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15 December 2010

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National derby comes to Coast

Christmas cheer – more than 200 guests paddled or walked into remote Dacre Cottage to enjoy an early Christmas lunch.

Christmas feast at Dacre Cottage

Providing more than 200 people with a slap up Christmas lunch is no mean feat, but imagine doing it in a remote location accessible only by sea or by foot. That is exactly what the Dacre Cottage management committee chair Peter included 20 kilos of ham, 400 management committee has been Townend says the funds raised are few sausages, fresh salads and 30 kilos of doing for the past five years in order to and far between once all the food has mussels followed by Christmas cake and other festive goodies. raise funds for the cottage restoration been paid for. project. “We might have raised around $300 All the food was transported to the The event has taken on a life of this year, mainly because of the cottage by boat, with non-perishables its own, becoming an opportunity numbers that took part – this was by brought in at midnight two days for a community get-together in a far the biggest Christmas lunch we’ve before the feast, and the rest over the following days. The lion’s share of the ever had,” Pete says. picturesque location. In fact organiser and Dacre Cottage

The feast, held on November 28,

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The annual Soap Box Derby will get a dose of American-style razzamatazz next year, as the Hibiscus Coast hosts the NZ Nationals for the first time. Whangaparaoa Rotary was granted hosting rights because it was considered that the Brightside Road course in Stanmore Bay, with entertainment facilities alongside, was the best option for the final. Until now, the NZ Soap Box Derby Trust, which has the franchise for the event, was owned by the former North Shore City Council and the finals were held on the North Shore. With the change in governance, Rotarians, who run the events, took over the Trust. Terry Clarkson of Whangaparaoa Rotary has been appointed NZ race director. He attended the grand final in America this year and came back full of ideas. continued page 2

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Education on the Coast pages 18 & 19

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Dacre Christmas work fell to Pete’s family, including his wife Treffery, as well as a small group of Okura locals. Members of the Yakity Yak Kayak Club and Dacre Cottage management committee also helped with food preparation as well as cooking everything on site on gas cookers. On the day of the event around 100 kayaks lined the beach at Karepiro Bay, with paddlers coming in from Arkles Bay, Long Bay and Browns Bay. Ruth Henderson had the longest journey, paddling from Kawau Island over two days. Others arrived in dingys or runabouts and one man paddled into the bay standing up on a surfboard.

from page 1 A group of 14 Orewa Girl Guides were among those that walked in via the rough track from Haighs Access Road – a walk of around an hour and a half – and trampers also walked in from Stillwater. After lunch, resting and swimming were the order of the day before lifejackets or tramping boots were donned once more and the party disbanded. Historic Dacre Cottage was built by Captain Ranulph Dacre, circa 1855. It is owned by Auckland Council and is cared for and maintained by a volunteer committee. Info: ph Pete Townend, 027 452 9255.

Trolley Derby nationals He says he hopes to start the nationals with a motorbike cavalcade, followed by people carrying US, NZ and Rotary flags. Competitors will follow these down the course on foot, together with a marching band. The event will be opened with suitable ceremony, including the playing of the national anthem. Rotarians have also changed the rules of the final to specify one trolley/one person, rather than several drivers to one trolley. Terry says this will make the event more fluid and fair. He says Rotarians plan to expand the event, which is currently held in the North Island only, throughout the country over the next few years. The Whangaparaoa race will be held on April 9, with the nationals the following day. The nationals will feature the winning teams from Whangaparaoa, the North Shore, Waitakere, East Auckland and Whangarei. The winner competes in the grand final in America. Entertainment, including stalls and Beach Balance Bike

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Manly community welcomes the big man in red Santa was swamped by a crowd of eager youngsters at the Manly Village Christmas evening, the moment that he disembarked from the Manly Fire Brigade’s fire truck. Hundreds of families turned out to enjoy the evening’s entertainment on December 1, which included carols from Whangaparaoa Primary’s senior choir, a rousing kapa haka performance, cuddles from the Care Bear and a sausage sizzle manned by Whangaparaoa Lions. Manly Care Chemist’s offer of free makeovers for children dressed as fairies was taken up by more than 70 children. More than 150 free “fairy” cupcakes were consumed. Lions sizzled around 250 sausages donated by the Manly Village Butchery, with profits of around $480 going to the Manly Fire Brigade. This is the fifth year that the Manly Village Business Association has held the Christmas evening and organiser Tania Adams says it continues to go from strength to strength. “It’s great to see the community enjoying the event and supporting our local fire brigade,” Tania says.


More than 200 correct entries were received to the Hibiscus Matters competition to win an Aggressor 3.0 bike from Bike Me in Orewa. The winner was drawn on December 6 under Police supervision. The lucky winner is Lyn Anderson, a Puhoi resident who says the bike, valued at around $600, will be ridden by all the members of her family. “A great opportunity to get fit in the New Year,” she says. Lyn is pictured receiving her prize from Luke Haitoua of Bike Me and editor Terry Moore. Thanks to all who entered.

Clockwise from top, Santa greets all with a smile and a handful of treats. Whangaparaoa Primary School’s senior choir sang Christmas carols to entertain the crowd. Manly Fire Brigade let youngsters try helmets on for size. The Care Bear receives a treat. Manly Care Chemist staff serve ‘fairy cakes’.

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Someone is obviously determined that this tree remains in place. It was spotted by a reader in Puhoi.

Penlink heads for back burner

Any progress on the Penlink Road may have stalled following the independent review commissioned by the Auckland Regional Transport Authority (ARTA) and supported by the former Rodney District Council. The report considered the robustness of the business case in the hope of encouraging the NZ Transport Agency to move Penlink up the queue for Government funding. Although the former Council expected the report to go before the Transport Agency, this now looks unlikely. Both Auckland Transport (which has taken on ARTA’s functions) and the Transport Agency are unsure of the current situation regarding the report, with each saying it is now in the domain of the other. Even the former Rodney mayor, once dubbed ‘Penny Link’ by Transport Minister Stephen Joyce, is unsure what happened to the report. How much the report cost ARTA is unclear, but commissioning six experts for eight months’ work does not come cheap. The draft summary of the report stated that the business case put forward by the former Council was robust, on the basis of the figures provided. However, it also suggested that the figures needed more work and pointed out that the public private partnership upon which the project relies (together with Government subsidy), could be a risky enterprise for any company prepared to take it on. For more than 10 years Penlink has been promoted as a cure-all for the Hibiscus Coast’s transport problems, which have been caused by population growth in a region where commuting is the norm. The former Council and those residents who strongly support the road did their utmost to get it built, but funding has always fallen at the last hurdle. As a result, a lot of time, energy and money has gone into promoting Penlink with, apart from a designated route, little to show for it. Auckland Transport and Council now need to put their muscle behind the project for it to have any chance of success. Although Len Brown has indicated support for Penlink, his preference is for public transport and there is no doubt that other Auckland roading projects are considered to be more pressing. Penlink has been championed by Rodney MP Lockwood Smith, and the Prime Minister, but in the end, Government funding comes down to value for money. Perhaps the change in governance is a chance for fresh thinking: to reassess the options for the Hibiscus Coast and put energy into finding alternative, affordable, sustainable solutions that benefit the whole Coast and which might actually get implemented.

Christmas – duh?

