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16 November 2011

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Silverdale fireworks display in jeopardy The Silverdale Fire Brigade’s Open Day and Fireworks display, which attracted an estimated 8000 people to Orewa on November 5, is the latest to be threatened by a funding squeeze and issues with Council consents. As the fireworks exploded in more than $30,000, will be scaled spectacular fashion alongside Orewa down considerably next year. Estuary, Fire Brigade organisers “A lot depends on how much funding believed the event could also be going New World can offer – or maybe we up in smoke, after major sponsor New can persuade Auckland Council to World advised it could not guarantee make it their event. One option is to to continue its current level of support. just do the fireworks next year.” Volunteer fire fighter Ted Fuller, who He says a gate charge for entrance, helped organise the event, says the rather than donations, is also a brigade is keen to continue to operate possibility. the fireworks display, but uncertainty over funding and the amount of “We needed to make $3500 to break volunteer time involved in the Open even on the day. We got that, plus Day mean the future of the event is around $1000 on top.” Mr Fuller says the fireworks event has under discussion. He says Council bureaucracy is another also contributed to a massive reduction major sticking point. Although Local in the number of fire callouts in the Board intervention got the requirement region. continued page 4 for resource consent and fees waived just a month ago, organisers are still faced with a bill of around $1500 for this issue a consultant to handle the resource Boating feature consent application. pages 13 to 16 “The consent process is way too complex,” Mr Fuller says. “The forms Local business need to be simpler so organisers do not pages 18 and 19 need to employ expensive consultants.” Health matters He says it is likely that the Open Day pages 20 to 22 and Fireworks display, which costs


The Gala season is underway. Silverdale School’s Country Show Day was on October 29 and the Red Beach Gala was last weekend. Stanmore Bay’s Gala is on November 27 and Whangaparaoa Primary’s is on March 18. Pictured is Latisha George on pet bull Arjhon at Silverdale Country Show Day. (See story, p23)

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Plan brings building height in Orewa to the fore again The issue of highrise buildings in residential parts of Orewa has again raised its head as a result of provisions in Auckland Council’s draft Auckland Plan. Members of the Orewa Ratepayers & realise what this could mean for Residents Association (ORRA) said Orewa,” he says. “Developers will be they were dismayed to see Orewa listed pushing hard to get their six storeys.” as a Town Centre in the draft plan. Mr Drury says ORRA is disappointed Silverdale and the area around and angry that Cr Wayne Walker, who Whangaparaoa Plaza are also in this said he opposed Variation 101, voted category. in favour of the draft plan. Town Centres allow for buildings of However, Cr Walker says it is important up to six storeys, and density of 20–60 to note that the Auckland Plan is a high plus dwellings per hectare. level document with a broad brush ORRA’s submission against this plan approach. He says fine detail such as asks that Orewa be classified as a Local zoning will be dealt with by the Unitary Centre, which limits building heights to Plan, which replaces all current District no more than four storeys (one higher Plans and is not expected to open for than currently permissible in residential submissions until late next year. areas under the District Plan). “I have made Council very aware of It argues that Silverdale would be a the issues regarding building height in suitable Town Centre because of its Orewa, and that, plus the Environment location and future improvements in Court ruling, will be taken very seriously during submissions to its links to public transport. the draft Auckland Plan and the ORRA member Martin Emery and formation of the Unitary Plan where president John Drury, who worked on the fine details for each area will be the submission, say reading the draft hammered out,” Cr Walker says. “The plan was a bit like déjà vu. Environment Court ruling put a really “Variation 101 came into being big stake in the ground and Council because of the Auckland Growth has accepted that.” Strategy, and this plan is a follow on More than 1800 submissions were from that Strategy,” Mr Emery says. received to the draft Auckland Plan. “The Town Centre category does not Council has extended the time for anticipate development as extreme as hearings, which it hopes will conclude that allowed by Variation 101, but it is by December 17. Councillors’ still too intensive for Orewa.” deliberations and decision making Mr Drury says ORRA had hoped not on the draft Auckland Plan has been to have to fight Council plans again. rescheduled from December to next “However, it’s important that residents February.

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Primary school considers security fence Medical centre Whangaparaoa Primary School in Manly is considering erecting high fences around all or part of its grounds, effectively closing them to the public after hours, in order to prevent on-going vandalism. Erecting fences and locked gates is one means it can be used as a throughway weekend acts as a ‘neighbourhood option that was recently put to parents between Ladies Mile and Zealandia watch’. by the school’s Board of Trustees, with Rd – often for people returning from “We are walking a line between the alternative being installation of Whangaparaoa Plaza. community use and school safety. The more security cameras to give complete “We are fed up with coming in on police are very supportive, but they coverage of the grounds. Monday to find things such as holes can’t be everywhere at once.” Principal Steve Collins says the school in the walls, theft of school property, He says another option is to close finds itself on the horns of a dilemma, bottles, cans and supermarket trolleys just one portion of the boundary – as it prides itself on being community as well as “unmentionables” left on the the back entrance to the school via minded and likes to see local families field and courts, damaged plants and Zealandia Rd. using its grounds out of school hours. graffiti,” Mr Collins says. However he says the Board is acting Parents’ feedback indicates that security While the Board is considering its out of sheer frustration at the expense cameras would be the preferred option decision, the possibility of creating a and nuisance value of damage done to – the school has costed these at around walkway around the school boundary the school, despite the presence of a $37,000–$60,000 and estimates these is also being discussed with Auckland number of security cameras and twice- costs would be recovered in 3–5 years Council. This would entail covering a drain that runs along one boundary nightly visits by a security guard. if vandalism reduced. and establishing a footpath on the Currently repairs cost the school Mr Collins says his research among $10,000–$20,000 annually. This is Auckland schools indicates that while school side of the boundary. money Mr Collins says is needed for cameras are a good deterrent, they “A walkway would be the best option, school facilities to benefit pupils. don’t reduce vandalism as effectively because it would enable us to keep the school open.” Although other schools in the area as fences. also suffer from vandalism out of He says one of the downsides of The Board will consider feedback hours, Steve says Whangaparaoa fencing off the school would be that from parents and make a decision in Primary is unique, because its location the presence of families during the the next few weeks.

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Land sold by the former Rodney District Council in central Orewa will become the site of a new medical centre. The site at 13 Moana Ave, has two commercial buildings on it including one that was, until recently, the Orewa Community Constable’s office. It was purchased by the Council for a roading link. Its rating value is around $1.7 million. Local firm Larman Construction purchased the site and will soon demolish the existing buildings and build a two-storey medical centre that will be the new base for Hibiscus Coast Medical Centre. The doctors and staff of Hibiscus Coast Medical Centre have outgrown the Tamariki Ave premises where the practice has been for nearly 30 years. Construction of the medical centre will take around eight months and the doctors hope to be in by the end of November next year.

Work gets underway on state-of-the-art community dental clinic Construction of a two-chair community dental clinic that has been in the pipeline for more than a year, began at Silverdale School this month. The clinic is the first of its kind in the region and is part of a national, $13 million scheme that replaces existing school dental clinics with a combination of community clinics and mobile services. Work on the facility began on November 3 and is expected to take around three months to complete. Initially the clinic will be staffed by two dental therapists and a dental assistant. It will treat its first patients from next March. Auckland Regional Dental Service operations manager Helene May says the Silverdale fixed facility is a big step up from the dental clinics of old.

“The Silverdale clinic will have x-ray equipment and ‘12 o’clock’ units that put instruments at therapists’ finger tips and allow them to perform fourhanded dentistry with an assistant,” she says. “It will be bright and spacious with room for parents and children to attend appointments together.” The clinic will operate throughout the year from 8am to 4pm, Monday to Friday, except on statutory holidays. Students from Kingsway School, Orewa College (Year 7 & 8), Orewa North School, Orewa Primary, Stella Maris, Wainui School and Dairy Flat School will be seen at their own school by a mobile diagnostic clinic that will make regular visits to carry out screening, early detection and preventative work. More extensive procedures, such fillings or extractions, will be carried out at the Silverdale School clinic.

Students Hamish Murphy and Georgia Savage on the site of the Silverdale School dental clinic with dental assistants Sarah Kvalsvig (left), Sally Frost (right), and principal Viv Collins (centre). The image shows a design similar to the clinic to be built at the school. The clinic replaces the transportable dental unit in the background.

