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‘Ganbatte’ Japan ‘Ganbatte’, which means ‘go hard’ in Japanese, is a cry of support that the visiting Japan rugby team heard all over the Hibiscus Coast during their two-week visit. The community welcomed the Japanese in style, with businesses decorating shops and restaurants and residents hanging out flags. Leading the charge has been local schools, with Gulf Harbour School providing a guard of honour as the team arrived at Gulf Harbour Lodge on August 31, a special visit to Red Beach School on September 5 (see p20) and an enthusiastic reception from around 400 students at an open training day in Silverdale. The open training session at Silverdale Memorial Park on September 6 came as a result of discussions with members of Silverdale Rugby Club; prior to the team’s arrival on the Coast, its management had decreed all training would be closed to the public.

Young rugby fans take on the Japanese at a game of Touch at Silverdale War Memorial Park.

Rodney partnership offers health care to those least able to pay

The unprecedented generosity of a Warkworth couple has provided Hibiscus Coast residents with a health care option that is believed to be the first of its kind in NZ. Don and Wendy Hawkings, through with the Rodney Surgical Centre, in Health Minister Tony Ryall has the Rodney North Harbour Health Warkworth, offering free day-surgery commended the Health Trust and Trust, have formed a partnership to those who meet the criteria. continued page 2



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Ageing feature pages 13 to 19

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Free day surgery the Surgical Centre for being so committed to improving the lives of patients. “Elective surgery greatly improves a patient’s quality of life,” he said. The new offer means that people who are on a public health service waiting list, who are often bumped further down the list as higher priority cases take precedence, now have another option. “If they don’t have private medical cover, insurance or an ACC entitlement, and their condition requires a surgical or endoscopy procedure which can be done in daysurgery, then we may be able to help them,” surgical centre general manager Kate Wilson says. “The sorts of conditions or procedures that might qualify include knee surgery, carpal tunnel syndrome, hernia, cataract, colonoscopy and melanoma. We’ll be looking to help people whose surgery will really make a difference to their quality of life.” The offer is open to anyone living permanently in the trust’s catchment area, which roughly extends from the North Shore to Dargaville and Whangarei. So far, two procedures have been done, four are booked and several more are being assessed. The partnership is in place for one year, but Mrs Hawkings, who is also the trust’s chief executive, says that if demand warrants and the trust’s financial position allows, it may continue. “We’re funding this programme largely through the rent generated from a housing project in Mangawhai,” she says. The trust is the largest provider of home-based support services in NZ. Household management, personal care, carer support, help for medically fragile children, ACC home-based rehabilitation and coaching in living skills are just some of the services it provides. It employs a multi disciplinary team including physiotherapists, occupational

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It can be hard to find something to laugh about when you have a serious illness, but the new Rodney North Harbour Health Trust offer is helping to take some of the stress off patients and their families. Patient Leanne Wakefield (centre), of Algies Bay, made a special visit to the Rodney Surgical Centre to thank general manager Kate Wilson (left) and Health Trust general manager Wendy Hawkings for their care.

therapists and registered nurses. “Each year, Don and I choose a local project to support. Last year, it was the construction of the 10 pensioner houses in Fagan Place, Mangawhai. “One Sunday morning recently, Don started to think about how we could push the Rodney Surgical Centre. It’s a world-class facility on our doorstep, but it’s amazing how many people are still unaware of it. “We talked through a lot of options and by Sunday evening we were ready to give Andrew MacGill a call. He was so excited he nearly climbed through the phone!” The idea was endorsed by the health trust’s trustees, on condition that the centre’s clinical board of directors chair Professor Patrick Alley oversaw the assessment and criteria process. Dr MacGill, who is a co-owner of the centre, said he was unaware of this type of funding arrangement being available anywhere else in NZ. “We’re thrilled by the trust’s generosity and look forward to being able to provide surgical care for those most in need.”

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Silverdale Club unveils plans for indoor tennis complex Silverdale Tennis Club’s plans to build two indoor tennis courts were met with approval by the Hibiscus & Bays Local Board, provided the Club comes up with ways to share the courts with other sporting codes. The Club has wanted to expand its said that the Club was open to any facility at Silverdale Memorial Park suggestions, but was of the view that for several years and gained verbal sharing courts with netballers, because approval from the former Rodney of the need to mark up the courts, was District Council to extend its lease not their preferred option. area to allow this to happen. Club member Graham Hinton said On August 30 the Club presented a that the multi-use approach was model of its plan to the local board, one reason they were not pursuing seeking funding and support from allocation of courts in Metro Park. Council to help make the project The Club’s plan involves building two happen. covered courts to the west of the two Local board members Lisa Whyte and existing courts, which Mr Stewart says John Kirikiri said the only way to obtain will cost around $850,000 – a figure Council funding would be to make the several local board members said seemed ‘on the low side’. proposed indoor courts multi-use. Mrs Whyte suggested one way to do As well as Council funds, the Club this might be to offer space to the up plans to pay for the project by way of and coming Futsal indoor football a bank loan, investment by sponsors and sale of the existing clubrooms. league, or to netballers. Tennis club president Alistair Stewart The club has been on the Silverdale

Alistair Stewart (left) and Graham Hinton of Silverdale Tennis Club with a model of the planned extensions to the club.

site for more than 60 years and says the additional facilities will meet the needs of the growing local and wider

population, enabling it, for example, to take overflow games from Tennis Northern tournaments.

Hibiscus Coast codes clash as field space grows tighter As membership numbers grow in the Coast’s sports clubs, space is at a premium and nowhere has this come more sharply into focus recently than on the fields in Stanmore Bay. On the seaward side is the largest club on the Coast, Hibiscus Coast Association Football Club, whose members have been seeking additional floodlit fields for several years. Across the road are the grounds that the 600-member Hibiscus Coast Raiders League Club has occupied for around 15 years. Last month Hibiscus & Bays Local Board member John Kirikiri suggested a possible solution that would provide additional space for the soccer players – but it has not gone down well with all concerned. At the draft annual plan hearings, Mr Kirikiri said that it is being “strongly suggested” that the Raiders move to new premises at Metro Park in Silverdale, allowing the soccer club to expand onto the Raiders’ former pitches.

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Hibiscus Coast AFC vice president Geof Gray says the club would see this as a positive move. “Our need for expansion has become urgent, and if Auckland Council offers us the Raiders fields we would gladly accept,” Mr Gray says. “However, that is a matter for the Raiders and Council to determine.” He says in addition to the 1000 members involved in the winter playing season there are an additional 900 youngsters playing in the club’s summer football games. Raiders chair Karen Gibbons says her Club is also growing, but that there is sufficient room on their fields at the moment. She says members consider the Club’s headquarters as their ‘spiritual home’ – a place that reflects the mana of the teams and supporters who give the club its family atmosphere. “Our members have had funerals there and we have won titles on those grounds,” she says. “I guess we’d

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and Bays Local Board talks about preparing a parks strategy to prioritise those needs,” Mr Kirikiri says. “There is also a desire to develop partnerships with organisations that deliver recreational services. The success of clubs like Hibiscus Coast Football and the Raiders as well as North Harbour Netball and Silverdale Rugby make it clear that this strategy is well overdue.”

