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Eve Bain of Whangaparaoa was one of 16 youth leaders from around the country who paddled down the Whanganui River last month in kayaks made of plastic bottles. The expedition drew attention to the issue of plastic pollution. Eve is pictured with fellow paddler John Park. Photo, Didymos Photography. See story p3.

Rates bills a mixed bag on Coast Wild fluctuations in rates over the Auckland region are expected to see some Hibiscus Coast residents facing doubledigit increases, while the rates bill for others remains the same or even drops. An average rates take of 2.9 percent is reflect that average. 20 percent, but there will be windfalls expected to be adopted by Auckland Figures on the Council’s website show for some, with rates for a lucky few Council this month, but factors such that in the Hibiscus & Bays Local dropping by as much as 20 percent. as the transition to capital value rating Board area the majority of business According to these figures, most and the reduction of the business owners can expect rates to rise by continued page 2 differential mean few rates bills will anything from 5 percent to more than

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The Visitor Information Centre in Orewa will close its doors for the final time this month after a last ditch attempt to save it, spearheaded by Local Board member, John Kirikiri was unsuccessful. Mr Kirikiri has pulled the plug prior to the end of a trial, which he says had already proved that the i-SITE could operate using volunteers, that there was demand for the service and that it benefits local businesses. The trial followed Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development’s closure of the i-SITE last December because the service was forecast to run a deficit of almost $150,000 for the 2012/13 year. As a large proportion of the cost was wages, Mr Kirikiri persuaded ATEED to trial a scaled-down i-SITE using volunteers. ATEED covered operational costs during the trial. continued page 2

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residential rates in this area will remain the same or increase by 5–10 percent, with the remainder dropping by up to 5 percent. Council’s principal advisor rating modelling Aaron Matich says the amount of changes taking place mean that it’s a turbulent time although he says in general this year business rates should increase by less than the 2.9 percent average and residential rates by more. This is because the current rating year sees the first step in lowering the business differential, something business interests have been campaigning for and which was included in Council’s draft Annual Plan. Over 10 years the differential will be dropped from 2.63 to 1.63 (this year it’s dropping to 2.53) and as the proportion of rates paid by businesses reduce, the difference will be made up by increases in residential and rural rates. Council estimates that around $10.4 million will be transferred from business ratepayers to other ratepayers this year. Mr Matich says that the change in the differential was part of Council’s focus on supporting businesses but he admits that most businesses are unlikely to see a noticeable reduction in rates this year, due to the transition to capital value rating. “It’s a bit all over the place – it’s not a simple message,” Mr Matich says. At the same time, as Council brings its fees and charges into line across the region, many local businesses face

a substantial increase; for example the cost of a food premises licence has risen by almost 400 percent (from $260 to $1014). This is in line with Council’s policy of increasing the proportion of costs recovered from food premises operators for the licensing and inspection programme, from 63 percent to 90 percent over five years. Albany Ward Councillors Michael Goudie and Wayne Walker both say that they expect the impact of rates changes on the Hibiscus Coast to be moderate compared with some other parts of Auckland. Cr Goudie says although the change in the business differential is not enough to incentivise growth, he supports it because it reflects the services received. “How much strain do businesses really put on our infrastructure, compared with households?” he says. Cr Walker says he was concerned at the reduction in the differential because the rating changes are having a major impact on households. “As the transition to capital value takes place, I would have thought it wise to cushion the effect on residential rates, which is major in some cases, and from that perspective I didn’t support shifting the business differential so quickly,” he says. Cr Walker says the average increase of 2.9 percent reflects economies of scale made possible by amalgamation. Auckland ratepayers will receive their first rates bills for the 2013/14 year in August.

i-SITE vision over

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Mr Kirikiri says he was unable to find a third party to take over these costs. “A few organisations looked at it, but the location put them off – they said they would prefer the i-SITE to be in Orewa town centre,” Mr Kirikiri says. He says the final nail in the coffin was the decision by Destination Orewa Beach not to take on the lease at the Visitor Centre, which would have provided certainty for the service.

“Destination Orewa is investigating the feasibility of building a purpose-built information centre instead, which is disappointing for the volunteers.” Mr Kirikiri says the decision leaves the way clear for other community groups to express interest in leasing the building on Western Reserve. He says the type of operation that can run there will be guided by the Reserve Management Plan.

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Four lane option considered for Penlink Road The option of widening the Penlink route to four lanes is under investigation by Auckland Transport – a move that would future proof the road but also see costs rise substantially and reduce the land available for a much-needed public reserve in Whangaparaoa. Until now, the business case for then, especially adjacent to Hibiscus The Local Board has been advocating “Given the expectations of the board the building of the road from Coast Highway. The Auckland Plan is the rest become a reserve, as the and the community that’s really Whangaparaoa to Redvale has been also predicting more growth in both property is the last significant piece of disappointing,” he says. “The creation based around two lanes, with an employment and households in the bush owned by Auckland Council on of a reserve is the one concrete benefit estimated cost of around $170–$190 area. Lastly, the road is expected to be Whangaparaoa Peninsula. It includes for the environment that we’ve asked million, but last week Auckland tolled and the toll level plays a big part stands of kauri, totara, kahikatea for and now it looks as though it could Transport confirmed that the need for in how many vehicles are expected to and puriri, is part of the Northwest be sidelined. I also find it hard to see four lanes is being determined as part use this road.” Wildlink corridor and a major habitat where the traffic volumes will come from to justify doubling the capacity of its review of the Penlink business He says the review also looks at for birds. of Penlink,” he says. model. integration with the public transport However Auckland Transport, which Rodney MP Mark Mitchell disagrees, Major projects manager Rick Walden network. has the land on its asset register, advises says costs could be in the order of While the Hibiscus & Bays Local that the possible widening of the road saying he is in favour of widening Penlink, but not at any price. $200–$250 million. Board supports Penlink, the to four lanes means that no decisions “Four lanes along the whole route, He says the ultimate lane suggestion that the route could be can be made about the Archer’s Block including the bridge, would future configurations will be determined widened will impact upon another of until the development of Penlink is proof Penlink to cope with predicted through that review process, and as yet its key objectives, which is to have the complete. growth, however it would mean a Archer’s Block adjacent to the Weiti The news has angered Local Board large increase in cost,” Mr Mitchell there is no firm position. member John Watson who says says. “At the end of the day two lanes “The previous scheme was based on River designated as a public reserve. growth assumptions that are almost The 30ha Archer’s Block was acquired Council’s own investigations have are better than none and if four is not 10 years old,” Mr Walden says. “A lot for Penlink, but a two-lane road concluded that the Hibiscus Coast is affordable, the two-lane model should still go ahead,” he says. deficient in open spaces. of development has occurred since requires only 7ha of this land.

