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Island dogs in Inside this issue their sights Orewa parking Two Hibiscus Coast students are about to launch a fundraising campaign to help finance a week-long desexing/ vaccination clinic in Tonga in December. AUT student veterinary nurses and former Whangaparaoa College pupils, Chelsea Woodall and Lauren Prior, have

continued page 2 Student vet nurses Chelsea Woodall (left) and Lauren Prior won’t be treating dogs in the peak of health like Jango on the animal welfare programme in Tonga.

Orewa BID rate up six percent Orewa businesses are facing another six percent rise in their Business Improvement District (BID) rate under a proposal being considered by Destination Orewa Beach (DOB). The increase will be discussed at attributed to CPI increases. three percent at Otara to 68 percent at DOB’s annual meeting on August 20. In the previous two financial years, the North Harbour, where the BID area Operations manager Hellen Hyndman rate increased by six percent (2013/14) has been expanded. says the board is still working on and 10 percent (2012/13). Last year’s Board chairman Jonathan Rigg declined to say whether or not he was the meeting’s agenda and declined rate raised just over $170,000. to comment on the reasons for the Of the 46 BIDs in Auckland, 21 are re-nominating for the chair’s position, continued page 2 increase. In previous years it has been proposing increases that vary from

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BID rate increase but it’s understood there will be changes on the board. Nominations have been received to fill the five current vacancies. Hellen says whether or not there is an election will depend on whether any further nominations are received. Hibiscus & Bays Local Board representative, John Kirikiri, who has been on the DOB board for the past six years, has confirmed he won’t be standing for re-election. “I think it’s time for some fresh ideas,” he says. “The appointment of Hellen as operations manager, replacing Leanne Smith, signals that the organisation is ready for change. I think this is a very positive sign.” Commenting on the impact of Silverdale’s recent retail expansion, John says it’s still too early to say what the long-term effects will be on Orewa. But, he believes the noted decline in retail sales won’t be permanent. “Now’s the time for new ideas especially with the Unitary Plan on the table for discussion. One of the biggest issues still facing Orewa is land zonings.” The annual meeting will be held in

from page 1 the DOB board room, Level 2, Hillary House, Orewa, starting at 5.30pm. DOB has operated for more than 15 years, providing services such as marketing, a website, community events, town beautification and representation on matters that affect business. In 2009 it attempted to expand its influence beyond Orewa to Red Beach, Manly, Silverdale, Gulf Harbour and Waiwera to provide a united voice for businesses across the coast. However, the initiative was overwhelmingly rejected at the poll. The main objectives of the BID programmes are to enhance the physical environment, promote business attraction, retention and development, and increase employment and local business investment in BID areas. The programmes can also involve community development and are intended to identify and reinforce the unique identity of a place and to promote that identity as part of its development. The BID rate is charged on the capital value of the business footprint.

Vet nurses Tonga-bound been chosen to join a 12-member team, which includes two qualified veterinarians. “It’s an amazing opportunity which we are looking forward to,” Chelsea says. “Tonga, along with a number of other Pacific Islands, has a massive stray dog problem. Our job will be to vaccinate the dogs for parvo and leptospirosis, as well as carryout any emergency procedures that might crop up. “It’ll be great experience to work in a high-paced clinic environment, but also to be helping SPAW, which is a charitable organisation.” However, before Chelsea and Lauren can start packing their bags, the team has to raise $4000 to cover the costs of running the clinic. “We pay for our own fares, but need to cover the costs of the vaccines,

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transporting equipment and the flights for the two vets. Anything we raise over and about that amount will be donated to SPAW.” They say they have a number of fundraising ideas in the pipeline and their lecturers who are travelling with them have set up a ‘givealittle’ donation page at www.givealittle. SPAW is an animal welfare organisation working in the Pacific which recruits industry professionals and works with local agencies to run free veterinary and spay/neuter clinics, as well as training and education programmes. Services include veterinary care, spaying and neutering, animal husbandry – livestock care, humane education, training and skills development. Info:

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DOB streamlines parking limits in Orewa town centre A new parking regime has been introduced in central Orewa. A blanket two-hour zone now applies from 8am to 6pm, Monday to Friday, in the area bordered by Hibiscus Coast Highway, Moenui Avenue, Centreway Road and Florence Avenue. Outside of these times, no restrictions will apply. Destination Orewa Beach operations manager Hellen Hyndman says a survey of members was undertaken last May, seeking clarification of what business people felt was the most appropriate level of parking enforcement throughout the town centre. “A total of 54 percent of respondents supported two hours of free parking,” she says. “Since then, we’ve been working closely with Auckland Transport to implement this new parking plan which is intended to create more parking in the town centre for visitors and shoppers.” Hellen says the existing differing parking restrictions are confusing, resulting in a large number of parking signs in a small area. She says the new restrictions provide consistency and will be demarcated by ‘P120 zone begins’ signs at the entry to the parking zone. There will be ‘P120’ repeater signs every 200m (or less), with a ‘P120 zone ends’ sign at the exit of the parking zone. “This will reduce the number of parking signs from 108 to 65, reduce footpath clutter, improve the streetscape and provide a safer walking environment. “Currently, those working in the Orewa town centre have had the luxury of parking in close proximity to their place of work and the new time limits may create some disdain from workers, but they will be a welcome enhancement for shoppers who will be able to park close by the businesses they need to visit.

“Similar parking limitations are already in place in other town centres such as Mairangi Bay, Milford and Browns Bay.” The two-hour parking zone was introduced over the weekend July 27 and 28, and there will be a twoweek moratorium before parking tickets are issued.

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Council promises no change in life jacket rules until views heard Auckland Council is reassuring the boating public that there will be full consultation on the re-drafting of its bylaw covering marine safety issues. Local boaties were alerted in the last issue of Hibiscus Matters (July 17) to a proposal to make the wearing of lifejackets compulsory on vessels which are less than six metres long. Hibiscus & Bays Local Board chair Julia Parfitt has received a number of calls about the bylaw review with many people questioning whether it was practical to enforce it and whether Council had the resources to do so. However, the proposal is still in its early stages. There was some discussion with local boards last month, but a report and statement of proposal isn’t due out until December. The Governing Body will consider

this before it is released for public submissions in late January. Hearings will be held in March, with the final bylaw likely to go to the Governing Body for approval with amendments around May/June next year. “I can assure the boating community they will be given the opportunity to give us their views,” Mrs Parfitt says. She says the wearing of lifejackets is just one of many issues which will be addressed as part of a comprehensive review of the bylaw. Other topics include general navigation, safety regulations, tankers, hazardous cargo and fuel oil transfer. A number of readers also took the opportunity to leave their comments on the forum. Here’s a flavour of the conversation:

Maurie: I believe that education is better than regulation in this case. Colin: ...The problem of life jacket acceptance I believe stems from the male ego. I’m in my mid 40s now but as a kid growing up with boating everyone on our boat wore life jackets ... except dad. You only have to hang around any NZ boat ramp for a short time even these days to see that 99% of blokes still do not wear life jackets. As a kid I would look at my dad and think – something’s wrong with this picture. Todays blokes are no different, they need to a) protect their own life, and b) set the right example. Merv: This would be just about impossible to police. Try to patrol the miles and miles of shoreline, rivers and creeks that we have in our area. Just another nonsense unworkable law.

