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15 September 2010

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Ceremony marks long awaited Homestead Coast Family Centre land lease deal signed A piece of land has been allocated by Rodney District Council for the Hibiscus Coast Family Centre, a multi-use community support facility, following a decision made by Councillors this month. The new facility will be located at 20 Link Crescent (opposite the Warehouse). This is the site originally identified as suitable for the Family Centre three years ago. The land is on Council’s ‘for sale’ list, but a portion is to be surveyed out of the title and leased to the Family Centre trustees and the remainder left on the market. The Family Centre’s lease is expected to be for a period of 10 years, with two further rights of renewal for five years each at a peppercorn rental. At Council’s Infrastructure and Environment Committee meeting on September 2, Cr Wayne Walker questioned whether the amount of land set aside, around 1700 square metres, is adequate for a Family Centre building, the size of which is as yet unknown. “The Family Centre should have been given the whole 2.2 ha site, or at least enough to provide for a reserve and playground area,” Cr Walker said. continued page 2

A formal ceremony will take place at Stoney Homestead this month to sign off the deal struck between Rodney District Council and owner WFH Properties to save the historic building and surrounding land. Developer WFH Properties sought resource consent to demolish the farmhouse, in Silverdale North in October last year to make way for housing in its Millwater Development but consent was declined in April. Since then, negotiations have been underway between WFH Properties and Council, which culminated in a deal struck last month, which is being described as a ‘win win’ for the community and the developer. Council will exchange land that will unlock more of the Millwater development in exchange for the continued page 2

Inside this issue Election Special pages 6 to 11

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pages 14 and 15 Trustees and members of the reference group of the Hibiscus Coast Family Centre held a sod-turning ceremony at the site in Whangaparaoa where the centre will be built.

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Family Centre finds a home He said that Council should also take into consideration studies that indicated the need for a stormwater retention facility on that site to deal with flooding issues in Stanmore Bay, before selling the remainder of the land. Council staff obtained advice from a stormwater engineer that the Family Centre development will need to provide for an overland flow path. Mayor Penny Webster said that the Trust has waited a long time and Council must now get on with it and allocate the land before the change in governance. The Family Centre trustees couldn’t agree more. Trustee Michael Sinclair says the need for a centre for social services in Whangaparaoa was first mooted in

2005. “This is a big milestone, but there are many more to come,” Mr Sinclair says. He says the next stage is to prepare a design for the purpose-built centre, so that the Trustees can begin to apply for funding. The Family Centre will provide easy access to services such as those provided by Citizens Advice Bureau, Parent Aid and Teenadders. Note: Plans showing the land at 20 Link Crescent that Council proposes to declare a reserve can be obtained from Rodney District Council. Submissions must be forwarded to Ross Baker, Rodney District Council, Private Bag 500, Orewa to be received no later than 4pm on Monday October 4.

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homestead site and two surrounding lots. WFH Properties is also providing funding to help with restoration work. Council has already funded a conservation plan, which is currently being prepared. Cr Wayne Walker, who has been instrumental in the mediation between the parties, says the deal will enable the site to reconnect with its history. “This is a building of regional significance and its restoration will be a reminder for years to come of the strong farming history and pioneering spirit of the area,” Cr Walker says. “The land Council has acquired will link with the existing reserve and create a wonderful public amenity.” He says the next stage is to form a Trust to restore and care for the homestead. “Local businesses and community groups have already indicated their support for the project, but more sponsorship will be needed, particularly for building materials. There is a lot of work required and it has to happen urgently so that the buildings can be made safe and secure.”

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Part of the farmhouse dates from the1860s and there were several additions over the years. It was built by the Butler Stoney family and is believed to be the second oldest in the district after Dacre Cottage. Keith Stoney, a descendant who has lived in Silverdale all his life, says the family is very pleased that the significance of the building has been recognised. He says the family will assist in any way possible, and will also provide some of the original farm equipment to give a sense of history as the building is restored. “The farmhouse and outbuildings reflect the type of conditions that early settlers had to put up with. It will now provide a permanent reminder of those days to the modern day ‘settlers’ of Millwater.”

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Coast carpooling scheme a first for NZ Orewa Land sells big site Hibiscus Coast commuters, fed up with delays, the cost of petrol, and the impact on the environment of their daily journeys in and out of Auckland are being offered a chance to become part of a pilot carpooling scheme. The innovative system, known as Rideshare, along with other carpooling Mr Minett says the scheme is an Raspberry Rideshare, is to be trialled methods such as Rodney District inexpensive, but premium, way to on the Hibiscus Coast with services to Council’s Take-a-Mate. carpool and will eventually include be launched next month. The Raspberry Rideshare system features such as a mobile coffee Behind the scheme is Auckland involves members gathering at a provider at the meeting place, a daily business consultant Paul Minett, who central location in Silverdale to carpool quiz and prize draws. says he came up with the idea one day on their journey into the Albany Bus “The savings in terms of petrol costs more than 10 years ago as he sat in Station. Mr Minett is discussing and the environment are huge. In fact, with Rodney District Council the we cannot afford not to carpool. It’s traffic. The catalyst for introducing the possibility of utilising the carpark in time we got smarter with our use of scheme on the Coast was the front of the former Silverdale Bowling energy and resources.” allocation of dedicated parking spaces Club for this. The idea was presented at a public for carpoolers at Albany Bus Station People join the scheme by paying a meeting in Orewa this month, and from next month. From October 1, $20 membership fee; members are received a positive reception. NZ Trade North Shore City Council is trialling a screened to ensure safety and receive an and Enterprise has also got behind preferential parking scheme at Albany ID card and user name. Each time you the scheme, which may be offered in Bus Station, as well as Birkenhead carpool, there is a small charge, and a Australia and the United States. and Devonport ferry wharves, which ‘currency’ of ride credits is established spokesperson Archer Davis says is with passengers sending a text message Mr Minett says when a park n’ ride is “to increase the efficiency of the to the system quoting the user name of built in Silverdale, the service may be limited parking available by rewarding the driver. Ride credits go from each adjusted to cater for those travelling rider to the driver, who can use them into Silverdale from other places. carpoolers”. He says the next step may be putting Initally 40 car parking spaces will be to obtain future rides. kept aside at the bus station, but the Mr Minett says ride credits can be pressure on NZ Transport Agency to number will grow with demand and traded on the system and also turned allow carpoolers to use the bus lanes, a up to 89 spaces can be allocated. Any into cash, although most people will common practice overseas. vehicle arriving with two or more use them to carpool. Mr Minett hopes Raspberry Rideshare passengers will be eligible to use one “The value of ride credits will be can be launched on October 4, but needs of the preferential spaces. established by the market,” Mr Minett 150 ‘pioneers’ to sign up as members Mr Davis says North Shore City says. “It will be flexible and no doubt first. Info: Council will promote Raspberry change over time.” or ph 021 289 8444.

Orewa Land is selling a large holding at the northern end of Orewa Beach where the company had hoped to build a three-storey apartment block. Last year commissioners declined resource consent for Orewa Land to construct a 45-unit apartment building on the 4041 square metre site, at 468–476 Hibiscus Coast Highway, saying that the intensity of the proposed development would be around six times more than allowed for under the District Plan. The land is zoned high density residential. The proposal would also have removed significant trees, which commissioners commented could create a precedent. Currently the land is in five titles divided into eight flats – half of which are tenanted. The site goes to auction on September 22. Orewa Land director Leigh Hopper says the company owns 36 properties on the flat in the older part of Orewa, and hopes to redevelop a number of these pending the outcome of the Environment Court decision on Variation 101. It has decided to sell its land in the northern part of town so that it can concentrate on developing other sites in the centre of the beach.

Happy first birthday planned for Corin A first birthday is a milestone for any child, but never more so than for Corin Copeland of Manly. Corin, who turns one next month, suffers from a rare genetic heart condition that constricts the major artery and vein in his heart. His birthday will be a public, as well as private celebration, with the family inviting the community to a party at the Leisure Centre on October 17. His mother Myka says that community support and fundraising for the family has been phenomenal – the most recent event being a disco organised by Apples Preschool in Stanmore Bay and held at

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Silverdale Rugby Club last month. A total of $2211 was raised at the disco, which was attended by 250 people. Apples head teacher Amalie Morgan says raffle prizes donated by local businesses raised a significant portion of the funds, which the Copeland family is using to give Corin’s father John a day off work each week, to spend with Corin. Myka says the birthday party at the Leisure Centre next month is a chance for the family to say thank you to everyone who has helped them over the past year. Before that milestone is reached, Corin

faces another major hurdle. This week surgeons will attempt to insert a stent into Corin’s aorta – an operation that Myka says is lifethreatening, but worth the risk. “We are optimistic of a good outcome,” Myka says. “If this operation is successful, it will improve his quality of life and could enable him to reach five years. We take each day as it comes.” The Leisure Centre is providing the venue free of charge. Info: email or phone 424 8226. Corin Copeland, pictured with his mother Myka.

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the record

Schnack on the schnoz

Cr Zane Taylor sported a sticking plaster across his nose when he attended this month’s Infrastructure and Environment Committee meeting. His schnack puppy (cross between a schnauzer and a Jack Russell) had ‘snacked’ on his nose during a play session. “Or perhaps he cut himself shaving,” Cr Gaye Harding quipped.


A motion is put

Dartboard elections

The sense of a suggestion made last year that the Auckland Mayor should be chosen in some way other than by the voters of Auckland at large, becomes more evident as each day of the campaign ticks by. At the time, the idea was dismissed as “undemocractic”. Consequently, we have been left with a muddle of names, which defies any serious assessment. On the Hibiscus Coast, voters are being asked to choose two Councillors and four Local Board representatives from a field of 32 candidates. Having a wide choice of people with different ideals and aspirations is challenging but manageable (just) in terms of being able to decide the merits or otherwise of each candidate. But, to then expect voters to choose who should run Auckland from a field of 23 candidates, most of whom have had little or no exposure, is lunacy. Even the media is struggling to present these candidates with any balance – the higher profile candidates are the ones who are being invited to the debates and meetings, interviewed on radio and TV, and profiled extensively in print media, which naturally gives them the advantage over lesser known candidates. This doesn’t necessarily mean they are any more worthy of our votes. It simply means they have a savvy marketing team, deep pockets and the advantage of an existing public profile. It is unlikely many of us have the time, resources or inclination to research each of these 23 candidates fairly. The Mayoralty fiasco feels like a taste of things to come – a huge city where although the intentions are good, decisionmaking becomes increasingly remote and faceless. One wonders how most people will make a decision on who to vote for – perhaps a dartboard would be useful. The role of the Local Board representatives will be crucial as an interface between the community and big government – it will be these people who are known to ratepayers, accountable and in touch. Perhaps they should have been the ones entrusted with the power to choose the right person to lead Auckland.


