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Inside this issue Seawall solutions Options for Orewa seawall further debated
Weedeaters return Park contracts favour weed eaters
page 6 Members of Orewa Lions celebrate the installation of their Centenary tables – a gift to the community – on Orewa Reserve, with (front from left) Hibiscus & Bays Local Board deputy chair Janet Fitzgerald and chair Julia Parfitt.
Lions mark centenary with gift for Orewa community The installation of two large outdoor tables with bench seats on Orewa Reserve recently is the result of almost a year of work behind the scenes. The tables and benches cost just make a significant contribution. 1982. The wood for the furniture was over $2000 each and are a gift to the They sought ideas for a suitable project sourced from Northland Kauri, who community from Orewa Lions, to mark from the community and Hibiscus & also oiled the finished pieces. the centenary of Lions Clubs worldwide. Bays Local Board. Orewa Lions volunteers, rather than All clubs were asked to come up with Carvers at Ngawha prison in Northland Council, will maintain the benches a centennial project and Orewa Lions, made the outdoor furniture, which and tables. who have been part of this community replaces planter boxes that were also President Mandy Hebben says the for more than 50 years, wanted to donated by the Lions Club, back in continued page 2
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Continued from p1.... members are excited to see the pieces finally installed. “It’s fantastic to be able to give something back to the community that will hopefully give pleasure to lots of families for a very long time,” she says. The other part of the centenary gift is outdoor gym equipment, which recently got the green light from Council to be installed at the campground end of the reserve. Mandy says the first two pieces – a leg
press/sit up bench and cycle strider/ stretching bench should be installed in about six weeks. More equipment will be added as funds allow and eventually it will form a little circuit where the public can workout. Orewa Lions have a givealittle page where anyone can contribute to the outdoor equipment fund. Look for ‘Outdoor Gym Equipment for Public use on Orewa Beach reserve’ at givealittle.co.nz
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New wheels for food rescue The Food Rescue service, which began almost a year ago on the Hibiscus Coast, now has its own dedicated vehicle thanks to a generous grant from Countdown. Until now, volunteers from Love Soup Food Rescue contestable fund for Hibiscus Coast have been using their enough money to buy a van and last own vehicles to collect surplus food month she flew to Wellington to from local supermarkets (including collect a cheque for $15,000. all three Countdowns), Dad’s Pies Countdown’s general manger in Silverdale, Puhoi Valley and the corporate affairs James Walker says Hibiscus Coast Community RSA and that its stores partner with food rescue distribute it to local people in need. groups and foodbanks all over the The team collects perfectly edible food country to provide food to people who that would normally be thrown out need it. and go to landfill or pig farms. “It’s important that we also help The food, which includes fruit, our food rescue partners build their vegetables, bread and cheese, is capabilities so that in turn they can delivered to organisations such as the help more people and rescue more Hibiscus Coast Youth Centre, Orewa food,” he says. Community Church, the Community The van, which the Love Soup team House in Orewa and Women’s Refuge took possession of last Friday, is as well as local schools. refrigerated and will be sign written Love Soup Hibiscus Coast director with the Love Soup and Countdown Julie King applied to Countdown’s logos.
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Better ferry service under discussion
These recently released images show how a seawall and walkway on the northern part of Orewa Beach could look, with a 150mm (top) or 800mm ‘upstand’.
Round two of seawall consultation begins
A new set of images has been released illustrating how the proposed seawall that Auckland Council hopes to build at the northern end of Orewa Beach may look. The images are part of the resource the taller wall allows for future sea Much of this information was consent application, lodged last level rises in 25–30 years’ time. informally put before the public in December, to build a seawall and “While Council is applying for a series of meetings held by Council walkway from Kohu Street to Marine resource consent to allow this solution staff last year, including one on the site View. to be constructed, it is not the current at Orewa Beach. The aim of the structure is to retain intention to immediately build the At a meeting last year, coastal the width of the reserve, which has full 800mm upstand,” a Council management services team manager been substantially eroded. spokesperson says. “This feature will Paul Klinac said that funding for the building of the wall will depend on The images compare the existing be added if deemed necessary.” situation at the site with two options: Despite the massive volumes of where the project is placed on a list of a walkway and seawall with a 150mm detailed documentation prepared Auckland’s coastal work priorities. ‘upstand’ and another with a full by the council’s engineers and staff It is expected that the resource consent 800mm ‘upstand’. in support of the proposed wall, application could be put before the Council staff say that the 150mm Council’s resource consent team asked public for formal submissions this option would provide protection from for more information in order to month, although the exact timing erosion in current conditions while progress the application. depends on processing of the consent.
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Auckland Transport (AT) is currently looking into possible improvements to its ferry service from Gulf Harbour to the city, however there are no guarantees that any new services will be forthcoming. Spokesman Mark Hannan says AT is currently going through a tender process for all its ferry routes. This includes the Gulf Harbour route, which has reached annual patronage of 150,000 and is rising by eight percent per year. “AT has requested pricing of some significant service improvement options which we will consider as part of the tender evaluation process,” Mr Hannan says. “However, these changes are subject to funding and tender negotiations, so there is no guarantee that they will occur.” At this stage, AT aims to implement new timetables as a result of the contract changes in the middle of next year. In October last year AT increased the Gulf Harbour sailings from 12 to 18 each weekday. Mr Hannan says the additional services have been received positively and, as shown by the tender request, there is demand to increase that further. Councillor John Watson says that demand will be a key factor. “AT has told Council that it will respond to demand and judging from what I’ve seen at Gulf Harbour recently there’s been another big upsurge in ferry use,” Cr Watson says. He says AT has a target of increasing the number of sailings to 30 per day (15 return trips). There is also a plan to introduce faster ferries, although funding will be an issue as this is a big capital expense. He says other improvements could include covered bike stands or a slightly bigger covered waiting space at the Gulf Harbour terminal.
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Lions prefer cats
Orewa Lions Club discovered an interesting fact while preparing for their recent Hot Diggity Dog Show: it appears none of their members own dogs. Lions, it seems, have a distinct preference for cats, which makes sense when you think of it.
I hear those vibrations during the day (HM feedback, March 15). We think they are coming from the development at Millwater. We noticed this already 12 years ago while we were building our house, which is when I found out it was from the earth moving equipment. John Wullings, Red Beach
Air con throbs Yes I have noticed the constant, low throbbing noise with vibrations (HM
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March 15). I can’t be certain, but I believe it comes from some giant air conditioning unit on the roof of something in the main shopping area of Orewa. I think it’s Countdown’s roof, but I can’t be sure. Doug Tomey, Orewa
Local input called for Bruce Walling raises a very good point about what our Councillors and Board members do for us (HM March 15). On face value not a lot. Especially when it comes to maintenance of our
assets. But it’s not entirely their fault. Long ago, Rural District Councils came in to being in recognition of the fact that rural areas have different needs and aspirations to metropolises. Amalgamation has produced a behemoth where power is gripped up in ‘City Hall’ and our elected reps spend most of their time in endless meetings, so one rarely sees them out and about. It’s too late to go back, but there are two things that can be done: 1. Much more delegation to Boards, so that they ‘take ownership’ of their
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Tank vs town As the rain poured down last month, day after day, our rainwater tank filled then overflowed. It was hard not to feel just a little smug as we wallowed in excess water while residents on town supply were asked to reduce their water use (an initiative that is due to finish this week) because the volume of silt that came in with the water caused problems at the Ardmore treatment plant. It was, for once, a small vindication of the value of having an independent supply of pure, clean water. In some parts of the world, including Australia, installation of a rainwater tank in new builds is encouraged. Rather than seen as competing with the supplier of reticulated water, home rainwater tanks are valued because they reduce the public demand on a precious resource. That does not seem to be the attitude adopted to date by Auckland Council and Watercare. Water tanks were a way for baches to be built in areas like the Hibiscus Coast before there was town supply available. Many, in Whangaparaoa Peninsula in particular, have chosen to retain their tanks as the area develops. It takes pressure off the network and provides the same sense of independence as solar power or even cycling. The tanks require maintenance and cleaning and are vulnerable, as we all are, in an earthquake. And of course Watercare still charges homes on tank water for the connection to its wastewater network. However, if you’re one of the hundreds of people who are currently building a home in this area I can recommend rainwater tanks – they’re not only part of this area’s past, they should also have a role in its future.
local areas. 2. Residents report things that need attention. The more ‘hits’ we have the more chance there is of success. John Clements, Orewa
Real cost of water I was interested in the figures quoted by Wayne Walker for people who are prepared to help out neighbours when their tanks run low (HM March 1) – suggesting that $3.36 per cubic metre is what a friendly neighbour might charge for a ‘help out’ till rain falls. The suggestion of $3.36 is a false figure for it ignores other charges on the account such as the fixed charge of $205pa and also the fact that not everyone gets wastewater charged at 78.5 percent of water consumption. Anyone who has both tank and a metered town supply as we do, is charged at 100 percent of metered water consumption. Taking two consecutive months of our accounts – one estimated and the next with meter read, the combined total was $168.48 for 34 cubic metres which equates to $4.96 per cubic metre. Anyone on the 78.5 percent wastewater charge should recoup at least $4.43 per cubic metre or $1.07 more than Wayne Walker’s calculation. Help out by all means but don’t sell yourself short. We help out at $5 per cubic metre as we have dual supply. Wally and Shirley Davison, Manly,
Reconsider felling As a resident of Manly, I walk my dogs past Whangaparaoa Primary every day. I would be devastated to see those trees come down (HM March 15). When they colour up in autumn, in particular,
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Feedback cont... they are a fantastic sight and take your breath away against a clear blue sky. They are often alive with birdsong and cicadas. I think the school would do well to remember that it is part of this community and if no one has actually been hurt in the decades that those trees have been there, they should reconsider removing them. Angela Campbell, Manly
trees in a storm? It seems this happens by default in any case. Those trees have lived in this street longer than many residents and have the right to proper maintenance – they add a lot to the local environment. Since the tree rules changed I’d say at least a dozen large trees have been felled in my street alone. We cannot afford to keep losing trees. Ruth Thomson, Manly
B ‘n’ B concerns
Some while ago I visited my son in Portland Oregon in the USA. My impression was all the roads were lined everywhere with trees, big trees, be it residential, commercial shops or factories. Overwhelmingly these were deciduous and many were of the Liquidambar family. Not only did they look wonderful, the general response was to protect and retain them. We constantly hear responses here in NZ to urban trees that follow the line expressed in your recent report on the trees next to Whangaparaoa School, that we must remove them for health and safety reasons. What are the actual statistics for injuries and death by urban trees in the last decade or two? I regularly walk through Eaves Bush, full of big old trees, lots of fallen trees and branches everywhere – it is obvious that it’s ‘dangerous’. Should we not cut all these problem trees down or perhaps not allow anyone to enter this dangerous environment? Could we please stop a moment, take a deep breath and get real. John Simons, Orewa
Rights of trees I am writing about the plan to fell those beautiful liquidambars in the grounds of Whangaparaoa Primary School (HM March 15). What are we teaching our children? That nature can make an inconvenient mess and even at times be dangerous and the goal is to therefore get rid of that risk. I’d like to suggest that a better lesson would be management of that risk – perhaps a sign asking people not to park or stand under those
I feel for the motel owners who are faced with horrendous rate rises. But as someone who has considered offering a bed and breakfast service on Airbnb I am grateful that Airbnb people are not being asked for this money too. Many of these services are small, mum and dad operations and they would not be able to afford to pay a rate based on their property’s CV. Most would simply drop off the service and with it would go the affordable, off the beaten track options that both Kiwis and overseas travellers seem to enjoy and value. Liz Watson, Army Bay Editor’s note: We understand that Auckland Council is speaking with providers like Airbnb about this targeted rate and those discussions were described as “positive and ongoing” by an ATEED spokesperson recently. Watch this space!