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I note our MP Mark Mitchell (MM July 17) extols the virtues of Age Concern in looking after one another in Rodney and the need for public spiritedness to fight crime. May I add that Rodney Neighbourhood Support (RNS) has similar aims. There are in Rodney about 420 RNS groups, each comprising five or six houses. We have an overall membership of about 7000 people. So it can be seen that there’s plenty of scope to set-up more groups. For information about how to set up a group, please contact RNS coordinator Karen Little at rodneyns@ or phone 424 3747 or 021 2583737. John Clements, Chairman RNS

The long-suffering Whangaparaoa motorist is again going to be a victim of the Penlink Lobby. It seems widening of Whangaparaoa Rd, from Red Beach to Hibiscus Highway, which has been needed for the 10 years I have lived on the Coast, is again going to be sabotaged. Miraculously, this once standalone project is now being tied to Penlink, which in turn will be tied to the Puhoi Motorway and, if the article is to be believed, widening will be dropped off the 10 year plan. I thought this was actually going to be done this year. I have for many years held the opinion that those wanting to push a case for the bridge have deliberately stopped

any serious attempt to maximise the flows, particularly around intersection design. Interestingly, on another note, how is it that traffic lights in Silverdale were absolutely impossible, in spite of road deaths at the village intersection, but seemed to be absolutely no problem for the park and ride? It is great to see the park and ride go forward, although I am a little disappointed with the initial size. Also, on the issue of life jackets – thanks for bringing this one out of the shadows. So often these things are slipped through without those being affected even being aware any change as proposed. Chris Payne, (by email)

Smoke clears over Auckland outdoor areas

Hibiscus dog walking rules fast-tracked Dog owners on the Hibiscus Coast may be the first in Auckland to implement new standardised beach access hours. Auckland Council’s new policy on will be fast-tracked in the hope of applied, what type of dog access in dogs and dog management, which having the new seasonal rules in by each time slot, and dog access during replaces the seven policies of the pre- October 26 this year. winter months. supercity councils, was to take effect Local boards will have to follow a Under the new rules, dogs will be on July 1. statutory process, which will involve prohibited from being on a beach However, Council has decided that gathering information, engaging with between 9am to 7pm during summer local boards will determine the fine the community, notifying proposals, (Saturday of Labour Weekend to print in the rules and until they make accepting submissions and holding Easter Monday). For the rest of the their decisions, the current rules will hearings. The process is likely to take year, dogs will have to be off the beach apply. some time. between 10am and 4pm. Hibiscus & Bays Local Board was Boards will identify beaches where These hours apply to parks, beaches the only area represented at a recent dogs may be taken under control off and foreshore areas under the control of Council meeting in Auckland when a leash at all times all-year round and Auckland Council or the Department the matter was discussed. As a result, where the new region-wide summer of Conservation. Different rules apply the Hibiscus & Bays Local Board area beach times and season should be in regional parks.

Silverdale candidates meeting

Local government candidates hoping to represent Hibiscus Coast on Auckland Council will be quizzed on Silverdale issues at a public meeting in the Silverdale Hall on Wednesday, August 14, starting at 7pm. The meeting is being organised by the Silverdale Business Association, which is collating questions from members. Topics likely to be discussed will include connectivity between the village and the industrial area, traffic lights at Silverdale Street, rates and Penlink. Anyone who would like a question asked at the meeting can email it to Only questions pertaining to Silverdale will be considered.

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Public outdoor spaces across Auckland will become smoke-free under a policy approved by Auckland Council on July 24. Cr Sandra Coney says an Auckland-wide smoke-free policy will create a healthier, more enjoyable city for everyone, especially children. “This approach enjoys wide public support,” she says. “It is a huge step forward for Auckland. “Council is starting with a nonregulatory policy that will be promoted through education and awareness, using signage and other communications. Council will monitor the impact of the policy on smoking rates across Auckland and will reconsider whether a bylaw is needed in 2016.” The policy will be implemented in three phases. Stage 1 will see the following become smoke free from July 2013 – outdoor facilities such as stadiums, swimming pools, playgrounds, skate parks, sports fields and parks and reserves; public outdoor areas associated with the council, including service centres, local board offices, libraries, community facilities and halls, museums, leisure, recreation and arts centres; and transport areas, including train stations and platforms, bus stations and shelters and ferry terminals. Stage 2 will take effect on 31 May, 2015, and will include shared spaces and all plazas and civic squares. Lastly, in Stage 3, subject to the policy review planned for 2016, the following public places will be smoke-free as of 31 May, 2018 – the areas around sports clubs (i.e. clubs on Council land not already covered by the public places above), ‘al fresco’ dining areas, urban centres, public beaches and common areas of Council housing. Congratulations to Elaine Brierley who was the winner of a double pass to Richard Lindesay’s comedy show.


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Tracing family roots Missing links is the focus of Family History Month this month. As part of the month-long activities throughout NZ, there will be a talk on passenger lists and immigration, at the Whangaparaoa Library, on August 12, from 10am. The talk will explore some of what is available online as well as resources which may not ordinarily be thought of in relation to immigration records. Hibiscus Coast branch spokesperson Maggie Chan says NZ is proactive in providing information to family historians. “It recently took input from a Kiwi genealogist to genetically solve the identity of Richard III, when his body was found beneath a parking lot in London last year,” she says. “While few of us will have a king amongst our ancestors, you never know! “Genealogists start with themselves and work backwards, generation by generation. All sorts of tools are available to help in the search including the NZ Society of Genealogists the internet, DNA, archives, cemetery records, births deaths and marriage records, family memorabilia, military records, microfilms, church records, local and national libraries. “You can begin looking for your ancestors with the scantiest bit of information.” As part of Family History Month, a Family History Fair will be held at the Telstra Clear Events Centre in Manukau from August 2 to 4. Entry is free. The Hibiscus Coast branch is holding beginners’ classes locally and a guest speaker will address the monthly branch meeting at St Chads Church Hall, in Orewa, on August 20, starting at 2pm. Visitors are welcome to attend.

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Health board elections

The process to elect a new Health Link North board has started. Rodney Health Link and North Shore Community Health Voice amalgamated to form Health Link North last year. Ideally, board members should live in the north and have a strong interest in community engagement in health care planning, wellness and service delivery. Knowledge of public health and social sector systems, organisation development, change management, strategic thinking, organisational growth, or financial, strategic legal and non-profit issues would also be advantageous. The board normally meets monthly. Nominations close on August 5. Info: Anne Curtis, community engagement coordinator on 09 426 0116 or

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Organisers of the Miss World North Harbour Beauty Pageant, which will be staged in Orewa next month, are inviting enquiries from women aged 17 to 24 years. Regional director Pam Cummings says the pageant is an opportunity for young women to grow in confidence and support Hospice and a charity of their choice. “Work opportunities in modelling and promotion are also a real possibility,” she says. Six regional finals will be held in the run-up to the grand final in Auckland next April. “It’s not just about having a pretty face and a good figure. What judges are looking for is the whole package. Personality is a big factor. The girls will be judged in five categories – evening wear, national costume, swim wear, talent and how they handle an Who’s name is on the crown? Pam Cummings is keen to see girls from interview.” the Hibiscus Coast take part in the Prior to the regional final, candidates Miss World pageant. will undertake six weeks of workshops, which will cover everything from Miss World NZ grand final. grooming and deportment to public Miss World is the longest-running speaking and public relations. pageant of its kind in NZ. Although Applications for the North Harbour NZ has never claimed the world final are being accepted from as far crown, Mianette Broekman, from the north as Mangawhai and the winner North Shore, placed in the top 20 two will automatically go through to the years ago.

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Club taps community resources A group of community-minded people with an interest in youth employment, leadership and education has formed a “Clayton’s” club on the Hibiscus Coast – a club you join when you don’t want to belong to a club. The Horizon Group started in February with 10 members but this has since grown to more than 40. There are no subscriptions and virtually no organisational positions, and people join by liking the group’s Facebook page. Although the group doesn’t fundraise or take on group projects, members share and contribute their resources, expertise and contacts to assist other members’ projects.

Beneficiaries to date include two students who won a problem-solving event in Chicago, a South Auckland family who needed a bike, a young mother assisting teen mothers and the Hibiscus Hockey Trust. Funds accessed have exceeded $7500. Breakfast meetings are now being held every six weeks and people are invited to share information about projects they are involved in. Group member Merv Huxford says the group suits busy people who want to contribute but don’t have the time for a lot of the organisational business that is often associated with membership of a club. Info: Bjorn Modigh on 428 3419.

