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5 October 2011

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Passion for peace motivates Passchendaele prize winner

Stanmore Bay teenager Eve Bain’s powerful tribute to the NZ soldiers who died during one of the bloodiest battles of World War I has won the inaugural Passchendaele Multi-Media Competition. The 17-year-old Whangaparaoa in her stride. Eve has her eyes on a diplomatic career College student has taken the win, “The best thing is how much I’ve with the United Nations. with earns her $2000 towards her learned about war, and its human “Researching this battle has motivated Law/BA degree at Victoria University, effects,” Eve says. continued page 2

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Passchendaele prize me even more to dedicate my life to promoting international peace and security”. The competition, launched by Minister of Veterans’ Affairs Judith Collins in April, asked Year 12 and 13 students nationwide to answer the question ‘Why don’t we remember the Battle of Passchendaele?’ Eve says research, which took several months, was a thought provoking exercise. “The more I found out, the harder it was to answer that question. It made no sense that the blackest day in our history, during which NZ suffered its greatest loss of life in a single day, was so poorly understood. I felt ashamed at my ignorance. However, as I looked deeper I gained enough knowledge to put my competition entry together.” Her winning entry is a series of letters she constructed as though written by people affected by the battle. They provide a moving, personal perspective, showing the psychological and emotional effects on soldiers and their loved ones, and the military implications. Judges described her entry, entitled For the Cause of Empire as “a powerful tribute to those who sacrificed their lives during the battle.” On October 12, Ms Collins will present Eve with her prize at a ceremony marking the 94th Anniversary of the Battle of Passchendaele, at the

Lest we forget: Eve Bain says the experiences at Passchendaele should never leave a generation’s mind.

Auckland War Memorial Museum. At the service, Eve will give a speech outlining why the sacrifices made at Passchendaele should never be forgotten. Eve is currently studying for exams, and will then prepare to head to The Hague as part of the prestigious International Model United Nations – an annual conference in which UN youth participate.

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Silverdale hub brings inventions out of the shed A cobalt blue warehouse in Silverdale is in the process of becoming a hub for business innovation, research and development and electronic recycling.

The Hibiscus Coast Innovation Hub aims to source innovative talent and resources from the area and identify commercially viable ideas that can be developed and offered to the business community. The scheme is the brainchild of local businessman Brett Olsen, who says it is a way to engage innovative people in finding practical solutions for local businesses. “It is designed to help small to medium businesses that do not have the resources to do their own research and development,” Brett says. “When it comes to inventions, many people think of gadgets, but the possibilities go well beyond that. Facebook was an invention, and inventions can be about branding and marketing ideas as well as gizmos.” Brett has secured a contract for collecting and recycling electronic waste with Albany company RCN Group. This includes weekly collections of items such as televisions and monitors from businesses for a moderate fee. The service is expected to begin this month. He is also developing a concept called

Kealabs, which provides opportunities for people to work on new products and ideas, and will operate from the Innovation Hub. Kealabs was inspired by the international Maker Space movement, which includes a base in Wellington, and consists of groups who meet to deconstruct and reconform gadgets in order to improve them or take them in new directions. “This incarnation of the Maker Space phenomenon is combined with an orientation towards youth. We can provide warehouse space, seven days a week, 9am to late, where all sectors of the community can share and develop their skills. It’s ideal for youth, and for people whose inventions have outgrown their shed.” A 3D printer will be available, and the first project is already underway. The Hub will operate as a non-profit organisation, however there will be an oversight group tasked with identifying and commercialising worthwhile innovations, through local companies where possible. “It will become a one stop shop for prototyping, problem solving

Brett Olsen at the innovation ‘one stop shop’.

and product development for local businesses.” Brett, who was a founding director of the Auckland Inventors Club, which has been going for 20 years, is hoping to form a Hibiscus Coast Inventors Association for hobbyists who may act as mentors for Kealabs. The Innovation Hub has the support of Auckland Council’s Tourism, Events & Economic Development

CCO (ATEED) and the Hibiscus & Bays Local Board. ATEED is assisting the hub with building key relationships with organisations and directing it to potential financial support. To date, Brett is funding the project from his own pocket, but says he is approaching Council for start up funds. Info: visit www.kealabs.com or ph 027 2464 8428. To arrange e-waste collection, visit www.rcn.co.nz

Comissioners compromise on Kensington Park plan change Kensington Park Holdings has obtained its Private Plan change, however Commissioners have made modifications that reduce the height of buildings and the density of construction in the Orewa development. The developers of Kensington Park applied last year for a Private Plan change to the District Plan that would have allowed buildings of up to five storeys (20m) to be constructed. Around 115 submissions were received, 80 percent in opposition. The application was heard by Commissioners Bill Smith, Melean Absolum and Cr Noelene Raffils last April and their decision was

released last week. Amendments made by the Commissioners include a reduction to four storeys (from five) in eight apartments; a reduction in footprint and height (from four storeys to three) to a building on the northern side of Eaves Bush Parade and the deletion of two units to open up views from Ngahere Jelas Reserve. Only one building of five storeys remains on the plan – on the side nearest Orewa North Primary School. The Commissioners have also reduced the maximum allowable household unit capacity from the proposed 690 (plus five percent) to 672.

In addition, the developer must now submit landscape plans for the approval of Auckland Council. The decision states that: “the provisions will both enable and ensure development that will be sensitive to the overall context and direction of Orewa while providing a distinctive urban form, being mindful of the Court’s rejection of the Variable Height Overlay proposed under Variation 101.” One of the park’s neighbours who opposed the plan change, Barbara Ferguson, says the decision is a compromise, but a workable one. “It’s not what we wanted, but we were listened to and amendments were made that we see as improvements,”

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Hibiscus Matters opens Orewa office The official opening of Hibiscus Matters Orewa office was a chance for the team to thank advertisers, columnists, politicians and representatives of community organisations for their support, which is behind the continued growth of the paper. The wine, beer and punch flowed freely and trays of delicious food quickly disappeared. The event, on September 22, marked the shift of Hibiscus Matters’ base from Whangaparaoa Hall to larger offices in Tamariki Plaza, Orewa last May. Hibiscus Matters is now four years old and has expanded to include a website, fortnightly e-newsletter, and Facebook and Twitter interfaces.

Lighting in spotlight

College progresses introduction of iPads Orewa College principal Kate Shevland says the college was not expecting the furore that erupted upon publication of Hibiscus Matters story about the compulsory introduction of iPads (HM July 13) for Year 9 students. She says as well as the national media attention that story attracted, the college was approached by various business organisations, which increased the number of options for parents purchasing a one to one computer device. “We have also been approached by other schools in NZ that are looking at doing similar things, and will be working informally with them,” Ms Shevland says. Currently the college is in the midst of

staff training, which Ms Shevland says is crucial to the successful introduction of iPads next year. “Research already done in Australia and NZ shows you can’t just put a device in front of a child and continue teaching the same way. Staff development is key and must be done alongside research evaluation.” The school is working with Massey University on evaluation and monitoring of the scheme as it unfolds, however the final brief for Massey’s researchers is still under development and will be further informed by meetings with parents. Parents have voiced concerns about the peer pressure teens may face to get the latest device, but Ms Shevland says

this is difficult to predict. “Our sense is that the tablet is becoming an item most people will use in everyday life in the not too distant future. Early next term we will get a head count on who’s got what and sit down with anyone having difficulties to see what can be done. We are making this compulsory because we see a separate digital class as discriminatory. We want every class to be working one to one.” The school got Ultra Fast Broadband this year at a cost of more than $20,000 and is almost entirely wireless. Ms Shevland says the college has no information from the Ministry of Health or other agencies that wireless internet is a health issue and this has not been raised by parents so far.

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After consultation with the public, Auckland Transport has approved the option of widening Whangaparaoa Rd from Hibiscus Coast Highway to Red Beach Rd, by adding two lanes on the southern side. This requires land purchases and realignment of driveways on the southern side. A more detailed design phase has begun and the next consultation phase will start soon. This time affected landowners, directly affected residents in the vicinity, utility companies, iwi, community groups and the Hibiscus & Bays Local Board will be consulted. A petition signed by 118 local residents living near Western Reserve in Orewa, was handed to Hibiscus and Bays Local Board chair Julia Parfitt, at the Local Board’s meeting last month. The petition asks that the lighting on the walkway be continued across the reserve, for the benefit of those using the reserve, and residents. Mrs Parfit says the petition will be forwarded to Auckland Council. “The Local Board have agreed that we need to investigate extending the project through to its natural gateway, the Western Reserve. We are seeking costings from our parks department to see if that can be done from our discretionary funding,” Mrs Parfitt says. She says the board have also received a request from iwi that further seating be installed along the route ,using wood carved from trees that were removed from the area when the shared pathway was formed.

