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Rodney police are fed up with repeating the same old road safety messages, while the road toll continues to rise. From left, Snr Sgt Jason Homan, Acting Sgt Rosa Wallace and Rodney area commander, Inspector Bruce O’Brien at a local breathalyser checkpoint.

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Community responsible for rising road toll As the number of deaths and serious injuries from road crashes in the region continues to rise, Police say the community needs to take responsibility. In the Waitemata District, which encompasses Rodney, the Hibiscus Coast, North Shore and West Auckland, eleven people were killed on the roads in the first four months of this year – four more than at the same time last year. Eight of those deaths occurred in the Hibiscus Coast/Rodney areas,

with Dairy Flat Highway a particular trouble spot. Rodney area commander, Inspector Bruce O’Brien says this is a community problem. “The majority of people killed in crashes in Rodney and the Coast are from this area and those deaths were all very preventable,” he says. “We can’t police our way out of it. All drivers make mistakes, but basics like not drinking and driving are still causing deaths.” “Unfortunately there is an attitude on the Coast and wider Rodney where

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people think drinking and driving is acceptable if you’re not going very far. We see this happening in the daytime – not only at night. We have even seen cases of parents picking their children up from school while intoxicated.” At a Police checkpoint set up at 10am on Vipond Road in Stanmore Bay, early this month, one driver was charged with driving with excess breath alcohol. Within the first 25 cars stopped, four were ordered off the road due to defects and two drivers were issued with speeding tickets.

This month Police are a lot more visible, with enforcement stepping up, including at checkpoints. They are taking part in a national road policing campaign called ‘See something – Do something’. It focuses on areas such as wearing restraints, not driving while impaired by alcohol/drugs or tiredness, driving to the conditions, reducing speed, and no use of cellphones or other distractions while at the wheel. Inspector O’Brien says it’s important

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to note that every road death or serious injury affects the wider community as well as immediate family and friends. This includes the emergency services who attend the scene and the Police who have to knock on someone’s door and bring them devastating news. “It’s absolutely tragic, the amount of families that have been left devastated by these preventable crashes,” Inspector O’Brien says. “Reducing the trauma on our roads needs a community wide approach, everyone needs to play their part. It starts with individuals making the right decisions before they start drinking about how to get home safely, hosts taking responsibility, friends looking after each other and not letting their mates drive intoxicated. There also needs to be a change in mindset

about not speeding. The excuse “I was only a few kilometres over the speed limit” needs to stop. Those few kilometres may be the difference between being able to stop in time, or hitting a child who runs out onto the road, or colliding with another driver who makes a bad decision. There are also no excuses for not wearing your seatbelt – almost a third of people who die in crashes are not restrained and that includes children.” “It is immensely frustrating that some of these messages, which are not new, are still not getting through, resulting in more deaths on our roads.”

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RSA to sell bigger site A decision made by members recently has taken the Hibiscus Coast Community RSA down a slightly different path in an attempt to secure its future viability. The club is struggling to survive and has considered a number of options, including selling land, to provide a much-needed cash injection. In the lead up to the extraordinary general meeting, held on May 6, Mr Coggan said that “indecision, or no decision, will result in closure –it’s that simple.” Around 270 members attended the meeting to vote on three propositions. The decisions put before members were: whether to raise a mortgage against the club’s land in Vipond Road; sell off excess land; and demolish the existing clubrooms, after building a new facility on the upper car park. A 66 percent vote in favour was needed to give the committee a mandate to proceed with any of these options. President Frank Coggan says the 80 percent vote in favour of all three options was the result the committee was hoping for. “I am happy that the club has found a way forward,” he says. “The whole

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committee is delighted, because we all want to see the club survive.” However, a lot of decisions and details are still to be ironed out. Mr Coggan says the committee is approaching banks about consolidating debt and raising bridging finance until the club can sell some of its 2.8ha site. How much land may be put up for sale is also unclear – at this stage Mr Coggan says it would include the hillside at 20 Melia Place (which was put on the market a year ago and has failed to sell) and the adjacent bowling green. He says once a new clubhouse is built, the old one will be demolished and some, or all of that land could also be offered for sale, but those decisions are a long way down the track. In the meantime, 20 Melia Place will be taken off the market until the RSA can redefine its boundaries and ascertain what it should sell. Mr Coggan says the committee wants to move as quickly as possible now that members have given a clear direction, but that the process will take time. “We hope to have a deal going within six months that will pay for the construction of a new building,” he says.

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A recent decision by the Environment Court has allowed Auckland Council to proceed with an appeal – effectively against itself as both applicant and regulatory authority – in relation to the construction of a seawall on Orewa Beach. The alternative was for the court to consider striking out the appeal as an abuse of process. Council wants to build a substantial wall and walk/cycleway on the beach between Kohu Street and Marine View. However, independent commissioners turned the proposal down, saying they were not convinced that a walkway/ cycleway was necessary and that building a wall would generate adverse effects on coastal processes, public access and natural character. A preliminary hearing had to take place in court to determine whether or not Council’s Community Facilities department can, in fact, appeal a decision of Council (on the advice of independent commissioners) to refuse consent for the project. The decision, handed down on May 2, is that the appeal can proceed. However, the court directed the parties to see whether they can agree on a joint memorandum setting out proposed terms and conditions, “including the extent to which Council staff may be involved in opposing roles”. This needs to be lodged with the court by May 21. Costly process Information obtained by Hibiscus Matters under the Official Information Act revealed back in March that so far the cost of seeking consent has exceeded $600,000 (HM March 14). Local councillor Wayne Walker considers that the complex legal proceedings could ultimately cost a lot more, and be fruitless. “There is a very high risk of Council losing the appeal and what we’ve spent already, including the failed application for a seawall in 2010, plus the upcoming appeal, may be as much

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The complexity and potential cost of a Council versus Council Environment Court appeal over the building of a seawall on Orewa Beach is becoming apparent. Meanwhile, this path near Kinloch Reserve is the latest to succumb to erosion.

as $2 million – with nothing to show for it. It also doesn’t seem right that the people who opposed the seawall and put up alternatives should be saddled with the costs and effort of defending what is effectively Council’s decision.” Cr Walker says that the decision to appeal was made with “precious little oversight” on the part of Council or the Hibiscus & Bays Local Board. “The decision to appeal was apparently made by Council staff – not by any meeting of Council,” he says. Judges David Kirkpatrick and Jeff Smith’s decision also raises this issue. “It was unfortunate that no formal record was kept of how the decision to lodge the appeal was made,” the decision says – going on to say: “… a decision to appeal against [Council’s] previous decision to refuse consent



ought not to have been taken as lightly as it apparently was.” Instead of appealing the decision, Cr Walker says Council would have been better to accept its findings and apply for an alternative solution that could have been cheaper and more effective. “Council has an opportunity to work with people in the community that the commissioners obviously felt had some good points. They could have come up with a new, simple and reduced scheme and not thrown good money after bad. A more modest, improved walkway could be put in place quickly. Putting the estuary back to its original alignment can be done quickly and economically. Longer term, with the strong likelihood of accelerating sea-level rise, managed retreat may be the best option for Orewa.”


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The site of a proposed retirement village in northern Orewa is back on the market, after its owner, Coastal Properties, obtained resource consent for the development. Independent commissioners granted consent for the 109-unit retirement village on April 19, and the 1.19ha property at 25-35 Annalise Place and 488 and 496C Hibiscus Coast Highway was listed for sale a week later. The land was originally sold by the Theosophical Society to Coastal Properties in 2013. It borders Nukumea Stream and Eaves Bush. The consent allows for buildings up to four-storeys and 105 car parking spaces (94 of which would be in a basement). An existing building of historic heritage value on the site, Rose Cottage, is to be relocated and renovated for use as a reading room/ library for village residents. The plans include restoration and enhancement of an adjacent esplanade reserve along the banks of Nukumea Stream, including weed clearance and installation of a boardwalk along the margin. The consent application was first lodged in 2016, withdrawn and relodged in April last year. Coastal Properties director Brendan Coughlan was approached for comment but did not respond prior to the paper’s deadline.


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Anzac Day at the RSA was lovely and sunny, and although my wife had remembered her sunglasses this year, the sun still proved to be too hot for comfort. A lady seated next to us obviously felt the same and returned to her car for an umbrella. She also brought a spare one for my wife. This made the whole programme most pleasant and enjoyable. Turning to hand back the umbrella we found that she had already departed. This left my wife in the embarrassing position of being unable to return the umbrella or thank the lady for her kindness. My wife would, through this paper, like to invite this lady for a cup of coffee, extra thanks, and the return of her brolly. Please ring 428 2994 to arrange. Mac Hine, Whangaparaoa 

Poor road design The ‘red marking on Whangaparaoa Rd’ piece in Feedback (HM May 2) highlights the problems that arise through bad design on our roading network. Looking at the area and setback to the building lines I would have thought there was ample room to design a better feed into the supermarket than the slow tight left turn coming from the west. The busstop there surely could have been moved closer to the commercial boundary rather than sticking out into the main flow of traffic. Ashley Sim, Manly

Youth Centre review In response to the article in Hibiscus Matters’ May 2 edition – the HBC Youth Centre is operated as an Incorporated Society, under the governance of a Board of Directors, on behalf of the community. The annual operating costs are funded by multiple agencies, such as Lotteries, Foundation North, Auckland Council and Local Board grants,

