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Mass tree Inside this issue felling stuns Rodders rev up residents
Last weekend, January 31–February 2, saw the inaugural Boulevard of Buskers Festival take place in Orewa, bringing world-class street performers to the Coast. Organiser Hellen Wilkins of Destination Orewa Beach aims to make the event an annual one. The Festival was modelled on the popular Christchurch Buskers Festival and inspired by one that took place in Auckland last month. Six acts featuring acrobatics, juggling, comedy and death-defying feats performed in Moana Reserve and Hillary Square including, clockwise from back left, Table for Two’s Rowan Ford Dawson, Nick of All Trades, Sport Suzie and The Blingling Bros.
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The felling of 73 protected trees in Red Beach by a developer two weeks ago is a taste of things to come as growth in the region intensifies, according to Tree Council field officer Hueline Massey. The felling of such a large number of trees, with no public notification, has shocked members of Hibiscus Coast Forest and Bird and neighbouring residents. The trees included 32 Totara that are listed as ‘Notable’ in the Auckland Council District Plan (Rodney Section) and are part of a remnant grove after which nearby Totara Views Drive is named. Many were more than 40 years old and the value of the group of trees in the schedule is listed as ‘significant’. The remainder of the trees, mostly exotics, were protected under the general tree protection rules afforded to trees over 6m in height. The 1.58ha site, at 74 Hibiscus Coast Highway, is owned by Chuanglie International Developments, and is currently being subdivided into 19 household lots.
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Around 25 large Totara remain in the subdivision as part of resource consent conditions; these are protected by covenant. There will be landscaping within the subdivision and on the road reserve and the developer will also undertake planting on nearby Driftwood Road Reserve. Consultant Tom Lemon, who provided planning, engineering and surveying services for the development says subdivision could not have gone ahead without removal of the trees due to the need to produce a reasonable gradient over a steeply sloping site. Consent to fell the protected trees was first sought back in 2008 by the developer who owned the property at the time. Despite vociferous protests by residents and Hibiscus Forest & Bird, the consent was granted; it was later allowed to lapse. The land was sold to Chuanglie International Developments for $3.1 million in 2010 and the company applied to fell the trees last August. The decision not to publicly notify this application was made by Duty Commissioner Ian Munro last November, and consent was granted by another Commissioner, Cherie Lane, on December 19, 2013. The felling took place around January 20. An Auckland Council spokesperson says that there are no rules in the Auckland Council District Plan (Rodney section) that say notification is required before a Notable (scheduled) tree can be removed. Hueline Massey of the Tree Council and Philip Wrigley of Hibiscus Coast Forest
and Bird agree that this must change. “Since general tree protection was removed from the Resource Management Act, Councils must be vigilant and ensure any work on scheduled trees is properly notified,” Hueline says. “If we lose the trees on the schedule, we’ve lost the best of what we have.” She says the biggest loss is to the green urban environment – something that she considers will become increasingly apparent as growth in Auckland intensifies. Philip Wrigley is angry that the process took place without the public having an opportunity to have a say. “It shows total disregard for the public feeling expressed in 2008, and leaves us powerless to counter the views of a developer or planner,” he says. “The mitigation provided is not good enough.” He says one positive is that the Council’s Unitary Plan is still open for submissions until February 28. “Anyone concerned about this issue should make a submission,” he says. Pam Morrison, who lives near the subdivision, was one of many residents who opposed the felling of the trees six years ago. She says she was shocked to find the process taking place without warning. “After the trees came down, I had a nightmare that a huge house went up right beside my boundary almost overnight,” she says. “We don’t seem to have any say in what happens any more.”
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Rodders raise record sum for rescue helicopter
A spectacular weekend of hot rods and family fun over Anniversary Weekend not only thrilled the crowds but also brought in a record-breaking sum for the Westpac Helicopter Trust. Organisers Hibiscus Rodders expect to hand over a donation of more than $17,000 to the Trust – by far the most raised in the Beach Festival’s five-year history. Rodder Sharon Morris says the money raised from the auction alone, which brought in $6000, represents a rescue mission and potentially a life saved. Sharon began supporting the Westpac Helicopter Trust after the chopper flew to the aid of her brother when he suffered a heart attack and subsequently died 16 years ago. She says support from local businesses, including Orewa New World, the Hibiscus & Bays Local Board and the community has seen the Rodders Beach Festival grow since it was launched as a mini Beach Hop. Last month’s event saw an estimated crowd of 10,000 enjoy live entertainment on Orewa Reserve on Saturday, January 25. The following day, crowds packed Orewa Boulevard to take a close up look at 500 American cars, all built pre-1985 and restored and cared for by people with a passion for hot rods. Drivers brought their cars from as far away as Christchurch and Kerikeri, donating $30 each to the Helicopter Trust to take part in the weekend’s activities. When the Cadillacs, Chevrolets, Mustangs, Fords, Corvettes and Pontiacs lined up to cruise through Orewa, the line of vehicles extended along the
Clockwise from top, Sharon Morris leads the parade in her pink Cadillac. Hot rods appeal to all ages. Stars and stripes, Betty Boop and Elvis created an American theme for the Hot Rod Festival.
Boulevard and around into Centreway Rd and the roar of their V8 engines, turned on together for a
five minute ‘rumble’, was heard throughout Orewa. More photos, www.localmatters.co.nz
Steps underway to save Safe House for community use The continued use of a safe house on the Hibiscus Coast that has provided a refuge for abuse victims for almost a decade is under review. The safe house, which until the end of last month was operated by Age Concern Rodney under a rent deferral agreement with Auckland Transport, has been used as a refuge by elderly abuse victims as well as those seeking help from Victim Support, Women’s Refuge, WINZ and the Police. The property is owned by Auckland Transport and administered by Auckland Council Property, which, from February 1, is seeking a market rental of $300 per week for the house. This put retaining it out of reach for Age Concern Rodney, however Hibiscus & Bays Local Board
deputy chair Greg Sayers has intervened in an attempt to keep the facility available for those in need. Mr Sayers is meeting Auckland Council Property chief executive David Rankin and Auckland Transport representatives this month to discuss the issue. He says Rodney MP Mark Mitchell, Councillors Wayne Walker and John Watson, Local Board chair Julia Parfitt and the NZ Police are also in support of retaining the property as a safe house. “Having a safe house available on the Hibiscus Coast for people desperately needing shelter or protection for short periods of time is a necessary reality,” Mr Sayers says. “Unexpected, devastating circumstances
can happen to any of us and supporting the community groups who are there to help us through those times is certainly a worthwhile community endeavour.” Use of the house was first granted to Age Concern Rodney in 2004 after its chief executive Catherine Smith persuaded then Mayor John Law of the desperate need for a safe house.
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Feedback Stuff happens at sea The story about the windsurfer who got into difficulties off Manly Beach (HM December 18) struck a chord with me and my wife. I immediately checked the gear on my boat and got myself a waterproof cellphone holder and personal locator beacon. However experienced we are, shit happens at sea – and anyway, where
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days, it’s easy to think we can get all the information we need out there, but my experience is that a lot of social media discussions are uninformed at best. The real service that a paper such as yours gives the community is that it cuts through that social media babble and uncovers issues people may not have been aware of. Keep up the good work. Paul Mason, Red Beach
Signs of rebellion in Silverdale Village Parking has become a hot potato in Silverdale Village, with the local business association erecting its own parking signs to keep its members happy, rather than wait for lengthy consultation with Auckland Transport to be completed. Silverdale Area Business Association She says that AT suggested a P120 president Lorraine Sampson says at zone, similar to the one put in place in a meeting with Auckland Transport Orewa town centre last year, instead, (AT) early last year, it was agreed but that businesses are happy with the that parking in the Village (Silverdale new signs and there is no need for any Street up to St John Ambulance) additional expense. would become a standard P120, rather She says it is time that the Transport than a variety of P90 and P60 options. CCO listened to what the community She says the P120 option was strongly wants. supported by business owners and “People take matters into their own backed by a survey conducted by the hands because they feel they have no Association, which was sent to AT. choice. If Auckland Transport change She says as nothing further happened, the signs back, there will be a riot.” last October the patience of some AT Parking and Enforcement Manager committee members ran out and they Trevor Starr says informal consultation had P120 signs made locally and put has begun with local businesses on in place. parking in Silverdale Village and a Mrs Sampson says AT initially possible option is changing to a P120 demanded that the signs be changed zone. back, which it said will cost around “It appears, someone has jumped $1500 – considerably more than the the gun and altered around 15, Association paid for the replacement P60 and P90 parking signs,” he signs. says. “Obviously people cannot go
Local resident Peter Borthwick took this photo of “the road to nowhere”, or, maybe, “Trepidation Drive” in Millwater. “I don’t understand why you have to stop when in fact you can’t even get started!” he says.