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Walking Nukumea Track in Eaves Bush at this time of year generally requires gumboots but this is about to change thanks to construction of a stretch of boardwalk. Auckland Council has allocated $6500 for materials and equipment hire for the project, which involves extending Nukumea Track for 125 metres south of the wooden footbridge which accesses the reserve from Eaves Bush Parade and Kensington Park. The rough track presently being used crosses exposed tree roots, swampy areas and watercourses and is a danger to users. The plan is to construct around 68m of boardwalk and the balance will be timber edged crushed lime rock footpath. Work will commence on October 17. Eaves Bush Appreciation Group and Orewa Lions, who are coordinating the construction work, are looking for volunteers to assist. For more information, phone Don Turner, 426 4761 or Spencer Drinkwater, 427 5517.


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With many others I enjoyed the South Africa/Namibia rugby clash at the North Harbour Stadium. The sound of the spectators was heartening, the stadium facility performed well, transport to and from the game worked and the volunteers I spoke with were as helpful as could be. The Rugby World Cup has provided a momentum we need to keep and build on. In the Auckland Council there is a lot going on; a workload and commitment that is demanding as we put the plans on the table that will take Auckland forward for decades to come. I encourage you to check out the draft Auckland, Waterfront and City Centre plans – all out now for viewing and submissions. They all have in common a concerted push to make Auckland a better place to live, work and play. If you have the chance visit the transformed part of the Wynyard Quarter, the Art Gallery, Zoo, the ‘shared’ streets off Queen Street and make the most of the many free events on right now around the greater Auckland region – like the Family Festival at Stanmore Bay on Saturday the 23rd of October. I especially encourage Hibiscus Coasters to back the Council’s plans for improving public transport and limiting Auckland’s sprawl. We must complete the city rail loop to allow more and better trains and buses to get cars off the road. More and wider roads are not the solution. The new electric trains coming in 2013 will generate a quantum leap in patronage, comfort and improved reliability. The opening day of the Rugby World Cup emphasised how important it is to complete the rail network and achieve integrated public transport that works for big events. Locally the upcoming review of Hibiscus Bus services should see an increase in buses on the road. Because much of the bus patronage is at peak times in the morning and evening every single extra busload makes a big contribution to reducing the peak load on Whangaparaoa Road and the Hibiscus Highway. We can double the bus patronage quickly with better services – and this is before the Park and Ride at Silverdale which will expand patronage considerably. The planning for widening Whangaparaoa Road between Red Beach Rd and the Highway is underway and budgeted. I advocate for additional local reserves, ongoing transport improvements and enhanced local facilities. On Council I lead the forum that deals with Auckland’s environment and sustainability. Improving air quality, beach water and stream quality, reducing waste and enhancing recycling, investing in improved stormwater and catchment management are among the many challenges. I also sit on all the committees that are currently working on the 10-year budget and the plans and strategies that are shaping Auckland’s future. I welcome the opportunity to address groups and meetings on local as well as Auckland wide issues. Around 650 Year 7 and 8 students from the Auckland region took part in the Interzone Cross Country championships last month. The event, on September 15, was held at the A & P Showgrounds in Pukekohe, on a fast 3000m and 3500m course that included long flat sections and several steep hill climbs. Whangaparaoa and Orewa Colleges took part, and schools from as far north as Warkworth, and as far south as Mercer, were represented. The best result for the Hibiscus Coast was Sonja Bain of Whangaparaoa College who placed 4th in the Year 8 girls’ race. Olympian Silver medallist Dick Quax was there to give out the certificates.

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Golden Oldies games celebrate spirit of sportsmanship

Rugby played in the spirit of Golden Oldies (for players aged over 35) is about camaraderie rather than competition, yet according to Silverdale United Rugby Football Club Presidents team manager Danny Hemmingway, it is not without its competitive side. “It’s all in good fun, but we get ex-Premier players, As part of the Silverdale club’s Rugby World Cup and others who take it fairly seriously,” Danny says. celebrations, the club is holding a Golden Oldies “Every game at this level is a draw, but I do keep a tournament on October 8 at Silverdale War Memorial record of how we’re doing.” Park. Staying in the game of rugby was natural for Danny, Eight teams, including the Silverdale Snails, the who has played since the age of five and been with Takapuna Turtles and the Marist Blue Bellies, will Silverdale Rugby Club for 16 years. play a series of 20-minute, round robin matches “What else do you do on a Saturday? It’s a game of starting at 11am. Supporters and the general rugby, then a beer afterwards.” public are invited to come along and enjoy the Presidents team member Justin Savage also played social atmosphere. Food will be available. At 3pm for Silverdale in his younger days, but had an Silverdale’s Club of Origin team, made up of players 16-19years old, will take the field against Kumeu. accident and had to give up. “My boys are playing here now, and coming to Club of Origin was introduced in Silverdale and support them brought me back into wanting to play Kumeu last year to encourage prospective secondary school leavers back to the club. myself,” Justin says. Danny says most Presidents team members have The Presidents team is keen to hear from anyone played rugby before, but some are simply parents interested in joining– phone Danny, 022 627 8531. who take up the sport as adults. For more information on joining Club of Origin, He says the team’s oldest player is aged 51 and recently phone Mark Manihera, 0274 980 666. had a bicep operation as a result of a rugby injury. Golden Oldies & Club of Origin Rugby Tournament Danny Hemmingway (left) and Justin Savage will There is no coaching, but games are played weekly •Silverdale War Memorial Park, Hibiscus Coast take the field for the Silverdale Snails at the Golden Oldies tournament this weekend. Highway •October 8, 11am onwards against other North Harbour teams. Last month members of Red Beach Surf Lifesaving Club had a little inspiration to stay on the ball during their annual pre-season cleanup. Former All Black captain Tana Umaga was at Red Beach to help spruce up the clubrooms ahead of the opening of the new patrol season on Labour weekend. Umaga is DHL’s NZ ambassador for the Rugby World Cup and is supporting DHL volunteers who help surf clubs prepare for the summer. Volunteers filled a skip with rubbish, painted the deck and first aid room and filled the junior flag pit with sand. DHL is the Official Logistics Partner of Rugby World Cup 2011 and has supported Surf Lifesaving NZ since 2003, contributing to the costs of training, uniforms and rescue equipment. Photo, Ross Malyon

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Whangaparaoa’s senior TenPin Bowling team took away a stash of medals from the 55 plus NZ championships in Hastings last month. The tournament attracted 124 players from all over NZ. A total of 22 players from the Manly Maniacs and the Hibiscus Hybrids combined into the Manly Hybrids for the tournament. The team won 18 medals, including Sally Ann Smith’s gold in the Ladies C grade Singles and Delys Massey’s two golds. Delys was also runner up in the Champion of Champions. New members are welcome. Info: ph Brian, 428 1091.

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Allan Parker, who is enjoying a tranquil retirement in Army Bay, has come a long way from his humble beginnings, growing up in a series of Barnados homes. Despite the lifelong dislike of regimentation that this engendered, he served for many years in the Royal Navy and was awarded the British Empire Medal for meritorious service. Allan spoke to Terry Moore about how his background led him to fight so energetically for the Shakespear Open Sanctuary. My brother and I grew up in the UK as wards of the state. My mother abandoned us because my father was in hospital with muscular dystrophy. He was sent home from hospital, after being given five years to live, and my mother had gone. She left a letter saying she would not return and that we were being looked after by a relative. My father called in the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children and we were handed over to Barnados. I was six and my brother was four and we stayed in Barnados’ custody for the rest of our childhoods. I didn’t find out a lot about my family background, and why my brother and I ended up in Barnados, until 10 years ago when an Act of Parliament in Britain gave access to records. In those days (the 1940s), once you reached the age of 11 organisations like Barnados sent you to Australia or Canada or put you into a trade. Girls went into domestic service. I was put into naval training school, and at the age of 15 I joined the Royal Navy. Your future from the age of 11 was mapped out, which was how the world was in those days. I loved being at sea and on operations, but did not enjoy the regimentation of life in the Navy because I had already spent a lifetime in that kind of setting at Barnados. I served in the Royal Navy until I was 25, taking part in the British invasion of Egypt in 1956 and, in 1957, I was involved with the H Bomb tests at Christmas Island. I was a radio operator on the HMS Messina, and our job was to support those conducting the H Bomb tests by setting up observation stations on nearby islands. We would go to an uninhabited island and take fuel and stores onshore for the scientists and help set up a base. I saw 20 Megaton H bombs detonated. We were told to turn our backs and put our hands over our faces and it was like an X ray – you could see the bones of your hands. I belong to a group of veterans who have a claim in against the British

government because it has been proven that people who were part of the operation have a higher incidence of genetic damage than the general population. This has been recognised by the NZ government, but not the British. Our family has been okay, but others that I know of have not been so lucky. After I left the Navy I met Elaine in Manchester and we got married. Not long after we’d had our first child, we decided to start a new life in New Zealand. New Zealand was being promoted in Britain at the time as ideal for young families. I found I could use my naval experience and retain the same rank of Petty Officer in the Royal NZ Navy. I had no confidence that I could do anything else, and I had a family to support, so I joined the Royal NZ Navy and remained in their service for 16 years. Things were more informal in the NZ Navy and it also had a higher operational standard than the British Navy. Elaine and I lived in naval housing in Wellington and on the North Shore when I wasn’t at sea. When I left the NZ Navy I did a business diploma at Massey University and set myself up as a consultant specialising in training and organisational development. At the same time Elaine and I bought the land where we still live, in Army Bay, and built our house. My business was successful, although most of my work was in Wellington so I had to commute there from Army Bay, Monday to Friday. I enjoyed working for myself, however the field I had chosen began to be taken over by large accounting firms that extended into management consultancy. I decided to change tack and work locally in the mid-1990s. I worked with Rodney Stopping Violence Services, running groups for men. It was a programme that aimed to help men change their relationships with their partners and children. Some self-referred because they wanted to

