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Stillwater seeks action on hall

Community groups concerned that their voice may not be heard under the new Auckland governance model should take a leaf out of the Stillwater Residents & Ratepayers’ book. Already this year representatives of the association have appeared before both the Local Board and Auckland Council several times to put their views on the Penlink Road and to seek action on the building of a community hall, as well as raising other issues that affect their community. Their proactive approach is paying off, with the Mayor agreeing to meet residents later this month, and last week three members of the Hibiscus & Bays Local Board joining residents at a fortnightly ‘drop in’ session held at Stillwater Boat Club.

Coast preparedness in spotlight

The vulnerability of coastal areas in earthquake and tsunami were underlined by recent disasters in Christchurch and Japan. In both cases, seaside areas were than normal swells and fast-running area at low tide) to several beaches on devastated; in Japan lives lost in currents throughout the Auckland Whangaparaoa Peninsula. coastal communities number in region. Reports came into Hibiscus While Civil Defence stress that the the thousands and the effects soon Matters of strong tidal surges from risk is low in our region, the damage reached our shores. The tsunami Hatfields Beach (where one witness threat was experienced in larger saw the water almost reach the grassed continued page 2

From left, John Kirikiri, Paul Murphy, Lisa Whyte and Julia Parfitt. continued page 4

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Civil Defence on coast in an event such as a tsunami caused by an earthquake offshore could be immense. A report commissioned by the former Auckland Regional Council last October to assess the tsunami risk in the region demonstrated that Orewa has one of the highest risks of inundation of all the east coast areas covered by the former ARC, yet there are no tsunami warning sirens installed there. With last year’s change in Auckland governance came a merger of the civil defence units of the previous councils into a central Emergency Coordination Centre (ECC) in Pitt Street, Auckland, with backup in Mairangi Bay and Henderson. Part of this process was de-activating the centre that used to operate from Hilltop, and was moved to Orewa Service Centre last year. Auckland Civil Defence manager Clive Manley says that the fact that the Orewa Service Centre in Centreway Rd is vulnerable to tsunami was not behind the decision and that local preparedness is unaffected. “Previously the centre in Orewa would have had locals coming to it for advice,” Mr Manley says. “The officers would have contacted Auckland, who in turn contact Wellington to get the expert opinion required. Under the new structure, we have experts employed by Council so the response is more immediate. Most of the queries come in by phone or email, so it’s not important where the centre is based.” Mr Manley says that the three Civil Defence and Emergency Management staff based in Orewa (the same number employed by the former Council) would be tasked by the ECC to work with emergency services and residents. Police also have a vital role to play in any Civil Defence emergency. With Orewa Police station vulnerable to tsunami, Police have recently organised an alternative emergency base at Orewa Community Church.

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When it comes to emergency preparedness on Whangaparaoa Peninsula, Albany Ward councillor Wayne Walker and Local Board member John Watson say work is needed to create access for emergency vehicles via a network of back roads should Whangaparaoa Rd be damaged. The two major pinch points are Tindalls Hill and from Vipond Rd to Marellen Drive. Mr Watson says the Vipond Rd issue was to have been resolved by the former Rodney District Council by purchasing land to create a link between Matheson and Poplar Roads. He says there has been no action on this and Auckland Transport has no plans to form the link, although suitable land is for sale. “It would cost very little, but unless it’s done, most of the peninsula could be cut off from any emergency response.” Cr Walker says all catchment areas need to be addressed with localised civil defence responses and planning. “It is important that in the Auckland Plan we don’t make things worse by not being localised enough with our planning. Among other things, the fact that Orewa is built on sand and swamp is a good argument for lower density housing there.” Mr Manley says that local preparedness is in the hands of individual citizens, which is why Council instigated Neighbourhood Response Plans. These work in a similar way to Neighbourhood Watch, with communities using Council resources to prepare plans that provide assistance in various scenarios. Eight are currently underway in the region. “We can never look after every single person in a disaster,” Mr Manley says. “People must be able to be selfsufficient for a few days. Communities and businesses should look at what could impact their area and prepare with a Neighbourhood Response Plan. This means we can target resources where they are really needed.”

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Top of Plaza revamp is finally underway Business owners in the Top of the Whangaparaoa Plaza are relieved to see that the long-awaited refurbishment of the area is finally underway. Successive Councils have promised to improve the area’s appearance for more than 10 years. Auckland Transport is to spend $258,000 on the work (see plan). Initially, the water main is being replaced by Watercare Services. Resource consent for tree removal is required before the next stage can get underway. This stage involves replanting, installing new paving and the removal of the toilet block adjacent to the car park. All the existing trees and shrubs are to go, and will be replaced with native plants. Retailers are enthusiastic about the improvements, although a small bone of contention is that replacement of the battered Welcome to Whangaparaoa

sign is not part of the project. Eddie Law, who has been liaising with Council on behalf of Top of the

Plaza retailers, says he is currently in discussions with Council regarding replacement of the sign.

Business excellence recognised by awards Around 100 business representatives crowded into the Silverdale Rugby Club for the launch of the Westpac Auckland North Business awards last week. The awards, run by Auckland Council’s Tourism Events & Economic Development CCO (ATEED), provide a platform for promoting businesses of all sizes, and rewarding excellence. Formerly held on the North Shore, Waitakere and Manukau (since 1998) the awards were extended last year to include Rodney businesses, but under Auckland Council’s Tourism Events & Economic Development arm have now been divided into regions – north, west, south and central. Auckland North extends from the Auckland Harbour Bridge to Te Hana and west to Hobsonville. Judges and representatives of ATEED say the awards provide businesses with

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marketing, and increased confidence. Part of the process involves expert judges providing valuable feedback to each business. Windowmakers owner Heidi Johnston says her Silverdale business, which won the Employer of Choice award last year, has seen real benefits as a result. “Our business definitely improved its profile, and the process of entering meant taking a good hard look at our business, which was also invaluable,” Heidi says. “The opportunities are there – it’s up to each entrant to make the best of them.” The only criteria are that the business must have been trading for 12 months. Categories include Best Emerging Business, Excellence in Innovation, Excellence in Marketing, Excellence in Technology and Best Startup Busness All entries are judged by an independent panel of senior businesss

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The collapse of Albany-based Sovereign Homes NZ Ltd last month is already creating ripples on the Hibiscus Coast, affecting a number of local families and businesses. A total of 187 creditors have listed with the liquidator, Accru Smith Chilcott. Among the unsecured creditors, owed a total of $2.34 million, are at least five sub-contractors in Silverdale and around 10 in Whangaparaoa. Auckland Council is also an unsecured creditor but only to the tune of $986. Even preferential creditors, which include a number of Sovereign’s staff that live locally, will take a hit while unsecured creditors are likely to receive nothing. Among the local businesses affected is Northern Concrete Cutters of Orewa. Manager Dion Walker says his firm of around five employees did a large amount of work for Sovereign. He says the company is owed a considerable sum, and as an unsecured creditor does not expect to be paid. However, he says the company is one of the lucky ones. “We have a good spread of other work on the go so it has not left us in too bad a position,” Mr Walker says. Liquidation of the building company has also had an impact on work at Kensington Park in Orewa, where Sovereign was building six houses on the hill. Kensington’s management met the liquidator and has advised residents that works are on hold while contractual matters are resolved. They are negotiating with alternative contractors for completion of the work. In the first liquidators’ report, filed on March 11, sole director Peter Wood of Auckland gives the main reasons for the company’s collapse as a decline in orders and greater competition. Accru Smith Chilcott estimate that the liquidation will take around six months to finalise.

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Snail mail? How long can it take for a letter to get from Orewa to Manly via NZ Post? Apparently the answer is almost a month. An Orewa reader posted a letter to Hibiscus Matters, correctly addressed and bearing a postal date stamp of February 18. NZ Post delivered the letter to us on March 14. That’s definitely snail mail.