Young paddlers highlight plastic pollution problem Plastic bottles in our waterways are nothing new, but the problem was turned on its head recently when 800 of them were actively encouraged to make their way down the Whanganui River. Four kayaks, made of 200 plastic bottles each, were paddled almost 100km down the river last month by a group of young people, including Eve Bain of Whangaparaoa, to draw attention to the detrimental effects of single-use plastic. A total of 16 youth leaders from around the country took part in the Plastic Bottle Kayak Expedition – Eve was invited because of her involvement with UN Youth NZ. She says the trip was an exciting challenge, and also showed her that collaboration and creativity are powerful forces. “I was exhausted at the end of the trip but also energised to spread the word and take action.” The kayaks performed well, bobbing

down Grade 2 rapids with ease while two of the Canadian canoes paddled by support crew capsized. But the trip was nevertheless a challenge for Eve, whose only previous paddling experience was down the Weiti River as part of a Duke of Edinburgh expedition while she was a student at Whangaparaoa College. “The paddling was hard work, as there was a lot of drag,” Eve says. “It was a mental and physical challenge – an opportunity to push yourself.” The plastic bottles, which were cut and glued together into long tubes, then strapped to bamboo frames to make kayaks, were supplied by a manufacturer. Eve says the entire batch was going to be thrown away because there were minor defects in just some of the bottles. She says this is an example of the throwaway society, which everyone who buys a single-use plastic item, such as a disposable water bottle, contributes to.

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One of these plastic kayaks is now in the Maritime Museum, and the others will be used to continue highlighting the plastic problem around NZ.

“Plastic is useful because it’s durable, but that’s also its biggest problem. Even when it breaks down, the toxins travel through the food chain, poisoning at every level. We want people to think about how they consume – once you become aware of how much plastic you use unnecessarily every day you can

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I read your excellent coverage of the virtual demise of the Unitary Plan (HM 15 May). While I’m sure some councillors, Board members and people in the community will rejoice that there’s not going to be any medium rise (six storey) development in Orewa, I view it with concern. Already, Orewa is stagnating. There are many empty shops, the Boulevard is a shambles and infrastructure enhancement stalled with the advent of the not so Super City. Improved infrastructure depends a lot on developer contributions. No development equals no improvements. So the things that people wanted from all the planning meetings over the past 10 years or so: a variety of architecture and building heights, boutique shops, open spaces, better parking, good connectivity, etc, will come to nought. What’s needed urgently are some ideas from the Council, Local Board and residents about how we can get Orewa back on track. John Clements, Orewa

Am I reading correctly or is the new Auckland Transport bus service connecting western Orewa with the town centre and Silverdale only available for the elderly? It is great that Jill Jeffs, a resident at Maygrove Village, has had so much influence with the local bodies for the bus service to be introduced. The article in your May 15 issue infers that this service is mainly for the two large retirement villages in the vicinity and therefore Gold Card holders. I have lived in the Maygrove subdivision for a number of years and was disappointed when the previous service was cancelled; however, often I was the only person on the bus (I am 49, so had to pay for the service) and could understand why the service was terminated. Come on bus riders – get on and enjoy this service. Like Jill says (and they say the same about muscles) use it or lose it. Albert Jenson, Orewa (abridged)

Editor’s note: Anyone and everyone can use the new bus service, Route 996; however it was started with the needs of retirement village residents in mind.

Kickboxing first The Fight Girls event in Orewa last month was not the first all female night of kickboxing (HM May 15). The first one was, I believe, back in 2006 Queens of the Rings, which my daughter was in – The Mad Butcher sponsored this. This was in the early days of females doing kickboxing. She also achieved the South Pacific Title and two world titles in different weights. Janet Hodgson, Orewa Editor replies … The things that made this event new and unique for the area were not that females were fighting, but the free training provided for three months for women who had never fought before, leading up to the fight, and the fact that all profits went to charity.

The reader who sent this to us says these signs, which recently appeared on the Orewa Estuary Walkway, “must have been the product of a committee” as they appear to be suggesting both on and off leash is permitted. The signs are causing some confusion among dog owners, as dogs on a leash are surely within sight? Alternatively, one local suggests the sign might mean dog owners need very long leashes and to carry binoculars.

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A photo forwarded to Hibiscus Matters recently of Local Board member John Watson shows him wearing a shirt with his name embroidered on the front – but with the surname misspelled “Waston”. John, who is a teacher, says the error occurred because a former deputy principal “had a serious problem with spelling and grammar”. Perhaps he wasn’t the best person to send the expensive Kathmandu shirts off to the embroiderers – the end result was that all the Outdoor Education staff ended up with amusing variations of their names (one lady called Iona had ‘Lona’). “Given that the whole point of the shirts was so that parents and students knew what to call you, the end result wasn’t all that great,” John says.

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CCO caves on tank meters Households on tank water that use the public wastewater system have won the right to install a water meter so they can switch to volumetric wastewater charging. The results of a recent trial on the only the Elster Kent meter, which is Hibiscus Coast, which came as a certified to international standards, result of public opposition to a flat can be used. Watercare says it will make annual charge for wastewater, found the meters available at a discount. that households of three people or less The installer will advise customers on could benefit from the switch. the best location for the meter to ensure Watercare Services announced last there is unobstructed walk-up access. week that the metering service will be The cost of installation will depend available from July 1, and in mid-June the company will write to customers on the location of the pump relative to explaining how the service works, the meter and the plumbing system; ongoing maintenance and repair approximate costs, and how to apply. of the meter will be the customer’s The trial of 17 tank water meters responsibility. in private homes that began last November ended last month and During the trial, the average cost of water meter, filter and installation by results have been collated. During the trial, participants were a registered plumber was $500. Some charged for the wastewater they installations will cost more such as when generated from their tank supply plumbing systems need upgrading (worked out as 78.5 percent of the before the meter can be installed. metered water use) rather than paying Cr Wayne Walker who together the $582 flat annual charge, with with the Whangaparaoa Residents some on the trial noting they were & Ratepayers Association, lead the making huge savings. campaign to force Watercare to allow The charge of $582 is based on the meters on tanks, says his next battle use of 600 litres daily plus the $190 is to enable the provision of a remote reading facility so that homeowners annual service charge. A Watercare spokesperson says that don’t have to locate the meter outside. the six-month trial allowed the CCO “The latest technology should be to test options for rain tank meter brought into play to make things installation, refine the implementation convenient for householders,” he says. process and establish the cost of the “While some can have their plumbing service. re-configured to enable the meter to Those who opt to have meters installed be outside, others have to have the will be required to use the services of meter inside, which will require a a Watercare-approved plumber and remote reading system.”

