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Star-struck The simple act of making stars from harakeke (flax) brought together children of all ages and backgrounds to discover more about Maori culture and Matariki at Warkworth Library last week. Matariki is the Maori name for the constellation of stars, also known in other cultures as Pleiades or the Seven Sisters. It signifies Te Tau Hou (Maori New Year), a time to reflect on the past and prepare for the future. The school holiday Matariki programme was designed to ‘take a glimpse into the Maori world’. It finishes with a kapa haka performance by Warkworth Primary on Friday July 17 at 11am. Children’s librarian Emily Flaws says the activities help expand experience and knowledge. She says libraries are not just about books, and encourage all forms of literacy, including oral literacy. Matakana mother Sally Jack came along with her children, George, 7, and Ed, 6. Sally says it was a great opportunity for the family, who come from London, to learn more about the Maori culture and Matariki. Info:

Funding boost for multisport complex

Work on the first stages of a Warkworth multisport complex could start next year after a funding boost from Rodney Local Board. This month the Board earmarked over $1.4 million for the project over the next two years. The funding includes $705,000 for construction, $200,000 for earthworks for a building platform and $380,000 for a wastewater system. The project is being driven by the

Mahurangi Community Sport and Recreation Collective, which represents sports clubs including rugby, hockey, soccer, netball and gymnastics. Collective chair Mark Illingworth says the details of the multisport complex are currently being finalised and a 10-year plan will be released in about two months. The plan will include the timing and costs of each phase of the project.

The total complex is estimated to cost about $10 million and will be built over 10 years. “It will be one of the biggest projects the community has undertaken,” Mr Illingworth says. The complex will eventually include new clubrooms, new changing rooms, storage and an indoor multi-sport hall that could cater for netball and basketball. It would be built beside the

existing Mahurangi Rugby Clubrooms in the Warkworth Showgrounds, which would be demolished when the complex is completed. However, after a feasibility study found the complex would be unviable with the clubs’ current membership, the collective is now looking at a staged development. It has decided to renovate the existing Rugby Clubrooms, and continued page 2

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Parks funding announced Everything from seawalls to cycleways have been included in Rodney Local Boards parks capital works programme for the next year. The programme includes nearly $4 million of spending on Warkworth Showgrounds and multisport complex, including $1.23 million of work

on the car park for the Warkworth Showgrounds. The following projects in Mahurangi received funding. The total budgets for Rodney are listed in bold, with Mahurangi projects listed below.

Showgrounds work - $2.514 million Lighting for rugby fields and netball courts - $380,000 Landscaping and planting - $142,500 over two years Upgrading carpark - $380,000 Carpark and access road lighting $285,000 Sealing and marking of carparks - $570,000 Showgrounds 2014/15 overspend $757,000 Multisport complex - $1.485 million Wastewater system construction - $380,000 Multisport complex Design -$60,000 Multisport complex construction $705,300 over two years Building platform earthworks - $200,000 Multisport complex business case - $50,000 Rugby Clubrooms work - $90,000 Sport field development - $454,300 Wellsford Centennial Park lights $246,800 Puhoi Pioneer Memorial Park – hard court for netball and tennis - $207,400 Bike trails and walkways - $328,800 Te Whau walkway $391,500 over two years Ahuroa Reserve path - $15,200 Jamiesons Bay - $65,000 over two years Car parks - $126,100 Sunburst Reserve - $93,000 Shoesmith Domain - $4600

Martins Bay Beach Reserve - $2500 Kowhai Park - $90,000 over two years Seawalls - $500,000 Omaha groynes - $1.7 million over three years; Campbells Beach, removal of a deteriorating seawall - $50,000; Matheson Bay Reserve gabion walls - $40,000 over two years Toilet renewals - $260,000 Whangateau Reserve wastewater system - $250,000; Kowhai Park toilet renewal $450,000 over two years Paving and hard surface - $60,000 Kowhai Park walkway and signage $60,000 Play space renewals - $130,000 Excelsior Way Reserve, Omaha - $50,000 Sportsfield renewals - $617,500 Shoesmith Reserve sand field - $427,500 Locally Driven Initiatives – $451,000 Greenways plans - $120,000 over three years Plan to address coastal erosion - $50,000 Build skateparks in Warkworth and Snells Beach - $180,000 over three years Build playgrounds in Warkworth and Kumeu - $200,000 over two years Make playgrounds more challenging $400,000 Volunteer coordinator salary - $53,000 Parks minor improvement fund - $88,000 over three years

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Multisport from page 1 share the facilities between the five clubs in the short term. It will then build a gymsports facility that can be expanded to incorporate other sports and clubrooms in the future. The gymnasium is estimated to cost about $1.25 million. Mark says the timing and phases of the project are still being developed. “We don’t want to build something that we can’t afford. We’ve got to get membership and spectators to about 4000 people. At the moment we are closer to 2000. “Our first priority is to renovate the Rugby Clubrooms and build a new toilet block. We’ve got about a thousand people coming to the Showgrounds in the weekend. We need the facilities to encourage more people to come.” Renovating the clubrooms is expected to cost $176,000, which includes reroofing the building, installing two new toilets, repairs to the basement and building a new portacom changing room. The Local Board has allocated $90,000 for the work with the shortfall to be funded by the Sport Collective. The funding is conditional on an agreement between Auckland Council, Mahurangi Rugby Club and the Sport Collective. The need for a wastewater system on the site was a major roadblock for the project. The wastewater system has to be completed before the complex can be built. Full breakdown of funding in table left of page

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Police propose a freeze on liquor outlets for Warkworth A ban on new liquor outlets in Warkworth could be in place by next year if concerns raised by Police are heeded. Auckland City Police have submitted an appeal against Auckland Council’s provisional alcohol policy, which was adopted in May. It requests Council include Warkworth in a priority overlay of high risk areas, which would result in a two year freeze on new off-licences and more stringent conditions for on-licence holders. Wellsford and Te Hana have already been identified as high risk areas under the provisional policy. In order for an area to be regarded as ‘high risk’ there needs to be evidence that the area has a high level of alcohol related crime, high numbers of people

experiencing disproportionate harm from alcohol and/or high numbers of existing alcohol licences. However Police will not supply Mahurangi Matters with the evidence. Auckland City Police submitted the appeal on behalf of the Waitemata and Counties Manukau Police districts. Warkworth officer in charge Bede Haughey says he is unaware that Warkworth is included in the Police appeal, but says he is unable to comment further due to Police’s communications policy. Waitemata area commander Mark Fergus says the appeal is based on offence data and input from the community, however he says Police will not disclose the data publicly while the appeal process continues.

“Police made submissions to the Council that we believe certain areas would benefit from restricting the availability of alcohol. Orewa and Warkworth were two such areas. Council chose not to put these areas on the priority overlay [high risk areas] list and therefore Police have appealed that aspect of the proposed local alcohol policy,” Mr Fergus says. If Warkworth was included as a high risk area there would also be increased scrutiny on applications for off-licences after the two year freeze lapsed. The policy states there would be “a presumption against granting new off-licences” after the freeze expires. On-licence applications and licence renewals would also have to include a

NAG files North Rodney Council application The final details of North Rodney’s case to secede from Auckland Council have been filed with the Local Government Commission. The file includes detailed maps and property identification, along with the proposed southern border which will follow the former Rodney District Council’s northern ward boundary. A seaward boundary has been drawn about midway between South Head and North Rodney’s west coast in the Kaipara Harbour and off the eastern coast in the Hauraki Gulf. Northern Action Group (NAG) chair Bill Townson says a summary of community support outside of North Rodney, gathered over the last two months, was also filed. “These total nearly 19,000 and we believe satisfy the requirement of demonstrable community support within the (Auckland) district,” Bill says. “We have been advised that the information will be placed on the next scheduled meeting of the commission and we hope that they will then be able to begin the whole reorganisation process once more.

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The Northern Action Group (NAG) has finalised the boundary for a proposed unitary North Rodney Council.

“But the appointment of two new commissioners this month – Sir Wira Gardiner as chair and Leigh Auton – has probably delayed this timetable by a month.” Bill says the next step is for the commission to seek any ‘alternative

proposals’ and then prepare a draft proposal, unless they conclude that the status quo is the best option. “That is something which I believe this community would strongly reject.” More than 30 people attended NAG’s annual meeting last month.

report outlining the existing licensed premises, sensitive sites, land uses and level of alcohol-related harm in the area. There are 23 suburbs in Auckland that have been listed as high risk areas. Police have also requested Point Chevalier, Onehunga, Orewa and Takapuna be included in the priority overlay. The appeal period closed last month. The alcohol policy will not be implemented until the appeal process has ended. The Ministry of Justice’s Alcohol Regulatory and Licensing Authority is presiding over the appeal process. Ministry senior media advisor Matt Torbit says no hearing date has been set for the appeal, but it is likely to be in the first part of next year.

Set net ban investigated

Plans for a seasonal set net and crab pot ban in Omaha are being investigated by Auckland Council. Council’s Regulatory and Bylaws Committee made the decision to investigate a ban on July 8 after a recommendation from Rodney Local Board. The report to the Committee said Ministry for Primary Industries fisheries officers found three instances of set-netters breaking the law at Omaha over the summer, including the use of unmarked nets, nets tied to navigational poles on the shore and the use of staked nets. The report said if controls are not investigated at Omaha, conflict will continue to occur between recreational beach users and frustrated residents due to abandoned set nets and animal carcasses on the beach. The cost of implementing a ban is estimated at $2000-3000 for signage, brochures and public notices. The process for investigating controls at Omaha would include consultation with affected stakeholders, consideration of legal implications, investigation of resource implications and impacts on other beaches as a result of displacement.

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CORREC TION A former Albertland Co-operative Dairy Factory employee has pointed out that the factory in Te Hana closed after shareholders unanimously decided to amalgamate with the mid-Northern Dairy Company, not because of the share market crash (MM July 1). After amalgamation, milk from this area was sent to Maungaturoto while the cream went to Kauri.

