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Bells jingle as sleigh rides through Orewa This year’s Orewa New World Santa Parade, held on November 23, has been hailed as the best yet, with spectators won over by the picture perfect sunny day, the quality of the more than 60 floats, entertainers and costume wearers, and the children’s excited anticipation of Santa Claus’s arrival right at the end. Organisers Destination Orewa Beach say that the community’s involvement and support of the event is key in its success – this year around 76 groups participated, including charitable organisations, businesses and sports groups. Prizes for the best in each float category were judged by Garry Christini of Orewa New World. The winners were: Best commercial float, Times FM; Best non-commercial, Hot Rodders;
Best team, Infinity Cheerleaders; Most creative, Te Herenga Waka’s kapa haka; Best school, Kingsway School. The heat was extreme, popping many of the freely distributed balloons and no doubt making life uncomfortable for those walking the highway – especially inside heavy costumes such as the Care Bear. Destination Orewa Beach operations manager Hellen Wilkins thanks everyone who worked on through the heat, to bring the event together. This included Fulton Hogan, Orewa Surf Club, Cynthia McKenzie and the ladies from St Andrews Church, Lee-Anne Scarth and the ladies from Westpac Bank Orewa, Orewa Police and around a dozen members of the public who volunteered their time. More photos, www.localmatters.co.nz
The Orewa Santa Parade featured colourful characters and clowns as well as floats from more than 60 community groups, including the Pioneer Village.
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Coast children record CD A CD of funky, modern takes on classic Christmas songs, sung by local children, is likely to be a popular stocking filler on the Hibiscus Coast this festive season. All the singers are students of local performing arts company Peaches & Pickles/Green Door Youth Theatre. They recorded the CD last month at The Garage Recording Studio in Army Bay and Sophia Pederson of Peaches & Pickles says the process was “full on” but enjoyed by all the children.
“They had such a lot of fun – they felt like rock stars!” All proceeds from the sale of the Christmas CD (which cost $15 each) are going to the Raukatauri Music Theatre Centre, based in Grey Lynn, which helps children with disabilities, through the medium of music. The CD will be launched this week (December 8) at Peaches & Pickles end of year Christmas party at Centrestage, and it is available by emailing sophia@ peachesandpickles or phone 428 0559.
Christmas gala a first for RSA This year two community organisations have combined forces to bring a smile to local children’s faces at Christmas. The Silverdale & Districts RSA, with the assistance of the Whangaparaoa Rotary Club, will hold its first Children’s Christmas Gala at the RSA in Vipond Road, Whangaparaoa on Saturday December 14, from 10am–3pm. Fun activities include a fancy dress competition for the children, miniature horse rides, mini carts, face painting, balloons, vertical bungy, sausage sizzle, quick fire raffles,
many food stalls and of course Father Christmas arriving on a fire truck from Manly fire brigade at 2pm. Children will also be able to paint ceramic Christmas tree decorations at the Blue Sky Ceramics stall. The All Star Cheerleaders will perform. Colleen Aberhart, who is a member of the RSA’s entertainment committee, says the Christmas Gala is part of the organisation’s focus on becoming more involved in activities for the children and wider community. Info: phone Colleen, 0274 976 107.
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6–8 servings zest and juice of 1 orange and 1 lemon ¼ cup honey 1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar 1 Tbsp Kikkoman soy sauce ½ tsp salt 2 oranges, sliced 1kg side of skin-on salmon, pin bones removed Make a glaze by heating in a non-stick frypan the citrus zest and juice, honey, vinegar, soy sauce and salt. Boil, stirring frequently, for 2–3 minutes. (Refrigerate in a covered container up to 3 days if desired). To barbecue, cook the glaze-coated salmon fillet in a double-sided hinged wire basket coated with non-stick spray, turning it once during cooking or without turning on the preheated, sprayed grill of a covered barbecue or on the preheated, foil-covered hotplate of a covered barbecue. (While the fish need not be turned, the top surface will not glaze as well. However, if a darker glaze is desired, brush the salmon with leftover glaze at least once while it cooks.) Brown the glazed orange slices before or while the salmon cooks. To check if the salmon is cooked, cut into the flesh at the thickest end (you can cover this cut with glazed orange slices before serving). When it has turned opaque right through, slide the cooked salmon onto a serving platter and arrange the glazed orange slices on top. Serve hot, warm or cold, as is, or with any remaining glaze as a sauce, or with mayonnaise if cold.
