by encouraging mutual support, friendship and referrals, among women from various industries. Local Venus Network facilitator Linda to discuss business topics and share Guirey says the group is one of 25 in a ideas. Between group meetings they are national network founded in 2008 by encouraged to meet independently. Tauranga women Vanessa Davey. Membership in each group is restricted She recognised the challenges of to a maximum of 22 people from nongrowing a small business on a limited competing industries, although they budget and wanted to help women don’t have to be the business owner achieve profitable, sustainable business or self-employed to join. Currently growth. nine women are part of the group and A professional speaker, Linda says the Linda says they are already combining concept “gets to the heart of what to benefit their businesses. She expects women do really well”, enabling them the group will continue to create to get to know each other as a basis opportunities for joint promotion and for shared business development and in support of the wider community. referrals. Membership includes promotion “Women are natural networkers, through the Venus Network website, and referral marketing is the most magazine and Facebook, as well as natural form of marketing for women involvement in events like the recent in business. It’s not just exchanging North Shore Business Women’s Expo business cards and details, it’s much organised by a North Shore Venus Network Group. more than that,” she says. Members meet fortnightly on Thursdays Info: or email at Bayleys, Orewa from 9.30–10.30am

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John’s Autos 2008 Ltd 24 Karepiro Dr, Whangaparaoa This property is on the market after being owned by the same family for 70 years.

Family retreat on the market A Tindalls Bay property that has been a much-loved family retreat recently went on the market and is expected to spark the interest of developers. The bush covered 19,000 sqm site, at 1117–1119 Whangaparaoa Rd, has been in the Palmer family for more than 70 years. It is currently owned by brother and sister Terry and Renee Palmer, who inherited it from their parents. Terry says that his mother Veda originally purchased the property as an investment shortly after she started working in the NZ Railways parcel despatch department in the mid 1930s. “She decided that vacant land with the dream of a holiday retreat the whole Mr and Mrs Palmer at their Tindalls family could enjoy would be an ideal Bay property in the late 1940s. investment and with some financial rest of the way by hand. assistance from her mother, she was Today the site is covered in mature able to purchase what was then a piece natives, including red beech trees, and of scrub covered land that included a Terry says most of these were planted lush bush valley and a small stream,” from seed. Terry says. “On payment of your rates the council The manuka scrub growing on the would issue free packets of native seeds more exposed areas was little more as an incentive for people to reduce than waist height and allowed a the impact of cleared native bush. uninterrupted view in most directions Mum would take these seeds up to from the higher parts of the section. the section and broadcast them on the It took many years during the wind all over the property.” depression to construct a modest bach The family dubbed the site ‘Windy’, on the property as building materials because during construction of the were scarce and it was a major effort to bach it was noted that there was almost transport them to the site. always a strong wind – so much so that “Our grandfather was a builder and Terry’s uncle set up a wind generator owned an old Model A truck, without to provide power for the bach. which Mum’s dream would never have Terry says the family has many fond got off the ground. It took numerous memories of holidays on the property, trips in the old truck to carry the cutting tracks through the bush and materials for the bach. These would having adventures. start with driving the loaded truck onto the vehicular ferry to cross The bach has not been visited regularly the harbour, as this was long before since the 1970s and the only remnant the Auckland Harbour Bridge was of it is the concrete fireplace. Terry says selling the place is constructed.” On the peninsula, the roads were bittersweet, as it is likely that such a mainly mud tracks that could only be large piece of land, which is zoned negotiated in dry weather; the truck low density residential, is bound to be frequently got bogged on the hill just developed. short of the property and the building The property is being marketed by materials would have to be carried the Colin Grant of Ray White Realty.

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JAC’s Trading Co. – the new Bar & Gastro pub at The Plaza Whangaparaoa is OPEN NOW! JAC’s is open for business! Jez Cameron and the team are there to welcome you. Stop in for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or just a drink or a coffee. Take in the new fresh atmosphere and try a drink from the cider tree - Boysenberry, Feijoa or Apple. We look forward to seeing you there!

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Spring Bakery and Café Service with a smile is a philosophy that has seen Panha Suon and his wife Lee run a string of successful bakeries and cafés throughout the North Island. The Spring Bakery and Café in Whangaparaoa is the sixth that the couple has owned and features their trademark pies, filled rolls, cakes and slices made on the premises, as well as great coffee and cold drinks. Panha’s family in Cambodia are in the hotel business, and he was set to follow in their footsteps until he met Lee at AUT where both were studying business. Lee’s family, who fled Cambodia as refugees, are bakers and that sparked Panya’s interest and led to the pair opening their first bakery and café in Wellington. Panha says baking skills were learned along the way, with quality and taste always the priority. These days the couple make everything sold in the café on the premises, including ciabatta and foccaccia bread.

Currently this means leaving home in Howick at 4am to start baking at 5am in Whangaparaoa, however over summer they are planning to move to the Coast with their three children. They first spotted the shop in the block at 747 Whangaparaoa Rd when passing to visit Shakespear Regional Park, and say it fitted with their love of small communities and coastal locations. Panha takes a particular interest in coming up with tasty pie fillings, with his latest being Mexican chilli beef. New pies will be introduced seasonally alongside all the favourites. He says since the Spring Bakery and Café opened last month, they have had lots of support from the surrounding shop owners, and from customers including children on their way to and from school. In return, Panha and Lee support local businesses whenever they can, such as purchasing meat from Manly Village Butchery. Although he has become passionate about baking over the years, Panha says

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Mozaik Caffé Silverdale Coffee lovers are beating a path to Mozaik Caffé in the recently opened Silverdale Centre, and co-owner Memet Ceran says this is the result of attention to detail in all aspects of the coffee making process. Mozaik exclusively uses the Zigana blend of free trade beans from Australia, South America and Africa. The beans are carefully roasted by Memet and co-owner Alex Isik – a process that, although it takes place in a three-ton machine, requires experience and a skilled hand to get right. Memet says the secret to good coffee roasting is not to rely on technology, but rather on your sense of taste, sight and smell. He has honed his palette over almost a decade, and passes on his knowledge by teaching others and selling coffee and roasting equipment internationally. “There is a lot of expertise required to get coffee perfect and it’s a process that Alex and I take great pride in,” Memet says. “Rather than pay someone else to do it, we roast the beans ourselves because producing good coffee is a passion for us.” Mozaik Caffé is a fast growing business – the one that opens in Victoria Park this week is the 10th in Auckland – and the company currently employs around 200 people. Memet says as well as good coffee, a strong focus on hospitality is key to Mozaik’s success. Memet, Alex and co-owner Nigar Ivgen, who have been friends for more

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than a decade, are from Turkey, where hospitality is taken very seriously. “Guests are seen as a blessing and it’s our responsibility to make them happy. The same applies to all our Mozaik customers – we look after them, provide great service and delicious food. This is what keeps them coming back.” Head chef Nigar is in charge of the food served at Mozaik, including the famous Banarama cake, salads, slices, cheesecake and muffins. As well as designing the menu, she trains the chefs and oversees the process to ensure that the kitchen produces only the highest quality food. That attention to detail also extends to the fit out of Mozaik – where Memet says no expense is spared to ensure comfort and a welcoming, appealing atmosphere. “The philosophy behind our business is that the customer deserves the very best.”

Bach stay price increase

The cost of holidaying at regional parks in Auckland is set to increase. Auckland Council is proposing a small rise in bach rentals, of five percent in off-peak periods and 10 percent at peak holiday times. Vehicle-based camping fees will also increase by eight percent for adults, amounting to an increase of $1 per night, with no increase for children. The recommended increases will be put forward in the draft Annual Plan, which will go out for public consultation in late January.