Hibiscus Matters welcomes readers contributions to Feedback. Preference will be given to letters of 150 words or less, and the editor reserves the right to edit letters to meet space limitations. Unsigned letters, personal attacks or defamatory remarks will not be published. Contributions can be emailed to or posted to Whangaparaoa Hall, 717 Whangaparaoa Road.

Intense development gets foot in door I find it reprehensible that the Council are allowing the developers of Kensington Park in Orewa to change the size and scale of the development that was originally intended for that site. This is the foot in the door for high density slum type housing that

will only encourage others to come in and completely destroy the look and feel of Orewa. High-rise buildings need to be planned with care to avoid the Surfers Paradise issues of wind tunnels and permanent shading of surrounding areas. They

need to be placed well apart from each other and should have large clear park areas surrounding them to give the residents somewhere other than an eroded beach to relax and enjoy the potential benefits of a seaside town. Simon Davies, Manly (abridged)

Rodney District Councillors could not make up their minds which of them would be first to move a particular recommendation that was under discussion at a meeting this month. Cr Pat Delich had enough of the hubbub as Councillors tried to sort it out. “Excuse me, Mr Chair,” Cr Delich said. “I feel like having a motion.”

Mayoral relief?

An email entitled ‘The Warehouse donates $1 million to Mayoral Relief Fund’ caused some consternation before it was opened. With local body elections in train, it seemed possible that the money was being given to relieve ratepayers of the burden of choosing a mayor. However, the fund proved to be the one set up to provide support for quake stricken Canterbury.

Who wears the pants?

A Local Matters ad rep was amused recently to be told by firemen at Puhoi that before they could agree to advertise in a special Fire Service feature, “they would have to check with their wives”.

Value in Orewa

John Banks’ introduction to the recent mayoral debate in Orewa included the interesting aside that he bought his first house in Orewa in 1965 for £3355, located at 7 Pohutakawa Drive.

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Ultimate Ride called off

The team that planned to jetski from London to Auckland to raise money for cancer research, was forced to call off the attempt a month after it began. The group of three Kiwis, a Croatian terrorist and pirate attacks. and an Irishman taking part in The The attempt was called off on August Ultimate Ride includes 22-year-old 30, in Greece, after the team had Jed Martin of Manly. completed around 8000km of the Team leader Jeremy Burfoot says the 31,000 epic journey. reasons include difficulty finding the Jeremy says the team, who have worked spare parts needed to maintain and on the ride for three years, were “beside repair their modified Seadoos, a fuel themselves with disappointment”. leak that ruled out long open water “We all have families and it would be crossings, and a warning from the NZ unfair to put their futures at risk for Department of Foreign Affairs not to an adventure, even for such a good proceed to Yemen due to the risk of cause,” Jeremy says.

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Wet, wet weekends the norm In recent years the Hibiscus Coast has suffered summer drought, followed by what almost amounts to a ‘wet season’ of solid rain for months. According to climate scientist Georgina Griffiths of NIWA it rained for all but two weekends in July and August, which she says tends to make people think it has rained constantly. Whangaparaoa rainfall was measured at around twice the normal for August, but Georgina says this is not sufficiently high to be considered a record.

It was also a warm August, the second warmest since records began on the Coast in 1982. NIWA’s National Climate Centre has just released its climate outlook for the three months September-November. In summary, a moderate La Niña weather pattern is established, and likely to continue through the summer. Spring temperatures are likely to be above average, however, short-term cold snaps typical of spring will occur. Rainfall is likely to be near normal.

Umbrella innovation – Phillip Browne, was spotted running down Whangaparaoa Road wearing this innovative headgear. A sudden downpour as he headed home from school led to his ingenious adaptation of a nearby box.

Walking the fenceline with SOSSI The past fortnight has seen little work on the ground towards the Shakespear Open Sanctuary pest proof fence, but behind the scenes the last planning stages continue. Contract negotiations with a preferred provider for the automated vehicle gates are underway, with construction planned between Labour Day and mid-December. It has become apparent that road stabilisation works are required to future proof against the heavy wear expected from vehicles braking and taking off at the vehicle gate. Funding for this roadwork has been confirmed. SOSSI are still actively seeking funds to help complete the automated vehicle gates. Resource consent is to be lodged shortly for the animal pest eradication operation scheduled for next winter. This consent application will be publicly notified and the community will have the opportunity to comment. Please contact Matt Maitland at ARC on 09 426 1200 for information.




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Little vision from candidates for Auckland Council

There were few surprises from mayoral rivals Len Brown and John Banks when they faced voters at the Orewa College Arts & Events Centre this month. Both candidates said that if elected, they needed at least two more major would support a highway inter-change at attractions such as SnowPlanet and Puhoi, construction of Penlink, a better there was no reason why one of them public transport system to the Hibiscus couldn’t be built on the Coast. Coast including improved ferry services, Responding to a question, Mr Brown the preservation of Rodney’s scenic said he understood the pressures on the landscapes and fair rates. rural sector from urban development. Mr Brown said that given that Rodney’s “The Auckland Council has a year to rates were so high, Rodney ratepayers develop a Spatial Plan and it will be might find themselves better off. important that this reflects community The debate was organised by the views on this issue,” he said. “We don’t Wainui/Dairy Flat branch of the want to lose the uniqueness of our National Party and attracted about small communities.” 150 people. Although there are 23 He said one of his primary focuses candidates for Mayor, only Mr Banks would be a Rapid Transport System, and Mr Brown were invited to the from Orewa to Pukekohe. debate. Organisers said this was because they are the frontrunners and Mr Banks’ continual references to the too many candidates would dilute the “golden handshake” that Manukau’s chief executive will receive on quality of the debate. Mr Brown’s message was that he November 1 provided the only spark was ready to engage with the people of the evening. He said ratepayers had of Auckland and set priorities a right to know how their rates were accordingly. Mr Banks promised being spent, and Mr Brown should consistent decision-making, and an own up to the $450,000 payout. Meet the candidates audited set of priorities. He said that “My CE is receiving $30,000 to stay there shouldn’t be a supercity if it on until December while the new The Whangaparaoa Methodist Parish is inviting the public to meet all the candidates for the Hibiscus Coast division of the Hibiscus & Bays Local Board, Council takes office.” didn’t deliver efficiencies and savings. face to face. The public meeting takes place on Sunday, September 19 at 2pm at On more specific issues, Mr Banks Mr Brown said it was not appropriate Red Beach Methodist Church, 76 Red Beach Road. Organisers stress that the said Orewa needed a “revamp”. He for him to comment and warned meeting is not a debate, but an opportunity to hear and talk with candidates. said it had the potential to develop like Mr Banks that he was “treading into Around 11 of the 13 candidates have confirmed they will attend. the Bay of Islands. He felt Auckland dangerous legal waters”.

Candidates line-up for historic Auckland City elections The reorganisation of Auckland’s local governance structure, which started with the appointment of a Royal Commission in 2008, will culminate when voters go to the polls between September 17 and October 9. In total, 542 candidates are contesting the 170 vacancies on the new Auckland supercity – 23 for mayor, 100 for council and 419 for the local boards.

Every voter in Albany Ward can vote for the Mayor, two Albany Ward Councillors and eight local board members for the Hibiscus and Bays Local Board. Many of the candidates are seasoned campaigners such as the five current Hibiscus Coast Councillors, but for others, this is their first foray into politics. Only people correctly enrolled to vote

will receive their voting papers in the mail and while registration on the electoral roll is required, voting in NZ is not compulsory. Voter turnout in the 2007 local authority elections was 44 percent, down from 46 percent in 2004. This was the lowest turnout since the restructuring of local government in 1989. By comparison, voter turnout in the

2008 general election was 76 percent, a slight decline from 77 percent in 2005.

Key dates yy September 17–22 – Voting papers delivered to those enrolled yy October 9 – Voting closes – voting papers must be with the Electoral Officer by midday.

ROSS CRAIG for ALBANY WARD With the new Auckland Council the key requirement needed by a representative of the people is to effectively engage with your local board, special interest groups within the Hibiscus Coast and in fact to all residents. The local voice must be heard at the Council table and I have worked out an innovative and effective way to achieve this goal. My 5 step communication action plan is outlined in my election brochure. I believe that ‘knowledge empowers people when it is effectively communicated’ . In the past I was a secondary school teacher for over 20 years and thereby developed communication skills which I have successfully applied to my current councillor responsibilities in Rodney. One of my policies is to work to achieve more efficiency in public transport especially that of buses so Silverdale Park and Ride is a must do. Authorised by R Craig 48 Haigh Access Rd Albany 0794 For full details of all my policies email: or phone 09 473 0132.

