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Mixed reaction to Warkworth Structure Plan Auckland Council has received more than 200 submissions on its controversial draft Warkworth Structure Plan. The plan will shape what Warkworth will look like in 30 years when its population is expected to swell to more than 25,000 people. The plan envisages new and expanded industrial areas, residential areas, retail

centres, parks, roads, walkways and cycleways. Last month, the One Warkworth Business Association hosted a public meeting where its chair, Chris Murphy, and deputy chair Mark Macky blasted the plan for failing to reflect community aspirations. However, Council principal planner

Ryan Bradley says submissions are mixed, with a roughly even level of support for and opposition to land uses detailed in the draft plan. Mr Bradley said planners were still preparing an Engagement Report, which will be released on the Council website later this month. But a preliminary assessment of

submissions shows support for the plan’s “green network” concept, which will exclude land around streams, wetlands and bush from development and instead rehabilitate it through revegetation initiatives. Also supported was the emphasis on walking and cycling networks, and continued page 2

What’s inside Anzac services reviewed page 3

Medical hub for Snells page 23 Memories of Wellsford Kindergarten’s early years were shared at a celebration last week, which marked the centre’s 50th year. Pictured are long-time kindergarten supporters, from left, Sue Crockett, Wendy Palmer and Delwyn Cramond, with current students Harper and Carlin Wright (left) and Zac Smith.

Celebration rekindles Wellsford kindy memories Fifty years of caring for young children was marked at a special birthday event at Wellsford Kindergarten, in Hazelmere Street, on April 10. The anniversary was celebrated

with a powhiri, guest speakers and a cake cutting ceremony. Head teacher Donna Railey welcomed official guests including Auckland Kindergarten Association Board chair Robin Houlker, deputy

chair Bruce McLachlan and chief executive officer Pauline Winter. She also extended a warm welcome to the many former staff, parents and children who attended. continued page 10

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Mixed reaction to draft Warkworth Structure Plan the retention of Morrison’s Orchard – a historic orchard on State Highway 1, just south of Warkworth, which potentially could become a visitor attraction and learning centre. Mr Bradley says there was a more mixed response to the location of low and high density housing and small retail/office centres. Meanwhile, there was opposition to the amount and location of industrial land and requests for other types of employment zones – a major concern of the business association. Other submitters sought changes to the sequencing and timing of development, while others asked for specific parcels of land to be rezoned and some submitted detailed development plans of their own. Some submissions proposed various suggestions for Warkworth’s transport network, including proposals around a southern interchange for the Puhoi to Warkworth motorway, currently under construction. Mr Bradley says some submitters had some misconceptions on the draft plan. One was that it had failed to consider the existing Warkworth urban area. But Mr Bradley said the draft plan did in fact recognise the existing town and growth had been planned accordingly. Other misconceptions were that the plan focused exclusively on developing industrial land to create employment and that it would deal with the detailed design of roads and intersections. Mr Bradley says that on the contrary, the plan leaves room for other kinds of employment through the development

of shops and offices. He says detailed design of roads was beyond the scope of the plan. Mr Bradley says the plan will likely undergo changes in the wake of the submissions. He says already the draft plan has been heavily influenced by previous rounds of consultation. This can be seen in such things as the siting of new industrial zones around existing industrial zones, and the

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location of small retail centres around the Matakana link road, around Valerie Close in the south and around Woodcocks Road in the west. The plan is due to be considered by the Council’s Planning Committee on June 4, along with a report recommending adoption. However, the committee is not obliged to accept the recommendation and could ask for an alternative.

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Post-Christchurch security prompts Anzac re-think Organisers of Anzac Day services across the Rodney district are in flux after police last week recommended consolidating smaller services in the interests of public safety. Several services have been cancelled and many of those that are going ahead have been scaled back. In Warkworth, the dawn and civic services will be held as usual, but without the marches that traditionally start and finish the parades. Warkworth RSA immediate past president John Stephen says the marches have been dropped at the suggestion of police. “It will definitely take something away from the parade, but that can’t be helped,” Mr Stephen says. “We don’t have any concerns about safety, as we’ve received no indication of any threat, but we understand the police concerns across NZ as a whole.” Services at Upper Waiwera, Puhoi and Matakana have been cancelled. Matakana War Memorial spokesperson Adrienne Miller says the decision had not been made lightly, but “unfortunately, it had to happen”. She says the decision was final. The Leigh  & Districts Ex-Services and Community Club has decided to go ahead with its service at the Leigh Cemetery. However, club president Lucy Harris says if anything further came to light between now and the 25th, then that decision could be reviewed. She says there will be a short march to the cemetery, but it is unlikely the school kapa haka group will be involved this year. “The feeling of the committee was that we didn’t want to cancel, but we can’t ignore the police concerns about safety, either,” Ms Harris says. Services in the north – Matakohe/ Paparoa, Maungaturoto and Hakaru – looks set to be held as usual. Maungaturoto RSA president Terry McCook says communication from the national RSA president in Wellington was that it was basically up to individual clubs to make their own decision.

“We’re not overly worried, and we’ve decided that we’d rather go ahead than be intimidated,” Mr McCook says. The Wellsford RSA president Terry Blackmore says the Wellsford service will go ahead as usual. A dawn parade will be held at the Wellsford Memorial Park with the fall-in starting at 5.45am. Tea, coffee and nibbles will be provided after the parade at the RSA. Warkworth Constable Jon Williams expects Warkworth to be a bigger service than usual and extra security will be in place. “There’s nothing to say that there should be a concern, but it’s about reassurances,” he says. “People shouldn’t be concerned to see armed police.” Auckland District Commander Superintendent Karyn Malthus says it is important to reiterate that there is no information to suggest a specific risk to public safety at this time. “In the current environment, police are continuing to provide a visible presence nationwide for the safety and reassurance of the community,” she says.

Matakana has decided on police advice to cancel this year’s Anzac Day service.

Service times

Service details as at Friday, April 12 (this story will be updated online if any changes come to hand): Warkworth The two services in Warkworth will be held as usual, but minus the marches. The dawn parade at the rotunda on Church Hill will start at 6am, followed by breakfast at the Warkworth RSA. There is a free breakfast for servicemen or $12 for members of the public. The Civic Ceremony at 10.30am, also at the rotunda, will include the New Zealand and Australian national anthems, the ode in Maori, and will be followed by light refreshments at the RSA. Wellsford A dawn service will be held at Memorial Park, outside the library. Fall-in at 5.45am. Leigh A service, with guests from the NZ Defence Forces, Leigh Volunteer Fire

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Brigade and Rodney Local Board, will be held at the Leigh cemetery at 11am. Matakohe/Paparoa A combined Paparoa RSA and The Kauri Museum service will be held at the museum, with fallin at the Matakohe War Memorial Hall at 10.30am. The march will halt at the Cemetery Flag, the flag will be lowered and the Last Post sounded. There will be wreath-laying ceremonies at the Gun Memorial and the War Memorial Hall. A service will be held at the Volunteers Hall at the museum during which family or friends will have the opportunity to lay flowers or poppies in the display near photographs of family members. Refreshments will follow. Maungaturoto Assembly will take place at the back of the hall at 5.45am. The dawn

service will begin at 6am at the Maungaturoto Community Centre Hall, opposite the War Cemetery. A breakfast at the Maungaturoto RSA will follow. There will also be a brunch at the Maungaturoto RSA at 11.30am. Hakaru The Hakaru & District Memorial RSA service will start with an assembly at the clubrooms at 10am. The parade will march to the flag for a wreath-laying ceremony at 10.30am. The service will finish with refreshments. Kawau Island A community service will be held at the Kawau Boating Club at 12.30pm. Algies Bay A service will be held at the Amberlea Rest Home at 1pm.




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Harbour pollution I wish to correct the erroneous statement in the last issue (MM Apr 3) with reference to the breakage of the sewer pipe at Point Wells. There was definitely discharge into the harbour and several residents witnessed it. Laurence Eyres, Point Wells

Watercare’s head of service delivery, Simon Porter, responds: “Watercare contractors responded to a leak from a broken wastewater main, caused by a third party. They responded immediately, but by the time they arrived, the third party had already dug a trench with his digger and contained the spill. The broken pipe was repaired. The following morning our contractor returned to inspect the repaired pipe. They also visited the beach and recorded insignificant pollution levels. The results came back as 1ppm (parts per million). The scale runs from 1-6. Anything above three indicates pollution, anything

below indicates no pollution, so one is negligible. We are very disappointed that a third party broke our wastewater pipe and we will be reclaiming costs for the repairs. We’d like to remind anyone carrying out excavation work that they must first apply for ‘Works Over’ approval so they don’t dig anywhere near our water or wastewater pipes.”

Cyclists ignored I note Auckland Transport’s (AT) response to my letter concerning the Mahurangi East Road crossing points at Snells Beach (MM March 13). So what is AT doing about educating drivers to slow down at their now narrowed down road crossing points as they say is their aim? I see no signage to warn drivers to slow down. I don’t see any education process in place to help drivers understand they need to give room to cyclists and wait for them to pass these narrow crossing points, and no programme from AT to remind drivers that under the Road

Code they are required to give cyclists 1.5 metres of space when passing them. Just last week I was very nearly knocked off my bike at one of the Mahurangi East Road crossing points when a “Dig 4 U” truck passed me extremely dangerously close. So close, a pedestrian coming the other way threw up her hands in horror at the near terrible accident. When I later passed where the truck had stopped and tackled the driver about his dangerous move, and reminded him I was also entitled to be safely using the road, he said, “You are just a silly old fool, going past a crossing point in the middle of the road when a truck is coming behind you.” That certainly doesn’t comply with AT’s comments reported in your paper that, “In this situation, the motorist needs to slow and let the bike rider go first and pass the bike when it is safe to do so”. Sadly, in my experience, this rarely happens.

Coming after all? Housing stock in upmarket Omaha looked set to diversify with a Ministry of Homes and Housing Development sign on Takatu Road advising 150 affordable kiwi build homes were on their way. Before Omaha residents had time to digest the prospect, it emerged that the sign was an April Fool’s Day hoax. Nevertheless, now the concept has been floated, Mahurangi Matters understands the Ministry is rather taken with the idea. Maybe next year.

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Residents on their morning commute from Matakana to Warkworth might have noticed the pace pick up during March when 100km/h speed limit signs appeared. Road workers accidentally increased the speed limit from 80km/h by putting out the wrong sign. Perhaps for the first time ever, road works actually reduced delays.

staff knew that the club was operating beyond the terms of its Certificate of Compliance, but took no effective action. “Members of the community are looking forward to peace and quiet being restored in the Makarau Valley.” Ms McKay said the Court of Appeal concluded that Council had insufficient information to allow it to properly assess

the extent of earthworks involved in the proposed activity, and on that basis the Certificate of Compliance should not have been issued. However, the court did not accept other arguments raised by the Trust Board in relation to the discharge of lead bullets and noise from gunfire activities. The Trust Board said it would consider these aspects of the court’s decision.

Makarau gun club silenced from its site at 287 Tuhirangi Road in Makarau Valley. The Trust Board has called on Auckland Council to enforce the ruling so that all shooting activities at the club facility at 287 Tuhirangi Road cease immediately. Vipassana trustee Kirsty McKay is delighted with the result, which has been long awaited. She says it is a concern that Council

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Viewpoint Colin Smith, Rodney Local Board

More changes needed Well, the local body elections are due this year and we are into the last year of the three-year Rodney Local Board plan. In 2018, we had the introduction of a $150 targeted rate for each ratepayer in Rodney. The targeted rate was for the purpose of delivering tar sealing, bus services and footpaths. The tar sealing was listed as a project in the Rodney Local Board plan in 2017. I have always argued that tar sealing is a priority for our rural area, not a sideline project. Some positives that have been delivered to the Wellsford community: • The skate park. • The bus service between Wellsford and Warkworth. • A new toilet block for Wellsford has been approved. • Auckland Transport has increased its level of service to Wellsford’s unsealed road network. Unfortunately, the footpaths have been put on hold for Wellsford. The tar sealing project for the Rodney area has been deleted from the targeted rate and will not see any significant progress. The important The Wellsford Greenways Plan to deliver healthy thing now is to walkways and cycleways around Wellsford is still in the reporting and feasibility stages. The Wellsford decide what you Sports collective to deliver a sports complex is in the want for the reporting and feasibility stages as well. Wellsford area and I am disappointed that despite my constant advocacy be a strong and for better services for the Wellsford community consistent voice and our rural ratepayers, there has not been what I consider enough change. Perhaps former Rodney for change. District Mayor Penny Webster summed it up best in a letter to Mahurangi Matters (MM Jan 31, 2018): “The negative effect of block voting outweighs the positive. It is the community that suffers in the end.” Basically, it is hard to be the sole voice for Wellsford against a Rodney First group within the local board. Ratepayers in Rodney will end up paying $1500 (per ratepayer) over the next decade via the targeted rate to raise $46 million for transport projects. Mayor Goff has already proposed that there will be another increase to the base rate of 3.5 per cent in the first year for infrastructure. It is anticipated that there will be further targeted rates for the Auckland Supercity. Auckland City ratepayers enjoy a raft of services and infrastructure that Rodney ratepayers do not. Rodney ratepayers are forced to pay targeted rates on top of their normal rates to get the same level of service. Factor in the fuel tax, and it is a perfect storm. Where to from here? The important thing now is to decide what you want for the Wellsford area and be a strong and consistent voice for change. It is not enough to sit back and watch from the sidelines. We are in Auckland Council and entitled to the same level of service. The Rodney Local Board needs to have an independent board of candidates that can share and be fair. A board running on a ticket in the Rodney ward will not serve our community well. This has been a hard three years, but your support has been appreciated.