Hibiscus Matters has had a lot of Christmas events to cover recently, so perhaps one of our journalists could be forgiven for a blunder when the organisers of the Christmas Day Community Lunch rang in the details of their event. “What date is the Christmas Day lunch?” the journalist enquired. “December 25th,” came the firm reply.

Glide time

You may not think of Auckland Council as a graceful swan, swimming on the still waters of a lake, but that is exactly the analogy drawn by Gill Plume, one of the Council’s economic development advisers, at a recent meeting in Orewa. “Auckland Council may look like a swan gliding smoothly along, but in reality its 8200 staff are all paddling furiously underneath,” Gill said.


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Green school gets bronze Stanmore Bay School’s work over the past two years towards becoming a sustainable school was recognised with a bronze award in this year’s Enviroschools Awards. The school was the only one on by collecting food waste. The school the Hibiscus Coast to receive an compost bin holds all the scraps that Enviroschools Award from Mayor Len cannot go into the worm farm. Brown at the presentation in Auckland Teacher Maria Hatch says the children on December 7. also understand how their food scraps At the presentation, Mayor Brown help to make the school gardens healthy. said young people often lead the way The school has also instigated a paper in terms of sustainability and the recycling system. environment. This year eight schools received Gold “These students are certainly doing Enviroschools awards, five achieved this with some of the innovative and Silver and 16 schools got bronze. exciting action learning they’re doing The awards recognise a commitment at school,” Mayor Brown said. to becoming more sustainable ‘Green’ initiatives at Stanmore Bay and were developed by the former School include creating a worm Auckland Regional Council and The farm that every class contributes to Enviroschools Foundation in 2002.

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Pest proof fence and vehicle gate works continue at the Shakespear Open Sanctuary and gates should be operational by Christmas. Road markings at Army Bay and the boat ramp will be installed to help guide traffic movement in this area and protect the fence from vehicle collision. It is also important to prevent vehicles parking alongside the fence as this provides an elevated jumping point for pests to potentially clear the fence and invade the sanctuary. Boat ramp users will notice Park Rangers in this area informing the public of the need to take care parking vehicles and trailers. Biodiversity monitoring baseline surveys for the Open Sanctuary are complete. These surveys across the peninsula record numbers and species of plants, birds, reptiles and invertebrates to allow changes in biological condition over time to be measured. Repeat surveys will be conducted annually. A thank you barbecue was held recently for the volunteer pest trappers. Since trapping commenced at Shakespear in 2000, more than 12,000 rats, mustelids and possums have been trapped on the park. Volunteer trappers will continue to check and service the surveillance trap network following pest eradication next winter, the difference being that these traps will almost always be empty. However, eternal vigilance is required to maintain a pest free sanctuary and detect and remove any invaders that might breach our defences. The Christmas season is upon us, the water is warm and the pohutukawa are blooming. Time to enjoy the beautiful Shakespear Regional Park, as well as contemplating the open sanctuary that it will soon become.




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Rainfall last month at Whangaparaoa, measured at the end of the Peninsula, was 20.2 mm, 31 percent of normal November totals. While this reflected a very dry November period, in fact the lowest November total on record (since the station started in 1987) was last November, in which just 12.6 mm was recorded. NIWA predicts a warm, dry summer for the region due to a moderate to strong La Niña weather pattern which is likely to continue to next autumn. Its climate outlook through to January reveals that temperatures are likely to be above average and rainfall near or above normal.

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Makeover in the wind for Gulf Harbour Facilities in Gulf Harbour basin are to receive a makeover by the owners of the town centre’s commercial units, Marlin Group. An upgrade that includes repairs to the ramp onto the band rotunda, as well as painting, lighting, paving repairs and planting in the town centre is in its early stages. Maintenance of the common areas in the town centre is the responsibility of the Town Centre Body Corporate, however Marlin Group, whose company Gabrielles Trustee Company Ltd owns the commercial units, says it is stepping in at the request of its tenants. Consultant John Pratt says little work has been done in the area since the buildings were constructed almost 20 years ago. “We have to provide a better standard of amenities if business in the town centre is to thrive,” Mr Pratt says. “Vandalism and neglect have impacted badly on the area and the tenants want action. We made a commitment to them to sort it out.” He says the fact that the Rugby World Cup is on next year, bringing teams to

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the Coast, was also a consideration in the timing of the upgrade. Mr Pratt says he was given the job of planning and implementing the upgrade in May and is about to sign off on a quote for work to commence. The plan is to offer a variety of food and entertainment options in the basin, complementing existing businesses. Work is underway on fitting out three new restaurants and plans include starting up a Saturday market. Mr Pratt says Marlin would also like to see water taxis ply their trade in the canal, and a pontoon built at the bottom of the town centre steps so the

public can row or paddle in. A public meeting will be held early in the New Year to obtain feedback and ideas from residents about the future of the town centre, and the issue will also be on the agenda of the Gulf Harbour Village Residents Association annual meeting in the New Year. Town Centre Body Corp Committee spokesperson Greg Davidson agrees that the town centre has not been well maintained. However, he says the main reason the work has not been carried out is that Marlin Group are in arrears of their Body Corp fees.

St Francis by the Sea Catholic church in Manly has plans to make additions and alterations to its facility, including creation of a memorial garden. The church, located in Motutapu Ave, applied for land use resource consent last month for the changes. An Auckland Council spokesperson advises that the church’s application is currently on hold as officers have requested more information before making a decision regarding public notification. St Francis by the Sea was built in 1984 to cater for a growing Catholic community on Whangaparaoa Peninsula which previously had to travel to Stanmore Bay Community Hall or Whangaparaoa Hall to worship.

Networks provide business support Auckland Council’s “go-to girls” for businesses were introduced at a meeting held by Rodney Economic Development Trust in Orewa this month. Representatives of business associations from Albany and Rodney Wards attended the meeting in hopes of finding out how Auckland Council can help them. Auckland Council economic development adviser Gill Plume introduced herself and Claire Siddens as “your new best buddies” – a point of contact responsible for building business networks. Gill and Claire’s roles include responsibility for Business Associations and Business Improvement Districts (BIDs). Gill said BIDs offer businesses “strength in numbers” that will be vital in dealing with the new Council. For more info,


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Play it Forward goal in sight

Despite Ministry of Eduction funding cuts, the future of the local programme Play it Forward, which assists troubled primary school children to get back on track, looks secure, thanks to community support. The programme, which uses basketball a North Shore company who are as a focus, looked likely to fold in assisting in establishing a website for August, but following a story in the project. It is hoped that www. Hibiscus Matters, local individuals and will go live in time businesses, as well as the NZ Breakers, for Christmas. stepped in to assist. Hannah Heffernan of The programme, which has been in Wellington is currently developing running on the Coast for 10 years, a logo to be used on t-shirts and other works with around 20 children from promotional material. up to eight schools per year. Along with Rachael says recent meetings with the basketball coaching, it teaches anger Foundation for Youth Development, management and how to nip bullying NZ Breakers and Auckland Council in the bud, as well as providing the have provided important contacts, participants with opportunities to mentors and guidance. share experiences. The scheme uses pupils as positive role models and The NZ Breakers committed to has proved its worth in changing the sending a community coach every behaviour of bullies, their victims and week to put the boys through coaching skills and drills. children with anger issues. Since the story in Hibiscus Matters “It is truly inspirational to see how (August 18) Rachael Meese of well the boys work and perform under Stanmore Bay, a student majoring this coaching,” Rachael says. in Community Development, has Programme instigator, local teacher taken on the role of Development Adrienne McKenty, says the Play it Coordinator – promoting the project, Forward team are working hard to establishing networks in youth ensure the project remains in the hearts development, local government and and minds of the local community for business sectors. many years to come. She is also consolidating the “It has already changed the lives of organisation, policies and procedures many young people,” Adrienne says. of the programme, with the long-term “We hope to encourage other schools goal of extending it to more schools. to become partners in the project. Ant Carter from Cardinal Solutions Continued community support in Arkles Bay is providing business for this project will see us working support and advice and put the team wonders in other schools by this time in contact with Datum Connect – next year.”