Delivery girl outed I believe that I was recently handdelivered a copy of your latest issue by no less than the editor! It gave me a good feeling to realise I’m part of a community where the editor of the local rag is quite happy to deliver the paper herself. Brian Goodall, Manly Editor’s note: I’ve been ‘outed’! Yes, some residents of Manly may have spotted me popping Hibiscus Matters in their letterbox. My daughter has had this paper route for many years and when she is not able to do it, my partner Andrew and I help out. It’s a great excuse to take a walk and complete the process, from a story’s germination to its fruition in a reader’s hands.
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Weed eaters return to parks and playgrounds
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Weed eaters will again be whirring in our parks and playgrounds, after Auckland Council reversed its decision to use Glyphosate (Roundup) to tidy up edges instead, as a cost saving measure. The return to mechanical edging will be enshrined in new maintenance contracts, recently negotiated throughout Auckland. Council replaced mechanical edging methods, such as weed eaters, with the use of chemical sprays around the edges of parks, reserves and children’s playgrounds in October 2015. This went against its own Weed Management Policy, which stipulated a reduction in the use of agrichemicals. The use of Roundup, particularly in playgrounds, was also very unpopular with the community Local board chair Julia Parfitt says that and Cr John Watson says that by this level of input is another win for returning to the use of weed eaters, the community. She says it could open Council is responding to pressure the door for volunteers, including from local boards, local councillors, youth, to become involved and gain the media and the public. work experience, as well as allow for “Council was always obligated in the use of local subcontractors. terms of its Weed Management Policy Local board members will meet the to reduce the amount of agrichemicals new contractor this month – currently used, but it was, in fact, increasing it,” the work is mainly undertaken by he says. “It’s good to see a move in the Recreational Services, with other right direction.” companies engaged for specific work Originally, cost savings were given as such as toilet cleaning. a reason for the switch to chemicals “We saw for ourselves on a walk around in local parks. However, Council’s Orewa town centre the inefficiencies community facilities general manager and problems that can arise when Rod Sheridan says savings were found multiple contractors are responsible in the new contracts that made it for one area,” Mrs Parfitt said. “There possible to go back to mechanical was one company clearing part of methods. a drain and another doing the other Mr Sheridan says that the requirement end! Our goal is to reduce the number for its contractors to reduce of contracts and the more local the agrichemical use will be part of the contractor the better; it makes the contracts and closely monitored, responsiveness so much better.” with penalties for non-compliance. One fly in the ointment is that, for a Methods such as mulching will be one further year at least, chemicals will way in which those targets could be continue to be used on the road corridor achieved. and pavements that are maintained by Chemicals can still be used for Auckland Transport (AT). invasive weeds or in other situations Mr Sheridan says that Council will where Roundup is deemed to be the work with AT but that the CCO’s best option. An area manager will be current contracts will not be altered appointed to monitor the performance until next year. AT has been under of contractors. pressure from community groups, Speaking to the local board last month, councillors and the public to replace Mr Sheridan said that Council has Roundup use with a hot water also made contracts “outcome based”. method. This means that targets will be set for Cr Watson says that AT is bound by contractors – for example, ‘bins will be the Council’s Weed Management clean and tidy’ – rather than a specific Policy, which requires less use of requirement to clear the bins at certain chemicals, but it has resisted this times of the month. and may be a harder nut to crack. Mr Sheridan said that a consistent “Residents wanting less chemical standard of service throughout use on their streets need to keep up Auckland will be important but there pressure on AT,” Cr Watson says. is an allowance for variations that local The new Council contracts take effect boards will have control over. on July 1.
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Support for surf rebuild One of the roles I have within our community and which is very special to me is as Patron of the Orewa Surf Lifesaving Club. My association with surf lifesaving goes to back to my Nipper and Junior Surf days at Mairangi Bay through to being a Patrol Captain at Wainui Surf Club in Gisborne. I have enjoyed patrolling and competing for more than 30 years and now my daughter both patrols and competes for Orewa. I am proud of the service all our surf clubs provide, Orewa, Red Beach and Omaha and the terrific results they achieve each year in competition. However I would like to focus my comments on Orewa Surf Life Saving Club for this column. Orewa Surf Life Saving Club has been protecting people in the water since it was formed 66 years ago. In this time more than 1100 people have been rescued and their lives saved from drowning. Countless other interventions have also helped children, young people and adults have a more enjoyable time in and around the water. The idea for a new clubhouse has been discussed for many years. Plans have been prepared, and resource consent gained. It is now time to get on and build this new facility. The clubhouse was built in 1960, with additions and alterations made in the 1970s and early 1990s. It has been a great facility for rescue and water safety, and also as a facility for recreation and a variety of community functions for the benefit of the whole community. Like everything, its life is limited. It has served well, but it has served its time and needs replacing. This redevelopment is, however, beyond the resources of the Club to fund on their own. Support from individuals, corporations, trusts and community organisations who share this vision is essential to the success of the redevelopment and to ensure the future of surf lifesaving services on Orewa Beach and provide a facility to the benefit of all beach users and the local community. With this project, the Club is facing the most ambitious challenge since its establishment. To accomplish this, the Orewa Surf Life Saving Club wishes to launch a major fundraising campaign. Details of this will be released in Hibiscus Matters when they are finalised. This will be Mark’s only column in the paper prior to the September general election.
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A background helping large companies with marketing and PR proved to be good preparation for the work Vincent Maire of Manly eventually moved into, in the not-for -profit sector. In the process, Vincent also found a way to combine his lifelong interest in spirituality with his day job at Hibiscus Hospice. He spoke with Terry Moore.
ne of my daughters enrolled at Ambury Park Centre for riding therapy in Mangere Bridge and she was very happy there. Three months after she started, the organisation, which was a Charitable Trust, ran out of money and I decided I would like to help. I was elected chair of the Trust and we embarked on what became a 10-year programme to forge a new future for the centre. That was my introduction to the not-for-profit sector. It was a challenging job but I discovered the power that comes from a group of passionate people working on a project for the common good. I also found out what can be achieved through the generosity of the wider community. It was very hard work and at times stressful: they had a herd of 15 horses and I knew nothing about horses, but that was fine because others were experts; it was the same with running the school. It was about teamwork and setting a goal and a vision and how to get there. Together we saved the centre and it continues to thrive today, helping people with learning difficulties and special needs.
reviously I had a long career in marketing and communication, working in large corporates, then went into market research for 10 years and freelance Public Relations. That’s how I first connected with hospice, in 2004, where I got a job as fundraiser. They had already raised quite a lot of money to build a local hospice for the Hibiscus Coast and I was given the task of raising the last $2 million. A few days into the job we got a cheque from the ASB Charitable Trust for $1.1 million! When the crash of 2008 happened it became much harder to raise money but by then we had built the facility we have now in John Dee Crescent. I had that fundraising role at Hibiscus Hospice until 2011 and by then I felt I had achieved everything I had set out to and was a bit burnt out. I’d lost my creative spark. I didn’t want to leave hospice but I knew I had to leave. I went away for 19 months and for quite a bit of that I did nothing apart from a bit of fundraising for a couple of trusts. I had absolute faith that something good would come along in regard to future work. I surrendered to the situation – a real leap of faith – and learned a lot
about myself in the process.
efore I left, and while I was away from hospice, I completed a course in spirituality with an organisation called Spiritual Growth Ministries – a New Zealand based organisation run by all the mainline Christian churches. Its aim is to train spiritual directors. It looked like an interesting course and I saw it as part of my ongoing spiritual journey, which has been an important part of my life for many years. Spirituality is so much more than going to church on Sundays – it’s incredibly diverse and we are all spiritual in one way or another, although some don’t recognise it. Art, music, your vocation, the conservation movement (which is about healing the earth) are all spiritual. The people at hospice knew that I had an interest in people’s spirituality and one day they asked me to return in the role of spiritual carer. The job was previously called ‘chaplain’ and I am the first person to hold the position without being an ordained minister. I only had to think for about three seconds before I said ‘yes’ to their offer. It had never occurred to me that I would return to hospice, but it was a wonderful affirmation to be invited back by people who thought I could contribute in that way. When I came back, in July 2013, for the first time ever in my life I came to work no longer feeling like a square peg in a round hole. I felt strongly that I was in God’s hands and that this is what I should be doing. I also returned to a place that I truly love, to work with people that I care for a great deal.
urses tell me when a patient wants to see me and the process is different for every individual – from someone who has never thought about what might happen after death through to someone who is convinced that they will see Jesus in heaven. My role is to give hope and encouragement to the patient and their family in an appropriate way. It’s difficult to put into words, but when I go to see a patient for the first time I go in with no agenda, no preconceived ideas and with something that in Zen is known as ‘beginners’ mind’. I am guided entirely by what happens in the moment. There is not a lot that I can actually do, but being with the person is what
is important. That could be listening to their story and maybe helping them make sense of it, or simply being a silent presence. Often words just get in the way and even prayer can be inappropriate. I start and end each day with 30-minute periods of meditation in the Christian tradition. Just as a runner may warm up and down, that meditation is my preparation and provides the foundation of my work. It is an absolute privilege to be with someone when they are suffering and somehow all of us who work at hospice are protected from being overwhelmed. We support each other and take selfcare very seriously. However, there are some days when, at the end of the day, I will find that I have experienced inexplicable joy followed by incredible exhaustion; when that happens I firmly believe that I have been in the presence of a higher power.
am married to Liz and we have two daughters and two granddaughters. We both have a great involvement in conservation. We volunteer on Tiritiri Matangi Island – Liz works with school groups and I do fundraising. We also do a bait run at Shakespear Open Sanctuary every month and are keen trampers. There is a lot of development around us – it’s at our back door at hospice – but it is more than offset by the wonderful work that volunteers are doing at Tiri, Shakespear and other areas. I have a great many blessings and living here is one of the best. I am part of the Hibiscus Coast Catholic community and also national coordinator for the New Zealand community of Christian meditation. I enjoy introducing people to this way of praying. From a very young age I felt close to God and I have come to
recognise that I am hard wired for it. I am one of six children and not many of my siblings still go to church, whereas I am nourished by a spiritual practice and see spirituality as a gift. One thing about the Catholic Church is that it includes contemplative prayer which comes from the monastic tradition and I’m very attracted to that.
t’s important to talk about dying – as a society we don’t do that as much as we should. It’s been shoved under the medical carpet and I think it’s also more easily avoided as a subject because people can go for decades without losing someone that they love. I strongly recommend that people have a conversation, not just about doing a Will or planning a funeral, but about the big picture and the big questions, such as ‘is there an after life?’ Maybe get a book about near death experiences – find out more about something that is inevitably going to happen. I am always amazed at how many people are okay about dying although it’s true that many who we see in hospice are elderly. For younger people facing death there is a great feeling of unfairness, and it can be very difficult for them and their families to deal with. It is unfair, and no one knows why. Our role at hospice is to support that person and their family to the best of our ability. When someone has a serious illness they can become like monks in a cell: they do their inner work, even if they don’t know they are doing it. They reflect on their lives, the good and the bad – but it’s always the good things that they remember most. They discover, as we all should, that the most common form of spirituality is love. When I walk into a patient’s room and the family is sitting around the bed I know I am not needed.
