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4 May 2011

Waiwera to Silverdale including Whangaparaoa Peninsula and Orewa


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Whangaparaoa Primary was one of the local schools raising funds for the Leukaemia & Blood Foundation with Shave 11. Pictured are from left, TV3s Hillary Barry with newly shorn Ruth Osborne, Henry Cull and Matthew McGill. (See story p 19)

Twice the price for Silverdale lights A doubling of the estimated cost of installing traffic lights at the intersection of Hibiscus Coast Highway and Silverdale Street appears to have caused Auckland Transport to defer it indefinitely. Safety at the intersection, as well as emergency services and residents. former Rodney District Council ease of access to and from Silverdale’s Last year it seemed pressure exerted investigating the issue and coming up retail and industrial areas, has been by Silverdale Commercial Ratepayers with signalisation as the best option. continued page 2 an on-going issue for businesses, had achieved a result, with the

Water rates will drop by a third on the Hibiscus Coast from July 1, following the introduction of a standardised water tariff by Auckland Council CCO Watercare Services. The water company signalled before it took over Auckland’s water and wastewater supply operations last November that it would bring rates down and last week announced a region-wide rate of $1.30 per 1000 litres that means big savings on the Coast. The Hibiscus Coast will receive the largest decrease among urban areas as the former Rodney District Council levied the highest water charges in the region. Currently, Hibiscus Coast residents pay $1.96 per 1000 litres. This compares with Auckland/Metrowater ($1.62), Waitakere ($1.74), North continued page 2

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Lights out for Silverdale? The former Council budgeted $1.2 million this financial year for its implementation. However, the Transport CCO has all but rejected signalising the intersection, saying the real cost would be $3 million. Auckland Transport’s chief infrastructure officer Kevin Doherty says the shortfall in budgeting by the former Council is due to the fact that the NZ Transport Agency, which owns the road, will not subsidise the project “as the proposed works will reduce operational efficiency and capacity along the highway”. Funding therefore falls to the Transport CCO and/or Auckland Council. Mr Doherty says a further problem is that the former Council did not undertake sufficient modelling to show the impact of signals on the highway traffic, which is around 35,000 vehicles per day, or the effects of the current construction of signals at East Coast Road and the park and ride. This work has been commissioned by Auckland Transport, with a report due next month. Hibiscus & Bays Local Board members are at odds regarding the need for signalisation. Local Board member John Kirikiri says the Transport Agency needs to recognise the importance of signalisation on slowing traffic and improving safety. “NZTA apparently don’t care if more lives are lost on this stretch of highway,” Mr Kirikiri says. “Work being undertaken on the highway recently has meant a temporary 50km speed limit and everyone seems to be coping.” However, Local Board member John

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Watson says Auckland Transport’s investigations should point out the folly of installing lights at the bottom of Silverdale hill. “Anyone who travels this road at peak times knows that lights could only cause massive congestion,” Mr Watson says. “It would be a traffic disaster.” Silverdale Commercial Ratepayers president Lorraine Sampson says business owners and residents cannot understand why their economy should be hampered because of people needing to speed up the hill to Whangaparoa and Orewa. She says proper phasing of lights and a speed reduction would let traffic flow smoothly and improve safe access to Silverdale businesses. “In the meantime, businesses on the industrial side of Silverdale are moving elsewhere because they are sick of access problems for large vehicles,” Mrs Sampson says. “We want the release of funds allocated by Rodney District Council this financial year for the signalised intersection, as promised. There is a strong feeling among residents that the Council may be going against the wishes of the community.” Mr Doherty agrees that safety is an issue but says cost-effective improvements can be made in the interim. These include the construction of kerb and channel to better define the road edge and reduce vehicle speeds, and footpaths to address pedestrian safety. “The intention is to implement these safety measures during the next construction season, subject to NZ Transport Agency approval,” Mr Doherty says.“These measures are imperative before any signalisation can take place.”

from page 1 and rural rates brought into line, significantly reducing charges for rural residents. The wastewater tariff will increase by 4.5 percent – the former Council forecast an increase of 13.3 percent for urban residents.

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National candidate shoots from the hip An artist’s impression of the park and ride station in Silverdale.

Progress accelerates for park ‘n’ ride

Work on the Silverdale Park ‘n’ Ride is expected to commence soon, despite the onset of winter weather. Auckland Transport has signalled intersection at the Highway, a new Funding for the park ‘n’ ride is in the that the work, expected to cost $10.6 link to Small Rd and an interim car former Council’s Long Term Council million, is a priority with contracts park for 100 vehicles will take place Community Plan and Auckland ready to be awarded immediately this winter, with a target completion Council has also applied to the NZ resource consent is approved. date of September. Transport Agency for funding. It admits that time is extremely tight Stage 2, which provides 400 more car The former Council obtained the for completion of earthworks, with parks plus the bus station itself, will 4.2ha site, after recourse to the Public the construction season already at begin once Stage 1 is complete and Works Act, for $4.6 million. an end, and is examining options to should be finished around June next An additional 2.3ha is available behind minimise the effect of wet weather. year. this site, which Cr Wayne Walker says It is hoped that Stage one of the busway The total of 500 car parks is 100 more could be purchased by Council to at 1 Hibiscus Coast Highway, which than the amount estimated by the increase the parks available, allowing involves the building of a signalised former Rodney District Council. the facility to cater for demand.

Whangaparaoa Road widening begins again Auckland Transport advised the Hibiscus & Bays Local Board at a workshop last month that delivery of the Penlink Road will be deferred unless Auckland Council can identify additional funding. In the meantime, Auckland Transport recommended that Council proceed with widening Whangaparaoa Road between Hibiscus Coast Highway and Red Beach Road to four lanes, at an estimated cost of $20 million. As well as a stopgap measure for Penlink, reasons given for widening the road include recent surveys that indicate that this section of road is operating at capacity. At the Annual Plan hearings in Orewa

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last month Janet Fitzgerald of Penlink Now voiced concern about the road widening, saying that residents along that stretch of road do not want it widened, and that Penlink should not be deferred. Those commuters that remember the last time Whangaparaoa Rd was widened may be anxious, but there is no immediate need for contingency plans – provided the road widening receives Auckland Council’s approval, preparatory and design work is expected to commence in July. Stage one, which includes construction of retaining walls, stormwater and accommodation work will begin in October. Stage two is scheduled to begin in July next year and be completed in 2013.

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The process will involve seeking resource consent and it is likely that suitable land will need to be acquired by Council for the widening in some places, depending on the final design. Local board chair Julia Parfitt says the board is advocating for the works to be undertaken in a similar way to work on major arterial routes of the North Shore, with as much as possible to be done in the evening and other measures put in place to limit disruption to commuters. Auckland Transport also recommended that funding for the four laning of Whangaparaoa Rd between Vipond Rd and Ladies Mile be considered in Council’s next Long Term Council Community Plan.

A 42-year-old former policeman, whose work experience includes hostage negotiations, confrontations with the Mongrel Mob and protecting diplomats and officials in Iraq should bring a no nonsense approach to his new role as National candidate for Rodney. Mark Mitchell, who was brought up on the North Shore, has lived for most of the past decade in Kuwait, where he was chief security officer for Agility Logistics. He spent 14 years in the police, serving in Auckland, Rotorua, Gisborne and Taupo, leaving in 2003 after a number of injuries to pursue other interests. Since that time he has worked in security roles in the Middle East and became a successful businessman – as chief executive, he grew international security company Threat Management Group into a multi-million dollar enterprise from scratch. His political pedigree includes the fact that Frank Gill, a cabinet minister in Rob Muldoon’s government, was his grandfather. His father, Larry Mitchell of Puhoi, is a former mayoral candidate and finance and policy consultant to local government. Mark, who is engaged to Peggy Bourne, widow of rally ace Possum Bourne, says the time was right to return to NZ and throw his hat into the political ring. His priorities include growing the economy through increased exports, supporting critical infrastructure projects and strong support for police.


