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Hole opens in Rodney’s event budget fund

One of these six candidates, pictured on Orewa Beach, will be Rodney’s next representative in Parliament. To find out their views on a range of local and national issues, see our Election Feature, pages 15–21.

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Three years after Gulf Harbour Country Club was purchased by its members from former owner Mark Bryers of Blue Chip, it is in a position to look towards further development. The club is hoping to build a hotel – a not be on as grandiose a scale as Mr for the community,” Mr Godfrey says. “However, we’re more realistic about plan which was also on Mark Bryers’ Bryers had originally proposed. ‘to do’ list – but acting chair Doug “The hotel was always a good idea the scope of what can be done and continued page 2 Godfrey says any development will and would be great for the club and

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The former Rodney District Council’s accounting processes have left events in Rodney and Hibiscus Coast high and dry this financial year. When Auckland Council advertised its annual contestable community funding programme earlier this year, applications from the former Rodney District Council area weren’t considered because the former council had made no provision for them during the transition process. Council staff say this is because the District Council did not have a specific budget for regional or local events. Both the Rodney Local Board (RLB) and the Hibiscus & Bays Local Board are calling on Auckland Council to immediately identify and reinstate

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Hotel plans unfold will apply business principals. We’re thinking along the lines of lodges like Kauri Cliffs in the Bay of Islands.” He says business principals are what have hauled the Club back into the black – under Mr Bryers’ ownership it had run at a loss, with funds topped up from Mr Bryers’ pocket. “We are now just above break even point and making a small profit. Refinancing options, such as bringing in a new investment partner, are the next step so that we can afford to do the development.” When ownership of the club passed to the members in September 2008, for the sum of $5 million, the club had around 600 members. Currently the membership is 550, and ownership rests in the hands of

the District Council’s legacy funding. Some say that the amount “lost” in the transition process could be more than $200,000. At least 11 applications totalling $101,406 were received from the RLB area alone. RLB member Tracey Martin says the board is angry that Rodney has been left in this position. “Because the former Council did not have a line item specifically for events, nothing went into the events budget for Rodney when the councils were amalgamated,” she says. “Rodney events have been left without funding that they are entitled to.” However, Council’s events manager Charlotte Cuffe, who was formerly the District Council’s major events advisor, says it wasn’t something staff had any say over. Costs were allocated from various operating expenditure budgets, ranging from tourism to civil defence and transport. Ms Cuffe says the figure of $200,000 is nowhere near correct. “It would be more like about $5000,” she says. “Rodney gave very little to community events per se.”


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However, former Mayor and current Cr Penny Webster says the former Council was supportive of events, but the difficulty was identifying it. “RDC staff were given discretion to use their budgets and waive resource consent costs to support events, and this spending is difficult to quantify,” she says. “The cancelled Orewa Santa Parade is a prime example. They’ve never needed a resource consent before, but this time they were told they did.” Events funded in the past include the Mayoral Challenge, Rodney Live and one-off festivals. Ms Cuffe says that while the methodology for disbursing grants will be reviewed for 2012/13, there will be no legacy funding for Rodney events this year. In her report to the RLB, she suggested that it use its discretionary community funding budget ($25,110) to support community events in the current financial year. Both local boards have deferred any decisions about allocating discretionary funds to events until Council decides on the reinstatement of Rodney’s legacy funding.

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six members. This includes Sir David Levine, who recently invested $2 million in the club, and chair Harry Hilliam and his wife Gail Clark who put in more than $2.5 million. Mr Godfrey says a recent open day brought in 70 new members, and that dropping the subscription rate by 25 percent to $1999 per annum has also proved attractive. The club was on the market for a number of months, but has been withdrawn from sale. “We feel we can tough it out ourselves, and decided selling wasn’t the right track to go down. Keeping ownership in members’ hands is important, so what we’re looking for is a partner to join us. It’s a marvellous facility for someone to take a stake in.”

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Community mourns loss of Orewa’s Santa Parade Despite an outpouring of disappointment from the community about the cancellation of the Orewa Santa Parade, Destination Orewa Beach remains adamant that it is too late to organise this year’s event. The parade is the biggest event on former Council could see it was a well the Hibiscus Coast, and last year run, well supported community event attracted a crowd of around 8000. Its and assisted by waiving the need for cancellation was announced just one resource consent.” month before it was due to take place, Destination Orewa Beach, which on November 19. employs two part-time staff, applied The Orewa Boulevard Festival, which for a waiver of resource consent for the is held in February, has also been Santa Parade at the beginning of this year and was turned down in August. canned. Organisers of both events, Destination A series of meetings with officers Orewa Beach, say under-resourcing, ensued, but were to no avail. in terms of staff and finances, is one Meanwhile planning for the event reason for the cancellations along continued. with Auckland Council’s regulatory Last ditch efforts by Hibiscus & Bays framework. Local Board member John Kirikiri, Under the former Rodney District who is on the board of Destination Council’s District Plan, events Orewa Beach, chair Julia Parfitt expected to attract more than 1000 and Crs Michael Goudie and Penny people have had to apply for resource Webster last month resulted in the waiving of the resource consent consent. Destination Orewa Beach operations requirement, but Destination Orewa manager Leanne Smith says that for says it was too late. the past 13 years that the Santa Parade “It was too late to ensure a safe event has run, Council has waived this proceeded. Destination Orewa Beach requirement as well as providing top simply could not put on an event that put anyone at risk.” up funding for the event. “We provide a comprehensive traffic Mr Kirikiri says he was disappointed management plan and have never had that the board voted to pull both an incident,” Mrs Smith says. “The events.

“I thought the Santa Parade could be saved, after Council’s change of heart, but the majority of the directors were not of a mind to save it. There was still a lot more work to be done, and not enough time. The board also did not have a guarantee of top up funding from Council.” Destination Orewa Beach will apply for a five-year consent for both the Santa Parade 2012 and Boulevard Festival 2013 to take place. Mr Kirikiri says sharing the organisational role with another

community group that could use the Santa Parade as a fundraiser is also under discussion. Mrs Smith says the issue has highlighted the need for changes to the District Plan. “Rodney is the only area that requires resource consent for events like the Santa Parade. Everyone involved has learned from this and realised that those rules have to change so that non-profit groups like ourselves are able to put on events for the community.”

Peninsula Golf Club development takes big step forward Development of the Peninsula Golf Club in Red Beach into a residential area of some 500 homes took a step forward in recent weeks with the submission of a Private Plan Change application to Auckland Council. Golf club members voted to sell the land to Peninsula Land Development in June 2009. The agreement involved swapping the site for cash and a custom-built course in Wainui. Peninsula Land Development made the Plan Change application last month, seeking to rezone the land to medium intensity residential. The 3.1ha set aside for a proposed retirement village has been removed

from the latest plan, replaced with an additional 29 house lots. Council staff are currently assessing the application to see whether it meets the criteria. According to Hibiscus & Bays Local Board member John Kirikiri, stormwater and roading issues could be sticking points. Part of the land is flood prone and difficulties with providing infrastructure, particularly stormwater and sewage, have been raised a number of times in Council. Road access to the subdivision for the large number of vehicles expected to require it, is also proving a hard nut to crack. The latest plan shows a

proposed roading network with traffic lights at Bay Street. Mr Kirikiri has made several applications to Council asking that the land be purchased as reserve, but says he is realistic about his chances of success. “The community do not want this development, and I will keep on asking that the land be bought for reserve.” Mr Kirikiri says. “Because of restricted funding for reserves, this is unlikely.” Provided the Private Plan Change application meets the criteria, it will be publicly notified. Peninsula Golf Club chair Patrick

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Concerted effort to heal oil spill damage The environmental effects of the oil spilling from the Rena as it sits atop the Astrolabe Reef off Tauranga has galvanised Rodney Greens candidate Teresa Moore into action. The marine biologist says she is Caitlin Smith are confirmed. deeply affected by the large numbers All proceeds from a silent auction and of fish, birds and other wildlife that ticket sales for the concert, which takes have suffered as a result, as well as the place on November 12, from 2pm– damage to the reef itself. 7pm, will go to the fund set up to Her response has been to organise an clean up Mt Maunganui and Papamoa afternoon of live music, which will beaches, waterways and estuaries. take place at Ascension Wine Estate in Pre-sold tickets are $20 and $30 on Matakana this month. the day. They are available online The list of artists keen to perform at or phone 09 422 the concert continues to grow, but 9601. Info: currently lead singer of Op Shop, Jason Time out for Tauranga concert Kerrison, as well as Luke Thompson •Ascension Wine Estate, Matakana • from Tauranga, Andy Richards and November 12, 2pm-7pm Jason Kerrison

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While National party candidate Mark Mitchell is hoping to replace incumbent MP Lockwood Smith, he says is not able to replicate Dr Smith’s singing talents – most famously on display at the annual Rodney Age Concern fundraising concert. “I will definitely retain the concert, although audience numbers would drop off very fast if I sang,” Mark says. “My fiancé Peggy will sing and one way or other the concert will continue.”

Cheap at the price? At a recent local board meeting, John Kirikiri put in perspective issues raised by some members relating to the possible $1.5 million cost of turning Stoney Homestead into a community facility. “That is a lot of money, but hey – Council spent that much on additions to the fanzones for the Rugby World Cup,” he said.

Xmas ‘bah humbug’ Readers’ comments on our story on the cancellation of the Orewa Santa Parade, which went on our website last month, make interesting reading. One says: “Typical shambolic local government blundering. Supercity – more like supers#itty. It’s Christmas; does that mayor want to come and tell the kids Santa ain’t coming this year? He was quick to jump on the All Blacks celebration parade. He should have been shuffling papers so the Hibiscus Coast kids can have a Santa Parade.”


