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These wee tots in tartan were some of the many people who flocked to Waipu on New Year’s Day for the town’s 150th anniversary Highland Games. The sounds of pipes, drums and fiddles filled the streets, as Scottish dancers, musicians and heavyweight athletes competed for trophies – see more photos on the back page. Pictured, from left, Alicia Williams, Lexi Orr, Elizabeth Wilson, Sasha King and Kyah Murray. Photo, Anna Thoroughgood

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Panel rejects Snells Beach subdivision plans Plans to build up to 25 homes on rural paddocks on the approach into Snells Beach, at 124 Mahurangi East Road, were turned down by a panel of independent commissioners last month. Remuera-based Silver Hill Ltd had applied for resource consent to develop a 25-lot subdivision, as well as vesting, widening and sealing Lett Road, together with associated site clearance, tree removal, earthworks, servicing and access. The proposal was non-compliant with the land’s zoning as Residential – Large Lot in the Auckland Unitary Plan (AUP), and a hearing was held at Warkworth Town Hall in November. Several neighbours and local residents objected to the scheme, with 28 submissions made opposing the plans and only one in support. Auckland Council’s planner, Claire Phillips, also recommended that the plan be turned down, telling the panel that amendments to the proposal and hearing evidence had not changed that view. Hearings chair Dr Lee Beattie said as a non-complying activity, he and fellow commissioners Gavin Lister and Vaughan Smith could only have granted resource consent if they were satisfied that adverse effects on the environment would be minor, or if the activity wouldn’t be contrary to the objectives and policies of the AUP. However, he said the effects on neighbours and the landscape character would be such that, even with new mitigation measures put forward by the applicant, consent

Commissioners said adverse effects from the proposed development would be “more than minor”.

should not be granted. “We find that that the proposed number of lots and potential proximity of buildings cannot be mitigated by the landscape measures and conditions proposed, the plan fails to provide a sufficient setback and would not be in character with the spacious landscape character,” he said in his decision report.

“We are of the view that the adverse effects on 18 Lett Road would be more than minor and that the proposed measures would not sufficiently mitigate these adverse effects. “We note for completeness that there would be less direct adverse effects on 11 Lett Road, but that the loss of a spacious landscape character would nonetheless result in adverse effects for that property.”

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McLean on road to recovery

The Warkworth man injured in the December 9 boy racer attack, Mark McLean, has been transferred from hospital to the Acquired Brain Injury rehabilitation centre at Ranui. Family friend Sandi Webb, who has set up a Givealittle page to help support Mark and his family during his recuperation and recovery, says McLean is making good progress and is about to start speech therapy. “His wife has been overwhelmed by the support she has received from the community,” Webb says. “People have been dropping off meals and helping in any way they can, and I know she is very, very thankful and grateful.” The McLean page can be found on the Givealittle page, search under ‘support is needed for local family’.

Patrols to address boy racer problem

Police defend performance on complaints is that it’s a blue car with tinted windows. We need a registration number and any identifying features of the car or the driver so we can pursue it. If possible, video or CCTV footage are by far the best options. “If officers are not able to attend the area immediately, this detail is helpful for those follow-up enquiries.” Police undertook extra patrols following the incident in Falls Road, Warkworth on December 9, which left Mark McLean critically ill in hospital. Two men, aged 19 and 21, have subsequently appeared in court on assault and wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm charges. Small says police regularly receive boy racing complaints and drivers can face a range of charges, including impoundment of their cars. The usual penalties, however, are disqualification, fines and/or

Waitemata Police have rejected claims that they are not following up on reports of “boy racers” in the Mahurangi area. Last month, police asked Mahurangi Matters to post on its FB page a message urging people to report any boy racer activity. The post brought a flood of comments along these lines: “My husband called you last weekend with the number plate of a car doing burnouts at Snells Beach and you weren’t interested, no one could be bothered.” However, acting area commander Senior Sergeant Roger Small says all leads are followed up if sufficient information is provided. “Police are aware of community concerns around anti-social road users and recognise the distress their behaviour can cause,” he says. “But we can’t do anything if all we’re told

community service. He says the Warkworth police station works around the clock, but it covers a large area. “We need the community to be our eyes and ears. “The reckless driving behaviour of a small group of individuals presents a danger to themselves and to other road users and we continue to monitor, investigate and hold offenders to account.” Small stressed that while it could be frustrating to witness this type of behaviour, the public should not get involved.

If you witness anti-social driving behaviour, call 111 immediately, or to report an incident after the fact, call 105. Information can also be provided anonymously via Crime Stoppers on 0800 555 111.

Motorway opening still months away



(PPP) contract for this project, the timing The latest opening date for the new of the road opening is decided by the motorway between Puhoi and Warkworth Northern Express Group (NX2), the is the second quarter of this year. private consortium which is responsible Waka Kotahi has issued a statement for the finance, design, construction, refuting claims that it is “holding up” the management and maintenance of the road opening. motorway,” Gliddon says. Acting chief executive Brett Gliddon says “The road can only open after all of the Waka Kotahi wants to see the new section contractually agreed safety and quality of motorway open as soon as possible. assurance requirements have been met. Building a road that meets these tests is the “Under Logo theLargePublic Private Partnership Logo Small


responsibility of NX2 and its subcontractor, Fletcher/Acciona Joint Venture. “The road is not open yet for the simple reason that the physical works have not been completed by the contractor, and the required independent quality assurance and safety tests have not been carried out.” Te Honohono ki Tai – the Matakana link road – will open in tandem with the new motorway.

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Rodney Local Board member Michelle Carmichael has initiated a community response to the boy racer attack in Falls Road, Warkworth last month. Carmichael, along with the One Mahurangi Business Association, contacted businesses and residents in the area last month to help set up a temporary but regular security patrol in the Falls and Hudson Roads area. “We have had a great response from people and businesses willing to fund cameras and get other safety measures in place,” she says. “This could involve liaising with police and monitoring road activity. One volunteer has also been in touch with Neighbourhood Support.” Carmichael is organising a meeting with those interested in being involved, which she hopes to hold this month. “I have raised this issue within Auckland Council, and road calming measures will be looked at by Auckland Transport,” her correspondence said. “We don’t want the problem shifted to other locations, so one longer term option may be for a direct contact number for residents to call, as well as calling police, when they experience prolonged problematic and disturbing driver behaviour.” Carmichael says cameras are an obvious tool which would help and the Business Association has been advocating for these for a while. “I have asked within Council about a ‘safety camera’ in the vicinity of the Falls and Hudson Road intersection, but the initial response is that this is outside the scope of Auckland Transport. “Warkworth officer Sergeant Mark Stallworthy is part of the email group that has been set-up. It’s imperative that police are involved to provide guidance and expertise so we develop an initiative that keeps everyone safe.”

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Trustee Alison Rowe. Planting at Te Whau walkway, near Dawson’s Landing.

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Access Commission is organising an award ceremony for the Rodney community to be held soon. Other legal easements on private land pending approval will connect Warkworth with Snells Beach and Matakana. This is another exciting new development, which has this section of the trail now firmly in the trust’s sights. To date, the trust has fully planned, engineered, and costed the whole trail network at $52 million. The benefit cost ratio indicates that the Puhoi to Mangawhai trail will create employment and economic opportunities on a scale never seen before in any of New Zealand’s ‘Great Ride’ destinations. Since its inception eight years ago, the trust has kept its ambitious goal of delivering a world-class, multi-purpose trail network front of mind for Rodney, now Auckland’s fastest growing region. Once built, it will connect communities from Puhoi to Mangawhai and could potentially join Northland’s Twin Coast Trail network. The Auckland region currently lacks a trail which can be deemed worthy of the title ‘Great Ride’. The benefits of building one in Rodney are myriad and include D




The Point Wells Matakana Country Park trail route has been given the big tick by Auckland Transport – the design is now approved. This is a huge milestone for the Matakana Coast Trail Trust (MCTT), which now has all the required consents in place to build this section of their landmark 117-kilometre trail. “Let’s not let anyone put this in the too hard basket,” trust deputy chair Allison Roe says. Undaunted by big challenges, Roe, winner of both the New York and Boston Marathons, quotes Nelson Mandela … “It always seems impossible until it’s done.” “Whatever we dream and believe can be achieved,” she says. “We are not building a trail network for selfish reasons, but rather, to benefit the whole Rodney community. It will provide unique access to our beautiful, natural environment; enhance health and wellbeing, and play a part in reducing carbon emissions. “Such a viable commuter/recreational corridor is a sustainable legacy project and one which will help to improve road safety in the region, as well as grow the local economy.” Matakana Country Park’s marketing manager Fiona Angus agrees. “We have consent for five large scale concerts/events annually and a total audience capacity of 37,000,” she says. “It will be great if people can have an alternative to using their car, not to mention the benefits of exercise and walking/cycling being a great way to see the district.” The park is right behind the trail project and has granted an easement to the trust for which local MCTT trustees are incredibly grateful – Roe lives at Point Wells, co-chair Aidan Bennett has a holiday home at Point Wells and co-chair Craig Donaldson’s has a bach at Mangawhai, the northern-most point of the planned world class trail. The trust has funds of $400,000 on

hand, including $200,000 from Sport and Recreation (Auckland Council), for the construction of the Point Wells to Matakana Country Park section of the trail. The total build will cost $1 million, so while there is a shortfall, this is not a reason to delay the diggers. If the whole Rodney community continues to rally behind this unique community asset, it will happen. Philanthropy and community spirit are playing a major part in the development of the trail network. The trust is working with many stakeholders including community groups, private landowners, volunteers and local businesses, all of whom are providing countless hours of pro bono services and labour. Matakana local Meg Eriksen was recently recruited to work on sponsorship and fundraising efforts. The trust is grateful to numerous benefactors, both public and private, whose grants and donations helped kickstart their fundraising efforts. These contributions are making a huge difference, enabling the trust to plough on with the next phase of the project. Rodney landowners and businesses close to the trail route are also making significant contributions by granting easements across their land. They include Solway Deer Farm owner Shelley Trotter, a MCTT trustee who was only too happy to cede 4.5kms of her land to keep up momentum for the extension of the trail. Trotter and partner Gary Heaven, who is the chair of the Mahurangi Trails Society, are the recipients of an Outdoor Access Champion Award for 2023 for their work supporting public access to the outdoors. Herenga ā Nuku Aotearoa, the RK PA Outdoor Y


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Proposed path areas Chip-seal path = 2100m2 Concrete path = 220m2 AC (Hot-mix) path = 1020m2 Total new impervious area = 3340m2 Proposed earthwork volumes (Resource consenting purposes) Earthworks area = 3500m2 Earthworks volume = 400m2

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Happy New Year!

Holidays keep police busy Forty additional police officers were brought into Rodney over the Christmas New Year holiday period to help local officers cope with the annual influx of visitors and several large music festivals. Acting area commander Senior Sergeant Roger Small credits the larger police presence with the relatively incident-free result. “Extra staff were rostered on and we really needed them,” he said. “It was a busy period up until the weather changed. Once the rain came, things calmed down a bit.” Small says police responded to the usual range of issues from family harm, disorderly behaviour and alcohol-related incidents to road policing. There were also a number of water-related issues, including the death of an overseas visitor at Goat Island, who drowned while snorkelling.

Small says behaviour at the local festivals was excellent. “Organisers were professional and had good security in place. The concern at the Matakana Country Park is always what is happening further afield, and the danger to pedestrians on Leigh Road, particularly if they have been drinking.” In contrast to previous years, New Year’s eve in Mangawhai had a “good vibe” with nothing to cause concern. Despite the high national road toll, Small said drivers in the district were mostly well behaved and patient, even when there were long queues between Warkworth and Orewa, taking drivers an hour-and-a-half to two hours to cover the distance. “You will always get the odd few, though. Disappointingly, we had one driver caught doing 140kph in a 100kph area when the weather was appalling.”

I trust everyone enjoyed a good festive season. We are back to work now and positive for what’s ahead, refreshed and ready to work hard (and safely) to open the road later this year. We understand this is a busy time for all and people are travelling around the area to their beach or holiday destinations. We will be working on and around the network over this time, and we know people want to get where they’re going without delay, but we ask that drivers keep to the temporary speed limits, follow signage and drive to the conditions. There are big things planned for 2023 and we will have more information about the works we need to do in the coming months to ready the road for traffic. To stay up to date with our works, keep an eye on the usual channels such as our Facebook page @aratuhonopuhoitowarkworth, website nx2group. com and here for more information. Nga mihi Robert Jones – Project Director

Artists open studio doors More than 20 local artists will open their studio and workspace doors to visitors during the Mahurangi Artist Studio Trail next month. The trail will be held over two weekends – February 4 to 6 (Waitangi Weekend) and February 11 and 12. As well, several venues will be open midweek. An opening night at the Showcase Exhibition, which will run for the duration of the trail, will be held at the Warkworth Town Hall on Thursday, February 4, from 6pm to 8pm. The event brings together artists from many disciplines, schools and techniques.

Organisers say it provides members of the public with an opportunity to see where local art is being made, talk to artists about their ideas and techniques, watch the artists in action, buy artworks and join art projects. “There are many artists and craftspeople in the region working with paint, glass, fabrics, photography, wood, jewellery and more,” artist Philippa Stichbury says. “Visiting a studio or workspace gives an insight into the creative process you wouldn’t get at a regular gallery or exhibition.”