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

Legal status sought Your report (HM April 13) shows a continuing refusal by the Auckland Council to accept responsibility or properly advise ratepayers of the true legal situation regarding the payout to former Rodney chief executive Rodger Kerr-Newell. The Auditor General found that payment to Mr Kerr-Newell was in breach of the Transitional Provisions Act. The payment was therefore unlawful. Rodney District Council undoubtedly had a legal claim for the return of the money, which was not extinguished by the amalgamation of the councils. Auckland City acquired both the

assets and liabilities of Rodney and one such asset is the claim for money illegally paid. The payment is not a matter of employment law, as the Auckland Council has attempted to claim, but a payment made in breach of statute – the highest law in the land, although one might not think so from the actions of the Council. There is also a question as to whether the person authorising an illegal payment is personally liable to reimburse the Council if the money is not otherwise recoverable. Ratepayers are entitled to a detailed explanation of the reason the Auckland Council has no legal

claim, and a genuine effort from the Council to obtain a refund of an unlawful payment. Nigel Wilson, Stanmore Bay

regular money is not allocated to the arts centre so it can stay operational. With the change in political structure the new Hibiscus and Bays Local Board will fight to correct this and will be seeking operational funding from Council via the Cultural, Arts and Events Forum. However, the earliest this funding could be allocated would be July 2012 and success is far from guaranteed. There is the critical need for cash donations right now of $11,000 as an interim survival measure. I am asking local businesses

and individuals to consider helping to provide this financial support. Tax receipts are available and there will be the option for people to have their names displayed at the gallery as an acknowledgement of their community involvement in this important funding raising effort. Contact me through the Local Board, or approach Estuary Arts Centre for more information if you can help. Greg Sayers, Hibiscus & Bays Local Board Member Whangaparaoa

Auckland Council Customer Services manager Nigel King replies: All Auckland Council area residents, whichever phone provider they use, can contact Council’s call centre free on 09 301 0101. This Telecom initiative now also includes Vodafone and TelstraClear customers. These three companies cover 97 percent of residential landlines. Customers with other providers (such as Slingshot) who call this number from a landline and find they have been charged can

contact us and we will reimburse them. We have had a few instances of this and all have been resolved promptly. An 0800 number for residents has been investigated by Council and, due to the way 0800 numbers are billed, the added cost to ratepayers could be over $500,000 per year. Council felt this could not be justified, so opted for the toll free solution. We will work with telecommunications providers to ensure we continue to have the most cost effective solution in place.

Auckland Council responds: An Auckland Council spokesperson says that the cost of legal action to recover the money is the real issue. The spokesperson says Council has been advised that more ratepayers’ money would have to be spent trying to get the money back than it was worth. Hibiscus Matters is making further enquiries. Other letters received on this subject are at

Funding plea goes out Thank you Hibiscus Matters for bringing our community’s attention to the difficult financial situation the Estuary Arts Centre is facing. Once this wonderful community facility is lost it will be lost forever. We can’t let this happen. So what can we do about it? As your paper reported, our arts community receives zero funding for running its day-to-day operations. That is, for everything from paying the telephone bill through to advertising. This is a disgrace because, unlike other communities in Auckland,

Savings for some How is it that Telecom users get free calls to Auckland Council, but users of other phone companies must pay a toll? I use Slingshot for tolls and was forced to pay for calling to report a street light out. The supercity has discriminated against non-Telecom users. The arrival of the supercity also raises a broader issue – why do people in this district have to pay tolls to call Auckland, when the exchange is in Glenfield? So much for the supercity. Wilson Owen, Orewa (abridged)

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Orewa resident Alan Thomas provided this bit of April foolery on April 1 in an attempt to raise a smile in passers by and poke fun at people complaining about increasing use of the new Te Ara Tahuna (Orewa walk and cycleway). Alan lives alongside Orewa Estuary and he says enjoys seeing how much the new walkway/cycleway is used.

Boys in the pink Parents of boys attending Whangaparaoa College were concerned that the school asked pupils to wear pink recently to show they are against bullying. “My son had to borrow one of my pink t-shirts as he has nothing pink of his own,” one mother told Hibiscus Matters. “He was worried he’d be teased wearing it, which would kind of defeat the whole purpose of anti-bullying day.”

Which Barry? Staff at Whangaparaoa Primary were a little confused as to who was attending Shave 11 last month to remove teacher Ruth Osborne’s hair. Rather than TV3s Hillary Barry, they thought it might be garden show host Maggie Barry. “Perhaps she’s going to take the hair off with garden shears?” the staff member suggested.

Skirting the issue Silverdale Rugby Club’s Chris Carter put his foot firmly in his mouth during the Annual Plan hearings in Orewa when asked by Cr Cathy Casey how the club supported women’s sport. “We have an affiliated women’s netball team, basically because the women bring in the men,” Mr Carter said. “We all like to see women run around in short skirts!”

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Community funding goes on Auckland Council’s agenda On-going sources of funding are a primary concern for local community groups, many of which have already approached the Hibiscus & Bays Local Board seeking reassurances about Council funding. Auckland Council has drafted an to distribute around the 21 local interim funding model for community boards as discretionary funding for groups, for the next financial year. the next financial year. This is in The model is being discussed addition to the $1.47m in local board with all local boards and their discretionary funding proposed by the feedback will form part of the final Mayor in the draft annual plan. recommendations, which will go to the Hibiscus & Bays Local Board chair Regional Development and Operations Julia Parfitt says the board has not Committee this month for approval. discussed the issue of funding for “It is likely to be a similar arrangement community groups yet, but she to what is currently in place, with a anticipates that the priorities will be range of grants available to apply for,” to obtain as much funding as possible forum chair Cathy Casey says. “Legacy and to ensure it is distributed in an councils have awarded amounts in the equitable way. past from $100 to around $5000 so all “Funding, or lack of funding, has sorts of groups and projects are catered certainly been a concern that has come for.” up regularly as an issue during our About $689,000 has been earmarked engagement process,” Mrs Parfitt says.

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Silverdale celebrates centenary An important event in the history of Silverdale is being marked this month with celebrations in the town centre and Pioneer Village. It is 100 years since the township had been a commercial traveller in shrugged off the name Wade, in an the north of England and probably attempt to replace the wild reputation knew of the northern English town associated with that name with of Silverdale (near Stockdale) and something more civilised. therefore suggested the name. Henry Silverdale Historical Society president and his family lived in a cottage where Ruth Olsen says the name ‘Wade’ the Northern Arena swim school is was associated with a very wild and now located. His cottage was donated rough place as, from the early days of to the Historical Society around 1990 settlement in the late 1800s, the area and is now in the Pioneer Village, was populated mainly by sawyers and known as the Frith Cottage. It is used by the Pioneer Herb Society. gumdiggers. “They were not exactly ‘the cream of Silverdale township was given this society’ and they gave Wade a pretty name officially on May 16, 1911 after bad reputation,” Ruth says. “The a vote by Waitemata County Council. notorious Kellys of the Wade Hotel Celebrations in Silverdale will run added to that.” during the week May 14–22. They By 1911 Wade was becoming more include a photographic display at the respectable and a little town had Pioneer Village, a formal ceremony at grown up with shops and churches (as Silverdale hall, an old time sports event well as the original hotels). The locals at Silverdale Primary School, a dance at decided that the time was right to the Hall on May 20 and a Thanksgiving Service at Holy Trinity Church. change the name. retailers, cafes and Ruth says legend has it that the name Silverdale ‘Silverdale’ was chosen by resident restaurants will also be getting into the Henry Frith, an English settler who theme, dressing in period costume or arrived a few years before 1910. He decorating their stores. (see below)

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14 Silverdale Market, 8am to 1pm. Vintage car parade and display, 2pm–4pm. • 15 Opening of photographic display at the Pioneer Village • 16 Formal ceremony Silverdale hall 12.30pm. Includes Silverdale Primary School. • 17 Pioneer Village open • 18 Pioneer village open. Old time sports event Silverdale Primary or Village. • 19 The Wade Hotel is back. Check out the restoration of this historic tavern. • 20 Old Time Dance and dance displays (Norma Wright Dance Studio), Silverdale hall, 7pm. • 21 Silverdale Market and Pioneer Village open. Country and Western singer Dennis March plays outside Pop Inn, 29 Silverdale Street, 9.30pm. • 22 Thanksgiving service at Holy Trinity, 9am

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The Hibiscus and Bays Local Board is nearing our first six months’ milestone and it has certainly been an interesting journey. We are getting on with the job in spite of many uncertainties in this new era of community governance. I am proud to lead a team with extensive local body experience and strong community networks. This has proven to be invaluable in understanding local issues and concerns and in addressing and resolving them. We are also helped by the fact that although the geographical area we serve is wide – extending from Waiwera in the north to Campbell’s Bay in the south – and the communities covered are diverse, as coastal areas they have much in common. One of our first jobs was to complete a Local Board Agreement based on the programmes and projects contained in the former North Shore City and Rodney District Councils’ long-term financial plans. As well as ensuring they will be delivered in a timely way, it was important to understand how they were to be funded as, until July 2012, our budget is determined by those plans. Our most recent challenge has been to develop our first Local Board Plan for adoption by the end of October and implementation from July 2012 .The plan will outline the community’s vision over the next three years and beyond; setting out our community’s aspirations, preferences and priorities. Of equal importance is ensuring that, as our communities’ advocates, we ensure their input is taken into account in regional strategies, policies, plans and bylaws. To understand more fully what people want, we are currently involved in an active community engagement programme. So far, we have hosted community meetings in Orewa and Browns Bay, and held focus groups across the board area. At each we have asked attendees to identify their three strategic priorities. The results have been interesting with similar priorities being identified in each area. So far, the common issues have been: supporting the preservation and enhancement of our natural environment; the beautification of our town centres; better transport options, particularly the extension of the Northern Busway and expansion of the park and ride facilities at Albany and Silverdale; better bus connectivity and more cycleways and walkways; and, finally, more long-term, sustainable funding for community centres and facilities. The submission period has been extended and you can still register your priorities on the Auckland Council website or contact a local board member.

