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Dredging threat to Mahurangi fishing A ban on scallop dredging off the Coromandel coast has sparked fears commercial operators will switch their operations closer to the Mahurangi coast, with potentially devastating consequences for recreational fishing, tourism and businesses generally. Warkworth Gamefishing Club and Warkworth-based diving shop, New Zealand Diving, is currently alerting interested local groups and businesses to the dangers and urging them to band

together to oppose the dredging. The fears come after Fisheries Minister David Parker endorsed a voluntary rahui and banned scallop harvesting on the eastern Coromandel earlier this month, after widespread concern that dredging operations had devastated both the scallop beds and the wider marine environment. New Zealand Diving owner Neil Bennett says dredging involves dragging a net across the sea floor, which scoops up not just the

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scallops, but also things like seaweed, mussels, crabs, crustaceans and invertebrates, much of it food for larger fish species. “Basically, the whole ocean bed where they dredge becomes barren. It destroys everything,” he says. “Most other places in the world have banned dredging but in New Zealand it is still going on.” Mr Bennett says the Mahurangi area is a major recreational fishing destination

and the negative impact of dredging on tourism and business generally will be huge. He estimates about 70 per cent of his own customers are interested in diving for scallops. “We are already suffering from the loss of crayfish, now we are destined to lose our scallops. Once we lose them, it’s another nail in the coffin for tourism in Rodney,” he says. Mr Bennett’s views are echoed by LegaSea continued on page 2

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Dredging threat to Mahurangi fishing – an organisation dedicated to restoring New Zealand’s marine environment. LegaSea spokesperson Sam Woolford says while commercial fishers can no longer fish off Coromandel, there has been no reduction in the 50-tonne quota they are allowed to take from the Hauraki Gulf as a whole. “So, the outcome of closing down any part of the commercial fishing area is that all the pressure will be transferred somewhere else. In this situation, scallop beds off Omaha, Little Barrier and Great Barrier Island will receive the bulk of that pressure,” he says. To indicate what that pressure will likely look like, LegaSea secured a dredging map from Fisheries New Zealand under the Official Information Act. The map shows there were 3829 dredges off the east coast of the Coromandel (area 2L) from July 2019 to December 2020 compared with 2327 in areas off the coast of Omaha, Little Barrier and Great Barrier Island (2R and 2S), suggesting dredging operations will likely more than double in these latter areas. Mr Woolford adds that the fishing quota is also far too high and the dredging technique has not only wreaked havoc in Coromandel, it has also closed other fisheries, such as in the Marlborough Sounds. “If dredging is not banned in all the Hauraki Gulf then Omaha, Great Barrier and Little Barrier will be desecrated,” he says. But these concerns are not shared by the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI), which says adequate protections are in place. Fisheries management director Emma Taylor says Fisheries New Zealand (a division of MPI) does not believe that closing the east Coromandel scallop fishery will necessarily cause an increase in the scallop harvesting off the coast of Omaha, Little Barrier and Great Barrier Island. She says there are also a range of restrictions for this fishery, including bans on commercial fishing in key recreational scallop areas and a limited commercial fishing season. “As part of our management of scallops we closely monitor where and when fishing occurs and respond to any changes in catch,” she says. Ms Taylor acknowledges dredging can “impact” communities of sea creatures and

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Dredging opponents fear that almost 4000 dredges that occurred east of Coromandel last season (area 2L) will shift to areas closer to the Mahurangi Coast (areas 2R and 2S).

plants on the seafloor, but dredging within Coromandel Scallop Fishery (known as the SCA CS, which includes the Hauraki Gulf, Coromandel and Bay of Plenty), is confined to small areas. In the 2020-21 fishing year, the dredge footprint within the SCA CS was estimated to be 3.8 square km out of a total SCA CS area of 17,017 square km. Ms Taylor says the Government’s Revitalising the Gulf action plan released in June this year proposes banning recreational dredging, freezing the footprint of commercial scallop dredging to existing areas and facilitating the transition to alternative commercial harvesting methods

for scallops. But the Revitalising the Gulf action plan does not go far enough for Warkworth Gamefishing Club spokesperson Terry Creagh, who reiterates that any dredging devastates the sea bottom and the fish species that live there. Mr Creagh, who is also a delegate on the New Zealand Sport Fishing Council, says the council will be lobbying Fisheries Minister David Parker to ban all dredging in the Hauraki Gulf. Anyone interested in learning more about the anti-dredging campaign should email Terry Creagh at terry@autowatchinterlock.

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Professor says, think smarter about vital product needs during Covid A Warkworth expert in supply chains says householders should consider carefully the products they cannot do without as the world continues to grapple with disruptions caused by Covid-19. University of Auckland Professor of Operations and Supply Chain management David Robb says Covid has affected the global supply chain in various ways, including creating unexpected demand for some products, delaying port upgrades, closing ports and shutting down manufacturing plants – notably in China, which is pursuing the same covid elimination strategy as NZ. “Globally we have got huge issues in the supply chain. Currently, we have got 50 million shipping containers around the world, but many of them are in the wrong place at the wrong time,” he says. Professor Robb says even where New Zealanders think they have a secure supply of a product such as milk it still vulnerable to global upheavals. “Milk needs packaging and it needs processing and the machinery that processes milk requires spare parts and lubricants and most of these are imported,” he says. “Anything that is imported is likely to face long lead times.”

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Professor David Robb bought extra printer cartridges to safeguard against shipping delays.

At the household level, Professor Robb does not recommend hoarding items, but he does recommend careful planning to ensure people continue to have everything they need. “Instead of waiting until you are down to four rolls of toilet paper, maybe you decide to replenish when you are down to eight,” he says. He says products that everyone should think especially carefully about are ones that are imported and where there are a limited number of suppliers and few alternatives. Spare parts are a good example.

When Professor Robb noted the toner was running low for his printer recently, he ordered a few extra cartridges to give himself some extra security. “Will your particular product run out? You don’t know, but you don’t want to take the risk that you can’t run, say, your computer for the next year if you are working from home,” he says. Professor Robb likens such precautions to the amount in reserve people keep in their bank accounts. “When you are in a crisis, you probably want to put a little more in there,” he says.

Watercare spends $26m Lucy Moore pump station Watercare will start building a $26 million wastewater pump station at Warkworth’s Lucy Moore Memorial Reserve as soon as lockdown restrictions ease. Watercare says the pump station is the first of a series of projects that will cater for growth and improve water quality in the Mahurangi River. The pump station will be followed by the installation of a transfer pipeline, which will take wastewater from the pump station to a new wastewater treatment plant in Snells Beach/Algies Bay, which is due to be complete by mid-2022. Watercare project manager Dirk du Plessis says the projects will help prevent overflows and discharges into the Mahurangi River, ensuring cleaner water for everyone. “The new infrastructure marks an exciting new chapter in Warkworth’s history,” he says. The transfer pipeline will require the boring of a tunnel between 30 and 40 metres underground. The planned pump station is more than double the size of the 50-year-old existing facility and will be build on the existing pump station site. The new pumps will be capable of sending wastewater to the Snells

Watercare’s ageing pump station will be replaced with one four times more powerful.

treatment plant for processing at 290 litres per second, making them four times more powerful than the existing pumps Pedestrian access to the reserve will remain while construction takes place. Once the wastewater has been treated, it will be discharged into the Hauraki Gulf via an outfall pipe, which was completed in

March. The current Warkworth wastewater treatment plant will be decommissioned once the Snells/Algies Bay replacement is up and running. The Warkworth wastewater upgrades are due to be completed in 2024. Around 20,000 new residents are expected to move into the Warkworth area in the coming decades.


A front page story in a previous edition of Mahurangi Matters, “Brothers’ dispute threatens boatyard” (MM August 2) incorrectly stated when the lease expired on land leased by Robertson Boats. The story stated the lease expired in December 2017. The correct date is December 2007. Apologies.

Police say although compliance has been high, they are disappointed by ongoing attempts to break alert level boundary restrictions this month. A 29-year old man from Kaiwaka was caught by officers using railway tracks to evade checkpoints and cross the alert level boundaries. Police noticed the man walking on the tracks just north of the Te Hana over-bridge and, upon arresting him, found him transporting a small quantity of methamphetamine. The man was issued with an infringement and summoned to appear in the Whangarei District Court on October 12 on a drug charge. Another man was stopped at the Coal Hill Road checkpoint, near Mangawhai, and produced paperwork claiming he was transporting goods. Following questioning from Police, it was established that the man was using the exemption for personal reasons, to tow a boat he had just bought. Police issued the man with an infringement notice and notified the Ministry of Businesses Innovation and Employment (MBIE) of the incident. Last week, a Northland man told officers he needed to pass through a checkpoint on State Highway 1 to charge his electric vehicle in Warkworth. Officers were under the impression that there were no charging stations at his stated destination and turned him around. Also this month, a 33-year-old woman was arrested in Whangarei. She was initially turned around at a northern checkpoint while attempting to leave Auckland, but it is alleged she then used a paddock on a private property to avoid the checkpoint. A 25-year-old man was also arrested north of Whangarei in breach of his bail conditions. Police determined that the man had driven through the northern checkpoint from Auckland after allegedly claiming to have changed his bail address, deliberately misinforming officers. Meanwhile, Police are reminding permitted workers who are crossing alert level boundaries that they must carry evidence of a recent Covid-19 test or a medical certificate. Evidence of the test can include a text message, which will be automatically generated when the test is taken, paper confirmation or a doctor’s certificate verifying a medical examination. As of last week, a total of 545 vehicles had been turned around at the northern checkpoints. Police say this represents just one per cent of the total volume of traffic movements. NEW OFFICE OPENED at 3 Hibiscus Coast Highway, Silverdale

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Kowhai Festival ready to thrill despite delay The annual Kowhai Festival’s main events have been postponed to November. Spokesperson Murray Chapman says the organising committee feels it is unlikely that New Zealand will be back at Alert Level 1 by mid-October and even if it was, there would be insufficient time to complete the planning required. The revised festival, the 51st, will feature Summer Vibes on Saturday, November 20, and a Family Day on Sunday, November 21. Summer Vibes will run from 10am to 6pm and feature a music stage, bar and stalls selling local produce in the Warkworth Wharf Area. The headline act will be White Chapel Jak and other musicians will perform throughout the day. Family Day will run from 10am to 3pm and feature rides, amusements and stalls running along Warkworth’s Baxter Street. Stalls will sell locally made arts and crafts. A highlight will be a raft race at 10am on the Mahurangi River. Entrants will compete for a replica “Auld Mug” donated by sponsor Barfoot & Thompson. Murray says organisers are encouraging local businesses and groups to enter and entry forms will be available from the Barfoot & Thompson Warkworth office once lockdown restrictions relax. The Great Debate, sponsored by Harcourts, will be held on Saturday, November 27, at the Warkworth Town Hall. Food will be served from 6pm and the debate

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proper starts at 7pm. The first debate sees Toastmasters pitted against a combined Lions and Rotary team, who will argue whether Warkworth should be renamed Matakana South. The second debate will see Toastmasters take on a celebrity team to argue whether married men live longer. Celebrities confirmed so far are television presenter Hayley Holt and bachelor

star Art Green. Meanwhile, the festival outdoor movie night, sponsored by Barfoot & Thompson, is still scheduled for October 30, subject to Covid alert levels. This year, the film is Tom & Jerry and will play at Goodall Reserve, Snells Beach. The event is being organised in conjunction with the Snells Beach School PTA. The fun kicks off

around 3pm with a variety of amusements. The film will screen once the light fades. Murray says it’s challenging to have to plan a festival around the uncertainties created by covid, but organisers are desperate to ensure it goes ahead. “It’s not easy, but we love the look on people’s faces when it works,” he says.