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Tablet trial turns up positives Initial results from a trial of e-classes at Whangaparaoa College show students using tablets in class engage more fully with learning. Further moving the process forward attitude and engagement from the use is the imminent arrival of ultra fast of these devices and a higher rate of class broadband at the college, expected to work and home learning completion be fully operational this month. and Lisa says boys, in particular, have The trial began this year with three been better organised and able to Year 8 classes using a mix of tablets produce neater work. Teachers are able to more easily provide choice and and iPads. Students on the trial are taught core differentiation in the learning. subjects such as maths, English, Lisa says it appears that the college may science and social sciences using the be heading towards recommendation of devices but not to the exclusion of a few preferred devices and a minimum books and handwriting. level of specs, so that the devices work Deputy principal Lisa Ballantyne says well on the network and are appropriate although more detailed analysis is for apps that may be needed in classes. needed, as well as forthcoming surveys She says more detail on the trial of students, teachers and parents, there will be known in the middle of next are a lot of positives already gleaned term. Digital Citizenship information from the trial. evenings may also be offered to parents Teachers have reported improved in Term 3.

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HOP cards, for use on Auckland Transport (AT) services including trains and buses, will soon be more widely available on the Hibiscus Coast. An AT spokesperson says HOP agents will be located at Whangaparaoa, Orewa and Silverdale. She says a date for the introduction of the cards on buses will be announced soon. HOP also has an online top up function at

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“If nothing else, a network would provide them with companionship and somewhere to seek advice, if needed.” But Sue also hopes the network could be a way of spreading business around locally and pooling resources. She says the first meeting will be an opportunity to discuss how a network could help and how it might operate. Info: Contact Sue Tisdall at tisdolls@ or phone 09 422 0183.


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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 Congratulations to Donna Pamper Package. She was thrilled with Cozens, her win our local Checkout Operator of the Year for Countdown - Whangaparaoa. and tells us “I have never won anything”. Donna, who has been at Countdown for just on a year Linda is pictured here withto work – how many loves her job and enjoys coming The Plaza Centre Manager, Anne people can claim that these days? She sees her job at Countdown as a pleasure and not a chore and even enjoys saying hello to her regular iz Kidz @ The Plaza was on the za customers whenlaunched she’s not working. Next a Pl Sunday 19thtime May, up by the foodcourt at you’re in Countdown say hello, The Plaza. It wasshe a great would success! love to see you. At this inaugural Biz Kids @ The Plaza there were 19 stalls, a number we expect to grow during the coming months. A wide variety of goods from handmade crafts, baked goods, hot donuts, jewellery and busking were on offer.

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Street art became ‘mall art’ at Whangaparaoa over the school holidays. Professional storyteller and children’s author Stu Duval, of Gulf Harbour, spent the school holidays painting some giant murals in the Whangaparaoa Plaza, with a little help from his friends. After painting an inter-galactic scene near the Food Court, children were invited to submit their ideas on what the aliens might look like. Five entries were the inspiration for the final designs. Stu says painting in front of shoppers gave a whole new meaning to the idea of ‘performance art’. “It’s been a lot of fun and we’ve been getting some great feedback,” he says. During school terms, Stu spends a lot of Artist and storyteller Stu Duval at his time travelling around NZ schools work in the Whangaparaoa Mall. performing stories from his books. Stu’s latest book Yeti Hunter is about “Even in this internet age, children to go to print, while Warners Brothers still love to be read a story – in fact, has picked up the film rights for adults like to hear stories too but we the Lonely Dog story, which was a just don’t get many opportunities to collaboration with childhood friend hear them.” Ivan Clarke.

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Age no barrier to adventure for independent travellers Eating piranha, swimming with sharks and exploring the Galapagos Islands aren’t activities for the faint-hearted but age shouldn’t be a barrier either, according to intrepid Stanmore Bay traveller Margureita Mims. Last year, Margureita, who is in her late 70s, undertook a month-long holiday in South America which included a week on the Rio Negro, one of the largest tributaries on the Amazon River, and a week exploring the Galapagos Islands on board the National Geographic Endeavour. “I was recovering from a knee replacement and I think my daughter thought I was mad, but I had a bit of spare money and thought ‘why not?’” she says. “I had such a fun time; it almost seems like a dream now.” Margureita criss-crossed between Brazil and Ecuador three times “with great views of Lake Titicaca”, although she found it disconcerting that before boarding the plane, she was asked the name of her next of kin. “The wilderness we flew over was so vast, you realised that if the plane went down there wouldn’t be much hope of anyone finding you.” For seven days on the Rio Negro trip, she

Magureita Mims tucks in to her share of the piranha caught on the Rio Negro. She says the flesh is very sweet but also boney.

rose at 5am to watch the wildlife waking up, often from the seat of a kayak. “We did at least two walks a day and then each night after dinner there was an excursion to see the nocturnal animals. It was a pretty demanding schedule with a lot to take in. I think I was running on adrenalin. “The highlight was definitely when we encountered monkeys in the wild. That was amazing.” The Galapagos leg of the trip included

tortoise-hunting, lots of time observing birds and wildlife, and swimming with sharks across the Equator. “When I got in the water I counted 10 sharks straight away, but they were deep and not very big so I didn’t worry.” Margureita, says travelling on her own doesn’t faze her. “My late husband Peter and I had done the whole cruise ship thing and I was looking for something a little

more adventurous where I could be active, rather than being entertained. “As long as you are a reasonably independent person, then travelling alone gives you the freedom to go where you like, see what you like and eat when you like. You meet people along the way and I’ve always found strangers are happy to give you directions or assistance.” Margureita said that prior to leaving, she did a lot of walking and swimming to make sure she was fit, and she maintains good health by eating well. “It’s important for older people to make sure that they carefully pack all the medications they’ll need for the duration of their holiday. It’s a good idea to take a few extra, just in case you are delayed somewhere. I also leave all my medical details with someone at home as a back-up, which gives me peace of mind. “Ask for an aisle seat on the plane, particularly if it’s going to be a long flight, as this makes it easier to get up and walk around and get to the toilet. “I also don’t travel with any jewellery or anything valuable, for that matter. It’s just one less thing to worry about. “But the most important thing is to ‘go with the flow’ and have fun.”

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Pack a sense of humour By Dennis Payne, House of Travel Orewa After 30 years in the travel industry, there’s a few tips which I’m happy to share to help people enhance their travelling experience. First and foremost is have a sense of humour alongside an empathy for people, different cultures and food. Understanding these makes travel a fantastic experience. With the advent of the internet, the opportunity to research information is greater than ever, the chance to compare prices, airlines, hotels and cruises is unlimited, but with that can come the confusion of information overload. Therefore, my next tip would be chat to friends, dabble online, but always sit down and have a good open conversation with your travel agent, as to what is going to work best for you – the price is invariably the same, so why not get some independent advice for free. Money is always a factor with travel – do I have enough, what currencies are required for my trip, how do I keep it safe? Regardless of where in the world you are, cash remains king for convenience, especially with small purchases. Second to that is your credit card, but in between would have to be multi-currency cards, which

have replaced travellers cheques. They work like an eftpos card, so you can take money from ATMs or use them in local businesses, but if they are lost or stolen they have a secondary card to allow access to your funds. So tip three is get a multi-currency card. My fourth tip covers travel insurance, which is a ‘must’ but is often considered an afterthought. It needs to be part of your first conversation, as it kicks in the moment you make the first payment. In the case of an airfare, it covers all cancellation fees. Medical coverage is a big deal, especially in expensive places such as the US or Third World countries, where you want to be flown on to the best medical treatment. Mode of travel is a very personal thing so I won’t consider any one mode as a travel tip, but will suggest you do consider the pluses and minuses of all available options. We actively promote cruising as it allows you to take in multiple destinations along the way and only unpack once. The last travel tip was one I was given in my early days and we have all heard it again and again. When you are preparing for the trip, lay out all the clothes and money that you believe you will need. I then suggest you take half the clothes and twice the money. Happy travelling!