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History with Ruth Olsen, Silverdale & Districts Historical Society

World War I troops remembered Last Sunday (November 11) was Armistice Day, commemorating the end of the first World War in 1918. When the war started in August 1914 young NZ men, including many from this district, flocked to the recruiting offices eager to sign up for an adventure overseas. They ended up fighting in the mud of Flanders and the hell holes of Gallipoli under the command of British generals whose military tactics belonged to the Napoleonic wars. Their absence left enormous gaps at home where older men and women took on the jobs of running farms and businesses. The women knitted for the troops, sent out parcels of goodies and helped put on concerts raising money for the Patriotic Fund. Children raised funds for ambulances and local fruitgrowers donated cases of apples to be forwarded to the battlefields. The troops wrote glowing thank you letters telling of their life at the front. Roy Brooker of Silverdale, billeted on a French farm after a winter fighting at the front, where he only took his clothes off once a month to have a bath, wrote about the countryside where everyone worked so hard. At first the papers carried long lists of those who had volunteered to fight but gradually the lists got shorter and then long lists appeared of those killed and wounded in the fighting and those who died from wounds, pneumonia, dysentery and so on in far flung corners of the world. Later in the war came the “ballot” when those drawn were medically examined and sent off to the battlefield. Men could appeal – sometimes it was more important for a man to stay and run his farm or business than be sent to war. Not everyone was keen on going to fight. A gumdigger living on “the lonely gumfields beyond Silverdale” ignored his ballot and informed the Constable sent to pick him up that he would be a fool to go to the front and that they were all fools who went to the front. This earned him a day in court for the use of ‘disloyal language’ but the Magistrate let him off on a plea of angry profanity and he was fined ₤5. By the time the Armistice was signed, New Zealand was in the grip of the 1918 flu epidemic and celebrations were somewhat muted as the Government did not want large crowds to gather because of the risk of infection. It took months to get everyone back home but eventually the small communities were able to welcome their men back. Silverdale held a ball in their honour on October 23, 1919.

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Naresh Mistry, owner of The Cobbler Shop in Hillary Square, Orewa celebrates 20 years of success. Naresh picked up the trade at an early age from his father who ran a successful shoemaking, retailing and repairing business in Lautoka, Fiji. In 1987 Naresh flew into Auckland and worked in several shoe factories where he further refined his skill. With an entrepreneurial spirit, Naresh opened The Cobbler Shop in Orewa’s Hillary Square in 1992 and operates his shop as an old school cobbler shop. Naresh gives his wife, Varsha, full credit and acknowledges her hard work and significant contribution to The Cobbler Shop. She has been the backbone and driving force fuelling the yearly growth of their business ventures. Since Varsha proved most capable and reliable, Naresh expanded and opened a second store in Queen’s Arcade, Auckland City. Varsha took over sole management of The Cobbler Shop in Orewa while Naresh travelled everyday into the city. Their son, Dipesh, soon joined the family business after completing his studies at AUT. Today, Dipesh manages the store in Auckland City while Naresh and his wife both manage their store in Orewa with two local Kiwi lads they have employed who are qualified Shoe Repairers. Naresh takes on any challenge no matter how difficult a repair job may be and has a passion to custom-make any type of shoe his clients request. The family is happy to celebrate 20 years in business and they attribute the success to high quality customer service. Naresh is honoured to get referrals from his customers and enjoys their return business – some have been coming since he first started in Orewa.

In celebrating their years of success, Naresh and Varsha wish to thank the local community in the Hibiscus Coast for their continuous support through these years.

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Maggie Barry found herself among friends when she attended the Whangaparaoa Horticultural Society’s spring show this month. After opening the show on November 2, the National Party member for the North Shore put politics aside to talk about her first love, plants, with members of the society, including some, like Joan McSweeny, who had travelled to Italy with her on garden tours 20 years ago. She was particularly interested in the perennials on display, such as beautifully scented philadelphus, saying large perennials are not often seen in ‘city’ garden shows. Maggie’s passion for gardening began in childhood and she eventually dropped out of her BA studies to go into horticulture full time. She says she thrived on the hard physical work and getting her hands dirty and believes gardening is also “mental health therapy of the highest order”. She left a well-established career in media as a news feature writer and radio and television presenter – including more than a decade on Maggie’s Garden Show, to enter politics and says when she was elected, and the move to Wellington was imminent, her first thought was for the wellbeing of the plants she would have to leave behind. Massed groundcovers went into her Pt Chevalier coastal garden to reduce the need to weed under trees, and tough plants like euphorbia served her well, being drought tolerant and easy care. Despite her best efforts, however, she says that dividing her time between The Beehive and Auckland has sent her garden “to hell in a handcart”. Finding the right home on the North Shore is her current challenge, and not surprisingly her first priority is to find a place with gardening potential. Maggie agrees that this is becoming more difficult for the average family as house sizes seem to be increasing while sites grow smaller. I asked whether she is optimistic about the future of gardening, bearing in mind this increasing housing density, and she is of the view that although a big challenge lies ahead, it is not insurmountable because a love of gardening will win through. She says she remembers discussing this issue on her gardening show back in the days when the Auckland suburb of Howick was being developed. She says while the density of the residential development meant that there was no space for gardens in the traditional sense, with big trees and shrubbery, she goes back to that area now and is amazed to see what people have done with a tiny section. While visiting China, she says she saw beautiful gardens right in the centre of Beijing using simple elements combined with care. She says she hopes that young families moving into subdivisions like Millwater will discover the joy of ‘stay-cation’ (the vacation you have at home), pottering around in a garden and showing their children how to grow food plants. At the Whangaparaoa Horticultural Show, Maggie says she spoke to several elderly people who had to downsize their garden because the maintenance had got beyond them, yet what she found shines through is that even with a few plants people can get incredible satisfaction and pleasure, and that, if you love plants, you will find a way.

Lilacs are among the ‘cottage garden’ plants Maggie Barry admired at the Horticultural Show. She is pictured with Whangaparaoa Horticultural Society president Jo Moxey.

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Coast surfer lined up for longboard tour Jandals to foot By Trent Armstrong, journalism graduate Hibiscus Coast surfer Thomas Kibblewhite is on the threshold of surfing greatness, being only a whisker away from becoming the first New Zealander ever to qualify for the men’s division of the prestigious Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) World Longboard Tour Thomas, together with female surfer Wini Paul of Sandy Bay, qualified as first reserves for next year’s ASP World Longboard Tour. Depending on factors such as the results of the surfers above them on the ratings, they may be called up to compete in the event; this would make them the first New Zealanders to qualify for the prestigious tour, where 30 of the world’s top longboard surfers compete for prizes of up to $50,000. The process of qualifying is extremely difficult, but when Thomas (or TK), who is the current NZ Open National Longboard champion, placed 5th in the Whalebone Classic earlier this year, it was enough to see him qualify 4th overall, and make the reserve list. Thomas, aged 29, says he is ‘pretty stoked’ to be so close to his goal. “I’ve been working really hard towards this for the past three or four years

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Thomas Kibblewhite in action at Mt Maunganui. Photo, Cpl

now,” he says. Thomas, who also won this year’s Hyundai Longboard Tour, says he hopes that other local surfers will be inspired to work towards competing internationally. Thomas lives in Red Beach and has been on the Coast most of his life. He is largely self-taught and has surfed for 16 years, including 14 years as a competitive surfer. Thomas is heavily involved in the Orewa Longboard Club, and runs his own busy surfboard repair business in Whangaparaoa, called Ding King. “The balance between work and

surfing can be hectic, but essential, to pay for getting to these big events.” Making it this far in any sport requires some help, and Nick Humphreys of Underground Skate is one of Thomas’ main supporters. “Its rad to see one of the local boys who we’ve looked after over the years do so well on the world stage”, Nick says. “It’s a real testament to TK’s drive and determination.” Thomas has a range of other sponsors, but still needs financial support. Last year he had to find more than $20,000 for competing and travel. Contact Thomas at