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supplemented by revenue generated from school and holiday programmes. Due to the facility being a charity and heavily reliant on grants, the Board of Directors reviews strategies monthly based on the forecasted funds available. Ceasing of a $60,000 Ministry of Justice Grant in 2015 is one example of why strategies and operations need to remain fluid, adjusting around fluctuating and ‘never to be taken for granted’ funding levels. The ongoing pursuit to secure funding resulted in the Board of Directors seeking a more long-term financial solution. A submission was written to Council and the Hibiscus & Bays Local Board, to secure annual funds in the Long Term Plan/10 year budget. Such long term funding would bring the Youth Centre in line with similar facilities in Auckland. An ongoing commitment such as this from Council and the Local Board would markedly assist the ongoing financial stability of the establishment. The Youth Centre’s suggestion of a 360° Strategic Review was picked up by the Local Board in response to this submission from the Youth Centre, who are enthusiastic and supportive in regards to changes this review may bring. While these review processes are undertaken, the Youth Centre will continue to adjust strategies and staffing levels as needed to ensure essential youth services, programmes and safe spaces for the wider community are delivered. Hellen Wilkins, HBC Youth Centre chair (abridged)

Boulders please My husband and I visited Waiwera Beach one day last week and were intrigued what was happening on the beach there. There were workers moving huge boulders to create the sea wall (HM May 2). Talking to one of the works staff we were told they were moving to Hatfields Beach next. We were on ‘our’ beach in Orewa since and the sand was being moved – to what avail? Why on earth can they not

put boulders there? Surely it’s a waste of time to keep moving the sand when everyone knows we will continue to have such high tides? Maurice and Rita Browning, Orewa

Column raises hackles Looking at the Hibiscus Matters lately, it’s beginning to look like a propaganda tool of the National Party, four pictures of the local MP and a lengthy tirade in the Viewpoint column in the last edition. Thank goodness we will get the view of the other parties in the next edition (see Viewpoint, p7). However your publication should be doing what you do best and that is bringing the local news to us and not the whinging of politicians of any stripe especially those who did nothing about the problems that now have to be dealt with after  nine years in power. Most people will agree that action on climate change is well overdue and may be too late so I can’t see how a graduated reduction in oil exploration in the world’s roughest seas can be viewed negatively, and the lack of “common courtesy” to the people of Taranaki in keeping them informed. There was precious little “common courtesy” from the local MP’s lot when they unilaterally, almost overnight, announced that the various local councils were to be merged  into one giant Auckland, or the sell off at bargain basement prices of our assets against the will of the people according to the polls. There was no housing shortage and people living in cars before the last lot came along. However this is not a time to make the current government’s lot harder, we should all get behind them for the good of our country and our people, and not argue over Party political politics. Mike Taylor, Orewa Editor’s note: The column is the writer’s Viewpoint only, and within that column we expect that strong views will be expressed by local politicians of all stripes. Those views are not necessarily endorsed by the publishers.

More needed at Plaza Coast Plaza is my local shopping centre and I was disappointed to see it has not sold (HM May 2). The work planned, while it looks okay, seems to be along the same lines as what was done on the outside opposite the library a year or so ago – cosmetic fixer uppers, although it’s good to see some new tenants coming in. Meanwhile staff at shops I visit frequently in the Plaza tell me there are leaks and other issues with the building. Really, to make it work some significant investment needs to go in – ideally a complete rebuild. It is in an ideal central location so why not build a centre we can all be proud of? Sadly, on this track record, I don’t think the current owners are taking on that level of challenge. Sue Stewart, Manly

Unfair treatment I was amazed to read of the money to be spent on extending the Orewa Boulevard (HM April 18 and May 2), while yet again the Silverdale Village area is being made to wait. Hundreds of thousands of dollars have already been spent on the Boulevard while in the Village there are old uneven cobblestones where weeds grow. The street furniture is long in need of repainting even though Council tells me they have no money! There is no safe pedestrian crossing from the Business Park to the Village and people run across the highway as the underpass is not safe – especially for women alone. Plus the kerbs are laden with silt and grass growth at the entry and exit for the Village. It is interesting to note that the paths in Orewa are mainly nice brick paths plus they are kept swept clean. Take a look at the paths from the Village up to Wainui Road. and see the difference. It is time for the Village not to be treated as second class citizens while more money is being poured into Orewa. As a reminder, the long awaited traffic lights were on the former Rodney District Council list back in 1976. Lorraine Sampson, Silverdale

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North Shore where he currently learns and teaches. He says he was best known for his sport at college. “I played plenty of sports and participated in the odd production or dance performance. I mainly played first 11 football for the college, and captained the team in my final year in 2013,” he says. “Growing up on the Coast was amazing – people always supported my dancing and it’s just a great community to be part of.”


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College students can start planning their entries for Showquest, launched this month as a Ministry of Education backed music, dance and drama event that will run in 10 regions, starting in June. Rockquest Promotions, which has run a nationwide school music contest for 30 years, worked fast to book venues after winning the contract for the event, which replaces Stage Challenge. Event director Matt Ealand says Showquest is an opportunity for students to express themselves by drawing on their personal experiences and cultural heritage. “They design and direct their own performances and, if they want to, can write and perform their own soundtracks too,” he said. “The timing this year means we’re coming at schools late, however we will do everything we can to make it easy for them to give their students the opportunity to enter.” The first event is at Whangarei’s Forum North on June 20 and other events will follow in Dunedin, Christchurch, Nelson, Wellington, Hawkes Bay, Rotorua, Hamilton, New Plymouth and Auckland. A national online final will name the top entry nationwide in September. Entries close on June 20 and schools can enter online, or by contacting Matt Ealand, email, phone 09 845 1557.

Gun pulled in Orewa

It’s not often that police receive reports of someone presenting a gun in Orewa – but that is exactly what happened last month – however, it turned out to be a fake. On Friday, April 27 at 2.14pm, police received reports of a man with a firearm in Bakehouse Lane. Police attended the incident and arrested a 28-year-old man, who was charged with presenting an imitation firearm. The incident is now before the courts.


As well as Zac Franich and Roger Farrelly (HM May 2) Hibiscus Matters has discovered another local who is hitting the dance floor in the current series of Dancing with the Stars. Hibiscus Coast resident Brad Coleman says he is living his dream, as dance instructor and dance partner of Marama Fox on the show. “I grew up watching Jonny Williams on the show, nine years ago and always wanted to be a part of it,” Brad says. “Now I get to dance alongside him and the other professionals. It really has been a dream come true.” The ex-Whangaparaoa College student has been dancing for 13 years – starting with classes from Norma Wright in Silverdale. He then moved to Limelight dance studios on the

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Major boost for Coast transport projects The Hibiscus Coast stands to gain from around a billion dollars of investment in transport-related infrastructure over the next decade, which Cr John Watson says makes this area a major beneficiary of the recent Auckland Council and central government transport packages. “When you put projects in the Regional Fuel Tax, Auckland Transport Alignment Project (ATAP) and the Regional Land Transport Plan together the results for the Coast are impressive – better than any other part of Auckland,” Cr Watson says. “For me the standouts are Penlink, the bus shoulder lanes from Albany to Orewa and the Northern Motorway improvements that began recently.” Some projects are being funded solely by the government and others, such as Penlink, will occur only through money raised by the Regional Fuel Tax. Penlink has been put towards the end of the decade (2025 at the earliest) in ATAP, but Cr Watson says there’s a good chance this will be brought forward, given the project’s advanced stage of planning. He says the Hibiscus Coast will also benefit from projects in the city that are designed largely to provide for bus and ferry commuters from the north. “In the lead up to these announcements it was clear that any support for the Council programme would be contingent on equity across the Auckland region. I guess it’s up to people to decide now whether that

has been delivered and in particular whether they think the 11.5 cents fuel tax is worth what will be delivered in our area.” This is what the packages commit to funding locally:

Regional Fuel Tax funded projects yy Penlink, 2-lane version – estimated cost $250-$300m. Cr Watson says $66m of this will come from the regional fuel tax, $100m from government, $34m from developer contributions, the balance from tolling. yy Park and Rides – the Coast is one of three areas in Auckland identified as receiving new and improved facilities. yy Ferry redevelopment – Cr Watson says the Gulf Harbour ferry service will benefit from the redevelopment of the Downtown Ferry Terminal, which will increase the ease and speed of ferries. Money will go towards increased ferry services. Also in the package, but unfunded at present, is a ferry terminal for Gulf Harbour. yy Cr Watson says there are a number of transport projects tied to growth in Silverdale and Dairy Flat that will take place, but that it is unclear from the documents whether the Curley Avenue bridge and connector into Silverdale is funded or not. yy Local road safety and network

improvements include local intersection upgrades and further improvements associated with the Whangaparaoa Dynamic Laning trial. yy Bus infrastructure in Auckland – a new bus interchange in Albert Street and facilities at Wellesley Street will primarily benefit bus commuters from the North Shore and Hibiscus Coast at their city arrival/departures ($62 m). There are also to be general improvements to northern bus network services.

NZ Transport Agency/ government investment programme yy Northern Motorway Improvements – a $700m project which started recently and will add extra motorway lanes between Greville Road and Constellation Drive and extend the Northern Busway to Albany. Drivers and bus commuters from the Upper East Coast Bays and Hibiscus Coast are the main beneficiaries of these works. yy Albany to Orewa bus lane extension – this is a $324m project to provide bus shoulder lanes between Albany and Orewa and an additional $8m to investigate bus reliability and upgrade Silverdale interchange to address congestion. Are you following us on facebook?

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Auckland Council will make a decision about the sale of the Orewa Service Centre and other properties at a meeting this week, on Tuesday, May 15. The potential sale of the local service centre, at 50 Centreway Road, Orewa, was first made public in Hibiscus Matters’ March 1 edition. The site is valued at nearly $29 million and the proceeds of sale would be used to fund the creation of three Council service hubs including one in Albany. Council staff are recommending that the sale proceed, despite strong opposition from the Hibiscus & Bays Local Board. The decision will be linked to this story at

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Fullers is considering closing its ferry ticket office at Gulf Harbour, although a final decision is yet to be made. The ticket office is mainly used by people travelling to Tiritiri Matangi Island. Fullers Group chief executive Mike Horne says there is an internal consultation process underway. “This includes considering the functionality of the Gulf Harbour Ticket Office, but regardless of the outcome, there will be no impact on the ferry service,” he says.