Rubbish collection could go on rates following Council review

An Auckland Council review of how it charges for kerbside refuse collection could result in the end of orange rubbish bags in Rodney and a new bin system charged via household rates. Council’s Waste Solutions department is carrying out the review as part of its waste management and minimisation plan to provide consistent waste services across the region. At present, there are a number of rubbish collection methods used throughout Auckland, with just over half funded by rates and provided by Council, and 45 per cent pay-as-you-throw, provided by Council or a private operator. There is currently no council refuse collection service in Rodney – the service is provided by Northland Waste – but Council has committed to providing an Auckland-wide PAYT service in future, with the aim of reducing the amount of rubbish going to landfill. However, that commitment may now be in jeopardy, as new research by environmental consultants Waste Not has found “no clear

evidence that PAYT areas of Auckland their rubbish collected weekly, fortnightly, monthly and they’re only paying for the produce less refuse per capita than ratesrefuse they produce,” she said. funded areas”. In addition, management consultants Morrison Low concluded that “Bach owners really like bags, as they don’t rates-funded refuse collection would provide have to worry about bins going missing. greater cost-effectiveness for Council than the “And we know, user-pays encourages people current hybrid model or to reduce waste. A the PAYT option. At present, there are ratepayer system a number of rubbish The review and its doesn’t have that same findings came under incentive. We’re really collection methods used scrutiny at this month’s concerned that all of throughout Auckland, with Rodney Local Board Auckland is going to meeting, which began just over half funded by rates miss out if we switch with a presentation and provided by Council, and to a ratepayer-funded by Northland Waste 45 per cent pay-as-you-throw, model.” project manager April Several members provided by Council or a Peter during the public questioned the private operator. forum. She said the Board’s suggested company had been collecting refuse in feedback on the review, which accepted Rodney for 20 years and understood the Council findings that there was no clear rural area required tailored solutions for evidence that PAYT model reduced waste widely varying needs. to landfill. “We genuinely believe that a modern, “I don’t think it puts emphasis on the fact user-friendly user pays system is the right that PAYT gives an opportunity to modify the way people behave, whereas that’s lost thing to do. First and foremost, because if it’s a council rates service,” Warkworth residents have real flexibility – they can get

member Steven Garner said. “It says we support the council model. There has not been discussion about other ways to use PAYT to reduce waste.” Beth Houlbrooke was keen to hear more information about PAYT bins with smart chips inside, which Ms Peter said Northland Waste had recently trialled successfully on the North Shore. Wellsford member Colin Smith said he was unhappy that the Board feedback was leading to what Council wanted, not what people wanted, and called for a division vote. Board chair Phelan Pirrie maintained this was early-stage feedback and nothing would happen without public consultation, and evidence showed a rates-based collection system would reduce waste to landfill. The suggested feedback was voted through, with Steven Garner, Colin Smith and Tim Holdgate voting against. Feedback from all local boards will be considered when Council staff make their recommendation to be considered by Council’s Environment and Climate Change Committee on October 14.

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Upcoming road layout changes at Pūhoi Like many of you, my team and I welcomed Auckland’s shift to Alert Level 3 this month. While the level 4 lockdown was important in keeping us all safe, it did mean we had to pause all non-essential construction work. Only a small number of staff were allowed on site to carry out tasks such as traffic management and ensuring environmental controls were working safely.

Efforts continued to save the orca calf stranded at Plimmerton. Photo, Leon Berard | DOC.

Obligations to orca In July, an orca calf washed up on rocks near Wellington. He was separated from his pod, so would-be rescuers carried him by trailer up the coast, then by boat out to where they thought his family were. They were unsuccessful and over the next 13 days, we were transfixed with the fate of Toa. The Department of Conservation, Whale Rescue and other helpers sectioned off an area of boat ramp to contain him while they desperately tried to find and return him to his pod. His stranding coincided with school holidays, so he became a huge attraction. Families visited, sometimes with their dogs. Whale rescuers stood in the sea with the little lost orca through winter nights and days in freezing conditions. They kept him from bumping into the “sea pen” walls, kept him company and sang to him. He squeaked and called and cried. He had favourite people, those he drew extra comfort from – the boy who found him and orca legend Ingrid Visser, who had a lead role in his care. When stormy weather threatened his and his carer’s safety, he was moved into the biggest swimming pool to be found where he spent several days – first, being kept safe from high seas and then from harbour water polluted with sewage. Professor Karen Stockin, of Massey University, caused an outrage when suggesting that we might not have the happy ending we hoped for – and questioned how long it would be appropriate to keep Toa in a sea pen. She asked, on behalf of the International Whaling Commission, what does animal

welfare look like for a lost, very young orca, who is dependent on maternal milk, and whose chance of survival is slim. In the end, Toa died. He was surrounded by people who loved him, but without his pod. He touched many lives and hearts, including mine. Economist Geoff Simmons speculated that it would be great if every child living in poverty in New Zealand received the same concern and compassion as Toa. In response, animal rights academic Michael Morris said that the people concerned

Toa touched many lives and hearts, including mine. about Toa should be equally concerned about the lives and deaths of animals in industrial agriculture – the animals that most people eat every day. Sea Shepherd New Zealand Director Michael Lawry said given that humans have damaged animals’ habitats so that orca are rare and endangered, it was a moral obligation to try to save those in trouble where we could. The implication that “it’s children in poverty or orca, it can’t be both, so we should care for children, not orca” denies the fact that we’re failing both. In that conversation, there was a compelling logic, a moral imperative, a lesson from Toa. We should care for impoverished children, but we should definitely care for orca too. And if we care for orca, we should care for animals we kill for food as well.

Under level 3 some construction work has been able to resume. We are following strict health and safety protocols including restricted access to the construction site, physical distancing requirements, and the use of additional protective clothing. We are also revisiting our plans for work that was disrupted by the Level 4 lockdown. This includes the Southern Connection traffic switch, when we will open a small section of the new motorway between the Johnstones Hill Tunnels and Pūhoi. At this time motorists will start driving over Arawhiti ki Ōkahu (the viaduct over Ōkahu Inlet) and part of the new motorway, merging onto the viaduct after the tunnels and exiting before Pūhoi. Southbound motorists will drive the same route in reverse. This month I want to share some information about what this important stage of the project means for those travelling near Pūhoi. As many of you will know, south-facing on- and off-ramps are being built at Pūhoi. As part of the up-coming changes, these ramps will open in stages. At first, only northbound Hibiscus Coast Highway motorists will travel along the new motorway. They will exit at the new off-ramp and can turn left or right onto Pūhoi Road. A short time later, northbound and southbound SH1 traffic will begin travelling on this section of the motorway. The new Pūhoi on-ramp will temporarily open to both northbound and southbound traffic, with motorists travelling north exiting here to re-join SH1. Pūhoi traffic will be able to use the Pūhoi off-ramp onto Pūhoi Road (as shown in the map below). Motorists travelling south will use the on-ramp to merge onto the new motorway or can continue along SH1, which will temporarily become southbound only from Pūhoi to the tunnels. We had planned for this to take place in October however this has changed as a result of the lockdown. We will bring you more information as it comes to hand, or you can visit our website In the meantime I hope you are all keeping safe and well. Ngā mihi, Robert Jones Project Director

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Refuse centre closes for $2.4m revamp Tip opponents welcome The refuse and recycling centre at Lawrie Road, Snells Beach is open until this Thursday (September 30), then will be closed for up to two months while Auckland Council carries out a $2.4 million redevelopment of the site. The Government-funded overhaul will include a new shop and repair workshop and an education centre at the very rear of the site, together with an upgraded and sealed waste drop-off area. The site will also be made one-way, with a new exit onto Lawrie Road being added at the rear of former landfill and transfer station. Mahurangi Wastebusters director Matthew Luxon says the Council-led project will make Lawrie Road easier to use for customers and staff, with a more user-friendly drop-off system, several new buildings and improved staff facilities. He says that it proved impossible to safely keep Staff Office with Pay Station Composting Toilets

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the site open while the works take place, and is sorry for the inconvenience, but thinks the upheaval will be worth it. “Where the big hooker bins are, all that area has to be rebuilt and paved,” he says. “But the good thing is we’ll be back open for summer, and the site will be a lot better.” Once the revamp is completed, anyone without rubbish or recycling to drop off, but who wants to visit the new shop or education centre, will be able to use the second Lawrie Road access, avoiding the bin area. For now, Lawrie Road will open daily from 8.30am until 4pm, but only until this Thursday, September 30, and only for rubbish, green waste and scrap metal, as per Level 3 restrictions. From then on, the site at Rustybrook Road, Wellsford will be open six days a week, Tuesday to Sunday, from 10am to 2pm, for as long as Lawrie Road remains closed. Mahurangi Wastebusters is asking people to save up recyclables and reusables until restrictions move down to Level 2 and then take them to Rustybrook.

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The decision to refuse an application to create a special landfill zone in the Dome Valley has been greeted as “fantastic news” by those fighting Waste Management NZ’s (WM) plans to build a new regional dump. Although the panel of commissioners appointed by Auckland Council voted to grant WM resource consent to develop a new landfill in June, the same panel has now refused a separate plan change application that could have made it easier to allow future applications for landfill on the same land. In a lengthy 37-page decision document, the commissioners said a new landfill precinct and WM’s provisions for it were not necessary, and could water down some aspects of the Auckland Unitary Plan, including those designed to protect human health and the environment. They said if the consented landfill didn’t end up being built – and the decision to allow that is currently the subject of multiple appeals to the Environment Court – then allowing the land to be designated as suitable for landfill implied “a degree of acceptability” and would lock in potential future land use. Fight the Tip Tiaki Te Whenua executive Michelle Carmichael said the commissioners’ plan change decision was an important battle to win in the overall war against WM’s landfill scheme. “The plan change decision certainly provides us with valuable arguments we can use when appealing the resource consent application, so it’s definitely a positive for us and our fight,” she said. WM’s general manager for strategy, customers and sustainability, Ingrid Cronin Knight, said the company was reviewing the decision in detail before deciding how to progress. “While it is disappointing the private plan change application has been declined, there are positives within the commissioners’ detailed decision,” she said. Ms Cronin Knight said the fact that resource consent had already been granted was one of the reasons the panel had decided that the plan change was not necessary. “Adding to this, the commissioners have indicated if the landfill is constructed and operated in accordance with the consents granted, the creation of a precinct could be appropriate in the future.” The full decision can be read at www.aucklandcouncil.govt. nz/UnitaryPlanDocuments/pc-42-decision.pdf

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The trust started the project in 2018 with a grant from the Rodney Local Board to dredge the Warkworth Town Basin. It received $4 million from the Government last year.