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

The campaign trail on the Hibiscus Coast has been a rich source for Off the Record. Here is a selection:

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Am I the only person confused who signed the Penlink Now Team petition? I thought it was to get a bridge built, not to stop the Council finally spending money on widening Whangaparaoa Road. I want to see an end to the traffic build up I have to endure everyday. How the Penlink Now Team people think they can use my signature to say they have a mandate that ratepayers do not want the traffic congestion eased baffled me. That was until I was told the petition had a clause that they don’t want Whangaparaoa Road improved. What annoys me is that this wording was three paragraphs under where we signed and in different print. I think their petition was highly misleading. The Penlink Now Team people never pointed out the small print. What I got was the sales pitch “Sign here to get Penlink Bridge.” I would not have signed if I had known they were planning to halt the widening of Whangaparaoa Road. This group of lobbyists no longer have my support, as I feel hoodwinked. I am sure many others who signed the petition would feel the same. Chagg Yu-Shan, Matakatia Bay (abridged)

Janet Fitzgerald of Penlink Now replies: That is not correct. We told people when they signed that we needed Penlink instead of widening the road. We did not hoodwink them and I am disappointed that this person has that impression. The Penlink Now Team is not against widening Whangaparaoa Road, it is the timing we are against. If Penlink was constructed first then the widening wouldn’t need to take place as soon. (abridged)

Pricey viewing?

I am a 61-year-old sales veteran, with some experience in pricing of goods. I have just come back from Hoyts cinema in Whangaparaoa, where I took my two children to see Johnny English. The ticket price was $24, so I also purchased a couple of small boxes of popcorn, two small cokes and a medium coke for me. The total bill was $52, which meant I was paying $28 for three cokes and two small boxes of popcorn. Had I not already purchased the tickets I would have walked out. The cinema is opposite McDonalds where you can buy a combo meal for under $10, including coke. All business have a right to make profit, but you can buy a 2.5 litre bottle of coke for $4.50 at the supermarket.

Fireworks’ face uncertain future “A major aim was to get fireworks out of the hands of mums and dads. Prior to the event, we would be getting eight to15 calls on Guy Fawkes night, but since it began, around four years ago, we have had only two calls in total.” Although the future of the fireworks show is uncertain, Mr Fuller says the brigade has secured the National Combat challenge, which will take place in Orewa next October. “That will be another way to keep fire safety in people’s minds, and to

promote the work of our Silverdale volunteers.” New World sponsorship reassessed Orewa New World owner/operator Garry Christini says commercial considerations have forced him to review the amount he can spend on funding local events next year. “We have made no decision regarding the level of contribution we will be able to make in the coming year for the events that we currently sponsor,” Mr Christini says. “We are very conscious

The coke in the cinema is syrup based and not as good quality as the bottled kind. This puts the profit margin somewhere over 300 percent by my reckoning. I approached Hoyts but received no response and I will not use Hoyts again. I am interested to know what other readers think about this? Steve Cray, Stanmore Bay Hoyts were approached for a response, but declined to comment.

Samaritan needs help

I was in Orewa around 9am on October 21 and there was a lady in a blue/grey car in the car park by the Hibiscus Coast Community Centre who was having trouble getting her car into gear. I assisted her and she then drove away – unfortunately I left my keys on the passenger seat or on the floor of her car. I waited for two weeks in the hope that she would return my keys to the Orewa police station but sadly that has not been the case. The car key is for a Subaru and there are three other keys and a small torch on the key ring. Before we pay for a replacement I thought I would try to reach her through the local paper. I can be contacted via email, dasue@ or ph 021 120 2261. Darryl Mogg, Hatfields Beach

from page 1 of the importance of these events to the community and will do our best to continue to support them financially. However, with a Pak ‘n’ Save and new Countdown supermarket opening in Silverdale next year there is bound to be some adverse impact on our business. It is too early to accurately predict what that impact will be, but it is bound to have a flow-on effect.” New World supports numerous community events, sports clubs, schools and community groups.

National Party candidate Mark Mitchell went to the former Hibiscus Matters office in error for an interview. He quickly realised something wasn’t quite right – the office is now the Green Party’s campaign headquarters. “I realised it was Teresa’s office and backed slowly away,” Mark said.

No affairs for ACT

ACT candidate Beth Houlbrooke said at a recent Meet the Candidates function in Whangaparaoa that one of ACT’s policies to right the economy is to dissolve the Ministry of Women’s Affairs. “I for one certainly don’t need a Ministry of Women’s Affairs,” Beth said. “I don’t have the foggiest idea what they do.” To which a Labour Party supporter responded, “Perhaps you’d better find out then”.

Whose assets?

Frequently on the campaign trail, Labour’s Christine Rose has criticised National’s plan to sell state assets, saying “they’re selling assets to mums and dads who, in fact, already own them.” Later in the same speech she referred to the national standards introduced to schools as ‘Tolley’s folly’.

Mark’s makeover

Mark Mitchell made light of the graffiti that has been applied to a number of National Party hoardings on the Coast. “Now I know what I look like with a handlebar moustache, blacked out teeth and horns on top of my head.”

No Lockwood fan

NZ First’s Tracey Martin raised a few National party supporters’ eyebrows in a recent speech in Whangaparaoa. “Rodney hasn’t had strong representation in central Government for many years, in my opinion,” she said.

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Debbie Morgan hopes her market will revitalise Gulf Harbour basin.

Town centre market opens in Gulf Harbour basin A food and craft market which opens in Gulf Harbour next month, has arisen from the ashes of the Hobbs Wharf Market, which closed a year ago. Organiser Debbie Morgan hopes the the market has room for more with new market will revitalise the Gulf the possibility of extending out as far as the band rotunda as well as utilising Harbour town centre. Debbie sold her artworks at Hobbs some of the empty shops. Wharf and says the market there was Food and entertainment options will taking off, attracting 600-700 people be focused on businesses in the town each weekend, when it folded last year centre, which will offer a range of as a result of the collapse of developers special deals. Live entertainment will be supplied by Carpe Diem restaurant. Gulf Corporation. “The mix of entertainment for the Among the items on offer will be children, quality food and crafts and jewellery, paintings, specialty gourmet good coffee was popular with the foods, fresh produce, organic meat, community and the new market will children’s clothing, hand-made soap be along the same lines,” Debbie says. and recycled furniture. “People used to meet at the market for “The retailers here are really excited a coffee and a bit of shopping every about this because it will bring new week while the children played and it life to the area.” had a great atmosphere.” Info, or to book a stall, ph Debbie, 027 Recently she obtained consent from 461 1148 or email Gulf Harbour town centre owners Gulf Harbour market • Gulf Harbour Marlin Group to run a Sunday market. town centre • Opens Sunday, December Around 16 stalls are confirmed and 4, 10am–2pm and weekly thereafter.

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Summer festivities underway

A Summer Festival, which was to run after the Santa parade in Orewa this weekend is still going ahead. This event incorporates the annual food drive by the Orewa Baptist church. It takes place on Orewa Beach Reserve, November 19, 1pm–5pm and includes free face painting, clowns, market stalls, food vendors and rides such as the water walkers and giant inflatable slide. Donations of non-perishable goods for the food drive are welcome.

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Centrestage’s car boot sales, which began last year, are proving to be a growing source of much-needed funds for the theatre’s refurbishment. Organisers say they have several regulars attending, and would also welcome new sellers and buyers. The car boot sales are held on the first Sunday of each month (not January) in the Centrestage carpark, behind the Orewa Service Centre in Centreway Rd, Orewa, 7am–12 noon. The cost for sellers is $10 per car plus $5 for trestle hire. Info: phone Rosalie, 0274 198 135.

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Voters had a chance to put questions straight to the Rodney candidates at a meeting in Manly this month.