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Landfill disasters down south confirm campaigners’ fears Campaigners against the proposed landfill in the Dome Valley say their worst fears have turned into reality with recent environmental disasters at waste disposal sites in the Waikato and on the West Coast. Fight the Tip: Tiaki te Whenua executive member Michelle Carmichael said the recent landfill fire at Hampton Downs and storms that caused a former Fox Glacier landfill to breach, spilling rubbish onto West Coast beaches, both proved that Waste Management’s plans for new dump south of Wayby were “a recipe for disaster”. “It is clear since the Fox River landfill disaster that our petition to Parliament to ban landfills near waterways is just plain common sense,” she said. “We have been given a glimpse of a possible future in which any failure of the Dome Valley landfill will result in plastics and contaminants reaching the Hoteo  River and Kaipara Harbour.” She added that if a major fire could happen at Hampton Downs, a modern, operational landfill, there was no reason why it couldn’t happen in the Dome, and said it could be even more hazardous there. “I don’t believe a fire at the Dome Valley landfill could be as easily contained as the Hampton Downs site, given that the Dome is surrounded by forest, would be less accessible for emergency services, is adjacent to a Department of Conservation reserve and has the  gas line  from  Marsden Point in the area that Waste Management wants to pipe

Michelle Carmichael, right, on the banks of the Kaipara Harbour at Point Albert presents a petition to Northland National MP Matt King and Labour list MP Marja Lubeck urging the Government to ban landfills near waterways. The 1200-signature petition was presented to Parliament by Ms Lubeck last month. Both MPs have expressed concerns over potential environmental damage to local waterways and the Kaipara should the proposed Waste Management landfill go ahead.

its landfill gas to,” she said. She added that a fire could damage the landfill liner, limiting its ability to prevent leachate from entering the ground water. Ms Carmichael urged the government

to put an immediate stop to all future landfills. “We need to manage our waste much better and no more NZ land and waterways should be put at risk for future generations until a complete

review is done,” she said. Waste Management’s managing director, Tom Nickels, said he was unable to comment in depth on the Hampton Downs incident, as he did not have details of the cause of the fire. With regards to the Fox River breach, he said this was one of many old tips across New Zealand that had often been poorly sited, designed and managed in the past. However, he said Government guidelines and legislation since 1991 had increased awareness of the risks associated with such tips and required all new sites to meet significantly higher engineered standards. “The WasteMINZ Technical Guidelines for Disposal to Land 2016 (revised in 2018), which are in the process of being adopted by the Ministry for the Environment, are now considered best practice for modern engineered landfills, and will be followed by Waste Management at our proposed facility in Wayby,” Mr Nickels said. “These guidelines mitigate against future Fox River events through a range of practices, including site selection, stormwater management, liner systems, leachate and gas management, and careful design and management of a modern landfill. In addition, ensuring application of the guidelines and monitoring of Waste Management’s adherence to them occurs throughout the life of the landfill under the Resource Management Act.”


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At the unveiling, from left, John Stephen, Bob Harrison (RSA president), Denise Farr, Jessie and Malcolm Dill, Jeanette Cornege and Richard Dill. Photo, Emma Ward.

Painting honours navigator A painting of a Lancaster bomber was unveiled in the Warkworth RSA pool room this month in honour of one of the association’s founding members. RSA past president John Stephen says he had long wanted a picture of a Lancaster in the pool room, since it is known as the Dambusters Room – after the famous bombing raid on the The Möhne and Edersee dams in 1943. John commissioned local artist Charles Anderson to paint the plane on the largest canvas he could find. John is also a close friend of the Dill family and was a friend of the late Trevor Dill – a former Lancaster navigator who died two years ago on his 95th birthday. John thought the painting unveiling offered the perfect opportunity to honour Trevor. Around 50 people attended the

unveiling, including many former Air Force veterans, Trevor’s widow Jessie, and four of Trevor’s children – Denise, Malcolm, Jeanette and Richard. Jessie, 92, recalled her husband had fond memories of the Lancaster, much preferring it to the Stirling bomber, which he also crewed. “He used to say the Stirling was very slow and sluggish and hard to get off the ground with a full load of bombs,” she said. Jessie said her husband, who was based in Cambridgeshire, England, during World War II, took part in numerous bombing raids, including several on Berlin. “I don’t know how he survived. It was the most fortified city in Germany,” she said. She described the unveiling ceremony as “excellent”. “It’s a nice honour for my husband.”




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Warkworth crossings spark heated public criticism A Warkworth-Wellsford bus driver has added her voice to a flurry of complaints about the siting of to new pedestrian crossings in Warkworth. Heather Moyle, who drives the 998 bus, says the crossings are too close to the roundabout at the bottom of Neville Street, where it intersects with Queen Street and Baxter Street. She says shortly after the crossings were installed, she had to brake sharply to avoid an elderly gentleman who stepped onto the crossing without warning. This, in turn, forced another vehicle to brake heavily to avoid running into the bus. Heather says bus drivers have precious little time to spot pedestrians as their eyes are elsewhere when they emerge from the roundabout and straighten up. “It’s too difficult to negotiate the roundabout then immediately have to deal with the pedestrian crossing. It’s dangerous,” she says. She says that she has been driving buses for 38 years and has never seen crossings so close to a roundabout. She adds that fellow drivers have voiced the same concern. Her views are underscored by former Tahi Bar owner Ian Marriott, who says he almost hit a pedestrian pushing a wheelchair across one of the crossings while heading to the bar on the corner of Baxter and Neville Streets. He says pedestrians are especially difficult to spot when they use the crossing and emerge between stationary cars, which are backed up

waiting to enter the roundabout. The crossings have also attracted heated criticism on the Bitch and Moan Warkworth Facebook page. Some complain it is the stupidest place to put crossings and others noting that if cars have to stop for pedestrians, the roundabout quickly becomes blocked. But still others maintain only a poor driver would fail to be able to negotiate a roundabout followed by a pedestrian crossing. Warkworth transport planner and pedestrian advocate, Bevan Woodward, also believes the siting of the crossings is acceptable. He says the problem has occurred because Auckland Transport (AT) installed the roundabout without the pedestrian crossings at the outset. Motorists got used to it like that. “It will soon improve as motorists adjust,” he says. AT media relations manager Mark Hannan says that the crossings should be at least five metres from the roundabout. This is to allow one car to wait in front of the crossings without interrupting cars circling the roundabout. The crossings comply with this standard. Mr Hannan says the crossings have been located at the most suitable place for pedestrians. He says it’s a legal requirement for drivers to stop and give way to pedestrians on the crossings and adds that additional pedestrian crossing signs will be installed to give more warning of the presence of the crossings.

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Rain fails to stop Easter fun Torrential rain failed to dampen the enthusiasm of scores of eager Easter egg hunters at Horizon School in Snells Beach for their recent Easter Eggstravaganza fundraiser. Food and raffle stalls were relocated undercover, but the obstacle course and egg hunts went ahead outside as planned, with no one appearing to mind the wet weather. The rain didn’t damage any chocolate eggs either, as students hunted for plastic bread tags hidden in a big bank of agapanthus plants, which they then exchanged for eggs from PTA members. PTA chairperson Sally Carstensen said more than $1200 was raised, which will go towards buying more musical

Lucky Josh Whitelegg found the top prize in the Easter egg hunt – a big gold bunny.

instruments for the school. “We had some great feedback, with children saying they had a great a time, and they couldn’t believe grown-ups would stand out in the rain just for them to have fun. It was lovely,” she said.

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Local musician Bruce Borthwick was awarded a long service certificate last month for 62 years of playing in brass bands. It was presented to him at a swinging event that quavered the timbers of the Warkworth Methodist Church. The party was a musical extravaganza with more than 100 of his friends and relations travelling from as far as Australia for the occasion, which was also his 90th birthday. Band member Phil Thomson said it was no coincidence that one of the top three tenor horn players in the world was in attendance – as he happened to be Bruce’s son, Murray Borthwick. “In spite of the presence of such a volume of talent, the highlight of the afternoon was still Bruce’s own crystalclear solo performance of the second movement from the Hadyn Trumpet Concerto,” Phil said. “He played it all without music, a

Bruce was awarded with a long service certificate from the BBANZ.

chair, or even a pair of spectacles. He’s a true sensation at 90 years young.” The long service certificate was awarded to Bruce by the Brass Band Association of New Zealand for a lifetime of contribution, including his current role as musical director of the Kumeu Vintage Brass Band.

Celebration rekindles kindy memories Ms Houlker acknowledged the intergenerational nature of kindergarten, where often people were first enrolled as children, and then became parents and grandparents of kindergarten children. Preschool education in Wellsford dates from 1953 when it was run by a volunteer committee in rented accommodation. The present kindergarten was the result of years of advocacy to government and support from the community-

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at-large, and was officially opened by Member of Parliament W.J. Scott on April 19, 1969. The first head teacher was Miss P. Snelling, assisted by Miss J. Aiken. It was the first kindergarten in New Zealand to cater for children with special needs, under the direction of Marie Flavell, along with Joan Kearney and Sue Parkinson. The kindy currently has 46 children on its roll, and employs four qualified teachers and three support staff.

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Bartender’s passion for local brews lives on For the love of it Lovers of craft beer will still be able to enjoy their favourite tipple at Warkworth’s Tahi Bar, but, sadly, had to farewell founder Ian Marriott this month. Ian finalised the sale of his business and headed off to Germany to rejoin his wife Silke and daughter Lilly, 10. Ian says Silke has supported his dream at the Tahi Bar for the last 11 years. Now it’s his turn to support Silke’s dream of bringing up their daughter near where she grew up in Nettetal, close to the Dutch border. He says that when he set up the Tahi Bar in 2007, he wanted to provide an opportunity for small New Zealand breweries to get their beers onto the market. “A lot of places back then did not have an outlet for their product,” he says. “We also wanted to change people’s drinking habits. We wanted people to drink to enjoy the flavour and taste, as well as a means of social lubrication. Not that the social side was ever neglected. “The bar was never about serving beer in volume. It was always about encouraging conversation, introducing people to other people and developing a community,” Ian says. Over time, the bar increasingly specialised in local brews and encouraged the establishment of Mahurangi brewers such as 8 Wired, McLeod’s and Bohemian Cider. Bohemian’s Original Cyn cider was first made just for the Tahi Bar.

Ian Marriott opened people’s minds to new styles of beer.

Ian says he considers one of the bar’s great achievements has been opening people’s minds to new styles of beer. “There’s nothing more joyous to me as a professional bartender than seeing people who are stuck on one style have a go at another one and realising they quite like it,” he says. Originally the bar served a full menu of food as well as beer, but Ian gave that up when a leak in the kitchen took weeks to fix. The bar began allowing patrons to bring in food from local takeaway businesses – bolstering their takings alongside the Tahi Bar’s “It appealed to that bit of socialist in me. Over winter when it’s really tough, we all got a slice of the pie and helped each other out,” he says. The bar’s new owners are Warkworth

couple Gareth Hedges and Rachel Cooney. They met while working at the bar – Rachel serving drinks and Gareth performing as a musician. Ian says it’s not for him to tell the new owners how to run the place, but he’s pleased they plan to keep its name and continue the emphasis on local craft beers. “I’m stoked they are going to keep it as the “Tahi Bar” because that’s a little bit of my legacy staying on. The ego in me likes it.” Despite the joys of running the bar, Ian plans to leave the hospitality industry after 35 years to be able to devote more time to seeing his daughter grow up. He plans to spend the next 12 months focussing on learning German and developing a photography business.

More than 260 people boogied the night away at the Love for Christchurch concert held at the Warkworth Town Hall on April 4, raising $4500 through ticket and food sales. Facility coordinator Alex Haywood said it was great to see the hall filled with people of all ages getting up and having a dance. “When White Chapel Jak came on, the hall was literally jumping and there would have been fewer than 50 still sitting. It was a feel-good moment in every sense being a great thing for two communities.” Alex says the feedback on the night was so positive that she wants to hold an annual spring event at the Town Hall. “It has been 60 years since we had the last debutante ball at the hall in 1959. This year, when clocks go forward, we would like to do something so people can have a dance to celebrate the end of winter. “Since the concert, a lot of people have commented that this is what the area needs.” Andy Richards and White Chapel Jack auctioned CDs and t-shirts raising a further $150 on the night, while food was donated by Viet Q and water by Countdown.

