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Coast skaters join the roller derby revival. Pictured is Sarah Heeney (second from left, front) in training with her team.

Coast roller derby gets its skates on

A group of Whangaparaoa women aims to help lead the resurgence of a sport that had its heyday in the ’70s, by establishing a local roller derby league. Player/coach Sarah Heeney says roller “blockers” do whatever is necessary starting a league on the Coast has derby is enjoying a revival worldwide to get their point scorer through the snowballed. and offers a unique style of competitive opposition pack. “In 12 weeks we’ve gone from three fun, yet the new league is only the A keen skater since childhood, Sarah of us mucking around, to 12-16 of us second to be set up in Auckland. witnessed the sport’s high profile in the taking it seriously,” she says. The sport involves hour-long games ’70s and recently spent a year training Sarah would like to double those broken down into two-minute “jams” with a South Auckland league. Since numbers by the end of the year, when as opposing teams of five skaters battle she began started skating with a few continued page 2 for position on an indoor track. Four friends closer to home, interest in

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Ultra fast broadband (UFB) is expected to unlock major economic development potential on the Hibiscus Coast, but although Whangaparaoa has been earmarked as an ideal early recipient, the timing and boundaries for delivery await an announcement by Crown Fibre Holdings (CFH) this month. The Government-established entity has a mandate to provide at least 75 per cent of New Zealanders across 33 urban centres with access to internet services at speeds of at least 100 Mbps downstream and 50 Mbps upstream by 2019, and has teamed up with Chorus to deliver the service in Auckland. UFB “footprints” already released by CFH suggest areas including Whangaparoa, Orewa and part of Silverdale are likely to be connected to fibre, but specifics of boundaries and continued page 2

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Roller derby rollout she hopes to have enough players to scrimmage against each other in preparation for the competitive roller derby circuit, that includes 17 leagues around the country. She says the sport is open to all women, regardless of their shape, size, fitness or skill level. Current participants range in age from 30-43, and although players have to be 18 to compete, younger women are welcome to join in with training. Previous skills aren’t necessary, and basic instruction is given to ensure everyone has the necessary competencies to be able to play safely. The full-contact sport requires serious safety gear, including helmets, mouthguards, and protective padding, but apart from that, participants have fun dressing up

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in anything that takes their fancy. The Leisure Centre’s Marie-Ann Lutton is one who was enticed by the combination of skill, exercise, dressing up and music (which is played during jams), but had to begin by learning how to skate. She thinks it’s a great option for girls looking for something fun and physical to continue with after they leave school. “It’s full contact with full makeup – a chance to be both feminine and strong,” she says. The league is looking for a permanent base, but currently meets at the Leisure Centre on Wednesday nights. Sarah hopes to add a second weekly training. Info: phone Marie-Ann on 424 9324 or Sarah 428 3563.

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timeframes are not yet clearly defined. Meanwhile, a report by Business and Economic Research Ltd (BERL), considered by Auckland Council’s Economic Forum last month, pinpointed Whangaparaoa as one of six key urban areas in Auckland most likely to have a large number of people and businesses that will demand, and benefit from, fast broadband. Albany Ward Councillor and Economic Forum member Wayne Walker says Council supports the BERL report findings and considers the UFB rollout to be critical for business activity and an important substitute for transport. “If people can send something down a wire fast, that may mean they don’t have to hop in the car,” Cr Walker says. He says areas such as Gulf Harbour, are particularly poor in respect of broadband speeds, which is restricting people’s ability to work from home. Destination Orewa Beach operations manager Leanne Smith agrees that inadequate telecommunications are having a major economic impact. “A large number of home-based businesses on the Coast are operating at a very basic level,” she says.

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Wharenui opening a challenge to Education Ministry On July 23, at around 5.30am a karanga resounded across the fields of the old Silverdale Primary School in Foundry Road, announcing the commencement of the opening ceremony for the blessing of the new wharenui called Te Kakano. The opening of the wharenui what had been achieved. The Maori acknowledges and celebrates the Television news team from Te Kaea establishment of Te Herenga Waka was also present to capture the o Orewa marae as an important occasion. community resource. The morning blessing ceremony was It also represents a direct challenge to followed by formal speeches, waiata the Ministry of Education’s efforts to and many stories of times past and dispose of the parcel of land where the present. pan-tribal marae has been situated for Photographs of past Chairman Bob four years. Helmbright and Community resident The land is in the process of being and whanau member Simon Tauhinu subdivided by the Ministry so that were hung in the Wharenui during the a large portion can be sold back to ceremony. This was to acknowledge a successor of the original owner. the fact that both had lain in the The Ministry says this is required by wharenui during their respective law because the site was previously a tangihanga before returning to their own marae to be buried. At 10am a school. Past and present members of Te Karanga Kawe Mate was issued from Herenga Waka o Orewa, supporters the wharenui that called back the from the community, Mana Party past members, supporters and their Leader Hone Harawira, Dame June whanau whose images were added to Jackson and Community Judge the two already adorning the wall. Lavinia Nathan made up the 200 At the ceremony, Kaiwhakahaere strong contingent that attended the (manager) Kereama Nathan described dawn blessing. Tears flowed freely the opening of the wharenui as a great as many realised the enormity of achievement for the whole community,

From left, kaumatua Pita Pou, Murray Witika, Anaru Peita and Kato Pera at the blessing of Te Herenga Waka o Orewa’s wharenui.

pointing to the attendance of just as many pakeha as Maori on the day as further evidence of this. He said the opening was to rekindle the passion, inspire, reunite and reorganise the whole of Te Herenga Waka o Orewa, both past and present. “Te Kakano, which means the seed of beginning, is an apt name for the

wharenui because, although a long term goal has been achieved, a new chapter in the history of Te Herenga Waka o Orewa has only just begun,” Mr Nathan said. The Ministry expects subdivision of the land to be complete by December with settlement of the sale next January.

Orewa’s Nautilus apartments join Wyndham Hotel group Managers of The Nautilus in Orewa are hoping that a new franchise agreement linking the Nautilus Orewa with the Ramada brand of international hotel giant Wyndham Hotel Group will significantly increase the hotel’s international pulling power. Freda and Eric Blake have been managing the property for almost three years and say they chose the Ramada brand to gain access to global contacts and new corporate business in Australia and the USA. The deal affects only the Nautilus 30 nightly accommodation rooms, which will now be referred to as Ramada Suites Nautilus Orewa. Mr Blake says certain brand standards are associated with the agreement, including how often refurbishments

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occur, but the business is already operating close to the requirements and there are no immediate plans for change or foreseeable impacts on existing staffing levels. Mr Blake says that while occupancy often dies off in April/May, promotional efforts this year have paid off and kept them “extremely busy” with small meetings and conference business. He says that the hotel has also had strong bookings around the Rugby World Cup. Mr Blake says that the 88 long-term rental apartments are also performing well, with only one current vacancy, while the remaining 34 apartments are owner-occupied. The Nautilus is one of two Ramada franchises recently established in

NZ, the second being the former Edgewater Palms at Paihia – a 34-suite complex now renamed Ramada Suites Paihia. Both properties are owned by Marsden Asset Management. The Nautilus is self-rated 4-star and classed as mid-scale by Ramada standards. Wyndham Hotel Group is one of the world’s largest hotel companies with more than 7000 hotels operating under a number of brand names in 66 countries. There are currently almost 900 Ramada properties worldwide. In the South Pacific the Group also franchises or manages Wyndham Hotels and Resorts, Days Inn, Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham, and Planet Hollywood Hotels and has plans for further expansion.

Weathertightness claim The Nautilus’ body corporate, acting on behalf of the owners in the leaky buildings dispute, is currently waiting for its first settlement conference, which should take place later this year, however Mr Blake says the weathertightness issue is not preventing any apartments being occupied at the moment. It is unclear at present whether any apartment owners will take up the Government’s Weathertight Homes Financial Assistance Package, which came into force last week. Under the package, qualifying owners of leaky homes pay half the repair costs, while the Government and Council pay 25 percent each.

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Park ‘n’ ride decision sensible

News that Auckland Transport has been forced shelving plans to build a Clayton’s park ‘n’ ride in Silverdale (see story p7), in favour of the full, 500 space facility with signalised intersection, pedestrian crossing and new bus station, is good news for Warkworth and Hibiscus Coast commuters. Although it means further delays of possibly up to a year, the proposed 100 car parking facility, designed to meet Rugby World Cup demands, was never going to work. In the end it would have been a waste of ratepayers’ money and would have left most drivers frustrated. Usage of the Albany park ‘n’ ride exceeded expectations almost from day one and has already been increased to 550 spaces with further expansion planned. The criticism that is levelled at it most frequently is that “it’s always full”. So it is good to see Auckland Transport learning a lesson from this experience. The real question is will 500 spaces be enough? The NZ Transport Agency says there are 16,500 vehicles travelling between Warkworth and Puhoi every day – how many of these are commuting to jobs in Auckland is unclear. But the park ‘n’ ride will also service the estimated 7000 daily commuters coming off the Whangaparaoa Peninsula so you don’t have to be a mathematician to work out that 500 carparks will soon be utilised. A well serviced park ‘n’ ride could make carpooling a practical and convenient option for some, and it could also mean a bus service from Warkworth, maybe even Wellsford, could be viable. Whatever the outcomes are, the message for Auckland Transport is clear – don’t let this project slip any further behind. Petrol is getting more expensive by the day and people in the north are entitled to some public transport options.