Candidates receive fair hearing in Manly

With the General Election just a week away, the campaign ramped up several notches with Rodney candidates attending meetings, shaking hands and kissing babies throughout the region. Public interest was high, with more Houlbrooke – calls from the floor than 100 people attending a Meet the during her speech were aimed at party Candidates gathering in Manly on leader Don Brash. November 3. The meeting was chaired by Brian The meeting, hosted by Whangaparaoa Chamberlain, who commented on the Methodist Parish, gave each candidate “high calibre” of all the candidates at a chance to put their case for election, the conclusion of the speeches. followed by an opportunity to talk to The final chance to meet the candidates voters on a one-to-one basis. on the Coast is on November 20 at the Candidates’ well rehearsed five minute Leisure Centre, Stanmore Bay at 2pm. speeches received an attentive hearing This meeting is hosted by the Penlink from residents, with the rowdiest Now Team and candidates will answer reception reserved for ACT’s Beth questions from the floor.

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Mark Mitchell National Candidate for Rodney Mark was born and raised on Auckland’s North Shore. He was educated at Rosmini College and later completed an executive education programme at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business. He began his working life as a shepherd on Weiti Station in the Rodney District.

in both our tradable sector and local economy, Mark strongly supports the National Government’s principles of careful economic management and sensible decisions. He believes that continued investment in our infrastructure is critical to get our people and products moving safely and more efficiently.

In 1989 Mark joined the New Zealand Police and enjoyed a successful 14 year career. During his police career he was involved in an incident where both he and his police dog Czar were stabbed with a samurai sword while preventing a disturbed and dangerous offender from entering a primary school. Czar fully recovered from his injuries but Mark never regained the full use of his right arm and he retired from the police in 2002.

Safe neighborhoods are a priority for Mark. He strongly backs law and order policies that keep our families and communities secure, and ensure the rights of victims are protected.

After leaving the police, Mark moved overseas and launched an international business career, which included the start-up of his own company specialising in hostage rescue, supply chain security and risk management. Mark worked closely with the World Economic Forum to establish Logistic Emergency Response Teams which he led into disaster areas around the world that needed humantarian aid and support. He has been a director of several global companies including one of the largest logistics companies in the world. In 2008 Mark began leveraging his business network and knowledge especially in emerging markets to assist New Zealand entrepreneurs and businesses looking for help to get started in new markets. Passionate about generating growth

As a parent, Mark appreciates the importance of a good education; he supports New Zealand education standards being lifted and getting good information to all parents. Mark was raised in a family where the value of public service and making a contribution to the community we live in was always considered a priority. His father Larry Mitchell has been very active in Rodney initiatives for many years, and his Grandfather, Frank Gill, was the East Coast Bays MP, National Party Cabinet Minister and New Zealand’s Ambassador to the United States. Last week Mark married long term partner, Peggy Bourne, widow of New Zealand rallying legend ‘Possum’ Bourne, at their home in Orewa. Mark brought his family home to Rodney because he feels he can make a genuine contribution to the future of our region. He believes that all our kids deserve the best opportunities that only a growing and prosperous nation can offer.

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Olivia de Lautour’s design for Google was judged one of the four best nationwide.

Google doodle a winner

A quirky Google logo with a Kiwi theme has won Gulf Harbour School student Olivia de Lautour a top four placing in a national competition. Year 3 student Olivia’s entry in the displayed online and the final four, Doodle for Google competition fitted including Olivia’s design, were chosen the brief for a Kiwi flavour to the by public vote. letter, including the giraffe from the Olivia, who enjoys art at school, won Longest Drink in Town milkshakes, an Apple Macbook Pro laptop for kiwifruit, koru, kiwi and paua. herself and an Interactive White Board Her design won the Year 1–3 category for the school. and fellow Gulf Harbour School Olivia and other winners received student Sato Koyamo won Year 4–5. their prizes at a ceremony at Auckland The 20 finalists had their work Art Gallery on November 10.

Peacocks return planned

Shakespear Open Sanctuary coordinator Matt Maitland says the peacocks and peahens that were re-homed before the open sanctuary bait application have settled well into their temporary homes. While some birds may establish themselves at those locations, Matt is confident that a viable population of peacocks and peahens will be brought back as soon as possible after the park reopens, although a definite date for this has not been confirmed yet.

Walking the fenceline with SOSSI Shakespear Open Sanctuary project co-coordinator Matt Maitland says early results show that the fence is working well. No predator pests have been caught or detected inside the fence in the last three months. Intensive monitoring using tracking tunnels is finding the tracks of skinks and no sign of rats. There is a hint that there could still be some rabbits around and specially trained rabbit dogs are on the case. Only 13 rabbits have been found and removed in recent weeks, which Matt says is a big contrast to the hundreds that could be observed at night before the fence was built. The native parrot, the kakariki, is being seen more often and there is a noticeable increase in the number of pheasants. Already volunteers are noticing there is an increase in the seedlings growing under trees now that the rats have gone. The grass has grown long and the cows and sheep are going to have more than enough to eat when they return on December 1 when the park reopens.

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Many memories will be shared over tea and cake this month as the Hibiscus Coast Community House celebrates 21 years of service. Manager Christine Alesbury has compiled a historical record of the facility and says although it has expanded over the years, its original ethos remains the same as when it opened in May 1990. “The Community House provided a meeting place for local interest groups, and as time went on, childcare, an Op Shop and foodbank were added,” Christine says. “It has always been based on a strong contingent of volunteers serving the community.” The original building was formerly the home of the Orewa Campsite’s caretaker and was provided by Council. Groups including porcelain doll makers, car maintenance enthusiasts and a Mah Jong club used the Hibiscus Coast Community House volunteers and staff are reuniting to celebrate building for meetings and it was also the facility’s 21st birthday. Pictured are volunteers from 1991. the home of the fledgling Te Herenga Waka. Community education courses The Op Shop opened in 1991 and the and be thanked for their efforts over were held there before they moved to crèche the following year, in a building the years. that had served as the Titirangi Post The celebration will include a chance Orewa College. Office. for volunteers, current and former staff, The first committee was made up of Graeme Howard (community On November 24, a birthday committee members and supporters constable), Pat Clapham, Frank afternoon tea will be held at the to mingle, as well as speeches, cake Spencer, Emma Whangaparita, Hibiscus Coast Community House, cutting and presentations. Margaret Stewart, Grace Haliburton, which moved to Western Reserve two Info: ph Christine, 426 3598. Dawn McConkey and Barbara years ago. McLeod. Minutes show discussions Christine says she hopes long-standing Hibiscus Coast Community House regarding the possibility of joint volunteers and staff members such as 21st Anniversary celebrations • Western development of a marae and Bernard Beare, Patricia Robinson and Reserve, Orewa (behind Estuary Arts) • Judith Pearce will attend to reminisce November 24, starts 4pm. community house on the Orewa site.

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Future of arts education hinges on current intake A raft of courses introduced this month at Estuary Arts Centre will play a pivotal role in helping the Centre to create a hub for arts education. If the courses are well subscribed facility at Estuary Arts Centre has they will strengthen the Centre’s case been lack of space. Currently there is for more support for its education one small room where all the courses programmes which have fallen off are run. in recent years with only a children’s Estuary Arts is applying to the ARST after school programme and a knitting fund for money to build an extension course still running. on the Orewa facility, purpose built Centre manager David Poole describes with community education in mind. it as a “catch 22” situation. The ARST funds will be disbursed “We are struggling to get funding to next year. build up our educational facility, yet “In the meantime, we’re scratching funding bodies say they won’t support around for money to get courses going it until it is a going concern,” he says. this term. It’s critical that they attract He is disappointed that a reliable source good numbers if we’re to make any of funding in past years, Creative NZ, headway with this.” allocated no money to the Centre in The courses include Collage, Pottery last month’s funding round. Workshops, Knitting and a Gordon Another factor hindering the Harris Workshop. It is not too late to establishment of a workable education join. Info: phone 426 5570.