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Syrians in Warkworth I would like to add to Judy Water’s excellent story (MM July 1) about the Syrians, George and Peter Azzey who lived and worked in Warkworth. In 1921 Henry Hansen wrote a letter containing a warning to parents against alleged ‘disgusting practices on children by two Warkworth shopkeepers’. The two shopkeepers (a tailor and a boot maker ) were George and Peter Azzey. The brothers, in response, laid a libel claim against Henry Hansen claiming £1000. In

court, Hansen was found guilty of libel and ordered to pay each of the brothers two hundred and twenty five pounds. Bryan Jackson, Snells Beach.

Fast food litter On my way to the gym yesterday, I saw some rubbish in the car park. Getting closer I saw that it was a discarded bag from a fast food chain, one I might add that’s coming to Warkworth. I

can’t stand seeing this. I felt the need to let people know that if you frequent these establishments and feel the need to consume artery closing fats and oils, please just take your rubbish home or put it in a bin. It really doesn’t take much. I’m originally from South London where this is seen on pretty much every street corner. Don’t let it happen here – keep New Zealand beautiful. Mick Kelly, Snells Beach see story page 45

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Motor vehicle owners overcharged for their vehicle-licensing fee will get refunds. About 9000 people have paid too much to register cars under a new system, which rates the risk of different vehicle models. The technical issues mainly relate to imported second-hand cars. ACC is working with the NZ Transport Agency to resolve the errors. Contact 0800 222 776 or see the list of affected models online www.

competitionwinners Congratulations Fred Bradley for winning the Ghosts of Anzac book giveaway.

Environmental theme a winner for young orator

Year 13 Rodney College student Nadine Tupp (centre) with Lydia Henderson and Ben Donaldson from Mahurangi College.

environment and sustainability at Rodney College and her speech was about climate change.

“I believe the threat is very real. I spoke about sea level rise, ocean acidification and food security, and how we can

already see these effects today. We have to do something about it. It’s a big problem, but it needs to be solved by little things we can all change in our behaviour.” The judges said they were impressed by her passion for the topic. Nadine will compete against 13 other finalists at the national finals in Tauranga on August 15. The winner gets a four-week trip to the United States. Mahurangi College students Ben Donaldson (sponsored by Warkworth Lions) and Lydia Henderson (sponsored by Kowhai Coast Lions) were also finalists in the regional competition.

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The 2015 Mahurangi Matters Short Story competition is now accepting entries. Readers are invited to let their imaginations take flight and write a story that has some link to the people or places of the greater Mahurangi district, from Puhoi north to Mangawhai and Maungaturoto. Stories should be no more than 1400 words and the best entries will be published in our January paper. The competition has two categories – open fiction and teen fiction (written by a teenager). Judges Lorraine Orman and Lisa Outwin are avid readers and they are looking forward to reading a diverse range of stories. Lisa is currently a librarian at Warkworth Library and has been part of the team there for 15 years, first as the children’s librarian and then as reference librarian. Her role includes reader’s advisory, facilitating book groups and helping customers with many aspects of digital technology. She believes very strongly in the positive difference that libraries can make by enabling individuals to fulfil their potential and in helping to build strong communities. Her background before libraries was in publishing working for Penguin Books and Scholastic. She has been an avid reader all her life and reads many different genres particularly enjoying thrillers, crime, drama and historical fiction. When Lorraine retired from her job as

a librarian, she decided to write books rather than look after them. Having worked in a secondary school library, she concentrated on children’s novels. Eventually her first book for teenagers, Cross Tides, was published in 2004. This was followed by nine more books for teens and children, as well as short stories in numerous anthologies. Her historical novel for teens called Here Come the Marines: Warkworth, 1943, was published by Scholastic NZ. Lorraine’s advice to competition entrants is to make sure their spelling and grammar are excellent. “And remember that judges, like all keen readers, love being made to laugh!” The winner of the open fiction category will receive $400 and the winner of the teen fiction section will receive $250. The runners up in both categories will receive book vouchers from The Village Bookshop in Matakana. A selection of the best stories will be published in the January 2016 issue of Mahurangi Matters. Aspiring authors have until October 30 to submit their stories. Entries must be an original unpublished short story and must be submitted with an official entry form. Full entry details including entry forms and terms & conditions are available on our website at www. or can be collected from the office at 17 Neville Street. Good luck!

Library renovations funded The Rodney Local Board is spending $310,100 over the next year on upgrading library property in Rodney. In Mahurangi this includes $21,300 on furniture, fittings and equipment at Mahurangi East Library and $28,600 on furniture, fittings and equipment and $30,000 for an “interior refresh” at Warkworth Library.




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Judge KB de Ridder could take weeks to reach a decision in the case against Mangawhai Residents and Ratepayers chair Bruce Rogan.

Mangawhai residents await decision on rates arrears Mangawhai residents who have withheld paying their rates are in limbo as it may be weeks before a decision is reached on whether the rates were illegal or not. Kaipara District Council (KDC) is suing Mangawhai Residents and Ratepayers chair Bruce Rogan and his wife Heather for about $24,000 in rates arrears and fees. Mr Rogan claims the rates were invalid due to a number of errors in the rates invoices, however the Council argues the errors are minor and the rates are still valid. The case is likely to determine the outcome of proceedings against 22 other ratepayers who are being sued by the Council. Their cases have been stayed pending the outcome of the Rogan case. The hearing took place over two days from June 30 in the Whangarei District Court. Judge KB de Ridder has not given any indication of how long it will take him to deliver a decision. Court service manager Kevin McCartain says the judge is currently on leave

for a week and it may be some time before he reaches a decision due to the complexity of the case and other workloads he has to deal with. Mr Rogan says he has offered to negotiate a settlement with KDC. He has previously offered to pay $13,000 in rates arrears, but none of the penalty costs. “I’m happy to consider any offers the Council put forward,” Mr Rogan says. The Mangawhai Residents and Ratepayers are appearing in the Court of Appeal next month, appealing last year’s High Court decision which validated the ability of the Council to collect rates, despite finding the Council acted illegally in taking on millions in debt for a Mangawhai sewerage scheme. Mr Rogan says the judge may await a decision from the Court of Appeal before making a decision on the Whangarei District Court case. Hundreds of Mangawhai residents withheld their rates from 2011 in protest of KDC starting a $63 million dollar sewerage scheme without consulting or informing residents.

The proposed walkways and cycleways are marked in red and white.

Greenways Plan completed A plan showing potential walkways and cycleways in Wellsford has been completed. The Wellsford Greenways Plan identifies five priority routes to improve pedestrian access throughout the town and a safe route for people accessing Centennial Park. Rodney Local Board spent $15,000 on the plan however there is no funding to deliver the plan until 2016/17, with $28,500 and 2017/18 with $114,000. However, the Board has allocated a further $120,000 to develop greenways plans for Warkworth, Kumeu/Huapai and Helensville over the next three years. The five priority routes, in no particular order, are: • connecting the Matheson Road overbridge to Harrison Street along Olympus and Station

roads with a shared path running adjacent to the railway line creating a shared path along Centennial Park Road to Centennial Park as well as creating a complete circuit around Centennial Park connecting Wellsford Village to the Stockyards by means of a pedestrian bridge over the railway line and a path crossing through Crown Police land making it safer for people using the pedestrian bridge to cross over SH1 by building a shared path adjacent to the eastern side of SH1 creating a shared footpath along the northern side of Kaipara Highway to make it safer for residents.


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In my capacity as chair of the Parks, Culture and Community Development Committee, I have developed quite the enthusiasm for walkways and cycleways. Not the high-cost, gold-plated, super-engineered variety a la Auckland Harbour Bridge Skypath, but the simple gravel tracks laid through our reserves. These are nearly always community driven, provide health benefits to the users, offer transport alternatives between destinations, encourage higher utilisation of parks and playgrounds, open up opportunities for plant and animal pest management (usually by volunteer groups), give economic benefit by creating linkages between residential areas, natural attractions and town centre cafes and businesses, and promote tourism. Inexpensive to lay, they give great bang-for-buck. But Council can make these a costly and complicated exercise with health and safety, and engineering requirements. The recently-awarded walkway grants recognise the value of these amenities and the capacity of community groups to deliver them in a timely and cost-effective way. The new Transport Levy was only ever in the small print of the draft Long Term Plan, and so the speed at which it was announced following the close of the submission process, smacked of a predetermined outcome. My preference would have been for a more user-pays collection of fees such as congestion charging and tolls. A levy does nothing to change driver behaviour. I feel for our elderly and those on fixed incomes many of whom do not drive further than the supermarket or church on Sunday. The extra $113.85 per year will be difficult for some of them to find. It is imperative that Rodney ratepayers get their fair share of this levy. Despite small increases to capital and local discretionary funding, a further outcome of the LTP is a reduced operational budget for the Local Board. Costcutting by way of pared-back service levels to parks mowing, removal of rubbish bins etc. seems like penny-pinching when there is largesse occurring elsewhere e.g. public artworks, eye-watering salaries, and overseas placements doing what should be the work of central government. If Council wants to find savings it should look to its internal staffing and processes, reduce bureaucracy, and encourage local input. Risk is over-rated. The Rodney Local Board has always had in its plan the desired outcome of “communities are empowered and plan for their own futures”. It seems Auckland Council is now catching up with the idea through their ‘Empowering Communities Approach’. Meanwhile, in Rodney, we continue to do what we have always done as small communities. Our recent workshop in Leigh will assist that community to focus, identify, create, and prioritise local projects that they can get on with themselves. Much has been made in this paper of the cost of the workshop. Let’s consider more its value, because in the long run having community groups working on projects that are important to them, using local contractors, volunteer labour and sponsored materials, will save money and time.

Hall management rules under review Rodney Local Board is reviewing the governance and management structure of rural halls in the region. The Board will begin consultation with the community next month looking at possible future management and governance options for rural halls and the roles and responsibilities of reserve advisory groups. The Board has indicated that they support a ‘communityled’ model if there is community support for this approach. There are 11 Auckland Council-run halls and 13 advisory group-run halls in Rodney. The time and location of the consultation events are yet to be announced. Stay tuned to the Mahurangi Matters Facebook page.