No wonder TVNZ Breakfast show presenter Tamati Coffey is looking sheepish. Despite over 1000 people passing through the Rugby World Cup Road Show in Orewa recently, St Johns report he managed to get the only injury, when he was bitten by a pink Sheepworld lamb. At least one of them was still in the pink after the event. But never fear, it’s bound to take more than this to make extroverted Coffey twice shy.

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I see the story in Hibiscus Matters’ July 13 edition about Orewa College’s introduction of computers has since made the national news – another first for your great paper. We readers expect

nothing less, of course. My thoughts as a mother of young children about the issue of one on one computing is that of the “three r’s” (reading, writing and maths) writing would seem to be the

one that will lose out. However, perhaps in recent years the art of handwriting has been dying anyway, and it has just taken a move like this to make us aware of it? W Beatty, Red Beach

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The opening of the Wynyard Quarter in Auckland on August 6 is likely to be an exciting affair with all the bells and whistles including a movie screened on the side of a 30m high concrete silo. However, we wonder whether punters will be lining up to ride on the unfortunately named steamship, the SS Puke. While in Maori, puke (pronounced poo-keh) means hill, visiting English speakers are likely to be concerned about how the ship earned this name.

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Students voices are heard Intermediate and college students took over the offices of the Hibiscus & Bays Local Board last month, providing feedback on the Board’s draft Plan. More than 50 students from five basketball. The idea of kayaks for hire, schools in the region, including Orewa bike and scooter lanes and concrete and Whangaparaoa College, took up table tennis tables also got the thumb’s the board’s invitation to engage with up. To give teens more ownership the local government process and of these public spaces, and reduce share ideas about their priorities for vandalism, it was suggested students could provide some of the artworks. the region. During a lively session on July 14 that The cleanliness of community included presentations by students facilities such as public toilets, and and a chance to quiz chair Julia Parfitt, beaches, were also a concern noted by member John Kirikiri and Auckland many students. Tourism, Events and Economic Mrs Parfitt says that the feedback was Development director John Law on valuable to the board, and that further local issues, several priorities came sessions may be held in future so that through loud and clear. more local schools can participate in Among these were that the parks have the process. potential as safe, smoke free places for In a parallel initiative, Auckland teens to gather and be entertained, as Council sought youth input to its an alternative to the mall. Auckland Plan via a campaign that Suggestions for additions to the parks asked respondents aged five to 25 included artworks, space for live for feedback on how they would like entertainment and separate provision to see Auckland develop. It attracted for activities such as volleyball, and more than 4800 responses.


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Two of the most popular running and walking events on the Hibiscus Coast – the weekly Monday Nighta and the annual Dash for Cash – may have run their course following organiser Laraine Chase’s move to Kerikeri. The Monday Nighta, which began in Challenge Group going, despite her 2007, provides an opportunity to run recent move to Kerikeri with her family. or walk a set course in Orewa with “Next year we’re expecting around like-minded people each Monday. The 3000 competitors in the Half sociable, low-key event rapidly grew, Marathon,” Laraine says. “It’s not appealing to hardcore runners as well ideal, but because a lot of the work is as those who want to enjoy a regular done via the internet, we are confident walk. It attracts around 80–100 people we can do it from here.” of all ages each week throughout the However, she says the Monday Nighta summer months. will come to an end unless she can Last year Laraine and her husband find someone to attend at the Orewa Ed also started the Orewa Half start/finish line each week and run the Marathon, which involves more than sausage sizzle. She says the position 1000 competitors, and last February will be a paid one, and that she will still introduced the Dash for Cash which handle the annual Council permits and saw 300 participants race the length of associated costs. Orewa Beach. “All it needs is someone with an Laraine says she is determined to keep interest in fitness and health to take the Half Marathon and associated over the reins,” Laraine says. Running the annual Dash for Cash, however, is a more challenging task requiring event management skills, but Laraine hopes that someone will step forward to take this over. “I’m passionate about the Monday Nighta, as it has got so many people into improving their fitness. It would be so sad for it to fold. I know everyone who takes part loves it, but I simply can’t come down and run it myself.” Anyone interested in helping can phone 0800 426 868 or email

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Mayoral forum big on promises

Auckland Mayor Len Brown heard concerns from a group of around 45 locals at an open forum held at Orewa Arts & Events Centre on July 27 and promised to look further into issues raised and assist where possible. Representatives of community groups, ratepayers’ associations and local business attended the forum, raising issues such as Penlink, funding for Estuary Arts Centre and roading. The mayor began the meeting with a 20-minute overview of his vision for Auckland, which included better public transport, investing in arts and culture, “cleaning up” the city before the Rugby World Cup and improving pedestrian access in the central city. During the hour of public question time that followed, transport was a major point of discussion. Mayor Brown promised that the Penlink Rd would be included in Auckland Council’s Long Term Council Community Plan, and said that a public private partnership was likely to be what would get the road off the starting blocks. He also promised to assist the Hibiscus Coast Community House’s foodbank by looking for businesses that could support it with food donations, and even said he would fix a driveway for an elderly Silverdale resident, which was damaged by turning trucks, “even if I have to do a Tim Shadbolt and get out the concrete mixer myself ”. Local board chair Julia Parfitt closed the meeting, thanking Mayor Brown for holding the forum and saying “we now look forward to seeing you deliver From top, Mayor Len Brown addressed an open forum in Orewa last month. on what’s been promised tonight”. Henry Tan of BikeMe puts his case for cycling in Orewa.

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Consent delays prompt park ‘n’ ride re-think Auckland Transport has been forced to shelve plans to build a partial park ‘n’ ride of 100 spaces in Silverdale in time for the Rugby World Cup, in favour of completing the full, 500 space facility at a later stage. A spokesperson says delays in securing resource consent for the project means the opportunity to provide parking in time for the Rugby World Cup has passed. He said Auckland Transport lodged a resource consent application in February, on a non-notified basis. However, an independent planning commissioner decided that it should be partially notified. That has now been done with the closing date for submissions being August 4. “We had hoped to have Stage 1 of the project (100 carparks) completed in time for the World Cup but the notification means we have missed that deadline,” the spokesperson says. “The best case scenario is that the full operation could be completed by August next year.” At a public meeting last month Auckland Mayor Len Brown said the moratorium on public works during the World Cup was also an issue. “We don’t want an ugly building site right opposite Silverdale Rugby Club where World Cup teams will be practising,” Mayor Brown said.

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I believe great cities are built from strong local communities. As a result – one of my priorities is ongoing investment at a local level to support our unique local identities and villages. An important tool to build strong local communities is your Local Board Plan. Each local board develops a plan that sets out the aspirations and priorities for your area, to guide the decisions the board will make in the future. The draft local board plans are now out for feedback. The Hibiscus and Bays Local Board took an innovative step of hosting workshops with local intermediate and secondary schools, where they invited students to make presentations on different priorities within the plan and take part in discussions and debates on the future of their community. This caught my eye because I am always keen to hear young people’s thoughts on the future of their city. The workshops proved such a success that the board plans to make them an annual event. It is great that these young people could have their say on issues that will directly affect their daily lives, like local sports fields, cycleways, better public transport and infrastructure. It is great that they had the eyes and ears of their local board, and the chance to get involved with the future of their community. (See story, p??) The Rodney Local Board held a successful series of open days about its draft plan, and the Devonport-Takapuna, Upper Harbour and Kaipatiki local boards have approached specific groups such as local businesses, disability organisations and the elderly for their input. Some have invited their communities to ‘grade’ the draft plans. I applaud everyone involved, from the board members, community groups, and members of the public including our school students. This is your Auckland and it is important your voice is heard. I try and get out of the Town Hall and into Auckland’s many villages as often as I can. It is important for me to hear from people in different communities across Auckland, be it at civic events, my informal Mayor in the Chair sessions and Town Hall meetings, or via Facebook or Twitter. It helps me get a better understanding of what Aucklanders are experiencing and what they care about. This is your Auckland and your community. It is important that your elected representatives know what you want for it. Submissions on the draft local board plans close on August 8. Copies can be viewed at local service centres, libraries or online at

Dacre Cottage planting

It’s hoped at least 100 people will pitch in to help plant 1500 plants at Dacre Cottage on August 21 from 9am to 12 noon. The planting will add to the 3000 plants put in last year to build the break between the future development on the Weiti Station and the wilderness setting of the Dacre Cottage, beach and reserve. Volunteers can walk in from Haighs Access Rd or Stillwater, or walk from the end of Okura River Rd to meet boats which will provide transport over Okura Estuary from 8-8.30am and then home after lunch. Participants should bring spades.

Wetlands work day

A public work day to plant natives and clear weeds in the wetland area upstream from Kensington Bush will be held on August 6 from 9am. Volunteers will meet at the Eaves Bush Parade entrance to the Reserve in Kensington Park, off the end of Puriri Avenue, Orewa. Some tools will be supplied. Info: ph Don Turner 426 4761.