Dredging nears completion Warkworth residents can look forward to the Mahurangi River buzzing with boats again next year as a $4 million dredging project reaches its final stage. Mahurangi River Restoration Trust’s Hugh Gladwell says about nine months’ work remains, with an expected completion date of next July. So far, 46,000 cubic metres of silt has been lifted out of the river and spread onto a farm near the river, where it is dried and buried. The trust had hoped the project would be finished this year, but it has been delayed by lockdowns and seasonal rain, preventing the silt from being dried. Hugh says the dredging has already made a difference to the river. Six kilometres of the eight kilometre stretch earmarked for dredging has been completed, allowing a depth of 1.5 metres at low tide. The river has so far been dredged from the Wilson cement works to Dawsons Creek. The remaining stretch from the cement works to the Warkworth town basin, although shorter, is the most challenging. Hugh says surveys show that this segment of the river has the most sediment. He expects that once the dredging project

is finished, the river will need maintenance dredging once every three years, similar to the Whangarei town basin. However, the estimated 100,000 cubic metres of extra water that will flow up the river as a result of dredging will help flush the river out. “It took 150 years for the river to degrade to this point,” Hugh says. He hopes that with ongoing riparian planting and Watercare’s work to divert its sewerage plant outfall from the river out to sea, the river will be clean enough to swim in. “Older Warkworth residents will recall swimming in the river as children, and we should be able to do that again.” Hugh thanked the Cookson family who have allowed the silt to be spread on their farm and have been patient with delays. “They have lived with a mud heap on their farm for five years. We are extremely grateful to them for putting up with it and letting us finish.” The river was historically a hub of maritime trade, but siltation caused by surrounding development has prevented all-tide access to boats, until now.

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response on whether it wants to opt in or out of Three Waters. The date for this has still to be determined. Among the questions in Cr Sayers’ survey are those concerning the governance and control of the new regional corporation. The Government proposes a “governance committee” of 14, with half of them being elected councillors and the other half from mana whenua. Of the elected councillors, five would be from Auckland, one from Kaipara and one from the Far North. The online survey can be found here:

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Dome landfill redundant

congestion. And where is our Local Board? Some common sense please. I attach photo of the evidence of desperate use by motorists. Joe Koppens, Snells Beach

In response to your question in Dome Valley landfill: The Redvale argument (MM Aug 2) – “If we don’t put a landfill in the Dome, what do we do with our waste? The case has never been made that a new regional landfill in Auckland is needed. Because Waste Management (WM) makes money from taking Auckland Council waste to its Redvale landfill, it wants to open a new one when Redvale closes. But landfills in our region are owned and operated by commercial competitors. Alternatives for Council’s use include landfills at Hampton Downs (operated by EnviroWaste) and Purewa (operated by Northland Waste). So, if Council can achieve its zero waste aim by 2040, the declining amounts of Auckland landfill waste from 2024 can go both south to Whitford and Hampton Downs and north to Purewa. That is a practical alternative. Also note that the rail line to Portland (and its quarry near Whangarei) is right alongside the Purewa landfill site, so Auckland could get its waste going north off the roads and make good use of the rail line that the Government is upgrading, so it can be used more. Another win-win? The waste-to-energy option is being dismissed as too expensive (debatable) and as encouraging waste, but keeping landfill costs down by making new ones does the same. The real question is – how much does everyone need to pay to avoid an environmentally destructive new landfill in the Dome? The answer should be, enough to achieve zero waste by 2040 and whatever it costs to use the alternative landfills available until then. William Foster, Leigh

Rodney Local Board deputy chair Beth Houlbrooke responds: Local roads are the responsibility of Auckland Transport (AT) and the local board has no decision making powers over them. When I saw that Rotary had placed some metal at the intersection of Sandspit Road and Matakana Road, I thought, “good job”. We had previously requested AT “shave off” this piece of road but were advised this wasn’t possible. The widening of Sandspit Road at the point pictured in Joe’s photograph was declined by AT due to concerns about safe access for residents of Millstream Place, the speed differential for vehicles on the new left-turn lane, creating an unsafe environment for lane changing, relocation costs for utilities (power pole and underground) and land acquisition, and they believed the additional lane created would only provide relief for around three to four cars. To enter into land acquisition for this tiny strip of land would not make sense to approach independently of the whole project, as more land than needed for this simple fix may end up being required.

Dog rule stupidity

How on earth do they think there is room for birds to nest at Snells Beach? With houses, people, dogs, cats, predators, and the tide coming into within four metres of the grassed area, they just do not have room to raise a family. These wild creatures need at least 20 metres of peace and quiet away from humans. So, please give the dog walkers their space back, because so-called progress and wildlife do not go together. Arthur Thomas Hopkins, Snells Beach Last month, Auckland Council announced temporary dog walking rules to protect endangered birds at Snells Beach. From August 27 until March 28, 2022, dogs are prohibited from all beach areas north of the Sunburst Avenue boat ramp. They must also be on-leash along Snells Beach Esplanade Reserve, north of the boat ramp – Ed.

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There’s a saying that goes “if you want to change the system, you have to become the system”. Those words came to mind this month, after the announcement that a plan change application to create a special landfill zone in the Dome Valley had been turned down, and they came to mind not because of the announcement itself, but rather the confusion that it caused. Many people thought that the decision meant a new regional dump couldn’t be built there. Not so. The commissioners who turned down Waste Management NZ’s (WM) plan change were the same commissioners who had already granted (four votes to one) resource consent to build a new landfill on the same land. Although that might not actually happen, as appeals against that decision are being made in the Environment Court. But if it does, then the plan change, had it been approved, would have allowed WM to re-designate the land as a special landfill precinct in the future, which could then make it easier for them to build further landfills. Confusing? Well, yes it is. And sometimes it can feel as if that’s a deliberate way of keeping your average Joe or Jo from meddling in such Grand Plans. As anyone who has had any dealings with council and planning issues will know, trying to understand and find your way through the labyrinthine legislative requirements, processes and departments involved in even simple developments can drive even a sober person to drink. It always seems to be the individuals and organisations who have the money, contacts and inside knowledge to understand and work the system to their own advantage that win. So when it comes to something as controversial and complex as building a new landfill, most ordinary punters don’t even know where to start in trying to comprehend the systems and legalities involved. It takes time, energy, dedication and a very large dictionary to grasp the frequently incomprehensible language, processes and vast amount of technical information produced. And that’s not a luxury that many people have. So we take our hat off to the dedicated band of people who have devoted themselves to the cause of not letting a corporate giant and council steamroller over locals’ concerns and countryside, and who persevere in playing by the rules that often seem so stacked against them.

We think someone at Council is being a little optimistic if they think that all this structure needs is a little maintenance.

Perverse priorities

So they spent likely hundreds of thousands widening and resealing parts of Sandspit Road to little benefit to motorists. Meanwhile, further along, entering the notorious Hill Street intersection, a fraction of the cost could have created an inner lane for traffic to progress into Warkworth. Warkworth Rotary has on a number of occasions deposited trailer loads of metal to obvious benefit to users, yet the authorities are blind to the obvious sense of minimal expenditure to make a substantial contribution to easing the

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Marja Lubeck, Rodney-based MP


Transport Minister Michael Wood chats with Marja Lubeck at the Wharehine yard, in Wellsford. Workers there opposed tolling the Puhoi to Warkworth motorway.

Getting rid of tolls It seems a while ago now, but the decision by the Minister of Transport not to toll the Puhoi to Warkworth motorway was welcomed, especially by residents of the Mahurangi region. The original road package in 2010 had funding restraints on it. So as part of the plan, it included the future consideration of tolling as part of the public-private partnership project. This then came up for investigation in early 2020. From that time onwards, I have advocated on behalf of our local communities that the toll proposed by the NZ Transport Agency would be putting an unreasonably heavy burden on the people of Rodney. The issue of double tolling was one of the discussion points during the recent visit of Transport Minister Michael Wood to Wellsford, where he talked at length with Wharehine workers – who were not keen on a double tolling! A big thank you to local organisations and individuals for the lobbying they did, and the many others who contacted me and who have over the last couple of years provided me with the information I needed to advocate on behalf of Rodney residents. It has been a privilege to be able to bring your voices to Parliament, making sure your concerns were heard. While we were celebrating this news of another win for the area, we were all reminded that although in New Zealand we have been enjoying freedoms most other countries haven’t had, there is still a worldwide pandemic raging. It’s easy to

forget when you visit our busy markets, attend events like the spectacular Mahurangi Winter Festival, go tree planting in Wellsford, attend a standingroom-only Save the Dome community meeting, celebrate the 26-year service of a Blue Light stalwart – that the risk from covid is always present. So, when on August 18 we all went into lockdown, it gave us a good reminder of the importance of scanning in, keeping records of where we have been, and keeping up the handwashing and mask wearing. New Zealand’s elimination strategy continues to save lives. Adjusted for population, we would have seven Covid deaths every day at UK mortality rates. And 10 deaths per day at US rates, where one in every 500 people have died of Covid-19. Our elimination strategy has given us among the highest levels of freedoms from lockdowns in the OECD over the last 18 months. While going hard and fast at the virus was tough at the time, it has meant a smaller overall social and economic impact than virtually anywhere else. Getting vaccinated is the best way you can protect yourself, your community and your loved ones. If you haven’t booked yet, I strongly encourage you to do so. It’s easy: online via or through the free phone line, 0800 28 29 26. Thank you for all of the ways you’re reducing the risk of spread and helping each other stay safe during lockdown. It’s making a huge difference.

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Auckland Transport has confirmed that plans are underway to build a much-needed footbridge in Wellsford next July. Rodney Local Board member for Wellsford Colin Smith says all it took to get the project off the ground was 12 years of campaigning, an $80,000 Greenways Plan and for the community to raise $1.4 million through a targeted rate. Earlier this year it was revealed at a meeting in Wellsford, with representatives of the Local Board, AT and KiwiRail, that the project had been delayed because of the

difficulty in getting permission for site access from Waka Kotahi New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) and KiwiRail. AT spokesperson Mark Hannan says AT has now “discussed options” with both agencies and the Rodney Local Board. He says AT is “undertaking investigation and design” for both a pedestrian bridge over the rail line as well as a footpath on the eastern side of Rodney Street, to connect Wellsford Town with Centennial Park. Mr Smith says that it has been like having

two parks on either side of a race track and expecting children to cross. “We have 30,000 car movements each year going straight through the guts of Wellsford and when the Puhoi to Warkworth motorway opens, it will be even worse,” he says. He hopes that NZTA and KiwiRail will contribute funds towards the project since both agencies are currently working on upgrades around the road and bridge. However, he says assistance so far has not

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The restaurant was an official supplier to the royal family, and we used to create antipasto dishes for the first courses at Buckingham Palace.