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Study finds bat population under threat A survey of long-tailed bat populations east of the Dome Valley found evidence of just one bat. The $5000 survey was to determine the distribution and location of bats in Rodney, funded by the Rodney Local Board. Auckland Council staff set up monitors at 10 sites in forest near Mount Tamahunga, Leigh and Pakiri and at Riverhead Forest. The monitors operated for between 14 and 25 nights in February, March and April and recorded the echolocation calls of bats. The only bat echolocation call was recorded near Mt Tamahunga, close to Rodney Road. A Council report on the study said the lack of bats was surprising as previous surveys have found bats present in the Dome Forest, close to where the current survey was conducted. This suggests the bats in the forest have a small range, which likely means the forest has a small and fragile population of bats that doesn’t need to travel far to find enough food, the report said. “If this assumption is correct, precautionary management of this population could be important to protect this small, and therefore potentially unstable population from collapsing.” Much of the land of the Dome Forest is privately owned. The report suggests holding community open days and supplying landowners with pest control devices to help protect the bats.

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The study in Riverhead found a number of calls of bats commuting through Riverhead Forest. The study was part of the Board’s $90,000 Community Led Environmental Projects budget. Groups that were funded in the past year have reported back to the Board on their activities. The projects completed in Mahurangi are as follows: Takatu Landcare Group - $10,000 The group completed work to control climbing asparagus and other weeds with assistance of professional contractors. The project started with Local Board funding in 2013/14. The total cost of this project was $31,595, with $10,000 funding from Council’s strategic weed initiative fund and $11,595 from the biosecurity community pest control fund. Warkworth War on Weeds - $20,000 The group held 11 weed working bees on a combination of QE2 covenant properties and local parks with 63m3 of weeds removed and disposed of. It also held two weed amnesty days at

the Warkworth Showgrounds where 30m3 of weeds were removed and 800 native plant seedlings given away. There was an under-spend of $770 for this project. Sediment and Erosion Control Programme - $10,000 Flyers promoting best practice sediment and erosion control were sent out with all building and resource consents. Signs have also been installed at new subdivision sites. Information has been sent to large building companies working in the Warkworth area and successful meetings held with two franchise building companies. Both are interested in promoting the programme and incorporating best practice sediment and erosion control into their business. The project hasn’t finished. A report on progress will be provided to the Board in September. It will likely be $800 under budget. Forest Bridge Trust - $7205 The Trust’s mission is to support farmers and other land owners to restore forests and wildlife to their land and to protect their rivers, streams and wetlands within a productive, profitable and sustainable farming landscape. Board funding was used to buy 200 traps, which will be used by local primary school students to undertake pest animal tracking and trapping on local farms. Students will set up and check traps and surveillance devices; log data using hand-held electronic readers; and interactive analysis and exploration on home and school computers.

New arts funding Rodney Local Board has announced $5.4 million in spending for its Community Development, Arts and Culture works programme over the next year. The programme includes $51,400 on ceremonies, including civic functions, Anzac services and “meaningful, dignified and memorable ceremonies to mark the granting of NZ citizenship”. The majority of the projects in the works programme had no budget identified for funding. The projects that did have budgets are as follows: Ongoing support for Rodney arts facilities - $60,000 Ceremonies to mark granting of NZ citizenship - $15,400 Local civic functions - $18,000 Anzac ceremonies - $18,000 Assist communities with a visioning toolkit - $40,000 Process for engaging youth through Rodney Youth Advisory panel - $6000 Community grants - $249,000 Implement structure for Rodney halls and reserves - $25,000 Reopen the old Wellsford Library $20,000 Online booking system for halls $13,000 Renewals (upgrades and renovations) - $447,000 Warkworth Town Hall - $4.3 million

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There are lots of ways to shake off the winter blues but one of the best is to get out and about and do things with other people. During the winter months, Tossi stalwarts work on regardless of the rain and cold, and there are lots of opportunities for volunteers to get involved. Winter is, in fact, our busiest time of the year. The main focus is getting all our lovely plants in the ground. This is back-breaking work. The hardest bit is getting the plants from the nursery out onto the hillsides, ready for the public planting days. Anyone who has got the winter blues and some good gumboots would be most welcome to come and help lug a few crates around before the last public planting day on August 2. If you can help, please email Winter is also time for the annual kiwi count – this year completed last month. The team spend a few hours in the darkness over a number of nights listening for kiwi calls that are recorded and compared against previous years records. Our information is fed into the national kiwi monitoring process. Year-round, our nursery team, unflagging in their devotion, continue to arrive every Tuesday and are tending seedlings and doing some in-fill planting while time allows. Regular checking of both the predator fence and bait lines on schedule is a bit more of a challenge when it is wet underfoot, but both are essential, year-round tasks to maintain the predator-free environment of the park. Takahe monitoring continues on a regular basis. The mid-week volunteers, hardy souls for whom the monthly workday is not sufficient, continue to meet during winter. They are called on to undertake various tasks such as building or maintaining tracks. Someone asked recently what the benefits of joining Tossi are. Being part of a community of people who do worthwhile things together is surely the most valuable and enduring personal benefit. “Doing what you love with people you love” as the late Sir Paul Callaghan said. If you are reading this lying on the sofa in front of the fire, get up, dress up, show up – join us at Tawharanui Regional Park. You will be warmly welcomed, and you will be making an important contribution to an amazing place. When you get home, you can move to the next thing on the anti-winter blues list – practising extreme self-care with a long hot bath. Dateclaimer First Sunday of every month except January, from 9am. Meet at the woolshed. Every Tuesday at the on-site nursery from about 9am.

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Gull petrol station planned for Wellsford A new 24-hour self-service petrol station could open in Wellsford early next year. Last month Gull lodged a resource consent application for an unmanned petrol station with three pump islands on vacant land on Rodney Street between the Four Square and Subway, which is currently used for parking. Gull general manager Dave Bodger says they expect the resource consent won’t be publicly notified, as the station is a complying activity on land zoned for retail service. Mr Bodger says if the consent is granted construction would start immediately and would be finished by early next year. Gull retail development and sustainability manager Karl Mischewski says Gull purchased the site in December last year to fill a gap in its coverage on State Highway One between Auckland and Whangarei. There was heated debate on the Wellsford Town Facebook page after a rumour surfaced that a truck stop would be built on the site. People were concerned how traffic accessing the station would impact on pedestrian safety, as the site is on the main road on a popular route for pupils walking to Wellsford School and Rodney College. People were also concerned about the loss of parking

in the town centre. Wellsford Promotions chair Stephanie Railey says the loss of parking is a big concern. “The carpark has been very well used. The owners of the land have been very generous allowing people to park on it, now Auckland Council need to step up and find an alternative. It’s only going to get worse in the future.” However it appears Council may be about to make the situation worse. Council land at 3 Harrison Road in Wellsford, which is currently used for parking, has been approved for sale. Mr Bodger says 95 per cent of the traffic using the station will be private vehicles, not trucks, and the petrol station won’t have a major impact on pedestrian safety. “We’ve got to talk with NZTA as a part of the resource consent to make sure the station is safe. The main risk for pedestrians in Wellsford is from the traffic heading down the main street. One more commercial operator won’t make a difference.” The Four Square has leased 12 car parks which will continue to operate after the petrol station has been built. Gull has 19 self service stations across the country. There are two other petrol stations on Rodney Street, Mobil and Caltex.

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Water upgrades Warkworth’s water supply is being upgraded to improve reliability and water quality as the area grows. The existing treatment plant on Brown Road currently draws and treats water from the Mahurangi River to supply Warkworth. At times the river source floods and discolours, which requires increased treatment. In a dry summer the river flows can drop to very low levels and voluntary water restrictions are occasionally required. The new water supply is to be sourced from groundwater bores on Sanderson Road, which already has resource consent. Watercare Services project manager Rory Buchanan says flow testing to date has shown a good water supply, however more work is required to improve the quality. The current supply meets drinking water standards although some treatment is needed to ensure it achieves the A grade classification. A trial treatment plant is currently being installed in a container at the Sanderson Road site. Water quality tests will be underway and closely monitored for at least six months to prove the viability of the treatment method. All going well, a full-scale treatment plant will be designed and constructed before being brought into service in 2018. The new plant will remove reliance on the Mahurangi River. Until the new plant is built, Watercare also has a resource consent to supplement the local stream supply with water from the bores during summer low flows. The upgrades include • New network connections into the existing View Road Reservoir. • Proposal for network upgrades to reinforce the supply to Thompson Road Reservoir. • A new treatment plant at Sanderson Road. The existing treatment plant at Brown Road will be modified and is proposed to be used as a pump station. The redeveloped site will be landscaped.

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methodology and the importance of the results. “Susan’s curriculum reports were always the most enthusiastically delivered reports of the entire board meeting. Her amazing knowledge of geography, history and just about everything else also helped the board team on many a quiz night at the Sawmill.” Other tributes described her as “a solid rock on the staff ”. There were also musical tributes with current pupils performing a song and former pupils playing the recorder. Susan said she particularly enjoyed discovering talents and watching them bloom through college and university. “It’s been a pleasure and an honour to find the talents in the children I have taught and set them on their path. That’s the thing I will remember.” She reflected on how listening to the recorder players made her recall “the endeavours of simultaneously teaching 20 children to play”. “It was probably the most challenging thing I did. I have not done it the last two years, it just got a little bit beyond me.” Susan said she would miss the school, but not organising Saturday morning sports. While she would continue to be involved in the school and community, she looked forward to staying home on rainy days.