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Lorraine Sampson

In recent years, since Lorraine Sampson became president of the Silverdale Commercial Residents & Ratepayers Association, her name has become synonymous with Silverdale. Lorraine is passionate about the place where she has lived for nearly 40 years and she has appeared countless times before successive Councils to express her organisation’s views on everything from traffic issues to beautification of the shopping precinct. However, as editor Terry Moore discovered, she is also an accomplished pianist and a teacher with a special interest in children with learning difficulties. I feel passionate about what happens in Silverdale. My husband Murray and I have considered moving from time to time, but in the end, we always decide that Silverdale suits us. To me what gives this region its special character is that there are still a lot of families living here that have been here for decades and have a strong history in the area. That comes from its days as a rural community, and it means people’s connections go deep. That’s one reason why locals care so passionately about the place. I moved to Silverdale with Murray in 1974, so that he could run the local vet clinic. In those days Wednesday was half day shopping only in Orewa so that the businesses could also open on Saturday mornings – it was a different pace of life. I got a job teaching at Orewa Primary and later at Dairy Flat Primary. Meanwhile, we built a new vet clinic. The vet practice changed as the community grew – from the days when Murray saw mainly large farm animals to more and more domestic pets. I remember Murray saying that when we first moved here there was only one family in Waitoki who were not farmers – now it’s probably the other way around and there’s only one farming family. I did my teacher training at North Shore Teachers’ College, which is now AUT – the first year I was there they were still building it. My first year as a probationary teacher was in 1967 in Warkworth, which is where I grew up. I always wanted to teach, and went straight from Mahurangi College to teachers’ college. I majored in music, because I have always loved playing the piano. I had piano lessons as a child and was always able to play songs by ear. I took up formal lessons again after teacher training and started to teach piano. Due to the fact that I have legal blindness in my right eye, it is difficult for me to read small print

music so these days I play lots of songs that I remember from the 60s through to the 90s. At Holy Trinity church in Silverdale, I’m known as “Mrs Music”, because I have played the organ there ever since 1979. I “retired” from teaching at one stage, but was still working at Orewa with their ESOL students and ended up relieving as head of music there. I enjoyed tutoring ESOL students so much that I started my own business, Hibiscus Education, working mainly with young people from New Caledonia, Tahiti and Wallis & Futuna, which is north of Fiji. When we built our house, it was a relatively peaceful spot but now there are huge problems with road noise, especially from people speeding up as they exit Whangaparaoa Rd onto the highway. I generally wake up around 5am each morning as the commuter traffic down there begins. One reason Murray retired was because it was too hard for customers to get in and out to the clinic from the highway. I was teaching piano in rooms under the vet clinic and had to give that up because people were afraid of the turn in and out into the speeding traffic. Under the Resource Management Act, you wouldn’t be able to build that highway that has split Silverdale in two. It has stifled the economy and, as far as Silverdale business is concerned, one way out is the Penlink Rd. When I first came to Silverdale there was a Four Square grocery, where the liquor store is now, a haberdashery, a fruit and vegetable shop and a butcher – it was a real town centre. It was very easy to walk across the road to the shops, but now you take your life in your hands. There is no sealed way across to the town for the houses along the highway – unless you count the median barrier, which is how many pedestrians get down the highway. Auckland Transport and Council are

working with us on these issues now. Because Murray was involved with the Silverdale Business Association, I went to meetings to support him and, about three years ago, when the NZ Transport Agency and the former Rodney District Council were having meetings about traffic and changing the road access to Silverdale Street, I got more and more frustrated and keen to have my say. One thing led to another and I ended up being elected as president of the Commercial Ratepayers Association, and I’ve been re-elected twice since. It’s a lot of work, especially as I’m still tutoring students and also working with children with learning problems. There are a lot of issues for Silverdale as development is happening so fast and access remains a real concern. However, more of the committee is stepping up to help, so I can share the workload now. One reason I enjoy community work is because I like to get things done, and I don’t give up easily. I’ve often have people express to me their concern about what will happen to the old Silverdale town centre, with all the residential development, shops and mega stores, but I truly believe that it has a bright future. They said the same about Albany when all that growth happened there, yet Albany Village has survived. I think people enjoy shopping somewhere a bit different, with more character than

a shopping mall. That’s what the existing retail part of Silverdale must focus on to survive. Yes, times have changed and people have to realise that to make Silverdale a destination, more work is needed, but the basics are already there. You go down the street and people are friendly, ready to chat and smile at you. It’s got a small town, friendly feel. It’s probably because I grew up in small town Warkworth that I like small towns, small schools and that local feel – and there’s still that atmosphere in Silverdale. People care about each other; if you’re not around one day, they’ll ask after you and see if they can help. In a big city, you’re on your own. A bright future for Silverdale means making connections – such as the Park ‘n’ Ride. It also means store owners paying attention to service, because if you give good service, people come back. We are also hoping to have a heritage walk created, including cycle way connections, perhaps starting with the Wade Hotel, through to the Holy Trinity church and the Pioneer Village and on to Stoney Homestead. There are great places to ride a bike and go for walks in the Millwater subdivision too. We are hoping to have more of the riverbank reserve opened up and the underpass all connected so people can use it as a picnic area. Kayaking on the river is another possibility – there are so many options.

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An attempt to set-up an organised carpooling system on the Whangaparaoa Peninsula is having trouble getting into gear. The Raspberry Express initiative, sets up centralised meeting places, which was launched in April, is being such as Link Crescent in Arkles Bay, driven by Paul Minett. He held a where members can share rides, with public meeting in the Whangaparaoa no need to plan in advance. Hall on July 23 to update residents on “As long as the community of travellers how the week-day service works. is large enough – 150 would be ideal – He said he had hoped to have it you will always find a ride or riders at operating by May, but there needed to the meeting places,” Paul said. be at least 30 participants before the He said concerns about safety had service could start. been addressed through a membership “The service works on a token system,” scheme. he said. “Drivers receive tokens from “If you usually drive alone to work, passengers which they can then sharing the costs of the trip with redeem for rides.” two other people would reduce your Rather than rely on individual transport costs by one-third.” arrangements, the Raspberry service Info:

Only 38 days to go before the Rugby World Cup kicks off and even though, to some, the rugby itself is a very serious affair, there is a certain festival feel to the whole Rugby World Cup, with teams and supporters from different countries converging on the greater Auckland area through September and October. This excitement is becoming more and more evident at the Silverdale Rugby Club with up to 17 games planned to be screened live at the club over the length of the tournament. Plans are also well under way for the a Golden Oldies type tournament at the Silverdale Club on October 8 – details of this can be found on the club’s website, The Japanese team arrives on August 31 and will be attending a powhiri at Aotea Square on September 1. The Japanese will also take part in an open training session at Silverdale War Memorial Park in early September, on a date yet to be confirmed. This will be open to the public. The John Kirwan coached team has their first game on September 10 against France at North Harbour Stadium. There has certainly been a lot more interest shown in the Samoan team since their historic win over the Wallabies and the team arrives on the Hibiscus Coast on September 26. The Samoan team will be training at Silverdale War Memorial Park prior to their game against South Africa – on September 30 at North Harbour Stadium. This should be a very exciting encounter. Namibia is also staying on the Hibiscus Coast between games on September 21–24. Rugby World Cup organisers are encouraging people to get involved by supporting the events planned around the city and on the Coast. Look out for the August 17 issue of Hibiscus Matters for confirmed dates for trainings and events at the rugby club.

New look rates bills arrive in Rodney residents’ letterboxes Auckland Council’s first combined rates notices were due to be delivered to ratepayers in the former Rodney District Council area on Friday July 29. The new-look notice combines the former Auckland Regional Council rates and former local council rates into one Auckland Council rates bill. Council is required by legislation to establish a Transition Rate for 2011/12, which means all targeted rates and other charges on the former local and regional council rates bills

will be merged into one, with the exception of wastewater rates. The transition rate has been set at 3.94 per cent. Rates provide 53 percent of Council’s income with the rest coming from grants, subsidies, development and financial contributions, user charges and fees. Some of Council’s funding priorities this year are: yy Transforming Wynyard Quarter and Queens Wharf

yy Protecting and enhancing Auckland’s harbours, beaches, islands and coastline yy Public library for Wellsford yy A new park at Millwater subdivision in Silverdale yy Huapai Sports Field upgrade yy Construction of a rock breakwater on the eastern side of the Gulf Harbour boat ramp. Former Rodney District Council ratepayers will continue to pay their rates in four instalments. However,

a 1.5 percent discount is applied on rates if they are paid in full by the due date of the first instalment. Former Rodney ratepayers will continue to pay Watercare (a separate Auckland Council Controlled Organisation) for their water and part of their wastewater service, and Auckland Council for their fixed wastewater charge. The wastewater utility charge will continue to appear on the rates bill and is subject to a standard annual increase of 4.5 percent.