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Stream turns to ‘mud slurry’ Orewa residents Adrienne and David Wright are concerned that heavy loads of silt made their way into Nukumea Stream recently, which they say came from the development taking place at Sunny Heights. The water was like a mud slurry, and which diverted additional stormwater the couple saw fish that they believe onto the subject site. were the giant kokopu (native trout), “The developer has since requested first released there in 2009, struggling access to this culvert with a view to to stay alive in the top centimetre of maintaining it in the future,” Mr water. Pearce says. David and Adrienne say that the During the recent storm, the stream is a sensitive environment Nukumea catchment received 47mm and the habitat for those fish needs of rain within a one-hour period and protecting from pollution. a total of 144mm over a three-day Auckland Council’s resource consents period. compliance manager, Steve Pearce, says that Council staff inspected the Mr Pearce says that in light of area after the recent heavy rain and that, the discharge viewed by the found a discharge of dirty water from monitoring staff was considered “not the erosion and sediment control unreasonable”. devices at the development site. He says Council will continue to He says this was partly due to a monitor the site and work closely with blocked culvert located within a the developer who, he says, is being Significant Environmental Area that is proactive to ensure that sediment is outside of the control of the developer, well managed.
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Trekkers share the love in Whangaparaoa Anyone in the vicinity of the Plaza will have been aware of the visit of the Trillian Trekkers on Monday, March 20. The group parked their boldly decorated cars, trucks and fire engines alongside Whangaparaoa Hall while they enjoyed breakfast put on by Love Soup, attracting a crowd of onlookers. The trek (formerly known as the Variety Bash) is a non-competitive rally that raises funds for Kiwi kids as well as visiting local rural schools. Among the trekkers was David Drake of Rolleston, near Christchurch, who has a list of every trek that he’s been on, since 1995, on the bonnet of his Ford Fairlane. One of the biggest vehicles was the Los Angeles ladder truck, owned by Peter Drummond of Auckland. Peter has taken the truck on more than 22 of the fundraising treks. The vehicle is so long that it requires a co-driver sitting at the back to independently operate the back wheels. TV presenter Simon Dallow also took part in this leg of the trek, which included local stop offs at the Silverdale Adventure Park and Hibiscus Coast Community RSA. One trekker said that the group is like family, as many of the drivers have been on the treks for years. The charity rally takes a week to travel in convoy from Matamata up the west coast to Cape Reinga, then back down the east coast to Whangarei.
Clockwise from top, This Los Angeles ladder truck can take even the tightest hairpin bend thanks to two drivers, one of whom operates the rear wheels. Pictured is driver Peter Drummond. Fun additions designed to appeal to children included this cupcake atop an original Mini. David Drake of Rolleston listed all the past rallies he has been in on the bonnet of his 1965 Ford Fairlane.
During the Trillian Trek’s stopover at Whangaparaoa Hall, Judy Leishman of Stihl Shop Silverdale gave away two Rocket Bikes. Recipients were nominated by the local community. One bike went to nine-year-old Maell Hartley, pictured receiving his bike from Judy Leishman of Stihl Shop Silverdale. Maell has a growth plate problem in one foot which will benefit from the movement of cycling. He recently learned to cycle at Whangaparaoa School but until now did not have his own bike. The other bike went to the Hibiscus Coast Youth Centre which will make it available to young people who would like to cycle around Te Ara Tahuna, but don’t have a bike.
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Celebrating their international award are, from left, Zeffer Cider executive director Greg Small, head cider maker Jody Scott and founder Sam Whitmore.
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A cider made in Silverdale was awarded a gold medal at the International Cider Awards held recently in the UK. The awards have been dubbed “the New Zealand Award last year. Oscars of the brewing and cider Judge, Gabe Cook described Zeffer’s industry”. Cidre Demi-Sec’s Gold Medal as “a Zeffer Cider was first made in testament to their skills as cider makers Matakana in 2009. Having since and to the standard of New Zealand’s shifted operations to Silverdale, it burgeoning craft cider industry as a has grown to become one of the whole.” largest independent, dedicated cider Jody Scott, Zeffer’s head cider maker producers in New Zealand. says that the Demi-Sec uses wild The award was for its Cidre Demi-Sec, fermentation and heritage fruit. “This a traditional French medium sweet is a cider we make once a year with cider that was entered in the ‘Cider select cider apple varieties and we were Apple Class – Sweet’ category. For each really happy with the way it turned class, only one gold, silver and bronze out,” Jody says. medal is awarded after tastings by a Zeffer’s product is exported to the panel of 45 judges from 21 countries. USA, UK, Australia, Canada, China, Zeffer has already won more than 50 Thailand, Singapore, Hong Kong awards and the Cidre Demi-Sec was and Japan, with it international sales recognised with a Brewers Guild of trending strongly upwards. CL
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Whether you are planning the trip of a lifetime or a quick break during the school holidays here are some digital tools to help. Planning your trip If you want to be super organised or are planning your trip with other people you can use a tool like Trello to create to-do lists, checklists and assign tasks with desktop and app versions. Or choose from one of the many apps for travelling including PackingPro. Where to go Online travel sites like TripAdvisor have hotels, holiday rentals, things to do, restaurants and flights. The app version is easy to use and if you create a profile you can create new trips and save your wishlists as you go. You can access offline saved travel guides on your device. The reviews and travellers photos of accommodation are well worth a look. Also try Wikitravel for a crowdsourced travel guide. Airbnb continues to grow in popularity offering cheaper accommodation and authentic experience staying in a locals home. The tool itself is easy to use. But keep a careful eye on special conditions and extra costs. Getting around Google Maps can be your best friend when navigating unfamiliar streets. You can even go for a virtual walk on street view to familiarise yourself first, and keep an eye out for 360 tours of everything from restaurants to tourist attractions. Capturing and saving memories Check out apps to improve photos on your phone. Pro tools for smartphones include Snapseed, VSCO Cam and FiLMiC Pro. Pull together your stories with Storify.com, create a scrapbook on Pinterest. Don’t forget to save your memories. Along with any cloud based back ups you already have you can save and share large files with WeTransfer and Dropbox. While away or when you get home back them up again on a portable hard drive. Happy travels! See more links and videos with this digital column at localmatters.co.nz Are you following us on facebook www.facebook.com/hibiscusmatters
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Although he had a career as an engineer all mapped out, Lou Zhe (known as Lun) has a passion for food that would not be denied. Born in Malaysia and brought up in Singapore and Taiwan, Lun says his first love was Japanese food. At the age of 21, after working in an Italian restaurant in Singapore where he learned about fine dining and molecular gastronomy, he moved to France to follow his food dream. There, he immersed himself in the world of European food and wine, studying and working in a wide variety of places – from a family restaurant that served robust, rustic dishes to a restaurant with three Michelin Stars. His travels also took him to Indonesia where he discovered the excitement of spicy and sour fragrant dishes. Returning to Singapore to teach cooking, Lun realised that the key for him was in the combination of food and wine. “Together, when it’s right, it creates something magic and rare,” he says. It was wine that brought Lun to New Zealand, a year ago – to be exact, it was a Destiny Bay wine made on Waiheke Island. After working in a café in Auckland, he had the opportunity to take over management of Abruzzo in Whangaparaoa Road, when it changed ownership last November. He oversaw a full refurbishment,
With a recently completed, purposebuilt childcare centre, filled with colourful new, upcycled and natural educational toys and two outdoor playgrounds to look after, it’s no wonder KINZ Orewa manager Alli Munt is excited. The centre, in Centreway Road, Orewa, is the fifth KINZ (Kindergarten NZ) in Auckland and the largest, catering for 105 children, including 15 under two-year-olds. Alli says that design is key to making such a large centre work well and be light, bright and welcoming. The building has been divided into play and rest areas for infants (three months to two years) as well as spaces for children aged 2–5 years. Outdoor areas include shade, sandpits, mature native trees and plenty of places to explore. A small vegetable patch will be planted, with the children free to eat from it as they please. The location, close to Western Reserve and Orewa Beach, is a bonus that Alli says the teachers will take full advantage of. “We want to get the children out and about whenever possible to enjoy the beach and bike track,” she says. “Outdoor play is so important and definitely part of developing confident, competent children.” KINZ is a subsidiary of the Auckland Kindergarten Association. The Orewa KINZ has a team of qualified staff, as well as some teachers in training; Alli says the children will benefit from this blend of experience, enthusiasm and
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Schools go pest-free Silverdale School, already an Enviroschool, has a new ‘green’ credential with an award for becoming pest free from Hibiscus Coast Forest & Bird. The school was presented with a and new habitat for birds. certificate last month – this makes it Stanmore Bay School is also showing its the first primary school in the area to commitment to the Pest Free Peninsula become pest free. project. The school’s Enviro Group Richard Chambers of Forest & Bird, joined the project last year by putting who works with the school on the pest out tracking tunnels around the school free project, says their enthusiasm is and are working to put pest control measures in place and become pest-free. great. “They’ve got a couple of really As birds start to spill over the fence committed teachers Nick Bateman from the Shakespear Open Sanctuary and Carolyn Holmes, and the and move down the peninsula they will principal Cameron Lockie is right need pest free areas to survive in. “This project is a great way for schools to behind it,” Richard says. However, he says that the school’s most connect with the great environmental enthusiastic environmentalists are the work being done at Tiritiri Matangi students themselves. A large group of Island, Shakespear Regional Park and all ages make up the Enviro Group in some of our smaller local reserves and turned out in their lunchtime on the coast,” Richard says. recently to put out tracking tunnels. Whangaparaoa College is also a great These will show up the footprints of supporter of Forest & Bird’s Pest any pests that stray into the school Free Peninsula project, doing their grounds. In the past, they have found bit to keep the college grounds pest rats, mice and hedgehogs and have free. Tracking tunnels put out before made a concerted effort to catch these. Christmas showed no rats were present. Silverdale Primary is fortunate to Richard says this makes the college a have native bush and a stream within great neighbour to the people living its grounds so there is plenty of around its boundary, and will also opportunity for birdlife to increase now make a difference to the wildlife in the that the pests have been reduced. But wetland area below the school. Richard says there will be no relaxing “In 2016 there was a report of a for the Enviro Group. Over time they Spotless Crake, a rare wetland rail, hope to remove many of the weeds being spotted for the first time in from the bush and do some planting to the wetland so already pest control is create a learning resource for the school showing results.”