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Companionship & Fun Morning Activities for Seniors 65+ Vacancies for New Members We have vacancies at our Red Beach and Stanmore Bay centres. Wed and Thurs, 10am–12.30pm. Come along, enjoy fun activities, gentle exercises and meet new friends. Enjoy crafts, speakers and outings. Morning tea and lunch provided, all for just $5. Transport available for a very small charge. Volunteer enquiries are most welcome

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Grey Power grills candidates Local government candidates for the Hibiscus & Bays Local Board will be questioned on issues affecting the elderly when they attend a Hibiscus Coast Grey Power forum on August 30. Each of the local body hopefuls, who will face the polls in October, will be given time to present their credentials. This will be followed by a question and answer session. The meeting will be held in the St John’s Church Hall, Centreway Road, starting at 1.30pm. Branch secretary Simonne Dyer predicts that an Auckland Transport (AT) proposal to change the Gold Card hours could be one of the contentious issues at the meeting. AT wants Gold Card passengers off the buses by 3pm to accommodate rush hour commuters. “No decision has yet been made,” Simonne says. “Grey Power believes 3pm is too early in the day, but we can understand AT’s point-of-view as well. Negotiations are continuing.”

Candidates are also likely to be quizzed on their views on Council rates and building heights. Simonne says Grey Power has about 600 members on the Coast, but this represents only a small percentage of the area’s population aged over 50 years and they are keen to recruit new members. She says the organisation plays an important role in advocating for the interests of the elderly and meets regularly with senior government ministers to discuss issues such as electricity charges. “But we can also assist people on an individual basis. On the Coast, this has ranged from the location of a pedestrian crossing to overgrown trees on neighbouring properties. We also keep a watching brief on rest home care.” Meetings for members and potential members are held quarterly. For more information about Grey Power on the coast, contact Simonne on 424 1315 or

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Community support and friendship for the over 65s St Stephen’s Church Hall 3 Stanmore Bay Road Fridays 9.30 am - 12.00 noon Whangaparaoa Selwyn Centre offers fun, support and friendship to our over 65 community. Come and meet new and old friends. Share a programme of gentle exercises, games and morning tea - and enjoy good conversation in great company! Please contact Jill McTeigue 09 421 0645

The development of new drugs for improving Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease is a step closer after recent research into how stem cells migrate and form circuits in the brain. A five-year study by researchers at The University of Auckland’s Centre for Brain Research has uncovered new information on how connectivity between brain cells is improved or worsened. “We have begun testing new novel drug compounds that target how polysialic acid is removed from the

cell in the hope of improving neuron connectivity,” senior researcher Dr Maurice Curtis says. “In our studies in cells we found that insulin blocks the removal of polysialic acid and, therefore, the cell cannot connect properly and form synapses with other nearby cells. “This may hold major clues to why there is less plasticity in brains affected by Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease in adults as well as helping to unlock the secrets of how stem cells migrate during development of the brain.”

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Nutrition is a life-long goal Good nutrition and keeping physically active is essential for good health at any age, but is especially important as people grow older. Massey University’s Institute of Food, Nutrition and Human Health senior lecturer Dr Carol Wham says the process of ageing involves not only physiological changes but changes in cognition, social health and lifestyle which may have a profound influence on a person’s nutritional status and affect their nutrient requirements and ability to choose, prepare and eat a variety of foods. “Generally, energy requirements decrease with advancing age,” she says. “This can be explained by a decrease in basal metabolic rate with age as a result of a loss in muscle mass. For this reason, engaging in regular physical activity in as many ways as possible is very protective. Digging in the garden and climbing stairs are examples of activities that help build muscle mass and strength. Household activities, tai chi and brisk walking can help with balance, flexibility and fitness. Keeping physically active also has a positive impact on dietary intake. It helps to ensure older people actually eat enough to meet their energy and nutrient needs.” One of the key factors that impact on the nutritional health of older people is living alone. Eating is facilitated by the presence of other people no matter what age we are, Dr Wham says. Research indicates it is not simply the

presence of others in the household that has an impact on caloric intake; rather, it is whether someone eats with someone else present. “We know energy or caloric intake is higher for meals consumed in the presence of others so there is opportunity for people in neighbourhoods to reach out and help those who are homebound or eat alone.” Older people are known to be at disproportionate risk of malnutrition and have an increased risk of developing health problems as a result of inadequate food and nutrition intake. “We have recent evidence from NZ studies that suggests about a third of community living octogenarians are at risk of malnutrition. Common problems are a low intake of milk and milk products, weight being less than it should be, low meat and alternatives intake, and skipping meals. “Active ageing benefits society as a whole because healthy older people contribute as workers, volunteers and providers of care and support, and require fewer health care resources.” On an individual level, the benefits of healthy eating include increased alertness, resistance to illness and disease, higher energy levels, faster recuperation times and better management of chronic health problems. Eating well can also contribute to a positive outlook and staying emotionally balanced.

Welcome to the place where neighbours become friends. When you are picking a spot to retire, the place is always important, but it is the people that make the biggest difference. At Hibiscus Coast Village you will find them a friendly, fun-loving bunch. Active? You bet. There is always something going on and everyone is welcome to join in. In fact, chances are you will find yourself busier than you have ever been! For a taste of this fantastic lifestyle and a good old-fashioned Kiwi community that is just a

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1. Maintain a healthy body weight by eating well and by daily physical activity. 2. Include in your daily diet a variety of nutritious foods from each of the four major food groups: Eat plenty of vegetables and fruit • Eat plenty of breads and cereals, preferably wholegrain • Include milk and milk products, preferably reduced or low-fat options • Include lean meat, poultry, seafood, eggs, nuts, seeds or legumes. 3. Drink plenty of liquids each day, especially water. 4. Prepare foods or choose pre-prepared foods, drinks and snacks: with minimal added fat, especially saturated fat • that are low in salt (if using salt, choose iodised salt) • with little added sugar (limit your intake of high-sugar foods). 5. Take opportunities to eat meals with other people. 6. Eat three meals every day. Nutritious snacks are recommended, especially for those who are underweight or have a small appetite. 7. Consider food safety when purchasing, preparing, cooking and storing food. 8. If choosing to drink alcohol, limit your intake. 9. Be physically active by including at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity on most days of the week.

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are being urged to take the bowel screening test by a man who calls himself the luckiest person in the country. Bruce Ogilvy, a healthy and active 59-year-old, took part in Waitemata District Health Board’s free bowel screening programme. The test picked up his cancer early, when it could be succesfully treated. Bowel cancer is the second most common cancer in New Zealand and the second highest cause of cancer death. “I had no signs or symptoms of anything wrong at all,” Bruce says. “But my initial test at home came back positive and a follow-up colonoscopy showed cancer. I had surgery and chemotherapy and now I feel great. I am so pleased I took part in the bowel screening programme.” Bruce has a simple message for everyone living in the region who is eligible to take part in the pilot. “Take the test! Just do it! It is the best thing I have ever done – I feel like I have won lotto,” he says. Bruce is one of 60 people found to have bowel cancer during the first 12 months of the pilot. The programme’s clinical director, surgeon Mike Hulme-Moir, says cancers are being found in people who had no signs or symptoms to suggest there could be a problem with their bowel. “More than 60 percent of the cancers detected during the first year of the pilot are early stage bowel cancers, which is a higher percentage than is seen in a normal clinical setting where people have symptoms.”

Bruce Ogilvy is testament that the free bowel screening pilot programme is already saving lives.

Mr Hulme-Moir says the good news is that ealier stage cancers can be treated more successfully, and the outcomes for patients are generally very good. The Ministry of Health has just released data from the first year of the pilot, from January to December 2012 showing: yy Bowel cancer was found in 60 people yy 54,450 people were invited to take part in the pilot yy More than 29,000 returned a sample that was tested in the laboratory. yy More than 1400 people had a colonoscopy at the pilot’s endoscopy unit at Waitakere Hospital. The $24 million pilot is being run in the Waitemata DHB area until 2015. People aged 50 to 74 years who live in the DHB area are eligible to take part. See your doctor now if you have any bowel symptoms that concern you. Info: Call 0800 924 432 or visit www.