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Honouring of Age at Puhoi luncheon The descendants of Puhoi’s Bohemian settlers gathered at the Puhoi Hotel last month to celebrate the village’s 152nd anniversary. The Honouring of Age and Musicians luncheon is exclusively for descendants over 80 years old, attracting 44 people this year. Organiser and pub owner Gillian Seymour says the age restriction is mainly to limit numbers, due to the size of the dining room in the hotel. The centrepiece of the event is the traditional whisky cake and Kochen, a traditional Czech cheesecake which tops off the dinner every year. The meal finished off a solid weekend of celebrations in Puhoi, with a dance at the town hall and other commemorative events. Puhoi Historical Society president Sheryll Titford

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says there are now more than 21,000 registered Bohemian descendants. Meanwhile Sheryll says the society is “back to square one” in its hunt for a permanent site for the Puhoi Bohemian Museum as Auckland Council is unlikely to accept an application to use land on Ahuroa Road, opposite Puhoi Motors on the Puhoi River. The museum is currently housed in a building owned by the Catholic Church but its collection has outgrown the space and the lease for the museum has expired. “Sooner or later we will get something. The passion is still there.” Sheryll says they are looking at other sites in the area but they are also limited by a restriction in the Puhoi Structure Plan, which prevents two-storied buildings in the village.

Defibrillator access extended in Snells A secure defibrillator cabinet has been fitted to the wall outside the Mahurangi East Library in Hamatana Road, Snells Beach. The cabinet comes with a three-digit combination lock. When required, members of the public can phone 111 and ask for an ambulance. The ambulance will be dispatched and they will be given the code to open the cabinet and extract the AED defibrillator to treat the patient with cardiac arrest, prior to the arrival of the ambulance. The cabinet means the defibrillator will be available 24/7. A second cabinet will soon be fitted on the wall outside Lee & Hart Pharmacy in Warkworth. The Rodney Health Charitable Trust has provided the cabinets through the auspices of St John in Warkworth. The defibrillator in the case is owned by Auckland Council. Pictured are St John chairman and Rodney Health Trust trustee, Alan Boniface, and community library manager Anne Dickson.

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Demand for mediation rises More people than ever before are reaching out for help to resolve family disputes after the introduction of a new family justice system. New legislation which came into effect in April last year, encourages family disputes to be settled out of court through a new Family Dispute Resolution service. This means, rather than a judge hearing a dispute, parents are required to go through family mediation as the first stage of the new family justice system. The service is used to help parents who have separated, or are in the process of separating, to reach agreement on disputes relating to the day-to-day care of their child or children. This could include disagreements about a child’s education, day-today care arrangements, health needs or where they stay during school holidays. For more serious cases, for example where there is immediate safety risk to a child, cases are still referred directly to the Family Court. Wellsford Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) has had a 37 per cent increase in the number of family related inquiries over the past year. The bureau had 82 cases in the first six months of this year, up from 60 cases for the same period last year. Wellsford CAB manager Janny Chandra-Baker says the numbers have been boosted by an increase in referrals from the Ministry of Justice as the new legislation has taken effect. There are two national organisations that provide the service, Crown entity Fairway and charitable social service

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Collectors blaze trail to unite Mahurangi vintage vendors What started off as an eclectic group of independent store owners has turned into an official trail attracting treasure hunters from across the country. The Matakana Collectables Trail includes six stores from Warkworth to Matakana offering vintage and modern collectables including retro, upcycled and recycled, antiques, art and furniture. Rummage owner Yvonne Clifton says when she moved to the area in 2012 and set up her store she reached out to the other collectable businesses and they decided to work together to promote themselves. It also created a collective of like-minded people who have regular potluck dinners. “We all love what we do and thought we might as well work together. We have a lot more fun this way, we can bounce ideas off one another and share stories.” Despite some crossover in what they offer, Yvonne says each store has its own style, which keeps the trail interesting. “It works great for us because it works for the customers. They are happy to travel to where there are many shops rather than one.” Yvonne says the idea of a trail took off quicker than they expected. Before

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Out with the new, in with the old As shopping and buying online grows with every new digital native coming of age, vintage and collectable stores continue to stand the test of time. Good old-fashioned physical stores, labeled ‘bricks and mortar’ in the digital marketing world, still make up at least 90 per cent of retail sales in New Zealand. Internationally, even online-based businesses are opening boutique physical stores as customers crave connection. It’s no surprise to Margaret Hetherington, who has been selling her quality antiques and coveted collectables at The Red Barn in Warkworth for the past 30 years. While she did notice a down-turn when online stores became more popular 10 years ago, it has never fazed her. Initially it did make a mark on some retailers with heavy overheads who had to close, but for Margaret The Red Barn was part of her property so she was able to absorb it. She has remained consistently busy, with upsurges as trends for vintage come and go with younger people. While she understands the convenience of buying online, Margaret says it’s just not the same as hunting for vintage treasure in real life. “You can’t touch it, you can’t feel it and have a really good look at it. That’s no good.” Margaret’s store is well known for its homely feel, albeit one full of vintage collectables, which you can leisurely potter around in while she works out the back restoring antiques. Rummage owner Yvonne Clifton agrees that a relaxed environment is key and people enjoy taking their time to walk around, rummage and talk about the history of vintage objects.

“People love to share their stories with you. There are not many environments where someone you’ve never met before will quite happily pick up a piece and tell you a story about how they used to have this, what it does, where it came from and how it was made.” Yvonne says when she started her vintage and retro store in Matakana three years ago she didn’t even consider she was competing with digital sales. Instead she embraces it and sells some of her more unique items online. She says it gives her national reach and acts as another sales and marketing channel. But she has more sales in her physical store and says it’s much more fun for her and the clients.

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Core Builders employees work on a mast for an America’s Cup yacht, adding a thin resin coating by hand to create a strengthened core for the carbon fibre mold. The company is producing the mast and wing-sail for three America’s Cup teams. The room pictured is actually a giant oven, where the mast will be baked at about 85 degrees to cure it.

rules changed the size of the yachts from 62-foot to 50-foot and the company had to start again from scratch. “We had already completed the

tooling for parts of the wing-sail,” Ms Lake says. “We’ve worked really hard and now we are almost back to where we were in March.

“All of the teams agreed on the 50-foot size to reduce the cost to encourage more competitors.” Almost the entire Oracle Team USA boat will be produced in Warkworth. The regulations require a small portion of the hull to be built in the team’s country of origin. Core Builders can also produce parts and molding for the AC50s for other Cup competitors as new regulations have standardised many components of the boats. This includes the wingsail, hulls and cross-structures between the two hulls. So far they have gained contracts to produce the wing-sails for the Swedish team (Artemis), and Team Japan and are in discussion with other teams. The main areas teams will be competing on will be the design of the foils, which allow the yachts to rise out of the ocean and hydroplane, and the control systems for the foils and wingsails. The rudders and steering systems are also not standardised. CBC plans to start shipping the AC50 wing-sails before the end of this year and expects to ship the components to Bermuda in October 2016 for launch in January 2017.

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The Western Collector, which create a bypass of State Highway One through the west of Warkworth, will not be completed for at least another decade.

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Way One, near the intersection of McKinney Road. The route creates an alternative for traffic heading to the industrial estate, avoiding the traffic lights at the Woodcocks Road intersection and diverting heavy traffic away from Mahurangi College.

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Construction of the long awaited Mansel Drive bridge is scheduled to start next year. The $3.2 million project will link Hudson Road and Hill Street to Woodcocks Road, providing an alternative route through the west of Warkworth. Currently traffic travelling between Hudson Road and Woodcocks Road has to detour through a fjord on Falls Road, which cannot be used by heavy traffic. Construction is scheduled to start in August next year, to be completed in June 2017. Auckland Transport (AT) is currently reviewing the final design and tender documentation. Under the 2006 memorandum of understanding between the former Rodney District Council and NZ Transit (now NZTA) the bridge was to be completed by 2012. However the project has been repeatedly delayed following the creation of the Super City. AT media spokesperson Mark Hannan says the project was developed to the detail design phase a couple of years ago but AT could not build the bridge due to lack of funding. Local Board member Steven Garner says the completion of the bridge will have a huge impact on the development of Warkworth. “I believe the delays to this project is one of the drivers for the scatter gun development of the town. With the Mansel Drive bridge in place a more orderly and structured development of industry and commerce along


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BID manager steps down In an attempt to ease tensions surrounding the establishment of a business improvement district (BID) in Warkworth, the BID’s project manager has stepped down. Murray Hill was meant to manage the campaign to establish the BID for the next year, however Warkworth Area Business Association has now decided it will manage the project. Business Association member Nicola Jones says the fact that Mr Hill was from Auckland made many people believe the project was being driven by Auckland Council. This was fuelling negative misperceptions about the BID, she says. “It just wasn’t working having someone who wasn’t a local. It was quite a barrier, especially for people in the industrial area. A lot of people have an anti-council feeling and people associated Murray as being a part of that [Council].” Business Association co-chair Dean Sampson says the work Mr Hill completed to date is still valuable for the BID campaign. Mr Hill completed a comprehensive database of business owners and landlords and a draft strategic plan outlining some of the benefits stakeholders would like to see from a BID. The committee will now look to appoint a local representative who will develop an information pack for business and land owners before they vote on whether to form a BID in Warkworth. “It is important that we have local knowledge to inform this strategy as

our needs and those of our members are unique, as is the blend between industrial and retail zones.” The move comes after a fiery public meeting in April, where many business owners said there had been a lack of consultation and were concerned about the costs of a BID. Ms Jones says the association will spend the next six to eight weeks consulting with businesses before developing budgets and boundaries for the BID. It will then hold another public meeting next month. “If the feedback we get is negative everywhere, then it won’t be worth spending the time creating detailed budgets, but the more we get out and talk to people the better it feels. “There’s a lot of misperception. Once we explain what it’s about people start to come around to the idea.” A major source of contention is how the BID would be funded. There are three ways a BID can be funded – a targeted rate on a percentage of a property’s capital value, a flat fee for all properties, or a mixture of the two systems. Businesses in the industrial area fear a rate based on property values will cost them tens of thousands of dollars, due to the size of some of the large factories. However Nicola says the association has ruled out implementing a flat rate, as it wouldn’t raise enough money to make the BID viable. The boundaries of the BID are also yet to be decided and could exclude the industrial area.





