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Never a dull day for fathers in the New Zealand Police Men make up around 80 per cent of the New Zealand police force and that includes fathers Mark Stallworthy and Brad Marshall, of the Warkworth Police Station. Both are passionate about their jobs for the variety and excitement they bring, but also for protecting the community they live in. Mahurangi Matters spoke with them about what each day might bring and why other men should consider joining the force. While high speed chases and gun fights are more for the movies, Warkworth Police Sergeant Mark Stallworthy insists there is never a dull day on the job. He took up his role managing the Warkworth station earlier this year. “My job involves a lot of administration, but the best part is getting out into the community and doing work on the road,” he says. His day starts with checking intelligence in the morning and delegating officers to deal with assignments that have come in overnight. “A big part of my job is analysing trends so I can put more resources towards the bigger issues,” he says. His duties in the field involve attending group meetings, speaking about police work and managing cases.
Detective Brad Marshall (left) and Sergeant Mark Stallworthy enjoy keeping the community they live in safe.
“Jobs on the road could be checking on people on bail and responding to radio calls, but also looking out for anything that doesn’t seem right. “For example, I recently saw a suspicious-looking parked car. I investigated and found drug users with weapons in the vehicle.” Sgt Stallworthy says communication is the preferred option for dealing with tense situations, but all officers carry an array of tools to assist them.
“The radio we carry is our most commonly used piece of equipment. We keep people updated on our movements all the time and respond to other calls.” The torch carried has a standard light, laser light and fluorescent light, so an officer can see finger prints and other forms of residue. “Handcuffs are commonly used, but in 12 years of policing I’ve never used my baton and my pepper spray only a
couple of times,” he says. “We also carry a taser, which is a last resort. Most people will follow instructions, rather than be electrocuted.” As a detective, Brad Marshall finds himself using a different set of tools. He joined the station in 2016. “My typical day involves a lot of time in the office putting together search warrants and preparing Crown files for prosecution,” he says. When a drug, serious assault or fraud case comes up, it is his job to get the answers. “It’s often a very slow process. It can take a few hours just for a small job, as I have to inspect and catalogue all of the exhibits.” His best case was on Operation Morning when a woman, who suffered a serious assault, was abandoned in the Dome Valley. “We worked around the clock to solve that case, quickly identified all of the offenders and got a good result in court,” he says. “Working with disturbing crimes like that is never something you get used to, but you get into a professional zone that allows you to work through it.” For anyone interested in a career in the police force visit newcops.co.nz
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Classic MGs take part in daffodil rally to fight cancer
Sheryl and Rex Thompson with their classic MGs.
small for him to sit in comfortably. Rex bought the Roadster following urgings from Sheryl. “That was all the encouragement I needed. Once you have got an MG, you are hooked,” he says. Rex says with older cars there’s inevitably a lot of work to be done to keep them running. He’s had issues with the Roadster’s gearbox and the motor has had to come out of the Fixed Head Coupé several times for major repairs. “It’s not expensive if you do it yourself. There are also a lot of guys who enjoy working on MGs and are happy to come and help.” firstname.lastname@example.org
Matakana MG enthusiasts Rex and Sheryl Thompson will have all their bases covered when they join the Daffodil Rally for Cancer on Sunday, August 26. If it’s nice weather they will take the MGA Roadster, roll the top down and enjoy the sunshine. If it looks like rain, they will stay warm and dry in their MGA Fixed Head Coupé. Cars participating in the rally will assemble at Smales Farm, Takapuna, at 10am. They will start departing at 11.15am, taking a scenic route featuring both east and west coasts, before finishing in the Warkworth town centre. Cars are expected to start arriving in Warkworth around noon, creating a colourful spectacle in the Warkworth Wharf area. Wharf Street and Kapanui Street will be closed to regular traffic from 11am. Rex participated in the first Daffodil Rally last year and is looking forward to repeating the experience. “It’s great to participate, meet people and see some of the other cars,” he says. Rex has owned MGs since the 1950s and is a founding member of Auckland’s MG Car Club. His Fixed Head Coupé was made in 1958 and he has owned it for 18 years. The Roadster dates from 1960 and Rex has had it for about four years. He acquired the Roadster from a collector in Wellington, who previously found it rotting in a barn in New York. The collector restored the car but, ultimately, found it was too
He adds that the cars are generally easy to work on and there is ready access to parts. “When I lift the bonnet, I can see the engine. Try that on a new car,” he says. The Daffodil Rally is organised by the Wellsford Warkworth, North Shore and Waitemata Vintage Car Clubs and the One Warkworth Business Association. All motorists are encouraged to join the rally, not just those with classic vehicles. Proceeds from the $10 registration fee go to the Cancer Society. Wellsford Warkworth Vintage Car Club captain Anne Richardson says the
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Trust focuses on men’s health It is no secret that your average Kiwi male is not always first in line when it comes to getting regular doctor’s checkups or even talking about any health worries. And while awareness of things like stress among farmers is slowly increasing, it often seems that generic diseases or women’s health issues receive more attention and publicity. Everyone is aware of breast cancer campaigns, but prostate cancer? Not so much. One organisation trying to change that is the Men’s Health Trust New Zealand, a charity set up in 2007 to provide extensive health information and encourage men to open up and talk about their health, and to have regular check-ups. It provides a wide range health information via brochures, a website and social media, runs workplace health talks and acts as an information hub for men’s health services in NZ. Men’s Health chairman Phil Clemas says the trust wants to give men the means and information to make positive choices around their health and well-being sooner rather than later. “We want all men to make good health choices, to take action to live healthier every day, and to have easy access to health information that relates directly to them,” he says. “We want to reduce illness and disease caused by being overweight and making poor diet choices. We want to save our brothers from dying of illnesses that could have been cured if they’d taken action sooner. We’re all about helping
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Hunting serves as a hobby for many, but Liam Tomlinson and Noel Roberts of Warkworth are passionate about hunting for meat. They talked to Mahurangi Matters about how people can get started, and their recent hunting trip in the deep south.