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Residents who are opposed to the widening of Whangaparaoa Rd from Hibiscus Coast Highway to Red Beach Road will make their voices heard at a protest planned to take place this week. The protest has been organised by the advantages for residents. Penlink Now team, who say the road “At the moment we avoid pulling out widening is unnecessary, and should of our driveway at peak times and we not be used as a way of deferring don’t cross Whangaparaoa Rd by foot building of the Penlink Rd from the unless we have to,” Jessie says. “That peninsula to Redvale. would be made worse if the road is Janet Fitzgerald of Penlink Now two lanes wider.” says residents along this stretch of She is also concerned about traffic build Whangaparaoa Rd feel it is totally up at the intersection of Hibiscus Coast unnecessary to widen the road at this Highway and Whangaparaoa Rd. time. “The widening seemed to be a “I have spoken to residents who foregone conclusion. The temptation feel that Auckland Transport’s is to shift, but we’ve been in our home consultation process meant nothing,” for 55 years.” Janet says. “The widening appears to be proceeding, but it is our democratic Not all residents on this stretch of road are opposed to the project. A number right to say ‘no’.” spoken to by Hibiscus Matters agree Auckland Transport sought feedback with Auckland Transport that it will from residents on four options for relieve traffic congestion during peak the road widening in August. Not hours outside their homes. widening the road at all was not presented as an option. Auckland Local Board member John Watson Transport’s preferred option, to add says the road will become gridlocked two lanes on the southern side, was if it is not widened, with Penlink adopted in September and the detailed deferred for seven years. design phase has begun. This includes Auckland Transport spokesperson consultation with affected landowners Wally Thomas says that funding has and residents in the vicinity as well as been approved and work on the $20 million upgrade should begin in late the Hibiscus & Bays Local Board. One resident opposed to the road 2012. widening is Jessie Evans who lives The protest will line the footpath along on Whangaparaoa Rd. She says Whangaparaoa Rd from Hibiscus ratepayers’ money is being wasted Coast Highway to Red Beach Road on in widening the road as it offers few Saturday November 5 at 10.30am.

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Silverdale teen joins in major central city occupation Standing up for his beliefs has seen Silverdale 17-year-old Joshua James lying down in Aotea Square, as he camped out with more than 100 others in the Occupy Auckland campaign to protest against economic inequity. The Kaipara College year 12 Living conditions were clean and student and member of Auckland’s reasonably comfortable, cooking was Foundation Youth Advisory Panel communal and the camp kitchen says he was alerted to the cause after given the all-clear by Council health reading about Occupy Wall St which inspectors. sparked a worldwide movement. While the Occupy Auckland Facebook He emphasises that he can’t speak event mentions a six-week stay, Joshua for the occupation group, but says thinks they will be there as long as he was “pretty disgusted” to discover they can. that in the United States one percent “There was talk of it being a new of population owns 40 percent of the Bastion Point protest – that went for wealth. While his research revealed that 507 days and it would be cool if this in NZ one percent of the population one did too.” owns just 16 percent of the wealth, he Public reaction was also generally still felt it was unacceptable. supportive, with about 80 percent of “It’s pretty bad when our Prime people offering positive comments Minister has millions of dollars and providing donations and other and 200,000 children in NZ live in assistance. poverty.” When Aotea Centre was He and about half a dozen friends commandeered as a Rugby World joined hundreds of others in a Cup fan zone, the bulk of the crowd peaceful protest march up Queen was also positive and campers allowed Street on October 15. Although he them in to watch the game. hadn’t planned to join the occupation immediately, he ended up staying Joshua estimates around half of the the night before collecting camping group are under 20 and is pleased they necessities the next day. He says his are willing to speak up for what they nine-day stay started off with about believed in. “It’s probably the most important 50 others but that soon tripled.

Silverdale’s Joshua James (right) and William Paul of Selwyn College get ready to march up Queen St in a protest against corporate greed.

thing we can do. Because we can’t vote we need to show the government that youth have opinions and are affected by its decisions.” Joshua says decision-making within the group was “grass roots democracy in action” with all campers attending “general assembly” meetings and having the right to put forward proposals or veto ideas. “Everyone had their say and nothing

was passed under urgency without any feedback on it.” Although he returned home at the end of the holidays to complete the final few days of school, he plans to rejoin the camp during weekends and while on study leave. He hopes the occupation will raise awareness of the issues so that by the end of the occupation a strategy is developed to address some of the inequities.

Marae site development holdup gives lessees a reprieve

The selling of the Ministry of Education land in Silverdale where Te Herenga Waka has been based for four years is currently on hold while resource consent

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next January. Mr Nathan says Te Herenga Waka continues to petition the Ministry to change its decision, and is garnering support among local schools.

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Reefs divide community Submissions on the Orewa Reef Trust’s proposal to build four reef systems off Orewa Beach reveal a community divided as to the merits of the idea. Recreational users, including surfers, larger stretches of dry beach. are represented in both camps with Proponents say the reefs will address some talking in positive terms about erosion on the beach and return a the creation of “a long, peeling wave” highly modified system to a more while others claim the reefs will be natural one, including establishment detrimental to the surf break. of reef habitat. Several submitters One surfer in opposition says the waves comment that the reefs will recreate as they are currently are “perfect for the natural erosion control that was learners to practice surfing and other removed when the Navy blasted out watersports on safely”, which will be a the entrance to Orewa Estuary. resource lost if the reefs are built. He A number also comment that the offers a compromise, suggesting a two- building of the reefs will save taxpayers stage process, allowing one pod to be the money that it currently costs for built and thorough monitoring of wave erosion control measures. quality before proceeding with the Supporters include Destination Orewa development of any further structures. Beach, who believe it will improve Questions raised by submitters the beach’s attractions in the eyes of include who is responsible for sandbag tourists, and residents. Opponents removal if the project fails, how will include a Coastal engineer, residents, the reefs affect kite fishers and will surfers and windsurfers – one of whom they present an anchoring hazard. says the reefs could impede the course Do they take global warming into of wind and kite surfers. The Auckland account, how will they affect the Windsurfing Association is against the marine ecology, and could they cause proposal pointing to the above issue, as dangerous wave action or rips were well as navigation and safety concerns. other questions raised. While the former Rodney District Some submitters point to lack of Council put money into the project, evidence to show that artificial reefs the Hibiscus & Bays Local Board work, and that there have been failures is firmly ensconced on the fence in other systems in NZ and overseas. saying in its submission “while Opponents also say that the structures some members are familiar with the will be ugly and create reefs that are application, overall the Board does unnatural for a flat, broad, sandy area. not have a thorough understanding Those in favour of the reefs site of the project and is not in a position improvements for recreational users therefore to support or oppose it.” including surfers, wave skiers and A hearing date for submissions has not kayaks “in certain conditions” and yet been set by Auckland Council.

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Girls bring Men of Steel to Coast

A group of five local mothers have joined forces to bring what they say is “a much needed fun night out” to the Coast. The Girls Night Out event, which will be held this month in Whangaparaoa, features a cabaret style performance from The Men of Steel, has a cash bar including a fine range of cocktails and a disco till late. It is strictly for those aged over 18. The idea was dreamed up as the five friends, Sheree Abraham, Andrea Kirkwood, Helen Cattanach, Tania Gouws and Deborah Brewer, who met at Whangaparaoa Playcentre, sat in a spa pool enjoying some time away from the kids. “We wanted a community event that was something for the ladies – a break after all that rugby,” Sheree says. Helen says many locals find the cost of a night in From left, Deborah Brewer, Sheree Abraham, Andrea town prohibitive. Kirkwood, Helen Cattanach and Tania Gouws. “By the time you travel into the city, have a few drinks clean up and as bar staff and DJs on the night. or go to a club you’re up for a fortune in transport costs, as well as the cost of drinks,” Helen says. “We’ve The plan is to cover the costs of holding the event made this event affordable, with most drinks $5 and and perhaps have a little left over to donate to a a $25 entry fee, which includes a platter of nibbles. community organisation. If it is successful, more events may be in store. Most importantly, it’s close to home.” The group, who call themselves The Violet Club, “We’re thinking about a Top Town type sports event say the Men of Steel is a hilarious, risqué show with with activities for families. As busy mums we think we can manage to run something once or twice a year.” a lot of audience participation. “Last time we saw The Men of Steel’s show, we all For more information, check out The Violet Club’s had sore faces the next day from laughing so much. Facebook page, email or ph It’s cheeky of course, but very professional and all in Debbie, 021 375 949. good fun. I’m taking my mum to it,” Debbie says. Girls’ Night Out • Whangaparaoa Hall, 717 The Girls Night Out has the full support of the Whangaparaoa Rd, Whangaparaoa • November 12, women’s husbands, who are helping out with security, 7.30pm


In the History column, October 19, there was an error in two dates given in the story about Terence Kennedy. Where “1956 and 1958” appeared, they should have been 1856 and 1858. We apologise for the error, and any confusion caused.

