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The Thinkladder team from Snells Beach has been racing for two years, but is making its mark in the Thundercats national series.

Thundercats will strike again in Omaha Omaha is set to become a permanent location in the Demon Energy Summer Thunder racing series, the national competition for Thundercat boats, following a successful debut event there last month. The series is a seven-race competition held between January and March at beaches across the North Island.

Thundercat Racing Association of New Zealand (TRANZ) president Blair Chant says despite calm conditions, Omaha was a superb venue. “It’s a great setting for racing and plenty of people came out to support the teams,” Mr Chant says. “There were some complications with getting boats on to the beach, but I

think it was just teething problems being our first event there.” Next year the association is looking at compressing multiple weekends of racing into one whole week, with Omaha to be included. “This fits more with international series formats so it makes sense for our teams to get used to it if they want to

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Thundercats to strike again Protech Design Racing took second in both races, while Snells Beach team Thinkladder swept up two third places. Thinkladder driver and TRANZ vice-president Steven Robertson was pleased to have the series brought into the Mahurangi region. “I’ve been working with the committee to bring Thundercats to Omaha and the beach really delivered across the weekend,” Mr Robertson says. He races with co-driver Josiah Diprose and was pleased with the team’s results. “Second place would have been ideal in the context of the series, but to grab third twice was a great achievement, particularly in the surf-cross.” The team only started racing last year, picking up the rookie of the season award, but were placed second overall in the series after the weekend at Omaha. “Looking forward we are keen to win this competition and also compete internationally.” Mr Chant says he would like to get more people involved with Thundercats after the sport suffered a downturn in New Zealand following the 2008 recession. “We used to have around 30 boats competing in the national series and that number got as low as four two years ago, but it’s starting to grow again,” Mr Chant says. Each Thundercat team needs two people to drive the inflatable catamaran, which weighs around 150kg and is powered by a 50-horsepower outboard. The driver steers the outboard while the

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co-driver uses their body weight to keep the boat balanced and avoid flipping. “It’s a cardio-intensive role being a co-driver, and you have t o balance speed with stability, as these boats can be doing up to 100kmph. “It’s definitely a sport for people who

don’t mind being beaten up a bit as everyone gets a few bruises as these boats can race in cyclone conditions.” Anyone interested in getting involved with thundercat racing or wanting to sponsor Thinkladder contact Steven on 021 621 061.

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Rare lizard found in Warkworth A rare species of lizard has been spotted at Parry Kauri Park in Warkworth. It is believed to be the first time the Forest gecko has been seen at the park and conservationists are hailing it as a triumph of predator-control efforts. The lizard was seen by Warkworth resident Nola Kenny during one of her regular walks through the park. Nola says she has always had a fascination with lizards and had a hunch that this was a rare one. She hurried back to her car to get her mobile phone to take a photograph, all the while desperately hoping the gecko would remain where it was. Forest geckos are extremely well camouflaged and sightings are unusual. Fortunately, the gecko did not move and Nola was able to get some photos. She later showed the pictures to Ray Jensen of the The Kauri and Native Bushmen’s Association, whose volunteers are active in eliminating predators at the park. The pictures were then passed on to Thelma Wilson,

Nola Kenny’s picture of the Forest gecko found at Parry Kauri Park.

the Department of Conservation’s senior biodiversity ranger based in Warkworth, who identified the creature as a Forest gecko. Thelma says it’s an exciting find and indicates predator numbers must be low, since reptiles are the first to vanish from forests when predators are in abundance. Geckos are vulnerable to rats, cats, stoats, weasels and ferrets. Thelma declined to disclose where exactly the gecko

was found in the park as their scarcity means they are prone to being stolen and traded illegally. The gecko has not been sighted since Nola found it. Ray Jensen says he is hugely encouraged that the Bushmen’s efforts to eliminate predators is paying off and the sighting is encouraging them to step up their efforts to ensure preservation of the gecko population. He says that in addition to geckos, the kauri snail population in the park has increased a 100-fold, which he also attributes to the successful war against predators. Auckland Council has also taken an interest in the gecko sighting and will supply plans to the bushmen showing how their predator-control efforts can be enhanced even further.

Residents claim proposed quarry expansion threatens environment Mangawhai residents are up in arms about a proposed expansion of Lake Road Quarries, saying it will have serious consequences for the natural environment and poses a health and safety risk. The Lake Road Preservation Society, comprising around 35 neighbours who oppose the expansion, says in 1981 the quarry secured a land use consent for the extraction of 2,000 cubic metres per year and vehicle movements of up to two trucks per day. However, current production is now up to 60,000 cubic metres per year which, according to legal advice secured by the society, already far exceeds the allowable limit. They say the proposed expansion to 130,000 cubic metres per year will potentially see more than 200 heavy trucks a day travelling at speed on unsealed, single lane roads – posing a safety risk to residents and visitors to the Te Arai Regional Park. The society says the expansion will destroy over 2.5 hectares of native bush, detrimentally affect local bird life and other native species, and create an eyesore right at the Te Arai park entrance. In addition, there are concerns the water run-off from the open cast pit has the potential to further endanger the dotterel and fairy terns nesting at the mouth of Te Arai stream. Society president Doug Baird says it’s “completely unfathomable” that Auckland Council could allow

the quarry not only to operate as it does currently, but potentially expand even further next to a designated area of ‘significant natural beauty’. He adds that even with quarry production at current levels there are regular accidents due to increased traffic on nearby roads. “The breaches of the consent for extraction and traffic make the situation untenable,” he says. Lake road property owner Vince Moores says when he purchased land from the quarry owners, David and Sheryl Pacey, 14 years ago he was led to believe the quarry would remain small-scale and is appalled at its massive expansion. “Our concern is the Council has allowed the quarry to expand even though they are in breach of a legal document. Furthermore, Council has allowed them to expand without consulting the neighbours,” he says. Back in December, the society applied to the Environment Court for an enforcement order requiring the quarry operator to comply with its land use consent and remedy adverse effects on the environment caused by operations that exceeded the terms of that consent. However, earlier this month the enforcement proceedings were adjourned after Lake Road Quarries agreed to their expansion plans being publically notified.

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Barrister Michael Savage, who represents Lake Road Quarries, says the notification means anyone with concerns about the environment or any other potentially damaging effects of the proposed expansion will be able to have their voice heard. Meanwhile, Mr Savage denies that Lake Road Quarries is in breach of its existing land use consent, saying the consent does not itself specify the amount of rock to be extracted, though he concedes it is specified in related background documents. Auckland Council consents manager Anna Wallace says, at the last inspection, the quarry was in general compliance with its issued consents, except for some maintenance work on erosion controls.

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Simply incorrect One Warkworth Business Association wishes to correct a statement made in the article Oaks contractors’ illegal parking hurting local retailers (MM February 28). The article said One Warkworth has done nothing about complaints from a group of retailers about parking issues in Queen and Neville Streets because the chairperson of One Warkworth is an owner of the Oaks development. This is simply incorrect. When members of One Warkworth have raised this issue with One Warkworth, Mr Murphy has stood aside as chairperson of One Warkworth, with myself, as vicechair, stepping in as chairperson. One Warkworth has then, on behalf of its members, taken the developer to task over the issue. The developer’s response has been to provide off-road parking at its properties at 14 Neville Street, Mill Lane and Whittaker Rd – all locations close to the work site. I understand they have directed all contractors to park at these locations. Kalmar, as the main contractor, has confirmed it actively directs its staff and sub-contractors to park in the off street parking the developer has provided, which should be more than adequate to cater for all parking needs. In reality, there is only so much One Warkworth can do to address this issue. In the meantime, we continue to lobby AT and Auckland Council around the parking requirements of

Warkworth and how there simply isn’t enough parking. We have also recently investigated a Park & Ride service for business owners and staff between the Showgrounds and CBD to help alleviate parking problems. One Warkworth welcomes constructive suggestions that may assist, and will continue to proactively discuss this issue with our members. Mark Macky, vice chairperson, One Warkworth Business Association.

To be clear, the article quoted a business owner who suggested One Warkworth had a conflict of interest. The article itself neither endorsed nor contested this view – Ed.