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New home base for Local Board in Warkworth Rodney Local Board will have a new purpose-built base in Warkworth from next month, providing office space for members and staff and a venue for public meetings. The site is at 3 Elizabeth Street, a doublefronted shop and office space formerly occupied by Jennian Homes, and opposite the Vet Farm & Pet Clinic. Auckland Council staff hope building works will be finished and the premises able to open by the end of next month, subject to any construction material delays or impacts caused by the continuing effects of covid. Once opened, the building will host Rodney Local Board business meetings every other month, with alternate meetings being held in the southern part of the region at Council’s Huapai service centre. Previously, monthly meetings have been held at Auckland Council’s Orewa service centre, which was sold in 2020 and is due to be vacated in the coming year. Before the pandemic, Rodney Local Board meetings were also held either at Warkworth Town Hall or Te Whare Oranga community centre in Parakai. However, Council’s acting head of corporate property, Wendy Jones, said it had become clear that Board staff and members had a set of requirements that could not be met by these venues. “Many other locations and sites were considered, along with existing facilities,” she said. “However, these did not meet the specific requirements needed for Local Boards and/or could not be modified in a way that would cater to the requirements. “The intention is to provide public meeting spaces that are comfortable, have good audio/visual technology for presenting and facilitating online participation, and good acoustics so everyone can hear clearly.” She said 3 Elizabeth Street enabled Council to create a space that met the functionality needed for working and for hosting workshops and meetings open to the public.

“The new office will contain workspace for the Local Board services team and other council staff who support the Rodney Local Board. “There is also workspace and several meeting rooms for Board members to use, including a boardroom for the regular Board workshops and formal meetings with the public.” Jones added that the boardroom would be equipped with audio/visual technology that would allow online virtual meetings to be held. Questions on the cost of building alterations and leasing the new premises, and from where funding was being sourced, as well as on its opening hours, were unable to be answered as Mahurangi Matters went to press, due to relevant staff being on leave at the time. The operation of Council’s offices in Baxter Street will not be affected. Right, the Elizabeth Street building was chosen after a lengthy search for suitable premises, Council said.

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The Mahurangi community has again demonstrated it has a huge heart when it comes to helping those less fortunate among us. The annual Christmas Appeal, run by Mahurangi Matters on behalf of Homebuilders, the Rodney Womens Centre and the Mahurangi Presbyterian

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Coward’s stance

In your report of the recent Rodney Local Board meeting (MM Dec 19), it was with dismay that I read that two members abstained from voting on this issue after having voiced reservations on accepting the new name (for the Matakana link road). It is a shame these two members didn’t have the courage to vote, instead taking the coward’s stance and abstaining. They should both resign immediately and give the position to people who stand up for their convictions. Geoff Turtley, Warkworth.

MP effort appreciated I was sorry to learn that list MP Marja Lubeck, who lives in the Kaipara ki Mahurangi electorate and does a huge amount of work here, is going to retire at the 2023 elections. What a loss for this area, as she has put in a huge amount of work advocating for local issues. She pressed the government for money for the dredging of the Mahurangi River, no tolls on the Puhoi to Warkworth motorway, funds to start the Penlink road and opposition to the Dome Valley landfill, to name just a few. And always Marja has had time to support local activities and local causes. All this as a list MP, not as electorate MP. She has achieved more for this area in her six years in Parliament than the succession of absentee electorate MPs, who are more interested in being career politicians, have done in the last 60 years. Current MP Chris Penk doesn’t live in the electorate and nor did John Key when he lived in Remuera and represented Helensville. A big thank you to Marja for her unstinting efforts on our behalf. Neil Anderson, Algies Bay

Freedom camping angst Port Albert is for freedom campers, yet we have had people living in their cars. One person lived in his car for three months until I repeatedly complained about the smell, the rubbish he was leaving behind and the attraction of people who came to smoke dope. At first, the compliance officers were fantastic and finally got a security guard to visit and several people got in their cars and made a mass exit. Over summer, families have been able to enjoy the playground and have picnics without having to put up with people living in their cars or staying more than two nights.

I have been in contact with two compliance officers, and both have said they are working on getting signs put in, having security monitor the area and putting bollards along the grass area, which protects the grass especially in winter. There was a community meeting last March where locals got together with [Rodney Local Board member] Colin Smith and addressed these issues, but still nothing has been done. Coming up soon, the gypsies will be here for a couple of weeks and they circle the whole grass area, so no local families feel comfortable staying. The locals who come to fish sometimes have no room to put

their trailers, which is not fair to them either. The last time I rang council, I was told by the customer service rep that my call would be recorded but nothing would be done unless I rang back after 7pm. Why do I have to do this? Is it because Council is tired of me ringing, as they see me as annoying? But why advertise that these are freedom camping sites for two nights if they are not going to police it or put up signs so campers know the rules? There are no signs at Port Albert. Name & address supplied

managed a very dangerous and difficult situation on a steep slope in very high winds. We were very impressed with the way the fire service managed the situation, bringing in replacement crews over the weekend and ensuring that everyone was updated, and residents kept informed. Fire crews communicated politely and sensitively with each other and with

affected residents – and we observed a high degree of cooperation and comradeship amongst these experienced firefighting professionals. We are indebted to these men and women who gave up a good deal of their holiday weekend to keep us safe and prevent further damage to a beautiful part of NZ’s landscape.

This experience has been a learning one and has made us even more aware of the incredible dangers, and the emotional and financial costs, of lighting recreational fires and using fireworks without proper due diligence and responsible care. Thank you once again. You are Heroes!

Fire thanks The men and women from the various fire crews that attended a cliff face fire at Martin’s Bay during the recent New Year holiday weekend are nothing short of heroes. At least three of our houses on the clifftop may not be here if we hadn’t had the fire services in attendance. We cannot thank them enough. Throughout the long New Year holiday period, various fire crews from as far away as Glen Eden and Mangawhai laboured tirelessly to ensure that the fire didn’t spread further or severely compromise local homes. These fire crews, over three-and-half days and nights, many of them volunteers,

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Census clock starts ticking The countdown has started to the official five-yearly Census, with Census Day set down for March 7. Deputy government statistician Simon Mason says the overall goal of every census is to produce the best possible count of the population and dwellings in New Zealand at a particular moment in time, along with additional information on the characteristics of individuals, families, extended families, households and dwellings. There will also be questions about education and training, income, work, transport and health. Mason says the final content for this year’s Census will include a small number of additions and improvements. These changes are designed to improve data quality, as well as allowing collection of a small number of new topics related to sex and gender. However, he says the emphasis this year will be on participation rates. “Significant investment has been committed to lifting participation and response rates, with a focus on geographic areas and ethnic groups that had the highest non-response in 2018, particularly Māori, Pacific peoples, and people aged under 29 years,” Mason says. There will be double the number of census collectors involved this year and Census forms can be completed either online or on paper. “For the first time, the Census questions

will be translated into New Zealand Sign Language. Braille will be available again, and questions in audio format to assist people to take part. Information about the Census will be available in 29 languages, and the call centre is being set up with nine languages.” Mason says census data is used to make decisions that impact every person and community. “Iwi, community organisations, councils, businesses and the government all make important decisions about where to fund and locate services and key infrastructure such as hospitals, schools, roads, public transport, parks and recreation facilities using data from the Census.” During feedback on the content of the Census conducted last year, submitters supported collecting more detailed information on unpaid activities, particularly volunteering; information on multiple modes of travel, new modes, and travel to places other than work or education; and information on e-cigarettes or vaping behaviour. However, Stats NZ has determined information on these topics is more readily available from other official sources.

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Protecting heritage

Auckland Council is proposing to give greater protection to two historic places in the Mahurangi area. The two sites are the former Wilsons Portland Cement Company dam on Sandspit Road and the Pūhoi township historic heritage area. They are both included in Plan Change 81 to the Auckland Unitary Plan, which seeks to make them subject to the provisions of the Auckland Unitary Plan Historic Heritage Overlay. Council says the protection of historic heritage from inappropriate subdivision, use and development is a matter of national importance. Altogether, the plan change covers 11 sites across Auckland. Further submissions on the proposal close on January 20.



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localfolk Tineke Robson Falling from great heights, crashing into walls and slaying dragons is all in a day’s work for stuntwoman Tineke Robson, of Matakana. Despite some major roles in feature films such as Justice League, the 38-yearold believes she is now a stronger version of her younger self and her best work is still ahead of her. She has come a long way from the girl who was down and out on the streets of London, searching for a reason to live, as she relates to editor Jannette Thompson …


t’s hard to look back at that time because I really did hit rock bottom. My marriage was over and I felt like a terrible failure. I walked the streets for days, sleeping rough and just praying to God to show me a reason why I shouldn’t throw myself in the Thames. But I’m not a quitter, so eventually I found a place in a hostel and got a job in a bar paying £6.50 an hour. I got in touch with people I knew and they encouraged me to remember who I was. Importantly, they told me to get back into acting, and that was the turning point. I had just turned 30 and in some ways, that’s when my life really started. I was passionate about acting – I still am – and that is what kept me going. I was born in Wellington but my Dutch mother took me back to the Netherlands when I was three. We lived in the port city of IJmuiden, in northern Holland, a town that straddles the mouth of the North Sea Canal to Amsterdam. Primary school was really tough for kids like me who were a little bit different. I was sensitive and imaginative, and very shy, so to deal with the bullying, I played sport. I did gymnastics and horse riding, played badminton, football and hockey, and skated and swam. I competed in national gymnastic competitions until, sadly, growing pains meant I started getting injured too often. The other thing that I discovered as a child was theatre. I was nine when I played a cowgirl in Annie Get Your Gun. When the audience applauded at the end of the play I was hooked so after finishing school, I joined a dance academy in Tilburg and did a four-year Bachelor of Performing Arts. There was lots of jazz, ballet and tap, but we also learned singing and drama. It was a demanding curriculum and our teachers weren’t particularly sympathetic if you were injured or unwell. It taught me to focus and push through the pain and exhaustion. After graduating, I was involved in a small production company doing the choreography, as well as appearing in the shows and being an understudy. As a child, I’d always felt something was missing in my life, like there was a big

In character for the short film Some Vampires by Brothers in Crime.

empty hole inside of me. I never really felt “at home” in the Netherlands and this feeling of longing intensified as I got older. Eventually, I decided to follow my heart and return to the place where I was born. I spent two months travelling without a set itinerary. I just went with the flow and learned to be present in the moment. I discovered nature and immersed myself in NZ, soaking up the sun, the air and the beauty. It became very clear to me that this was home; this was where I was meant to be.

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I returned to the Netherlands and handed in my notice. My first job in NZ was at the Blue Baths in Rotorua, where I performed in a 1930s-style dinner show and met an English guy who I eventually married. I thought it would be forever, but by the time we moved to Auckland the marriage was already in trouble. Finally, we decided to go travelling indefinitely in the hope of saving it. We sold or gave away everything we owned, and for the next three months backpacked through America and Peru, but it didn’t help the relationship. When we got to the UK I realised I needed to get out, so I left him and moved to London. While I was married, I’d let my husband run his business under my name because he was still a British citizen. Unbeknown to me, he hadn’t been paying his tax and this came out after we separated. He refused to contribute to the debt, so a lot of what I earned during my four years in London went to Inland Revenue in NZ. As well as the bar work, I got a few roles in some short films, and then a friend encouraged me to sign with an ‘extras’ agency. I was hesitant at first because I didn’t see myself as an ‘extra’, but the agency did super action films. That’s how I got to audition

for the movie Justice League, directed by Zack Snyder. I became one of the 16 Amazons of Wonder Woman and for three months, we buffed up with Hollywood trainer Mark Twight. We also learned archery, and did spear, sword and sword and shield training. As the body double for Connie Nielsen, who played Wonder Woman’s mother in the movie, I also got to ride a horse. That was my introduction to stunt work and I loved it. When Justice League finished, a friend who knew I wanted to return to NZ told me that Pumphouse Theatre in Takapuna was re-doing Pippi Longstocking. I’d played Pippi at the Pumphouse during my first stay in NZ and loved it. It is my all-time favourite role. I emailed the producer/ director Tim Bray to ask him to consider me for the role. I nearly jumped out of my skin when I got the message that they wanted me back – I was so excited. I booked my ticket home that night. There’s something magical about Pippi – I could play that role for the rest of my life. At the end of the season at the Pumphouse, I signed with an agent which lead to a role in Tender Trap with Rima Te Wiata, and then the play A Real Goodbye, directed by Geoff Allen. Then I started training for stunts with Dayna Grant, who started her career as the double for Xena. It was through Dayna that I got a fulltime stunt role in the horror feature film Evil Dead Rise, which will be released in April. It was shot almost entirely in Mount Wellington and I can’t say much about it other than I am the stunt double of Alyssa Sutherland, who played Queen Aslaug in Vikings. The role involved lots of wire and harness work – I never thought making a horror movie could be so much fun! Acting can be a bit hand-to-mouth at times, so I’ve recently started working for NZ Diving in Warkworth. It ties in well with my stunt work as I’d love to do water stunts one day. I’m doing free diving as well as scuba diving, working up to be a dive master and maybe instructor. It is also flexible enough to still allow me time for the acting roles when they come along. Days on set can start early and end late.

Tineke (centre) in Justice League.