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Such an eclectic collection of plants feature in Janice Price’s small Gulf Harbour garden that it makes me think of a horticultural Noah’s Ark. Many specimens have in fact marched into the garden, two by two, direct from Palmers Garden Centre where Janice worked for 15 years. The former florist says she is addicted to plants and working at Palmers put fresh temptation her way at every turn. As well as having an eye for foliage, Janice loves flowers with Oriental and Asiatic lilies, hybrid clematis and roses repeat planted throughout the garden. One of the few nations whose flora is not represented in the garden is our own, as Janice believes that NZ native plants are best left in the bush. Weeds are also not permitted – any that dare flower are quickly removed before they can go to seed. I visited the garden recently as a guest on a Whangaparaoa Horticultural Society day trip that visited three Coast gardens. Along with the members of the Society, I was impressed by the health of the plants and the way in which a difficult site had been transformed through sheer hard work. Janice and her husband Gary wheelbarrowed 22 tons of rock onto the site to build retaining walls and also brought in loads of topsoil. The best solution to the clay soil, however, has been adding Gypsum and good soil to each planting hole and mulching with aged bark. Small gardens are most successful when they use as much vertical space as possible, which Janice has done with the addition of a pergola and many climbers including subtropical beauties such as stephanotis and the Chilean bell flower. She also has made space for a collection of bonsai and air plants. The range of trees in the garden shows the extent of what can be grown in our climate – subtropical palms, cool climate conifers, desert plants such as the Mexican grass tree, maples and the stunning, deciduous Cercis canadensis with its heart shaped, plum coloured leaves. Janice’s garden is open by appointment this summer for the first time. Info: ph 424 5149.

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Paddle boarding head and shoulders above the rest This could be the summer of the stand up paddleboarder at Orewa Beach, according to Auckland Kitesurf Centre instructor Deane Joyce. Deane recently moved to Orewa to teach kitesurfing and stand up paddleboarding. He says that in the five years he has been involved, stand up paddleboarding has become the dominant sport at many beaches. “It’s growing fast because it’s so easy to learn,” Deane says. “Anyone can get on these boards and be out on the water in one day.” He says Orewa Beach is perfect for beginners, as the waves rarely get big or dumpy and there is the option of taking people onto the flat water of the Estuary to learn. The sport originated in Hawaii as a way for surfing instructors to manage large groups of learner surfers, as standing on the board gave them better visibility. Good rides are possible, as it’s easy to spot waves from the standing position and manoeuvre the board into the right place to catch them. “You can cruise and it can be very

From left, Shane Murrell, Oscar Murrell and Nadia Murrell paddleboard at Orewa Beach. Photo, Delphine Ducaruge

meditational, or you can get pumped. Stand up paddleboarding is low impact and good for balance and as a core workout.” The boards are larger and heavier than surfboards, weighing 10-13kgs and ranging in length from 1.2m to more than 2m. It is possible to obtain a start up kit of board and paddle for around $2000. The stability of the boards means that parents can put children on the front

and take them out for rides. Deane says that racing is the next avenue for the sport locally. He is exploring the possibility of holding events that combine various paddlepowered craft in Orewa and is also considering starting a ‘ladies club’ for women interested in the sport. As the number of boards seen at local beaches grows, they may present safety issues, and Deane says he always advises riders to stay away from others,

use a leg rope in the surf and respect other water users. The boards can be taken for extended explorations of the coast – Deane and his wife paddle from Orewa to Waiwera, or to Army Bay. “It’s becoming known as ‘the bicycle of the ocean’ because it’s accessible and easy.” Info: ph 021 954 022 or 09 215 1233, email or visit

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ideal for runabouts.They cost up to 50 percent more than the ‘flooded’ battery but are super convenient. The AGM may not last any longer but they are trouble free. yy There are two other sealed batteries, Gel and Hybrid but they are not necessarily suitable as a start battery or cyclic house battery for the trailer boat. Which one each boatie chooses is mainly a matter of budget or convenience. The most economic option is the tried and true ‘flooded’ battery –­ a start battery, and deep cycle for the house duty. If you’re looking for a trouble free option, AGM is a good choice and this technology is also available as a start battery or deep cycle. Whether your batteries are ‘flooded’ or AGM, it’s important to take care of them to ensure they last the distance. Keep them on a ‘float charger’ for the entire time when you are not using the boat. This means they are not recharged just before you go ou,t but maintained all of the time that the boat is sitting in the driveway week after week and all winter. Whichever battery you choose, be professional – it’s wet out there. John Dale owns Gulf Harbour Electronics. He has been in the marine industry since 1961.

The Ministry of Fisheries has launched two new mobile phone services to aid recreational fishers when out on the water. The free services deliver important fishing regulation information such as catch limits or fish size limits to both standard mobile phones and smartphones, 24 hours a day. Those with standard mobile phones can text the species they are fishing for to 9889; they will receive a reply with the relevant rules for that species. Fishers can also join a register to receive updates such as temporary closures. To join, text ‘Register’ to 9889.

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Open day not just for sailors Gulf Harbour Yacht Club commodore Howard Roland says the club is determined to dispel the image of “old boys in blue blazers” common to many Yacht Clubs, and attract new members with its Open Day this weekend. “The club provides a friendly social centre in a marine environment – and you don’t even have to have a boat to join,” Howard says. “As well as a full programme of yacht racing, we have a calendar of events such as dances and competitions throughout the year.” The Open Day, on November 19, includes a Bring ‘n’ Buy sale of nautical bits and pieces – from old charts and books to anchors and winches – as well as entertainment for the children, games of petanque and a barbecue. There will be competitions, such as

guessing the average weight of fish and finding the position of the clubhouse on a marine chart. Members will be on hand to talk about what the club offers for sailors and landlubbers alike and there will be special membership deals on the day. The Open Day has been planned to coincide with Auckland Council’s official opening of the breakwater, which was completed around two months ago and, Howard says, has improved safety on the boat ramp. “We’re noticing a huge increase in the number of people in motor boats using the ramp for fishing trips since the breakwater was built.” Gulf Harbour Yacht club Open Day • Gulf Harbour Marina • November 19, 9.30am–1.30pm. Breakwater opening ceremony at 10am.

Coastguard Hibiscus is manned wholly by volunteers, who are prepared to drop what they are doing at a moment’s notice to respond to a call for help. It is a serious commitment and the organisation is always looking to increase its pool of trained crew. Boating experience is an advantage, though not essential as volunteers receive full training, free of charge, in Coastguard’s operating procedures. This includes training in the use of emergency and rescue equipment, personal boat safety, first aid, search and rescue techniques on the water, victim recovery, towing techniques, use of radar, GPS and VHF radio. The training means volunteers improve their boat handling skills and can acquire commercial qualifications, as well as gaining the satisfaction of saving lives at sea. The unit is on call 24/7, 365 days a year and once qualified, volunteers carry a pager and respond to call-outs when they are available. Weekly meetings include practical training sessions and the Sealegs rescue vessel is taken out every weekend for training. Info: email Karen Elliott, recruitment@ or phone 021 654 018.

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On October 27, Coastguard Hibiscus said goodbye to one of its own at the funeral of Duncan Elliott, following his death at the age of 40 from cancer. A chartered professional engineer, Duncan had joined the Coastguard as a volunteer in 2004, and very soon qualified as Senior Crew, serving also as the Crew Rep (with the responsibility of organising rosters for call-outs). Duncan was known to many friends by his nickname ‘Flash’, a legacy from his university years, but Coastguard crewmates remember him especially as a man of great integrity and as a friendly team player who remained unflappable on the water, whatever the situation. Duncan had a rare talent for nurturing new recruits, for playing down his own immense contribution to the unit, and for always being ready to lend a hand – whether it was road-hauling a boat from A to B, selling raffle tickets, helping to organise an on-water demonstration, or simply sprinting off to the rescue vessel to answer an urgent call-out. Beneath that calm exterior, however, his madcap sense of humour was never far from surfacing. Late in 2009, soon after stepping up to the key role of a Coastguard team leader, Duncan had to step down again when diagnosed with a brain tumour, a sickness he would bear with remarkable courage to the end. But illness did not stop him from raising a family; a daughter, Rose, was born to Duncan and his wife, Julie, in November 2010.