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John Hyde (left) chats with his mate Irving Chester at Maygrove Village in Orewa. Age Concern’s visiting service brought the pair together and shared interests have forged a friendship.

Visitors forge friendships A service that links elderly people with a friendly visitor is in need of more volunteers. Age Concern has offered the visiting service locally for more than a decade and currently has 137 volunteer visitors, including 23 on the Hibiscus Coast. Sub-coordinator Elke Hillman says Age Concern takes care to match volunteers with clients of similar interests who live in the same area. The majority of the clients are in their eighties or older. Friendships are often made through the service and this is certainly the case for John Hyde, aged 90, who first visited 101-year-old Irving Chester, in Maygrove Village, a year ago. According to John, he and Irving became friends because they both have a background in engineering and “talk the same language”. Irving was the inventor of a metal cupboard latch popular in kitchens in the 1950s, as well as the plastic Kiddy Guard fitting which is still used to child-proof light sockets.

He also spent months at a time travelling around NZ and the Pacific Islands in the 1930s converting equipment used for silent movies, after the introduction of sound. With several family members living overseas, Irving enjoys John’s weekly visits, which are spent going for drives or simply having a chat. The pair has had a few adventures including a behind-the-scenes tour of the North Shore Airfield, with Irving transported around the facility on a golf buggy. John, who volunteers for a number of local organisations, including Hibiscus Hospice and SOSSI, was a tool maker and says he and Irving have conversations that anyone outside the trades would find difficult to understand. “I think we both look forward to the visits now,” he says. To find out more about being a volunteer visitor, email Ros Capper, or phone 09 489 4975 Ext 107.

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Pictured at the Probus presentation are, from left, club vice-president Bill Anderson, Mary and Bill Smith, and club president Dr John Salmon.

Retirees flock to Probus The guest of honour at a midyear luncheon, organised by Men’s Probus Club of Hibiscus Coast last month, was centenarian Bill Smith and his wife Mary. Mr Smith has been an active club member since joining in 2001. The Hibiscus Coast club was the first to be formed in Rodney in 1982 and last year, celebrated it’s 30th anniversary. Current membership stands at 113 and it is one of 449 clubs in New Zealand involving some 43,000 members. Each club is sponsored by Rotary under its Community Service Programme. Club publicity officer Graeme McIntosh says Probus is believed to be one of the fastest growing organisations for active retirees. All clubs meet monthly and the meeting format involves club business followed by a club speaker, morning tea and guest speaker.

Most clubs have a schedule of trips to places of local interest and various other social activities throughout the year. Interest groups such as photography, theatre outings, walking, computer skills and travel are found in some clubs. Annual membership fees vary between $15 and $30 Graeme says that unlike many other clubs, Probus has no community service obligations. “Most of us have ‘been there done that’ and look to Probus as simply a club where you can enjoy fun, fellowship and friendship.” On the Hibiscus Coast, there are now six participating clubs offering membership – three ladies-only clubs, one for men-only and two mixed clubs. New members are always welcome. Info:

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The number of New Zealanders aged 65 years and over is projected to rise significantly in the coming decades as the baby boom cohorts enter this age group from 2011. The population aged 65 years and over is expected to double by 2051, when they will make up one-quarter or more of all New Zealand residents.

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Heidi May, with her sons Brodie, 4, and Ethan, 6. Personal histories are a way for family members to communicate across generations.

Stories kept for posterity A grandfather’s stories of his war service, which were never written down, have prompted an Orewa mother to start recording the personal stories of the elderly. Heidi May says her husband’s grandfather Gordon Hare sat down one Anzac Day and gave his family a very personal account of how the war was for him. “Our greatest regret is that we kept no record of his words,” Heidi says. “Now he’s gone and so are those stories, which we will never be able to hear again.” Heidi, who lost her own grandparents when she was young, decided to start by recording her husband’s nana’s story. “I gave the draft to my husband Rick to read and he just turned to me and said ‘this is what you should be doing’ and it started from there. I’ve done a couple of life stories since then and I’m beginning to realise what a wonderful gift these people are giving to their families; something that can only become more valuable as the years go by.

“I’m also getting to hear some really interesting stories about life in the suburbs of early Auckland, war memories and farming life in early NZ.” The process starts with a structured question and answer interview, which usually takes about an hour-and-ahalf. Heidi then transcribes the tape and provides a draft of the text, which can be corrected and amended as necessary. The client also gets to check the final proof before the booklet is printed. Included with the text are photographs, which capture different stages and milestones in their lives. Heidi says the point of the project is to get a sense of the person and what was important to them, rather than being too biographical. Some have been done at the request of children who are looking for something special to mark an anniversary or birthday, while others have been presents from a grandparent to their grandchild. “It’s a real privilege to be part of capturing these stories before they are lost,” Heidi says.

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Dr Mark Donaldson of Eye Doctors and team perform the first cataract operation in the Rodney Surgical Centre, July 2010.

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The Go Digital team was in Orewa last month to explain the changes which will take effect on the Hibiscus Coast on December 1. Senior communications manager Sam Cummins is pictured with Orewa resident Arthur Waller.

Digital TV countdown on An estimated 1500 homes with TVs in Rodney could be watching a static screen on December 1 if they don’t take some action soon to transfer to a digital system. “Across the upper North Island, 92 percent of homes now have digital TV, but eight percent of homes need to get Freeview, Igloo or Sky to keep watching,” Going Digital national manager Greg Harford says. He says going digital doesn’t mean buying a new TV. In most cases, all that is needed is either a UHF aerial or a satellite dish, and the right kind

of set-top box. The services available depend on where you live. Special assistance is available for residents aged over 75 years who have a community services card or who are on a veterans pension. The offer is also available to anyone receiving a supported living payment because they have a health condition or disability that impacts on your ability to work, and former recipients of the veteran’s pension who converted to NZ superannuation at age 65. Info: 0800 838 800 or www.

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• People aged 65 years and over make up a large and growing proportion of New Zealand’s population. In the 2006 Census of Population and Dwellings, people aged 65 years and over numbered 495,606 and made up 12.3 percent of the total usually resident population. Those aged 85 years and over numbered 56,667 and made up 1.4 percent of the population. • In the 2006 Census, women aged 65 years and over outnumbered men by a ratio of 124 women to 100 men. Life expectancy for women is greater than for men, at 81.9 years compared with 77.9 years. (Statistics NZ)

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Health with Dr Lauren Roycroft

Home obstacle courses In the good old days, I used to do home visits. Not only did it give me the opportunity to escape the madness of the office, it gave me a rare glimpse into how my patients lived in their home environment. I was always amazed that some of my most frail and vulnerable elderly patients’ homes were virtual mine fields of fall risks. Stacks of books, overcrowded furniture, bunched up carpets, steps and the occasional pet poodle all waiting to be tripped over. Falling is serious business. Almost daily I see members of our older population who are at a high risk for falls or who have had serious consequences from a tumble. These can vary from cuts and bruises to broken bones. I have even had a few patients throughout the years whose fall proved to be fatal. As our bodies age, bones become more brittle, balance and things like eyesight and hearing become less reliable. Diseases such as stroke and dementia can reduce coordination, diabetes can reduce the feeling in the feet, heart disease can cause the heart and circulation to become less able to cope with sudden changes in posture. Most people over 65 years of age have some form of medication and many of these such as chronic sleeping pills for example have been proven to contribute to an increased risk of falling. Since many of these factors cannot be avoided, it is even more important to prevent falls in other ways. Unfortunately, the body does not always do what the mind wills it to so it is even more important to be aware of potential fall risks at home since that is where most falls occur. Make sure that there are as few obstacles to walking as possible. Hand grips can be installed in bathrooms and toilets if needed. If you have a walker, use it in and around the home as well as when you are out and about. Make sure that any shoes or slippers worn at home fit well. Ensure that any door frames or steps can be easily passed. It is also a good idea to have a personal alarm, even if you are not alone at home. It’s an even better idea to wear it. An alarm doesn’t do much good lying on the night-stand. Probably the most important advice is to be patient and take your time. It could mean the difference between morning tea and a trip to the emergency department.