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War and peace A few weeks ago, rather than a partridge in a pear tree, my Christmas looked likely to feature a kaka in a rewarewa tree. A battle royal was waged for ownership of the mature silver dollar gums in the park near our house. These large trees are populated by tuis, which also visit gardens in the neighbourhood in search of food. The kaka that have been spotted in Manly in recent months launched a takeover, and for several days flew across the park, early in the morning screeching and dive bombing the trees in hopes of chasing off the resident tuis. Kaka also visited the garden several times, and I was lucky enough to see four fly past the bedroom window – almost close enough to touch – as well as watching them feed in my puriri and rewarewa trees. My well-thumbed copy of Andrew Crowe’s Which NZ Bird reveals that I was privileged indeed: on a scale where ‘100’ are common birds like sparrows and those labelled ‘0’ are only found in a sanctuary, the book estimates the chances of seeing kaka at nine. The likelihood of seeing tui is 40. Perhaps it was a numbers game in the park as well, for despite the relative size of the kaka, and their determination, the tui won possession of the trees. I occasionally hear the distinctive whistle of the kaka elsewhere in Manly, and they are probably still desperately seeking a home base. They nest in old hollow trees, and they’ll need extraordinary luck to find those in Whangaparaoa – such trees are often deemed “dangerous” or “unsightly” and are removed from gardens, as well as public places. Of course the battle between the kaka and tui is only one of many that take place every day in the garden – the cat stalking anything that moves, vegies vs snails, weeds vs garden fork, and, my favourite, ladybirds vs aphids. Ladybirds are like diminutive tanks, mowing down everything in their path. They consume aphids – many of which are almost as large as they are – at a prodigious rate – as many as 800 per adult during a 40-day life span. My roses benefit hugely from that particular fight. Most of these battles need only minimal interference from gardeners. Therefore, jump into the hammock or deck chair, enjoy some relaxation in your garden and have a peaceful Christmas.

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Rodney Council blunder almost closes youth camp Plans for expansion that the Peter Snell Youth Village has on the drawing board ran into difficulties when it was discovered that the Youth Village does not comply with the District Plan. Unbeknownst to the owners of the the alternative is for it to close down, Youth Village, the former Rodney in which case it is likely that the District Council removed the village as 10.9 ha site would be subdivided for a ‘permitted activity’ when it prepared residential use (to the degree allowed its District Plan in 2000. under the zoning). To correct its error, Auckland Council’s chief planning and allow the camp to remain, the officer Roger Blakeley says this was former Council notified a proposed because the former Council considered a plan change, which is being that the ‘existing use right’ that the undertaken by Auckland Council. Youth Village had would enable it to Proposed Plan Change 130 allows continue operating. the Youth Village to expand its and associated However, it turned out that the current accommodation Landscape Protection Residential facilities as well as providing for up to zoning does not provide for a camp 17 retirement units to be built. facility and also makes it difficult to It also seeks to ensure that the undertake alterations or expansions on ecological and landscape qualities the site at Army Bay where the Youth of the site are not undermined, and, Village has operated since 1963. because of the planned intensification If no provision is made for the camp, of built area, places a covenant on part

of the site, protecting it as an area of regenerating bush. Ken Stout president of the NZ Sunday School Union, which owns the Youth Village, says there is an immediate need for additional facilities and modernisation of existing ones. He says the retirement units would bring in funds to support programmes. The facility, which is a member of Christian Camping NZ, provides

schools and other groups with outdoor activities-based programmes. The proposed plan change and submission forms can be found on the website of the former Rodney District Council, under District Town Planning. It can also be viewed at the Orewa Service Centre, 50 Centreway Road, and local libraries. Submissions close on December 17.

Public information on resource consents may be reviewed

Among the brain-teasers facing Auckland Council is whether to review the policy on what resource consent information should be made publicly available. Currently, only notified consent applications are posted on Auckland Council’s website, and all consents, including non-notified applications, are listed as they come in on the websites of former Councils, including that of the former Rodney District Council. An Auckland Council spokesperson

says this policy of listing non-notified consents will continue “for a while yet”. The spokesperson says Council is still working through what the process will be going forward. “The current policy may be reviewed, but that is yet to be determined,” the spokesperson says. There is no legal requirement for all consents to be made public, and this has been done at the discretion of the local authority. On the Hibiscus Coast there are numerous examples

of residents being alerted to consents they would have otherwise have been unaware of via this listing. The most recent example is an application by Kensington Park Holdings to build apartments taller than allowed under the District Plan. Public interest in this has led to a decision on notification being put before independent commissioners, rather than Council staff. Auckland Council’s resource consents manager Heather Harris says Council

must publicly notify an application if the activity will have, or is likely to have, adverse effects on the environment that are more than minor. The applicant can also request public notification and some regional or district plan rules require public notification. The final decision on notification generally rests with Council’s senior planning officers. The percentage of applications that are notified is generally less than five percent.

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Community shares in Christmas feast A small team of three people deserve recognition for being among the busiest of ‘Santa’s helpers’ on the Hibiscus Coast. Lleon and Mary Downes and Sue The task of organising the event and Judd are core organisers of the free funding it to the tune of around Christmas Day Community lunch $4000 each year was taken over that has been providing a wonderful by local churches eight years ago. service for 11 years. Currently the process is overseen by Their efforts are supported by local the Salt Community Trust, part of businesses and more than 40 volunteers the ministry of the Northgate Baptist who start work on Christmas Eve, Church in Silverdale. giving the Orewa Community Hall a Last year around 250 people shared festive makeover, preparing food and in the lunch. Lleon says solo parent setting up tables. Volunteers are also families are among those taking part, on hand at the lunch, acting as hosts, and Christmas presents are provided serving food and entertaining guests as for the children. well as clearing up after the meal and He says the event would not be on Boxing Day. possible with the support of the team Lleon Downes has been involved with at Orewa New World, who not only the lunch since its inception, and says provide ham, chicken and turkey but organising it is now down to a fine art. also cook it and deliver it to the venue. The feast, which is open to anyone Orewa Lions provide Christmas cakes, who finds themself alone on Orewa Paper Plus provide decorations Christmas Day, was initially organised and Christmas crackers and Party Hire by Catherine Smith of Age Concern in Whangaparaoa Road lend a range who became aware of many elderly of equipment. This year the former people who faced Christmas with Rodney District Council provided dread as they would be spending it on a grant for the lunch from their Community Fund. their own.

 BRIEFS Fond memories Hibiscus Hospice Christmas Remembrance Trees have gone on display on the Hibiscus Coast, providing an opportunity to honour loved ones who are unable to be with you (for whatever reason) this Christmas. In return for a donation to Hospice, you can write a message on a decoration, to hang on the tree. The trees are at The Plaza, Whangaparaoa from December 13–22 and at New World Orewa December 13-18.