Stillwater seeks action Local board chair Julia Parfitt and members John Kirikiri and Lisa Whyte were shown where the Penlink Bridge would cross the Weiti River, and responded to questions from residents. Among the issues raised was the pressing need for a community hall – something that Auckland Council has allocated $614,000 to in its draft Annual Plan. Mrs Parfitt says it is the board’s job to ensure local capital projects, including the Stillwater hall, are delivered this

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financial year. She says if significant progress is not made on these projects, the money is likely to be absorbed back into the general Council pot. “Auckland Council is looking for savings of $60 million, and capital projects are always looked at when cuts are needed,” Mrs Parfitt says. “We need to consult with the Stillwater community, select a suitable site and get this project onto the design stage so that money is not lost.”

Stillwater Residents & Ratepayers president Paul Murphy says the association will continue pushing for action, as so far it seems to be having the required result. “Our community of about 1000 people intend to keep themselves in front of the Council as much as possible,” Mr Murphy says. “I recommend other local groups do the same. It seems being the squeaky wheel is the best way to get action.”

Film fundraisers may falter A film society that has supported community groups in the area for six years may have to significantly wind down if noone steps in to take over the helm. Sherrill Burton of Whangaparaoa then wheeling a large TV donated by started Filmnet as a way of broadening Eddie Law across from his store to the range of films screening locally Whangaparaoa Hall for screenings. In while giving back to the community. recent years, a deal with the Berkeley The society has around 600 lifetime Cinema (now Hoyts) enabled the members, who make a once only society to show films on one of their payment of $10 to join. Each time a screens. film is shown, a gold coin donation is Sherrill says she will be taking “a collected and Sherrill estimates around sabbatical” to pursue other interests, $5000 per year has been collected in and hopes that someone will be this way for groups such as Hibiscus interested in working with her to Hospice, Teenadders, local schools ultimately take over her role. and Hestia Women’s Refuge. “I don’t want to be at the front end Originally from the United States, of it any more, and do it all alone,” Sherrill utilises contacts there to Sherrill says. “I’ve been looking for obtain films that are “inspiring and a volunteer to train for about 18 meaningful” and would generally not months, but no luck so far. The group be shown in mainstream cinemas. continues to fulfil one of my initial Filmnet’s early days involved Sherrill goals which was to build community putting up flyers advertising her films, and, although a wider range of films

What’s up with surf? You might be forgiven for thinking the universe was not in favour of the NZ Surf Lifesaving Nationals, held last month. Originally they were to be at New Brighton Beach, Christchurch. The earthquake forced a switch to Mt Maunganui, then the tsunami warning occurred during the event, disrupting proceedings even further.

Slow train to Silverdale At the launch of the Auckland North Business Awards, a representative of sponsor Westpac apologised that Mayor Len Brown could not be present. “Len is still on a train coming across the harbour bridge,” the representative said.

Bouncing cheques The Auckland Plan summit provided plenty of words but not all in the correct order. In explaining that a levy to help rebuild Christchurch equated to Government sending all taxpayers a bill and expecting a cheque in return, PM John Key said: “The idea of Government sending everyone a cheque is probably not one most people would look forward to”. By the cheer that went around the room, it seemed most people liked that idea.

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are on offer at mainstream cinemas than when I started, there is still a real need for this.” If you can help, contact Sherrill by emailing

Local board chair Julia Parfitt came up with an explanation as to why many residents never received Council’s Annual Plan in the post although submissions closed on April 1. “It’s categorised as junk mail,” Mrs Parfitt said.

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Peacocks need new perch

The peacock (and peahen) population at Shakespear Regional Park is rare in the regional parks network, with only a handful of other parks having resident peafowl. Principal ranger for the northern sector parks, Mathew Vujcich, says although details regarding how the birds came to be in Shakespear Regional Park are sketchy, it is thought that peacocks, turkeys, geese, chickens and roosters were introduced to Te Haruhi Bay for visitors to interact with by Shakespear’s first park manager Bruce Harvey, during the mid-1970s. By the late 1980s or early1990s, a population of 40 peacocks was recognised in the park’s management plan. Over time Shakespear became a dumping ground for unwanted fowl, coming to the park just to see them. and the chickens and roosters were The peacocks will be removed from removed. The turkeys found new the park during the Shakespear Open territories on nearby farmland and Sanctuary aerial bait application succumbed to attrition, unable to for animal pest eradication and will compete with animal pests. The geese be returned, along with the other were relocated in 1993 due to their livestock, when the area is given the aggressive protection of their territory all-clear. In the interim, temporary homes are being sought. at the campground. The peacock population has dispersed “We’re looking for bird lovers with a mainly into the Te Haruhi Bay area, suitable property, such as a farm or with some birds making territories at lifestyle block, who could take care the eastern campground end of the of our peacocks during this time,” bay. A large flock can also be found Mathew says. in the old pohutukawa trees above Te He says park staff will arrange safe Haruhi Bay at Shakespear Lodge. delivery of the birds to and from any Annually, one or two hens manage temporary home. to raise a chick, and the current If any Albany or Rodney Ward residents population is 20-25 birds. can take care of some of the peacocks The peacocks at Shakespear are very from July 1 to mid-December, ph popular, with many visitors reportedly Auckland Council, 09 301 0101.



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Viewpoint with Len Brown, Auckland Mayor

Building and rebuilding The Christchurch earthquake on February 22 sent shockwaves around New Zealand. Lives changed, communities changed and New Zealand’s economic outlook changed. Over the following weeks I was proud to watch Aucklanders from all over the region open their hearts to Christchurch. We offered our homes to Cantabrians seeking respite from the destruction – with listings on a special Trade Me site showing Auckland offers from Matakana to Waitakere and Pukekohe. We wore red and black, standing in silence to show solidarity and respect; and gave money and gifts to help the rebuilding. Businesses donated expertise, products and time. The flags on the Auckland Harbour Bridge flew at half-mast and even the SkyTower turned red and black for nights on end as poignant, visible displays of our care and concern. I want to thank all Aucklanders who responded, and are still responding, to Christchurch’s need. You are showing a spirit of true community. We now live in a changed world, but we do not have to abandon our goals. We may, however, have to think differently about how to achieve them. Take for example the large infrastructure projects that are important for Auckland’s future, such as the Auckland rail loop, the third harbour crossing and rail to the airport. Several people have suggested all our large infrastructure projects must now be shelved as the Government focuses on rebuilding Christchurch. In my view, although the agenda and timing may have changed, these projects are still crucial to the prosperity of Auckland – and therefore of the country. Our Council, central Government, and business must now all think about how, given Christchurch’s need to rebuild, we can still deliver to Auckland the vital infrastructure it needs to prosper. Auckland fully accepts it will have to contribute funds to building its transport and infrastructure networks. We need to consider funding mechanisms such as congestion charging, public private partnerships, infrastructure bonds, tax increment financing, regional petrol taxes and tolls – if we want to build vital infrastructure and not have to rely solely on government or increased rates. Cantabrians have been remarkably resilient. They are not saying “We can’t rebuild Christchurch”, instead they are asking “How can we rebuild Christchurch?” We need to learn from them. Our question should be, “How can we fund Auckland’s vital infrastructure?” It can and must be done – we have to work out how.


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Coastguard Hibiscus has been paged out twice in recent months for tsunami warnings eventuating from earthquakes: after the Chilean earthquake last year and following the recent earthquake and tsunami in Japan. As crew watched horrific scenes in Japan unfold on television, events on the other side of the world gatecrashed our homes as Coastguard pagers instructied loudly ‘All units activate your tsunami plans’. Our unit’s plan involves taking both our Protector and Sealegs vessels far out to sea to hopefully ride out the tsunami swell before it makes landfall, afterwards returning inshore to assist as needed. However, on this night our Protector was out of the water for maintenance, so crew pitched in and got the boat back into the water and ready for service. The tsunami, with expected wave height up to one metre, was estimated to hit our east coast around 0753 hrs Saturday. Our plan was to launch both our boats at 0600 hrs, warn all the other nearby boats on the water of the possible danger and meet up beyond Tiri Tiri Matangi and monitor our VHF radios for further information. Crew carried out this plan, waited out at sea for several hours, and as nothing notable had happened locally, on the advice of Coastguard Operations, returned to Gulf Harbour. However, later that same afternoon the effects of the tsunami on our coastline became more apparent when we were paged out to a yacht needing assistance into Gulf Harbour Marina. Crew at the marina had noticed the water level in the marina rise and fall several times about 700mm over a period of half an hour. The results were strong currents in the marina entrance channel and areas of confused water within the marina, all the result of swells caused by the tsunami. During a lull between swells we returned the yacht to its berth. Some residents might think, because the effect here was minor, the response was a bit of an overreaction, but such complacency can be lethal. What we saw was the result of something major half a world away, which only took about 12 hours to get here: had the earthquake erupted closer to home the effects could have been dramatically different for us. The worse the impact is going to be, the less warning we will get. Natural disasters overseas can, and do, threaten our coastlines and lives and nature won’t wait until we have got ourselves ready before it strikes. Never ignore a tsunami warning. This the final Coastguard column for the season. It will be back in Spring.