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Variety showcased No less than four exhibitions will be running concurrently at Estuary Arts Centre in Orewa, starting on November 3, with works from experienced artists, tutors and young art students on display. Paintings by Margaret Needham will be on the upper floor of the gallery, and photography from the four corners of the world, by Lorraine Brown, will be downstairs, together with work from the art tutors of Orewa College. Tucked away in the little Tui room of the gallery will be a collection of work by young artists who have been tutored by Sue Law this year, both at the Centre and at Red Door Studios in Orewa. The students, aged from nine to 15 years will put up to three pieces of work each into the exhibition. Wax and clay sculptures, drawing and painting and mixed media work are included on subjects as diverse as Johnny Depp, animals, Fantasy Island and Dr Seuss. When it comes to mixed media, they don’t come much more ‘mixed’ than a piece by 15-year-old Lindsay Harrington, who has created a work using M & Ms and pink smokers, which smells of chocolate despite the epoxy resin used on top. Four shows at Estuary Arts Centre • Hibiscus Coast Highway, Orewa • November 3–27

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A young Chinese musician who plays an unusual stringed instrument not often seen in New Zealand will perform as part of the Hibiscus Coast Singers concert in Red Beach this month. Chen Xiyao, who generally goes by group in China and has a growing the name of Yao, was taught to play reputation in this country, having the gu-zheng (or Chinese zither), at played for the Prime Minister John Key and obtained sponsorship from the age of four by his mother. His musical pedigree is extensive – the NZ Symphony Orchestra so that Yao’s grandfather was a composer and he could come to NZ. gu-zheng player, as well as being one As well as bringing the instrument to of the founders of the China Central people’s attention in concerts, Yao is Conservatory of Music in Beijing and working to preserve its heritage; it is the Sichuan Conservatory of Music in believed to date from 475 BC. Sichuan. His father is a professional Hibiscus Coast Singers member Teri erhu (two-stringed fiddle) player. France is also a member of the NZ 8 Moana Avenue, Orewa. Phone 09 426 4238 Yao has been acclaimed as one of the China Friendship Society, and she was two best gu-zheng players in his age instrumental in bringing Yao’s music to the Coast. He will play a medley of Chinese PUHOI VALLEY CAFE & THE BREEZE 93.4FM folk songs as well as accompanying PROUDLY PRESENTS the choir in the folk song Mo li Hua (Beautiful Jasmine) at their next LAZY SUNDAY JAZZ SESSIONS PARTY IN THE PARK SUMMER SERIES concert on November 19 and 20, at LAUNCHING SUNDAY 30 OCT, 12 - 4PM AFTERNOONS & EVENINGS PROGRAMME Red Beach Methodist Church. Country Music Fair - 28th Dec, 3 - 8pm Around the World in 18 Songs • Red Beach Methodist Church, 76 Red A Twilight Occasion 29th Dec, 4 9pm Oct 30: Chitlin Con Carne, 37 PSI Beach Rd, Red Beach • November 19 & International Jazz and Blues Festival Nov 27: Lorraine Haville Quartet 20, Saturday 7.30pm, Sunday, 2.30pm Divas in The Park - 30th Dec, 4 - 9pm

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Red Beach gears up for Gala The summer school gala season is underway, and next up is Red Beach School, who are holding their gala this month. The Red Beach School Gala is one of the biggest on the Coast, with a reputation for a wide range of food and keeping the kids happy with rides and stalls. It is also an excellent fundraiser, raising $30,000 last year. Organisers say that this year’s event will feature all the old favourite stalls, White Elephant and rides as well as a few new additions, including the North Harbour Axemen’s woodchopping demonstration, a vertical bungee, climbing wall and maze. A Silent Auction runs throughout the day with items donated by local businesses up for grabs such as a Johnson’s kayak, a $500 New World Grocery Grab, a Jetts gym Carmel McCormick’s face painting membership, a 2-seater outdoor chair skills are expected to draw a crowd at from Clipper Outdoor Furniture, and the Red Beach School Gala. Pictured is two nights accommodation at the her handiwork from last year’s Gala. Ramada Suites Nautilus Orewa. The school needs good quality new Spit roasted meat, mussel fritters and or used items for the white elephant, pizza, together with a Hellers sausage clothing and book stalls, which can sizzle will keep the wolf from the door, be delivered to the school hall during along with candyfloss, home made school hours from November 7–11. sweets, strawberries and the ever- Info: email Michelle Butler on h2flow@ popular cake stall. or phone 426 8915. All day live entertainment begins at Red Beach School Gala • Red Beach 10am with the Scottish pipe band and School, 20 Albert Hall Drive, Red the school’s Kapa Haka group and choir. Beach • November 13, 10am–2pm.

Change of venue for fireworks An annual event that supports local firefighters has outgrown the venue it has been in for the past four years and relocated to Western Reserve in Orewa. Previously the Silverdale Volunteer Fire Service Open Day was held alongside the Orewa Surf Club but organisers say the new venue, behind the Youth Centre, will not only provide more space (including plenty of picnic spots) but also has better pedestrian access. The event, on November 5, includes a spectacular fireworks display and is a popular way for local families to celebrate Guy Fawkes, while raising funds for the Silverdale District volunteers.

Live displays based on fire fighting skills, including extinguishing burning cars and car cutouts will take place as well as US Skate demonstrations. Carnival rides for the children and a large number of food vendors are on offer and Sons of Melody is among the bands that will perform. There will be bucket collection for the Volunteer Fire Brigade. The grand finale will be the pyrotechnics display that will take place over the Orewa Estuary at 9pm. Silverdale Volunteer Fire Brigade Open Day •Western Reserve, Orewa • November 5, 4pm to 9pm

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Phil specialises in this type of software development and says it can be tailored to any type of business and any type of smart phone. He says making the data as secure as possible is also a priority. Laura’s 12 years of experience in accounts has enabled her to offer a full range of accountancy services including fixed price packages that remove the element of uncertainty for her clients. The couple moved to New Zealand in 2006; they had never even visited the country before packing up their home in Devon and arriving on skilled migrant visas. Both say it was the right move and they are currently in the process of obtaining NZ citizenship. “We are excited about starting a business and getting involved with the local community,” Laura says.

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Mounting bureaucracy and levels of red tape was raised with Auckland Council deputy mayor Penny Hulse, when she addressed a Warkworth Business and Professional Womens meeting in Snells Beach on October 13. Cr Hulse gave an entertaining account procedures, and we are working on it, of working in the new Auckland but sometimes these changes seem to Council. happen at glacial-like speed.” During question time, a member Cr Hulse described Council’s first year of the audience said the organisers in office as “very difficult”. of a family reunion had abandoned “But, we’ve weathered the Rugby their plans to hold a function in the World Cup, a difficult relationship Leigh Hall because of the amount of with Central Government, working paperwork involved. with the Council “barely” Controlled “It was ridiculous, we’ve gone to a private Organisations, the amalgamation of function centre instead,” she said. seven different councils, the settling in Cr Hulse said prior to amalgamation, of 8000 to 9000 staff, and the tribal some arrangements just happened natures of 20 individual councillors. because everyone understood that it We’re not out of the woods yet – the next two years will be difficult.” was the way things were done. “Under the new organisation, this On a positive note, however, Cr Hulse just isn’t happening anymore,” she said she believed the amalgamation said. “We know there needs to be had given Aucklanders a glimpse of simplification of some of these the city’s potential, “in all its glory”.

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This month, Eddie Law, one of the longest serving businessmen on the Coast, is celebrating 37 years in business. Eddie left school to start work at The Parker Electrical Co Ltd. In 1974 he took over that store and renamed it Eddie Law. The store has changed locations several times before settling in its existing spot in the Whangaparaoa Plaza.

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One year on for Auckland Council There is plenty to celebrate one year on from the formation of the Auckland Council and my election as the local councillor for Albany. Two achievements, which I’m particularly proud of, have been Auckland’s massive response in the aftermath of the earthquakes in Christchurch and the setting up of the Auckland Council Youth Advisory Panel. As chair of the Auckland Civil Defence Emergency Management Group, it was heartening to see how much time, effort, money and expertise Aucklanders donated to Christchurch following the devastating earthquakes. Events there have also served as a reminder of how important our region’s own preparedness is, and this will continue to be a focus of mine in the coming months. The launch of the Auckland Council Youth Advisory Panel has been fantastic. There are so many passionate young Aucklanders out there, and this panel is already proving itself as a great way of harnessing and channelling their thoughts, ideas and aspirations for the future of Auckland. However, while it’s important to recognise our achievements, it’s also important to remember that we are only one year into the first term of the Auckland Council and there is still plenty to get done. While some may be feeling overwhelmed with all of the plans that are now in their final stages, including the Auckland Plan, The Waterfront Plan and The City Centre Masterplan – these are all important tools for Auckland Council and will provide us with the direction we need to make this region work. Over the coming months The Auckland Unitary Plan will be developed, which will be the single largest resource management plan in the country. This is a massive piece of work, which will see all of the former district plans, regional policies and strategies merged into one. We will be making sure we let you know when you can have your say because this is a plan that will have an impact on all business and property owners in Auckland. Nearly 7000 Aucklanders had their say on their Draft Local Board Plans, which set out the priorities for their community, and guide local board decision-making over the next three years and beyond. The Hibiscus and Bays Local Board Plan is shaping up nicely, paying close attention to the things that matter up here – our beaches, our parks, and our local events. As always, I’m really keen to hear what you want to see happen in our community, so that I can spread the word at Council.

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NZ’s place on the international stage, the economy, sale of state assets, policing and safety, and the environment are some of the key issues being raised with general election candidates in Rodney during the current campaign. Regarded as a safe blue ribbon seat, Rodney was won comfortably by National’s Lockwood Smith in 2008, capturing 60 percent of the 37,571 valid electorate votes cast. National also captured a majority (59 percent) of the party votes in 2008, compared to their nearest rival Labour which picked up 20 percent of the party vote in Rodney. But, as many of the candidates have pointed out, the world is a different place than it was in 2008. They say the fallout from the recession has made an impression on voters’ priorities. The six candidates – Colin Craig (Conservatives), Beth Houlbrook (Act), Tracey Martin (NZ First), Mark Mitchell (National), Teresa Moore (Greens), and Christine Rose (Labour) – introduce themselves on the following six pages where they make their pitch for your vote.

Understanding the MMP referendum vote The Electoral Commission has provided the following information to help clarify public understanding of the Referendum that will be conducted alongside the General Election: Referendum questions Voters will be asked two questions – yy The first question asks whether the voter wants to keep MMP or whether they want to change to another voting system. yy The second question asks which of four other voting systems the voter would choose if NZ decides to change from MMP. Voters can answer both questions, or just question one or question two. If at least half of voters opt to keep MMP, there will be an independent review of MMP next year to recommend changes that should be made to the way it works.