Everone from children to corporates will be encouraged to go casual and wear their jandals next month to support Surf Lifesaving NZ’s annual appeal day. National Jandal Day was first launched in December 2007 and raised approximately $260,000. This amount has steadily increased each year as the profile of Jandal Day has grown and last year more than $350,000 was raised. This year Jandal Day has been incorporated into a wider Appeal Week that concludes with Coca Cola Christmas in the Park – an event that donates proceeds to Surf Lifesaving NZ. Surf lifeguards will collect donations from December 2–8. Local lifeguards will be collecting for their clubs who will use the money raised on essential items such as rescue equipment, first aid supplies, lifesaving instruction and the every-day running of surf clubs. Donations can also be made at any State Insurance office, or online at, or you can text SURF to 4483 to make an instant $3 donation.

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Salt water in the blood of top Hibiscus Coast skipper by Matt Turner of Coastguard Hibiscus They say that if you want something done it’s best to ask a busy person, and few local boaties can have more on their plate than Barry ‘Baz’ Norgrove. Baz mixes leisure, business and Coastguard operations into his time on the water, as well as running a portfolio of IT, finance and property investment companies, and being dad to two teenage girls. Earlier this week he was at the helm as the Prince of Wales was taken from Devoport to Mechanics Bay aboard Sealegs vessel Hibiscus 2. “I was stoked to be selected to skipper Hibiscus 2 for the royal visit,” Baz says. He is also a fan of the boat, which he says is ideal for Coastguard work, but also commands respect. “It’s not for the faint-hearted and will surely sort out the men from the boys in heavy weather,” he says. The 46-year-old moved to the Hibiscus Coast almost eight years ago. Like many Kiwis, he’s been ‘mucking about in boats’ since he was knee-high. Today, he runs luxury charter vessels and jet boat thrill rides, and leads jetski tours out of the Viaduct Basin, an occupation he describes as ‘wicked fun’, but his formal training only began in 2006 upon joining Hibiscus Sea Rescue, now Coastguard Hibiscus. Baz says that joining Coastguard made him realise how much he had to learn. ‘When I joined Coastguard I thought I was an okay boatie. I quickly realised how much I didn’t know – and that was a lot.” Within three years he was approached to join Auckland Coastguard, and

Barry Norgrove – skippering Prince Charles from Devonport to Mechanics Bay in Auckland is all in a day’s work.

currently he skippers not only the two Hibiscus rescue vessels but also Auckland’s Trillian Rescue Alpha, ASB Rescue and Lion Foundation Rescue. Baz has racked up more than 3000 on-water hours on patrol and attended more than 600 search and rescue (SAR) incidents. Last year, he was appointed a SAR Co-ordinator, which means that he’s often in charge of running the operation. Being self-employed enables him to respond to incidents at short notice and he is regularly required to rescue people who have taken to sea woefully under-prepared. However he says the thing to remember is that all boaties can get caught out. “It pays not to be judgmental – although occasionally that can be a bit of a challenge.” Education is also a string to Baz’s bow. He is a tutor for the Coastguard’s Boating Education courses, and last month travelled to Uruguay to provide training for the nation’s marine SAR agency.

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Duck race goes swimmingly A generous donation from a local Rotarian helped make the Hibiscus Coast Kindergarten’s Ducky Derby fundraiser this month all the sweeter for organisers. The duck purchased by Orewa Rotarian Peter Little took full advantage of a strong tail wind and was first home in the race from the South Bridge up the Estuary; Peter then chose to donate his $500 cash prize back to the kindergarten. An additional boost to the kindergarten’s coffers came from this year’s innovation of the Corporate Duck, which 11 local businesses purchased for $200 each, with the prize of a workplace shout sponsored by Pak ‘n’ Save. The much larger corporate ducks were launched after the flock of 450 small ones, and first to cross the line was the Millwater duck. The Ducky Derby has been held since 2009 and is the kindergarten’s main fundraiser. The event, which this year was on November 4, features entertainment on Western Reserve in and around the Hibiscus Coast Youth Centre, and a race of plastic ducks down the Estuary. Organiser Karina Stringer says this year the crowd was smaller, but the event still brought in $6000 – the same as in previous years. This will be used to pay for fencing, pavers and plants to create a native nature area behind the kindergarten. The event was supported by volunteers from Orewa Rotary, Whangaparaoa Lions, Orewa Girl Guides and Orewa Surf Club.
















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Hibiscus Coast boaties face hefty fee increases The cost of mooring a boat on the Hibiscus Coast is set to nearly double under new fees proposed by Auckland Council. Council is considering increasing swing mooring fees from $122 to $215.50 and pile mooring from $408 to $790.50. The increases are part of a move to standardise mooring permit fees across Auckland in 2013/14. Until now, there have been two separate mooring permit fee systems. A Council spokesperson says fees charged by the former Rodney District Council were subsidised by ratepayers, whereas the rest of Auckland had a

user-pays system. “Council is following Mayor Len Brown’s direction in implementing a budget where Aucklanders pay the same fees and the same rates for the same services, no matter where they live,” the spokesperson said. On the Hibiscus Coast, swing mooring fees will rise by $93.50, while pile moorings will rise by $382.50. The fees cover the costs of services (such as those below) provided by the Harbourmaster’s Office: yy Processing of applications including managing a waiting list for mooring management areas. yy Stipulation of type and monitoring

of mooring standards to suit particular sized vessels. yy Allocation of specific mooring coordinates so as provide a safe swinging distance. yy Registration of all moorings and their inclusion in the Auckland Council moorings database. yy Management of mooring servicing contractors using established service level agreements. yy Health and Safety monitoring of mooring contractors. yy Notification to mooring owners and administration associated with the inspection programme.

yy Maintaining of a database with vessel and owner details so as to be able to promptly notify owners of any problems with their vessel. yy Effective response to mooring owner enquiries and complaints associated with illegally occupied moorings. yy Facilitation of the sale of mooring hardware through Council’s internet systems and the bringing together of vendors and prospective buyers. All Hibiscus Coast mooring holders will be contacted by Council in the coming weeks regarding the proposed new fees and will be given the opportunity to have their say during the consultation period for the Annual Plan.

By Damian Clayton, of Charter Connection. The snapper schools have arrived in the Hauraki Gulf and locally around Whangaparaoa Peninisula. This annual migration from the deeper water and outer reaches of the Gulf marks the beginning of the spawning season for snapper. They move into the Gulf to spawn as it is a big flat basin full of food sources

and offers good shelter. Keeping the importance of this breeding season in mind, limit your catch to what you need and stay inside the current regulations of nine snapper over 27cm per person, per day. You are allowed a combined bag limit of 20 fish including other species such as kingfish, john dory and trevally. The fishing has been hotting up around Kawau Island over the last few

weeks with the majority of fish being caught over the sand south of the island in 30m of water. The Tiri Channel too has been fishing pretty well especially early in the morning or later in the evenings. Try out on the sand at both ends of the channel too as good numbers of fish are coming from these areas. The infamous “worm beds”, an area between Whangaparaoa and

Rangitoto Island that provides good feed (sand worms) for the snapper to graze on, have been producing good snapper using both baits and soft plastics. The Jitterbug and Bottomship slow jigs too have been fishing very well. I find using a light (25-30lb fluorocarbon leader about 2–3m long) helps these catch more fish. Dawn and dusk through here is a prime time to get into some bigger fish.