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The $33.5 million walking and cycleway across the Auckland Harbour Bridge, which was given resource consent this month, will be designed, built and managed in Warkworth. Independent planning commissioners approved the resource consent for the SkyPath on July 3. The application received 11,586 submissions with 11,413 in support, five neutral and 168 in opposition. The project is still not over the finish line yet, with an appeal period until July 24. If it is not appealed, the detailed design work will start straight away and construction will start by the beginning of next year, with completion due by the end of 2016. The SkyPath is being led by Pt Wells project director Bevan Woodward. Leigh resident Garth Falconer of Reset Urban Design is leading the design team and Warkworth firm Core Builders Composites are proposed to manage the construction. Bevan says he is excited about it becoming a reality, but after working on it for 11 years he is used to waiting.

He says he wasn’t the first to think of a walking and cycleway across the bridge, but he didn’t give up when he was told it couldn’t be done. He had spent years himself cycling through Auckland and driving over the Harbour Bridge and is a sustainable transport advocate. “It ticks a lot of boxes. Health, tourism, reducing carbon emissions and making a more liveable city.” Conceived as a community initiative, it will be funded by Morrison and Co Public Infrastructure Partnership Fund and the delivery partner Downer Construction. They will recover costs from an entrance fee on the SkyPath, proposed at $2 to $3 each way with a hop card. Auckland Council has been asked to underwrite the business to 75 per cent of the business case. If revenue falls below 75 per cent, Council will top up the fund. After 20 years the path will be gifted to Council. Mayor Len Brown says the next step will be a Council report on the continued next page


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New garage sale site coming Before the sun comes up on Wednesday morning, three garages-full of ceilinghigh furniture will be unstacked, lugged outside and rearranged for sale in the back yard of Hospice House in Warkworth. By 7am, customers are happily weaving between sofas, dining tables, chairs, dressers, cots, bikes, bunks and countless other items given away by their previous owners and waiting for a second round via the Hospice garage sale. Dealers and regulars know to come early on Wednesdays but the bargains at the Warkworth Wellsford Hospice garage sale never seem to run out, says sale manager John McEwing. “It looks chaotic but that might be part of the charm – shift a pile of blankets or a stack of garden pots and who knows what treasure you might find?” However, there is little charm for volunteers in shifting furniture out of the sheds early in the morning and then moving the unsold pieces back inside at lunchtime. If it rains they also have to quickly cover up the furniture with large tarpaulins. “It is frustrating, too, having to turn good donations away because we’ve run out of room to store them,” says Mr McEwing.

Staff and volunteers are looking forward to the end of 2016 when they expect to move the garage sale operation onto a new site, as part of a new hospice facility to be built in Morrison and Glenmore Drives. In planning the new garage sale site, staff have visited recycling centres and worked with Auckland Council to identify opportunities for diverting waste from landfill. The Council provided some funding for a feasibility study and for an adapted shipping container that is already in use for extra furniture storage. In addition to having furniture stored and displayed mostly indoors, the future Hospice Garage Sale will have space for a range of new activities. Possibilities include an artists’ store, a yard for recycled timber and other building materials for DIY enthusiasts, and creative workshops to add value to donated goods and for community participation. Warkworth Wellsford Hospice general manager Kathryn Ashworth says as well as increasing revenue to support the hospice’s core service, there is also potential for workshops to be held for patients as a form of therapy and support.

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Pool puts reserve in limbo The development of Glenmore Drive Reserve in Warkworth’s industrial area is up in the air after the land was identified as a possible site for a Warkworth swimming pool. Warkworth Area Business Association member Nicola Jones wants to see the 1.8-hectare green-space developed into an area for the community. “I’ve got a long list of things we could be doing there.” Options suggested include a bike park, outdoor gym and picnic space. But Ms Jones says the project has been put on the back burner due to uncertainty of the future of the reserve. “I’m pro the pool and don’t want to stop it going ahead, I just don’t want to spend time working to develop the park if it will eventually be bulldozed for a pool. We just need to know.” Rodney Local Board member Beth Houlbrooke says she hopes a site will be confirmed within the next year. Five potential sites have been identified for the swimming pool. A feasibility study is underway to look at the sites in greater detail.

“When the report is released next month the public will have a better idea of the potential sites. It could be all five sites are still on the table, or it could just be three.” The Board has also allocated funding to completing a business case for the pool within the next year. It will develop a basic design, cost and management structure for the pool and hopefully finalise a site. “A swimming pool will be several years away and the Board is open to proposals for uses for Glenmore Drive Reserve. “If there are other uses identified for the reserve then that would impact on whether it is considered as a potential site for a swimming pool.” Council media spokesperson Joanna Glasswell says the land was gifted to Council when the area was being developed into a commercial area. It had been grazed up until 18 months ago, when Council completed landscaping, removed rubbish from the site and planted grass.




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Enquiries for vacant land in Warkworth’s industrial area plummeted following the global financial crisis, but have picked up in the last six months.

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Coresteel North Harbour director Andrew Boyd says he has also noticed an increase in demand. However he says many companies are finding land in Warkworth expensive to build on, as there are few flat sites and development contributions are high. “We are seeing demand from national chains who want to be established for the residential growth planned for the area, and also local businesses.” He says developers have been content to hold on to land and wait to get the price they want, which has slowed growth in the industrial sector. Stockyard Falls landowner and developer Neil Barr says he has no plans to develop the site any further in the near future. Mr Barr had grand plans for the land, which now includes Mitre 10 Mega. However he put the 5.88 hectares on the market in 2011 after NZTA vetoed a proposed shopping centre at the site, due to concerns it would increase congestion in Warkworth.

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Demand for real estate in Warkworth’s industrial areas is picking up. Tom and Robyn Morrison are the landowners behind the development of Morrison Drive and Gumfield Drive. Robyn says inquiries all but stopped following the global financial crisis, but interest in un-developed sections in the area has increased over the past six months. The couple developed five sections on Gumfield Drive about five years ago, but due to the low level of inquiries they haven’t connected the sites to utilities, however they are now looking to prepare the sites for sale this summer. The couple have a further two hectares remaining to be developed, which require landscaping to make them level. The inquiries have come from a mix of local businesses looking to relocate, and national firms who are looking to establish a presence in Warkworth. Industrial building specialists

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News from local fire stations

Welcome to a new monthly column, which will keep readers up-to-date with the activities of fire stations in the Mahurangi district, north to Mangawhai and Maungaturoto. The volunteer brigades are a critical part of our emergency response service, but are in desperate need of more recruits. If you would like to know more, visit

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Big changes are afoot at Matakana Fire Station, but will they be enough to save the station from closure? That’s the problem facing the local fire crew and the NZ Fire Service (NZFS), which recently took over responsibility of the Matakana brigade. Matakana, Waitakere and Muriwai stations are the first rural fire services involved in a restructure that could roll-out across NZ. We are the ‘guinea pigs’ and while the changes will appear minor to the public in terms of our day-to-day operations, the critical bottom line is that we must attract more volunteers from our community to ensure our survival. The change for Matakana began in November. The lead appliance and volunteers will now carry the NZFS logo and their management will be based in Takapuna. The Matakana Rural Fire Service Trust, which established the brigade 10 years ago, will remain in place and for the volunteer crews, it will be business as usual. But Matakana, like so many other rural fire services, is critically short of volunteers. Some stations in Rodney have been unable to respond to urgent calls because of insufficient crews. The added problem for Matakana is the average age of its 20plus crew is about 50, and many will want to stand down when they can no longer be sure of meeting the demands of handling breathing apparatus under challenging circumstances. I’ve had 43 years as a fire fighter but at nearly 70, I would prefer to see younger fire fighters answering the calls. We simply don’t have enough able bodies available to respond to the call-outs, especially during the day. If we cannot improve the crew numbers and lower the average age, the station will eventually have to close – it’s that simple. This drastic step is still a number of years away and by that time, the NZFS may have come up with some radical solutions. In the meantime, locals – male and female – are urged to come forward to help either as trained volunteers or operational support, helping behind the scenes with administration, education or traffic management. Info: or phone Mr Clarke at 422 9363.

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Fruit and vege delivery programme proves popular A local delivery service for fresh fruit and vegetables is catching on in the Mahurangi area and customers are loving it. Ooooby – Out Of Our Own Backyards – started in May and now has around 100 subscribers, with the majority making orders on a regular basis. One of the local coordinators, Angelica Garcia-Petersen, says the feedback has all been very positive. “People say it’s like Christmas when the boxes turn up,” she says. “They say that because they are receiving a set amount of food every week, they are eating more fresh fruit and vegetables, and putting more effort into planning their meals. “The fact that recipes are included when more unusual produce is in season is a bonus.” Angelica says that although the service is still taking deliveries from Auckland, this is expected to change soon. “Once we have around 120 regular customers, the service will be based in Matakana,” she says. “We’re looking forward to taking that step because it will mean we can offer a lot more locally grown produce and product.”

Whangaripo Valley resident Katherin Norman, picks up her Ooooby box at the Matakana Ooooby hub.

Ooooby is a community-based initiative to source and supply fresh local produce at affordable prices, and shorten the supply chain between growers and consumers. Orders are placed online at nz ‘Sneak peak’ emails are sent out on Thursday which let customers know what’s likely to be in their box. This gives them the opportunity to swap foods – “they can ask for apples instead

of broccoli” – or customise their box for their own tastes and needs. The boxes are then available to be picked up from strategic locations on Tuesday afternoon. There are pick-up points in Warkworth, Matakana and Leigh. A Wellsford pick-up will be available soon and Kawau Islanders are also keen to join the scheme. “We are still looking for somewhere at Snells Beach, which would make it a

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lot more accessible for people out that way.” Once the distribution hub is set-up in Matakana, Angelica says Ooooby can offer local “extras” such as roasted coffee. “We are very keen to hear from people who have food or products which they would like us to distribute. They don’t have to be commercial growers – it could be someone who just has surplus fruit, veges, eggs or so on.” Every Ooooby produce box contains at least five to seven varieties of vegetables and two or three types of fruit, with prices ranging from $33 to $58. Angelica says Ooooby is a commons based enterprise. All profits are reinvested into developing local food production, while ensuring that all participants in the supply chain are rewarded fairly for their contribution. “This includes paying our growers a static 50 per cent of the total retail value for the supply and delivery of their produce to the Ooooby hub – this is about twice what they would receive if they went the conventional wholesale/supermarket route.” Info: phone 027 430 4300.