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Turning an existing house into the home of your dreams has never been more affordable, which is why renovating is the current buzzword in the building industry. Dave Poole, who has been a selfemployed, certified builder for nearly 30 years, saw the growing trend for renovations and decided to specialise in this type of work. Dave and his wife, Penny London, opened the local franchise of Smith & Sons in Silverdale last week and say being part of the franchise, which is an offshoot of G J Gardner Homes, provides support, expertise and buying power that gives customers huge bonuses. “Everything from site safety to quotations is taken care of by this model, and our national supply chain makes the process very cost effective,” Dave says. “Clients can relax knowing they are dealing with qualified, experienced professionals.” Dave’s experience includes everything from renovating bathrooms and adding granny flats to building large homes. Penny, who also runs her own business as a health auditor, says her role at Smith & Sons is largely behind the scenes, in areas such as quality and risk management and business processes. She says she also keeps Dave on track,

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as he consults with clients, provides quotations and drawings and project manages the build. Dave says downing tools for a management role has been a positive move. “I get just as much satisfaction from management, because I enjoy customer contact, and seeing the process through from start to finish.” This includes handling that bugbear of many renovations – Council consents. Smith & Sons also offers a thorough, written Building Improvement Proposal, which, for a fee, can be provided as a follow up to a free quote. “The market is tough, but there’s a reason this franchise is growing nationwide,” Penny says. “It’s backed by a team with years of expertise who know the building business inside and out.”


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Emi Deli in Tamariki Ave, Orewa has extended its hours, opening for dinner three nights a week. Dinner starts from 6pm till late offering a mix of Italian style dishes and Kiwi favourites. Owner Jonathan Ma says it will be a warm casual dining experience that everyone will enjoy.

The NZ Transport Agency advises motorists there will be a full closure of the Northern Gateway Toll Road in both directions – SH1 between the Orewa interchange and Puhoi, on the evening of Tuesday 16 August. The work will be carried out at night between the hours of 10.30pm and 5.30am, due to reduced traffic volumes and to minimise disruption to road users. The following detours will be in place during this time: Cars – SH17 between Puhoi and the Orewa interchange Trucks – SH17 between Puhoi and the Silverdale interchange Trucks must use the detour to/from Silverdale and use SH17 (the free route) as local bylaws prohibit the use of Grand Drive for heavy vehicles during these hours. This work is an important part of the maintenance programme to ensure the Johnstone Hill Tunnels and the Motorway are kept in a good and safe condition for all road users. This work is being carried out over one night, rather than over a two day period using partial closures. For updates and information about these works, or any other motorway issues please call Auckland Motorways on 09 5200 200.

Win for Windowmakers

Silverdale aluminium joinery company Windowmakers won the Most Sustainable Business award in the Bloom Her Businesswomen awards, held in June. The business was also a finalist in the Small to Medium Enterprise category and managing director Heidi Johnston, who lives in Manly, was runner up for the Businesswoman of the Year award.

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The successful formula of the Hospice-owned Francesca’s boutique has been given a further boost with a move to a more visible location at the centre of Silverdale St, after four years of trading from nearby Palm Court. Shop manager Gaye Burridge says customers can expect the same stylish range, incorporating designer and overseas garments at bargain prices, in an easily accessible and well-presented store. Francesca’s complements Hospice’s other three shops on the Coast with a selective approach that specialises in pre-loved high fashion women’s clothing and accessories that get the best return for donors’ goods. “When people donate a good label, they’d like us to get a good price for it, which translates to a valuable donation for Hospice. Meanwhile, customers can find treasures from around the world, thanks to our welltravelled donor community,” says Gaye, producing an Escada jacket and French cocktail dress to prove her point. Accessories include hats, shoes, and selection of jewellery, highlighted under chandeliers relocated from the old Francesca’s store. Gaye says experienced Hospice shop bargain hunters know that stock at

Reiki Master Teacher Stephen Trowell describes his move from the UK to Orewa nearly 10 years ago as a spiritual journey as well as a physical one. It was part and parcel of his growing interest in the Japanese healing system known as Reiki. Stephen discovered Reiki while looking for a new direction in life following a marriage breakup and says it immediately felt like the right path. “The whole world opened up and I realised that this was exactly what I’d been seeking on every level,” Stephen says. “I had always felt a need to help people, but didn’t know how or where until I discovered my true vocation in Reiki.” Shortly after he became a Reiki practitioner, Stephen felt drawn to live in Orewa, which he says is his spiritual home. However, living on the Coast comes at a cost, particularly in petrol, because of Stephen’s ‘day job’ as an airline maintenance planner, based at the airport. Recently he decided to turn Rainbow Heart Reiki into a business, and offer his services, which include the form known as Astra Reiki, teaching and counselling, to the community. Stephen sees Reiki, which means

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Francesca’s is turning over all the time, rewarding regular visitors with some of the best finds and a guiltfree, charitable retail experience with a “green” recycling twist. Those seeking an off-season garment can also find clothes, a need staff have recognised with their “cruising rack” of more summery items for people taking a mid-winter holiday in the sun. Top designer, vintage and on trend clothes are also gathered for ease of viewing. All volunteers bring a wealth of experience and life skills to the job. A former dress-maker herself, Gaye worked for the Bendon shop across the road for 22 years, before switching to Hospice in her retirement. All of Francesca’s profits go to Hospice and keeping contributions flowing is vital to keep the free service going, she says.

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Y Our Cyber Café & Billiards An increasing reliance on technology and internet access has seen local demand for internet café facilities on the rise. Xu Xu (known as Jackie) should know, he recently sold a popular internet café that he set up in Whangaparaoa and has now established Y Our Cyber Cafe in Florence Street, Orewa, upstairs, near the McDonald’s drive-through. Jackie understands electronics inside out, as he has previously worked in computer and cell phone repair, and owned a computer business in China. Jackie says that internet cafes allow access to the latest hardware and software as well as providing a wide range of pricing options, from an hourly charge to a whole day or night. He’s made sure that facilities at the new internet café are up to speed with the latest available, from the comfort of the chairs and air-conditioned environment, to the high specs and performance of the computers, all with 23-inch screens. A dual broadband connection and a big IBM game server ensures maximum speeds for café users, while webcams, headphones and XBox 360 controllers meet a full range of needs. Privacy and security are also considered through systems that ensure no trace of previous users is left when a session

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safeashouses Feeling secure may be a state of mind, but having measures in place to keep your home and possessions safe certainly helps. In this feature we focus on security at home and abroad, look at an upcoming security seminar and bring in some tips from the experts.

Police event arms community with crime-busting knowhow An event that aims to arm the community with the knowledge to help keep their community safe will be held at Orewa Community Hall in Orewa Square, Florence Ave on August 26 and 27. The Community Information Seminar, organised by Orewa Police, will feature displays by a variety of agencies, community groups and businesses and provide a chance to learn, ask questions and take a hands-on role in everything from crime prevention, to safety at home, on the street, in cars and online. A $500 safe and free installation will be

offered as a door prize. Community constable Jason Homan says giving the public information on all aspects of security will enable people to take greater responsibility for themselves and be more proactive in tackling crime. “We’re pretty lucky living up here with a relatively low crime level compared to other areas in Auckland, but that’s not a reason to be complacent,” he says. He hopes people will take the opportunity to get in touch with a local Neighbourhood Support group that can guide them in what to look

out for in their community, and educate them in how to respond if they do see something untoward. “People need to report crime as it happens. It gives us the best chance of apprehending offenders and we get a true representation of actual crime in the area. Don’t wait till the morning to call us if you see someone in your neighbour’s house at 1am or leave it for two weeks to tell us your car go broken into,” he says, as it makes the job of Police a lot harder. Other groups represented will include the NZ Fire Service, St John

Ambulance, NZ Land Search and Rescue, Net Safe, Hibiscus Coast Community House, Auckland Council, Community Patrols NZ and security businesses Armstrong Security, Armadillo Services and Home Plus Rodney. Doors will be open from 10am-5pm on Friday and 9am-3pm on Saturday and Officer Homan hopes everyone will take the opportunity to attend, including the elderly and other local residents and business people. The door prize winner will be drawn on August 27 at 2pm.

Neighbours the best safety device for absent owners There are a number of preventative measures that homeowners can take to keep their house secure when they go away on holiday. Insite Security director Chris Martin says if homeowners are going away for any period of time they should always activate their burglar alarm. “Have an alarm system installed

and consider having it monitored by a reputable security company,” Chris says. “Insurance claims may be invalidated if you fail to turn a security system on. Make sure doors, windows and other entry and exit points have effective catches and locks. Use deadlocks if possible and get into the habit of locking them.” Chris says it’s important to get to

know your neighbours. Exchanging phone numbers or emergency contact details is a good start, or join a Neighbourhood Support group. “If you are going away, neighbours can collect your mail or newspapers and make your place look occupied by turning on lights, parking a vehicle in your driveway, hanging washing on your line or mowing lawns.”

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Burglary puts station off air Whangaparaoa Primary’s student radio station, SPLAT FM has been silenced following a burglary last month. Thieves removed a computer, mixing desk, microphones, headphones and a portable radio/CD player during the weekend of July 2–3, leaving the school out of pocket to the tune of around $1500. Quick thinking by a teacher, who mentioned the theft on Facebook, resulted in a parent reporting seeing the computer stashed under a building at Whangaparaoa College, from where it was soon recovered by police.

However principal Steve Collins says the loss to the school is still immense, with the station unable to broadcast until the mixing desk and other equipment is replaced. He says money for replacement gear will have to be found from already stretched school budgets. More than 60 pupils are involved with SPLAT FM, which broadcasts twice a day during the school term. Anyone who can help with location of these items should contact the school, ph 424 9029 or phone Whangaparaoa Police.