The Electoral Commission will conduct the review, incorporating a consultation process, which will give the public adequate time and opportunity to give their views. The Electoral Referendum Act (2010) specifies that the Electoral Commission must review: yy The five percent party vote threshold for a party to be eligible for allocation of list seats yy The one electorate seat threshold for a party to be eligible for allocation of list seats yy The effects of population change on the ratio of electorate seats to list seats yy The effect of a party’s candidates winning more seats than the party would be entitled as a result of the party vote yy The capacity of a person to be both

a constituency candidate and a list candidate yy A party’s ability to determine the order of candidates on its party list and the inability of voters to rank list candidates in order of preference yy Other matters as referred to it by the Minister of Justice or the House of Representatives. The size of Parliament and Maori representation will not be reviewed, but the Commission may consider any other aspects of the MMP voting system. The Commission must report back to the Minister of Justice by October 31, 2012. If more than half of voters opt to change the voting system, Parliament will decide if there will be another Referendum in 2014 to choose between MMP and the alternative voting system. Info:

Candidate meetings yy November 3 – Meet the Candidates gathering, hosted by Whangaparaoa Methodist Parish, Manly Methodist Church, 945 Whangaparaoa Rd, starting at 7.30pm. yy November 5 – Meet the Candidates meeting, hosted by Warkworth & Districts Grey Power Assn, Warkworth Primary School, Hill Street, starting at 10.30am. yy November 20 – The Penlink Now Team meeting at The Leisure Centre, Stanmore Bay, starting at 2pm. Candidates will be given five minutes to speak and will then answer questions from the floor.

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Christine Rose Labour Party While the Green Party may seem like a more natural fit for committed environmentalist Christine Rose, she believes she will be more effective working within the Labour Party to bring green issues into the mainstream. “The environment is fundamental to NZ’s economic opposition to asset sales. and social wellbeing; our identity and everything “People remember the damage that was done in the we do and everything we stand for,” she says. 1980s and 1990s. We had to claw back some of those “Unfortunately, it has been marginalised by Central assets at inflated prices after they had been stripped Government in the past.” of their real value. For people like me, who are Christine is encouraged by a growing green movement Kiwibankers because we believe in investing in our within Labour and cited new party president Moira own country, it’s a real attack on our national pride.” Coatsworth and MP Ruth Dyson as examples of this In the Rodney electorate, Christine says there are resurgence. On recent polls which point to a decline some serious traffic management and roading issues in support for the party, Christine says there is still that need proper analysis. Auckland Transport has plenty of water to flow under the bridge. already recognised the need to widen Whangaparaoa “The credit downgrade and the grounding of Road, on the Hibiscus Coast, and investment the Rena, off Tauranga, have been a real wake- in Penlink and public transport was stopped by up call. People have been giving National, and National without explanation. John Key in particular, the benefit of the doubt “The Roads of National Signficance were a political over the economy/recession, the handling of the project without substantive analysis to justify them Christchurch earthquake and the Pike River disaster. and yet they are swallowing up the road transport I detect the gloss is wearing off. budget for the next 20 years, taking away funding that “The gap between the rich and the poor is growing could have been spent on rural road maintenance and wider, unemployment is at epic proportions sealing. Labour recognises that SH1 needs congestion especially for young people, and there’s not a lot of and safety improvements, but a robust analysis needs hope. The tax cuts benefited the wealthy, while the to be done to see what will best address these issues in people at the bottom are struggling even more.” the most cost-effective and timely manner. Christine says she doesn’t believe the electorate has “NZ needs to learn to live within its means. We have forgotten the way National ran rough-shod over the limited funding at our disposal, as well as the cost views of Aucklanders on the supercity or their vetoing of rebuilding Christchurch and the leaky buildings of the regional fuel tax, which would have seen bill. Can we really afford to spend $2 billion on both Penlink and the central rail loop built. On the something that could be addressed just as effectively grounding of the Rena, she says it raises some serious another, cheaper way? We need to be more prudent.” questions about how maritime shipping is policed, Christine says there is no justification for the overand the lack of accountability and responsibility. optimistic forecasts that National made in the last “But it’s also making people realise that we have been budget. National has spent money that NZ didn’t capitalising on our envrionmental baseline, without have and promised 170,000 new jobs, as part of really valuing and protecting it for the longer term. our economic recovery, which it can’t deliver. The “We like to promote ourselves as clean and green Treasury forecasts in the last budget, for both the but when John Key was challenged on the science tax-take and jobs, were over-inflated. behind this he said it was ‘an aspiration’. In fact, this “We need to get smarter, diversify and get genuinely government isn’t even showing that it does have this cleaner. We can’t rely on the old staple commodities; aspiration because they want to mine the conservation the future lies in strategic investment in education, estate and dam wild rivers. If we really want to innovation and an ability to be responsive. protect and celebrate our values, we have to change “This is probably the most important election the government. Our current approach is not only for a generation because so much is at stake. A causing environmental risk, but it’s also damaging our lot of National’s proposals on issues such as the credibility and international reputation. On top of this, environment and asset sales are a one-way street; we now have the threat of asset sales which represents a the environmental and social damage could be loss of sovereignty and NZ earning capacity.” irreversible. What we need is equal, fair and Christine says it doesn’t matter which party people responsible government that responds to the need of intuitively support, there is across-the-board the many, rather than the few.

VOTE Labour for Rodney • stop asset sales • first $5000 earned tax free • tackling youth unemployment • planned economic recovery Authorised by Christine Rose, 355 Foster Rd, RD1, Kumeu 0841

Christine is from a farming family which has lived in Rodney for four generations and she served as a Rodney District and Auckland Regional Councillor for 15 years. She taught politics and philosophy at Auckland University, and is involved in several grass-roots environmental and arts organisations. Christine is passionate about Rodney, NZ and its communities. Her particular concerns are environmental management and transport, and she supports arts and cultural development. She believes in working with communities, farmers and businesses to improve economic, social and environmental conditions. She’s a proud supporter of Kiwibank and other nationally-owned assets, and motivated to ensure they remain in public ownership. Christine’s political views were shaped positively by her rural upbringing, and negatively by the new-right policies of Thatcher, Reagan and Rogernomics. She is standing as a Labour candidate to support a return to economic stability, savings, and to advocate for better environmental protection and workers’ rights. Christine’s spare time is spent in the great outdoors, camping, tramping, cycling and kayaking. She is 42 on Labour’s party list and would become a list member if Labour polled 38 percent of the vote plus securing constituency seats.

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Tracey Martin A desire to keep New Zealand in New Zealanders’ hands is a key driver for New Zealand First candidate Tracey Martin. Disillusioned by a lack of local representation The party would also put greater restriction on land and concerned about prostitution law reform, she sales to foreigners. While people have been watching first stood as the party’s candidate in 2008 and is the Crafar farms, she says the $100m threshold for now number two on the party list. She remains Overseas Investment Office scrutiny means some concerned that the globalised, market-led approach major land deals have gone unnoticed, like the sale isn’t working for New Zealand. of “a huge local vineyard” to a Chinese consortium “There’s a myth perpetuated that because we’re small and American ownership of land in the middle of and far away we can’t compete, so we have to take the far north’s Karikari Peninsula. bad deals because they’re the only deals we can get, Other NZ First policies include replacing the but I believe it’s a plus we’re this far away. unemployment benefit with a community wage for “Instead of trying to compete with cheap nations, 20 hours of local volunteer work per week. we should be looking at niche markets – like organic In education, Tracey would like to see flawed agriculture – to get better returns and, in all things, National Standards withdrawn and refined through we should be adding value, not sending away raw a small scale trial programme, and would flatten out product.” funding to enable resourcing based on individuals’ She sees growth potential in our clean, green image needs, rather than a school’s decile rating. and thinks the country can be more export-focused, “Warkworth Primary is decile eight and each year without “selling itself short” in trade deals. identifies at least 12 children who need reading “NZ First opposed the free trade agreement with recovery, but the state only funds them for half a China because it allowed them to bring in Chinese child.” workers and pay them directly through Chinese She says that, in order to benefit from the Auckland bank accounts, with no benefit to the New Zealand Plan, Rodney needs multi-modal transport, economy.” including the Puhoi to Wellsford highway (a Another trade anomaly is an Australian deal that commitment backed by party leader Winston overrides New Zealand laws by allowing in ready- Peters) and a Northern Rail freight link, that should to-drink products (RTDs) of more than five percent be extended to Marsden Point. alcohol volume, she says. On projects such as Penlink, Tracey says she would “The devil is in the detail. Some countries have follow the will of the majority. kept alcohol and tobacco out of their free trade “If I’m the local MP and we didn’t campaign on it, agreements,” she says. my party expects me to come back and find out the NZ First would also provide certainty for exporters majority view of the people I represent.” by capping the dollar and reinstating the Reserve Binding referenda is a central party policy. Bank Governor’s right to consider downstream “There is already a model for people to have a consequences to exporters and others when referendum, as used in the anti-smacking campaign, managing inflation. but nothing’s binding. It’s a politician’s job to make Tracey says that although sometimes accused of the public as well informed as possible on their “populist” politics, NZ First has stayed true to its options and then let the people decide.” core principles since it was formed 18 years ago. The party favours strengthening Kiwisaver and “We’ve always said no asset sales to foreigners and would probably hold a binding referendum on New Zealand land should stay in the hands of New whether people wanted a compulsory savings Zealanders.” scheme, Tracey says. National’s plan to sell off 49 percent of state assets, Although it supports MMP, NZ First would like not only means the loss of half the profit from assets MP numbers reduced to 99, retaining 70 electorate taxpayers have already paid for, but the sale of hydro representatives but with fewer list places and would power stations is likely to be linked to the sale of water require all parties to meet the five percent party vote rights, she says. However, NZ First would support threshold, before being able to bring list candidates investment of up to 24.9 percent by New Zealanders. into parliament.