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Sights set on elections Nominations for the local body elections open next month and already decisions about who may, or may not, stand are being revealed. Albany Ward Councillor Michael Hibiscus & Bays Local Board Goudie has decided not to seek re- members Lisa Whyte, Gaye Harding, election. Cr Goudie was the region’s David Cooper, Gary Holmes, John highest polling candidate when he was Watson and Greg Sayers are putting elected to Rodney District Council themselves forward for re-election, in 2007, at the age of 22, and has while John Kirikiri remains undecided. represented the area ever since. Chair Julia Parfitt says she is standing Cr Goudie says his departure from for the Local Board and may also politics comes partly as a result of stand as a Councillor. frustration with a process that he Around 20 people attended an says does not have enough focus on information seminar held last week communities “at ground level”. in Orewa, designed to inform people He also plans to pursue ventures, who are considering running for local which may include an online business. office. Cr Goudie has not ruled out a return Janet Fitzgerald of Penlink Now to politics in the future. and Whangaparaoa teenager Taila “It’s in the blood and something I Johnston, who started the Clean think I will go back to – maybe central Coast Facebook page, are among the locals who are considering standing government,” he says. Cr Wayne Walker says he is standing for election. for office again, primarily because The candidate information meetings he hopes to see projects through to are being held Auckland-wide until July 2, including one on June 13 at the completion. “I’ve been working on various Hibiscus & Bays Local Board office at strategies, in areas such as waste, low 2 Glen Rd, Browns Bay from 6pm– carbon, water, air quality and weed 9pm. Info: www.aucklandcouncil.govt. management and that job is not by nz any means done,” Cr Walker says. Nominations officially open on July “I’m also continuing my campaign 19 and close on August 16. Candidates regarding reserves for the region.” will be announced on August 21.

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Viewpoint with Cr Michael Goudie michael.goudie@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz

Sticking with the vision If there is one thing that has blown me away over the last couple of months, it would have to be the passion people have for our area and the city of Auckland. We wanted Aucklanders to get involved to help us shape the draft Unitary Plan, and that is exactly what we have got. People have told us that they want their communities to be the best they can be, they want housing choices and a place where there are opportunities for old and young. We all agree that we don’t want to lose the things we love and we want protection for the things that make our local areas places we are proud to call home. We have had around 200 local engagement events, and 11,000 Aucklanders attended these to listen, debate and learn. It has kept me and the other councillors busy every night; it is really important we hear what is being said in our communities. Changes will be made to the draft plan, but I want to remind everyone not to get cold feet now the rubber has hit the road. Together we have already set a really good vision for what we wanted Auckland’s future to look like and how we want to grow – let’s not get too nervous about the changes that will happen very gradually over three decades. We are chasing cities like Melbourne and Toronto, which went through this exercise 15–20 years ago. You have to stick with your vision to get the results. I want to encourage people to think about standing for local government later this year – now is the time to make that commitment. I would especially like the younger Coasties to consider getting involved with our local board; your passion can make a difference. It’s not as daunting as you may think – you are part of a team and have support from council staff. It’s also a part-time role, so even if you are studying or working you can be involved. People who are savvy with social media, and supported locally, only need around 3000 votes to have a really good shot at getting in – easy.

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Mayor Len Brown has signalled that changes may be made to Council’s draft Unitary Plan in four key areas following consultation, which closed last week. The areas referred to are heights in town centres, coastal areas, the transition between single level residential areas to multi level areas and significant ecological areas. However Hibiscus & Bays Local Board chair Julia Parfitt is not confident that this means much for Orewa – “We need to know the stance of the wider Council and none of his comments referred specifically to Orewa,” she says.

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To quote Sir Robert Peel’s 1829 Principles of Law Enforcement: “The Police at all times should maintain a relationship with the public that gives reality to the historic tradition that the police are the public and the public are the police; the police are members of the public who are paid to give full-time attention to duties which are incumbent on every citizen in the intent of the community welfare and safety.” In other words, we cannot keep our communities safe without the help of the public. In my view, this principle is just as relevant today as it was in 1829. Two examples that demonstrate this well are Crime Stoppers and Community Patrols NZ (CPNZ). On the Coast we receive some excellent information via Crime Stoppers, but there could also be more and I support and encourage anyone to call with any information. Crime Stoppers is independent of police and provides a free calling line where anybody can report any crime related information. All calls are anonymous. Crime Stoppers in NZ uses the UK Crime stoppers Call Centre located in London. A call from NZ, using the 0800 555 111 number, is handled in a seamless manner and police receive the information without undue delays. Any information provided anonymously is immediately transferred onto a template, removing any of the caller’s identifiers, which they may have provided inadvertently, and then transmitted to the Police Crime Reporting Line in Auckland. The great aspect of having the Call Centre in the UK is that the 20,000km distance increases the anonymity factor. As we know, New Zealand is a very small country and people are very conscious of that fact. Anyone who calls with information can be confident that by ringing a call centre 20,000 km away, it is highly unlikely, bordering on impossible, that they will be recognised. CPNZ is another organisation that operates independent of police, but provides a supporting role that fits well into the operating strategy of Prevention First. You may have seen the community patrollers, usually in the wee hours of the morning or at community events providing an ‘eyes and ears’ service. I have the utmost admiration for this keen group of dedicated volunteers. There are currently four groups across Rodney, including teams in Orewa and Whangaparaoa. Rodney Police were proud to be part of the launch of a new CPNZ vehicle for the Orewa group recently. Thanks to those CPNZ volunteers who assist police and other groups striving to keep the Coast safe.

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ongratulations to Linda Mason from Gulf Harbour. Linda bought a new pair of boots for winter from Hannahs, entered our Mother’s Day competition and picked up the $1,500 Pamper Package. She was thrilled with her win and tells us “I have never won anything”.


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For 1 thinly rolled double crust 20–23cm pie. ½ cup (75g) maize cornflour ½ cup (65g) tapioca flour ½ cup (70g) rice flour 1 tsp guar gum 1 tsp gluten free baking powder 125g cold butter ½ cup (125ml) milk Mix the flours, guar gum and baking powder. Grate butter or cut it into about 25 small cubes, and rub or cut into the flour, by hand or with a food processor. (Pieces of butter should be visible when pastry is rolled out.) Measure the milk and add it gradually to the flour mixture. Tip the crumbly mixture out onto a sheet of cling film and press it together into a disc, then wrap it up and refrigerate it for 15–20 minutes. Divide the dough in two, then place the first half between two sheets of baking paper and roll it out thinly to form a round a little larger than the pie plate. Remove the top sheet of baking paper, invert the pastry into the pie plate then gently remove the second sheet of baking paper. Roll the second half of the pastry the same way. Hibiscus Matters has one copy of Simon and Alison Holst’s Gluten Free Desserts & Baking (Hyndman Publishing) to give away. To be in to win, write your name, address and daytime phone number on the back of an envelope and post to Sensational Salads, Hibiscus Matters, Unit G, Tamariki Plaza, 18 Tamariki Ave, Orewa 0931. Entries close June 21. CONGRATULATIONS to Angela Norton of Red Beach who won a copy of the Children’s Step by Step Fun-to-Cook Book.