It’s the training and fitness that gives you the confidence to do the stunts, and apart from a few bruises, I’ve never been injured. When I’m working I have incredible focus and I won’t start a stunt until I am 100 per cent sure I am ready to go. I imagine doing the stunt over and over again so I feel confident when I actually do it. It’s great when you have a team around you who understand this process and give you the time. One of the things I love about film-making and theatre is that you get that family feeling and, if you’re lucky, you have fun and make something exciting together. I think my best stunt is still ahead of me. I’m fitter now than when I was dancing fulltime and I pay a lot more attention to what I eat, and I know when I need to rest and recover. It’s a mindset as well. Often what you think becomes reality, so I’ve learned to be cautious with my thoughts. At the end of last year I was doing nearly an audition a week, but I didn’t land any of the jobs. I’ve learned not to take rejection personally – it just means that I wasn’t right for that particular role. That’s why the diving has been so good because it has given me more financial stability. I also feel very content and happy here in Matakana where I can walk on the beach at Omaha, feed my chickens and mow the lawn. These simple things feel like a gift and I am so grateful.

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he Matakana community lost one of its greatest champions and characters on Boxing Day, when Matakana Country Park founder John Baker passed away at home at the age of 84, surrounded by his grandchildren. Known for his endless enthusiasm and zest for life, he was still coming up with daily ideas for countless new projects even as his health began to wane in recent months. John was farewelled by more than 500 people at the country park on January 7, in a fitting celebration of his life and achievements held at St Andrew’s Church – which he brought to Matakana by barge from Snells Beach at his own expense in 2007 – and The Stables restaurant. He was brought to the church in a horse and carriage and was piped out of the park in a stylish Jaguar hearse at the end. Family members, friends and representatives from many community groups, organisations and iwi paid glowing tributes to John’s do-or-die personality, his generosity of spirit and willingness to help any person or cause. John was born in Auckland and went to school at Wesley College, before moving to a farm in Carterton and then on to

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Taupo, where he attended the local high school. It was during these early years that his lifelong love of horses developed, which culminated in the development of the equestrian centre at the country park and a personal passion for Clydesdales. John left school the day he turned 15, without the School Certificate, and immediately started work with a plasterer. After six months, he moved to Avondale, where he stayed with his grandmother and served a plastering apprenticeship with Wallace & Co. The apprenticeship in those days was 5000 hours, which usually took five years. John completed his in four years and left the trade the day he got his certificate. At the same time, he was also studying to fly planes. He obtained his private pilot licence and began applying for his commercial licence, but came to the conclusion that his maths wasn’t too good, so at 19 applied for a job with Barfoot & Thompson. He was quickly promoted to the Ponsonby branch, which was Barfoot’s top office at that time, and within two years he was the company’s top salesman. At 23, he was given the task of opening the new Otahuhu branch which, within a year, that had become the highest

achieving suburban sales office and had the company’s top three salesmen. At the age of 26, John decided to start his own real estate company, JG Baker, with branches in Milford and Manurewa. A few years later, he set up his own development company, Baker Developments. A share market crash in the 1980s led to Baker Developments’ demise, but John went on to form the McLeod Group, which was a successful high-rise property developer with major projects in Christchurch, Mount Maunganui and Auckland. A former colleague said John was not only responsible for an enormous legacy of buildings across the Auckland landscape, but also a massive list of real estate agents and developers who got their start in the industry under his wing. John first bought properties in Leigh and Matakana in 1986, then in 2001 he purchased the land on the corners of Leigh, Takatu and Omaha Flats Roads that he developed into the Matakana Country Park. This was to become the culmination of many of John’s enthusiasms and his dream of creating a cultural community hub, with its equestrian centre, restaurant, craft shop, art gallery, gym, café, adventure

playground, petting zoo, miniature train ride, confidence course, church and major concert venue. Three years ago, at the age of 81, John decided it was time at last to retire and pass on the responsibilities and challenges of running the park to new blood, though he maintained an active interest in what was happening there, and remained a fervent and generous supporter of community events and initiatives right until the end. His most recent vision was to create a riding for the disabled facility, something that friends and associates remain keen to pursue in his memory. His long-time friend, assistant and selfconfessed sparring partner, Fiona Angus, said she would miss John’s daily 8am phone calls, where he would pour out his latest ideas, letters to write, emails to send, calls to make and plans to be made. “He was one of those rare beings who always had time for everybody, and he always wanted to help them in some way. He was a true gentleman who had a huge impact on so many people’s lives,” she said. John is survived by a son, Callum, a daughter, Fiona, and his beloved grandchildren, Jack, Grace, Sasha and Willy.

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t was the urging of friends and family that propelled hair and make-up artist Vanessa Hurley to open her funky little “haircutting saloon” at the Matakana Country Park two months ago. She says that after lockdown, she was inundated with haircuts. “I really enjoyed the feeling of giving someone a great haircut, especially men’s haircuts, considering face and head shapes and textures of the hair and what suited them best,” she says. “My brother-in-law said, ‘You should be a lady barber’, and we all looked at each other and chanted ‘Lady Barber’. It was meant to be.” Although this is Vanessa’s first business venture, her experience with hair and make-up goes back a long way. After finishing a hairdressing apprenticeship in the 80s, she moved to London to do a film and TV make-up course. Two years later, she returned to work in the make-up department on Shortland Street. She says it was the glory days in the Browns Bay TV studios, with actors such as Temuera Morrison and Martin Henderson in her chair. Then an opportunity came

along to work on Xena: Warrior Princess. “My Dad Dave Hurley has been in the music industry most of his life. He played with Midge Marsden in the band The Breakaways, and Poi-E by the Pātea Māori Club was recorded in his studio Mandril. He was working on Xena as the sound man, and it opened the door on a six-year career as Lucy Lawless’ personal hair and make-up artist. “I worked on a lot of other projects with Lucy and even went to LA to do her wedding hair and make-up.” After a 30-year career in film and tv it was time for a lifestyle change. “You have to listen to the signs around you, when it’s time to move on. After many lockdowns, the decision came to touch up on clipper skills through doing a Servilles Barber’s Course.” Vanessa says that as Matakana’s only barber shop, Lady Barber has been well received in the area. “My superpower is fast good funky affordable haircuts on men, women and children.”

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Ban on bulk harvesting in Hauraki Gulf overdue By Sam Woolford LegaSea Programme Lead

As Kiwis spend their first summer without fresh scallops, communities are raising an outcry supporting a permanent ban on trawling and dredging in the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park. The park, also known as Tikapa Moana and Te Moana Nui-a-Toi, is New Zealand’s first marine park and was formed in 2000 and spans 1.2 million hectares, from the southern foot of the Coromandel Peninsula in the Bay of Plenty, all the way past Auckland to the edge of Bream Bay in the north. Two years ago, the alarming disappearance of local scallops sparked a huge effort by thousands of people bordering the Hauraki Gulf, including hapū, ratepayers, holidaymakers, and conservation and fishing groups, to ban harvesting to save the species. The movement has now swelled to form the Hauraki Gulf Alliance, aimed at ending all destructive bulk harvesting methods in the marine park. The alliance membership includes an unprecedented broad swathe of unlikely bedfellows that includes environmental groups such as Forest & Bird, Greenpeace, the Environmental Defence Society and World Wildlife Funf (WWF), the New Zealand Sport Fishing Council, LegaSea and the Outboard Boating Club, as well as 75 businesses. Members are united in their aim to help revive the marine park. They are pushing to permanently phase out all trawling of the marine park using huge nets dragged across the sea floor, or Danish seining using a weighted rope to pull a massive net closed and dredging. Consultation will open in coming months on the draft Hauraki Gulf Fisheries Plan, with the cautionary example of scallops still fresh.

In the current draft, officials propose that bulk harvesting of tonnes of fish using bottom trawling and Danish seining will be able to continue in the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park, despite the known damage to fish habitats caused by these methods. Known then as “power fishing”, trawling in what is now the marine park dates back to the late 1880s, when fishers using small, weighted nets and steam boats began exploratory trawling between Tiritiri Matangi and Cape Colville. Most bottom trawling and Danish seining nowadays occurs in the outer Hauraki Gulf, outside the line between Coromandel and Kawau, but still inside the park. Species such as red gurnard, trevally, snapper and tarakihi are targeted. There are also other

bottom contact fishing methods used from one end to end f the park to the other. Hauraki Gulf Forum chief executive Alex Rogers points to the forum’s official stance supporting a ban on any trawling and dredging within the park. The people of Auckland appear to agree. Last year, the Forum commissioned a Horizon Research poll of 1020 Aucklanders that showed 84 per cent supported banning trawling and dredging from the marine park. Auckland’s new mayor, Wayne Brown, is another supporter. “Of course I support a trawling ban and a ban on the idiotic idea of the port to dredge two million cubic metres in the Rangitoto

channel,” he messaged during his election campaign. Recreational fishers, too, have gone all in to help, by reducing snapper bag limits and increasing the legal size while promoting returning large fish to the water. The Hauraki Gulf Forum’s 2020 State of the Gulf report shows boaties and shore fishers are now taking nearly 30% less than a decade ago, while commercial fishing has increased by 30% since the park was established. In order to really see a difference, the park now needs to see an end to bottomcontact bulk harvesting that takes out huge numbers of fish using destructive bottomscraping fishing methods.

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Climate change: What can I do personally? According to recent polls, about 80% of Kiwis consider that climate change is a serious problem. However, there is a real sense of uncertainty in the community about what individuals can do personally to help solve the climate problem. I have given many talks about climate change solutions to community groups across the Auckland region and the question, “What can I do about it personally?” is the most frequently raised issue from audiences. The following is an elaboration on the type of personal climate actions that I recommend in my community talks: 1. Exercise your green consumer insight in all retail purchases and especially in domestic energy supply transactions. has listed the top 15 renewable energy companies in NZ and this list can help inform your choice of a supplier. Remember, consumer power is a very powerful tactic in encouraging positive renewable responses by company managements and by boards of directors. 2. Ensure your long-term investments are in non-fossil fuel areas. Seek investments in renewable technologies. Avoid investments that are based on oil or natural gas (methane). Discuss the sustainability of your investments with an independent financial advisor. 3. Employ renewable energy in your home and business. The cost of solar energy has decreased sharply in recent times and is projected to decline further in the period ahead. Seek independent advice about whether a solar battery is necessary for you, especially if you are retired. 4. Switch from petrol internal combustion cars to either plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHEVs) or electric vehicles (EVs). Remember that EVs (20 moving parts) are simpler devices and so more durable than internal combustion cars (2000 moving parts). EVs will become cheaper to purchase over the coming several years as brand competition increases and the costs of research and development into improved batteries are cleared. EVs are less expensive to maintain and will last much longer than internal combustion cars. Second-hand PHEVs may be a sensible transition if your budget is tight. 5. Consider installing enough solar panels to deliver most of the energy for your PHEV or EV. If you have a solar system, but not a solar battery, then charge your plug-in car when the solar panels are producing higher levels of

energy (sunny days). My solar panels supply between 55-65% of my electric vehicle energy. The rest is supplied by the NZ grid which is 84% sustainable. The cost of this consumed energy is about 90% less than the increasingly expensive petrol for an equivalent internal combustion car. 6. Use battery powered tools and electric devices in your property maintenance. Battery-powered mowers including robotic mowers are now common. Ride-on petrol mowers in contrast consume a lot of expensive petrol and generate significant emissions. 7. Use public transport wherever it is feasible. If you are physically capable, then consider cycling or even walking to local destinations. 8. Urge the company you work for to join the NZ Climate Leaders Coalition. About 100 companies have signed up at this stage and 35 of these have already achieved the required sustainability goals of the coalition. 9. Urge young people in your family to get themselves qualified for careers in the massive global renewable revolution. Market analysts anticipate that there will be trillion-dollar global investments in renewable technologies over the next 10 years. These investments will generate a massive increase in jobs in the renewable sector globally. My advice to young people feeling anxious about inherited future disasters is to contribute their skills to future climate solutions. 10. Read and promote the Auckland Council Climate Action Plan, which is ranked by the global agency CPD in the top 7% of international cities. This ranking is comparable to those of the main Australian cities. 11. Urge your political representatives to become better informed about the climate risks and to take climate change much more seriously. We must not allow climate change in NZ to become politicised, as any left-right switches in government every few years are very likely to negate all progress towards climate remediation. The increasing probabilities of climate disasters are blind to political preference as insurance company reports confirm. The higher priority actions for you personally in the above list will depend on your own circumstances, including age and financial wellbeing, so read and think about the more valuable actions on the list for you personally. Then develop your own personal climate remediation plan and act on it!

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The Rabo Bank volunteer group. It is with great pleasure that we can look back at what has been achieved by The Forest Bridge Trust team over the past 12 months. The Forest Bridge would not exist if it wasn’t for the enthusiasm of our wonderful team and the support from all the amazing volunteers and landowners who give their time to help create a safer environment for all our wonderful flora and fauna to thrive throughout our rohe.

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Predation by stoats has taken a heavy toll on native birds. Photo, David Hallett

“We are now receiving feedback from landowners about the sightings of bellbirds, kaka and tui taking up residence in their gardens and farms in areas not seen before. These are the real successes for the trust and the communities. Kevin Adshead, The Forest Bridge Trust Board chairperson

Visionary project creates corridors of safety for wildlife The Forest Bridge Trust is a Rodney-based conservation group on a mission to create a connected landscape with healthy forest and flourishing indigenous wildlife from the Kaipara Harbour to the Pacific Coast. It sounds like an ideal scenario and it’s a mission statement most people support, but this is an ambitious conservation goal. Success requires detailed planning, a dedicated team, a lot of staffhours, community support and education, not to mention an army of volunteers. Above all else, this lofty aspiration requires a passion to see native birds and wildlife survive and thrive in the Rodney area.