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Strong showing from Coast surf clubs

Competition at the recent National Surf Lifesaving nationals held at Mt Maunganui was fast and furious, with two days of events crammed into a single day due to the tsunami warning. Both local clubs came home with gold long course race were the two major and Jack Wilson, the U19 Women’s medals and strong performances in highlights. Taplin Relay team of Julie Sweetman, several disciplines. The Open ladies Ski relay was even Aimie Sisson and Nicole Rosewarne; Red Beach lifeguards returned with a more meritorious due to the fact and the U16 men’s Taplin Relay team hefty haul of 24 medals, nine of which that NZ representative (and Orewa of Matthew Johnston, Drue Matich were gold. The club’s three most Club member) Teneale Hatton was and Adam Parker. A bronze medal was significant wins were in the Open unable to compete and 17-year- also achieved by Rachel Clarke and Taplin Relay, the Open Iron Man, won old Julie Sweetman stepped up and Georgia Butt in the Open Women’s by Chris Moors (26) who is now based helped Rachel Clarke and Georgia double ski. in Queensland, and the U19 men’s Butt record an emphatic victory. The Of the 43 clubs participating, Red short-course surf boat event, won U21 Ladies Boat Crew showed great by the crew of Wade Heather, Matt strength and determination in their Beach finished in third place on Hanson, Matt Dillon, Kyle Blunden win when they rowed onto a tiny wave overall points and Orewa Beach was and sweep Craig Dillon. This was Red that helped them get away from their 12th. Chris Moors was selected for Beach’s first-ever national title for an competition. The boat crew backed the World Champs squad and Dylan this up by also scoring a bronze medal French and Caitlin Ryan were named under-19 crew. for the NZ Development squad. For Orewa the gold medals scored by in the short course boat race. the Open Ladies Ski Relay team and Silver medals were scored by the Mt Maunganui took first place and the U21 women’s boat crew in the under U19 duo of Matthew Johnston Papamoa was second.

Red Beach’s Open Taplin Relay team from left, Sam Cosgrove, Jared Pouwhare, Paddy Maney, William Lloyd, Dylan French, Chris Moors. Red Beach ski paddler William Lloyd during the Open Taplin Relay. Photos, Ross Malyon.

Orewa’s Open Women’s Ski Relay Team, from left, Rachel Clarke, Julie Sweetman, Georgia Butt. Orewa’s U21 Women‘s boat crew in action.



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Language a key to family history When Warren Gabb of Orewa, a descendent of a prominent Maori Chief, was presented with the chance to study Te Reo a year ago with his daughter Emma, he embraced the challenge. The pair was among the graduates recognised at the first of two NorthTec Graduation ceremonies last month. Warren says he feels good about what he and Emma have achieved together. He says with his ancestry descending from Te Ruki Kawati, the last Maori chief to sign the Treaty of Waitangi in May 1840, he felt it was important to get in touch with his roots by learning Te Reo. Last year, Warren’s 65-year-old mother Mate-Marie Gabb qualified with a Bachelor of Te Reo Maori, which gave Warren a further incentive to become competent in the language. Warren says while the full emersion course at Te Herenga Waka o Orewa was entry level, it had still been one of the hardest challenges he had ever faced. “The course posed some big challenges and at times, I felt I wasn’t in the same waka as more advanced people,” he says. Warren said Emma coped with the course better than he did, as she had studied Te Reo Maori at school, including at Whangaparoa College for five years. Emma is training to become an early childhood teacher and will also take a Level 3 course in Maori so she can apply the language to her teaching.

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pumped into the tyres, coating the inside and bonding with the rubber as the tyre is rotated and lasting for the life of the tyre. A small amount of residue remains to seal up any leaks or punctures (up to 6mm diameter) as they occur preventing blowouts and maintaining tyre pressure, saving money in running costs and repairs while improving driver safety. “At worst, blowouts and punctures can cause accidents and fatalities, but even a slow leak can be costing you money. Running a tyre just 8psi below the recommended pressure can increase fuel consumption by three per cent. That’s 3c a litre that you don’t need to pay.” Alan says lubrication from the product often helps to expel embedded objects, but otherwise these can be removed and Puncturesafe completes the seal. The product is suited for all pneumatic tyres including everything from ride-

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Probus president appointed The Probus Men’s Club of Hibiscus Coast appointed a new president at its annual meeting last month at the Bridge Club in Ladies Mile, Manly. At the meeting attended by 71 members of the Club, Graeme Macintosh replaced outgoing president Dr John Salmon. Members also elected John Lee as Vice President and Secretary and Frank Shelmerdine as Treasurer together with committee members, Bill Anderson, John Brown, Frank Coggan, Neil Douglas, John Groos, Len Harris, Gary Jay and John McColl. The Probus movement on the Hibiscus Coast has seven clubs catering for men and women. Aimed at active retirees, Probus provides fellowship, social activities, monthly speakers and trips. Info: ph 424 7115.

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Hibiscus Coast women whose achievements include work for Victim Support and assisting young women with eating disorders and other issues were celebrated last month by the Hibiscus Coast Zonta Club. During a special breakfast held at the Silverdale RSA on March 15, Zonta president Janet Hope presented three women with a yellow Zonta Rose to mark their contribution to society. Kerrie Petrie is executive director of A Girl Called Hope, a residential care programme provided free to girls aged 16–28 suffering from the effects of eating disorders, self-harm, abuse, unplanned pregnancy and other issues. Kerrie is passionate about her work and in particular about breaking the cycles of behaviour that the young women who come to the programme find themselves caught up with. Anne Bishop serves as the coordinator for 100 knitters in Rodney who knit blankets and garments for Knitting without Borders, an organisation that sends knitted goods to underprivileged families and orphanages in the Ukraine, Romania and Moldova. Trish Webb has been involved with Victim Support for six years, working as a volunteer in the Orewa Community Constable’s office and as a member of the Orewa Community Patrol. Info: or ph Dot Roest, 428 0438.

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Beds R Us, Whangaparaoa Beds may be where dreams are made, but they’re about more than just sleeping according to Richard and Virginia Endean, the new owners of Beds R Us in Whangaparaoa. The Army Bay couple are both active sportspeople and as such have come to appreciate the value of a good night’s sleep for physical and mental health. “The bed you sleep on, and even the right pillows, can address problems such as a sore lower back or hips,” Richard says. “It’s not just a place to lie down – you should have a bed that suits your individual needs as well as your budget.” Richard and Virginia have lived on the Coast for 10 years, with Richard probably being best known for his former managerial role at Gulf Harbour marina. Childhood memories of holidays on the peninsula drew Richard back to the area, together with proximity to great places for sailing and playing golf. The couple have worked together for most of their 30-year marriage, in enterprises such as Whitcoulls, a boutique Coromandel lodge and a retail printing business. Virginia says Beds R Us (the retail arm of Sleepyhead) immediately

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appealed because they wanted to own a local business with a strong profile, experienced staff and high quality, NZ-made product. Virginia plans to put her flair for interior design to work on the store’s display area, and both will be handson managers of the business. They have both learned a lot about beds prior to taking over as owners on April 1, including visiting the factory. Richard says because the store contains a wide range of products from the most basic inner-sprung mattress and frame to the latest Sensorzone beds, there is no need for shoppers to go any further afield to find what they need. “It’s a bit like The Three Bears fairytale. You might try a few first, but there’s bound to be a bed that’s just right.”