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Whilst the new Unitary Plan (operative in part) allows greater opportunities for additional housing within the Auckland region due to planning changes around density levels and opening up of large fringe rural areas for development, a constraining factor on the speed of delivery of this will be infrastructure, or more accurately, the lack of it. Residents of Whangaparaoa will be well aware of the long battle for Penlink, the “on again/off again” arterial link from Whangaparaoa, across the Weiti River through to East Coast Road and State Highway 1. Land for this has already been earmarked and, rather amusingly, the link road appears in some map applications from time to time. Unfortunately, despite the best efforts of various organisations, this project seems stuck in the “too hard” basket –due to lack of funding. Sadly this inaction is typical of the lack of forward thinking around infrastructure development throughout Auckland. I heard the comment on the radio that Council only think as far forward as the next election, and we lack the leadership and foresight in the powers that be to get a long term strategic plan in place. For residents of the Coast, this inaction manifests in massive traffic congestion, especially through Silverdale, and inadequate public transport – think lack of parking at the Hibiscus Coast Station and limited ferry service to Gulf Harbour. The new Unitary Plan will open up large areas in and around Orewa, Millwater, Silverdale and Wainui in the years to come, which will surely compound the issue, without some meaningful development of Penlink to redirect traffic away from the Silverdale bottleneck. But it’s not just transport constraints that will limit the success of the Unitary Plan. We have already seen indications from Council that developments south and north-east of Warkworth, in and around Silverdale, Dairy Flat and Wainui East may have to be stalled due to a lack of water and wastewater infrastructure. You have to ask where have all the development levies, Watercare connection fees and additional rates income gone? Infill housing will consume limited capacity quickly, then what? Land owners who wish to develop their properties may have to wait until existing infrastructure is upgraded – a costly exercise. The storm in March also exposed cracks in the current system, adding more dwellings will expose these more and more. Clearly central Government is becoming frustrated, with plans to form Urban Development Authorities to speed development progress. Central Government has also created an infrastructure fund, and some may argue this is inadequate at $1billion; however Auckland Council is hamstrung with debt and must be concerned with the economic effect of taking on more borrowings, especially on their credit rating and the interest they then pay on current debt, already around $1million per day from some reports. So the issues are complex but they need to be addressed, and quickly, if we are to solve the dire housing supply shortage across Auckland. Council needs to look at what their core purpose is, and kerb the behemoth it’s become.
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Answers delivered at Puhoi Station The impending Fire and Emergency New Zealand (FENZ) amalgamation was discussed during a visit by Internal Affairs Minister Peter Dunne to the Puhoi Fire Station on March 6. Members of the Puhoi and Silverdale said the change was long overdue and Fire Brigades, as well as Auckland would put all brigades on a level playing deputy principal rural fire officer Scott field in terms of resources and training. Marchant, attended the meeting. He said Auckland Council had always The amalgamation, which is aimed done a good job of looking after the at streamlining urban, rural and Puhoi Volunteer Fire brigade, but volunteer fire services, will take effect other rural brigades would benefit on July 1. The Minister’s visit provided from the amalgamation. brigade members with an opportunity to ask questions about how the change Mr Dunne said that the reform was recommended by the Royal will affect their brigades. Mr Dunne said it seemed logical to Commission in 1948 and would be bring all services together under one the first big change to the fire service structure since the 1930s. national structure. He said that operationally, not much He said a bigger merger between would change for the rural brigades ambulance, civil defence and fire was but clarity around responsibility would a possibility in the future. improve, as well as access to resources As part of the change, the new Puhoi that could potentially save lives. Fire Station must be completed by July Puhoi chief fire officer Russell Green 1 and was on course to meet that date
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with the framework up and roofing on. Mr Dunne was given a tour of the new station during his visit. The $1.2 million station is expected to be finished around the middle of next month. The cost of a car park is still to be factored in, but Russell says the estimated cost was about $100,000.
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Auckland Council promotes dangerous dog de-sexing by text Owners of pitbulls and other menacing dogs are being targeted in a new de-sexing drive that Auckland Council hopes will reduce dog attacks on Aucklanders, particularly children. With the help of a grant from central government, Auckland Council has launched its free texting campaign (TXT2DESEX), through which it offers free de-sexing until June 30. The conditions are that dogs must be registered and classified as menacing
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Different ways to rest in peace The saying ‘different strokes for different folks’ is something that definitely applies when it comes to choosing a final resting place and method of interment. Graeme Cummins, general manager of Auckland Memorial Park in Silverdale says that when the park opened, 16 years ago, catering for various cultural and personal preferences was a key consideration. While the majority of the space is devoted to standard plots for burial or ash burial, the memorial park includes a terraced area, specifically designed for the Chinese community’s needs. A section is currently being developed to suit members of the Russian Orthodox Church who like to face due East in death, with their feet towards the headstone. Due to demand, plans have now been prepared for mausoleums – small buildings (around 4sqm) that can hold six caskets. Graham says several European cultures prefer above ground burial. Like any permanent structure, the concrete mausoleums require engineering work and architectural plans to be done, as well as Council consent for each build. A variety of different designs for the front and roof will be offered to families
Some of the options for family mausoleums which are new at Auckland Memorial Park.
who purchase one. The final costs are still being worked out, but will be in the vicinity of $100,000 each. Graeme, who has been in the funeral business all his life, says burial is becoming more popular than cremation in New Zealand. He says he’s noticed that scattering ashes is not as common and, especially when someone younger dies, the family often choose burial – primarily he thinks so that they have a special place to visit and remember as the years go by. The 17ha memorial park, in East Coast Road, is owned by a charitable
trust and is beautifully landscaped. Graeme says people come in “preneed” to find out about the options and select a plot because it gives them certainty about their final resting place. “However, even more important to many people is that choosing a plot in advance means there is less for their family to worry about when the time comes,” he says. Once you’ve purchased a plot, you own it in perpetuity and many families or couples like to be interred alongside each other.
When a loved one passes away, the memories live on including the life they shared with friends and family on Facebook. People can choose to have their account permanently deleted or allow it to be memorialised and nominate a ‘legacy contact’ by changing their security settings. If this isn’t done in advance, family members can ask for the page to be memorialised, but they will not be able to change it. They can also request the removal of the account, with the right documentation. Memorialised accounts are shown with the word ‘Remembering’ next to the person’s name. Depending on the privacy settings, friends can share memories on the timeline, and the content the person shared stays and is visible to those it was shared with. Memorialised profiles don’t appear in public spaces such as in suggestions or birthday reminders and no-one can log into a memorialised account. Once an account is memorialised, the legacy contact will have the option to do things such as write a pinned post for the profile, respond to new friend requests, update the profile picture and cover photo. Legacy contacts can also be given permission to download a copy of what was shared on Facebook. The legacy contact won’t be able to log into the account, read messages, remove any friends, or remove or change past posts, photos and other things shared on the timeline. Friends and family can also create a ‘group’ for people on Facebook to share memories of their loved one. Source: See Facebook. com for the latest policies and settings.
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A place of your choosing Wedding and funeral celebrant Murray Coutts says he has noticed a move towards people holding memorial services rather than funerals. The key difference is that at a funeral the deceased’s casket is present, whereas at a memorial service it is not. There is usually a photo and sometimes the ashes instead. Murray says that memorials, which can be held several weeks after a private burial or cremation, give people who are out of town or overseas time to get
to the service. He says they also give the family time to reflect and prepare. “Where people have religious views, the funeral is, to an extent, about the transition to the next life,” he says. “Where those views are not as strong, the service is more about a chance for friends and family to express their feelings and memories,” Murray says. Memorial services can be held in places that reflect the deceased’s interests such as a sports club, garden, community hall, a beach – or even at the deceased’s favourite restaurant.
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Celebrant Murray Coutts, also an experienced Toastmaster, has this advice for anyone asked to speak at a funeral: Start writing your speech. Don’t worry about structure, just write. Leave it overnight and the next day pick out the key thoughts. From that put your speech together • Consider and answer some key questions such as who are you speaking on behalf of, and where do you fit into the life of the deceased. Are you the main speaker or one of several speakers • Share stories that make the person special, memorable and honoured. Provide insights and extract key points • If you are not sure how long to speak for, check with the celebrant. A guideline is 3–4 minutes. Go straight to the core of the story • It’s easy to be overcome with emotion during the service. I encourage people that will speak or give a reading to provide me with a copy. I include that in the script for the service, so if necessary the guests can read it out. In some cases I have had a family member ask me to read out their words, often with them standing by me • Be yourself. You are speaking because of the link that you had to the person’s life and that’s all people expect. There is now an abundance of casket options, enabling people to make a statement about the personality, values and priorities of a much-loved family member. Hibiscus Funeral Services owner Mark Mortlock says that the variety and range of materials and designs for caskets include everything from economical to ecofriendly or highly traditional. Among the ‘green’ options are solid timber caskets with natural linen, wool or cotton linings, as well as bamboo, sustainable pine or materials that can be thatched or woven. Mark says MDF remains one of the most cost effective ways to accomplish a sophisticated look, without the expense of sometimes rare and costly timbers. He says some families like to honour their loved one by decorating the casket with hand paintings and poetry. “This gives children an opportunity to engage in a fundamental aspect of life that has been missing from our traditional approach to funerals,” Mark says. DIY is also an option, providing an opportunity for a very personal tribute from someone with building skills. Pictured is a casket being decorated by family members.
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Advance Care Plans – we used to call them “living wills – were never very popular but things change and now they are big news in the medical arena. We are now proactively engaging patients in a discussion about what their preferences would be if they were incapacitated or approaching end of life. Most doctors are still feeling their way with ACPs, although we’ve been doing them regularly with patients who are terminally ill. The general feeling is that we should be talking about this kind of thing with everybody who has a chronic life-threatening disease. What’s the point? This quote (from the website below) sums it up: “Advance care planning gives everyone a chance to say what’s important to them. It helps people understand what the future might hold and to say what treatment they would and would not want. It helps people, their families and their healthcare teams plan for future and end of life care. This makes it much easier for families and healthcare providers to know what the person would want – particularly if they can no longer speak for themselves.” So, don’t be alarmed if your doctor begins a conversation about an ACP. It doesn’t mean that you are about to pop off, just that we want to give you the opportunity to say what’s important to you while you can. It always impresses me when people think ahead, even if it means addressing an unwelcome scenario. One of my patients had a “death box”. He was not a morbid person at all – just a well-organised and realistic one, and when the time came everybody knew what he wanted. On the same theme, it is important for older people to appoint an enduring power of attorney (EPOA). Generally you have one for financial and property matters and another one for personal care and welfare (though they can be the same person). Your EPOA makes decisions on your behalf if you are incapacitated, so they should be somebody who knows what you would have wanted in the circumstances. It’s easy to appoint an EPOA through THE Public Trust or your lawyer, but activating it is a bit more complicated and requires a medical certificate of incapacity, which is not a trivial medical decision. So, borrowing the old scout motto, “Be Prepared”! If you go to www.advancecareplanning.org.nz you’ll find a whole website devoted to the hows and whys of Advance Care Plans.