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Leaky buildings force major rebuild Business skills at Whangaparaoa primary school recognised

Whangaparaoa School principal Steve Collins is performing a particularly challenging juggling act as the school undergoes major renovations and rebuilding. Work is due to start at the end of this term on the re-cladding of a block of junior classrooms and the demolition and rebuilding of the administration block – both because of watertightness issues. Both buildings date from the 1970s and have had leaks for years. The windows of the classrooms leaked into the walls, and at times rain came down through the light fittings and onto the computers in the administration block. In addition, providing funding is approved, a further block of four classrooms will be built next to the new administration block to accommodate the school’s roll growth. Two temporary rooms provided by the Ministry of Education will be used as a staffroom, office and sickbay during the build, but with four classrooms out of action until the end of Term One next year, and the administration block rebuild expected to take around

Whangaparaoa Primary’s administration block is to be demolished over the Christmas holidays.

six months, Steve is concerned about running out of room for an intake of between 110–130 new entrants. Steve says while children can be moved into other spaces for a short time, those additional places are likely to fill by mid-year with new enrolments. “We started this year with six Year 1 classes, but by the end of the year had 10,” Steve says. “Roll growth is expected to be nearly as large next year, so a lot will depend on the buildings being completed on schedule.” A division of Local Matters

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He says the board is asking the Ministry of Education, which is funding the work, to rebuild the leaky administration block and roll growth block as two storeys, rather than one, thereby preserving the existing playground areas. Steve says a priority for the rebuild is to preserve the mosaic posts at the entrance to the administration block, which were made by the Kirkwood family of Arkles Bay whose children attended the school.

Students of two Hibiscus Coast schools were named Young Entrepreneurs of the Year at the North Auckland Regional Lion Foundation Young Enterprise Scheme (YES) awards last month. Sinead Grady-Jones of Orewa College, and Matt Hanson of Kingsway School were the region’s top entrepreneurs. Sinead and fellow student Shaylah Minhinnick designed a range of caps and bucket hats under their Old as New label. Matt’s company Kosmo, which produced hoodies for the NZ Olympic swim team, was named runner up Company of the Year. YES is run by Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development and gives college students the opportunity to set up and run a business. Sinead says she would recommend the scheme to students, even those not pursuing a business career. “YES teaches you that if you back yourself, others will too,” she says. The regional awards were presented on October 23 and the winners fly to Wellington to compete in the National YES Awards next month. /Hibiscusmatters

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Volleyball players jump at chance to represent NZ Beach volleyball is taking off at Orewa College, with several of its top players making the national side. In addition, Year 12 player Trixie Croad and Claudia Coghlan, who is in Year 11, won the recent North Harbour Secondary Schools Senior Girls’ tournament, representing the college. The three players who made the NZ team are looking forward to competing overseas, although financing sports trips is always a challenge. Currently the college is applying to a long-time supporter, First Sovereign Trust, in the hope of financial assistance for the volleyballers. Year 11 player Tyla McMullen was named in the U17 NZ team and will travel to the Oceania Championships

in Tahiti next month, while Trixie and Heather Gibson (Year 12) are included in the U19 development squad that will represent NZ at the Australian National Beach Champs in Melbourne next January. All have come through the ranks of beach volleyball’s stronger, more established indoor version of the game, but say that playing on sand is more physically demanding, as well as more fun. Teams of two must cover the same court area as larger teams of indoor players, as well as cope with a highenergy game that is frequently played in hot temperatures. An advantage for the local players is that NZ U17 and U19 coach

Bo Hyun Park is like any 10-year-old – lively and full of fun, but put a golf club in her hands and she shows a focus and competitive spirit beyond her years. Her love of the sport, and daily practice at Gulf Harbour Country Club, recently paid dividends when she placed first overall in the Clarks Beach Junior Open U19 Girls Golf Tournament, despite competition from golfers almost twice her age.

Bo Hyun is from Korea, but grew up in Saudi Arabia, which is where she first played golf with her father Ju Ha, when she was only eight. Last year Bo Hyun and her father moved to Gulf Harbour, where Bo Hyun attends Wentworth Primary. Ju Ha says he has given up playing the game himself to be Bo Hyun’s caddy and offer advice in the role of trainer. Bo Hyun says perfecting her swing

From left, Claudia Coghlan, Heather Gibson, Tyla McMullen and Trixie Croad.

Fiona Scrimshaw lives in Orewa and provides training. The popularity of the sport in America and Europe creates a pathway that some of these players are hoping to follow, starting with applying for American scholarships.

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Giant sundae celebrates reading marathon A giant reading challenge undertaken at Gulf Harbour School this term was rewarded with a sweet treat on a similarly gigantic scale. The readathon is the school’s biggest fundraiser and sees each student find sponsorship to read as much as they can. Fun elements included teachers reading from different locations, the most unusual being the roof of the entranceway. The target for the school was to read 200,000 pages, but their enthusiasm resulted in a total of more than 600,000 pages read in two weeks. Students kept their heads firmly in their books from October 15–29. The final day saw the children dress up as book characters and share a session

A giant ice cream sundae was enjoyed by all 450 pupils of Gulf Harbour School.

with local author Stu Duval, but the ultimate reward came with the sharing of a giant ice cream sundae last week. Around 60–70 litres of ice cream, wafers and thousands of hundreds and thousands, donated by Orewa New World, went into making the sundae,

which was put together in 100 metres of clean drainpipe. The whole school sat down to the feast at 2pm on November 9. The sponsorship money, which is still being collated, will be spent on books and ICT equipment.

Students learn a range of dance styles and can be selected to compete. At the NZ Federal Association of Teachers of Dancing national competition last month in Auckland, all 13 of Norma’s students came away with at least two medals each and this group of boys (pictured) did a routine entitled Men in Black, which Norma said wowed the audience. Info: phone 428 4939.

These ballroom dancers, pictured with Norma Wright, are looking for girls to join them.

Girls needed for dance floor In days gone by, it was more common in NZ for girls to be left on the dance floor without enough boys to partner them – however it is the boys who find themselves in that position currently on the Hibiscus Coast. Dance teacher Norma Wright is in the unusual situation of having more boys than girls among her students, and is looking for girls aged five to 12 to join classes at the Silverdale Ballroom Studio.

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College thanks top scholars Local college prizegivings began this month, with Orewa College’s senior prizegiving held on November 7. Senior awards for academic excellence: Withy Cup (Top NCEA Level 1 student), Rebecca Scott; Orewa Masonic Lodge Cup for All Round Excellence, Hollie-Marie Noone; Principal’s Award for All Round Excellence (Yr 12), Rebecca Scott and Ryan Welsh and Yr 13, Andrew Saunders; White Cup for Year 12 Dux, Rebecca Scott; Cable & Data Technologies Prize for Proxime Accessit, Hollie-Marie Noone. Sports champions: Sports Person of the Year, Matthew Bloxham; Highest Achiever, Matthew Bloxham; Commitment to Sport, Matiu Dunn; Team of the Year, Senior Boys Volleyball. Cultural achievements: Performer of the Year, Timothy Northover (Yr 11), Liam Fitzmaurice and Sofia McDonald (Yr 12), Callum Marra (Yr 13); Ken Pascoe Trophy for Performer of the Year was Jordan Bliss. Hard work earns dux award After being handed two of Orewa College’s top awards (the Principal’s Award and Dux Award) this year, Andrew Saunders’ trophy cabinet must be a sight to see. Andrew was dux in Years 7, 11 and 12 and he


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Cyclist Brenda Noonan arrives in Orewa this week as part of an epic, 21day ride that takes her and four support crew from Bluff to Cape Reinga. Brenda is undertaking the ride to raise funds for Zonta NZ’s District Project – the NZ Gynaecological Cancer Foundation, and members of the Hibiscus Coast Zonta Club will greet her on her arrival in Orewa on October 17. No stranger to epic, fundraising bike rides, Brenda last year cycled 4565km across Australia, raising $20,000 for the Heart Foundation in Australasia– a feat which saw her named Best Individual Fundraiser by the Queensland Branch of the Foundation.