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Core training for expectant mothers Being as physically ready as possible for an impending birth, and getting back in shape after the baby is born are high priorities for many mothers. With this in mind, The Hibiscus Coast Parents Centre has partnered with Peak Pilates of Red Beach. For the first time, a six-week Pilates course will be an option as part of the Centre’s Antenatal course (starting June 12). It is hoped that a Pilates course for new mums that can be done on the mat with baby alongside will also commence in June. Running the antenatal course is physiotherapist, Pilates instructor and new mum Karen Donaldson Barron. Karen says the birth of her son Nathan three months ago will inform the classes. “I’ve always wanted to offer this type of class, but now that I’ve had a baby myself I have a whole new level of understanding,” she says. She says her years of training, and doing Pilates up until Nathan was born, helped her recover from a Caesarean in record time. Pilates assists with strengthening the abdominals and surrounding muscles

Parents Centre member and mother-to-be Karmen Wilson gets Pilates instruction from Karen Donaldson Barron.

that support the pelvis and spine. This helps reduces the lower back and pelvic pain that women can experience during pregnancy. Karen says Pilates helps energise you as you stretch out, breathe and feel strength returning to tired muscles. After the baby is born, Pilates helps with regaining strength not only in the abdominal and pelvic floor muscles, but also the upper back. Karen says this assists with posture which can be compromised due to breast feeding and the various ways in

which women lift heavy babies. “Leg strength is also key so you can lift a baby off the floor without risking injury.” Parents Centre promotions manager Sasha Blackwell approached Karen about the classes after she found Pilates helpful during her second pregnancy. “It helped with flexibility and strength, and we learned techniques for labour,” Sasha says. “It works your body without draining you.” Info: hbcparentscentre.co.nz or phone 427 6114.

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This term, Home from Home Family Childcare started a new Playgroup for its in-home Educarers, in Orewa. The Playgroup will be held at the centre on the corner of Centreway Rd and Hibiscus Coast Highway. Home from Home owner Andrea Borrie says it will include art and crafts and plenty of opportunities to run, swing, build and climb among the big pohutukawa trees. Sand play and construction is also catered for. Andrea says the Home from Home approach finds favour locally, especially with families with under twoyear-old children. “When mum has to go back to work, we can help ease that transition,” she says. The group welcomes people who would like to come to the playgroup to find out more about Home from Home.

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Parents Centre Awareness Week runs from June 17–22. It’s a national campaign, but Hibiscus Coast Parents Centre has a range of events planned. These include free car seat safety checks and an evening with Alison Holst. An information stall will be set up at Whangaparaoa Plaza during the week. Info: www.hbcparentscentre.co.nz

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Making tracks for Plunket Members of the public will stride out in support of Hibiscus Coast Plunket this month, with a new fundraiser that is taking place at Jetts Gym in Whangaparaoa. The inaugural Treadathon, on June 24, will see two treadmills at the gym operate continuously from 7am–7pm. Participants pay a $5 fee, and obtain sponsorship based on how long they can remain on the treadmill with all funds going to the local Plunket. The 12 hours are already all taken, with Jetts members committing to stay on the treadmills for anything from half an hour to two hours. Organiser of the event, Jetts manager Bob Lee says the public is welcome to come along to support those on the Treadathon and make donations. He said he decided to support Plunket because he has two young children who belong to the Orewa Plunket playgroup. Plunket has two clinics locally, in Orewa and Whangaparaoa, running a range of services that are invaluable for new mothers. Plunket’s community support coordinator for Waitemata, Gwenda

Holster-Dowler, says many Coast mums are also availing themselves of services at The Community Hub, which opened a year ago on the North Shore and serves a catchment that goes right up to Wellsford. Gwenda, who lives in Manly, is also Hub coordinator. She says the Hub has enabled Plunket to bring together in one building services that were previously scattered throughout the community. Of particular value to new mothers is the Hub’s Family Centre Unit where women can get one-on-one help from trained nurses with things such as lactation and feeding babies. Doctors also refer patients to the Hub. Gwenda says the unit is getting good use from Hibiscus Coast mothers seeking reassurance and guidance. “It is where stressed out mums can go, for example if your baby is not feeding and you don’t know where to turn. The assistance provided there is intensive and the team spend time getting it right. It can involve a 4-5 hour session, so the problem can be dealt with properly.” For info on the Treadathon, phone Jetts on 021 538 818.


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Support for stressed parents The task of parenting is summarised by Auckland counsellor and author Diane Levy as “a 20-year commitment to raising a young adult who is ethical, self-disciplined, emotionally independent and has all the necessary skills to survive in an increasingly complex world”. No pressure then, and no wonder parents and caregivers find some of the hurdles along the way almost insurmountable. Diane, who is known for her humerous, as well as practical approach to family issues (her favourite bumper sticker reads “A mother’s place is in the wrong”) is on her way to offer a helping hand to Hibiscus Coast parents, courtesy of Coast Families Trust. The talk, entitled Someone Sort the Kids Out, will be held next month at Whangaparaoa Baptist Church and is an opportunity to glean some sound advice to assist with good parenting such as how to “support our children’s feelings and put boundaries on their inappropriate behaviour”. Tickets cost $10 per person and Diane’s books, which include the 2004 best seller Of Course I Love You, now Go To Your Room and They Look so Lovely when they’re Asleep, will be for sale at the venue. Coast Families Trust, based in Whangaparoa, works to strengthen, build and empower families and is currently partnering with two local primary schools to provide support to families of those schools. Family community worker/manager Cherie Wallace says this support can vary from anything from a one off informal chat concerning family life, practical assistance or longer term counselling interventions.

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Imagine finding daily tasks such as answering the door or going to a store to buy groceries an almost insurmountable obstacle. The frustration and social isolation There is no cure for the condition, caused by serious communication but speech and physical therapies can difficulties is something that sufferers improve the ability to communicate; of aphasia, and those that care for helping to provide this is one reason them, are forced to deal with every day. that the Rodney Aphasia Group was Aphasia results from damage to the formed in 2006. language centre of the brain, however Currently the group has around 50 intelligence is not affected so people members ranging in age from 30–80 with aphasia know what they want years. to say, but have difficulty getting the Administrator Lisa Fowlie says the messages in and out. group fills the gap left when the Adding to the problem is the fact that rehabilitation provided by the public although around 30 percent of stroke health system after a stroke ends. She victims have aphasia, it is something has seen people join who are only able that continues to slip under the radar to mouth words, yet with therapy they –even for many medical professionals. learn to talk with some fluency. Former Rodney District Councillor The group is funded by grants, which Barbara Griffin is one of around 16,000 enable it to pay for a maximum of six people in NZ who have aphasia, which members to attend speech language came in strongly after she suffered a therapy courses held twice a year at Massey University’s Albany campus series of strokes around 10 years ago. Therapy got her back on her feet A specialised tutor runs an annual after the strokes, but it was the brain gym for members and there is communication difficulties caused by also a type of physiotherapy available aphasia that forced her to give up the at AUT in Northcote that members can access. Regular coffee mornings job that she loved. Barbara’s husband Des now chairs the for caregivers are also held. Rodney Aphasia Group, which provides Rodney Aphasia Group recently support for people with this debilitating released an informative brochure, which is being distributed to medical condition, and their caregivers. He says one of the issues is that people centres and community service who have problems such as difficulty organisations. Their meeting on June speaking and understanding speech, 27 looks at how iPads and smartphones writing, reading, spelling or using can help people with aphasia. numbers, are often assumed to have a Info: contact Des, email beegri@clear. net.nz or phone 426 5110. mental disability.