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IT mobilises Police By now I would say that some of you may have noticed Police staff carrying and using some new technology. This is known as ‘mobility’ and is fundamentally a new way of operating for frontline response, investigation and community Police officers. To date, nationwide, 6500 officers have been issued with an iPhone and 3900 of these staff have also received an iPad enabling them to be more mobile, accessible and productive. While on the move, the devices see frontline staff able to access Police-specific applications that provide job-critical information relating to people, vehicles and locations. In turn, by having this data literally in their hands, officers are more situationally aware, improving their option-taking and decision-making when interacting with offenders, victims and law-abiding citizens and members of the community. More efficient and effective work practises are also achieved by using the standard functions of the device such as email, maps and photos. Using their phones, officers can call a dedicated local Police number and dictate information relevant to an incident such as details relating to the examination of a crime scene. In short, we want staff to be more mobile and out and about in the community, rather than carrying out these functions at the station. You will see a more visible presence of staff out and about on the Coast. Talking about technology, some readers may also be aware of the recently introduced Crime Reporting Line or what is more commonly referred to as CRL. The nationwide 24/7 CRL helps provide a better service to victims of crime and streamlines the management of cases and files. The CRL provides victims of historic and non-emergency crime, such as a house burglary while away on holiday or an overnight car break-in discovered in the morning, with the ability to report their incident by phone, rather than having to report in person to a Police station. Phone reporting saves time for the victim and means less paperwork for Police officers. Physically based in Auckland, CRL communicators receive calls from throughout New Zealand. Victims can also send supporting evidence – photographs, documents and video – to the CRL via the Police website. CRL staff provide the victim with a Complaint Acceptance Form and Victim Support Referral. Collectively, the information received into the CRL provides Police with good intelligence about crime trends and patterns. CRL staff record and assign offence/incident reports to District File Management Centres for assessment and follow up. In time, there will be a dedicated threedigit number to call. However, until this is available, Coast Community can call 09 426 4555 and the Orewa staff will transfer you to CRL. But remember, if your call is an emergency, dial 111.

Weight loss study recruiting

University of Auckland researchers are seeking local people to take part in an international three-year study to determine the best lifestyle strategies for weight loss and diabetes prevention. Participants will follow one of two nutritional programmes, and also one of two physical activity plans, so that the combined effects of diet and exercise can be tracked. Participants must be able to travel to the University’s Human Nutrition Unit in Mt Eden and Tāmaki campus in Glenn Innes. Meal replacement sachets and dietary and exercise counselling will all be provided free of charge. The study is open to men and women aged 25 to 45 and 55 to 70 years who are overweight but do not have diabetes. Info: Human Nutrition Unit phone 09 630 3744 or 09 630 1162, or email


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I am the first to admit that doing conservation at home is much harder than supporting conservation somewhere else. When supporting the efforts to make Kahurangi a National Park back in the 1990s, I bought posters, signed petitions, made donations and wrote a couple of letters. Current campaigns to stop mining in our national parks costs me a similar effort and, most critically, involves no change in my own lifestyle. Conservation at home can be more challenging. An obvious conservation loser in our own backyards at present is the loss of large trees. While they provide a vital habitat for our wonderful local birdlife, they also stop the sun from streaming into our homes. Recent changes to Auckland regulations allowing landowners more freedom to remove large trees has resulted in the tree-fellers taking up permanent residence in my suburb. Every week we lose a couple more large old trees and our leafy neighbourhood has been transformed from a luscious green haven to an empty vista of rooftops. As a sun worshipper myself, I can fully appreciate individual homeowners choosing sun. However, collectively the loss of large trees is resulting in a significant loss of bird habitat on the Peninsula and will, in turn, result in a drop in the abundance of our birdlife. Conservation at home brings challenging choices. The Predator Free Peninsula project ( is a local conservation initiative that holds the promise of tangible improvements for native wildlife in our backyards, without us having to give up the things we love. We won’t have to stop driving our cars, throw out our woodburners or eat more vegetables. It will simply require the less squeamish among us to regularly set traps around our homes. If enough of us join in, we will make a significant dent in the abundance of rats, stoats and possums. Birds like the fantails, tui, kereru and grey warblers will breed more successfully, native skinks and weta will live longer, bellbirds and red-crowned parakeets will move in from the sanctuaries at Shakespear and Tiri, and the Whangaparaoa suburbs may just become the best urban area in Auckland to enjoy flourishing wildlife. For more Green Scene columns visit our website

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This recipe from Marvellous Mince & Sensational Sausages transforms humble mince into a Middle Eastern-style feast. The meat is formed into tasty patties which, when served on rice or in pita bread pockets with sauce and salad, will be enjoyed by the whole family.

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Herbed Yoghurt Sauce 1 cup unsweetened plain yoghurt 2–3 Tbsp finely chopped fresh mint about ¼ cup chopped coriander leaves 1 Tbsp lemon or lime juice ¼ tsp salt 9–12 skewers (if using bamboo skewers, soak them in cold water for 1 hour first to prevent them burning) Place the onion, garlic and ginger in a food processor and process until very finely chopped or chop very finely by hand. Add the minced meat and seasonings, then process or mix by hand until well combined. Mix in the processor or by hand until the mixture is of a smooth, even consistency (thorough mixing changes the texture of the mince and ensures that it will not break up during cooking). Divide the mixture into quarters, then into halves or thirds so you end up with either nine or 12 portions. Working with wet hands, shape each piece into a sausage shape 2–3cm thick and 10–12cm long. Spear each of these lengthwise with a skewer and make sure they are firmly moulded to the skewer by gently flattening each one between your hands. Grill the kebabs close to the heat for 4–5 minutes on each side, or until nicely browned and no longer pink in the middle. Mix together the ingredients for the sauce and leave to stand for at least 15 minutes in order for the flavours to blend. Serve the kebabs with sauce as an entrée, or as the main part of a meal accompanied with rice and/or naan (or other flat bread) and a salad.

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Hibiscus Matters has one copy of Simon and Alison Holst’s Marvellous Mince & Sensational Sausages to give away. To be in to win, write your name 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 August 23. Congratulations to Linda Currin, of Stanmore Bay, who won a copy of Sensational Salads.

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The current exhibition at the Estuary Arts Centre features the work of five visual art teachers.

Teachers share artistic passion Visual art teachers will ‘walk the talk’ at an exhibition currently on show at Estuary Arts in Orewa. The artists are Graeme Irving, Suzy exhibition are examples of the teacher’s Carnachan, Irene Robertson, John Lee personal art projects, other works are and Karl Pearce, all teachers at Orewa exemplars completed in class with students. College. “In our art practice we aim to ‘practice “In many cases, work completed in the what we preach’ and this exhibition of classroom is a collaboration between our own work highlights that we are also teacher and students, from both the practicing artists in different mediums,” junior and senior programmes at spokesperson Suzy Carnachan says. Orewa College. “We feel it will also demonstrate to our “Just like the students, teachers in the students that like all artists, we are always visual art department have a passion trying new things, experimenting with for learning and are always looking for processes and updating our practice new techniques and ideas to influence with current trends and issues.” new works.” While some of the works in the The exhibition runs until August 25.