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And thanks to all the readers who pointed out the typo in our story on Watercare’s charges in the last edition (HM December 18), where a resident’s rainwater tank capacity was given as 25 litres. That, of course, should have been 25,000 litres. It’s nice to know you’re paying attention.
These parking signs have brought the Silverdale Area Business Association into conflict with Auckland Transport.
around changing signs to suit their own needs any more than they can decide that cars should be allowed to go 120km per hour down the main street. Auckland Transport is legally responsible for implementing parking restrictions and any change must go through a consultation process.” He says to avoid creating confusion the signs can remain until the results of the consultation are known.
Classes switch to ‘bring your own device’
As college students headed back to their desks last week, there was a notable change for Year 7 and 8 students at Whangaparaoa College. Following trial classes and consultation with parents and caregivers last year, the college has introduced a Bring Your Own Device policy to all intermediate classes. Deputy Principal Lisa Ballantyne says the school is providing a device for use at school to students who are unable to bring their own laptop, tablet, smartphone or other device, as well as setting up special deals with local outlets. She says research has shown use of the devices improves engagement. “We are hopeful that achievement will also be positively impacted,” she says. “The focus will be on the learning, not the media.” Students in Years 9–13 can bring a device and negotiate its use in class with teachers.
Manly Sailing Club faced a mountain of Health and Safety paperwork required by Council as it organises the Optimist Nationals for Easter. Top of the “are you serious” list is the requirement that the club fence off the rainwater culvert behind the clubrooms during the 5-day event. “What happens the other 360 days a year?” was the club’s response.
Residents have their say
Resource consent sought to erect a 13-room ‘dormitory style’ dwelling in residential Stanmore Bay is to be publicly notified. Residents of Matai Rd and Rata St who are opposed to the dwelling being erected near their homes by property owner Michael Cryer (HM December 4) sprang into action to prepare submissions and commission reports from experts on hearing the news on January 31. Mr Cryer applied to erect the building as a private dwelling, but residents fear it may be used as a boarding house, and have negative impacts on the neighbourhood.
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Boaties and other interested members of the public can have their say on a proposed bylaw that would make wearing lifejackets compulsory on boats six metres or less in length, with submissions open next week on February 14. Informal submissions made last year include a requirement that boaties by members of the Hibiscus Coast appoint a person who is responsible Boating Club were vehemently for the safety of all those on board, and opposed to the idea of compulsory that anyone incapacitated by drugs or lifejackets, describing it as impractical alcohol is prohibited from being in and unenforceable. charge of a vessel. Club member Mike Cahill says the Last September, the Council decided group supports the current regulations, to separate the lifejacket regulations which require lifejackets to be carried from the rest of its Navigation on board and worn at the discretion of Safety bylaw and review it separately, the skipper. announcing via press release that this However, Auckland Council’s bylaw was “because it was such an important team say that the proposal addresses community safety issue.” shortcomings in the current lifejacket However, that decision was recently bylaw, which assumes there is always a reversed by Council staff, who decided person in charge who also has the skill that the lifejacket rules will now be to identify when things are getting incorporated with, and consulted on, risky, saying that human error causes as part of the Navigation Safety bylaw. drownings to occur. Consultation on the bylaw opens on “It’s time to provide a simple safety rule February 14 and submissions must be that can be easily understood, doesn’t in by 4pm, on March 17. Copies of the detract from the enjoyment our under draft bylaw and supporting information six metre boating community enjoys will be at www.aucklandcouncil.govt. and which prevents the next tragedy,” nz/haveyoursay, from February 14 and a Council spokesperson says. documents will also be in libraries and Other changes in the proposed bylaw Council service centres.
Local Board redefines dog rules Issues related to dog access rules are again in the public eye, as the Hibiscus & Bays Local Board seeks consistency and clarity in rules relating to beaches and parks. Following last year’s changes to the time and season rules for dog access to beaches, which stimulated a lot of passionate debate, the Local Board is undertaking a review of other dog access rules (not related to time and season) – this is mainly about amending or revoking rules that may be confusing. A lot of the review may seem technical in nature, but it is hoped it will make things simpler for dog owners as well as other users of parks and beaches.
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One example given in a presentation to the Local Board last December was a legacy Rodney District Council rule that requires dogs to be under control on a leash on bush walks, yet the term ‘bush walks’ is undefined. The North Shore does not have a similar rule. Another legacy rule in force locally is that dogs are prohibited in ‘picnic areas’. The term ‘picnic area’ is undefined. On the North Shore, dogs must be on-leash in picnic areas. The issue comes back before the Local Board in April, so that it can adopt a proposal to put before the public. Public hearings are expected to take place in August/September and the redefined rules in place by October.
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Happy New Year and welcome to 2014. I hope that you have had a great start to the year. Every day as I drive down the hill from home into Orewa and look straight up the peninsula I am reminded that we live in one of the most beautiful places in the world. The access that we have to stunning beaches and outdoor activities is second to none and although sometimes I have to turn the Xbox and computer off to get my kids to the beach or park, once there they have a ball. It’s important to me that they don’t take for granted what we have right in our own backyard. Late last year a large number of constituents wrote to me raising their concerns about the current shark finning legislation; it was great to see so many people in our community standing up for a creature that can sometimes generate fear but is so important in keeping our oceans healthy. Back in July 2013, Hibiscus Matters reported that Gulf Harbour School students held a protest at the school, and signed the NZ Shark Alliance petition as part of a nationwide protest. Their protest made an important contribution and sent a clear message about the changes to the legislation that should and have happened. Although it is already an offence under the Animal Welfare Act to fin a shark and return it to sea alive, under the extended ban it will now also become illegal to catch a shark, kill it, remove its fins and dump the carcass at sea. Our natural environment is our greatest asset. New Zealand’s 113 species of shark are an important part of our marine biodiversity and the practice of finning sharks is inconsistent with New Zealand’s reputation as one of the best managed and conserved fisheries in the world. Well done Gulf Harbour School students and all those that supported them. Being willing to stand up for something you believe in can make a difference. I reaffirm my commitment to provide you with the best possible service and strongest representation I can for 2014. I discovered quickly that a big part of my job is to help those that have often felt they have hit a brick wall or exhausted all options in trying to resolve a problem. Please don’t feel that a problem is too small or trivial to take to the MP’s office. Call, email or pop in and see us. I am very optimistic that we will all enjoy a great 2014 together.