Nab contractor parks I was interested to read the reasons for Auckland Transport not ticketing vehicles parked in Queen Street and Neville Street, Warkworth, by workers from the Oaks on Neville construction site (MM February 28). Apparently, the signage is faulty and this is about to be remedied by the addition of extra signs. The inescapable conclusion is that the signage has been faulty for many years and so residents ticketed during this time could apply to have their fines refunded. As far as shoppers having nowhere to park is concerned, they could park in the area at the junction of Whitaker Road and Mill Lane, provided for workers from the Oaks site, because the workers do not

appear to be using it. John Northcott, Warkworth

Dog control lacking While walking Omaha Beach on a recent Friday afternoon, I was delighted to see a pair of young dotterels feeding at the water’s edge. They quickly scurried off into the safety of the dunes at my approach. When I reached the northern end of the beach, I turned to retrace my steps, thinking I may see the birds again. There were a number of other walkers coming towards me and I soon realised quite a few were exercising their, mainly large, dogs. These dogs were not controlled and were running at random, towards me into the dunes and into the sea. There is a serious issue around conservation of a vulnerable bird species and the rights of people to walk their dogs. This is further complicated by people ignoring the time restrictions for dogs on the beach. The council rule is ineffective as it does not require the dogs to be on a leash, and it seems to do little to enforce its permitted times by law. Sadly, the dotterels’ days at Omaha are numbered. Terry Simpson, Omaha

From March 2, dogs are permitted off-leash at all times at Omaha Beach Reserve. This rule applies until the Friday before Labour Weekend. During summer, dogs are prohibited from 10am to 6.30pm – Ed.

Sleep walking Walking in to a public meeting in Warkworth recently, a local businessman was directed to some empty seats at the front of the hall. “No thanks, it’s much easier to sleep at the back!”

Warkworth hit by deluge Last month, 273.2mm of rain pelted Warkworth, the highest since records going back to 1985. The previous high was 226mm in February 2004. The downpour spelled trouble for local businesses. Kaipara Hills farmer Stephen Dill says he really noticed the increase in rainfall. “We try and make a lot of our fences and tracks at this time of year. We are around a month behind schedule because we can’t use the machinery in these conditions,” he says. He says his sheep face an increased risk of maggot infestation, known as fly strike. “We prevent fly strike with a dip we put on the lambs, but lots of rain can wash it off.” Wet weather has also meant a difficult start to the year for wine growers in Mahurangi. Matakana Winegrowers president Richard Robson says until three months ago the industry was progressing well, but has been hit hard by the rain and humidity, which causes fungus to grow on grapes. continued next page

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“Some growers would have lost their entire crop, and I’ve probably lost around half,” he says He says more than 20mm of rain in a day can cause mould on the grapes, while over 40mm can cause them to swell and split. “In 11 years on the job in New

Zealand it would be the most humid summer I’ve seen.” Meanwhile, Omaha Beach Golf Club general manager Mike Reid says the green has been growing at twice the normal rate. “It’s been a lot of extra work for our greenkeeper, Corey Wilcox, this year. Revenue is also down as a result of a drop in rounds played due to the poor weather,” Mike says.



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Right now, Auckland Council is seeking your feedback on two plans that will be instrumental in shaping Auckland’s future over the coming decade and beyond. The first is the 10-year Budget (also known as the Long-term Plan). This is the most important plan in this term of Council, setting out our priorities for the next 10 years and how we will pay for them. Second is the Auckland Plan, which looks at the long-term issues facing Auckland over the next 30 years and will help to guide the development of our city. Important proposals in the 10-year Budget include a regional fuel tax to pay for crucial improvements to our transport system and two small targeted rates to clean up our harbours, beaches and streams and reduce the impact of kauri dieback disease. In campaigning for the Mayoralty, I told audiences that worsening congestion leading to gridlock was one of the most serious issues facing Auckland. While I expected central government, which gets a large share of its tax revenue from Auckland, to meet a large part of the cost of building transport infrastructure, as Aucklanders we had to contribute to the cost because we could not expect people in other parts of New Zealand to meet our share. I advocated for a Regional Fuel Tax (RFT) as the fairest, fastest and most effective way of raising the extra local funds that we needed to contribute. All money from the tax will go into meeting Auckland’s transport needs. The proposed RFT replaces the existing Interim Transport Levy, cutting $114 from every rates bill. It will raise three times as much money to help address our transport needs. In total, this budget proposes a capital spend of $24-$25 billion, including $11-12 billion for transport and $7 billion for our water infrastructure. With this money, we will make significant progress in cleaning up our harbours by reducing wastewater overflows on to our beaches by up to 90 per cent, and we’ll do in 10 years what would otherwise have taken 30. Local initiatives being advocated for by the Rodney Local Board include its key project to fund the first stage of a $12.5 million indoor sports facility at Kumeu/ Huapai and funding to improve the Warkworth, Helensville, Wellsford, Kumeu and Huapai town centres. The Local Board is also proposing a targeted rate to raise $41 million over ten years for park-and-rides in Warkworth and Kumeu, an improved bus service from Kumeu and a bus service for Riverhead. It would also fund additional road sealing and footpaths across Rodney. Consultation is open until March 28. I encourage you to make your voice heard and contribute to shaping the Auckland you want to see. You can make submissions on the 10-year Budget and the Auckland Plan at

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6 Mahurangimatters March 14, 2018 Jerry Lamb says AT don’t give a “rat’s razoo” about local business.

Retailers seething over planned Neville Street closure Warkworth retailers are furious at a planned partial closure of Neville Street by Auckland Transport (AT). Retailers and café owners on Neville Street complain the closure will be devastating for businesses and threatens their livelihoods and jobs. AT have advised the partial closure of Neville Street between Queen Street and Alnwick Street will start this month and continue until early June. The closure is primarily to make repairs to the road due to its deterioration, rather than repairs to the footpath as earlier communication with AT suggested. The owner of Geoff ’s Emporium on Neville Street, Jerry Lamb, says the planned closure could cripple his business, especially if already limited parking becomes unavailable.

Local businesses are already suffering because subcontractors working on the Oaks on Neville development have been illegally parking for lengthy periods in the few spaces available. “Auckland Transport are a law unto themselves. They don’t give a rat’s razoo about local business,” Mr Lamb says. Mr Lamb says his older customers don’t care to walk up Neville Street and are reliant on being able to park nearby. He says if sales drop significantly he might be compelled to lay off staff. Mr Lamb’s concerns are echoed by Picnix Bakery & Café owner Cassandra Sok and Asahi Japanese Cuisine owner Daniel Kim. Ms Sok says the café business is extremely competitive in Warkworth.

Customers who can’t park close to Picnix will likely take their business elsewhere and continue to patronise the new establishment even when Neville Street re-opens. Mr Kim says his business could cope if the closure was for a few days but the thought of a closure for several months was “very stressful”. Vice chairperson of the One Warkworth Business Association Mark Macky says the Neville Street closure could not have come at a worse time for retailers given the disruption already being caused by the Oaks on Neville development. “We have got a massive project underway right in the heart of Warkworth, and we are ripping up and rebuilding one of the main roads in town. That just does not seem sensible or logical at all,” he says.

“This will have a major impact on retailers who are already under pressure.” As Mahurangi Matters went to press, Mr Macky was seeking an urgent meeting with Auckland Transport senior managers in an effort to have the project delayed at least until the Oaks on Neville development is complete, which is expected to happen in June. But AT spokesperson Mark Hannan offered little hope such a delay could take place. He says the project is required to be completed within the financial year, which ends in July. Mr Hannan says AT will be meeting with local businesses over the coming weeks, informing them of the works’ progress and ensuring any disruption is kept to a minimum.

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More car drivers in Matakana need to get into the habit of using the new carpark beside the school instead of parking on grass berms in the village centre. That was the message from Plume Café owner Clyde Cooper at the quarterly Matakana Community Board (MCG) meeting last month. “I see people parking all over the berms outside Plume,” he said. “We’ve given them a beautiful car park that’s just two minutes walk away, they need to use it.” Mr Cooper said he was considering planting trees or placing rocks on the grassed areas to stop drivers using them as a parking spot. MCG chair Simon Barclay agreed that locals especially needed to start using the new carpark, and said signs were needed to make sure everyone knew the facility was there. “Everybody needs to get in the habit of using it,” he said. “We need to put up signs soon.” He added that the carpark would soon be properly fenced, thanks to Matakana ITM donating all the materials for a post and rail fence, and it was hoped that cherry trees could be planted along the front. He said he was also looking into whether Matakana Road outside could incorporate a centre turning area, to allow safer right turns into the carpark and improved traffic flow.

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Doctor celebrates 35 years serving Mahurangi community When Dr Warwick Palmer was invited to join a new medical practice starting at Snells Beach, he came up from Auckland, took a look at the consulting rooms and said he might be willing to “give it a year”. As it turned out, he loved practising as a GP for Kawau Bay Health so much that he stayed for the next 35 years, working from both Snells Beach and Warkworth. “It’s a really lovely area to live and work and play,” he says. On April 7, a “Community Appreciation” event will celebrate Dr Palmer’s 35 years of service and pending retirement. During his early medical career, Dr Palmer toyed with the idea of becoming an anaesthetist as well as a general practitioner, but gave up the idea when it became clear he could not do both. He says anaesthesiology would have satisfied his technical interests in medicine, but he remains a people person at heart. Dr Palmer says his satisfaction comes from providing continuous care over time and getting to know patients and their family’s intimately during that process. “There is a handful of families where I have cared for four generations at the same time, and that is a pretty rewarding and satisfying experience,” he says. Also rewarding has been teaching

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medical students through the years, since Kawau Bay is a major teaching practice. He adds that the practice has benefited from a great group of partners and a superb nursing and administration team. Nevertheless, Dr Palmer says working in an area where there is no general hospital in the immediate vicinity has presented challenges. He has never lost a patient because

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of the distance to hospital, but there have been occasions where his “heart was in his mouth” when dealing with acute cases. Once he had to order an ambulance from National Women’s Hospital that had to battle rush-hour traffic to attend an obstetric case where the mother was bleeding heavily. “I forget the exact time frame, but it seemed like a hell of a long time coming,” he says.