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A rahui has been placed on the Okura Bush walkway because of kauri dieback. At this stage the rahui is in force over the DOC land from Haigh Access Rd to Karepiro Beach. The rahui ceremony was performed by iwi on May 12 at the Haigh Access entrance to the bush. A rahui is a prohibition against a particular area or activity, typically in force temporarily to protect a resource. In this case, visitors are asked to respect the rahui by not walking through this part of the bush. Friends of Okura Bush chair Lezette Reid says the bush has had kauri dieback in it for a long time and has not improved despite hygiene stations and track upgrades. She says more track improvements are needed, but in the meantime the roots of kauri and other trees need to be protected. Mud on people’s shoes is the vector for the disease.



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Climate change is happening. Summers are getting hotter and drier, winters are getting shorter, and storms are getting more destructive. Our economy is already starting to be affected by more droughts, more roads being washed away, and more crops being damaged. Everyone knows that climate change is a real threat and one that we need to act on. I agree with my colleague, Rodney MP Mark Mitchell (HM May 2) that we should be “continuing to work hard to combat climate change”. But the last National Government had nine years to take action and did nothing. The world is moving away from fossil fuels and we have a great opportunity to lead on addressing climate change. As Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said: “this is our nuclear-free moment”. For that reason, this Government has committed to becoming a net zero emission economy by 2050. It can’t be done overnight of course. Much of our energy currently comes from fossil fuels, and many Kiwi jobs depend on them. I agree with the Prime Minister that we can’t afford to repeat the mistakes of the 1980s, when rapid economic transformation led to enormous social damage. But we do need to begin our energy transition if we are to make a difference in time. We need a fair, just transition to a clean energy future. That’s why the government has announced we are ending new offshore oil and gas exploration in New Zealand. This doesn’t affect existing exploration permits or existing wells, nor will it affect the jobs of the approximately 4500 workers in the industry. But it is an important part of our move away from fossil fuels. Acting now on climate change is estimated to save the country $30 billion in the future. What’s good for the environment is ultimately good for the economy. The big international oil and energy companies know this. That’s why they’re investing billions into clean and renewable energy. The interests of working people are always top of mind for this Government. We’ll make sure new job opportunities are created as we move away from fossil fuels. The Government has already announced $20m in funding for Taranaki through the Provincial Growth Fund to create new jobs and diversify its economy. We’ll work with Taranaki to help transition to new industries and opportunities over the next thirty years. The Government has chosen a sensible path that gets the balance right. We’re protecting current workers from a sudden change, we’re protecting the energy supplies New Zealanders need, and we’re addressing climate change to protect future generations from a rising tide. That’s how we’re tackling this issue, and I’m proud to be a part of it.


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Lesley Dobson’s newly launched business, marketing organic products, all started with the name. The Arkles Bay mother of two and health professional has always had an interest in organics and when her children were young, she became even more aware of the need for good quality, organic, home made food. She would sometimes exclaim “it’s organic, darling!” at dinnertime, which was all in fun, but led to her securing the name for her business some years later. Lesley is an occupational therapist, who owned a private practice for more than 20 years, but the idea of finding a way to focus on her love of organics was always in the back of her mind. The breakthrough came when she met physiotherapist Rebecca Day of Manly, who had developed the Qoleum range of sporting and injury repair products. The products are made with certified organic ingredients and it took around 20 years of research for Rebecca to perfect them. The gels, creams and oils are designed to provide relief for active people, those with injuries and the elderly. They include rubs to reduce inflammation or provide pain relief, barrier creams and others to warm the muscles or prevent chaffing. “My dad passed away of skin cancer four years ago and it made me very conscious of what I put on my skin,” Lesley says. “When I tried these products I realised that this was what

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I’d been looking for. It combined my love of organics with my passion for helping people.” She took on the Oceania distribution for Qoleum, launching her website last month. It quickly became her full time job. “Sporty people are loving the products, as well as the elderly as Qgel is soothing on arthritis,” she says. “Also among the best sellers, especially overseas, are the Qoleum range for horses and camels.” As well as the Qoleum range, the website features products such as organic coffee, chocolate and makeup, locally sourced where possible. In addition, Lesley wanted to get the Qoleum range into stores and says there has been a lot of interest from pharmacies and physiotherapists – the products are already available at Whangaparaoa Family Pharmacy. “There are loads more exciting products in the pipeline,” Lesley says.

The word ‘churned’ sounds like it should fit better with making butter than with financial advice, yet this is a term used to describe an unethical practice that you may have been subject to in the past. Churning is the constant replacement of financial products, such as mortgages and insurances, for the financial benefit of the financial adviser – or ‘broker’ as they commonly refer to themselves. It usually happens every two or three years and is presented in the guise of finding you a better deal. What’s really happening however is that the ‘broker’ in question is looking to receive upfront commissions over and over again. Personally, I’m quite in favour of commissions as payment for some financial services as I’ve worked here and in Australia on both commission and fee for service models and fee for service makes advice quickly unaffordable for many. Churning clients for extra commissions, though, is wrong. Here’s an example of how it works: I sit with a client and establish their insurance needs. I analyse my findings, complete an analysis of what’s best and prepare written recommendations for presentation to my client. After the presentation I apply for the insurance on their behalf and negotiate the most favourable terms. I then get paid a commission by the insurer and the client doesn’t have to pay me a cent. Let’s say I get paid $2000 so I’m happy and the client is happy they didn’t have to pay me directly. Every year after that, I am expected to be there for my client should they require help with claims or adjustments to their cover so the insurer continues to pay me $100 every year as compensation. It should end there but I get greedy and decide to ‘churn’ my client, so I revisit them after two years and tell them I’ve found a better insurer and move them, earning another $2000 payment to me. So it goes something like that and I’d really like to see it stop. We’re about to see some regulation changes take effect but we need public awareness if we’re actually going to stop this behaviour. I’ve heard of many small operators doing this but also really big insurance groups too. Their approach could be much smoother than my example above, so let’s ask them why the insurer or the lender they recommended the first time isn’t good anymore. Let’s ask them to write down the benefits to you of moving, and maybe it’s time we started asking just how much commission they’re being paid. After all, financial advice is about putting the client’s interests first – not the interests of the broker. The opinions and information expressed above are not a financial recommendation. Contact a financial adviser for written recommendations that are suited to your personal situation.

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One shed not enough

Not just one shed, but three are needed to display Simon Cressey’s impressive collection of American memorabilia. Hundreds of items from the 1930s-60s, many related to the car industry, have been brought back to his Hatfields Beach home over 10 years. This has involved a number of trips to the highways and byways of the United States to attend swap meets. Some of the meets can cover 20 hectares and run for several days and it’s often the people you meet there that can lead to some of the best finds. “You see so much more of America that way,” Simon says. “Someone tells you to come to their home and see their collection, and away you go.” Simon’s collection includes quirky items such as mannequins dressed as Elvis, an American gangster and Marilyn Monroe, and a slightly deranged looking, original Texaco mechanic mannequin. Among his most prized pieces are a genuine 1915 Ford sign and a large Coke bung – originally used for advertising at gas stations – made of enameled metal and in mint condition. A shelf is lined with swing pot jugs, which were used for motor oil and have a tilted nozzle so the oil doesn’t dribble

Simon Cressey has three garages filled with American memorabilia.

when it’s poured. Coke branded chilly bins, made of aluminium or steel, include a pull out container at the top for sandwiches and enough space for many glass coke bottles. There are also several galvanised steel water coolers

which, when packed with ice, keep water cool for days. It’s this quality of design and clever thinking that appeals to Simon. “They made good stuff, and it was made to work well and last,” he says.

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His shed and her shed

Dean Morris of Whangaparaoa always wanted a ‘man cave’ to set up as a music room where he can play vinyl records and friends could come and chill out and recently he got one. He also delivered on his promise to his wife Sarah that he would put together a retreat for her where she could share a glass of bubbles with friends and relax. Sarah’s shed contains many books as well as her CD collection. Dean designed both the spaces and says he spends a lot of time in his. “I’ll get home from work and rather than do jobs around the house, I’ll go in there and put on a record and crack a beer,” he says. The couple held a ‘grand opening’ of

Drop into the Hibiscus Men’s Shed in Stanmore Bay and you will see a hive of activity as members work on a wide range of projects this winter. These include a ball tower for a kindergarten, refurbishment of coffee tables and creation of a bowling ball trolley in the shape of a caravan. The men are also making a range of end-grain chopping boards, toy trucks and cat scarers that they will sell at Browns Bay market. Members also refurbish tools – including recently a table saw and planer – and sell them online. Of key importance is the tea and coffee room, where conversation hums along while the men enjoy refreshments and simultaneously sort piles of nuts, bolts and screws.

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Sarah’s space recently. “I believe that as a couple it’s still important to have your own separate spaces if you can,” Dean says.

Next month, an innovative live family show, featuring large scale, glow in the dark puppets will be presented at Centrestage Theatre in Orewa (HM May 2). The show, Heaven and Earth, by Little Green Man Productions, is based on the legends of Matariki and is on from June 18-22. Tickets are available from Estuary Arts Centre, Orewa, phone 426 5570. Hibiscus Matters has a double pass to Heaven and Earth to give away. To go in the draw, message us on Facebook, or write your name, address and daytime phone number on the back of an envelope and post to Heaven and Earth, Hibiscus Matters, Unit G, Tamariki Plaza, Tamariki Ave, Orewa 0931. Entries close Friday, June 1.