BRIEFS Annual plan opens for feedback
Aucklanders have just two more weeks in which to have their say on Auckland Council’s draft Annual Plan. The draft plan details Council’s proposed budget, activities and investment programme for next financial year. It also includes draft local board agreements that highlight each of the board’s local priorities, projects and advocacy issues. It includes $1.8 billion of capital expenditure for the next financial year, with $1.25 billion of new assets to be bought or built. The average rates increase for the 2014/2015 financial year has reduced from an average of 4.9 percent (as projected in Council’s 10-year long-term plan) to an average of 2.4 percent. Submissions opened on January 23 and close on February 24. Info: www.annualplan.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz
Bupa appeal settled
An appeal brought by Bupa Retirement Villages last September against Auckland Council’s decision to re-zone the Peninsula Golf Club land, allowing residential development to occur there has been settled and withdrawn. A Bupa spokesperson says that the organisation is pleased to have reached an agreement that both parties are happy with, and has therefore withdrawn its objection. Bupa owns Northhaven Hospital and Retirement Village in Red Beach, which backs onto the golf course. It was seeking controls to ensure that amenity and landscape effects on its land, caused by the development, were acceptable.
Fairway Bay titles issued Titles for the first stage of the Fairway Bay Development in Gulf Harbour were issued on January 23. A total of 17 lots have been sold to date with nine houses already in the consent or construction phase. The first homes are due for completion next month.
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Inorganic collection coming Changes to Auckland Council’s rubbish collection services on the Hibiscus Coast, which will be in place after July next year, include collection of inorganic items – a service that is currently provided on the North Shore, Waitakere, Papakura, Manukau, Waiheke Island and central Auckland, but not in Rodney or the Hibiscus Coast. The inorganic collection service, which was described in a report presented to the Hibiscus & Bays Local Board last December as “improved” involves residents making a booking to have material collected from their property, rather than the kerb. The collection will be funded by a Council’s planned inorganic rubbish targeted rate, which all residents pay collection will avoid scenes like this. in their rates bill, regardless of whether used furniture, clothes, whiteware and they use the service or not. hazardous waste. These can then be The report also confirmed other diverted from landfill for reuse, repair changes to the current service, which or refurbishment and sale. will be introduced at the same time Council anticipates that these facilities and include a new kerbside collection will be run by businesses, community of organic waste, funded through rates. organisations and iwi. Rubbish for landfill will be collected The Resource Recovery Network is a in wheelie bins, fortnightly. Each work in progress, but so far none of household will be charged on a user the five Council-owned sites identified pays basis, per bin lift, and according as priorities for redevelopment into to the size of the bin, with 60, 120 or resource recovery facilities next year 240 litre options available. are on the Hibiscus Coast, with Recyclable items will be collected the nearest ones in Devonport or fortnightly, instead of the current weekly Helensville. collection, and will be from wheelie bins The changes are part of Council’s Waste rather than crates. There will be a choice Management and Minimisation Plan, of bin size (140, 240 or 360 litres). All which was approved by the governing recyclable materials will go into the bin body in June 2012. Its targets are together, including paper. to reduce the amount of domestic Auckland Council is also developing kerbside waste sent to landfill by 30 a Resource Recovery Network, percent by 2018, reduce Council’s inproviding large resource recovery parks house waste per capita by the same for commercial waste and community amount and reduce the total council recycling centres. This will allow and private sector influenced waste that residents to drop off items such as goes to landfill by 30 percent by 2027.
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The DIY handiwork of Ernst Lanz can be seen throughout his Arkles Bay home, including the fencing, landscaping and outdoor furniture. Ernst, who moved to NZ from Switzerland “for an adventure” more than 30 years ago, says he has always found DIY, especially working with wood, enjoyable and satisfying. The skills he honed over many years inspired him to leave an established career in printing at the end of last year and become the local franchisee for Deck & Fence Pro – a company that specialises in paint, oil and stain restoration. Decks, fences, garage or front doors and outdoor furniture may be designed to withstand the rigours of sun, wind and rain but it doesn’t take long before this type of exposure, as well as accumulated dirt, moss and mould and wear and tear, takes a toll on their appearance. The sun’s ultra violet rays are particularly hard on wooden structures and Ernst says most timber stains only retain their good looks for around 12–18 months. Ernst says restoring these structures to pristine condition and seeing the owners’ faces when they view the results, make all the hard work worthwhile. The first step is to remove all surface
Our reliance upon domestic whiteware is such that when something goes wrong, there is a sense of urgency about having it repaired. At the same time, the need for expert service technicians has become greater since electronic circuit boards replaced the mechanical gearbox and belt drives in home appliances, rendering the average householder at a loss as to what has gone wrong. Reliable trades people have become worth their weight in gold. Michael Jarvis of ESI Appliance Services has worked in the appliance service industry for almost 20 years and seen a lot of changes since his first jobs repairing Fisher & Paykel 380 auto washers. He says those types of appliances may not have had all the bells and whistles, but they were reliable and easy to repair. “You could overhaul the whole machine, if need be,” Michael says. “That’s why there are 30-year-old fridges still running.” These days, appliance servicing often means replacing an entire circuit board, rather than a single component or part. However, Michael says that the work is still immensely satisfying and that one aspect that hasn’t changed is the need for prompt, efficient repairs and good communication with customers.
dirt and check that the fixings are secure; anything rotten can be replaced. Then, using Deck and Fence Pro’s own environmentally friendly and noncorrosive chemicals, which do not damage nearby plants, Ernst gives the structures a thorough clean and rinse. Stubborn stains receive extra attention, and hardwood decks are given an additional ‘brightening’ wash. The process, which is similar to exfoliating the skin, exposes the cleaner, brighter timber beneath. This can then be re-stained, or painted with Deck & Fence Pro’s hardwearing, high quality products, including oil stains made in NZ. Ernst says the results are an enormous improvement on anything the DIY enthusiast can do. “I used to maintain my deck and outdoor furniture myself, with average results,” Ernst says. “The difference between that and a professional job can be seen straight away, and it lasts a lot longer.”
Michael joined ESI Appliance Services after moving to Stanmore Bay with his family around three months ago. He says the advantage is that he is essentially an owner/operator, but ESI Appliance Services provides a central office that takes care of all the administration and bookings for him. “This way I can concentrate solely on getting the job done for the customer.” Via an iPad, Michael maintains regular communication with the office from his van, checking and updating bookings. Michael services all major brands of appliances in an area that extends from the Harbour Bridge to Warkworth, as well as Coastesville, Kumeu and Dairy Flat. He advises customers that keeping their appliances clean can prevent problems down the line. He recommends cleaning washing machines properly every six months, using a product that can be found at the supermarket.
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Big sea views and a big screen featuring Bolliwood music and dance welcome diners to the Bolliwood Indian Restaurant in Orewa. The recent opening of the Orewa and Howick restaurants mean there are now five Bolliwoods in Auckland – the others are in Ponsonby, Takapuna and Browns Bay. Managing director Harry Singh says the successful formula is about combining modern ambience with traditional cuisine. “Creating a fresh, young and colourful approach to the look of the restaurant, and the service is a big feature of Bolliwood restaurants, coupled with authentic North Indian cuisine prepared by chefs brought here from India,” he says. The lunch and dinner menus include all the traditional favourites, but also some exciting new offerings including Bolliwood scallops curry for seafood lovers, banquet selections, sizzler platters, chicken salads with an Indian twist and Naan rolls that feature kebab-style chicken or lamb rolled inside Naan bread. The innovations extend to the drinks
menu, with an Indian version of the Pina Colada, called the Lassicolada, that combines Lassi with Malibu rum. Bolliwood is licensed, with an extensive selection of wine, including the Spice Trail wines from Marlborough that are matched with particular dishes on the menu to assist diners. Since the restaurant opened last December it has been extremely busy with both the lunch ($10 specials are available Monday to Wednesday) and dinner service in demand. Harry came to NZ more than 10 years ago from North India which is known for its great cuisine and hospitality. He began working in the hospitality industry part-time while studying towards a business degree and has been in the industry ever since. He says the key to producing authentic dishes is taking no shortcuts – the four chefs make everything from scratch and all the meat is cooked on charcoal in a Tandoori oven. Harry says feedback so far from customers has been positive – “they say it’s not only the best view in Orewa, but the best food too,” he says.