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The seemingly inexhaustible energy of young people can be a powerful force. Never is this more apparent than in the school holidays (April 15–May 2). As well as looking at some local school holiday programmes and entertainment options to take the pressure off parents and caregivers, this feature celebrates the wide variety of activities that our young people are involved in.

Bag sales bring benefits to Blue Light The popularity of reusable cloth shopping bags might be on the rise, but surprisingly, plastic bags also have something to offer the community. The Warehouse began charging customers 10 cents each for plastic bags in April 2009 for environmental reasons, estimating that, nationally, 20 million bags would be taken out of circulation each year as a result. All the profits from sales of the bags are being donated to community groups. Beneficiaries are selected by each store locally. The Warehouse Whangaparaoa manager James Carrick presented Hibiscus Coast Blue Light with a cheque for more than $2000 last month. The money represents six month’s sales of plastic bags –a tally of more than 3400 bags each month. Youth Services Coordinator Snr Sgt Sharon Stephens says the money will be spent on a weekend boy’s tramp (a girls’ one was held last November) and

The Warehouse Whangaparaoa manager James Carrick (right) and staff present a cheque to Blue Light’s Snr Sgt Sharon Stephens.

other fun activities for young people. “This money means we can spend time doing things with the kids, instead of fundraising, so it’s fabulous,” Snr Sgt

Stephens says. Other beneficiaries include St John’s Ambulance and Hibiscus Coast Community House.

Stanmore Bay has waste wise ways The efforts of Stanmore Bay Primary’s pupils and staff to improve the sustainability of the school were rewarded last month when they became the first school in the area to achieve WasteWise status. The school is a graduate of Auckland Council’s WasteWise Schools programme, which it has been involved in for two years. During that time it instigated a range of environmentally friendly practices, including waste audits, a worm farm, composting and recycling. The school also has an active student group of ‘earth helpers’ who champion the WasteWise programme. Schools sign up to the WasteWise programme for a minimum of two years. Students are encouraged to find solutions to reduce waste and transfer knowledge and skills back to their home and everyday life. Currently there are 53 schools in Auckland involved in the programme.

Wellness clinic covers all the bases for Hibiscus Coast youth The Hibiscus Coast Youth Centre is developing a five-day a week Youth Wellness Clinic in response to what they say is an overwhelming need for local and accessible youth health services. Youth Centre executive director Suzanne Booth says the Centre is turning young people away every day because there is so much demand for the health services currently on offer at the Centre in Orewa. “We are now working collaboratively with youth and specialty health service providers to bring critical no-cost/ at-cost health services to youth and

families in the Hibiscus Coast and Northern region,” Suzanne says. Statistics show that NZ continues to have a high rate of teen pregnancy (the highest of 13 OECD countries in a Ministry of Youth survey in 2007) and youth suicide and unemployment here are also a cause for concern. Suzanne says that lack of health and wellness supports for youth can lead to larger social problems, as stated in the 2001 Ministry of Justice Report on Drug Law and the NZ Youth Court, which suggested that 80 percent of young people aged 14-16 who commit

a crime are under the influence and/or addicted to drugs or alcohol. The Youth Centre hopes that its planned Wellness Clinic will provide for young people’s health in a wide variety of ways. Lighthouse Counselling Services has just committed youth counsellors to be available three times a week until December. The Centre already hosts weekly Family Planning and fortnightly Ear Health clinics. Suzanne says she wants to add to this transitional services such as teaching people how to do their CVs and mentoring them into employment,

because of the effect that being unemployed has on confidence and mental health. She is also keen to add clinics on exercise and healthy eating advice. To keep services affordable, the Centre is hoping local businesses will sponsor a counsellor, or a youth worker. “I’m really appealing to the community to make the Clinic a success by getting the word out to young people and supporting consistent, long-term youth services.” Info: ph Suzanne Booth, 426 5005 or email

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Reptile Park set up for school holiday fun Ti Point’s Ivan Borich was a builder by trade, but a wildlife enthusiast at heart, so it’s no surprise that his most notable creation is not a building but what is by far the largest collection of reptiles in the country, established over more than 40 years. Ivan says he’s been fascinated by wildlife from a young age and when he and his wife Myfanwy moved to Ti Point they already had a small collection of reptiles, a lot of different birds and all sorts of mammals, which quickly expanded to incorporate things like zebra, bison and deer. The decision to focus on reptiles was intended to reduce the menagerie, but quickly expanded to a 24/7 commitment. The Reptile Park takes up about half of his five-hectare bush block and includes a variety of natives and exotics including more than 200 lizards, more than 50 tortoises, two alligators and four tuataras (as well as the vestiges of the wider menagerie – an ego-centric sulphur-crested cockatoo and two Capuchin monkeys). Being a builder has come in handy when creating the private zoo’s MAF-approved enclosures, but being passionate about reptiles has been the key to almost single-handedly developing the park into a notable tourist attraction and valuable conservation resource. Without formal zoology qualifications, Ivan labels himself an “enthusiast” rather than an expert, but is often consulted about reptiles by others. The park is an official part of national breeding programmes for endangered native geckos and skinks, has hosted a number of veterinary students seeking experience with the cold-blooded animals, and sends discarded reptile skins to the airport for use in training sniffer dogs. In the past couple of decades, the

From left, Jewel Bianca and Ivan Borich with the Galapagos tortoise.

number of recognised native species has increased from around 20 to more than 100. Ivan is frequently entrusted with the care of animals from other zoos and currently has a 40-year-old Galapagos tortoise on permanent loan from Auckland Zoo. With a shell around a metre long and weighing in at around 250kg, man-handling him is out of the questions and care involves patient coercion. “You always get the impression he’s in charge of the operation, not you.” Visitors were welcomed right from the start, although at first there was much less traffic, as Goat Island had not yet been declared a marine reserve and Matakana was “just an old dairy factory.” Since then the venue has been a hit with all ages from pre-schoolers to pensioners and has been a learning experience for school groups, as well as a novel location for birthday parties. “We never anticipated the area developing the way it has, but now that the park’s here it’s a shame not to be able to keep it going and we need people to support it.”

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Young athletes reap rewards The Hibiscus Coast’s up and coming athletic champions were rewarded for their efforts at the end of season Hibiscus Coast Athletics Club prizegiving. At the ceremony at Whangaparaoa Hibiscus Coast athletes are also Baptist Church on March 16, many making their mark further afield, with of the 150 members of the club, aged Keanna Mackereth, Chloe Bardsley, three to 14, received participation Luiz Paganelli and Isabella Gemmell certificates, medals and cups. competing in the Auckland Athletics Athletics Club president Lynda Hay Championships on March 19. The says the club’s emphasis is on improving results were promising with Keanna children’s skills, participation and taking first place in both the 100m and long jump events. maintaining a focus on family. Since moving its base from Overall cup winners Whangaparaoa Primary to 7-year-old girls, Keanna Mackereth; Whangaparaoa College in September 7-year-old boys, Caleb Fallon; 8-year2009, Lynda says the club has spread old girls, Grace Smith; 8-year-old boys, its wings with a 400-metre track, Ethan Blair; 9-year-old girls, Isabella better storage facilities and more space Gemmell; 9-year-old boys, Aiden for field events. Clough; 10-year-old girls, Rose Peddie; This season the club also hosted its 10-year-old boys, Kealan Higgins; first interclub visit, with athletes from 11-year-old girls, Chloe Bardsley; Torbay Athletics Club participating in 11-year-old boys, Nicholas Ruddy; a Hibiscus Coast club night. Lynda says 12-year-old girls, Eunice Wislang; this brought out a friendly rivalry that 12-year-old boys, Devon Heatlie; 14-year-old girls, Lucy Osborne. could be the start of an annual event.