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Community gardening The challenge of our time is to create and maintain sustainable communities, and to that end we now have a Seed Savers group here on Whangaparaoa Peninsula with monthly meetings held at Whangaparaoa Library. The next meeting will be held on May 24 at 10am and will include a seed sowing demonstration. You are welcome to attend if you would like to join the group and learn about seeds in your local area, seed collecting and cleaning, and share experience with others. Seed savers help to perpetuate and promote genetic diversity within food crops and there is an emphasis on heirloom vegetables, which are grown from seeds handed down from one generation to the next. This is important because we have lost at least 90 percent of our vegetable cultivars since the 1920s. Seed saving allows us to get a wider variety of plants that are not available commercially and also grow vegetables that are adapted to conditions in our gardens that are full of the vitamins and minerals needed for a healthy diet. Many gardeners hate seeing fresh fruit go to waste when many people are unable to afford food for their families. Community Fruit Harvesting is a charity that picks unwanted fruit from backyards and orchards. Last year 420 volunteers picked 26,411kg of fruit which was donated to those in need. The organisation has a local area coordinator for the Hibiscus Coast. Val lives in Wainui and as well as picking, she is also a preserver. If you would like to get involved either as a picker, or donating the fruit from your backyard trees, just email me (address above) and I will pass your details on to Val. Together we can make a big difference – one fruit tree at a time. And while we are talking about challenges, the local community garden in Manly needs your help. It is time to dig the kumeras and replant for the winter. But we need a small group of committed people who will come along every week and keep the garden producing. We would meet on a Saturday morning about 10am in winter and earlier in the summer. For new gardeners I will run workshops. We are also looking for someone with computer skills to keep everyone up to date with a weekly newsletter. So, if you are keen to plant and harvest seasonal vegetables just let me know via the email address above.

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Bright ideas for solar power

Solar panels should significantly reduce the amount that Whangaparaoa College spends on power.

College invests in solar power A large bank of 150 solar panels was installed on a roof at Whangaparaoa College over the recent school holidays and the college is confident that the significant investment in this technology will pay off. The panels cost $95,000, which came from funds given to the college by the Ministry of Education. The funds were compensation for the sale of land alongside the school, at Grandview Road, which is currently being prepared for housing. The money was tagged to be used for the property itself, rather than for educative purposes. Principal James Thomas says he had to convince the Ministry that solar panels were a suitable use of the funds – “I put in an argument they couldn’t

refuse,” he says. The rest of the money was put into an upgrade of the school’s café. Mr Thomas says that solar system could reduce the school’s annual power bill of around $75,000 by $8000-$10,000 – paying for itself in around 10 years. As well as those savings, he says, the panels provide an opportunity for students to learn about sustainability and new technology. The system will be up and running once an electrical inspection has taken place. Students will then be able to access information online as to how much power is being generated, and there may also be a physical display in a prominent location that shows the readout of power gained, in real time.

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The uptake of solar reduces New Zealand greenhouse gas emissions in the near term. • The price of solar panels has been falling for many years and if it doesn’t stack up for you now, it may make more financial sense in the future. • The circumstances that affect how much value you get from solar can change over the life of the system (eg you may choose to sell your house, or retire and therefore use more electricity during the day). It is not always easy to foresee these changes when considering solar. • There are likely to be changes to New Zealand’s electricity pricing mechanisms over time that may reduce the financial value a household gets from solar (see the Electricity Authority website for more detail). • The amount of electricity generated by a solar panel reduces over time, so check panel warranty details before you invest. • There may be additional costs to install solar that are not included in an advertised price. • For safety reasons, grid-tied solar electricity systems do not operate during power cuts. • The Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA) recommends using the energy calculator, found on their website, before going solar. The interest charged on money borrowed to buy solar, or interest lost on savings used, has a significant impact on the financial viability of a solar system. The solar calculator can help you assess this. Source: • You may need a resource consent to install solar panels – for example if your home is in a heritage zone, or if panels on the roof affect height to boundary restrictions. • You will not need a building consent if you fix solar panels to your roof or on a frame next to your building but if you plan to install them as your roof cladding, you will need to apply for building consent. Source: • Solarview, a free web-based tool from NIWA, tells you how much sunlight your home receives at different times of the year. This helps you work out whether solar power is a viable option for your energy needs. Input your address, which direction your roof faces, and its angle. The software already knows the terrain around your home and factors any hills and valleys into the data. Source:

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Improving your home’s energy efficiency is generally much cheaper than installing a solar system, and can give similar or greater reductions to your power bill without needing to change how you use energy. Some of the best ways to improve energy efficiency in your home are: improving insulation, installing more efficient forms of heating, such as replacing plug-in electric heaters with efficient heat pumps or central heating systems; replacing incandescent bulbs and halogen lamps with LEDs; upgrading to more efficient appliances that have the Energy Star mark. Source: (resourced by


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Winter warmth appeal Twin sisters Aspen and Keira Burridge, 14, of Warkworth are gearing up to help turn local towns and villages into a winter wonderland for the new Mahurangi Festival of Lights.

Mahurangi lights up winter night Plans to light up the dark days of winter with a new regional weekend festival in mid-July are taking shape and gaining momentum, according to organiser Murray Chapman. The Mahurangi Festival of Lights will include a range of events and attractions in local towns and villages, from laser shows and light displays to ice skating and real snow to play in. Shops and businesses will light up their premises and Mr Chapman and his committee are hoping that homes throughout the region will enter into the spirit of the event by lighting up their properties, too. “We’d love the whole area to get involved, the more the merrier,” he says. “I’d like to see lights on trees, on buildings, all over the place. “Nothing really happens here in winter, so it would be lovely to have people from out of town come here to look at all the lights and get involved, and it would be nice just to bring a smile to people’s faces.”


Events take place from July 13 to 15 and will include a dinner in Matakana with a 3-D projection, light and music show on Friday, July 13, and professional laser shows, food trucks and buskers in Warkworth on the night of Saturday, July 14. In addition, there will be a skating rink and snow play at Lucy Moore Park, the Kowhai Coast Lions will be creating an artistic River Of Light display in Warkworth Museum’s op shop in Baxter Street, and Leigh Wharf will be illuminated over the water. Mr Chapman is still hoping to get light displays and events up and running in Snells Beach, Point Wells, Omaha Beach and anywhere else that wants to get involved. “We need to get people in this area working together to brighten up the region and to promote ourselves as a region,” he says. Anyone with ideas, enthusiasm or expertise is encouraged to contact Murray Chapman on 0274 966 550 or

Rodney Women’s Centre is asking for donations of clean blankets and warm bedding for the annual Give a Kid a Blanket appeal. The centre in Morpeth Street, Warkworth is a nominated drop-off point for the Auckland-wide scheme, which has been running every winter since 2015. As well as new and pre-loved blankets, the initiative also collects duvets, sleeping bags, baby sleep sacks, pyjamas, pillows and new hot water bottles, before redistributing them to families in need throughout June and July. Rodney Women’s Centre manager Colleen Julian says they will be collecting items until mid-July, and will also be taking details of families who would like to receive blankets, too. The first Give a Kid a Blanket in 2015 had 26 drop-off points and gave out 1273 blankets. By last winter, the scheme was up to 56 drop-off points and 2789 blankets. Colleen says the women’s centre has plenty of space for any donated blankets and other items, but they would appreciate donations of big plastic bins with “click” lids to store them in before they are collected for redistribution. In addition, pick-ups are available in the Wellsford area for anyone who is unable to get into Warkworth to drop blankets off – call Kate on 0212 788 881. Info: Rodney Women’s Centre, phone 09 425 7261.

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Music film festival returns An eclectic line-up of movies will hit the big screen at the Warkworth Town Hall over Queen’s Birthday weekend, June 1 to 3, for the second Sounds on Screen Festival. Following on the success of last year’s inaugural event, organiser Urs Bauer says he has taken some risks with this year’s movie line-up. Instead of filling the programme with safe documentaries about well-known artists, there will be films about Swiss yodelling, throat singing and some silent movies from 1924 including the three winning films from the most recent International Youth Silent Film Festival NZ regional competition. “It will be interesting to see how local audiences respond to the international flavour of the programme with more ‘out-of-the-box’ films,” Urs says. Ten musical documentary films will be shown over the three-day festival opening on the Friday evening with Rocksteady – the Roots of Reggae, which is described as a musical journey through Jamaica’s golden age of music. The festival will include the New Zealand premiere of Joe Cocker – Mad Dog With Soul and several films will be accompanied by added extras such as director’s talks and musical items. “There’s something on the programme to appeal to a range of ages and interests.” More than 600 people attended last year’s festival, providing Urs with

The audience will get a taste of the Swiss Alps when the Swiss Kiwi Yodelling Group performs in the Warkworth Town Hall next month.

Yodellers take Warkworth stage Travelling Cinema Company managing director Urs Bauer is ready to roll out this year’s musical film festival programme.

plenty of positive feedback on the quality of the sound and films. “We hope those who enjoyed last year’s movies will come along again this year and will bring their friends and family. The beanbags, bar and snack bar will be back, and there are discounts for group bookings.” Info:

A special performance by the Swiss Kiwi Yodelling Group will be the curtain raiser to the film Die Wiesenberger – No Business Like Show Business (2012), which will be screened at the Warkworth Town Hall on June 3. The award-winning documentary tells the story of a group of Swiss mountain yodellers, who find themselves thrust into the limelight when their CD wins double gold. While they try to remain authentic, they are caught between their traditions and show business.

Film festival organiser Urs Bauer says the documentary is engaging on many levels. He says it is interesting to watch how familiar personalities clash and how the conflict is finally resolved. The Auckland-based Kiwi Yodellers have been performing for more than 30 years. They mainly perform Swiss folk songs, but their repertoire also includes Pokarekare ana! Die Wiesenberger screens as part of the three-day Sounds on Screen music film festival (see left).