Fortunately, the ambulance turned up in the nick of time and both the mother and her baby survived. Dr Palmer finds it difficult to say whether people are healthier now than they were 35 years ago. Treatment of conditions such as heart disease and asthma are much improved. On the other hand, the stresses of modern life have seen an increase in anxiety, depression and suicide. “The expectations on many of us are often beyond our ability to deliver,” he says. Dr Palmer prefers the word “regroup” to “retirement” and is planning for many active years ahead, including plenty of sailing and managing his 5-acre property in Martins Bay. Later this year, he hopes to sail to Chile in a friend’s 66-foot Ocean Greyhound. In addition to his medical colleagues, Dr Palmer is especially appreciative of his wife, Margaret. “There have been ups and there have been downs. She has been very much there in the downs. A rock beside me,” he says. The Community Appreciation for Dr Palmer will be held at Mahurangi Community Centre, Saturday, April 7, at 2pm, followed by afternoon tea. Please bring a plate. All welcome. Info: Dave Parker dh.parker@xtra.; 09 425 5006.


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Mitchell pulled out of race to secure early winner Rodney MP Mark Mitchell may have failed in his bid for leadership of the National Party, but is delighted with the strong support he received from members of the National caucus and his constituents. Mr Mitchell says his caucus support reached “double figures” but shortly before votes were cast, he realised it would be tough to reach the 29 votes required to win. Mr Mitchell pulled out of the contest before voting commenced. “I felt it was important for the new leader to emerge on an early ballot rather than a later ballot and come out with a strong mandate and a unified caucus,” he says. Mr Mitchell’s early withdrawal allowed his supporters to switch their votes to another candidate. Mr Mitchell says he is “very happy” with the choice of Simon Bridges as leader and says the two are closely aligned politically, particularly on conscience issues. Like Mr Bridges, Mr Mitchell voted against same-sex marriage, supported the raising of the drinking age and opposes a current bill before parliament on euthanasia. “We both come from families where public service is important and have a strong set of family values,” he says. “We have selected a great leader and

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Rae, and her faithful companions, Spek and Arnold, will all retire together. “They’ve been a big attraction at the shop over the last seven years.”

End of an era as Rae hangs up her hat “But I will miss meeting new people and hearing their stories. Customer service has been one of the things I’ve enjoyed most about this job.” Rae and husband Owen moved from the Waikato to Warkworth in 1987, and ran the dairy from 1990 to 2004. “Warkworth was quite a different little town then,” she says. “I was on the business association committee for many years, including a couple of years as president. It was a very social committee – networking was done at barbecues and dinners, and a good referral system was set-up as a consequence. We had a welfare

Fancy dress relays down Warkworth’s main street, social business house barbeques and the perennial challenge of trying to solve the town’s parking woes will be some of the memories businesswoman Rae Ward will take with her when she retires this month. After a nearly 30-year association with the Warkworth business community – first as the owner of the Kowhai Dairy (now Savan’s) and then as the owner of Not Just Hats – Rae’s last day at the counter will be on Saturday, March 31, when the shop will close. “I’m 75 years old and my lease is up so I feel it is the right time,” she says.

committee to help one another in an emergency, and we made a point of welcoming new business owners and farewelling those who were leaving. We had some fun times and made some really good friends.” Two contentious issues were a proposal by Rodney District Council to introduce pay and display parking, and a suggestion that Queen Street should be one-way. Rae foresees big changes ahead for Warkworth when the new motorway opens, with more cafes and restaurants along the riverfront, apartments and different traffic arrangements.


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The Matakana Community Group (MCG) is continuing to look into the possibility of buying all or part of Matakana Country Park, after its initial bid of $6.25 million was rejected late last year. MCG chair Simon Barclay said they were now drawing up ideas of how the site might be used so there was something on the table for local people to discuss and for potential investors to consider. “What we want to do is prepare the concept, talk to people, have community input,” he told the quarterly MCG meeting last month. “It’s not my money and we may or may not be successful, but it warrants a look, and any options will be looked at by the community in due course. “It’s a lot easier to critique something when there’s something on the table, something that we can maybe take to investors and get feedback on from experienced developers.” He added that he had met with Auckland Council’s resource consent manager, Ian Dobson, who had been generally sympathetic to the idea of it being community-owned and had provided guidelines on what might or might not be permitted on the site. Simon Barclay said they would come back to the group with a concepts by the next quarterly meeting in May.




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Time for action and a new plan, says Matakana group Matakana Community Group (MCG) is making a bid to make its collective voice heard more widely and clearly on planning, infrastructure and traffic issues facing the area. A group of MCG members and professionals has put together a strategic action plan aimed at increasing local government awareness of local concerns, developing a future vision and development plan, and enabling the group to do more itself. Project coordinator Paul Roberts says Matakana’s population has increased by 50 per cent since 2013 and traffic has increased by up to 80 per cent, but local government plans have nothing of specific relevance to the village and its surroundings. “There’s not much that’s ‘local’ for Matakana in the current local authority plan refresh – nothing about the town centre, amenities or transport development plans,” he says. “So there is a strategic void to fill, an influence gap to address and perhaps a chance to seek more devolved responsibilities to get things done.” A previous Sustainable Development Plan (SDP) drawn up by the community and the former Rodney District Council in 2006 has largely disappeared since the formation of the Supercity, the group found. “Sadly, apart from some amended land use provisions now in the Auckland


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Council Unitary Plan, very little of those aspirations, such as a streetscape and infrastructure improvement programme with pedestrian friendly spaces, cycle and walkways (including a Green Network Plan), have been followed through under the Auckland Council,” Mr Roberts says in an overview of the new plan. The group believes MCG needs to do three things: • boost its membership, funding and communication channels to increase awareness of challenges facing the area • develop a Future Matakana Vision & Strategy by 2019, including an Urban Design and Town Centre Plan, to feed into local government planning strategy • try to devolve responsibilities from Council to the MCG so it can continue to use its own initiative and drive to get things done itself. “Matakana has become much more than the area covered by the old SDP,” Mr Roberts says. “The future of Matakana is much more than about the people who engage with the MCG or who are residents in the Matakana urban area. The village is an important social, cultural and economic hub for the greater Matakana area, and for the Auckland region.”

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Free service fills legal gap Four local lawyers are volunteering their services to provide free legal advice in Warkworth every three weeks, with the first session set for Friday, March 16. The hour-long clinic will fill a gap in the community. There are currently no Legal Aid lawyers in Warkworth and the nearest free Community Law Centres are in Waitemata or Whangarei. The new service is the brainchild of Vicki Morrison-Shaw, an environment lawyer who lives near Matakana and is a trustee at Rodney Women’s Centre. She used to volunteer for a Citizens Advice Bureau legal clinic in Auckland and, when she moved here and found there was no such service locally, decided to set up one herself.


She contacted local lawyers to see if anyone would volunteer an hour of their time and three answered the call – Ben Lupton of Insight Legal, Tanya Wood of Minter Ellison Rudd Watts and Jackie Woolerton of Webster Malcolm Law. Rodney Women’s Centre manager Colleen Julian says the new clinic will fill a real need in the Warkworth area, as she receives several enquiries a week from people seeking legal help. The clinic will run between 9.30 and 10.30am every third Friday, with the female lawyers operating out of Rodney Women’s Centre in Morpeth Street and the male from Homebuilders Family Support Services in Hexham Street. For further information, dates and bookings, call Rodney Women’s Centre on 425 7261.



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Lions club member Peter Henderson slowly sinks into the mud as he tries to enjoy a glass of wine on the banks of the Mahurangi River. The forgettable experience is one of the reasons Peter, along with Warkworth Lions and Mahurangi Rotary, are behind a major outdoor fundraising dinner to help clean up the river. At low tide the river is a mere stream with boats mired in the gunk. But in former times the river was navigable whatever the tide and boaties sailed in from Scotts Landing to do their shopping in Warkworth. The 2018 Riverside Dinner will support dredging operations to return the river to its former glory. It will be held between Warkworth’s Wharf and Kapanui Street on Saturday, March 17, at 6pm, when the river will mercifully be at high tide. The fundraiser will also support the Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust. Tickets cost $95 from Warkworth Menswear, Harts Pharmacy or email Phone 021 425849.