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Persistent effort over three years has earned Emma Mundell of Puhoi and Kelly Art of Orewa a prestigious St John award, the Grand Prior. The award is the highest that St John cadets can achieve and is the only youth badge worn on an adult St John uniform. Kelly, aged 17, and Emma (16) were presented with their badges last month at Government House. Assistant divisional manager Margaret Graham says the girls’ achievement is a first for the Silverdale division. To earn it, cadets must attain a minimum of 12 gold badges. Kelly Art (left) and Emma Mundell Compulsory subjects include adult level first aid and community Further accolades for Silverdale St John’s awareness. youth division come this week, with the The Grand Prior generally means presentation of the division’s first two promotion to the adult division, Super Penguin awards. These awards, however as Emma and Kelly are both which are the highest achievement for under the age of 18, they will stay Penguins, will be presented at Orewa in the cadets for now, assisting in a Primary by a commander of the Order leadership role. of St John on June 4.

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Renowned organist Dr John Wells likes to bring his own Roland digital organ to his shows, and will do just that when he performs with the Hibiscus Coast Singers in Red Beach this month. Moving the instrument is no small task, as it requires four people to lift it. Dr Wells, who lives on the Hibiscus Coast, has a busy schedule as a performer, composer, teacher and recording artist. At the concert at Red Beach Methodist Church on June 15 and 16, he will accompany the Hibiscus Coast Singers as they present his composition Gloria Tonga – a lively work that epitomises the exuberant Tongan singing style. Dr Wells will also accompany the choir in A Thanksgiving for Life – it is only the second time that this work, composed by Sir Philip Ledger in 2007, has been performed in NZ – as well as Five Mystical Songs by Vaughan Williams. The concert, entitled Windows on Life also includes Dr Wells’ selection of organ music and solos by Alexander Garvey, a talented local bass-baritone. Tickets, $15, from Orewa Menswear, or phone 424 5711. Info: see What’s On, page 23.

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Children’s snaps snapped up A photography exhibition that opens this month at Estuary Arts Centre in Orewa features a wide range of images and styles, all captured with an expert eye for colour, composition and subject matter. But what’s truly amazing is that the As it turned out, the Auckland Festival oldest photographer is just 11, and the of Photography is being held across the region this month, so the gallery was youngest is only six years old. All are members of the Ahuroa School happy to charge the club a reduced rate. photography club, started just nine Last week, they travelled down to the months ago by teacher Theressa Butler. gallery to help organise the exhibition, Fourteen pupils at the tiny rural school titled Through Our Eyes, and they have joined the club — some only last will all attend the opening night on term – but they have already embraced June 6. The school’s cooking club is organising the catering. their new hobby with enthusiasm. “We ran an exhibition at the end of “They’re nervous, but also really last term and what they produced was excited,” Theressa says. “They can’t amazing,” says Theressa. “One of the wait.” teachers knew someone from Estuary Through Our Eyes • Estuary Arts Arts, so she asked if they would be Centre, 214B Hibiscus Coast interested in running it at the gallery.” Highway, Orewa • June 6–30

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Windows on Life Conductor: Norman Firth • Organist: Dr John Wells Baritone: Alexander Garvey

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The Goldsmith

India Village

Making jewellery that is beautiful, durable and designed to stand the test of time has been a passion for manufacturing jeweller and goldsmith Geoff Morris for 35 years. Geoff, who opened The Goldsmith in Moana Court, Orewa, last month, says the tricks of the trade that he learned from an English master jeweller while serving his apprenticeship in Auckland have become second nature. Geoff ’s store combines display cabinets with a small workshop where he manufactures jewellery from scratch as well as undertaking all repairs, re-sizing or alterations. He says because jewellery is so emotive, it’s important to work closely with each client and to persevere until you achieve the desired result. At the same time, he brings his own creativity to each piece he works on. “Every jeweller has their own style, and you can see certain themes or aspects repeated in their work,” Geoff says. “What I am known for is creating practical, durable heirloom jewellery. If it’s not up to scratch, it doesn’t go out the door.” He says tastes in jewellery, and design have changed a lot over the years and you have to move with the times. “I like to stay current, although I also

Chef Avinash Gupta’s experience in Simon Gault’s restaurant Bistro Largo, and his knowledge of Heston Blumenthal-style molecular gastronomy will bring new flavours and excitement to the India Village restaurant in Manly. This combines with the authenticity that comes from having three Indian chef/owners, each with more than 10 years’ experience. In the three months since Avinash, together with chefs Rajendra Singh and Laxman Singh, took over ownership of the restaurant they have made only small changes while they get to know the tastes of customers. However Avinash says once they’ve established a reputation for high quality popular Indian staples such as Madras, Masala and Korma curries, as well as breads cooked in the traditional, coal-fired tandoor, the chefs will introduce options to modernise the menu – particularly when it comes to desserts and entrees. Avinash says transforming food into textural products such as powders, foams and jellies creates a sense of surprise and delight for diners. Examples include tiny glistening balls that look like caviar but are actually made of olive oil and can be used to dress salads in a unique way.

Geoff Morris

do antique and retro styles if that is what the customer wants.” Working with precious metals requires a steady hand, and in general, not wasting such a valuable material is important. However, at the same time Geoff does not believe in skimping on materials. As well as a passion for quality, Geoff takes a special interest in unusual or rare jewellery. He says making jewellery is something he never tires of, starting with rendering the design on paper right through to the finished item. “When I left school there were many trades I could have ended up in, all of which were screaming for apprentices. I’ve never regretted choosing this, because it’s a creative, artistic challenge and every piece is different.”

From left, Rajendra Singh, Avinash Gupta and Laxman Singh

Special desserts that include an edible table setting with napkins made of marzipan and chocolate cutlery that looks like metal are among the creative dessert possibilities. For now, the chefs at India Village are using their skills to turn out Indian cuisine using fresh ingredients; basics such as spice blends, cottage cheese and yoghurt are made from scratch. Diners can watch the chefs prepare the meals in the open plan kitchen. All three chefs have worked in India, and hope to eventually offer customers dishes that they consider truly authentic, rather than the westernised versions of Indian cooking that Kiwis are familiar with. “We are going with the flow and listening to feedback,” Avinash says. “That way, we can bring in exciting changes, but only when the time is right.”