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Transport to the lunch can be organised, ph Lleon 426 0355. Free Christmas Day Community Luncheon • Orewa Community Hall • December 25, 12.30–3pm.

Fantails Childcare of Whangaparaoa held a special day to celebrate the Christmas season with families and staff. Just before Santa arrived the children warmed the hearts of parents with a concert of Christmas carols on the outdoor stage. A sausage sizzle and picnic followed, with children kept busy on bouncy castles.

In a rush to wrap your gifts? Take advantage of the Hibiscus Hospice Gift wrapping service. For a gold coin donation, you can get your Christmas present wrapped as well as supporting others in need. The service is available at the Plaza, Whangaparaoa from December 10–24.

Art by the sea A visit to the Great Manly Art Show is a way to ease back after the Christmas rush, and enjoy artworks in a laid back, beachside setting. The popular show, on December 28, displays the work of local artists and has been a huge attraction for holidaymakers and locals for 25 years. Devonshire teas are available. The Great Manly Art Show is at 77 The Esplanade, Manly.

Openair Cinema & Music Summer Series 4 Jan Shine a Light (pre-movie music by Mark & Linda)

Directed by Martin Scorcese this is a career-spanning documentary on the Rolling 122min M Stones, with concert footage from their "A Bigger Bang" tour.

5 Jan Meet the Parents – The Focker and the Byrnes families brace themselves for the arrival of a baby. With all the inevitable misunderstandings, spying and covert missions during his in-laws Little Fockers (pre-movie music by visit, will Greg (Ben Stiller) pass Jack's (Robert De Niro) final test and become the family's next patriarch...or will the circle of trust be broken for good? Jennifer Eirina)

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6 Jan Once Upon a Time Possibly the greatest Western of all time! This 1968 epic stars Henry Fonda as a 165min M mysterious stranger with a harmonica who joins forces with a notorious desperado in the West (pre-movie music by to protect a beautiful widow from a ruthless assassin working for the railroad. Also starring Charles Bronson & Claudia Cardinale. Mojave Duo) 7 Jan Inception (pre-movie music by Bel Bossa Duo)

In a world where technology exists to enter the human mind through dream 148min M invasion, Leonardo DiCaprio is a highly skilled thief given a final chance at redemption which involves executing his toughest job till date. This is a movie that MUST be seen on the big screen.

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First fiesta gets thumbs up from community families Organisers of the Stella Maris Twilight Fiesta are delighted with the support that the school’s first public fundraiser achieved. Michelle Nottage of the Stella Maris future events can be developed.” PTFA said that the Fiesta was a success The late afternoon to evening time not only in terms of dollars raised, but slot created a more relaxed feel than more importantly for all the positive traditional school galas, with many feedback from the community. families buying an evening meal from “Our focus was not all about the a variety of food stalls. These included money, but more importantly being nachos, stir fry and curry as well our first Fiesta, creating a balance as sausages cooked Kiwi barbecue, between community spirit and South African boerewors or American fundraising,” Mrs Nottage says. hotdog style. “We believe this Fiesta has created a The Fiesta raised $20,000 towards the wonderful foundation upon which upgrading of the school fields.

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Everyone’s a winner in the Estuary opens sculpture garden Orewa Beach Dash for Cash The inaugural Orewa Beach Dash for Cash could be the ideal event for anyone whose New Year’s resolutions include becoming more healthy, wealthy and wise. The event, to be held on January 15, back into the community, so $1 from involves a run, or stroll for 5.5km every entry goes to Orewa Sea Scouts. along Orewa Beach with every finisher The Sea Scouts will also have an expo receiving an envelope that may be alongside the Orewa Surf Club where the event starts and finishes. cash, a voucher or a spot prize. Anyone can take part, including Although it involves a dose of healthy runners and walkers, riders of bikes and exercise, Laraine stresses that the event is not a race. trikes and parents pushing buggies. Laraine Chase of Orewa Events says “It doesn’t matter whether you dash she modelled the event on the Wag or dawdle – it’s just an opportunity and Walk, which takes place on the to take part in a relaxed, fun occasion where everyone’s a winner.” North Shore. “However I’ve gone a step further, Sponsors are coming up with prizes for allowing bikes and trikes, prams and the envelopes, including vouchers from buggies to enter so anyone can have a pharmacies and local food outlets. go,” Laraine says. “Council has let us Enter at, www. have dogs on leads on the beach that or on the morning along with everyone else, so day. Orewa Beach Dash for Cash • it should be a very colourful occasion.” Orewa Beach Surf Club • January 15, She also wanted the event to put money 9am–11am

Sculpture in an outdoor setting is the latest venture for Estuary Arts Centre in Orewa. The sculpture garden outside the Centre will include large works designed to be seen ‘in the round’ that will be changed every three months. The Centre gained consent from the former Rodney District Council to utilise the land that it leases around its building on Hibiscus Coast Highway for a sculpture garden and hopes it will be in place early in the New Year. Centre director David Poole says the floor inside the arts centre is not strong enough for weighty things, but there are aesthetic reasons, as well as practical, for the creation of the garden. “The Centre needs a suitable place to display large outdoor works, and it will also add interest and a creative edge to the area,” David says. The land will be fenced for security, with a gate being constructed by local artist Graham Reese.

New Year opening for swim school

Where have all the artworks gone?

The Northern Arena Swim School and Aquatic Centre in Silverdale North will officially open on January 22. The opening day will provide a chance for the community to take a look around the new facility, and go in the draw for a family facility package. As well as the Maori welcome and opening ceremony, group fitness and swim school classes will be showcased. Doors open at 8.30am. The facility’s focus is on fitness, and swim coaching. It contains two 25m-long pools and two 10 x 12m pools. Head teacher is Olympic swimmer Dean Kent.

David Poole with a Mark Dimmock sculpture.

Graham’s metal sculptures will feature in the first outdoor display, along with work by Wellington sculptor Mark Dimmock and local artists Sue Bangcroft and John Phillips.

Artworks purchased from Rodney artists by the former Rodney District Council that hung in the former Council offices in Centreway Road, Orewa, have been distributed around Albany and Rodney Wards. A total of 60 artworks now hang in libraries and service centres in what was Rodney District, including Whangaparaoa and Orewa libraries and the Orewa Service Centre. An Auckland Council spokesperson says that at this stage, there is no budget to rotate the works between these locations, although this may change.