Before establishing Aldo’s Restaurant in Warkworth, chef Aldo Franckin worked in some of the finest restaurants in the world. The royal family are among those who have enjoyed his cuisine. Little wonder then that his signature dishes – including chicken Marsala, calamari fritti and mascarpone tiramisu – have proved such a hit in Mahurangi. He spoke to James Addis about his culinary journey …


was born in Newcastle, Australia, but my family comes from the Veneto region of northern Italy and our roots can be traced back there to the 13th century. I grew up in Australia but with extended family holidays in Italy. In Italy, I remember once we lived in a three-storey house in a small village. The bottom storey served as a barn, and at night the cows would be shepherded in there, the doors would be closed and the animals would heat the whole house. My family had interests in all kinds of vineyards, food and hospitality businesses. Interest in food was very normal for us – we were immersed in it. There would be large family gatherings on Sundays or at weddings and at Easter, and we would all eat, drink, dance and sing. Everybody would bring their own special dishes and we children would take part in preparing the food, such as blistering capsicums on my Nana’s old wooden range stove. Following the assassination of the former Italian prime minister Aldo Moro, my parents increasingly based themselves in Australia where they started up drive-in bottle shops and ran hotels and pubs. During my teenage years, I attended St Joseph’s College in Sydney as a boarder then went on to complete an apprenticeship as a diesel mechanic. Becoming a chef happened by mistake. My parents had bought a resort on Norfolk Island that was badly run down. They offered me a job maintaining the grounds, and for extra pocket money I would do

waitering and helping out in the kitchen. One day, there was a huge fight between the executive chef and the sous chef that involved lots of screaming, pans being thrown around and the sous chef walking out. The executive chef was shouting “Who is going to help me now?” I told him, “I can do it. I have been doing this with my family forever.” So, I began de-boning and stuffing the quails for him and wrapping them in prosciutto. The next thing I knew I was sent off to culinary school in Newcastle, and I’ve never looked back. That was the beginning of a four-year apprenticeship working in different restaurants and going to college one week a month. Back in those days, kitchens were volatile and sometimes got violent. Pans were thrown around and there could be scuffles and fights. The work was demanding with long hours. There have always been high expectations on the executive chef to perform and a restaurant’s reputation can be won or lost very fast. Once as an apprentice when I was scrubbing down the benches, I completely lost it and tipped a bowl of soapy water all over my head chef. Of course, I was told to apologise and promise never to do it again. How did I keep my job? Well, the fact that my parents owned the restaurant probably had something to do with it. After I finished my training, I began working at restaurants on different islands along the Great Barrier

Reef. One place I worked at was Bedarra Island – a small, exclusive resort. One day a whole lot of military helicopters landed and all these marines got out. It turned out we were hosting the Duchess of York and a guest of hers, and they had booked out the whole place for themselves. The marines disappeared into the surrounding rainforest to maintain surveillance on the place, and we never saw them again for another seven days. I didn’t meet Fergie, but she did send back compliments to me and my fellow chef. Her favourite thing to eat was freshly poached coral trout with a light vinaigrette sauce with shallots and fresh vegetables. It was easy to do. We were well set up and would have flown anything special required from the mainland for her, but it never proved necessary. After about two years at Bedarra, a colleague I had worked with in Sydney got in touch. He had moved to the UK to become head chef at Antonio Carluccio’s famed Neal Street Restaurant – one of the best Italian restaurants in London. It’s where Jamie Oliver worked in his early years and it was patronised by people like Prince Charles, Elton John and Nicole Kidman. My friend asked me to come over and become his sous chef and of course I said “yes”. It was a very serious position and you were not allowed to make any mistakes. Fresh ingredients would be flown in from around the world such as chanterelle mushrooms from Iran, Turkey or France depending on the season, and we would import enormously expensive white truffle oil from northern Italy. The restaurant was an official supplier to the royal family and we used to create antipasto dishes for the first courses at Buckingham Palace. We would also do the catering for the royal box at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden. Two detectives from the royal household would come down to the basement where the kitchen was and watch you cook. It was nerve-wracking, partly because normal service was still going on and the head chef and I would have to stop everything to attend to the royal duties. We would prepare things like fresh ravioli with spinach and ricotta cheese, pan-fried sole or salmon, chocolate baked tart, our own freshly made mascarpone and our freshly made Parmigiano gelato – which was quite radical for those days. The food would be plated and a detective would taste the finished dishes. Then they were sealed and placed in a large wicker basket for delivery by two assistants. I was in London for a few years and then returned to Australia to set up an Italian restaurant with my brother and father in Terrigal, New South Wales. It was a lovely area, right on the beach. I was trained in French cuisine, which is a good base for learning other styles, but I always drifted back to Italian food. I find Italian cooking creates maximum flavour from minimal ingredients. I stayed at Almarco’s Restaurant in Terrigal for three and half years before moving to New Zealand to marry my wife, Susan. She had a good job working as director of the counselling service at the University of Auckland, and when I first settled here, she suggested I forget about working and take it easy for a bit. That was fine for a while, but eventually I got bored. One day I picked up the newspaper and saw that Antonio Crisci’s Toto Ristorante in Nelson Street was looking for a head chef. So, I went and had a chat to him and started the next day. We did some lovely food there and won a number of prestigious Metro Corbans restaurant awards. Nevertheless, I was always looking for fresh challenges and after Toto’s I worked as a consultant establishing new restaurants and developing menus – notably when the wood-fired pizza trend took off in the early 2000s. Susan and I moved to Warkworth about 25 years ago and for a while we had our own restaurant in Snells Beach – Aldo’s Italian Cuisine – though mostly I continued to work in Auckland, either in other people’s restaurants or lecturing in cookery at a number of culinary schools. A few years ago, we decided we would like to set up our own restaurant again. Susan noticed there was a vacant space on Neville Street where the old Subway used to be and insisted I take a look. When I did, I loved the place. My wife and son Michael helped refurbish it. We even made our own tables from recycled kauri from the west coast. Of all the restaurants I’ve worked in this one has a special place in my heart. It’s the most personal restaurant we have done. The food and recipes I use at the restaurant are the same as the ones we enjoy at home and at family gatherings – with as little complication as possible. Even our famous tiramisu, which for a long time Susan insisted was a special treat reserved for the family, is now something we happily serve at Aldo’s. September 27, 2021 | Mahurangimatters |



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he Wharehine and Wellsford communities lost a valued volunteer and committee member of both the Albertland Heritage Museum and Minniesdale Chapel with the sudden passing of Lynette (Lyn) Johnston this month. A prolific contributor to many publications (including Mahurangi Matters) and local and national museums, Lyn was recognised as a dogged and meticulous researcher, with a vast knowledge of local history. The Marsh family moved to New Zealand as Albertlanders in the 1860s and the descendants have been part of the community to the present day. Although Lyn was born in Australia, she returned to New Zealand as a young child, arriving on the TSS Monowai in November 1949. She came from an Air Force family, so grew up in the Whenuapai area, attended Hobsonville Primary, and was a foundation pupil at both Whenuapai Primary and Rutherford High Schools. After a short spell in Christchurch, she spent most of her adult life in Kaikohe, but moved to the Marsh homestead in Wharehine in the early 1990s to be a companion, and then carer, to her mother Isabella (Belle) Johnston. After her mother’s passing, Lyn remained at ‘The Farm’ until her own passing. Since moving to the

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farm, Lyn gave selflessly of her time, spirit and energy to the Albertland Heritage Museum and the Minniesdale Chapel committee. She was instrumental in the success of the yearly museum calendar and numerous exhibitions. Her enthusiasm for the heritage of the district was contagious and she strove to engage the wider community in understanding and appreciating their shared history. Museum visitors were assured of a warm welcome whenever she was on reception and she was never too busy to help people search for fragments of their personal family histories. She was also enormously proud of her Albertland heritage. Lyn was a self-taught but accomplished artist and her paintings won a number of awards in competitions. Her works, either commissioned or simply given as an expression of thanks, hang on many walls throughout NZ. She was also a keen muso, having sung in her youth during the folk era with her younger brother Phil’s band. Although hearing difficulties hampered her listening to music in later life, her voice was always to the fore when Phil unlimbered up the “geetar”. Lyn also enjoyed theatre and the ballet. Known to many as Aunty Lyn, her passing will leave a space in the community which will be hard to fill. Lyn passed away suddenly at North Shore Hospital on September 9 after a very short illness. She is survived by her two children, Christy and Richard, and three granddaughters, Nadia, Robin and Lynette.

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and James has been experimenting with a kawakawa infused oil. However, James’ personal preference is to add a squeeze of fresh lemon and just send them “down the hatch”. He says the best time to eat oysters is during the colder months, through to late December, while they are fattening up ahead of the spawning season. James has also bought the Matakana River Tours business after having partnered with Phil Morris last year to add a kayak experience. This offers the opportunity to see the local landscape from a different perspective – by riverboat, kayak or both. The tour features commentary on the river’s history as a commercial trade route in early European and Maori times, as well as the natural features and wildlife. “Every trip you see something different.” Matakana River Tours will resume in October, while the NZ Oyster Farm tours run all year round. “Both make for an ideal end of year function with private tours tailored to suit,” James says.