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St John teams lend hand in Christchurch Hearing pleas may be heard The day that the magnitude 7.1 earthquake struck Christchurch was the day that Gavin Holm and three other St John ambulance officers from the Hibiscus Coast packed their bags and flew out of Whenuapai straight into the heart of the devastated city. Gavin, who has been with the Access for the ambulance was the most ambulance service for more than difficult problem officers faced. 15 years, says his experience in “The Navman was invaluable in Christchurch challenged his some ways, as we were strangers in professional skills and also his strength the city, but it was also completely as a person. Now at home in Red useless in other ways because you’d Beach, he has time to reflect on the get to a road and find it impassable or aid work he was involved in. cordoned off. Local knowledge from “From a professional perspective, I was the Christchurch officers was what got really pleased I went,” Gavin says. “As us through.” a team the St John people, who were Gavin and his team stayed in the St from all over the world, gelled and John camp in Wadington, around worked together really well. From a 50 minutes drive inland from personal point of view, it was unreal Christchurch. In the city, they were and something I think about a lot based in a makeshift lean-to built now that I’m home with my family. It alongside the St John’s station, which makes you realise that life is short. I felt was damaged in both quakes. three or four aftershocks a day while Gavin works in the training arm of the I was in the city. I had never been in service, and has nothing but praise for an earthquake before and it felt like the transfer and rescue work done by standing on a wave – very unsettling.” the St John crew.

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“It was encouraging to see how everyone in that deployment got on and got the job done despite the extreme circumstances.” In total, St John has sent 500 ambulance officers from around the country to Christchurch in what has been the organisation’s largest single response to an emergency. Officers are still being deployed there, but in smaller groups.

Being in the thick of wedding preparations has not dented the enthusiasm of Tanya Churchill, who is also training to take part in the Orewa Beach Half Marathon. Tanya says regular exercise is paying off for her and the other 11 locals who began training for the event last September. The group, who all struggled with fitness, volunteered to take part in a training programme run by Lorraine Chase of Orewa Events and personal trainer Debbie Goldingham so that they can take part in the Half Marathon next month. The programme began last September. Tanya went on a 14km run recently. “When I started, doing even a 6km run would have been unthinkable for me,” Tanya says. “Now, after 14km I feel tired, but also refreshed and energised.” Hibiscus Matters will feature one further update next issue. before the event on April 17.

A petition signed by 5552 people was presented to Parliament last week calling for the repeal of changes made last year to ACC that affect the hearing impaired. The petition presented by The National Foundation for the Deaf on March 23 calls for the repeal of the provision in the Accident Compensation Act that requires people with noise damaged hearing to have a total loss of at least six percent before ACC will accept a claim. National Foundation for the Deaf chief executive Louise Carroll says that hearing damage is the only injury that must meet a fixed threshold before ACC will accept the claim, and the Human Rights Commission believes that is discriminatory. She says the threshold is creating distortions in the way medical specialists are assessing injuries, forcing them to make mathematical calculations instead of clinical judgements. “ACC is looking at the financial cost instead of the human cost,” Mrs Carroll says. Several local hearing specialists supported the petition, which was accepted into Parliament by Labour leader Phil Goff.

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2 Tbsp olive oil 1 medium onion, sliced 2–3 cloves garlic, crushed, peeled and chopped 2 dried red chillies, deseeded and sliced (we use chillies from Asian stores, 5–7.5cm long and hot, but not as fiery as their smaller cousins) 1 green pepper, deseeded, quartered and sliced 2 bay leaves 1 tsp cumin ½ tsp oregano 400g can whole tomatoes in juice 500g firm-fleshed fish fillets, cubed (such as snapper, monkfish, warehou) 1–2 Tbsp chopped fresh coriander leaves 1 Tbsp lime (or lemon) juice about ½ tsp salt Heat the oil in a large frypan. Add the onion and garlic and cook until the onion softens, then add the chillies, green pepper and bay leaves. Continue to cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion is translucent and the green pepper is soft. Add the cumin and oregano. Drain the tomatoes, reserving the juice, then crush the whole tomatoes and add them to the pan with about half the juice. Carefully stir in the cubed fish and simmer gently for about five minutes, stirring once or twice to turn the fish. (Add the remaining tomato liquid if the mixture begins to look dry.) Remove from the heat as soon as the largest cubes of fish are just cooked and stir in the coriander leaves, lime (or lemon) juice and salt to taste. Serve immediately over plainly cooked rice. A crisp green salad and cold beer make ideal accompaniments.

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Supporting Manly firefighters boots ‘n’ all Family festival A newly formed Neighbourhood Watch group in Manly has jumped in to support local fire fighters, boots and all. The group is organising a car boot sale as a way of saying thank you to the Manly fire volunteers for allowing them to hold meetings at the fire station. Organiser Tamarin Pigneguy hopes that around 40 cars will take part in the sale on April 16, filling the Manly Methodist Church carpark to capacity. She says anything that will fit in a car boot can be sold. The fee of $5 per car goes to the fire fighters, who will put it towards purchase of a first response vehicle. Tamarin says that the Neighbourhood Watch group, which covers from Walbrook, Brandon and Tiri Roads


to East and South Ave, formed last November to increase community spirit, provide connections between neighbours and a safer environment. The group already has 40 members. Tamarin says one of the advantages has been discovering a network of business people that live close by.

Anyone who wants to take part in the car boot sale must register by calling Tamarin on 424 8568 or email Neighbourhood Watch Car Boot Sale • Manly Methodist Church, Whangaparaoa Rd (opposite Manly fire station) • April 16, 9am–11.30am

Choirs present community’s choral favourite

The Kowhai Singers of Warkworth and the Hibiscus Coast Singers will give two performances of Handel’s famous oratorio Messiah next month. Around 100 singers are involved. It is many years since Messiah has been performed in Rodney and the Hibiscus Coast. Kowhai Singers director Peter Cammell will conduct the Warkworth show on

Kowhai Singers

May 1, at the Mahurangi College Auditorium. Hibiscus Coast Singers director Norman Firth will conduct the second performance, on May 8 at the Orewa Arts and Events Centre. Auckland organist and choir trainer Indra Hughes will accompany and play a score created by Auckland City organist Dr John Wells. Dr Wells has transferred the

and Hibiscus will perform

complexities of the original orchestral score to a more manageable version for one player at the organ. Featured soloists will be Susan Hayday and Beverley Hicks, as well as Auckland singers Peter Stewart and Iain Tetley. Tickets from Warkworth i-SITE, Orewa Menswear, choir members, or at the door. Info: Jocelyn on 425 5495 or Duncan on 09 428 5623.

Live performances from Tom Sharplin and the Cadillacs, The Mermaids and The Blues Brothers Show headline at this weekend’s big community fundraising event for Christchurch, called the Quake Day Out, to be held in Western Reserve, Orewa. ‘Freddie Mercury’ and ‘Joe Cocker’ will also make an appearance, courtesy of impersonators Steve Larkins and Colin Jones. The festival atmosphere at the event on April 3 will include refreshments, rides, farm shows, craft stalls, art displays and hot rod displays. All the funds raised will be donated to the Red Cross Christchurch earthquake appeal. The auction catalogue contains a wide range of products, services and entertainment packages including custom fabricated steel driveway gates with automation and intercom system. Entry is via the Hibiscus Coast Youth Centre. A family pass costs $30 (2 adults and children, under the age of 15), adult $10 and child $5 (5–15yrs). Children under five enter free. Info: Quake Day Out • Western Reserve, Orewa • April 3, 1pm–6pm

Coast Singers

Organist – Indra Hughes Soloists Soprano – Susan Hayday Mezzo-soprano – Beverley Hicks Tenor – Peter Stewart Bass – Iain Tetley

3.30pm on Sunday 1st May at Mahurangi College Auditorium 3.30pm on Sunday 8th May at Orewa Arts and Events Centre Tickets $20 (school children FREE) Available from Warkworth i-SITE, Orewa Menswear, Choir Members or at the door.