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wonder why the soccer club doesn’t consider going to Metro Park.” She says if Council come up with some concrete options, the members will consider them. In the interim, Hibiscus Coast Football made a submission to the Local Board asking that an all weather surface be put down on their fields. “The fields on which our seniors train are also used for junior training and games. They don’t last long and, once damaged, have little chance of repairing, resulting in the cancellation of trainings and games.” This year there were three to four weeks where the fields were closed. Mr Kirikiri says around 30 percent of submissions to the Local Board draft annual plan were about community recreation and that the issue ranked second only to Penlink in terms of submissions to the Local Board Plan, which provides a three year vision for the community’s development. “In the three year vision, the Hibiscus


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

High rise commitment appreciated Congratulations to the Orewa Ratepayers Association on their recent victory in the Environment Court. The final decision of Judge Smith means that the high rise variation that the previous Rodney District Council attempted to impose on Orewa residents remains rejected. This has

been a long and exhaustive battle conducted by a small but committed group of people on behalf of their local community. They have had to combat not only the vast legal and financial resources of the developers but also the complicity of their own Council which steadfastly chose to

advance the developers’ interests at the expense of the local community. The ‘David and Goliath’ type proportions of this struggle speaks volumes for the character of those involved. Present and future generations have much to thank them for. John Watson, Whangaparaoa

Ruth Olsen of Silverdale Historical Society says that after the photo above was published in Hibiscus Matters (September 1), she was contacted by a number of people who remember the castle. Apparently it was on private property at the far end of Wade River Road. It was made of concrete and is no longer there. One caller actually lived on the ‘castle’ property but could not remember exactly when, or the number in the road. She does however remember her children playing there and putting candles in the hollow turrets to shine through the windows.

Teens keen to raise awareness of need for fresh blood When the NZ Blood Service comes to Orewa this week, there will be an added incentive for residents to come in and give blood, thanks to two enterprising teens. The Blood Service will be at Orewa Morgan’s father died of cancer, and Community Centre on September 15 Chelsea’s mum is in remission. and 16 and outside the Centre will “Having experience of cancer in both be a stall of home baking manned our families was a major reason we by Whangaparaoa College Year 12 thought of the NZ Blood Service,” students Chelsea Woodall and Morgan Morgan says. “It’s such a vital service McSweeney. for so many people.” The pair has been working hard via Chelsea says there has been good Facebook and the internet for weeks support on Facebook and from family to raise awareness about the NZ Blood and friends, with more than 20 saying Service, and to encourage more people they will come and give blood for the their own age to give blood. They are first time. also raising funds for the Red Cross “Giving blood is something a lot more because the Blood Service does not young people should do, because it’s accept monetary donations. an easy way to help someone else,” Although their efforts stem in part Chelsea says “Your blood is replaced from the need to complete a task that within 24 hours.” benefits the community as part of Anyone who would like to help Chelsea their business studies at the college, and Morgan can find them on Facebook both girls have personal reasons for (look for Chelsea Woodall), or come supporting the Blood Service. to give blood at Orewa Community

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Boardwalk takes significant step

Funds for materials for a further boardwalk in Eaves Bush in Orewa were allocated by Auckland Council this month. The boardwalk is needed to cross boggy terrain south of Kensington Park bridge in order to improve access and prevent damage to tree roots. Eaves Bush Appreciation Group member Spencer Drinkwater says the volunteers are proceeding with planning and hope to start the build in the next few months so that the work can be completed prior to Christmas.

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The Green Party’s key campaign issues, summed up by co-leader Russel Norman as “kids, rivers, jobs”, were put before a group of supporters at a meeting in Whangaparaoa recently. Around 20 people attended the meeting at Whangaparaoa Hall on August 30 to hear Mr Norman speak and meet the party’s Rodney candidate Teresa Moore. Mr Norman outlined the party’s vision, which he described as “a long term, sustainable approach”. Green Party co-leader Russel Norman This includes creating jobs in areas with Rodney candidate Teresa Moore. such as renewable energy – the party aims to have 90 percent of electricity by extending the Working for Families generated from renewable sources by tax credits to families on a benefit. 2020; helping children out of poverty In Auckland, the Greens see transport and cleaning up the nation’s rivers. as a key issue and are in favour of Another source of job creation that compact urban development rather the Greens are targeting is sustainable than suburban sprawl because it food production. Mr Norman says makes sustainable transport options producing “clean, green and safe” food more workable. will also give NZ a strategic advantage The party also supports Labour’s in the market place – something he says capital gains tax and wants more the GE Free policy is already doing. money put into research and The party aims to tackle child poverty development to assist business.


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Walking the fenceline with SOSSI As pest free status draws nearer at Shakespear Regional Park, SOSSI chair Allan Parker says the volunteers are all looking forward to the day when they can turn their attention to the return of native wildlife that need protection. He says the team are hard at work to make that day happen. The expansion of the native plant nursery is on schedule and it should be completed by the time Shakespear Regional Park reopens on December 1. In the meantime this month is a busy time in the existing nursery and volunteers are pricking out and bagging plants for future planting of habitat. Gecko, one of the pest dogs (pictured) has attracted the attention of the volunteers working in the nursery. She is a people friendly little border terrier cross who specialises in finding and removing ferrets, stoats and weasels. Other volunteers are doing their bit by checking the new network of 500 traps for any remaining pests. These traps and monitoring pads give a good indication of progress towards becoming completely pest free. Teams of volunteers are also patrolling the pest proof fence weekly to ensure it is keeping the pests out. Voluntary work is also continuing in the wetlands on the last Sunday of every month – anyone is welcome to come along to assist for an hour or two. Although the park is closed until December 1, a weekend walk through the wetlands taking in Army Bay and Okoromai Bay is worthwhile. All the planting SOSSI has done over the last few years is flourishing. Harrier hawks can be seen overhead and back swans, kingfishers and stilts are a feature of Okoromai Bay. Tuis are present on the tank trap track and there are ducks, swallows, pukekos, pheasants and rosellas in the wetlands.

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Jim Joll is a true multi-tasking musician, whose talents include singing and playing guitar, flute, keyboards and the Irish penny whistle. He is also a comedian, and he is bringing his unique musical comedy show to the Hibiscus Coast this month, performing at the Gulf Harbour Country Club. Jim has been performing in New Zealand since the 1960s – his versatility ensuring no shortage of gigs. In 1968 Jim was a resident singer on the television show The Country Touch, and he has also played rock and disco at nightclubs in Auckland. In 1994 he played the grand piano at the Carlton International Hotel.

He toured NZ with Debbie Dorday’s Costume & Comedy Show and also with the Wheeltappers and Shunters Variety Show. Jim has received a slew of awards for his comedy and music, including the Scroll of Honour by the NZ Variety Artists Club of NZ for services to the music industry and The Benny Award in 2003. Jim performs with local variety act Colin Parris at The Music & Mirth Show at Gulf Harbour Country Club’s Pohutukawa Lounge on September 30. Tickets include canapés and buffet dinner. To book, ph Gulf Harbour Country Club, 424 0971.

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understand. “NZ never really lost its enthusiasm for slot cars,” Andrew says. “The best racers have good reaction times, enabling them to guide the cars around steep bends without losing too much speed. It’s nothing like model trains – this is all about the racing.” The club will be for seniors only (18 years and over) initially and anyone interested in finding out more can email or phone 424 8817.