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Putting life in perspective is something that can bring comfort and a sense of meaning and purpose, especially for patients suffering serious illness. This is why Hibiscus Hospice offers a find the good always outweighs the service that assists patients to put their bad, and that proved to be true. I feel life story down on paper for future a lot happier and more content since I generations. had my biography done.” Recently Hospice started recruiting Jessie is now working on her second new volunteers to compile biographies. volume, which she says is especially Team leader Marilyn Ward says while for her grandchildren and great Hospice puts each biographer on a grandchildren. training course, the most important Marilyn, who has been a biographer for criteria for the job are innate. These around five years, says she encourages include patience and being a good patients to think about who is going listener. to read the information and what they Marilyn says life writing is an want them to know. important and integral part of caring “There are some things that people for a patient, providing a sense want to keep private, and that’s fine,” of peace and satisfaction. This is Marilyn says. “Some people have borne out by Hospice patient Jessie skeletons in the closet and they don’t McWhirter, who recently completed want to let those out. It can also bring a life biography. She describes the up unresolved issues that may be process as rejuvenating, bringing back discussed with the biographer, but not memories of her childhood with nine put in the biography.” brothers and sisters in Scotland. As well as being cathartic for patients, Jessie, who has liver cancer, has been the biographies are valued by family in Hospice for around six months and members, who receive bound copies says her daughter encouraged her to of the document. start a biography. “The biographer drew everything Marilyn says families describe almost out of me while making me feel hearing their loved one speak as they very relaxed,” Jessie says. “At first I read the biography, as it is all written didn’t want to go into the bad things in the patient’s own words. like deaths in the family, but the The process can take anything from biographer said that it was important nine months to six sessions to complete not to focus only on the positive. She and Marilyn says all the biographers said to get all of it out and I would find it fascinating and satisfying.

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Never too old? A frequent statement I hear from my patients is ‘I am getting too old to do that sport or activity’. In fact it seems to be common for people to think that the older you get, the less you should do and that you must give up certain activities. The evidence however paints a different picture. As we age, our bodies become less efficient at repairing damaged tissue. Our capacity to do physical tasks declines as does our flexibility and strength. Note that this is capacity, not actual strength. I mention this because every person has a certain physical potential and very few people actually achieve this (usually professional athletes). Your potential is what declines, not your current fitness or strength. Frequently our current strength and fitness declines because we become more sedentary with advancing age; our jobs become less physical or we stop doing vigorous activity. I believe this contributes more to declining fitness than the age related decline. In other words: use it or lose it. If you do not maintain your strength and fitness it will decline due to disuse. I frequently use the following analogy: If you own an older car, it can still provide reliable use but it will require more frequent servicing and repairs. Our bodies are no different; if you wish to maintain a certain level of activity it will require more effort with increasing age to maintain your body. The point I am trying to make is that you can continue to do most things if you put the effort into maintaining the fitness required for that activity. Common sense must still prevail however when using this approach. Older athletes do have more injuries and take longer to recovery and cannot compete with their younger counterparts. Therefore attempting to play Premiership rugby at 40 may not be wise, but playing Presidents grade rugby should be okay – provided you do more maintenance exercises to prevent injuries and sustain fitness. If you are thinking of returning to sport or exercise after a period of inactivity, seek the advice of a professional (such as a physiotherapist or doctor) who can advise you about how to increase fitness and strength for your chosen activity.

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The hulks of Shakespear Regional Park

On low tide, the boiler and rusted, mussel-encrusted railing of a ship can be seen reaching several metres into the air off Okoromai Bay. These days the ship’s remains are largely reclaimed by the sea, providing a perch for black backed gulls and a home for sea creatures, but they also attract occasional divers, who cruise alongside in inflatable boats then jump in to take a closer look, or passing fishers. Yet, as editor Terry Moore found out, the wreck, together with three others, once formed a unique solution to a problem – creating shelter for the Shakespear family’s precious boat, The Frances. Although infrequent easterly storms have been known to bring recreational vessels up onto the rocks around Whangaparaoa Peninsula, this coastline is generally a benign one. Most commercial vessels that can be seen passing the Hibiscus Coast are sailing north along the eastern side of Tiritiri Matangi Island en route to America. The Tiritiri Lighthouse warns this shipping traffic off the rocks and only small ships can negotiate the relatively shallow waters of the Tiri Channel. This is why the shipwrecks of the steamships SS Wainui, Hikurangi, Glenelg and Kakapo, which lie off the point between Okoromai and Te Haruhi Bay, are unique and enjoy enduring popularity with local divers. The ships were brought in and scuttled to form a breakwater in what is now Shakespear Regional Park, by the landowner Robert (Bob) Shakespear in the 1920s to 40s. Three of the wrecks (the Wainui, Hikurangi and Glenelg) lie side by side, with the Kakapo further offshore. A survey of the ships undertaken for the NZ Archaeological Association in 2008 states that the metal hulls of all the vessels are substantially intact and rise up to three metres from the sandy bottom but can be difficult for divers to see because of sediment and seaweed cover. The SS Wainui (1886– 1929) is the most visible of the wrecks, as her large boiler and detached port side railing protrude above the waterline at low tide, whereas the other three vessels are all completely submerged. The stern of the Wainui is substantially intact, but forward of the boiler the wreck is covered in dense seaweed, making it difficult to identify specific features. The SS Wainui, built in Scotland, was 76m long and fitted with triple expansion steam engines. Her working life in NZ included the Onehunga to New Plymouth run, plying the Cook Strait for the Union Steamship Company, transporting copra and bananas from the Cook Islands to NZ and excursions from Auckland to Waiwera. After slight damage incurred when she ran aground in Napier in 1925, she was sold to ship brokers who stripped anything of any value and laid her up in Auckland on June 5, 1927. Bob Shakespear purchased

her and, for a fee of around five shillings per annum, was permitted by Mercantile Marine in Auckland to tow her to Shakespear Point and sink her to provide a protected loading ramp and breakwater. She was the first of the ships to be sunk there, on October 14, 1929. The SS Kakapo (1901–1936), built in Wales was also a Union Steamship Company boat for most of her working life, after which she was converted to a coal hulk. The SS Kakapo was beached at Shakespear Bay in 1927 and dismantled in 1936. She joined the Wainui after Bob Shakespear purchased and scuttled her in December, 1937. The last two boats, the 288-ton SS Glenelg (1878–1944) and the SS Hikurangi were sunk at Okoromai Bay in December 1944. A friend of the Shakespear family, Daisy Burrell (nee Hobbs), who still lives on the Gulf Harbour property that her grandfather once farmed, remembers watching from shore as the SS Kapapo was blown up. Shortly after the explosion, a kitten, which must have been on board the hulk, swam ashore and was adopted by the family. Bob Shakespear, the son of Robert and Blanche Shakespear who built Shakespear Homestead in 1910, had a love of shipbuilding but left this career to manage the family’s sheep, dairy and produce farm after his father’s death. A letter he wrote to the Superintendent of Mercantile Marine in 1936 explained the need for the breakwater: “I ship a quantity of produce in the season, consisting of wood, pumpkins and melons to the Auckland market in our own boat which is kept moored in the Bay. The Bay is open to the south and south easterly winds, and sometimes owing to the weather, we are unable to ship our goods which are towed out to the boat in punts. Therefore, the breakwater should give calm water for loading and also protect the boat at the moorings in heavy weather.” Bob’s granddaughter, Vivienne Shakespear, who lives in Wainui, says sinking the hulks must have been an affordable and practical solution to protect the Shakespear family’s boat, The Frances, however it was only partially successful. The point where The Frances was anchored is very exposed and the hulks shifted

Clockwise from top, Robert Shakespear pictured in 1899 with a dinghy he built when the family was living on Little Barrier. Photo, Frances Shakespear. The ship’s railing visible from Okoromai Bay. Photo, Andy Dodd. Significant damage sustained by The Frances before the breakwater was put in place (1921).

around with the wind and tide. Initially The Frances carried wool, but after the price dropped during the Depression, the family also farmed pumpkins and melons. The woolshed, which is still in Shakespear Regional Park, was originally close to the beach to facilitate manoeuvring bales onto The Frances for transportation to Auckland. Melons and pumpkins were sold directly from The Frances to the public at Queens Wharf steps in Auckland, because to set foot on land would have meant seeking permission from the City Council. ‘The melon boat’ became a summer feature for city goers. Vivienne says The Frances was more than just working boat to the family. Her grandfather had worked on The Frances when he was a boat builder’s apprentice and went on to purchase her some years later. Once The Frances ceased work, in the 1940s or 50s, she was used for family excursions and Vivienne remembers as a child sailing to Tiritiri Matangi on board the vessel with her family. The

Frances was eventually donated to the Maritime Museum. These days the hulks that protected The Frances’ anchorage are left largely to themselves, although they are visited by divers and snorkellers. Park Ranger Bruce Harrison, who lives on the Hibiscus Coast, is a keen diver who knows the wrecks well. He says visibility is one of the main issues with diving on the wrecks. Okoromai Bay contains a lot of silt, which is why it is best to dive there when the sea has been calm for several days – any swell creates murkiness below that obscures the vessels. The SS Wainui is easily accessible and the deepest point is only four metres, so snorkelling gear is sufficient. Bruce describes this as a fun dive, with the chance to explore the stern and see the large numbers of fish that gather there. Further offshore, and totally submerged, the SS Kakapo is a more traditional shipwreck dive, which requires scuba gear and has a number of interesting crevices and tunnels that divers can swim through.