Budding film-makers invited

The Outlook for Someday sustainability film project for young people will present a one-day film-making workshop in Orewa on Tuesday, August 6. The workshop is open to students from Years 7 to 13, as well as teachers and youth workers. “The objective of workshop is to help grow a generation of sustainability story-tellers,” says David Jacobs, of Connected Media, the charitable trust which runs the project. “We don’t just see young film-makers as creating products. Film-making is about culture building, being a citizen and contributing to national and international dialogue. We are encouraging young people to make films as cultural acts.” The workshop is free but space is limited to 25 participants. The event will be held at the Orewa Service Centre, 50 Centreway Road, Orewa. Info:

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BRIEFS Red Beach lifesavers make NZ teams Council nominations

Red Beach Surf Life Saving Club member Chris Moors has been selected for the New Zealand team heading to the International Surf Rescue Challenge in Japan next month. The team of 12 athletes features New Zealand Iron Man champion Max Beattie and three 2012 Olympians including gold medallist kayaker Lisa Carrington and swimmers Natasha Hind and Andy McMillan. Hind, McMillan and Beattie were all part of the Black Fins team which claimed the world life saving crown at Rescue 2012 last November. Chris competed in the Kellogg’s NutriGrain Ironman series in Australia last summer and was the only Kiwi male in the tough event. The 2013 International Surf Rescue Challenge will be held in Onjuku, Japan from September 19 to 23. New Zealand team coach Scott Bartlett says he is looking forward to taking on the other participating countries, especially the Australians, Top, right, Chris Moors, pictured after the win at Rescue 2012. “We have a strong team here that at the NZ Championships, will represent NZ in Japan. Right, Jake includes both Olympians and world Hurley’s performance at the NZ champions. They all have the experience, Championships in Mt Maunganui in talent and an absolute determination to March has secured him a place in NZ’s win once again,” he says. Under 20s team. Photos, Ross Malyon. New Zealand will also be sending an Under 20s team to Japan. Like the beach flags and beach sprints. Open team, the Under 20s features six To keep up to date with the team’s male and six female athletes including journey visit the High Performance Jake Hurley, of Red Beach. The Facebook page at talented 16-year-old will become the slsnzhp or on Twitter @slsnzhp. youngest-ever Red Beach lifeguard to The ISRC is a competition between achieve NZ representative status and Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, will compete in the specialty events of USA, Great Britain and Japan.

Nominations are now open for the triennial Auckland Council elections, which will be held in October. Candidate nominations are open for Mayor, Governing Body, Local Board, District Health Board and Licensing Trust. Anyone interested in standing for any position can obtain a nomination form from the Vote Auckland website at or Council’s Orewa Service Centre. Nominations must be in the hands of an electoral officer or hand delivered to an electoral office by noon on Friday August 16.

Sustained growth

Strong house price growth across the Auckland region is boosting other parts of the economy including construction, finance and real estate industries, according to latest economic figures for the region in the first three months of this year. Economic activity is now more sustained and broad based, with 17 out of 20 sectors recording gains in the quarter. Auckland grew at a rate of 3.2 per cent in the year to March. The median Auckland house price was $562,000 in March 2013, up 12.5 per cent from March last year.

Inflatable dolphin appeal

Project Jonah has embraced the concept of crowdfunding, using the website ‘PledgeMe’ to raise money for a much-needed replacement for their inflatable training dolphin Moko. They hope to raise $5000 with the minimum donation set at $6. The deadline to pledge your support is Friday August 2. Info: www.pledgeme.

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Mascots and music

A roundup of sports activities and events in the district

There is nothing like watching a major sporting event. The intensity creates an electric atmosphere that engulfs both players and fans. Some examples are an All Blacks test match, the Ashes test or the recently-contested State of Origin series. These are testament to the way major game itself can hold all the attention. But for some sporting events, music and the odd furry mascot can really help generate some atmosphere. Probably a case in point, nationally, would be the Wellington Sevens. Although I haven’t managed to get to one of these tournaments yet, it looks like a helluva good time is had by all. Mascots and playing some decent old tunes are a really good concept that brings the crowd into the event.Many sports can mix it well. The indoor sports of basketball and netball do it right and create a good family environment with good sport and good crowd involvement. The darts tournaments in England are a perfect example of a sport that would be pretty dour if played without crowd involvement, music or mascots. There are the odd occasions when the mascot can take the attention. One moment of madness I remember was when local lad Antony Bosley was recruited by North Harbour Rugby to be the Harbour Master. He’s a pretty determined fella and took on the job with a raging passion. He did well for a period and started to develop a cult following. His downfall came when he tackled the Auckland Mascot in the big Battle of the Bridge match and ruptured the poor bloke’s knee. Unfortunately, the Auckland mascot had to be stretchered off Eden Park and the NZRU had to ban all mascots from travelling to away games. I can still see young Bosley exclaiming to the late great Paul Holmes on the Holmes show that “if you aren’t up to NPC standard, you shouldn’t be there.” Another moment involved yours truly at the Hibiscus Coast Raiders when we were very successful in 2001. We had a good bloke named Axle who did a great job as club DJ. He really helped create a great atmosphere and, hence, we played in front of big crowds down at Stanmore Bay Reserve. I used to love giving the team a theme or quote for the week. We were playing Northcote at home that weekend in the local derby. We were the current holders of the Ted Dalton Cup so the theme for the big game was Power and Passion. The quote was a famous Spanish revolutionary: “It is better to die on your feet than live on your knees.” This, of course, is also part of the lyrics of the Midnight Oil song Power and the Passion. I jacked up Axle to play Power and the Passion as our Raiders team ran onto the field to do battle and try to retain the cup. However, Axle put on the wrong Midnight Oil song. He played Beds are Burning, which has the lyrics: “It belongs to them, you gotta give it back…” So, after we all had a good giggle, the boys went on and won the game. It highlighted that it’s the atmosphere and the environment you create that counts. Some good tunes or a hard case mascot can generate some fun. Sometimes the content may not be precise, but if your intent is good – you will succeed.

Arena coaches take a bow Northern Arena, at Silverdale, made a clean sweep of all the swim school and teacher awards at the NZ Swim Coaches and Teachers Association Conference held recently in Queenstown. For the second consecutive year, Northern Arena was the recipient of the prestigious Outstanding Swim School of the Year Award. This is awarded to the swim school in New Zealand that demonstrates the greatest growth and retention of swimmers, and the highest standards of health and safety procedures, quality teaching, development of programmes and professional development of staff. Other award recipients were the marketing team of Justin Byrne and Kali Brydon, Michael Weston received the Swim Teacher of the Year award, and Rookie Swim Teacher of the Year

Northern Arena winners, from left, Simon Leach, Mark Saunders, Kali Brydon, Michael Weston and Justin Byrne.

went to Simon Leach. In recognition of more than 40 years of active involvement, Northern Arena director Mark Saunders, was presented with a special award for Outstanding Service to the swimming industry. A committed and enthusiastic swim teacher, Mark’s involvement spans competing at international and masters levels where he held Masters world records for 200m butterfly and 400 individual medley.


The Hibiscus Leisure Badminton Club play Monday and Friday, 9am-11am 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 Bowls

Orewa - Tournaments held every Thursday for Mixed Open Triples. 9am start. Coaching available Saturday mornings. New players welcome. Info: Phone 426 5937 Cheerleading

All Star Infinity Cheerleaders have changed venue and now meet at Stanmore Bay School. Info: Text Sheri 0210 262 9190 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: Rick Shrubshall 021 799 723 To list sports news email:

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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: (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 ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS meet Fri 7.30pm, Orewa Community House (behind Estuary Arts Centre) Ph John 027 646 2995, 0800AA WORKS. Combined Rodney Seniors Showtime presents Debbie Dorday & Jim Jool trip Tues Sept 3. $29.50 includes: show, coach fare, tea/coffee. Must book & pay by Aug 25. Ph 426 5765 Fred. EXCESS FRUIT NEEDED URGENTLY for HBC Community House foodbank. Pickers available please call 426 3598. 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 Barbara Clift 424 1709. HIBISCUS COAST PATROL Seeking Volunteers to be eyes and ears and help Police keep our community safe. Check out or Ph Margaret 021 250 9120. HIBISCUS COAST TOASTMASTERS Humorous Speech Contest, Aug 27, Tues 7.30-9.30pm, Visitors welcome. Fortnightly meetings, Tues 7.309.30pm. Manly Bridge Club, Edith Hopper Park. Ph 021 0815 7727 www. Hibiscus Coast Widowed Club 2nd Wed of month. Orewa Community Centre 1pm. Interesting speakers, morning /afternoon teas, raffles, outings /trips. We care. Ph 424 3757. Hibiscus Spirit Healing And Awakening Centre All welcome to attend. Medium on Platform giving messages from the spirit world as well as spiritual healing. Meet like minded people. ph 424 1998 for details. Inner Wheel Club Orewa/ Whangaparaoa meet first Wed evening, monthly, for Women’s Friendship and Service. Enquiries Ph Nancy 428 3580 or