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overlooking streets and public places to allow for increased observation of street life and more ‘eyes on the streets’. yy Pathway and street lighting, so people feel safe outside after dark. yy Creating the majority of off-street parking in rear lanes to keep parked vehicles off streets as much as possible. yy One entrance/exit point to control pedestrian and traffic thoroughfare.. yy The omission of high front fences, contributing to a feeling of open space that means people can see each other coming and going and are encouraged to interact. yy Security system signs are displayed at the entrance to the development. yy Houses are fitted with an alarm, and entry video systems are a standard feature in multi-level apartments. yy Streets are designed with connectivity in mind to encourage pedestrian and bicycle traffic. This creates a form of “passive security” because it means more people are out and about, observing what is happening in the community. yy Homes overlook “pocket parks” providing children with safe, open play spaces. Helen says that additional safety and security is provided through a residency association that acts as a form of neighbourhood watch, ensuring all residents are in communication with each other on a regular basis.


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by Tim Howard

Although professional car thieves can defeat most security systems and quickly break into and steal locked vehicles, most vehicle break-ins and thefts are carried out by amateurs. An amateur or opportunist thief takes advantage of the carelessness of drivers that leave vehicles unlocked and valuables in plain sight. Helping to prevent Break-ins and Theft can be quite simple: yy Be careful where you park your vehicle, where possible park in well lit areas. Do not park near trucks, vans, and other objects that obstruct visibility and provide hiding places, and avoid parking near people loitering or sitting in vehicles. yy Always close all the windows, lock all the doors, and take your keys with you even if you are making a quick stop at a shop or gas station. Make sure you use the same precautions when the vehicle it parked at home. yy An experienced thief knows all the hiding places so keep spare keys in your wallet or bag, not hidden somewhere in the vehicle. yy Install an alarm system that will sound when someone attempts to break in, move, tilt, or start your

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vehicle. Always arm the system when leaving the vehicle. yy Check your vehicle if you hear the alarm sound, however, its not a good idea to challenge a person attempting to break into a vehicle. Get a good description, or a picture on your cell phone, of the person and call 111. yy When you lock your vehicle with a Remote Keyless Entry always make sure that all the doors have locked, its not unusual to find that a door lock unit has jammed leaving a door unlocked when you walk away. yy Take anything you can’t afford to lose with you, like a wallet, credit card, or laptop. Place other valuables in the boot before you park; thieves may be watching. yy Take the removable face of your CD player with you even if you are going to be gone for a few minutes, don’t put it in the glove box or under the seat as that’s the first place thieves will look. yy Never attach a tag with your name and address to your key ring. If the keys are lost or stolen the tag will lead the thief directly to your home and vehicle. To prevent theft of vehicles yy Turn your wheels sharply toward the curb when parking on a street, this helps prevent someone towing your vehicle away. yy Use a visible anti theft device that can be attached to the steering wheel, steering column, or brake pedal. Use one every time you leave your vehicle unattended. Steering wheel locks are inexpensive and are recommended by some experts to be the most cost-effective theft deterrent on the market today. yy Fit a remote controlled alarm system with a built in immobiliser. The immobiliser can disable ignition and fuel systems. Most alarms can be connected to the vehicle door locking system, so when the alarm is armed the doors are locked and a highly visible warning light flashes on the dashboard. The immobiliser also deactivates engine systems. Tim Howard owns Hibiscus Coast Service Centre and has 35 years’ experience in the automotive industry.

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An hour-long power cut during wild weather couldn’t put a dampener on the Red Beach Ladies Probus group’s 15th anniversary celebrations at the Orewa Bridge Club recently. Club president Brenda Vujcich says Today the Hibiscus Coast clubs include they simply restructured the event to men’s, ladies and combined groups in ensure the lunch remained hot, and Whangaparaoa and Red Beach, and a luckily the lights came back on just combined group in Orewa. before the cutting of the cake. Group size is limited to 100 to ensure The club is one of seven currently an effective social network while operating on the Hibiscus Coast separate men’s and ladies’ groups are and one of 42 between North Shore able to pursue different interests and and Kaitaia, in what is a growing outings. movement around the world. The Red Beach ladies group currently President of the Probus Northern and includes 95 members who meet in North Shore region, Sydney Shepherd, the Red Beach Methodist Church attended the event to recognise the on the second Wednesday of each month at 10am. Meetings include a club’s anniversary with a certificate. The name Probus is a combination of guest speaker and an opportunity for “PRO” for professional, and “BUS” members to briefly share interesting for business and offers active retirees experiences. or semi-retirees friendship, fellowship The group also organises affordable and fun events and outings. The day trips for members to locations as not-for-profit clubs operate under diverse as the casino, Waiheke Island, the auspices of Rotary but are not Matakana and the planetarium. community service or fundraising “We try and mix a bit of culture, a bit groups themselves. of shopping and a bit of learning into First established in the UK in 1965 day trips which are held a few times a the concept was introduced to NZ year,” says Brenda. in 1974 and to the Hibiscus Coast in For further information about Probus 1982, when there were only 11 other contact Doreeen 426 0197 or Brenda clubs in the country. 426 4486.


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Realising the built-in potential of resilience

The power of personal resilience to see you through adversity will be the focus of a free workshop in Orewa this month. The workshop, organised by Shared Tanya went on to become a specialist Vision Rodney takes place at Orewa’s ‘recovery trainer’ and has created St John’s Catholic Church Hall at 180 numerous resiliency and well-being Centreway Rd on August 10. resources, including books, CDs and Facilitator Tanya Kennard-Campbell DVDs, as well as founding a successful says everyone has resilience but only UK-based Social Enterprise to support some readily access it. Rather than communities’ resilience. giving out “tips and techniques” the She says the ultimate mental health is event will help people to recognise learning to trust your own decisiontheir innate potential to cope, she says. making, a belief she had to put into Tanya’s own sense of resiliency was first practise when, against everyone’s sparked in childhood as she started to advice, she gave up the successful UK follow her own advice to deal with venture to return to New Zealand severe culture shock, isolation and last December. She now lives in mental distress in her family after they Whangaparaoa with her husband and emigrated from South America to the two sons and works for mental health United Kingdom. But it would be provider and workshop host, Connect years before she formally recognised Supporting Recovery. the skill. Her personal resilience was further when she experienced Although her past motivated her to tested qualify as a mental health nurse, she Christchurch’s February earthquake, became frustrated that the focus was just moments after completing a on what makes people sick, rather resiliency workshop there. than what makes them resilient and “The walls were moving, debris was well, so she pursued her own studies coming down from the ceiling. It was through work with trauma victims in really interesting. People were still New Zealand. terrified, but as they calmed down it “I often thought ‘if that happened was like a cocktail party, everyone was to me I’d be dead’, but they kept on outside and they got their sense back.” going despite the grief and I started to Tanya says the Orewa workshop is for question them about it.” anyone interested in understanding

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Pigs bring home bacon for Plunket Recovery specialist and workshop facilitator, Whangaparaoa’s Tanya Kennard-Campbell has put her own resilience to the test.

their own resiliency or helping to support someone else. Although primarily targeted at adults, the messages are also appropriate for teens, who are often swayed by the opinions of their peers. “Resiliency is basically the ability to stand back and think clearly no matter what the assault is, whether it’s an everyday issue like a whinging child or low income, or something quite profound and threatening - you have to think your way out.” Info: ph Christine Bolstad, 021 161 2245 or 09 443 3700.

Whangaparaoa businesses have proved the money-making power of piggy banks, transforming 20 of them into more than $370 for Hibiscus Coast Plunket. BNZ Whangaparaoa organised the fundraiser, which saw 14 of the 20 businesses who purchased a pig decorate it for judging by the public. Jackie Dabb was judged the winner with a flower-festooned creation in keeping with her flower stall business which operates outside the Plaza. Barfoot and Thompson’s elaborate entry, representing an auctioneer and house for sale, was a close second. Hibiscus Coast Plunket vice-president Jamie Durham says the community support is greatly appreciated as there is increasing pressure on services. Funds raised will go towards the group’s ongoing running costs.

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A proliferation of ways to access the internet is challenging parents to find new approaches to keeping their children safe online. Lee Chisholm, operations manager of practical steps that can be taken to stop independent cybersafety organisation it. Advice and information is available Netsafe, says parents shouldn’t rely through Netsafe’s freephone number solely on filtering products and 0508 Netsafe on a confidential basis. operating system parental controls, However, parents shouldn’t overreact because older children can often get when things do go wrong online. around them and most children have “If you immediately whip away the many different ways to get online. technology it can make young people “There are multiple devices that less likely to talk with adults about connect to the online space, like game what’s happening, because it’s so much consoles, smart phones and iPods, as part of their lives.” well as computers available at libraries, She says privacy protection is another internet cafes and friends’ houses,” Lee big part of cyber safety that should says. “The best approach is to take an be discussed, because anything that’s interest in what children are doing put online can be copied, stored or online as soon as they start using digital redistributed. equipment and to talk to them about responsible use, including dealing with “On Facebook, for example, there are things they may find unpleasant or privacy settings that let you lock down a whole lot of things, but it takes a confusing, nasty, rude or threatening.” A section of Netsafe’s website called “In little time and effort.” my Day” helps parents and caregivers While ultimately the internet is “a who aren’t confident about technology fantastic resource” for communication, to understand how children are using information, entertainment and more, it, the types of challenges that might it does present challenges that should arise and the best way to discuss them. be managed with some parental Lee says children themselves are most guidance. concerned about online or text bullying, Further information is on Netsafe’s but may not be aware that there are website,

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New local barber With 16 years of experience as a barber, Brad Horton is now providing Orewa with a modern barber shop, His Place, that caters to the needs of men of all ages, from kids through to those in their 90s. Originally From New Plymouth, Brad and his wife moved to Orewa six months ago to enable their five children to attend Kingsway School and the family is now here to stay. Brad’s skills enable him to tailor his

hair grooming and cutting services to suit a wide range of individual preferences and hair types at affordable prices. A new PlayStation corner has been a great success with kids and the business has now grown to the point were Brad needs to hire an additional experienced hair stylist. You can find His Place (alongside the Orewa Library and opposite New World).