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4DogSake

Roti Masala

Owner/director of 4DogSake, Silverdale’s newest daycare centre for dogs, Sarah Churchouse, began her career as an early childhood educator. She says that, surprisingly, she has found there are many similarities between caring for pre-schoolers, and owning a Doggie Daycare and Education Centre. “I’ve drawn on several aspects of early childhood education training in my work with dogs, including child psychology,” Sarah says. “The essentials of establishing a routine, providing exercise, discipline and kindness are the same although you have to be aware of the ways that dogs think and function, as pack animals.” This understanding of horses, dogs, and other animals, came naturally to Sarah who grew up on a lifestyle block in Wainui. Working with dogs, in particular, became second nature as Sarah’s parents had Irish Setters that were successful at shows. After working in early childhood education for several years, Sarah decided to follow her heart and study animal welfare and vet nursing. As well as working with vets, a job managing the Northern Animal Shelter in Silverdale followed –

Dishes that give you an authentic taste of northern India are the speciality of Roti Masala, which opened two months ago in Gulf Harbour town centre. Roti Masala owner Bhavraj Singh is from Punjab in northern India and he says the menu is designed around the kind of food that he, and chef Gambir Singh, enjoy eating themselves. “My aim is to provide customers with food that is as close as possible to traditional style, while still catering to Kiwi tastes,” Bhavraj says. He says while the new flavours have been challenging for some customers, feedback has been positive. All dishes are made using Gambir’s own spice blends and good quality ingredients. As well as offering favourites such as Korma, Masala and Madras curries, speciality dishes include a selection of meat and vegetables cooked on a hot plate and served on a Tawa, which is a round metal plate with brass handles. Other Punjabi style dishes include various types of dal such as Dal Makhni – black lentils seasoned with butter and

Sarah Churchouse

valuable experience when it comes to the day to day handling of dogs at 4DogSake. Sarah says one of her priorities for 4DogSake was to offer daycare with an outdoor exercise area, complete with robust toys and obstacles that provides mental stimulation and exercise for the dogs. 4DogSake also offers dog obedience classes and Sarah opens the centre for dog-related community events. She says Doggie Daycare takes the guilt out of dog ownership for working people. “Most dogs spend a couple of days a week here to release their raw energy, they are tired and challenged mentally and physically, and this helps them behave when they’re at home, and makes for a more enjoyable rewarding relationship for both dog and owner.”

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Bhavraj Singh

spices and a dash of cream. Cottage cheese and potato dumplings cooked in white gravy (Malai Kofta) is another dish that Bhavraj says is very popular in northern India. Mango and salted Lassi drinks are also available to cool down the palate. Bhavraj emigrated to New Zealand 22 years ago with his family “because it is a piece of paradise”. This is the first restaurant he has owned. He says he bought it because he thinks Gulf Harbour is a perfect location. The restaurant offers a takeaway service and caters for private and corporate functions.

Framers move on

Last month saw the departure of John and De Fulljames of Orewa Picture Framers. John and De started their business in Moana Court 16 years ago, and moved to Tamariki Plaza nine years ago. The pair handed over their business to the new owner on May 17, but will remain there for a period to assist.

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A property that belonged to one of Whangaparaoa Peninsula’s original landowners, Jack King, for almost 100 years went on the market recently. Willow Grove, in Hobbs Rd, was purchased in 1917 by Jack’s parents, George and Emily King, from John Hobbs for the princely sum of £138. The couple purchased 36 acres (14.5ha) covered in manuka and other native trees. Only 1.6ha remains, including a Keith Hay home that dates from the 1960s and is in need of restoration. The property was put up for sale recently after Jack died, at the age of 99, last December. He had lived there from the age of four. Jack was a dairy farmer and a keen gardener, growing all the vegetables Jack, aged 94 and fruit that the family needed on in his garden the land’s rich soil. in 2007. His stepson, John Sandford, says there were more than 100 fruit trees in the available simply by throwing a net orchard, including plums, pears, figs, into Hobbs Bay or a crayfish pot at guavas, quinces, bananas and citrus. Fisherman’s Rock. Several of these remain, their branches Whangaparaoa Crown pumpkins were grown for sale and cream from the festooned with lichen. Jasmine, ivy and grapevines are family’s dairy herd went to Hopper’s gradually reclaiming the house and store in Whangaparaoa and from there grass is taking over the garden that was to town. John says the skim milk that remained was fed to the family’s pigs. once Jack’s pride and joy. Tuis which Jack fed by hand have The property is being marketed by made the place their own, bathing in Jeremy and Anne Thatcher of Barfoot the guttering and nesting in the many & Thompson as an opportunity for a rural lifestyle close to town, or for mature trees. subdivision into four blocks. John says the farm was a wonderful childhood playground. He and A history of the property, written by Jack enjoyed hunting for pheasant Jack’s daughter Annette, and more or pukeko and dinner was readily photos, www.localmatters.co.nz

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This week (June 6) I fly over to England to coach the Exiles in a Rugby League match against England. The match will be played in Warrington on June 14. It will be good to get back in the cage again. The Exiles is a concept dreamt up by the RFL in England three years ago. We form a team comprised of Aussie, Kiwi and Pacific players who play each week in the English Super League competition. The Exiles provides the England National Team with a midseason game of Test Match intensity. This helps their side prepare for international competitions at the end of the season. This year it is extra important; it is the World Cup. I was fortunate enough to be involved in 2011 and it was great working with players with vast experience such as Brett Hodgson, Craig Fitzgibbons, Danny Buderus, Tony Puletua and Thomas Leuluai. Of particular interest to me was how to combine players from two fiercely competitive nations who normally rip into each other in all forms of sport. I have learnt over the years that a group of people work best together when they have a common cause, so I made up a film of great and unique things from our part of the world: our Maori, Aboriginal and Pacific war dances, the beauty of all our lands, our love of sports and the sea, the men and woman who fought for our families and our right to freedom, some humorous clips from films The Castle and Boy. I showed this short film to the squad and you could see the pride in their eyes. You could even sense some homesickness. We had our cause. History shows we were successful in the result. I think we were successful before the ball had even been kicked. We had all enjoyed a special week together, made new friendships and reacquainted with old friends. We had prepared really well tactically and had built some sound foundations for our structures. But most importantly, we had become a team. This year creates new challenges. The attraction for players from our part of the world to play in England has diminished. The NRL salary cap is far greater and the Kiwi/Aussie dollar is strong. The tide has turned and players from the English Super League are actually heading to our shores, so the depth and quality of our Exile players has diminished. It means we will be able to give some new players a chance to experience a week in camp. They will gain an opportunity to experience the intensity of Test Match conditions. I’m really excited for our new team and I am sure we will have a great week. First, we will have to make some big commitments. That will carry with it some personal sacrifices but it will not be hard to convince our group because I know we have a great cause.