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Who is standing in Albany? Mayor (23 candidates for one position) yy Aileen Austin (Independent) yy John Banks (Independent) yy Marlene Barr (Independent) yy Penny Bright yy Len Brown (Independent) yy Hugh Chapman (Independent) yy Colin Craig (Independent) yy Nga Dave (Independent) yy Harry Fong (Independent) yy Shannon Gillies yy Vinnie Kahui yy Alan McCulloch (Independent) yy Steve McDonald (Independent)

yy Willie Morton yy Vanessa Neeson (Independent) yy Phil O’Connor (Christians Against Abortion) yy Simon Prast (Independent) yy Raymond Presland yy Mark Ross (Independent) yy Annalucia Vermunt (Communist League) yy Andrew Williams (Independent Progressive Leadership) yy David Willmott yy Wayne Young

Albany Ward (20 candidates for two positions) yy Uzra Balouch (Independent) yy Rodney Bell (Independent) yy Ian Bradley (Independent) yy Laurie Conder (Independent) yy David Cooper (Independent) yy Linda Cooper (Citizens & Ratepayers) yy Ross Craig (Accountable Independent) yy Michael Goudie (Independent) yy Graeme Hunt (North Now) yy Josephine Kim (Citizens &

Ratepayers) yy John Kirikiri (Proudly Independent) yy Alan McCulloch (Independent) yy Margaret Miles (Shore Voice) yy Brian Neeson (Independent) yy Julia Parfitt (Proudly Independent) yy Cameron Slater yy Wayne Walker yy John Watson yy Andrew Williams yy David Willmott

Hibiscus & Bays Local Board (27 candidates for eight positions) Hibiscus Coast subdivision

East Coast Bays subdivision

yy Brian Chamberlin (Citizens & Ratepayers) yy John Drury (Independent Ratepayers)Colin Forster yy Gaye Harding (Independent) yy Jennifer Kipfer (Independent) yy John Kirikiri (Proudly Independent) yy Neil Miller (Putting People First) yy Greg Sayers yy Leanne Smith yy Zane Taylor yy Virginia Warriner (Independent) yy John Watson (Putting People First) yy Ross Yeager (Independent)

yy Warwick Barrington-Nash (Independent) yy Heather Brown (Independent) yy Jackie Brown (Independent) yy Sally Cargill yy Brian Casey (Shore Voice) yy Laurie Conder (Independent) yy David Cooper (Independent) yy Gary Holmes (Independent) yy Toby Hutton (North Now) yy Bob Jones yy Alan McCulloch (Independent) yy Julia Parfitt (Proudly Independent) yy Dean Reynolds (Shore Voice) yy Lisa Whyte (Shore Voice)

INDEPENDENT RATE PAYER If you feel it is time to be represented by a person with honesty and integrity,

then vote John Drury (honest, safe hands)

Authorised by John Drury, 57 Riverside Road, Orewa

VOTE LEANNE SMITH  Experienced  Committed  A strong independent voice


Issues that are top of my agenda:• Ensure that HBC gets a fair allocation of services, town centre and community upgrades. • Protect our unique lifestyle. • HBC remains a safe place to raise children.

EXPERIENCE 12 years experience of ‘local council’ governance, town planning, managing growth and ensuring thorough community consultation practices. • Operations Manager - Orewa business association. • Established and managed Enterprise Rodney. (Renamed Rodney Economic Development Trust)

PERSONAL A Coastie for 24 years, married, have two fantastic children and two fabulous dogs. I am a keen sports person who loves the outdoors and the Coast lifestyle. Authorised by Leanne Smith, 401 HBC Highway, Orewa

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Albany Ward

All Hibiscus Coast candidates for the Albany Ward were provided with three questions. The candidates are listed alphabetically.

Michael Goudie

John Kirikiri

The youngest Councillor ever to be elected to Rodney District Council, Michael Goudie connects with his community via Facebook and Twitter, using these media for discussion on Council and community issues. Where do your strengths in representing the community lie? “I’m young and open-minded but have business experience and a strong sense of what’s right for my community. My campaign has developed online communities of over 4000 people who don’t normally get involved in Local Government decisions. From these networks I receive feedback on issues, which adds an invaluable perspective on what the community needs. The last three years in local Government has given me an insight into the frustrations with process and bureaucracy, but I’ve never been more motivated and remain firmly focused on better outcomes for our local communities, always driving for progress.” What are your priorities if elected? My priority is to drive for better outcomes through a more efficient decisionmaking process in Council. The foundation for which I make my community decisions will be based on a higher level of integrity and transparency than we’ve seen in recent years. I will work with the other Councillors to ensure we remain productive and outcome-focused for the best interests of the Auckland region. I place particular importance in the Council’s relationship with Local Boards; it is paramount that the relationship remains strong to ensure the best outcomes.” Name some key achievements, either in local government, or in the community. “A few things I am or will be proud this year are: redevelopment of Orewa Boulevard - this area needed a huge cleanup and stronger connectivity. The Estuary Walk/ Cycle way, connecting all the areas around Orewa Estuary, this will be a legacy item left by Rodney District Council and enjoyed by all; and helping our Youth Centre get back on its feet.”

John Kirikiri has been Deputy Mayor for this term of Council. He has lived on the Hibiscus Coast for 10 years and has two children who attend Orewa College. His passion has always been youth work and helping people. Where do your strengths in representing the community lie? “As deputy Mayor representing individuals and community groups is, in my mind, the most important part of being a councillor. As a Justice of the Peace being honest and not only giving the good news, but standing behind a decision for the greater good that people do not want to hear, is just as important. The ability to influence and drive issues is also positive.” What are your priorities if elected? “As an Albany Ward councillor I believe the priority is smoothing rates increases and protecting the community from the transition cost; getting Auckland moving, literally and figuratively, in a cost effective way, and maintaining the identity of our many communities.” Name some key achievements, either in local government or in the community. “I have been an advocate for youth and providing social and educational services. I am a Trustee of the Life Education Rodney Charitable Trust and Hibiscus Homecare Charitable Trust (which runs the Foodbank). I am a member of the Whangaparaoa Family Centre committee and now this Council has passed a motion to lease them land. That arose from a community and governmental agencies. Silverdale lights were an initiative that arose from the community’s need, which is now funded.”

Margaret MILES Auckland Council - Albany Ward Upper Harbour Local Board


Ready for the Task Voting papers will be sent out from 17 Sept. The last day for posting your vote is 6 Oct (to arrive by noon on closing day, 9 Oct).

Representing North Harbour since 1989 Proud to stand up for Hibiscus Coast An effective voice in a new Auckland

FOLLOW SHORE VOICE ON FACEBOOK AND TWITTER. Authorised by Margaret Miles, 22 Merewhira Rd, RD3 Albany, 0793.



(Hibiscus and Bays Local Board) Authorised by Colin Forster 1236 Whangaparaoa Rd, Gulf Harbour, Auckland 0930.

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Albany Ward


Wayne Walker

John Watson

Wayne Walker is a councillor with more than 10 years experience and a lifetime association with the area. He is passionate about furthering the interests of the people on the Coast. Where do your strengths in representing the community lie? “I have been working with communities on the Hibiscus Coast for more than 20 years. This grass roots contact has been over a whole range of issues. I’ve genuinely tried to be there for everyone, young and old alike. That goes with this job – the community is my boss. I know there are many things that have been achieved with my leadership that wouldn’t have happened otherwise. I’ve had to fight for them alongside the community against the odds but I’m passionate about this area and sticking up for what is important to people. I believe in dealing with people fairly and honestly.” What are your priorities if elected? “Rates can’t be allowed to keep increasing – many people struggle to meet this big bill each year. We need to sort out the transport situation on Whangaparaoa, including Penlink, and end the costly delays which see people sitting in long queues at the Plaza lights and at Silverdale. We need more reserves and playing fields, especially at Gulf Harbour – this will also solve the traffic congestion from Gulf Harbour through to the Plaza lights. High density and high rise may have their place in the city, but they are not a good fit for the Hibiscus Coast.” Name some key achievements either in local government or in the community. “There have been many over the years – saving the Hammerhead at Gulf Harbour which Council was determined to lease to a developer required seven years of sustained effort to win through for the public, so did the bylaw banning set netting at Arkles Bay. Similarly with relocating the proposed sewer pipe away from Manly beachfront. Recently I’ve been involved with the Orewa and Manly highrise appeals and the successful campaign to save Stoney Homestead.”

John Watson is a secondary school teacher and family man who has lived on the Hibiscus Coast for more than 20 years. He has been a Rodney District councillor, President of the Whangaparaoa Ratepayers and founding member of the Whangaparaoa Community Trust. Where do your strengths in representing the community lie? “Over the last decade I’ve stood up for the community over issues that were important to people on the Coast. As a Councillor I wasn’t afraid to take these on through actions, not just words. In doing so I’ve gained valuable experience about what goes on behind the scenes and, more importantly, what is required to get changes on behalf of the community. This requires determination, preparation and a bit of gumption. It also requires the help of people who care about their community and I’ve had the good fortune to come across many of them.” What are your priorities if elected? “The supercity model promised reduced costs to ratepayers and the new council needs to be held to this. There are important projects that have advanced little or nor at all in the last three years. The failure to deliver Penlink has been disappointing for many people. Improvements need to be made to the traffic flow along Whangaparaoa Road. I’d like to see voluntary organisations given more assistance. A safe breakwater at Gulf Harbour, the park ‘n’ ride at Silverdale, more reserves and playing fields and enhanced environmental protection are all priorities.” Name some key achievements either in local government or in the community. The introduction of a ban on set netting was an important achievement at Arkles Bay. Securing land for open spaces and bush reserves has been worthwhile in a peninsula subject to rapid development. So was the successful campaign to save the prime waterfront reserve for the public at the Gulf Harbour Hammerhead, which had to all intents and purposes been lost in a ‘behind the scenes deal’. Real progress occurs through teamwork with people in the community.

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Hibiscus & Bays Local Board – Hibiscus Coast division

All candidates for the Hibiscus Coast subdivision of the Hibiscus and Bays Local Board (minus two that are also Ward candidates and Virginia Warriner, who we were unable to contact) were given the opportunity to present their case for election. The candidates are in alphabetical order.

“As a local board member, I will…” Brian Chamberlin As a local board member I will use my skill and experience to promote the needs of Hibiscus Coast residents. I have a lifetime of experience as an advocate at local, national and international level and have had success in many negotiations. My friends convinced me to offer these skills to the people of the Hibiscus Coast as we step into new territory with the establishment of the supercity. It is essential that our district gets its fair share of the region’s resources, and that we develop an efficient and effective infrastructure.