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Do the paperwork The first thing you need to sort out if you’re interested in hunting with a gun is your firearms’ licence. You must be at least 16, and you need to do some reading before completing a written test. You also need to provide two references and have a safe for the gun. Choose your weapon The main things you need to think about when choosing a gun are the cost of ammunition, its range and recoil. The bigger the calibre of gun and rarer it is, the more expensive the ammo. Required range will reflect what you are shooting and where. You don’t want to be shooting further than about 300 metres or so with any gun. Recoil is not usually an issue, but if you plan to fire many shots, perhaps steer clear of a bigger calibre gun. The advantage of the bigger calibre is that you have a higher chance of killing the animal. Beginners will only require a single shot rifle. Popular choices are a .243 calibre or .308 calibre, either of which will kill any animal with a head or heart shot. A scope to magnify the target is also a great piece of equipment to have. You could be looking at $1500 for a reasonable starter’s package comprising a rifle and scope. Practise, practise and practise Once you’ve got a gun, it’s essential
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to practise using it at a shooting range. The main thing is knowing how much the bullet will drop over certain distances, as this will make the difference between hitting or missing the animal in the field. You can also get familiar with the recoil and scope or fixed sights. Know your target You can either hunt on private property or Department of Conservation (DOC) land. You will need a DOC hunting permit to hunt on public land. Animals to hunt in New Zealand include deer, goats, possums and pigs. Safety is top priority when hunting, especially on public land. You can never shoot within 200 metres of a path and should always have a high chance of hitting your target. You also need to think about what is behind the animal in case you do miss. Always know exactly what you are shooting at before you fire to avoid hitting other hunters. Make the shot First sight your animal and then get the gun in a comfortable position for shooting. Load your gun. You should never move around with it loaded for safety reasons. Then aim for the animal to hit the heart or the head. Any other part of the animal and it could escape injured, which you want to avoid. continued next page
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Tracking tahr in sub-zero season Waist-deep snow and mountain terrain is what stood between Liam Tomlinson, Noel Roberts and the tahr they shot on a recent hunting trip. The pair spent nine days chasing the animals after helicoptering into a location on the West Coast of the South Island, where temperatures were below zero degrees. “The terrain made it slow going, as you would be walking on pine forest and then sink into the snow up to your waist,” Noel says. “There were stages where we were going up steep faces covered in ice so we had to use crampons,” Liam says. The pair travelled with two other hunters and stayed in DOC huts overnight. “We did have one night where two rivers flooded either side of us, so we were forced to make camp with the two tents and bivouacs we carried,” Noel says. Between the four hunters, they shot a total of seven tahr using .243, .260 and .300 calibre rifles. “We spent a lot of time traversing through the mountains, but when we
w o h S you d a d are c Thick snow and steep terrain made for a challenging hunt.
took a shot, we usually hit our target. “Tahr are something you only get in the south, so we were specifically going to hunt them.” Liam recommends only tackling the colder conditions if you feel confident and says late summer is an ideal time to hunt in this location.
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Be calm when firing and squeeze the trigger as opposed to pulling it. Finish the job When dealing with the animal it’s best to have an experienced hunter with you if you’re a beginner. With bigger animals, like deer, you will have to remove the guts so it’s light enough to carry out. You need to be careful
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Parliamentary parenting BATTERY SPECIALS Clarke Gayford might be making all the headlines as the stay-at-home Dad of the moment, but Mahurangi has quietly had its own parliamentary male parental role model for the past seven years. Ben Dugdale was a full-time winemaker working in Northland before his wife, Tracey Martin, became a list MP for NZ First in the 2011 election. Almost overnight, their roles were reversed – instead of Tracey being based at their Warkworth home with their three children while he worked on the Karikari Peninsula, suddenly Ben was needed at home so she could go to Wellington every week. “Tracey was the primary caregiver while she was on Rodney Local Board, so the minute it happened, we effectively just swapped roles and the way we do things. The first thing I did was to write out my resignation. I’d been spending four to five days a week away from home from 2004 to 2011, so it was great to give up my job and be a househusband for a few years,” he said. Their children, Connor, Sean and Rose, were aged from 10 to 16 at the time, and were largely unfazed by Mum becoming an MP and Dad taking over at home. “There wasn’t a huge amount of difference, maybe one or two niggles, but the kids haven’t had a lot of issues,” he said. “Tracey and I view what we do as parents as a team exercise, so even if we have slightly different goals, we work very hard to engage with the children. The important thing is not working against each other.” While Ben has kept his winemaking hand in via various consultancy roles – or “mates I help out a bit” – his primary role has been shepherding his children through their teenage years and into adulthood. “I think I was incredibly lucky, because I didn’t go through the baby pooey, vomity part,” he says. “Well, maybe I did occasionally go through the vomity part, but that was usually chemically-induced.” He says the experience has given him a greater understanding of the
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