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Greg Johnson returns from California for Sawmill gig Los Angeles-based Kiwi songsmith Greg Johnson returns to New Zealand for a short tour in March, including a show at Leigh Sawmill Café on Saturday, March 24 at 9.30pm. He will be supported by special guest Ben King. Greg’s shows are known for their blend of cabaret, catchy pop songs and quirky storytelling.  “It has been so many years since I played at the wonderful Sawmill. I’m really looking forward to catching up with friends and fans to share a most enjoyable night and a drink or two,” he says. Greg’s best-known songs include Isabelle, Don’t Wait Another Day, Save Yourself,  It’s Been So Long,  Now the Sun is Out and Kiss Me. His song Liberty is an Australasian Performing Right Association silver scroll winner and he has won two New Zealand Music Awards. Greg first discovered his zeal for music while growing up in Auckland on an eclectic blend of punk rock, Simon and Garfunkel and classical music. He spent his early youth kicking around in various post-punk bands before accepting a job at local radio station, bFM. Later, Greg joined the band Bluespeak, singing and playing the trumpet for a living. 

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His songwriting strength emerged on Vine Street Stories (1996), which was his first breakthrough album, featuring four top 20 singles. He followed up with Chinese Whispers (1998) and Sea Breeze Motel (2001). In 2002, Greg re-located to Los Angeles where he joined forces with renowned record producer Clark Stiles to complete his first US album, Here Comes the Caviar. Tickets are available from Eventfinda.

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Control devices Today we are having to parent our way through things that we ourselves were not parented through. I’m talking specifically about technology. One of our jobs as parents is to put in limits for our children to help them flourish. I notice in my own children, and hear from other parents, that screen time can be addictive and leaves children feeling grumpy and demotivated.  Personal devices are part of modern life, but we need to learn to find balance with them. Here are some things to try: • Agree on a daily time limit. You have to be honestly comfortable with this otherwise you’ll find yourself getting cross with your child. The time limit should specify how much time they are allowed (e.g. 1 hour) and the time of the day (e.g. before 5pm). • Decide what you are comfortable with them spending their time on during their screen time (e.g. Minecraft, YouTube, Snapchat)  • Include research for homework in the agreed time. Otherwise you will find yourself in an unwanted conversation about needing to go back on the device. This helps with learning time management. With younger children, you may need to help them plan how to divide their time up.  • The privilege of having a personal device requires parents to always know the child’s password. Keep an open and honest relationship about what they look at. Respect their interests but keep them safe. • Expect mistakes as they are learning. If you see comments to or from them that are inappropriate or mean, use this as a learning opportunity. Remind them that their personal reputation is of value. How do they want to represent themselves online? • Become an awesome role model and limit your own time on devices. This will in turn make you more available to your children.  • Encourage children to go outside and get “grounded” after being on their device.  Technology is an ever-changing phenomenon in our lives and as such it is an opportunity for children and parents to learn together and develop their relationship by working as a team. Ultimately, our children will most certainly be our teachers in this area.



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Warkworth Food Rescue Last week we received 24 cartons of eggs from Whangaripo Valley Free Range Eggs. This is a substantial donation and is certainly appreciated. The support of businesses in our community is valued. With close to 30 tonnes of food being distributed through the Food Rescue it proves there is a need for this service in our community. How much need is there? There are probably people in need that are outside the network of those receiving food. If you know of someone who need assistance, please contact a Lions or Rotary member who will be able to have a person contact you confidentially regarding providing assistance. Food Rescue is appreciative of the support of businesses and residents in making a positive difference. If you are interested in volunteering or donating food: Call 0274 776519 or email The pickup from supermarkets is after 5pm and takes less than an hour and we currently work on a quarterly cycle. A few nights each three months will make a difference to other lives.

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A current project for the Albertland Museum involves transcribing unpublished manuscripts from our Edwin Stanley Brookes (Jnr) collection. The following is an edited excerpt from “A Trip to the Bay of Islands, Whangaroa and Mangonui”. On 4 April 1892, Edwin went to the Auckland office of the Northern Steamship Company and booked a passage to Russell. Asking for a guide to the district, he was unimpressed to be told there weren’t any, but there were “views on the wall”. Edwin believed such a historic place as the Bay of Islands should be a major tourist destination. Carpet bag in hand, Edwin wended his way to Queen Street wharf looking for SS Clansman, having been told he’d find her at the wharf. It was nearly time to leave, the last of the north-bound cargo, including horses, being shipped aboard. Passengers arrived with their luggage and a warning whistle announced imminent departure. Lines were cast off, the propeller brought her round and she steamed down Waitemata Harbour in the moonlight. Edwin described Clansman as a fine vessel, with a saloon and smoking cabin on deck. Officers were courteous to passengers. Tourists found good accommodation plus a stewardess for the ladies. Most passengers were northern settlers and storekeepers, though there were some steerage passengers with their gumdigging gear and a Maori group on their way to a major meeting at Waitangi. Passing Tiritiri lighthouse, Clansman took a course to the east of Kawau. Edwin wrapped up in a top coat walked the deck until it got chilly then went below. His little cabin had every convenience, which made travelling very pleasant. The ship rounded Cape Brett at daylight and headed to Russell some 16 miles away. Edwin wrote, “Russell is a very pretty place looking at it from the Bay.” He noted historical associations with the Flagstaff and Church. Interested in helping transcribe these manuscripts? Phone Peter Marsh at the museum, 423 8181 or 0274 979 290.

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Twenty-four New Zealand dotterel chicks fledged this season at Tawharanui, the most since the Sanctuary was established 16 years ago. Although the chick numbers are highest, the adult:chick ratio was lowered due to the fact that the pair numbers increased from 13 pairs to 17 pairs. Did the dotterel know something we did not know? All the established pairs at Tawharanui nested before November. Never before has that happened. This meant that by the time the spring tides, storms and heat of summer came, most had mobile chicks rather than vulnerable nests. It also gave the chicks a great start towards fledging, before the black-backed gulls were hunting for food to feed their own chicks. One late nest that did get dislodged by a spring tide near Comet Rocks was rescued by Cheri Crosby, one of the dotterel monitors who has been trained in shifting dotterel nests. She found all three eggs on the high tide line, so made a nest in the sand further up the beach and put the eggs in it. Fortunately, the eggs were still viable. Since the parents had already invested 20 days and nights 09 4222 677 sitting on the eggs, they went back and sat on the new nest. Ten days later all three chicks hatched and 30 days after that all three chicks were fledged. At the end of the season, a park visitor gave a live chick to a park ranger, which a black-backed gull dropped near their beach picnic site. We decided that hand rearing was not an option because it would never survive back in the wild, so it had to be released back near where it was picked up and let nature take its course. An adult pair was located near the pick-up site so the chick was returned. For the next two weeks we watched two chicks growing, but when the day of fledging Re:Sort Resource Recovery Parks came only one fledged. We will never know if it was the one that had a ride with the black-backed gull or not. NZ dotterel only do well at predator managed sites. For millions of years they had the beaches to themselves with no ground mammalian predators that could sniff them out and no people. It is only in the last thousand or so years that people have got in their way. Apart from people, Tawharanui might be a little like what things were once like for NZ dotterel. The results at Tawharanui over the years have proved the success of a pest-free fenced peninsula.


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Housing issues hitting families hard A lack of affordable housing and rapidly increasing rents are causing more and more local families and individuals to struggle financially, according to support service organisations. Warkworth/Wellsford Budget Service co-ordinator Jo Walker says the higher cost of housing and also the lack of accommodation is having a huge impact on individuals and families. “Around 70 per cent of our clients live in rental accommodation and some are paying 65 per cent or more of their income in rent,” she says. “It is particularly difficult for single people to find affordable or suitable accommodation.” Quentin Jukes of Homebuilders in Warkworth agrees, and says they are seeing increased numbers of people whose financial situation is precarious. “The underlying issue in this area, like most of the country, is housing costs and the impact of that, particularly on people on middle and, especially, low incomes. To find anything even vaguely affordable to rent, never mind to buy is an ever-increasing problem,” he says. “What we constantly see are people struggling to get by week on week. Even one small cost, like a child losing a school jersey, or a flat tyre, or some whiteware breaking down, puts people

How to get help and what you’re entitled to Warkworth/Wellsford Budget Service Free and confidential budget advice from Puhoi to Kaiwaka. Trained advisers visit clients in their home to draw up budget plans, manage debt and help people to balance and prioritise income and spending. Info: Phone 423 7123, Email

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in a really precarious position, and then they get behind with their rent and find themselves in dire situations quite quickly. “When you’re sailing that close to the wind, just a small thing can put you over the edge.” The change in government and an increase some benefit payments might offer a degree of short-term hope, but a more fundamental change in policy and society as a whole is required, they say. “The increase in the accommodation supplement coming into effect on April 1 will be very welcome, however this doesn’t apply to all areas,” Jo Walker says. “The provision of social housing and an increase in benefits and accommodation supplements across the board is essential

to improve the situation for individuals and families.” Quentin Jukes says he is “cynically hopeful” that the new government might bring about meaningful change, but says the proof of the pudding will be in the eating. “What people are eating for breakfast this week is not based on policy, it’s based on dollars and cents, and when we see that change, we’ll be a lot happier,” he says. “While our system focuses on people working for the economy, rather than the economy working for people, there is always going to be a problem. “It’s partly about the minimum wage and basic income levels, but it’s also about what work we value as a society.”