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An extensive collection of vinyl records and a room in his basement filled to capacity with a slot car track are evidence of Andrew Scott’s appreciation of all things retro. Both the vinyl and the slot cars are back in vogue, and Andrew believes that the time is right to get a slot car club going on the Hibiscus Coast. There are around 10 clubs active in NZ – the nearest is in Henderson – and Andrew says the resurgence in the sport came with more modern chassis designs, laser cut as precise scale models of racing cars such as Ferrari and Maclaren. At a cost of around $100 for a basic chassis, gearbox, tyres and motor, the sport is affordable and Andrew says the other attraction is the challenging, close racing that ensues. NZ has had a number of world champion slot car racers, and annual national competitions draw good numbers. Around six months ago Andrew constructed a 21m hardwood track in his Little Manly home and Thursday nights see a group of four or five friends gather to race. The track is almost large enough for club racing, but Andrew has his eyes on the far bigger tracks to be found at the Henderson and

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Age Concern is celebrating the International Day of the Older Person with its popular annual concert featuring Rodney MP Lockwood Smith. The Lockwood Smith & Friends Concert will be held at Centrestage Theatre, Centreway Rd, Orewa at 2pm on October 10. Tickets always sell out. They can be purchased for $5 from the Age Concern Rodney office in Orewa (Beside Westpac Bank) or phone 09 426 0916.

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British entertainer Pam Ayres’ inimitable way of telling a story was one reason for her rise to fame in the 1970s. Her own life story is about to be told with the release of her autobiography The Necessary Aptitude next month, and in November comes the chance to see her in person, at Pam Ayres’ only NZ show at the Bruce Mason Centre in Takapuna. The show includes material that was recorded at the Theatre Royal, Windsor last March as well as some of the much-loved favourites from past performances. Pam Ayres Pam burst onto our screens over TV series and filmed Christmas TV 35 years ago when she made her Specials in Hong Kong and Canada. television debut on the TV talent show, Opportunity Knocks, the Britain’s Pam’s stories, poems and witty sense of Got Talent of its day. humour continue to delight audiences. Her ability to turn the mundane She will perform on Wednesday things in life into something to laugh November 2 at The Bruce Mason about gained her much popular appeal Centre, Takapuna. For tickets and she went on to appear on major visit or ph TV shows in the UK, had her own Ticketmaster, 09 970 9700.

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Efforts to contain Auckland’s urban sprawl within Metropolitan Urban Limits (MUL) took another hit recently with a decision by Auckland Council to approve a private plan change at Hatfields Beach. The plan change challenged the the MUL should have been extended MUL boundary, gaining a further further to include their properties. five hectares of rural land for urban Others opposing the plan change residential development. The MUL raised issues such as the effect on is the key method in the Auckland rural quality of life and rural lifestyle Regional Policy Statement to delineate properties, and traffic safety concerns. and contain Auckland’s urban area. In addressing any effects on Private Change 17 was prepared rural character and amenity, the in response to a request by former commissioners accepted that there Rodney District Council to extend the would be a degree of adverse effect. MUL west of Hatfields Beach, in the However, they considered those vicinity of Hillcrest Road. effects to be of limited significance, In support of the plan change, Cabra because of the relatively small area of Developments general manager Lloyd additional land that would be able to Barker said the land was identified as be urbanised. suitable for residential use in the draft Council’s operative plans unit team versions of the Orewa West Structure leader Matthew Twose said that the Plan. He said there was significant plan change was one of the remaining demand for residential sites in the area amendments to be made to the MUL and existing stocks were low. prior to the promulgation of a new Two submitters – Otanerua Property unitary plan, which would include Holdings and Julie Robbins – opposed re-assessment of both district and the plan change on the grounds that regional planning documents.

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Professional Business Office Services Sails Café A good head for figures has stood Angela Wilcock in good stead, keeping her in gainful employment as an accountant for small businesses all over the Hibiscus Coast. Recently Angela completed a Bachelor of Business Studies majoring in accountancy at Massey University and became Xero certified. This enabled her to step her business up a notch and set herself up as a selfemployed bookkeeper and accountant, under the name Professional Business Office Services, working from her home in Manly. Angela says working with local businesses such as Puhoi Valley Cheese and the Butchers Block, and doing the books for her husband’s construction firm, coupled with her businessfocused degree, has given her an indepth understanding of the needs of small businesses. “My job is to take care of the financial side of things such as GST, PAYE and payroll, legal and compliance issues, so the business owner can focus on their product or service,” Angela says. “Many small businesses think they are doing what’s required, but they need to get systems in place that improve efficiency.” Angela says the online system Xero simplifies things because clients can log into it and do their own invoicing

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and Angela can log in from home to take care of GST, PAYE, monthly accounts and reconciliations. “Because the figures are constantly updated, business owners using Xero can see how they are going each month, rather than waiting until the end of the year. The latest information is always there.” Angela also produces a free quarterly newsletter to inform and educate small business owners. Angela’s fees for bookkeeping and accounting can be added to the monthly subscription for Xero in one economical package. She is a certified adviser for Xero, so is happy to assist with setting it up and helping staff get to grips with using the system. “Xero is perfect for small businesses, because it was designed with them in mind.”

On a picture perfect day there can be few better spots on the Coast to enjoy a meal, coffee or a glass of wine than on the deck of the newly opened Sails Café. The view from the café over Little Manly Beach is one of shapely pohutukawas and rich blue ocean and, owners Dale Prosser and Denise Yule say, dolphins can often be seen in the bay. No wonder then that they chose to open Whangaparaoa Lodge on this picturesque spot nine years ago. “I intended to stay for a couple of years to get the business up and running, however it has now been nearly 10 years in what can only be described as a stunning location,” Dale says. Running the lodge, which includes conference facilities, is a 24/7 job for the couple, but recently they decided to open the café alongside as an additional service for their guests and the community. Since opening day in May, Denise says word of mouth and Facebook have provided a steady stream of customers who appreciate the delicious, fresh food on offer in the fully licensed café. She says that guests who start the


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day with breakfast overlooking the beach from the deck comment on the ambience and beauty, as well as the quality of the food. “Our overseas and NZ-based guests are ecstatic about the views and comment on how lucky we are to be living in such a special place.” As well as breakfast, there are lunch menus, daily blackboard specials and a range of indulgent cakes and desserts. Denise and Dale are now ready to take the café a stage further and plans are afoot to open in the evenings for meals in the next few weeks. Denise says the focus here will be on providing new and exciting dishes using fresh produce and seafood as the longer days and evenings of summer arrive.