A roundup of sports activities and events in the district Squash

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

Hibiscus Coast Raiders Rugby League Senior Pre-Season Training is on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6.30pm at Brightside Road, Stanmore Bay. Info: Karen Gibbons 021 164 4810 Badminton

The Hibiscus Leisure Badminton Club play Monday and Friday, 9am11am at The Leisure Centre, 159 Brightside Rd, Stanmore Bay. Those of all ages and abilities are welcome. They play more for the pleasure than the sport. Info: Bob 424 7674 Gymnastics

North Harbour Gymnastics has training at HBC Gym Centre, Unit 4-5, 27 David Sidwell Pl, Stanmore Bay. 5-14 year olds train Monday-Thursday, 3.45pm-6.30pm and Saturday 9.30am-11.30am. Training times for 2-4 year olds are available during the day on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Info: Lynn 09 443 2570 or 021 216 8083 Orewa Gymnastics, Monday 4pm–5pm Girls & Boys 5–6yrs, Monday 5pm–6pm Girls 7–8yrs, Monday 6pm–7.30pm Girls & Boys 9yrs and over at the Orewa Community Hall. Info: Caryle 426 4835 To list sports news email: terry@localmatters.co.nz

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COMMUNITY NOTICES ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS meet Fri 7.30pm, Orewa Community House (behind Estuary Arts Centre) Ph John 027 646 2995, 0800AA WORKS. Car Boot Sale Fundraiser. Last Sun of month. Centrestage theatre Carpark, Centreway Rd Orewa. $10 per Car. 8am-12noon. Ph Rosalie 0274 198 135 or r.g.mayonz@gmail.com CombIned Rodney Seniors Tiki tour North Shore, Mon June 10, $28pp. Morn tea at Dads pies, Seabreeze Fashions factory tour, demo at The Woodturners Guild. Depart Red Beach 9am, Orewa 9.05am. To book, ph Fred, 426 5765 or Stan at the Orewa Community Centre, Tues or Thurs, 12.30pm–12.45pm. FIREWOOD FOR SALE fundraising for the Vanuatu aid project. Hot mix Macro and gum $120m3. Donation receipt. Whangaparaoa Rotary Club. Ph Peter 426 7757 or 021 549 8599. Free garage door ex Laurence St. New owner, please ph Neville 424 7849 to pick up the metal fittings, no charge. Good Companions Orewa for senior citizens, meet first Fri of month, 10am–11.30am. Orewa Croquet Club rooms, Hatton Rd., Orewa. HBC Grandparents Parenting Grandchildren Inc. meets first Wed each month, Red Beach Methodist Church Lounge, 11.30am. Ph 426 9136 for further information. HIBISCUS COAST BRIDGE CLUB, MANLY are now holding bridge on Wed afternoons. Bridge will now be Mon, Wed and Fri, 12.50 pm, during June July and August. Ph Janet Craig 424 5957. HIBISCUS COAST GREYPOWER urgently needs a new treasurer as our much valued current treasurer is resigning after several years of faithful service. Assistance in taking on this role will always be available. Contact: the secretary, Simonne Dyer, 424 1315. 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. Mentors Art Group, Orewa Community Church, Tues 12.30pm– 2.30pm. Art classes with an experienced teacher. Suitable for beginner to advanced. Come along and discover your artistic abilities. Ph Jane 426 6537.

Theosophical Society Sun June 23, 2pm. “Global Consciousness Possibility or Pipe Dream” Come and hear evidence that supports this. Presented by Murray Stentiford 488 HBC Highway All welcome, $5 donation inc. Ph 428 3691. We would like to start, or join an existing, morning walking group. Cheerful & midpaced in Whangaparaoa area. If interested ph Wendy 424 0506. Whangaparaoa Horticultural Society show at Whangaparaoa Hall, June 17, from 1.30pm. View exhibits of flowers, floral art, fruit and veges. New members welcome, trading table, raffles, refreshments. Ph Lyndell 426 0327 or Zelma 424 4112. Whangaparaoa Ladies Probus No longer working, missing the company? Join us at Probus. Regular meetings with interesting speakers and trips. Meetings are held every 2nd Tuesday, the Manly Bridge Club. First meeting this year February 12. For more information ph Annette 428 4466.

PUBLIC NOTICES Gulf Harbour Radio Yacht Club AGM, Tues July 16, 2013, 7.30pm. Gulf Harbour Yacht Club. Ph Bruce Dickie 021 334 400

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

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Local Markets: Silverdale Markets, every Saturday 8am–1pm. Vegetables, flowers, plants, crafts and much more • Orewa Craft Market & Bazaar, Orewa Community Centre, Orewa Square. Held fortnightly. Info: Annamaria, ph 021 145 0640. • Orewa Farmers’ market, Orewa Square carpark. Sundays, 8am– 12.30pm. Locally grown produce, home-made preserves and soaps, plants, bread, fish. • Puhoi Farmers’ market, 9am -1pm, Puhoi Sports Club, last Sunday of the month. Info: Phillippa, ph 422 0009. • Hobbs Wharf Market, The Anchorage, Gulf Harbour, every Sunday from 10am–2pm Info: ph Debbie, 027 461 1148.

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Building repairs • Roofing • Gutter replacement/cleaning • Waterblasting Landscaping • Tree work Fencing Hedge trimming • Painting • Rubbish removal • Lifestyle-block work. Regular maintenance protects your investment. Ph Paul 021 724 075 • 424 4150a/hrs Painters, Orewa based Good Work Guaranteed with Good Rates. Ph 09 421 1470. Plastering, Gib Stopping. All aspects of stopping. Coveing specialist. 25 yrs exp. Karl 0210 424 296 or 428 7127. Plastering, solid, Gib Stopping, Painting/repair work. Small jobs. Trade Cert. Keith 424 8841 or 022 682 4760. TANK WATER TESTING High quality testing for T and E-coli in your tank or bore water. Printed clear Lab test results provided with recommendations. Phone Simon TWT 422 9345. Water Filters Underbench filters & whole house Ultra violet filters – Kill and remove ecoli/bacteria. FREE site visits. Ph Steve 09 945 2282 www. purewaterservices.co.nz Window Cleaning 30 years exp, local owner operator, reasonable rates. Ph David 426 2253.

SITUATIONS VACANT Delivery people URGENTLY needed to distribute Hibiscus Matters & flyers. Ph Julie Murray 09 473 4287 or em: juliemurray@orcon.net.nz

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

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

Psychic Development for all levels are now on. www.makingachange.co.nz UKULELE LESSONS Absolute beginners ukulele courses for adults. Ph Kathy 021 902 736 or email: forbsey@xtra.co.nz

HEALTH & Beauty A1 WEIGHT CONTROL, Personalised Weight Control Programmes. 100% money back guarantee. Ph Vicki 426 2253. Bodalishous, Spraytanz. Full Body $30 Ph 0274 429 703. HandS & Feet - Nails cut & filed, includes hand & foot massage, nail polish optional. $50 each or two people for $80. I will come to you. Ph 424 0676.

Health & wellbeing Clairvoyant/Medium Looking for Direction? Ph Brigid Curran Making a Change phone 426 8361 www. makingachange.co.nz HYPNOSIS for stress, phobias, easy Stop Smoking. Bill Parker NZAPH, 424 7610. WISE CHOICES – Counselling/ Supervision Service, Brigitta Rohr (B. Couns., MNZCCA), Stanmore Bay. Ph 021 416 251, www.wisechoices.co.nz

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

DRESSMAKING alterations, dressmaking, cushions & curtains. Ph 021 025 70658. SYLWESTER’S TAILORING for alterations & garments made to order. Ph 426 7559.