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A community patroller who has been involved with the Whangaparaoa service since its inception in 2008 was thanked by Police last month. Julia Wharton, aged 56, is the second recipient of the Patroller of the Year award, which began last year as a way for Whangaparaoa Police to thank the volunteers who provide their “eyes and ears”. As well as volunteering her services with both Whangaparaoa and Orewa Community Patrols since they started, Whangaparaoa Community Patrol Julia was also Waitemata District Charitable Trust chair Tony Lewis with Representative for Community Patrols patroller of the year Julia Wharton. their vehicle on to areas such as NZ for four years. Julia says she originally joined the schools, parks, beaches and toilets and Whangaparaoa Community Patrol provide police with information about because she was interested in solving any suspicious behaviour. They only crime and wanted to contribute to the take action if someone is in peril – the rest is observation and reporting. community in a positive way. “As time has evolved, I have found it Julia says highlights of her patrol work a good way to meet local like-minded include coming across a shop burglary individuals and develop my observation that was in progress and being able to and reporting skills, as well as being call Police immediately, as the offender more proactive around things that I was fleeing the scene. “This was part of a spree of similar crimes in the area and notice in my everyday life,” she says. was the only time an offender had been Police say that having volunteers spotted. We were able to provide good drive around the community at night, description of offender, who was later looking for any sign of trouble, is a identified and prosecuted,” Julia says. valuable deterrent, but not measurable because it is focused on crime There was also the time that a drunk prevention. Constable Jug Price of driver was observed returning to their Whangaparaoa Police says that every vehicle but on seeing the Community patrol undertakes some preventative Patrol, walked away instead of driving work. “We know they are making off. Police were called and delivered a real difference,” he says. He says the person home. that training is provided, but that The Community Patrol is separate from the key requirement for anyone who the police and from the police budget, would like to be a patroller is simply with fundraising events held to cover its costs. commonsense. The patrollers shine a spotlight from Patrollers needed
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Whangaparaoa Community Patrol coordinator Charlotte Jones says a few patrollers leave each year and recruitment is underway to fill those gaps. Currently the youngest volunteer is 26 and oldest is 80, but most are in their 50s. The minimum age for the Whangaparaoa patrol is 23 years. Patrollers must commit to doing one patrol every five weeks. The service operates from 9pm–2am on Friday and Saturday nights. Ph Charlotte 424 6509 or email charlotte.jones@police. govt.nz if interested.
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Mud bonding families together A muddy, technology-free camp entitled ‘Date with Dad – Rewilding the Child’ was the latest fundraiser for Stella Maris primary school in Silverdale. It is the second year the camp has been run, and demand was very high for limited spots. A total of 150 dads, grandads and children descended on the Whangaripo Water Buffalo Farm in Rodney for an adventure packed camping excursion. The weekend camp, held on March 18 and 19, was free of all electronic technology. Fun activities included an epic mud run that included tyre hopping through water buffalo wallows and a tug of war that ended with the loser been pulled into the muddiest wallow. It was not long before a mud-wrestling match ensued. A soapy waterslide helped wash off the mud, but the farm hoses had to be used to wash off all the soap. Other activities included hay bale hopping, a rope swing and tree rope walking. One of the fathers, Peter Beckett, provided some paintball guns and Outpost 43 in Silverdale donated the paintballs. Every child and adult had the opportunity to shoot at zombie targets – a new experience for most. The camp raised $5000 towards the upgrade of the school playground.
From left, Paolo and Rafael Austria come off the waterslide a little less muddy than before.
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From top, Aiden (left) and Clinton Skinner enjoy the mud run. Five-year-old River Thompson with her dad, David.
Aspiring cricketer Connor MacCarthy-Morrogh, aged 10, is more determined than ever to reach his dream of one day playing for the Blackcaps after the team’s sponsor ANZ dropped by last week with a special delivery. A member of the Hibiscus Coast Cricket Club, Connor hopes to play for New Zealand like his heroes Kane Williamson and Trent Boult. Connor likes to promote the game locally and helped to instigate a shortened version of the game, called Cricket Blitz at his school, Red Beach Primary. Connor and his parents ran the trials and put together a Cricket Blitz team – Connor says they haven’t lost a game yet. Earlier this season, Connor applied to ANZ to secure additional gear for his club and on March 22 his wish came true when a team from ANZ delivered the gear, including balls, gloves, bats and pads for the team and a bag for Connor including a helmet, gloves, bat and pads. Connor is pictured with ‘wicket keeper’ – ANZ’s Terry Tricklebank.
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Three Red Beach Surf lifesaving Masters are sporting a golden glow after collectively winning nine gold medals at the NZ Masters Surf Life Saving Saving Championships at New Brighton Beach in Christchurch on March 16. The trio were the only representatives from Red Beach Surf Club which normally sends a contingent of 30plus athletes to the annual event. Swimmer Ian Gunthorp was a double Gold medallist, taking out both the Surf Race and the Run Swim Run events in the 70-74 age division. Marie Stutz won five Gold medals in her age division – the Ski, Board, Surf Race, Diamond Woman and Beach Flags events. And Life member Ross Malyon picked up two Gold medals Ian Gunthorp heads for the finish for the Beach Sprint & Beach Flags in flags in the Run Swim Run event at New Brighton Beach. his age division. The trio amassed 27 points to finish in just three weeks before the event 10th place on the overall points table. forced a switch to Mt Maunganui. The event was staged at New Brighton The focus for the club’s athletes is now for the first time since 2004. The on the World Masters Games with Championships were to have been surf lifesaving events taking place at held at the southern venue in 2011, Takapuna Beach over the weekend of however, the Christchurch earthquake April 22 and 23.
Hibiscus Hospice has put up new defences against the noise and dust caused by development of the former golf club directly behind it, in Red Beach. The golf course land is being turned into more than 500 residential sites. Doubleglazing was recently fitted to the hospice’s In Patient wing to reduce the noise levels that patients and staff were experiencing as a result of the earthmoving process. The glazing will also increase the building’s insulation. The retrofit was made possible by grants from the Lion Foundation, Four Winds Foundation and Pelorus Trust totalling $32,000.
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Bowler makes a century George Shadbolt of Stanmore Bay turns 100 this week, on March 31, and says he expects a bit more than just a telegram from the Queen. “She still owes me a lot of money for the six years I was in the British Army without any proper pay,” he says. An electrical engineer by trade, George was a corporal working in signals and telecommunications during World War II. He says his unit was noncombative – at first. However, this changed when he went into Turkey, in civilian clothing, to do electronic work on an aerodrome. After three months he and his mates were given 24 hours to get out of Turkey. They got as far as Syria when an officer told them they’d have to make their own way to Cairo. With only two broken down trucks at their disposal, George said it took them three weeks to get into Cairo at George Shadbolt still enjoys a game of bowls, at the age of 100, despite poor which stage his unit was gone. As a result, George was posted to a eyesight. crack fighting unit, the 7th Armoured here that he also moved to the Hibiscus Brigade in Italy where he was tasked Coast, more than 20 years ago. with connecting the phones inside These days he lives a quiet but happy tanks with the control centre. “I life at Stanmore Bay Beachfront had to crawl, walk and climb to the Resthome. forward tank, right on the front line, Around 10 years ago he lost his dragging cable behind me, with two driving licence because of cataracts others holding more cable,” George and macular degeneration in both says. “I gave the end of the cable to eyes. He points out that he still holds the soldier in the tank so they could the Turkish driving licence that he connect their phone. I was standing acquired during the war. there with my tin hat on in front of George joined the Partially Sighted all the other tanks with nothing much Bowls Group just after he lost his between me and the Germans. I was licence, at the suggestion of his family. shot at many times – no wonder that He still bowls with the group in the man who had been doing that job Orewa every week and they will put before me was killed.” on birthday cake to mark his 100th. Despite that clear and present danger, “I’ve lived a tremendous life,” George George survived the war intact – his says. “We do quite a lot of activities only injury was an ingrown toenail at the rest home and it’s a friendly that healed while he was on the way to bunch. But as much as anything I be seen at a hospital. enjoy sitting in my room looking at After the war, he and his wife started the sea, the beach and the people.” a catering business including owning The Partially Sighted Bowling a hotel in Paignton on the Devon Group meets every Wednesday at St coast. George has one son and two Andrews Hall in Centreway Road, grandchildren, all living in New Orewa, at 9.30am. New members Zealand. It was after his son emigrated are welcome. The decision to change the date of the Whangaparaoa School Gala, due to the approaching storm, paid off with great attendance at the event on March 18. Parents and Friends Association vice president Warren Frogley says it felt like the biggest crowd ever and there was lots of positive feedback. The gala raised $30,500. “The Gala aims to be a fun event for our kids and families, but these are really important funds for the running of Whangaparaoa Primary. I think the Gala achieved both goals fabulously,” Warren says. “ On behalf of the Parents and Friends Association, I’d like to thank the coordinators, volunteers, teachers, staff and of course all parents who contributed in some way to make it such a fantastic day.” Pictured is some of the home baking at the popular cake stall.
THE ROTTEN TRUTH ABOUT SUGAR
With the chocolate-filled days of Easter coming up, sugar has been on our minds. It’s no secret that excessive sugar consumption has a negative effect on dental health, but how what can you do to prevent damage to your and your kids’ teeth? The good news is that tooth decay is completely preventable. Tooth decay occurs when specific types of bacteria present in your mouth feed on and digest the food you consume (specifically feeding on sugars). Their digestive process produces acid that can slowly dissolve your tooth enamel and its underlying layer, the dentin, causing tooth decay. These acids cause damage to your teeth for about 20 minutes after eating, so the more sugar you consume throughout the day, the more your teeth are in contact with the decay-causing acids. Removing sugar entirely from your diet is unrealistic because most foods contain some form of sugar or starch, so what can you do to stay on top of it and protect your family? • Always wait about 20 minutes before brushing your teeth after eating, to avoid brushing away your acid-softened, post-meal enamel • Avoid sipping drinks and snacking all day for the same reason – it’s not just about how much sugar you consume, but how frequently your teeth are exposed to it • Avoid sticky or chewy sugary foods that stay in your mouth a long time • Read nutritional labels and choose foods and drinks that are lowest in sugar • Swap out fizzy drinks for water • Oral hygiene is a great defense – brushing your teeth thoroughly every day and flossing once a day will clean away recent sugary foods and bacteria from the surfaces of your teeth, and between them. • Prevention is also the best medicine! Attending regular dental checkups will allow us to catch any decay early and put a stop to it. If you’re worried about your teeth, or are experiencing tooth ache, pain when chewing, or sensitivity to hot, cold or sweet foods and drinks, give us a call today on 09 426 5262 and we’ll be able to help!