Competition winner The winner of the A.U.R.A performance at the Leigh Sawmill on April 12 was Noralle Olive.

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Newly-elected budget service chairperson Maureen Bernie.

Budget service launches clinic People seeking budget advice will be able to drop in to a free weekly clinic at the Warkworth Town Hall, starting on Tuesday, May 7. The Warkworth Wellsford Budget Service is running a two-month trial to see if there is a need for the clinic. Newly elected chairperson Maureen Bernie says that while the service carries out roughly 500 face-to-face visits a year, there is still a belief that there are people in the community whose needs aren’t being met. As well as teaching people how to budget, the service can identify local services that are available, help with

Tenancy Tribunal advice and support clients with any initial approaches to WINZ. “Our clients are diverse, range in age from their 20s upwards and come from many walks of life,” Maureen says. “A common thread causing difficulty for many clients at the moment is the availability and cost of housing.” The Warkworth Town Hall clinic will operate every Tuesday, from 10am to noon. Appointments can be made on 423 7123 or just drop in. Budget advisors normally meet at the client’s home or other locations of convenience.

WRMK Lawyers is a Whangarei based firm that has opened offices in Kerikeri, Dargaville and now Warkworth, making it one of the largest in the north. It specialises in advising on contracts of all kinds, from residential and commercial property to business sales and leasing, and on wills, power of attorney and trusts. Director Patrick Steuart says early advice is always the best option and it is better to get a contract looked over before an issue arises. “For example, in property sales and purchases a typical issue might be unpermitted works. It’s not uncommon to see a deck or carport that’s been added but hasn’t been consented,” Patrick says. “The vendor might disclose it but what the client might not be aware of is that as a result they wouldn’t be able to get finance on the house.” “When it comes to a will, a lawyer can also help make sure intentions are followed through. Particularly where trusts or multiple relationships are involved, there can be complications. For example, if there is an estranged family member then provisions have to be made.” Patrick has been working as a lawyer in Warkworth for seven years and is the honorary solicitor for Bowls Warkworth.

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Lawyer Julia Ingham went to Mahurangi College and worked at a law firm in Warkworth for five years before spending a year commuting to WRMK in Whangarei. Julia says she is delighted to be working back in her home town. “My favourite part of the job is building relationships with clients and being part of a friendly community. It’s nice working somewhere you know all the locals. “With Warkworth, you need to take an inter-generational approach. Families have been here for years and you might act on behalf of parents, kids, and then their kids. It’s good to have that continuity and know the background and the circumstances behind it,” Julia says.

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Andy Ma originally came to New Zealand for a year in 2009 to improve his English language skills, but quickly fell in love with the country and decided to stay permanently. It helped that he discovered there was a huge demand for traditional Chinese medicine. He soon opened a clinic in Meadowbank and Pukekohe and, most recently, in the Riverside Arcade in Warkworth. Andy learned Chinese medicine at Beijing University of Chinese Medicine, recognised as the best in the world in the discipline. He followed up his studies with a three-year apprenticeship from a master Chinese medical practitioner. He says his interest in the art was spurred while growing up. His childhood ailments and sports injuries were all successfully dealt with by traditional methods. “I thought it would be a good thing for me to learn. It is so rewarding to fix people’s health,” he says. As his New Zealand practice has grown, Andy has been able to partner with other practitioners with specialist expertise in herbal medicine, acupuncture, tui na massage and paediatric massage – enabling the TCM Clinic to offer a comprehensive service. TCM Clinic is also recognised by ACC as a health provider suitable for treating injuries.

Troy Rolfe-Vyson

enhance concrete and make it more attractive, from different colours and finishes to decorative  aggregates, pebbles and shell chips. The site has been designed to reuse and recycle, so leftover concrete is moulded into blocks and the washings from the trucks is recycled into hardfill products.  Process water is collected and passed through settlement ponds and reused in concrete manufacture. “Everything gets reused or recycled, there’s no real waste here,” Troy says. “We are looking to improve the service offer for customers buying concrete in the region. Atlas also has a range of industry specific tools that have not been available in Warkworth until now.” Troy,  a Warkworth local,  has worked for Atlas as a sales rep based in Silverdale and has been transferred to bring experience to the operation from the start.

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Andy says a holistic approach is characteristic of Chinese medicine and when treating clients, it’s essential to look at the whole body, not just the part causing trouble, and consider factors such as lifestyle, diet, environment and relationships to find effective solutions to health problems. He says Chinese medicine can often treat chronic conditions when conventional methods have failed to diagnose the problem. “We see a lot of people with digestion problems, fatigue, anxiety, aching joints and children with skin issues or persistent colds or coughs,” he says. Andy says he often gets letters of thanks, particularly after treating elderly people who have previously been unable to stand straight and have suffered constant aches and pains. “They are so grateful they feel so much better,” he says.

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The public got a chance to see the ‘big kit’ cutting out the new motorway.

Diggers on display at motorway open day years into its five year construction programme and crews have been working every day on what is proving to be one of the largest national roading projects to date. NX2 chief executive Vicente Valencia said the project was set to break a record in moving four million cubic metres of earthworks in just one season, between October and April. Previously, moving that kind of

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volume during the cut and fill process had taken about a year. Subcontractors have carried out more than 20 rock blasts, each producing an average of 15-20,000 cubic metres of rock, with the biggest blast producing 74,000 cubic metres. More than 350 staff across subcontractors and suppliers have been working on the project. 19-PRO-2087_MAHURA-17APR

About a thousand residents from Warkworth and surrounds were bussed from the Warkworth Showgrounds to the Puhoi to Warkworth motorway to get a glimpse of the progress at an open day last month. On display were plenty of pieces of ‘big kit’ including the 72,000 kg, 750 horsepower Komatsu bulldozer with a 18.5 cubic metre capacity blade. The motorway is more than two

There were 27 road deaths within ten days in New Zealand from March 29 to April 6 – including three in the northern Rodney area. A Snells Beach man died following a serious crash on Sandspit road at 7.20am on Saturday, April 6. Warkworth senior constable Jon Williams says the accidents are a reminder to slow down and drive to conditions. “It’s about driving defensively and adapting to what is in front of us. If the road is wet or the gravel has become worn, then slow down,” he says. “We see people who might be cautious in everyday life get behind the wheel and suddenly take risks. As drivers, we all need to think about our behaviour and realise it’s not worth it. A mindset change is needed because we are spread out across the area and can’t always police the behaviour out of people. If everyone took responsibility for their driving, there would be fewer incidents.” Two people died after a car crash on SH 1 at Topuni shortly before 8.50pm on March 30. Following the incident, a 19-year-old male driver is facing two charges of driving with excess breath alcohol, causing death. Whangarei Police said in a statement that they are keen to hear from members of the public who were driving on SH1 on the evening and saw this vehicle prior to the crash, particularly in the Maungaturoto and Kaiwaka areas.

By the community, for the community The Warkworth Community Shop, in the Bayleys Building, has distributed more than $30,000 since opening 10 months ago. In the latest round of donations, $12,000 was given to the Friends of Mahu (Mahurangi College PTA), Warkworth Primary School PTA, Ahuroa School, Mahurangi Volunteer Fire Service and Warkworth Scouts. The funds were raised from the community shop’s sole outlet at 41 Queen Street. The shop is staffed by volunteers, who have been involved in selling everything from duck eggs to Doc Martins. An organiser, John McEwing, says donations of good quality furniture, clothing, bric-a-brac, household goods and so on are much appreciated. Goods can be left at the shop during business hours, or a collection can be arranged by calling 425 8844.

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Molly was a little Shih Tzu dog we were minding. After having a morning walk she had a little altercation with our Bichon Frise as they went around a lamp post in different directions.  Molly then slipped her head out of the collar and took off. She ran from The Grange to the Cement Works where some kind workmen rescued her from boggy mangroves.  Then Tania took her, bathed her, then took her to the vet to check her microchip. Meanwhile, my lovely neighbours and I were searching the streets near the Grange.  When I rang the vet, they were speaking with Tania and she promptly drove round to the Grange and delivered her back to me. I am so thankful to Tania for her kindness and going the extra mile that day. Know someone who deserves a big “thank you” for their community spirit? Tell us and they will receive acknowledgement in Mahurangi Matters and an amazing hamper from Chocolate Brown, 6 Mill Lane, Warkworth. Send your nominations to (subject line: Sweet Appreciation) or post to: Sweet Appreciation, Mahurangi Matters, PO Box 701, Warkworth. Kindly refrain from nominating members of your own family.

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Top covers band returns to Leigh Sawmill on a high After a hugely successful year, local band White Chapel Jak are returning to their roots with special Easter shows at Leigh Sawmill Cafe. With the Saturday gig already sold out, a special Easter Sunday family friendly show has been added on April 21. Every adult ticket holder can bring along an under 16 year old for free, and join in a half-time Easter egg hunt led by the band. The homecoming show comes hot on the heels of a performance with the Auckland Symphony Orchestra to a crowd of 15,000 at the SeePort Festival in January. The concert once again brought the band national attention. They were already humbled to win Radio New Zealand’s Battle of the Covers Band in 2018. Promoter Mandy Kupenga says both achievements demonstrate that White Chapel Jak is not your average covers band. The band features suitcase stomping from Dean Tinning, stand on the double bass dancing from Michael White, classical acoustic guitar through a whammy pedal with Nathan Boston, and hilarious ‘Holly-high hair’ styled front lady Bonnie Hurunui.

White Chapel Jak are known for wild antics on stage. Photo, Gavin McGregor

“This kiwiana rocking original covers band brings a fresh and funky approach to songs everybody knows and loves,” Mandy says. The band has played nearly 400 gigs in the last three years – many in the Rodney area – including festivals, school galas, fundraisers, weddings and special events. White Chapel Jak started out playing the Matakana farmers markets five years ago and now music is their full time job.

“They are living their music dreams, thanks largely to overwhelming local support,” Mandy says. Lead singer Bonnie Hurunui says she is excited to be playing at the Leigh Sawmill Café again. “It’s like coming home for us. We’ve been working on a new show with new songs and new dance moves to teach everyone,” she says. White Chapel Jak’s Easter Sunday

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Warkworth & District Museum Visit in the school holidays and see our new ANZAC display. Open 10am – 3pm daily Brenda and Mark have performed together for three decades. Photo, Paul Restall

Evening of poetry and song at Snells Beach café Blues, folk and acoustic rockers Mark Laurent and Brenda Liddiard will perform at Little & Local, Snells Beach on Friday, April 26. The husband and wife team have been performing together for three decades, playing grassroots, mostly unplugged music throughout New Zealand, Australia and the United Kingdom. Brendan Hanley, of the Byron Vista Social Club in New South Wales, says that Mark Laurent plays the blues like his life depends on it. Commenting on one performance, he wrote: “The highlight of the entire evening took place when Mark launched into some blues, during which he played blistering, brilliant acoustic guitar licks, while voicemimicking lead guitar sounds note for note, nuance for nuance in a masterful display of technique and taste that stands as one of our club’s most memorable performances to this day. He almost brought the house down.” Meanwhile, Brenda Liddiard has a voice schooled in folk, protest songs and alternative country music.

Her influences are chiefly English and American acoustic music. She found her niche as a songwriter during her passionate involvement with environmental and anti-nuclear issues dating from the 70s and 80s. Her album, Box of Memories, was a finalist in the 2013 Tui Awards for Best Folk Album. At Snells Beach, the couple will present an eclectic mix of material that can be ‘pin drop’ delicate, or sound like a full band. They pepper their sets with short bursts of poetry and stories of a road well travelled. Doors to Little & Local Coffee Kitchen open at 7pm. The concert will be preceded by an open-mic session for local and visiting poets and singers, hosted by Snells Beach poet Mark Raffills. Mark and Brenda will take the stage around 8.15pm for a 45-minute set. The concert is the second Live@Little & Local concert for 2019. Entry is $10 at the door. Coffee and counter food are available.


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Warkworth Town Hall hosts wartime farce Warkworth Theatre Group (WTG) mounts its biggest and most ambitious show for 20 years with a production of ’Allo ’Allo next month at the Warkworth Town Hall, May 16 to 24. The comedy is based on the hugely popular TV series written by Jeremy Lloyd and David Croft. The stage version follows the adventures of hapless café owner Rene in war-torn occupied France. He and his wife Edith struggle to keep for themselves a priceless portrait stolen by the Nazis, but now kept in a sausage in their cellar. To make matters more complicated, Rene is hiding two British airmen and is endeavouring to repatriate them, but struggles to communicate with London via a wireless set disguised as a cockatoo. Director Rosie Hutchinson says most of the favourite TV characters are in

the stage play and the biggest challenge has been to ensure that Warkworth Theatre Group is producing a play with its own identity, while retaining the integrity of the original show. WTG president Richard Boyle says he is encouraged by the large number of theatre group members involved, both on stage and behind the scenes in ’Allo ’Allo. The cast and crew comprise more than 30 people. “We struggled for numbers for a few years but now have a very active committee, a regular play reading group and a large group of passionate people committed to all aspects of the production process,” he says. After ’Allo ’Allo, WTG’s next show will be Death and Taxe$ by New Zealand playwright April Philips. It will be directed by Sally Knight. Auditions will be held in June for a production scheduled for September.