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The biggest challenge and threat faced by our local native birds, including kiwi, bellbirds, kaka and NZ dotterels, are incursions from mustelids, possums and rodents. Mustelids, the collective name for creatures such as stoats, weasels and ferrets, are

relentless hunters, prolific breeders and cunning enough to go undetected by most humans. You may not have even noticed that there are fewer birds in your garden, but several of our native bird species are in decline and mustelids, rats and possums are a major factor. Vulnerable ground-dwelling native birds

are no match for these killing machines. A stoat will take eggs, kill chicks and attack nesting adults in one single incursion. There is a war happening right in our backyards in Rodney between mustelids and our native birds, flora and fauna. The Forest Bridge Trust (TFBT) has stepped continued next page

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If you are keen to help The Forest Bridge Trust protect wildlife in Rodney, there are several ways to get involved. • If you are a landowner based in the trust rohe (see map), then contact the community liaison team and they will talk you through the resources and support available to help you with predator control on your land, just email • If you would like to find out more about the many volunteering options then please see the volunteer programme page on the website – How you can help. • If you are a local business, don’t forget that the trust can help you to facilitate a volunteer team building day. Please email from previous page

in to try to even up the odds and give our native species a fighting chance. The trust was founded in 2014 by Kevin and Gill Adshead. After regenerating acres of forest on their farming property in Glorit, Kevin and Gill started a predator control programme to remove possums, rats and mustelids. In 2015, they introduced kiwi to their property. Once the kiwi were established, Gill and Kevin started to broaden their outlook. The questions were raised, what if these kiwis thrive and start to travel? What do we need to do to protect them? That was the start of the Forest Bridge Trust. A small group of people with a big dream to connect Tawharanui’s kiwi population with the kiwi population on the West Coast in Glorit. Protecting the kiwi from mustelids was a principle objective. The Forest Bridge Trust and its lead funder, Jobs for Nature, set a lofty goal to achieve 54,000 hectares under mustelid control across the “wider bridge” by June 30, 2025. The trust’s predator control and community liaison teams, as well as several administration and ecology staff members, have started to make headway. “It’s been an impressive evolution,” trust chief executive Craig Presland says. “We are proud of our results over the past 12 months. Despite the challenges that arose from covid, we still added 7516 hectares over the year to reach 11,214 hectares as of June 30, 2022 under predator control, that’s 20 per cent of our target with another three years to go.” Community engagement is critical to ensure the success of this conservation project. With over 1800 private landowners in the trust’s rohe, working with and listening to local people and community groups happens weekly. “We are now working with 928 of our 1834 key landowners on trapping, fencing and planting projects,” Presland says. “Over 8000 predators were caught during the past year, and over 6400 hours donated by volunteers in checking and baiting predator traps and bird monitoring.” By passing knowledge on to our whakapapa, the trust hopes to ensure the sustainability of the project and encourage more local families to get involved. “Our predator control education in local schools resulted in another 129 students attending our Forest Bridge Defender’s Programme over the past year (1535 students since 2015), while 25 parents and whanau attended our workshops

subsequently,” Presland says. The trust isn’t working alone. It is actively engaged with 19 community groups including the Tamahunga Trappers and the Mataia Restoration Project. Volunteers play an important role in the work. The volunteer programme allows people to get involved at a level that best suits them, be that helping at a planting day, assisting with administration tasks, building traps or maintaining traplines, among other things. In November, the trust hosted its first corporate volunteer group from Rabobank. A total of 16 Rabobank employees spent the day learning about predator control, checking and rebaiting traps, and collecting tracking cards. As corporate volunteering becomes increasingly popular, the trust hopes to work with more businesses this year and increase awareness around predator control. Fencing is another important factor to protect local wildlife. Fencing to exclude stock and plant riparian margins to reduce sediment from getting into the Kaipara Harbour helps to improve the ecosystem’s resilience and biodiversity. “We added another 16kms of new fencing to our 57kms in total since 2017. This is predominantly fencing along the edges of streams and tributaries that flow into the Hoteo River, which then feed into the Kaipara Harbour. We have benefited greatly this year from our strong relationship with Kaipara Moana Remediation as our key funder of fencing and planting projects.” This year, the trust continues its quest to provide Rodney with a protected corridor of land from east to west. It is steadily working towards the 2025 deadline that will see it meet its short-term goals: • 54,000 hectares across the Wider Bridge are included within mustelid-controlled networks • 70 per cent of key landowners across the Central Bridge are contributing towards the trust’s long-term outcomes • At least five kilometres of new fencing per year across the Central Bridge as we seek to improve connectivity for indigenous terrestrial wildlife • Key species indicators show biodiversity outcomes are trending positive from predator control (mustelids and nonmustelids) • External partnerships are effectively supporting the trust’s work, and value and understand its role

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Stone carving, above, and making a wooden Windsor chair from scratch, right, are just some of the skills that have been taught at Creative Matakana.

Ever since a former National government slashed funding for community education 14 years ago, opportunities for adults to learn a new skill have been pretty limited locally. The 2009 budget decision effectively put an end to evening classes at most colleges, including Mahurangi, and the number of high schools offering adult education plummeted from 212 then to just 17 now, the closest of which are on the North Shore or near Whangarei. While there are other organisations running courses and classes, such as Women’s Centre Rodney and U3A (University of the Third Age) in Warkworth, as well as individuals offering private tuition, general educational offerings open to all remain scarce. All of which probably accounts for why Creative Matakana, a week-long programme of up to 20 arts-themed workshops and courses run each May, has proven to be a huge hit with local residents

since it was launched in 2017. Founder Jo Connor, a former physiotherapist and garden tour organiser who lives in central Auckland, was aiming at a broader audience when she first came up with the idea to replicate a northern version of Wanaka’s Autumn Art School. However, six years in, and 87% of Creative Matakana attendees live locally. “I had an idea about offering a week of artfocused classes, similar to what was being held in Wanaka every autumn and then I thought, where would be a good place to hold it?” she says. “I thought of Matakana because of its close proximity to Auckland and I figured there would be a community receptive to learning about the arts. “I had a friend who was looking for a house in the area who had business experience, Vivienne Kerr, so I teamed up with her. And I’m a friend of Christine Didsbury, who was supportive of the idea and offered

to hold the first meeting.” With no single venue suitable for the range of workshops being offered, which from the outset covered every conceivable type of art and craft, Connor tapped into local knowledge to find people willing to host a course in their homes, gardens and sheds, as well as local halls and community venues. She also brought local writer Kathy Hunter on board to help with establishing an effective website, social media and marketing. But Connor’s real genius has been in the range and scope of classes that have been offered, not to mention finding the experts willing and able to teach them. “Art-focused” doesn’t begin to cover the diversity of what attendees have been able to try over the ensuing years – knifemaking, sculpture, printing, carving, glass etching, metal casting, willow weaving, art and writing of every kind, even making a wooden Windsor chair from scratch.

She makes light of what it takes to find people with the breadth of expertise required to offer such a wide range of courses and activities every year. “I keep my eyes open,” she says. “I find tutors by networking and have some people from the local area as well. I go round and meet them and assess whether they’ll fit in with what we’re wanting to do.” Charges range from $550 for a full-time, five-day course to $45 for an evening lecture, with pricing set to cover fees and expenses, rather than make money. “We’re a not-for-profit, we really just function,” Connor says. “We’re not putting prices up just because we can.” Although now approaching 80, she shows no signs of slowing down. As well as continuing as prime mover for Creative Matakana, Connor is busy developing new games, such as Botanical Bingo and Bag A Hut. “We have wonderful helpers. I’m going to have a hard job letting go, but while I can still do it, I will,” she says. Bookings for Creative Matakana 2023 opened last week. Info and tickets:

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A new block of 10 classes was opened at Mangawhai in 2021, but even more are needed.

School feels growth pressure Rapid population growth and new development is causing roll numbers to continue to skyrocket at Mangawhai Beach School. In the past decade, the number of primary and intermediate students attending has more than doubled to over 600 this year and the Board of Trustees (BOT) is pushing the Ministry of Education to provide more classroom space as soon as possible. A new block of 10 classes was completed and opened in 2021 and it was hoped that construction of another new block with

a further eight teaching spaces would be started this year. However, ongoing delays have pushed the start date back to early 2024 at least, meaning continued use of temporary buildings on site. BOT chair Luke Canton said the school currently had two portable classrooms, but that figure could rise to six to eight by the end of the year, which the board felt was unacceptable. He said the board and staff continued to lobby the Ministry for the necessary infrastructure to meet the growing demand for places.


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Women often start their journey with the women’s centre as young mothers, where they learn parenting and life management skills.

Centre encourages women’s involvement at all ages Women’s Centre Rodney in Warkworth will add two new options to its already extensive range of courses next year, which are designed to help women at all stages of their lives. The two courses are SuperGrans and Move Up. Centre manager Jo Nicholson says the name SuperGrans is about to change to reflect that it is about sharing skills from all age groups, not just grandparents. It is about matching people who have a particular skill with people who want to learn that skill. This could be a craft, cooking, gardening or any number of other options, and the centre welcomes ideas from would-be volunteer tutors. Move Up will be a nine-week programme starting on February 14. The target audience is recently-separated women, empty nesters or anyone who has had a significant career change. “Outwardly, a lot of women look like they are doing okay but when there are major upheavals in our lives, we sometimes lose our focus,” Jo Nicholson says. “We think this will suit a range of women who are coping with new challenges in their lives. Sometimes just sharing those challenges with others who are going through a similar experience is valuable in itself.”

Jo Nicholson says both the courses are in response to gaps that have been identified in the current programme. “They also allow us to tailor to our own communities, but with courses that have proven national success.” Between January and August last year, the centre interacted with more than 460 women, facilitating legal advice, young mothers support, personal development, health support and counselling. Lunchtime and evening get-togethers covered subjects such as tenancy agreements, guardianship, nutrition and naturopathy. Jo Nicholson says while the centre has always informally catered for women of all ages, this approach is becoming more structured. “The aim is to provide women with a pathway to stay connected with the centre so that as they complete courses, there are other options to support them on their journey.” Regular courses that will again be offered this year include clay workshops, craft, flax weaving and self-defence. Other activities include a regular walking group, Monday for Mums and crafty conversations.

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SeniorNet Warkworth chair Brian Oakes presents Judy Wane with her Life Membership.

Changing times at SeniorNet A founding member of SeniorNet Warkworth, Judy Wane, was recognised with a Life Membership recently. The Warkworth group turned 25 last year and held a dinner to thank its team of volunteer tutors and present Wane with her award. Wane recalled the early days when eightweek courses on how to use a computer were run. “There was always a queue of people waiting for the volunteer tutors to provide this help,” she said. The courses were reduced to four weeks some years ago, as new members became more specific about what they wanted to learn. Further changes in technology brought about more changes in what was offered. Members now not only have computers – both desktop and laptop, Windows and Apple – but they also want to learn about Chromebook, smart phones, tablets, iPads and iPhones. One-to-one courses are still available for those who ask for them, but many members prefer a concentrated one-off session of around two hours to learn more about a specific technological subject. Chair Brian Oakes said SeniorNet Warkworth was fortunate to have volunteer


SeniorNet Warkworth is holding an Open Day on Wednesday January 25, from 1.30pm. Anyone curious about how to get more out of their computer or other devices is invited to attend. And organisers stress that people shouldn’t be put off by the name! “You do not have to be a senior to get the technology help and support you are looking for,” they say.

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tutors with a huge variety of skills between them. “This means that most enquiries can be addressed,” he said. “Tutors have a range of skills and range in age. The most recent and youngest arrivals to the volunteer team are Justin Lee and Felicia Fong, who arrived in the country from Singapore in the middle of last year and did not hesitate to offer their services to work as part of the volunteer team. “They are currently assisting the popular ‘Help!’ team to provide individual help to members at the centre, on the ground floor of the Warkworth RSA, every Friday between midday and 1.30pm.”

Stepping into history The celebrations to mark Warkworth’s 170th anniversary this year will kick off with a heritage talk and tour for children this Thursday, January 19. The walk is being organised by Warkworth Library and will be led by Heritage Warkworth chair Dave Parker. Local history librarian Gerard Wingerden says the walk will be an opportunity for local children to hear about the town’s history and some of its stories, with a commentary specifically designed for children aged seven to 12 years. The tour is free and will start at the library at 10.30am, but bookings are essential as numbers will be limited. Pop into the library or book via email at warklib@ Children must be accompanied by an adult, and hats, sunscreen and water bottles are recommended. The event is also part of Auckland Libraries

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Trevor and Jan Yaxley (centre) were special guests at the opening of the outdoor learning site. They are pictured with principal Helen Pearson and junior college deputy principal Joseph Janiszewski.

Getting down to the business of getting trees into the ground are Leo Gatt, Year 6, and Shaydeen Cash, Year 5, with junior school deputy principal Simon Bartlett.

Classroom project embraces the great outdoors at Snells A campfire, chicken coop and vegetable garden may not seem like typical classroom equipment, but they are just some features of a new outdoor learning area at Horizon School in Goodall Road, Snells Beach. The learning space covers just under a hectare of sloping ground on the lower side of the school, with views to the Mahurangi River. Its official opening was celebrated at the end of the school term last year, where Lifeway Trust founders Trevor and Jan Yaxley were the special guests. The couple purchased the 33-hectare site where the school is situated in the late 1980s and have played an integral part in its development. They say they were motivated to set up a centre for young people to honour the memory of their son David, who was killed in a motor vehicle accident in the Dome in 1986, when he was just 16. Speaking at the opening, Trevor told the assembled school that the vision he and Jan had back then was now standing before them.