Tracey is a 40-plus, sixth-generation New Zealander and mother of three school-age children, with an extremely supportive husband. Along with an administration background and special expertise in credit control, she has a strong record of community representation. Currently an elected representative on the Rodney Local Board of the Auckland Council, she is also chair of the Mahurangi College Board of Trustees and its finance committee, a member of the National Council of Women’s Hibiscus Coast Branch and the college’s liaison person to Te Whanau O Mahurangi (Maori parent support group). Delegated to pull together the submissions and feedback around the recent Local Board Agreement (funding for 2011/2012) and the Draft Local Board Plan (the three to 10 year plan for Rodney), Tracey has an excellent awareness of local issues. She has twice led presentations to Auckland Council, seeking financial recognition of the Rodney community’s needs and desires and has also presented on the future of Rodney within the new 30-year vision for Auckland. Her wide-ranging board portfolios include economic development, and business improvement districts. She also handles responsibilities in association with Council Controlled Organisations (CCOs) including Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development.

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Teresa Moore Green Party A relative newcomer to the Green Party, Teresa has had a lifelong interest in environmental issues, so she says it came as no surprise to her family and friends when she stood as the Greens candidate for Rodney. It was while working on her thesis on solar energy could include feeders from Te Hana and Warkworth that she became interested in policy making. for commuters and is important for tourism too. “Government provides a lot of support for the oil and Government invests in roads, but needs to upgrade fossil fuel industries and, if it put equivalent support rail so that Kiwi Rail can make it economically into renewable energy, it would get those industries viable. up and running, after which market forces could There is no need to build a four-lane highway from take over. The stakeholders need assistance with Puhoi to Wellsford and the $1.65 billion that will things such as research and development in order to cost could be better spent elsewhere. Time could be grow. With that growth comes employment, as well cut off the driving time if more freight went by rail, as environmental benefits.” reducing the numbers of large trucks on that road.” One of the Greens key platforms is to stimulate jobs, Teresa is not opposed to the Penlink Rd, but says especially in the area of green tech, and Teresa says if Whangaparaoa residents want it, they need to be this is also her focus for Rodney, including assisting aware of the changes that building it will bring. small business. “A public private partnership will come with “The first person I ever employed was through costs – any developer who takes it on will only Task Force Green. I needed to grow my business, make money if they are also able to develop land but couldn’t afford to pay another staff member. near the road or in areas such as Gulf Harbour. If Through Task Force Green my yacht charter Whangaparaoa residents are willing to have more business expanded to employ more than 20 people, intensive development, with an associated loss of with a multi-million dollar turnover. The Greens green spaces, I’m not opposed to that. However, would help employers to take on people who are on I also have fears for the effects on water quality in the dole, with the benefit going to the employer. the Okura/Stillwater region if Penlink proceeds. This goes hand in hand with allowing parents on a Investing in major highways at a time of Peak Oil benefit access to the training incentive allowance, so and climatic changes is short sighted – sustainable that people can upskill while still being able to care transport is the key. for their families.” The park ‘n’ ride in Silverdale needs sufficient She says other priorities for her locally will be capacity for the large numbers that will want to improving public transport, stimulating tourism use it. The park ‘n’ ride should also be used as a meeting point and a feeder from other bus services, and ensuring the environment is cared for. “I’ve been in the tourism industry for more than so travellers don’t have to use a car at all.” 10 years and understand its importance to the Teresa supports the Green’s view that state assets local economy. We have a great basis for tourism in should be retained by New Zealanders. Rodney, with many beautiful natural settings and “If all our profits go offshore, how can we grow our attractions such as Matakana market, Mahurangi local industries? I visited Meridian Energy as part of Peninsula, regional parks and the marine reserve at my thesis and they are investing in renewable energy. Leigh. However, if the company is sold they are likely to “As a marine biologist, my focus is on water and be too busy paying their shareholders to invest that marine life, so cleaning up our waterways, which is money in renewables. That’s one of the ways in a Green Party priority, is vital. There are big benefits which we all lose as soon as the profits go offshore.” in creating pockets of marine reserves so that our She says sustainable development is the way forward. children can fish in the future. Marine reserves are “You can’t stand in the way of development, unless good for fish stocks, and therefore for fisheries.” it’s poor development. Each development proposal Teresa is a business consultant for Save Our Rail must be assessed on its economic, environmental Northland and says rail could assist employment and social merits. There’s a lot of bureaucracy in the growth, with a link to Marsden Point port. RMA, and it could be fine tuned to make the process “The upgrade of the northern rail system would less time consuming, but the general guidelines are benefit all of North Rodney and Northland. It important.

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Mark Mitchell National Party Mark Mitchell found his way into politics after international security company. He says his shift into the political arena came when he began working with NZ Trade & Enterprise while he was based overseas. “Being offshore and working in emerging markets, I could see there were real opportunities for our entrepreneurs and business people. I became involved in helping government agencies to introduce those opportunities to New Zealanders. That’s when I realised I could make a genuine contribution.” Mark’s family are strong National Party supporters – his grandfather, Frank Gill, was a cabinet minister in Rob Muldoon’s government – and Mark says the party’s principles and values are clearly aligned with his own. On the campaign trail, Mark says he is getting positive feedback about how the Government is performing on one of the issues that is closest to his heart – community safety and policing. He says another pressing issue raised by voters is the economy. “Rating agencies have confidence in the Government’s eonomic plan, but the global situation was always going to have an impact on NZ. However, sometimes being further afield is an advantage and we have very strong primary products which puts us in a good position for future growth.” Local issues raised by Rodney residents are the Puhoi to Warkworth motorway extension and the building of the Penlink Road from Whangaparaoa to Redvale. “I am 110 percent behind the motorway extension from Puhoi to Warkworth. It is critical in terms of safety for road users. That is one of the worst stretches of road in NZ in terms of crash fatalities and injuries. “It is also critical that the motorway be built to stimulate the economy, in North Rodney and also in Northland. I’ve spoken to business people who have businesses outside Rodney, but live in Rodney, who if the motorway went ahead would relocate to areas such as Warkworth and be employing local people and growing the local economy.” With family living in Whangaparaoa, Mark says he is determined to be proactive on the building of the Penlink Road. “I’m a strong advocate for Penlink because of the need to have another road on and off the peninsula. In the past I have been heavily involved with billion

a career that spans police work and running an dollar plus infrastructure projects and part of the difficulty with Penlink is that no-one has taken ownership of it, to drive it forward. The feedback I am getting is that it is an Auckland Council problem. The public private partnership model is the most obvious way to deliver this project and I have already been meeting with possible investors from overseas with a view to making it happen. “I would also like to see the park and ride at Silverdale be properly planned and developed so it is substantial enough to cope with future growth. Areas such as Millwater will bring huge population growth to the Hibiscus Coast and public transport, as well as other infrastructure, must be planned with that in mind.” The retention of the northern rail line is something Mark is not fully briefed on, but he says rail needs to be economically viable before any taxpayers’ money should go into it. “If there were more commercial use of the line, it would be viable to retain it.” Mark is a supporter of National’s “mixed ownership model” for state assets. “Mixed ownership is a win-win situation. NZ investors have been very limited in what they can invest in – financial companies and property. The sale of state assets will give them the opportunity to invest in good quality NZ assets; I would rather see dividends go to NZ investors than have to pay interest to overseas lenders.” A background in international trade has put economic growth for the region high on Mark’s list of priorities. “My overall drive is to see economic growth for Rodney’s businesses. That means helping Rodney’s entrepreneurs; we have some great businesses doing some wonderful stuff, such as Dad’s Pies in Silverdale who are exporting their products. “We must be able to grow our tradable sector. Along with that, we must get our fair share of investment in infrastructure. I will push for fast broadband for businesses and schools and ensure we get that rollout. “I’m in favour of having well planned growth in Rodney, but combined with investment in infrastructure so we can provide and retain a great way of life and everyone can come and enjoy what we have.”

Mark’s family have lived and worked in Rodney for four generations and he is passionate about the region and committed to generating economic growth and creating new jobs. After completing his education at Rosmini College and the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business, he worked in farming, policing, and most recently, was founder and CEO of a successful international business. Mark will marry Peggy Bourne, widow of rally ace Possum Bourne, later this month. As a parent of four children who attend Orewa College, he is committed to supporting teachers, lifting education standards and getting good information to all parents. His community work includes involvement in the Springboard programme in Warkworth and Orewa surf lifesaving club and he is also an honorary member of the Warkworth Rotary Club. After spending 14 years in the police force, the community’s safety and policing issues are a priority for Mark who says he will back strong law and order policies. He supports National’s principles of careful economic management and sensible decisions.