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College awards highlight talented teens’ success

This month saw the annual prizegivings for senior students at Orewa and Whangaparaoa Colleges. Orewa College’s senior prizegiving was on November 3, and Whangaparaoa College’s was on November 8. The following students won major awards: Orewa College Whangaparaoa College Senior awards for academic Senior awards for academic excellence: Withy Cup (Top NCEA excellence: Viv McCracken Cup for Level 1 student), Scott Wilson; Orewa Science, Jenna Finlayson. Principal’s Masonic Lodge Cup for All Round Awards for All Round Excellence: Yr Excellence, Jaimie Dikstaal; Principal’s 7, Jordyn Evans; Yr 8, Tilly White; Award for All Round Excellence (Yr Yr 9, Emily Wheatcroft-Snape; Yr 12), Andrew Saunders and Yr 13, 10, Benjamin Ripley; Yr 11, Krysta Heather Wilcock; White Cup for Year George; Yr 12, Alexis Sadgrove; Yr 13, 12 Dux, Andrew Saunders; Cable & Jenna Finlayson. Principal’s Awards Data Technologies Prize for Prixime for Overall Academic Excellence: Accessit, Jaimie Dikstall. Yr 7, Helen Chambers; Yr 8, Nina Sports champions: Commitment to Gurau; Yr 9, Cameron Rossouw; Sport, Hunter Nelson; Team of the Year, Yr 10, Kate Gumbrell; Yr 11, Rose Senior Boys Volleyball; Highest Sports MacLaurin; Yr 12, Amber Johnson. Achiever, Jack Wilson; Sportsperson of Outstanding Contribution to College: Joshua McKay and Rebekah Hines. the Year, Corneille Coetzee. O’Connell Cup for Head Boy, Andrew Cultural achievements: Orewa Solley; O’Connell Cup for Head Girl, College Alumni Prize (for significant Ashleigh Kissane. Proxime Accessit, contribution to the community), Scott Tiaan Nelson. Paterson; Outstanding Contributor to champions: Overall the Arts, Phoebe Holmes and Andrew Sports Saunders; Outstanding Achievements Sporting Excellence, Vinay Reddy; in an Arts Area, Kurtis Aberhart; Sportsman of the Year, Rory O’Brien; Performer of the Year (Yr 11), Sophia Sportswoman of the Year, Sam McDonald, Yr 12, Charlotte Naden, Hyland; Sportsmanship, Alex Prior. Yr 13 Heather Wilcock. Cultural achievements: Overall Excellence, Bellissimo; Alan William Shaw Trust scholarships: Cultural Rafaella Liew, Jaimie Dikstaal, George Overall Cultural Excellence, Junior, Keenan, Paul Molving, Leah White, Ben Ripley; Senior Josh McKay and Cody Richards, Aleisha Brickell, Lewis Francis. Heather Wilcock, Georgia Lloyd, Note: Wentworth and Kingsway’s Celestine Manava, Hunter Nelson. prizegivings are on December 6.

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Eve Bain – Winning the Dux award at Whangaparaoa College, as well as a raft of other awards, including top Yr 13 student in English, Geography, History and French, topped off an action packed year for hard working student Eve Bain. Eve featured in Hibiscus Matters October 5 edition when she won the inaugural Passchedaele Multi-Media competition, she has earned a Duke of Edinburgh gold award and was selected to take part in the Model United Nations conference in The Hague. Eve will study at Victoria University next year, and has her eyes on a diplomatic career. Rafaella Liew – The announcement of the Dux award at Orewa College must have come as no surprise to the assembled school community: this is the fifth year in succession that Rafaella has been awarded the Dux for her year. Rafaella is an all-rounder, being the top student in statistics and modelling, English, biology and chemistry, as well as coming in the top five percent in physics. She was also awarded the Schollum cup for excellence in Year 13 chemistry. Rafaella will attend Otago University next year to study Health Science, after which she hopes to go to Med School. Left from top, Whangaparaoa College dux Eve Bain. Orewa College dux Rafaella Liew.

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Carpe Diem changes hands

Carpe Diem restaurant in Gulf Harbour has been sold to Gulf Harbour Lodge owner Shi Wei and two restauranteurs from Auckland. Former owner Keywan had suffered ill health and is returning to Greece for a holiday after which he and his family will make a decision about whether to return to NZ.


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Oceanz Seafood in Silverdale was recognised as one of the top six chip shops in NZ last month when it was named a regional winner in the Best Chip Shop Competition. To mark the occasion, a plaque was unveiled at the shop on October 31. Regional winners were selected from 18 finalists, following a judging process that included public voting. Oppies Takeaway in Rotorua was the national winner.


Salon recognised as finalist

Whangaparaoa hair salon Hair Scene Hair & Beauty is the only Auckland finalist in the Hairdressing Industry Training Organisation’s NZ Training Salon of the Year awards. The awards recognise innovation and excellence in the field of training apprentices and staff. The winners will be announced at a training and business awards evening at the Auckland War Memorial Museum on November 20.

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A new concept in beauty salons, Studio Z, opened in Whangaparaoa Plaza last month. Alisha Lim, owner and head therapist, says she and her team provide clients with the opportunity to have their hair styled, professional skincare by Dermalogica and then have their photo taken while looking their absolute best.

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Mike Pero Real Estate Real estate sales are about to change and it’s clients who will reap the benefits. Mike Pero Real Estate arrived on the Hibiscus Coast last month, with a fresh approach to selling and a mission to keep costs down. Mike Pero agents Mike Broome and Mike Broom and Julie Cook Julie Cook say the days of being based in an office are for 21 years and branched out into real gone – nowadays it’s about iPads, estate early this year, with the aim of bringing commission rates down as a iPhones and centralised support. Mike calls it “the virtual office” and top priority. says it is the way real estate is sold with Julie says feedback already shows that the public trusts the Mike Pero brand. less cost to the client. There is no compromise on service “It’s a Kiwi name, and it is delivery or marketing and Julie and synonymous with straight shooting Mike say they enjoy the flexibility and trustworthiness,” she says. that working this way gives them. Despite the latest technology being However, the real advantages are employed by Mike Pero Real Estate, for clients; lowering administration Julie and Mike say their business is still and management overheads allows all about people. Mike Pero agents to charge just 2.95 “We get excited about negotiating percent commission on sales against sales and helping people buy or sell the industry trend of four percent. a home,” Mike says. “It’s good to “The client is getting the same high see your advice taken, a successful level of professional service – the only transaction completed and very happy difference they’ll notice is in their people.” back pocket,” Mike says. Julie says there is a smaller pool of Julie says the saving amounts to around buyers at present, but they are people $5000 on the sale of an average house who know what they want and are on the Hibiscus Coast, priced at prepared to pay for it. $511,000. “The demand is there from buyers and Both these agents know the area like we’re keen to hear from more people the back of their hands, having lived wishing to sell their homes particularly here for almost two decades. Between on the Hibiscus Coast.” them, they have 20 years’ real estate Mike Pero has franchises now in experience. Auckland, Christchurch, Kaiapoi, Julie says this means clients get the best Timaru and Blenheim. The network advice on promoting their property, of franchises nationwide is expected which is imperative in today’s market. to grow to 50 by end of its first year Mike Pero has been a mortgage broker next May.

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Big gains for Hospice as community ‘Gives it Up’ Hospices throughout NZ have embarked on a campaign to raise awareness of their shops which bring in much needed funds to ensure their services remain free. Hibiscus Hospice has four shops in its catchment area and there are more than 70 nationwide. Hibiscus Hospice communications manager Dyan Cann, who is running the national campaign, says this is the first time that 23 Hospices have joined together to campaign for the cause. The Give It Up for Hospice campaign has two phases; the first started last week, encouraging people to clean out their wardrobes and donate designer quality clothing to Hospice. Hibiscus Hospice delivered hundreds of collection bags locally and Dyan says there was a fabulous response from businesses, whose staff filled them to the brim with fashion clothing. Phase two begins on November 21 and Dyan says this encourages people to visit their local Hospice shop to see what they have on offer following the influx of designer and top label donations. To further promote the initiative, a TV ad campaign made possible by a $100,000 Pub Charity grant, airs this month. Dyan describes the campaign as one of the most significant things ever to have happened to the Hospice sector. “It means we can join forces under the umbrella of a nationally branded event that benefits all Hospices, regardless of

Hospice volunteer Ellie Gaskin (left) is one of the first to donate her designer top to Hibiscus Hospice’s Dyan Cann

their size and how many shops they have,” Dyan says. NZ’s Next Top Model winner Brigette Thomas is the face of the campaign and it is also being supported by singer songwriter Gin Wigmore, whose family has used Hospice’s services. There is also a ‘best dressed’ online competition for the best Hospice outfit which includes prizes such as tickets and a back stage pass to meet Gin during her Winery Tour next year. Info:

The Hibiscus Coast Baby Photo Competition run by Manly Care Chemist raised a record $4695 for the Hibiscus Coast Parents Centre. There were more than 100 entries and the winner was Connor Brabant, who also won last year. Max Taylor placed second and Nikole Linhares was third. Pictured from left, are Nikole Linhares with Nina Linhares (mother), Max Taylor with Kath Capon (mother), Tania Adams (Manly Care Chemist), Connor Brabant with Jenny Lucas (mother) and Parents Centre president Sarah Painter.