Brenda is a New Zealander, and although she currently resides in Australia, she is very familiar with the hilly NZ terrain. “The 2100km ride is half the distance of my ride across Australia, but we are also taking half the time,” Brenda says. “It’s also way hillier, so I’m picking we’ll be pretty fit by the end of the ride.” She says the key to achieving a largescale ride of this type is to break it down into small segments, plan well and train to a reasonable level of fitness. The ride began on November 1 and Brenda’s progress can be tracked on Facebook – look for Cycle The Length of NZ.

One woman dies every day in NZ from a gynaecological cancer. NZ Gynaecological Cancer Foundation general manager Michelle Quirk says her organisation is on a mission to significantly reduce this number. “We are extremely grateful to individual fundraisers like Brenda and her team who raise money to support our work and who also raise awareness of gynaecological cancer as they travel through the cities and towns of New Zealand,” Michelle says. “We wish the team the best of luck on their adventure and look forward to cheering them on.” Supporters can donate online at www.

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Community House after school care at crossroads

The after school programme that has been run by the Hibiscus Coast Community House for more than 20 years, property where the service is based is reviewed by Auckland Council. As well as the lease on the site on the been through the after school enable the installation of a security corner of Centreway Rd and Hibiscus programme over the years. Currently camera at its Op Shop on Western Reserve, and purchase of a van. Coast Highway falling due for review, nearly 20 families are enrolled. the service is affected by the fact that The building, which was formerly Vice chair Carol Laidlaw says Kingsway Community Preschool, the Titirangi Post Office, is owned additional security is needed to ensure which shares the facility, is in the by the Community House, but the the security of staff and volunteers. process of moving into a purpose-built site is Council-owned. Discussions are “It is disappointing to have things centre in Millwater. underway concerning lease renewal. stolen when we are trying to do Community House manager Christine In addition, the Community House something for the community,” she Alesbury says a lot of families have is hoping to attract sponsorship to says. “We would naturally prefer

is at a crossroads, as the lease on the people in need to talk to us rather than help themselves to donated items.” In addition, the van that the Community House uses to collect donations and deliver goods and foodbank supplies is in need of replacement, and Carol says this will only be possible with the support of a sponsor. Anyone able to help can phone Carol on 027 487 2966.

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Among the Whangaparaoa College students who went bald for a good cause are, from left, Harrison Burnard, Bradley Maynard (back), William Seddon, Kayla Tepania, Anna Bakker, Ben Sutcliffe and Brendon Carr.

Brave shave for students

Bald heads are more commonplace than they once were at Whangaparaoa College thanks to two students who held a successful public shave fundraiser there last month. Year 10 students Brendon Carr and Six New Zealanders are diagnosed Ben Sutcliffe ran the Leukaemia and with a blood cancer every day. These Blood Foundation Shave 12 event at include leukaemia, lymphoma, the college on October 26 and almost multiple myeloma, myelodysplastic 20 people took the plunge and had disease and other related blood all their hair removed for the cause, conditions that generally begin as a including one teacher and a CYC result of abnormalities occurring in youth worker. the bone marrow, where blood cells Brendon says he and Ben decided to are produced. The Leukaemia & organise the shave because they have Blood Cancer Foundation provides both lost family members to cancer. support and advocacy for patients and Brendon also has a close friend who is families as well as funding research. battling the disease. Shave for a Cure is the Leukaemia & More than $1900 was raised, half of Blood Cancer Foundation’s biggest which is going to the Leukaemia and fundraising event. Anyone can support Blood Foundation and half to the the cause at any time throughout the Prostate Cancer Foundation. year. Info:

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Ten-year-old Sean Herbert of Auckland’s Manly Sailing Club won the U13 division of the World Open Bic Cup in the USA. A total of 14 countries were represented at the regatta, staged at the Miami Yacht Club from November 1–3. Sean sailed 11 races and had four wins. He started sailing in early 2010 after completing a Learn to Sail course at Manly Sailing Club. Sean will take part in the NZ Open Bic Championships at Manly next January and then defend his Australian U13 title in Perth, Australia during Easter 2013.

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Avoiding tummy bugs Summer is just around the corner (or so we are told!) We seem to have got rid of many of the viral infections but warmer weather can bring problems of its own. The “slip, slop, slap” message to avoid sunburn and reduce the risk of skin cancer seems to be hitting home. The water safety message is advertised on television. Fortunately there is no risk of contracting malaria in NZ, and the worst that can happen is a few irritating mosquito bites. However, the risk of contracting a foodborne illness, is still a very real problem in the summer. One of the major causes of food-borne gastroenteritis is the bacteria Campylobacter jejuni. NZ has a high rate of campylobacter infection, predominantly obtained from eating fresh poultry that has not been prepared correctly. While the rate of infection has dropped over the last six years, it is still a common, debilitating illness that can be avoided. The symptoms of campylobacter infection are usually fever, muscle aches, headache, abdominal pain, nausea and diarrhoea. Symptoms usually occur 2-5 days after exposure to the bacteria but can take up to 10 days to develop. Those at most risk of severe illness are the young, the elderly and those with poor immunity. The treatment is usually symptomatic; your doctor may prescribe medication and re-hydration fluids. Using anti-diarrhoea medication is discouraged as it can serve to prolong the illness. Generally antibiotics are not necessary but may be used if your illness is prolonged or severe. Your doctor may get you to collect a stool specimen for testing. Campylobacter is a notifiable disease in NZ and your doctor or nurse is obliged to notify the Health Department of positive test results. This is to assist in control of the disease. Fortunately most cases are selflimiting, but may last a week or more. Occasionally people become dehydrated and very unwell and may need to be treated with intravenous fluids or even hospitalised. Reduce your risk of contracting campylobacter by following a few sensible food preparation rules: store fresh chicken in the fridge avoiding any leakage of juices; do not refreeze thawed chicken; keep raw and cooked foods separate; thoroughly clean chopping boards and cutlery used in the preparation of raw chicken and wash your hands; cook all chicken thoroughly – particularly the area near the bone. Fried or barbecued chicken is particularly at risk of being undercooked. There is evidence that freezing fresh chicken and then thawing it later for use reduces the risk of infection. Reheat leftovers until they are steaming hot. Do not reheat more than once. Prevention is definitely better than cure, so follow some basic food safety rules and enjoy an illness-free summer.

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Silverdale Clinic Pharmacy and Silverdale Family Dentists will be part of the Southern Cross Medical Centre on Hibiscus Coast Highway. Building work on the facility, on the corner of Hibiscus Coast Highway and Millwater Parkway, is progressing, with the new facility expected to open before Christmas. The pharmacy and dentistry services will match the opening hours of GP practice Silverdale Medical, which plans to extend its opening hours in the evenings and weekend. Silverdale Clinic Pharmacy is a new pharmacy and part of a group of pharmacies located within Auckland. Pharmacist Kerry Oxenham said his team will provide a wide range of services. Silverdale Family Dentists is a new practice owned and operated by Dr Abeer Al-Sammak, who has over 20 years’ experience in dentistry. Silverdale Family Dentists will provide a broad range of services, including emergency, surgical, implant, cosmetic and routine dentistry, and orthodontist services, with a focus on dentistry for the whole family.