Timeless Era Dine & Dance nights 5-8pm, Wednesday April 6 & 13 Including transport from selected Retirement villages

Live entertainment Come and meet new friends

Only $25 pp - Book now Delicious Buffet • Roast Beef • Potatoes Mashed pumpkin • Peas • Cauliflower mornay Bread rolls • Pavlova • Chocolate log Wed–Sat 9am–till late, Sun-Tues 9am–3pm 12 Silverdale St, Silverdale. Phone 426 9656 HM010411

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Another British hit served up by Peninsula Players Plenty of sexual innuendo and belly laughs can be expected at the Peninsula Players latest show, based on the English sitcom Are You Being Served. Director Laura Webb has worked hard looking forward to taking the stage to select cast members who can do at their new venue, Whangaparaoa justice to well-loved characters such College auditorium, this month. The Mrs Slocombe and the flamboyant Players say that the only downside to Mr Humphries. The cast also includes their move from Whangaparaoa Hall a few newbies that provide an is the loss of the BYO facility that unexpected twist in the second half their shows have become famous for. that the audience will enjoy. However, wine and beer will be sold The TV series, set in the clothing before the show and at interval. departments of the fictional Grace Shows start April 23 with a matinee Brothers department store in London to raise funds for Christchurch was hugely popular in NZ when it was earthquake relief, and run until broadcast in the 1970s and early 80s April 30. Tickets ($20 adult, $10 and the play is by the same writers, concession) go on sale April 1, ph 424 Jeremy Lloyd and David Croft 8084. They are also available from The 12-strong cast have been the Players’ new costume hire shop, rehearsing since February and are 1 Brightside Rd between 10am–6pm.

Captain Peacock (Ralph Duggan) and Mrs Slocombe (Debbie Bates).

‘Wrecks’ rule at Stillwater’s wet and wild raft race ‘Shipwrecked’ was the theme for the 10th annual Stillwater Raft Race on March 13, and the crew of the 21 rafts took this to heart, going the extra mile to leave the opposition ‘dead in the water’. Despite popular attractions such as the egg throwing competition, hula hoop and tug of war, the race is the big draw with home built rafts contesting a course on the Weiti River near the

New Zealand

Stillwater Boat Club supported by an enthusiastic crowd of around 600 people onshore. Staying afloat is always the biggest challenge, with several crews having to swim ashore minus their raft. Last year’s winners, the seven-man Wrecking Crew, claimed line honours in their polystyrene and plywood vessel but the biggest smiles were on the faces of the Drunken Yorkshire

Ducks who came in last. Fancy dress is obligatory for the raft race, and this year pirates were everywhere, most going for the ‘Johnny Depp’ pirate look – with varying degrees of success. Raft construction for some is a fine art, while others threw the rafts together the weekend before the race. The raffle was won by Adrian Steel of Orewa.

The Wrecking Crew

Comedy Festival

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The finest comedy lineup EVER is coming to Ascension Wine Estate at the end of April!

Featuring special guest MC Rhys Darby, ‘7 Days’ stars Jeremy Corbett & Paul Ego, plus BBC sitcom star Jarred Christmas, ‘Billy T Winner’ Chris Brain and Sydney Comedy Festival “Best of the Fest” Winner Glen Wool from Canada. Thursday April 28th and Saturday April 30th - Tickets $60pp, theatre-style non-reserved seating. Doors & bar open 7pm (for the best seats!) show starts 8.30pm. Full beverage service and snack food will be available. To be on the safe side, these shows are not suitable for children!

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Kick off for Christchurch The recent Christchurch earthquake sparked an interesting debate as to how much we value sport. The most obvious example regarded the playing of the Crusaders rugby game. Some wondered how we can even talk about playing ‘a game’ straight after such a disaster. The other strongly held view was that the games needed to go ahead as sport is a way for people to relax and take their mind off the problem. I feel that sport has transcended being ‘just a game’ in our society. Sport has become a multi-million dollar industry and a realistic career for many. Careers are not just for competitors; we now have opportunities in sports management, event management, coaching, fitness training, medical staff and a host of administrators. There are university degrees focused on sports science or sport and recreation. Gymnasiums are continually springing up around the country. If you doubt the impact of sport on our society, look at the fundraising ventures undertaken for Canterbury. Sports stars have leapt in to support the cause and have raised millions of dollars in a very short time. The crowds who have flocked to the various festival games between sports stars of the past, and have happily parted with their money are testimony to the admiration that is given to our sports stars as well as the community’s desire to support a worthy cause. Auctions of sports memorabilia have attracted huge bids and continue to generate interest. Whatever your viewpoint, there is certainly no arguing how generous the wider sporting community has been with its fundraising and support. On the local front, former Silverdale and North Harbour player Geoff Alley is organising a “legends” rugby match between Auckland and North Harbour to raise money for Christchurch. It will be at Onewa Domain on Sunday, April 17. Auckland will be coached by John Hart and captained by Gary Whetton, and Harbour has Peter Thorburn coaching and Buck Shelford at the helm. Already confirmed for Auckland are the likes of Robin Brooke, Craig Dowd, Eroni Clarke, Adrian Cashmore, Waisake Sotutu, Junior Tonu’u, Pat Lam and Andrew Blowers. The Harbour team is made up of Glen Osborne, Eric Rush, Frank Bunce, Jeff Wilson, Walter Little, Frano Botica, Warren Burton, Kevin Schuler, Graham Dowd, Slade McFarland and Ron Williams. I am sure many Hibiscus Coast rugby fans will show their support for the people of Christchurch by attending this fundraising match.



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Phone Dan 0800 inflate (463 528) or 021 886 642 Laurie Southwick PdeGulf Harbour Marina

Netball steps into Christchurch fundraising

The Coast’s many Netball players are already in training for the season, and one of the first tournaments to test junior players will raise funds for the Christchurch earthquake appeal. Hibiscus Coast Netball Centre is holding a pre-season Junior Tournament at its courts on Edith Hopper Park in Manly on April 9. The tournament is for Year 5–8 teams only. The entry fee of $50 per team will all benefit the people of Christchurch. Volunteer umpires are needed. Registrations close April 1. Info:

Noeleen Healey

March 31–May 1

Car boot sale for Orewa North

Musical market



FREE On presentation of this voucher

Open 7 days. Phone 09 426 2411 268 Hibiscus Coast Highway, Orewa.

Present this voucher to get a free beer or wine when you buy an adult/senior buffet meal at the regular price. Compliance with the sale of liquor act is required.

Live music while you shop is the latest innovation at the Orewa Craft Market & Bazaar. Owner Annamaria Berek has come to an arrangement with Orewa College that enables student musicians to entertain market-goers. Last month the College’s saxophone group performed, and on June 11, the Clarinet Trio will play at the market. Orewa Craft Market & Bazaar is held fortnightly at the Orewa Community Centre. Annamaria says it’s a great opportunity for the community to showcase their talent. Anyone interested in playing at the market, ph Annamaria 09 902 9147.

Phone 426 5570 214b Hibiscus Coast Highway, Orewa

Orewa North Primary School will hold a fund raising Car Boot Sale on Saturday, April 9 at the school in Centreway Road, Orewa. The community is invited to participate by registering to have a stall or simply coming along on the day to be part of the fun and activities. A range of food and drinks will be on offer and the stall holders (including students) will sell second hand items, including toys. Funds raised from the Boot Sale will be used to provide additional ICT resources for the school. Info: ph 426 4849.