MARKET Good as new pre-loved kids market. June 15, Orewa Community Centre. 9am-12pm. Toys, clothes, furniture. Ph 0274 707 151.

BUSINESS services Adept Computer Services, Est 1993. PC repairs at good rates. Ph 421 1039 or 021 114 5517 www.adept.net.nz Computer Repairs Sort any problems at a reasonable price. Ph Jabzee 022 096 7516. TAX RETURNS All personal trust and company promptly and expertly prepared with IRD approved software. Ph David 424 3327 email taxreturnsnz@ gmail.com (pickup available).

TRAVEL EAST AFRICA 2014 - Personalised safari with Tasha and Karoma from Mangawhai Heads, over 20 yrs exp. Designed for the over 50’s. 2013 fully booked, now taking bookings for 2014. Early bird special: book before July 1, 2013 and receive $300 discount pp. For more info www.africantouch.net, info@ africantouch.net, phone 09 431 5444.


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Whangaparaoa Golf Club Quiz Night, 1337 Whangaparaoa Road, Army Bay, 7.30pm. Food available from 6pm. Entry fee $5 per person – up to 8 people per team. All welcome. 7 Dairy Flat Live Music Club presents KingSnake Rhythm & Blues, Dairy Flat Hall, Postman Rd, Dairy Flat, 8pm–11.30pm. Licensed bar and light supper provided. 7 Newstalk ZB’s Glenn Hart, Orewa Library, 12 Moana Ave, Orewa, 11am. Glenn shares behind-the-scenes stories of working with Paul Holmes and Mike Hosking. 8 Hibiscus Coast Forest and Bird and Auckland Council community planting day. Karaka Cove, opposite Glenelg Rd, Whangaparaoa, 10am. Barbecue provided. (see ad p6) 14 Sel Nash, Marion Burns & Southern Cross is performing at the Stetson Country Music Club, Dairy Flat Community Hall, Postman Road, Dairy Flat, 8pm–11.30pm. Licensed bar, club prices. Info: www.stetson.co.nz or phone 09 476 4554. 15 & 16 Hibiscus Coast Singers present Windows on Life, Red Beach Methodist Church, 76 Red Beach Rd, Saturday, 7.30pm, Sunday 2.30pm. Conductor Norman Firth, organist John Wells, soloist, Alexander Garvey. Tickets $15 at the door or phone 424 5711. (see ad p17 and story p16). 16 Volunteer Planting Day, Shakespear Regional Park, 10am–1pm. Tasks available to suit most levels of fitness. Bring a spade, gloves and sturdy shoes. Follow the signs to the planting site. Info: www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz or phone 09 301 0101. 16 Biz Kids market, Whangaparaoa Plaza, alongside the foodcourt, 10am–12pm. Purchase hand made items and more from local school children. (see story p9) 17 Whangaparaoa Horticultural Society Show, Whangaparaoa Hall, from 1.30pm. View exhibits of flowers, floral art, fruit and veges. New members welcome. Trading table, raffles, refreshments. Info: phone Lyndell 426 0327 or Zelma 424 4112. 21 Dairy Flat Live Music Club/Jam night with the DFlat House Band and Friends, Dairy Flat Hall, Postman Rd, Dairy Flat, 8pm– 11pm. Entry $2. Licensed bar. 24 Treadathon for Plunket at Jetts Fitness, Link Crescent, Whangaparaoa. Locals take on the treadmill challenge to raise funds for Hibiscus Coast Plunket. Spectators and donations welcome. (see story p12) 28 The Brendon Ham Band performs at the Stetson Country Music Club, Dairy Flat Community Hall, Postman Road, Dairy Flat, 8pm–11.30pm. Licensed bar, club prices. Info: www. stetson.co.nz or phone 09 476 4554.

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An Evening with Diane Levy, Whangaparaoa Baptist Church, 733 Whangaparaoa Rd, 7pm. Parenting advice from counsellor and author Diane Levy. (see story p13)

Whangaparaoa Indoor Bowls Indoor Bowls is a great game for all ages with no worries of “rain stop play” You are able to play at Whangaparaoa Community Hall, on Thursday afternoons, for Social Bowls or on a Monday Nights at Whangaparaoa Primary School for Club & Competition nights Come along to either of these times and give Indoor Bowls as go Contact Bill on 09 427 0816 whangaparaoaindoorbowls@gmail.com whangaparaoaindoorbowls.co.nz

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Above, The first of Orewa’s five tries was scored by Tim Baas. Below, the Orewa College 1st XV, coaches and managers celebrate their second win in a row in the Murray Jones Shield challenge. More photos www.localmatters.co.nz

Orewa College triumphant Orewa College has retained the Murray Jones Shield after a bruising 33-0 win over Mahurangi College at Silverdale Rugby Club last month (May 18). The two 1st XV teams met in nearperfect playing conditions, in front of a large crowd. Orewa’s Tim Baas was quick to put some numbers on the scoreboard crossing the Mahurangi try line in the opening quarter of the game. Logan Green easily made the conversion. Other try scorers were Lewis Gjaltema, captain Sam Whittaker, Siaosi Akauola “One of their strengths is the leadership group within the side. and Adam Parker. Orewa coach and Mahurangi old boy, They’re taking ownership for things Jared Lathem, says it was a strong like training, ethics and standards, performance from his side and he’s rather than waiting for direction from expecting it to be the start of a good coaches and managers.” That’s not to say there isn’t room for season for the team. “We’ve been training for a few improvement. Jared says defence, months and I think some people may particularly in setting up the line early, be surprised at how well the team is still an area that needs attention. performs this year. The match referee was Ravi Kandula.

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Two of the Coast’s largest sports clubs marked significant birthdays recently, with Red Beach Surf Lifesaving Club celebrating 60 years and Silverdale United Rugby Football Club’s 50th Jubilee held on Queen’s Birthday Weekend (HM May 1). The celebrations at Red Beach Surf last month, which were also its Junior Surf division’s 40th anniversary, saw 300–400 past and present members come together from as far as Australia and the South Island. Among the long-standing members attending was Reg Harker, a surf lifesaving legend during the 1950s, 60s and 70s because of his prowess in competition. He is pictured leading the club’s Junior members in the Grande Parade along Red Beach. Photo, Ross Malyon.

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Orewa College students are making their mark in baseball and softball. Patrick Lough has been selected for the NZ U17 Baseball team, Briana Morrison has been named in the U13 NZ Little League baseball team and Tyla Morrison made the cut for the NZ Junior White Sox Softball development squad which will take her through to compete in the women’s World Series in 2015.

Surf appeal

Summer may be a distant memory, but the area’s surf lifesaving volunteers are spending their off-season training, and raising funds. The organisation’s Winter Appeal is a chance to thank these volunteers for their efforts. The appeal, from June 17-30, is expected to include a number of local initiatives and regional Winter Dips will also take place as a way for people, schools or business to challenge each other to raise funds. Info: www.surflifesaving.org.nz or text Text ‘Winter’, ‘Dip’ or ‘Surf ’ to 4483 to make an instant $3 donation.

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