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Cuisine with Alison Holst

Luscious lunchbox morsels The floor of Dairy Flat Hall gets a fair workout each week as the Stetson Club and Dairy Flat Live Music Club get dancers moving. The timber floor of the 76-year-old hall was replaced around 11 years ago by particle board, but many of the structural beams are original and have dry rot. Last month 16 volunteers (pictured) spent a day removing floorboards and rotten structural timber. The team also put an Eziform wind driven turbine on the roof that removes air from under the floor. Builder Collin Green then moved in to replace the floor. The particle board was replaced with a strand board floor and the structural beams with treated timber. The hall opened for community use again on May 2.

Clean bill of health for bay A beach cleanup organised by the NZ Association for Environmental Education last month was a success in more ways than one, with volunteers commenting on how clean the beach environment is. The cleanup, which was the final Barton said volunteers had to walk the event for this year’s Seaweek, was entire length of the beach and clean held on April 17 and netted just the grassed areas as well in order to fill four bags of rubbish. This included the bags. mainly plastic, but also bottles, cans “Just goes to show how well the locals and metallic objects. Organiser Mels look after it,” Mels said. Hibiscus Matters has one copy of Alison Holst’s 100 Favourite Cakes & Biscuits (Hyndman Publishing) to give away. To be in to win, write your name, address and daytime phone number on the back of an envelope and post to 100 Favourite Cakes & Biscuits, Hibiscus Matters, Whangaparaoa Hall, 717 Whangaparaoa Rd, Whangaparaoa. Entries close May 23. CONGRATULATIONS to Pam Pattle of Orewa, winner of a copy of 100 Favourite 20 Minute Dishes.

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If you’re looking for lunchbox treats to start a new term, these little chocolate “rocks” are just the ticket. The rich little morsels with their softish centre and crusty sugar-coated appearance are also delicious with coffee. This recipe is from 100 Favourite Cakes & Biscuits, which celebrates the art of home baking. I hope some parents will also do as I did and encourage their children to choose a recipe and bake it themselves or with supervision.

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Makes 64–80 little biscuits 250g dark chocolate 1¼ cups standard (plain) flour 100g butter, cubed ¼ cup self-raising flour ½ cup caster sugar ¼ cup cocoa 1 tsp vanilla essence about 1 cup icing sugar 3 large eggs Heat oven to 170°C (160°C fanbake), with the rack just below the middle. Line a baking tray with baking paper or a Teflon liner. Break the chocolate into evenly sized squares and heat gently with the cubed butter over low heat in a fairly large pot, stirring often, until you have a smooth mixture. Do not heat the mixture more than necessary. Remove from the heat and beat in the sugar and vanilla, then the eggs, one at a time, using a wooden spoon or spatula. Put a sieve over the bowl and measure the flours and cocoa into it, then sift these into the chocolate mixture. Mix again, until well combined. Chill mixture for a few minutes in a freezer or longer in a refrigerator, until firm enough to roll into balls. Sift the icing sugar into a large round flat-bottomed dry bowl. (Unsifted icing sugar will not coat the biscuits well). Divide the mixture into quarters and form each part into 16–20 little balls, using your hands. Drop four or five balls at a time into the icing sugar and rotate the bowl until the balls are thickly coated. Without brushing off any icing sugar, place the balls on the lined baking tray, leaving at least 5cm between each one. Bake for about 10 minutes, until centres feel soft and springy when you press them lightly. The “rocks” will have spread slightly and will have a cracked surface if you used enough icing sugar. Handle and store carefully, with paper towels between layers to stop the icing sugar from smudging.

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Night2remember Silverdale Ballroom

Dance and donations go hand in hand Hibiscus Hospice is holding its third annual charity ball in July, with organisers hoping to sell 100 more tickets than last year. Fundraising manager Vincent Maire throughout the evening. says last year’s ball was a resounding Mr Maire says in the current economic success, with around 200 guests climate Hibiscus Hospice relies even enjoying the glitz and glamour. more heavily on the community This year the ball, which will be held buying tickets and supporting at the Orewa Arts and Events Centre, fundraising events like this. moves from its October timing to June Profits from the night will help fund providing local businesses, organisations the $1.5m shortfall needed annually to and clubs with an opportunity to utilise operate Hibiscus Hospice’s community the ball as a mid-winter function for based and in patient palliative care staff and supporters. services, which care for and support To broaden the appeal of the ball, the anyone affected by life limiting illness. dress code has been relaxed a little so that women can wear their favourite Mr Maire describes the Charity Ball as cocktail dress and men, their best suit unique on the Coast. “It’s an absolutely fantastic night and tie. However, the glamorous atmosphere out and for the last two years that it of the evening remains; guests will be has been held, guests have been very served with champagne and canapés complimentary about every aspect of upon arrival, followed by a sumptuous the experience,” Mr Maire says. dinner; dancing; prizes; surprises and an Tickets for the event are $120 per auction that will provide entertainment person or $1000 for a table of 10


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Hummerzine a popular option for ball goers Arriving at a formal function like a ball in style is an important part of the occasion, and while a party bus complete with DJ and dance floor may suit younger ball goers, for the ultimate in luxury it’s hard to go past a stretch limousine. Stretch limousines seat anything up to 16 people and may have CD and DVD systems inbuilt, as well as a bar.. The formally dressed chauffeur’s job is not just to get you there on time, but

to make the ride enjoyable from the moment he or she opens the door for you to step in. One of the most distinctive is the stretch Hummer (or Hummerzine), which is hard to miss as it cruises Auckland’s streets. There are 12 and 15 seater Hummerzines, which are in high demand throughout ball season. ‘Incidents’ with college ball goers led to a rule prohibiting alcohol in the Hummerzine. The Hummerzine costs

in the vicinity of $45–$55 per person for an hour’s hire, if your budget will stretch.

College students prepare to have a ball

Planning is in the early stages for local college balls, but venues have been booked and the prefects, who organise the balls, are working hard to ensure an exciting night out is had by all. The Whangaparaoa College ball is the earliest to be held locally, on June 25. It will be at the Wintergarden Room of the Civic Theatre in Auckland with an Arabian Nights theme creating an exotic atmosphere. Both Kingsway and Orewa College’s balls are on July 9. Orewa College’s ball theme is masquerade and it will be held at Sky City. Wentworth is holding its ball at The Wharf in Northcote on July 1.

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Ball helps those who help with Christchurch recovery As a provider of emergency response training, Theresa Nesbit of Whangaparaoa knows many of the USAR team who have helped in the aftermath of the Christchurch earthquake. She feels for their plight as they work people are doing an amazing job when fun with fundraising,” Theresa says. hard to assist the community, when often they’ve lost loved ones or homes. A guest speaker from USAR will talk many of them also suffered personal A lot of people have told me they want to the ball goers about the search and losses during the disaster and has to do something for the emergency rescue operation, which Theresa says come up with a large scale Ball to raise services.” will bring the whole purpose of the funds to help them. She says all proceeds will go into law evening into focus. The Emergency Services Charity Ball firm Turner Hopkins’ trust account, The venue will be decorated in the red will be held at the North Harbour providing full transparency to all those and black Canterbury rugby colours Stadium ASB Lounge, which can hold who donate. The firm has agreed to and the formal, black tie affair will include roving finger and fork food up to 1000 people, on June 11. As well work pro bono. as providing an exciting, stylish night Theresa, who is also a trained and a cash bar. out, all proceeds from ticket sales and emergency nurse, says it is important The auction will include a Warriors an auction will be donated directly to to her to contribute something as jersey signed by the whole team, a pair of the police, fire and ambulance services when the earthquake happened she Krisnan Inu’s boots as well as vouchers in Christchurch. was on jury service and unable to offer from companies such as Kelly Tarltons, Rainbow’s End and other sponsors. “The money will be distributed to her services to those in need. families that really need it by each “Because it’s ball season, the idea made Although sponsorship is still needed service locally,” Theresa says. “These sense and seemed a way to combine to cover things like music, Theresa

says things are all on track for a great night out. “The response so far has been fantastic, and I think we will end up with a great big contribution for Christchurch.” Info: Theresa, ph 021 945 959 or email