Mentors Art Group, Orewa Community Church, Tues 1pm–3pm. Art classes with an experienced teacher. Suitable for beginner to advanced. Come along and discover your artistic abilities. Ph Jane 426 6537. Orewa Garden Club monthly meetings. 2nd Thurs of month with guest speaker and/or garden visits. Trading table, afternoon tea. 12.15pm at Orewa Catholic Church Hall, Centreway Rd, Orewa. Ph Ann 427 8377. OREWA LIONS CLUB Welcomes New Members young and old. Male and Female. Enjoy projects and social meetings. Info: ph Harry Wills 426 6629. Recycle & help local kids Scrap Metal Fundraising Collection at Tinmen, 14 Tavern Rd, Silverdale – July & August. Drop unwanted scrap metal into the marked Sea Scout bin at the top of the drive. (copper or precious metal, drop into the office advising it’s for Scouts) Profits go to Orewa Sea Scouts. Singers wanted! Hibiscus Coast Singers begin rehearsing Mon Aug 19, Presbyterian Church, Waiora Rd, 7.30pm for Concert on Dec 1. New singers welcome to audition from 7pm. ph 424 5711 for more info. Soccer4tots is coming to Orewa, August 10, Sat mornings during school terms, Hibiscus Youth Centre. Indoor structured play programme specifically designed for children 2-5years. Contact Lisa Cross Whangaparaoa Combined Probus Club For retired or semi retired men and women. HBC Bridge Club Edith Hopper Drive Manly. 4th Wed of month. Club outings every 2nd Wed. Ph Jim or Maureen 09 959 1022.



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HOME & MAINTENANCE 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. BUILDER 40 yrs+ exp semi retired available for property maintenance, decks, fences etc. No job too small. Good rates. Ph Rob 021 1672155 or 426 2960. BUILDERS Renovating, maintenance; Kitchens, bathrooms & decks. Reg BLP & CBANZ. Ph Gary 021 514 830 or 09 421 1172 A/H.


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 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. Water pumps Low water pressure? Get it sorted. Sales, service and installation. Work guaranteed. Ph Steve 09 945 2282

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. Strength, fitness, rehab,classes 198 Centreway Rd. Ph 426 8492

Health & wellbeing Clairvoyant/Medium Looking for Direction? Ph Brigid Curran Making a Change phone 426 8361 www. HYPNOSIS for stress, phobias, easy Stop Smoking. Bill Parker NZAPH, 424 7610.

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Whangaparaoa Community Centre project AGM Sunday August 18, 2pm, Manly Bowling Club, Laurence St. All welcome. Ph 421 1227 evgs. Come and vote.

Window Cleaning 30 years exp, local owner operator, reasonable rates. Ph David 426 2253.

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CASH PAID Tools & Machinery, Shed & garage clearouts. All things considered. Call or txt 021 161 5139. Delivery people URGENTLY needed to distribute Hibiscus Matters & flyers. Ph Julie Murray 09 473 4287 or em: $CASH FOR CARS Going or not. Call 022 385 0146. TO BUY, RECORDS/LP’s Ph 428 1587.

Adept Computer Services, Est 1993. PC repairs at good rates. Ph 421 1039 or 021 114 5517 Computer Repairs Sort any problems at a reasonable price. Ph Jabzee 022 096 7516.

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. • Hobbs Wharf Market, (closed until Aug 18) The Anchorage, Gulf Harbour, every Sunday from 10am–2pm Info: ph Debbie, 027 461 1148.

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

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Orewa College art tutors’ exhibition (see story p23) Hospice Casino evening, Orewa Arts & Events Centre, 7.30pm. Mock gambling, music and dancing and light supper. Fundraiser for Hibiscus Hospice. Tickets 3 Eaves Bush Appreciation Group workday, meeting 9am at the Old North Road entrance to the Reserve. We will be clearing tracks, drains and culverts. Some tools will be supplied but your own gloves and spade would be good. New faces welcome. Info: ph Don Turner 426 4761 or Laurie Rands 426 3122 8-13 Orewa College presents The Wizard of Oz, Centrestage Theatre Orewa. 9 Whangaparaoa College Quiz Night, college gym, raising funds for netball and football. Doors open 6.30pm. $20 includes hot food; cash bar. Info & tickets: 9 Stetson Country Music Club featuring Mr. Shifter, Dairy Flat Community Hall, 8pm-11.30pm. Info: or 09 476 4554 12 Genealogy talk on passenger lists and immigration, Whangaparaoa Library, 10am-11am. This talk will explore some of what is available online as well as resources which may not ordinarily be thought of in relation to immigration records. (see story p5) 14 Meet the Candidates meeting, Silverdale Hall, 7pm. All welcome (see story p4) 20 Destination Orewa Beach annual meeting, Level 2, Hillary House, Hillary Square, Orewa, 5.30pm (see story p1) 20 Genealogists talk, St Chad’s hall, Orewa (see story p5) 24 Whangaparaoa College school ball 24 & 25 Hibiscus Coast Quilters showcase their patchwork and quilting at A Touch of Coast Quilt Show, Orewa Community Centre, Orewa Square, Orewa, 10am–4pm. 27 Brandon Reserve Neighbourhood Support meeting, Walbrook Butterfly Daycare, 6pm. Ideas needed for upcoming events. Info: Sue 021 2581 677 or 428 3575 27 Hibiscus Coast Toastmasters Humorous and Impromptu Speech Contest, 7.30-9.30pm, Manly Bridge Club. All welcome Info: Ph 021 0815 7727 29 Second Chance Study Scholarship award dinner, Orewa Arts and Events Centre, Orewa College, Riverside Rd, Orewa, 6.30pm. Tickets cost $50 and the guest speaker is Nadia Lim. Info & tickets: ph Judith 426 8096. 30 Meet the Council Candidates meeting, organised by Hibiscus Coast Grey Power, St John’s Church hall, Centreway Rd, starts at 1.30pm (see story p12)


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Coast hockey prepares for major development The Hockey Hibiscus Trust will embark on an ambitious fundraising campaign soon to develop allweather fields at Metro Park East. Trust chair Merv Huxford says the trust is in the final stages of negotiating a lease with Auckland Council. “Once that’s secure, our next step will be to raise the $1.5 million to see the project become a reality by 2017. We started talking about this in 1993 so it’s been quite a journey.” Merv said that while Hibiscus remains under the umbrella of North Harbour Hockey, the local fields will help the trust develop young players. “Orewa College was once one of the best teams in the harbour competition, but as other schools upgraded their fields we’ve slowly slipped down the grades. We can’t retain good players on the Coast without good fields.” In the interim, the trust has spent $140,000 developing a mini turf at Orewa College. “The main purpose of this is to increase the exposure of four to seven year olds to hockey, and to provide a dedicated local hockey practise facility. It saves players having to travel to the next closest facility in Albany.” Harbour Hockey held a two-day skills development programme on the field during the recent school holidays. More than 40 children attended.

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Special guests were Black Sticks Cory Bennett and George Muir. Scholarships, each worth $250, were presented to Mat Weir, from Kingsway School, and Liam Williams, from Orewa College. Special recognition prizes were presented to intermediates Michael Thornhill and Ben Weir, and juniors Emma Smith and Timothy Coetzee.

Top, Black Sticks Cory Bennett gives young players, from left, Emily Harvey, of Red Beach, Charlotte Duncan, of Helensville, and Lara Healy, of Whangaparaoa some tips to improve their technique.


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