change their behaviour and some men were referred to the programme by the courts. I helped facilitate those groups for 10 years. It involved managing people who don’t want to be in the room, or listen to anything you have to say. You have to engage them so they are learning and not fighting. You develop those skills by having lots and lots of practice at it – no amount of study can prepare you for being in a room with 16 men with violent histories who don’t want to be there. I have always taken an interest in local government and like to follow closely what’s going on. I made submissions on various Annual Plans and in the process found out that the Auckland Regional Council had, since 1998, intended to establish a sanctuary at Shakespear Regional Park. I thought I could help get that going, so myself and Jean Bell approached the ARC and said we’d like to start a community organisation to support that initiative. In 2004 we set up an incorporated society, the Shakespear Open Sanctuary Society. We invited people such as DOC, the Navy, Council, people involved with Tiritiri Matangi and Tawharanui, to help form the organisation. For the first two years we wondered what we had done because the ARC weren’t ready to start this project. We were the catalyst and they had to start catching up and thinking about the fence and what the options

were. Once they made the decision to get it happening, we were in a position to start attracting the community’s attention and fundraising and got a wonderfully positive response. It’s amazing to see the fence now built and we’re moving into the next phase, fundraising for the interpretation and educational side . My wife and I live near Shakespear, and went to the opening of the park in 1977; we’ve always made full use of it. However, my basic motivation for wanting the sanctuary was that, because I was brought up in Barnados homes, I’ve always lived in beautiful places. The five homes I lived in were old country estates. One of them, where I lived from 1943–47, was in Euston Hall, Norfolk, which is the home of the Duke of Grafton and is a huge park with a village and a church all on the estate. As children we were free to explore this massive park. I’ve always had the view that the world should be a pleasant place, so if I have an opportunity to speak up so that people can live in more beautiful surroundings, I do so. My retirement is taken up with family and I also have a summer job, working with NIWA as a fishing surveyor at Gulf Harbour boat ramp. I also study genealogy, which has provided a lot of insight into my family history and even uncovered a few new relatives.


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Political candidates address issues of interest to Forest & Bird members at a meeting in Orewa.

Political forum highlights environmental issues

A political forum for Rodney candidates showed up more similarities than differences in the policies of the Greens, NZ First and Labour when it comes to environmental issues. Candidates from these three parties transport, renewable energy and were present at the meeting, called the need to adequately fund the by the Hibiscus Coast and Mid- Department of Conservation. They North branches of Forest & Bird, on each expressed opposition to lignite September 22. National candidate mining and had concerns about the Mark Mitchell accepted the invitation affects of free trade agreements. but arrived late due to a family Although the views expressed by health issue and so could not take part candidates were similar, each had a slightly different focus. in the debate. Around 50 people attended the An example was the three candidates’ response to a question about ways in meeting to hear the candidates views. NZ First’s Tracey Martin, Teresa which the environment is linked with the economy: Tracey suggested that it Moore from the Greens and Christine was important that the environment Rose for Labour were given a short could be of economic benefit, with time each to put forward their party’s projects such as weka farming; Teresa policies on issues such as enhancing spoke of the need to create jobs by biodiversity, protecting natural water replanting forests and introducing resources and climate change. solar power to DOC huts and All three candidates spoke in support Christine highlighted the importance of alternative fuels, efficient public of the environment to tourism.

Special images for bereaved parents

The idea of having portrait quality images taken of stillborn babies is relatively new in this country, but has proved its worth overseas. Stanmore Bay photographer Paula Brown of Second Nature Photography began taking these images for parents after being contacted by a USA-based organisation called Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep. She is currently one of 11 photographers who offer this service in NZ. Paula says the images are often all the bereaved parents have left, and are a treasured keepsake. “Mostly I’m contacted by friends or relatives of the parents, who think the image may help the grieving process,” Paula says. “Taking those pictures is hard, but I do it because I know how important it is to the families involved.” To find out more, visit www.nowilaymedowntosleep.org

A Transition Towns talk and film on saving bees and being GE free will be held in the Orewa Girl Guide Hall, 224 Centreway Road, on October 13, starting at 7pm. The film covers the importance of bees and exploring why bees around the world are dying and what might be causing it. Guest speakers include Zelka Grammer, from GE Free Northland, and Teresa Moore, Green Party candidate for Rodney. Teresa says in the US, Europe and Asia bees are disappearing in a phenomenon known as Colony Collapse Disorder, and a major cause of this tragedy is the widespread use of toxic pesticides. “These include the powerful new insecticides, known as neo-nicotinoids, which are widely accepted as a major factor behind the wave of bee deaths sweeping the world,” she says. “They are systemic so they work their way up from the seed and the plant

as it grows and into the pollen and nectar. So bees feed on them and take the residues of the pesticides back to their hives. “Bees in New Zealand are major contributors to our food exports. During the northern hemisphere winter, fresh fruit provides around $1.5 billion in export returns to New Zealand each year, and processed fruit products – juices, jams etc, around $100 million annually.” Green Party MP Sue Kedgley recently tabled in Parliament a petition with 6500 signatures, which called on the government to take urgent steps to ensure honeybees survival. The Green Party wants the government to suspend the use of a group of pesticides known as neo-nicotinoids, which are widely used in New Zealand as sprays to coat seeds such as squash, rye grass and corn.

Hot calendar goes on market The calendar launched last month by the Manly Volunteer Fire Brigade highlights the role the volunteers play in the community with a series of portraits by Stanmore Bay photographer Paula Brown of Second Nature Photography. All funds raised from sales of the calendar will be put towards purchase of a First Response van. The Manly Brigade’s calendar can

be viewed on Manly Fire Station’s Facebook page and purchased from Hibiscus Matters’ offices in Tamariki Plaza, Orewa.

Remembering the loss

Baby Loss Awareness Week. which runs from October 9 to 15, will be marked in Rodney with a support meeting on October 8 and a balloon release ceremony on October 15. The support meeting will be held in the Orewa Community House, starting at 10am. The balloon release will happen on Saturday, October 15, at Wenderholm Regional Park, at 11am. The activities have been organised by Sands Rodney, a non-profit organisation that supports families following the death of a baby or infant. Information about the week is available on the Sands website www.sands.org.nz.

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Kensington Park celebrates record sales

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ensington Park has experienced a huge leap in house sales over the past 6 months, with an impressive 9 unconditional sales in August alone. Throughout the winter months, when the nationwide housing market slumped, demand for homes at Kensington Park continued to flourish with an average of 7 sales per month - proving that the integrated designed neighbourhood is extremely desirable. Kensington Park has gone a long way to making this one of New Zealand’s most enviable places to live. Classic architecture, lush landscaping and thoughtful attention to architectural detail has created a huge interest from buyers both local and nationwide. The homes at Kensington Park are spacious and well-appointed giving a point of difference to others priced comparably in the marketplace. This has resulted

in the last two released apartment buildings to have successfully sold out already within months of their release. General Manager, Mark Peldmanis says “experiencing such impressive sales proves we are clearly providing homes that meet the desires and needs of home buyers. Each home owner brings a fresh perspective and a vibrant personality to our unique neighbourhood, this adds to the already existing friendly community at Kensington Park.” “Kensington Park utilises a unique master-planning design strategy which differs from traditional methods of land development. As well as the home, the development itself is designed and coordinated so that each home gets the maximum effect of it’s location, outlook and aspect as well as it’s neighbours.” “Construction of the apartments is

progressing at a tremendous pace with the top floor and walls already constructed, the buildings are on target to be completed early next year”. Presales for the newly released Landmark Apartments (1, 2 & 3 beds) have exceeded expectations with construction now due to commence in October. Although the Private Plan Change decision is still pending, with the increased high demand that has been experienced, Kensington Park will be progressing with consenting of new buildings under the current District Plan provisions and releasing these new buildings for sale. Sixty percent of sales have been off the plan. The off plan sales are proving popular with purchasers as it provides the ability to modify the home to suit their own personal tastes such as colour

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These quality three bedroom homes are being built on a sunny north facing site with generous open plan living areas flowing out to beautifully landscaped parkland. Two car garaging is accessed internally with two levels of modern living space. Freehold fee simple titles provide future investment advantages with no bodycorp fees. Enjoy the use of Kensington Parks heated pool, gymnasium and sauna. Parkside Terraces: One at 300m2, Three at 219m2, priced from $679,000

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For 4 servings 250g plain or seasoned sausage-meat (add seasonings to taste such as paprika, cayenne pepper, chilli powder, oregano, cumin, coriander seeds, pepper, ground cloves, or minced garlic) 2 onions, finely chopped 1 green pepper, roughly chopped 2 stalks celery, roughly chopped 1 large carrot, roughly chopped 1 cup long-grain rice 1 tsp each oregano, thyme and ground cumin 3 cups chicken stock or 3 cups water plus 2 tsp instant stock powder 1 bay leaf (optional) chopped parsley Working with wet hands, form the sausage meat into 12–16 small patties. Brown the patties in a large lidded frypan. Add the chopped onions and cook until transparent, browning lightly. Add the prepared vegetables, then stir in the rice and the herbs and cook until the rice is translucent. Add the chicken stock and the bay leaf. Cover and simmer for 15 minutes or until the rice is cooked and the water a b sorbed. Check several times, adding extra water during cooking if the mixture looks dry before the rice is cooked. Adjust seasoning, adding salt if necessary. Sprinkle generously with chopped parsley and serve on its own or with a green salad or coleslaw. Variation: Leave out the green pepper and add 1 cup of frozen peas after the rice has cooked for 10 minutes.