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French Rain French women are famous for a seemingly effortless sense of style, putting together colour and texture in eye catching and fashionable ways. Inspired by this fun and flair, Sue recently bought the Orewa jewellery business formerly known as Argento, after managing the store for four years. Re-named French Rain, the store bears the hallmark of Sue’s passion for beautiful things. Sue is a fashionista from way back. In her hometown of Wanaka, she owned a manufacturing jewellers shop for many years. A stint in Europe followed where she soaked up the atmosphere, honed her product knowledge, developed some good contacts and came back full of ideas for starting up a stylish jewellery and accessory shop. She says all her dreams have been realised with the recent opening of French Rain. Sue has utilised her French connections to source unique jewellery lines. “A large range of what is in the store are one-off pieces, and we bring new items in all the time to keep things fresh,” Sue says. “Regular customers can expect to see something different each time they visit.” As well as diamond, gold and sterling silver for special occasions or gifts, there is a colourful range of costume CL

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jewellery and bold accessories including bags and scarves. There is even a range of brightly coloured, and scented, bubblegum belts for the young at heart. “Changing your look with affordable accessories is an inexpensive and fun way to go. A beautiful belt and necklace can give whatever you’re wearing the wow factor – even if that’s jeans and a t-shirt.” While ringing the changes in-store, Sue says assisting customers with jewellery and watch repairs is still a big part of the business. She’s also re-introduced the Pandora range of charm bracelets, with new Spring stock now in-store. “Shopping local is important, and by bringing this little bit of France to Orewa I hope people will realise they don’t have to travel to find a lovely gift or a funky piece that helps them express their own sense of style.”

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Families benefit from ASD Charitable Trust When the Government cut funding for home help to families earlier this year, those caring for children with autistic spectrum disorder (ASD) were severely affected. Among them was Yvonne Robertson of Orewa. “We were notified around three months ago that my son no longer qualified for respite care or carer support hours, because he is not physically disabled,” Yvonne says. She describes the news as devastating, as support services for children on the spectrum are hard to come by locally. “Because this is a group with behavioural difficulties, they often fall through the funding cracks because their disability is not considered severe enough. However From left, Youth Centre executive director Suzanne Booth, Nadene Stephenson families struggle to live a normal life and and Yvonne Robertson. do all the things they’d like to because The three women have been running providing activities to specifically they have to manage their ASD child’s informal get-togethers at the Hibiscus target improvements in fine and gross behaviour so closely.” Coast Youth Centre this term, and motor skills. Yvonne, together with Nadene between six and 12 families have Afternoon tea is provided and speakers Stephenson and Paula Sam, all of been attending. The formation of will be arranged for some sessions. whom have six-year-olds affected the Trust this month means they can The programme is based at the Youth by ASD, decided to do something about it and recently formed the ASD now provide a fortnightly Extension Centre, which has obtained funding so through Friendship programme to all it can provide the venue free of charge. Opportunities Charitable Trust. families with children affected by ASD While the children take part in Nadene had to quit her job to care on the Coast. the activities, the parents have a for her son Dylan, and says this is not It involves activities and outings for chance to relax and share advice and uncommon. “Many families are reduced to one the whole family, designed to broaden information. income, but it’s often the only way to the children’s experiences and ability For more information, phone Nadene 424 5849, or Yvonne 426 9964, or make time for the necessary therapy to cope socially and physically. Once a month Kelly Sports is email and education,” Nadene says.

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Active old age brings benefits that are more than physical People over the age of 60 are to be found in the Coast’s gyms, on the cycle and walking tracks and in the pools. Staying fit as you age provides benefits that are not only physical but social and emotional as well. Hibiscus Matters tracked down a few examples of those who are strong believers in the adage ‘if you don’t use it, you lose it’.

Making an appointment to see 79-year-old Elizabeth Hartwell is not easy – if she’s not teaching or taking part in Fitness League classes in Wainui, Red Beach and Whangaparaoa, she can be found rock ‘n’ rolling with the Hibiscus Coast Rock ‘n’ Roll Club. Elizabeth has been active since childhood. Growing up in Scotland, she was a keen player of squash and badminton and also enjoyed ice skating, skiing, Scottish Country dancing and competitive cycling. She joined her sister in Wellington in 1978 and moved to Wainui in 1981 with her husband Brendan. Running a lifestyle block that included 24 sheep, and no dogs, kept her fit in those days. “I herded the sheep myself, which was a great way to keep fit,” Elizabeth says. She has been taking part in the Fitness League’s combination of Yoga, Pilates and dancercise since the age of 16 and became an instructor 12 years ago. “Quite a few in the classes are younger than me, but they can’t always keep up with me. The Fitness

League is a great programme for older people because you can take it at your own pace, and it works on two things that go first as you age – balance and posture.” She and dance partner Arthur Bell have also become a popular team demonstrating rock ‘n’ roll dancing on the Coast. Elizabeth says she has found that regular exercise begets more energy. “I am not a couch potato. Perhaps that’s why I don’t have any health issues – but I guess I’ve also been very fortunate to be able to stay so active.” Marlene Hawkings’ trim and energetic physique belies not only her 75 years, but also the fact that she has angina. She says having three stents put in, one this year, has if anything only made her more determined to stay active. She belongs to the Cardiac Club, based at the Leisure Centre in Stanmore Bay and comes to their classes twice a week as well as attending the Fitness League class at Whangaparaoa Hall once a week. A keen walker, she

enjoys a circuit from her home in Matakatia to Tindalls Bay and Manly “when the tide is right”. “If you are sitting at home, you get into a rut,” Marlene says. “Exercising with a group like the Cardiac Club improves fitness and keeps you supple, and you make lots of friends.” Ben Harding joined the Cardiac Club 12 years ago with his wife Shirley, who had recently had a heart attack. The Stanmore Bay couple found the regular gentle exercise beneficial, building up strength and stamina. Ben said his high cholesterol and blood pressure levels were a cause for concern before he started the classes, but both have significantly reduced. At 79, he also enjoys a regular game of table tennis and says staying active is important for your health, whatever your age. Info: The Cardiac Club ph The Leisure Centre, ph 424 1914. The Fitness League, www.thefitnessleague. or ph 0508 224 687. The Rock ‘n’ Roll club,

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Improvements sought for aged caregivers Donations of Those caring for the elderly in retirement villages, rest homes and dementia units are highly respected in the community for doing a demanding and skilled job, yet this is not always reflected in the levels of pay, or the professional structure and support that they can access. Moves are afoot to improve this situation in NZ and, according to Ryman Healthcare’s Evelyn Page Retirement Village manager Paul Sutton, the changes are long overdue. Mr Sutton says the Ministry of Health needs to recognise caregiving as a profession in its own right. “In the next year or two I would expect to see more stipulations from Government about that, with qualifications becoming mandatory,” Mr Sutton says. The Ryman Healthcare Group, which owns Evelyn Page in Orewa and 23 other villages nationwide, rewards the

professionalism of its caregivers with a strong structure that includes NZQA accredited qualifications and plenty of opportunities and encouragement to up-skill. “It offers peace of mind to residents and is something a lot of people considering moving to a village ask us about.” Caregivers are also supported with regular in-service training that targets specific areas such as safe patient handling or continence training. Industry professionals, including St John, Health Board nurses and physiotherapists, conduct the sessions. Foreign trained nurses undergoing language testing and training that will allow them to practice in NZ are assisted with a scholarship programme that covers training costs and a role as caregivers in return for a two-year period of indenture. “Anyone thinking of moving to a

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Evelyn Page caregivers, from left (back), trainees Dale Judd and Lynn Goodall, receptionist Lynn Charlton and head chef Anouk. Front, caregivers Ester Siraky (left) and Sharon Blignaut.

village should make sure there is strong leadership in place in the care centre. Any facility is only as strong as its leadership and staff.”