“You were our vision and it is wonderful to see it fulfilled,” he said. Since starting work on the outdoor learning area last winter, the school community has already planted 2000 trees, with more to come. Yaxley recalled undertaking a similar

planting programme 20 years earlier at the bottom of the site, turning a former farm dump into a stand of native trees. Principal Helen Pearson said the outdoor classroom was in an embryonic stage. “It was just an overgrown empty space when we started,” she said. “The transformation

has been amazing.”

She said fruit trees and bee and bug hotels were on the ‘next to do’ list. “There is also a plan to install a timeline of painted tiles depicting NZ’s history, which the students will be able to walk around.”

Principal seeks new horizons for herself When Horizon School in Snells Beach reopens for the new school year this month, principal Helen Pearson won’t be at the helm. After 12 years at the school, and around 30 years in education, Pearson is taking some time to travel and then reassess the next stage of her career. Pearson was the founding principal of KingsWay School, on the Hibiscus Coast, before moving to the Mahurangi Christian School in Snells Beach in 2011. She oversaw the transition of the school to Horizon in 2015. When she arrived, there were only five classrooms and 34 primary school students. Now there are 257 students on


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the school’s use. “Snells Beach is a wonderful community and the growth of the school has been both exciting and challenging,” Pearson says. She says she particularly enjoyed seeing the change from a traditional education focus, where subjects were taught in silos, to a contemporary model which is learnercentred and interwoven across learning years. She says her job was made easier by the quality and dedication of staff at the school. “The Horizon philosophy is very much about providing a nurturing environment for the child as a whole.” Pearson’s replacement is Tina Utting, of Christchurch.



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Warkworth student on top of world Kristin School student Asher Goddard, of Warkworth, has achieved a perfect score for the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme, placing him in the top one per cent of students globally. The IB Diploma is an internationally recognised qualification that Kristin has offered since 1986. Kristin Senior School students can choose to study either the IB or NCEA qualification. Goddard scored 45 points out of a possible 45 in the two-year IB Diploma Programme.

He says he felt both surprise and happiness when he opened his results. “Even though I’ve been working towards the diploma for so long, it honestly didn’t feel real and I didn’t believe it,” he says. Asher says many factors were involved in his success. “I studied consistently, but I can’t say there wasn’t some luck in the mix because you never know what’s going to be in the exams.” Asher hopes to attend the University of Melbourne where he plans to study science.

“At this point I want to go into physics research. I’ve always been fascinated by physics and it’s been my number one subject. “I’m really looking forward to being able to explore that field and carry out research that helps to make a difference in the world.” Fellow Kristin student Selina Ren, from Pinehill, also scored an impressive 44 out of a possible 45 points. Overall, 27 per cent of Kristin IB candidates

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Down: 1. Panda, 2. Seafarer, 3. Surrey, 4. Republican, 5. Alpha, 6. Sho Across: 1. Possess, 4. Reassemble, 9. Ice pack, 13. Near, 14. Trip up, 15. Outlaw, 16. Aniseed, 19. Ava-rice, 20. Be as good as your word, 21. Prefer, 22. Pigeon, 24. Itinerary, 8. Llama, 10. Concurrent, 11. Postwar, 12. Cherry, 17. Nine-to-five, 18. 1. Panda, Seafarer, 4. Republican, 5. Alpha, 7. Little, Meteor, Across: 1. Possess, 4. Reassemble, 9. Ice pack, 13. Near, Trip 31. up,Un-armed, 15. Outlaw, Panacea, 23. Evening, 25. Treaty, 6. 26.Shotgun, Genius, 27. 28. Merino, 30. 29. Tolerate, 30.14. Sniper, 35. 16. Crucifix,Down: 36. Bisect, 37. Toot,2.38. Magic, 3. Surrey, Roam, Punt, 34. 40. Florin, 18. 42. Evil, 44.21. Im-pede, 45. Drape, 4 Aft, 41. Girder, 47. Blind, 50. Sob, 54.8.Motor, 55.10. Silo,Concurrent, 56. Peaked, 11. 57. Postwar, Llama, 12.33.Cherry, 17.Fowl, Nine-to-five, Dying, Aniseed, 19. Ava-rice, 20. Be as good as your39. word, 21. Easel, Prefer,43.22. Pigeon, 24. Itinerary, 48. Italic, 49. Deadly sins,28. 50.Merino, Soho, 51. Banquet, 53. Zodiac, Marathon, Firebug, 61. Middle, 62.9.Inedible, Stopwatch, 67.Evening, Dampen, 68. Panacea, 25.Assist, Treaty, 26. Genius, 27. 2. Little, 30. Spear,52. 32.Core, 29. Tolerate, 30. Sniper, 31. Un-armed, 35. Crucifix, 36. Bisect, 37. Toot, 38. Magic, Down: 1. Panda, Seafarer, 3. Surrey, 4. Republican, 5. Alpha, 6. Shot Across: 1. 60. Possess, 4. Reassemble, Ice pack,65. 13. Near, 14.23. Trip up, 15. Outlaw, 16. Law, Vegetarian, 63. Faint, 64. Dissuade, 66. Twofold, 67. Diploma, 72.54. Antony Cleopatra, Amnesia, 77. Monocle, 78. Casino, 79. Bridge, Rand, 8. Llama, 10. 44. Concurrent, 11.45. Postwar, 12.46. Cherry, 17. Nine-to-five, 18. Aniseed, 19.and Ava-rice, 20.56. Be good as57. your word,Roam, 21. Prefer, Pigeon, 24.80. Itinerary, 33. 22. Punt, 34. Fowl, 40. Florin, 42.59.Evil, Im-pede, Drape, Rhenium, 39. Aft, 41. Easel, 43. Girder, 47. Blind, 50. Sob, Motor, 55. Silo, Peaked, Series, 71.23. Dagger, 73.25. Chair, 74. Table, 76. Audit. 81. Tolerate, Letdown,30. 82.Sniper, Crustacean, 83. Retreat. Panacea, Evening, Treaty, 26. Genius, 27. Little, 28. Merino, 30. 29. 31. Un-armed, 35. Crucifix,48. 36. Italic, Bisect,49. 37. Deadly Toot, 38.sins, Magic, 50.16. Soho, 51. Banquet, Core, 53. Zodiac, Murphy’s Marathon, 60. Firebug, 61. Middle, 62. Inedible, 65. Stopwatch, Dampen, 68. Down: 1. Panda,52. 2. Seafarer, 3. Surrey, 4.58. Republican, 5. Alpha, 6. Sho Across: 1. Possess,67. 4. Reassemble, 9. Assist, Ice pack, 13. Near, 14. Trip up, 15. Outlaw, 33. Punt, Fowl, 40. 42. Evil, Im-pede, 4 39. Aft, 41. Easel, 43. Girder, 47. Blind, Sob, 54. Motor, 55. Silo, 56. Peaked, 57. Law, 59. Vegetarian, 63. Faint, 64. Roam, Dissuade, 66. 34. Twofold, 67.Florin, Diploma, 69.44. Encode, 70.45. Drape, 72. Antony and Cleopatra, 75. Amnesia, 77. Monocle, 78. Casino, 79. Bridge, 80.50. Rand, Down: 1. Panda, 2. Seafarer, 3. Surrey, 4. Republican, 5. Alpha, 6. Shotgun, 7. Meteor, Across: 1. Possess, 4. Reassemble, 9. Ice pack, 13. Near, 14. Trip up, 15. Outlaw, 16. 8. Llama, 10. Concurrent, 11. Postwar, 12. Cherry, 17. Nine-to-five, 18. Aniseed, 19. Ava-rice, 20. Be as good as your word, 21. Prefer, 22. Pigeon, 24. Itinerary, 48. Italic, 49. Deadly sins, 50. Soho, 51. Banquet, 52. Core, 53. Zodiac, 60. Firebug, 61. Middle, 62. Inedible, 65. Stopwatch, 67. Dampen, 68. Assist, 8. 10. Concurrent, 11. Postwar, 12. Cherry, 17. Nine-to-five, 18. Dying, 21. 19. Ava-rice, 20.Retreat. Be as good Marathon, as word, 21. Prefer, 22. Pigeon, 24. Itinerary, 71. Dagger, 73. Chair, 74. Table, 76. Audit. 81. Letdown,Aniseed, 82. Crustacean, 83. Panacea, 23. Evening, 25. Treaty, 26. Genius, 27. Little, 28. 30. 29.your Tolerate, 30. Sniper, 31. Un-armed, 35. Crucifix,Series, 36.Llama, Bisect, 37. Toot, 38. Magic, Law, 59. Vegetarian, Faint, 64. Dissuade, 66. Twofold, 67.Merino, Diploma, and Cleopatra, 75. Amnesia, 77. Monocle, 78. Casino, 79. Bridge, 80. Rand, Evening, 25. Treaty, Genius, 27. Little,34. 28.63. Merino, 30. Spear, 32. 29. Tolerate, 30. Sniper, 31. Un-armed,72. 35.Antony Crucifix, 36. Bisect, 37. Toot, 38. Magic, Roam, 71. 33. Punt, Fowl, 40.74. Florin, 42.76. Evil, 44. Im-pede, 45. Drape, 39. Aft, 41. Easel, 43. Girder, 47. Blind, 50. Sob, 54. Panacea, Motor, 55.23. Silo, 56. Peaked, 57. 26. Series, Dagger, 73. Chair, Table, Audit. 82. Crustacean, 83. 33. Punt, 34. Fowl,68. 40.Assist, Florin, 42. 44.49. Im-pede, Drape, 46. Rhenium, 39. Aft, 41. Easel, 43. Girder, 47. Blind,81. 50.Letdown, Sob, 54. 55.61. Silo, 56. Retreat. Peaked, 57. 65. Roam, 48.Evil, Italic, Deadly 45. sins, 50. Soho, 51. Banquet, 52. Core, 53. Zodiac, Marathon, 60.Motor, Firebug, Middle, 62. Inedible, Stopwatch, 67. Dampen, Down: 1. Panda, 2. Seafarer, 3. Surrey, 4. Republican, 5. Alpha, 6. Shotgun, 7. Meteor, Across: 1. Possess, 4. Reassemble, 9. Ice pack, 13. Near, 14. Trip up, 15. Outlaw, 16. Italic, Deadly sins, 50. Soho, 12. 51. Banquet, 52. Core, 63. 53. Faint, Zodiac, Murphy’s Marathon, 60. Firebug, Inedible, 65. Stopwatch, 68. Assist, Law, 59. Vegetarian, 64.58. Dissuade, 66. Twofold, 67. Diploma, Antony and Cleopatra, 75.Dampen, Amnesia, 77. Monocle, 78. Casino, 79. Bridge, Rand, 8. 48. Llama, 10.49. Concurrent, 11.80. Postwar, Cherry, 17. Nine-to-five, 18. Dying, 21. Aniseed, 19. Ava-rice, 20. 61. Be Middle, as good62. as 72. your word, 21. Prefer, 22.67. Pigeon, 24. Itinerary, Law, 59.23. Vegetarian, 63. Treaty, Faint, 64. 66. Twofold, 67. 69. Encode, 70. Antony30. andSniper, Cleopatra, 75. Amnesia, 77. Monocle, 78. Casino, 79.83. Bridge, 80. Rand, Panacea, Series, 71. Dagger, 73. Diploma, Chair, Table, 81. Letdown, Crustacean, Evening, 25. 26.Dissuade, Genius, 27. Little, 28. Merino, 30.74. Spear, 32.76. Audit. 29.72. Tolerate, 31. Un-armed, 35. Crucifix, 36.82. Bisect, 37. Toot, 38.Retreat. Magic, Down: Panda, Seafarer, 3.76. Surrey, 4. Republican, 5. Alpha, 6. Shotgun, 7. Meteor, Series, Dagger, 73. Chair, 74. Table, Audit. Across: 1.Girder, Possess, 4. Reassemble, 9. Ice pack, Near, Trip up, 16.33.71. 82.43. Crustacean, Retreat. Roam, Punt, 34.1.Fowl, 40.2.Florin, 42. Evil, 44. Im-pede, 45. Drape, 46. Rhenium, 39.81. Aft,Letdown, 41. Easel, 47.83. Blind, 50. Sob, 54. Motor, 55.13. Silo, 56. 14. Peaked, 57.15. Outlaw, Llama,sins, 10. Concurrent, 11.Banquet, Postwar,52. 12.Core, Cherry, Nine-to-five, 18. Dying, 21. Aniseed, 19.61. Ava-rice, as good your word,67. 21.Dampen, Prefer, 22. Itinerary, Italic, 49.8.Deadly 50. Soho, 51. 53.17. Zodiac, 58. Murphy’s Marathon, 60. Firebug, Middle,20. 62.Be Inedible, 65.asStopwatch, 68.Pigeon, Assist, 24.48. Panacea,63. 23.Faint, Evening, 25. Treaty,66. 26.Twofold, Genius, 67. 27. Diploma, Little, 28. 69. Merino, 30. Spear, 32. 29. Tolerate, 30. Sniper, 31. Un-armed, 35.78. Crucifix, 36.79. Bisect, 37.80. Toot, 38. Magic, Law, 59. Vegetarian, 64. Dissuade, Encode, 70. 72. Antony and Cleopatra, 75. Amnesia, 77. Monocle, Casino, Bridge, Rand, Roam, 33. Punt, 34. Fowl, 40. Florin, 42. Evil, 44. Im-pede, 45. Drape, 46. Rhenium, 41. Easel, 43. Girder, 47. Blind, 50. Sob, 54. Motor, 55. Silo, 56. Peaked, 57. Series, 71. Dagger, 73. Chair, 74. Table, 76. Audit. 81. Letdown,39. 82.Aft, Crustacean, 83. Retreat. 48. Italic, 49. Deadly sins, 50.3.Soho, 51.4.Banquet, 52. Core, 53. Zodiac, 58. Murphy’s Marathon, 60. Firebug, 61. Middle, 62. 67. up, Dampen, 68. Assist, Down: 1. Panda, 2. Seafarer, Surrey, Republican, 5. Alpha, 6. Shotgun, 7. Meteor, Across: 1. Possess, 4. Reassemble, 9. Inedible, Ice pack,65. 13.Stopwatch, Near, 14. Trip 15. Outlaw, 16. 59. Vegetarian, 63. Faint, 64. Dissuade, 66. Twofold, 67. Diploma, 69. Encode, 70. 72. Antony Cleopatra, 75.asAmnesia, Casino, Bridge, Rand, 8.Law, Llama, 10. Concurrent, 11. Postwar, 12. Cherry, 17. Nine-to-five, 18. Dying, 21. Aniseed, 19.and Ava-rice, 20. Be good as 77. yourMonocle, word, 21.78. Prefer, 22. 79. Pigeon, 24.80. Itinerary, Series, 71. 73.25. Chair, 74. 26. Table, 76. Audit. 81.Tolerate, Letdown,30. 82.Sniper, Crustacean, 83. Retreat. Panacea, 23.Dagger, Evening, Treaty, Genius, 27. Little, 28. Merino, 30. Spear, 32. 29. 31. Un-armed, 35. Crucifix, 36. Bisect, 37. Toot, 38. Magic, Roam, 33. Punt, 34. Fowl, 40. Florin, 42. Evil, 44. Im-pede, 45. Drape, 46. Rhenium, 39. Aft, 41. Easel, 43. Girder, 47. Blind, 50. Sob, 54. Motor, 55. Silo, 56. Peaked, 57. Marathon, 60. Firebug, 61. Middle, 62. Inedible, 65. Stopwatch, 67. Dampen, 68. Assist, 48. Italic, 49. Deadly sins, 50. Soho, 51. Banquet, 52. Core, 53. Zodiac, 58. Murphy’s 72. Antony and Cleopatra, 75. Amnesia, 77. Monocle, 78. Casino, 79. Bridge, 80. Rand, Law, 59. Vegetarian, 63. Faint, 64. Dissuade, 66. Twofold, 67. Diploma, 69. Encode, 70. Series, 71. Dagger, 73. Chair, 74. Table, 76. Audit. 81. Letdown, 82. Crustacean, 83. Retreat.