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Delaney Davidson, left, and Barry Saunders met while touring with Marlon Williams and Tami Neilson.

‘Real songs about real things’ lined up for Sawmill gig Two classic Kiwi alt-country songwriters who say they are “fused together by lightning in a deal made in blood” are bringing their new album release tour to Leigh’s Sawmill Café on Sunday, May 5. Multi-instrumentalist Delaney Davidson and The Warratahs’ lead singer Barry Saunders first met when doing the Church Tour with Tami Neilson and Marlon Williams in 2015. With Barry playing old gospel songs and Delaney chugging out his signature blues trance thump, the connection was immediate and they have been playing and writing songs together ever since. “It felt like something that just needed to happen. It felt right,” Barry says. “I was just throwing these words and ideas at Delaney and watching them bounce off his head.” Delaney agrees that it all happened very quickly and says the resulting partnership and album is something special. “These songs just started appearing out of the kitchen air and we were grabbing them as fast as we could,” he

says. “It has a realness and truth to it. An immediacy that is hard to find in music. Real songs about real things.” The resulting album, Word Gets Around, is described as having the rocking strength and dark power of Delaney Davidson’s previous work naturally paired with the heartfelt, straight dealing and traditionalism of Barry Saunders’ past. “It’s a manic and barnstorming balance,” Delaney says. “At times when we were singing we couldn’t tell whose voice was whose, it all just melded together. I’d be singing in Barry’s voice and he in mine. It must be that deal in blood we made.” Tickets cost $40 from undertheradar. and the show starts at 5.30pm.

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Acclaimed NZ string quartet to perform in Warkworth The New Zealand String Quartet will return to Warkworth for the first time since appointing its dynamic new second violin, Monique Lapins. The quartet will also bring along a centuries-old viola made by world famous luthier Nicolò Amati. The viola was made in Cremona, Italy, in 1619 and is on indefinite loan from the Adam Foundation. The quartet is renowned for its versatility and has collaborated with musicians from around the world, playing a range of classical, jazz and world music genres. They will perform a diverse programme featuring favourites from Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms and Shostakovich, as well as the work Bai sanxian, by New Zealand composer Jack Body. For more than 30 years, the quartet has been one of the world’s leading professional string quartets, playing hundreds of concerts in New Zealand and overseas, teaching several generations of players and building up an impressive collection of albums. Much loved by local audiences, the quartet has also performed to great acclaim in London’s Wigmore Hall and the City of London Festival. In New York, the quartet played at the Frick Collection art museum and in Washington’s Library of Congress Coolidge Auditorium. Besides Monique Lapins, the other members of the group are Helene Pohl, Gillian Ansell

The New Zealand String Quartet will bring along a centuries-old viola to their Warkworth concert.

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The Jazz Connection and Mahurangi Ramblers. From left, Bob Ward (trombone), Dana Fergusson (vocals), David Spivey (banjo), Eric Krey (bass), Val Couling (keyboards), Brian Leigh (drums), Phil Thornton (sax) and Mike Nisbet (clarinet).

Concert promises smooth jazz Following a hugely successful concert last year, two local jazz bands, Mahurangi Ramblers and Jazz Connection, have teamed up again and will perform a new programme. Last year, the bands packed out the Matakana Hall. This year they have moved to the Warkworth Town Hall, which holds twice as many people. Jazz Connection will provide a variety of smooth jazz from the 1930s, including numbers by Duke Ellington, Glen Miller and other artists of the great swing era, and

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featuring the impressive vocal style of Dana Fergusson. Mahurangi Ramblers, who collectively have more than 300 years of playing semi-professionally, have a programme of early jazz music that makes people want to dance. Spokesperson for the bands, David Spivey, says there is a real resurgence in people listening to jazz music. The bands will perform at the Warkworth  Town Hall on Sunday, May 5, from 2pm to 4.30pm. Tickets $10 at the door.

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Dredging continues but funding remains tight The Mahurangi River Restoration Trust has managed to continue dredging the Mahurangi River into April, but warns that funding remains precarious. Back in February, the trust worried that it might have to cease dredging by the end of the month after a government decision to deny the trust money from its Provincial Growth Fund (PGF). However, necessary maintenance work on the dredge meant less was spent on actual dredging than anticipated, and it is expected money will likely be available until the end of April. The trust had hoped to secure $3.5 million from the PGF, but the money was denied because the project fell within the Auckland region and was not deemed “provincial”. Trust management committee chair Steve Burrett says that although missing out on the $3.5 million was a major blow, the trust does not need to find all the money immediately to make up the shortfall, since dredging will take place over several years. This means the trust only has to find about $1.2 million each year to keep the project alive. Meanwhile, the trust has approached Auckland Council for funding, pointing out that a boat ramp at Warkworth Wharf is virtually useless because it can only be used at high tide. Mr Burrett says if another Council asset elsewhere in Auckland was

Lions Club president Carol Henderson hands a cheque to Mahurangi River Restoration Trust representatives Peter Thompson, left, and Steve Burrett.

Lions Club chips in another five grand

Children leap into the Mahurangi – a promising sign that the river is taking on a new lease of life.

similarly dysfunctional, then Council would be obliged to remedy the situation. The only remedy for the ramp at Warkworth is to have the river dredged. The trust is also waiting to hear back from the Department of Conservation on a funding application that was lodged 18 months ago. Steve says the trust is taking heart at the noticeable increase in fish stocks in the wharf area since dredging began. “You can see clouds of whitebait in

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between the boats and that was at low tide,” he says. Another encouraging moment was to see children jumping off the boats and swimming in the water this month – a heartening sign the river might once again become a popular swim spot. Dredging of the Mahurangi River began in earnest in August last year. It’s anticipated a dredged river will allow free movement of boats over all tides, bringing large numbers of tourists and encouraging dozens of water-based activities and businesses.

The total amount raised for river dredging by the Lions Club of Warkworth has reached $20,000, following the donation of a further $5000 earlier this year. Lions president Carol Henderson says the dredging and the riverside area has been a focus of the club for many years and will continue to be so. To donate to the Mahurangi River Restoration Trust’s dredging efforts, contact Kathryn Ashworth 021 613 994.

Work starts on Dome The NZ Transport Agency is working on making SH1 between Wellsford and Warkworth safer. The planned safety improvements include widening the centre line and road side shoulders, adding right hand turn bays and installing flexible road safety barriers. Because the route is 15km long with some challenging areas, construction has been split into five stages. It’s hoped the project will be finished in 2021.





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An artist’s impression of the new medical centre.

New medical hub for Snells Beach Snells Beach Medical Centre will soon make way for a major new medical facility, which will see several different kinds of health practitioners operating from the same location. It’s anticipated the new hub will open in July or August this year. The facility, which is tentatively being called the Snells Beach Medical Hub, will provide rooms for up to 40 practitioners, which will likely include general practitioners, pharmacists, dentists, audiologists physiotherapists and other visiting specialists. The hub will be located on the site of the existing centre on Dalton Road, but, at 800 square metres, will be eight times larger. The existing centre will be demolished to make way for a car park for the new complex.

The centre will also feature a nurse triage area, an ambulance bay and possibly a café. The hub is the brainchild of developers Hifazal and Furisha Haniff, and has been 10 years in the making. Hifazal says the current centre is almost 30 years old and can no longer cater for the population growth in the area. He anticipates the new hub will be able to serve Snells Beach for many years to come. Furisha says the new hub will lead to better access to health care and, therefore, better health outcomes for patients. Hifazal has previously developed two residential developments in Warkworth, but this will be his first commercial development.

Hifazal and Furisha Haniff discuss plans for the new medical hub with Dr Kate Baddock, centre, senior partner with Kawau Bay Health.

Furisha, who is also a pharmacist, will manage a pharmacy at the hub. She previously owned the Warkworth Medical Pharmacy and says it will be great to be back reconnecting with former customers. “The pharmacy will be state-of-the-art and will provide a full range of services,” she says.

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Monday 29 April for 10 weeks. 10am-12.30pm Held at Women’s Centre, Warkworth. FREE An empowering support group for women offering resources to face life’s challenges and encouraging mindfulness & inner growth in a caring & confidential environment. Facilitated by Heidi Downey.

Young Mum’s Education Programme

Thursday 2 May for 10 weeks, 10am-12.30pm Held at Women’s Centre, Warkworth. FREE For mothers up to 25 yrs. Make friends and explore strategies for raising healthy, happy children. Childcare & morning tea provided. Tutor: Colleen Julian.

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Tuesday 30 April for 10 weeks, 10am—12.30pm Held at Women’s Centre, Warkworth. FREE For women from the Pacific to meet, share & learn. Tutor: Heidi Downey

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Wednesday fortnightly, 10am—11.30am Call us or register online and we will advise you of the start date. An informal get together for local Māori women to meet up and connect. Call us or register online. Tutor: Ahnya Martin

Computer Training Microsoft Publisher

Fridays starting 17 May for 4 weeks . 9.15am-11.15am Held at RSA Basement, Warkworth. FREE Learn how to use Microsoft Publisher. Includes understanding layout, inserting pictures, shapes and tables, personalizing and creating a template and more. For people who have some experience in using a computer and have a thorough knowledge of Word Tutor: Senior Net

Getting Started, Essential Skills, Excel and Windows 10

Friday 14 June for 4 weeks, 9.15am - 11.15am Held at RSA Basement, Warkworth. FREE Learn the basics, develop your skills with Word and Windows or learn to use Excel. Choose from the courses based on your skill level or interest area Tutor: Senior Net

Making Your Way in the Workforce

Friday 21st June 10.30—2.30pm Held at Women’s Centre, Warkworth. FREE Are you looking to return to the workforce or maybe need the courage to find a new job? This workshop will help prepare you for interview situations, teach you how to prepare an application and help you identify strengths and skills. Will also cover confidence building, self-belief and communication. Tutor: Bev Giles, Time to Shine Coaching

Creative Expression through Painting

Saturday 8 June, 9.30am—3pm Held at Kourawhero Hall, Warkworth. $45 Awaken your creative potential, have fun & learn to paint with water colour. No previous drawing or painting skill required to achieve exciting results. Tutor: Tiina Power

Harakeke/Flax Weaving Workshop

Saturday 25 May, 10am—2.30pm Venue: to be advised. $45 Learn basic flax weaving skills from an experienced local weaver and create a waikawa basket. Students are also introduced to the customs (tikanga) around working with flax. Tutors: Britta Conrad and Rosanne Davies

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Saturday 15 June, 10am—2.30pm Held at Dome Valley $45 A one-day workshop at artist’s studio. The class will start with an introduction to clay, making pinch pots, joining them. Followed by creating, decorating and texturing another sculpture using your new skills. Tutor: Emma Zhang

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Saturday 29 June. Held in Warkworth. FREE Learn physical and verbal self-defense actions and strategies to keep safe. Discuss topics such as safety, situations and fears. Gain more confidence, self-esteem and self-awareness. This FREE one-day workshop will be run when we have a minimum of 12 participants. Register interest now.

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Personalised coffee mug drive With Mother’s Day just around the corner, Wellsford Plunket’s latest fundraising initiative could be an ideal solution for anyone stumped for a gift idea. Working in conjunction with The Camera Shop in Warkworth, the Plunket group has designed and commissioned personalised mugs that can be printed with anyone’s name. Fundraising coordinator Tania Hamilton says that although they originally came up with the idea mainly for Mother’s Day on May 12, the mugs also make a great gift for any occasion, and for men and women alike. They can even be decorated

to suit either left- or right-handed people. All funds raised will go towards fixing up the lower driveway, retaining wall and lower carpark at the Wellsford Plunket Rooms in Rodney Street. The mugs cost $15 each and can be ordered  from The Camera Shop in person, or online from the Products section at Tania also has some generic reusable Plunket coffee cups for sale at $12 each, available from Caffe Cozy in Wellsford, Chocolate Brown in Warkworth or from Tania on 021 264 0424.