Health Trust calendars

The Rodney North Harbour Health Trust calendars are now on sale at various locations around Rodney and the Hibiscus Coast. The calendars are a fundraiser for the trust, organised and photographed by Alan Boniface. The trust provides home-based support services for people of all ages. This includes home help, personal care, shopping, laundry and meal preparation. The calendars cost $10.

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A style of dance that is described as “bellynesian” is just one of the treats in store at the Cultural & Creative Dance Show in Orewa this month. Organiser Vicki Langford says her Alapadma Dancers will be doing the bellynesian style, which she says is a Tahitian Fusion bellydance to a piece of drumming music. The show includes displays by 10 dance schools from around the Coast around a theme of tropical and nautical. It includes bellydancing, Cook Island dancing, lyrical, Jazz, Middle Eastern and Bollywood performed by dancers aged from five to 60 years. Bellydancing on the Beach will be held at the Orewa Primary School Hall, 86 Maire Rd, Orewa on October 15 at 7pm. For tickets ph Vicki, 426 1105.

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Ceramic art that takes a look beyond the comfort zone Contemporary domestic wear and sculptural work, including elegant female forms, pig-like creatures and skulls made of clay, are among the pieces on display at Estuary Arts Centre’s Great Expectations exhibition. Three local teachers – Mark Griffin, All the artists featured in Great Fiona Lander and Marilyn Wheeler Expectations are tutors, graduates – are among a group of 20 potters or current students of the Otago taking part in the exhibition, which Polytechnic’s ceramic diploma. is on at Estuary Arts Centre from Mark has found the art history part of October 8–30. the course especially interesting. All three say that ceramic art has “You become aware that you are dovetailed nicely with their teaching, part of a long line that extends back allowing them to pass on their creative through thousands of years of clay skills. production,” Mark says. “Some of Mark says he sees dramatic changes the processes we use have remained in his special needs students as they unchanged since very early times.” learn to make pots and Fiona’s pupils While some of the work in the show at Wainui School have enjoyed the has been inspired by classic forms, entire process from making a work to such as African water jars, there is decorating and glazing it. always a contemporary twist. Marilyn will be introducing Marilyn uses the classic European community pottery classes at Estuary technique of sgraffito in her colourful, Arts Centre next month, beginning jars. This involves applying two layers with slab work. of contrasting slip and scratching

From left, ceramic artists Fiona Lander, Mark Griffin and Marilyn Wheeler with work that goes on show at Estuary Arts this month.

through to the base layer to produce an outline drawing. Fiona says what is also evident in the exhibition is that the course challenges the artists.

“The course takes you out of your comfort zone,” Fiona says. “The results are exciting to see.” Great Expectations • Estuary Arts Centre, Orewa • October 8–30

Musical programme marks first decade of preschool fun A Christian-based music and movement group for preschoolers that began in NZ in 1990 has grown until there are more than 900 Mainly Music groups around the world. This month, St Chads of Orewa, one of the five churches that offers

Mainly Music on the Hibiscus Coast, is celebrating 10 years of running the programme. Mavis Brackebush, who instigated Mainly Music at St Chads in 2001, says at the time it was relatively new to the Coast. Her first session drew

50 participants, and there has been a waiting list for Mainly Music at St Chads ever since. Current leader Annemarie Panzic says there have been changes such as using PowerPoint for songs, but the original idea of getting children together to

share songs and rhymes remains. All families who have attended St Chad’s Mainly Music are invited to Wenderholm Regional Park for a barbecue on October 29, 4–7pm. Info: ph Annemarie Panzic 426 5256 or email leopanzic@xtra.co.nz.

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Runway magic at Hospice annual fundraising show The fifth annual Hibiscus Hospice Fashion Show has been hailed “the best ever” by organisers, with a record sum raised and feedback overwhelmingly positive. A full house of 400 packed into Whangaparaoa College’s auditorium for the show on September 21, and were treated to a preview of this season’s fashions from Charisma, Orewa Menswear, North Beach and Chocolates for Breakfast. Charisma owner Rhonda Clark says Hospice volunteers did a wonderful job decorating the entry with candles, a red carpet and flame sconces at the front door. Tina Cross was the MC for the night, and organiser Robyn Cobb said the Kiwi entertainer’s impromptu song was the highlight of the night. The trends showcased included tropical and tribal, lacey whites and neutrals, and ‘modern bohemian’ styles as well as formal menswear and ball gowns. Robyn Cobb, who started the event and has been involved with its organisation for the past five years, says the aim was to bring a bit of glamour to the Coast, as well as raising funds for a worthy cause. She says the event has grown into a strong fundraiser, as well as a night of fashion that many locals look forward to. “The large amount of volunteers and services provided free is what helps make it so special,” Robyn says. “We are particularly grateful to Whangaparaoa College who provide use of the auditorium, free of charge.” Around $16,000 was raised, including $3000 from the auction. This will enable Hibiscus Hospice to introduce a specialist massage service for patients suffering from lymphoedema. More photos at www.localmatters.co.nz Catwalk styles featured in the Hospice Fashion Show illustrated this summer season’s emphasis on colour. Photos, Jason Searle Omakiwi Photography.

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Black takes a back seat Colour, and plenty of it, characterises this season’s fashion, with racks exuding tropical flower prints, blocks or stripes of contrasting colour and all things tribal. This contrasts with a 1940s influence, which sees more muted colours and a tailored, classic look – but whether you go wild and floral, or look for neutral tones, black is reduced to a counterpoint for the brights. Rhonda Clark of Charisma in Orewa says at the recent Fashion Exposed Fair in Melbourne these two themes came through loud and clear. “Black has virtually gone for spring,” Rhonda says. “There were a lot of dark colours in winter, and everyone is over it. These colours lighten the mood for summer.” She says that fabrics in strong colours can be part of a bohemian look that is “a nod to the 1970s” including an updated version of the paisley maxi dress, caftans, long necklaces, big crosses and metal bangles. An alternative to the flower child influenced fashion is plain, brightly coloured knitwear or short jackets with print dresses as well as the tailored skirts and dresses, narrow belts and ruffled blouses influenced by the Forties.

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Budding designers need head for business “My daughter is currently working in that environment and it’s not just an option – it’s an essential way to learn.” Designing a collection, Annah says, is about working with a strong backstory, not following overseas trends. “Trends influence the chain store environment in a younger market influenced by what they see via various technology platforms. If they’ve seen a strong trend overseas, they expect to be able to see it here too. I prefer to take a story through a collection.” Her winter collection shown at Fashion Week is around the theme of dolls, while the spring and summer wear this season was influenced by The War of the Roses and includes fabric contrasts such as purple fur against floral dresses. Currently Annah says she has “lots of ideas drifting around” for her next collection. “I’m looking for something that continues to resonate and gets others excited. Plus it must have good legs commercially.” Annah says passion is another defining element of a strong designer. “I am as excited about this collection as I was about my very first one. You can never be great at something you don’t love.”

The Annah S summer collection was inspired by the War of the Roses.

Annah’s fashion tips yy Buy a few good quality pieces, including accessories. A wonderful handbag or a watch that you love is an investment. yy Fashion is not only for the young: Annah says her mother is 75 and still fashionable. “Push boundaries – go into stores that look a bit challenging and you’ll be surprised by what you may find.”

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Recently fashion designer Annah Stretton’s winter collection went on show as part of NZ Fashion week. The designer, who opened an Orewa store in March, says after 10 years of showing at Fashion Week, there is none of the frenetic activity backstage that can characterise these events. “Everything runs like a well-oiled machine,” Annah says. “My team is highly organised and we all thoroughly enjoy the process.” Annah says longevity in an industry where, as Project Runway designers are told “one day you’re in, and the next you’re out”, is mainly about having a good head for business. “Fashion is no different from any other business – it’s 80 percent business and 20 percent products and service,” Annah says. Her advice to young people interested in a fashion career is to include business papers in a diploma or degree. “A qualification gives structure to the way you think. It doesn’t enhance the creative process, but it makes you easier to employ.” She says rather than opening a retail store on the local high street, young designers are best advised to look to big generic players such as Ezibuy or The Warehouse.