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The Orewa Night Markets, which were formerly weekly, now operate monthly on the last Friday of each month. The markets, which began last October, have a wide range of food and boutique, hand made items for sale and are held in the carpark of The Nautilus, Tamariki Ave, Orewa from 5pm–10pm. Info: email firstname.lastname@example.org
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Primary prioritises pool provision
Pupils of Stanmore Bay School have noticed the difference that replacing chlorine with salt water has brought about this season. Principal Carol Abley says the school decided to move to salt water because they believe it is better for the children, and it is a big saving – the chlorine was costing the school $40 a day. In addition she says the salt is easier to administer and store. She says the Board of Trustees will continue employing the swimming tutors from the Leisure Centre to work with the Year 4 and 5 children, teaching them in small groups. “We believe all children should learn to swim as we live so close to beaches and having a pool at school saves time going to other facilities,” she says. “Our parents appreciate it too.” The pool is also used for water safety lessons and thanks to a grant from the Sir John Logan Campbell Residuary Estate, the school recently purchased 20 lifejackets. “We put small groups of children in lifejackets in a boat and then tip them out. They learn what to do, and the purpose of a lifejacket.” Over the last few years the pool has
Stanmore Bay School’s pool is better than ever since they ditched the chlorine. Photo, Angela Sime
been upgraded and an outside shower installed. Solar heating, funded by the Lion Foundation, keeps the water at a balmy 26°C most days. Parents can purchase a key to use the pool after school and on weekends and holidays. Pooling resources Stanmore Bay is one of only a handful of local schools that still has its own pool, with the majority opting to run water safety and swimming programmes at either The Leisure Centre or Northern Arena. As well as the maintenance cost of an on-site pool, the reasons given include that the public, indoor facilities can be
used all year-round. Only four of the area’s 10 primary schools have pools – these are Dairy Flat, Wainui, Stanmore Bay and Whangaparaoa Schools – and no local colleges have pools. Since Orewa College closed its pool in the 1990s, its swimming programme has evolved into Surf Safety at the beach. The school also uses Northern Arena and the Leisure Centre for swim programmes. Wentworth and Whangaparaoa Colleges hold swimming sports at The Leisure Centre and KingsWay uses Northern Arena for lessons.
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Sustainability grows on Coast NorthTec is to continue offering its Sustainable Rural Development course on the Hibiscus Coast this year following the success of the first intake of 10 locals who were keen to learn how to grow crops and garden sustainably. The course is held at the Whangaparaoa Community Hall. NorthTec’s Programme Leader for Primary Industries, Dom Steenstra says the course is designed to provide students with practical skills and knowledge to carry out a range of selfsustainable land based activities. “We’re pleased with the success we’ve had in working with the community so we are now able to offer them even further course levels,” Dom says. He says NorthTec hopes to see similar community-based Sustainable Rural Development projects implemented all over the region the long-term. NorthTec also offers horticulture and Te Reo courses at Te Herenga Waka in Silverdale. NorthTec’s academic year starts February 18 and enrolments are taken until the end of February. Info: www. northtec.ac.nz
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Dance school with street appeal Children’s natural love of movement and dance is something that dance teacher Sheri Read of Orewa still finds inspiring. Sheri’s mother was a ballet teacher, and Sheri immersed herself in dance from the age of three, studying ballet, jazz and contemporary styles. After a year of training at Auckland City Ballet Centre, she joined the Christchurchbased Southern Ballet Company. She started the All Star Infinity Cheerleaders in Whangaparaoa a year ago and the group currently has 30 students as well as two school teams. Starting a dance school seemed a natural next step. Sheri will teach ballet, jazz and contemporary and she has utilised contacts in Hip Hop to source two teachers who are experts in the streetstyle version of this popular dance form; Jimmy Martin from Excel Performing Arts School and Shenal August of Manurewa who works with Identity Dance Crew and choreographed for the Brat Pack. The Brat Pack placed 11th at last year’s Hip Hop Worlds. “Street Hip Hop is a powerful style and has a lot of appeal for boys as well as girls,” Sheri says. “Crews who compete at regional, national and international level do street Hip Hop
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Principals voice concerns It’s fair to say that friendly rivalry exists between local schools, perhaps even more so at Whangaparaoa and Silverdale Schools owing to the fact that Principals Steve and Viv Collins are husband and wife. Steve has been Principal at Whangaparaoa School for 12 years and its nine years since Viv became Principal of Silverdale School. Each has had more than 40 years in the education sector, giving them an in-depth understanding of the challenges faced by local schools. Growth is the most obvious of these – building programmes are in full swing at both schools. Viv says her school expects to reach capacity of 650 students in two years, while Whangaparaoa Primary has a waiting list for its roll of 755. Last October the Board of Trustees at Whangaparaoa School responded to pressure on rolls by tightening its zoning policy; Silverdale School is reviewing its zone boundaries this year. Decisions around the provision of IT are also top of mind. Both Principals say that children increasingly produce work on computers and start school already IT competent. However, both are cautious about the Bring Your Own Device policy being
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increasingly adopted by colleges, preferring the concept of shared resources. Perhaps the biggest challenge of all though is funding. Whangaparaoa and Silverdale Schools are Decile 9 – the Ministry’s funding model gives Decile 9 schools almost $850 per pupil per year to cover everything except teachers, compared with $1691 for Decile 1. “Without parent contributions and the PTAs, we wouldn’t have money for things that are considered necessary, such as IT,” Viv and Steve say. Both also emphasise that the quality of teaching staff is at an all-time high. “We get 40–100 applicants for any teaching post, and end up with the unpleasant task of having to reject good quality people.”
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Start made on sustainability Whangaparaoa College is starting the New Year with a fresh focus on sustainability that it hopes will reap big dividends in due course. At the end of last year, a Sustainability Group was formed, chaired by teacher David Godfrey. The group includes Principal James Thomas, teachers and support staff and one student, Thomas Stiven – it is hoped that more students will become involved this year. Mr Godfrey says that although there are big items on the group’s wish list down the track, including photo voltaic cells and water reuse, this year the aim is to focus on recycling. He says the school already recycles most of its paper and cardboard, but is aiming to remove other recyclable materials from its waste stream. Mr Godfrey says this will involve introducing recycling bins, alongside educational programmes to help change attitudes among students. “We plan to form an ‘eco warrior’ group of learners who will assist us in this initiative,” Mr Godfrey says. “Some of them are excited about it already.” Students will be responsible for the separation of recyclable materials that can be taken to the recycling depot. He says the ultimate aim is to become
a ‘no rubbish school’, in a similar way to many Primary schools. The second aim for this year is to reduce the school’s use of electricity – perhaps starting with a ‘lights out’ campaign. The wheels are also in motion for the possible introduction of solar power – something Mr Godfrey says the school’s board has agreed to allocate money for. “We will investigate the process of installing photo voltaic cells to generate power for the school, and for sale back to the grid when excess is produced,” Mr Godfrey says. Feedback from Auckland Council has been obtained, and the college has also approached power companies for comment; installing photo voltaic cells requires permission from the local power company. Eventually the group will investigate methods of diverting water from the college’s roof to be used on the gardens or for cleaning. Principal James Thomas says the group formed due to a growing awareness of the need to improve the school’s sustainability. He says the key to the success of the project will be letting the initiative grow from the ground up, as student support increases.