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The popularity of ballroom dancing comes and goes, but according to Silverdale dance teacher Norma Wright, young people are still keen to learn to waltz, foxtrot, jive and chacha the night away in style. Altogether she says hundreds of hopes there will be an opportunity for teenagers have been through her Learn ballroom styles at the event. to Dance classes at Silverdale Hall, and “There’s definitely still room for the she noticed a big surge of interest while old style dancing,” Theresa says. “I Dancing with the Stars was screening, fear we’re losing it, but I want the from 2005–09 on TV One. Some came Emergency Services Ball to have the to learn for school balls, but went on to atmosphere that ballroom dancing take up dancing as a sport. creates. It’s a beautiful thing to watch Norma says a big plus for learning and everyone can have a go at a waltz. ballroom dancing is mixing and It makes it intimate and special. It’s also hard to hip hop around in a full making friends. length ballgown.” While modern dance styles are all about individuality and showing Whangaparaoa College prefect Laura off your moves, ballroom requires a Barton, one of the organisers of the level of physical contact that can be college ball, says despite the constraints challenging for some teens. However, of a long dress, modern dance is all the most thrive on it, gaining self- students want to do. confidence and poise as they learn to “Because it’s called a Ball, it sounds so formal, but it’s not really like that,” dance with a partner. Laura says. “It’s more like a big party, Most of the music played at school and that’s the type of dancing we do.” balls is unsuitable for ballroom dancing, but some colleges do start the This season’s Hospice ball is likely to dancing with a waltz or rumba danced include some ballroom, but organiser Vincent Maire says this is always by the head boy and girl. hampered by the number of ball goers. Hip hop, rock and pop played by a DJ are likely to be favoured for the rest of “We’ve found in the past that the dance floor at the Orewa Arts & Events Centre the ball. gets too crowded for proper ballroom When adults attend balls, they still dancing,” Vincent says. “However, we like to have ballroom included to add have music from the 1940s to the 90s atmosphere. and some couples always find space for Theresa Nesbit, organiser of the a waltz or two. It adds greatly to the Emergency Services Ball (see story p14), ballroom atmosphere.”

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Even before the recent wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton took place, when the dress was still a closely guarded secret, ballgown fashions were being influenced by the flavour of the event. As a result, more conservative styles became popular, with more girls seeking classic, feminine couture dresses for this season’s balls. While last season the Year 13 college students were wearing short dresses to their balls, as most had worn a long dress at their Year 12 ball, this year everyone is going for long and floaty styles, even at their second ball. All shades of blue, especially royal blue, through to mauves, deep purple and hot pink are the most popular colours. Aurora’s Wardrobe owner Angela Howie says the vintage look, especially Gown from Jus Jazz 1950s influenced, is also in demand, which is making her recycled gown section popular. She is already selling new and recycled ball dresses to North Shore students, whose balls begin this month, from her shop in Whangaparaoa, and has several on layby for local college balls that take place in late June and July. The move towards a more sophisticated look, influenced by the royal wedding, has led to less bling on dresses and a preference for sleek, sheer designs that hug the body. Strapless and off the shoulder styles are in vogue. Short boys better look out, as their dates will be wearing heels that go with this couture look – some as high as 12 centimetres. Short gloves, fake fur wraps and large cocktail rings complete the look. Angela says another thing that’s Gown from Aurora’s Wardrobe changed in recent years is girls’ desire others are attracted by more glitz to keep what they are wearing to and shimmy on their fabric. She has themselves. In years gone by, your noticed a reduction in the number of ballgown was not revealed until the black ballgowns, replaced with colour, night the ball took place whereas now particularly purples and blues or even photos are taken of dresses and sent by a range of colours in the one dress. text to friends for comment or loaded Jus Jazz stocks the Juliette range, as onto Facebook pages. well as gowns imported from Australia Now that the wedding is over, Kate’s and Lynette says she keeps a register to dress will be analysed in fine detail ensure she doesn’t sell the same dress and its components incorporated into to anyone going to the same ball. Jus many a ballgown, especially by those Jazz is also running a competition who are having their dresses made. throughout the ball season where Lynette Smith, owner of Jus Jazz in customers can bring in a photo of Whangaparaoa, says long gowns are themselves in their gown. Customers in hot demand, and while some ball will vote for the best one with a Jus goers are going for clean, elegant lines, Jazz voucher up for grabs.

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Mothers and daughters praise belly dancing power For many people, the style of dancing known as belly dancing conjures up images of women performing exotic, sensual moves in front of men. In fact, belly dancing has at its heart the health and wellbeing of women. Belly dancing teacher and lawyer Sandy Percival of Waiwera, who danced throughout her pregnancy, says in ancient times belly dancing was designed to assist women with strengthening the core muscles to assist with childbirth. She says a number of chiropractors are among her students, and they first got involved because the movements of belly dancing are recommended for improving lower back problems. “It is a women’s dance and in many parts of the Middle East it cannot be performed in public, except for special occasions such as weddings,” Sandy says. “Women generally dance in their homes with their children and other women.” ‘Belly dancing’ is an umbrella term for many different types of dance that span cultures and generations. While Sandy prefers to teach a fusion of these styles such as gypsy, folk, Egyptian, Flamenco, Spanish, all of which focus on core movements in her classes in Silverdale Hall, another local teacher, Vicki Langford of Orewa,

From left Vicki, Francesca and Alexandra Langford and Sandy Percival holding 22-month-old Lennox.

specialises in the Egyptian style. Vicki says all age groups attend her classes at Pinewood Motor Park in Red Beach, from Primary School children to women in their seventies. Vicki herself began dancing 30 years ago as a teenager and says her original teacher, now aged 70, still teaches in Northcote. Both her young children are keen belly dancers. “Children love to dress up in the feminine costumes with lovely fabrics and jingling jewellery,” Vicki says. “They also respond to the music,

beat and earthy feel. It crosses all boundaries such as culture and age and you don’t need an athletic physique – in fact the more tummy you have, the more ability to show off your moves.” Vicki and Sandy say women find it empowering, with self-esteem and confidence growing as a result of learning to belly dance. Sandy says for she has seen belly dancing used to help abused women and children. This month Vicki, Sandy and many other dancers from the Hibiscus Coast

and North Shore will perform at the annual Cultural & Creative Dance show, organised by Vicki. This year, as well as Middle Eastern and Bollywood styles, there will also be performances by members of Diane Leef’s School of Tap Dancing and Jan Copeland’s Jazz hip hop fusion students. Vicki says the show is a wonderful example of the variety of dance being explored locally, by some very talented students of all ages. The show is on May 14. Info: ph Vicki, 424 5301. (see What’s On, p27)





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Mothers may think their advice goes in one ear and out the other, but our survey of some well-known locals suggests otherwise. However, it’s not only the most profound statements that make an impact, sometimes it’s the most practical pointers that have been taken to heart and become rules to live by. What’s the best piece of advice your mother ever gave you? Rodney MP Dr Lockwood Smith says the most memorable piece of advice his mother gave him was, “You’ve only got one set of teeth, look after them, remember to brush them.” It’s advice he’s taken to heart, regularly brushing his teeth more than once a day, including before entering Parliament to take up his duties as Speaker of the House. Whangaparaoa Community Constable Ian (Jug) Price says his mother taught him that manners are important. “She always said that manners will get you further than anything you know or learn,” Jug says. “It’s something I’ve found to be very true.” Olympian Barbara Kendall says her mother stressed that your children come to live with you, not the other way round. “As much as possible, we try to fit our children into our lifestyle – including a lot of travelling, sports training and so on, ” Barbara says. “It’s very important as parents to keep doing the things that you enjoy.” One of six girls, Rodney Councillor Penny Webster says that her mother often gave them advice at various times of their lives. One quirky one that she said was handed down from her mother was ‘Always set the table for dinner before your husband/father comes home. That way, he won’t ask you when dinner’s ready – even if it’s not’. Penny says her mother was very supportive of her children and also encouraged them to travel widely and not get married too young.

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Most mothers enjoy a special meal cooked by one of their children – from breakfast in bed cooked by the little ones to high tea, lunch or dinner prepared by older children. However, if you’re no Masterchef, shouting mum to a delicious meal at ocal café or restaurant is another popular option. There are a huge number of restaurants to choose from on the Hibiscus Coast, offering something to suit every mum’s taste – from Mexican, Mediterranean and Indian to Thai and Japanese – check out the advertisements in this issue. By dining local you are saving petrol costs and keeping a local person in business.

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Sporting a number one haircut is becoming a popular way to show solidarity with leukaemia patients, while raising money for the Leukaemia & Blood Foundation. Several local schools (and individuals) remission. She was at the school’s have got behind Shave For a Cure – special assembly on April 15, together among them Whangaparaoa Primary with other family members, to see with one of their teachers, Ruth Leukaemia & Blood Foundation Osborne, leading the charge. Ruth ambassador Hillary Barry shave her says she got involved in Shave 11 daughter’s head. because she wanted to raise money for Two pupils, Matthew McGill and the cause while doing something very Henry Cull, also had their locks personal that would affect her. removed while the school (decked out Ruth’s mother was diagnosed with in wacky hair) encouraged them with leukaemia 10 years ago and is in songs and cheers. (See photo page 1.)