Band brings toe tapping tunes to rest homes Cornet player Eric Cole says the Brass Band he belongs to always receives a warm reception in rest homes and retirement villages where they are regularly invited to perform. Eric is a member of the 24-strong Kumeu Vintage Brass (previously called the Old Farts) – the average age of members is 74, and the youngest is 45. The group, which includes four members from the Hibiscus Coast, shares the practice rooms, music and even some of the instruments, of the Kumeu Brass Band. Eric says a few of the members knew people living in retirement villages and, around five years ago, the band began playing in villages and rest homes, including Maygrove and Evelyn Page.

Arthritis New Zealand is urgently seeking Hibiscus Coast volunteers who can donate a couple of hours to support its Annual Appeal from September 20-26. CEO Sandra Kirby says only 12 percent of its funding comes from government agencies and volunteers are critical to the organistion’s work to support the 530,000 kiwis living with arthritis. “Arthritis is the leading cause of disability in our country, and there is no cure. It can affect anyone, at any age at any time,” she says. Well known New Zealanders with arthritis include actress Geraldine Brophy, world champion rower Mahe Drysdale and rugby player and recent All Black Neemia Tialata, but with one in five New Zealanders affected it’s likely eveyone will know someone with the condition, Sandra says. Arthritis NZ provides support through information sharing, education, research, advocacy and lobbying. Local volunteers are needed to man sites booked at Mad Butcher Orewa and The Warehouse Whangaparaoa. Info: ph Pauline 09 523 8903 or email

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Memorable walk in support of Alzheimers patients Occupational therapist Monica Grimshaw says when her mother was diagnosed with Alzheimers, and went to live with Monica’s sister, she saw the importance of time out for caregivers first hand. “My mother went to a day care centre, allowing my sister to remain at work and have some social times as well,” Monica says. Caring for people with dementia has become a passion for Monica, who opened day care centre Platinum Community Care in Red Beach three years ago. By providing therapy that stimulates the brain and body, she and her daughter Megan Minton help people who have various forms of dementia, suffered a stroke, or have Parkinsons but, she says, equally importantly, day care gives the carers a break. “It’s important to keep people with dementia in the community as long as possible,” Monica says. “Support services from Alzheimers Auckland and the Health Board are vital for the families of sufferers, but even so it’s an exhausting and challenging task.” On September 17 Monica, Megan and a group of her colleagues, friends and family will walk from Gulf

Monica Grimshaw (front, centre) and colleagues are walking the peninsula to raise funds for Alzheimers Auckland.

Harbour to Red Beach to raise funds for Alzheimers Auckland. Monica is hoping to obtain sponsorship from businesses as well as individuals for the 15km walk. “It will be a fun walk, with all of us wearing bright clothing to attract attention and support on the way.” The walk begins at 8am at Gulf Harbour Marina Bandstand and there will be a rest stop near Placemakers in Whangaparaoa. The walk ends at 7 Greenview Lane, Red Beach where information on Age Concern and Alzheimers, plus refreshments, will be available. Info: phone Monica, 421 1511.

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Out of sight, out of mind? Eyesight is something that many people take for granted, but as we age it becomes important not to put off regular eye examinations that detect and monitor any conditions that affect eye health. Optometrist Helen Heyns of Orewa Optics says that patients frequently come to see her when a condition is already fairly well advanced and, as a result, less treatable. “A lot of people ignore the problem hoping it might go away, or afraid of what the optometrist might find,” Helen says. She says in reality many common conditions, including glaucoma, are best treated early. She says 99 percent of the time if glaucoma is caught early it can be treated with eye drops, preventing loss of peripheral vision. As the disease progresses, damage to the optic nerve means a loss of peripheral vision, affecting driving ability. Because there are no noticeable symptoms of glaucoma in most patients, the problem is generally picked up by the eye specialist at a regular check up. “It can run in families, so if a relative has been diagnosed with glaucoma, it’s even more important to have your

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person every day adds a very personal dimension to the care given. As the person’s need for care alters, a ‘swing bed’ system means that they can stay in the same room as the level of care changes. “This style of care, with a high ratio of staff to residents, is something that a lot of people are looking for on the Hibiscus Coast,” Belinda says. Family are welcome to visit at any time and can enjoy a barbecue on the deck in summer, use the kitchen facilities or share meals with residents. Residents can bring their pets with them and couples can share a room if needed. “Our aim is to provide a real home for residents, removing that sense of entering an institutionalised facility. It’s about comfort as well as care.”

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Clearing up confusion As we age, it is to be expected that various systems in our bodies start creaking a little bit. Amazingly just 100 years ago the average life expectancy was around 47 years of age, but today I’m looking forward to my letter from the Queen at 100. The development of medicine has had a huge affect on boosting life expectancy but the range and approach of different treatments can get pretty baffling. Once home and settled after a visit to a health professional, many people find themselves faced with deciphering a multitude of different medications and worry about how to combine them safely. Taking medicines correctly is essential. Each year many Kiwis miss work, end up in the hospital or even die, just because they did not take their prescribed medication the right way. For people with multiple medications, it is not uncommon for a person to experience dose changes, strength changes and more than one medication option being tried, all with the aim of getting the best treatment plan for each individual. Unfortunately, in many cases as the patient you may be left pretty confused about what to expect. When collecting your medicines, take the opportunity to ask questions about what you can expect from your medicine and, most importantly, how other medicines and “over the counter” products may combine. One service available from pharmacists, called Medicine Use Review, is available if you feel that you’d like a more thorough chat about your specific combination of medicines.

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A pine casket, lined with unbleached calico and decorated on the outside by loved ones is an increasingly common final resting place for someone who has walked gently on the earth. Environmentally friendly funerals are part of a trend for burial or cremation services that reflect the deceased’s beliefs. Forrest Funeral Services in Orewa offer a range of eco-friendly options from the choice of casket to service sheets printed on recycled paper. Here are some things to consider: • What the casket is made of is important. Untreated pine, willow, plywood and macrocarpa are all options. They can be plain, oiled or beeswaxed, may have hemp or pine handles and contain no glue. Options for the lining include wool or unbleached calico. • The nearest eco burial ground to the Hibiscus Coast is at Waikumete Cemetery in Auckland.

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Warm welcome for Brave Blossoms at Red Beach School It’s not often that the international media descend in force on Red Beach School, so the principal, teachers and staff were bemused to find a dozen camera-wielding journalists arrive with members of the Japanese rugby team for what was supposed to be an “informal, low key” visit. The school was selected for the special visit on September 5 because of a connection between Andrew Turner, who has children at the school, and the team stemming from the seven years he spent as a fitness rugby trainer

in Japan. He returned to NZ with his family five years ago. Seven members of the team visited classrooms to see examples of the students’ studies into Japan and Japanese culture. Team members also answered the children’s questions. One student asked how the Brave Blossoms feel when they face the haka. “Very excited” came the reply. More photos of this event are at www.

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an impromptu haka for the Brave Blossoms – a team that, because it has seven NZers in it, has been dubbed ‘Japaniwi’. Silverdale Rugby Club chair John Marshall, who was presented with a signed shirt by the Japanese team, says the Club is ‘on a high’. “The Japanese have been awesome to deal with,” John says. “They are a real class act.” The Brave Blossoms departed on September 14 and are currently staying in Hamilton, after which they travel to Kerikeri, Whangarei and Napier. Next up is Namibia, which is staying on the Coast September 21–24, followed by the Samoan team, which arrives to train on September 26. For more photos of this event see or visit us on Facebook.