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Beth Houlbrooke Act Party As a long-time Act Party supporter, Beth Houlbrooke says it was Don Brash’s elevation to party leader that galvanised her to stand for Rodney; not as a candidate but as a means of securing a larger party vote. “My job is to get him (Don Brash) into Parliament. which in turn would make housing more affordable. He’s the man we need to fix the economy. NZ is on The current Metropolitan Urban Limits (MULs) are the road to further financial crisis at the current level too restrictive. The costs of developing land under the of borrowing so our priority is to slow down spending current RMA are so high that this naturally flows on to and slow down borrowing. When we fix the economy, the price of the sections. We certainly defend personal then we can look at better health services, looking property rights, and it’s up to the individual property after the environment, and creating a more conducive owner to determine the best use of their property.” climate for business and job creation.” As a person with a transport background, Beth says However, Beth distanced herself from Mr Brash’s she isn’t supporting the retention of the northern rail comments on the decriminalisation of cannabis. She line. said that was his personal point-of-view – the party “Rail is too inflexible and too limiting to be a viable has no policy on the issue. option. It doesn’t stack up when you weigh-up the She says some of the main issues being raised by costs involved versus the benefits. Act doesn’t believe Rodney residents during this campaign include the it’s fair that all taxpayers have to subsidise a service Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS), the Marine and that would benefit only a small proportion of the Coastal Area (Takutai Moana) Bill which seeks to population. relace the 2004 Foreshore and Seabed Bill, a youth “We think the sale of some state assets will provide minimum wage, the Puhoi-Wellsford highway part of the solution to fixing the economy. Providing project, Penlink and the Resource Management Act. superannuation to 65 year olds is unsustainable and “Act wants the ETS scrapped and so does the Act would like to see the eligible age gradually raised farming community. In regard to the Marine and to 67 years. We would also scrap interest-free student Coastal Area Bill, a lot of National Party voters are loans – their education is already being subsidised. disappointed with John Key’s handling of this. I’m When we talk about selling off state assets, we’re still getting my head around its implications, but talking about selling a 49 percent share in businesses the party believes there are potentially vast wealth that could be run better by private enterprise. This transfers involved – what would otherwise be held includes utilities such as power companies, Air NZ, by the Crown for the interest of all, could pass into hospitals and prisons.” the ownership of tiny minorities, all justified on the Beth says she has no problems supporting Act’s flimsiest of grounds and influenced by the needs of policies to allow nuclear-powered warships to visit NZ, increase the subsidy for independent schools, and temporary political coalitions. continue onshore and offshore mineral exploration. “Act believes that a lot of school kids are missing out on valuable work experience during the holidays She also agrees with the call for a review of police because employers can’t afford to hire them since procedures around Section 48 (self-defence) and 56 the youth minimum wage was abolished. We want (defence of property) of the Crimes Act. Act says this reinstated, perhaps at something around $10 an law-abiding citizens who use reasonable force to defend themselves or their property should not be hour but this is still being discussed. dragged through the courts. “Both the Puhoi to Wellsford state highway project and Penlink have our support, although Penlink is “Youth offending also needs to be nipped in the a local government issue. Both these projects would bud. Criminal activity is significantly less likely to escalate when caught and punished early. have benefits for the economy.” Beth says she fully supports Act’s call for reform of the On the anti-smacking bill, Beth says she makes no Resource Management Act with the aim of making secret of the fact that she smacked her children. it easier for property owners to use and develop “I think this is a completely acceptable form of their land. The policy states that the only harms and corrective teaching.” benefits that should be considered are those that In summary, Beth says she believes NZ has to relate to human welfare, and that “intrinsic values” move away from being a country with a culture of should not to be considered. entitlement to benefits. “We want to free up more land for development, “We need to replace it with a culture of aspirations.”

Beth is a self-employed businesswoman and company director of Backload Moving Co NZ Ltd. She and husband Barry have been married for 25 years and have two sons – Mitchell (20) attending Massey University and Louis (17) in his final year at Mahurangi College. Residing in the Warkworth area for the last 18 years, Beth has been involved with local business women as coordinator of the Rodney Her Business Network from 2001 to 2006. She was also Mahurangi Kindergarten president, Kaipara Flats School Board of Trustees chairperson, and is currently Greater Auckland Chorus team leader. Beth’s self-employment has been primarily in the transport and farming industries. Her prior salaried employment was as an administrative assistant in construction/ engineering, telecommunications and commercial banking. Beth has been an Act Party member since its early years and is a firm believer in Act’s core principle of individual choice balanced with personal responsibility. She is standing as a non-list candidate, seeking votes only for the Act Party.

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Colin Craig Conservative Party Colin Craig set up the Conservative Party when he decided there was no other party he could vote for and despite only confirming its registration on October 7 he expects the party will come close to standing a candidate in every electorate. Number one on his party’s list, he says he chose government revenue, reduce binge drinking and to stand in Rodney because he and his family and ultimately bring that cost down.” friends live here and it’s an electorate he thinks he However, Colin is against asset sales in any form, can win. The son of former Rodney councillor Ross claiming the “mixed ownership model” still gives Craig, he says he’s had plenty of discussion about foreigners control over, and profits from, important what’s good for Rodney and he’s not concerned strategic assets. about splitting the conservative vote. “We’re talking about power generation, power “I’m not into political games. The party vote will supply and Kiwibank, these are great assets for New determine the balance of power. Let the best man or Zealanders to own.” woman win.” Nor does he want to see New Zealand land and He views the foreshore and seabed as a big issue farms in foreign hands. for Rodney residents and is strongly opposed to “I’ve talked to some of the Chinese business interests the Marine and Coastal Area (Takutai Moana) Act involved and what they really want is long-term 2011, which makes it possible for iwi to negotiate supply. Long-term leases or long-term supply directly with the government. contracts will fulfil their need.” “If there’s an issue of justice it should be resolved He thinks Kiwisaver should be left in its current through the courts, never by political negotiation. form and not be treated like “a political football”. We’ve got a lot of coastline and we want to know that we look out at a sea that’s public domain that The country’s savings problem reflects declining wealth and economic growth is the solution, he says. we all own together.” He supports implementation of integrated family “If we’re serious about the economic future, we health centres that have already been planned for have to get into innovation, business development, Rodney, offering both savings and better local entrepreneurship.” service, but which he says simply need political will He wants the re-introduction of tax rebates for research and development to encourage new to proceed. He also supports progressing Penlink – “it’s self- products and innovation. funding so it shouldn’t be an issue” and the Puhoi In education he supports parental choice over to Wellsford highway (also as a toll road, and secondary schools and would like a total re-think ultimately continuing to Northland) but with the of the tertiary education delivery, which he says has inclusion of an interchange at Puhoi. However, he resulted in massive levels of student debt that he doubts will be re-paid. views northern rail as uneconomic. Addressing the impact of economic issues, like the He suggests a variation of correspondence-style credit downgrade and increasing cost of living, will learning, teaching people primarily online, rather than in universities, which would also decrease mean reducing government spending, says Colin. He sees savings in reducing the current 121 MPs to transport congestion and enable lecturers to address 99 and reviewing services like welfare administration, bigger audiences. which he says currently costs $1.1 billion a year and “We need to invest more in the intelligence and the could be done better by helping long-term beneficiaries learning and less in the fixed buildings and expensive into jobs or apprenticeships with a community wage. stuff,” he says “We’re paying them anyway, we might as well be Colin is in favour of MMP, but only in the form paying them to get away from the welfare lifestyle.” originally recommended by the Royal Commission, An increase in alcohol excise tax and raising the legal with a lower threshold of three to four percent for small drinking age, to 20 or 21 could also save money, he parties, MPs reduced to 99 and no separate Maori seats. suggests. The party is also committed to a policy of binding “We collect about $800 million in revenue from referenda, he says. alcohol, but we spend about $5.3 billion picking up “I think it’s a sad state when you’ve got a democracy the pieces. An increase in excise tax would increase where the people are being ignored.”

Colin Craig is a self-made businessman, entrepreneur and innovator, who has founded and managed five successful businesses. He is passionate about improving New Zealand’s economy. Colin has completed several university qualifications in commerce, management, economics, and the arts. He has also been a university lecturer, including teaching commerce for the Maori Studies department at AUT. Colin’s connection with Rodney spans more than 20 years, living with his family in Warkworth, and with his wife of 20 years, in Whangaparaoa. He is a father and is well-known as someone with traditional values and the courage to stand up for ordinary kiwis. He is a determined leader, who is practical, and does what he says he will do, believing that NZ needs to get back to values that work. He organised and funded the March for Democracy in 2009, highlighting the failure of governments to be directed by Citizens Initiated Referenda. Last year, he was a credible third in the Auckland Mayoral election. As leader of the Conservative Party, Colin is committed to putting the people of Rodney before party politics.

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Yoga free and easy on Manly Beach

With a demanding and action-packed career spent in the British Airforce, it is little wonder that Shelley Charlton of Manly sought refuge in practising the peaceful art of yoga. Shelley, whose role as aircrew included service in Iraq and maritime patrol, says that the airforce paid for her to do her yoga teacher training. “While we were in Iraq, I was doing yoga myself and ended up teaching others,” Shelley says. Shelley moved to NZ six years ago for an airforce exercise and made the Coast her home. After retiring last year, she began offering free yoga classes on the beach. “I was taking regular walks along the beach and doing a bit of yoga on the sand and it was so beautiful and peaceful early in the morning. I decided others might like to join in and that’s how the classes started.” Last year a group of around 10 people, aged from 10 to 60 years, took part in the classes, which were held on Stanmore Bay Beach. “It is suitable for anyone, including absolute beginners. Shelley Charlton on Manly Beach. It’s mainly balancing, standing poses and other gentle Manly Beach, meeting near the Manly Sailing Club stretches suitable for first thing in the morning.” The 20-minute long yoga sessions, held Monday, at 7.30am. The classes run until February. Wednesday and Friday, begin on November 11, on Info:

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A service that provides medical advice via the phone may be extended to more practices on the Hibiscus Coast. There are currently four practices on the Coast offering an after hours telephone triage service, but ProCare Health expects more clinics to adopt the service after it was extended as part of a wider initiative designed to improve after hours medical care. The service allows a patient to call their usual practice number free from a landline. The call connects to a registered nurse who will provide medical advice. To find out whether you are enrolled with a practice offering the service, contact your general practitioner.

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Sport with Mark McCarthny

Sport – a universal language I have absolutely loved this Rugby World Cup and it has reinforced for me all the great things that we get from involvement in sport. Passion for the game, or for a particular team, is always a quality of a true sport lover, and we have seen this exhibited a-plenty in this tournament. The support from the Kiwis in general has made this rugby showcase a huge success. One great aspect about sport that has been emphasised is the enduring friendships you develop, especially with people you might never otherwise come into contact with. In the early 1980s I enjoyed playing rugby in the south of France and, as I write this, I am hosting four mad-keen French supporters. We have kept in touch with the family that looked after us the most during our time in France and we have enjoyed catching up over the years, visiting each other and watching each other’s families grow. I have also noted how, at the top level of the sport, enduring friendships are also developed. We had lunch with our French friends in Auckland during the Cup and at the next table was All Black assistant coach Wayne Smith,lunching with legendary French fullback Pierre Villepreux. Walking down Queen Street in Auckland with four suitably dressed French supporters was an experience in itself. It certainly showed how many visitors are here, as we were constantly stopped by other French supporters and there was also plenty of friendly discussion with All Black supporters and people from a number of countries. “Allez Les Bleus” seemed to follow us down the road. I have never seen the atmosphere in Auckland anything like this before and the colour, positivity and sheer enjoyment reinforces why sport is important to the ‘mood of the nation’ and to how we feel about ourselves as New Zealanders. The nation is buzzing, and readers are no doubt talking about how good the All Black win was. A fitting end to an outstanding sporting event.