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Men’s shed seeks funding Warkworth Men’s Shed is almost ready to officially open its doors, but still needs funds to complete vital electrical, security and safety requirements. Speaking at last month’s Rodney Local Board meeting, chairman Barry Thompson said the mental health and recycling initiative based at Warkworth Showgrounds needed a significant electrical upgrade, first aid equipment, security measures and fire protection, plus funding for running costs and things like nails, screws and paint. Once up and running, he told members, the shed aimed to connect people who were becoming increasingly isolated and feeling cut off from society, at a time when depression was on the increase and mental health services were being cut. Mr Thompson said there were plenty of men with great skills and talent

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who would just like to get stuck into projects that would help the local environment or community, and the shed could be a great social resource and source of skills. Although Board funding was not immediately available at this stage, members expressed enthusiastic support for the initiative and its aims, and said it would be back in touch in future. After the meeting, Mr Thompson said approaches were being made to Auckland Council and community groups for funding help. The group meets at the shed every Monday and Thursday to continue the refurbishment and set-up. Anyone who wants to know more about the Men’s Shed, or can offer funding or practical help, can contact Barry Thompson on 425 5613 or email

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Residents fear loss of ambulance as St John cuts costs St John is relocating its Kaiwaka ambulance to Maungaturoto ahead of increasing its paid staff in the town from one to eight and introducing a 24/7 service. A St John spokesperson says that because the majority of the ambulance volunteers in the area are based in Maungaturoto, it is hard to justify the operational expense of the Kaiwaka station. “Functionally, nothing will change as they are already one operational group and share training nights,” he says. “If we base the vehicle in Maungaturoto, then three-quarters of the volunteers are nearby. It makes logistical sense.” At any one time, two of the new paid staff will crew an ambulance, working a 48-hour shift every eight days. St John says one of the Maungaturoto ambulances will eventually be replaced by a ‘first responder vehicle’. “It will be equipped like an ambulance, but will be operated by volunteers.

The Kaiwaka ambulance will move to Maungaturoto, but St John has yet to announce when the change will happen.

They will treat the patient in their home and might begin the transport to a hospital, but will be met by the ambulance, which will take the patient the rest of the way. “Volunteers have told us that sometimes when they drive a patient to Whangarei they get drawn into doing two or three

jobs up there, and not serving their own community. Changing to a first responder unit will solve this.” St John says there is still a real need for volunteers in the area. “There’s also no reason why the Kaiwaka staff can’t park the first response unit from the Maungaturoto station in their

driveway if they are on duty. That goes for staff in Paparoa as well.” Meanwhile, a public meeting was held earlier this month to determine a future use for the ambulance station once it is vacated. St John were not able to say when the new arrangements will be put in place.

The Mahurangi Matters spoke to a number of residents in the Kaiwaka area and found that opinions about the changes are mixed. Bianca Hartley, from Kaiwaka I think it is awful, but I have noticed that the Maungaturoto ambulance has been the first one to respond to incidents in the area for a while. It was obviously coming for some time, and if there’s a lack of volunteers this is what happens. But I’ve never heard of there being a call for volunteers and I’ve noticed the money from the community fundraising in Kaiwaka has gone to the Maungaturoto station.

Eric Jansseune, from Kaiwaka I’m worried that 20 minutes from Maungaturoto is too long if the situation is an emergency. Nobody wants to need it, but help shouldn’t be further than five minutes away. In the year that I’ve lived in the area someone actually died from a medical emergency on the same street as the station. There’s no doctor in the town either, which is a concern. Visit us at 6 Morpeth St, Warkworth CO UN TD O


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Heather, from Kaiwaka The area is growing with talk of 700 new residents going into subdivisions around Oneriri Road and I think it’s ludicrous we would have no ambulance based here. If you had a heart attack around here, I believe you would be dead. It’s scary when there are a lot of retirees in the area. After all the fundraising that Kaiwaka has done for St John, it is a bit of a kick in the guts.




Donald, from Topuni Since the infrastructure is here, I think it should be utilised. This means that it is double the distance for an ambulance to travel if anything happens in Kaiwaka town. They would probably get here from Wellsford faster. The problem hasn’t been that there isn’t a need in the community, just that there aren’t enough drivers.










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Soothing connections We all have a brain that is structured in such a way that requires it to be soothed in order to fully function. Sometimes we need support to feel soothed – a kind friend, a loving family member, a friendly face in the street. These gentle loving interactions unconsciously make us feel safe and connected. Going out into nature and getting grounded is another way to connect, breathe and trust, and therefore soothe your brain. As a parent or caregiver, it is necessary to get this soothing for ourselves so that we may in turn help our children’s brains to calm and be ready for the world. Children need adults to help them regain their equilibrium when they go off track. In fact, their off-track behaviour is more often than not the child requiring connection. Of course, they don’t know that consciously. The child feels out of sorts when they perceive they are not in connection. They have a high need for connection because it directly relates to their survival. As their parent or caregiver you might see ‘silly’ behaviour, ‘clingy’ behaviour or ‘naughty’ behaviour. What the child is expressing is their anxiety about not being connected. Every parent or caregiver knows that there are times when their children usually act out. Like when the adult is on the phone (a call, a text, social media), or when you have another adult friend over for a cuppa, or when you are talking to the shop assistant. The common denominator here is that your attention is away from the child and it makes them unconsciously uncomfortable and they desperately don’t want to feel like this. In today’s world we tend to have very high and unrealistic expectations of children. We often expect them to manage their feelings independently. In desperation we send them into the isolation of time out. The key is the more you meet their need, and help them soothe their brain through connection, the less off-track behaviour will occur. The younger the child, the greater the need for connection. But, remember, everyone needs connection, even your teenager, your partner and you. If you take the time to pause your activity (phone call or conversation, and so on) and turn your full attention to your child – give eye contact, turn your heart towards them, get down to their level, hear for a moment what they have to say and genuinely acknowledge their need, then your child is more likely to cope with you continuing your activity. Those actions will have helped soothe their sense of being out of connection. This does not mean you let your children dominate what you do. Clear, kind boundaries are helpful for children. It does mean that you compassionately understand their very real need for connection and to feel soothed. It also means that your relationship with your child will be strong and respectful.


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Prior to 1940, only a handful of people lived at the beach, making a living from their small dairy farms, raising pigs and chickens.

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Delightful destination Even before motor transport was available, picnic parties and summer campers found their way to Snells Beach. My grandmother, like others of her generation, brought her family to stay in home-made ridge pole tents. A letter survives, written in 1917, telling of a boating mishap offshore. The unfortunate people were rescued by the campers and room was made in the tents for them to spend the night. An early photograph of Snells Beach shows a very rural scene. Clearly visible is a stand of mature pine trees. These were felled in 1935 and among them were found some Russian pines grown from seed from Siberia. The seed was reportedly given to pioneer settler James Snell by Captain Krippner from Puhoi. A contractor, Mr Thomlinson, was pleased to find such good milling timber and the beach proved to be an excellent outlet for shipping by scow. Prior to 1940, only a handful of people lived at the beach making a living from their small dairy farms, raising pigs and chickens. Cream cans were taken to Dawson’s Landing and from there by launch to the nearest dairy factory. At first, the factory was at Pukapuka and later at Warkworth. Children and their teacher walked or rode ponies to

A photograph of Snells Beach in 1928 – a very rural scene.

Mullet Point school along a clay track which eventually became Mahurangi East Road. The popularity of the beach as a venue for organised picnics led to a request received by the Rodney County Council in 1934 for an access road through Mrs Phillips’ paddock. Mrs. Susanna Phillips was the youngest daughter of the Snell family and occupied the original homestead. The road was formed two years later and was called Snells Beach Road. No record could be found of exactly when the beach frontage became a

reserve, but it was certainly used by the public from very early times with the approval of the landowners. For the children of the 1940s, learning to swim was an important part of the school programme. The highlight was the day we were taken from Warkworth school to Snells Beach to swim for certificates. The tide was full and along the beach stakes had been driven into the sand at 25 yard intervals. Around 1940, Mr Ed Dalton bought the southern end of the beach. He


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Participants are invited to use their imagination for the parade.

An artist’s impression of the tree lighting expected at the Warkworth Wharf during the Mahurangi Winter Festival of Lights. The lights will remain even after the festival ends.

Mahurangi festival of lights set to beat the winter blues The Mahurangi Winter Festival of Lights promises to shine even brighter this year, with a new illuminated parade event and Auckland Council ATEED funding to light up the Warkworth Wharf area. The parade will kick off on Friday, July 19 at 6.30pm and feature illuminated floats, trucks, cars, bikes, scooters, people and possibly even beds on wheels. Organiser Murray Chapman says he wants people’s imagination to run riot, perhaps including lighting up grandma in her wheelchair. The parade will assemble on Baxter Street and continue down Queen Street. It will end in the illuminated Wharf area where colour washes of light will play over the water and

nearby trees. The Jane Gifford and other boats will be ablaze with light. Buskers will play and crowds can enjoy eats from brightly-lit food trucks. The fun will continue into Saturday, July 20, with ice skating on Baxter Street from 11am, real snow for kids to play in and more food trucks catering to all tastes. Children can also enjoy a movie at the Warkworth Town Hall at 4pm. They will then be provided with glow sticks to walk down to Baxter Street to enjoy the spectacular laser light show, which takes place from 6pm. Murray hopes businesses will really get behind the event, sponsoring different parts of the festival, lighting up their shops, entering floats in the parade

and staying open late on Friday and Saturday nights. “It’s going to bring a whole lot of people into town and shops who don’t open are going to miss out,” he says. He says last year even Chocolate Brown in Mill Lane, which is some distance from the main events, reported it had its busiest day ever on the day of the laser light show. “Even if you are, say, a women’s clothing shop, it’s true nobody is likely to be out buying clothes, but there is still the opportunity to wander around and hand out vouchers to people.” Murray adds that it’s the “Mahurangi Festival”, not just a Warkworth event and he is eager for places such as Omaha, Snells Beach, Matakana, Leigh

and elsewhere to actively participate. Last year’s inaugural festival attracted many people from outside the area and Murray hopes to build on this trend, encouraging strong bookings for motels and restaurants. “It’s only going to get bigger and bigger each year. People who went last year say their kids are still talking about it,” Murray says. “Winter can be a depressing time of year. The whole idea is to bring a smile to people’s faces.” To enter a float, help with sponsorship or participate in other ways, email

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Home heating options worth considering ahead of winter Heat pumps have become the hottest thing in home heating thanks to their energy efficiency, but modern wood fires are now giving them a run for your money. In a semi-rural area like north Rodney, firewood can often be sourced very cheaply, if not for free, so the idea that heat pumps are cheaper may be an urban perspective. North City Heating consultant Jason Smith says wood burners are cheaper for producing heat, but incur an initial outlay cost. “There is the cost of the fireplace which starts from $1900 and then the consent and any additional flashing you might require on your house. I just completed a job for $4200 in the Kaipara district, which is the most expensive place to get a consent,” he says. The cost of firewood in the area can range from $120 per cubic metre for a hot mix of pine, macrocarpa and blue gum from Wyatts Haulage, to just $55 for offcuts from the Cypress Sawmill, or even free from the side of the road or Facebook. A typical household running a fireplace every evening could expect to burn through 10 cubic metres during the winter season. According to Laser Electrical Silverdale managing director Bryan Fairgray, the cost of installing a heat pump is not dissimilar to woodburners at $2500 to $3000, but he says they are incredibly efficient.

Though heat pumps are popular, wood burners could make more financial sense in a rural area.

“A 2kW heat pump will produce 6kW In terms of heating a space, a wood that burning something for fuel would of heat so it is using a third of the fire puts out considerably more energy be worse for the environment, modern energy it is putting out. If you install a with the smallest and least expensive wood burners have come a long way. ducting system they can also heat the burners producing 11kW and larger In the Rodney district, a wood burner models up to 26kW. whole house,” he says. is required to produce less than 1.5 particulate kilogram of “The heat pump is also much quicker Pat Neems from Wyatts Haulage grams of Call: 09 411 411per9604 9604 at taking the chill off the air because Firewood says fires are popular in wood that burns. A modern wood fire it blows heat around the room. I have the area, particularly in older houses achieves this with a hotter, ‘cleaner’ DDIIVVI ISSI IOONN OOF FWW TATT TL ALNADNSDCSACP A E PSEU SP U P LPIPELSI E S theY AYdry heat can burn off the burn, which produces less smoke and a pump and a fireplace, and I use the A because humidity in the air, instead pushing it particulates. pump when I get home because the fire takes about an hour to get started.” around. 948 State State Highway Highway1616•• Waimauku WaimaukuHowever, it is impossible to make “I pay 50 cents an hour to run the heat “We bring in 500 cubic metres of a direct comparison between the after theMuriwai Muriwai turnoffoff ( just just after the turn ) ) winter at the beginning of emissions of a wood burner and a heat pump and it costs me $350 in a season firewood e te.nt z.n z s .n and that will get us through three pump, due to the elise.n p li variation in how for firewood. I daresay the wood is p p u u s s e ppe nnddssccaamight much be used in a single cheaper over the hours, but there is quarters of the season,” he says. w.l.laawood ww w w t e d burn and the variation in the means of more work involved with chopping Another consideration is r acarbon e p o emissions. n While you might expect electricity generation. the wood and cleaning the soot.” ed &

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Heading into winter Your plants (and probably you!) might be exhausted after a long, hot and hopefully productive summer. Some can be coddled along a bit more, others may need to be terminated; the plants, not the gardener! Heavy feeding crops, such as tomatoes, cucumbers, capsicum, courgette and eggplants will have exhausted most of the nutrients supplied at planting. Now is the time to be feeding heavily with fast-acting fertilisers and liquid manures. The growing season can be extended by using frost cloth or cloches to reduce wind chill, trap some of the sun’s rays and reduce heat loss overnight. Plant fast growing greens like lettuce and spinach to take up the slack until winter crops such as broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower start coming on. Onions, garlic, carrots and leeks can all be planted now. Celery, parsley and coriander are also good crops for this time of year, tending to bolt to seed less than in the summer months. Keep an eye out for summer crops that have gone to seed; just leave the seed heads (or pods) on to fatten up. Harvest them once they have yellowed off and then finish the drying process by laying them out on mesh in a dry area before popping into dated and labelled paper envelopes. Good seed can last for two seasons if they

Strawberry runners are easy to pot.