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Stamp collecting down but not out Stamp collecting has become an increasingly niche interest as volumes of posted mail decline, but a local club is still flying the flag for dedicated collectors. Past president of the Hibiscus Coast Stamp Club, Royce Norton, remembers when a church hall was needed to accommodate meetings of the club’s more than 300 members. “It used to be all of the kids,” Royce says. “Before all these devices came about, collecting stamps used to be something every family did up here.” Currently around a dozen regular collectors come to trade, sell and buy stamps at the club’s monthly meetings. Guest collectors and speakers attend and members travel together to the annual Hamilton Stamp Fair. Royce began collecting stamps as a boy but gave up in his teens. His interest rekindled when, at the age of 30, he was recovering from a tonsillectomy. He has sets of health stamps from 1929 to 2016 – they were first issued in 1929 to support NZ health camps and were released annually, even through World War II and the Great Depression. NZ Post stopped issuing the health stamps last year, due to declining sales. “Almost every New Zealand collector has health stamps,” Royce says. “I even have a pair of ‘smiling boys’ from the

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First count for estuary waders For the first time, Orewa Estuary’s birdlife will form part of a national count of wading birds. The count has been conducted around the country by The Ornithological Society of NZ for around 50 years, providing valuable information that is shared with scientists and the public, increasing knowledge about shorebirds. Wading birds on Orewa Estuary will be counted by volunteers, led by Richard Chambers of Hibiscus Coast Forest & Bird, and the data will then be fed into the national bird count. Richard says the information will also be valuable locally. As residential development takes place all around the estuary, the bird count can be used in submissions related to the effects on the environment including issues such as siltation. Richard says that it will require people to observe, using telescopes and binoculars, what is in the main flocks of wading birds on the sand islands in the estuary and record that data on paper or an emailed sheet. Volunteers will also go around other parts of the estuary to see what scattered birds – non-waders, such as herons, geese or spoonbills – are present.

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He says few people realise just how much bird activity there is on the estuary – this included a flock of around 200 godwits, before they left for Alaska in March. “Also, banded rails are being seen more often, even before pest control has really begun, which shows the value of the estuary margins and mangrove forest,” Richard says. The count will take place on June 10. Anyone interested in taking part can meet outside Estuary

Arts Centre, at 3pm. The group will then walk along towards Crocodile Island. Anyone taking part will need to bring binoculars and/or a camera. If the weather on June 10 is bad, the date will be shifted to June 24, also at 3pm. So that migratory birds, such as the godwits and pied oystercatchers, are included, there will be another count undertaken at the estuary after those birds return in November.

Volunteers needed as Weiti riverbank planting continues Planting season is beginning with a weekend of work alongside the Weiti River in Silverdale. The Community Planting Day, on May 26 and 27, has been organised by Auckland Council. Two groups – Illuminate Church and the World Mission Church – have made a commitment to assist with the planting, but anyone is welcome to come and help put native plants in the ground. A barbecue, portaloo and drinking water will be provided, as well as spades – but you are welcome

to bring your own. All the plants will already be laid out, ready for planting. Council’s biodiversity advisor, Chris Bindon, says that the planting is a continuation of the Hibiscus & Bays Local Board’s initiative, which saw several plantings take place on the Weiti River last year. “We are working towards the ecological restoration and improved health of the Weiti River environment and encourage involvement and support from the local community,” Chris says.

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Homes handed over for community Two newly built, three bedroom homes have been leased to the Hibiscus Coast Community House in a project designed to help locals in crisis. The homes were built by local developers Cabra – one was designed specifically for older people and one for families. The company is leasing them to the community house at a peppercorn rental so that they can be used by the elderly and families in need of short-term emergency accommodation. Handing over the keys on May 1, Cabra managing director Ian Boocock said it is the most significant community project that the company has worked on in the 30 years that it has been on the Hibiscus Coast. There are conditions in the lease that ensure the occupants come from the local area, and that the homes are used for short-term accommodation only. Community House manager Christine Alesbury says her organisation keeps hearing of families and individuals who need this – including those who may be living in garages or cars. The community house is working closely with Steps Forward and Age Concern Rodney and, as it’s a new initiative, sources of funding and how it will run are still being worked out. Hibiscus Coast Community House chair Carol Laidlaw says that the community house will manage the houses but, crucially, the three organisations together will provide wrap around social services to help people get back on their feet during their stay. She says the ongoing support of the community – including local businesses – will be vital if the scheme is to be successful. “We are still unsure how those wrap around services will be funded and that’s what we’re now looking into, including approaching larger businesses.” “The biggest dilemma is finding sufficient funds to run these homes as, in order to qualify for Work & Income NZ funding, we would have to take people from all over New Zealand. However, it is

From left, Shirley Parker of Steps Forward, Community House manager Christine Alesbury and Age Concern Rodney chief executive Catherine Smith. The three organisations are working together to make the best use of the new homes.

Free dental day for carers From top, Cabra managing director Ian Boocock, right, hands the keys for two brand new homes to Hibiscus Coast Community House chair Carol Laidlaw. The homes have been furnished with donations made to the community house.

important to all of us that this offers support only for the Hibiscus Coast so we have to find a way to make that work.” She says the Orewa Theosophical Society has already given $1000 towards the project. “I encourage our community to help us support this amazing gift with financial donations,” Carol says. “It really is a unique opportunity to support other locals who are having a difficult and stressful time.” Info: phone the community house, 426 3598.

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over the years and simply following “doctors orders” is no longer the norm. People are generally better informed about their health, expecting the doctor to explain and discuss the issues, but ultimately, seeing themselves as the decision-maker. She thinks the change is a positive one, but her pet hate is the use of Dr Google to self-diagnose. “Inevitably, people leap to the conclusion that they have the rarest and most unusual disease, which is seldom the case.” And while she supports the move towards preventative medicine, she says it can lead to increased, and often unnecessary, anxiety. “GPs are expected to establish risk factors but in order to do this, it’s necessary to run tests and it’s the test that can cause the anxiety.” As the mother of four children and the grandmother of five, Dr Hawkins believes mothers today can be overwhelmed by the amount of information available. “Plus there are the ‘baby police’ telling them what they should and shouldn’t do. Books and the internet have taken the place of the commonsense support that mothers used to get from their families. “I’ve had occasions when I’ve given a young mother some advice to be then told, ‘but that’s not what it says in the book!’ Every baby is an individual and you can’t learn about your baby from a book. “As I head towards retirement at breakneck speed, I realise that the best job I ever had was as a mother.” Apart from a European river cruise and six weeks in England with family, Dr Hawkins says her retirement plans aren’t set in stone. “All I know is that whatever I decide to do, I will be doing it in a leisurely way. I’m looking forward to perhaps joining a reading group that meets during the day, continuing my regular correspondence with my grandchildren in the UK and maybe volunteering to teach English to migrants.”


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Fresh approach to free fruit and vegetables Fresh fruit and vegetables from local home gardens will soon be able to be shared around the community, free, via a range of new roadside stands. The stands are simple constructions put in a publicly accessible area. Anyone can put their excess produce on the stand and it is free to take away. As well as sharing good food, this reduces the amount of fresh produce that would otherwise go to waste. Mark Dennis of Helensville put up a stand in his local community early this year. He says it has been “full of amazing fresh fruit and veg ever since”. Via Facebook, he began to get requests from other communities about how to get started. So far he has assisted with the setting up of stands in nine areas in and around Rodney, with another 15 stands under construction between Auckland and Lower Hutt. Three are planned for the Hibiscus Coast, and due to go up in the coming weeks. One is on Otanerua Road, Hatfields Beach, another is to go outside Orewa Beach Kindergarten in Riverside Road, Orewa, which will be looked after by the children at the kindergarten. Another is planned for Whangaparaoa, with a definite location still to be confirmed. Anyone can put up their own stand, but Mark provides advice on getting started, sponsorship, building and signs.

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Turning on to tumeric It’s the latest trend in so-called ‘super foods’ with claims that it can treat arthritis, heart disease and even help people with diabetes. At the extreme end of things, people are hoarding bags of the yellow stuff, the internet is full of dogs with yellow faces as owners try alternative remedies on their pets, and Nadia Lim has created a turmeric latte recipe. So is turmeric really everything that it is claimed to be? Curcumin is the active ingredient in turmeric. An informative and well researched study by Daily, Yang and Park in 2016 (see below) indicates that curcumin may possess powerful anti-inflammatory properties and as such may be helpful for conditions such as arthritis and heart disease, amongst others. Curcumin is thought to work by blocking NF-kB, a molecule found in your body that travels into the nuclei of cells and turns on genes related to inflammation. As such, curcumin fights inflammation at a molecular level. But don’t reach for that spice jar in the pantry just yet. Unfortunately, turmeric powder not only contains a minimal amount of the active ingredient, but our bodies also have difficulty absorbing curcumin. Plus, when curcumin is absorbed it is so rapidly metabolised and eliminated by our bodies that it doesn’t have time to reach adequate levels to produce any anti-inflammatory effect. All this means that in order to take advantage of any possible benefits of turmeric, you need to consume it in the form of a supplement – where the curcumin has been manufactured to ensure that it is well absorbed and able to reach a sufficient level in your body. Black pepper does not help with the absorption of curcumin but is thought to help the levels stay higher once absorbed and is also included in some supplements. Curcumin makes up only about 2-6 percent of turmeric so you will need to check for the amount of curcumin (rather than turmeric) on the label. The dosage you require will depend on what condition you are trying to treat. Studies vary widely in the recommended dose – from 200mg to 1000mg daily for osteoarthritis with the dose required highly dependent on the bioavailability of the preparation. In any case, before you add any supplements such as this to your diet on a long-term basis, it is advisable to check with a health professional first. Check in the first instance whether turmeric is suitable for you – certain conditions and medications are not compatible with turmeric, which might mean that taking it could cause serious health problems. You can also ask your pharmacist about the appropriate dose for you. So whilst the turmeric latte might not provide you with instant relief, other Orewa Community turmeric preparations may be worth considering. Church Having said that, turmeric lattes will always be delicious on a cold day! Reference: Daily, J.W.; Yang, M.; Park, S. Efficacy of turmeric extracts and curcumin for alleviating the symptoms of joint arthritis: A Systematic review and 20 May: Mission Sunday meta-analysis of randomized clinical ‘Church planting movements trials. J. Med. Food 2016, 19, 717–729. around the world, what can we learn from them’ Speaker: Kevin Honoré