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Silverdale Rugby Club chief executive Bruce Ryan says persuading the Japanese team’s management to hold the open training took several days of lobbying, but that it proved to be the right decision for all involved. “The team enjoyed a chance to relax, doing drills and playing Touch with the kids and signing autographs,” Bruce says. “They saw how hard the Club has worked to get things ready for them and they wanted to give back.” The Club had only a few days’ notice of the open training, but invited all the local schools. Children from Silverdale School, which sent around 250 students, Wentworth College, Red Beach and Orewa North Primary were among those who came to watch the training session, then have a skills and drills session, including a game of Touch, with the team. A group of 12 children also performed

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Rugby culture celebrated in roadshow Festival details Following the success of the Rugby World Cup Roadshow’s visit to Orewa in July, comes the other touring interactive exhibition, Oranges at Halftime: Rugby and the Kiwi Experience. This free exhibition, which arrives in Orewa next month, explores the relationship between rugby and Kiwi culture. It focuses on the post-World War II years through to the 1970s, celebrating the parents who coached nippers or washed the muddy shorts, the loyal fans standing on the sidelines in the rain, and the determined souls on the field playing their hearts out for their mates. The interactive stations and displays are contained in a customised semitrailer that folds out into a 17m x 10m exhibition space – similar to the one that visited with The Roadshow. Features of the exhibition include: yy Test your rugby knowledge and take on your friends and family in a question and answer challenge. yy Add your story to Keith Quinn’s famous collection of anecdotes. A video kiosk inside the trailer allows you to share your favourite rugby tales with Keith. Anyone involved in rugby, either playing or helping

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Oranges at Halftime will be located in Orewa Square, Florence Ave on October 2 and 3. Opening hours are 10am-4pm. The touring exhibition is a collaboration between the National Science-Technology Roadshow Trust and Eklektus Inc. The exhibition was funded by the NZ 2011 Festival Lottery Fund.

A mini trolley derby is among the events confirmed for the festival to be held in Stanmore Bay on the day of the Rugby World Cup Grand Final. Organiser Terry Clarkson of Whangaparaoa Rotary says all trolley teams have been invited and 10 are already confirmed, half of them from the Hibiscus Coast. The derby will be run on a ‘sudden death’ format down Brightside Rd, from 3pm–6pm. The festival also includes a Junior surf lifesaving mini carnival with Orewa and Red Beach clubs, Coastguard demonstrations and Thundercat rides. Kelly Sports will run family games and give-it-a-go activities and acts showcasing Hibiscus Coast talent will be on stage, co-ordinated by Real Music. Alongside will be free carnival activities and rides, food stalls and an extensive Farmers’ Market. Large outdoor and indoor screens will be ready for kick off at 9.30pm. To take part in trolley derby, ph Terry Clarkson, 021 918 980 or email Stanmore Bay Festival • Stanmore Bay • October 23, 3pm–11pm

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Rugby fan and deputy principal of Silverdale School Gareth Jones gave himself a difficult brief – to write a musical for the school production that would showcase the talents of all 300 of the school’s students, and celebrate the effect that the Rugby World Cup has had on NZ. An added complication was that Gareth was under the impression from the International Rugby Board that he could not specifically mention the Cup or make reference to the tournament because parents are paying to see the show. May the Best Team Win is the result – a production based loosely on the format of the Cup, with pool ‘games’, quarter and semi-finals and a final. However, this tournament is focused on a competition between nations of a different type.

The performers, representing 15 of the nations that also happen to be here to play rugby, will present items showcasing the traditions of that country, competing in a festival of song and dance. Commentating on the cultural festival will be students playing sports reporters such as Grant Nisbett, Tony Johnson and Phil Gifford as well as exAll Black stars such as Justin Marshall, Ian Jones, Stu Wilson and Pod Turner. Gareth says the play has no ending, purposely freezing in time with no final result announced. That is because when it is performed for the school community, on September 28 and 29, the result of “that other competition” will still be unknown. “We certainly don’t want to pre-empt anything there, in terms of which country might win,” Gareth says.

Coast barber Grant Waldrom was singled out for special treatment when he received a visit from two members of the Brave Blossoms, Takenori Omura (team manager) and media manager Hiroshi Sakata last week. The visit to Grant’s Orewa salon on September 6 came as a result of his friendship with Liaison Officer Terry Creagh. The team presented Grant with a signed jersey to go with the Number 17 jersey already on display in the shop, signed by the team after winning the Asian Five Nations Tournament this year. Photo, Jason Searle

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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.

PUBLIC NOTICES ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS meet Fri 7.30pm, Orewa Community House (behind Estuary Arts Centre) Ph John 027 646 2995, 0800AA WORKS. Blood Drive Sept 15, 1pm-7pm and & 16, 9am-2pm. Community Centre, Orewa, come and show your support whether you give blood or purchase cakes and other goodies at a stall fundraising for the NZ Red Cross. Calling all teachers and people interested in China St John Catholic Church hall, 180 Centreway, Orewa, Sunday 3pm, Sept 18, for a talk by Chris Thorne, an Intermediate teacher entitled “Lost in Translation - An NZ Teacher in China” . Chill Skate Tour, October 1, 106pm. HBC Youth Centre is visiting six skate parks around Auckland. Only 30 seats on the bus so get in quick! $30! Ph Anthony 426 5005 for more information or to sign up. 214d Hibiscus Coast Highway near the Western Reserve. Combined Rodney Seniors A trip on the Kaipara Harbour, Aboard the Kewpie Too. Thurs Oct 13 Cost $38 pp. Morning tea and lunch are included. On the way home we will stop at the historic Grand Hotel, Helensville. A nice relaxing way to end the day. Seats are not guaranteed until payment received. Ph Pat 427 9149. DALEWOOL AUCKLAND BRASS CONCERT Sun September 18, 2.30pm Centrestage Theatre, Orewa. Tickets $20, $15. Book at Centrestage ph 426 7282. ENJOY AN AFTERNOON OF HOUSIE Bowls Orewa every Friday 1pm. Play 40 games from only $4. 50 prizes available from $20 to $1000. All welcome. Ph 426 6236 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. Forest and Bird Thurs Sept 22, Envirovote - a Rodney Political Forum, hosted by Hibiscus Coast & Mid North Forest & Bird branches 7.30pm St Andrews Presbytarian Church Hall, 105 Centreway Road, Orewa. Door charge $3. All Welcome. Ph Katie Lucas 09 427 5186. Good Companions Orewa meet Fri mornings for senior citizens 10am– 11.30am. Orewa Croquet Club rooms, Hatton Rd., Orewa. Garage Sale First Sat of month. HBC Community Shop, Western Reserve, Orewa, behind the Information Centre. 10am–1pm. Ph 426 3598. HAVE-A-GO DAY Whangaparaoa Tennis Club. Wed October 26, 9.30am. New members and beginners all welcome. Coach in attendance. Morning Tea provided. Edith Hopper Park. Ladies Mile, Manly.