Homebuilders Family Support Services Free and confidential practical help and information on a wide range of issues. “We check people are getting what they should be getting and know about the legal entitlements they have for support.” Info:, Phone 425 7048, Email homebuildersfs@

Otamatea Community Services Free, one-on-one confidential financial mentoring and family support. Info:, Phone 09 431 9080, Email reception@

Christians Against Poverty (CAP) Free debt counselling charity based in Auckland, operating via local churches. Open to anyone. Info:, Phone 0508 22711, Email:

We at Withers & Co are Chartered Accountants at 23 Neville Street Warkworth, two Partners and eight in our Staff Team. Our clients are very varied, we are used to complex Companies, Trusts, Farming and Developers, Overseas Income and Investment Portfolios, Rental Properties. We have been in Warkworth since 1969, and are seeking additional client work. Recent Tax Changes - Five year Bright Line Test Income tax is payable on any gain made from sale of residential property, section or house – now two years, to be five years when passed in Parliament in late March. There are exemptions for primary place of residence – but second home and rental properties are liable. There could be large savings by obtaining a property sale before end of March, while the two year rule still exists. Be very sure your 2017 tax returns are filed with Inland Revenue before 31 March 2018 – penalties start then for late filing. End of Year Tax Tips With 31 March now close, there is some very worthwhile forward planning you can do now, to save income tax. DEBTORS

Review these carefully if any are unlikely to pay, write them off the ledger as bad

debts. Still try to recover these, but if you do, you pay tax only when they are received. CREDITORS

March accounts payable after 1 April – if income earned is higher than usual, order now so these can be claimed this year. Any assets needed – likewise one month depreciation can be claimed. STOCK TAKE

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Top 10 budget balancing tips Warkworth businesswoman Christine Liggins, of Simply Budget, has been giving budgeting advice for 14 years because of a passion for “messing with money, making it work and helping people”. She divulged her top 10 budget tips to Mahurangi Matters … 1. Pay frequently Pay your bills at the same frequency that you get paid. For example, beneficiaries are paid weekly. If they pay the power bill only when it arrives then that it could mean all their benefit has gone for the week and they have no money for anything else. If the power bill comes in monthly and you get paid weekly, still make weekly payments. By paying weekly, you can manage your budget better and always have money for everything each week. Most power companies will let you pay at the frequency you want. They will look at your last 12 months of usage and divide the total cost by how frequently you want to pay. Telephone companies are not so helpful, but you can still set up an automatic payment and pay them as you get paid. If you end up paying a little more than necessary each month, after a little while you can have a “free” month. 2. Check your plans When it comes to things like insurance, power and phones, you need to regularly check that you are on the right plan. I used to pay $90 a month to Vodafone for 300 minutes of free talk, a gig of data and a limited number of free texts. I went in to see them one day. I came out with unlimited texts, unlimited calls and 4 gig of data for $30 a month. Phone companies are helpful in finding the right plan for you if you ask them, but you have to be sure to ask. With power, you can go to powerswitch., which will help you work out which power company and pricing plan is best for you. They make about 10,000 changes a month to keep up with all the changes that are made by the power companies. They tried to set one up for telephone lines and the

internet but they could not keep up with all the changes. 3. Get on the same page I’ve seen a few clients like this in the last three months: There are two in a relationship and both are paying household bills but neither knows what the other is doing. One might be paying the bulk of the bills and is left without money at the end of the week. They need to sit down together, itemise the household bills and fairly divide the expenses. 4. Monitor all outgoings When people prepare a budget, they will remember to put down things like rent, power, car, insurance and even “fun”. But they tend to forget things like the WOF, the car registration and presents. Sometimes when working with clients it will take up to the second or third interview before they say, “Oh, I forgot to tell you but we do have this coming out each month.” It’s important to write down all outgoings and remember ones that might be overlooked. 5. Take free advice There is a budget line number 0508 BUDGET. Calling that number will put you in touch with your local budget advisor. I belong to the Warkworth Wellsford Budget Service and about 20 of us volunteer for that service. People calling the budget line in our area will be referred to one of us. A lot of people think that the budget service is tied to Work and Income and you have to be a beneficiary, but that is not the case. Also consider taking the NZ Certificate in Money Management Course run by Te Wananga. There are 20 weeks of evening classes and it’s free. continued next page

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6. Pay what you can People get a telephone bill of, say, $200 and they think, ‘O my goodness, I can’t pay that’, so they don’t. But pay what you can. At least it will make the bill smaller. If you don’t pay anything, the bill will just get bigger and even more impossible to pay. 7. Check your bank statements Look out for fraudulent use and spurious charges. I was helping one lady and noticed there was $11 a month coming out of her bank account. But we did not have that on her budget sheet. She did not know what it was, so I asked her to check. It turned out she had taken a loan out with the bank and there was an insurance cost attached to the loan. She was done paying off the loan, but they had not stopped taking the insurance payment. When she brought this to the bank’s attention, they cancelled the automatic payment and refunded the money she had overpaid. It was so much she could pay off one of her credit cards. If we see something unusual on our bank statements, we should always question it. 8. Keep it simple I had one client with six bank accounts and her bills came out of different accounts. Every week she had to transfer money from one account to another to make sure that a bill got paid. Sometimes she would transfer the money into the wrong bank account and end up with a dishonour fee in the correct bank account. There’s nothing wrong with having multiple accounts

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March 14, 2018 Mahurangimatters 23 if you can manage them. But if it’s too complicated for you, you are going to get in a mess. Keep it simple. 9. Take care with credit cards Don’t use your credit card to withdraw cash. Once you withdraw the cash you can immediately be paying interest of around 23 per cent. Whereas if you use the card to purchase something, you will have weeks to pay it off before incurring interest. Also, be careful with balance transfers. This is where you transfer the balance of one credit card on to another credit card with a lower interest rate. The trick here is to ensure you don’t add any further debt to the card with the lower interest rate. Any debt repayments that you do make on the card will be deducted from the balance transfer first, meaning any further debt will be attracting a high interest rate, possibly for a long period, until the balance transfer debt is eliminated. 10. Plan for the future We always forget unexpected medical, dental and optician bills. Put them in your budget. If you allocate $1000 this year for dental treatment, it’s possible you may not use it. But next year you might have a $2,000 dental bill and that money will then be available. If you lost your job today what is going to happen? Is it worth considering income protection insurance? Or would it be better to put the money you might have spent on insurance aside and build up an emergency fund for unexpected expenses? Think it through. Account for everything and plan ahead.

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Bitcoin: ingenious investment or financial flop? Last year Bitcoin took the world by storm when its market value soared to almost US$20,000. But what exactly is Bitcoin? Mahurangi Matters spoke with Andrew Butler, administrator for the largest cryptocurrency Facebook page in the country, to find out. Where did it start? Bitcoin was introduced in 2009 by an unknown person or group under the name of Satoshi Nakamoto. The idea behind Bitcoin is to have a currency that can be transacted with no central authority involved. What is Bitcoin? Bitcoin is a digital currency. No physical coins exist. It is known as a cryptocurrency because it uses

cryptography for verification. Because of the mathematical process required to transact Bitcoin it is considered almost impossible to hack or corrupt. One Bitcoin has a current market value of around $15,000. Where can I obtain Bitcoin? Bitcoin can be obtained in a number of ways, but initially it must be mined. Mining essentially requires continued next page


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computer processing power to solve mathematical problems that reward the correct answer with currency. The currency is immune to inflation because there are a maximum of 21,000,000 coins that can be mined, with 16,000,000 having been mined already. The more coins that are mined, the more difficult mining becomes. In the currency’s early days, home computer systems were able to mine. Now people require warehouses full of processors to do so. Bitcoin can also be bought with

New Zealand dollars, either through a transactional agreement between two parties or through an exchange such as Cryptopia. Cryptopia holds Bitcoin and will trade it for other currencies.

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What can I use Bitcoin for? A growing number of New Zealand businesses are accepting Bitcoin as a method of payment. There are a number of platforms that facilitate Bitcoin payments such as Bitpay, essentially the Bitcoin version of Paypal. Bitcoin is also the standard currency for purchasing other cryptocurrencies.