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End of the line for Whangaparaoa Railway Whangaparaoa Narrow Guage Railway, which has been entertaining families since 1992, will close next month. Owner Julie Pointon hammered in the first spike on the tracks in 1958 and has been working in the family business ever since it opened. The miniature railway was the fulfillment of a dream for her late husband Ted, who was a professional railway driver. He built the infrastructure for the railway at 400 Whangaparaoa Road on land that he purchased in 1955. Julie says maintenance of the railway and caring for the farm animals has been a lot of hard work for the family and a big tie over the years. She says this was the main reason for closing the railway. A further factor was a report from the NZ Transport Agency, which inspects the railway annually as part of its licensing requirements. The report included the need for “further risk assessment on a bridge”. Julie says that the company cannot afford to do the work suggested, which included a walking platform and handrails on the bridge, although the bridge is not accessible by foot. “They also said that the steam locomotive gets too hot and could burn anyone touching it,” Julie says. “We’ve only had one accident, and that was a long time ago when a person put their head out the window of the train, despite signs saying not to do that.”

Above left, Scott Pointon prepared the steam engine for its final run, and is also the engine driver. Above, Railway owner Julie Pointon with goat Ash, one of a dwindling number of farm animals on the site. Left, The miniature steam train, Little Toot, pulls into the Whangaparaoa Railway station for the last time.

The railway, which winds through a large stand of mature native bush, continues to be popular with local families – Julie says they had good numbers coming through over the recent school holidays. More than 200 passengers boarded steam engine Little Toot for its final day of operation on

Saturday, May 5, with many saying they would be very sad to see it go. Much of the rail infrastructure and rolling stock is being sold to operations such as the Driving Creek Railway in Coromandel. Julie says she will continue living

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Shakespear sanctuary securing saddlebacks Shakespear Open Sanctuary will welcome another new bird species – 40 North Island saddlebacks, or tieke – on Saturday, May 26. This latest introduction is the fourth, following the release of North Island robins, whiteheads and little spotted kiwi. The saddlebacks are coming from Tiritiri Matangi Island, and will eventually be joined by 10 more, from Tawharanui. Volunteers preparing for the arrival of saddlebacks at the open sanctuary in Army Bay had an additional challenge when it came to making nesting and roosting boxes for the birds. Apparently saddlebacks do not like the smell of fresh timber, so the 200 roost boxes and 100 nest boxes had to be hung on fences to weather, so that they would be acceptable to the new occupants. Open sanctuaries senior ranger Matt Maitland says the box design was developed on Kapiti Island, to keep saddlebacks safe from Norway rats. They are needed as quite a lot of the sanctuary is relatively young habitat, and saddlebacks prefer the holes that form naturally in older trees. Saddlebacks are very vulnerable to predators such as rats, stoats and cats as they spend a lot of time looking for food on the ground. Matt says that the birds, which are already popular with the public on Tiritiri Matangi, will be easily seen by visitors, and have a distinctive song.

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Kiwi death rate causing concern Successful rat The introduction of 40 little spotted kiwi to Shakespear Open Sanctuary has not been an unqualified success, with five of the adult birds now dead, as well as one of the chicks that hatched over summer. Of the adult birds, two have been found dead at the foot of cliffs – the first was last year (HM August 16, 2017). Another was picked up with avian malaria, one died of pancreatic cancer and there has been one death from “unknown causes”. The chick was found drowned in a pool on February 24. It was less than a month old. Open sanctuaries senior ranger Matt Maitland says the 12.5 percent mortality rate for the adult, introduced birds is “on the high side”, although it is some comfort to know that no deaths can be attributed to predation. He says avian malaria is relatively common and is carried by populations of smaller birds. Stress can make birds more vulnerable to the disease and there are no vaccinations available. He says pancreatic cancer is not common in kiwi. Matt says that the death of the only confirmed chick to be found so far at the sanctuary is an example of how vulnerable young kiwi are. “Kiwi are independent from their parents at a very young age and as such as susceptible to mishaps such as what happened here,” he says. Twenty birds from Kapiti and Tiritiri Matangi Islands were released into the sanctuary at the end of Whangaparaoa Peninsula in April last year and a further 20 from Kapiti Island were released last March. Matt says that there are typically no deaths as a result of moving birds to a new location – this includes capture, holding, transport and release – and that holds true for the Shakespear kiwi. “Some of the birds have been on site for over a year and are considered established,” he says. “However

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Rangers are disappointed at the number of kiwi deaths since the birds were introduced at Shakespear Open Sanctuary.

it would be remiss to completely discount the stress of translocation as a factor in mortality. An example of this is our ‘cliff fall’ birds as geographic and social upheaval presumably play a large part in disorientation leading to the fall in unfamiliar terrain. However, the same risks apply to dispersing juveniles or others displaced by territorial squabbles. I will be seeking veterinary pathologist support to review all necropsy information to inform an overview of all fatalities to date.” He says another factor is increased awareness – as all the kiwi released into the open sanctuary carry radio transmitters. “Other translocations would typically radio track a proportion of translocated animals and extrapolate from there,” he says. Matt says despite the deaths, the population is on track to provide a self-sustaining presence of little spotted kiwi at Shakespear, “though it may need some short-term top up of extra birds and genetic material to ensure long-term fitness”.

The Stillwater community held its first Great Knockdown rat catching competition recently, bringing in a grand total of 13 rats. The competition was held on April 22. It was organised by Aileen Lusty and Irene Sanders of the Stillwater Community Association in conjunction with Friends of Okura Bush, who held their annual rat knockdown on the same day. Traps donated by Auckland Council were put out two days prior to the competition, and the catch collected and brought to the Stillwater Community Hall where the rats, and one mouse, were weighed and prizes awarded. Jim Penwarden’s tally of nine rats was awarded the prize for greatest number caught by one person. He also brought in the rat with the longest tail – 21cm – on a relatively small rat! Nine-year-old Morgan Williams of Stillwater came away with the prize for the heaviest rat – a hearty 210 grams. Irene Sanders says it was a great first effort, especially as the residents brought in three more rats than were caught in Okura! She says entrants enjoyed morning tea and cookies while they discussed various catching techniques. “Thanks to all the residents who took part in this effort to rid Stillwater of pests,” she says. The Stillwater Knockdown will be held again next April. Trappers are needed for the lines on the Okura Bush walkway. If you can help, email nz or phone Lezette, 021 872 222. For more environment stories visit our website

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The Manly Skywalkers in Army Bay with children from the Dubowy da Silva family.

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walks, says the walk from Army Bay, pictured, went very well although there were a lot of blisters and sore legs. That walk alone raised $780. The team was supported by many members of the public along the route. The Sky Tower Challenge is on Saturday, May 19. Donations can be made at (look for Manly Skywalkers). The results will be linked to this story at

Hospices combine for show Hospice’s popular wearable arts competition is spreading its wings this year with a new partnership and a new venue. Catwalk Arts will be staged at the Orewa College Arts and Events Centre on October 6. Hibiscus Hospice is teaming up with its neighbour, Warkworth Wellsford Hospice, to run the event as part of the newly-formed Northern Hospice Alliance. The two hospices will combine

resources with the aim of reaching a wider audience and raising more funds for palliative care services in both communities. The competition is for all ages and includes categories for individuals and businesses or community groups, with cash prizes ranging from $200 to $1000. Designers interested in taking part can contact Warkworth Wellsford Hospice Fundraising Coordinator Lesley Ingham on 09 425 9535 or email

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This picture depicts commercial Orewa in the late 1970s. The exact date that the photo was taken is unknown, however the first local New World (which we later knew as the Mad Butcher block and is now a carpark), had been constructed. Across the road, where Westpac Plaza is now, is the caravan park – as a child I remember it was always a hive of activity. Orewa College can be seen clearly, with the bare land on the front and D Block yet to be constructed. Maygrove was not built for nearly another 10 years and Hillary House was not yet under construction. The photo reflects a sleepy seaside town that used to spring to life in the summer. The population of the region used to more than double as baches filled with families making the most of the quiet, idyllic surroundings where children could run about, carefree till dusk. Photo, courtesy Peter Anderson. Sourced from the Lew Redwood Collection.

League Hibiscus Coast Raiders Rugby League, League 4 Life Presentation. Thursday May 17, Stanmore Bay Reserve, Whangaparaoa. Info: AFC Hibiscus Coast AFC Goal Keeping Academy. Tuesdays from 4.45pm to 6pm until June 19. Admission free for ages 9-14 years old. Info: Aikido Season open for new students. Lessons for both child and adult groups every Tuesday evenings. Info: Ochiba Ochiba Martial Arts, free children’s classes every Tuesday from 5pm to 6.30pm. 67 Waldorf Cres. Orewa. Info: Rugby Silverdale United Rugby, for upcoming 2018 Senior and Junior Rugby season, register at To list sports news for FREE email: List sports news FREE by emailing

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An eye on the pie prize Bunnarith Sao and Navy Keo, owners of Dairy Flat Bakery, plan to give their prize money ($1000 for a Gold award and $7500 for a Supreme Award) to Hibiscus Hospice, if they create a winning pie for this year’s NZ Bakels Supreme Pie Awards. Last year the company won two gold awards and this time around they will compete for the Supreme award. Bunnarith and Navy want to create a restaurant-flavour pie and they’re hoping a recipe they are using from a cookbook Bunnarith bought from a Hospice shop for 50 cents holds the key. “If it wins gold I will donate the prize

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money back to hospice as a thank you,” he says. Pies will be judged on July 26 and the winners announced on July 31.