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Rodney meal-bank starting A community meal bank is starting in Snells Beach and Wellsford to help people going through a rough time. The service will be resourced by meals donated by the public, which anyone can access from a public freezer when they are in need. Rodney Plunket coordinator Kim Love has helped organise the programme. “It’s to give people a helping hand. We are looking for people to donate an extra portion of a meal they have cooked for their family or donate a full family meal.” Because the meals are donated, and not for sale, they don’t have to be cooked in a commercial kitchen. “But we will have guidelines for hygiene and a range of ingredients and meal suggestions.” It will be an honour system, where people are free to donate and take meals as they need, with a log of how many meals have been taken and

donated. Kim is now looking for venues to host freezers for the programme. Fred’s Place in Wellsford has offered to donate freezers and Kim is in discussion with a venue in Snells Beach, but she is still looking for a site in Wellsford. “It needs to be somewhere which is regularly open to the public and has the space for a freezer.” The project started after Kim posted on a Warkworth community Facebook page to see if anyone was interested in donating meals to help Rodney families. The post generated 50 comments supporting the idea and the group was established within hours. The Nourish Facebook group now has over 70 members.

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Masquerade for a good cause The community is invited to dress up and don a mask for a good cause this August. The Masquerade Ball at Leigh Sawmill Cafe on August 1 is a fundraiser for Leigh Preschool. The non-for-profit community-run preschool want to raise $3500 this year to put money into a teacher reliever budget to continue to offer a high teacher to child ratio. It follows a successful inaugural ball last year, which raised $1800 to fund a teacher’s nature education course called The Natural Phenomena. This year, acoustic trio White Chapel Jak will be performing. There will be prizes for best mask and best outfit, which last year went to Melissa Crockett and Shara Green respectively. Info: Tickets $30 at Leigh Sawmill or Leigh Preschool. No mask, no entry.

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The Rain Dogs will present Tom Waits’ music at Leigh this month. Critic Daniel Durchholz once described Waits’ voice as sounding like “it was soaked in a vat of bourbon, left hanging in the smokehouse for a few months, and then taken outside and run over with a car.”

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Veteran rocker Tom Waits is the subject of a revue with a twist, which will play at Leigh Sawmill on Sunday July 26, at 4pm. The Rain Dogs cabaret encapsulates all the drama of Waits’ songs, played in gypsy-acoustic style by some of Auckland’s leading musicians. Rain Dogs recently enjoyed a sold-out run of shows for the Auckland Fringe Festival, winning best music/cabaret. More than just a gig, the show incorporates the quirkiness and theatre that Waits’ fans would expect with plenty of fun, high energy and drama, and some special guests.

Violinist Jess Hindin grew up in Puhoi, and is excited to bring the show to Leigh. “The local community really love great music so we are going to make this show extra special,” she says. The other core members of Rain Dogs are Nina McSweeney (vocals), Dave Khan (violin, mandolin) and Dylan Storey (guitar). Between them, they have performed with acts such as Don McGlashan, Tim Finn, Tami Neilson, Gin Wigmore, Auckland Philharmonia, and Dave McArtney, as well as playing festivals such The Big Day Out and performing major arena shows.


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Dan Bremnes will share his music and experiences from his recent trip to Dominican Republic.

Tear Fund gig in Matakana Award winning Canadian singersongwriter Dan Bremnes will perform a free concert in Matakana for Tear Fund on July 18. Dan is supported by NZ folk artist Strahan Coleman. Together they have been performing throughout the country for their ‘Follow the Sun’ tour. Dan’s latest album, Where the Light Is, reached number nine in the USA Album charts for June. In 2013, Dan won two awards for Male Vocalist of the Year and Music Video of the Year at the 35th annual Covenant Awards in Canada. In 2010 he released his first full-length album, Your Strength, which received wide radio play across Canada and Australia. In addition to his music, Dan will also share his experiences from his recent

trip to The Dominican Republic, one of the top ten most dangerous places in the world. There he met his sponsor child, Wander, and gave him a guitar. Tear Fund events manager, Sharon Raath says Dan brings a real sense of compassion and empathy for children caught in poverty. “He’s full of hope and believes the world can be a better place. Dan is gracious enough to throw his music talent into the mix to highlight the bit we can all do to change lives.” Dan can be heard on July 18 at 7pm at the Matakana School Hall, hosted by Mahurangi Presbyterian Church. Entry is free, however donations are welcome. Info: Call 0800 800 777 or go to

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Community support for Warkworth Primary School’s music programme, through the provision of targeted scholarships, is providing opportunities for students who might otherwise miss out. Music teacher Linda Gribble says the school has a huge music department and this year 122 students are learning to play saxophone, clarinet, drums, piano, guitar, flute and trumpet. “It is wonderful that so many students and families take up these opportunities but there is the cost of lessons and sometimes instrument hire, which puts a barrier up for those not able to pay,” she says. “For several years, the school has had a woodwind scholarship called ‘Lift Off ’. This is funded by an anonymous couple in the community who take pleasure in our musical performances and wanted to assist a child in trying music lessons for a year. This year Luke Hawes is the lucky recipient and has just performed a solo in a recent concert.” Southern Paprika is another of the programme’s supporters. “They were very happy to offer a musical scholarship to Akoia Teakin

who is learning flute this year. We are very grateful to Hamish Alexander and the staff at Southern Paprika, and hope to take Akoia and a few others out to play for them soon.” Linda says Warkworth Rotary gave a bulk fund to use for the Pasifika children who are naturally musical, but do not normally participate in the music lessons. “The fund, along with the help of our music tutors, means Raaua Taua is learning the flute this year so that Akoia has a practice partner. “Elaine Ebaraima-Anatete and Evodia Rataro are learning guitar and we hope these girls will pass their new knowledge and skills on to their community. Both girls also received guitars as part of the scholarship. “Daniel Vaotangi, Malie Biremon, Nab Utiaro, Titera Bura, Letia Arawatauand and Tangitang Takabwebwe are all having a term of drum tuition. “We are so grateful to the providers of these scholarships. Not only does it enable students to learn new and exciting skills, but it creates much joy and increased confidence as well.”

Kaipara Art Awards Artists have until July 31 to enter the 2015 Kaipara Art Awards. Entries are invited for painting and drawing, photography and printmaking, adornments (including jewellery and clothing) three-dimensional (including sculpture and pottery) and wood. The artworks will be displayed at an exhibition at Kauri Museum in Matakohe from August 8 to September 18. Info:

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Thank you Auckland Thank you to everyone who helped shape our city for the next 10 years and beyond.

We agreed to keep the average general rates rise to 2.5 per cent in 2015/2016. This is an average increase of 4.2 per cent for residential, 1.4 per cent for business and a decrease of 9.7 per cent for farm/ lifestyle properties. We will also work with central government to agree how Auckland can raise its alternative transport funding. This is likely to require legislative change and could take some years to establish.

This 10-year budget was the largest and most exciting conversation we have ever had, with more than 27,000 people from all over the region providing us with their views. We know you care about your communities, so our local boards used your feedback to champion the projects and priorities that matter most to you. Decisions affecting your area can be found at

We know Aucklanders want us to start investing in fixing transport now, so to do so we agreed an Accelerated Transport Programme which includes additional investment of $523 million over the next three years. To help fund the council’s share, a three-year Interim Transport Levy will be established from 2015/2016. The levy will be set at $113.85 a year for non-business ratepayers including GST (equating to $2.19 per week) and $182.85 for business ratepayers ($3.52 per week).

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Professional pest control course expands to Mahurangi A professional hunting and pest control course is available in Mahurangi to help people turn their passion for the outdoors into a career. Course tutor Joe Cribbens completed the North Tec course in Whangarei eight years ago and has since been working as a professional pest control contractor, specialising in goat and deer control. “I’ve been all over the country and to some amazing places with this job, walking through forest most people never get to see,” Joe says. Joe stumbled into the career path after having an epiphany while on a hunting trip. “I have been a keen hunter all my life, but one day I went to a popular hunting spot and there were no deer or goats there. I was told professional hunters had been through the area and a light bulb went off. I realised people could get paid to hunt and I enrolled in the North Tec course. “At first I was mainly interested because of my love of hunting, but through the course I developed a passion for the environment and conservation as well. It’s a great stepping stone into other areas of conservation, like working with endangered species. “If you love being in the outdoors and getting paid to do work which benefits the environment and the community then it’s the way to go.” The six month course is mostly taught out in the field, where students learn

Joe Cribbens has travelled around the country working as a professional hunter.

to survive alone in the bush, identify common flora and fauna, gain practical experience in hunting and pest management, and learn how to compete for tenders as a pest control contractor. It is designed to cater for everyone, from experienced hunters through to people new to the outdoors. Any money generated from possum fur collected during the course is used to take the top students on a hunting trip, where they are helicoptered into Te Urewera National Park. Joe says there have been positive signs in the battle to manage pests in Rodney and Kaipara, with intensive campaigns by DOC and the councils. Tawharanui and Little Barrier stand

as testaments to the success of pest control operations, however Joe says a pest-free mainland is still a way off. “On islands and peninsulas, eradication is an option, but on the mainland it’s about finding a balance of control, to keep numbers down to manageable levels which allow native wildlife to return.” A number of volunteer organisations have established pest control programmes, but professional contractors are the only way to efficiently knock back pests from large, isolated areas, he says. “A professional contractor is there to achieve results. If pest numbers aren’t knocked back to a certain level, then they don’t get paid.”