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Violence prevention at work Women acknowledged
With the introduction of paid leave for domestic violence victims looking likely, a local family violence prevention organisation is aiming to connect with businesses to help increase their awareness of the issue. Te Rito Rodney Family Violence Prevention Network is based in Orewa, but covers the whole of Rodney. Coordinator Jane Fleming says they already hold monthly seminars, publish bulletins and run a schools programme aimed at encouraging healthy relationships and preventing family violence, but now they want to engage with local businesses as well. “We’re looking at going into businesses and talking about it,” she says. “It can seem quite an overwhelming issue, and people often don’t know what do do when they get a disclosure or what to do with it. “We can provide ‘basic training’ on the services that are available, how to recgonise it and who they can refer to. It’s about knowing who to approach and where to go.” Jane says Te Rito’s focus is on educating
the community about what makes healthy or unhealthy relationships, so that family violence prevention can start at grass roots level. “New Zealand has the highest rate of intimate partner violence in the OECD,” she says. “Intervention hasn’t worked, so we have got to go back and change attitudes, behaviours and beliefs and raise awareness. “It’s like a health model – it’s better to prevent things, rather than fix them once they’ve happened. We’re trying to get the message out there to communities and have a conversation, to get communityled primary prevention.” Te Rito holds monthly talks and seminars on the last Wednesday of every month at various venues in Orewa,Warkworth, Wellsford and Helensville. The next event will be held on May 31 at Te Herenga Waka Orewa Marae in Silverdale from 1-3pm, when Abuse Prevention Services will be speaking about children’s and women’s programmes. Info: Jane Fleming, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Hibiscus Coast Veterans Tennis Club in Manly held it’s annual 55 plus tennis fundraising tournament last month. With perfect weather and some players coming from as far away as Te Puke, the competition was strong. The overall winners where Bridget and Peter Nieuwenhuyzen of Manly. Pictured, from left, are Bridget Nieuwenhuyzen, club president Rodger Spearman and Kay Winegar. Kay and Bridget were runners up in the women’s final. The club welcomes new members, info, email: email@example.com
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Two of the women honoured with a yellow rose by Zonta Hibiscus Coast last month had more in common than their dedication to community causes. Both Sharon Morris and Jan Adams, it seems, started their community work with recipe books – and both ended up as event managers. Sharon was putting together a recipe book to raise funds for Westpac Helicopter, in 2010, when the idea of holding a Beach Hop Festival in Orewa with the club she belonged to, Hibiscus Rodders, was suggested. The Hibiscus Rodders Beach Festival From left, Hibiscus Coast Zonta quickly took off and has grown every president Cathy McConnell and rose year. This summer it raised $35,000 recipients Jan Adams and Sharon Morris. for Westpac Rescue Helicopter Trust – the same amount as last year’s record was looking for $2000 to set up the total. Over the years, the Rodders first ever hospice shop, in Orewa, but have given well over $100,000 to the that the Hospice board was initially Rescue Helicopter Trust to support its reluctant. “We had to convince them that it was a good idea, which meant lifesaving work. The recipe book is still languishing in coming up with a proper business a drawer, but Sharon says she hopes plan,” she says. “We hit our estimated to finally get it printed in time for the annual earnings from the shop within three months, and the rest is history.” 10th beach festival. Jan Adams was instrumental in the With the Women’s Committee, Jan production of Hibiscus Hospice’s has helped organise three fashion fundraising recipe book, but this is parades, the Estuary Arts Centre just a small part of her work for the exhibition and sale, and many more organisation, which she has been hospice fundraisers. involved with since her mother died She says one of the easiest tasks was of cancer in 1990. raising the $7 million to built the Her voluntary work for hospice facility in John Dee Crescent. “This included being on the committee that is a very generous community and as sought to establish secondhand shops soon as you said it was for hospice and to raise funds. She says the committee they knew what the plan was, people and businesses put their hands in their pockets,” Jan says. “They continue to be generous today as we need to raise several million each year to keep the service going. I’m very proud of this community.” The third woman honoured with a Zonta rose was Pat Olsen, who was unable to be at the presentation on March 17. Pat was recently made a life member of Surf Lifesaving Northern Region in recognition of her years of involvement with Red Beach Surf Lifesaving Club.
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The man who put the oil back into the soil Millennia ago, the Arabian Peninsula was enveloped in thick forests, but long spells of drought turned these forests into deserts with the shifting sands burying everything. The passing of time gradually turned these trees into the massive oil reserves of today. When we visited Abu Dhabi recently we were expecting a desert but were stunned by the waves of trees lining the multilane highway. Throughout the city and parks a variety of trees and date palms provided extensive shade as well as the evaporative cooling effect which has helped moderate the climate by reducing the local temperature and bringing some welcome rain. We later discovered we were witnessing a recent phenomena. Long before the need for sustainable development
became widely recognised, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, (1918-2004) President of the United Arab Emirates and Emir of Abu Dhabi, was working on an environmental miracle. In just over a quarter of a century the barren face of the desert was transformed by putting the oil wealth back into the soil. Desertification is a process where drifting sands kill plantations, farms, crops, plants, and trees making life impossible. The Sheikh’s plan began by levelling sand dunes and covering these areas with mud. Green belts were established around farms and cities to stabilise the soil and to protect against sandstorms. Water conservation methods, finding new water sources, erecting dams and managing ground water were introduced. Today, recycling wastewater and sea water desalination is an essential part of life in Abu Dhabi. Over 130 million trees were planted, including
‘the tree of life’—the date palm. Without the date palm – the main source of nourishment, along with camel milk – life in this region would not have been possible. In 1977 there were fewer than two million palms and now the country is one of the world’s top 10 producers of dates. There is an army of volunteers who believe, like the Sheikh, that it would be almost impossible for us to survive in a world without trees. These people are busy planting coastal reserves and parks on the Hibiscus Coast and further afield on the islands of the Hauraki Gulf. They may never have a grand mosque constructed to celebrate their endeavours, but the forests they are creating will be an enduring legacy for future generations. Dee Pigneguy is Hibiscus Matters’ Gardening columnist.
Trends come and go in travel, and You Travel Orewa directors Mandy Herd and Kiri Martin say that Portugal is becoming the ‘go to destination’ in Europe for adventure travellers looking for something different. Walking and cycling tours to Portugal are one way to see the sights – with the Camino Portuguese trail, from Porto to the cathedral in Santiago de Compostela, Spain (240kms), particularly popular. The eight-day Portugal Wine and Castles cycle tour is another option, taking in parts of central Portugal. Cyclists visit restaurants to sample local wine, cheese, pastries and pesticos (Portugese tapas)
as well as visiting historic castles along the way. For those wanting a less energetic experience, Kiri and Mandy say that a self-drive tour is a great option – travellers drive themselves along a pre-selected route designed to take in a range of sights, with accommodation pre-booked. River cruising is a fairly new way to see Portugal. Mandy and Kiri say that the Douro River is one of Europe’s “best-kept secrets”. They suggest that an ideal way to finish off a trip to Portugal is with a relaxing stay in the Algarve. This area is famous for its lovely beaches, balmy climate and food.
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Travels in Antarctica When people ask Viva Expeditions managing director Rachel Williams what her cruise in Antarctica was like, she says she may as well have been on Mars, so unique was the experience. “People ask whether all you see is ice, but that includes spectacular iceberg sculptures of every shade of white and blue as well as glaciers and channels dotted with icebergs,” Rachel says. There is also an abundance of wildlife including millions of penguins, whales and seals. She says one of the most memorable experiences was on a day when rough seas made it impossible to do a planned excursion. “People had been looking forward to their first continental landing in Antarctica, and so a few people were a little edgy and disappointed, but the expedition leaders and ship’s crew conferred and it was decided we would head to a place called Brown Bluff instead,” she says. “After a couple of hours, we arrived there and were excited to get off the ship and onto the Antarctic continent.” Rachel and the other travellers were welcomed by thousands of Gentoo penguins and many fur seals. She then got to try kayaking. “After paddling around observing penguins and seals chilling out on the ice, we saw spouts a short way off. We headed that way and it wasn’t long before I found myself amidst a whale feeding frenzy. About 10 Humpbacks and numerous Minke whales were feasting on the krill that we could see
through the clear Antarctic waters. The huge mammals, easily the size of a bus, moved past as if in slow motion, barely making a wake and very aware of our presence so, although close, they never posed a threat. It was an overwhelming experience, that I feel very blessed to have had and will never forget.” Rachel says until recently, Antarctica was a destination for explorers and scientists but there is now an excellent range of options for travellers. Getting there The Antarctica season runs from November to March. From November to mid-December travellers will see huge volumes of ice and snow. MidDecember and January are Antarctica’s warmest months – penguin chicks are hatching and the days are longer. February and March is the best time for whale-watching, penguin colonies are active and seals are common. Travellers can get there from South America. Cruise ships depart from Ushuaia in Argentina; crossing the Drake Passage to the Antarctic Peninsula takes around two days. Shorter cruises, usually 10-12 days, head straight across the Drake Passage to the Peninsula via the South Shetland Islands Some voyages depart from Hobart or Bluff and visit the Ross Sea; it takes approximately five days at sea to reach Antarctica from these points. Fly-cruise options provide allow you to skip the Drake Passage. There are strict rules around tourism in
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Antarctica to protect the environment. On a ship with over 500 people on board there is no disembarkation at all. Most ships cater to around 100 guests so they can take people off in small groups.
While in Antarctica last year, Rachel took the plunge to raise funds for cancer treatment for her friend Philzy (Phillip Conn). A resident of Orewa, Philzy (37) had been diagnosed with stage four Melanoma. Rachel started a Givealittle page where people sponsored her to jump into the sea, while in Antarctica, and more than $5000 was raised. Was it cold? “Yes, it was freezing, but 100 percent worth it.”
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Fiji rates with travel expert House of Travel Orewa and Whangaparaoa owner/operator Dennis Payne says he is often asked what his favourite destination is. “I’d never be able to narrow it down to one place, but if you asked me where do I go to relax, I would have to say Fiji,” he says. He’s lucky enough to have lost count of how many times he’s been there, which, he says, reflects how enjoyable he finds the big smiles, great weather in the NZ winter and the relaxing effect of slowing down to ‘Fiji time’. Dennis says that while Denarau Resort is great for quick easy trips and the Coral Coast and Mamanuca Islands remain the great family destinations they have always been, his new favourite is “the all-out gorgeous Yasawa Islands”. “Blue Lagoon Cruises have operated
for many years up through the Yasawas and there are some rather expensive Lodges up there too, however it’s the new small Yasawa resorts that do it for me,” Dennis says. Most of these started as part of the Fiji backpacker experience via Awesome Adventures, who operate the daily catamaran service, dropping visitors off along the way to stunning locally run spots. “We headed up to Blue Lagoon Resort and opted for the traditional beach bure, right on the waterfront – with an outdoor bathroom, hammock and seats right on the beach. The snorkeling was sensational and there was the best food we had experienced in all our Fiji stays, which just made it complete.” “The float plane picked us up on day seven to take us straight back to Nadi and home that night – too easy.”