The future of cryptocurrencies Aside from being an administrator of New Zealand CryptoCurrency News on Facebook, Andrew Butler is an investor in Bitcoin himself. He says although the currency has come under critical scrutiny recently, he believes the market has found stability and confidence in it will grow. “For many years, it’s been a transactional currency, but I think just recently its value is seen more as a holding currency for the long term, like investing in gold,” he says. Part of his belief in cryptocurrencies long term is their applications beyond financial transactions. “Because the blockchain system and cryptography make them so secure, people are looking at how these coins or tokens can be used to do things like run elections, because the system

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Vintage variations I’m not going to dwell on the wet weather. NIWA’s predictions of higher than average rainfall in late summer, which I detailed in my last column, came true. It’s a tough one for winegrowers, but we persevere. Winegrowers often need to be flexible in times of adverse weather conditions, and for marginal or boutique wine growing regions such as Matakana, the term “vintage variation” is important when describing our wines style and evolution through the years. If you made wine in the inland parts of Australia, such as the Riverland area of South Australia, or perhaps the Central Plateau of Spain, there is a high probability that the growing season will be dry, sunny and hot. From such areas, we tend to say that vintage variation is minimal. What you get in the bottle from one year to the next is very similar. Grapes grown in more changeable climates, including New Zealand, will vary year by year, especially in terms of heat experienced – how hot it got and during what part of the growing season, and how much rain was there? Was there too much rain, not enough, or the rare, but always hoped for, just right? Consequently, we see variations in the wines we can make. A cooler year will produce wines with lower alcohol levels because of lower natural sugar levels, but with higher acidity. Conversely, warmer years produce wines with more natural sugar and lower acidity. Within this framework, we also get differences in the flavour spectrum – from herbal, minerally and austere, through to fruity, ripe and rich. How the wine feels in the mouth, in particular for reds, can also range from light, fine and delicate, through to strong, firm and sometimes tannic or drying. All these attributes are what makes drinking and collecting wine such an interesting and diverse experience. At the moment, I know that we had a great start to the season with warm temperatures from November on. Tasting my Pinot Gris grapes, I can see that this has helped to ripen flavours at lower sugar levels, so it is likely that that I will pick my Pinot Gris at a sugar level that is 10 per cent lower than normal if this weather persists. This will produce a wine style lower in alcohol and probably slightly higher in acidity, but the right flavour will still be there. I also may decide to focus on making a rosé-style wine from our Syrah grapes this year, since I know that I will have good fruit character from the warm season. The many warm nights we’ve had this summer could mean finer or unripe tannins from the skins, due to the smaller variation between day and night time temperatures. This makes it ideal for rosé, since this wine doesn’t need the tannin as such, just the fruit flavours.

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Local farmers and growers up for good practice award The farming practices of three distinctly different local agricultural ventures have won them a place in the regional final of the 2018 Ballance Farm Environment Awards, which celebrate and promote sustainable land use. The finalists are David, Geraldine, Don and Margaret Bayly, of the Kaipara Coast Plant Centre, Sculpture Gardens and beef farm at Kaukapakapa; Stephen, Clare, Bruce and Felicity Dill, who farm sheep and beef in the Kaipara Hills; and Ray and Pam Hollis’s Gracefarm farm park and dairy venture in Te Hana. They are up against one further finalist, Andrew and Liisa Hamilton’s dairy farm on the Awhitu Peninsula, south of Auckland. To get to the final, all three local businesses have been visited and evaluated by a team of experienced farmers, growers and agri-business professionals, who offer constructive advice and feedback and provide a comprehensive report of their findings and recommendations, something which all the finalists say has been extremely useful. “It’s been great to have other professional eyes cast over the farm and get a slightly different opinion, because you do tend to get a bit stuck in your ways,” Stephen Dill says. “It’s nice to get feedback. It’s been a good experience.” David Bayly agrees. “It’s been good meeting like-minded people, we’ve had some good conversations.” The three businesses could hardly be more different in terms of what they

do. The Baylys have 121 hectares on the Kaipara Coast, where Don and Margaret breed beef cattle and son David runs a popular nursery, plant centre and sculpture walk that attracts thousands of visitors every year. Stephen and Bruce Dill farm sheep and beef on the 488 hectares that have been in their family since 1889. They also offer rural hiking getaways in their solar-powered bach on the slopes near Mount Auckland, or Atuanui. Ray and Margaret Hollis have established a ‘farm park’, dividing their 100 hectares into conservation land, working farmland and 12 rural residential blocks that are freehold but have a share in the common land. “We wanted to ensure the sustainability of productive land use and conservation land use with the social benefits of having rural lifestyle blocks where people take an interest in the land,” Ray says. What the local finalists have in common, however, is a commitment to improving and caring for their land, and being environmentally aware while running a successful business – just what the judges of the Ballance Farm Environment Awards are looking for. The awards are facilitated by the New Zealand Farm Environment Trust as a way of showcasing NZ’s most environmentally responsible and profitable farmers as positive role models, while providing entrants with information on best-practice management of their natural resources. The Regional Supreme Winner will be announced at an awards night dinner in Auckland on April 4.

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I doubt there is an inhabitant of Auckland who has not laid eyes on some form of grotesque and bloated wastage of ratepayer monies, but the current happenings in my community of Tapora would have to come fairly close to being a “cake topper” on this matter. Over the summer holidays, I took my children down to the school pool for a swim on a rather warm day. Pulling up outside the adjoining hall, I was surprised to see a heap of cars in the carpark. At first, I was panicking that I had not been told of a community meeting, but on closer inspection I realized all these people and vehicles were in fact from Auckland Council. Now I am going to be frank here, I had not laid eyes on that many bureaucrats in one location since I last visited the deep bowels of city hall on Queen Street. At that moment, deep panic set in. From my experience, that many bureaucrats in one spot has only ever meant one of two things: either spending big amounts of money or making big amounts of rules, with the latter putting shivers down my spine. They all had their heads down staring at the carpark. What on earth could they be looking at? Perhaps the carpark was an ancient burial site? I had to go over and investigate. I walked over introduced myself and politely asked what it was that everybody was staring at. I was then informed that the council was very concerned with the condition of the carpark surface of our remote little hall, and that it must be upgraded! What on earth was he telling me? It was at this point I had to stop myself from collapsing onto said carpark and rolling around in fits of laughter. Holding myself together, I gathered enough breath to say, “Are you kidding me? Sweetie, have you seen the condition of the road that leads to this carpark? Because I am pretty sure our community’s biggest concern is getting their vehicles to this carpark and not the condition of the carpark itself.” I was then told that I would have to take my roading concerns up with Auckland Transport (LOL) as the carpark was under the jurisdiction of Parks and Reserves. Oh my Lord, really? That conversation gave me time to think whether there was any justification for this new, flashy ratepayer-funded carpark. I reminisced over all the “intimate” moments I have had with the carpark over the years, including the time when I nursed my car to it with a brand new $435 tyre, blown apart by a sharp boulder disguised as industry standard road sheeting. I watched my husband, in his good attire, roll around on his back in the mud changing the destroyed tyre in this carpark. I can assure you all that during this intimate carpark encounter many thoughts were rushing through my mind, but the condition of the carpark surface, funnily enough, was not one of them. The point I am trying to make here, which I am sure is obvious to all, is that our communities are in desperate need of basic core infrastructure, and while we are grateful for flashy, remote carparks, we are also selfless enough to recognise that there are so many needy communities screaming out for the basics, including ours. In the meantime, weeks and weeks later, the carpark is still barricaded off like a full-blown crime scene investigation, and is giving us all an ironic chuckle as we drive past.

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Cool welcome This summer has been a good one for gardeners, with lots of heat and rain providing ideal conditions for growth. However, I have to admit the subtropical conditions have left me a little exhausted. I can see why outdoor workers in tropical countries seem to work at a leisurely pace; it’s pretty much impossible to work any faster in these conditions. As a consequence, the veggie garden is also looking a little tired; some crops have done their dash quicker than usual in the heat, while others haven’t been fertilised enough to keep up with the growth; or pests and diseases have taken hold. Replacement crops haven’t gone in soon enough and crops that need longterm attention, like the greenhouse tomatoes, are now looking pretty ratty. Fortunately, with the temperatures dropping, gardening seems more appealing. Just in time, as now we need to get organised for a good autumn and winter garden. The first job is to prune summer fruit trees before the leaves fall off. This is the best time to prune in order to avoid fungal diseases and reduce the amount of carbohydrates flowing back into the roots, which would reduce vigour next spring. Hedge pruning is also recommended at this time of year for the same reason. It is a great time to take cuttings as well. The moist, warm soil and cooler air temperatures are ideal for planting any trees, shrubs and perennials. Spring flowering bulbs – such as daffodils, freesias, iris and tulips – can go in too. Alternatively, use the old gardeners’ trick of putting them in the fridge for six weeks first to get better flowering. Winter flowering annuals such as pansies and calendulas can be planted now, as can the first of the winter veggie crops; peas, brassicas, carrots, spinach, silverbeet and beetroot. Look at the back of your fertiliser packets for the NPK ratios. Avoid using fertilisers that are high in nitrogen (N), as nitrogen produces soft, sappy growth that is less resistant to pests, diseases and frost. Instead, look for fertilisers high in potassium (K) as this strengthens plant cells and helps harden them off. Phosphorus (P) is also important on all plant types (except the Protea family) once they shift their resources from top growth to root growth. Regular readers of this column will know that I’m a committed exponent of mulch. It improves soil in so many ways and reduces your workload by suppressing weeds. Autumn is a good time to bed down your ornamental gardens, and any veggie gardens that won’t be used in winter, under a thick layer of mulch. For ornamental gardens a woody mulch is best, but veggie gardens can be mulched with just about anything at this time of year. Come spring, the mulch will have been mostly worked in by the worms. Alternatively, plant barley, lupin, mustard or other green crops as cover crops. These can be turned under in later winter to feed the soil and suppress soil pests. Reducing pest numbers now will reduce the amount of over-wintering bugs that start the cycle next season. One of the best ways to do this is prune or pull out any infested plant material and either compost or use a mower to mulch them into the lawn. Alternatively, burn them or put them through a mulcher. If you’ve used cardboard or material rings around your apple tree trunks for codling moth, now is the time to remove and burn them as the moths will be pupating in these. Passionvine hopper lay their eggs in serrated rows on thin twiggy material, so keep an eye out for this, prune off and burn. Get all these jobs done before winter and you can spend most of that dreary season in front of a roaring fire with a good book, or for the lucky ones, on some tropical beach.