This boar was rooting up the Mahurangi Forest, before Joe shot it while doing pest control work.

But Joe’s tip for volunteer pest teams is to be persistent. “Often people start off full of enthusiasm, but after about six months that starts to fade away. It’s important to be consistent with trapping. If you stop for a few months, you will be back to square one very quickly.” Students become certified in professional hunting and pest control, back-country first aid, and gain a certificate in controlled substances. People also get trained in firearms safety and assistance to get their firearms licence. The course is starting in late July, depending on numbers. Info: Joe Cribbens 022 430 8039 or




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Website promotes farmer health A new website to promote wellbeing for farmers and growers has been launched. Farmstrong aims to shift the focus of mental health from depression and illness to wellbeing. Research shows farmers are great at looking after stock and equipment but often neglect their own needs. In a recent online survey, farmers identified wellbeing and quality of life as being top of mind and said they wanted more information on how to look after themselves. Through farmers can access practical tools and resources with information on nutrition, managing fatigue, exercise, the importance of getting off the farm and coping with pressure. Farmstrong will also help farmers connect with each other and share experiences via its social media channels, through regional farmer ambassadors and by attending local events such as Dr Tom Mulholland’s Healthy Thinking workshops, and the Farmstrong Fit4Farming Cycle Tour. Mental Health Foundation chief executive Judi Clements says just making small behaviour changes over a period of time can help support big improvements. “Every farmer’s performance is affected by their level of health, fitness and happiness. We’re not born knowing how to maintain these. We need to actively practice strategies

that will improve our mental health. Farmstrong will help show farmers how they can do this,” says Ms Clements. Farmstrong funding was provided by rural insurer FMG and the charity Movember, via the Mental Health Foundation. Healthy thinking tips from Catch it. When you find yourself feeling anxious and depressed, stop and examine your thoughts. What are you thinking? Your pattern of thinking is usually so automatic that you don’t notice it, or the effect it has on your moods and feelings. Check it. Evaluate the negative thought rationally. Is it really true? Is it as bad as you think? It seldom is. Would others interpret it the same way? Is the drought you are experiencing an absolute disaster or a temporary setback? Will the problem really matter in six months’ to a years’ time? Change it. Now challenge your own faulty thinking. Substitute more realistic thoughts for your automatic ones. Consciously change your thought and select a more rational response. Be active. Be as active as you can and watch your mood change. Keep learning. Try new things to keep your brain active Give your time to others. Share your advice and experience.

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My family and I have been kind of “glamping” of late. For the uninitiated, “glamping” is a form of camping with style! We are working on a family project away from the main house on the farm, where there is no running water or power but some “super cool” digs to keep us dry. Weekend after weekend my family and I have got right back to basics and we are having the time of our lives. Most of our wholesome fun starts with the kids collecting twigs and firewood to light the campfire. It is actually a bit of an effort because we are on a ridge and all the dead wood needs to be hurled up from the gullies. I don’t allow any electronic devices when we are “glamping”, just a few old fashioned toys and then it’s up to their childhood imaginations. Some of their fun includes tobogganing down hills on cardboard boxes, old fashioned cowboy and fairy games, wading for special stones in the creeks and then making slingshots to fire them, cubby houses amongst the dead trees, moulding clay figurines out of the mud and painting them with charcoal from the fire and ground-up green leaves. The list goes on and is only limited by their beautiful, innocent and creative minds. Then there’s the food. I am in cast iron cookware heaven! That old vintage stuff cooks to perfection but can also burn very quickly so I am still trying to hone my bush cooking skills. For some bizarre reason, this basic food seems to taste extra special. Some of our culinary delights have included mussels and cockles steamed to perfection in clear creek water, homemade damper with copious amounts of butter, honest and plump farm sausages, ciabatta bread toasted on a stick with melted brie done the same way. Yum yum yum! And for desserts, those extra-large marshmallows toasted, sticky and * gooey that are so big and sweet even one can almost make you sick! At the end of the day, it’s the most wonderful fun you can have for nix and the thing is I just am not a “theme DEFERRED park” type of gal! I have never been PAY M E NT able to fathom why you would want to pay someone to make you feel sick, frightened or dizzy! And I find the effort in making simple fun far more exhilarating than standing in a queue for hours. WARRANTY These delightful moments are time capsules full of my children’s childhood memories and I am pinning my hopes 1 YEAR SERVICING** and dreams that they will be opened KUBOTA WORKS FOR YOU. ALL DAY, EVERY DAY. and enjoyed by them for many years Offer valid 20th April to 31st August 2015 and is available on Kubota tractors over 50hp. *Finance is based on 30% deposit to come. So often the world is such a and 36 monthly total term. Lending criteria apply. **1 Year free servicing is based on a maximum of 500 hours. beautiful place when you leave behind Your local Sales Contact: Your local On-Site Service Contact: Norwood Farm Machinery Centre a computer and electricity, and the See your local Kubota dealer for fullBrett termsDahlkamp and conditions Richard Wallington • 0274 430780 85 Adams Dr, Pukekohe • 027 455 5141 simple things in life are left to blossom and fulfil you.






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Feeding pets They say we are what we eat and when it comes to our children and pets, they are what we feed them. As veterinarians, we are often asked what is the best food to feed? My usual response is “the best you can afford”. Obesity is an issue with pets but because they rely on us for food, we can choose the amounts and quality that we offer. As a simple guide, all pets should have a waist and not a spare tyre. Their ribs should not be able to be seen yet the ribs should be able to be felt with gentle pressure. Starting suggestions for pets without waists is to monitor weight and measure the food being feed. Should the weight not reduce after two weeks, then reduce the total daily quantity by 25 per cent. Weight loss over several months is the preferred target. Should this not occur, then seek professional veterinary advice as there are lower calorie or energy density balanced diets available. Pets which are actively growing, pregnant, lactating, exercising vigorously or aged will have additional requirements. Actively growing animals, typically in their first year of life, require an energy-dense food source with high calcium levels to ensure good bone development. Commercial kitten and puppy foods are a good appropriate choice. Similarly, pregnant and lactating animals (feeding their young with milk) benefit from energy-dense food with high calcium levels. Broad recommendations are to feed puppy or kitten food in the last two weeks of pregnancy and ad lib during lactation. A lot of animals which require veterinary assistance during the birthing process have been fed inadequate diets. A good quality kitten or puppy food often benefits all involved parties. Exercise benefits everybody and when this exercise is reduced or increased then the total quantity of food eaten needs to be adjusted. Working dogs often benefit from specific highly digestible energy-dense diets. The general recommendation that ribs shouldn’t be seen but should be felt with gentle pressure applies to working dogs. Pig dogs, farm working dogs and dogs which partake in extreme exercise would also all fall into this category. Animals which are lame or injured should be rested and frequently benefit from veterinary advice or attention. Those with arthritis, slow to rise and move after resting and then warm up and are able to move more freely, may benefit from additional medications. The aging process affects nutritional requirements with changes in the ability to digest food frequently decreasing. There are a number of specific diets targeted for the aging population and animals frequently benefit from an alteration in the diet they had been fed over their younger years. Discuss your specific animals concerns with your local veterinarian.

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I must admit, looking out the window at the dreary grey sky doesn’t do wonders for the spirit; I’d much rather be in a tropical lagoon somewhere! However, when that opportunity doesn’t present itself, it’s good to take advantage of the few crisp, sunny days that we get up here in the so-called winterless North. Those are the days I like to get out into the garden and prune. In fact I like pruning so much that I’ve already finished all the deciduous fruit trees, the grapes, the hedges and had a decent hack at the citrus. Just a few natives and a couple of camellias to go and I’m done! There is no great mystery to pruning; unlike commercial growers that have to consider each bud and twig as a potential fruiting opportunity, I just concentrate on pruning to suit my style of gardening, as we produce loads more fruit than we can eat anyway. On the deciduous fruit trees, everything below ride-on mower head height gets pruned off and anything that needs a ladder to pick gets pruned off too. Likewise, as the citrus and other subtropicals grow, anything that blocks a clear path around the tree for the mower comes off. Once those rules have been met, then I prune to suit the type of tree. Apples, pears, plums, peaches and the like all get pruned to a flattened open vase shape; more like a doughnut really. This shape keeps the centre of the tree open to allow more sun and air flow in and is the easiest to maintain as well as being quite productive. Vigorous shoots get stubbed back to a few centimetres to encourage fruitful spurs in the next season. Citrus, avocados and feijoa are usually given only minimal pruning as each tree is harvested. Branches too close to the ground are trimmed back to make access under the trees easier and to reduce fruit rot. Taking out a main central branch on the bigger trees every couple of years is a good way of both keeping the size down and letting more light into the centre, which improves fruiting. This year an orange that has become riddled with borer has had more drastic treatment, I’ve pruned the top half off, to encourage fresh new growth from the middle. For the same reason, I’ve pruned off all the sides of a lemon tree, allowing more light to get to the base where I hope new shoots will come from. If I’d taken the top out of this one, there wouldn’t have been much left, so this will happen next year. The fig, cherimoya and tamarillos are all allowed to develop a natural, bushy shape in my garden. Often these crops are trained upright like other fruit crops, but I find they become so top heavy that they topple over, particularly in our soft soil. Having side shoots coming out near ground level gives them extra support and all I need to do is stub the more vigorous growths back after each of these crops have fruited to keep the tree size reasonable. Spending a couple of days pruning in sunshine is good for the spirits; more importantly though, it stops the garden from becoming unmanageable, a vital preventative in our lush environment.