John Drury I will endeavour to do all within my power to represent the people of the Hibiscus Coast in a fulltime capacity, in an honest, non-biased and nonpolitical manner – to be the voice of the people, a good listener, straight talker and a problem solver. I will liaise with the businesses and residents on a regular basis. In this digital age, it allows me to be fully conversant with their needs, wants and concerns, and to be able to convey the same message to the local council members for action, all f or the betterment of the whole community.

Colin Forster I will listen to the community, act on what the community wishes, and do my utmost for the community at large. Some of my interests to improve the Coast include: an improved public transport system; a safe environment with power poles in residential areas to be placed underground for public safety, which will also enhance the region’s beauty; law and order, and most importantly, what you tell me is important to you.

Gaye Harding As a Local Board member, I will work with the community to achieve their aspirations, priorities, desired projects and funding for the three-year Local Board Plan within the new supercity structure. I have over 11 years’ experience as an elected Councillor and a proven track record. I love the Hibiscus Coast Community and the lifestyle.

Jennifer Kipfer As a local board member I will listen to people in the community, speak up and respectfully represent my community at all times. My strengths and interests centre round people as they live, work and play within the community. I believe very strongly in the coordination and co-operation of council departments and functions to address overall community needs in a holistic way. The existing ‘Rodney Vision’ document will be very much in my mind as I work with other elected members to plan for a future in which people are safe, happy, engaged and responsible community members.

Laurie Conder Independent Nominated for Councillor of the Auckland Council; Albany Ward

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been a North Shore resident for 40 years and active in my Banking career, as “wellI have as participating in community and sports activities. Including being a member of the present North Shore City Albany Community Board, Business Mentors NZ, and Enterprise North Shore to assist business owners grow their business and create employment. The new Albany Ward involves areas from Whenuapai to Waiwera which are now due for development. You will need a qualified Resource Consent Commissioner, familiar with Regional and District Plans to safe guard your interests while this development takes place in coming years. It is essential that the new new CCO’s and Auckland Council succeed and do not distance essential services from rate payers. You will need an independent person to represent you who will ensure the new Council considers the views of your Local Board, and makes good decisions with every consideration for the consequences. I believe the responsibility of the new Auckland Council and its elected members, is to manage the affairs of Council to ensure the health and welfare of its residents and the environment in which we live is the best possible by delivering the best value for the services provided. I consider I deserve your vote because I can represent you full time, without any other employment or business distractions. Sincerely, Laurie Conder. Authorised by Laurie Conder, 56 Goldfinch Rise, Unsworth Heights, North Shore 0632


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Hibiscus & Bays Local Board – Hibiscus Coast division Neil Miller As a local board member, I will work hard to represent our community and listen to your views. I will act consistently, confidently and decisively to protect our coastal environment and lifestyle, stop inappropriate development, improve transport, promote local jobs, develop community facilities, support the arts, keep costs and rates low. I get things done in bureaucracies delivering improved local government services. Working at Rodney Council, I made police and government work together for safer communities. I worked for liquor bans, youth services and more consultation without spending your money. I have a track record of forcing government to listen.

Greg Sayers As a local board member, I will deliver the muchneeded local infrastructure and services that will benefit every resident. A seasoned professional, especially with managing change and in policy setting, I have the strength of leadership, and skills, to represent your best interests within the newly forming Auckland City structure. A fighter, I will ensure we are not forgotten as the super city develops its priorities.

Leanne Smith As a local board member I will ensure that the views of the Hibiscus Coast people are heard. Issues that top my agenda are: Protecting our unique lifestyle, Hibiscus Coast remaining a safe place to raise children, ensuring the Coast gets a fair allocation of services, town centre and community upgrades. Local board representatives need to be strong and


heard. I have 12 years experience of ‘local council’ governance, town planning, and managing growth. Experience: Operations Manager, Orewa business association. Established/managed Enterprise Rodney (Rodney Economic Development Trust). A Coastie for 24 years, married with two fantastic children and two dogs.

Zane Taylor I will bring vision, focus and drive to the Local Board with an unrelenting positive and progressive ‘Can Do’ attitude, continuing to work toward a sustainable, exciting and vibrant future for all on the Coast. My professional expertise is Tourism, Economic Development, and as a successful HBC Councillor. The role will be consultative; listening to the wisdom of the past, working toward a greater future together with the Board, a new Mayor and Auckland Council, I will be a pragmatic and passionate voice for the Hibiscus Coast. I support Penlink, Family values, and a safe connected community. Working for you!

Ross Yeager This is about the future, a new way of doing things, a fresh perspective. Pick the best from eight councils to make the Hibiscus Coast, Auckland, the best of the best. I am a university trained teacher, past GM multi-million dollar businesses; currently a Business Broker where I advocate and negotiate win-win solutions; these skills will be vital. Working honestly, transparently, and diligently to a high professional standard, I will do my best to get the best for ratepayers. To read what Mayoral candidates Colin Craig, Andrew Williams, John Banks and Len Brown will do to assist small businesses on the Coast, visit

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Celebrating 40 years of Monty Python, for one night only, this DVD was filmed at the Royal Albert Hall in London, and is a comedic oratorio of The Life of Brian. Following the success of their Holy Grail musical Spamalot, Eric Idle and John Du Prez have returned to the controversial Python film The Life of Brian and come up with this comedic oratorio. The performance includes guest appearances by Michael Palin, Terry Jones and Terry Gilliam. It is narrated by Eric Idle and performed by renowned opera singers and the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus. Essentially, Not the Messiah is a spoof of Handel’s oratorio, Messiah. Whereas Handel based his oratorio upon the New Testament, this spoof closely follows the storyline of The Life of Brian. Python fans will be pleased to see that many of their favourite bits from that movie are incorporated into the oratorio with a classic finale Always Look on the Bright Side of Life. The production is lavish, with stirring performances by the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus. The oratorio also includes sheep, bagpipes and Mounties – this is Monty Python, after all. A thoroughly entertaining performance as evidenced by the Your LOCAL community newspapers number of curtain calls. CONGRATULATIONS to Tanya Gouws of Gulf Harbour and Mrs E Flewellyn of Orewa, winners of a copy of Sparrow’s Flight; and Wendy Lashbrook and Viv Haddad of Red Beach and Stephanie Trail of Orewa, winners of Taking Chemo on the Chin. Both books are by Richard Armitt.


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Island visit rocks college students’ world  BRIEFS Travelling to Vanuatu last month opened both the hearts and minds of a group of 18 students from Whangaparaoa College. The group, plus four staff, spent a Although the standard of learning week in the island group, including was high, the facilities were basic with three nights sleeping on the floor at power only on for a couple of hours, a remote boarding school and time in twice daily. Mele village. While the group was staying at the Associate principal James Thomas says school, Vanuatu was struck by a 7.5 the aims were to develop a relationship magnitude earthquake, which forced with a secondary school in Vanuatu them to evacuate, together with the and contribute to the lives of teenagers 230 boarders, to higher ground in fear living in the islands. of a tsunami. Resources, including around 600 Students describe the earthquake as books, were donated to the boarding sounding like a big truck, and shaking school and students and staff also took everything – even the water was moving. English classes. Despite landslides and aftershocks, Students say the friendliness of the there were no fatalities. Vanuatu people was a highlight of the journey, with all of them making “They have earthquakes three or four College students meet their Vanuatu times a year in Vanuatu, but this one was hosts. friends at the boarding school. one of the biggest they’d experienced They were also impressed with for many years. Even so, they looked and peers shows that the experience was life-changing for the students. the students’ resourcefulness, and after us first,” Mr Thomas says. Kendall Martin said it has even put enthusiasm for learning. The last day was spent in a resort in her off facebook. Sinead Howard says she has taken study more seriously since her return. Port Villa and the contrast from the “You get sick of seeing people go village just down the road was not lost on about how hard it is when your “Over there it’s a privilege to go to on the students. cellphone battery goes flat and you can’t school, and they push themselves so hard to make the most of it,” Sinead Many spoke of being grateful for text,” Kendall says. “It all seems so trivial when you’ve met people our age who said. “It’s made me appreciate what I simple things like a hot shower. Mr Thomas says feedback from parents have so little, but never complain.” have and not just cruise.”


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Every traveller knows that feeling of optimism as you head off on an overseas holiday, expecting nothing but pleasurable experiences. In fact, it is important to prepare for The cost of the latter claim was around the unexpected, and to carry the most $5000, making the $480 policy well comprehensive travel insurance that worth the investment. you can afford. Everyone has heard Manly United Travel manager Trish stories of lost luggage, illness and Ryder says in April her company had accidents that can turn a holiday into clients trapped in Europe when the a nightmare. volcano erupted in Iceland and she Flight Centre Orewa manager Lynda liaised with insurance companies to Hart says recent claims include the get those people to their destinations. replacement of wedding clothes when This is one of the benefits of buying luggage went astray and medical and insurance from a travel agent, and an dental treatment when a downhill bike agent will also ensure you’re buying ride in the UK went badly wrong. from a reputable insurance company.

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Fundraising wins scholarship Sports for kids A student from Silverdale Primary, Yasmin Handley, is looking forward to to jump at an action-packed school holiday, thanks to a World Vision scholarship. The Year 8 student received the scholarship this month. It gives her the opportunity to take part in a variety of interactive workshops and activities organised by World Vision in Auckland, as well as learning about what Kiwis can do about global poverty. The scholarship is given to schools that raise the most funds during the World Vision 40 Hour Famine. Silverdale School was one of the 30 most successful Intermediate Schools in this year’s 40 Hour Famine and nominated Yasmin because of her strong leadership and communication skills, together with a passion and

Yasmin Handley receives her award from teacher Linda Pavitt.

commitment to tackle issues of social injustice. There will be a formal awards dinner held at the end of the programme where Silverdale Primary School will be presented with a plaque.

Sporty kids can take part in a feast of activities these school holidays as part of the new Holiday Fun Indoor Sports programme. Holiday Fun, which provides before and after-school care and school holiday programmes in Dairy Flat, Red Beach and Gulf Harbour, is offering the programme for the first time these school holidays to coincide with its 10th birthday celebrations. The programme, which targets five to 10-year-old children, utilises the Planet Sports indoor centre in Glenfield, so activities, which include touch football, netball, indoor cricket, Danish rounders and volleyball, are not weather dependent. Info: www. or ph 0800 423 400.