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Central’s Tips October 2021 In the Edible Garden • Growing organically? Start the vegetable garden off with Living Earth organic certified Veggie Mix, a chemical-free mix that is excellent for growing food • In go the tomato, capsicum and cucumber plants • Put in frames or stakes for fast growing crops such as tomatoes and beans, even capsicum and zucchini can be grown this way • Plant pumpkin seeds in a spacious area that has had plenty of compost • Start a regular liquid fertiliser regime with Aquaticus Organic Booster. It can be applied as a drench around all edible plants or used as a foliar spray • Edibles as a hedge: use bay or feijoa trees for larger hedges or the NZ cranberry, Mytrus ugni, for a compact area. In vegetable beds curly parsley or the smaller forms of English lavender look great

The rest of the Garden • Pick up the fallen petals of camellia flowers to avoid spreading petal blight spores around the garden • Wage war on the weeds by actively removing or spraying them early in the season • Plant out summer annuals such as petunias, impatiens and lobelias in baskets and pots. Liquid feed weekly and water daily until established • Let the foliage of spring flowering bulbs die off naturally, so nutrients in the leaves travel down to the bulb • Fertilise established lawns with Turfmaster Gold. Use a handheld spreader to apply evenly. Most lawn fertilisers should be watered in after application to avoid burning

As I write this sitting at home during a Covid lockdown, nearly everything I read seems to reinforce how down people can get during this time. It made me down to read it all! Perhaps we need to think back to the first big lockdown in 2020, and while no one can forget the challenging impact it had on a lot of our businesses, especially in the hospitality sector, the overall experience also had some positive outcomes. During the lockdown period of 2020, many business owners took the time to look at their business from what is often referred to as the “helicopter view”. In other words, they looked at their business from above and from the outside, rather than being bogged down with the stress of everyday work life. The positive result of this outside perspective was that many businesses changed the way that they did things. They tried something new. Many businesses now offer their products online and for some an online presence is now a substantial part of their business operation. We had other businesses who came up with new products and services that were specifically designed with lockdowns in mind. Furthermore, other businesses challenged their staff and themselves to come up with new and innovative ways to market their businesses. We found that often landlords were some of the first to step up and offer help because they realised that helping a good tenant out is better in the long run than short-term financial gain. I heard of very few landlords who during that time didn’t assist their tenants. I believe that one of the best outcomes of that first lockdown in 2020, and one

that has had long-term effects, was the community engagement that we saw in our local region. Many of us got to know neighbours as more than someone to just wave to now and then – we really did have neighbours helping neighbours, and for a lot of people those relationships have endured. In Warkworth, we had the Caremongers start up to assist the elderly and those who are immunity compromised with shopping, and it was great to see that leap into action again with this latest lockdown. We had people suddenly realising that “Buy Local, Support Local and Employ Local” wasn’t just a header we could put on our emails. It became a way of life for our community members to help our local businesses survive. There were people shopping locally that had previously done their shopping in Auckland, close to where they worked. These days, people are more aware of their local business community and often choose to spend their money closer to home, in our town. When we get all down about the lockdown, remember that out of adversity opportunity often comes. We have been here before, we are resilient and resourceful, we can use this time to once again find new ways of operating successfully in the face of challenges. Lockdowns are never easy, but we can all do the right things: stay socially distant, wear face masks, and scan in. For business owners and staff, look at what you can do to future-proof, or lockdown proof your business. As our logo says, we are “Stronger Together”. Visit the One Mahurangi website for Covid-19 Business Support information:

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Southern firm says wasteto-energy possible A waste recovery firm in the South Island is preparing to build a waste-to-energy plant – despite claims by Waste Management, the company proposing a landfill in the Dome Valley, that such plants are impractical in New Zealand. During recent hearings for the consent application for a regional landfill south of Wellsford, anti-landfill submitters called on commissioners and Auckland Council to consider waste-to-energy alternatives. In reply, Waste Management argued that the volume of waste needed to make a waste-to-energy plant viable simply wasn’t accessible in New Zealand. That has not stopped South Island Resource Recovery (SIRRL) from announcing that it will soon apply for a resource consent application to build a $350 million wasteto-energy plant in Waimate and is seeking community feedback. And SIRRL director Paul Taylor says his firm will build a plant which will make use of waste produced in the South Island alone. He draws figures from the Climate Change Commission that say the South Island will still produce 750,000 tonnes of waste annually by 2035, despite waste minimisation efforts. He says his model for an energy plant will only require half that amount of feedstock to be viable. Meanwhile, the commission predicts that the North Island will produce 2.25 million tonnes of waste annually by 2035. Mr Taylor says the new plant will not require residents to pay more for waste disposal than they already do, being funded either by rates, purchase of rubbish

Waste Management argued that the volume of waste needed to make a waste-to-energy plant viable simply wasn’t accessible in New Zealand.

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bags and sale of the energy produced. SIRRL has chosen the Waimate site for its first plant because it is located between the two largest southern population centres, Christchurch and Dunedin, and has access to road and rail networks. Asked if SIRRL would consider bringing its technology to Rodney or Northland, Mr Taylor says the north is in his sights. “Once resource consent is granted, it is likely we will look to the North Island for further opportunities to apply the technology.” At 35 megawatts, the plant’s power generation would be modest compared to the Huntly coal-fired power station, which produces 500 megawatts, or the Arapuni

hydroelectric generator on the Waikato River, which produces 200 megawatts. However, it is more than Waste Management’s Redvale Landfill and Energy Park, which generates 12 megawatts from methane. SIRRL’s design for a plant would burn waste to produce steam to power turbines. It says that contaminants produced from burning the waste, known as fly ash would be captured and treated with plasma thermal technology. Electrically charged plasma gas would convert the fly ash into a glass-like substance, which SIRRL anticipates could be crushed and used as road aggregate. However, news of the company’s intention

to build a waste-to-energy plant has been met with criticism from Environment Select Committee chair and Green Party MP, Eugenie Sage. Ms Sage was quick to criticise SIRRL online, saying that a waste-to-energy plant would drive demand for waste feedstock, incentivising producing more waste instead of recovering it. But Mr Taylor says that zero-waste targets are unrealistic and best estimates for waste production for the foreseeable future will provide enough feedstock for a waste-toenergy plant. He says the plant will not burn materials that can be recycled, instead burning waste otherwise destined for landfill.

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Terry and Margaret refused to mope after lockdown messed with their diamond wedding anniversary plans.

Lockdown scuppers party plans Warkworth couple Terry and Margaret Norris were all set to celebrate their diamond wedding anniversary in style last month until level 4 lockdown threw a spanner in the works. Planned celebrations included a gathering of friends and neighbours at their home on their wedding date of August 19. There was also to be a family function at the Sandspit Yacht Club a few days later, plus another gathering with Margaret’s friends from hospice and her aqua aerobics class. Unfortunately, lockdown was declared two days before the first event, leaving the couple’s plans in tatters. “Three parties were planned and none of them could take place,” Terry says. But rather than mope, the couple decided to

crack open a “bottle of bubbly” and celebrate by themselves, tucking into the food they had prepared for an expected 20 guests. “We ate very well that night, and it was good,” Terry says. Although there were no other people to share their 60th anniversary with, the couple did receive plenty of cards, including one from the Queen. Terry says he met Margaret on a blind date in London when he was working as a mechanical engineer and she was a teacher. He can’t now remember any details of the date or how it was arranged, but the couple quickly discovered a mutual attraction and were later married in a Welsh chapel in 1961. “Everything back then was done very properly,” Terry says.

Terry and Margaret emigrated to New Zealand in 1973. Terry went to work at the New Plymouth Power Station and Margaret continued to teach. The couple moved to Snells Beach about 22 years ago and then on to Warkworth. “It’s a very friendly, small town. People know each other and they care about each other. It’s also got a river running through, it which makes it something special,” Terry says. Terry says the secret of a successful marriage involves keeping a sense of humour, knowing the importance of family and friends, and ensuring there’s some give and take. The couple plan to revisit all their anniversary plans once Auckland reaches Alert Level 1.

Warkworth Rotary/Lions Food Rescue service passed its fifth anniversary in July, having ‘rescued’ 84 tonnes of food through its service since July 26, 2016, when 5.5kg was first donated. Lions spokesperson Peter Henderson says since the service opened, volunteers have worked daily, even during Covid-19 lockdowns, to ensure that the needs of the community, from Puhoi to Te Hana, were not overlooked. Initially working out of the old Warkworth courthouse, the service was originally set up to “rescue” food that would have otherwise gone to the tip or piggeries, and redirect it to foodbanks to deliver to families in need. The service now operates from the Warkworth Museum Op Shop in Baxter Street. Mr Henderson says Food Rescue thanks local supermarkets and suppliers for their continued support over the last five years. “From the members of Warkworth Rotary and the Lions Clubs of Warkworth, Kowhai Coast and Wellsford, a big thank you for the community support,” he says. Anyone wanting to support the food rescue effort can drop off non-perishable food at the museum op-shop, 28 Baxter Street, from 9am to 4pm weekdays.

Infrastructure on course

Auckland Council says it should be able to progress $31.8 billion investment in infrastructure, despite taking another financial hit from Alert Level 4 lockdown. Mayor Phil Goff says with prudent financial management, Council should be able to ride out the storm. He said Council’s Emergency Budget last year and 10-year Recovery Budget this year, anticipated a risk of a further wave of covid.

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Sweet iodine Iodine has been described as one of the most misunderstood and feared of all the elements necessary for human health. My interest in iodine began when I discovered that I was low in it. After a few months of taking an iodine supplement, a large wart on my hand dropped off and all the little warts on my knee disappeared. The wart on my hand had been resistant to all sorts of other treatments and had been growing at a steady rate. As warts are a virus, I was reluctant to have it burned off as it wouldn’t stop more warts growing. After using iodine, the warts never returned, and this was well over five years ago. Iodine certainly is misunderstood. Perhaps the biggest area of uncertainty is around the RDI. The current accepted recommended daily intake (RDI) for iodine in New Zealand is 150 micrograms (0.15mg). The average daily intake of iodine for a typical Japanese seaside villager has been estimated at 12mg (80 times more than our RDI). More recent research showed that the intake of an average Japanese citizen may be around 3mg – still 20 times New Zealand’s RDI). Known issues of iodine deficiency, such as breast cysts, breast cancer and prostate cancer, are much lower in Japanese people compared with people in countries like New Zealand where iodine intake is very low. Like all minerals in human biology, the critical factor is balance. Obviously, having too much iodine is also a problem

and it can be toxic. Typically, the first sign of having too much iodine may be skin lesions, a brassy taste in the mouth, a runny nose and development of a goiter. To absorb iodine, there needs to be trace minerals available. The most critical being selenium (another mineral that New Zealand soils are very low in), about 150 mcg of this are needed daily. When it comes to supplementation everyone is different. Iodine supplementation must be done carefully if there has been any previous thyroid disease or issues. The thyroid is a small butterflyshaped endocrine gland at the base of your neck (just below your Adam’s apple). The job of the thyroid is to regulate the body’s metabolism. The thyroid is mainly made up of iodine so having adequate levels of this mineral is critical. Iodine is an anti-bacterial, anti-parasitic, anti-cancer and anti-viral and so, like zinc, is critical for your immune system. There are also strong links to cyst formation and breast tumours with iodine deficiency as well as mental retardation, ADHD and multiple sclerosis. While our soils are iodine deficient our seafood is not. Seaweed (such as kelp) is the highest source of iodine in New Zealand and is a very good way to supplement. While there is plenty of controversy around what the RDI of iodine should be, we can agree that adding kelp daily and seafood to our diets is safe and beneficial.

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Rice to the rescue Keeping a stocked store cupboard constantly full is all very well, but it can be annoying too. Often staples can languish there for so long that they pass their best use by date, or even attract nasty pantry moths. However, at the beginning of our recent lockdown, I was grateful to have dry goods stored in air-tight containers. Although I had little fresh food, we could still eat well and nutritiously. Most of all I find rice really useful. In my pantry I have short grained rice for risotto, sushi and rice puddings; brown rice for salads; basmati and Jasmine rice for Asian-style dishes. The basmati came to my rescue when three days into lockdown, I remembered it was our wedding anniversary. I would love to have opened some smoked salmon or a tin of caviar, but the only protein on hand was a lonely leg of chicken. Fortunately, I remembered a rice dish that I often make for special occasions. It served us well with a glass of celebratory riesling.