PUBLIC NOTICES Hibiscus Coast Widowed Club Meets 2nd Wednesday each Month at Orewa Community Centre 1.00pm (door opens 12.30pm) Interesting Speakers, Afternnoon tea, raffles, regular morning tea, lunch gettogethers, outings and trips arranged. Annual subs $10. Door Charge $2 Good Company – We care. Ph 424 3757. Hibiscus Coast Genealogy Society volunteers available weekly at the Whangaparoa Library Mon,Wed,Thurs & Sat (10 - 12pm) Hibiscus Coast Floral Art Group Meets at the Community Hall Orewa on the 2nd Monday of each month. Tuition is provided for the beginner All welcome Enquiries to Ruth 4247196. HBC Youth Centre new hip-hop and drama classes. Be the first to learn the latest dance moves, grow in confidence and have fun while doing it! Classes for 3-18 years. 214d Hibiscus Coast Highway near the Western Reserve, Ph 426 5005. Weekly from Sat August 20. Hibiscus Men’s Probus Meet first Tues morning each month at Manly. Great speakers, regular bus trips, fun and fellowship. Ph John McColl 424 2707 for new member information. Indoor Bowls, Orewa Community Church - Tuesdays @ 1.30pm. Come along and make some new friends and enjoy a game of Indoor Bowls, rain or shine. Pht Murray 426 8285. Local Board Clinics with your Local Board Member John Kirikiri 1st Wed of each month. 10am-11am. Whangaparaoa Library. 1pm-2pm. Orewa Service Centre. No appointment necessary. Notice to Readers Hibiscus Matters does not insert flyers or any other junk material into its paper. If your issue of Hibiscus Matters arrives with unsolicited mail inserted, please advise us immediately on 427 8188 or email Open mic/Jam night is now permantly on the 1st Thursday of the Month. Whangaparaoa Golf Club. Puhoi Historical Society meets every 3rd Wed, 7.30pm, Puhoi Museum records room. All welcome. Museum winter hours Sat & Sun, 1pm-4pm. Puhoi Annual Concert 2011 Puhoi Centennial Hall Puhoi Village. Sat 15th October 6.45 pm. Tickets $20. Ph Quintin Lush 09 422 0635 or Beatrice Pritchard 09 425 0527 or email Sands supports group coffee group meeting (children welcome) Sept 16, 11am, Hibiscus Coast Community House. Info: Tania 09 423 8089 or The Kiwi Tea Dance Social dancing on 4th Sunday of each month 5-8pm. Ladies a plate would be appreciated. Door charge applies. Silverdale Hall, Ph 027 293 4231, 09 426 8989.



Spring Holiday Combined Rodney Seniors are planning a Spring Holiday 15 days Full package Deal, Sept 27- Oct 11 at Tweed Heads, Gold Coast. $2,600$2,700 pp twin share . $2,750-$2,850 single supplement. Ph Joan –Tour Host 424 7545 / 021 078 4296.


Whangaparaoa Lions Club Meets every second Tuesday in the month at Stanmore Bay Community Hall at 7.15 p.m.. Socials on the fourth Tuesday. Contact John Kingdon, ph. 428 3301 Whangaparaoa Lions Club Book Sale 14-17 September in the Whangaparaoa Plaza. Wednesday to Friday 10am-4pm Saturday 10am - 2pm. If you have books to donate contact Warren Ph 424 3165 or Alister 09 424 8039. All money raised goes to local charities. World Vegetarian Day 1 October, Hibiscus Coast celebration. Special luncheon at Chang Thai Restaurant, 5 Link Crescent, Whangaparaoa. Ph CarolAnn 424 2302 or email greencarolann@xtra. to reserve your place.

HOME & MAINTENANCE 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 1264 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. LAWNMOWING Friendly personalised service. Ph 09 426 4317 or 0274 113 133. 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. 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.



since 1966

• Installation of all VLR products • Blind cleaning and repairs • Insect Screen Repairs

For FREE quotes phone Frank on

09 4222 603 or 021 2144 250 email:

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. Water 8,000 ltrs $120, Whangaparaoa only. Ph Gavin, ASAP Water 0800 27 27 42 Water Filters Underbench filters & whole house Ultra violet filters – Kill and remove ecoli/bacteria. FREE site visits. Ph Steve 09 945 2282 www. Water pumps Low water pressure? Get it sorted. Sales, service and installation. Work guaranteed. Ph Steve 09 945 2282


Guitar Lessons 1-0-1

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

Piano Tuition & Theory All ages, all levels. Experienced teacher, Keyboard Klassiks. Ph 424 1001.


Courses and workshops available at SeniorNet. Phone 426 1509. Mon–Thurs 9–3pm, Fri 9–12pm

Pets & animals Want a holiday?Have you got a home/pet to care for? I am a reliable, mature lady with excellent references who will provide A1 care for all or any of the above. Ph Rae 021 217 4075.

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Adept Computer Services, Est 1993, covering Hibiscus Coast, for all PC repairs, including Internet, Antivirus & networking at reasonable rates, please phone 421 1039 or Mob 021 114 5517. Poor credit rating? Ph 021 257 8283.

TO BUY, RECORDS/LP’s, 45’s Ph Mike 428 1587.

Check out our extensive online directory of local businesses in Rodney

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

Cash $ Paid for Cars, Caravans, Boats. $500-$5000 Phone 021 857 007.

Delivery people needed

to distribute Hibiscus Matters, flyers and Magazines on the Peninsula, Orewa and Silverdale. Phone Julie Murray 09 554 0530 Email Work wanted: House cleaning, Dog walking, etc, Gulf Harbour, Whangaparaoa areas. Honest reliable experienced lady, excellent references, very good with animals. Phone Glennis 022 654 8031.


MARKET Good as New - Pre Loved Kids Market Sat September 24, 9am12pm, Orewa Community Center. 50+ stalls. Selling quality 2nd hand kids clothes. toys, furniture.

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

HEALTH & Beauty


A TOENAIL Trim & FILE by a podiatrist. In clinic $25. Home visits can be arranged. 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.

alterations, dressmaking, cushions & curtains. Phone Diane 021 025 70658. SYLWESTER’S TAILORING: dressmaking, balldresses, alterations, wetsuit repairs. Over 40 years exp. Fast & affordable. Ph 426 7559 - 7 days.

Beauty Therapy at Manly Village

September Special: Book a facial with Suzanne and receive a free brow tidy Phone 424 8537 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.

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

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

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your local choice for professional sewing, tailoring & Alterations, 199 HBC Highway, Hilltop. Cheap rates. Phone 427 5880

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

FOR SALE Attention Mums and Mums to be Quality breast pumps and milk storage products at very Low prices. Ph Midwife Leah 021 247 5324 or visit Black Cord For Jade Pendants Ph Rita Gibson 426 6076. Jade Pendants From $10 Ph Rita Gibson 426 6076. Bargain For Builders Quality nail gun nails. Tested by builders 3000 3.15x 90mm Brights plus 3 Fuel Cells Only $85 all up. Call 0274 202 416 or visit www. Churchill’s WWii, 6 volumes $200; Encyclopedia Britannica 24 volumes $200. Ph 426 4675. Computer IBM Desktop, speakers, printer & computer desk. All excellent order $250. Ph 428 4260 Hobby Cat Catamaran. 3.81m x 1.85m + trailer. $200. Ph 021 151 3828 For sale classifieds now incur a charge of 40¢ per word + GST.