Boaties casting off to raise funds for helicopter Keen anglers should be getting their rods and reels ready to win cash and prizes worth $70,000 at the 15th annual Leigh Fishing Contest on Saturday, March 17. This year’s top prize is a Surtees 495 Workmate boat and 60HP Honda outboard package, and all proceeds will go to the Auckland Westpac Rescue Helicopter and Leigh community causes – last year’s event raised $60,000 for them. Fishing is allowed from 3am until the weigh-in at Leigh Hall from 1pm to 3.30pm. There will be a live fish auction from 3pm. There are 12 separate classes in senior and junior categories, and tickets cost $50 per adult and $5 for under-14s. Info and tickets:, or call Lyn or Keith on 422 6780

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Fertile discussion There are a lot of opinions about fertilizer requirements. Many people believe natural is good and artificial is bad. I am a simple person. When I put fertilizer on my garden the vegetables grow well and look better than store bought vegetables. When I don’t put any fertilizer on the vegetables, they are small, have funny colours and don’t look particularly appetizing. I put fertilizer on my garden. Lifestyle block farmers frequently ask, “Should I be fertilizing my paddocks?” The simple answer is actually a question, “Do you run short of grass in August and September?” If the answer is “yes” then the next question I ask is, “Can you reduce the number of animals you are trying to feed?” Farming is a balance between supply and demand. If the supply of feed is low, can you reduce the demand? For example, by moving animals off the property or having fewer animals over winter. Many lifestyle farmers do struggle to have enough grass to feed their animals in August and September, when the soil temperature is the lowest. Soil reactions and microbial growth is slowest when the ground is cold and when the ground is dry. This is one of the reasons south-facing land doesn’t grow as well as northfacing land. North-facing land receives more direct sunlight. When fertilizer is required, the first product to apply is normally lime, which counters the effects of aluminum. Aluminum is present at low levels in almost all soils in New Zealand. At low pH levels, the aluminium becomes more water soluble. Aluminium is toxic to plant roots. For best plant health, the soil pH should be greater than 5.6. A soil test has a usual accuracy of +/- 0.2 pH. Hence, usual recommendations are for a soil pH above 5.8. When finances are tight, always manage soil pH first (with lime application) then add other fertilizers. In New Zealand, the main nutrients applied after lime are: nitrogen(N), phosphate (P), potassium (K) and sulphur (S). They are frequently recorded on fertilizer bags as N, P, K, S. The most frequently used fertilizers after lime are superphosphate 10 K and urea. Superphosphate 10K provides 7.2 per cent phosphate, 10 per cent potassium and 8.4 per cent sulphur. Urea is 46 per cent nitrogen. As with most things, quantity of fertilizer is the important factor – specifically the quantity of the elements applied. For example, applying 500 kg/ ha superphosphate 10K will provide 36kg of phosphate per hectare. Recording the quantity of each element and the seasonal timing of the application will help determine fertilizer application success. Thinking that you are doing well and can boast that you apply the right fertilizer doesn’t mean a lot. Knowing the amount of fertilizer applied is true fertilizer knowledge.

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Bowls Warkworth membership is set to grow as the club develops a partnership with the Oaks on Neville retirement village.

Oaks comp rolls into town The first Oaks Village Fours competition was played out at Bowls Warkworth on March 3, with the new retirement village now a major sponsor of the club. The club is looking to establish a good relationship with the development and will run the Oaks tournament annually. Competition organiser Harry Williams says because of the number of retirees set to move in, it’s a great opportunity to grow club membership. “There will be a lot of people wanting some daytime recreational activities and Bowls Warkworth offers that within a very short walk of the village,” Williams says.

The debut event attracted a full green of 64 competitors across 16 teams to the club, with a Helensville team taking out first place. “It was very well attended with some generous cash prizes up for grabs and good weather throughout the day.” Mahurangi East snatched second, while two Warkworth teams picked up the third and fourth prizes. The club’s lighting has now been fully renovated and renewal of the carpet green is underway. “We will look to have some twilight competition towards the end of the summer putting our new lighting in to action,” Williams says.

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Masters make statement at champs Six masters from the Omaha Surf Life Saving Club (OSLSC) shone at the Surf Life Saving Northern Region Championships last month. A total of 400 competitors from 20 clubs took to the beach at Ruakaka on February 24 and 25 to battle for the top prizes in senior competition for the northern region. Matt Craig led the charge, picking up three golds in the board race, beach flags and ski race. He also collected a silver in the beach sprints and bronze in the surf race. Frank Maher picked up two golds in the board race and 2km run, and a

silver in the ironman. Lifeguard surf sport manager Ruth Tanner says to pick up 16 medals in the masters’ category and finish third overall is a huge achievement for a small club. Other masters medal winners were Rohan Whittaker, Mike Fitzgerald and Ross Syminton. Chantelle Maher also made the podium, picking up gold in the 2km run and bronze in the run, swim, run. Meanwhile, in junior surf Omaha had a record participation of 19 children compete in Orewa at the U14 New Zealand Surf Life Saving Championships.


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Rosa Ewing has now broken 12 Rodney College swimming records in two years.

Ewing rewrites scorebook Hugo Santos (centre) hopes that opening sessions up to players of all abilities will attract new members.

Warkworth pushes tennis for all abilities Warkworth Tennis and Squash Club coach Hugo Santos is pushing three new tennis sessions for players of all abilities to encourage membership growth. The sessions are called Tennis Express, Cardio Tennis and Intermediate/Advanced Tennis. “Tennis Express is a great option for beginners, and I’m hoping to attract retired people who want a sport that they can keep playing for a number of years,” Santos says. “If they enjoy it, we will get them involved with the club and grow our membership.” The second option is Cardio Tennis, a fitness session with music that gets the heart rate up and teaches basic tennis skills. Advanced Tennis is for more experienced players who want to refine their skills and improve tactically. “By offering these three classes, there should be something to suit everyone.”

Santos says all three sessions involve drills based on ‘serve, rally and score’ to make them competitive and fun. “You might hit around 200 balls in an hour. It’s a great way to improve the quality and consistency of your shots in a short space of time. “We usually focus on a skill over four to five sessions, so you should see improvement in your game quite quickly.” Each session lasts one hour and costs $15 for club members and $20 for non-members. Express will be held on Tuesdays with sessions from 9am to 10am and 7.30pm to 8.30pm. Cardio will be on Wednesday from 9am to 10am, while Advanced will be on Thursday from 8am to 9am and 9am to 10am. Sessions will run all year round, weather permitting. Info: Hugo 022 311 3216

Rosa Ewing continued to rewrite the history books, breaking six intermediate girl’s records at the Rodney College Swimming Sports Day last month. Ewing was the standout performer at the event last year, breaking six junior girls records. She made sure she matched that statistic this time around. She set new times in the 25m butterfly, 75m medley, 50m freestyle, 100m freestyle, 25m backstroke and 50m backstroke. Ewing also continued her form into the Northland Secondary Schools competition, where she picked up first place in the 100m backstroke, two seconds and a third place. She is now looking to gain a place in the Secondary School National Age Group Champs. Also putting his name in the record books was Rodney’s Ethan Whyte, who set a record time of 16.66 seconds in the senior boy’s 25m backstroke. He went on to set a new record at the Lower North event in the 25m breaststroke. Overall winners at the Rodney College Swimming Sports Day were as follows: junior boy, Benjamin McCardle; junior girl, Lucy Rambaud; intermediate boy, Jesse Manuell; intermediate girl, Rosa Ewing; senior boy, Ethan Whyte; senior girl, Georgia Brierly.