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ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS meet Fri 7.30pm, Orewa Community Centre (behind Estuary Arts Centre) Ph John 027 646 2995, 0800AA WORKS. BRIDGE FOR BEGINNERS Orewa Bridge Club. A new series of lessons starting Tues May 3, 7-9pm. Step by step instructions by a qualified instructor. Ph Bill 426 4428 or Richard 427 9987. Computer help at SeniorNet – Tuition and workshops in a range of subjects. 9am-3pm Mon – Thurs, 9am12pm Fri. Ph 426 1509. C.M.A. Stanmore Bay urgently needs volunteers, drivers and someone to help setting up in the centre on Thursday mornings. Ph Monique Blankestein 428 0693. Combined Rodney Seniors A tour of NZ Steel, Glenbrook. Mon April 4, $25 PP. Ph Gillian 424 5373 Garage Sale First Sat of month. HBC Community Shop, Western Reserve, Orewa, behind the Information Centre. 10am–1pm. Ph 426 3598. Gambling HelplinE – professional counsellors available 24hrs to help those suffering from gambling problems or affected by another’s gambling. Immediate free, confidential support ph 0800 654 655 anytime. HBC Youth Centre Sat April 2, showcases new hip-hop classes/jam for youth aged 13+ every Saturday morning from 10.30am-12.30pm. Come join the fun and hang out with youth that have similar interests. Friday April 15, 3.30-4.30pm. Easter egg hunt for the celebration of Easter. Come get involved, find an egg and have some fun! Monday April 18–Friday April 29. Fantastic holiday program for primary and high school students. We have a variety of adventure activities for youth to be involved in, including rock climbing, kayaking, craft, dance workshops and many more. For more information. 214d HBC Highway near the Western Reserve, Ph 426 5005. Hibiscus Coast Stamp Club 2nd Thursday of month, 2pm start, Baycrest Village Hall, Manly. All welcome. Ph Aud Eriksen 424 5766. Hibiscus Coast Kiwi Conservation Club Do you like the world & everything in it? Join likeminded children having fun, crafts and trip learning about the world we live in. Meetings 3rd Thurs of month 4.305.30pm, Whangaparaoa Ratepayers Hall. Gold coin donation. Ph Samantha 426 2073 after 7pm weeknights. Hibiscus Coast Toastmasters Fortnightly meetings held 7.30 – 9.30 pm Tuesdays. Manly Bridge Club Rooms, Edith Hopper Park, Manly. All visitors welcome. For enquiries Ph 021 129 3568 or visit www.hibiscuscoast. Hibiscus Coast Senior Citizens Association, Tues and Thurs 12pm4pm Community Hall Orewa for Indoor Bowls and Cards. Also trips, Bingo etc. Join now $5 Annual Subscription. Ph Howard 427 9116 or Mike 426 2028.

HIBISCUS COAST VIP CLUB (Visually Impaired Peoples Club) Meet the 3rd Tues of month, Presbyterian Church. Centreway Rd. Orewa for entertainment & lunch. 10.30am till 12md. Transport provided if needed. Ph Shelley 426 2298. Hibiscus Linedancers. Orewa Community Centre. Tues 9-11am, Stanmore Bay community Hall, Wed 10am-12pm, Fri 1-3.30pm. For enquiries Ph Jean 428 1223 or email jeanonline@ H.U.M.S active local single friendship club looking for new members forties & fifties for a variety of fun activities. Great group - don’t me shy ! phone Cher 09 426 0884 JOY coaching with Pat Armitstead ph 424 4234. Knitting Club Whangaparaoa, at Sizzle Restaurant & Bar, 2nd Wed of month. 7.15pm-9pm. Ph 426 5634 or 424 8249. Ladies social badminton, 60+, Mondays 9.30-11.30am. Whangaparaoa Hall. Ph 424 5508. OREWA LIONS CLUB Invite all members of the public to come and join us help our community and have fun and fellowship. Meet 1st and 3rd Wed of month, Pinewoods Holiday Camp Red Beach. Ph Harry 426 6629 or Paul & Suezanne 424 4289. RED POPPY CONCERTS Fundraisers A light review of great entertainers. April 17, 2pm and 7pm Afternoon tea or supper included. Raffles, silent auction, lucky seat prizes. Tickets $23. Proceeds go to Centrestage Theatre refurbishment. Rodney Stroke Club, 76 Red Beach Rd, Church Hall. Venue for indoor bowls, housie, outings and lunch provided. Ph 424 5508. Squash Partner If you would be inclined to a casual squash game once or twice a week at the Leisure Centre @ Stanmore Bay , I would be glad to hear from you. Intermediate -beginner level. Ph 428 3138 or txt 0274 333 113. Synchronised Swimming if you would like to join a small group to learn syncronised swimming. Ph Barbara 428 3138 or text 0274 333113. HBC Orchid Society meets monthly on 2nd Sunday, 1.30pm Masonic Lodge in Centreway Rd. New members welcome. Ph Judy 424 1968 or Hibiscus Coast Toastmasters Fortnightly meetings held 7.30 – 9.30 pm Tuesdays. Manly Bridge Club Rooms, Edith Hopper Park, Manly. All visitors welcome. For enquiries Ph 021 129 3568 or visit www.hibiscuscoast.

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

Classifieds are FREE, but the following conditions apply: Public Notices are free and, in fairness to the many other organisations, placed two times. This offer is for not-for-profit groups/individuals. Not trades/services/businesses, or rental/for sale properties. 35 words free thereafter fees apply. No proofs will be supplied. Email: (no attachments will be opened), Post: 717 Whangaparaoa Rd, Fax: 428 4024. Ph: Lorry 428 4025



Handy Man Services Gardening, fencing, painting, infact any work needed around the home ph/txt Chris Davey 027 356 8678 or 021 0229 1311 or Lawnmowing (large & small), Gardens, Hedges, Gutters, Rubbish. Fully Insured and Guaranteed. Jims Mowing 426 0465. LAWNMOWING Friendly personalised service. Ph 09 426 4317 or 0274 113 133. 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. Ronnic Electrical Installation & maintenance. Ph Ron 428 3848 or 021 752 430. Rubbish removals Stuff for the tip? Affordable disposal service. Ph Steve 426 5219. Satisfaction guaranteed. TANK WATER TESTING High quality testing for T and E-coli in your tank or bore water. Printed clear Lab test results provided with recommendations. Phone Simon TWT 422 9345. Waterblasting & Chemical House Washing. Local owner operator. Careful service, reasonable rates. Ph 426 2253. WILLOUGHBY Carpet & upholstery cleaning, Est 35 years. Ph 426 4317 or 0274 113 133. Window Cleaning Est 35 years. Quality service. Ph 09 426 4317 or 0274 113 133. Window Cleaning 30 years exp, local owner operator, reasonable rates. Ph David 426 2253.

ATTENTION BRIDES Learn to dance for your special day. Bridal party bookings for 2011. Give your partner time to learn at ease. Ring 426 8989. BEGINNER ADULT DANCE CLASSESWaltz, Foxtrot, Cha, Samba, Jive. Learn to dance for those special occasions, cruises, balls or lifelong enjoyable hobby. 7.30pm Thursday evenings. Private lessons also available. Ph 426 8989 CHILDREN’S DANCESPORT CLASSES Children’s classes from 5 yrs up. Every Tuesday 4pm. Includes deportment, exercise to music. Also competition and medalwork available on request. For further info ph 426 8989.

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

HYPNOTHERAPY HYPNOSIS for stress, anxiety, phobia, depression. Stop smoking specialist. Bill Parker NZAPH, 424 7610. Making a change? Hypnosis, Self Hypnosis CDs Ph Brigid 426 8361 www.

READINGS ASTROLOGY Your personal events/dates (12+) for 2011. Phone consultations. Ph 427 6433. Brigid is avail now for readings Book now ph 426 8361. Trish Stewart clairvoyant readings and change facilitator with over 20 years’ experience Ph 426 7833.

Guitar Lessons 1-0-1

All styles/All ages Reg Keyworth Ph 424 8959 Its time to really rock.

SING RIGHT LESSONS available, includes presentation and performance. Experienced teacher. Singers workshops available. Ph Robyn 0274 725 610,

Beauty Aromatherapy massage. Relaxing, gentle, health promoting. Qualified therapist. Orewa township. Ph wendy/Jodi for appt today 427 8111. A TOENAIL Trim & FILE Specialising in the elderly and disabled. Ph 427 5067. Bodalishous Spray tanz for any occasion only $25. Wedding parties, girls weekends, outings, holidays. Make your bookings now 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. FREE HEAD, NECK SHOULDER MASSAGE Tues April 5, 11am–3pm Rosa Counselling, Grd Floor 294 Hibiscus Hwy, Orewa by qualified Remedial / Lymphatic Drainage Therapist Ph 427 8111.

DRESSMAKING Clothing Alterations, Dressmaking and repairs 199 HBC Highway. Ph/Txt 027 814 6671 SYLWESTER'S TAILORING and dress making, alterations, wetsuit repairs, household items. Over 40 years exp. Fast & affordable. Ph 426 7559.