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Wintery wardrobe winners Cooler weather brings the focus onto the need for a few warmer items to revitalise the winter wardrobe. At the beginning of each season, the Francesca’s team put together a fashion parade, and the winter one, on May 14, is bound to inspire with around 50 outfits on display. Patrons can have a coffee at Riverside Café alongside Francescas while enjoying the parade. Everything in the parade is for sale and because all Francesca’s clothing is preloved quality and designer labels, it is possible to purchase a complete outfit for well under $100. The parade raised $1400 for Hibiscus Hospice last year. Francesca’s Winter Fashion Parade • 3 Palm Court, Silverdale • May 14, starting 10.30am.

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A new fitness centre with a strong focus on community opened its doors last weekend in Whangaparaoa. At its core is a philosophy of supporting local community groups as well as giving clients freedom to choose when they work out – there are no lock in contracts or cancellation fees. Manager Bob Lee and his wife Tania, who is working at Jetts part time as an administrator, say they both prioritise fitness, despite having seven-monthold Robert to care for. The couple, who live in Manly, say young families like themselves are among those who benefit from a club like Jetts, which has fully secure access 24 hours, seven days a week. “I have to fit my workouts around childcare, so the flexibility of Jetts is ideal,” Tania says. “It’s always worth finding time to workout, as you gain so much energy, get time out from being a parent, and improve your health.” Bob, who has lived on the Coast for 22 years, says his role at Jetts is a dream job, enabling him to combine his management skills with his passion for fitness. He will also put his certificate in fitness instruction to good use, providing a personal training service to clients. Jetts, which has nine other clubs in

Pet care with the personal touch is the focus of a new business staffed by local animal lovers. Pet Angels’ services include dog walking, pet feeding, housesitting (caring for pets in their own home) and home boarding such as farm stays for dogs. It’s an innovative franchise that started in Wellington around five years ago as a direct way for people to match their pet care needs with a Pet Angel in their area. A user-friendly system that has earned the business industry awards enables clients to input their requirements on the Pet Angels website, www.petangels. and be linked instantly with local people who can provide the service they require. Owner of the Auckland North business, Lena da Fonseca, says she already has more than 10 employees on the Coast ready to care for pets. All are screened using police and reference checks, and take part in a training course before they are allowed to don the orange Pet Angels uniform as a fully fledged member of the team. “People love to have that extra security because they are trusting you with their pet, and in some cases with care of their home as well,” Lena says. “Because there is a company behind it, there is backup if needed, but combined with a personal, caring service.”

Tania and Bob Lee with baby Robert

the Auckland region, is known for combining affordability with the latest state of the art equipment including LCD TVs on all the cardio equipment, SKY TV and full air conditioning. The club, in Link Crescent, includes a mix of cardio equipment, machine and free weights. Members have access to all Jetts Fitness clubs across NZ and Australia and on joining receive a complimentary training session with a fully qualified trainer to give them a kick start to achieving their goals, as well as the ongoing support of the staff. Already proud supporters of Kidney Kids and Harbour Rugby, Jetts Whangaparaoa plans to be actively involved in the local community and provide support for local sporting teams.

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All Pet Angels are animal lovers. Lena says she was the type of child who always had animals and brought several home when perhaps she should have asked her family first. This included seven budgies, cats, guinea pigs and dogs. As part of her finance degree, Lena chose to write her thesis about a marketing project for an animal shelter. For a small fee, there is a Meet & Greet service enabling clients to meet the team member and introduce their pet before they book. This allows any issues to be discussed and a checklist of details such as emergency contacts to be completed. “It’s all about peace of mind and its hassle-free. Most importantly, it suits the pets as well as the owners. Pet Angels get a lot of repeat business and I think it’s because we go the extra mile – for both the owners and their animals.” See ad, opposite page. CL


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Whangaparaoa Recording Studio The new-look Whangaparaoa Recording Studio, which opens on May 4, is purpose-built and bristling with the latest technology. It took owners Dennis Hickey and Llew Jones six months to transform the shell of the building at 677C Whangaparaoa Rd (behind Gusto) into a studio, complete with double glazed windows, double-sprung doors and other sound barriers, doing all the work themselves. The studio includes a room for digitally recording music, and a large “live” recording area where both sound and video can be recorded. Dennis and Llew are particularly excited about this innovation, which they say is unique in NZ and enables people to do a wide range of things, from creating clips for YouTube, to making their own music video. Dennis says moving from analogue to digital not only improves the quality of the sound and recording, but provides endless editing options. “What we can do here is limited only by the client’s imagination,” Dennis says. Clients include people who want to record their voice over a backing track as a bit of fun to amateur and professional musicians. Dennis says a number of people in their retirement years have also recorded

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albums at the studio, providing them as gifts to family and friends. The move from 747 Whangaparaoa Rd, where Dennis opened the studio almost three years ago, has also meant more space for bands that come from all over Auckland to use the facility. As well as technical expertise, both Dennis and Llew have many years as musicians under their belt, and Llew says it is this experience and broad knowledge of music that makes the difference for clients, putting them at ease and giving them confidence. The studio also sponsors college and community musical and karaoke competitions, and provides work experience for teenagers who want to pursue a career as a technician in the recording industry.

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place a strain on neck and shoulders. A lot of bending takes place in the skull during birth and, along with genetic and nutritional factors, affect the growth of mouth and jaws. Since 75 percent of face growth happens before you go to school, early intervention can make a big difference to crowding and the need for braces.” David finds this holistic approach is essential when helping clients with conditions of the jaw such as TMD, which causes pain or stiffness around the jaw joints affecting eating, talking and swallowing. Other health issues, such as migraines, ear pain, poor sleep, disordered breathing and fatigue can also be improved. “The face requires a huge investment of the body’s resources, after all it is the centre for breathing, eating and drinking, communication and senses such as smelling and taste. The underlying purpose of my work is to respect normal function and where possible, achieve that. It makes sense to clients and they see the results.”

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The philosophy that healthy soil leads to healthy plants and healthy people is the driving force behind Nature Storeroom owners Alan and Lorraine Dodunski. As a cattle farmer in the 1970s, Alan saw first hand the problems created by intensive u se of artificial fertilisers, which he says are unnecessary given New Zealand’s great soil. “Our soils are among the best in the world, yet farmers are encouraged to pour on fertilisers like there’s no tomorrow,” Alan says. “I found it created problems with animal health, more disease and I believe those sort of artificial inputs affect human health also.” Although Alan still has a 40-ha beef farm in Wainui that runs using natural methods, these days he’s more likely to be found behind the counter of NatureStoreroom, a business he and Lorriane started in Orewa six years ago. Recently NatureStoreroom moved from alongside Countdown supermarket to a bigger and brighter store in Orewa Square. The new store has given Alan and Lorraine room for a wide range of high quality, certified organic products including wholefoods, skincare, vitamins, gluten free products, grocery items and fresh fruit and vegetables.

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With only four months to go until the Rugby World Cup (September 9– October 23), Silverdale United Rugby Football Club is gearing up to host the teams from Japan, Namibia and Samoa. While Namibia and Samoa are only paying a short visit, Japan will be on the Coast from September 1 until the day after their first game on September 10. The club is currently seeking more details as to the likely numbers of supporters, which may be reduced because of last month’s devastating tsunami. Chair Jon Marshall says the Japanese team hope to go into their first match against France with the whole Coast behind them, with rugby juniors, school children and the general public wearing red and white to show their support. Currently the club is organising open trainings for the Japanese team, getting merchandising in place and the facilities in shape. Council is assisting with maintenance of the fields, but Jon says it is a weekly balancing act to keep them in good condition while allowing a maximum number of games to be played. The World Cup also means a shortened season, which has put pressure on the region and teams. Planning is underway for a huge party at the club on the day Japan leave to play the French. This will have a red and white theme and involve club members, local schools and the community. Jon says any local businesses, organisations or individuals who want to help create a grand send off for the Japanese team can contact the club to get involved. Hibiscus Matters will continue to count down to the Rugby World Cup in this spot every month with exclusive stories about what’s happening locally from Silverdale United Rugby Football Club.

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Mariners test sailing skills at Stanmore Bay Dozens of cutters, Sunbursts and kayaks crowded onto Stanmore Bay beach over Easter weekend along with 150 keen young women sailors and around 100 supporters. The sailors, aged eight to 19 years, were all members of the Young Mariners, an all-female group formed in 1981 to provide opportunities for fun, friendship and adventure while learning a range of nautical skills. The national regatta at Stanmore included sailing, rowing and kayaking. Senior member Kimberley Pilbrow, aged 17, says when the group formed, girls were not allowed to become members of Sea Scouts. This has since changed, but the Mariners continue to attract good numbers to the nine units from Whangarei to Rotorua.