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Sing along with Santa Carol singing by Gulf Harbour canal has become a popular part of the festive celebrations of many local families, since it began in 1996. This year, the event (which is organised by the Gulf Harbour Marine Village Residents’ Association) will be held in the Gulf Harbour town centre on Saturday, December 14, starting at 5pm. Rodney MP Mark Mitchell will open the event. Chair Rod Klarwill says everyone is welcome at this free, community event. As well as a wide range of food available at local restaurants, bars and shops, there will be several mobile food and coffee vendors brought in for the evening. Members of the North Shore Brass Band family will play, Whangaparaoa School’s choir will sing carols and Coastguard Hibiscus will bring Santa up the canal, do a gold coin collection and hand out the song sheets for a public sing along.
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By Tania Betterton There are several ways to decorate a Christmas tree if the budget is tight. yy One option is to collect driftwood in different lengths and stack the pieces, shortest at the top and longest at the bottom. Joining them together with string or stacking them, using a metal coat hanger to thread the driftwood through, will hold them in place. yy Buy a couple of packets of baubles from a discount store for $10–$25 along with a round metal cake cooling rack and a roll of nylon. Hang the baubles from the cooling rack using different lengths of nylon in the shape of a Christmas tree, thread the baubles on and hang from the ceiling. yy When decorating your tree, visually split it into quarters. If your tree is placed in a corner with no windows behind then only dress the front half. Dress each quarter the same, selecting three, five or seven coloured or themed decorations per section of tree. The larger the individual decorations, the more covered your tree will look. yy To save money in future, avoid pre-packaged colour decorations, as your colour choice may change from year to year. Select silver, gold or clear decorations as these can be used every year, whatever your colour theme. Add one or two colours and if your tree has gaps, add large items such as flowers, butterflies, sprays and ribbon in the colour of your choice. Place these strategically around your tree. In future you can re-use these items or change the colour for a new look each year. yy Tree lights have an average lifespan of around three years if you look
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after them and pack them away carefully. LED lights are a safer option as these should not overheat and are more energy efficient. If you have no lights, look at decorations that reflect natural light during the day and electric light at night – these will give your tree a subtle sparkle. Tania Betterton of interior design store Poppy Design in The Plaza has an interest in Christmas trees that dates from 1998 while she was living in the US. This developed further after meeting Sharyn Cutts who owned Christmas Creations in Manly. Poppy Design will hold Christmas tree dressing tutorials on Saturday, December 7 at the Plaza, Whangaparaoa.
Christmas pine trees are available locally for around $30 with funds going to support community services: The St John Ambulance Bay, Silverdale St, Silverdale • Coast Youth Community Trust sell trees alongside Whangaparaoa Baptist Church carpark from December 7– 22, 9am– 6pm, Monday to Friday; 8am–5pm Saturday and 8am–4pm Sunday.
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Plaza talent quest for kids Santa’s arrival at the Plaza is just one of a raft of activities and fun happening there during the weekend of December 14 and 15. On Saturday, December 14, Santa arrives at 10.45am and will be in the centre until 6pm. The following day, there will be the regular Biz Kids stalls (10am–1pm), followed by an event showcasing the talents of local children. Any youngsters (aged 5–16) can enter
to showcase their musical, dancing, juggling or any other special talents. The competition will be held from 1pm–3pm in the town square outside The Plaza (opposite Whangaparaoa Library). Entry to the talent quest is now open and can be made via the Biz Kids @ The Plaza Facebook page, or by picking up an entry form from the Management Office at The Plaza. Entries close on Monday, December 9.