This recipe is based on one in Margaret Shaida’s book The Legendary Cuisine of Persia. I have simplified it to suit today’s busy cook and omitted most of the sugar. If some of the ingredients are hard to find, just leave them out as there’s plenty of flavour. The roast chicken can be omitted or replaced with salmon or smoked fish.

Fragrant rice with Persian spices 1 cup basmati rice 1 small fennel bulb or 1 onion 3 tablespoons olive oil 1 tsp salt 2 small carrots, peeled and cut into julienne strips 1 tsp sugar 2 pinches of saffron threads Thinly peeled and sliced rind of 1 mandarin (or orange) 30g almonds 30g currants 2 tsp advieh (a Persian spice mix made with 1 tbsp cinnamon, a pinch of saffron threads, ½

tbsp ground cardamom and 1 tbsp rosewater) ½ cup of stock 1 cooked chicken breast (optional) Mint leaves to garnish

Soak the rice in plenty of water for 15 minutes, then drain. Chop the fennel or onion into small pieces and fry in 1 tablespoon of the oil in a heavy casserole dish until soft. Set aside. Fry the carrot in a small frying pan with 1 tablespoon of oil for 5 minutes. Stir in the sugar, 1 pinch of the saffron and 2-3 tablespoons of water. Cover and cook for 4-5 minutes until the liquid is reduced. Set aside. Thinly peel the mandarins, avoiding all

pith. Cut into julienne strips, place in a saucepan, cover with cold water and bring to the boil. Strain and repeat this process to remove all bitterness. Set aside. Cut the almonds into slivers. Soak the currants in warm water for 15 minutes, drain and reserve. Meanwhile, drain the soaked rice and place in a saucepan with enough salty water (or chicken stock) to cover the rice – reaching about 3cm above the rice. Bring to a boil, then simmer over low heat with the lid on until the liquid is mostly absorbed and the rice is almost cooked. To assemble and finish: Preheat the oven to 180C. In the oven dish with the fennel

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Defeating Delta The Delta variant of Covid-19 is by far the most contagious and dangerous genetic form to appear so far. This variant has been detected over the past month in the wider Warkworth region. In a community in which few are vaccinated but all are exposed to the virus, most of the unvaccinated would become infected but most of the vaccinated would not. A combination of vaccination and mask wearing are the most effective strategies for stopping Delta. Vaccination protects against serious illness and death, and masks protect against casual transmission. Within just a few months, the Delta strain has spread rapidly to over 98 countries. The importance of double vaccination is demonstrated by studies showing 95 per cent efficacy against the Delta variant after two Pfizer jabs. At the time of writing, two thirds of the eligible New Zealand population have been vaccinated. The percentage unvaccinated is dropping at roughly 10 per cent per week, so a national target of 90 per cent fully vaccinated is certainly achievable within the coming months. Until we achieve much higher levels of vaccination (perhaps greater than 90 per cent), there is a genuine risk that new even more dangerous and vaccine-resistant variants may emerge. The actual global mortality due to this pandemic (18 million deaths) is far less than that of the 1918 influenza pandemic (100 million deaths). The lower fatality rate has emerged, even though the planet now has three times the 1918 population. The lack of knowledge about virology and the absence of an established vaccine were key factors in the massive mortality in the years around 1918. In 2021, we have the benefit of access to several thoroughly tested, safe and effective vaccines. Rejecting vaccines in 2021 is a voluntary 100-year step back into the throes of one of the more deadly pandemics in human history.

What are some of the expected costs of not being vaccinated in a community with low vaccination rates? The primary cost is obviously the possibility of serious illness and even death of the individual, but there’s more. Unvaccinated individuals who have unvaccinated relatives and close friends are spreading the infection risk to their whanau. Unvaccinated individuals who deal with the public in their employment are likely to spread the risk of very serious illness to many in the community. Access by unvaccinated individuals to cafes and restaurants

Until we achieve much higher levels of vaccination (perhaps greater than 90 per cent), there is a genuine risk that new even more dangerous and vaccine-resistant variants of Covid-19 may emerge. and major entertainment events will be blocked, as has happened in many other countries. Failure to achieve full vaccination will have a major impact on many economic sectors by preventing the restoration of materials and product supply chains. Unvaccinated individuals will not be permitted to travel internationally to visit family and friends. The economic costs of hospitalisation of such individuals given the contagious nature of the virus are very high. In some countries, the increased burden on health systems has led to the breakdown of their national health systems. If as a caring local community, we can achieve a greater than 90 per cent vaccination rate, we will suppress Delta and will prevent numerous avoidable cases of serious illness and death.

Building projects face long wait Mahurangi residents who have spent lockdown thinking up fabulous improvements and additions to their home, will need to be patient. Builder Tony Borich, construction manager for Brackenridge, says there was a building boom on the back of the last lockdown as people sought to see their home improvement dreams realised, and he expects a similar phenomenon to occur as we emerge from the current lockdown. The problem is while lockdown did not curtail customers’ imaginations, it did stop the production of essential building supplies in Auckland factories. Local builders say nearly all building supplies are challenging to get hold of, especially steel products, window joinery, sheet products, structural timber, insulation, electrical products and plumbing materials. This will likely mean customers will have long wait times before their job can be completed. Franchise director for Jennian Homes Aidan Jury adds that the strict safety protocols for working at Alert Level 3 on

building sites will also likely slow things down. This means only a single “construction bubble” (for example, an electrical crew), working on a building site at any one time. Richard Denton, owner of RD Construction, says the slower pace will likely mean building risk insurance costs will also go up. Policies are valid only within limited time frames and have to be renewed once deadlines expire. On a brighter note, Mr Jury says planning design and resource consenting work has been able to forge ahead more quickly under lockdown, clearing a backlog of work built up following the last lockdown. He also feels despite the lockdown setbacks, the building industry is in pretty good shape. “Building consent numbers are at record levels all throughout New Zealand and the north Auckland area is particularly strong. And if you look around there are some quite nice subdivisions coming on stream,” he says.

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A Russian legacy. Landmines were dropped en masse, many shaped and coloured like butterflies. This was so that they would be attractive to children, the warriors of the future.

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Afghanistan police trainer – ‘All we can do is hope’ Over the past 20 years, Police Inspector Steve Kose has been deployed on five overseas missions – East Timor in 2000, the Solomon Islands in 2004/05, Afghanistan in 2006, and Bougainville twice, firstly in 2009 and then again from 2017 to 2019 as the contingent commander. Of all these tours, he says Afghanistan was the most rewarding, but also the hardest. Although Steve is based in Auckland, he grew up in Warkworth and spoke to Mahurangi Matters about his Afghanistan experience and what he thinks the future might hold with the Taliban in charge … It has been heart breaking to watch the news and see the violence that the withdrawal of the United States has led to, but I also feel there is a glimmer of hope. There are some signs that the Taliban is trying to move on

from the past 20 years and I think maybe they have had enough of killing. Hopefully, this is an opportunity for the Afghan people to determine their own destiny, and they are the only ones who can. Bringing peace and stability to the country will be very hard though because there are so many different ethnic groups. But, from what I have read and seen on TV, there are some signs that it is the path that the Taliban is willing to take. I hope so. I was in Afghanistan for six months as part of the International Security Assistance Force, which operated under a United Nations mandate. Its role was to assist the Government of Afghanistan and the international community to maintain security within its area of operation. In 2002, Germany assumed the lead role in rebuilding the Afghan National Police and I was a member of a three-man New Zealand Police team involved in getting a

regional training centre up and running in Bamyan province, in the north. When we started, we were using a tent for the classes, which was a challenge in an area with such extreme temperatures. In summer it could get to 50 degrees Celsius, while the temperature could fall to minus 25 degrees in winter. So one of our first jobs was to build a proper centre and then start training police recruits. The recruits were divided into two groups – those who could read and write and those who couldn’t, and the course was structured accordingly. For many on the course, it was the first time they had received any formal training. We covered areas such as the use of firearms and open arm combat. Most of the police work that these recruits were involved in was pretty basic – family disputes and robberies, and smuggling was also a problem. The course was designed around their laws and the response from

the participants was very positive. I can’t say I never felt unsafe while in Afghanistan, but we operated under the auspices of the NZ Defence Force who travelled with us whenever we delivered training off site or even if we just went into the bazaar. The thing that I was unprepared for when I went to Afghanistan was the beauty of the landscape, its history and the friendliness of the people. Bamyan is 2500-metres above sea level, which is a little like working on the summit of Ruapehu. It is a stopping point on the China to India leg of the ancient Silk Route and there were five World Heritage sites in the area where we lived. This included the City of Caves and the three standing Buddha statues, which were destroyed by the Taliban in 2001. One of the most spectacular places we visited was Band-e Amir, which is a series of six continued next page

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Scouting for leaders The Warkworth Scout den is looking for new leaders after being hit hard by the impact of Covid-19. Group leader Anne-Marie Woodcock says there is currently a waiting list for new youth members but the group can’t cater sign them on until it can recruit more leaders. Warkworth scouts do a range of activities such as making camp fires and sleeping in tents, but is also offering new opportunities to learn skills. For instance, at a Mount Ruapehu snow school they learn to ski and at the Walsh Memorial Flying School, where they send a week in Matamata in January, they get to fly small aircraft. A jamboree is held once every three years where scouts from all over the word meet for a 10-day camp with activities such as diving and shooting. Warkworth recently did a bush-style master chef competition where scouts learned how to cook in the wild. Anne-

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Time to normalise talking about men’s health Wellsford’s Dr Neil Anderson is doing his best to normalise everyday men’s health topics like getting tested for prostate cancer. On Friday, November 12, he will be the guest speaker at a Blue September event held at the Wellsford Community Centre. Blue September is the Prostrate Cancer Foundation’s annual awareness and fundraising campaign. Dr Anderson says part of the reason that men are reluctant to visit the doctor and get tested for prostate cancer is the misconception that it necessarily means they will have to have a digital rectal exam. Most of the time a “prostate specific antigen” (PSA) blood test is fine, although a digital rectal exam is more precise. The blood test can also give a false positive if a man has increased levels of PSA from sexual activity or even riding a bike. He recommends that men over the age of 50 should get a PSA test once a year. However, if there is a family history with prostate cancer, it is recommended to start from age 40. Genetic predisposition significantly increases the risk of prostate cancer – it is about 65 per cent more likely if an immediate relative has had it. Possible symptoms of prostate cancer include bone pain, blood in the urine or irregularity in urination, including frequent or infrequent urination, or difficulty urinating. Men with prostate cancer can also be asymptomatic, which is why it is important to get regularly tested. “If regular screening picks up a potentially aggressive cancer while it is asymptomatic, it is lifesaving,” Dr Anderson says. A diagnosis of prostate cancer does not always mean that radiotherapy must begin. Dr Anderson says that sometimes a “watchful waiting” approach is taken and some types of prostate cancer are lower risk and just need to be monitored.