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Pharmacy talk Takapuna

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Allergic to Spring Spring is a great season; fantastic warmer days mixed with the wind and rain just to make sure we all don’t take it for granted. Probably, like me, you’re getting back into the garden and discovering all that’s got away over the colder months. Unfortunately this time of year is not a favourite with everyone, as it also signals the start of the allergy season. The first sign of trouble on the Hibiscus Coast often tends to be the layering of pollen that first appears, and that’s already happened this season, with huge amounts of pine pollen blown in from forestry plantations. This pollen is not very allergenic, and only a very small proportion of patients with allergic rhinitis will react to it. In NZ it is other introduced plants that are the most troublesome and the main culprit is the perennial ryegrass. It’s the biggest pollen producer of all and the major cause of springtime hayfever. Avoidance of pollen is difficult because of the wind direction, amongst other things. Try the following hints that may help: yy If possible stay indoors until after midday to reduce your exposure. Try to avoid going out on windy days. yy Wearing sunglasses will protect your eyes. The protective effect of the glasses can be improved by adding shields at the top, bottom and sides of frames. yy Stay away from mowing the lawns or, if hay fever is not sufficient excuse to ensure someone else takes on the job, try wearing a mask. yy Cutting the lawn at frequent intervals will help prevent the grasses from flowering, although they will adapt to regular mowing and may flower when very short. Make sure the edges of the lawn are trimmed, and the grass is cut down in the weedy corners of the garden. yy Keep windows closed both at home and particularly when in your car. yy If you are sensitive to particular weeds or trees on your property, have them removed if possible. Have your allergies confirmed first though, as many people wrongly blame privet for ryegrass pollen allergy. Your pharmacist or GP will be able to offer advice about medications and treatments that may help. While others area enjoying the change in season, the poor allergy sufferer will not get a break until in Auckland until February or beyond.

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Green light for Blue Light corporate golf fundraiser A day spent on the greens of Whangaparaoa Golf Club is an inviting prospect and doubly so if it raises funds for a good cause. The fifth annual Hibiscus Coast Blue Taking part costs $250 per team of Light Golf Day & Charity Auction is four members, which includes prebeing held at the golf club on November match food, on course refreshments, 25, and Blue Light’s Mark Veale says it late lunch and a prize table. provides an opportunity for Hibiscus The day starts at 9am and concludes Coast businesses to celebrate and around 3:30pm. support the community’s youth. To find out more about entering Money raised from this event in the a team, or to provide a product or past has assisted Hibiscus Coast Police service that could be auctioned to raise Blue Light to offer scholarships to young people so they can attend money, email Mark Veale on mark@ Life Skill Courses run by the NZ or Sgt Steve Perris on Defence Force, as well as enabling the distribution of educational resources Blue Light Golf Day & Charity Auction such as Streetsmart and Kidsmart • Whangaparaoa Golf Club, 1337 booklets to all Year 9 and 13 students Whangaparaoa Rd, Whangaparaoa • on the Coast. November 25, 9am–3.30pm

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Jandal day generates cash for volunteer lifeguards Whether you wear a suit, school uniform or something more casual in your working day, consider topping off your outfit with jandals on December 2 to raise funds for Surf Lifesaving volunteers. National Jandal Day provides surf lifesaving clubs with an opportunity to raise vital funds for the training of lifeguards, the purchase of equipment and the everyday running costs of the lifesaving operation. Schools and workplaces can register at to obtain a supporters’ pack, which includes ideas on how to raise funds. Last year

parents and children collected at the gates of local schools, raising more than $800 for local surf clubs. On Friday December 2, surf lifesaving street collectors wearing the yellow and red surf uniform and jandals, will be stationed at transport hubs, town centre locations, supermarkets and shopping malls with their collection buckets. Every dollar raised goes straight back to the clubs, so the Jandal Day organisers are seeking people who can volunteer their services to help with the collection. If you can assist, please contact the Red Beach or Orewa surf lifesaving clubs.

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Gumboots needed for Silverdale Country Show

This year rain greeted a throng of around 1500 to 2000 people who braved the weather to support Silverdale School’s annual Country Show Day on October 29. The weather improved as the day Latisha George of Silverdale. proceeded and the country atmosphere Home baking and other food stalls did that sets the Gala apart came through a brisk trade, as did rides in the police with the crowd supporting the car or on the miniature train. showing of pet calves and lambs, The Gala grossed more than $23,000 gumboot throwing and the Young and this will be used to add to the Farmers competition resources for the school’s growing The Young Farmer this year was roll. As well as topping up curriculum Daniel Brown who illustrated his resources and sporting equipment, skill in competing in activities such as the school will be developing a milking a cow, peeling potatoes, setting Fitness Trail and purchasing essential up an electric fence, sawing, nailing equipment to implement a Perceptual and screwing a piece of wood, ‘sheep Motor Skills Programme. maths’ and identifying NZ icons. The organisers thank everyone who Horse rides were a popular attraction, attended and say the success of the as well as a chance to get up close to Gala is due to the effort made by an the hand reared, gentle bull owned by army of volunteers.

Clockwise from top right: From left, Brennan, Briarna and Hannah Webb of Silverdale with their champion calves. From left, Mia Cooper, Nathan Brown and Nivarn Fasher with their hand reared lambs. Car wrecking. Students’ handicraft.

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A Twilight Occasion - $35 29th Dec, 4 - 9pm. International Jazz and Blues Festival, featuring Billy TK Jnr, Paul Ubana Jones, Mahia Blackmore, Riverhead Slide and more.

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Hibiscus Coast Singers present

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Red Beach Methodist Church, 76 Red Beach Road Sat Nov 19, 7.30pm • Sun Nov 20, 2.30pm Tickets $15, (children free) from any choir member, Orewa Menswear (ph 426 5438), i-Site HBC Highway, Orewa or Ph 027 349 1517

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Giant effort ensures great galas for Stanmore Bay Organisers of the Stanmore Bay annual Gala say the school punched way above its weight last year, raising a record $26,000 which was used to upgrade the swimming pool. Funds raised from this year’s Gala, on With a roll of just under 400, putting November 27, will be used to rebuild on a large Gala always requires a major effort from staff, parents and pupils the Middle School playground. The Gala will feature joy rides and their dedication has resulted in the event becoming one of the most including the Water Walkers as well as popular on the Coast. music, raffles, refreshments and a wide Bay School PTA variety of stalls. There will also be a Stanmore Chairperson Emma Pine says everyone helicopter on site offering rides along pitches in. “Parents, teachers, students, the Peninsula. local businesses and members of the A crowd favourite, the silent auction, community – it’s not just great for the will run all day. Food and drink stalls school, it’s fantastic to see everyone in include hotdogs, hangi and spit roast the area come together for the day.” as well as cakes and sweet treats. Stanmore Bay School Gala • Stanmore Santa will be there for photos and the Bay School, Waiora Road (off little ones will be catered for rides to Brightside Rd) • November 27 10am– suit their age groups. 2pm.

Christmas at Couldrey House Couldrey House in Wenderholm Regional Park is dressing for Christmas this month, thanks to the efforts of a local floral art group and the Friends of Couldrey House. The Hibiscus Coast Floral Art Group received a community grant of $800 last month, enabling its members to again put on an event that is a celebration of Victoriana and was last held at Couldrey House five years ago. On that occasion, more than 1000 people attended the two-day event. One of the organisers, Ruth Wells, says the floral art group will decorate each room of the historic homestead, from the butler’s pantry to the entrance hall

and dining room as would have been done in Victorian times. The event takes place on November 26 and 27, and members of the public are invited to bring a picnic and enjoy the display of Vintage cars, craft stalls with hand-crafted products, such as quilts, on sale, and refreshments. The Kumeu Vintage Brass Band brass band will play on Sunday afternoon. Entry is $5 per person, children free. Info: visit www.historiccouldreyhouse. Christmas at Couldrey House • Couldrey House, Wenderholm Regional Park •November 26 & 27,10am to 4pm each day

Get a ducking Hundreds of yellow plastic ducks, more commonly seen at bath time, will head down Orewa Estuary this month for the annual Ducky Derby. The event, on November 20, has been held as a fundraiser for Hibiscus Coast Kindergarten for the past two years. Ducks, which cost $10 each (available on the day or at Orewa Menswear) are corralled in the Estuary before being released for the big race around 1pm. The owner of the first duck across the line wins $500 and there are also prizes for second and third place plus spot prizes.