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Turning trash into fashion Creativity, recycling and the very definite differences in fashion consciousness between boys and girls were highlighted at Whangaparaoa Primary’s Wearable Art parade held on September 14. The challenge that went out to the school’s Year 6 classes as part of Art Week was to create costumes from recycled materials and the students applied themselves to the task with relish. While the girls turned even the humble plastic bag into pretty skirts,

tops and dresses and applied fabric, chocolate wrappers and anything colourful to their outfits, the boys created weaponry, armour and even bullet-proof vests from waste utilising cardboard boxes, egg cartons, CDs and plastic bottles. Teacher Sandra Grek says the children impressed everyone with the skills they demonstrated in finding suitable items and making their outfits – a process which took all of Term 3. More photos www.localmatters.co.nz

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Electric blues, shocking pink and deep reds have brought handbags and oversize clutch purses out from the background for Spring. The Spring collections of many top designers, including Prada and Dior, featured coloured bags. Floral inspired shapes are also a growing trend for bags. Another trend is the use of weaving in handbags, millinery, and even footwear.

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Showcase of sewing skills Finding jeans in local Op Shops may have been more difficult than usual in recent months as a Fabric Technology project for Year 11 students at Whangaparaoa College got underway. The students were tasked with recycling denim jeans, and while some used their own or their family members’ cast-offs, others found a ready source of supply in the Op Shops. The students used their sewing and design skills to take the jeans apart and turn them into outfits such as waistcoats, appliquéd slippers, jackets and dresses. The finished garments were among those modelled at the College’s Student Spring Showcase on September 22. The show, at the College’s auditorium, featured the work of the Year 9–13 fabric tech students, including screen printed shoulder bags, hoodies, pyjamas and evening wear. Year 13 students modelled their final major fabric tech project, which had to be made for a client. Technology teacher Susan Cantlon says the students were buzzing after the show. “They all worked extremely hard to have their garments ready for the show, and the standard was really high,” she says. More photos at www. localmatters.co.nz

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Women rise early for Suffrage celebration A group of women meeting for a lively discussion over breakfast, and a presentation from the family support organisation Springboard Community Works, seems a fitting way to mark Suffrage Day. The breakfast is hosted annually by the Hibiscus Coast branch of the National Council of Women on September 19 – the date in 1893 when NZ women were granted the right to vote. This year the celebration was held at Joust in Orewa and around 25 women, representing organisations such as Citizens Advice Bureau, the Warkworth Business Professional Women’s Club, Te Rito Rodney and Teenadders, met for the occasion. Michelle Diprose from Springboard Community Works in Warkworth spoke Suffrage Day was celebrated with a breakfast in Orewa, attended by women about Springboard’s role in assisting from all over the region. troubled teenagers with alternative The local branch of the National education, consumer affairs, justice Council of Women meets monthly and law, employment, environment, education and family support. She said Springboard has grown to discuss a variety of topical subjects economics and social issues. Info on the branch, ph president rapidly in the last two years and has facing women and families today. plans to offer new services in future, At national level there are standing Belinda Greenwood, 421 0569 or such as helping young mothers. committees for family affairs, secretary Colleen Edward, 424 5339.

Hibiscus Coast businesses shine in awards Hibiscus Coast businesses won four of the 12 categories in the Auckland North Business awards last month, including Excellence in Innovation. yy Apollo Entertainment in Whangaparaoa won the Innovation award, as well as the Excellence in Technology Award. The company specialies in entertainment systems

for mobile homes and super yachts. yy Windowmakers won the Excellence in Marketing award. Judges were impressed by the aluminium joinery manufacturer’s Silverdale showroom which showcases the company’s full range of products as working models. yy Silverdale-based engineering and

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Land at 187 Wainui Road, part of the Knowledge Economy Business Park in Silverdale North, first advertised in March, is still for sale. Harcourts Commercial Real Estate is marketing the 4.0835 ha parcel of land as “a real opportunity to cash in on development”. The CV of the land is $4.5 million. Back in March the land, together with an adjacent site, was being promoted for its potential to “unlock” development of the 54ha business park by allowing road access from Wainui Rd into the business zone. The 54ha was purchased earlier this year by an Auckland investor.

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Local business organisation Rodney Economic Development Trust will meet at the end of the year to make decisions about its future role in the business community. Acting chair Kate Shevland says this gives time for Auckland Council’s ATEED to become more established. “We’ll be looking for a local niche within the business sector, but what that may be is still unclear,” Ms Shevland says.Business news briefs for The Grapevine can be emailed to terry@ localmatters.co.nz


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Samantha Hunniford Beauty Therapy Beauty therapy has already taken Samantha Hunniford, aged 20, to many exotic places around the world but there is no doubt that her passion for this profession began in her home in Army Bay. From a young age, Samantha, whose mother was a hairdresser, was “a girly girl”, interested in hair, makeup and massage. This enthusiasm was shared by Samantha’s sister, who went on to become a makeup artist. “We’re all keen on the beauty business,” Samantha says. “It’s something we talk about quite a bit.” After completing her beauty therapy training at the Elite International School of Beauty in Auckland, Samantha jumped into the deep end, starting work on cruise ships based in Florida. She says working on the ships as they made their way around the Caribbean was an unforgettable experience, but hard work with a team of 16 therapists catering for 3000 passengers. “We worked 80 hour weeks, so it was a great way to gain experience. When we weren’t working, we were visiting ports, socialising or in the pool so there wasn’t much time for sleep.” After a year of shipboard life, Samantha returned to NZ and worked in a day spa in Takapuna before starting her own business alongside Hair Scene & Beauty in Whangaparaoa last August. She says working for herself gives her the freedom to follow her own interests and tailor make things like facials to suit a client’s needs. Making a difference to someone’s skin with facials gives Samantha a lot of satisfaction. “I’ve seen dramatic changes as a result of regular facials, and it’s possible to make improvements for clients who only come occasionally as well.”

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Last month’s Whangaparaoa Lions Club book sale at the The Plaza raised around $3000 for local charities. More than 6000 books were on offer and Lions say that trading was brisk over the four days of the sale. A proportion of the proceeds goes to the local library which provides Lions with many of the books. Pictured are, from left, Lions Dorothy McKinnon, Alister Mc Kinnon, and Lani Falzone.

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She says her four-year-old daughter tells everyone at Kindergarten that her mother is a florist, saying that her mother ‘can make flowers’. “I am so happy to be doing something that makes my kids proud, and is creative.” After taking ownership of the store in Hillary Square last month, Vico is already putting her own stamp on the business. As well as turning out colourful bouquets, she plans to import a big range of silk flowers from China. She says service is her number one priority, including delivering urgent orders in Orewa after hours, free of charge. Vico says she is pleased at the turn her life has taken, leading her from a possible foreign trade career into a florists’ shop. “I love a challenge so my life often changes dramatically. My family and I are very happy here and I can’t imagine anything nicer than spending my day among flowers.”

The new garden bed on the corner of Millwater Parkway and Hibiscus Coast Highway is based on the Rugby NZ logo, making a pair with the Rugby World Cup logo in the bed on the opposite corner. The bed of annuals, hibiscus and buxus was built up in just two weeks by Dynamic Landscapes for Auckland Council. Council’s Parks and Coastal Operations team leader Chris Burgess says the garden replaces the one by the slipway from Whangaparaoa Rd onto the highway, which he says was unsafe for gardeners. The grassing over of this bed will allow for the possibility of the slipway being widened if necessary .


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Peaches & Pickles Performing Arts Dance, drama, singing and theatre craft are on the menu at a newly formed performing arts school, Peaches & Pickles, on the Hibiscus Coast. A chance meeting at Centrestage Theatre in Orewa led to the formation of the school for pre-school and Primary School children. Both Sophia Pedersen and Charlotte Nightingale were at Centrestage to perform in The Boyfriend and found they had much in common. “We are both parents and performers and love to pass on our knowledge,” Sophia says. Charlotte had recently arrived on the Coast from London, where she acted, sang, taught drama and ran a children’s theatre company. She was looking for someone to join her in setting up a local performing arts school, and says that Sophia – a dancer, singer and graduate of the Wellington Performing Arts College – was the perfect fit. “Our combination of skills means we can offer a full performing arts programme, with a relaxed local feel,” Charlotte says. Peaches & Pickles offers after school classes, a school holiday programme, pre-school and musical theatre classes for boys and girls up to the end of Year 6. Sophia and Charlotte say learning to perform not only extends he skills of children who already love to be on a stage, but helps with confidence, motor skills and group work for those who may have previously kept their talents hidden. “It’s for budding performers, but also just for children who want to have fun and explore their creativity.” The classes will be practical, with lots of activities building up to a final performance. The school holiday programme includes dance, drama, singing and theatre craft such as stage makeup, puppetry and stage combat. Costumes and props are provided. Sophia will teach a wide range of dance styles, from hip hop to tap and ballet. “A nurturing environment is part of Check out our extensive online directory of local businesses in Rodney www.localmatters.co.nz