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Snells Beach to host free summer concert

A laid-back afternoon of al fresco pop, funk, rock and soul is on offer at Snells Beach next Saturday, January 21. The free show at Sunburst Reserve stars two bands, Coco-Rocky and Crimson Layne, plus a few other guest musicians, and is part of Auckland Council’s summer Music in Parks series. Coco-Rocky promise plenty of crowd pleasing party anthems and dance classics from the 70s and 80s disco-funk era, including hits by Earth, Wind & Fire, Prince, Chic, T. Rex, The Cars, Kool & The Gang, Whitney Houston, Grace

Jones, Stevie Wonder and more. Crimson Layne focus on original songs written by lead singer and band founder Rania Layne and backed up by lead guitarist and co-writer Glenn Yate, Nikolas BryonCarr on bass and drummer Jake Single. Expect bluesy rock music sung with power, sass and soul – the band won the award for most passionate performers at the national Battle of the Bands competition last year. The concert is the second Summer in Parks event to be staged at Snells Beach, although similar events have been run in central Auckland for many years. There is

a diverse range of music on offer, from pop and reggae to jazz and opera, at outdoor venues across the region from January to March. Concert-goers are encourage to pack a picnic, take a rug, water, sunblock and hat. Dogs are allowed, but only if they are kept on a leash and are comfortable with crowds, noise and children. Summer in Parks shows are smoke-free, which includes vaping. The Snells Beach event starts at 1pm and runs until 4pm at Sunburst Reserve, off Sunburst Avenue. Entry is free and no tickets are needed – just turn up.

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Music took a new direction for Sneaky Bones during the pandemic.

Long-awaited return of Sneaky Bones and friends American folk singer Matthew Bean (aka Sneaky Bones) will return to Aotearoa for a national tour this month, which will include an eclectic show at the Whangateau Folk Club on Monday, January 23. The acoustic line-up will feature not only Bones, but Albi & The Wolves, who are no strangers to Whangateau audiences, plus intimate songs and stories from Butter Wouldn’t Melt. This is Bean’s fourth NZ tour and his first shows worldwide since the pandemic. “In 2019, I finished up my last tour in NZ with plans to be back in the following summer to tour my new album. Then the pandemic struck and all live activity rapidly went on hold,” he says. “So it feels good to be picking up where I left off.” Bean’s previous releases have been well supported by Kiwi fans. “It will be fantastic to finally hear the music

from 2020 album Little Words performed live,” he says. “When I make records, usually the songs have been road-tested and then the arrangements get a blank studio treatment, meaning we try and build a new performance using the studio environment as an instrument. “But, Little Words was born in the studio, where you get a chance to freeze time and use tools and techniques that are impossible to replicate live. It’s been a beautiful challenge to synthesise these songs onto the stage and I’m excited to see them evolve as they travel across the world.” Touring with Sneaky Bones will be Marshall Wildman on drums and keys, and the tour will wrap up with a performance at the 50th Auckland Folk Festival at the end of the month.

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Regatta ready to sail again The Mahurangi Regatta will return in all its glory to the waters off Sullivans Bay on January 28. The all-day event will start with beach races and a picnic run by the Friends of the Mahurangi at Sullivans Bay from 9.30am onwards. Then the popular parade of classic launches from Scotts Landing to Sullivans will start at 10.30am. One of the Kumi oldest launches in the parade this year is expected to be Kumi, built in 1904, and owned by Haydon and Linda Afford. Kumi won the inaugural Rudder Cup in 1908 and took part in a handicap race from Devonport Wharf to Sail Rock, off Langs Beach, to mark the cup’s centenary. Kumi also received the Classic Yacht Association’s Outstanding Achievement Award after a three-month circumnavigation of New Zealand in the summer of 2012/13. The race itself is expected to attract more than 100 classic yachts from the Mahurangi Cruising Club, as well as Auckland-based clubs and associations. Some of the older yachts expected to race include Viking, built in 1892 by Charles Bailey Jnr and Waitangi, built in 1894 by Robert Logan Snr.

Mahurangi Cruising Club captain Martin Howson says it is a spectacular sight when the race is underway, just because of the size of many of the yachts when they are under full sail. Boats will sail in seven divisions, including a sailing dinghy class and a mid-century classic division, and trophies and prizes will be presented immediately following the race at a function at Scotts Landing. Meanwhile, the 29th edition of the Mahurangi Cruising Club Yearbook is now available. The magazine is a major fundraiser for the club, with copies available from Mahurangi Matters, Leigh General Store, Paper Plus, Matakana and Snells Beach Gull Stations, and the Warkworth Information Centre, as well as other outlets. The cost is $20.

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That’s another Christmas done, and some of us will be preparing to go back to work while juggling the kids during the remainder of the school holidays. But Debtfix chief executive Christine Liggins says it is also the time when many people start worrying about money – and they are not alone. “Concern about personal finances is now considered to be the biggest impact on New Zealanders’ mental wellbeing,” Liggins says. “The Christmas summer holiday season is one of the most challenging times of the year, but there are some things people can do to avoid a debt hangover in the future.” • Start a Christmas savings account Put a small amount of money into a Christmas savings account each week, fortnight or month. It is easy to set up an automatic payment to transfer the funds into the Christmas account – $10 a week will be about $500 after a year and can be used just for festive fun. • Get into the nitty-gritty of expenses to create a budget It can be difficult knowing where your money goes, especially living in a cashless society. When working out a budget include paying off debts and remember to allow some money for other expenses like haircuts, insurance, car repairs,

medical care and even date nights. • Stop one unnecessary spending habit If a debt-free Christmas is important to you, what could you give up that isn’t as important? Maybe stop having takeaways or buying limited edition sneakers, and spend your money on a cheaper option instead. • Pay all bills on time Set yourself reminders to pay your bills on time or set up payments in advance with online banking to avoid late payments that incur penalties. Being stung by late fees is frustrating, especially when you can make the payment but simply forget to get that job done. • Ditch one subscription Is there one subscription you could live without? Maybe give up Netflix, Spotify or Audible and that small monthly fee could go towards preventing an end-ofyear debt disaster. Liggins is also reminding people feeling stressed or anxious about their financial situation that getting help sooner rather than later will help. “There’s always a way to sort out money problems – there are numerous solutions to solve problem debt, and the sooner people reach out to us or their local budget service, the better off they’ll be,” she says.


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Kaipara assesses access issues Kaipara residents are being asked for their views on accessibility issues. Kaipara District Council wants to know what residents want in their communities and what councils should focus on. A spokesperson says accessibility is when everyone can access places, services and information with ease and dignity. This includes people with disabilities, people with chronic health conditions, older adults, whānau with young children, and people with language difficulties.

“It’s about making it accessible for everyone,” the spokesperson says. Four councils in the north – Kaipara, plus Far North District Council, Northland Regional Council and Whangarei District Council – are working together on a plan. “We are asking for public feedback on how councils can improve the lives of people with access needs in Northland/Te Tai Tokerau.” Feedback closes on February 26. Info:

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Congratulations to Mel Williams, who is this week’s recipient of a gift box of chocolates from Chocolate Brown. Mel was nominated by Hayley Bills, who wrote: I would like to acknowledge and nominate Mel Williams for her hard work behind so many scenes in the Wellsford community. If you are from Wellsford you probably already know her through PGG Wrightson, Wellsford School, Wellsford Netball Club or one of the many community events she is involved in. She is a true asset to the community, as well an amazing friend and mother. Thanks for all you do for everything Mel, you are so appreciated.

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Ten-year-old Hudson Dransfield has won the Largest Snapper of the Year Award at the Point Wells Boating Club to claim the coveted Club Shield. Hudson has had a passion for fishing since moving to the area with his family four years ago and has been mentored by Bill East, who won the shield in 2020. The club held its annual open family fishing competition in near-perfect conditions on Sunday, January 8. Just under 100 competed for sponsored prizes and vouchers in various categories. Along with winning the annual club shield, Hudson also came third in the Sunday competition and won the Junior Cup, walking away with $290 worth of vouchers, a fishing rod, t-shirts and a bottle of rum, which he passed on to his captain, Bill East. Club commodore Pat Leitch says that in addition to the open competition run

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Unravelling Masonic mysteries Sally Marden

Chances are, if most people hear the word ‘Freemason’, thoughts involving strange handshakes, secret rituals and the Da Vinci Code might spring to mind. Those images almost certainly won’t include a group of men and women in Santa hats and reindeer ears, trailing tinsel up stepladders, as they decorate children’s wards for Christmas in an Auckland hospital. Yet that’s exactly what the current chairman – or Worshipful Master, as he is known – of Warkworth’s Rodney Lodge, Ron Pemberton, was doing recently with a group of fellow Masons and their families. He’s the convenor of a group of Auckland Masons who raise money and buy treats and equipment for Kidz First in South Auckland, including books, pyjamas, soft toys and, last year, 20 sleep apnoea monitors for premature babies. “We do a lot for charity, but we haven’t really talked about it much in the past,” he says. Nationally, this includes raising thousands of dollars for Ukraine, sponsoring the recent NZ Special Olympics National Summer Games and providing a range of scholarships and grants. Closer to home, the Rodney Lodge sponsors a prize for senior boys at Rodney College and Pemberton is keen to organise a golf tournament this year. In that regard, they seem similar to many other social and charitable community groups, such as Lions Clubs, Rotary or Probus. Where they differ, or have in the past, is in the tradition of keeping what goes on at initiations and meetings a closely guarded secret. However, that is changing as the organisation seeks to move with the times, remain relevant and attract younger members in order to survive. “We’re a lot more open these days,”

Pemberton says. “I’m quite happy for people to come and have a look if they want to see the lodge room or are curious about Freemasonry, and I’m happy to explain why we have secret handshakes and words.” Ah, yes. Those handshakes – what on earth is all that about? Well, it’s a hangover from the very origins of Freemasonry around 300 years ago, as indeed are all the symbols, regalia and rites involved in initiation and membership. In those days, stonemasons travelled from place to place to work – as free masons – and they were given a special grip, or handshake, and a word so they could identify themselves and prove their level of experience. Today, masons are still given a special handshake and word as they are admitted to each of its three levels – apprentice, fellow of craft and master mason. “They’re meaningless outside masonry,” Pemberton says. “It’s really just a test of your trust – your integrity – that you don’t disclose them. And our rituals are like morality plays that you learn, designed to teach and to make us better people. “That’s the crux of Freemasonry – we take men and we make them better.” Pemberton himself wasn’t remotely interested in joining when a friend suggested it to him 23 years ago. “I said, ‘You’re joking, no way, all those funny handshakes and lifting your trouser leg’.” But when curiosity got the better of him, he happily joined what is one of the world’s oldest and largest non-political, nonreligious fraternal organisations, where members come from all races and all walks of life. “The best thing I’ve got out of it is friendship. Since joining, I have more friends, more knowledge and I can go around the world and go in to any lodge and be welcomed.” He joined the Rodney Lodge three years ago and was made Master in 2021. Since then, he’s been on a mission to spruce up

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Network provides early earthquake and tsunami warning Aotearoa New Zealand sits astride tectonic plates, which puts the country at risk of damaging earthquakes and tsunamis. The Mahurangi region, as part of Te Tai Tokerau, is contributing to a national tsunami response by hosting state of the art equipment that watches the tsunami forming process as it happens, allowing scientists to issue alerts early and protect our coastlines. GNS Science seismologist Bill Fry says New Zealand is sadly familiar with the extreme damage that earthquakes can cause. “But what people may not know is that earthquakes are also responsible for around 80% of the world’s damaging tsunami activity,” he says. Earthquakes are caused from movement along faults within the earth, creating energy in the form of seismic waves, which cause the ground to shake. GNS Science monitors seismic activity as part of its natural hazards and risks management. Fry says science is continually advancing and new and improved global technology and understanding greatly enhances the capacity to monitor, measure, respond to and mitigate earthquake and tsunami hazard. Real-time seismic monitoring is undertaken in a variety of ways, all contributing to New Zealand’s science knowledge base and informing national resilience and response activity. “If we can rapidly characterise earthquake sources, we can better understand if and when a tsunami might be on its way, and New Zealand’s ability to respond to and recover from earthquakes and tsunami will be significantly improved. “Getting advance warning of earthquakes and tsunamis buys time, and when we deal with tsunamis, every second counts. “With near real-time, high-accuracy, geographically explicit information, our scientists and New Zealand’s hazard responders can make better decisions.”