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Coast sportspeople to watch It is always great to see local sportspeople selected to represent NZ. There are many examples, including six locals who have been chosen to compete in Europe, as part of Canoe Racing NZ teams. It is also interesting that all six have come through the ranks at the local surf lifesaving clubs, right through from Nippers to senior level. Olympian (2008) Erin Taylor from Red Beach appears to be getting over her injuries and has been given another chance to qualify for next year’s Olympics. Joining Erin in the Open women’s grade is Orewa surf club’s Teneale Hatton, who showed her potential at last year’s World championships when she made the A final in the K2. Orewa Surf Club has also provided four athletes in the age grades. Zac Franich and Sam Wilson will compete as part of an under 23 men’s K4 boat, but are also being given the chance of competing in the Open grade and have an outside chance of qualifying for the next Olympics. There was another big cheer at Orewa when it was announced that Julie Sweetman and Jack Wilson were to compete in Europe in the under 19 grade. In each case the athletes have committed to a punishing training regime and should be congratulated for their efforts. The paddlers can be found on the lake every morning and at night they train either on the lake again or the surf club. There are weights sessions and running over and above this, especially for the older athletes. On top of this they also have to help fund their trips. For the age group athletes, there is the difficulty of being selected then being told that they have to come up with some of the cost for the trip, so hasty fundraising is also called for over and above all the training. Rugby kicks off If you like the passion shown for local rugby, get on down to Silverdale War Memorial Park, because there has been an amazing start to the season down there. Up until Easter, four of Silverdale’s Senior teams were unbeaten. After just three games, the Premiers are the only unbeaten team in North Harbour rugby. If you haven’t seen club rugby lately, it pays to make the effort to get along, because these guys are playing powerful, structured and exciting rugby. The Premier’s efforts have been matched by their second team, the Senior 1sts, who are also unbeaten and lead their competition. The under 21s and the restricted under 85kg team started their season a week later, but are also showing potential, being unbeaten so far.

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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 www.catsncare. Ph/ txt 0211 086 296. AGM Hibiscus Coast Artists Inc, Monday May 23 10am. Stanmore Bay Community Hall, Waiora Rd, All Welcome. AGM STILLWATER RESIDENTS AND RATEPAYERS ASSOCIATION 2pm Sunday May 22 at the Boat club. Update on Community Hall. All welcome. AGM of Whangaparaoa Ratepayers and Residents Association. Sat May 21, 2pm in supper room of the Whangaparaoa Hall. ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS meet Fri 7.30pm, Orewa Community House (behind Estuary Arts Centre) Ph John 027 646 2995, 0800AA WORKS. are you a victim of the recession? Bankrupt, liquidated your business or lost your job? You’re not alone! Coffee morning support group. Ph Dennis 09 427 6465 for details. CAR BOOT SALE Centrestage Theatre Orewa carpark 60 Centreway Rd (behind Council building) Last Sun of month (weather permitting). $10 per car. 7amNoon. Ph Rosalie 0274 198 135. Coffee Group for women aged 40-50 approx. Ph Heather 021 426890 Combined Rodney Seniors non profit day trips. The Kauri Museum, Matakohe. Mon May 9. $30pp. Leaving Red Beach 8.30am. Lunch at Gum Diggers Café (meals not incl in price) Ph Gillian 424 5373. Computer help at SeniorNet – Tuition and workshops in a range of subjects. 9am-3pm Mon – Thurs, 9am12pm Fri. Ph 426 1509. Flower Shows and Garden Coach trips feature in the Whangaparaoa Horticultural Society’s programme with friendly and welcoming members, both male and female. Annual fees are $20 ($25 for family). Meet 3rd Mon of month. Ph Zelma 424 4112 or Mary 424 3362. Hibiscus Organ and Keyboard club Do you play a musical instrument? Come along to this friendly club. Red Beach Methodist Church hall. First Thurs of month. Ph Peter 424 0422 or Rod 428 1919. HBC Orchid Society meets monthly on 2nd Sunday, 1.30pm Masonic Lodge in Centreway Rd. New members welcome. Ph Judy 424 1968 or HBC Youth Centre showcases new hip-hop and drama classes. Weekly classes start in Term 2 on Thursday May 19 ages 5-12 years. Term Classes $60 Come learn some funky dance moves, play on the instruments and have some fun while doing drama. 214d Hibiscus Coast Highway near the Western Reserve, Ph 09 426 5005.

Ladies Craft Club, Orewa Community Church - Tuesdays 10am. Come along and try a new craft and make some new friends. A creche is provided. Ph Chrissy 424 4108. Ladies social badminton, 60+, Mondays 9.30-11.30am. Whangaparaoa Hall. Ph 424 5508. Orewa Community Ukulele Group - ukulele lessons, May 5, 7.30 -9pm. Hibiscus Coast Community House (behind Estuary Arts) 1st and 3rd Thurs. $10. Bring your own ukulele. Music supplied, practise ukes available. All welcome. Ph Avon 09 476 6361 Probus Ladies Club - Orewa Meet every 1st Thursday monthly 10 am @ St Johns Catholic Church Hall, Centerway Road. Ph Daphne 426 1904. Second hands goods wanted Orewa Turnaround Baptist Op Shop is looking for saleable quality goods such as toys, books, clothing, bric a brac, jewellery to keep our shop stocked. Profits go to Merivale Women’s Refuge in Auckland. Items can be dropped off at Shop 5, Hillary House, behind McDonalds, Orewa or ph 427 6437. The Kiwi Tea Dance An evening of social dancing. Starting May 29, then the 4th Sunday of the month thereafter, 5pm-8pm. Ladies please bring a plate. A door charge applies. Silverdale Hall. For more info Ph 027 293 4231 or 426 8989. Trolley Derby Bonza Raffle Results 1st Ticket: 4762, 2nd 4057, 3rd 2964. 10 x $100 voucher prizes. Tickets: 4778, 1202, 4158, 1828, 5142, 4921, 2761, 2569, 4053, 1019. congratulations to all winners. ukulele lessons June 2, 7.30-9 pm. Orewa Community Ukulele Group, Hibiscus Coast Community House (behind Estuary Arts) 1st and 3rd Thurs $10. Bring your own ukulele. Music supplied, practise ukes available. Ph Avon 09 766 361 VOLUNTEERS URGENTLY NEEDED for the Hibiscus Coast Parents Centre Committee. Join a great group of Mums. Many roles available. For more information ph Charlotte 424 4348. Whangaparaoa Kindergarten are selling Entertainment Books for fundraising. Available from Whangaparaoa Kindergarten for $65. Please support your local Kindergarten, Ph 424 5130 or email whangaparaoa@ WHANGAPARAOA LIONS CLUB Invite all those people wanting to share in fun and fellowship whilst helping their local community. Stanmore Bay Community Hall, second and fourth Tues each month. Ph Donald Prentice, ph.424 4556 or Alister McKinnon ph 424 8039. Whangaparaoa Ladies Probus Welcomes New members for friendship fellowship and fun days out,we meet at the HBC Manly bridge Club, second Tuesday of month. Ph Angela Stevens 09 428 3321.



Clothing Alterations, Dressmaking and repairs 199 HBC Highway, Hilltop. Cheap rates. Ph 427 5880 or ph/txt 021 142 6604

WHAT! Women Having Adventures Together! The new itinerary for the next 5 adventures is out now. Cycling in the Woodhill Forest and Clay Duck Shooting coming up. Ph Debbie 428 5181 for more information.

HOME & MAINTENANCE Lawnmowing and Garden Care. Also Hedge, Clean-up, Rubbish, Gutter clear, Waterblast. Guaranteed & Insured. Call Jim’s 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. 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.


Guitar Lessons 1-0-1

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

LYMPHATIC DRAINAGE MASSAGE Stop colds, flus, ear, chest & sinus problems this winter and keep your immune system strong. Reduces Fluid retention; Lymphoedema; High blood pressure and migraine; Constipation; Arthritis; Chronic Fatique syndrome; Improves hormonal and skin imbalances. Plus speeds cosmetic, liposuction & dental surgery recovery. Also Ear Candling/Remedial. 30 years experience Red Beach & Orewa clinics Ph 421 1812 / 0272 665 010.

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. BEAUTY THERAPY – Suzanne’s coming back to Clinic 38, Manly Village. Book with her for May and receive a 20% discount. Starting back May 2, Mon-Fri, Sat til noon. Ph 424 8537. FEET AND HANDS – Pedicure, Foot spa, Foot Massage and free manicure. Mobile service $30, or two for $50. Ph Lesley 424 0676 or 027 271 6676.

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.

READINGS Brigid avail now for readings Book now ph 426 8361. Trish Stewart clairvoyant readings and change facilitator with over 20 years’ experience Ph 426 7833.

WANTED BEGINNER ADULT DANCE CLASSES Waltz, Foxtrot, Cha, Samba, Jive. Learn to dance for those special occasions, cruises, balls or lifelong enjoyable hobby. 7.30pm Thurs 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.

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.

Delivery people needed

to distribute on the Hibiscus Coast. Ph Mark 427 6506 or 021 277 3088 email TO BUY, RECORDS/LP’s, 45’s Ph Mike 428 1587. Model Railway items, trains, wagons, buildings. Willing to collect. Will pay cash. Ph David 021 901 493. Cash for cars, suitable scrap or repair Ph 021 142 6604.