WARKWORTH & DISTRICTS A&P SHOW SOCIETY 144th Annual Show 22 January 2011 Extended Gymkhana will also be on 23 January 2011

Gates open 8.30am • Official entertainment starts 10.30am Animal competitions start 9am • Indoor exhibits open 9am along with local wine and beer tasting and gourmet food. All day entertainment at the large marquee. • Dog trailing with ducks • Chelsea Marriner (World Champion Dog Handler) and • Shearing competition in the ‘brand new’ shearing pavillion her eight Border Collie dogs • Alpacas, pet lambs, beef & dairy, goats, Calf club and • Kids (old fashioned) races eg. egg on the spoon young handlers competition • Ewe racing & shearing demos with Greg • Equestrian mounted games display (olympics on horseback) • Vintage Cars • Equestrian quadrille displays • Martial Arts display • Wood chopping • Queen, fairy, princess & pirate competitions • Des Chitty, country & western music • Croquet club play and display • Highland dancing & competitions plus all the usual trade and side shows and much more

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Variety is coming to town

Hard on the heels of Santa Claus, the Variety Bash is coming to Orewa in March to distribute grants that will help children in need. Variety – The Children’s Charity Examples of items that may be is currently seeking applications considered for funding include from families and child-related specialised trikes, computer organisations for funding to be equipment for special hearing and considered for distribution during its communications requirements, sport/ 21st annual Variety Bash. play/art and cultural equipment, and From March 5–12, the Variety Bash, a customised equipment for children convoy of 40 vehicles, will travel from with special needs. Te Puke to Paihia. It is scheduled to Applications are considered by stop in Orewa on March 7. Variety’s Grants Committee and The Bash’s mission is to distribute funds are granted to those projects grants and raise money for Kiwi kids in the committee considers will improve need, as well as bring ‘magic and fun’ to the quality of life of sick, disabled and disadvantaged children aged up to 18 the schools and communities it visits. Families, schools and child welfare years. Since its inception in NZ in organisations must get their grant 1989, Variety has distributed over $12 applications in to the Variety office million to children in need. before December 31 so that they can Info and application forms: www. be considered for presentation during or phone Heather the Bash visit in March. Stevens on 09 520 4111.

Christmas services at local churches include:

• St Stephens Anglican Church, Stanmore Bay Rd: This is last year the Christmas services will be held in the historic St Stephens church, with the new building to be built next year. Christmas Eve: 4pm, Christingle (especially for the children); 11pm, Midnight Service. Christmas Day: 8am Holy Communion;10am Family Communion. Boxing Day: 10am, Combined service with Manly Methodists. Professional storyteller Stu Duval will speak to the congregation. • Orewa Community Church, entrance from Amorino Dr, Red Beach December 19: 10am, Kids Church & Carols, Fun, family, cafe style celebrations of Jesus’ birth. Christmas Eve: 8pm, The Music of Christmas. Boxing Day: 10am, Boxing Day service. • Hibiscus Coast Catholic Parish, Christmas Mass Christmas Eve: 5.30pm Children’s Mass, St John’s, Orewa (Children to dress up as their favourite nativity character); 11.30pm, Carol Service, St John’s, Orewa; Midnight, Christmas Mass, St John’s, Orewa. Christmas Day: 8.30am, St Francis, Manly; 10.15am, St John’s, Orewa • Manly Methodist Parish Christmas Eve: 8.30 pm, Manly Methodist Church, 945 Whangaparaoa Rd. Christmas Day: 9.30 am, Red Beach Methodist Church, 76 Red Beach Rd. Take your place on Santa’s knee at: Whangaparaoa Plaza, Mon to Fri, 11am–1pm & 2pm–5pm, Sat/Sun, 11am–4pm from now until Christmas Eve • Santa will also be out and about in Orewa, and photos with Santa at being taken at Orewa Care Chemist, December 15–24, 10am–12pm & 1pm– 3pm every day except Sundays.

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Just in time for Christmas comes the news that a community based church is to be built adjacent to Kingsway School, providing for 500 worshippers. The church is part of the school’s A deal between the school and expansion plans, which also include Millwater developer WFH Properties a 60-pupil preschool and 600 pupil this year ensured that a church will primary and 167 carparks, but it will be built, and enabled the school to purchase 4.6ha of land opposite not be built by the school. Kingsway Trust chair John Bolam says Silverdale Primary School. WFH the school is currently negotiating Properties also undertook earthworks with a local church, which will on the site, which are now complete. Silverdale business owners, from left purchase a site from the school and Mr Bolam says local families value Graham Johnson, Kuzuko Subritzky build a church there. As well as the the non-denominational, Christian and Annette Dudding, say the town existing congregation, the new church education that the school offers and as centre’s Christmas tree is a sign of good will cater for residents of the Millwater a result Kingsway is close to capacity, things to come. The pohutukawa was development. with a roll of nearly 1200 pupils. planted by the former Rodney District The expansion will allow the existing Council. This month it bloomed, and Mr Bolam says he was concerned that buildings to become a college only, with was draped with decorations. As the such a large subdivision was being purpose-built Primary and preschool tree grows there are plans to add developed in Silverdale North without close by. Kingsway already has two lights and decorate more of Silverdale. provision for a church of a suitable size. preschools, in Red Beach and Orewa, and Mr Bolam says the Red Beach one will stay and the one on the corner of Hibiscus Coast Highway and Are there benefits in paying more for sunglasses or are cheap ones just as good? Centreway Road will close after the Most Sunglasses sold today have a high rate of UV protection. Where the difference comes in is in the new preschool is built. quality of the finished lens and frame. Although cheap sunglasses give adequate protection, the lenses may be full of distortion and cause eyestrain. Better quality sunglasses usually are distortion free and offer better Currently the school is working eye protection, especially when they are polarized and have coatings like Anti-reflective or hard-coatings through the process of gaining to protect them from scratching. Quality sunglasses are also made of stronger and more durable frame relevant approvals and funding from materials. Come and see the team at Orewa Optics for a FREE and fair assessment of your sunglasses. the Ministry of Education. Email us a question, and it may be the chosen answer published each month. “It’s a very exciting time for us, with the opportunity to create a hub for the REWA PTICS delivery of a high quality, affordable, 10 Bakehouse Lane, Orewa • Phone 426 6646 Em: • Christian education,” Mr Bolam says.


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History with Ruth Olsen, Silverdale & Districts Historical Society


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Christmases past at Orewa Beach The camping ground at the southern end of Orewa Beach has long been a favourite for summer holidays. Long time resident Robin Grover recalls Christmas holidays there in the 1940s when the camping ground was much smaller, there was a pine plantation between the camp ground and the surf club and masses of yellow lupins (planted in the hope of stabilising the sand) on the foreshore. The tracks though the lupins were perfect for small children and the tangy scent of pines and lupins, together with the strident sound of cicadas on a hot summer’s day, were a never-to-be-forgotten part of the holidays. Robin’s family lived in Auckland and journeying to Orewa in the days before the Harbour Bridge was a major undertaking. People either had to cross over to Devonport on the vehicular ferry or drive round the harbour through Henderson and Riverhead. Robin’s father borrowed a truck to transport the family’s large rented tent, which had its own wooden floor, together with their camp equipment. Apple boxes served as cupboards and cooking was done on a small oil stove. There was no refrigeration, but a meat safe on a nearby tree kept things cool. A camp store across the road, where the iSite now stands, catered for the needs of campers as the main shopping centre was at Silverdale several kilometres away and very few people owned cars. One highlight each year was corralling fish off the beach. Three men set out a long fishing net in a large circle and all the bystanders helped pull it in. The net was always heavy with a huge swirling mass of fish which were sold to the campers. Many years later Robin’s family had a bach at the northern end of the beach and Robin recalls bringing their pet lamb with them from Auckland. The lamb was devoted to Robin’s mother and followed her everywhere. It created quite a sensation when it insisted on swimming beside her in the sea.