Seismologist tectonophysicist Bill Fry.

One of the seismometers in the network is located on a Kaipara farm.

There are a raft of ways that GNS Science keeps seismic activity on its 24-hour radar. The GeoNet programme operates hundreds of motion sensors at different sites around NZ. The sensors detect earthquake waves that arrive long before the first tsunami waves, giving scientists the first ‘heads up’ that a big earthquake has occurred. A deep-ocean assessment and reporting of tsunami (DART) network monitors waves in the deeper ocean around New Zealand and the south-west Pacific, warning experts of potential tsunami threat. A tsunami gauge network comprises 18 sites across the North and South, Raoul and Chatham Islands to support detection and analysis of water volume changes at our coasts. Exciting new monitoring tools that use this data are being developed through the Rapid Characterisation of Earthquakes and Tsunamis (RCET) project. RCET uses this data to speed up tsunami early warning capability, allowing coastal communities better opportunity to respond. Timely and accurate tsunami warnings can save lives and reduce

economic and societal disruption, Fry says. “Playing its part in the geohazard defence force, Te Tai Tokerau is helping to protect the people and property of New Zealand and Pacific neighbours from natural harms. With its unique geology and geography, Northland is one of the best places in the whole of the south-west Pacific to watch out for stealth tsunamis – tsunamis that happen without the usual warning signs of long and strong ground shaking. “Think of being inside and watching a field of sunflowers out the window, blowing in the wind. Just by watching the golden yellow heads of the sunflowers, you can see which way the wind is blowing and how strong it might be. “It’s the same with our seismometers. They watch for the earthquake signals we can’t otherwise be aware of, giving us the first indication that a stealth tsunami might be heading our way.” Thanks to the goodwill and support of dozens of local landowners, locations for nine seismometers have been agreed and were in situ by Christmas.

GNS Science is currently considering sites for another six, making up an RCET “array” of 15 units that will be working around the clock, helping to protect not only our local communities but the wider New Zealand coastline and the south-west Pacific. Information from the local monitoring array, when combined with data that is collected from coastal Australia and the Pacific, allows seismic experts to quickly assess south-west Pacific earthquakes. When considered alongside the ocean observations from the DART network, the result is improved, robust, world-class tsunami early warning capability. “Ultimately, our home-based RCET array enables GNS Science to inform Aotearoa’s National Emergency Management Agency and civil defence teams about potential threats, so they can issue fast and effective tsunami warnings and save lives.” In time, GNS expects that the seismometer array will extend down through Auckland and the Coromandel. “If you happen to be on a farm and come across a seismometer, please leave it alone and let it do its magic uninterrupted. It has a very important job to do!” Further reading:

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Next In Line by Jeffrey Archer Now well into his eighties, prolific writer Jeffrey Archer still knows how to spin a good yarn. Next In Line is the fifth book in a series featuring Detective Chief Inspector William Warwick. In this instalment, Warwick and his Scotland Yard team are sent to investigate an elite Royalty Protection Command. It’s London 1988 and Royal fever is sweeping the nation, as Britain falls in love with the ‘people’s princess’. Royalty provides a backdrop for a fast-paced and action-packed plot with a whole cast of characters, good and bad. Warwick’s wingman, Inspector Ross Hogan, becomes the lead protection officer to HRH Princess of Wales and it is interesting to read this fictionalised account of the challenge of protecting someone so famous, beloved and high spirited. There are plenty of twists and turns, glamour and subplots to make this a great holiday page turner.

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Leading sailmaker drops anchor in Matakana Tucked away in a quiet corner behind Matakana’s Home Fresh lettuce farm and Charlie’s Gelato, one of the world’s leading high performance sailmakers has quietly set up its global HQ and manufacturing base. Evolution Sails has moved out of the city to a giant 2700 square metre purpose-built sail loft and sailcloth-making facility that employs 24 people, mainly because business founder and owner Rodney Keenan lives just up the road at Sandspit, but also for practical reasons. “Around 90% of our business is export and we can be anywhere these days,” he says. “More and more people are being forced out of Westhaven. To run a marine business there is almost impossible – the land is so valuable, the rents are ridiculous.” To put that in context, Keenan says the mortgage on the property at 726 Matakana Road would only pay the rent on a building 20% of the size of Evolution’s new 100-metre long super-shed in the city. While the new sail loft and sailcloth manufacturing room is a pretty basic building from the outside, inside it’s about as high-tech as you can get. Keenan reckons it’s probably the first custom-built sail loft in NZ since the 1970s. “Sailmakers usually rent a shed and make modifications, but by owning this land and building this,we’ve done a lot of things that will speed up production and make us more efficient,” he says. Innovations include a sunken work trench in the sail loft, meaning that sailmakers can go down a few steps and work on sails spread out on the floor while they are standing up – a massive improvement from historically having to crawl around on their hands and knees. Evolution makes sails for everything from a nine-metre boat up to 500 square metre mainsails for 42-metre superyachts, producing around 2000 square metres of finished sails every week. The company’s offshoot, EM2, is also one of


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Wastewater improvements on track for finish in 2024 Construction of the wastewater pump station at Lucy Moore Memorial Park and the Warkworth to Snells Beach transfer pipeline is well underway. The two infrastructure projects are core projects in Watercare’s $300-plus million infrastructure upgrade for the Snells Beach and Warkworth area. Watercare asset upgrades and renewals general manager Suzanne Lucas says both projects are on track to be completed by next year and will significantly support the projected population growth and scheduled development for Warkworth’s north-west over the next 35 years. She says once completed, the wastewater pump station at Lucy Moore Memorial Park will be able to store up to 828,000 litres and pump up to 290 litres of wastewater per second, helping to reduce overflows in the area, including the Mahurangi River, significantly. The external construction of the underground wet well and dry well, which will sit 13 metres underneath the ground structure of the wastewater pump station at Lucy Moore Memorial Park, is finished. “This structure was built using an innovative caisson sunk shaft construction method that uses the force of the poured concrete to slowly and evenly sink into the ground as the inside of the structure is excavated,” Lucas says. “This method means there’s less noise and vibration for the surrounding community, it’s safer for site workers and park users, and it has a reduced carbon footprint with less backfilling than a bottom-up construction method. “Using the same construction method, we are also halfway through completing an emergency storage tank that sits eight metres underground on the same site as the wastewater pump station.” Once both underground structures are in place, the project team will pour the floor

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Agricultural emissions reduction targets travel rocky road By Allan Barber

Most people are aware the government is committed to pricing agriculture emissions by 2025, so New Zealand can meet its obligations under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). This commitment requires a 10% reduction below the 2017 level of methane emissions by 2030, a reduction of between 24-47% by 2050, and the achievement of net zero emissions of greenhouse gases (GHG) apart from methane by 2050. One undesirable consequence of adopting these targets will be the direct contravention of the Paris Accord on climate change, which states that food production should not be sacrificed to achieve GHG reduction.

Footprint New Zealand’s grass-based agricultural production is among the most efficient in the world, with about half the on-farm carbon footprint of the average of other countries. A recent study by AgResearch found that our exported red meat has a lower or at least no greater carbon footprint than domestically produced meat in other nations in spite of the freight. Sheep meat in particular has a very low footprint. The government’s original desire was to include agriculture in the emissions trading scheme (ETS), first brought up 20 years ago by Helen Clark’s Labour government, but it was persuaded by the sector’s representative groups to allow them to come up with an alternative proposal that would be a fairer way to price emissions. Organisations, including Beef + Lamb NZ, Federated Farmers, Dairy NZ, Federation of Maori Authorities and six others, formed the Primary Sector Climate Change Action Partnership now known as He Waka Eke Noa (HWEN), which consulted with farmers before finalising its

proposal, presented to ministers earlier this year. The government responded to the proposal by October 11, accepting most of the recommendations, except critically the measurement of all on-farm carbon sequestration from day one and the involvement of agricultural experts in emissions price setting, governance and transitional arrangements. However, it has become clear that pastoral farming will be under great pressure, even under HWEN’s original proposal, which would see 28% of sheep and beef farms suffering a profit reduction of at least 25% by 2030, while the government’s estimate is a 20% reduction of sheep and beef farmland. There was a five week period allowed for

final submissions, which opened up a serious rift among HWEN partners, with Federated Farmers deciding to present a separate submission. But it has also caused separate farmer groups across the country to object strenuously to HWEN’s proposals, as well as the government’s response. These groups maintain they had no opportunity to review the recommendations that were included in the final proposal. HWEN’s main success was to achieve a split gas approach where methane would be treated separately from carbon dioxide, but the likely price attached to methane emissions is a large part of the problem.

Pricing HWEN proposes an initial price of five cents per kilo of methane rising to eight cents within five years, amounts which

critics say will result in a catastrophic reduction in the viability of sheep and beef farms. Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor is convinced innovative farmers will adopt new technology that will enable them to meet the targets, although this belief is largely founded on the sector’s huge productivity gains in the last 30 years. Another issue, even if the government concedes HWEN’s submission on the points made, arises from the high cost of the proposed farm level measurement methodology, which farmers preferred during the consultation round earlier in the year. The sector in general considers the amount to be levied, including the price for methane, nitrous oxide and fertiliser emissions, should only be set at minimum levels necessary to meet the continued page 46

Landowners learn about emissions targets By Allan Barber

A group of about 30 landowners, farmers and professionals attended an information forum at the Wellsford RSA last month to learn the details of the Government’s proposed Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions Pricing Scheme. This was due to be passed into law by the end of 2022 after a lengthy process culminating in a proposal from the crossindustry partnership He Waka Eke Noa, which was assessed by the Climate Change Commission and partially accepted by the Government with some important exceptions. The forum was organised by the Landowners and Contractors Association, which is a rurally focused organisation representing north Rodney communities. The main speaker was local farm consultant Max Rowsell, who made the point he was only there to talk about the mechanics of the scheme, not to analyse its rights

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of emissions. Although forestry is seen as a solution, he advised landowners to take expert advice before changing land use such as wholesale planting of exotic trees, noting the time lag between planting and harvesting or qualifying for carbon credits through the emissions trading scheme (ETS). He emphasised the importance of reducing emissions because New Zealand is the sixth highest global emitter, mainly as a result of high pastoral production. Emissions have risen by 17% since 1990, with the size of the dairy herd doubling and a sevenfold increase in nitrogen fertiliser use. There is a need for change because consumers in higher paying markets have started to demand sociallyacceptable food production, leading to major retailers introducing zero emissions targets for their suppliers. He told the meeting every farm should have a Farm Environment Plan (FEP) by now, which would enable the measurement of on-farm emissions and offsetting allowances, using the sector’s centralised emissions calculator available from Beef + Lamb NZ and Dairy NZ. This would be used as the basis of a mitigation plan required by December 2024 and farm level emissions pricing to be introduced in 2025.