Family entertainment taking place alongside the Estuary includes food stalls, sausage sizzle, bouncy castles, face painting, horse and cart rides, lucky dips quick-fire raffles and art and craft stalls. Ducky Derby •Western Reserve, Orewa • November 20, 11am–3pm (race at 1pm).

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History with Ruth Olsen, Silverdale & Districts Historical Society

The Bond store On March 5, 1866 the sailing ship The Liverpool arrived in Auckland harbour having left London the previous November. The voyage was not without incident. After leaving London the ship was diverted to Plymouth to pick up 40 passengers from The Cossipore which was leaking and had been forced to return to land. Setting sail once more The Liverpool encountered a fierce storm during which the main topmast staysail was split and “a large quantity of water was shipped”. During the voyage three passengers died from typhoid and three babies were born. Among the 192 immigrants were 20 members of the extended Bond family, including a married daughter, Sarah Giles, who gave birth to a daughter two weeks before reaching Auckland. Enoch Bond Sr. had sent ahead money to buy land. Unfortunately this money was embezzled by his solicitor Edmund J. Cox who defrauded many people aound Auckland. In a letter to the court Cox apologised to his victims and wrote that he had lost the money through bad deals and through speculating in buying land which later lost its value. With court proceedings pending he absconded to Wellington, was captured and sent back to Auckland for trial. Somehow he got himself discharged and, before any new trial could get underway, he boarded a boat heading for San Francisco. It is unclear whether he got away with any of the stolen money. A collection was started for Cox’s victims many of whom were left destitute. Henry Lloyd (of Wainui) even held a dance in his barn – three shillings a head with the proceeds going to the Bonds. Correspondence appeared in the Daily Southern Cross as to whether the Bonds were indeed destitute but life must have been tough for them. They had some land in the Wade (Silverdale) area under cultivation and kept a few cows, the older boys had been gum digging and the mother was working in a hotel. At one stage one of the Bonds was paying off his rates by working as a labourer on the roads. Over the years things improved for the Bond family. By 1871 Enoch was able to buy 222 acres in the Pine Valley Road area and in 1875 Bond Brothers opened a store trading gum and selling household goods in what is now Silverdale Street. Goods for sale arrived from Auckland by the steamer Orewa and the Bonds delivered groceries by horse and cart through the muddy roads as far as Wainui. The business flourished and in 1894 a decision was made to move to Auckland. When a son-in-law joined the firm it became Bond & Bell and eventually grew into the well known retail chain of Bond & Bond.

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ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS meet Fri 7.30pm, Orewa Community House (behind Estuary Arts Centre) Ph John 027 646 2995, 0800AA WORKS. CAR BOOT SALE FUNDRAISER CENTRESTAGE Centrestage Theatre Carpark- behind Council building on Centreway Rd $10 per vehicle, $5 trestle hire. Last Sunday of Month. Exception Dec 18. Buyers and sellers very welcome. For more details call Rosalie 0274 198 135. Enjoy an afternoon of housie at bowls Orewa, every Fri, 1pm. Play 40 games from only $4. 50 prizes available from $20-$1000. All welcome, enquiries ph 426 6236. FOOD BANK SUPPPLIES URGENTLY NEEDED Hibiscus Coast Community House. Donations to be left at Community House Western Reserve Orewa, New World Orewa, Curves Gym Whangaparaoa, Countdown Orewa (Salvation Army collection box), Bunnings Silverdale. Ph 426 3598. Good Companions Orewa meet Fri mornings for senior citizens 10am– 11.30am. Orewa Croquet Club rooms, Hatton Rd., Orewa. Garage Sale First Sat of month. HBC Community Shop, Western Reserve, Orewa, behind the Information Centre. 10am–1pm. Ph 426 3598. Gift the gift of independence this Christmas with a gift voucher from Driving Miss Daisy Hibiscus Coast. Safe, friendly and reliable companion driving service gift vouchers for the friend or relative who would like to be able to get out and about more. Ph Gilly 428 4490. 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. Happy Stitchers every Thurs 1-3.30pm (1st Thurs of the month 2-4pm). Pohutukawa Room, Whangaparaoa Library. For details Ph Cheree Lewis 428 0534. Ladies Craft Club, Orewa Community Church - Tuesdays @ 10am. Come along and try a new craft and make some new friends. A creche is provided. Contact Chrissy 424 4108 HBC BLUELIGHT GOLF TOURNAMENT Nov 25, Whangaparaoa Golf Club. To raise funds for our youth in our community. Teams of 4 welcome, or any donations. Ph Gayle 09 424 4556 or Steve 027 278 0068 Hibiscus Coast Widowed Club Meets 2nd Wednesday each Month at Orewa Community Centre 1.00pm (door opens 12.30pm) Interesting Speakers, Afternnoon tea, raffles, regular morning tea, lunch gettogethers, outings and trips arranged. Annual subs $10. Door Charge $2 Good Company – We care. Ph 424 3757.

Hibiscus Coast 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. Pregnant or breastfeeding? Come to La Leche League 2nd Wednesday of each month 9.45am Whangaparaoa Public library. Ph Lisa 428 5266. Mentors Art Group, Orewa Community Church - Tuesdays 12.302.30pm Art classes with an experienced teacher. Suitable for beginner to advanced. Come along and discover your artistic abilities. Ph Jane 426 6537. Notice to Readers Hibiscus Matters does not insert flyers or any other junk material into its paper. If your issue of Hibiscus Matters arrives with unsolicited mail inserted, please advise us immediately on 427 8188 or email OREWA LIONS CLUB welcome new members and would like to invite people who are keen to get involved in community service. Meetings 1st & 3rd Wed. Pinewood Holiday Park, Red Beach. Ph Paul or Suezanne 424 4289. Puhoi Historical Society meets every 3rd Wed, 7.30pm, Puhoi Museum records room. All welcome. Museum winter hours Sat & Sun, 1pm-4pm. RESTORE OUR BEACHES in Crown ownership to benefit ALL NewZealanders, sign the Petition today! For forms or details ph 426 7874. Email: www. 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.

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Ph 426 0350 or 0274 928 640 FREE QUOTES FREE ADVICE Rubbish Removal Service. Ph Steve 426 5219. Making Things Easier For You. LAWNMOWING Friendly personalised service. Ph 09 426 4317 or 0274 113 133. Lawnmowing & Garden Care. Also Hedge, Clean-up, Rubbish, Gutter clear, Waterblast. Guaranteed & Insured. Call Jim’s Mowing 426 0465. Precision Lawns & Gardens Trees. Hedges. Cleanups. Quality & reliable service. We’ll beat any price. Blake & Jackie. 021-256-8934. PEST CONTROL, Flies, spiders, cockroaches, ants, rodents, wasps. Competitive prices & quality service. 25 years exp. Ph 426 2253. Plastering, solid, Gib Stopping, Painting and repair work. Small jobs. Trade Cert. Keith 424 8841 or 022 682 4760. Ronnic Electrical Installation & maintenance. Ph Ron 428 3848 or 021 752 430. TANK WATER TESTING High quality testing for T and E-coli in your tank or bore water. Printed clear Lab test results provided with recommendations. Phone Simon TWT 422 9345. Waterblasting & Chemical House Washing. Local owner operator. Careful service, reasonable rates. Ph 426 2253. WILLOUGHBY Carpet & upholstery cleaning, Est 35 years. Ph 426 4317 or 0274 113 133. Window Cleaning Est 35 years. Quality service. Ph 09 426 4317 or 0274 113 133. Window Cleaning 30 years exp, local owner operator, reasonable rates. Ph David 426 2253.