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It’s been a wonderful summer – plenty of sun, some rain and the long summer holidays. At the Accident and Medical Centre we have seen many feverish, sunburnt and dehydrated children; adults with food poisoning; skin infections (all ages) and the accidents that come with outdoor activity. With the return to school and sport don’t forget that there is still plenty of sun left. Send your kids to school with sunscreen already applied, a water bottle and a healthy and energising lunch containing carbohydrate, low fat and plenty of fruit and salad. Wraps are great: filled with lettuce, grated carrot, cucumber, and ham or chicken. Make the most of all the low GI stone fruit such as plums, nectarines, peaches and apricots. Food poisoning, often due to the bacterium campylobacter, is common with leftovers and takeaway food (especially chicken). Cook chicken well and refrigerate immediately after cooling. If anyone in the family develops vomiting and diarrhoea within six hours after a meal, consider food poisoning. Campylobacter is usually self-limiting and most people will recover without intervention but if you are unwell with a fever, and diarrhoea persists beyond five days, do see a doctor. Diarrhoea will quickly cause dehydration. Use a rehydration fluid like Enerlyte (adults) or Pedialyte (children) and sip frequently to keep hydration normal. Seek medical help if kids are not passing urine as this indicates serious dehydration, or if they are feverish and confused. Viral vomiting usually only lasts 24 hours but the diarrhoea can persist for 10 days. If your child is well, aside from the diarrhoea, replace fluid losses with Pedialyte 25-50mls after each loose stool and give them a carbohydrate based diet. Avoid lemonade and other sweet drinks as the sugar content is too high. Limit fat, fruit and vegetables other than banana and stewed apple. Yoghurt, especially acidophilus, is good for the gut. Continue to feed babies with usual formula or breastfeed. Avoid sun exposure at the hottest times of the day. Remember to apply sunscreen to ears, feet and lips as these are often forgotten. NZ and Australia have the highest melanoma rates in the world and Kiwis need to be aware that severe sunburn lowers the efficacy of the immune system. We need to be proactive about checking moles (your GP can do this) and for people with many moles an annual Molemap is a good way of checking for changes. I have recently cared for a 30-year-old who eventually died with melanoma spread throughout their system so it is not just older people who are at risk. We all need to be vigilant and prevention is best, as there is no cure. Dr Ruth Alberts is our new Health columnist. She has been a GP for 25 years and has a special interest in Emergency Medicine and Pain Management. She works part time at Hibiscus Hospice in palliative medicine and has been Clinical Director at Red Beach Accident and Medical for around six months. Ruth lives in Manly and when not at work, she enjoys reading, gardening, playing tennis and tramping.
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Demand at Senior Moments, which provides a social outlet for elderly people every Thursday, has been such that a second group is starting up this month. The second group will meet on Monday mornings (10am–12.30pm), starting this week, at Senior Moments usual venue – the Methodist Church hall in Red Beach Road. Info: phone Monique Blankestein, 426 0056.
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Walking hand in hand with Hospice At the Hibiscus Hospice Twilight Walk on Saturday February 15, many will be walking in memory of loved ones as well as to raise money for the Hospice that cared for their loved ones and supported them through difficult times and bereavement. Among the walkers will be Steve Gordon from people who have been diagnosed with a terminal Whangaparaoa, whose wife Clare, aged 30, died illness. For each one, it is estimated another 30 are at the Hospice In Patient Unit a year after being impacted through immediate or extended family, diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer. work, recreational or community based relationships. Steve says he is participating in this year’s Twilight Hospice hopes to have 500 walkers take part in this Walk, with daughters Ayla, aged five and Leigh, month’s Twilight Walk around Te Ara Tahuna, the nearly two, in memory of Clare. Orewa Estuary walkway, with the aim of raising “We’ll walk with full and happy hearts, in tribute $20,000 towards the $1.8million needed this year to the wonderful wife and mother she was,” he says. to keep its local services running. “The Hospice counsellor walked the journey with Most of that money comes from walkers being Clare and me –she was there the day Clare was sponsored, and Hospice is offering prizes for the admitted, and every step of the way, so the Twilight individual and team who raise the most. walk seems very appropriate.” Walkers choose from an 8km route that starts at Each year Hibiscus Hospice cares for around 300 4pm and laps the entire walkway, taking around
Steve and Clare Gordon and their daughters Leigh and Ayla.
1.5–2 hours to walk at a leisurely pace or a 5km route that starts at 4.30pm and takes about 1 hour. Both routes start and finish on the Orewa beachfront reserve adjacent to the Surf Lifesaving Club. Warm up sessions will be held at 3.45pm and 4.15pm. Register online, at Hospice shops or at Hospice, 2a John Dee Crescent, Red Beach. Info: phone 421 9180 or www.hibiscushospice.org.nz
Creativity celebrated in heart of Orewa Orewa Boulevard has been buzzing this summer, with entertainment hitting the streets most weekends – the Boulevard was taken over by Hot Rod action at Anniversary Weekend (see story, p3) followed by the Buskers last weekend (see front page) and, next up, the Arts Fiesta on February 15. The Boulevard Arts Fiesta is a hybrid, combining Destination Orewa’s Boulevard Festival, with the Hibiscus Coast Arts Council’s annual Arts Fiesta. Destination Orewa operations manager Hellen Wilkins says the focus is on all forms of art, including displays of performing arts, visual arts and crafts. A stage on Moana Reserve will feature live entertainment from local artists such as Becky
Moon, Heather Wilcock and Danielle and Ainslie Davies and international act Yulia. There will be around 50 market stalls including food, art and craft as well as hands-on children’s activities with Estuary Arts Centre’s tutors, in Orewa Square. Any profits go the Arts Council and spokesperson Pat Shanks says the money will be used to sponsor projects that promote art in the area. Boulevard Arts Fiesta • Orewa Boulevard and Orewa Square • February 15,10am–3pm These ceramic poppies, created under the watchful eye of art tutor Ria Erasmus on January 22, will eventually join hundreds more made by the community as part of Estuary Arts’ World War I Centenary exhibition in April. The next opportunity to make poppies is at the Boulevard Arts Fiesta. Pictured clockwise from back left are Candice Brewer, Meredyth Bayley, Amber Boyd and Liam Rowe with Ria Erasmus.
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Hibiscus coast scottisH country dance club Silverdale Hall, 7 Silverdale Street, Silverdale Each Wednesday at 7.30pm Starts February 19, 2014 2 open nights – no charge All welcome. Wear soft soled shoes
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Simple summer salad Around the time our first child was born we decided that, in an attempt to save dollars while living on one income and raising children, we would set-up a modest ‘kitchen garden’. This little urban green thumb corner of our world was not only inspired by saving but also by nourishing our family without the use of potentially harmful sprays and chemicals. We started off small and are now constantly adding as our gardening confidence and our needs grow. Since opening Two Spoons Food & Espresso we have expanded our gardens so we can also supply some of the basics to our shop: fresh produce tastes so darn good. If you have decided that 2014 is the year to plant your own plot, here are a few tips: yy Grow what you love to eat. yy If space is a issue – can you grow a vertical garden? Container gardening is also good for limited spaces. yy Develop your soil – make and add your own organic compost. yy Start small and add more variety as you gain confidence. yy Have fun! Don’t you just love summer? Our garden is a frenzy of growth. Cherry tomatoes are rampant, courgettes abundant and leafy greens large and lush. Mid-late summer is still a great planting time but don’t forget to water. Plant beetroot, lettuce, beans of most descriptions, mustard greens, silverbeet, turnips, sweetcorn, capsicum, chilli and sunflower. Herbs like chives, coriander and basil can also be planted now. Got an organic/natural gardening tip? We would love to hear from you (Facebook address above). This is one of our simple salad recipes:
Spinach & strawberry salad
100g spinach Punnet of strawberries, chopped Spring onion, finely sliced cucumber, sliced a handful of roasted seeds/nuts (we use pinenuts and sesame seeds but almonds and poppy seeds are a good combo too.) 100g crumbed feta Raspberry vinaigrette Combine... enjoy! Nigel and Trish Middleton are the owners of the Two Spoons Food & Espresso Bar outside the Plaza, Whangaparaoa. This husband-and-wife team produces food that is simple, fresh, tasty and good for you using organic, seasonal fruit and vegetables as well as produce grown in their own backyard in Stanmore Bay. It is that simple sustaining philosophy of growing what you eat that will feature in this new column. Photo, Leah Victoria Photography
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From top, Digging in at the Big Dig in 1988. This yellow van belonged to Lion Peter McKinney and was used to promote the Big Dig, driving around the area in the late 1980s.