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An initiative designed to encourage more young people to take up golf will be held for the first time at Whangaparaoa Golf Club in Army Bay this At Caci, we aim to simplify beauty. month. We will take away all the guess work The national Registration Day, run in level. That puts it on a par, price-wise, and manage your complete schedule association with North Harbour Golf, with sports such as soccer. There is a of treatments with the Amerase™ gives junior players an opportunity good structure of tournaments locally membership program - a 12 month to have a go at chipping, putting and regionally, so competitive players Botox® plan, with simple payment and hitting balls into a net as well as can progress through the ranks and options throughout the year. finding out more about the sport. of course there are a lot of top young Those with more experience may be players competing at international Call us for a complimentary, able to go out on the course, with level.” no obligation consultation. adult supervision, and gear will be Whangaparaoa Golf Club has had a available to try on the day. junior programme in place for almost Organiser of the Registration Day, 10 years, supported by a range of 33 Florence Avenue, Orewa Jacqui Darvill, says the club currently fundraising activities. has around 24 young members (aged Most of the young people play every phone now eight to 18 years) taking part in their weekend in summer. junior programme. Jacqui says if the Registration Day, on or 09 426 7423 “The course has junior tees, which are November 6 is successful it will be run a shorter length so young people can every year. have a junior handicap to work on,” “Golf is having to look at innovative Jacqui says. “Even if they’re only six, ways to bring young people into the they can still play with a handicap.” sport and this is a great way to start.” Junior members have a variety of Golf Registration Day • Whangaparaoa reasons for their enjoyment of the sport. Golf Club, 1337 Whangaparaoa Rd, Connor Visser, who has been Army Bay • November 6, 2pm–4pm playing for five years, describes the Whangaparaoa course as a calming place to be, while Sarah Mayes says golf provides a way to let off steam. “You can take your anger out on the ball,” Sarah says. Jacqui says the registration day has been introduced nationally by the NZ Have combined to offer some amazing package deals to whip you out of the Golf Association in recognition of the winter blues and sizzle into spring need to bring in young players. Maria Alanna “The decline in young members of apply Wash + Cut + Treatment + Blowave + Petite itions Stylist Stylist Cond Revitalising (35min) Facial or Express Pedicure golf clubs in general is partly because golf is seen as expensive, yet it is Tamariki Plaza, Cammish Lane, Orewa • Phone 426 5637 heavily subsidised by clubs at junior

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Stillwater is the latest area on the Coast to work with Auckland Council on establishing its own Neighbourhood Response Plan. The idea of formulating response plans She says the plan has been easy to within communities was introduced prepare, with assistance from Council, by Auckland Council in November and makes the area feel like a safer and so far six are in place including place to live in. Waiwera and Mahurangi East, Omaha Pat Downs agrees, although she says at and Kawau Island. In the pipeline are first she was unsure about the wisdom plans for Warkworth, Puhoi, Scotts of taking advice from “a guy in Pitt Landing and Pt Wells. Street”. A committee of eight Stillwater “I have been impressed with the residents worked on the plan, which Council’s professionalism, but it still covers 550 households and took two seems a bit strange to be getting this months to complete. type of information from Auckland,” The plan is designed to enable the Pat says. community to respond and remain In conjunction with the plan the self-reliant for at least three days committee is also attempting to without any external assistance in the establish a community initiative called event of an emergency. It identifies Connect 4, which creates a contact list the biggest risks in the Stillwater area, of neighbours, helping to locate and which include tidal surge, landslip, assist vulnerable people. cyclones, earthquake and fire and establishes lines of communication. The founder of Connect 4, Carol It also includes details of people and McMinn, is trying to establish the resources that will be needed to assist initiative nationwide and received in an emergency, such as the locations funding from the Hibiscus & Bays of generators, the owners of large boats Local Board to assist. Committee member Paul Murphy and medical professionals. Committee member Alison Parr says says now that the plan is complete, it’s the fact that there is only one road in important to get everyone involved., and out of Stillwater makes it even Info: more important for the community to and for info on be able to take care of each other in an Connect 4, email emergency. or phone Carol, 09 473 3259.

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Cuisine with Dame Alison Holst This recipe is among my favourites featured in A Home-grown Cook (see below) and makes a stunning Christmas cake.

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Long before the cult of the celebrity chef, which brought with it an explosion of cooking shows on television, there was NZ’s own Alison Holst. This month, the nation’s curiosity of many New Zealanders. “Alison’s love about the life and times of this much- of cooking and her ability to enthuse loved Hibiscus Matters columnist and and inspire so many of us with her Orewa resident will be satisfied with recipes has been a wonderful gift. She, the publication of her 100th book herself, says nothing gives her more – A Home-grown Cook: The Dame pleasure than spotty, food-stained Alison Holst Story, with Barbara Larson pages in our copies of her books: it’s (Hyndman Publishing). a sign that a recipe has become part The book, complete with family of someone’s repertoire. It’s proof, too, photos, takes us from her early days that she continues to be a wonderful growing up in Dunedin, to marriage part of our lives, a culinary pioneer and bringing up her own family, her and a national treasure.” travels and culinary career. Alison will be in Orewa Library on The introduction to the book, by November 23, 11am–12.30pm, as broadcaster Sharon Crosbie, highlights part of a nationwide book tour. Tickets the quiet way in which Alison has are $5 (this includes a light lunch). For reached into the kitchens, and hearts, more details, see What’s On, page 31. Hibiscus Matters has two copies of A Home-grown Cook (Hyndman Publishing) to give away. To be in to win, write your name, address and daytime phone number on the back of an envelope and post to: A Home-grown Cook, Hibiscus Matters, Unit G, Tamariki Plaza, 18 Tamariki Ave, Orewa 0931. Entries close November 21. CONGRATULATIONS to Jocelyn Windle of Matakatia, winner of a copy of Marvellous Mince & Sensational Sausages

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The victorious Hibiscus AFC team, from left, back row: Aoife King, Alyssa Mattson, Meisha Knegt, Aneka Mittendorff, Ashlea Herd, Megan Roe; front row: Kara Drinnan, Camryn Birley, Seren Williams, Sophie Hindley.





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Get ready to launch With the warmer weather gradually returning, many of us are thinking about preparing our boats after the winter lay-off to enjoy the fishing or cruising. With that in mind, here are a few reminders that will help ensure you won’t need a Coastguard rescue vessel on the water: yy Fill up with new petrol and flush out any that’s stale. Check fuel filters for water, and replace if necessary. Check plugs – a high number of Coastguard callouts are due to stale fuel, or dirty plugs. Top up the oil and check fuel lines for splits. Most importantly get your motor and boat professionally serviced, particularly if you have a modern engine fitted with an ECU chip. Check your spare parts and toolbox. yy Assess the condition of all lines, replacing any that have frayed. Check the anchor chain, warp, shackles and winch. yy Check the health of your batteries; a huge number of Coastguard callouts are to boats with dead batteries. Test electrical devices including depth/speed sounders, GPS, VHF, radar, navigation lights, fume detectors, bilge pumps, etc. Check the compass is reading accurately. yy Check safety equipment: Are all lifejackets present and in good repair? Distress flares and fire extinguishers still serviceable? Got a bailer, knife and torch? Is the first-aid kit complete? yy If you don’t yet have marine VHF radio, give it thought. It could save your life, and prices for handheld units begin at just $100. For details on VHF coverage around our coasts, as well as advice on using VHF, get a copy of Maritime New Zealand’s Radio Handbook for Coastal Vessels. You can download it in pdf format from, along with a raft of other boating safety publications. While on their website, you can also register – at no cost – your personal EPIRB (emergency distress beacon), if you own one. Another freebie is their Safe Boating Pack, which includes a DVD, booklet, and other useful information. Last but not least, if you have a Coastguard membership, check its expiry date. To renew or acquire membership online, visit and don’t forget to check the box that diverts the commission to your local Coastguard unit.

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A group of health workers and friends who walked from Gulf Harbour to Red Beach in September to raise funds for Alzheimers Auckland raised almost $6000. The Platinum Community Care & Friends walk was organised by Monica Grimshaw. She says even passing traffic was supportive, waving, tooting and flashing lights. “It gave us a real boost as we approached the last few kilometres,” Monica says.

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BUSINESS & PROFESSIONAL WOMEN (BPW) Hibiscus Coast $2000 Tertiary Student Study Award 2012. Open to a present or past Hibiscus Coast female resident Criteria & Application Forms Available from “BPW Study Award” PO Box 321, Silverdale or ph 426 0407. Email: Applications close Dec 31 2011. Christmas Choir is happening again. If you enjoy singing and having fun, come to our practices each Sunday evening at Orewa Community Church. Practices commenced Oct16, 5pm. Combined Rodney Seniors Mon Nov 14 Cost $34pp. Travel to Clevedon visit the Clevedon Animal Farm. We will be treated to a performance and a sing-along. Ph Joan 424 7545 or 021 078 4296. Dermal Rolling Free information evening and demonstration at Esetic, Wednesday Nov 2 from 6pm. This treatment targets fine lines and wrinkles, pigmentation, scarring, enlarged pores. Wine and cheese. Dermal Roller valued at $179 to be given away on the night. Esetic Beauty Therapy, Unit D Tamariki Plaza, 17 Cammish Lane Orewa. Eaves Bush Boardwalk/ Track Construction Project Stage 2. Requesting volunteers to assist with this project during the period from Wed Oct 26–Tues Nov 8, 9am at the Eaves Bush Parade entrance. Refreshments and tools supplied. Gumboots recommended. Ph Don Turner 426 4761 or Spencer Drinkwater 427 5517. Empathy Support Group meeting for people who have lost loved ones to suicide. Next meeting Nov 28, 7-9pm. 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.