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Life on the edge with Lindsey Dawson

A load of inorganic rubbish It was time for a kitchen re-do so the old one had to be emptied out. Good grief, the things I found! It’s astonishing how much stuff can pile up in corners when you stay in a house for 16 years. As my cupboard contents spread out over the living room floor, long-forgotten items surfaced. I had a Kambrook electric kitchen knife, barely used, still in its original box complete with guarantee from 1985. I’ve toted that box through two house moves. Now, it’s gotta go. My cookbook shelf offered up vintage Allyson Gofton Food in a Minute recipe books, an antique barbecue tome by the Mad Butcher, and a spotless copy of Lionel’s Muffins, churned out in the 90s by the makers of Shortland Street back in the day when Lionel the muffin man was a key cast member. I staggered into the local second-hand bookshop with my treasures but the owner didn’t even want to look in my brimming carton. Apparently there’s nothing so unwanted as yesterday’s recipes. Next I made some trips to the Hospice shop to drop off things you could see as hopelessly outdated or desirably retro, depending on your point of view. There was my Granny’s sherry decanter. The stopper’s missing but it makes a nice vase, There were cake plates, china ornaments of the unwanted Christmas present variety, a host of old baskets and platters. How busy these places are! Every time I went I was just one of a stream of callers arriving with surplus goods. Most were middle-aged women and it occurred to me in a depressing sort of way that half of these sweeties were probably doing the post-funeral parental-home cleanout. It’s a good reason for doing your own cleanouts now and then – it saves your offspring a ghastly job. Anyhow, back to the kitchen. Inevitably some stuff was too tatty or chipped for re-sale. There was nothing for it but to load up the car and go to the dump (sorry, recycling station) at Silverdale. I grumpily shelled out $35.50 for my small boot-load of rubbish. Why grumpy? Because if I lived anywhere else in Auckland I’d be able to dispose of it via a regular ratepayer-funded inorganic refuse collection. I can’t remember how many years ago it was that the old Rodney council axed our collection. But every basement in the district must by now be groaning with sagging bedsteads, broken furniture, munted tools and cat-clawed chairs. I drove through Glenfield recently and looked enviously at piles of junk outside the houses there. Ugly, yes. But it’s a short-term mess, soon gone. I thought how fortunate those householders are. We pay rates too. We are all one city now. So, Auckland Council, spare us a thought. It’s time we got the same service as everyone else.

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Village workshop doubles as Santa’s grotto Looking out for free books Jars of nails and screws, the smell of wood shavings and oil and a sense of organised clutter permeate the typical bloke’s shed – and the one in the basement of Evelyn Page Retirement Village in Orewa is no different. The workshop has become more popular with village residents in the past year, including one wood turner, John Hollier, who is working there doing simple tasks with people recovering from strokes. The shed, which all residents can use, is well equipped with a cabinetmaker’s vice, drop saw, saw bench, sander and drill press. Leading up to the village’s Open Days next week (November 24 and 25), the group of blokes who regularly use the shed, with retired cabinet-maker Murray Bamfield at the helm, have been spending several hours each week doing Santa’s work, making toys destined for Christmas stockings. Murray designed a range of colourful jigsaws perfect for small hands as well as wooden trains, building blocks and puzzles. There are also boats powered

Murray Bamfield (foreground) and ‘Santa’s little helpers’ in the Blokes’ Shed at Evelyn Page Retirement Village.

by balloons and blackboards on stands. Murray and a group of half a dozen village residents began making toys last year, donating around 40 to the St Vincent de Paul House, which runs a wide range of community programmes on the North Shore. Around 100 toys are expected to go on sale at the Evelyn Page Retirement Village Open Days, and all funds will

be donated to Macular Degeneration NZ, which is the charity that village owner Ryman are supporting nationally this year. The toys will be displayed in the lounge, together with a range of other crafts for sale. • Evelyn Page Open Days • 30 Ambassador Glade, Orewa • November 24 and 25, 10am to 3pm

Kids Olympics postponed

The Kids Olympics organised for local schools by Orewa Baptist Church (HM November 1), which were to have been held this weekend, have been postponed. Organisers say they hope the event will take place early next year and details will be sent out to schools shortly.

Thousands of books by NZ and international authors have begun an epic journey toward unknown final destinations which might be anywhere around the globe. The books are being freely distributed throughout NZ – each with a label inviting the public to take it, read it, then pass it on. More than 4000 books are being distributed as part of the Travelling Books project, an initiative by Literacy Aotearoa and NZ Post designed to foster a love of reading and sharing books. Now in its second year, the Travelling Books project was launched on October 31 at Government House in Auckland by the Governor-General, Lt Gen The Rt Hon Sir Jerry Mateparae and Lady Janine Mateparae. The books begin their journeys by being left in public locations that include places on the North Shore and central Auckland. Travelling Books can be recognised by a distinctive sticker on the cover. Inside there are instructions on how to pass the books on, such as handing them to a friend or leaving them in a public place. Info:

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A roundup of sports activities and events in the district Roller Derby

Hibiscus Coast Rollers are looking for new female players aged 18 years and above. Those interested are invited to a sausage sizzle on Saturday, November 24, 2.30pm-4pm, and to watch a roller derby game at The Leisure Centre, 159 Brightside Rd, Stanmore Bay. Info: Melany 021 061 6275 Golf Families join Santa on the snow. Photo, Snowplanet

White Christmas on the Coast Santa will be right in his comfort zone, winging his way by chopper from the North Pole to the slopes of Snowplanet next month for a market day, photos with the children and family fun. Families have been able to have photos will be providing ice-cream and gadget taken with Santa in Snowplanet’s gifts for Santa to give to the children glistening frosty grotto in the past, but who visit him in the grotto. this year there will also be Christmas The market day festivities run from themed market stalls to celebrate his 10am–2pm, and Santa will arrive at arrival. 11am. Stalls will fill the entranceway and foyer, offering a selection of Christmas Entry to the market day is free but gifts and decorations including plenty photos with Santa and activities, which include skiing, snowboarding to fill children’s stockings. and tubing, incur a charge. Santa’s arrival by helicopter is also a first, and the chopper landing on the Info: next to the Snowplanet carpark the-snow on December 1 is also expected to Snowplanet Christmas Market Day • draw a crowd. Snowplanet, 91 Small Rd, Silverdale • Streets, who are sponsoring the event, December 1, 10am–2pm

Peninsula Golf Club has Twilight Golf each Friday during daylight saving, with tee times 2.30pm-5.30pm. There are prizes to be won and a café open for meals. All are welcome. The club is located at 65 Hibiscus Coast Highway, Orewa. Info: 426 4001 Athletics

Hibiscus Coast Athletics Club has club nights on Wednesday, 5.30pm7pm for 7-14-year-olds, and 5.30pm-6.30pm for 5-6-year-olds, at the Whangaparaoa College fields, entrance via Berdinner Rd, Stanmore Bay. Info: or email: Linda Table Tennis

Hibiscus Table Tennis Club meets every Tuesday, 7.30pm-9.30pm at Silverdale Hall, 7 Silverdale Street, Silverdale. Beginners to experts are welcome. Info: Sherry 027 444 8611 or Wade 021 256 7297 Badminton