Welcoming back the Big Dig The Big Dig, which has become synonymous with summer on the Coast for local families and holidaymakers since it began more than 30 years ago, takes place this weekend, on Saturday February 8. It’s a chance to celebrate the return Lions historian Don Turner was there of the event, which was not held last for the first Big Dig and says holiday summer due to issues with resource makers initially ensured its success, consent conditions. but as the population has grown, so Organisers Orewa Lions have stuck has support from locals. with the original formula – providing This includes sponsorship from local children with an opportunity to dig in businesses, large and small, and the the sand on a section of Orewa Beach involvement of other community for prizes – since first holding the groups, including Whangaparaoa event in 1980, for the simple reason Lions, Blue Light and Plunket. that it continues to appeal to kids. All the money raised from entry fees Orewa Lions president Audrey goes to local community organisations Metcalfe, who, together with her and over the years dozens have husband Maurell has been involved benefited – from a wide range of with the Big Dig for more than 20 health and youth organisations to the years, says while the fun of digging Community Patrol and Riding for the in the sand for buried ‘treasure’ is as Disabled. great for the children as it was 30 years This year as well as prizes for diggers, ago, additional entertainment, such as fairground rides and food stalls, have including the main prize of a new bike, there are plenty of rides and been added over the years. entertainment for children as well as Other scheduled events, and the a sausage sizzle, ice creams, coffee, tides, largely dictate the timing of the donuts, crepes and more. event, which is why it has varied over the years – having been held straight Hibiscus Matters is a proud sponsor of after Christmas, early in January and the 2014 Big Dig at Anniversary Weekend in the past. The Big Dig • Orewa Beach (in front Regardless of the timing, Audrey of Orewa Surf Club) • February 8 – says the event has always been a huge Ticket sales from 9am. Under 5s dig drawcard because it’s all about the starts 10.30am and 5–12 years dig from 11am. children.
Ticket Sales from 9am. $5 for all age groups. Under 5’s Dig starts 10:30am. 5-12 years Dig starts 11am. All proceeds donated to local causes. Food Stalls, Rides for the Kids, Quick Fire Raffles. Fun for ALL the Family. Tickets in the sand = 2 opportunities for prizes, free gift and ticket in Big Draw. Maximum 3 tickets per paid digger. Old School NO TOOLS, Hands ONLY.
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Health, entertainment, sport
Manly sailor represents NZ in Bahrain Optimist comp Tess Paterson of Manly is one of just seven young NZ Optimist sailors chosen to compete in the Asian Championships in Bahrain next month and the 13-year-old, who has been sailing competitively for three years, is taking the call to represent her country in her stride. Sailing has been part of Tess’s life Around 150 competitors are expected since she first took lessons at the age to take part in the event, which will be of eight, but she feels as though she’s held from March 28 to April 6. been doing it forever. Tess, whose results in the North Island It helps that her father, Sean, is vice regatta last year qualified her for the commodore of Manly Sailing Club, Asian Champs, says she is going to and that the household has many contribute as much as she can to the boats and lives close to the beach. cost of competing in Bahrain and this For the past few months, the team that includes busking with her keyboard is heading to the Asian Champs has at Whangaparaoa Plaza over summer. been training under the experienced eye The trip is expected to cost each of coach Sam McKenzie – this included competitor around $10,000. a recent camp at Eastern Beach. She says dealing with the heat in
Tess Paterson will represent NZ at the Optimist Asian Championships next month.
Bahrain will be a major focus for the team, which is planning to arrive a week prior to the start of racing in order to acclimatise. The Carmel College student says she is
looking forward to the experience, and is hoping to earn a place in the NZ team for other international Optimist events while she is under 15 years of age, after which she plans to race Starlings.
Raiders turn on Hibiscus Coast welcome for Gold Coast Titans Rugby League fans are expected to turn out in force to welcome members of the Gold Coast Titans who are coming to the Hibiscus Coast next week. The Titans, who will be in Auckland for the NRL Auckland Nines tournament at Eden Park, are being hosted by the Raiders at their Stanmore Bay grounds providing an opportunity for the public to meet players and get autographs. Around 16–18 Titans players will be
To help create an energised, positive atmosphere the Raiders committee has invited community groups to take part, including cheerleaders and martial arts demonstrations and activities for children. A sausage sizzle, Mr Whippy and other refreshments will be there to keep energy levels up. Autograph cards will be provided by the Club and all those who attend can register to go in the draw to win tickets to the Nines.
at the Raiders grounds in Stanmore Bay on Wednesday, February 12 from 4pm–6pm to meet fans and sign autographs. Raiders chair Karen Gibbons says the club is very excited about hosting the Titans and hopes the community will give them “a huge Hibiscus Coast welcome”. She says that is what will bring the NRL players back to the Coast the following year.
Catch a fish*
All 16 NRL clubs are taking part in the Nines, bringing more than 250 top League players to Auckland for the event on February 15 and 16. The Nines version of the game is action packed, with nine-minute halves and unlimited substitutions in a knockout-style tournament. It is being promoted as a rare opportunity to see all 16 top teams from the code in one place, at one time.
h, 2014. Saturday & Sunday 1 & 2 Marc ers and enter the fishing
Everybody is welcome to join our Club Memb contest at Stanmore Bay. Great prizes for the best fish weighed-in per species. *(Lucky dip prizes even if you don’t catch a fish!)
Club Members $10, Visitors $15, Juniors $5 (12 or under) • Every Junior wins a prize • Entry-fee concession cards oﬀer generous discounts for monthly contests • Weigh in 4pm–5pm at the club • Prize giving Sunday 6pm • Snack meals and bar open for all contestants from 4pm Sunday • Boat launch and retrieve tractor service only $20. Some conditions apply • Phone 09 424 5428 for details.
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Coastguard with Matt Turner, Coastguard Hibiscus www.hibiscus.org.nz
Mayday, mayday, mayday Hopefully you’ll never have to use these words, but it’s as well to know how. Maydays, or distress calls, are used only in cases of grave or imminent danger to life. For instance, if someone on board has suffered a heart attack or lifethreatening injury, or if you’ve hit a reef and the hull is badly holed, or if you are drifting helplessly onto the rocks in a rough sea at twilight, it’s a mayday situation. If you’ve run out of fuel but are comfortably anchored on a calm day, it’s not. When you make a mayday call, use VHF channel 16, which is monitored by the Maritime Police Unit, Auckland Maritime Radio and Coastguard Operations Centre. If all you have is a cellphone, use that. Give the vital information first – ‘mayday’, boat name, and location (using landmarks and/or a latitude/longitude). Then give the nature of the problem, the number of people involved and any other key facts. For instance: ‘Mayday, mayday, mayday. This is Seagull, Seagull, Seagull, ZMZ 1234. Mayday, Seagull, ZMZ 1234. We are on Shearer Rock, east of Tiritiri Matangi, we’ve hit rocks and are sinking fast. There are three people on board: two adults, one 10-year-old. Also, we think our son is getting hypothermia.’ Assuming Coastguard Operations have heard your call, they will ask you a few questions. For instance: do you have lifejackets and are they being worn? How fast is that water coming into the hull? Does your son have any other medical conditions we should tell an ambulance crew about? Operations may bring in other emergency services. The Maritime Police automatically assume responsibility for all maydays, and for police records Operations will need to collect the personal details of all persons on your boat. Coastguard vessels will respond to a mayday depending on location: if we’re nearby, we’ll drop everything and head for the scene fast. If it’s more distant, we will go if tasked by Operations. If you issue a mayday, but then manage to resolve the situation on board before rescue vessels arrive on scene, don’t forget to cancel the mayday. Just call Coastguard on channel 16 and let them know that your emergency is over, so that all the boats rushing to help you can be stood down.