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Health of unchecked eyes may be an optical illusion Even those with apparently “perfect” vision can be harbouring early symptoms of eye problems that only an optometrist can identify. Advanced technology now available to optometrists means eye examinations can discover issues not only related to sight, but to eye health and even wider health problems, including high blood pressure and diabetes not previously diagnosed. Orewa Optics optometrist Grant Dabb says a thorough examination is recommended every two years, as eye conditions like cataracts, glaucoma and macular generation begin to develop long before people notice there’s a problem with their vision. Regular examinations are especially important if there is any history of relevant conditions in the family. “Even diseases like macular degeneration and glaucoma that aren’t currently curable can be effectively managed if caught early,” Grant says. Grant says the latest equipment available to optometrists has both enhanced the capability to identify potential problems and eliminated aspects of eye exams that some people would rather avoid, like tonometry, the pressure check which helps in diagnosing glaucoma. Historically done with a puff of air or anaesthetic drops, using the latest technology makes it quick and painless. Other essential equipment includes a retinal camera that takes highresolution digital images of the back of the eye and is the best way to check for macular degeneration and changes to the optic nerve in glaucoma. Meanwhile, a three-dimensional image of the front of the eye can be generated by a topographer, which detects subtle



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changes in the cornea that can indicate corneal conditions and enable much more precise contact lens fitting than was possible in the past. The result for wearers is better comfort and vision. Other new developments include Ortho-K contact lenses made to a tolerance of 0.007mm that are worn overnight to correct short-sightedness. The lenses are taken out in the morning after gently reshaping the cornea to the exact curves required for clear vision throughout the day without contacts or glasses. “Fully correcting the vision is usually possible in two to three days and as long as the person continues to wear the lenses at night, they can maintain naturally clear vision during the day.” Grant says the new lenses are suitable for anyone who is moderately shortsighted, including children from around eight years old. For younger patients the approach has significant advantages in the long term. “Historically children’s shortsightedness gets worse until their eyes stop changing, meaning a stronger pair of glasses is required every year. Ortho-K either stops that completely or slows it right down.”

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Boosting car seat safety

Car seat checks conducted in June have highlighted the need for greater education about safe travel for children after they graduate from baby seats. Hibiscus Coast Community House co-ordinator Tessa Lane joined a police car safety checkpoint to assess how people were using car seats, including what types of seat were provided for children of various sizes and how they were installed. While only a few infringement notices were handed out, Tessa says it highlighted the fact that people are not keeping their children in booster seats for long enough and often aren’t aware of correct installation of seats if they have them. Tessa Lane adjusts the all-important One driver stopped had a child sitting tether strap required on some carseats. in a child’s foam lounge chair, while others had failed to use a tether bolt, in the back seat,” she says. which certain car seats are required to “We all know that a newborn baby goes have. into a capsule or rear-facing car seat, While putting a child in an approved but beyond those years many people car seat is only legally required until are not familiar with what happens. the age of five, Tessa says it’s desirable The longer we keep them up and the to keep them in a booster until they higher we keep them up, the better.” are 148cm tall. Adults should check weight limits “Cars and airbags are tested with adult on seats and be aware that seats have crash test dummies and car seats are between a six and 10 year lifespan made for preschoolers, but seatbelts before they need replacing. riding too high on a young child can Tessa is happy to check car sat safety free cause damage and in the worst case of charge from the community house scenario an airbag can decaptitate a on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, child, so it is best to keep all children but says its best to phone ahead.

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Posture poses problems What can cause headaches, shoulder neck and back pain and can lead to degeneration of the spine? Surprisingly enough, the answer is poor posture. Sitting or standing incorrectly has been implicated in many conditions from arthritis, headaches and general fatigue to increased risk of certain types of injuries and even poor organ function. In my experience most people do not know how to correct their posture because they are so used to moving poorly that they are unable to self-correct. Poor posture is defined as a misalignment of the joints and muscles away from their most optimal or efficient position when sitting or standing. Therefore any sustained position that moves away from a joint’s neutral position requires more energy to maintain and will increase stress on the adjacent muscles, joints and ligaments. Although this can be a very long-term problem, it can be reversed in most people as long as no permanent changes (such as arthritis) have occurred. Even when arthritis is present improvements in postural alignment can significantly relieve pain and improve function. Changing posture takes time and effort, but is very worthwhile, improving quality of life. Try this technique to correct sitting posture: Sit on the front of your chair and slouch into the worst posture you can. Then imagine a string is tied around your lower back and comes out of your belly button. While keeping your shoulders relaxed and head looking forward, imagine someone is pulling that string so your lower spine is being pulled forward. When you have a slight forward curve in your lower back your entire spine is in perfect alignment. Avoid adjusting your head and shoulders, as they will naturally move into their most optimal position. Hold this posture for several minutes of every hour that you are sitting.

Great lengths for Christchurch Swimming laps of the Leisure Centre pool through the night was just one of the challenges that Swim School members took on last month in order to raise money for the Christchurch earthquake appeal. The Swim-a-thon on July 9-10 saw 30 people swim around the clock for 24 hours, taking it in turns to swim for three hour stretches. A total of $1300 was raised from sponsorship, donations from Leisure Centre visitors and a sausage sizzle. The marathon effort entailed swimming more than 76km – 3000 lengths of the pool. Swim School manager Sonia Sherlock says that the initiative was an excellent team builder. “It was fantastic to have the Leisure Centre staff across all departments


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Sonia Sherlock (third from right) and the Swim School team with Danyon loader who opened the Swim-a-thon.

pulling together and supporting the Swim School in their efforts,” Sonia says. This included one team member who brought in Sing Star to keep supporters entertained through the night and another who provided home baking. Leisure Centre lifeguard Will Seedhouse also bravely volunteered to be waxed, raising $200 ($10 per strip removed). Among the youngest swimmers were seven-year-old Ben Chandler and Bree Chandler, aged five, who swam the last two hours of the Swim-a-thon with their mum Michelle, one of the Leisure Centre’swim instructors. Are you following us on facebook and twitter? www.

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Surprising success in national fencing competition Gulf Harbour 15-year-old Jurgen Van Zyl has outperformed expectations by taking the National Junior Men’s epee championship title against at the recent NZ National Junior Championships held in Christchurch (July 23-24). Initially in Christchurch to compete also did well to win bronze in the on behalf of Wentworth College in women’s under-20s foil. the national secondary schools fencing Colin gives much of the credit for the competition, Jurgen and three Gulf strong performances to the influence Harbour Fencing Club team mates of the club’s new Hungarian coach, stayed on to gain experience and Judit Fliszar. exposure in their build up to the Junior “We’re only a small club but we’re Commonwealth Championship making a difference at a national level.” competition in February next year. He says new members are always Club chairman Colin Van Zyl says welcome to join the club, which is Jurgen’s win of the under-20 epee title, the only one in the sport available on combined with a bronze in the junior the Hibiscus Coast and has attracted men’s foil came as a pleasant surprise members from a number of schools as in areas where older competitors far away as Kristin. would be expected to dominate. For further information contact After only about 18 months in the Colin on 021 187 6612 or visit www. sport, 17-year-old Stephanie Wylei Bastille Day was marked by a series of relaxed and sociable games of petanque in Stanmore Bay. The friendly match, hosted by the Hibiscus Coast Petanque Club, attracts players from throughout Auckland and this year members of around seven clubs took part. The Bastille Day match has been held annually since the Hibiscus Coast club formed, almost 20 years ago. To encourage friendly play, teams are made up of members from different clubs. Pictured are The Over 60s team, including Hibiscus Coast Petanque Club president Bill Peachy (second from right) at the event on July 10. Info: ph Louis Mesnage, 424 3000.