Spot on performance enjoyed by kids of all ages A performance by the Polkadots at Orewa Primary School was the perfect opportunity to invite preschoolers in to share the fun. Around 160 preschoolers from around the Hibiscus Coast took up the invitation, joining the school’s juniors (Years 1 to 4) in the audience. Teacher Ann Heath says the show on September 3 was a way to introduce the younger ones to school life, and

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Preschoolers joined Orewa Primary School students in an interactive concert by the Polkadots this month.

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Mud and glory for runners Cold and gloomy conditions failed to dampen the spirits of around 300 primary school children, taking part in the annual Interschool Cross Country Championships on September 2. The course, at Te Haruhi Bay in Children in Years 5–8 from 12 Rodney Shakespear Regional Park, included a schools tackled the muddy course in section along the beach and a steep hill bare feet, supported by a large group climb. of parents and teachers. Organiser Evelyn Straka of Wainui Whangaparaoa Primary came out School describes it as ‘a true cross on top overall, with wins in the Year country course’, mimicking the type of 6 and Year 5 Girls, and Year 5 Boys terrain in the original event held more races; followed by Red Beach School than 20 years ago on Wainui farmland. and Warkworth Primary.

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Publishing a calendar to raise funds for breast cancer research meant stripping back to basics in more ways than one for Red Beach couple Wayne and Trudy Drinkwater. The first step, of finding local women prepared to appear in a ‘Calendar Girls’ style calendar in a fun setting wearing only an apron, was quickly achieved after a story went out in Hibiscus Matters’ June 16 edition. A total of 85 women applied and Trudy and Wayne took the first 13, including a woman who had just been diagnosed ‘Miss November’, aka Helen Wells with breast cancer and one who had had a mastectomy and was undergoing me pretty famous in the town in the +GST UK where my mother lives.” chemotherapy. For the majority of the calendar girls, The calendar was launched this PrintStop @ Backbone Marketing however, it was a friend or relative who month at a wine and cheese evening The Village, Cnr Moenui & Hibiscus Coast HW, Orewa at Neverending Books in The Village, was suffering from the disease. Orewa. The get together was an P. 09 427 9982 | F. 09 427 9942 Helen Wells of Orewa, who posed as opportunity for those involved to E. ‘Miss November’ says her father-in- catch up and share memories of the law has bowel cancer and she did not photo shoot. R hesitate to get involved. US FO E K S A A PRIC Professional photographers Wayne You’ll find us on the corner of Moenui Ave and “It was a really lovely experience and and Trudy say it was an enjoyable, yet Hibiscus Coast Highway, Orewa - right behind Times FM! so much fun,” Helen says. “It’s made challenging, photo shoot. “Most of the women were shy to start with, but when the shoot was over they were standing around having a glass of OPEN Late Thursdays wine, still with only the apron on.” and Open Saturdays In order to cut costs, and give as much The Village, as possible to the NZ Breast Cancer Foundation, Wayne bought a printer Cnr Moenui & Hibiscus Coast HW and printed 150 calendars himself. Orewa 0931 The calendars are available from Neverending Books, The Village, cnr Moenui Ave and Hibiscus Coast Highway, Orewa, for $10 each.






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Retailers in The Village on the corner of Moenui Ave and Hibiscus Coast Highway say the fact that all the shops are tenanted has created a pleasant village atmosphere that is bringing in the shoppers. Jane Finlayson of PrintStop says the current tenants are all strong businesses, and improved parking since the Boulevard opened has also brought an increase in trade. The Village is currently owned by Southside Group, who plan to develop the site. However, director Chris Jones says this will be several years off.

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Creative handiwork on show The fruit of creative skills acquired over a lifetime will be on show at the Peninsula Club’s Art, Crafts and Embroidery Exhibition this month. Around 30 residents of the retirement big range of embroidery. village will have their felting, china Pat Howard, who is exhibiting her painting, woodwork, decoupage, beautiful felting, says retirement is the papier-mâché, weaving and embroidery ideal time to concentrate on hobbies on display. Author Leon Smith will have and hone your skills. the book he wrote about sailing around the world available, and photography The village has its own workshop, will be included for the first time in where most of the woodwork on the show, which was last held in 2008. display was made, and residents also Weavers and spinners will be on hand get together regularly to stitch or paint. to demonstrate their skills. Quilts, including bed-sized ones and As well as taking in the exhibits, there wall hangings will feature, as well as a will be the opportunity to take a look

From left, Pat Howard, Susan Myers and John Gray with work that will be on show at the Peninsula Club’s Art, Crafts and Embroidery Exhibition.

around the village, including viewing an apartment or unit.

The exhibition is on September 25 and 26 (see What’s On, page 27 for details).

Making tracks to Hibiscus Coast Boating Club’s open day Hibiscus Coast Boating Club is one of the most popular clubs in the area – even if some members are just in it for the tractors. The club, in Stanmore Bay, has served local boaties for more than 30 years and has around 250 members. Commodore Norm Hatwell says although many join because of the boat launch and retrieval service, they stay to enjoy the family-friendly club, the company of other boaties and the regular fishing competitions. Norm, who joined the club in 1985 with his wife Ann (a former commodore), estimates he has spent hundreds of hours building and maintaining the club’s three tractors. A retired mechanic, Norm has also modified the tractors, stripping them down and rebuilding them with larger wheels and tyres to

lift them as far above the damaging salt water as possible. The tractors are in demand, with the demise of individually owned tractors as streets have become busier, boats have got bigger and heavier and boat owners have become more reluctant to use their own vehicles to launch and retrieve. To celebrate the commissioning of a fourth tractor, and the start of the boating season, the club is holding a public open day on October 3. The event will feature a display of around 20 new boats as well as fishing kayaks from Johnson Outdoors, the latest fishing tackle, soft bait gear, marine electronics and boating equipment. Entertainment includes live music, spot prize draws and soft bait demos and a giant slide and crocodile tunnel for the children.

Club members, from left Phil Wilton, John Saunders, Steff and Kim Bayes, Keith Olsen, Glen Taylor and Joe McKelvie. On tractor, Annie Gardiner and Dave Scown.

The club’s regular fishing contest is on the same day, and is open to all comers. Coastguard hope to offer rides in the Sealegs rescue boat, the Police Blue Light Team will serve BBQ sausages

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Baby beauties raise funds for Hibiscus Parents Centre More than 100 babies are expected to vie for top honours in the sixth annual Hibiscus Coast Baby Photo Competition. The competition is run by Manly Care Chemist to raise money for the Hibiscus Coast Parents Centre. Last year, a record 122 babies took part, raising more than $4500. Manly Care Chemist owner Tania Adams says loyal sponsors, as well as the support of the public, has helped the competition grow each year.

First prize will be pharmacy goods worth over $450 and each contestant receives their own photo and goodie bag. Parents Centre is a national organisation recognised as NZ’s largest provider of childbirth education, providing education and support to parents all over the country. It is also a strong advocate for parents in the political arena. Photos will be taken at Manly Care Chemist in Manly Village from October 2–8. Info, bookings and entry forms, visit the chemist, or ph 424 7708.

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What’s in my natural travel kit? I have been travelling internationally since I was about four, (when the long haul journey between NZ and the UK was a 36 hour flight with five stops and passengers were allowed to smoke)! As an adult I have travelled to many places, including third world destinations. I don’t want my holiday or work itinerary spoilt by being sick, sunburnt or feeling wiped out by jet lag, so my luggage always contains a few favourite remedies to ensure the journey is enjoyable. My natural travel kit usually contains: Lavender essential oil – antibiotic, antiseptic, antibacterial and stimulates regeneration of the cells. Magic for cuts, stings, bites, headaches, rashes and sunburn lavender is also an anti-depressant, with a sedative, calming and relaxing effect. Manuka essential oil – anti-fungal, antibacterial, antiseptic, antibiotic (even against bacteria resistant to pharmaceutical antibiotics). Flower essences, such as Rescue Remedy (general remedy) or a tailor made mix (to deal with fear of flying and so on). These are indispensable for jet lag, anxiety, stress, energy levels and rebalancing, especially when working after a long flight. Charcoal tablets – an age old remedy for dysentery, these can also be crushed and put onto infected wounds. Arnica 30c or 200c tablets – essential for sprains and bruises, sore muscles shock and trauma. Iodine – a highly effective killer of bacteria, iodine is a fantastic water purifier and wound healer. To see how to use it safely go to www.high-altitude-medicine. com/water.html. (Not suitable if you have an overactive thyroid, are allergic or pregnant.) Chamomile tea – highly effective for both constipation and diarrhoea, travel sickness and skin rashes, chamomile is also a calming sedative. (Avoid if pregnant). Often a local has come to my aid with a traditional herbal remedy for whatever I am suffering; however, if you are concerned about your health or symptoms persist make sure you consult a qualified health professional and ask to be taken to a hospital immediately. Infected wounds or dehydration can quickly become life threatening in hot climates. WHY SMOKE MONEY AND HEALTH AWAY

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Gardening with Terry Moore

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Daffodil Day was August 27 and this year, my daffodils were out in time to celebrate. They have waited until early September to appear for the last few years, so it was good to see them in full flower in mid-August. It feels as though spring has come early this year. Several years ago I bought a little terracotta pot full of miniature daffodil Narcissus ‘Tête à Tête’ in flower, at Eden Gardens in Auckland. It’s best not to keep bulbs in a pot for more than one season, as they tend to flower poorly or rot, so I planted them out and they are slowly establishing in a rockery area, with this being their best flowering to date. Garden centres and even supermarkets and The Warehouse have flowering bulbs in pots for sale, so if you didn’t get any into the ground or pots in autumn, why not purchase some now, let them brighten your home or deck, then plant them out in the garden once the leaves have died down? Daffodils are almost a cliché spring flower, which is perhaps why I prefer the more subtle miniature version. I also have a cream one that looks really good planted with erlicheer. If you have a well-drained spot under deciduous trees, you could create your own field of daffodils. Plant the bulbs in groups, rather than straight lines, in autumn. Dig to around three times the depth of the bulb, or a little more. Remember not to mow when the leaves are still green, as they are taking in nutrients that the bulb will store for next season. Fertiliser high in potash (such as ash from untreated wood) can be added around June and October to boost flowering. The warmer your climate, the more care has to be taken with narcissus, as they prefer a cool winter. In warm areas, make sure the plants are watered frequently during active growth and, to further cool things down, try planting the bulbs in a shady spot: however, this may decrease flowering performance. And, speaking of planting, check out the new website which is aimed at youth, and has information on local plantings and more. One of the people behind it is Hibiscus Coast Councillor Michael Goudie, who tells me he has discovered his inner greenie. Note: The gardening and herb columns are moving to the first issue of each month.