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are stored well, which means you always have some spare in case of a crop disaster. Many crops such as strawberries, blackberries, raspberries and boysenberries produce runners now, which are easy to pot up for planting out later into a new bed. The cooler, drier months of autumn are perfect for rejuvenating your soil. The warm, moist but not yet sodden soil is easier to work, and the weather is less exhausting for the gardener. I like to add a 2-3cm layer of compost to the beds, with a dusting of dolomite (or

lime) and gypsum. As a rule of thumb, the dusting should look about the same as a well-floured ciabatta bread. This combination is like gold for earthworms and microorganisms. Lime and gypsum need time to dissolve and move through the soil so autumn application is a good idea. Other fertilisers dissolve more readily in heavy winter rain and tend to leach out of the soil more easily, so applying these just before planting is a better option.

Most crops hate wet feet and many soil-borne diseases thrive in wet conditions. If your beds are not already raised, now is a good time to do this. Raising the soil level by even a few centimetres can improve drainage, which also keeps the soil slightly warmer. A raised bed can be as simple as digging out paths and using this soil to mound up the beds. To reduce disease risk over winter and cut down on pests and diseases continued to next page

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Alas, the bounty of summer is almost over. from previous page

next summer, completely remove any weeds and old vegetation from beds and paths. Disease spores and pests will hibernate on these. Bare soil is an invitation to weeds; you can reduce weeds by mulching the soil or take advantage of the downtime to grow a green crop such as mustard, oats, lupin, peas, phacelia or buckwheat. Green crops reduce soil erosion and compaction from heavy winter rain, reduce pests and diseases in the soil, and add to soil nitrogen, carbon and humus levels. Give any surrounding trees and shrubs a good haircut. The winter sun sits lower in the sky so nearby trees shade more. I always like to start my winter pruning season in autumn; sounds strange I know, but I can’t wait to get started and then I don’t have the big rush just before spring when there are so many other jobs to do in the garden. My plums have already been pruned – straight after harvest is the best time to do these. Table grapes are next as, like plums, they are so vigorous that pruning before leaf fall hardly makes any difference. Apples, pears, stonefruit and figs follow – usually by end the end of May when they have lost most of their leaves. I leave persimmon to the last of all the deciduous trees, as the autumn colours are just so gorgeous. Cherry guavas, macadamia and feijoas are pruned straight after fruiting for height and width control. Autumn rains are a trigger for tree planting time; with warm moist soils and mild weather. This is the best time to plant citrus, subtropicals and

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Top tyre tips for winter Dangerous roads become even more treacherous during winter when conditions are often wetter and darker. Mahurangi Matters spoke to Brendan Woolley, of Beaurepaires Warkworth, about making sure your tyres are up to snuff when the going gets tough. Why are wet roads a problem? The tread pattern on a tyre is formed to enable the tyre to clear water from underneath the tyre. If the water is not cleared it will force the tyre off the road surface – this is known as aquaplaning or hydroplaning. If a tyre has limited tread depth, it is more likely to lose traction, and you cannot stop or steer a vehicle without traction. Wet roads also take a lot longer for a vehicle to stop on. This makes the chances of accidents higher. Globally, 75 per cent of accidents occur on wet roads. Some tyre manufacturers make tyres that have small cuts inside the tread details. These are called sipes and the best manufacturers ensure these last the whole life of the tyre. These cuts allow for massive grip improvement on wet, greasy and cold roads. In winter, we must remember that although the law says you can still use tyres with low depth of tread, performance in the wet will be dramatically reduced.       How often should motorists be checking their tires during winter and what should they look for? Tyres should be correctly inflated for

Brendan Woolley says tyres are the primary safety system on a vehicle.

the load and use. Unless you have one of the latest cars with a tyre pressure monitoring system (TPMS), you should be checking your tyre pressures every two weeks and before a long or high-speed journey. You should also look for damage and cuts, which can let water into the structure and will cause problems later. The law says tyres should be changed when the tread depth falls to 1.5mm. Most car manufacturers recommend changing tyres at 3mm for safety. They have no agenda other than keeping people safe. Are there any kinds of vehicles where having tyres in good condition is especially critical? Vehicles such as 4x4s and SUVs weigh

more and require more grip. What is often ignored, however, is that older vehicles need much better tyres. They often don’t have now standard safety features such as anti-lock braking systems (ABS) and vehicle traction and stability assistance. Studies show you are much more likely to be seriously injured in an older vehicle. If your car has not got good crash protection, then make sure you invest in great tyres. Tyres are the primary safety system on a vehicle. Brakes slow the wheels only – good tyres stop the car. Should I consider buying tyres specifically for winter?  Most motorists don’t really need

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Before I get started on an update, I thought it would be good to clarify who “TOSSI” is. The Tāwharanui Open Sanctuary Society (TOSSI) was formed in 2002 to help make the Tāwharanui Open Sanctuary project a reality. TOSSI works in partnership with the Auckland Council and is involved in volunteer programmes, fundraising, education and advocacy. We are a community-based organisation with charitable status. TOSSI projects include forest and wetland restoration, re-introduction of threatened species, monitoring animals and plants, pest control, our nursery, and the development of walking tracks. Last time I wrote, summer was nearly upon us and now we are well into autumn and winter is just around the corner. That’s not a negative view, it’s just the way the seasons progress and with it our activities change. The show goes on – just with coats on. So what does winter mean to us? We welcome The level of activity does not really decrease, it just takes a different course. For the rangers, it means a all – young and old, change from being parking attendants for the vast families, groups number of beachgoers, to getting on with jobs they of friends, work probably prefer. For the general public, the beach colleagues, or may not be so appealing. So those who still need a regular dose of Tāwharanui will move to exploring individuals who the bush and all the treasures hidden there. For the want a great day livestock, there are shorter days without the heat out with a chance and the ewes get to fatten up nicely – especially to meet some likethose who met up with a ram earlier in the year! For TOSSI, it’s time to get the plants grown over minded people. summer into the ground. Planting is our major winter activity. We have three public planting days, plus additional volunteer planting days. The public planting days are scheduled for the first Sunday in June, July and August. We welcome all – young and old, families, groups of friends, work colleagues, or individuals who want a great day out with a chance to meet some like-minded people. It’s a great day, albeit hard work sometimes. We even provide workers with lunch to finish off. Put it in your diary now, we look forward to seeing you there. The additional volunteer plantings usually coincide with the Tuesday morning nursery group. The team will do some more specific infill or special project planting. Anyone with time to spare is welcome to join us. While the ground is wet, we need to get our 20,000 plants in the ground but that doesn’t mean other activity ceases. The bird and reptile monitoring continues, traplines still need to be serviced, fence monitoring continues, track and fence maintenance becomes even more important, and the weeds still need controlling. It just becomes muddier and slipperier, causing many a muddy bottom. Best of all, winter means spring is just around the corner.

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Losing my virginity I was a 47-year-old “big phat manu” virgin. A “big phat manu” is derived from the Maori word (manu) meaning bomb, which is basically uber-cool speak for “I’m going to do a bommie into the water”. Of course, I had heard this phrase many times before from my teenagers, but it had never resonated with me until this memorable day. It was a balmy Sunday afternoon and we had decided to go for a tiki tour and ended up at the Tomarata Lakes. It was the picture-perfect afternoon and certainly one that could have been the envy of millions of people around the world. I laid out So beautiful was the classic tartan picnic rug on the lake shore, and their happiness and busted open a beer. Whilst being caressed by the innocence that my afternoon sun, my imagination and senses burst into action. My eyes felt like the biggest sunflowers eyes were weeping and they were absorbing the most iconic Kiwi scene with joy at the that was playing out before me. There were families sight of it ... to my right having a barbecue, my girls had gone for a fossick around the lake, and my son had made a pretend fishing rod from a stick and was pretending to fish. But the greatest glory was the beautiful family directly in front of me. A father with his three children were holding hands and jumping off the wooden piles into the water – his lovely partner, heavily pregnant, resting on the shore. “Do a big phat manu Dad. Please Dad, go on do a big phat manu,” his children urged. And that’s exactly what that superstar father did, over and over again with all of his children. So beautiful was their happiness and innocence that my eyes were weeping with joy at the sight of it. Never before had I had such a compelling urge to jump fully clothed into the water for no other reason than just to share in their happiness. That day made me appreciate life so intensely that I just want to eat every bit of it that comes my way. So, bugger it! I’m not going to spend my Easter this year chopping firewood. For the first time in 10 years, I’m going away. I have rented a bach up north (sorry, that Hill Street intersection does my head in) in a place called Doubtless Bay, where I am going to try to recreate that wonderful day by the lake. I have now come to realise that every precious moment on this earth is ours to have and to hold, so let’s just do it. Let’s bang on the budgie smugglers or hoist up the bikini, because I just don’t think we have a moment to lose. Yes, this Easter I intend to find my inner child. I am going to be just like the kids at the lake. I will be doing the biggest “big phat manu” my heart can carry out. From now on, with this beautiful landscape at my feet, I intend to be living, loving and having till death do I part.

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New development meets heated business land demand Major earthworks on land owned by the Morrison family, at the southern entrance to Warkworth, has been the subject of much speculation recently. Family spokesperson Bevan Morrison has confirmed it is not the start of the much talked about Western Collector nor is it a new industrial estate. “The family is completing the extension of the current industrial development we started about 25 years ago,” Bevan says. This involves developing an area of about five hectares on the other side of the hill, at the end of Morrison Drive. The orange clay fill that motorists can see from State Highway 1 is what has been moved from the Morrison Drive site to achieve flat building platforms.  “We have taken the time to ensure all this fill placed on the highway side of the farm is engineered fill so that it will be compliant and compacted to the level required for future development. Although this is not likely to happen for another five to 10 years, according to the staging of the draft Warkworth Structure Plan, it is a more efficient use of the clay than to cart it off site and then go looking for fill in 10 years. “This area around the hill and down to SH1 will most likely become more of a commercial area with possibly

Rumours have been flying around thick and fast about the earthworks that can be seen on Warkworth’s southern entrance.

medical-related services.” Bevan says the new industrial land will meet a much-needed demand. “For the last three or four years, local business owners have been asking us for land from any future development. To give a feel for this demand, we ran a tender late last year for the few pieces that weren’t sold through private agreements and had 28 people or businesses vying for a section. “It’s unfortunate that so many, mainly locals, have missed out, but

it highlights the need. Again, we are seeing more demand for commercial, rather than industrial land, although there is still a need and demand for industrial land.” Bevan says this underlines the challenges Auckland Council has in ‘finding’ new areas for business to develop. “Unfortunately, coloring a map purple doesn’t necessarily mean it will work. “There have been other sections of our farm ‘earmarked’ for future industrial, but we know from experience there is

no way this hilly land can economically be developed as industrial/commercial sections. “The most sensible approach would be to extend the Rural Urban Boundary (RUB) north of the motorway exit at the Warkworth Showgrounds and take in the flat and gently sloping land around the old Civil Farm. “This is also opposite the new industrial area designated down Goatley Road, in close proximity to the motorway entrance.”


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Wellsford couple share their dairy dream Urgent need for fire brigade volunteers

Colin and Isabella Beazley took the 2019 top title after coming third last year.

miss out on time with us,” Isabella said. “Another strength is our family support. They are always there to help us out if and when we need it.” When they are not caring for the cows, the Beazleys enjoy tag rugby, hockey and visiting local beaches. “We just try to be a happy-go-lucky couple who always see the positives in everything,” Isabella added. Another Wellsford area dairyman who did well in the awards was Simon Robinson, who placed third in the Dairy Manager of the Year competition, winning just over $1500

and the Webb Ross McNab Kilpatrick Employee Engagement Award. He manages Tapora Trust’s 750-cow, 270 hectare property close to the Kaipara Harbour. He said he enjoyed the discipline and consistency of working with the cows, but loved getting off the farm to go fishing, too. And Kaiwaka trainee Tipene Hape came third in the Dairy Trainee of the Year section. The 23-year-old, who is a farm assistant on Kevin Sidwell’s 190 hectare farm, milking 425 cows, won $1,250 in prizes and the 2019 Northland DIA Communication & Engagement Award.