Mitigation options exist such as higher productivity, land use change and new technologies like vaccines, feed additives and genetic gains, but none of these appears likely to able to meet the government’s timeframe. Better options may come from progressive improvements in farming practice demonstrated by the FEP and the emissions calculator, which confirm the environmental efficiency of New Zealand farming. Livestock buyer for Silver Fern Farms and Greenlea, Kevin Colthurst, made the point it was difficult for farmers and landowners to take any action in response to the emissions scheme until the government actually decided its final form and the price to be levied. He also reassured the meeting, saying the Far North has an advantage over Canterbury and the Waikato of being able to grow trees easily, which gives farmers more options for land use change to offset GHG emissions. There were several comments and questions from the floor following Roswell’s presentation, mostly concerned with the impact of tree planting on pastoral land. Maungaturoto farmer Mike Smales, who bought land in 1970 for $10 a hectare, was recently offered $18,000 by an overseas company intending to convert to forestry,

but he and his son have decided to look at their options for replanting some of the farm in trees, while retaining the rest in productive land. Owen Becroft said there was a great opportunity for profit improvement by planting trees on less than 30% of the total farm area, while Ray Hollis from Te Hana had originally planted trees in the early 1990s for which they initially claimed $5 per unit in carbon credits, now worth $80 a unit. Warkworth Hereford beef and sheep farmer Dean Blythen said it was difficult for farmers to know what to do without proper direction. The mood of the meeting generally echoed Blythen’s concern, with an assumption good land would go out of production, distorted by the carbon price. One voice from the floor said “principles cost you” when rejecting offers to sell out. The forum was useful for ensuring the attendees were better informed about the expectations on them to measure and mitigate on-farm emissions, but they were little the wiser about how to achieve a reduction, other than carefully planting trees as an offset. However, there was some discussion about the potential for New Zealand pastoral

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farming to prove its GHG emissions neutrality by measuring the carbon sequestration capacity of all planting and soil on farms. If this was achievable, New Zealand farmers could then focus on improving their current farm performance without adopting impossible or unpalatable plans to make the politicians happy.

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targeted reductions. The revenue should be reinvested in the primary sector to cover administration costs and R&D into methane reduction. The sector is adamant this revenue should not be applied to buying offshore carbon credits or repaying government investment in science and technology. Minister O’Connor is convinced the gap between HWEN and the government can be bridged fairly easily, as indicated by the government’s concession to allow onfarm sequestration from 2025, although no details are yet available on how this will be measured. Unfortunately, the recent reaction of farming groups to HWEN confirms they

The sector is adamant this revenue should not be applied to buying offshore carbon credits or repaying government investment in science and technology. believe their representative groups have let them down in their eagerness to reach agreement with the government. This suggests a degree of resistance to whatever is

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Saddling up for spectacular ride Horse riders will have an opportunity to join a two-day trek around the hills and valleys of Ahuroa and Kaipara Flats next month. The annual event is being organised as a fundraiser for the Ahuroa School and Ahuroa Hall. Hall committee chairperson Christine Bullock says the trek winds through native bush and across private farm land, which is not normally open to the public. “The views are magnificent and at one point you can see both coasts,” she says. “We are very grateful to the local farmers who very generously allow us to ride over their farms.” The ride is fully catered with space available for campers and their horses. “We trek three to four hours each day and trekkers are met by community members, mainly parents and volunteers, with lunch and refreshments each day.

“Breakfast and dinner – lamb on a spit – are run out of a woolshed and the homestead of one of our wonderful host families. The community donates and provides lots of delicious home baking, exciting salads and desserts, which are always well-received by our trekkers.” The organisers hope to raise $10,000, which will be spent on school resources and an upgrade of the hall and grounds. Bullock says the trek is suitable for riders of all levels, providing they have some riding experience. Children are welcome, as long as they are accompanied by an adult rider. Bullock says consideration is also being given to including walkers, but anyone interested in walking should contact her for more information. The ride will be held on the weekend of February 25 and 26.

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Twos finalists, Staun Popham and Finn Michell.

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age and experience triumph, with Kerry Hyde taking the tile. In contrast, the Leads and Twos final was contested by two younger club members. Staun Popham and Finn Michell played a tight game, with Popham running out the eventual winner. Meanwhile, greenkeeper Lance Michell recently had a visit from the NZ Sports Turf Institute teaching and development specialist Tara McLeod. Michell gained some useful insights into some of the recent developments in bowling green management. Steve Wallace, who was selected as a Northland junior rep, has had some valuable experience in some of the tournaments he has attended. Events coming up include the Junior Singles Championship on January 21, Year 2x4x2 Pairs on January 28, and First Year Singles Championship on February 4.

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Inclement weather is continuing to adversely affect the Leigh Bowling Club programme. As a result of the postponement of some tournaments and championships, January will be a very busy month, weatherpermitting. All weekends and Wednesdays have events scheduled. The club Fours Championship was played on the weekend just before Christmas. The final pitted the team of Bernie Gravatt, Keith Greenwood, Peter Manuel and Steve Wallace against a team of younger club members. Age and experience won out, with 91-yearold Gravatt’s team taking out the win. The Handicapped Singles Championship was played earlier this month, as well as the Leads and Twos Championship. The Handicapped Singles once again saw

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A round-up sports activities and events the district a Roundup ofof spoRTs acTiviTies ininTHe disTRicT Hockey Summer social hockey 9s restarts on Thursday, February 2. New players and teams welcome. If you are keen to play but don’t have a team, get in contact and you will be allocated a team. For more info: Kids golf Chipper Nippers for children aged 3-6 years held on Saturdays from 10-11am, starting on February 4; Younger Kids: aged 7-9 years, held on Wednesdays from 3.30-4.30pm, starting February 15; Older Kids: aged 10+ with some golf experience held on Wednesdays from 4.30-5.30pm, starting on February 15. Classes are free to Omaha Beach Golf Club members. Info: emmafairniegolf@gmail. com. Golf membership enquiries, email Christine at Twins James and Hamish Marshall first played together against Australia at Eden Park in 2005. They will do it again in Christchurch next month.

Local cricketers selected for NZ masters against Aussies Three Kaipara Flats cricketers will head to Christchurch next month to play in a fiveday tournament between New Zealand and Australia. Brothers Hamish and James Marshall will play in the 14-man NZ squad, while Byron Jollivet has been selected for the 12-man NZ ‘A’ side. It is understood these will be the first official international over-40s matches in the world. The teams were announced after a district tournament in Marlborough, where Jollivet scored a century in Northland’s game against Christchurch/Otago. He says he was happy just to be selected in the district team, so to make the NZ ‘A’ team was humbling. He has been playing for Kaipara Flats for about five years,

where his 16-year-old son Connor is also a member. Both Hamish and James are former Black Caps, while a number of the other members of the NZ Squad are NZ indoor reps or former first class cricketers. James says the over 40s players share a love of the game and many played against one another 20 years ago. “It’s pretty cool to play with guys who are from the same era,” James says. “The standard of play is pretty decent, too.” He says that what the players lack in speed and agility is more than made up for with experience and gamesmanship. The NZ team to play in the Over 40s World Cup in Pakistan later this year will be announced after the February matches.


Business house tennis Bayleys Warkworth Tennis & Squash Business House Tennis starts on Wednesday, January 25. This competition suits all levels of player, from social through to advanced, and is a great way to meet people, stay fit, and be part of a team hunting for silverware! The first round of games start at 5.45pm and the second round at 7pm. Draws, timetable & venues tbc. There are loads of prizes, as well as trophies and the prestige of winning this long-standing competition. So, dust off your rackets, and round up a team of colleagues, mates, clients, whatever, and enter your team today. Info: Jono Boundy 027 280 7100 Surf lifesaving The Omaha Beach Surf Lifesaving Club will hold a family fun day on Sunday, January 29. Rugby Otamatea Hawks will hold a pre-season training session this Thursday January 19 at the Kaiwaka Sportsgrounds, starting at 6.30pm. The evening meet and greet will include a light run and BBQ for seniors and IMB players. New players and supporters welcome. Netball Netball Rodney Centre will hold its Annual General Meeting at the Netball Rodney Centre office in Centennial Park, Wellsford, on Thursday, February 16, starting at 7pm. For more information please email Puhoi clean-up The Puhoi Sports and Community Club will hold a Working Bee at the club ToTalspan Rodney on Saturday, January 21, starting at 9am. Volunteers will tackle painting, cleaning, windows, 229 sTaTe HigHway 1 waterblasting, weed spraying and rubbish removal. Free pizza lunch for all happy waRkwoRTH helpers. pHone 09 422 3149

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PUBLIC NOTICE OF LEGAL PROCEEDINGS CONCERNING THE STATUS OF THE BED OF THE HOTEO RIVER The trustees of the Ngāti Manuhiri Settlement Trust and Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Whātua have applied to the Māori Land Court at Whangārei for an order that the bed of the Hoteo River is Māori customary land. Ngāti Manuhiri seek an order that the bed of the Hoteo River upstream of the Tarakihi Falls is held by the Crown for the people of Ngāti Manuhiri. Ngāti Whātua seek an order that the bed of the Hoteo River from its mouth at the end of the area claimed by Ngāti Whātua under the Marine and Coastal Area (Takutai Moana) Act 2011 in the Kaipara Harbour, to its headwaters northeast of Wellsford, is held by the Crown for the people of Ngāti Whātua. The Māori Land Court will determine whether the bed of the Hoteo River is Māori customary land, and if it is, from whom that customary land is held.


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Olympic medals for swimmer Warkworth’s Grace Roberts came home with three medals when she competed at New Zealand’s largest multi-sport national event, the Special Olympics National Summer Games, last month. The young swimmer won silver in the 25-metre backstroke, silver in the relay and bronze in 50m freestyle at the games that were staged in Hamilton from December 8 to 12. Grace qualified for the games, which are only held every four years, after training with Kowhai Swimming Club and the Hibiscus Coast Rodney Special Olympics squad at Stanmore Bay. Although she has swum for the squad competitively since moving to Warkworth from the UK seven years ago, this was her


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first time racing at the national games. She said afterwards that she’s now keen to qualify for the 2026 games and win more medals. More than 1000 athletes took part in the Special Olympics Summer Games in 10 sporting disciplines over four days. Kowhai Swimming Club secretary Carol Christy said athletes attending the Special Olympics Nationals had to pay their own way, and Grace had been given a generous helping hand by the Warkworth Quilters Group, whose members helped to raise funds for her travel and attendance. She said the club always appreciated sponsorship.


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January 16

Warkworth Library Storyboard Trail, 10.30am


Warkworth Men’s Rebus social day, BBQ lunch, Shoesmith Hall, 10am. Info: Ron 422 3111


Stu Duval cartooning workshop at Warkworth library, suitable ages 5-12 years, contact the library to reserve a place, 2-3pm


Picnic Playreading with Warkworth Theatre, outside Warkworth Library, 7-9pm

18&20 Pork Pie fundraising river cruises aboard the Jane Gifford. Tickets $125. Email or txt Sam on 027 442 7685 19

Heritage Walk for children, part of Warkworth’s 170th Anniversary celebrations (see story p23)


Four Visions exhibition opening, Mangawhai Artists Gallery, Moir Street, 6pm. Works by Geoff Ruthe, Mary-Anne Boyd, Rachel Moore and Sheryl Jury, on display daily until February 1.

19&21 Auditions for Warkworth Theatre’s Plethora of Plays, Warkworth Town Hall. See for times 20-22

Martakana exhibition for Warkworth/Wellsford Hospice, Matakana School, 9am-5pm. Free entry


Pest Free Leigh open day, Leigh Hall, 10am-12pm


Oyster and Wine Pop-up, Matakana Estate, midday


Music in Parks: Coco-Rocky, Crimson Layne and guests, Sunburst Reserve, Snells Beach, 1pm (see story p30)


An eclectic evening of music in Waipu, 566 Cove Road, 6-10.30pm


Salty Dog Social Club annual fishing competition


Sneaky Bones & Friends presented by Auckland Folk Festival, Whangateau Hall, 7pm (see story p31)


SeniorNet open day, Warkworth RSA downstairs meeting room, from 1.30pm onwards (see story p23)


Matakana Food and Beer Festival, Matakana Country Park, 2-9pm. Info:


The Extravaganza Fair, Mangawhai Domain, 10am-4pm


Mahurangi Regatta, off Sullivans Bay for viewing, 1-8pm (see story p31)


Heritage Cruise on the Jane Gifford, one-way trip, departs Scotts Landing Wharf at 12.30pm, arrives Warkworth 2pm. Info:


Puhoi Village Market, Riverside Park, 9am-1pm. Live music, stalls, treasures, food and the Community Table produce and plants. To book a $20 stall space, email Jenny


Waipu Street Market, 9am

February 1

Warkworth Liaison Group meeting, Warkworth RSA downstairs meeting room, 7.30pm


Mahurangi Arts Network Trail. Info: art-trail-23 (see story p5)


Summer Classic 2023, Ascension Wine Estate, 4pm


Waipu Car & Bike Show, Caledonian Park, 10am-2pm


Waitangi Day Celebration, Te Hana Te Ao Marama Marae, 10am to 2pm. Live music, market stalls, food and hangi. All welcome. Info: 423 8701


Warkworth & Districts RSA Market, 8am-1pm


Blues Fest ‘23, Mahurangi Rugby Club, featuring North Harbour, Northland and Auckland development players

11&12 Mahurangi Arts Network Trail. Info: art-trail-23 (see story p5) 15

The Frank Burkitt Band, Whangateau Hall, 7.30pm


Youth Clubs and Groups day presented by Warkworth Library, Old Masonic Hall, Warkworth, 10am-2pm


Matakana Opera Picnic, presented by the Auckland Opera Studio, 5.30pm onwards (see ad p33)


Andy Buchinger, The Tahi Bar, Warkworth, 4-6pm


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Games capture Scottish spirit

Waipu was the place to be on New Year’s Day, when the town’s 150th Highland Games were held at Caledonian Park. After a hiatus of two years due to the pandemic, combined with a number of withdrawals due to ongoing covid cases and a completely new organising committee, the Scottish piping, drumming, dancing, sporting and clan anniversary gathering was not quite the size and spectacle Waipu Caledonian Society might have hoped for. However, committee member Kelly Sandford said the day still went well and thousands of people enjoyed the bands, displays and heavyweight sports. She added that more volunteers were always needed to keep the games going in future. Info: https://

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