The Lions Club of Orewa recently provided a generous donation to the Hibiscus Coast Community Patrol, which patrols from Puhoi to Dairy Flat and Red Beach to Waitoki. The donation, of $1000, was presented to patrol chair Frank Rands by Orewa Lions president Audrey Metcalfe.

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Puhoi slipway put on the back-burner

Tori McTeigue has the 2020 Olympics in her sights.

Butterfly champion flying high Five weeks of illness, including a bout of flu and serious chest and sinus infections, was not the ideal build up to the recent NZ National Age Group Swimming Championships for Tindalls Bay swimmer Tori McTeigue. But Tori, aged 17, is a focused and determined athlete. By the time she recovered, there were three weeks to go before the competition. She came away as 100m Butterfly

National Age Champion, as well as securing three bronze medals in Breaststroke and the 50m Butterfly. There is no let up for Tori, who is the youngest member of the North Shore Swim Club’s elite squad, as she is heading to Thailand this week to take part in intensive training for the NZ Open Championships. These championships, which take place at the Millenium Institute in July are her main focus, as they are also trials for

the Pan Pacific Championships. The Wentworth College student is also on the long list for the World Youth Olympics in October in Buenos Aires but says her ultimate goal is the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. Tori is looking for sponsorship to help her with the costs of travelling and competing in her chosen sport. If you would like to support her, email

Red Beach club takes trophy

A bowling competition that has run for 30 years, the Jim McGlone Bowling Trophy, again brought teams together for a fun day of bowls. The competition is held by local clubs that were all formerly known as Probus. This year the competition was on May 6 at Bowls Orewa, hosted by the Red Beach Combined Club. Six clubs entered, fielding a total of 10 teams. The trophy was won by the Red Beach Combined Club team of Gilbert Taylor, Peter Thompson and Toni Tanner.

Completion of a slipway for easy kayak access to the Puhoi River will be delayed until at least next year, unless locals can find the funds. The slipway is the final part of the Puhoi Wharf project, which started seven years ago. Puhoi resident Larry Mitchell says the community put a huge effort in to raise $160,000 for what has been completed to date. “We aren’t a big community so that was a lot of money for us to raise and we hoped that council would contribute the final funds to complete the slipway,” Larry says. “The river is used by hundreds of kayakers during the year and the slipway would mean you don’t have to get knee deep in mud to launch.” However, Rodney Local Board member Tessa Berger says this year’s funding round has closed and, without a submission, no money will be allocated to the slipway project. “This year’s spending will be allocated in the next month in line with public submissions so we can’t guarantee there will be money available in the short-term,” Ms Berger says. For more sport stories visit our website

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HIBISCUS COAST GARDEN CLUB Monday May 21, at the Bridge Club Hall , Edith Hopper Park, Ladies Mile, Manly at 9.30am. Entry $3 incl morning tea. Enter 1 specimen bloom in own vase. Small trading table (no large plants) and raffle. We are a friendly group. Contact Annabelle 424 8873. HIBISCUS COAST NATIONAL COUNCIL OF WOMEN monthly meeting .Tuesday May 8, at The Wade Hotel, Silverdale. Dinner at 5.45pm, meeting from 7pm. All welcome. Ph Belinda 027 551 0348. HIBISCUS COAST U3A Members meet at the Salvation Army Hall, Silverdale, the third Monday of every second month, 10am for a general meeting with guest speaker and morning tea. Individual Groups within U3A, usually meet during the day, once a month in a number of locations around Whangaparaoa and Orewa. If you are over 55 and would like to join visit www., or ph Kaye 424 5855. HIBISCUS COAST STAMP CLUB meets the 2nd Thursday each month at the Methodist Church Hall Whangaparaoa Road opposite the Fire Station, 1.30pm. Interesting and informative meetings, guest speakers; buy, sell, swap stamps, new members welcome. Ph 427 6344. HIBISCUS MEN’S SHED COFFEE CLUB. 1st Wednesday every month at 11am in the RSA, Vipond Road HIBISCUS SENIOR MOMENTS is a social activity group for seniors. We are looking for volunteers to help at our centre in Red Beach on Monday and someone to help with preparing lunch on Thursday. If you enjoy cooking and would like to give back to the community ph Monique 027 253 5557 HIBISCUS SPIRIT AWAKENING AND HEALING CENTRE Meet fortnightly, Wednesday 7.30pm-9pm. “Medium” on platform for spirit communication, and supper after service. Friendly group of people. Everyone welcome. 9e Annalise Rd, Orewa. For details and development class enquiries ph Lynda 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. OREWA LADIES GARDEN CLUB Monthly Meetings. 2nd Thursday of the month, with guest speaker or garden visits. Trading table, competitions, afternoon tea. 12.30pm at Orewa Catholic Church Hall 180 Centreway Rd, Orewa. Ph Irene 021 0293 9176 SERVING SPOONS - MEALS THAT MATTER: Feeling lonely and needing some company, or having difficulty making ends meet? Join us for a free community lunch, in conjunction with Love Soup, on the last Monday of each month at 12.30pm in St John’s Church Hall, 180 Centreway Rd, Orewa. All warmly welcomed. Ph 426 5599. VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: Gutter Kitties Op Shop is needing store volunteers Tuesday - Saturday at our store at Unit 9, 667 Whangaparaoa Rd, Stanmore Bay (behind The Crows Nest). Txt Danielle 021 157 1575 or come into our store.

PUBLIC NOTICES AGM OF THE WHANGAPARAOA RATEPAYERS AND RESIDENTS ASSOCIATION Friday 8pm, May 18, at the Art Space (lower level Whangaparaoa Hall). Agenda includes election of officers, setting subscriptions, presidents report, etc) SHAKESPEAR OPEN SANCTUARY SOCIETY INCORPORATED “SOSSI” The AGM of SOSSI will be held on Tuesday May 29, 2018, 1pm, at the Shakespear Regional Park’s Office which is now located at the Park’s new woolshed. The AGM will be preceded by a complimentary BBQ at 12pm. 60’S UP MOVEMENT INC., HIBISCUS COAST BRANCH, Annual General Meeting May 16, 2018, to be held in the Hibiscus Coast RSA, 43A Vipond Road, Stanmore Bay, Whangaparaoa, at 10am. Are you following us on facebook?



Couldrey House & Garden in Wenderholm Regional Park requires a Manager to join its small, friendly team of volunteers brought together by interest in local history and community. This paid contract Manager position is part-time and flexible, 10-hours minimum a week, involving thoughtful volunteer and stakeholder management, sound operational administration, strong communication outreach and a focus on events and fundraising. The successful applicant requires excellent written and computer skills (Microsoft Office is essential; social media is desirable) as well as administrative and fundraising experience. A full position description is available on Letters of application with CV and two referees should be emailed to info@ Applications close 1 June 2018.

CARPENTERS WANTED Immediate start Phone John 022 153 0108 HAIR DESIGNERS IS LOOKING FOR A FULL TIME SENIOR STYLIST to join our friendly team based in Orewa. Minimum of 3 years experience. Give Bonnie a call at the salon 094265637


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New gardens, clean ups. Specialising in maintenance & improvement. Phone Dave 021 950 154 HANDYMAN AVAILABLE for all those odd jobs. Ph Nev 021 399 226 @ Nev’s Odd Jobs. Great rates. Local & reliable.


Building repairs • Roofing • Gutter replacement/cleaning • Waterblasting Landscaping • Tree work, Fencing Hedge trimming • Painting • Rubbish removal • Lifestyle-block work. Regular maintenance protects your investment.


5 Poplar Road, Stanmore Bay Ph 09 428 0978. 027 434 3716: Friendly, small and homelike centre for 30 children from 6 months to 6 years. Happy and safe children. Welcoming, qualified and attuned teachers. Large outdoor area. We offer 20 hours ECE and Winz


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TO BUY, RECORDS/LP’S Ph 428 1587.

SECURITY ALARM SERVICING Local technician, 20 years experience. Ph 027 553 3032 or 09 428 5887


A PUMP DOCTOR will keep you pumping. Ph 0274 430 654. BUILDER SEMI RETIRED – for all those small building jobs. Good rates. Ph/txt Rob 021 167 2155 or 09 426 2960 HANDYMAN CARPENTRY, CABINETMAKING, repairs, small jobs, rubbish removal etc Ph/Txt 027 420 5155 PLASTERING, GIB STOPPING, Repairs/ small jobs. Keith 424 8841/022 682 4760. PEST CONTROL, Flies, spiders, cockroaches, ants, rodents, wasps. Competitive prices. Ph 426 2253. WATERBLASTING & CHEMICAL HOUSE WASHING. Careful service, reasonable rates. Ph 426 2253. WATER FILTERS - Underbench, Whole house, UV & water spotting, Work Guaranteed. Ph Steve 027 478 7427

A SMART REPAIR Service for F&P smartdrive washers, F&P/Simpson dryers. Prompt service 09 423 9660 or 021 168 7349. BAY APPLIANCE REPAIRS – All major laundry/kitchen brands, small appliances, & power tools. Work guaranteed EWRB reg. Ph 09 947 0333 or 022 600 9919.

DVDS & VIDEOS VIDEOS TRANSFERRED to DVD/hard drive. Phone Te Totara Video 09 422 5710 or 021 777 385.