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To the following companies and our local people for your continuing generous donations towards our Foodbank. 297 parcels have been supplied during the year helping 857 people - 383 adults, 124 teenagers and 350 children. Whangaparaoa Rotary Club • Dad’s Pies • Orewa New World Whangaparaoa Curves • Brumby’s Orewa • Eddie Law • Farmers Countdown Orewa & Whangaparaoa • Fish Bar, Stanmore Bay • Bunnings Orewa Care Chemist • Signpost Signs Ltd • Hibiscus Matters • Coffee News Local Churches & the special people of Rodney who continually drop food into us. Also to our Community Shop customers and users of our other services.

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Natural Health with Catherine Opie

Wise men bearing gifts In the Bible three wise men travelling to the birth of Jesus carry with them gold, frankincense and myrrh as gifts for the holy child. These three substances have long been considered important symbols of wealth, spiritual purity and eternal life. Gold is revered by many cultures, has been much fought over and now forms the basis of our global monetary system. Gold never tarnishes or corrodes: it is unaffected by moisture, oxygen or ordinary acids. Although virtually indestructible, it is a soft metal, easy to work with, shape, flatten or draw out into microscopic strands. Medically it is used to patch damaged blood vessels, nerves, bones and membranes, in cancer treatments and to clear coronary arteries. Gold-coated lasers are used for inoperable heart conditions, tumours and healing wounds on the battlefield. Colloidal gold is thought to be helpful for arthritis and mental alertness. Gold is also a common ingredient in expensive, anti-aging serums. Frankincense, or olibanum, is the resin from trees of the genus Boswellia, mainly found in Arabia and Somalia. It was used by the Egyptians in the embalming process and by Jews and Christians as part of their traditional incense. Frankincense has disinfectant and antibacterial properties and has been used to strengthen or tone gums, hair roots and skin. Frankincense has been known to assist with the healing of scars and stretch marks and frankincense essential oil is a component in creams for dry or mature skin. Myrrh is also a resin, taken from trees belonging to the genus Commiphora, native to Egypt. Myrrh has anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal and antiseptic qualities. It stimulates the circulation and can be used as a tonic for the immune system. North African people traditionally chewed the resin to keep their teeth and gums healthy and myrrh has been found in modern times to have a healing effect on the mucous membranes of the mouth. Made into a tincture it is a fabulous ingredient for mouthwash. I hope you have enjoyed reading this column as much as I have enjoyed writing it this year and I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a very happy, healthy year for 2011. Note: If you are pregnant or have specific health problems always seek advice from a qualified health practitioner before using essential oils or herbal medicines.

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Hearing law reverberates through the community

Opposition to Government changes to ACC that affect the hearing impaired is still being expressed loud and clear to parliamentarians, five months after the changes became law. This month the National Foundation hearing loss caused by noise is in the for the Deaf launched a petition higher frequencies, yet the hearing loss seeking to overturn the law that sets is measured over the whole frequency a threshold for hearing damage before spectrum,” Oriole says. claimants can be covered by ACC. National Foundation for the Deaf The law, part of the Accident chief executive Louise Carroll says that Compensation Act, came into force the Foundation, along with the rest of on July 1. Its provisions include the the hearing disability sector, told the requirement that people with noise- Government the threshold was wrong damaged hearing must have a total and would create serious injustice, but loss of at least six percent before ACC were ignored. will accept a claim. “The law is wrong, it is unfair, it Local hearing specialists are in support is discriminatory, and it must be of the petition, and will have it at their changed,” Louise says. “We ask clinics for members of the public to all New Zealanders, but especially sign. the thousands with hearing loss, to Both Stephanie Mears of Bay support this petition.” Audiology and Oriole Wilson of The law also includes a provision that Hearing Solutions say they are hearing loss caused by ageing, rather concerned that the law creates a “lower than injury, is no longer covered by fence” for hearing loss, whereas in the ACC. past cases were judged on a person’s To find out more about what individual needs. the changes mean, contact your Oriole says the six percent threshold audiologist. The petition can be is likely to affect younger people with found at Bay Audiology, Shop 4, noise induced hearing loss most. The Nautilus, Orewa and Hearing “One of the problems is that a lot of Solutions, Cammish Lane, Orewa.


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Carers graduate Staff who up-skilled by completing the Ryman Foundations Programme took a bow this month, as they graduated from the programme at Evelyn Page Retirement Village in Orewa. Graduating from the Foundations Programme earns staff an NZQA recognized Level 2 qualification, the National Certificate in Community Support. Village manager Judy Brader says she is delighted that 14 staff achieved outstanding results. “Our team worked extremely hard to achieve this qualification,” Judy says. Carers who have completed their Level 2 qualification will be supported by Ryman to go on and complete national level 3 qualifications through participation in the Aged Care Education work-based training programme.

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College award ceremonies Hard work takes top students’ Wentworth College and Kingsway School held their end of year prizegiving ceremonies on December 7, celebrating the achievements of top students in all fields of endeavour. Wentworth principal Bruce Tong said Chelsea Pratt; Int. Sportsman’s Cup, in his address that the school’s move Harry Charles; Snr Sportswoman’s to Cambridge Exams was complex but Cup, Jazmin Hopper; Snr Sportsman’s successful. He farewelled Wentworth’s Cup, Gideon van Zyl. Head of Primary, Lynda Knight de Kingsway School achievements Blois, who has been appointed to the Academic: Snr Biology Award, Education Review Office. Elizabeth McGlashan; Mark Olivier Wentworth College achievements Commerce Award, Luke Becker; Academic: Principal’s Cup for Most Snr History Cup, Hayley Morrison; Outstanding Jnr Student, Ida de Snr Languages Cup, Jack Davies; Smet; Y11 Cup for Academic and Snr Literary Award, Eden Wood; Co-curricular Endeavour, Chelsea Snr Maths Cup, Shao Hao Chang; Pratt; The Auld Cup for Academic Grayson Jnr Science Cup, Keumin Excellence in Year 12, Cullen Wooller; Lee; Ferrar Snr Science Cup, Victoria Trust Board Cup for Services to Irons; The Bryce Shield for Excellence Wentworth, Julia Tillett; Founder’s in Snr Technology, Isaac Bain; Jnr College Technology Cup, Tegan Cup for the Most Outstanding Snr Mincham; Millenium Cup for Top Student, Victoria Bell; Proxime Year 12, Victoria Irons; Josiah Cup, Accessit, Gideon van Zyl. Janelle Beauchamp; Kingsway Cup, Cultural: Jnr Music Cup, Lauren Elizabeth McGlashan; Diligence Cup, Wright; Snr Music Cup, Ashlin Hayley Morrison; Principal’s Cup, Hannon; Freeman Cup for the Most Jonathan Wilkins; Utting Student Promising Musician, Oliver Down; Leadership Cup, Jenna-Leanne Foat; Year 12 Dramatic Presentation Proxime Accessit, Jack Davies Cup, Cameron Beach; Comedy and Cultural: Joanne Burnard Jnr Art Tragedy Cup, Ashlin Hannon; Mary Cup, Christina Swart; Snr Art Cup, Cavanagh Cup for Service to Drama, Jenna-Leanne Foat; Creative Art Danny Goodwin; Student Art Award Award, Brooklyn Smith; Snr Drama for Best Overall Standard, Katie Hay; Award, Rebecca Argar; Jnr College Year 13 Speech Cup, Jak Charles & Music Cup, Christiaan Swanepoel; Dion Morley; Senior Debating Cup, Senior College Music Cup, Elizabeth Cullen Wooller. McGlashan; Performing Arts Award, Sports: Jnr Sportswoman’s Cup, Ida De Joshua Coombridge Smet; Jnr Sportsman’s Cup, Mitchell Kingsway’s sports awards were not Grant; Int. Sportswoman’s Cup, available as HM went to print.