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Emergency care revision offers little to Coasters After hours health care services on the Hibiscus Coast remain unchanged, despite a major revision of how urgent health care is delivered in metropolitan Auckland. Local doctors are not surprised by Medical clinics have been brought income areas. “A lot of enquiries can be dealt with this, describing after hours services on into line and reduced charges have GP Peter Hall of Family Doctors in over the phone, or at least the patient the Coast as “a problem that can’t be been introduced for some patients. Whangaparaoa says there are some can be directed to the appropriate fixed”. service.” Coast Care in Red Beach closes at 8pm pros and cons to this arrangement. A taskforce representing the three and the closest Accident & Medical “Obviously it reduces the barriers to Taskforce chair Dr Ian Scott says Auckland District Health Boards, clinic to the Coast – Shorecare in after hours care, but it may also draw patients can expect to be seen sooner Primary Health Care Organisations Smales Farm, Takapuna – was already patients into consulting at Accident at an Accident & Medical clinic than and Accident & Medical clinics was operating a 24-hour service; the and Medical clinics after hours for at a hospital emergency department. asked to address inconsistencies in revision does not affect those services. things that could be dealt with in their “Parents can have confidence that opening hours and costs, in order Charges have been reduced for after normal GP practice,” Dr Hall says. they can take an under six-year-old to reduce the pressure on public hours care for under six-year-olds, He says most GPs are still encouraging to an Accident & Medical clinic and hospitals’ emergency departments. those aged over 65, Community patients to contact their practice after be seen sooner than at an emergency As a result of the recommendations, Services card holders, high user health hours because of the phone link to a department and, in many cases, for the operating hours of Accident & card holders and residents of low triage service. free,” Dr Scott says.

Hunt on in Manly for photogenic babies Inspiration for the annual Hibiscus Coast baby photo competition came seven years ago when Manly Care Chemist owner Tania Adams had her daughter, Maria. She says the “awesome support” she received at that time from the Hibiscus Coast Parents Centre has continued to this day. “Our coffee group still meets twice a month and I have met some of my dearest friends through this wonderful organisation,” Tania says. Determined to find a way to give back

to the Parents Centre, Tania started the baby photo competition at her pharmacy, and has seen it grow every year since; last year the competition raised more than $3000 and attracted nearly 90 entries. Entering the competition costs $7, which goes directly to the Parents Centre. Any children aged less than two years are eligible. Photos are taken in the pharmacy by appointment and are displayed for voting. Each entrant receives a basket of goodies. First prize is $300 worth of

pharmacy products. appointment which can be made by contacting Manly Care Chemist on 09 4247708. Photos will be taken from 10th to 15th October 10–15. To enter visit Manly Care Chemist, Manly Village, or ring 424 7708 to make an appointment for your baby’s photo to be taken. Parents Centre is a national organisation that provides education and support to parents all over the country. It also advocates for parents in the political arena.

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October is international breast cancer awareness month and the NZ Breast Cancer Foundation has a number of sponsors turning their products pink in order to raise funds for research and support services. The Warehouse is selling their The Mobile Breast Screening unit Positively Pink range of sleepwear, is currently in the car park of The jewellery and lingerie and national Leisure Centre, 159 Brightside Rd, brands such as Chelsea Sugar, Sunlight Stanmore Bay and will be there until Dishwashing liquid and Skechers October 21. It will be in the car park of Estuary Arts Centre, 214B Hibiscus Shoes have pink products for sale. The Pink Ribbon Street Appeal is on Coast Highway, Orewa from October Friday October 14, and the Foundation 25–November 11. is also running the inaugural Pink Male breast cancer for a Day campaign on that day. The While breast cancer is the most Foundation is asking business owners common cancer among NZ women, to encourage staff to wear pink, share with more than 2600 new cases in a fuchsia food feast or decorate the expected this year, it is less well known office pink while raising funds. Register that approximately 20 men will also to take part at www.nzbcf.org.nz and be diagnosed with the disease: this is receive a Pink for a Day pack. only one percent of all breast cancers. In order to detect breast cancer early, Because the disease is rare in men, the Foundation recommends all they may feel embarrassed and women have a regular mammogram, isolated after diagnosis of the disease. regularly check their breasts and talk The overall survival rate for men with to their GP if they detect any changes. breast cancer is similar to women at The earlier a breast cancer is detected, around 80-85percent. Symptoms the sooner treatment is given, and the include a painless lump close to the higher the likelihood of survival. nipple (most common symptom), BreastScreen Aotearoa provides free fluid discharge from the nipple or screening mammograms to NZ lumps in the armpit. It is important women aged 45-69 years of age, that men see their doctor promptly if every two years. To register for this they notice any new changes in this area Info: www.nzbcf.org.nz programme, phone 0800 270 200.

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Trouble on the run With onset of spring we all start coming out of hibernation and participating in exercise to restore our fitness in anticipation of summer and all the activities and sports it brings. The biggest event in the spring calendar (aside from the Rugby World Cup of course) is the Auckland Marathon. It’s at this time of year that I usually see a larger than usual number of runners entering our clinics in their build up to the big event. It seems timely then to provide some information on shin splints for all those runners who may be feeling the pain. Shin splints are defined as pain in the front of the shin, specifically at the inside or medial margin of the tibia (or shin bone). Symptoms include the following: yy Pains over the inside lower half of the shin. yy Pain at the start of exercise, which often eases as the session continues yy Pain often returns after activity and may be at its worse the next morning. yy Severe pain persists at rest or with light activities such as walking. yy Sometimes there is swelling. yy Lumps and bumps may be felt when feeling the inside of the shinbone. yy There may be pain when the toes or foot are bent downwards. yy Redness over the inside of the shin (not always present). The pain is caused by inflammation of the periosteum (the fibrous layer around your bones that muscles and tendons attach to) of the shinbone when the lower leg muscles pull too heavily on their attachments. There are several reasons why this occurs, most of them due to poor lower limb biomechanics or sudden changes in training patterns. The most common causes are the way the feet are used during running; inadequate footwear, such as running in tennis shoes; increasing training too quickly (this is the most common cause); changing the training surface; decreased flexibility at the ankle joint; core and/or lower limb muscle weakness; or calf muscle tightness. The treatment for shin splints can involve several options including rest, antiinflammatories (talk to your GP or Pharmacist regarding medication), ice massage, soft tissue massage, strapping and stretching. For long term benefits, the cause of the injury will need to be corrected which is why it is a good idea to have a physiotherapist assess your shoes, lower limb mechanics and strength if you wish to prevent a reoccurrence.

FREE METAL COLLECTION

A major fundraiser for the Tamaki Sports Academy is the free metal collection service it offers. We will pick up any old metal – whiteware such as fridges, stoves, dishwashers, washing machines – roofing iron, metal piping, venetion blinds, computers, batteries, car panels, cars, metal shelving, filing cabinets, machinery, lawnmowers, engines and so on. Tamaki Sports Academy offers mentoring, coaching, and work experience to South Auckland youth who have dropped out of the mainstream school system, but who show some sporting talent. Academy members are enrolled in the Correspondence School and work towards unit standard credits and national qualifications.

Ph 09 276 0328


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Coastguard

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• Cleaning • Re-tubing • Custom-made new boats • Annual servicing • Repairs/Restoration • Free pick up and delivery on the North Shore • All workmanship guaranteed • Trade-ins welcome

with Matt Turner, Coastguard Hibiscus www.hibiscus.org.nz

Season starts with search Coastguard Hibiscus took part in a combined search operation on August 17 that made national news after a local fishing trip turned to tragedy. The Sealegs amphibious craft Hibiscus Rescue 2, stationed at Stanmore Bay, was called out to search for a person in the water off Kawau Island. Also taking part were Kawau Coastguard, the Police (who assumed control of the operation), the Rodney harbourmaster, the Spirit of New Zealand, the Diamond Hunter (a private vessel whose skipper assists with Coastguard operations), the Navy’s Protector-class HMNZS Wellington and two of its small craft. After receiving the callout at around 10am, the three-person crew of Hibiscus Rescue 2 searched a wide area around Kawau extending from Saddle Island up to North Passage and around Bon Accord Harbour, before being stood down. The target was a fisherman, Warkworth man Anthony Preston, one of five fishers who had had to swim for shore after their 5.5m aluminium craft capsized off Motuora on August 16. Four survivors spent a very cold night on Motuketekete Island before being rescued. Police divers finally located Mr Preston’s body on August 23. Although the exact causes of the capsizing have not been revealed, it underlines the importance of key safety measures for boaties. The following should be considered basic essentials: yy Tell someone where you are going and what time you aim to be back. yy Dress accordingly for the conditions: temperatures were near-freezing on the night of August 16. yy Wear a lifejacket or PFD and ensure it is correctly fitted. yy Equip your boat with flares and VHF radio. Take a cell phone, by all means, but it comes a poor second to radio. Whereas a VHF ‘mayday’ call can be picked up by several listeners, a cell phone is limited to one-to-one; also, you cannot guarantee a good signal at sea. What’s more, your cell phone’s battery will quickly drain if it becomes your sole means of emergency communication. Meanwhile, on land, Hibiscus Rescue 2 has been enjoying its new quarters in Stanmore Bay: a purpose-built shed erected alongside its former home, the Hibiscus Coast Boating Club. The shed was completed in mid-August. Stanmore Bay resident Matt Turner has taken over helm of the Coastguard column this season. His previous boating experience in the UK (prior to moving to NZ in 2004) was limited to sailing various dinghy classes and serving in the naval cadets, so he says he was “a relative newbie” when he joined the Coastguard unit a couple of years ago.