A roundup of sports activities and events in the district Hockey Hibiscus Dairy Flat Hockey Club trials, Premier/Reserve Men: Sat Feb 8, 4.30pm–6.30pm, Sat Feb 15, 12pm–1.45pm. Premier/Reserve Women: Sat Feb 8, 2pm–4.15pm, Mon Feb 10, 7pm–9pm, Sat Feb 15, 2pm– 4pm, Senior 1 and 2 Men: Sun Feb 16, 11.30pm–1.30pm, Sat Feb 22, 4pm–6pm, Senior 1 Women: Sunday Feb 16, 1.45pm–4pm, Thurs Feb 20, 7pm–9.30pm, Senior 2 and 3 Women: Sat Feb 22, 2pm–4pm, Tues Feb 25, 7pm–9.30pm. To register: www.hdfhockey.org/registration Netball Sport Gulf Harbour Netball Trials at Wentworth College Astroturf on Saturday 22 February. All welcome. For Trial times: www. sportgulfharbour.co.nz. Rugby Silverdale Rugby Club seeks Women players to put together a womens 10-a-side team in 2014. Games could be on Sunday afternoons and will run for 8-10 weeks. Contact 426 5602 or firstname.lastname@example.org Rugby League Hibiscus Coast Raiders Rugby League under 18s players wanted. New players welcome (transport options available). Pre-season training Mondays 6.30pm. Ph Trev 021 428 525 or Craig 021 0832 1308. Sailing Manly Sailing Club needs you (and your tractor). Can you help with launching and retrieving boats for The NZ Optimist Nationals 17 to 22 April? Ph Sean 021 0230 4235 or email secretary@manlysailingclub. org.nz To list sports news email: email@example.com
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Boaties feedback flows in
Surveys taken at boat ramps and online (aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/haveyoursay), have attracted keen interest over the summer holiday period. The Hibiscus and Bays and Rodney Local Boards are conducting a review which may examine whether user pays charges should be introduced at boat ramps, as well as considering parking enforcement and facility upgrades. The survey ends this weekend, February 8, after which a regional overview and location specific reports will be presented at Local Board Expos to seek further feedback from users.
Four legged friends celebrated
Animal lovers gathered to enjoy Animal Awareness Day, held on February 1 at Western Reserve in Orewa. Fun for the family canine included trying an agility course or winning a prize for the waggiest tail or just for being the cutest. Horses, ponies and guinea pigs also featured as well as a pet/owner look-alike competition. Proceeds went to Gutter Kitties, North Auckland Dog Rescue and other animal charities. Photos of the action are at www.localmatters.co.nz
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Home of BBQ Fridays ‘Low & Slow’ Smoke Roasted Pulled Pork & Beef Brisket Open 7 days: 11am–8.30pm Phone 426 7369 Silverdale Centre (Next to Mozaik) keep up with what’s smokin’
We have a purpose built outdoor playground, areas for big and small dogs and shade sails protect from harsh sun and light rain. This is the place to run, or snooze in the sun. Unlike many other daycares our dogs are able to toilet outside.
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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. BOATING & FISHING Club nights and meals every Wed. Monthly fishing contests. HBC Boating Club. Visitors & new members welcome. Ph Joanne 424 0952 www.hibiscuscoastboatclub.co.nz Books Wanted Collection of books has started for Orewa Rotary annual Book Fair. Phone 09 426 1182 for drop off details, or collection. Citizens Advice Bureau Service, Whangaparaoa Library each Mon & Tues, 9.30am to 12.30pm. Free confidential advice by trained volunteers. COMBINED RODNEY SENIORS next trip to see “Mamma Mia” at The Civic Theatre March 22, Matinee performance. Ticket & return coach $69 pp. Leaving Orewa Surf Club 12.45pm sharp. Bookings and payment due asap. Ph Stan 426 8788 before 9am. Do you enjoy a game of cards? Join our Monday night 500 club HBC Community House (behind Estuary Arts). First 3 Mon of month 7-9pm, $4 entry. Prizes. Ph Judy 021 234 6759 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Do you enjoy cooking and have some time to spare? HBC Senior Moments is looking for someone to help us with preparing lunch for our clients.If you want to help us please give Monique a call on 426 0056. Do you think you would look good in a kilt? Join our band for free tuition on bag pipes & drums. Beginners & experienced people welcome. Ph Gayle 424 1893 or Bob 424 1838. FROM Maygrove Residents AssocIATION Many thanks to the volunteers who worked to clear the wetland area over Christmas and New Year. Support and encouragement greatly appreciated. HBC Grandparents Parenting Grandchildren inc meet 1st Wednesday each month 11am Red Beach Methodist Church Lounge PH: 426 9136 HBC Senior Moments provides social activities for Seniors in the Hibiscus Coast area on Thurs mornings during school terms. From Feb 3 we will start up a second group on Mon mornings, Red Beach Methodist Church Hall, 10am–12.30pm during school terms. More info ph Monique 426 0056 Hibiscus Coast Kindergarten Chris is retiring after 25 years! We would love you to join us at this special event. Bring a picnic, refreshments and a rug. Friday February 21, 5.30pm. JUSTICES OF THE PEACE extend free service in Whangaparaoa and Orewa, A JP is available at the Whangaparaoa Library on Tues and Wed 2pm-4pm and Sat 10am-12pm. Orewa Citizen’s Advice Bureau on Mon 9am-12pm; Wed 1pm3.30pm and Sat 9am-12pm. Kiwi Dance Club, Social dance - ballroom, Latin American, new vogue, Modern sequence. All welcome. 4th Sun of month, 5pm-8pm. A great way to meet people. Silverdale Hall, Ph 428 4939 or 022 081 6476. Next event February 23.
Kiara’s Angel Walk Charity walk and Family Funday to raise funds for the Child Cancer Foundation. Sunday March 2, 2km or 7km walk around Te Ara Tahuna Orewa estuary walkway followed by a Family Funday at Western Reserve. A great family day out. Tickets: www.angelwalk.co.nz Kiwi Express performing, Friday February 14, 8pm–11.30pm, Stetson Country Music Club, Dairy Flat Community Hall, Postman Road, Dairy Flat. www.stetson.co.nz or ph 09 476 4554 Ladies Craft Group Enrolment Day – Tuesday February 11, 10am at Orewa Community Church. All ladies welcome. Morning Tea and Creche provided. Orewa Garden Club monthly meetings. 2nd Thursday of the 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 Red Beach Ladies Probus meet 2nd Wed of month, 10am. Red Beach Methodist Church. Friendship, fun, fellowship, outings. All welcome. Ph Ailsa 426 5642 or Brenda 426 4486. Selwyn Centre - Whangaparaoa - for Seniors ‘young at heart!’ Every Fri 9.30am–12pm, St Stephen’s Church Hall, 5 Stanmore Bay Rd. Make new friends, activities, games, speakers and scrumptious morning tea. Fun and enjoyment guaranteed - our regulars all agree! Ph Jill 421 0645.
WARKWORTH GOLF CLUB BEGINNERS DAYS FOR LADIES
Are you interested in playing golf? We will be running two sessions in February, Friday 7th & Sunday 9th, for ladies interested in giving golf a try. We are a friendly, welcoming bunch and have a great course for you. If you would like to take up this FREE OFFER please contact either Karen Letica on 425 9094 or the Warkworth Golf Club on 425 8248.