The Hibiscus Leisure Badminton Club play Monday and Friday, 9am11am, at The Leisure Centre, 159 Brightside Rd, Stanmore Bay. All ages and abilities are welcome. The club plays more for pleasure than competition. Info: Bob 424 7674 List sports news - ph Ashleigh 427 8188 or

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Village People come to Matakana Disco legends The Village People will bring the party to the vines of Matakana when they play for one night only, at Ascension Wine Estate, on Sunday, December 2. Billed as the ‘ultimate Christmas function’, Ascension owner Darryl Soljan says the concert is likely to be more “dance party” than show. “Audiences are encouraged to join the party spirit by donning their favourite disco-wear,” Darryl says. “Better still, come dressed as your favourite Village People character for an amazing afternoon of singing, dancing, celebration and fun.” People are advised to book early to avoid disappointment as last year’s

Santa on his way

show at Ascension was a sellout. Since forming in 1977, The Village People have sold more than 100 million albums, topping the charts with hit such as Macho Man, Can’t Stop the Music, YMCA, Go West and In The Navy. They’ll be supported in Matakana by NZ’s own Beatgirls who will kick things off with an energetic, fully choreographed and costumed show featuring hits from the 60s and 70s by everyone from the Beatles and Abba to the B52s and Kylie Minogue. Guests are welcome to bring their own picnic baskets, no alcohol or glass is allowed. Drinks and food will be available to purchase on site.

Santa officially arrives on the Coast this weekend, riding into Orewa in style at the end of the Orewa New World Santa Parade. Best viewing points for the parade, on November 17, are along Orewa Boulevard, on Hibiscus Coast Highway. The parade starts at 12.30pm at Alice Ave and ends at Orewa Beach Reserve. It is followed by a summer festival on the reserve, where donations of canned food will also be accepted by Orewa Baptist Church for local families in need.

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What are the essential skills and experience that you bring to this trade/service? Visual Windows was born over 11 years ago. We quickly adopted the attitude that if someone was clever enough to place a window in a difficult place or height then we were clever enough to clean it easily while keeping the job more than affordable. It gives us a sense of pride to assure the customer that “all” will be done, and they really appreciate it. What is it about this job that gets you out of bed in the morning and keeps you motivated? We try to provide the best service possible and have perfected various methods to enable us to work in all weather conditions thus keeping customers happy and enabling us to keep up with demand. In early 2010 Kelly became ill and Stacy became full time to ensure little disruption as possible to customers and to keep the owner/operator feel that people love. This allows us to allocate more time so we can chat to customers about anything from vege gardens to the latest antics of Winston Peters. During these chats they often asked if we could recommend a lawn mowing person, and being fit young Kiwis not wanting to pass up another challenge, we added this service to the list. Customers can count on you because? We have found that being reliable, affordable and competent to complete all tasks quoted is the key to our success. Working as a team we are able to be flexible enough to start before business opening or after closing for retail and commercial customers – in some instances starting at 10pm, and things can easily be juggled to suit those ‘oh my goodness, the head of the company/mother-in-law is coming today’ moments.

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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.

Notice to Readers Hibiscus Matters does not insert flyers or any other junk material into its paper. If your issue of Hibiscus Matters arrives with unsolicited mail inserted, please advise us immediately on 427 8188 or

ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS meet Fri 7.30pm, Orewa Community House (behind Estuary Arts Centre) Ph John 027 646 2995, 0800AA WORKS. BUSINESS & PROFESSIONAL WOMEN (BPW) Hibiscus Coast $2000 Tertiary Student Award - 2013. Open to a present or past Hibiscus Coast female resident. Criteria & Application Forms available Ph 426 0407 or email Applications close December 31 2012. car boot sales orewa -fundraisers. Nov 25, Dec 9 and 30.




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Centrestage theatre carpark- (behind council building).Centreway Rd, Orewa. 8am–12noon. $10 per site, $5 trestle hire. Enquiries Ph rosalie 0274 198 135. Combined Rodney Seniors Christmas Lunch at Butterfly Creek, December 3, $46pp. To book ph 426 5765 or for more info ph 424 7545. Good Companions Orewa meet Fri mornings for senior citizens 10am– 11.30am. Orewa Croquet Club rooms, Hatton Rd., Orewa. HBC Grandparents Parenting Grandchildren Inc. This Support Group meet the first Wednesday each month, Red Beach Methodist Church

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Lounge, 11.30am. Ph 09 426 9136. 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. Kiwi club dance November 25, all welcome. 4th Sun of month, 5pm-8pm. Silverdale Hall. Ph 428 4939 or 022 081 6476. Ladies Craft Group Orewa Community Church - Tuesdays @ 10am. Come along and try a new craft and make some new friends. A creche is provided. Ph Chrissy 424 4108. MAYGROVE LAKE WORKING BEE PART 2. Wed Nov 21 and Sat Nov 24, 9am–12pm. Meet at the BBQ Table for briefing. Look forward to seeing our valued volunteers. Info ph Ted 427 6505. Mentors Art Group, Orewa Community Church. Tues 12pm2.30pm. Art classes with an experienced teacher. Suitable for beginner to advanced. Come along and discover your artistic abilities. Ph Jane 426 6537.

Open Mic Night, Wednesday November 21. Kinja Bar, Manly Village, 7.30pm. Free Entry, Everyone Welcome. Bring your Acoustic Instruments. Special Guest Artist on the Night. Puhoi Art Exhibition 2012. Puhoi Centennial Hall, Puhoi Village. November 24 –December 2, 10am 4pm. Paintings and other works of art, by local people will be on display and for sale. Ph Mike Swain 09 422 0478 Come for a drive and enjoy a day in Puhoi. 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 021 840 489. spiritual centre meet like minded people and enjoy an evening with spirit. Meet fortnightly in Orewa, Wed 7.30pm. all welcome. Info Ph Lynda 424 1998. The Stetson Club Fri Nov 23. The Brendon Ham Band are playing at the, Dairy Flat Community Hall, Postman Rd, Dairy Flat. 8pm–11.30pm. Licenced bar, club prices. Info or ph 09 476 4554.

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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.

Notice to Readers Hibiscus Matters does not insert flyers or any other junk material into its paper. If your issue of Hibiscus Matters arrives with unsolicited mail inserted, please advise us immediately on 427 8188 or

COMMUNITY NOTICES The Venus group NZ’s largest women-only networking organisation helping members expand their business network and grow their organisation through referral marketing and business connections. 9.30am10.30am, Bayleys Auction Room, Florence Ave, Orewa. Next meeting Nov 22. Waiwera Ashram Sat November 17. Dowsing - mini workshop with John Kerry, no need to book but donations appreciated. 12pm lunch, please bring vegetarian food to share. 1.30pm John Kerry. Waiwera Ashram, 9 Waiwera Place. Ph 426 3972.


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

Health & wellbeing

BUSINESS services

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

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Onsite service for all PC concerns. Fast, friendly professional. Seniors discount Ph Jon 428 4343 or 027 629 9397

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


Toenails & Fingernails – Trim, file & paint. Includes free manicure, foot spa & foot massage. Mobile service. Only $30. Ph Lesley 424 0676. WAXING SPECIALIST All aspects of waxing incl Brazilian. 15 yrs experience. Ph Teresa 428 0187 or 0210 220 2789.

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

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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.


Simple Solution Property Care Ltd

many new, large & small Neville Bradley’s high quality work. Sat & Sun Nov 24 & 25 from 10.30am 41 Laurence Street, Manly.

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.







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

Lawn & Garden Care • House Washing • Gutters • Moss & Mould treatment & much more. For a fast & friendly ‘No Obligation’ quote em: Phone 0508 SO SIMPLE

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.

storage Secure Storage Space in Whangaparaoa. Part of unused mini factory available for storage 6ft x 3ft. Make an offer. Ph Sylvia 021 027 57349.