studies up to the next level Hayley Morrison – Dedication, determination and hard work were rewarded when Hayley Morrison won the Dux award at Kingsway School. Hayley was not only the school’s top student in Biblical Studies, Chemistry, Economics, English and History, but she also achieved a high distinction in Statistics and Mathematics Modelling. Hayley was awarded a Kingsway Scholars’ Award and also won the Senior History Cup and the Diligence Cup. Outside the classroom, she represented her peers, serving as a Year 13 representative on the Student Council. Next year Hayley will commence a conjoint BA/BCom degree at Massey University, which will be made easier by a bursary from the ASB Bank and a Massey University High Achievers’ Award, which included a $3000 grant. Louisa Mann – Wentworth College’s Dux Louisa Mann is hoping to fight crime after fighting off tough competition to win the top academic trophy. The 18-year-old from Army Bay hopes to join the NZ Police Force. She has already undergone some rigorous tests and is waiting to hear if she has got through to the next round in the selection process. Louisa was awarded the Dux in recognition of her academic excellence after she achieved 344 credits at Excellence and Merit levels for NCEA Level 3. She took out top awards in Chemistry, Physics and Biology and was runner

up in Mathematics with Calculus and Mathematics with Statistics. Her award comes just two years after her brother, Felix, was awarded the Wentworth College Dux trophy. Louisa takes part in a number of sports to a high level. She is a keen runner and has also taken part in shooting, fencing, swimming and the pentathlon.

Top, Kingsway Dux Hayley Morrison with Proximae Accessit Jack Davies. Above, Louisa Mann is congratulated by Wentworth principal Bruce Tong.

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Praise meted out to meet a metre school programme

A NZ-wide programme that encourages children to look closely at their own backyard for scientific information, has been awarded an Honourable Mention in the international Stockholm Challenge Awards. The Meet a Metre programme, which country taking part in the study. was launched by the Department The students studied the species found of Conservation and the NZ in a one metre square piece of land International Science Fair last year, in the school grounds. They learned was the only children’s science project about classifying flora and fauna, in the finals. carried out worm counts to look at soil It combines hands-on science health, and predicted what they could skills with information technology, do to improve the conditions in their providing 32 participating schools metre plot. around NZ with the opportunity to share scientific findings online with The Stockholm Challenge is an scientists from DOC and Landcare international biennial programme that rewards innovation. This year’s winners Research. Earlier this year a group of were selected from 134 projects in Whangaparaoa Primary School six categories by a jury chosen from students from years four, five and six leading global IT entrepreneurs. were among those from around the Info:

General Enquiries Please contact the school from 24th January Opening for Enrolments 27th & 28th January The 1st intake is limited to ‘in-zone’ families only All people moving into the WPS Zone are asked to contact the school and make an appointment for enrolment School Uniform may be purchased 1st-2nd Feb from 10am–12pm From the shop in the School Hall Stationery list is available from the Front Desk at Reception TERM 1 2011 OPENS FEBRUARY 3RD FROM 8.55am CLOSES APRIL 15TH

Gala raises record sum

Organisers say Stanmore Bay School’s annual Gala on November 28 was a huge success. The community supported the event in record numbers, enjoying the stalls, food and entertainment options in sunny weather. Takings on the day were up 25 percent from last year to just under $35,000.The money raised will be used to upgrade the school pool, with plans for solar heating the pool and upgrading the shade area and changing room facilities. PTA chair Katie Monckton said the school is very lucky to have a dedicated team of parents and sponsors, without whom the school would not be able to organise successful events like the Gala.

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Safe summer on the sea Christmas is our peak time for callouts. Over the holiday period Coastguard Hibiscus will be spending additional hours on the water patrolling the Whangaparaoa area (the unit is on callout 24/7, 365 days a year). In the excitement to take to the water over the festive season, don’t forget the following: yy Check the Marine Weather forecast and tell someone what your plans are. yy Ensure there is a lifejacket/PFD of the correct size for each person on board the boat. This is the skipper’s responsibility and a legal requirement. yy Check there is a waterproof torch (and spare battery for it) on board even if you are not planning to be out after dark. A torch can be used to signal for help – Morse code signal for an SOS is three short, three long, three short flashes. If you need to shine it in the direction of another boat, such as a Coastguard vessel searching for you, never point the torch straight at the boat as this will destroy the driver’s night vision. Instead point it down at the water where the vessel will be able to see the light. yy Take extra warm clothing and extra food and soft drinks. However hot it may be when you depart, the weather can change rapidly and if you are out after dark or get wet unexpectedly, end up on the end of a slow tow or aground having to await the high tide to refloat, you’ll be pleased you thought of these things. yy Always take relevant paper chart/s and a handheld compass, even if you have a chartplotter on board. If you lose power, a chartplotter won’t help you and you should always have a secondary means of fixing your position. Make sure you always know where you are with reference to a point of land or navigation light. We have had to locate boats broken down and lost “between a small island and a big island”. Unsurprisingly, these boats take much longer to assist than someone who can tell us exactly where they are. For Coastguard assistance, call on VHF radio channel 80 or 82 for non-urgent, channel 16 for a distress call, or on cellphone 09 303 1303 or *500. It’s more effective to call on VHF radio as other boaties (including Coastguard crew) in your vicinity listening to the same channel can hear you and may be the fastest source of help initially; whereas on a cellphone you are only talking to one person and help may be slower to reach you. Cellphones are good secondary communication tool, but low batteries and patchy coverage areas are pitfalls. Always take more than one form of communication. Safe Boating and Merry Christmas from the crew of Coastguard Hibiscus.

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Wealthy and wise The New Year is traditionally a time for reflection and resolution. At the risk of being at odds with one of the key Government messages of the day – that you must save for your retirement – perhaps this is a good opportunity to reflect on what it is that will really make you wealthy. Many people define being wealthy as rich and affluent. Certainly this is important but in our experience it is also about general wellbeing and happiness. Unfortunately often these aspects are overlooked in the drive to build a larger and larger nest egg. How often have you seen someone work hard all their lives and forgo their own enjoyment, only to miss out on reaping the rewards later in life through ill health, untimely death or unforeseen financial disaster? The world in which we live, work and play is rapidly changing. Many would argue that working hard for 40 to 60 hours a week primarily to save money just to end up giving it to the kids is an out-dated concept. Why wait until retirement to try all the things you really want to be doing now? The kids have already cottoned onto this concept with employment trends suggesting Generation Y are more than willing to forgo higher salaries now for more flexibility and personal time. Of course some level of savings is critical to ensure that you are not going to be reliant on the state to fund your retirement lifestyle. Good luck to anyone under 30 who believes the Government will be still handing out a universal pension when they reach retirement age. And we are only talking here about spending money you have actually earned. Borrowing and spending someone else’s money can be a recipe for disaster as the recent global financial crisis has shown. So if you do decide on a New Year’s resolution to become wealthy, I recommend taking some time to consider what that really means to you and your family. By all means work out the dollars and cents but don’t forget to include those lifestyle options in your budget. You may find you get to be both wealthy and wise quicker than you think. Wishing you a very merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year. A disclosure statement is available free of charge at