Matakana Volunteer Fire Brigade is once again seeking new recruits to ensure it has enough crew for local callouts. The brigade sometimes struggles to get to every emergency at present, simply because not enough members live within seven minutes’ drive of the Omaha Flats Road fire station. Volunteers’ support member Angela Gibbons says the main problem is that Matakana is a largely transient community. “There are a lot of people in Omaha and out to the edges of Whangateau, but a lot of them work away and are out from 5am to 7pm, and we need people during the day,” she says. “We’re not making a lot of callouts, because we just don’t have the people. For anyone that lives in this area, this is about our safety – we need someone there to answer the call.” The brigade will be holding its annual open day at Matakana Fire Station on Saturday, May 4 from 10am to 2pm, where the focus will be on education about how to provide medical support until emergency services arrive, since many callouts are for medical problems. There will also be a Wendy House smoke demonstration and the cooking oil kitchen fire trailer will be there. Anyone interested in learning more should contact Peter Guild on 0274 726 080 or visit volunteering/with-us


Wellsford husband and wife team Colin and Isabella Beazley have taken out the 2019 Northland Dairy Industry Awards Share Farmer of the Year title. The couple, who milk 330 cows on Neil Jones and Wendy Crow-Jones’ Shepherd Road property, took home almost $8000 in prizes and also won four merit awards – the Ecolab Farm Dairy Hygiene Award, the Honda Farm Safety, Health and Biosecurity Award, the LIC Recording and Productivity Award and the Westpac Business Performance Award. It was third time lucky for Colin and Isabella, who have entered the awards twice before and achieved third place last year. They said the awards process was a good learning platform and a great way to benchmark themselves against others in the dairy industry, as well as learn more about themselves and their business. Following the awards night last month, they recently held a field day at their property to show off their skills and share their knowledge. They believed one of their main strengths was the flexibility their splitcalving system provided. “This allows us to keep more control of our costs and ensure workload stability,” Colin said. It also helps the Beazleys to juggle their work-life balance and ensure they have plenty of time with children Erin, aged 7, and Dayton, aged 2. “They absolutely love it and they don’t

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The granulate ambrosia beetle and its ‘frass’.

Tree growers urged to check for new wood-boring beetle Avocado and fruit tree growers are being asked to be on the lookout for signs of a serious new wood-boring pest that has been discovered in five areas of Auckland since February. Biosecurity New Zealand said the granulate ambrosia beetle had been found at Blockhouse Bay, Kumeu, Titirangi and two sites in Riverhead – the first time the pest has been detected in this country. The beetle is regarded as a serious pest overseas, and is known to damage a wide range of broadleaf trees, including avocado, plum, peach, persimmon and pear, as well as common trees such as oak, ficus, eucalyptus, magnolia, acacia, and casuarina. While it is unclear how the beetle arrived in NZ, evidence suggests it may have been here for at least two years. Because the granulate ambrosia beetle lives under bark, it is difficult to detect, but a tell-tale sign is distinctive stick-like protusions of

compacted sawdust poking out of the bark that resemble toothpicks or matchsticks, known as frass. Other symptoms include sap oozing from tunnel entrances and branch dieback, and mainly weak or diseased trees are affected. Biosecurity NZ is asking members of the public to report any sign of the pest so that traps can be placed and further inspections carried out. Biosecurity surveillance and incursion manager Brendan Gould said officials were working with local authorities to identify the extent of the spread. “We need to know if New Zealand has a wider population, which is why we are asking the public to report any possible sightings,” he said. Anyone who believes they have seen the granulate ambrosia beetle or any sign of frass on trees should take a photo and call Biosecurity New Zealand’s exotic pests and diseases hotline on 0800 809966.

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Four local farming families picked up a swag of trophies at the recent Auckland Ballance Farm Environment Awards, run by the New Zealand Farm Environment Trust. Wellsford couple Cameron and Jo Shepherd’s Silver Ridge dairy farm led the charge, winning the Ballance AgriNutrients Soil Management, the Dairy NZ Sustainability & Stewardship and Auckland Council Water Quality Enhancement awards. The Shepherds operate a carefully planned, high input closed farm system designed around their property’s challenging pipe clay soils. The system is designed to reuse water and optimise rainfall – their only water source. Judges praised the Shepherds for their lateral thinking, which has led to them achieving not only improved levels of production, but a better work life balance for them and their three children. The Bayleys People in Primary Sector Award was won by Ian and Jo Trotter, who farm dairy and dairy-beef cattle at Matakana. They are the fourth generation to farm their Wrights Road property and judges were impressed by the inter-generational family knowledge of their land and locality, and willingness to learn and share information. The Brady family’s Audmore Dairy farm at Ahuroa won the Norwood Agri-Business Management Award. James, Nicola, Judith and Roger Brady impressed judges with their unwavering commitment and

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The new subdivision on 84 Falls Road is officially named Waiwhiu Estate thanks to some creative thinking from Warkworth School student Elyse Brown, 10. Bayleys ran a competition at the school to name the new subdivision and received 40 entries. Elyse chose the name because the property looks towards the Waiwhiu ranges (pictured) in the Dome Valley. She was presented with a cheque for $100 by subdivision owner Annette Kann. Elyse plans to put the money towards buying a kid-sized electric car. It was a complete surprise on an otherwise ordinary Thursday for Elyse, whose dad told her it would be special day, but didn’t say why.


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Character building Recent months have seen a number of new animal welfare regulations introduced and more are coming in future months. Traditionally, regulations have covered adequate food, water, shelter and appropriate handling, but there is a movement toward incorporating animals’ mental needs as well as their physical needs. Far eastern religions have long recognised non-human living creatures as sentient beings – having feelings. Now in the west, we are gradually writing into law the recognition that “animals are conscious beings with rich experiences of the world and suffer from pain, feel emotions and As pet owners and build strong relationships. Animals under our care should be protected from injury and disease and stockmen, we know get rapid attention when something does happen, our animals best and and they should have the ability to express normal we are in the best patterns of behaviour for their species.” When I had a dog and took her out walking, she position to speak up would always be stopping and sniffing at a myriad when something is of different things. It didn’t do a lot for me, but not right ... I told myself here was a creature with a sense of smell infinitely more sensitive than mine and this was her special time. I guess the countless hours she spent at my feet while I watched TV didn’t do a lot for her. As pet owners and stockmen, we know our animals best and we are in the best position to speak up when something is not right. We can do that best when we are really observant of what is normal: weight, shape, posture, gait, eating, drinking, toileting, playing and reacting to people they know and don’t know. What do you notice when you walk a mile in their moccasins? Happily, most of us measure up and mostly because we want to, not because we have to. Sometimes when we fail in our duty of care it is because of our illness or injury, but sometimes not. In the aftermath of the mosque killings on March 15, I have been very heartened by the demonstrations of unity and calls for tolerance and understanding of our differences. It reminds me of one of my favourite quotes, from the American civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr: “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the colour of their skin, but by the content of their character.” My dream for our country is that everyone is not judged by the colour of their skin, their sex, spiritual beliefs or lack of, where they were born, what their IQ or wealth is, how good looking or charismatic they are or (in a world of endless paperwork) how good they are at getting the boxes ticked … but by the content of their character. What builds good character? You know, lots of things: kindness, honesty, being a good listener, having a sense of fair play, loving your family, working hard and …here it is: taking good care of your animals.


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Martins Bay camp saving the environment one tent at a time A luxury glamping tent with power, a queen bed, BBQ, and indoor cooking facilities has been installed at Martins Bay Holiday Park, as part of a test that could pave the way for putting luxury camping into remote landscapes. Auckland Council holiday parks manager Thomas Patterson said the Eco Structure glamping tent stood out because of its small environmental footprint. “It is a significant structure with a 4.2 metres squared main room and an additional annex, but being held in place by anchoring rods, it requires no foundation or ground works. This means we can move it when required without impacting the environment,” Thomas said. He said they were also looking at an adjoining bathroom pod as composting and incinerating toilets now on the market enabled the possibility of putting a self-contained glamping tent in an isolated location. “Once we understand what support the Eco Structures need and how they operate, there is the potential to put them in a remote landscape, whether that is in the bush or atop a coastal cliff.” Martins Bay Camp manager Edwina Vine said the glamping tents would also mitigate a trend of first-time campers creating waste by buying cheap gear and dumping it at the campground after their stay. “People can get cheap gear but there is no accountability from retailers in terms of disposing it, and it ends up with us trying to figure out how to recycle it.”

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Sport’s popularity sees junior basketball numbers double A junior basketball programme started by a group of dads to give 7 to 11 year olds an opportunity to learn the game has nearly doubled its numbers to 50 kids. The Mahurangi Junior Basketball kids play Tuesday nights at the Mahurangi College gym and are split into a league of different teams playing round robin tournaments. Coach Gavin Milligan formed the programme after moving to the area and finding there weren’t options for his daughter to play. He was told there used to be a junior basketball club in Warkworth, but it folded due to low subscription. “I called in some friends to help me out with the coaching and one thing led to another and it has snowballed quite quickly,” Milligan says. He says the popularity of basketball has grown quickly among kids because it is a non-contact sport, but is fastpaced and every player gets time with the ball. “At this stage, it’s just about having fun and playing the game, because if we bog them down with technical aspects they will just lose interest.” The club has seen a lot of interest after signing up Kurt Vammers, who is known for coaching Tall Blacks player Kirk Penney. Milligan wants to develop the programme further and would like to have a representative team so they can play invitational tournaments.

Klaus Sandstrom, left, and Gavin Milligan coach the junior basketball programme.

But he says the best sign of success for the club will be seeing the Mahurangi College basketball team perform well as they feed through players with more experience. “We often get asked about the pathway for kids afterwards and at this stage that is playing for their college. We would like to continue them on as a

senior club, but we just don’t have the resources between three parents with full time jobs organising it all.” Klaus Sandstrom started coaching the junior programme when his daughter joined, and now that she has moved up to play for Mahurangi College he is also coaching there. “It’s great to be following up on these

kids as they progress through and so fun to see them playing together again.” “I think it has been sad that the majority of kids were playing basketball for the first time in college. If even 10 kids from the juniors go on to play basketball at Mahurangi College, we will have a really good team,” he says.

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Junior baseballer represents NZ Warkworth baseballer Jaden Takiari, 12, will play for New Zealand in the Asia Pacific regional qualifiers in Hwaseong, South Korea in July. Takiari was selected for the Auckland baseball side in January. The team then competed against other regional teams from across the country to claim the sole NZ spot in the tournament in Korea. Takiari started playing baseball when he was five and is believed to be the only Rodney based baseballer playing at a competitive level. It has meant he has had to play for Counties Manukau, training each week in Mount Roskill. Auckland Baseball head coach Aaron Soper says the team is glad to have Takiari on their side ahead of the international tournament. “Jaden is a promising little player and certainly can swing a bat,” Soper says. “He was selected for his keen attitude and hitting ability.” Coach Soper says the Auckland team has an uphill battle in in Korea as they will be up against some of the best teams in Asia. “The Asia Pacific qualifier is where all the teams in the region compete for a spot at the Little League World Series in the United States. We will be playing the likes of Korea and Chinese Taipei, who have sharp players that pitch well. “It would be huge if we won, but our goal is to reach the semi-final. At last year’s Asia Pacific tournament we won a game, which was a first, and we are happy with that progress.”



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Jaden Takiari will bat for New Zealand in the Korean tournament.

Takiari’s mother Cheri Dawson says it can be difficult supporting the amount of travel involved because of the costs and time commitment. “Jaden will also trial for the New Zealand team in the Ripken Cup, which is played in the United States.” Piers Barney, from Norma Jean Charters, and Fiona Mann, from Pinehaven Rest Home, have come on as sponsors. Fiona was formerly a national water polo player and used to play softball, and has been able to take the time to mentor Takiari. The Range in Warkworth has also provided him with a programme and practice sessions. Takiari says his favourite part of playing baseball is getting to hang out with his mates all day, but he loves the opportunity to steal bases while the pitcher isn’t looking. He says that his goal is to one day play US major league baseball.

Autumn tennis The Warkworth Tennis Club is running an inter-house competition, sponsored by Mahurangi Matters, on Thursday nights commencing May 2. It is open to anyone interested in playing tennis over the autumn season. $40 for non-members and $20 for members. If interested, register with Kaye on 021 135 7574 by April 21. Otamatea netball fundraising The Otamatea Netball Club is hosting a mixed tournament on Sunday May 5 at the Otamatea High School netball courts to raise funds to send their team to the AIMS games in September. It is opened to mixed and women’s teams. There will be prizes and hangi on the day. Contact Badminton at Paparoa Badminton is back at the Paparoa Hall every Thursday from 7pm. Everyone welcome and racquets are available to borrow. Those interested only need to turn up and have a go. Easter fishing The Wellsford Volunteer Fire Brigade is holding its annual fishing competition on Easter weekend April 19 and 20. Tickets are available from Wellsford Sport and Leisure Centre as well as Hunting and Fishing Warkworth. It is an open area competition with fish to be weighed in at the Wellsford Station between 1.30-3.30pm. There will be cash prizes, as well as an auction for fish at the station at 4pm.