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In fact, after age 75 men are more likely to “die with” prostate cancer than die because of it. A significant number of men are only found to have prostate cancer after they have died of another cause. In terms of general health, Dr Anderson encourages all men to get an annual check-up from the doctor and discuss any concerns they might have. “A lot usually comes up from that conversation,” he says. He says a lot of Kiwi men work outdoors which can predispose them to skin cancer, especially on their backs. Another common point is men’s sexual concerns. Dr Anderson says he tries to normalise the discussion around treating

erectile tissue issues as much as possible, for example, referring to medication as “performance enhancers”. However, he says much of the time, medication is not needed or may just function as a confidence booster that allows the body’s natural processes to happen. Often the concern about the problem is in fact the root of the problem. Dr Anderson questions his patients and if he finds that men are able to initially get an erection but then lose it, the problem is likely psychological, not physiological. “Especially if a man experiences morning erections, difficulty maintaining one is more likely to be related to stress or performance anxiety,” he says.

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Among the larger community projects that the expanded Men’s Shed will be able to accommodate is one to restore a historic kauri meeting table from the Whangateau Hall. Barry says the table is more than two metres long and about 1.8 metres wide and currently difficult to find room for. Meanwhile, the Men’s Shed continues to make and supply pest traps for local community groups and has set up a miniproduction facility within its existing space. Shed member Glyn Williams estimates members have produced almost 1000 traps in recent months. The Men’s Shed is located behind the Kowhai Art & Craft Centre and provides men and women with access to a range of woodworking and engineering tools, which they can use to work on personal or community projects. Barry Thompson says the expansion project is expected to cost about $12,000 and Men’s Shed is making grant applications and seeking community support to secure the funding.

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offshore. Farmers often have even less control over the price achieved for their produce for export, as they have to sell to the exporting company. While this situation is obviously not good for farmers, it is also not good for the rest of us either. Farmers are custodians of the land and when returns are low, they are forced to work on a “volume model” rather than a “value model” of production. It means there isn’t the time or money to address environmental


A recent Commerce Commission report found that the cost of food is the second largest expense for New Zealand households after mortgage or rent. On average, we spend $234 per week on groceries and many of us a whole lot more. By international comparisons, our food prices are very high – as many of us who travelled before the pandemic can attest. So, our farmers must be making a mint, right? Think again. Before the turn of the 19th century, only a few generations ago, farmers received up to half of every dollar spent by consumers on food. Nowadays, they’re lucky to get somewhere between eight and 12 per cent, with the lion’s share going to marketing and sales (66%), and the rest to processing. So, for every plate of 10 chops, the farmer gets paid for one, and even as prices rise, farmers often get less. Bearing in mind also that out of the farmer’s meagre share, he or she is usually servicing a sizeable bank debt. So where is the value being captured? Unsurprisingly, it is with the domination of the food chain by our supermarkets, who control the wholesale as well as retail sectors and who can and do dictate terms to our growers. The lack of any real competition makes it particularly intense here in New Zealand with only two supermarket conglomerates who carefully avoid competing on cost. Their profit margins are some of the best in the OECD with up to a 23.8 per cent return on investment, whereas elsewhere it would normally be in the range of 4.6 to 6.1 per cent. Even more difficult for our producers is that only a small fraction of the food grown here is consumed here. The vast majority of it (85-95%) goes



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Making their mark Wandering around Puhoi you could stumble on a lot of history. Our village is like a museum and one of the Puhoi Heritage Museum Society’s admirable achievements has been the highlighting of its sites of historic significance. The bronze plaques marking the positions of some now longgone village buildings – the Puhoi Public School for example – is one such. Another popular example would be the small grove of trees at the north-western tip of our church land. “The native trees in this reserve,” says a recent plaque, “were planted in 1952 by descendants of the first Puhoi families, to commemorate 90 years of Bohemian settlement … And the nearby kauri was planted in 1996 by Titford and Schischka, descendants from Orewa Primary School.” The installation of Anzac memorial gates – a joint venture between the museum society, the Puhoi Community Forum and scoutmaster Heston Prospere-Smith – gained great community appreciation, and in 1988 a Pioneer Landing Memorial Stone was installed in the Centennial Hall garden opposite the Church of Sts Peter and Paul. It symbolises “the strong Catholic faith, courage and endurance of all our Bohemian pioneers and the landing on June 29, 1863, of the first settlers,” according to the plaque. The founding ships – War Spirit, Liverpool, Shakespeare, Queen Bee, Terpsichore, and Friedeburg, which brought groups, families and lone settlers to Puhoi are noted. War Spirit’s arrival is commemorated annually with the laying of a wreath.

In 2013, in preparation for our sesquicentennial, the museum society produced Celebrating Puhoi – a walking guide to the Puhoi Historic Village and its Bohemian Heritage and plaque additions to the stone multiplied. The roles of Captain Martin Krippner in the establishment of the settlement and Chief Te Hemara and his whanau, then living at the mouth of the Puhoi River, in helping it pull through its first, struggling year were acknowledged.

The founding ships – War Spirit, Liverpool, Shakespeare, Queen Bee, Terpsichore, and Friedeburg, which brought groups, families and lone settlers to Puhoi are noted. Updating of museum society markers and the history they represent is ongoing. The society has branched out from little bronze memorials in the long grass, to a riverbank series honouring sports club personalities – very precious to our community at the time of their passing. But the largest and most concentrated collection of Puhoi’s plaques and monuments is not in the village, but within walking distance on its edge. Administered now by Auckland Council, but with bylaws drawn up in 1892, the public cemetery is still in demand for burials and as a repository for ashes – and there is always room for more.




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Flower protest rejected but growers ready to fight on A Matakana flower grower says a protest at the Beehive this month has strengthened the industry, even though growers’ demands were rejected. Rebecka Keeling was among a core group of activists who set up Flower Growers Aotearoa to mount the protest, which challenged the fact that their harvest is the only perishable crop not allowed to be distributed or sold under Level 4 lockdown. Protesters arrived at Parliament on September 14 with 3300 bunches of flowers, which they handed out to politicians and officials at the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Primary Industries, including the Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield. Despite the protest, the Ministry of Health turned down an application for an exemption from the strict rules for flower growers. But Ms Keeling says Flower Growers Aotearoa will appeal the decision. She says until now there was no national industry organisation to represent flower growers, but now that there is one and “who knows what it might be able to achieve in the future”. Ms Keeling, the owner of Slow Blooms, says while other sectors were allowed to keep selling their products under strict safety protocols, flowers have been overlooked. “The definition of essential items seems arbitrary, when supermarkets can keep selling beer, and liquor stores can home deliver whisky, but we are not allowed to sell or distribute flowers at all,” she says. Ahuroa flower grower Alia MorganGuthrie was one of many who was obliged to throw thousands of dollars worth of flowers on the compost heap because she was unable to sell or distribute them. She estimates she lost about 2000 ranunculus and 1500 tulips. Ms Morgan-Guthrie, who owns Hands

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in the Dirt, says flower growers should be treated as an essential service like the growers of fruit and vegetables. While fruit and veggies nourish the body, flowers are equally important as “soul food”. “I had a lot of essential workers contact me during lockdown who were struggling and just needed something to lift them up. I could not even give flowers to them,” she says. “It was hard having the flowers, knowing that people actually needed them to make

themselves mentally feel a bit better.” Ms Morgan-Guthrie says the fact that most growers are small businesses and the seasonal nature of the industry means lockdown hit them especially hard. “We stopped trading in May when our season finished, and we then have absolutely no income until we start selling again in August,” she says. Alia says another Level 4 lockdown under the same rules could finish her business

and many others like hers. If that happened, florists would be under pressure to source flowers from overseas where often harsh chemicals are used and workers are poorly paid – not to mention the increased carbon footprint of transporting flowers long distances. “I think we really do need to nurture the flower industry in New Zealand. We can’t keep putting money into these crops only for them to be chucked on the compost heap.”

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Fishing under lockdown Once again, we are being affected by another Covid-19 outbreak. From all accounts lockdown has been a long five weeks, and although a lot of rain and wind plagued us, some enthusiastic fellas did get out and have a fish off the beaches. As we are limited to fishing off beaches only because of safety concerns when people are fishing off the rocks, the good spots are limited on the east coast. Feedback has also been non-existent, so there is not much to report on as we near the midway mark during September. Having said that, I did get some feedback from a drone fishing enthusiast who has enjoyed his lockdown time getting out and setting a line off the beach near Omaha. He has landed some good snapper and has kept his family eating fresh fish. He simply uses the Splash Drone with a 10foot beach rod and spinning reel setup. Generally, 600m of 50lb braid is loaded on to the spool. Braid is preferred as the thin diameter of around 0.3mm for 50lb gives little resistance in the air while flying the drone out to your fishing spot. The thin diameter also helps when the line is in the water, resulting in reduced drag in currents. These drones can carry 1kg of dead weight, so generally you can send out up to eight baited hooks plus the sinker. As most drone enthusiasts will tell you, taking the bait out to 600m and more is all good and well, but remember you have to retrieve all that line. Electric game reels which are sometimes used with drones are not made for this type of fishing and

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Last time the teams met, it resulted in a 39-0 victory for Mahurangi. Mahurangi College has also made the decision that its rugby teams will not play in any end of season invitationals or the annual sevens rugby tournament to allow students to focus on exams. The end of season prizegiving is still expected to go ahead once a date can be organised. Prins is still unsure about a potential promotion for the 1st XV team next season given a lack of veteran players, but says the team has enormous potential.

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of the season at 3-2, placing it in fourth in its grade. However, club president Graham Buchs says it has been agreed among the clubs to cancel the remainder of the season, including finals day. He says it has been a “bitter pill to swallow”, but the club still intends to host a postponed prizegiving celebration in late October.

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Strong performance pays off for Warkworth footballers It was a surprise win for coach Daniel Passingham and the Warkworth Football under-17s team when they were notified by text message last week that they had won the championship in their grade for the Northern Regional Football league. The team finished at the top of the standings tables having played seven games, conceding just one and drawing another. It follows a strong performance last season when the team went undefeated. Despite the exemplary showing, Passingham says the team never had grand ambitions. “We have always played it with the mindset that we would just give it our best, win or lose,” he says. He puts the team’s success down to dedication and hard work with a healthy squad of 17 players consistently turning up to trainings and matches. “They could have tried to avoid the uphill drills and sit ups but the players were always there for trainings. It was a great collective spirit,” he says. A highlight match of the season was a 7-2 win against Papakura FC for Warkworth, although in general it was a closely matched

league, he says. “Sometimes we ground out great results against arguably better teams.” The Warkworth senior men’s team has also benefitted from the pool of youth players with players Connor Passingham and Jamo Lawrence and Will Turner subbing in where required. The senior team placed third this season. Passingham says the youth team has mixed emotions about its great result. The team would rather have finished the season, but is pleased to have finished top of the league. It is his understanding that unlike last year’s Covid-19-interrupted season, enough matches were played this year to count as an official win for the club. No trophies have been awarded but Passingham hopes to have one made up to put on the shelf at the Warkworth club at Shoesmith Domain, and to give the players a proper celebration. He says it is a great club to be a part of, and the under-17s team has benefitted from a large group of closely knit players and parents sharing responsibilities.