Public Notices Silverdale Squash Club AGM 7pm Thursday Feb 20, 2014, Silverdale Squash Club, Hibiscus Coast Highway
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A SMART REPAIR Service for F&P smartdrive washers, F&P/Simpson dryers. Same day service 09 423 9660 or 021 168 7349. 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. GARDEN makeover & MAINTENANCE Greenspace Landscapes. Contact Jeremy @greenspace.net.nz ph 0210 273 2626. Heat Pump Cleaning Specialists We clean all types of heat pumps. Call now 0800 225 327 www.heatpumpclean.co.nz Plastering, Gib Stopping. All aspects of stopping. Small jobs specialist. 25 yrs exp. Karl 0210 42 42 96 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 Water pumps Low water pressure? Get it sorted. Sales, service and installation. Work guaranteed. Ph Steve 09 945 2282 www.purewaterservices.co.nz Window Cleaning 30 years exp, local owner operator, reasonable rates. Ph David 426 2253.
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wanted to BUY All household goods including whitewear, furniture, estates and houselots. Ph Graham 09 443 6013. CASH PAID Tools & Machinery, Shed & garage clearouts. All things considered. Call or txt 021 161 5139. TO BUY, RECORDS/LP’s Ph 428 1587.
HEALTH & Beauty SUMMER Special: HandS & Feet Nails cut & filed, includes hand & foot massage & foot spa. $30 each or 2 people for $50. I will come to you. Ph 424 0676.
www.orewabeachgym.co.nz Strength, fitness, rehab,classes 198 Centreway Rd. Ph 426 8492
Health & wellbeing 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
NEW YEARS RESOLUTION? “Get Fit” Bootcamp. 19 Feb to 29 March $132. Wed’s 6.30pm & Sat’s 9.30am. All fitness levels welcome. Ph 027 286 3521 or email email@example.com
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
HAIRDRESSER – CARING MOBILE SERVICE, I come to you. Pensioner rates. Phone Inga 426 0985.
Nanny & More! Quality full-time local courses for nanny & childcare careers Call Amanda now for free info! 424 3055 nannyacademy.ac.nz
Silverdale Ballroom Studio Welcomes you to 2014. Adult, beginners social classes Thursday, 7pm. Advanced classes, 8.15pm. Childrens classes every Tuesday 4pm. Bookings Ph 428 4939. VIOLIN & PIANO tuition: Reach your goals with my tailored programme, all ages and levels welcome, daytime slots also available. Ph Cathryn 09 421 0280 or 021 166 9492, www.morrismusic.co.nz
DRESSMAKING SYLWESTER’S TAILORING for alterations & garments made to order. Ph 426 7559.
BUSINESS services Adept Computer Services, Est 1993. PC repairs at good rates. Ph 421 1039 or 021 114 5517 www.adept.net.nz
Photography PRESERVE YOUR MEMORIES Videos, slides & old 8mm films all onto DVD. Ph TeTotara Video (09) 422 5710.
Local Markets: Orewa Night Market, Nautilus carpark, Tamariki Ave, last Friday of the month, 5pm–10pm • Auckland Night Markets, Whangaparaoa Plaza, every Friday 5.30pm–midnight • 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, The Anchorage, Gulf Harbour, every Sunday from 10am–2pm Info: ph Debbie, 027 461 1148.
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For links to some of these events, as well as future listings visit the What’s on Calendar at www.localmatters.co.nz
The Big Dig, Orewa Beach (in front of Orewa Surf Club), ticket sales from 9am. Under 5s dig starts 10.30am and 5–12 years dig from 11am. Dig in the sand for tickets that win prizes, plus rides, food stalls, raffles and more. All proceeds go back into the community. (see story p19) Meet Gold Coast Titans players at the Raiders Rugby League grounds in Stanmore Bay on, from 4pm–6pm. Get autographs and enjoy cheerleading, martial arts and other displays from local groups. Coffee, Mr Whippy and sausage sizzle. (see story p20) Year of the Horse Storytime, Orewa Library, Moana Ave, Orewa, 11am. All welcome. Kiwi Express performs at the Stetson Country Music Club, Dairy Flat Community Hall, Postman Road, Dairy Flat, 8pm– 11.30pm. Info: www.stetson.co.nz or phone 09 476 4554. Hibiscus Hospice Twilight Walk, from Orewa Beachfront Reserve around Te Ara Tahuna (Orewa Estuary walkway). Sponsored walk raising funds for local Hospice services. Prizes for the biggest fundraisers. Warm up sessions before walk. Register online, at Hospice shops or at Hospice, 2a John Dee Crescent, Red Beach. Info: phone 421 9180 or visit www. hibiscushospice.org.nz (see story p17) Boulevard Arts Fiesta, Orewa Boulevard (Hibiscus Coast Highway) and Orewa Square,10am–3pm. Performing arts, visual arts and crafts, food stalls and entertainment for the whole family. (see story p17) Feb Robin Grover, local author of Why the Hibiscus, talks about her new book, Makers of the Wade, Orewa Library, Moana Ave, Orewa, 11am. Rodney Summer Fest, Stanmore Bay Reserve, Stanmore Bay, 4pm–9pm. New, free community event, including performances on stage from talented youth, fun activities for the family, raffles, prizes, stalls and food. Profits go to Coast Youth Community Trust, Springboard and Respite NZ. Info: look on Facebook, or follow Rodneyyouth instagram. Find out more about the Weiti Wildlink project, that aims to restore the banks of the Weiti River with native plants and help keep our river and beaches clean. A fun, family-friendly event with lots of interactive activities with an environmental theme, guided riverside walks, face painting, music, displays, food and more. Wade Landing Reserve, Tavern Rd, Silverdale, 10am–2pm. All welcome. Dame Alison Holst reads her favourite children’s book during this Storytime session at Orewa Library, Moana Ave, Orewa. Join us for songs and stories and morning tea, starting 11am.
March 2014 15–29 Centrestage Theatre, Centreway Rd, Orewa, presents West Side Story. Tickets ph 426 7282 or visit www.iticket.co.nz (see ad p2)
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Shakespear picnic shared by Steampunks
When a group of around 35 Steampunks gathered to share a picnic at Shakespear Regional Park last month, they stood out – and not only because they were wearing weighty, Victorian-style garb on a hot summer’s day. Their style of picnic and choice of games (tug of war, croquet and sack races) were also influenced by the Steampunk ethos, which blends the homespun Victorian period with mechanical wizardry – a meeting of futuristic and historic. Participants are known by Steampunk names, creating a world apart from the workaday 21st Century. Plastic was banned – with China, glass, wood and metal filling the gap wherever possible, and most of the food was home-made, right down to the bread for the sandwiches. It’s a philosophy that Cordelia Forward of Whangarei says she also tries to incorporate into her day-to-day life. Cordelia, whose costume included a top hat, black lace parasol and multi-layered dress adorned with leather belts and fob watches, is a draughtsperson and says she dresses in Steampunk regalia most days. Michaela Grace Sylverton and Brigadier Tobias Baskerville-Crowe of Gulf Harbour first became fascinated with Steampunk when they attended a charity event in Puhoi two years ago. IT consultant Tobias says he and Michaela have enjoyed collecting items and creating their Steampunk characters. Both describe the attraction of Steampunk as its old fashioned values. “It harks back to a world that was simpler, more respectful and kinder,” Michaela says. “It’s also about all the gear and the oddity – embracing people’s differences and characters.”
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The picnic, held on January 18, was organised for the Grand Victorian Steampunk Events calendar by Yahn Darkwood of Whangaparaoa. He says he is hoping to introduce more Steampunk and LARPs (live action role play) to the Coast this year. Clockwise from above, Cordelia Forward of Whangarei. Replica weapons are prized by Steampunks. Garnet Quigley with young Steampunk Holly Butterfly. Gulf Harbour residents Michaela Grace Sylverton and Brigadier Tobias BaskervilleCrowe at Te Haruhi Bay.
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