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This term, with a continued focus on health and well-being, our staff, students and school community have been demonstrating how to ‘walk the talk’, learning to role model our PRIDE values in small, practical but very powerful ways. From showing manners to listening with

care, from carrying out random acts of kindness to picking up litter and taking responsibility for actions; I am incredibly proud of our place and our people, but especially so in consideration of the empathy and respect they showed during the tragic and painful loss of 15 March.

A month on and our love and prayers continue to go out to all the victims and their families, to the Muslim community, and the people of Christchurch. Students across the country are now enjoying a well-deserved opportunity to relax and refresh. Please be mindful of how important this time is for their health, well-being and continued ability to learn.

their wins. In consultation with Harbour Sport, we also held our first Winter Season Sports Launch. We are very excited to be working with our guests, ex-students Andrew and Libby from Full Spectrum Training, on our ‘take care of yourself, take care of your team’ student partnership sports program this year.

Despite the events during their first term, our Head Prefects have provided excellent leadership to students; I’d like to officially introduce these outstanding young adults; (below) William Paterson (DHB) and Francesca Bennett (DHG), Jane Wilcock (HG) and George D’Urban-Burgess (HB).

throw of 53.02m. He went on to break this personal best with a throw of 53.77m at the Auckland Athletics Champs, taking the Senior Boys title. At the North Island Secondary School Athletics Championships he threw a new personal best of 53.96m, which he also won. This is the first North Island Athletics title that Mahurangi College has won in the past decade. We look forward to seeing how Robbie goes at the end of the year at the NZ Secondary Schools Athletics Champs. Congratulations also to Brianna Cadwallader, who placed second in the 300m hurdles at the North Island champs.

Our partnering agreement with Auckland Council, to restore the bush across the river behind our school, is now being finalised. It is our hope to have it signed within the first weeks of Term 2. Shortly thereafter, staff and students will be meeting with experts to be trained on how to work in an environment with Kauri Dieback, and how to best protect the other resources. With their guidance, our five designated teams will soon begin the restoration process. We look forward to this momentous step and are excited to begin the real work of

Another very successful school Athletics Day was held at Shoesmith Domain, with 7 school records broken. The senior boys’ Javelin record was broken by Robbie McFarlane (below right) with a

Eight of our Premier winter sport teams travelled to Mt Roskill for our annual pre season exchange. Final results saw Mt Roskill retain the trophy for another year winning 5 games to 3. Congratulations to our First XI Girls’ Hockey, First XV Boys’ Rugby and Senior A Netball teams on

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returning the forest to its natural state. Mrs Wade’s Year 9 and 10 Sustainability classes have also had a busy term outdoors; shellfish monitoring alongside Whangateau Harbour Care, and working with Whitebait Connection learning how to carry out water testing on our river. On April 5, our Student Executive organised to support #gumbootupnz an initiative from Mike King’s I Am Hope Foundation, to raise awareness of mental health in NZ. Gumboots replaced shoes for the day, with gold coin donations given to help support this important cause. Next term promises to be equally busy with a large number of ongoing outdoor education projects taking place, as well our 2019 school production, The Sound of Music. Enjoy the term break all. Stay safe. David Macleod PRINCIPAL


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EXPRESSING SOLIDARITY WITH RESPECT AND EMPATHY The return to normality after the events of March 15 was impossible for most of us. Although subdued, our students and staff showed their resilience, alongside great respect and empathy. On Monday 18 March, many students spent their break times writing tributes to Christchurch in chalk on our asphalt courts. By the end of the day our courts were covered with expressions of love and solidarity. They used a drone to record and share their aroha for Christchurch. Footage can be viewed on Instagram. The following day, our senior prefects arranged an assembly to express their more formal tributes. They spoke about our place, New Zealand as a whole, and Mahurangi College, being a place of love, kindness and respect. Prefects

took a single white rose to symbolise each of the 50 lives lost, and placed them under our flagpole, which flew at halfmast. Our Year 12 Academic Academy made the most of a pre-scheduled trip to Auckland to place flowers and a message of sympathy at the Masjid E Umar mosque on Stoddard Road. Some of our Year 8 students made flax flowers and also put them under our flagpole. Other Year 7 and 8 classes made paper doll chains to show diversity in NZ. They posted them to two students in Tauranga who were aiming to beat the

record for the longest paper doll chain. Students then initiated fundraising to support our sister college, Cashmere High School, who lost two students and two parents. Through baking and coffee sales held throughout the week, and a coin trail, they raised $1750. We also supported Cashmere during the earthquakes. To see our PRIDE values being role modelled through such a challenging and heartbreaking time was incredible. Thank you for the effort you are making as a community to help nurture responsibly aware and empathetic young adults.

In addition to bake sales, our L3 Hospitality students donated all profits from their Espresso bar to help support our sister school Cashmere High School. The coin trail held on Friday raised $571. In total students were able to raise $1750.

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Kaipara’s Byron Jollivet out to bat.

Kaipara on top Uniforms for the new club were donated by Mason Containers.

Monique Hatfull and Graham Buchs.

New Warkworth hockey club fills local gap Warkworth has formed a second hockey club. The existing Mahurangi Hockey Club practises on Auckland’s North Shore and most of its members are based there, which has left a gap in the sport locally. The new club – Warkworth Hockey Club – will provide locals with the opportunity to practise locally, but still play at a competitive level. Founder Graham Buchs says the two clubs are complimentary. “It’s all about supporting the growth of hockey,” Buchs says. The social grade league at the Warkworth hockey turf is in its fourth season and saw such an influx of keen players that eventually a discussion

won its first game of the season against Hibiscus Dairy Flats, but Buchs says there is still a way to go. “The Hibiscus teams have five years on us and a very strong base with only a few fringe players under development. Our teams are made up of players from four social teams and some young guys from Mahurangi College.” Buchs says the club’s entry into the North Harbour competition has been positive, with Auckland clubs saying they would be happy to play on the Warkworth Turf. The two teams are in good shape, thanks to fitness regimes organised for the players by Warkworth Fitness and gear funded through a donation from Mason Containers.

began over whether to start a club. “We decided 2019 was the year to do it, so six of us got together around a table and made it happen. There was a lot of enthusiasm from local players to take it further, as the turf is right in town and North Harbour is only 45 minutes away.” Normally, a new club has to start in the bottom division, but the men’s team has been given special dispensation to play in Division 1. This was because an opening was made available when Mahurangi Hockey won the Division 1 competition last year and moved up to Premier 3. The women’s team will start in Division 3. The new club’s men’s team has already

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Kaipara Flats has been named the best overall premier club cricket team, receiving the Dargaville Shield at the Northland Cricket prizegiving on April 5. The silverware cabinet is looking healthy with Kaipara retaining the Oxford Trust two-day championship, and the Karl Treiber Shield which is challenge-based and defended on home turf. Kaipara Club captain Liam Jones puts their success down to having a good 14-man squad to pick from. His only regret for the season was not winning the T20 one day final against City Cricket (Whangarei). “I still think in those pressure situations the boys change their mindset too much, which is something we will look to build on.” Jones says the goal for next year is to qualify for the Northern Districts tournament, with a view to compete in the NZCT National Club Cricket Championship, which Kaipara last contested in 2012. Kaipara’s top batter for the season was Rory Christopherson for the second year running with 378 runs, and the top bowler was Andrew Beaven with 28 wickets.

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Easter Street Market, Waipu, 9am-2pm. Info: 20 The Hendrix Project, Mangawhai Tavern , 9pm. Tickets $20 from 20&21 Antique Fair, Matakana Primary School, 10am-4pm. Gold coin entry for school pool landscaping. Info: 027 443 0018 20&21 Whangarei Heads Arts Trail, Easter 2019, 10am-5pm. Trail guides $5 from Whangarei i-SITE centres. Info: 21 Author’s talk, Kaukapakapa Library, 10am 21 White Chapel Jak, Leigh Sawmill Cafe, 4.30pm (see story p16) 25 Anzac Day Services (see p3) 26 Mark Laurent and Brenda Liddiard, Little & Local, Snells Beach, 7pm (see story p17) 27 NZ String Quartet, Warkworth Town Hall, 4pm (see story p20) 27 Algies Bay Ratepayers & Residents Assn, Snells Beach Community Centre, 10am 27&28 Beauty & The Beast Jr., Otamatea Repertory Theatre, Maungaturoto, 2pm and 6pm. Adults $28, students $15. Tickets: or Tony’s Lotto Shop (see story p20) 28 Warkworth Dog Training Club free fun day, Warkworth Showgrounds field (opposite Z station), 11am-1pm. Demonstrations, games and have a go. Info: 28 Puhoi Village Market. Live music, coffee, food, produce and stalls. Child and dog friendly. Cash only. Puhoi Sport Ground, Puhoi Road 9am-1pm . 20


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Warkworth Area Liaison Group for all interested in Warkworth community issues. RSA basement meeting room, 7pm. Info: Steve Haycock 0274 963 711 One Warkworth Women’s Networking Event, the Bridgehouse (see ad p22) Disney Beauty & The Beast Jr., Otamatea Repertory Theatres, Maungaturoto, 7.30pm. Adults $28, students $15. Tickets from or Tony’s Lotto Shop (see story p20) Matakana Volunteer Fire Brigade Open Day, Omaha Flats Road, 10am-2pm. Wendy House smoke and kitchen fire trailer demonstrations, displays Disney Beauty & The Beast Jr., Otamatea Repertory Theatres, Maungaturoto. Adults $28, students $15. Tickets from or Tony’s Lotto Shop (see story p20) Jazz Connection and Mahurangi Ramblers, Warkworth Town Hall, 2pm (see story p21) Delaney Davidson and Barry Saunders, Leigh Sawmill Cafe, 5.30pm (see story p19) Bingo, Old Masonic Hall, Warkworth, 7pm Snells Beach Ratepayers & Residents Assn, AGM, Mahurangi East Community Centre, Snells Beach, 7.30pm. Guest speaker Trish Allen, of Mahurangi Wastebusters Budget Service, free clinic,Warkworth Town Hall, 10am-noon (see story p12) Morning of Music, Wellsford Library, 10.45am-12.30pm. Celebrate NZ Music Month with a free concert and cuppa. Info: Facebook Wellsford Library Warkworth Lions Club quiz night, Bowls Warkworth (teams of 6, $10pp), 7pm

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The Year Six junior cricket team was presented with prizes in front of a crowd at Eden Park on April 5.

Mahurangi Pacers thrash Auckland in first season The Year Six Mahurangi Pacers hardball cricket team beat 12 Auckland teams to win the Auckland Cricket Year 6 T20 Saturday post-Christmas competition. The team finished its first competitive season undefeated and received their winners’ pendants at a ceremony in front a large crowd at Eden Park stadium earlier this month. Coach Mark Macky helped form Rodney Junior Cricket 18 months ago to provide a pathway for players who might want to play cricket at college level. Three teams were established. Macky says junior cricket players were previously expected to travel to Whangarei for matches and, as a result, parents would often give up on the sport. The new club allows them to play under the banner of Hibiscus Coast

and compete in Auckland. Thanks to support from both Northland and Rodney Cricket, the club had the funding to bring on local former Blackcap Brendon Bracewell to coach the teams and get them match ready. “Brendon is gruff and forthright with the kids, and they just love it and responded fantastically well,” Macky says. Coach Bracewell said the Year Six kids trained hard all winter ahead of their first competitive season. “Consequences train a man very quickly, and they probably did more sprints and burpees than the Auckland kids combined because of their mistakes,” Bracewell says. “It took a while to get it out of them, but it’s all about attitude and being hungry. I am a believer that the best way to develop is to play at a high level.”

The eight players in the Mahurangi Pacers had no idea what to expect when they challenged the better resourced Auckland clubs. “We thought we were going to get a hiding from North Shore in the first game, but then we beat them and the kids thought, ‘jeez maybe we can play in the top Auckland competition,’ and they fought really hard,” Macky says. It wasn’t until there were only four weeks left in the season that the team began to wonder if they might be able to take out the tournament. “We looked at the table and saw that the last four games were against three Cornwall Park teams and an Auckland University team, which are two of the strongest clubs in New Zealand, and we thought we would get toasted,” Macky said. But the Pacers continued their winning

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streak and made it to the final against Auckland University still without a single defeat in the tournament. “The final was a real seesaw and the opposition had two boys who were top of the rankings in batting and bowling. University got off to a cracking start, but we fought our way back and ended up winning by 25 runs in a T20,” Macky says. Brendon Bracewell is confident that the programme is producing players that have the attitude to become champions. “As long as they don’t get too good at rugby, there are quite a few kids there that will go the distance if they keep playing up to ages 15 and 16,” Bracewell says. “When they won every game, I thought ‘holy smokes, Auckland club coaching must be useless!’”


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