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Whangarei Heads Arts Trail EASTER 2017
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This image, called Hungry Birds, won Ron Crosby Digital Image of the night. The set subject was “Things in Motion”. The picture was taken in Albert Park in Auckland city when one of the group of photographers held out a bit of bread roll and the birds arrived – in this instance the sparrows beat the pigeons.
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Angela McClame has given four ex-battery hens a happy, free-range life at her Stanmore Bay property and says they are settling in nicely a year after she adopted them. However, when one of them, Gobbles, recently began plucking out her own feathers Angela went in search of a local knitter. “I had tried every possible way to help her stop but as fast as she grows new feathers she plucks them,” Angela says. As a last resort, Angela searched for a knitter who could make the hen a jumper to physically prevent the plucking. “I didn’t know jumpers for hens were actually available, but Angela McClame hopes that knitted thought it was worth finding out. I jumpers could make life better for exwas also thinking when winter comes, battery hen Gobbles. she’ll get really cold.” them to Angela for Gobbles. As it happens, not only was a local Angela says the jumpers needed a bit knitter keen to help out – she had of tweaking to ensure Gobbles doesn’t already knitted several hen jumpers. catch her foot in them. “They are Pat Daw, a volunteer at CatsnCare in very cute, including rainbow ones Stanmore Bay, knitted the jumpers for and some with fluffy bits,” she says. an animal sanctuary in Matakana but “They will be just what we need for was only too happy to offer some of the colder weather.”
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Taking cues from the Coast
Together, Hilary Campbell and Jasper Boer have watched many an Orewa sunrise. And although there’s no setting more romantic, and they are a married couple, they are actually hard at work as the sun comes up before them – Jasper with his camera and Hilary with her sketchbook. Both are graphic designers and artists whose work is inspired by the natural environment – at first both created strongly realist works but increasingly they are turning to more abstract and impressionistic styles. Hilary recently created her first abstract painting, of Orewa Beach, using a palette knife to stroke on the oil paint. She grew up drawing and sketching in her draughtsman father’s studio and her favourite medium today remains coloured pencil. Currently she is part way though a series of modern realist images of native birds which makes good use of coloured pencil, allowing for delicate details. “You can’t make any mistakes with coloured pencil, because you can’t erase it,” Hilary says. Through winter she hopes to work on more abstract/ impressionist paintings. Jasper became a photographer after spending a lot of time working on other people’s images as graphic designer for travel operator Thomas Cook’s website. He started taking his own landscape photos around 10 years ago while travelling and now does it full time, alongside wedding and portrait photography. Recently he has moved into abstraction, with subjects such as the Orewa Beach sunrise. The effect is created using intentional camera movement – the key, Jasper says, is keeping the horizon straight. He also uses Adobe Lightroom to bring back the colours to the kind of subtle tones that the eye can see (but the camera cannot). Hilary and Jasper divide their time between Orewa, where Hilary’s parents live and Raglan where they
Ray McTeigue in his Red Beach studio.
Intrigued by the sea
The photo by Jasper Boer (top) and painting by Hilary Campbell both depict Orewa Beach and are these artists’ first ventures into an impressionistic style.
have a house. The images in their show Coastal Cues at Estuary Arts, April 3–30, include bird life and landscapes from both those locations.
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The tin shed in Red Beach that Ray McTeigue uses as an art studio provides just enough space for him to stand at an easel, surrounded by books, stacks of canvases and painting paraphernalia. Outside the studio is a garden, where he also paints from reference sketches of coastal and seaside subjects, or from his own original schematic subject drawings. Ray is a landscape architect who says he dabbled in painting and did a number of courses, but took it up more seriously when he was recovering from Lymphoma in 2010. At that time, his wife, Jill signed him up for classes with well-known NZ artist Wayne Sinclair, which proved inspirational. Although Ray paints in a number of styles, the first subjects he painted were seascapes and the coast is a theme he returns to again and again. He has lived in Whangaparaoa for around eight years. “Living on the peninsula, you see that sea/land interface all the time, and it’s an attraction for me,” Ray says. “I like living on the edge of things.” He paints mainly in acrylics and oils. His exhibition at Estuary Arts this month will be his first solo show, which he says is “a bit daunting”. His show, called Bays and Vistas, which includes local landscapes, is on at Estuary Arts Centre in Orewa from April 3–30.
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Stitchers show handiwork in Silverdale The arrival of grandchildren appears to be a common thread in inspiring women to take up quilting. Making that precious heirloom quilt for the baby’s cot can be the start of a passion that borders on the addictive and includes gathering “a stash” of material and being unable to resist scouring fabric shops for more. That’s how it was for Town & Country Quilters of Waitoki members Janet Thrush of Dairy Flat and Maureen Lister of Albany. Maureen, now known as “the appliqué queen”, began quilting when her first grandchild (now aged 22) was born and Janet made her first quilt for her granddaughter five years ago. There’s a quilt for every occasion – recently Maureen moved onto making picnic quilts with a jandal theme for her grown up grandchildren to keep in their cars. Although quilting provides From left, Janet Thrush, Maureen Lister and Millie Bult-Johns contemplative time spent alone, it can also be a social activity – Millie the morning tea table,” Janet says. “We feature and there will be a sales table. Bult-Johns of Stanmore Bay says she like to share our work, get feedback Since the last show, members have began around 20 years ago when she and put the world to rights.” joined a Community Quilts initiative, joined a group in Browns Bay. She The women say although members providing a stack of quilts to children has since made quilts for all of her help and learn from each other, it is in need in the Hibiscus Coast and seven grandchildren, as well as many not a group for beginning quilters. Rodney areas. other projects, and joined Town and The Town & Country Quilters of The show in Silverdale is also a Country Quilters a year ago. Waitoki are about to hold their second fundraiser for Hibiscus Hospice. Janet says the monthly meetings in Airing of the Quilts show at Rotary Entry is by gold coin donation and Waitoki Hall can be “pretty rowdy” as House in Silverdale, two years after a that money, along with raffle proceeds quilters catch up over their whirring very successful first show at the same and 10 percent of quilt sales will be donated to Hibiscus Hospice. sewing machines set up on trestle tables. venue. This group has around 12–15 More than 80 handcrafted pieces will The Airing of the Quilts Show is members, which is just how they like be on display at the show on April 8 on April 8 and 9 at Rotary House, it. “Having just a handful of members and 9, including as many as 50 quilts. Hibiscus Coast Highway, Silverdale means we can make decisions around Cushions, bags and wall hangings will (next to the rugby club), 10am–4pm.
The sculpture team from In Good Form were hard at work on Moana Reserve in Orewa last week turning a 20-tonne pile of sand into an intricately carved sculpture for the Orewa Beach Sandcastle Competition. As Hibiscus Matters went to press, the weather was making the running of the sandcastle competition on March 26 uncertain but if it goes ahead, there will be photos of the competitors and their castles, as well as the finished In Good Form sand sculpture at www. localmatters.co.nz and on our Facebook page. Pictured, from left, are Cynthia van de Loo and Helen Beswick of In Good Form starting work on their sculpture last week.
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From one meal to the next Leftovers are an inevitable part of cooking - sometimes we can accidentally cook too much while other times our eyes are bigger than our stomachs. A savvy cook can use the leftovers from one meal as the starting point for the next. This way of cooking not only ensures that any leftover food doesn’t go to waste, but it can also save time and money. When cooking, consider what options there may be for using the leftovers. Sometimes, it may even be worthwhile deliberately cooking a little extra to make tomorrow’s meal easier. If mashed potatoes are on the menu, throw a couple more in the pot, which you can turn into potato salad or fish cakes the following day. Roast vegetables are a very versatile leftover to have – use them to make a salad, put them in a frittata or make hummus.
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Pumpkin hummus Ingredients 150g roasted pumpkin (or another leftover roasted vegetable such as kumara or capsicum) 400g can chickpeas, drained 3 tablespoons olive oil 2 tablespoons tahini 1 garlic clove, crushed juice of 1 lemon salt and freshly ground black pepper 1 teaspoon cumin olive oil for drizzling paprika, to sprinkle Method: Put the pumpkin, chickpeas, olive oil, tahini, garlic and half the lemon juice into a food processor and blend until it forms a smooth mixture. If you don’t have a food processor, you can use a hand blender instead. If the mixture is too thick, add more lemon juice. Taste and season with cumin, salt and pepper. Put the hummus into a bowl, drizzle it with a little more olive oil and sprinkle with paprika. Serve with crackers, toasted bread or pita chips. Serves 4 Tip: You can keep the liquid from chickpeas (known as aquafaba) to use as a subsititute for eggs in recipes such as mayonnaise or meringues. Check out the aquafaba chocolate mousse recipe at the website, above.
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Targeting fattening fish We have all noticed the cooler autumn morning and lower sea temperatures which heralds the tail end of the game fishing season (other than broadbill that is). This is also the signal to start targeting snapper and kingfish on our local reefs and deep water pinnacles and reefs further out in the gulf. It’s a natural instinct for the fish to put on as much condition so they can to recover from a busy spawning season and to add a layer of fat under the skin to insulate them for winter. To do this they need to feed and we are very lucky to have a fishery as abundant as we do, both with fish and life for them to feed on. Vast schools of anchovies become the target for the inshore snapper and are usually indicated by flocks of fluttering shearwaters and terns. The whitebait, anchovies, pilchards, squid, mackerels and kahawai all fall prey to the feeding snapper and kingfish in open water and around the reefs, while the reef fish and shellfish like mussels, kina, crabs and crayfish also supplement the snapper’s diet. It’s all part of a balanced food chain and the seasonal movement of fish that relies on it. It makes sense then to fish these food rich areas. With such a long coastline in our area we have plenty of options when it comes to targeting inshore snapper and kingfish at this time of year. Soft baiting and jigging the shallows early in the morning and moving out a little deeper as the sun rises is a proven tactic and well known to kayakers and small boat fishers. The snapper will move right up onto the flats during the night to feed and also find cover and food in the reefs during the night. Kingfish patrol the beaches and reefs for bait schools of piper, sprats, pilchards and mackerel. They are also never too far from the kahawai schools that shadow the anchovies. A good berley trail set up with wind and tide flowing in the same direction over your chosen reef is also a very good way to target the waiting snapper. Floating baits back with just enough weight to get down to the fish or alternatively and in deeper water try dropping heavier rigs down to them. Kingfish will respond to jigs, stick baits and trolled bibbed lures such as Rapalas and Nomad Maverick lures but it is usually live baits that get the biggest fish. Make sure to collect a few as you head out on your next trip. If you don’t have a live bait tank, a 20 litre paint pail with an aerator pump will keep them alive for hours. Pop into store and I will show you how to catch and rig them for best results or how to set up a live bait pail.