HBC Youth Centre has ‘CHILL’ nights available for ages 13-17 years, 7pm-10.30pm. Contact for more information. 214d Hibiscus Coast Highway near the Western Reserve, Ph 426 5005. Hibiscus Coast Country Music Club next meeting Orewa Community Centre, Sun Nov 6, 1pm $3 entry. Guest artist Joy Adams from Hamilton, all welcome. Hibiscus Coast Highland Pipes and Drums - join our Band Learners from 10 years 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.

FOOD BANK SUPPPLIES URGENTLY NEEDED Hibiscus Coast Community House. Donations to be left at Community House Western Reserve Orewa, New World Orewa, Curves Gym Whangaparaoa, Countdown Orewa (Salvation Army collection box), Bunnings Silverdale. Ph 426 3598. GULF HARBOUR YACHT CLUB Open Day Nov 19, 9.30am Come, see the activities displays,special Membership deals,social or boating, boating items for sale and display, Face Painting ,BBQ and much more on and off the water. Great Greenhithe Garden Tour Now in its 18th year, Sun Nov 13, 10am– 4pm. Visitors will have the opportunity of buying crafts, plants, refreshments and much more. Support the Kindergarten. Further info and tickets, visit have a go day Orewa Croquet Club Hatton Road. November 6, 1p.m. - 3pm. Great fun.coaching available. Ph.Janet 426 8686.

Hibiscus Coast Singers present Around the World in 18 Songs. Special Guest: Yao, Chinese guzheng player Sat Nov 19, 7.30pm, Sun Nov 20, 2.30pm Tickets $15 Orewa Menswear or Ph 027 349 1517. Hibiscus spirit awakening and healing centre Meets every second wed evening in Orewa. For details ph Lynda 424 1998. National Registration day November 6. Whangaparaoa Golf Club Juniors are taking part. Pregnant or breastfeeding? Come to La Leche League 2nd Wed of each month, 9.45am Whangaparaoa Public library. Ph Lisa 428 5266. Puhoi Historical Society meets every 3rd Wed, 7.30pm, Puhoi Museum records room. All welcome. Museum winter hours Sat & Sun, 1pm-4pm. RESTORE OUR BEACHES in Crown ownership to benefit ALL NewZealanders, sign the Petition today! For forms or details ph 426 7874. Email: www. RODCOSS (Rodney Council of Social Services) invite you to attend the Green Paper for Vulnerable Children Forum. Wed Nov 9, Rotary House Silverdale 7pm-9pm An opportunity to ensure that Rodney and Hibiscus Coast community members have a say in the needs of vulnerable children within our communities. The Kiwi Tea Dance Social dancing, Christmas Party Nov 27, last tea dance of the year. 5-8pm. Ladies a plate would be appreciated. Door charge applies. Silverdale Hall, Ph 027 293 4231, 09 426 8989. Whangaparaoa Lions Club Meets every second Tues in the month at Stanmore Bay Community Hall at 7.15 pm. Socials on the fourth Tuesday. Contact John Kingdon, ph. 428 3301. YOGA Starts again 11/11/11. Big Manly Beach - Mon, Wed & Fri 7.30am (weather permitting). Check website









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to distribute Hibiscus Matters, flyers and Magazines on the Peninsula, Orewa and Silverdale. Phone Julie Murray 09 554 0530 Email TO BUY, RECORDS/LP’s, 45’s Ph Mike 428 1587.

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

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

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.

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. YOGA,TAI CHI, NIA & MEDITATION at Balanced Energy Studio (opp Hoyts cinema, Whangaparaoa). Membership only $10 per week until Nov 30. Sign up now 428 2931 www.balancedenergy.

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3 Meet all the Candidates for the Rodney Electorate. Manly Methodist Church, Thursday 7.30pm . All welcome. Info: Brian Chamberlin, ph 09 428 1103. 4 & 5 Whangaparaoa Horticultural Society annual Flower Show, Whangaparaoa Hall, 717 Whangaparaoa Rd. Friday, 1.30pm–4pm, Saturday 9am–3.15pm. Door charge $2. Flowers, fruit, vegies, refreshments and trading table. 5–19 Return to the Forbidden Planet, Centrestage Theatre, Centreway Rd, Orewa. A futuristic musical version of The Tempest. Tickets $15–$30. Matinees on November 6, 12, 13 and 19. Tickets www. or ph Centrestage Theatre 426 7282. 6 Junior registration day at Whangaparaoa Golf Club, 1337 Whangaparaoa Rd, Army Bay, 2pm–4pm. Opportunity for young golfers to sign up for the summer season. (See story p25) 7–12 Book Clearance, 665 Whangaparaoa Rd (next to Beds R Us). Open 10am–4pm, Saturday 10am–2pm. Hundreds of books of all kinds – paperbacks, general fiction, non-fiction to “coffee table” books suitable for Christmas gifts. All proceeds go to Hibiscus Hospice. 12 Time out for Tauranga, a fundraiser for the wildlife affected by the oil spill. Ascension Wine Estate, Matakana, 2pm–7pm. Featuring Jason Kerrison of Op Shop and guest artists. (see story p4) 13 Red Beach School Gala, 20 Albert Hall Drive, Red Beach, 10am–2pm. Stalls, auction, rides and family fun. (see story p11) 18 & 19 Art exhibition and sale of paintings by Maygrove Art Group, Maygrove Village, 65 Tauranga Place, Orewa. Friday 10am–7pm, Saturday 10am–4pm. Info: ph 427 0424. 19 Gulf Harbour Yacht Club Open Day, starts 9.30am. Activities, displays, boating items for sale. Special membership deals. 19 & 20 Around the World in 18 Songs. Hibiscus Coast Singers concert, Red Beach Methodist Church, 76 Red Beach Rd, Red Beach, Saturday 7.30pm, Sunday, 2.30pm. Songs from all around the world. Featuring Yao on the Chinese zither. Info: ph 428 5623. (see story p10) 20 Hibiscus Coast Kindergarten’s annual Ducky Derby, Western Reserve, Orewa, 11am-3pm. The duck race will be at 1pm. A family fun day out with great entertainment, food stalls, sausage sizzle, bouncy castles, face painting, horse and cart rides, lucky dips quick-fire raffles, art & craft stalls. Fantastic prizes to be won. Ducks are $10 each (available on the day or at Orewa Menswear) Info: ph Robin, 021 127 2820. 23 Alison Holst at Orewa Library, Moana Ave, 11am–12.30pm, as part of a nationwide book tour. Tickets are $5 (includes a light lunch) and are available to purchase from the reception desk. Phone Orewa Library on 09 426 8249 to book. (see story p27) 25 Golf Day & Charity Auction, Whangaparaoa Golf Club, 1337 Whangaparaoa Rd. Registration 9am, tee off 9.30am. Fundraiser for Hibiscus Coast Blue Light and Whangaparaoa Lions. Cost is $250 per team of four, includes charity auction, buffet lunch and prizes. Info: Mark Veale, email or ph 021 258 0580. 26 General Election, New Zealand heads to the polls. 27 Lazy Sunday Jazz Sessions, Puhoi Valley Café, 275 Ahuroa Road, Puhoi. Lorraine Haville Quartet. Free entry. (see ad p10) 30 A talk about creating food for a Gluten Free Christmas by Joan Buchanan, Orewa Library, 12 noon to 2pm.

December 2011 2 Toni Childs, Unplugged and Intimate. Ascension Wine Estate, Matakana. Tickets $89.90 per person. Pre-show dinner option from 6pm. Limited numbers. Tickets or ph 09 422 9601 Ext 2 (see ad 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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World Cup Festival wins support A festival in Stanmore Bay that catered for people of all ages provided an exciting and atmospheric end to the Rugby World Cup for thousands of Hibiscus Coast residents and visitors. The event on the day of the World Cup final, October games, while bands played live by the Boating Club. 23, was organised by Auckland Council as part of All the rides and games were free, including air the Real NZ Festival, with entertainment, food cannons, a climbing wall and mini ferris wheel. and rides taking place from the beach and reserve Organiser Hellen Hyndman says nearly 2000 through to the Raiders sports fields, Brightside Road people came into the fenced off area of food stalls and the Leisure Centre. and entertainment around the Leisure Centre in Among the most popular attractions were rides aboard the first hour it opened and a total of 8000 visited a small fleet of Thundercat inflatable racing boats. throughout the day. More than 200 children were taken for rides, with The Leisure Centre courts were transformed into some coming back six times. The Thundercats kept licensed premises, with a large range of stalls offering going until late afternoon when they ran out of petrol. gourmet style food alongside. Coastguard demonstrations, including a realistic More than 2000 people watched the World Cup scenario where the Sealegs vessel rescued a patient final live on three giant screens, including one on from the beach and transported him to an ambulance, the Raiders fields, celebrating the result as a firework display lit up the reserve. also kept the crowd on the beach entertained. Youngsters played Touch and negotiated an obstacle More photos of this event at course set up by Kelly Sports on the reserve, or tried Below left, Families watch the rugby live. Below and the pedal cars and other games provided by In2It Street above, dressing in black was the way to go.

A mini Trolley Derby, in which 36 racers from nine teams competed on Brightside Rd drew a good crowd of spectators and supporters at the Stanmore Bay Family Festival. Teams from Wainui School (two teams), Whangaparaoa Primary, Orewa College and Stella Maris were represented as well as Henderson Intermediate, Riverhead Scouts, Meadowbank School and Waitakere Primary. A highlight of the day was the first place achieved by Harrison Thompson of Whangaparaoa Primary. Aaron Kinge and Carlos Clarke of Waitakere Primary were second and third respectively and Harrison’s brother Josh came in fourth. The event was a buildup for the Rotary Trolley Derby to be held next March. Pictured is the Whangaparaoa Primary team.

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