what’s on Hibiscus Coast

September 2011

1–18 The Embroiderer’s Art, Northern North Island Regional exhibition of embroidery, both modern and traditional. Estuary Arts Centre, 214B Hibiscus Coast Highway, Orewa. 15 & 16 NZ Blood Service at Orewa Community Centre, Orewa Square. Thursday, 1pm–7pm, Friday 9am–2pm. (see story p4) 17 Alan Sayers and Les Watkins present the biography of the soldier, player, coach and legend, Fred the Needle: The Untold Story of Sir Fred Allen, Whangaparaoa Library, lounge area, 2pm. Sir Fred will join Alan and Les at the library and will sign copies of the book. 18 Thunder on the Coast, The Leisure Centre, Stanmore Bay, 9.30am– 3pm. More than 120 classic cars on display. Entry $5 at the door. Children under 12 free. Fundraising for Hibiscus Hospice. 18 Dalewool Auckland Brass Band performs at Centrestage Theatre, 60 Centreway Rd, Orewa, 2.30pm. Adults $20, seniors and students $15. 18 Talk by teacher Chris Thorne entitled Lost in Translation – A NZ Teacher in China, St John Catholic Church Hall, 180 Centreway, Orewa, 3pm. Chris will talk about living, studying and travelling in China. Organised by the NZ China Friendship Society. 19 Womens Suffrage Day Breakfast, Hibiscus Coast National Council of Women host a breakfast to celebrate Suffrage Day at Joust restaurant, Hibiscus Coast Highway, Orewa (next to the BP), 7am. $25 per head. To book phone Belinda on 027 551 0348 before Thursday, September 15. 19 Flowers, fruit and veges at their best on display at the Whangaparaoa Horticultural Society’s free show in Whangaparaoa Hall, 717 Whangaparaoa Rd. Everyone welcome from 1.30pm. Excellent plant trading table, raffles and refreshments as well as a chance to join this friendly club. 21 Annual Hospice Fashion Parade, Whangaparaoa College Auditorium, Delshaw Ave, Manly,7.30pm. The latest spring and summer fashions on the catwalk with MC Tina Cross. Tickets $30 from Hibiscus Hospice, 2a John Dee Crescent or online 23&30 Career Planning and Job Search Workshop, organised by Rodney Women’s Centre, Town Hall building, Warkworth. Info: phone 425 7261 or 0800 237674; 24 Kids Market, Orewa Community Centre, 9am-midday. Pre-loved items for children. Please call to reserve your table, $30 each. Info: Nikki & Natasha, ph 021 258 8044 or 027 470 7151. 24 Waitoki School Bric and Brac Fundraiser, 9am-2pm. Bring clean saleable items clothing ,toys, plants, farming equipment. $10 per table or picnic blanket. Sausage sizzle, cake stall, refreshments ,crafts and other activities. Info and to book space: ph Kerry at Waitoki School, 09 420 5244. 24–Oct 2 Auckland Heritage Festival. Pioneer Village open daily, 10am– 3pm. Special exhibition of Crown Lynn tableware on display. 25 Gulf Harbour Country Club Open Day, 180 Gulf Harbour Drive. Chance to see all that the country club has to offer. Play golf, swim in the pool, helicopter flights, Manly Fire Brigade and much more. (see ad p21) 26 Meeting of the Empathy support group, for people who have lost loved ones to suicide. Hibiscus Coast Community Centre (behind Estuary Arts), 214–216 Hibiscus Coast Highway. All welcome. Gold coin donation. Info: ph Maureen Wesley, 424 5135 or 021 513 506. 29 Noel Crawley Memorial Jazz Concert, Centrestage Theatre, Centreway Rd, Orewa, 7.30pm. Tickets $30 from Hibiscus Hospice, 2a John Dee Crescent or online 30 Music & Mirth Show featuring Colin Parris and Jim Joll, The Pohutukawa Lounge, Gulf Harbour Country Club, 180 Gulf Harbour Drive.. Comedy, characters and music. Bar opens 6pm, canapés from 6.30pm, buffet 7pm, show starts 8pm. $55. Tickets or info, ph 424 0971. (see story p6) Classifieds in the Hibiscus Matters only cost 40 cents per word + GST. To place your classified. Phone 427 8188. Em

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Flipperball league begins to make a splash on Coast The sound of children laughing, shouting and splashing is nothing new at the Leisure Centre pool, but it stepped up a notch recently with the introduction of Flipperball. Flipperball is a junior version of water more Flipperball teams than soccer polo and it has proved so popular this teams,” Sarah says. “It’s a fast moving, term that a league is forming based at contact sport, which the children love, The Leisure Centre in Stanmore Bay. and there are plenty of dunkings. Fun in the water is what it’s all Players are moving for the whole about according to organiser Sarah 20-minute game.” The main difference between Southcombe. Sarah introduced the sport to Flipperball and water polo is that Whangaparaoa Primary and currently players are permitted to touch the has 20 regular participants training bottom. It is played in teams of seven once a week using goals and balls and the goalie is the only defined position. The ball can be passed, or supplied by NZ Water Polo. shots taken at goal, using one arm The sport is for Primary school aged only. Players can also swim with the participants who are confident in the ball in between their arms and when water. there is loose ball, everyone has the Sarah, who represented NZ in the chance to swim for it. Women’s Waterpolo team 20 years Finding adequate pool space has been ago, says Flipperball is one of the a barrier to starting the sport locally, fastest growing sports in the country. but the opening of Northern Arena “It’s huge at the Millenium Institute has left room at the Leisure Centre for in Albany, and in Tauranga there are the league.

From left, Samuel Reidy (underwater), Flynn and Molly Southcombe.

Sarah says parents will find it an easy sport to get involved with. “It’s easy to manage, or coach, so the more parents keen to help, the better.” Flipperball players can switch to waterpolo at intermediate level and Sarah says there is also the possibility of

starting an adult waterpolo league on the Coast if there are sufficient players. With the junior league confirmed, Sarah has now widened the search for teams to all local primary schools. Info: email or ph Sarah, 021 503 234.

forward to be part of the Challenge group. The group trains together over six months to bring each participant up to the point where he or she can run or walk the Half Marathon. Last year’s group proved a huge success with most not only reaching their goal of finishing the Half Marathon, but also going on to finish more events.

A meet and greet evening will take place on September 24. Training begins in earnest in October and the event takes place on April 15 next year. The courses include 5km and 10.5km options. Info: email Debbie@lifeforcecoach. or, ph 021 073 0989 or visit www.

Organiser pulls the plug on Monday Nighta training runs

Laraine Chase of Orewa Events has pulled the plug on the popular Monday Nighta, despite “heaps of offers” from potential organisers of the weekly training run, following the story in Hibiscus Matters last month. Laraine says she was disappointed that no one who takes part in the Monday Nighta came forward and that, plus

Celebrating your baby

the incentive of saving $600 in public liability insurance annually, was the deciding factor. However, Orewa Events will still run the Orewa Beach Half Marathon, which takes place next April. Currently Laraine and Debbie Goldingham of Lifeforce are looking for people with limited fitness to put themselves

HBC Baby Photo Competition 2011

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

Free photo and prizes!

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

What do I do to enter?

Ring Manly Care Chemist for details and make an appointment for your baby’s photo to be taken. Photos taken 10-15th October. Entry fee applies.

Amazing Prizes! 1st prize over $300 worth of pharmacy products.


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

Manly Care Chemist

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


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