Riders Chris Wiltshire (right) and Jon Mitchell
SaddleSore crew successful Ahuroa motorcyclist Chris Wiltshire and his friend Jon Mitchell have successfully completed a 1621km bike ride in 22 hours and are now awaiting their award from the Iron Butt Association (HM February 15). The pair took on the challenge of “We really enjoyed it and it never riding more than 1600km in 24 hours became gruelling,” Chris says. to complete what is called a SaddleSore Prior to the race he wasn’t sure how 1600k, and they raised $2018 for ARAN Animal Rescue charity in the difficult the ride would be mentally, but says they felt fresh and focused the process. whole way. The main challenges faced To complete the the ride on time, they worked out an average speed of 66km/h were stops for a number of roadworks was needed, however they exceeded and bugs covering the helmet visors at night. that with an average of 73km/h. The trek started on March 6 at 3.30am Chris says the key to their success was and included a section through Puhoi. preparation.
The Sanitarium Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon took place last weekend, on March 26, at Manly Park and beach. The event attracted thousands of young people, aged 7–15, to swim, run and cycle around Manly. Photos of the event will be on Hibiscus Matters’ website, www.localmatters.co.nz, and our Facebook page this week.
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Hatfields hammer thrower aims high Masters athletes are able to enter a maximum of six events at the World Masters Games and Orewa College maths teacher Anne Goulter is taking it to the limit. She will compete in the 200m sprint, short hurdles, hammer and weight throws, weight pentathlon and pole vault – “plus a couple of relays thrown in as a bonus”, she says. Anne, who competes in the age 50–54 category, is something of a Masters veteran having competed in various athletics events at the NZ Masters for around 20 years. Her first love was sprinting, but she saw hammer throwers in action while she was training at Millenium stadium, and decided to give it a go, around 18 years ago. She says joining the North Harbour Bays Athletics Club was a turning point, providing the kind of quality coaching that any athlete thrives on. “Even at Masters level, we all want to get better and develop in our sport so good coaching is very important,” Anne says. “Without it you get frustrated.” Anne says hammer throwing and weight throwing (which uses a much heavier metal ball, on a chain instead of a wire) are very technical. A lot hinges on how many times the thrower turns before releasing the hammer, as each turn builds up speed. Currently Anne is up to three turns. Balance, core strength and timing are key to a good throw of the 3kg hammer. Anne always has a hammer and other sports equipment in her car as she is training twice a week for the throws, and the same for her track and pole vault events. This has to be fitted around the demands of her teaching job and family commitments.
In the early days she would sneak in a hammer throw or two on the reserve by Orewa Estuary at the back of the college but soon gave that up. “The hammer makes holes in the ground and I also ended up throwing it into the estuary quite a lot,” she says. “I soon got sick of pulling it out of the mud and getting rid of the smell.” Anne took up pole-vaulting a year ago; she says starting along with her was a 68-year-old woman who will also be in the World Masters Games. “It just shows it’s never too late to take up a sport – even
one as challenging as the pole vault.” Already Anne is vaulting 2.10m. When she was at school herself, Anne liked athletics but gave up competing after leaving college, while continuing to play netball. Her eventual return to the track came at the age of 30, after a netball coach organised sprint training, re-igniting her interest in athletics. At 16 years old, Anne’s son Anthony Barmes has become a competitive hammer thrower and trains alongside his mum. Last year he placed fifth in the NZ Secondary Schools seniors – he was previously a junior title holder. “I’ve never forced him into it, but he throws well,” she says. The World Masters Games will be Anne’s second – she also took part when the event was hosted in Sydney in 2009. “Having the event in our own backyard is an opportunity too good to miss,” she says.
Games facts and figures
The World Masters Games takes place this month, April 21–30 at 48 venues, mostly in Auckland • More than 24,000 athletes will take part – 53 percent are male and 47 percent female • Youngest competitor is a 25-year-old swimmer and the oldest is 101 and taking part in athletics • 100 countries are represented.
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BRIDGE LESSONS – Orewa Bridge Club. 10 Tuesday evening lessons begin March 7, 7pm–9pm. $50. Ph Eileen Sanger 426 1106 or Club 426 7677. COMBINED RODNEY SENIORS trip to see the ‘ancient and modern’. Monday April 3. $35pp price includes: Return Coach Fare, entrance to Howick Colonial Village, morning tea, tour of Te Tuhi Centre. Lunch at Denny’s Restaurant (own expense). Depart Red Beach, 8.30am. Ph Julie 428 0426 leave a message or Stan at Orewa Community hall, Tues or Thurs 11.30am–2.45pm only. DO YOU AVOID BREAD? ARE YOU FEMALE? AGED BETWEEN 40–65 YEARS? The WOMBI study is recruiting women to take part in this study to investigate whether avoiding iodine fortified bread results in low iodine status. What you would need to do: Visit Massey university once Fill in a questionnaire and a food diary. Have body measurements taken. Provide a urine and blood sample. What will you gain from taking part: Information about your iodine status, body composition and diet. Register your interest at: www.massey.ac.nz/wombistudy Email: Jacqui.Finlayson.firstname.lastname@example.org This project has been reviewed and approved by the Massey Human Ethics Committee: Reference 16/52 FRIDAY ART GROUP, Friday 10am - 1pm @ Orewa Community Church. Exercise your artistic abilities and meet with like minded people in a relaxed and friendly environment. Ph Alan Smith 09 962 4929. HIBISCUS COAST TOASTMASTERS CLUB Meet fortnightly Tuesdays, Bridge Club, Edith Hopper Park, Ladies Mile, Manly, 7.30pm. A fun and safe environment to learn speaking, listening and leadership skills. Visitors are most welcome. Ph Deborah 021 0222 5919. www.hbc. toastmastersclubs.org or facebook.com/ HibiscusCoastToastmastersClub. HIBISCUS MINIATURES CLUB Open Day Sunday April 9, 9.30am–2.30pm, Girl Guide Hall on Centreway Rd, Orewa. If you are interested in making all things miniature please come along. HIBISCUS SPIRIT AWAKENING AND HEALING CENTRE We are a friendly bunch of people who meet fortnightly and would welcome like minded people to attend. “Medium” on platform for spirit communication, healing and supper afterwards. Ph Lynda 09 424 1998. HIBISCUS STITCHERS Meet a woolly crew at Whangaparaoa Library fortnightly. Embroidery, crochet, knitting etc. Thursdays 1pm–3pm. Ph Jean 428 5207 or Jan 424 2492. KIWI DANCE CLUB, SOCIAL DANCE ballroom, Latin American, new vogue, Modern sequence. All welcome. 4th Sun of month, 5pm-8pm. A great way to meet people. Silverdale Hall, Ph 427 5542. Next event April 23. MENS SHED COFFEE CLUB to be held on May 3. At the Hibiscus Coast Community RSA, 11am. Speaker: Dan McGowan of the Coastguard, Northern
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Kingsway School Gala, 100 Jelas Rd, Silverdale, from 10am. Stalls, entertainment, food, auctions and more. All welcome.
Ducky Derby, Western Reserve and Estuary, Orewa, 11am–3pm. Family and kids entertainment, food stalls, raffles and more. Race at 2pm. Fundraiser for Orewa Beach Kindergarten. Info and duck sales: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Whangaparaoa Lions Club Book Sale, Whangaparaoa Plaza, 10am–4pm. To donate books contact Alister 09 424 8039 or John 09 428 5608. All money raised goes to local charities.
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Market Day at the Peninsula Club Retirement Village, 441 Whangaparaoa Road, 10am–1pm. All the usual stalls offering great bargains. Everyone welcome.
Whangaparaoa Rotary Soap Box Derby and Family Fun Day, Saturday and NZ National Finals on Sunday. Brightside Road, Stanmore Bay, Whangaparaoa. Run by Whangaparaoa Rotary Club. Proceeds to Coastguard Hibiscus and Red Beach Surf Lifesaving Club. All welcome.
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Airing of the Quilts show, by Town & Country Quilters of Waitoki, Rotary House, Hibiscus Coast Highway, Silverdale (next to the rugby club), 10am–4pm. Display of quilts, raffle (proceeds to Hibiscus Hospice), stalls, trading table and refreshments. Entry by gold coin donation to Hospice. (see story p34)
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Bayleys 80s Bash, a monster 80s party and concert featuring AutoMatic 80s Get out your best 80s gear, Orewa Arts & Events Centre, 76 Riverside Rd, Orewa, 7pm–1am. Funds go towards Orewa Surf Life Saving Club. Tickets from Orewa Surf Lifesaving Club or Pitch Perfect Promotions, www.pitchperfectpromotions.co.nz
LOCAL MARKETS: Silverdale Markets, every Saturday 8am–1pm • Orewa Farmers’ market, Orewa Square carpark, every Sunday 8am– 12.30pm • Puhoi Farmers’ market, Puhoi Sports Club, last Sunday of the month 8.30am -12.30pm • Hobbs Wharf Market, Fairway Bay, Gulf Harbour, last Sunday of the month from 10am–2pm • Crystal Visions Holistic Market, St Johns Ambulance Hall, 36 Silverdale Rd, Silverdale, second Saturday of the month 10am-3pm • Waitoki Village Market day, Waitoki Hall, Kahikatea Flat Rd, first Saturday of month 8.30am–12pm.
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Dog event has tails wagging More than 40 dogs of all shapes and sizes took part in the inaugural Hot Diggity Dog Show, held in Orewa on March 18. Although the event was aimed at the family pooch, as many purebred dogs as mongrels took part including Great Danes, Chihuahuas and everything in between. The judges, representatives of Ultra Feeds and the Hibiscus Coast Dog Training Club, had their work cut out for them – particularly in one of the largest categories, Judge’s Choice (dog we’d most like to take home). They selected Chihuahua Venus from the 24 dogs competing for this trophy. Other categories included Cutest Puppy, Best Dressed and Dog that looks most like its Owner. There was also a demonstration of dog obedience by members of the Hibiscus Coast Dog Training Club. The event, held on Western Reserve, was organised by Orewa Lions Club as a fundraiser. President Mandy Hebben says it brought in an estimated $1400 which will be used for local community projects such as the gym equipment that the club is putting on Orewa Beach Reserve. She says that the club hopes that the Hot Diggity Dog will become an annual event.
Clockwise from left, Anaya and Philip Buys brought their great danes Skhy and Houston from Long Bay for the Hot Diggity Dog Show. They won Cutest Pair. The basset hounds Trevor and Trish belong to Arup and Simi Mukherjee of Stanmore Bay and were runners up in Cutest Pair. Paloma Gosling and her family moved to Stanmore Bay recently from Canada, bringing with them 18-month-old Beagle Rowdy. Dianne Mayson’s dogs Scampi and Ella were favourites with the crowd. Below from left, Sam, a Griffin/Pug cross won this Cutest Puppy trophy for proud owner Shirley Bawden of Waiwera. Super, a Wheaton terrier, with owner Annisha Black of Mairangi Bay. Pedigree Chihuahua Venus, with Tracy Ogden of Manly, was judge’s choice in the Dog We’d Most Like to Take Home category. Alyssa Topp of Hatfields Beach with her Australian Shepherd Koda.
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