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ADOPT A CAT OR KITTEN from CatsnCare, a new voluntary group caring for and rehoming stray and abandoned felines on the Hibiscus Coast. See our website for cats and kittens needing homes plus volunteer opportunities Ph/Txt 0211 086 296. Black Male Toy poodle, available for breeding. Ph 0275 5888 949.

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.

WORKSHOPS Come and Learn "HOW TO GIVE A SHORT WELLNESS MASSAGE ON YOUR DOG" Workshop: 9th April 1pm5pm HBC Dog Training Clubrooms, Western Reserve, Orewa $75 (fee covers owner/dog). For details KarmaK9 Dog Massage 421 1812/0272 665 010 Email info@karmak9dogmassage. or www.karmak9dogmassage. Private one on one consultations/ massage treatments available.

HAIRDRESSING HAIRDRESSER - A CARING HOME SERVICE. Pensioner rates. Now using unique natural products that care for your hair & scalp. Excellent ongoing results. Ph Inga 426 0985.

WANTED Delivery people needed

to distribute The Hibiscus Matters and other flyers and Magazines on Peninsula, Orewa and Silverdale. Ph Mark 427 6506 or 021 277 3088 email Flatmates, Gulf Harbour, sunny room, in mod apartment with ensuite, close to ferry, cafés and shops. $115 per week. Ph 027 214 8000 or 428 4706. Gulf Harbour, fully furnished, 1-2 bedrm townhouse/apart required by mother & 9 year ld daughter, relocating from Christchurch. Ph Lisa 428 7170 or 021 256 1734. Linetrimmer Homelite F2020 or Stihl. Any cond. Ph 426 5219. Traditional Surrogate needed ... if you think you could help an infertile woman realise her dream to become a mother by carrying a baby for her. Please email Whangaparaoa College senior boys shirt (yr12) pref size medium. Ph 428 0006. Who has my picnic blankets? Lent to someone, cant remember who: Burnt orange & green squares with rubber backing. Black with VTNZ in white letters on. Please return to owner or ph 424 2330 or 0274 979 511. WORK WANTED Lady available Thursdays for driving, shopping/ appoints/doctors etc. Ph 0275 888 949 VOLUNTEERS for HBC Community House Shop every Thursday. Counter work and sorting donations.Hours to suit. Ph Christine 426 3598.

SITUATIONS VACANT Part-time work available Sales/ Marketing exp. valuable. Fantastic remuneration for the right person. Ph Michelle 424 3114 or 021 101 6453.


MOBILITY SCOOTERS Rodney - North Shore

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Computer desk, wood grained melamine. Good cond. Suit student. $40. Violin ¾ size, new $110. Ph 424 0533. Computer table as new 97 x 47 cm. $30 ono. Sun lounger with cushion as new $25ono.Ph Pat 428 5225. Gulf Harbour school uniforms Hats, bucket. Polo shirts size 4 Jumpers size 4,6,8,10 Skorts size 8, Shorts size 6,8, Long track pants size 6, Rain Jacket 6-8,12. Ph Ali 424 3449/021 582 112. Golf 8x ladies shirts size 12-14 $40 (some new) 3 pairs trousers size 12-14 $30 Nike golf shoes size 7 new never worn $40. Lady shaver Braun Epile used once $40. Ph 428 0056. Lawnmower, good working cond. $175 ono. Double bed $80. Rimu dresser with mirror, excel cond. $120. Ph 427 9126. Orewa College Jersey XL, excellent condition $70. Ph 426 7285. Sofas x 2, Cream good cond. $70. Ph 426 4317 or 0274 113 133. Stainless steel sink bench and fauchet. Brand new $150 ono. F & P Shacklock Chef 610, A1 cond. 4 coil rings, 2x 3 pin sockets, minute timer, large oven and warmer drawer, $120 ono Ph 428 3473. Study desk, adjustable lift top. Solid European wood. Legs and frame, melamine desktop. $45. Ph 424 0533. Wardrobe sliding doors, 4 panels 1980 x 710mm, 2 shelves 1410 x 300mm. All good cond. $100. Ph 428 5557. Washing machine $80, Fridge $50. All excel cond. Selling to donate proceeds to a young person in need. Ph Leslie 424 667. Whangaparaoa PE uniforms. Excel cond, as new, top XL $25, Shorts L $20. Ph 424 5964 or 027 488 4693.

what’s on Hibiscus Coast


3 Concert for Christchurch, Western Reserve, Orewa on April 3, 1pm–6pm. Music, stalls, rides (see story p19) 9 Car boot sale, Orewa North Primary school, Centreway Rd, Orewa. Funds raised from the Boot Sale will be used to provide additional ICT resources. Info and registration: ph the school on 426 4849. 9 & 10 Trolley Derby. Whangaparaoa races on Saturday, national finals on Sunday, Brightside Rd, Stanmore Bay. 9am start. Info: Terry Clarkson, ph 021 918 980 or email (see story p6) 16 Neighbourhood Watch Car Boot Sale, Methodist Church Car Park (opposite Manly Fire Station/Cnr Walbrook and Whangaparaoa Roads), 9am–11.30am. $5 per car boot, to be donated to our local Fire Brigade. Info: ph Tamarin 424 8568. (see story p19) 17 Orewa Beach Half Marathon, Orewa Beach. 10.5km and 5km courses. Open to all ages and abilities, runners and walkers and Nordic walkers. Info and entries, visit www. 17 Red poppy concerts, Centrestage Theatre, 2pm and 7pm. A light review of great entertainers. Afternoon tea or supper included. Raffles and Silent auction and lucky seat prizes. Tickets $23 Limited seats so book early. All proceeds go to Centrestage Theatre refurbishment. Info and bookings 426 7282. 22–24 Hidden Treasures Trail, One, two or three day walking experience to discover the hidden countryside of Rodney. Fundraiser for Hibiscus Hospice. Walkers can chose to participate one day only for $50, two days for $100 or three days $150. Info: nz or call 421 9180.

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Tae kwon do competitors show their skills at an open competition in Stanmore Bay.

Martial arts event a hit with local clubs Hard-hitters Lance Trow (left) and Mike Paddison get into the swing for the Puhoi Axemen.

Winning blows from Puhoi Axemen Puhoi Axeman Lance Trow came out top among the hard hitters at the North Harbour Axemen’s Carnival held in Dairy Flat recently. He successfully defended the Eric Torrington Memorial Trophy as well as placing in almost every event he entered. But the performance people will still be talking and 20, around 30 axemen from eight North Island about next season was his win of the Standing, Hard clubs took part in cross saw, underhand block and Hitting event. This requires axemen to take turns to standing events. sever their blocks in as few blows as possible in under On several occasions competition was so close that two minutes. It’s a demonstration of sheer power as a video camera was needed to determine the winner. well as technique, and as such a real crowd-pleaser. The end of season tournament attracted a good Lance was the last axeman to tackle the block, with crowd of onlookers, who enjoyed the food, drink the best attempt standing at 34 blows when he took and pool at North Harbour Country Club, where up his axe. Lance took just 28 good clean blows to the event took place. win the event. CONGRATULATIONS to Adrienne Renton of Over the two days of competition, on March 19 Silverdale, winner of a free load of dry wood.

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More than 100 competitors from 10 clubs took part in the third annual Rodney Tae Kwon Do Open competition in Stanmore Bay last month. Organiser Avin Reddy of JLR Tae kwon do says participation has more than doubled in three years, showing the popularity of martial arts on the Hibiscus Coast. Competitors ranged from black belts and juniors to the youngest at just three years old. The event included the poomsae (sequences of hand strikes and kicks), judged on technical skill, as well as free sparring fights that involved three short rounds. Points are scored through the accurate kicking of the target areas of the opponent’s chest or head. Grandmaster Jung Nam Lee South Korea, founder of the World Tae Kwon Do Federation of NZ, attended the Rodney Open to show his support. Members of local club JLR Tae kwon do took five gold medals: Alisha Reddy and Tom Anderson (Jnr Poomsae Pairs); Alisha Reddy (Young Jnr female); Shay Reddy (Young Jnr male); Tom Anderson (Young Jnr male); Rody O’Reily (Adult male). Sponsors included Rodney Engraving, Dads Pies and the Mad Butcher.

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