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Rodney Art awards go out with a bang


More than 300 artworks and about the same number of people crammed into Estuary Arts Centre in Orewa for the opening night of the final Rodney Art Awards, entitled Riches of Rodney. Getting married? Estuary Arts director David Poole said Going to a ball? the quality as well as the quantity of Just wanna be gorgeous? entries made judging difficult, with the four out of town judges especially Jayne & Debbie will do your hair & makeup for impressed with the quality of the that special occasion children’s work. Call 09 4274025 or 027 280 0492 This year’s overall winner was in fact a to book your makeover! relative novice in the art world – fourth year Hungry Creek Art School student Kvetoslava Flora Sekanova. Her winning BGorgeous ad.indd 1 19/07/2010 12:05:02 p.m. EXHIBITIONS piece of jewellery, entitled Gone but not Forgotten, is an ingenious creation made of layers of newspaper and thread which are built up, then carved like a piece of wood. Her prize of $2000 will help her continue her studies. Among the crowd at the opening night a ceramic experience on September 7 were Karen Lyman and Glennis Williams who were “The Outback Opening: Sat~ October 2, instrumental in starting the awards, 10 A special3pm~5pm place” years ago. Karen was chair and Glenys secretary of the Rodney Community October 2–24, 2010 Arts Council, which was asked by Rodney District Council to come up Above, Elvira Baranova won Best with “something arty” to celebrate the Watercolour with ‘Dry Roses’. including Phillip Ball, opening of Hillary Square. Carlie Blanchett-Burton Arts awards ($200) went to: Dry Karen says the idea of a Rodney-wide Colour and Emerging Artist ($600) competition quickly took off, with Samantha Lane; Watercolour, Elvira OPEN 9AM – 4PM DAILY more than 100 works in the first Baranova; Photography, Darryl Tockler; show and more than double that in Oils, Alan Croggan; Mixed Media, successive years. She says although Sue Hill; Acrylic, Tricia Crombie; the awards are “her baby”, she is not Ceramics, Fiona Lander; Sculpture, 214b Hibiscus Coast Highway sad to see them come to an end as the John Ferguson; Porcelain Painting; supercity takes over. Dawn O’Leary; Jewellery, Jeanette “Something good will come from this Switzer; Glass, TeRongo Kirkwood; Above, Supreme winner Kvetoslava email: or Flora Sekanova with her winning work. for local artists, I’m sure,” Karen says. Fibre, Jennifer Eade.





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Finances with Wayne Ross, Newton Ross


Cleaning Services Poor decisions aid company collapse H2Glo Mark and Lizz Lowans of Red Beach If there is one thing that the collapse of so many finance companies has confirmed, it is that bad investment decisions are almost invariably based on some combination of fear and greed; whether it is company management more concerned with lining their own pockets, or investors chasing high returns with no regard for risk, or the NZ Government’s ill-advised intervention by way of the retail deposit guarantee scheme. The recent collapse of South Canterbury Finance should have been of no more than passing interest to those investors who have made prudent and appropriate decisions. Unfortunately the Government’s guarantee changed this with all taxpayers forced to pay for the mistakes of others. While it can be argued that the Government was forced into setting up the scheme due to the global financial crisis, there appears little to justify the recent extension of the scheme and even less sense in the overly generous terms agreed. Paying back both capital and interest (at the inflated rates) is wrong in my opinion. At best, investors should have received a proportion of their capital back. Instead, they effectively took no risk and reaped all the rewards at our expense. I note some parties are calling for more “safe products” to deliver returns for investors in the wake of the global financial crisis, particularly for those who require regular income to support them in retirement. This completely misses the point that higher returns mean higher risk and that a poor investment remains a poor investment regardless of the wrapper. There has and always will be prudent ways to save and invest. For example, at Newton Ross we have been able to manage client portfolios to deliver regular income, tax efficiently and with no failed assets throughout this period. We do not require more products put together primarily to benefit those who are making or distributing the offer. What is required is a change in investors’ mind-set. We need to change from focusing on yield (the interest rate offered) at the expense of all else, to a focus on total return and being concerned about the risk of the overall portfolio not just the individual products. Rolling out yet another product solution just opens the door for a mismatch of objectives and the opportunity for fear and greed to take precedence once again.

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with Ruth Olsen, Silverdale & Districts Historical Society

Tunneling in In the 1920s, shortly after the end of WW1, it was suggested that the eastern end of the Whangaparaoa Peninsula would be an excellent site for coastal defence batteries to defend the approaches to Auckland Harbour. The intention was, in time of war, to lay a minefield to close the gap between Tiri Tiri Matangi Island and the Noises. The entrance and egress to the port would be through the Whangaparaoa Passage, which would be guarded by a gun battery to be built there. It was decided to build a battery to house three large 9.2” guns (which weighed 28 tons each) and construction began in 1940 after the beginning of WW2. However, as there was going to be considerable delay in obtaining the guns from overseas and the Army needed to defend the Whangaparaoa Passage as soon as possible, it was decided to build a battery for 6” guns and to move two 6” guns from North Head. (Construction of the 9.2” emplacement was not completed until 1945.) A full underground complex was also constructed. A maze of tunnels connected the gun emplacements to crew shelters, plotting rooms, gun store and engine room. The gun emplacements were huge circular concrete lined holes in the ground with reinforced concrete overhead covers. Called “frying pans” because of their shape, they were an attempt to provide cover for the guns and crews without disrupting their arc of fire. One of the “frying pan” covers was blown off in 1959 when the emplacement was used for drill training. The 4” gun used in this exercise is now at MOTAT. After the end of WW2 the Army moved out and most fittings were removed from the gun emplacements. The two 6” guns were returned to North Head. However the tunnels and Army barracks lived on. Various military groups came for training and, in the late 1950s, dances were held at the camp to entertain the trainees. Buses picked up young women from the surrounding area and there are rumours that part of the night’s entertainment was a surreptitious exploration of the tunnels. Later the local fire brigade used the tunnels for search and rescue training. In turn, they were called out on a number of occasions to fight scrub fires caused by flares used by the Army trainees. The area is still a naval training area.

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Are you pregnant or breast feeding? Then why not come along to La Leche League to meet other mothers? We welcome all pregnant women, mothers and support people to attend our mother-to-mother support group. Ph Julie 428 0065, or Lisa 428 5266. AVONDALE COLLEGE REUNION 2224 October. All events to be held at the school. Contact Avis 09 828 5560 or 027 458 2211 Or ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS meet Fri 7.30pm, Orewa Community Centre (behind Estuary Arts Centre) Ph John 027 646 2995. Boating and fishing. Wednesday Club nights, monthly fishing contests, regular social events. Join us for a meal or social drink. Hibiscus Coast Boating Club, Stanmore Bay. www. New members welcome. Ph Tony 424 0952. Bowls Orewa. Business house bowls, fortnightly. Starts Oct 5. Teams of 2 or 3 . Ph Sylvia 426 3198. Combined Rodney Seniors Next Trip Oct 4. $37pp. A tour of the Marsden Point Oil Refinery. Then a ride on the Glass Bottom Boat at the Goat Island Marine Reserve, Leigh. Avoid disappointment book early as there is a limit of 45 seats. Price includes the cost of the bus and the boat trip. Ph Gillian 424 5373 for more information. Computer help - at SeniorNet - tuition in many applications. Phone 426 1509, 9am–3pm, Mon–Fri. 117 Centreway Rd, Orewa. www.

HibiscusCoastCommunityHouse Awareness Week. Sun Sept 19, Ducky Derby , Western Reserve, Orewa;Tues 21 Sept, Whangaparaoa Plaza, Thurs Sept 23 outside Orewa Library and Silverdale Sept 25. (8am-12pm) Come and see how we help our community. HBC Raiders Junior Tag Mixed Boys & Girls, Years 1-8. Registration Sept 15, 20, 22, 4pm. Raiders League Clubrooms. Teams or individuals welcome. Linda 027 680 2819 or Kerry 027 841 1120 or email H.U.M.S – group of local singles aged between early 40s to late 50s who meet for varied activities eg: quiz nights, ten pin bowling, dinner etc. Ph Cher 426 0884 / 021 276 9996. Meditation Group - Session times Tues 9.30-10.30am and 7-8pm, 3 Empire Rd Orewa. Ph Jan 0274 741 932. Meet the Candidates for the new HBC Local Board . Sun 19 Sept, 2pm, Red Beach Methodist Church, 76 Red Beach Rd. A chance to hear and talk informally with candidates. All welcome! Monday Nighta start back on the 27th September 6pm Orewa Surf Club reserve. Open to all ages and abilities runners and walkers. www. Contact Laraine 021 073 0989. Orewa Bridge Club. Bridge lessons, Tues 7–9pm. 10 week course. Ph Bill 426 4428 or Richard 427 9987.. PHOTOS TO DVD For any occasion. Your precious photos. Your choice of music. Custom-made for you. Ph Tanya 428 3373/027 757 4053, Probus Whangaparoa Ladies meet every second Tuesday of the month. Come along,interesting guest speakers and regular trips, for more information Ph Trish 426 4480. Stall Holders required for Stanmore Bay School Gala, Limited space available.Sun Nov 28. 10am–2pm. Enquires or Lisa 021 111 3055. SPIRIT~MIND~BODY FAIR. Sun Sept 19, 11am ˆ 4pm. Orewa Community Hall, Orewa Square, Orewa. Free Entry. Astrology, Numerology, Readers, Healers, Massage, Books, Crafts, and more. Ph 426 7021. Whangaparaoa Lions Club fun and fellowship, whilst supporting your local community. Business meetings 2nd Tues 7pm, Socials 4th Tues 6.30pm of month, Stanmore Bay Community Hall. Alister Mc Kinnon, ph 424 8039 John Kingdon ph 428 3301. WOMENS OUTDOOR PURSUITS Weekend courses Sept 3-5 and Nov 1214. Wednesday course 20 Oct to 17 Nov. See or ph 478 7194. Join us to explore the fantastic outdoors with a friendly group of women!