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.

Home Computer Solutions Ltd

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.


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

LEARN TO DANCE FOR THE FESTIVE SEASON Last intake for 2012. Girls 5-12 years needed for ballroom & Latin American. Children with a talent for dancing will be trained to compete in the South Island & Australia. Silverdale Hall. Phone 428 4939.

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


Courses and workshops available at SeniorNet. Phone 426 1509. Mon–Thurs 9–3pm, Fri 9–12pm

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


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

Delivery people needed

to distribute Hibiscus Matters, flyers on the Peninsula, Orewa & Silverdale. Phone Julie Murray 09 473 4287 Email TO BUY, RECORDS/LP’s Ph 428 1587.

FOR SALE Black Cord For Jade Pendants Ph Rita Gibson 426 6076. Jade Pendants From $10 Ph Rita Gibson 426 6076. Dec 1 issue’s deadline for paid classifieds is Nov 20. Payment or ads received after this date will appear in the Dec 12 issue.

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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. Goes ahead rain or shine. 17 Dowsing mini-workshop with John Kerry, Waiwera Ashram, 9 Waiwera Place, 1.30pm. No need to book but donations appreciated.Meditation 9.30am, lunch at 12pm, please bring vegetarian food to share. Info: ph 09 426 3972. 18 European Market, Silverdale Hall, Silverdale Street, 9am–3pm. Stalls offering delicious European food treats, gift items, crafts and more. Alliance Francaise information table. 18 Red Beach School Gala, Red Beach School, 20 Albert Hall Drive, Red Beach, 10am –2pm. All the favourite stalls and rides plus new and exciting additions. Silent auction and raffle, food stalls galore, home made sweets, live entertainment, White Elephant and more. (see ad p25 and story p36) 20 The Hibiscus Coast Business & Professional Women’s Club meeting with guest speaker Naturopath Lani Lopez, Hibiscus Coast Village, Red Beach Rd, Red Beach, 8pm. All welcome. Info and to RSVP, phone Jenny on 426 0407. 22 Warren Snow of the Resource Recovery Network speaks at Whangaparaoa Hall Art Room (downstairs), 717 Whangaparaoa Rd, 7.15pm–9.30pm. Gold coin donation. There will be refreshments afterwards. Warren Snow is one of the founders of the Zero Waste concept. 23 Life Education Trust Rodney Annual Charity Golf Tournament, Gulf Harbour Country Club, 11.30am shotgun start. $75pp, includes round of golf with cart, membership to Harold Club and prizes. Auction and cash bar. To enter, contact Tim Hosking, ph 021 980 840 or email (see ad p28) 24–Dec 2 Puhoi Art Exhibition 2012, Puhoi Centennial Hall, Puhoi Village, 10am–4pm. Paintings and other works of art by local people will be on display and for sale. Info: phone Mike Swain, 09 422 0478 or email Fund raising for Puhoi Centennial Hall. 24 & 25 Exhibition of paintings in oils and water colours by local artist Neville Bradley, 41 Laurence St, Manly, from 10.30 am. 24 & 25 Evelyn Page Retirement Village Open days, 30 Ambassador Glade, Orewa, 10am to 2pm. A chance to look around the village and purchase crafts including hand made toys. (see story p8) 25 Stanmore Bay School Gala, Stanmore Bay School, Waiora Rd (off Brightside Rd), 10am–2pm. Stalls, silent auction, helicopter rides, music and entertainment for the whole family. (see story p36) 27 Coastguard Northern Region education cruises. Visit Waiheke and Coromandel. Boarding at Fullers terminal downtown Auckland, 5pm. Info: (see ad p18) 30 Stella Maris Kiwiana Karnival, 50 Silverdale St, Silverdale, 4pm– 8pm. Kiwiana style entertainment, live performances, wide selection of food, bouncy castles and stalls. (see story p36)

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Snowplanet Family Fun Christmas, 91 Small Rd, Silverdale, 10am–2pm. Santa arrives by helicopter, 11am. Christmas market stall, family activities and photos with Santa in his grotto. (see story p31) Hibiscus Coast Singers present The Joy of Christmas, St Stephen’s Anglican Church, Stanmore Bay Rd, Whangaparaoa. Saturday, 7.30pm and Sunday, 2.30pm. Christmas carols as well as Mozart’s Short Mass in C. Tickets $15 from members, Orewa Menswear or phone 428 5623, and at the door. Christmas Homes Tour, Kensington Park, Orewa, 2–8pm. View 12 homes decorated for Christmas. Live entertainment. Christmas gifts on sale and refreshments available. In support of Hibiscus Hospice. Tickets $35 from www.hibiscushospice. or phone 421 9180.



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Farmyard fun at first school galas Galas galore

Farm animals played a major role in the first two school galas to take place on the Hibiscus Coast this spring. Both the Dairy Flat School Ag Day and Silverdale School’s Country Show Day took place on the same sunny Saturday (October 27), and began by showcasing animals that had been hand reared by pupils. Young owners lead their well groomed, and in some cases feisty, lambs, calves and kids around a short course to be judged. Dairy Flat School also had a Brown Shaver chicken raising competition, which included keeping a diary, noting key milestones as the birds grew. The galas are the biggest fundraisers for the schools, and pupils, parents and supporters turned out in good numbers to enjoy the day. At Dairy Flat School’s Ag Day, popular stalls included home made baking, the White Elephant, sausage sizzle and the opportunity to make your own lollipop with the Kandiman. Entries were also on display for competitions that including making Clockwise from top, Prizewinning lambs at Dairy Flat School’s Agricultural Day. an Asian-themed scarecrow, a Two little blue diggers gave youngsters a ride at the Silverdale School Country decorative plant pot, or a K-nex, Lego Show Day. Shaving foam and water create mayhem on the slippery slide. or Mechano construction. The Silverdale teachers got in on the around $16,000, which is going The Hibiscus Coast & Districts action too, taking part in a fun relay towards a swimming pool upgrade. Pipe Band entertained the crowd competition along a slippery obstacle Silverdale School had one of its most at Silverdale School while children course while pupils directed water successful galas ever, raising $32,000 took rides in a police car, diggers or pistols and shaving foam in their for IT and sound system equipment. For more photos of these events visit miniature ponies, or raced down a direction. The Dairy Flat School Ag Day raised Tree House inflatable slide.

‘tis the season

The school gala season is a great opportunity to support the community and find bargain Christmas gifts while having fun with the family. Here is a round up of this year’s galas: yy Red Beach School Gala, November 18. Live entertainment, White Elephant, quickfire raffles, games, rides and stalls. Food includes mussel fritters, home baking, sausage sizzle and burgers. Silent Auction items include a helicopter trip for two to Waiheke Island with lunch at Stonyridge Vineyard. yy Stanmore Bay School Gala, November 25. Popular rides including the water walkers, mini jeeps and ponies feature and Santa will make an appearance. New attractions include a crèche for the under fives, a Farmers’ Market and car boot sale. One raffle prize is a Toshiba tablet, which is appropriate as the gala proceeds are being used to purchase technology equipment. yy Stella Maris Kiwiana Karnival, November 30. Balloon shearing, gumboot throwing and other events with a Kiwiana theme. A wide selection of food including lamb sandwiches and pavlova. NZ beer/ wine and refreshments. Stalls and entertainment such as horizontal bungy and bouncy castles. yy Whangaparaoa School’s gala is on March 16, 2013, so details are not yet confirmed.

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