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Port Albert fun run The Port Albert General Store is holding a fun run on Saturday, October 23, from 10am. The course starts at the store, goes along Bennett Street and out across farmland to the Oruawharo River, and back. Entry is $15 and includes a scoop of chips and can of drink. To register, email katvsmith@gmail. com with your name, age, town of residence and contact information. Info: Port Albert General Store 09 945 0238. Register for Tomarata Tag Registrations are open for the 2021-2022 tag season at the Tomarata Rugby Club. It is hoped the season will begin on Thursday, October 21, but it will depend on alert levels. Grades include junior (under-14), open mixed and over-30 mixed. Register as an individual or a team at tomaratatag. Info, New date for Puhoi gig The Recliner Rockers band performance at the Puhoi Sports Club has been postponed to Saturday, December 4 at 7.30pm. Tickets are $25 and include a light supper. Tickets are available from the club or message the Puhoi Sports and Community Club Facebook page.

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Bill Murray’s classic movie Groundhog Day tells the story of a man trapped in an endless time loop, doomed to repeat the same day over and over until he gets it right. At one stage during

the movie Phil (Murray’s character) says, “Don’t mess with me pork chop. What day is this?” I think most of us can sympathise with this sentiment as these lockdown days blur into each other.

Well done to everyone for juggling the demands of home-schooling, home, whānau and work commitments. Our community is showing epic levels of resilience and kindness - thank you for your huge support of the school, our staff, and for keeping the wheels turning as much as possible.

created with simple household items and a bit of ingenuity. Congratulations to all who have had a go. We have also seen some great fitness challenges, and of course getting some exercise and fresh air is such an important part of our wellbeing, especially as organised sport has been put on hold.

We are in the process of taking applications for this years Cultural and Sports Blues Awards. Sports applications closed last week, however dates for our Cultural Blues have been extended until the end of Term 3. Our Sports Awards will be held on 28 October and our Cultural Blues on 15 November - all going to plan.

We often hear in the media that we are living in unprecedented times - although I suspect most of us would prefer to go back to some ‘precedented’ times. It has been fascinating watching some of the 9/11 footage from twenty years ago, and it will be equally interesting to see how this global pandemic is remembered twenty years into the future.

Last week we celebrated Te Wiki o te Reo Māori - it was cool to see our students and teachers engaging authentically with te reo. Tau kē e hoa ma!

The creativity of our kids during lockdown has been something to behold. We’ve seen giant catapults, gorgeous cupcakes and other edible art, cool trickshot videos, and detergent bottle guitars, to name a few. It is amazing what can be

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Interestingly we received an email this week from a grandparent in the United States who was enjoying using the lockdown resources posted on our website - it’s nice to see our global reach. Her grandsons recommended another link for us: Virtual Road Trips from Home, so we have included this as well. Check it out on the Learning Online page under Students and Parents @

The deadline for Prefect applications for our Year 12 students also closed last week. Lets hope they have a better year! We are so proud of our Heads and Deputy Heads, who have been role modeling walking the talk over lockdown (pictured below pre-lockdown). Motivated by wanting our school whānau to stay connected, they were the masterminds behind The Great Mahu Bake Off! and the infamous Trick Shot! challenge. Our sports winter season was very close to concluding, or for some teams, had concluded, before we were sent


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into lockdown and the remaining winter season subsequently cancelled. Season standings were recorded based on where teams were placed on the table at that time. Some top results included our Underwater Hockey Senor Open A team placing 1st in the Senior Grade, our Hockey 1XI Boys placing 1st in their 1A Grade, our Hockey Intermediate Girls placing 1st in their Year 7/8 A Grade and our Rugby 1XV Boys placing 1st in their 1B Grade. Plans for Term 4 sports are under way, including Year 9 and 10 Touch and Tag competitions, after school social Volleyball and a variety of “Pick Up and Play” lunchtime sports. At the end of Groundhog Day Phil says “Today is tomorrow! It happened!” Here’s hoping we too get back to as much normality as possible - as soon as possible! A massive thank you for all your efforts to help us get there.

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OUR WHĀNAU LEARNING AND LIVING IN LOCKDOWN Year 9 Science students have been studying biodiversity. A number of students made Mesocosms in order to observe the cycling of nutrients and the flow of energy. Many of these self-sustaining ecosystems have since collapsed, showing students just how fragile our ecosystems can be - even simple ones. They have also been encouraged to get behind the last annual citizen science Kereru count that runs until 26 September 2021. In Sustainability, students chose their own

ways to engage with Nature and te reo Māori. Some options included learning the names of ten shapes in te reo and then finding those shapes in nature, and going on a native plant scavenger hunt, identifying plants in te reo. They welcomed spring by using plant hacks to grow new things from stuff they could find at home. Students also took on the project of upcycling or repurposing things from around their houses. They are currently working on an analysis of their whānau’s recycling, carrying out

audits and analyzing what they could do to reduce waste. Congratulations to the winners of The Great Mahu Bake Off! Of special note: the winner of the cake category, pictured below, is a Year 7 student! Some of our STEAM classes had the challenge to create a catapult that shoots a plastic toy 2m. Check out video of Finn and Silas’ incredible design on Facebook. We hope our Dads also enjoyed the challenge! Crazy hat creations, dance, sports and photography challenges; awesome work team!

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STORAGE Wellsford 120 sq mt. Whole or part. Commercial building – basement. Dry, even temp year round. Suit household, boxed goods etc. Strictly no flammables. For inspection and information phone Tony 027 275 1637.



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Warkworth Women’s Institute meeting, Warkworth Anglican Church, 1.30pm. Meet every second Tuesday of the month. New members welcome. Info: Moira 425 0089. 17 CANCELLED: Ghost Trio, Warkworth Town Hall, 4pm 17 Kaukapakapa Village Market, 947 Kaipara Coast Highway SH16, 8.30am-1pm. Craft stalls, coffee, food, local produce, live music, free face painting or hair plaiting for kids. Info: Sarah 0274 831542, or 20 Rodney Local Board meeting, Te Whare o Oranga Parakai, 5 Rere Place, Parakai, 3pm. Info: search for Rodney Local Board at 23 Point Wells Community Book Sale, Point Wells Hall 9am-12:30pm Proceeds used to purchase new library books. 23-25, 30 & 31 Mahurangi Artist’s Studio Trail, various locations around Mahurangi, 10am-4pm. More than 40 artists will open their studios to show and talk about their art. Info: 28 One Mahurangi Business Association re-scheduled annual general meeting, Bridgehouse back bar (pending level 2). Info: 30 Kowhai Festival “Movie Night”, Goodall Reserve, Snells Beach, from 3pm. Screening of Tom & Jerry. (see story p4)

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Warkworth Women’s Institute meeting, Warkworth Anglican Church, 1.30pm. Meet every second Tuesday of the month. New members welcome. Info: Moira 425 0089. 12-14 Warkworth Walks 12 Blue September Breakfast, Wellsford Community Centre, 7-9am. Organised by Wellsford Plus in support of men living with prostate cancer. Monetary note donation on entry. Tickets at Hammer Hardware Wellsford or email (see story p26) 12 Warkworth Garden Club Rose and Flower Show - 100 year celebration, Warkworth Town Hall, noon-5pm. Plant sales and raffles. 12-20 Warkworth Theatre Group presents Four Flat Whites in Italy by Roger Hall, Warkworth Town Hall. Two mismatched couples struggle to get on during an OE in Italy. Tickets: 17 Rodney Local Board meeting, Warkworth Town Hall, 3pm. Info: search for Rodney Local Board at


All donations for Photos and Sausage Sizzle will go to the SPCA

October’s Super Sausage Sizzle

Saturday 30th, 10am - 2pm next to Warkworth Butchery.

Sausages supplied by Rob Lees, Warkworth Butchery, who is the “Best Master Butcher” in the country!

On the last Saturday of every month, we’re raising much needed funds for local charities and organisations—perhaps groups that would not normally get the exposure within the local community. Over $4,500 raised so far!  Snells Beach Fire Dept  The Animal Sanctuary  The NZ Coastguard Adults in Motion  St Johns Ambulance  Jane Gifford Society

 The Rotary Foundation ! SPCA in October | Women’s Centre, Rodney in November

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Fur Friend Fund Raising Event Professional photo show with your bestie Saturday 30th October, 10am - 2pm


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Match streaming coming to Wellsford Wellsford Rugby Club matches could be streamed online next season, thanks to a deal between Northland Rugby Union and a Danish camera manufacturer. The Veo camera makes use of artificial intelligence to automatically record matches. It is mounted on a tall tripod and has two 4K cameras which track the action across the field. Union director of rugby Brad Te Haara says the new technology will be a game changer for players in clubs around Northland hoping for selection in the regional team. He says at present the union does not have the resources to send a camera operator to record every premier level match in the region held on a Saturday. However, the new automatic cameras will mean exposure for clubs further afield. “It means that players in clubs in Wellsford, Dargaville or Kaitaia can play in their own environment and have their best performances viewed,” Te Haara says. “Gone are the days where players had to play in Whangarei to be seen.” Northland Rugby Union has initially

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purchased three of the cameras, which will be rotated around clubs for premier matches. Te Haara says the cameras will also be used to record under-18 matches where the games take place on the same day and location. He says footage should at least make it to YouTube for fans who could not attend a match in person. The latest models of the Veo camera also have live streaming capability, which may be utilised long term. The technology was initially developed for football, but has already been well tested by rugby unions in the Bay of Plenty and Otago. Although it may not be realistic for many Northland clubs, they are also able to purchase their own camera at the discounted price of $1200 through a deal with the union. Meanwhile, Te Haara says he will return to Wellsford Rugby Club next season to help out with coaching after a tough 2020/2021 season for the premier team. He says he has already begun work to turn around the previously high-performing club’s fortunes.

The Veo camera has a 180-degree viewing angle.

My wife and I both needed cataract surgery and were pleased to hear it could be done at Rodney Surgical. The convenience of being treated locally and promptly, with hassle-free parking and just a short trip home after surgery, all combined to help us decide to opt for Rodney Surgical. We were pleasantly surprised by the facilities, and the staff were great – very caring and giving good, clear explanations of what was happening. My advice is to ask your GP if you can have it done locally. Or ring Rodney Surgical direct.

The best surgeons offering you day care surgeries right here in Warkworth. Ask your GP if your day care surgery can be done at Rodney Surgical. • 09 425 1190 44 | Mahurangimatters | September 27, 2021