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Please take note that the Annual General Meeting of the Association will be held at the Clubrooms, 28 Neville Street, Warkworth, at 10am on Sunday 25th March, 2018 BUSINESS: 1. Receive apologies 2. Confirm minutes of the AGM held 25th March, 2017 3. Presentation of Annual reports and accounts 4. Election of Executive and committee 5. Remits/Notices of Motion 6. General Business Copies of Remits/Notices of motion to be presented at the AGM are available at the Clubrooms from Friday 9th March, 2018 R. Blair, Secretary/Manager

A COMMUNITY APPRECIATION For the Pending Retirement of DR WARWICK PALMER - Kawau Bay Health An opportunity to wish him every happiness and to thank him for his 35 years of Amazing Service to the Warkworth area. SATURDAY 7th APRIL 2018

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Maundy Thursday Service St Leonard's Matakana Good Friday Service Christ Church, Warkworth Easter Day Holy Communion Christ Church, Warkworth Christ Church, Warkworth St. Leonard’s, Matakana St. Michael and All Angel’s, Leigh St. Alban's, Kaipara Flats (19 Old Woodcocks Road) Snells Beach Community Church meets every Sunday at 9am 09-425 8054

MANGAWHAI MISSION DISTRICT EASTER SERVICES Good Friday 30 March 2018 Family Service - 9am at Christ the King Anglican Church 9 Molesworth Drive, Mangawhai Village Easter Sunday 1 April 2018 Family Communion – 9am at Christ the King Church, Mangawhai & St Paul’s Church, Kaiwaka "O Son of Man! Ascend unto My heaven that thou mayest obtain the joy of reunion, and from the chalice of imperishable glory quaff the peerless wine"

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Holy Thursday March 29th

The Mass of the Lord’s Supper & Washing of the Feet, Procession of Blessed Sacrament to the Altar of Repose Adoration Puhoi 7.00pm and Warkworth 8.30pm

Good Friday March 30th

(Day of fasting & Abstinence) Puhoi 10.00am Stations of the Cross followed by Confessions in Church Warkworth 3.00pm Commemoration of the Lord’s Passion & Death, Reading of the Lord’s Passion, Prayers of Intercession, Veneration of the Cross, Collection of Lenten Appeal and Holy Places, Holy Communion, Confessions after Ceremonies

Holy Saturday March 31st

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SCOREBOARD A roundup of sports activities and events in the district

Women’s golf day Warkworth Golf Club free ‘give it a go’ day, March 19, 9am to 11am. Coaching available and coffee. Info: 425 8248 Kaipara Knights football Kaipara Knights football registration still open to players aged four and over. Season starts April 7, games at Port Albert Domain. Info: Shar 021 439 729

A total of 26 activities were packed in to Centennial Park at this year’s Wellsford Children’s Fun Day.

Warkworth girl’s football Warkworth Association Football Club girl’s 11th grade football team is looking for more players. Anyone welcome. Info: Anna 021 455 444

The Wellsford District Sport and Recreation Collective has an extra $4500 to throw at Centennial Park upgrades following the Wellsford Children’s Fun Day. The event was held at Centennial Park on March 4 and attracted around 500 children to try out 26 different activities. Recreation Collective chair Wendy Crow-Jones says after six years the event is still popular. “We get a lot of people who come back every year and there is a growing number of people coming from Auckland with their kids who want to escape the traffic,” Ms Crow-Jones says. “We had a huge volunteer effort with 70 people giving their time, which made the activities possible.” Ms Crow-Jones says the water slide run by the Wellsford Volunteer Fire

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Matakana Table tennis Matakana Table Tennis resumes at the Matakana Hall, March 13, 7.30pm. Anyone welcome, adults $2, students $1. Info: George 423 0424 Mahurangi junior hockey registration Registrations are open for Year 0 to 2 funsticks and Year 3 to 6 junior hockey starting term two. Info:

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March Auckland Council consultation evening, Wellsford Community Centre, 6pm. 15-18 Mangawhai Walking Weekend. Pre-booking essential. Info: 16 Free legal advice clinic, Homebuilders Family Services, 5 Hexham Street, Warkworth, 9.30-10.30am. Info and bookings: Rodney Women’s Centre 425 7261 16-18 A capella workshop with Tony Backhouse, Wellsford Community Centre. Info: 16 Mahurangi Kindergarten 35th birthday celebration, past pupils, teachers and parents welcome, from 5pm to 6.30pm. RSVP to 425 7096 or 17 Leigh Fishing Contest, in aid of Auckland Westpac Rescue Helicopter and Leigh causes. Prizes worth $70,000. Fishing from 3am, weigh-in and fish auction at Leigh Hall from 1pm. Info and tickets:, or call Lyn or Keith on 422 6780 (sse story p29) 17 Mangawhai Food and Wine Festival, The Olive Grove, Mangawhai Village. Pre-book on or tickets at the gate. No BYO;  over 18s only. 17 Tawharanui snorkel day, Tawharanui Peninsula, 10am-3pm. All ages welcome, free gear available. Info: 17 Riverside Dinner, Warkworth Wharf carpark, Kapanui Street, 6pm. Tickets $95 from Hart’s Pharmacy, Warkworth Menswear and Info: 021 425849 (see story p15) 17 Fun day with the donkeys at Highfield Garden Reserve, 11am to 2pm. Activities, rides and barbecue lunch. Info: Shona 425 6129 18 Folk dancing at the Kaipara Flats Ranfurly Hall, 2pm. Adults $5, students and children free. Bring water, no experience needed. Info: Carolyn 425 7690 18 Goat Island snorkel day, Goat Island, Leigh, 10am-3pm. All ages welcome, free gear available. Info: 18 Warkworth Music Concert Series. Mazzoli Trio - viola, violin and cello. Old Masonic Hall, 5pm. (see ad p16) 18 Kaukapakapa Village Market, 947 Kaipara Coast Highway, SH16, 8.30am to 1pm. Info: Sarah 0274 831542 or 19 Barfoot & Thompson Women’s Pro Am. Warkworth Golf Club. Tee off 10.30am. Come and watch some of this country’s top golfers in action. Info 425-8248. 19 Free give golf a go day. A taster for women. Warkworth Golf Club 9-11am. Book on 425 8248. 21 Warkworth Theatre Group AGM and play reading, Warkworth Town Hall, 7pm. All welcome. 23 Anika Moa, Chop Chop Hiyaaa! show at the Warkworth Town Hall, 11am and the Wellsford District Community Centre, 4pm. Tickets $10 each or $28 for a family pass available from 23 The Fiesta of Culture, Warkworth Primary School, 3pm to 7pm. 24 Greg Johnson. Leigh Sawmill Café, 9.30pm (see story p16) 25 Kaipara Flats Library 140 years celebration, 2pm to 5pm. Entry free, raffle and afternoon tea. Info: Judith 021 0870 0956 30-31 Wellsford Volunteer Fire Brigade Fishing Tournament, open fishing from 6am Friday, weigh in Wellsford Fire Station 2-4pm Saturday. Cash prizes and fish auction. Tickets $30 from Wellsford Sport & Leisure, Hunting & Fishing Warkworth or Colin Greenwood on 0275 951 957. 13

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Georgia Brierly

Five records fall at college athletics.

Brierlys bag top honours at school athletics day The Brierly name was hot on the score sheets at this year’s Rodney College Athletics Day held at Centennial Park on February 27. Georgia Brierly picked up seven first places, while her brother Jackson grabbed two in the intermediate boys 800m race and 1500m race. Georgia took things one step further, setting a new 100m race record for senior girls with a time of 13.15 seconds. Her other first places were in the senior girls 200m race, 400m race, 1500m race, discus, long

jump and high jump. One other record was broken, with Javarne Porter throwing 11.79 metres in the senior boys shotput. Porter also grabbed first place in the senior boys 100m race and 200m race. This year marked the first time the event was held at Centennial Park, instead of Rodney College. Principal Irene Symes says Centennial was a great choice. “All of the teachers supported the move, and it helped recognise that we have a dedication to sporting

excellence so we will return there next year,” Ms Symes says. Winners by category were as follows: senior boys, Javarne Porter; senior girls, Georgia Brierly; intermediate boys, Noah Pride; intermediate girls, Drew Crosbie; junior boys, Kaden Mill; junior girls, Freesia Bates. Meanwhile, Mahurangi College held its athletics day on March 1 and saw three school records topple. Zoe Peacock, Year 7, continued her good form, setting a high jump record of 1.26 metres.

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She also broke the high jump record at last year’s inter-school primary event. In addition, she won the Year 7 girls long jump. Ava Jane-Rashleigh, Year 7, continued her athletics success, throwing the discus a record 20.95 metres after competing in the Trans-Tasman Challenge last month. She also placed first in shotput. Blake Heaven was the other record setter, winning the intermediate boys 100m race with a time of 11.83 seconds.


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