Jurgen Van Zyl of the Gulf Harbour Fencing Club (right) presses home his advantage against Alex Chan of Christchurch to become the National Junior Men’s Epee champion for 2011. Photo, Brian Strong

Awards with attitude

If you know someone living with a disability whose achievements deserve celebrating, or someone who makes a difference for them, now’s your chance to nominate them for an Attitude Award. The fourth annual Attitude Awards will highlight New Zealanders living with disabilities and people who make life more enjoyable for them. The categories include sport performer of the year, courage in sport, artistic achievement, youth, spirit of Attitude, ACC employer and ‘making a difference’. The ACC Supreme Attitude Award will be selected from winners of these categories and the overall winner will receive the use of a Signature Class car for a year, provided by Toyota New Zealand, as well as $5000 worth of travel from Air NZ. Nominations are open until August 7 and nomination forms can be downloaded from

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Winter exhibition brings artists in from the cold The public will have access to an eclectic selection of more than 100 original artworks at Hibiscus Coast Artists’ Winter Exhibition at Stanmore Bay Community Hall, opposite Stanmore Bay Primary, on August 13 and 14. The more than 50-strong group has more, in both representative and more been meeting for 44 years and its contemporary styles. winter exhibition has become an The free event will also include annual event, enabling it to offer a a painting demonstration and broad range of affordably priced pieces complimentary tea and coffee. direct to the community. Artists agree that being part of the Group members include a number group brings am added dimension to of long-established and talented local the sometimes solitary business of art. artists who regularly display and sell their work in exhibitions and galleries “It’s very friendly and supportive,” locally and further afield. Each artist is Judith says and it gives artists the entitled to submit up to three works opportunity to learn from each other. “There’s no question of keeping for the exhibition. secrets, everyone shares their President Judith McArthur says knowledge,” says artist Tom Caldwell. pieces will range from oils, acrylics, A monthly presentation event sees watercolours and pastels to pen and mixed media, featuring a broad range submitted artworks assessed and of subject matter from local settings, critiqued by an independent judge who including beaches, sea and boats, to awards points that are tallied to decide landscapes, portraits, still life and an annual winner. The group also

From left, artists Dorothy Smith, Tom Caldwell and Sue Martin.

occasionally has tutored workshops, visiting artist demonstrations, or trips to view exhibitions, but most of the time is spent painting, Judith says. New members are welcome at the group’s regular Monday morning get-

togethers or phone Judith, 424 2984. Hibiscus Coast Artists Winter Exhibition • Stanmore Bay Community Hall, Waiora Road, Stanmore Bay • August 13 & 14, 9.30am-4pm.

Big take for charity at Orewa Girls Day Out Thousands turned out for the Orewa Girls Day Out this month to treat themselves while raising around $4500 for the Westpac Rescue Helicopter. Held at the Orewa Community Hall on July 24, the fundraiser included entertainment, a Zumba demonstration, food and drinks,

pampering stations such as massage therapy and hair ups, as well as stalls selling jewellery and beauty products. The event was organised by hairdressers Sarah Manning of Red Beach and Terri-lee Daly of Orewa (pictured) who were in a car crash earlier this year.

Sarah says the day was hectic, with 200 goodie bags going in just 20 minutes. “We would definitely like to hold this event again, and thanks to all the sponsors,” Sarah says. The raffle winner was Clare Fransen of Red Beach. More photos,

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Sport with Mark McCarthny It has been interesting following some of the controversy surrounding our local All Black, Luke McAllister from Stanmore Bay. Luke has trained hard all through his teenage and adult years and has managed to achieve many boys’ dream of becoming a professional athlete and competing at the very highest level. However, this latest incident which effectively boils down to a lack of communication between Luke, his management and North Harbour rugby, has shown the price of ‘fame’ which is the amount of public scrutiny. We do not know all the details of what happened between North Harbour rugby and Luke, yet there are many out there who are quick to get on talkback radio and denounce Luke, many making inferences about his character. If it had been any other member of the Harbour team, the whole thing would have passed without any real notice, but someone as high profile as Luke has certainly created some controversy. Personally, on the few occasions I have met him, I have always found Luke pleasant and approachable. Whenever he makes an appearance at Silverdale he is swamped by young rugby players and always seems gracious and willing to talk to the youngsters. I hope it is all a piece of miscommunication and that we still get to see Luke shining for Harbour as they battle their way through the ITM Cup. Young Shaun Johnson at the Warriors may face the same dilemma in future. He is now well-known and features regularly on our sporting screen. Shaun is a wellbalanced young man and will surely handle his increasingly high profile well. Incidentally, Shaun is the second Orewa College old boy playing in the NRL. The other is Ben Teo who now plays for the Brisbane Broncos. New Zealanders are generally quite good at treating their higher profile citizens well, though because of the interest in the game, rugby players do seem to receive quite a lot of extra scrutiny. It is quite nice to see well-known sportspeople such as Barbara Kendall, or the legendary Fred Allen, just wandering the local supermarket.

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Classy quilt work on show More than 200 quilts, some of them stitched entirely by hand, go on show in Orewa this month at the Coast Quilters’ exhibition. The exhibition is held every two years, months on pieces for the show, which providing an opportunity for the club’s is on August 20 and 21 at the Orewa membership of almost 80 women Community Centre. to showcase quality patchworking, She says that the queen-sized quilt that quilting and appliqué. Quilts of all is to be raffled was a cooperative effort, sizes, bags and wall hangings in both with the design chosen collaboratively modern and traditional styles will be and fabric supplied by members. on display, and there is also the option It was put together over three days of purchasing quilting fabric from by around 10 members, in a series retailers such as Sew Creative of Dairy of working bees. Proceeds from the Flat and Pine Valley Quilts. raffle go to the Stroke Foundation, There will also be bargains at the trading Northern Region. table and home-baked refreshments. A Touch of Coast Quilt Show • Orewa Club president Dianne Lovell says the Community Centre, Orewa Square • quilters have been working hard for August 20 & 21, 10am–4pm

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Hibiscus Matters publishes Public Notices as a free service for the community. They are published twice, (20 word limit) for non-profit organisations only (conditions apply). All other classifieds are chargeable. Please email: (no attachments will be opened), Post: Unit G, Tamariki Plaza, Cammish Lane, Orewa. Fax: 427 8186. Ph: Lorry 427 8188.


Agavaes, Agapanthas WANTED, Bromileads, Day Lillies Impatients - or any other donations of suitable hardies or succulents for good cause garden on clay. Ph 424 0901 or 027 297 0737. Age Concern - Warkworth based volunteers are urgently needed. If you would like befriend an older Warkworth resident, for 1 hour each week. Ph Catherine 09 426 0916 or 027 296 0264. ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS meet Fri 7.30pm, Orewa Community House (behind Estuary Arts Centre) Ph John 027 646 2995, 0800AA WORKS. AWESOME CHILDREN’S PARTY VENUE - Whangaparaoa Playcentre! Reasonably priced. Members will assist with cooking and cleaning. Fenced, safe, fun. Phone 424 1090. C.M.A. Stanmore Bay desperately need a volunteer lady who can help us preparing lunches for our guests. Sessions are weekly Thursday 10am– 12.30pm at Stanmore Bay Community Hall, Waiora Road, Stanmore Bay. For more information call Monique Blankestein 428 0693 or 027 25 35 557 Enjoy singing? Hibiscus Coast Singers need you! Come to St Andrews Presbyterian Church, Waiora Rd, Stanmore Bay, Mondays 7.30pm. You’ll find a friendly group, a top-class conductor and have fun choral singing. Ph Wendy 428 4452 Bob 424 5711. Garage Sale First Sat of month. HBC Community Shop, Western Reserve, Orewa, behind the Information Centre. 10am–1pm. Ph 426 3598.


FOOD BANK SUPPPLIES URGENTLY NEEDED Hibiscus Coast Community House. Donations to be left at Community House Western Reserve Orewa, New World Orewa and Curves Gym Whangaparaoa. Ph 426 3598. Foreshore & Seabed Referendum The ‘Coastal Coalition’ are gathering signatures to repeal the Marine & Coastal Area Bill, and return the F&S to Crown Ownership. For details or Ph Geoff 426 7874. Free! bellydance beginner level, basic moves for all ages. August 8. Pinewoods Motor Park function room, 23 Marie St, Red Beach. 6pm–7pm. Ph Vicki to register 426 1105. FREE TENNIS for adults at Silverdale Tennis Club, (next to Rugby Club), Sun 10.30am or Wed 9.30am until Opening Days i.e. Weekend Snr Club: Sun Aug 21, Midweek Mixed: Wed Aug 31. Contact Linda 427 8209. Jnr Club Regn Thurs Sept 1, 3.30 - 6pm. Ladies Craft Club, Orewa Community Church - Tuesdays @ 10am. Come along and try a new craft and make some new friends. A creche is provided. Contact Chrissy 424 4108 Hibiscus Coast Artists Inc Annual Winter Exhibition & Sale. Sat August 13 & Sunday August 14. 9.30am- 3.30pm. 9.30 am – 4pm. Stanmore Bay Community Hall. Waiora Road, Stanmore Bay Members will demonstrate their painting styles. Tea & Coffee provided. Free Entry. All welcome.