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CHILDREN’S DANCE CLASSES Latin and ballroom for children from 5 years. Highly qualified teachers from overseas. Every Monday from 4pm. Silverdale Hall. Enrol now ph 427 5542

PIANO/KEYBOARD LESSONS IN OREWA Private Professional Affordable Enjoyment for all ages Phone 0800-696-874

HAIRDRESSING MOBILE HAIRCUTS European trained hairstylist to visit you at your time, your place. Sabine Ph 426 9652 021 149 8598



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ADULT’S DANCE CLASSES Latin and ballroom, social fun classes. Thursdays, 7pm. Silverdale Hall. Ph 427 5542

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CHINESE ACC TREATMENT PROVIDER Helping you with: Acupuncture, massage, cupping & bioelectricity etc 2 Milner Avenue, Silverdale, (beside new Silverdale Mall) Phone 022 308 8669 WINTER SPECIAL! HANDS & FEET Nails cut & filed, includes hand & foot massage. $30 each – $50 for two. I will come to you. Phone 424 0676.


Reliable, safe, TMS Registered Ph 428 4490 or 021 035 0431.

DINING OUT CELEBRATE AT WALNUT COTTAGE – The licensed Café in the Trees. Wed-Sun 8am-3.30pm Ph 09 427 5570.

PERSONAL WIDOWER, NON SMOKER, SOCIAL DRINKER, FINANCIALLY SECURE Would like to meet a lady in Orewa or Red Beach area in her 70’s for friendship and possible relationship. Replies to Roger Barton Ph 426 6866.

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play at the Hibiscus Coast Community RSA, 43a Vipond 19 Toucan Road, Stanmore Bay, 7pm, $5 door charge. Info: 424 9026. City of Sails Barbershop Chorus concert, Centrestage Theatre 20 Centreway Rd Orewa, 2.30pm. Special guests including Marian Burns and the Orewa College Jazz band. Tickets $20, phone

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Angela, Jessie and Robbie Chen play the accordion, 20 Whangaparaoa Library, Main Street, Whangaparaoa, 2pm. Cold or Allergy? Cold They are preparing for NZ and international accordion competitions. Free and all welcome.

22 Birth of A Story, Orewa Library, 12 Moana Avenue, 10.30am to 25 12.30pm. Four local authors share stories and how their works came to fruition. Free, and all welcome. Roger and the Ramjets play at the Hibiscus Coast Community 26 RSA, 43a Vipond Road, Stanmore Bay, 7pm, $5 door charge. Info: 424 9026. The Sound of Heaven, an evening of divine music, at the Orewa 26 Arts and Event Centre, 76 Riverside Rd, 6.30pm. Tickets $15 (early bird $10), Weiti riverbank Community Planting Days, meet 26 & 27 by the river at the end of Titan Place, Silverdale, 9am-12noon (both days). Wear suitable clothing for planting and Orewa College bands Trom Bomb, Sax Bomb, Sax Grenades and a clarinet quintet play at Orewa Library, Moana Ave, Orewa, 3.30pm.

gardening gloves (optional). (see story p16)

Aidan Ripley performs, Whangaparaoa 27 Singer/songwriter Library, Main Street, Whangaparaoa, 2pm. Free and all welcome. Beverley Gomez talks about growing up in Red Beach in the 27 1950s, Whangaparaoa Library, Main Street, Whangaparaoa, 1pm. Beverley wrote a book called Memories of Pinewoods Motor Park Red Beach. Free, refreshments provided – all welcome.

Ribbon High Tea, Snowplanet, 91 Small Rd, Silverdale. Info 27 Pink and tickets: Hibiscus Coast Artists Inc. Join a friendly group to paint, 28 sketch, socialise every Monday 9am to 12pm, Stanmore Bay Community Hall, Waiora Road. Hibiscus Hospice Art Exhibition – Opening Night and Auction, 31 Estuary Arts Centre, Western Reserve, Orewa, 7pm-9pm. Tickets $25, includes wine and hors d’oeuvres. Ticket sales ph 09 421 9180 or

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Hibiscus Hospice Art Exhibition and Sale, Estuary Arts Centre, 1-4 Western Reserve, Orewa. Open Friday to Sunday, 9am-4pm, Monday, 9am-2pm. Entry by gold coin donation. Orewa Estuary waders bird count, meet outside Estuary Arts 10 Centre, Western Reserve, Orewa, 3pm. Counting birds on the sand islands in the estuary. Bring binoculars and/or a camera. All welcome (see story p16)

Heaven and Earth glow in the dark giant puppet show, 18-22 at Centrestage Theatre, Centreway Rd, Orewa, 11am and 1pm each day. Tickets $7.50 from Estuary Arts Centre, Western Reserve, Orewa, phone 426 5570. (see giveaway p10)


Local Matters needs walkers, in various locations on the Hibiscus Coast, including Orewa Heights: Ambassador Glade, West Hoe Heights, Orewa Heights Crest, Milennial Way, Savoy Rd, Montcalm Cl, Ascot Way. Stanmore Bay: Whangaparaoa Rd, Glenelg Rd, Elgin Pl, Whale Cove, Vipond Rd, Springtime Cres, Duncansby Rd, Cedar Rd, Scott Rd, Arklow Lane and Norfolk Rd to deliver the Hibiscus Matters. Good rates! Delivery occurs twice monthly. For more information phone Rosemary 021 0300 263 or email name, contact details and age to:

Theweather weather is is really really mild this year, but you The you would would be be surprised surprisedat at theamount amount of of drippy drippy noses still coming into the into store. store. Often Oftentimes timesititisis actuallynot not aa cold, cold, but but rather a reoccurring reoccurring allergy. actually allergy. Allergicrhinitis rhinitis affects affects one in every 5 of us causing Allergic causing aa recurrent recurrentrunny, runny, stuffy,itchy itchy nose, nose, frequent frequent sneezing and sometimes stuffy, sometimes itchy, itchy,red redeyes. eyes. ourmild mild weather weather in the “tropical north” ItItisisour north” that that lends lends us usto toallergic allergic rhinitis(hayfever) (hayfever) symptoms symptoms all year round. In rhinitis In the the past, past, hayfever hayfever wasalways always connected connected to spring time, and quite was quite literally literallyhay! hay!But Butour our climateensures ensures year year round pollens which activate climate activate the the allergy allergyalong along withdust dust mites mites and and animal animal dander that are also with also responsible responsiblefor for settingof of some some sneezing. sneezing. setting It’seasy easyto to get get confused confused between between a It’s a cold cold and and allergy allergy as as the the symptoms are very similar. The main difference is that symptoms are very similar. The main difference is that with withallergic allergic rhinitisisis that that the the mucus mucus from from your your nose rhinitis nose is is more more watery, watery,and andyou youwill will sneeze more. sneeze more. Didyou youknow know that that asthma asthma and and allergic allergic rhinitis Did rhinitis are are very very tightly tightly related. Infact 80% of asthmatics will suffer from allergic related. Infact 80% of asthmatics will suffer from allergicrhinitis. rhinitis. There are two main ways to treat allergic rhinitis: There are two main ways to treat allergic rhinitis:

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Avoiding pollen pollen is is difficult difficult but but you you might Avoiding might be be able able to to avoid avoidgoing going outside when pollen counts are high; for instance, in the morning or outside when pollen counts are high; for instance, in the morning or on windy days. If you are allergic to pollens, definately do not put on windy days. If you are allergic to pollens, definately do not put your washing out to dry during your pollen season. For you, drier is your washing out to dry during your pollen season. For you, drier is best! Avoiding dust mites is even harder, but come and see us for best! Avoiding dust mites is even harder, but come and see us for some handy hints. some handy hints. Remember just because there is no hay, doesn’t mean Remember just because there is no hay, doesn’t mean it’s not hay fever! it’s not hay fever!

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Sean Herbert in his element. Photo, Chris Coad

From left, Merv Huxford with the Pakistan Trophy, Men’s Blacksticks Coach Darren Smith and Dave Kosoof with the award for Performance Coach of the Year.

Win in a class of its own Hockey stalwart honoured Last month, Sean Herbert of Manly, aged 16, joined a small, elite group of sailors as a two-time winner of the Starling National Championships (the John Peet Trophy). Some big names in New Zealand sailing have previously won the trophy, including Russell Coutts, but the only others who have won twice are Rohan Cooke (1992-93), Tim Christiansen (1999-2000) and Peter Burling (2005-06). No-one has ever won it three times. Sean, who is a Year 12 student at Wentworth College, also won the event last year. There were 108 competitors and 10

races in the nationals, which were held in Wellington over the school holidays. The result came down to the wire as the top three sailors all had the same points. However on count back, since Sean had won five races, he became the overall winner. Sean is not discounting an attempt at a third consecutive Starling win, saying he is “pretty proud” to have his name go on the record books. He has been sailing since early 2010 after he completed a Learn to Sail course at Manly Sailing Club. He is also a champion in the O’pen Bic class and recently took part in Yachting NZ’s national youth clinics in the 29er.

Last month Hibiscus Hockey Trust chair Merv Huxford of Orewa was the recipient of the prestigious Pakistan Trophy for outstanding service to hockey in New Zealand. The award is presented by Hockey NZ and was first awarded in 1976 to encourage relationships between NZ and Pakistan. Merv was recognised for his services to hockey in a wide range of areas including coaching – two Hibiscus Coast players, Bryce Collins and Dave Kosoof, who Merv coached from Primary school to U18 level, went on to become Black Sticks. Bryce is now assistant Black Sticks Men’s coach and Dave was awarded this year’s

Performance Coach of the Year title. Merv has also played for more than 60 seasons which include 108 internationals for Hockey NZ Masters. He founded the Hibiscus Hockey Club, has several roles as an administrator and is a tireless promoter of the sport. Merv says that receiving the award has given him fresh inspiration. “If one has played a passionate and exhausting first half, and then at half time, some fluid and an inspirational message is given, the second half can be dealt to with increased effort and energy. That will be the impact of the Pakistan Trophy on me,” he says.

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