WANTED Vans, Utes, 4x4, Trucks Going or not, de-registered or broken motors etc. Cash paid on pick up. Phone 022 016 6455 for a quotation to value your wreck.

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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. Intuitive Business Mentoring. Hit a brick wall? www.sensingbusiness. Ph Brigid 426 8361.

BLACK CORD FOR JADE PENDANTS HBC Souvenir Shop, Silverdale. Ph 426 6125. P NZ JADE PENDANTS from $10. Made locally. HBC Souvenir Shop, Silverdale. Ph 426 6125. P

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

PICTURE FRAMING All Picture Framing, "You Name It ! We Frame It !" (35+ yrs exp) where there is no substitute for personal attention, experience or quality, for selection and service visit the Professionals at Orewa Picture Framing, Shop "E" Cammish Lane, Tamariki Plaza, Orewa. Ph 427 8124. Plexiglaze, (We import from Europe) The Ultimate UV Protective Picture Glazing for all art, photos, handcrafts etc. Clarity, lightweight and safety, cut to any size or shape plus many other choices. Visit Orewa Picture Framing the Specialists in Framing, Reframing & Reglazing , Shop "E" Cammish Lane, Tamariki Plaza, Orewa, Ph 427 8124.

PETS & ANIMALS Toy Dog's loving care and fun in our home. Phone Cheryl 424 8804. Miniature Long-haired pedigree Dachshund puppies for sale. Please ph Sandy 021 034 9851.

SITUATIONS VACANT NZ Herald Delivery People Orewa, Mon-Sat approx 2hrs/day. Early Start. Must have car and mobile phone. Ph 027 217 2326. Opportunity for a young person for a career as a carpenter. Must want to work hard. Willing to learn and prepared to finish their time. Time wasters need not apply. Own transport. Rewards to come. Ph 0274 795 061.

HOUSEMINDING DUTCH LADY loves animals, will look after your pets whilst you are away. Ref. available. Ph 09 627 8250 or email:

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MOBILITY SCOOTERS Rodney - North Shore

SALES AND SERVICE Noel & Lyn Beale 09 422 2615 Warkworth

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Boys bicycle 26” wheels, black. $85 ono. Good cond. Ph 021 424 853. Cufflink, 3 piece set jade centre stones, set in gold metal finish. New in presentation box. $45 ono. Antique nutcrackers, Mid 1800’s, $20. Ph 428 0943. Colour TV, working order $45, washing machine front loading good working order, $50. Ph 424 2727. Double bed, Mattress & base, headboard with side drawers + new duvet set. Excel cond. $180 the lot. Ph 428 2454. Dog Kennel solidly built, suit med size dog. $30. Ph 424 1168. Electric Frypan large, S/S, Breville, used once, half new price. $70. George Foreman Grill, almost new $35. Ph 426 3006 Orewa Gillette” safety razor, double edged blade type. Reasonable price paid for good cond. Ph 428 0976. Inflatable boat South Pacific 2.4m roll up with slated floor & attached dingy wheels $500. Johnson outboard 3.3Hp $500. 2 x lifejackets Hutchwilco Mariner 2, $25 each Ph Dennis 428 2379. King Single bed sheet set with matching quilted valance, pale mint green, New, cost $112, sell $60. Ph 427 9953. LOUNGE SUITE, two-seater, two armchairs, compact design, suit small lounge or apartment, tan draylon, good condition. $250. Ph 426 7217. Mazda Capella, 1988, white, one NZ owner, excellent order, $3,000. ph. 0277467622 Orewa College Jersey, XL. Excel cond. $65 ono. Ph 426 6518 or 021 258 2862. Orewa College Green jacket size small worn once $50. Kempo weaponary, nunchucks unused $15, staff, used one term $20. Ph Saskia 427 6029 A/h. Mahogany coffee table and bean bag. Offers. Ph 428 3756. Fridge $50. Excel cond. Selling to donate proceeds to a young person in need. Ph Leslie 424 0676. Pool table Hayden, 6 leg, 7ft, 6 x 4ft, perfect cond. $575 ono. Ph 424 7357. Solid Rimu dressing table 6 draws with mirror. No borer. Original cond, makeover. opt $65 ph 426 0507. Target Furniture Two new smart wooden bedside cabinets. 3 good drawers in each with grey handles. Valued at $375 Will sell both for $250 Ph 426 2936 Cell ph 027 426 2042.

what’s on Hibiscus Coast

May 2011

5–29 One Piece exhibition, Estuary Arts Centre, Orewa. All artworks in the show cost $200 or less. Gala opening to raise funds for Canterbury. Info: ph 426 5570. 7 Twilight Walk, Orewa, 4pm. Women only fundraising walk around Orewa’s walkways. Fun and friendship, while supporting Hospice. Prizes for the most money raised by teams, mother and daughter pairs and individuals. Info: or ph 421 9180. 7 Eaves Bush Appreciation Group workday, meeting 9am at the Old North Road entrance to the Reserve, Orewa. Weeding Acmena and climbing asparagus infestations in the Lookout area. Some tools supplied but bring your own if you prefer. Cup of tea at 10.30am. Info: ph Don Turner 426 4761 or Spencer Drinkwater 427 5517. 8 Hibiscus Coast Singers perform Handel’s Messiah, Orewa Ars & Events Centre, Orewa College, Riverside Rd. Tickets from Orewa Menswear or at the door. Info: ph Duncan, 428 5623. 13 Sands coffee group (children welcome), Hibiscus Coast Community Centre, 11am. Info: Tania 09 423 8089 or rhysandtania11@clear. Sands supports parents and families after the loss of a baby during pregnancy and beyond. 13 The Stetson Country Music club presents Western Union at the Dairy Flat Community Hall, Postman Road, Dairy Flat, 8pm–11.30pm. Licensed Bar. Info: or ph 09 479 6778. 13 Ball Season Showcase, Radius Pharmacy, Whangaparaoa Plaza, 5.30pm. Jus Jazz, Radius Pharmacy and Rodney Wayne present a fashion show of the latest ball trends, plus spot prizes and special offers. Go in the draw to win a ball makeover. Chat to the experts about hairstyles and makeup. $5 booking fee goes to the SPCA. 14 Cultural and Creative Dance show, Orewa School Hall, Maire Rd, Orewa, doors open 6.30pm show starts 7pm. Adults $10, child under 10 Yrs $5. Info: ph Vicki 426 1105 or email nickandvick@xtra. (see story p17) 14 Francesca’s Winter Fashion Parade, 3 Palm Court, Silverdale, starting at 10.30am. (see story p19) 14–22 Silverdale celebrates 100 years since its name change from Wade. Events in Silverdale Village, the Pioneer Village and more. (see story p6) 27 The Stetson Country Music club presents Sel Nash, Marion Burns & Southern Cross at the Dairy Flat Community Hall, Postman Road, Dairy Flat, 8pm–11.30pm. Licensed Bar. Info: or ph 09 479 6778.

June 2011 June 2–6 Art at the Estuary exhibition and sale, held by Hibiscus Hospice Women’s Committee over Queen’s Birthday Weekend. The exhibition opens with a preview night on Thursday June 2, 7pm to 9pm. Tickets cost $25 and include wine and hors d’oeuvres. Exhibition hours on Friday, Saturday and Sunday are 9.30am to 4pm and on Monday 9.30am to 2pm. Entry is by gold coin donation. Book online at or phone Hospice on 421 9180.

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Thousands throng to Orewa Beach Half Marathon More than 2000 people took part in the third annual Orewa Beach Half Marathon in perfect conditions on Sunday April 17, topping last year’s turnout by more than 65 per cent. Organiser Laraine Chase says although complete in time for the event, but the she had hoped for an increase on last developer provided special access over year’s 1200 participants, the huge Arran Hill. crowd that arrived to take part in either A new Schools Challenge was won the 21km, 10.5km and 5km run/walk by Gulf Harbour School, which exceeded her expectations. More than beat rivals Stanmore Bay School and 70 percent of entrants were from out Orewa Primary to the $1000 sports of town, including some from as far equipment voucher for the school afield as the United States, Canada and Australia, as well as people from with the most entries. A physical education class from Albany High thoughout NZ. School took on the 10.5km run as part This year’s course incorporated a track of their curriculum, while the North through Eaves Bush and part of the Harbour rugby team turned the 5km new Te Ara Tahuna (Orewa walk and run into part of a triathlon training cycleway), avoiding the need to close the session. Among the businesses groups Estuary bridge and halving the event’s traffic management costs. Laraine says represented was Silverdale Medical the new route was in jeopardy when with a team of about 20 taking part. Auckland Council advised that the part Orewa Plunket was a beneficiary of the track owned by Millwater developers day, handling martialling in exchange Woods Fulton Hogan would not be for a substantial donation.

Top, The Orewa Beach Half Marathon Challengers after they completed the 21km event. Above, North Harbour Rugby team took on the 5km run as part of a training triathlon. Left, Runners and walkers of all ages engulfed the beach in waves a the start of the Half Marathon. For more photos

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