Water Filters Underbench filters & whole house Ultra violet filters – Kill and remove ecoli/bacteria. FREE site visits. Ph Steve 09 945 2282 www. Water pumps Low water pressure? Get it sorted. Sales, service and installation. Work guaranteed. Ph Steve 09 945 2282

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



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to distribute Hibiscus Matters, flyers and Magazines on the Peninsula, Orewa and Silverdale. Phone Julie Murray 09 473 4287 Email TO BUY, RECORDS/LP’s, 45’s Ph Mike 428 1587.

HOUSEMINDING DUTCH LADY loves animals,would like to look after them whilst you away. Refs. Ph 09 627 8250 leave message or email Want a holiday?Have you got a home/pet to care for? I am a reliable, mature lady with excellent references who will provide A1 care for all or any of the above. Ph Rae 021 217 4075.

HYPNOTHERAPY HYPNOSIS for stress, anxiety, phobia, depression. Stop smoking specialist. Bill Parker NZAPH, 424 7610. Making a Change through Hypnotherapy. www.makingachange. Ph Brigid 426 8361.

READINGS Psychic Readings with Brigid Ph 426 8361

HEALING HEALING Phone 021 025 70658.

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.

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HEALTH & Beauty

Ballroom & Latin American Beginner Adult Dance Classes. Last intake of the year! 7pm Thurs evenings. Private lessons also available. At Silverdale Hall. Ph 426 8989. CHILDREN’S DANCESPORT CLASSES from 5 years up. Last intake of the year! Every Tues 4pm. Includes deportment, exercise to music. At Silverdale Hall. Ph 426 8989.

Therapeutic FOOT MASSAGE by a podiatrist. In clinic special $25. Home visits can be arranged. Specialising in elderly and disabled. Ph 427 5067. FEET & HANDS – Pedicure, Foot spa, Foot massage and Free manicure (file & paint). Mobile service $30, or two people for $50. Ph Lesley 424 0676 or 027 271 6676.

Guitar Lessons 1-0-1

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

HEALTH & FITNESS Boxing Training for Fitness Train in our home with experienced boxer/ fighter. All gear supplied. Spin bikes and sauna available. Can train couples. Fast way to drop weight for summer. Avail 7days/nights. Very cheap rates. Ph Jay or Nicole 428 5815 or 021 264 4670.

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in Stanmore Bay Qualified, experienced teacher Ph 424 0570 or 021 0260 3034 Piano Tuition & Theory All ages, all levels. Experienced teacher, Keyboard Klassiks. Ph 424 1001.

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.


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

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

Entertainment RETRO BAND AVAILable for hire, birthday functions. Affordable. Bookings Ph 021 644 362.

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


CHILDCARE Space available in 2012 for two full time after school care children. Ages 5-10. At Treehut Art School. Ph 027 22 44 180 or

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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.

FOR SALE Advance Banquet Electric frypan New $65 ono. Ph Norma 426 8601. Black Cord For Jade Pendants Ph Rita Gibson 426 6076. Jade Pendants From $10 Ph Rita Gibson 426 6076. TV, PANASONIC TX25GF10X, colour, 25 inch, with remote, surround system, teletext, black. In new condition. $80 ono Ph or txt 021 952 484. For sale classifieds now incur a charge of 40¢ per word + GST.

what’s on Hibiscus Coast

November 2011

18 Club/jam night, Dairy Flat Hall, Postman Rd, Dairy Flat, 8pm– 11.30pm. Entry $2. Licensed bar. 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 Kay Urlich discussion and talk on The Merging of Polaritis, Busting into Paradigms. Waiwera Ashram, 9 Waiwera Place, Waiwera, 1.30pm. Info: ph 426 5265. 19 Orewa Summer Festival, Orewa Reserve, 1pm to 5pm. Free face painting, clowns, market stalls, food vendors, entertainment. Plus annual Orewa Baptist Church Food drive. (see story p5) 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 around the world. Featuring Yao on the Chinese zither. Info: ph 428 5623. 20 Hibiscus Coast Kindergarten’s Ducky Derby, Western Reserve, Orewa, 11am-3pm. Duck race 1pm. Family fun with food stalls, sausage sizzle, bouncy castles, face painting, raffles, and more. Ducks $10 (available on the day or at Orewa Menswear) Info: ph Robin, 021 127 2820. (see story p24) 20 Meet the Rodney candidates for the general election, hosted by the Penlink Now Team. The Leisure Centre, Stanmore Bay, 2pm. Candidates will be given five minutes to speak and will then answer questions from the floor. 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. 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 $250 per team of four, includes charity auction, lunch and prizes. Info: Mark Veale, email or ph 021 258 0580. (see story p22) 25 & 26 Free face mapping and photography, Studio Z, Whangaparaoa Plaza. Skin is analysed into 15 zones for important feedback on skin health. Also a free photo opportunity for every face-mapping client. No appointment necessary. 26 General Election, New Zealand heads to the polls 26 & 27 Christmas at Couldrey House, Wenderholm Regional Park,10am to 4pm each day. Historic house decorated for Christmas, Victorian-style, display of Vintage cars, craft stalls and refreshments. (see story p24) 27 Lazy Sunday Jazz Sessions, Puhoi Valley Café, 275 Ahuroa Road, Puhoi, 12pm–4pm. Lorraine Haville Quartet. Entry free. 27 Stanmore Bay School Gala, Waiora Road (off Brightside Rd), Stanmore Bay, 10am–2pm. Family fun, stalls, entertainment and food. Rain or shine. Info: ph 424 5540. (see story p??) 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. 2 Riverhead Slide play at Dairy Flat Hall, Postman Road, Dairy Flat, 8pm–11.30pm. Licensed bar. 4 Gulf Harbour market opens. Gulf Harbour town centre, 10am–2pm. Food, arts and crafts, entertainment for the family. Info: ph Debbie, 027 461 1148 (see story p5) Classifieds in the Hibiscus Matters only cost 40 cents per word + GST. To place your classified. Phone 427 8188. Em

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Baseball reaches first base on Hibiscus Coast Baseball is in its infancy on the Hibiscus Coast but its future is bright according to Orewa Sharks Baseball vice president Blair Heeney. The Sharks Trust is the first to form nationally in a single season. a baseball club locally, kicking off this “Young players can see a career path month. ahead including the possibility of Registrations are still open, but have obtaining a college scholarship to the already been sufficient to form three United States,” Blair says. junior grade teams (U11, U13 and He says the fledgling club has been U15) and an open men’s premier team amazed with the response from the for the first season. community. Blair says the club formed after a group “Until now baseballers had to travel to of softballers playing at Sharks entered the North Shore or out West to play.” a team in the baseball nationals last The club hosted its first junior February and came third. tournament on November 12, giving He says the sport is growing in the local teams a chance to pit their popularity, with numbers doubling skills against teams from Northland,

The Coast’s first premier baseball team, pictured with bat/ball/water girls and boys from the junior teams.

the North Shore and Auckland. Info: or visit

a training session, held Tuesdays at Victor Eaves Park, Orewa, 4.30pm.

Future of lawn bowls lies in the hands of young players The attitude of colleges to lawn bowls will be a critical factor in the on-going future of the sport. Orewa College is one of only a few schools in the region that supports bowling, and as a result two of its students, Jordan Bishop and Daniel Cairns, are making a name for themselves at bowling championships. Jordan and Daniel were recently selected to represent Region 1 (which covers from the Far North to Auckland) at the National Secondary Schools Lawn Bowls Champs in Christchurch next month.

‘tis the season

More than 70 young bowlers will take part in the three-day tournament in singles and pairs. Bowling NZ coach Ralph Duke, who has been involved in collegiate bowls for almost a decade, says the region is lucky to have some great young bowlers, but that more support is needed from colleges. “It’s all dependent on whether the sports coordinators at college support bowls, and Orewa and Rangitoto Colleges are head and shoulders above the rest of the region in that regard,” Ralph says.

Both Jordan and Daniel took up the sport because of the involvement of family members. Daniel says he became interested in bowls after his older brother Mitchell represented the school in the sport as a teenager. Jordan inherited his enjoyment of bowling from his father and grandfather; his father, Scott Curran is a former NZ champion bowler. Daniel is a surf lifesaver and Jordan plays rugby, and both say lawn bowls is a pleasant change from those more physical pursuits. Jordan competed at the Nationals last

Jordan Bishop (left) and Daniel Cairns.

year with a different partner, finishing third. He says this year he is aiming to improve that placing.

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