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Abuse: Verbal, physical, psychological, is discussed in a confidential supportive gathering of those locals experiencing the pain and suffering of these issues. All ages welcome, 15–85. Txt first name to 021 457 188 for details. ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS meet Fri 7.30pm, Orewa Community Centre (behind Estuary Arts Centre) Ph John 027 646 2995, 0800AA WORKS. BUSINESS & PROFESSIONAL WOMEN’S CLUB (BPW) $2,000 Tertiary student award 2011. Open to all present or past female Hibiscus Coast residents. Criteria & Application form available from: BPW Study Award, PO Box 656, Orewa or phone Jenny 426 0407 or email Applications close December 31. Christmas Church Services: Christmas Eve, 8.30 pm, Manly Methodist Church, 945 Whangaparaoa Rd. Christmas Day 9.30 am, Red Beach Methodist Church, 76 Red Beach Rd. Rev. Val Nicholls. All welcome. Christmas in Words & Music Choir with guest-soloists, led by Harold Laughton; includes Christmas anthems, "O Holy Night", "Messiah" excerpts etc. All welcome. Manly Methodist Church, 945 Whangaparaoa Rd, 10.30am Sun. 19 Dec. Combined rodney seniors 19 Day Easter break on the Costa Classica Cruise Ship. 4 days Singapore, 15 day cruise around Malay Peninsula. Departs April 5, 2011. Returns April 24. Subject to availability. From $3,750. Book and deposit now. Tour host - Joan ph 021 078 4296, fax 424 7545.. Congratulations to Margaret Churcher, winner of Whangaparaoa Playcentre's Xmas Hamper Raffle. A big thank you to all our sponsers and everyone who bought tickets. Driving Miss Daisy - Give the gift of independence this Christmas, buy a gift voucher for: Companion shopping with your own driver, Driving to medical appointments or hairdresser etc, Personalised outings, such as afternoon tea or a concert. For more info or to buy vouchers ph Gilly 428 4490. Drummers needed experienced - to help with tuition. Others wanted from 10yrs over to learn bagpipes and drums - Free tuition. Learners, experienced and supporters welcome. Weekly Wednesday meetings at Silverdale 7.30pm–9.30pm. Please phone Gloria Pointon ph 424 7244 or Bob Logan 09 420 3078. HBC Highland Pipe Band. 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. I am a Massey University Master’s degree in Psychology student who would like to talk to 6-8 people about their experiences of gynaecological cancer diagnosis and treatment. Confidentiality and anonymity will be respected. For more info Ph Adele Smit on 021 031 3363.

Hibiscus Coast basketball team are looking for anyone with basketball coaching experience to coach or be assistant coach to any one of the Hibiscus Coast teams. If you are Interested and want to know more check out the web site nz or Ph Debbie Challis 424 2624 or Damian Crampton 428 4181. HAPPY STITCHERS meet every stitch, bead, patchwork, embroider, knit etc , learn new crafts. Pohutakawa Room, Wgp Library. Ph Val 424 0476 for details. Kate's Preschool Music Group Orewa Community Hall. Wednesdays 10am. $4per child. No waiting lists. Ph Kate Morrison 426 7352 / 021 170 8513. LAW OF ATTRACTION Fun and friendly coffee group on the Coast. Come along for sharing and inspiration based on the Law of Attraction / The Secret. Ph Jolene 428 3102 Email beachside@

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what’s on Hibiscus Coast December 2010

10–24 Hibiscus Hospice Gift wrapping at The Plaza, Whangaparaoa. For a gold coin donation, get your Christmas present wrapped and support others in need. 13–22 Hibiscus Hospice Christmas Remembrance Trees, ‘Write’ a candle in remembrance of loved ones lost. At The Plaza, Whangaparaoa. Also at New World, Orewa, December 13–18. 17 The Flaming Mudcats, Dairy Flat Hall, cnr Postman Rd/State Highway 17, Dairy Flat, 8.15pm–11.30pm. 19 Christmas in Words and Music, Manly Methodist Church, 945 Whangaparaoa Rd, 10.30 am. Choir with guest-soloists, led by Harold Laughton. Includes Christmas anthems. All welcome. 19 Orewa New World Christmas on the Beach, Orewa Beach Reserve, 6pm–9.30pm. Hosted by Orewa Surf Club. Entertainment, food and pre-Christmas family fun. 28 The Great Manly Art Show, 77 The Esplanade, Manly Beach. Work by local artists for sale. Devonshire teas. Free admission. 31 The Stetson Club presents New Year’s Eve Party with North Harbour Rockers Band, Dairy Flat Hall, Postman Road, Dairy Flat, 8pm – 12.45am. Licensed Bar. Info: phone 09 479 6778.

January 2011 8 Waitemata A & P Show, Puhoi Domain, Puhoi. 8 Puhoi Axemen’s Woodchopping Carnival, Puhoi Hotel, 10am. 15 Orewa Beach Dash for Cash, by Orewa Surf Life Saving Club, SH17, Orewa, 9am–11am. All ages welcome. Every finisher receives a prize. Funds go to Orewa Sea Scouts. Enter on the day, or online at (see story p12) 16 The Big Dig, Orewa Beach, 9am to 1pm. Dig in the sand for prizewinning tickets. Sideshows, food and entertainment. Proceeds are used by Lions Clubs to support community organisations. 22 Northern Arena Swim School open day. Access from Millwater Parkway, Silverdale North, 8.30am–4pm. Includes group Fitness 30 minute classes, swim school classes, Maori Welcome and official opening ceremony. (See story p12)


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.

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Whangaparaoa College’s senior cricket team took on staff in a friendly 20/20 match to farewell Year 13 students.

Competitors from Orewa, Red Beach and Mairangi Bay in the closing stages of the girls’ board race. Below, the start of the surf race. Photos, Ross Malyon.

Students hit for six in final Red Beach races by twilight friendly 20/20 cricket game The final cricket match for the year at Whangaparaoa College was a lively affair, as an enthusiastic group of staff took on the school’s senior team. Disputed umpire calls, dropped a certain amount of good-natured catches, fast bowling and the odd six sledging positively encouraged. featured in a fun game that is likely to Loud calls of ‘Howzat’ rang out, become an annual event as a farewell directed at umpire (and Physics to Year 13 students. teacher) Jim Curwen who, it was The students won the toss and opted suspected, made some dodgy calls that to bat. put students out. PE teacher Brad Milne opened the Despite some sterling work at the bowling with Connor Scott up to face crease, the students were dismissed for the first ball, and the game was on. a total of 90 runs and the staff went As in any cricket match, the audience in, losing only three wickets to score was vocal, and so were the players with 91 to win.

Take Care this Christmas

The first Junior Surf Twilight competition of the summer was held at Red Beach on November 26. More than 100 competitors, all aged 12 and 13 years, participated in warm, late-afternoon conditions and were given some assistance in water events with a small surf. More than 30 competitors from host club Red Beach took part in events such as beach flags, sprints and board races, together with their counterparts from Orewa, Muriwai, Piha, Mairangi Bay, Bethells Beach and Whangamata. Local teams top scored in most events with Red Beach competitors taking first place in the boys’ beach flags,

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beach sprints, surf and board races as well as the girls’ board race. Orewa’s girls won the girls’ surf race. Standout competitors are up for selection for the U14 inter-districts team that will compete at Mt Maunganui on February 4.

Hibiscus Matters December 15  
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