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LOW & HIGH TIDE TABLE (times & heights) AUCKLAND ~ OCTOBER 2011 MONDAY

26/9

05:43 3.1 11:45 0.5 18:05 3.2

3/10

05:17 0.4 11:47 3.3 17:48 0.5

10/10

05:58 2.8 12:01 0.8 18:18 3.0

17/10

04:08 10:30 16:29 22:52

0.6 3.0 0.8 2.9

24/10

04:17 10:21 16:41 22:50

2.9 0.7 3.1 0.5

TUESDAY

27/9

00:12 06:39 12:37 18:58

0.4 3.2 0.3 3.4

4/10

00:10 06:11 12:44 18:47

3.1 0.5 3.1 0.7

11/10

00:20 06:44 12:43 19:01

0.7 2.9 0.7 3.0

WEDNESDAY

28/9

01:04 07:31 13:28 19:49

0.3 3.4 0.2 3.5

5/10

01:06 07:09 13:44 19:49

3.0 0.7 3.0 0.8

12/10

01:02 07:26 13:22 19:41

0.7 3.0 0.7 3.0

THURSDAY

29/9

01:55 08:22 14:17 20:41

0.2 3.5 0.2 3.5

6/10

02:05 2.9 08:13 0.8 14:45 2.9 20:51 0.8

13/10

01:40 08:05 13:58 20:20

0.6 3.0 0.7 3.0

18/10

19/10

20/10

25/10

26/10

27/10

04:47 11:10 17:13 23:34 05:18 11:19 17:38 23:47

0.7 05:29 0.7 00:21 2.8 2.9 11:55 2.9 06:17 0.8 0.9 18:00 0.9 12:45 2.8 2.8 18:54 0.9

3.1 06:16 3.3 00:41 0.2 0.5 12:14 0.4 07:10 3.4 3.2 18:33 3.3 13:06 0.3 19:27 3.4 0.4

FRIDAY

SATURDAY

30/9

1/10

02:45 09:12 15:08 21:32

0.1 3.6 0.2 3.5

7/10

03:07 09:19 15:45 21:51

2.8 0.9 2.9 0.8

14/10

02:18 08:41 14:35 20:58

0.6 3.0 0.7 3.0

21/10

01:12 07:12 13:41 19:51

2.7 0.8 2.8 0.9

28/10

01:33 08:02 13:58 20:20

0.1 3.5 0.2 3.5

03:35 10:02 15:59 22:24

0.1 3.5 0.3 3.4

8/10

04:08 10:20 16:40 22:45

2.8 0.9 2.9 0.8

15/10

02:54 09:17 15:11 21:35

0.6 3.0 0.7 2.9

22/10

02:10 08:14 14:41 20:52

2.7 0.8 2.9 0.8

29/10

02:24 08:53 14:49 21:13

0.1 3.6 0.2 3.4

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2/10

04:25 10:54 16:52 23:16

9/10

05:06 11:14 17:31 23:35

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2.8 0.8 3.0 0.7

30/10

03:15 09:43 15:41 22:05

0.1 3.5 0.3 3.4

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0.6 3.0 0.8 2.9

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03:13 09:19 15:42 21:52

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2.8 0.8 2.9 0.8

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0.2 3.4 0.4 3.3

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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: hibiscus@localmatters.co.nz (no attachments will be opened), Post: Unit G, Tamariki Plaza, Cammish Lane, Orewa. Fax: 427 8186. Ph: Lorry 427 8188.

PUBLIC NOTICES

PUBLIC NOTICES

after school care collect from local schools afternoon tea provided winz subsidies available. special. $10 per child. Phone 426 3598 ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS meet Fri 7.30pm, Orewa Community House (behind Estuary Arts Centre) Ph John 027 646 2995, 0800AA WORKS. 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. 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

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 admin@localmatters.co.nz Open mic/Jam night is now permantly on the 1st Thursday of the Month. Whangaparaoa Golf Club. OREWA LIONS CLUB welcome new members and would like to invite members of the public who are keen to get involved in community service. Meetings 1st & 3rd Wednesday’s at Pinewood Holiday Park, Red Beach. Inquiries ph Paul or Suezanne 424 4289. 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 October 15, 6.45 pm. Tickets $20. Ph Quintin Lush 09 422 0635 or Beatrice Pritchard 09 425 0527 or email beatricempritchard@yahoo.co.uk Puhoi Art Exhibition 2011 Puhoi Centennial Hall Puhoi Village. November 5-13, 10am - 4pm. Paintings and other works of art, by local people will be on display and for sale. For any information contact Mike Swain 09 4220478 mike@hiko.co.nz Come for a drive and enjoy a day in Puhoi. The Hibiscus Coast Community House would like to sincerely thank all those who have supported its Foodbank in recent times through donations and projects, including all customers of The Warehouse who purchased plastic bags helping to raise nearly $1 400 for our organisation. We are very grateful to you all. Theosophical Society Sunday October 9, 2pm. Art and Inventions of Islam presented by Flo Ross 488 HBC Coast Highway All welcome Suggested donation $5 Free afternoon tea and cake Meetings held 2nd & 4th Sundays Whangaparaoa Lions Club Meets every second Tuesday in the month at Stanmore Bay Community Hall at 7.15 pm. Socials on the fourth Tuesday. Contact John Kingdon, ph. 428 3301

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. Countdown Orewa (Salvation Army collection box) 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. Happy Stitchers meet every Thursday 1.00-3.30 (1st Thursday of the month 2.00-4.00) in the Pohutukawa Room at the Whangaparaoa Library. For details please call Raewyn Hollway on 424 4113. 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. Hibiscus Coast Golden Years Society (Fishing Group) The Annual Meeting of the Fishing Group will be held at the Boating Club at Stanmore Bay on Monday, October 3 at 10.30am. We would welcome anyone who is 50+ and interested in fishing. Details of fishing trips will be available from 10am. Hibiscus Coast Highland Pipes and Drums - join our Band Learners from 10years old, experienced and supporters welcome. Wednesday meetings at Silverdale Primary School - 7.30pm to 9.30pm. Ph Gloria Pointon 424 7244 or Bob Logan 420 3078. 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.

HOME & MAINTENANCE

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Water Filters Underbench filters & whole house Ultra violet filters – Kill and remove ecoli/bacteria. FREE site visits. Ph Steve 09 945 2282 www. purewaterservices.co.nz

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SECURITY DOORS • SHUTTERS • SCREENS Agents for

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

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A deck for Christmas or SPRING 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 42 4 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. Plastering Gib Stopping Repair Work and Painting. Small jobs. Trade Cert. Keith 424 8841 FREE QUOTES FREE ADVICE Rubbish Removal Service. Ph Steve 426 5219. Making Things Easier For You. 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. Water 8,000 lItrEs $120, Whangaparaoa only. Ph Gavin, ASAP Water 0800 27 27 42

TUITION BEGINNER ADULT DANCE CLASSES Waltz, Foxtrot, Cha, Samba, Jive. Learn to dance for those special occasions, cruises, balls or lifelong enjoyable hobby. 7.30pm Thurs evenings. Private lessons also available. Ph 426 8989 CHILDREN’S DANCESPORT CLASSES Children’s classes from 5 yrs up. Every Tuesday 4pm. Includes deportment, exercise to music. Also competition and medalwork available on request. For further info ph 426 8989.

EXAMS SOON! I can help you! English & other subjects. Ph Kate 424 8583 Ed.You.Kate@gmail.com Piano Tuition & Theory All ages, all levels. Experienced teacher, Keyboard Klassiks. Ph 424 1001. Computer help at SeniorNet Tuition and workshops in a range of subjects. Ph 426 1509. 9am–3pm Mon–Thurs and Fri 9am–12pm. www. seniornet-hbc.org.nz

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.