Mentors Art Group, Orewa Community Church - Tuesday 12.30 2.30pm. Art classes with an experienced teacher. Suitable for beginner to advanced. Come and discover your artistic abilities. Contact Jane 426 6537. Orewa sea scouts Garage Sale Sat/Sun August 13/14, 8am–4pm. We are situated at the Northern End of Orewa Beach, Arundel Reserve. If you would like to donate (sorry no computers/screens or large whiteware) phone 424 0235, I can come and collect. Thanks all, see you there! PARENTING SEMINAR — SUE BLAIR Understanding Your Child’s Personality how to value each child & work with their strengths. Sat August 6, 4.30pm6.30pm, Whangaparaoa Baptist Church, 733 Whangaparaoa Rd. $10 per ticket, available from Whangaparaoa Baptist Church 9am-3pm. Puhoi Historical Society meets every 3rd Wed, 7.30pm, Puhoi Museum records room. All welcome. Museum winter hours Sat & Sun, 1pm-4pm. Rodney Health Link AGM August 15, 2011. Rotary House, 4 HBC Highway Silverdale. 10am-12 noon, morning tea, Guest speaker Dr Andrew Brant, Chief Medical officer Waitemata DHB. Ph 09 426 9592. Email: rodneyhealthlink@ Spiritual Centre Medium on platform meets at 488 HBC Highway, Orewa. 7.30pm every 2nd Wed for more details Ph 424 1998 Te Herenga Waka o Orewa Inc AGM Wed August 3, 2011. Te Herenga Waka o Orewa Marae, 30 Foundry Rd, Silverdale, 6pm. Ph Danyelle 427 8958. Nau Mai Haramai – All Welcome. Ukulele Lessons Intermediate Aug 4 and 18. Beginners Aug 11 and 25, 7.30-9pm. Orewa Ukulele Group meet Hibiscus Coast Community House (behind Estuary Arts) Intermediate 1st and 3rd Thurs. Beginners 2nd and 4th Thurs. $10. Bring your own ukulele. All welcome. Ph. Avon 09 476 6361

A deck for Christmas or winter maintenance Craftsman, Cabinetmaker, Residential & Commercial. Complete Property. Maintenance. All types of building work. Ph Tony 0274 795 061 or 428 1864. At Fence king We do all types of fences. Satisfaction guaranteed for prompt service and a free competitive quote. Phone Sam-the-fenceman 021 264 660 or 09 424 8874. At Last, discover an easy affordable way to dispose of stuff for the tip. Satisfaction guaranteed. Ph Steve 426 5219. Cutting edge lawns, hedge trimming, tree pruning & section clearing. Quality & experienced workmanship. Ph Dave 021 269 9665 or 424 3800. Hibiscus Handyman Services Experienced reliable mature owner operator. General home repairs. Tree cutting and hedges (and removal). Gutter cleaning. Water blasting/ window cleaning. Painting. Free quote Ph Geoff 428 0657, 021 176 9233, LAWNMOWING Friendly personalised service. Ph 09 426 4317 or 0274 113 133.



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*LAWNMOWING* FIRST LAWN FREE, QUOTES FREE Ph Matt 09 424 3878 or 027 381 3691 LAWNS & GARDENS - Tree Pruning & Felling. Hedge Trimming. Section Cleanups. Quality & reliable service. We’ll beat any price. 424 8268 or 021 256 8934. Lawnmowing & Garden Care. Also Hedge, Clean-up, Rubbish, Gutter clear, Waterblast. Guaranteed & Insured. Call Jim’s Mowing 426 0465. 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. FREE QUOTES FREE ADVICE Affordable rubbish removal 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. YOUR LOCAL HANDYMAN Gardening, painting, small house repairs, or anything you require a handyman for round the house or office. Ph Complete Property Management 027 356 8678 or email

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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.

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Art workshop 3 days painting in oils, with Neville Bradley, accomplished local painter. Sept 13, 14 & 16. Ph 424 7849 to reserve a place. Computer help at SeniorNet Tuition and workshops in a range of subjects. Ph 426 1509. 9am–3pm Mon–Thurs and Fri 9am–12pm. www.

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Beauty A TOENAIL Trim & FILE Specialising in 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 429703. FEET & HANDS – Pedicure, Foot spa, Foot Massage and free manicure. Mobile service $30, or two people for $50. Ph Lesley 424 0676 or 027 271 6676.

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what’s on Hibiscus Coast

August 2011

6 Eaves Bush Appreciation Group public work day to clear and plant in the wetland upstream from Kensington Bush. Meet at the Eaves Bush Parade entrance to the Reserve in the new Kensington Park subdivision, off the end of Puriri Avenue, Orewa, 9am 6 Orewa Beach RWC clean up. Meet at McDonalds Orewa carpark, 1pm. Info: ph 426 2638. (see story p 13) 7 Hibiscus Coast Country Music Club meeting, Orewa Community Hall, 1pm. $3 entry, all welcome. 8 Free beginner level, bellydance basic moves for all ages, Pinewoods Motor Park function room 23 Marie St, Red Beach, 6-7pm. Call Vicki on 426 1105 to register. 10 Realising Resiliency workshop with facilitator Tanya KennardCampbell, St John’s Catholic Church Hall, 180 Centreway Rd, Orewa, 6.30pm to 9pm. Topics focus on resiliency as an innate human capacity to lead through adversity. Info: ph Christine Bolstad, 021 161 2245, 09 443 3700. (see story p20) 10 Operatunity presents Young Artists’ Showcase, Centrestage Theatre, Centreway Rd, Orewa, 11am. Operatunity’s best of young artists in a cabaret styled extravaganza of song and dance. 12 The Stetson Country Music club are celebrating their 25th Anniversary with Sel Nash, Marion Burns & Southern Cross at the Dairy Flat Community Hall, Postman Road, Dairy Flat. 8–11.30pm. Licenced bar. or Ph 09 479 6778 13 & 14 Hibiscus Coast Artists Winter Exhibition, Stanmore Bay Community Hall, Waiora Road, Stanmore Bay, 9.30am-4pm. Work by members for viewing and sale. Painting demonstration. (see story p26) 13 & 14 Sea Scout Garage sale, Scout Den, Arundel Reserve, northern end Orewa Beach, 8am–4pm. Car wash and sausage sizzle. Drop donations at Scout Den August 6 & 7, 10am–3pm or ph 428 5887 for pickup. 16 Hibiscus Coast Business & Professional Women’s Club International Candlelighting evening, guest speaker is fashion designer, Liz Mitchell, Hibiscus Coast Village, Red Beach, 6.15 pm. Mix/mingle, dinner. $30 per person, all welcome. Info/rsvp by August 12 to Anne Browne, ph 09 420 4584 or email 20 & 21 A Touch of Coast Quilt Show, a showcase of quilting, patchwork and appliqué at Orewa Community Centre, Orewa Square, 368 Hibiscus Hwy, 10am-4pm. Entry $4, children free. (see story p29) 21 Dacre Cottage Tree Planting 9am-12noon. Walk in from Haighs Access Rd or Stillwater, or boats available for transport from the end of Okura River Road from 8-8.30am and home. Bring spades, everthing else provided including lunch. 26 & 27 Community security information seminar, organised by Orewa Police, Orewa Community Hall, 10am–5pm (Fri), 9am–3pm (Sat). (see story p15).

Silverdale Hall & Street Market every Saturday 8.00am till 1.00pm

Flowers, fruit, vege, shrubs, plants, free range eggs, baking, jams, pickles, honey, French bread, chocolates, nuts, socks, books, clothing, paua, crystal, silver & PS jewellery, cards, antiques, pet blankets, waterfilters, knitted baby clothes, wood products, crafts, psychic readings & Reikei.

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World Cup show goes on the road

Despite cold temperatures and a 6.30am start, people turned out in force to be part of the Rugby World Cup Roadshow when it stopped at Orewa Beach on Tuesday, July 26. The three-hour event started under lights and almost 1000 people passed through the Roadshow truck to have their photo taken with the Webb Ellis Cup. Along with plenty of locals, visitors included children from as far afield as Wellington and Christchurch. Hibiscus Coast residents put their stamp on proceedings, with events involving all ages, from the junior Silverdale Rugby Club members who won a tug-of-war against Mahurangi, to older residents who took part in a mobility scooter race. Other local entertainment included a Hibiscus Coast Hot Rodders car display, a team of Leisure Centre instructors, Maori kite-making, Pacific cheerleaders, and Puhoi wood choppers. While the Sheepworld lambs were popular with the crowd, one was also responsible for the day’s only injury, biting the finger of TVNZ presenter Tamati Coffey. Innovative use of a 97 cent tee shirt, big enough to be worn by two, won tickets for Whangaparaoa 15-year-olds Emily Clarke and Lilly Ander, while a sushi-costume, complete with chopsticks, proved successful for Silverdale Rugby Club member, Kaukapakapa eight-year-old Riley Bonar. The community events were part of the nationwide Real NZ Festival running for all six weeks of the Rugby World Cup, incorporating 1000 events at towns and cities throughout the country in a bid to encourage visitors to make additional stops outside of match cities. A list can be found at www.

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The Rugby World Cup Roadshow travelled the country throughout July, starting in Bluff on July 4 and finishing in Auckland on July 31. Rugby New Zealand chief executive Martin Snedden was at the Orewa visit and was impressed by the effort of locals. He was confident the roadshow had raised awareness and would result in increased ticket sales in time. For more photos,

Clockwise from top left, Natasha Rainger and three year old Loukas of Orewa with the Webb Ellis Cup. Brandon Pearson (10) adds to the entertainment. Buck Shelford with an Orewa resident. Tamati Coffey and Riley Bonar, in his award-winning sushi costume.

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