Craft Club Ladies Coffee Mornings Come along, see what goes on, enjoy coffee & a chat. Next you’ll be learning a new craft & making new friends! Tuesdays @ 10am (term time) at Orewa Community Church 235 HBC H/way. Entrance from Amorino Dr. Red Beach Ph Chrissy 424 4108 FOR $4 PLAY 40 GAMES OF HOUSIE (House pays $20 min.) at Bowls Orewa every Friday 1pm. Plus: Treasure chest, Snowball, Superhouse and Jackpots. Ph. Brian 426 6236 or Sylvia 426 3198. Gambling HelplinE – professional counsellors available 24 hrs to help those suffering from gambling problems or affected by another’s gambling. Immediate free, confidential support ph 0800 654 655 anytime. Group cycling for everyone promoting healthy cycling, increase visibility and build friendships. Two groups (10km & 25km). Sat 9-10am (Rain or Shine). If needed, helmet and safety vest will be provided. Meet at Bikeme (Cnr. Hibiscus Coast Hwy and Moenui Rd, Orewa Ph 421 1200

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BICYCLE SALES & SERVICES BikeMe, New Orewa Bicycle Shop. $40 to Adjust front & rear gears & brakes. Check all parts & more. Ph 421 1200. CLINICAL MASSAGE – Professional, experienced, affordable. Deep Tissue, Sports, Mums-2-B. Ph Luci 09 421 0196. Life changing opportunity Personal development. www.



• Houses • Windows • Gutters Local operator - Phone Gary

Adept Computer Services, Est 1993, covering Hibiscus Coast, for all PC repairs, including Internet, Antivirus & networking at reasonable rates, please phone 421 1039 or Mob 021 114 5517. ADEPT ELECTRICAL & SECURITY SERVICE friendly/reliable service at reasonable rates. Commercial and residential. New quality alarms. CCTV. Security Licensed Installer (COA). All electrical work including in/outdoor lighting, data/home audio cabling, TV and phone outlets. Ph Alan 021 242 3378 or 424 5039. Global business opportunity Personal development media. www.

all electrical works, Call Richard for immediate service. Ph 428 2257 or 021 999 8947. ALL ELECTRICAL WORK 0800HINES1 (0800446371). Family business. 25yrs experience. Prompt efficient service All lawns professionally mowed Large or small. Ride on. Ph Duncan 427 4294, mobile 021 366 137. AND NOW .... PRIME ON FREEVIEW Now 13 channels, decoders with recorder $175, new 12 month warranty, dish and decoder package installed from $430. Call Jim the Maintenance Man 422 3725 or 021 254 2048.

Waterblasting & Chemical House Washing. Local owner operator. Careful service, reasonable rates. Ph 426 2253. WILLOUGHBY 2010 upholstery, Carpet & window cleaning, Est 35 years. Ph 426 4317 or 0274 113 133. Window Cleaning 30 years exp, local owner operator, reasonable rates. Ph David 426 2253.


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Affordable bookkeeping, payroll and administration services – taking the stress out of managing your books. Providing a range of day to day office services, freeing up your valuable time to concentrate on other, more productive, key areas of your business. Please view our website for our wide range of business and accounting services:

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TUITION Art lessons, private tutoring at Red door studios, HBC hwy Orewa, any levels in oils and acrylics, contact Sue Law 027 259 2897. MONTHLY ART CLASSES Oil Painting. Beginners–experienced. No artistic ability required. Come and learn to paint in a fun, friendly and relaxed atmosphere Ph Nolan 428 4196 or

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Phone 424 0283 VISIT OUR NEW WEBSITE Writing Courses Now Available! Want to be the next Lee Child, Lynley Dodd or Isaac Asimov? Book now for the Introductory Writing Course and find out whether you have the writing gene. Ph Anne 426 6457.

• Laundry & kitchen appliances • Water heaters • Refrigeration • Power tools • Security lights • Small appliances • Lights & sockets replaced and more! All work guaranteed. 15 yrs exp. P.A.T testing service available.

Ph Nick 09 428 5068 Mobile 021 171 5920 EWRB Registered Technician. Em:

GARDEN CARE – All work done. including lawns. Ph Ian 09 420 5107. Hibiscus Handyman Services Experienced reliable mature owner operator. General home repairs. Tree cutting and hedges (and removal). Gutter cleaning. Water blasting/ window cleaning. Painting. Free quote Ph Geoff 428 0657, 021 176 9233, LAWNMOWING Friendly & reliable service. 24 yrs exp. Ph 426 4317 or 0274 113 133. Lawnmowing (large & small), Gardens, Hedges, Gutters, Rubbish. Fully Insured and Guaranteed. Jims Mowing 426 0465. LAWNS & GARDENS - Hedge Trimming. Tree Pruning & Felling. Section Cleanups. Quality & reliable service. We’ll beat any price. Ph 424 8268 or 021 256 8934. PAINTING, Quality work at discount price. Honest & reliable, excel references. Free quotes. Ph Mark 021 156 6177. PEST CONTROL, Flies, spiders, cockroaches, ants, rodents, wasps. Competitive prices & quality service. 25 years exp. Ph 426 2253.

Roof cleaning & Painting Roof Therapy • Cleaning • painting • Moss & mold removal Ph Gary 0800 122 221

Rubbish REMOVAL Discover how easy it is to dispose of stuff for the tip. Moving house? Clean up? Friendly affordable service. Free quotes. Ph 426 5219. 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. Ph TWT 422 9345.

OPPORTUNITY Home Ownership Opportunity Tired of paying off somebody elses mortgage? Then consider Renting2Buy. We seek professional family/couples in your area now who wish to escape the rent trap! Contact Leanne for details 021 244 5497. Hair Salon to rent!!! Be your own boss Hair basin and chair available, mirrors etc set up. Ph 0274 429703

PICTURE FRAMING FRAMELESS FRAMES Plexiglas, safe & attractive, available in clear, colours any size or shape, plus glazing. Orewa Picture Framing, Shop “E”, Cammish Ln, Tamariki Plaza, Orewa. Ph 427 8124. HIBISCUS PICTURE FRAMING Rugby jerseys, medals, photo's, original art, prints, kids’ art, signed memorabilia etc. Readymades & mirrors. Ph 426 6916 (closed Mon) OREWA PICTURE FRAMING 35yrs exp, Professional Framers GCF, You Name It! We Frame It”. All at your One-Stop Picture Framing and Accessory Shop. Shop “E”, Cammish Lane, Tamariki Plaza, Orewa. Ph 427 8124.

ART GALLERY Jo Bain's Studio/Gallery is open to the Public most Sundays 10–4pm. Phone Jo 424 1190 to arrange alternative times. Artwork very affordable, and layby available! Pop in to see changing display. email Gallery Tours with local Artist JO BAIN Sept 17 or 18, 10am– 2pm. Visit Rodney Art Awards/ Estuary Art centre. View/ Enjoy Art/ Paint with Jo afterwards. Learn NEW techniques/ Be Inspired! ONLY $20 All Materials Inclusive. Sponsored by Creative Communities. Ph 424 1190 to book. Numbers limited.

DRESSMAKING SYLWESTER'S TAILORING and dress making, alterations, wetsuit repairs, household items. Over 40 years exp. Fast & affordable. Ph 426 7559.

WORK WANTED MATURE WOMAN available for babysitting week nights and weekends. Ref available. Ph Heather 424 5221 or 021 262 4711.

Ready to make a change? Often we know the answers we are just blocked. Through experience & Spirit Guidance Brigid can assist you with moving forward. For readings, self hypnosis, Small Biz Mentoring, Brigid can assist. www. Ph 426 8361. TAI CHI, YOGA, RELAXATION weekly classes, gorgeous new venue, professional teachers. BE Studio, 5 Link Cres. Arkles Bay Ph 428 2931. WHAT! Women Having Adventures Together! For adventuresome women! New itinerary is out now. Indoor rock climbing, 2 overnight tramps, tree adventures, mountain biking and kayaking. To find out more, ph Debbie 428 5181.

Beauty BJAYS NAILS Whangaparaoa Technician with 22 yrs exp. Acrylic Nails • Manicures Eyebrow & Eyelash tinting. Phone 428 3887/0274 750 999

BODALISHOUS $25 Spraytanz for that special occasion. Ph 0274 429 703.


FEET AND HANDS – Pedicure, Foot spa, Foot Massage and free manicure. Mobile service $30, or two for $50. Ph Leslie 424 0676 or 027 271 6676.

HYPNOTHERAPY HYPNOSIS for stress, anxiety, phobia, depression. Stop smoking specialist. Bill Parker NZAPH, 424 7610.

READINGS ASTROLOGER PAM PAWINSKI is available for personal consultations regarding relationships, vocation, health and future. Ph 426 7559. Clairvoyant/ Medium Beryl Clarke genuine accurate messages from spirit. For confidential appointment Phone 428 3887 Genuine Psychic/Medium Accurate & Friendly phone Kathy 424 8583 International Clairvoyant Yvonne Parker for personal or business consultations. 36 yrs experience. Ph 424 7610.

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

HAIRDRESSER ~ A CARING HOME SERVICE. Excellent pensioner rates. I come to you. Ph Inga 426 0985.


EDITING & DVD COPYING. Old 8mm film, slides and videos copied to DVD. Phone Te Totara Video 09 422 5710.