Songs and poems shared
Whangaparaoa Library has begun hosting regular Peninsula Songs and Poems events– an idea which came from a group who are hoping to organise a local poetry competition for children and young adults next year. People can read their own poetry or their favourite poetry and musicians who wish to showcase their own songs are welcome. The next Peninsula Songs and Poems will have a Christmas feel so bring along suitable poems and songs to share. It takes place on Sunday, December 15 at 2 pm at the Whangaparaoa Library, Main Street, Whangaparaoa. Info: phone Neil Furby, 022 620 4525 or 09 428 3691 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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Community choir the Kowhai Singers will present Christmas songs and carols at a concert in Puhoi this weekend. The concert takes place at 7.30pm at the Puhoi Hall on Friday December 6. The programme includes a wide range of musical styles including For He Shall Give His Angels from Mendelssohn’s Elijah and an American spiritual arranged by Gwynn Arch entitled What month was Jesus born in? There will also be a selection of traditional Christmas carols, with audience participation encouraged. Tickets are available from choir members, or at the door.
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Gifts with the X factor Hibiscus Matters left no stone unturned to find some unusual Christmas gifts at local stores. For the person who has everything this Christmas – how about an electric unicycle? The IPS Unicycle is relatively new to NZ and after trialling one recently Nik Sams of the SUP Shed in Orewa opted to be the local retailer. Riding this battery powered, one-wheeled unit requires a bit of practice, good balance and works the core muscles. Riders stand on either side of the wheel on a small platform, pressing downwards for acceleration. They can reach speeds of around 20km/h and fold into a compact package that weighs around 13-14kgs. The price is around $1500. This Retro Ice Box ($220) comes in several different models to represent different types of vehicle. It is from Nostalgia Boulevard in Whangaparaoa.
Giving an animal a happy home is a win/w in situation. Rescue kittens, puppies, dogs and cats can be found local ly at organisations such as CatsNCare and Gutter Kitties (www.gutterkittie s.co.nz), and the Auckland Council animal shelter in Silverdale but only consider this as a gift if you know the recipient wants, and is prepared to care for, the animal for its lifetime. CatsNCare is holding an Adop tathon at Coast Cattery, 1A Berdinner Rd, Stanmore Bay on Saturday, Dece mber 14 (10am-2pm). Artist David Poole sold up and left the Hibiscus Coast last week but during the 12 years he lived in Gulf Harbour his contribution to the local arts scene was significant, including around seven years of involvement with Estuary Arts Centre. A “clearance sale” of his artwork – including paintings in acrylic and pastels made as long as 15 years ago when he lived in Europe and England, and more recent 3D work – is on now in Orewa (2 Tamariki Ave), with all proceeds going to Hibiscus Hospice. It includes small works, right through to A1 size paintings, none of which have been for sale before, at affordable prices. The sale is on until December 21.
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A Pioneer style Christmas The Silverdale Pioneer Village is dressing for Christmas, with a special display on from December 4–23. The heritage houses and 1860s Chapel will feature traditional decorations with fresh garden flowers, a Christmas tree and a model of Santa Claus. On Saturday December 14 the Warkworth Brass Band will play in the village grounds from 1pm– 2pm and the following day The Silverdale & Districts Historical Society will hold a Carol Service in the chapel from 7pm– 8pm. Arrive early (6.30pm) and grab a cuppa (gold coin donation) and have a chat before the service. The Village, at 15 Wainui Rd, will be open daily from 10am– 3pm.
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Desperately seeking Santa If you’re looking for Santa, he will be available (for photos with the kids) at the following locations: Snowplanet, Silverdale: Santa will be in the Snow Grotto at Snowplanet, 10am–2pm: December 7 & 8, and December 14–25. Orewa (strolling around town centre) December 7, 11.30am–12.30pm • December 14, 12pm–1pm • December 20, 3.30pm–5.30pm • December 21, 12pm–1pm and 2pm– 3pm • December 23 & 24 11.30am–12.30pm and 2pm–3pm The Plaza, Whangaparaoa: December 14–20 & 23, 11am– 2pm and 3pm–6pm • December 21, 22 & 24, 11am–4pm
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