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

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Hibiscusmatters 5 October 2011 | 31 BUSINESS & FINANCE

WANTED

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. www.adept.net.nz Default listed? Denied credit? Improve your credit rating. www. creditreportsolutions.co.nz

BUYING all stoneware and pottery bottles, (ginger beer, aerated waters etc), also stoneware flagons, crocks, demijohns with writing or pictures, will pay a minimum of $100 for flagons I don't have, ALCOHOL and tobacco advertising, all whisky, beer, tobacco, cigarette items, jugs, tins, signs, mirrors, ashtrays etc. ADVERTISING and farm equipment signs. Signs made of tin, enamel, cardboard relating to petrol, oil, farm equipment, food items, general store goods. Oil bottles etc. COINS, banknotes and stamps. Coins - paying 20 times face value for all NZ pre-1946 coins, half crowns $5 ea, florins $4 ea, shillings $2 ea, sixpences $1 ea, threepences 50c ea. Banknotes - ten shilling notes, one, five, ten pound notes, also buying Australian and English coins. Stamps - all old stamps, albums and collections. Military medals, badges, photos. All old China, crockery, coloured glass items. Top cash paid for any of these items. Reputable NZ Government Licensed Auckland Dealer. Travelling Auckland to Whangarei twice weekly. Please phone Brian Davis 09 818 4068 or 027 777 0428.

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

HEALTH & Beauty A TOENAIL Trim & FILE by a podiatrist. In clinic $35. 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. 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.

HEALTH & FITNESS WHAT Women Having Adventures Together! Join us on the Otago Rail Trail Jan 3-7. $599. includes accommodation, some meals, bike hire, shuttle buses and train trip. Book your flights asap to get great deals. Ph Debbie 428 5181, 027 600 6110 to find out more. Limited to 5 women. More great adventures coming up!

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

PICTURE FRAMING PICTURE FRAMING AND SUPPLIES We are your One Stop Shop for all professional Custom Framing, Reframing, Mat Cutting, Tapestrys, Sport Shirts, Medals, Ready-made frames, Glazing, Repairs, Hardware, Plus heaps more and all those bit and pieces so visit Orewa Picture Framing, Shop ‘E’, Cammish Lane, Orewa. Ph 424 8124. PROTECT YOUR PHOTOS, PICTURES, HANDCRAFTS plus all Art by using “Plexiglaze”, the Ultimate in UV Protective Glazing & Reglazing for Clarity, Safety, Lightweight and cut to any size or shape. Orewa Picture Framing, Shop ‘E’, Cammish Lane, Orewa. Ph 424 8124.

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 brucemurray@orcon.net.nz TO BUY, RECORDS/LP’s, 45’s Ph Mike 428 1587.

Work wanted WORK WANTED Skilled Joiner/ Cabinet maker/ Restorer/ all round timber guy seeks additional part time/ contract work. Ph 021 0233 6422 or 09 420 8800 evenings

HOUSE FOR SALE Private Sale - Brick & tile 2 bedroom, 1.5 bathrooms, double garage, Great outdoor area. Affordable lifestyle for over 50’s in desirable Red Beach area. Ph 09 426 6805.

HOUSEMINDING 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.

FOR SALE Black Cord For Jade Pendants Ph Rita Gibson 426 6076. Jade Pendants From $10 Ph Rita Gibson 426 6076. Computer IBM Desktop, speakers, printer & computer desk. All excellent order $250. Ph 428 4260 For sale classifieds now incur a charge of 40¢ per word + GST.

what’s on Hibiscus Coast

October 2011

8 Golden Oldies Rugby Tournament, Silverdale War Memorial Park. No age limit for participants. $50 per side (10-15 people). Register interest by phoning 426 5602. (see story p7) 8–30 Great Expectations, a ceramic experience, Estuary Arts Centre, 214b Hibiscus Coast Highway, Orewa. Work from 20 ceramic artists with guest exhibitor Carla Ruka. (see story p15) 10 Lockwood Smith & Friends perform at Centrestage Theatre, Centreway Rd, Orewa, 2pm. Fundraiser for Age Concern. Tickets $5 from Age Concern Rodney office in Orewa (beside Westpac Bank) or ph 426 0916. 12-13 Holiday programme in Gulf Harbour: Cooking, ESOL and German workshops for teens and pre-teens at Gulf Harbour School between 9am and 1.30pm. Attend one or two workshops a day, for one or two days. Run by experienced teachers, the workshops offer in depth and fun learning. Morning tea and lunch provided if full day is attended. Email Lynda lynda.m@xtra.co.nz, ph 021 1904 750 or email Dagmar: kiwikraut@xtra.co.nz, ph 021 023 14827. 13 Save our Bees and GE Free film and talk, Orewa Guide Hall, 224 Centreway Rd, Orewa, 7–9pm. Guest speaker Zelka Grammer from GE Free Northland. (see story p11) 14 Pink Ribbon Street Appeal to raise funds for Breast Cancer research. Look out for collectors in your area. (see story p27) 14 Brendon Ham Band, plays at the Stetson Country Music Club, Dairy Flat Community Hall, Postman Road, Dairy Flat. 8pm–11.30pm, licensed bar. Info: ph 09 476 4554. 15 Puhoi Annual Concert, Puhoi Centennial Hall, Puhoi Village. Doors open 6.45 pm for wine and cheese. Tickets $20, ph Quintin Lush 09 422 0635, Beatrice Pritchard 09 425 0527 or email beatricempritchard@yahoo.co.uk. Book early for the best seats. Concert featuring classical to jazz and all things in between, starts at 7.30pm. Fund raising for the Puhoi Centennial Hall. 15 Japanese Festival & Town Centre Market Day, Orewa town centre. Street entertainment, craft and food stalls, Orewa Market Bazaar, workshops in Japanese culture. 15 Bellydancing on the Beach, Cultural & Creative Dance Show, Orewa Primary School Hall, 86 Maire Rd, Orewa, 7pm start, doors open 6.30pm. Adults $10, child u/12 yrs $5. Info and tickets: ph Vicki 426 1105. 15 Speakers Day, Waiwera Ashram, 9 Waiwera Place, Waiwera, 1.30pm. Talk by Peter Quin on the spiritual influences of the Ashram. Info: ph 426 5265. 23 Stanmore Bay Festival, Stanmore Bay fields, 3pm–11pm. Trolley derby, mini surf carnival, rippas and junior tag team demos, stage entertainment, sideshows, stalls, Farmers Market. Outdoor and indoor screens show Rugby World Cup final, 9.30pm. 29 Silverdale School Country Show Day Gala, Silverdale School Country Show Day.10am till 2pm, Attractions: Water Walkerz, Inflatable Slide, Big Dig, Young Farmer, Food galore, cakes, drinks, cafe, white elephant, quick fire raffles, silent auction, blow-up-and-then-smasha-car, police car rides. 30 Baritone Julien Van Mellaerts performs at Orewa Baptist Church, Loop Rd, Orewa, 2.30pm. A wide variety of music to suit all taste performed by this up and coming musical talent. Tickets $20 from Kevin Futter, ph 426 7952 or Neville Nielsen, 426 5752. 29 St Chad’s Mainly Music 10th anniversary, Wenderholm Regional Park (site 3), 4–7pm. All past families from Mainly Music at St Chads are welcome to attend. Info: ph Annemarie Panzic, 426 5256 or email leopanzic@xtra.co.nz (see story p15) For regular events see Public Notices on page 30 Classifieds in the Hibiscus Matters only cost 40 cents per word + GST. To place your classified. Phone 427 8188. Em hibiscus@localmatters.co.nz


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Rugby World Cup teams pay flying visit to Coast Many sports teams could learn from the approach of the lowly ranked but none-the-less determined Namibian rugby team. With the exception of captain Jacques Manu Samoa visits at crucial time Burger, the team are amateurs but their Manu Samoa was focused on its passion for the game shone through at crucial game with South Africa during the open training held last month in its visit to the Coast, completing the Silverdale. only full training session prior to the Although they did not win a single game at Silverdale Rugby Club on game in the World Cup, the captain September 28. says they always take the field backing The team, ranked number 10 in themselves. the world, was intent on securing “You must believe you can win, a quarter final berth and closed its whatever the odds,” he says. “Many of training session to the public. the smaller nations in a World Cup don’t However, they took time out to visit believe this, but we know our strengths. Wentworth College for an autograph We play to make ourselves proud and signing session on September 29. leave everything out on the field. We are positive and play like a team who always Liaison officer Fatu Tauafiafi says the team went into the World Cup want to learn and improve.” with their confidence high after The team, also known as the a convincing win (32-23) against Welwitschias after an unusual plant Australia in July. native to the Namib Desert, stayed at Gulf Harbour Country Club from He says the team’s spirits were also September 21–24, working out at buoyed by the supporters who have the Leisure Centre as well as holding followed them every step of the way. the open training session at Silverdale “New Zealand is like our home United Rugby Football Club on ground and the people here have really September 20. got behind the World Cup,” Fatu says. It was a flying visit, with team “That feeling is what rugby is all about members saying they had not even in this part of the world.” had a chance to unpack at the Lodge The departure of Manu Samoa brings before training. to an end the Coast’s interactions with Around 100 members of the public visiting teams – unless of course the came to watch the training session and All Blacks pay a visit later to display a have autographs signed by the players. certain trophy.

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Clockwise from above, Rugby fan Bronwyn Hood travelled from Hunua to Silverdale to show her support for the Namibian team. Zane Rugby Robertson of Gulf Harbour with Namibian No. 6, Tinus De Plessis. Manu Samoa’s No. 10, Tusi Pisi, in training at the Leisure Centre.

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