Journalist wanted Temporary position Local Matters is looking for an experienced journalist for three weeks fulltime, from 27 September to October 15 inclusive. You will be based at the Hibiscus Matters office, in Whangaparaoa, for the first half of this period and the Warkworth office for the remaining time. You will need your own car and will need to be able to start work on stories from day one. Pay will be commensurate with experience. Enquiries: Jannette Thompson Phone 09 425 9068 Mob: 021 263 4423



• Shed & Garage clear outs • Tools & Machinery • Cars, motorcycles, boats, caravans All things considered. Ph or txt 021 161 5139 Delivery people needed

to distribute The Hibiscus Matters Newspaper and other flyers and Magazines on Whangaparaoa Peninsula, Orewa and Silverdale.

Phone Mark (09) 427 6506 or 027 277 3088 email

HOUSE to Rent Whangaparaoa Peninsula. 2/3 bedroom. Prof couple, with small dog. Ph 027 572 5071. HOUSES WANTED for removal – Cash paid. Phone 021 501 366. TO BUY, RECORDS/LP’s, 45’s Ph Mike 428 1587.

pets & ANimals English Bulldogs (Male and Female, A KC Registered) needs re homing to a good pet caring family (for free), contact: Pets and Animals Toy dogs loving* daycare or sleepovers in our home. Ph Cheryl 424 8804 or 0274 726 626

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FOR SALE BLACK CORD FOR JADE PENDANTS HBC Souvenir Shop, Silverdale. Ph 426 6125. P NZ JADE PENDANTS from $10. Made locally. HBC Souvenir Shop, Silverdale. Ph 426 6125. P Bromeliads various colours and sizes, from $5 each. Ph 426 6870. P Clothes, size 16 plus Good labels, in-store now. Take 2 Recycle boutique (next to Lotto shop) Orewa. Ph 427 6255. P Bernina 830 sewing machine. Excel working order. 20 pattern stitches, auto button holer, plain, zigzag, embroidery, overlock. $400. Highchair. Great cond. $50. Portable gas heater + cylinder, black surround. Excel cond. $65. Ph 428 5762. Cane couch, 2 seater $30. Drop leaf table, sits 2-4 + 2 chairs $60. Playstation 1, with games, suit child, $20. Ph 426 9554. Electric piano, Clavinova Yamaha CLP20, 6 octaves. Ex cond. With piano stool & quantity of sheet music. All ready to go. $350 the lot. Xmas tree, 6ft, as new with decorations. Plus a variety of lights for house. $30 the lot.Ph 426 3198 Gallaz shoes, black lace up, girls, size 7, as new cond. $25. Ph 428 7978. Garden shed, brand new Durotough. 2.6 x 1.7m, unassembled.$950. Ph 427 9915. Leather 2 seater sofa, + 2 chairs, beige. Very comfortable. Excond. $495 ono . Solid wooden cot. Excel cond. Mattress included. $240 ono. Ph 09 947 0221. Round wooden dining table, extends to 6 seating. $100 ono Ph Barbara 424 0308 or 021 0222 5185. Single bed. Good cond. $50. Ph 428 5581. SMALL OFFICE DESK. Black Veneer 105cm W x 135cm H with pull out keyboard tray. Hatch on top with shelf and cupboard (some small marks) comes with free office chair. $25. TEDDY BEARS.Great Xmas gifts. Large Santa Bear (collectors item) 1st Farmers Bear released in 1987 $30. Plus pair of beautifully matched dressed large Grandma and Grandpa Bears $30 pair or $50 the lot. Never used, ex cond. Ph 421 1812 / 0272 665 010. Sofa, flatbed Good size. As new. $800. Bookcase, pine settler style. H 210cm x W 90cm. 5 shelves $260 ono. Ph 426 2936 or 027 426 2042. TV cabinet, black, modern glass top & shelf. $320. Ph 424 0024. Free classifieds not in this issue will appear in the following issue. Sorry, Free classifieds for Oct ober1 issue is full.

what’s on Hibiscus Coast September 2010

18 The Stars of Tiritiri Matangi, departs Gulf Harbour 5.50pm, return 10.30pm. Join the Supporters of Tiritiri Matangi and the Astronomical Society for an evening of wildlife watching and star gazing on Tiritiri Matangi. Info and bookings: ph 360 Discovery, 0800 360 3472 or online 
 18–October 2, The Boyfriend at Centrestage Theatre, Centreway Rd, Orewa. Light entertainment at its best. Info and tickets: ph Centrestage, 426 7282 or 19 Ducky Derby Festival, Western Reserve carpark, in front of the Youth Centre, Orewa, 11am–3pm. Entertainment, food stalls, sausage sizzle, bouncy castles, and the ducky derby race at 2pm. Tickets $10 from Hibiscus Coast Kindergarten and from the gates on the day. 20 Whangaparaoa Horticulture Society’s Flower and Vege Show in Whangaparaoa Hall, 717 Whangaparaoa Rd. Cheap plants to buy, refreshments and time to view the show at approx 1pm. All welcome. Info: ph Zelma 424 4112 or Mary 424 3362. 25 & 26 Peninsula Clubs Art, Crafts and Embroidery Exhibition, Peninsula Club, 441 Whangaparaoa Rd, Sat 1pm–4pm and Sun, 10am–3.30pm. Art and crafts exhibits. Free admission. (see story p19)

October 3 Public open day and mini boat show, Hibiscus Coast Boating Club, Stanmore Bay Reserve, 10am to 5pm. Entertainment for the whole family. (see story p19) 9 Local body elections. Have your say on the shape of local government in the Albany Ward and Hibiscus Coast division of the Local Board. 9 Sharks Shared Vision Rodney Touch Tournament, Victor Eaves Park. Orewa. All welcome as players or supporters. Entries must be received by October 7. Info: ph 09 477 2630 or email shona.miers@ 14 Noel Crawley Memorial Swing Jazz Concert, Centrestage Theatre, Orewa. Tickets $25pp from Whangaparaoa and Orewa Hopsice Shops or Lions Clubs Orewa or Whangaparaoa.


A major fundraiser for the Tamaki Sports Academy is the free metal collection service it offers. We will pick up any old metal – whiteware such as fridges, stoves, dishwashers, washing machines – roofing iron, metal piping, venetion blinds, computers, batteries, car panels, cars, metal shelving, filing cabinets, machinery, lawnmowers, engines and so on. Tamaki Sports Academy offers mentoring, coaching, and work experience to South Auckland youth who have dropped out of the mainstream school system, but who show some sporting talent. Academy members are enrolled in the Correspondence School and work towards unit standard credits and national qualifications.

Ph 09 276 0328

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Power lifting raises profile with Coast Barbell Club A small but enthusiastic group of competitive power lifters is spreading the word about the advantages of their sport via a new club on the Coast. Gulf Harbour couple Damian sweating and grunting, as the members (pictured) and Rachel Clayton opened squat, bench press and dead-lift. The the Coast Barbell Club this year because walls of the Whangaparaoa club are they needed specialised equipment lined with chains and weights of all in order to undertake serious power sizes and shapes, and there is a 220kg tyre by the front door, which is flipped lifting training themselves. Much of this equipment, including down the drive during training. things like 700kg bars, power cages Damian and Rachel set up an and 50-80kg dumbbells, is too incorporated society, to keep fees specialised and expensive for most low. They also provide coaching free gyms to provide, so the couple sunk of charge. The current membership, $50,000 into obtaining it themselves. of around 30, including women and after having five children, says women got into the sport, which she says can “I hit the age of 40, and decided it was students, join for many reasons. time to get back into body building, Younger members use the weights for benefit from weight bearing exercise become an obsession. which I’d enjoyed as a young person,” sports conditioning, although Damian because it helps with bone density as “In the States, there’s a club like this almost on every street corner,” Rachel Damian says. “We also wanted to gather says around seven of them have moved well as all round strength. like-minded people around us who are on to competitive power lifting. Body She says it has also been good to show says. “The sport is growing nationally also into power lifting and strength builders and fire fighters are also her children the benefits of regular in New Zealand and it’s exciting to be a small part of that.” exercise. members. training, in a friendly atmosphere.” That atmosphere often includes serious Rachel, who took up power lifting Daughter Emma, aged 16, has also Info: ph Damian, 021 244 6346.

Marathon effort for fitness from bride-to-be Getting fit requires firm commitment and goals, and Tanya Churchill (pictured) has bags of both. The Red Beach resident, who has led a sedentary life involving a lot of driving in her role as a sales rep for an Auckland company, has been motivated to improve her health and fitness by her upcoming marriage. The next step came when Laraine Chase of Orewa Events approached her looking for volunteers to take part

Celebrating your baby

in the Orewa Beach Half Marathon 2011 Challenge. Laraine is training a small group of runners or walkers who have limited fitness and have never competed in a Half Marathon before, for next year’s event. She will provide participants with a 12-week training programme through to April next year when the event takes place. As the first volunteer in the programme, Tanya, aged 41, is working on her base

fitness prior to the programme start in December. “Fitness is something you have to work on as you get older,” Tanya says. “I have never run before, but I’m really looking forward to it. I hope more people will step up and join me, because it will be more fun if there’s a group of us.” To join the challenge ph 021 073 0989, email or visit

HBC Baby Photo Competition 2010

Join us in a celebration of all the beautiful babies on the coast and a fun way to raise money for worthy cause, the HBC Parents Centre.

Free photo and prizes!

Every entrant will receive a small basket of goodies including absolutely free, an enlargement (5”x7”) of their baby.

What do I do to enter?

Ring Manly Care Chemist for details and make an appointment for your baby’s photo to be taken. Photos taken 2-8th October. Entry fee applies.

Amazing Prizes!

1st prize over $450 worth of pharmacy products. Great 2nd and 3rd prizes too plus lots of spot prizes!


Big thanks to the sponsors: Digitalmax Photos, Revlon, Nature’s Own, Hi-Hop Baby Accessories, QV Skincare, Pink Poppy, Heinz-Watties, CS Company, Reckitt Benckiser and Huggies. Without this sponsorship, such fundraising would not be possible. Age limit is 2 years

Manly Care Chemist

53B Rawhiti Road, Manly Village, Whangaparaoa Ph (09) 424 7708, Fax (09) 424 7427 Email:


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