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Beekeepers unite

Barrels of distinction Around this time of the year, local Matakana wineries are well into the process of moving wine from last vintage out of barrel to make way for the wine from the current vintage. A certain number of new barrels will have been acquired and some older barrels will become available for ‘other non-wine related uses’. The involvement of oak barrels is one of the more arcane parts of winemaking. The choice of oak as the wood to make a barrel from is no accident. Oak expands considerably when wet and this makes it relatively simple to make a watertight container. The expansion of oak is such that stonemasons used to drive dry oak wedges into cracks in stone and then wet them so they would expand and split the stone into manageable pieces. In our parts of the world, many have tried making barrels from other woods – even French oak trees grown locally – and have found that the flavours from these woods do not enhance the flavours of the wine as much as that from the classic French or American oak. Think of a barrel like a tea bag. The first use of a barrel gives the wine a good dose of oak colour, flavour and aroma. After using the barrel, washing it out, and hanging it on the line to dry, the second use imparts more muted colour and the flavours and aromas move along a little. After the fifth or sixth use the barrel is essentially a container that holds wine and very little oak flavour is imparted into the wine. Winemaking barrels are almost universally made from oak, mostly from France, but we do see barrels made from other European and American oak. Coopers (the folk who make the barrels) choose their wood from coppiced forests that produce sustainable quantities of timber. They select timber that is either tightgrained or open-grained, they season the timber for up to three years before making the barrel and choose whether the staves are bent by fire or by immersion in water. Additionally, the Coopers toast the barrels to varying degrees over fire during assembly. The sheer number of variables present in the selection of barrels means that the winemaker’s decision of what barrels are best for any given wine is more of an art than science. The final winemaker’s decision is, however, when to cull a barrel from the fold. When this happens, that magical piece of hand-crafted timber and its deep history in local wine becomes a new asset. If you purchase a used barrel from a local winery, ask what wines have been in that barrel. You can then add that information to your own little story for whoever happens to admire that barrel in its new home.

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Federated Farmers Bees, Honey Packers and Exporters Association and National Beekeepers Association have voted to unify the Apiculture industry associations. The associations endorsed the proposal at the New Zealand Apiculture Conference in Taupo on June 25. Federated Farmers bee chairperson John Hartnell says it will strengthen and grow New Zealand’s apiculture industry and ensure the integrity of products is maintained. “It hasn’t been easy getting here but I think at the end of the day the industry is maturing as it grows. We all realise that the industry is far bigger than it was 10 years ago, so it’s vital that we engage with all stakeholders as we drive to the future.” The bee industry has an estimated annual contribution to New Zealand of $5 billion.

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‘The Cutest Chapel in the Whole World’ On a ridge overlooking the Oruawharo River, Minniesdale is the oldest surviving church in Albertland. Edwin Stanley Brookes Senior was a Nottingham lace and hosiery manufacturer, who also trained as a Baptist Minister. Three of his sons Edwin, 22, Hovey, 20, and Charles, 15, were among the first Albertlanders who arrived in Auckland aboard Matilda Wattenbach in 1862. Though city boys, they thrived, breaking in their land with great enthusiasm. The settlers were staunch Christians and every Sunday, met at one or others’ homes for worship, walking miles over rough tracks. Edwin wrote to his parents ‘I shall be very glad when we get a chapel, for the Sabbath here is very different to a Sabbath in England. We miss the beautiful peals of the chiming bells’. Encouraged by his sons, Brookes senior sold the business and brought the rest of his family to New Zealand, arriving in 1865 aboard Caduceus. Included in his luggage were the framework and stained glass windows for a Baptist Chapel. These were transported from Auckland to Takapau Creek, Wharehine aboard a small schooner via North Cape and across the Kaipara Bar. Local man George Wilcockson was contracted to erect the Chapel on land donated by Hovey Brookes and nineteen painstaking months later, it was complete. The total cost of construction was met by Rev E S Brookes Senior. Meantime, Wilcockson’s own house wasn’t finished and his wife Sarah carried bricks for their chimney and fireplace from the riverbanks to their home, a distance of some three miles, mostly uphill. Minniesdale Chapel opened on December 29th, 1867, with two days of celebrations, services, speeches, teas and a cricket match, well reported in newspapers of the time. Nine weeks later Henry Marsh and Elizabeth (Bessie) Jerome were the first couple married there with Rev Gittos officiating. Sadly for the Brookes family, the first funeral was for one of their own. Charles Henry (nicknamed Loll) was drowned in the Oruawharo River in September 1868. He was sailing up to Port Albert to see his sweetheart when his little boat capsized in bad weather. Over the years services were conducted by ministers of all denominations, including Rev Brookes Sen. By 1888 he wasn’t well enough to carry on an active role as preacher and administrator so the Chapel and Cemetery were passed over to the Baptist Union. In 1902, due to lack of membership, Minniesdale stopped functioning as a separate denomination and was gifted by the Baptist Union to the district. Since then both cemetery and Chapel have been cared for by dedicated Trustees. A listed Historic Places Trust building, Minniesdale is still used for services (especially the Anniversary Service held closest to December 29), funerals, weddings and christenings. Its simple Gothic design and quiet, almost idyllic setting has a huge appeal to visitors from all over the world as well as descendants of those buried in the cemetery. The internet has helped bring Minniesdale to wider attention. The Chapel is going to be included in a book on historic churches of New Zealand, published by Random House and was recently used as a location for Lee Tamahori’s New Zealand feature film The Patriarch. Minniesdale is not just a church, but a memorial to the faith of our pioneer forebears.

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Arts group eye up Atlas Site lease The North Rodney Community Arts Council have asked to use a shed on the Atlas Site in Warkworth as a community arts centre. Committee members Joy Bell and Jake Kennedy made a deputation to Rodney Local Board’s parks culture and community development committee meeting on July 6. Mr Kennedy said Warkworth has a vibrant arts community, but there is currently nowhere for artists to exhibit and work. “We want to provide a creative place to learn, teach, exhibit and share. We don’t need any money. A new building with all mod cons would be fantastic, but it’s not necessary.” Mr Kennedy said if they were given a lease of the site the organisation could have the centre up and running in two months. Ms Bell said the site would be different from the existing Kowhai Arts in Warkworth Showgrounds as it would also cater for music, drama and performing arts and would have a strong emphasis on working as a functioning gallery and exhibition space. She was the artist who made the mosaic on Warkworth’s clocktower, and wanted to create a mosaic work on the outside of the shed. “I would love to really make it amazing.” However Board member Brenda Steele said Auckland Council already had a lease with a business at the site. If the Board accepted the proposal it may be some time before an agreement to terminate the lease could be reached, she said. Last year the Board developed a concept plan for the site, which included a multipurpose community facility, carparks and walkways, however no funding has been allocated to the project.

Litter survey Packaging, particularly for food and drink, makes up the bulk of NZ’s litter. The first litter survey in more than a decade, by specialist waste consultancy group Waste Not Consulting, shows that more than 70 per cent of New Zealand’s rubbish comes from packaging for both food and drinks. Food packaging made up 37 per cent of waste, while drink containers and bottles made up 34 per cent. The Public Place Recycling Scheme has set a goal to reduce packaged litter by 10 per cent by 2020 and will use the survey results as a reference point. The survey involved the counting and classifying of loose litter in eight urban areas in Auckland, Blenheim, Christchurch, Dunedin, Gisborne, New Plymouth, Taupo and Wellington. Examining an estimated area of more than 580,000sqm, the survey found more than 18,000 items of litter – on average, there were 32 items of rubbish per 1000sqm. Industrial areas and arterial roads had the highest number of litter items while car parks and waterside walkways contained the fewest. Litter in parks, playgrounds, sports fields and waterside walkways contained more food packaging and less drinks packaging than other areas. The litter survey found 87 per cent of streets and public places surveyed were virtually free of visible litter.


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Warkworth fight club coming New kickboxing classes are starting in Warkworth this month, as Silverdalebased martial arts club Dynamic Martial Arts expands its successful programmes northwards. Dynamic started 10 years ago in Silverdale and now has 140 members, with some going on to win medals and belts at national and international events. The club started popular fight nights in Orewa and the ‘Fight Girls’ programme, where women work through a 12-week programme before getting into the ring with another novice. Founder Dave Sawyer says he hopes to start Fight for Life style events and Fight Girls in Warkworth. “I’ve got a lot of students who travel down from Warkworth to Silverdale each week, so I’m starting up in Warkworth because so many people are interested. My goal is to have regular tournaments between fighters from Orewa and Warkworth.” At first, the classes will focus on kickboxing and will be restricted to over-13-year-olds, but if people are interested it will include four year olds, and multiple disciplines. Dave is a third-degree black belt and has been involved with martial arts since he was a teenager. He started working at the club fulltime four years ago after his son, Taine, was diagnosed with cerebral palsy. “We were told he would never be able to walk. My wife and I both quit our jobs and started working with him full time.” Dave began a rigorous physiotherapy regime with Taine and achieved

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Martial Arts Dynamic Martial Arts is starting kickboxing classes in Warkworth, Masonic Lodge, Baxter Street, July 20, 5.30pm-7. Info: (see story p46)

Gymnastics Otamatea Gymnastics Otamatea invites applicants for head coach, manager and president. The club has 100 members with more on a waiting list. The positions are voluntary, though remuneration and funding may be available. Info: Stephanie

Free rugby coaching course Kaiwaka Sports Complex, Monday July 20, 6.30pm. To register contact Jennie Reynolds on 021 02764171

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Mahurangi victory in tough season

Mahurangi Rugby Club’s Under-21s team scored six tries against Northcote this month.

Coach John McKittrick says defence was crucial in the team’s victory.

It’s been a tough season for Mahurangi Rugby Club’s Under-21s – though you wouldn’t have known it from their performance against Northcote C this month. The team scored six tries to win the match 35-5 on July 4. The try scorers were Jordan Wriggles, Daniel Mills, Jake Oakwood, Jake Meek, and Micha Balzat who crossed the try-line twice. Coach John McKittrick says the team played a structured game and defended like their life depended on it, which paid off. The win means the team has secured a place in the final of the North Harbour Development Division, which will be played at North Harbour Stadium on July 25. Most of the team members have come through from the Club’s Under-19s side, which won the North

Harbour championship last year. However team manager Bruce Stubbs says the Under-21s division has been a huge step up and the team has struggled. “The Under-21s is taken very seriously. Some of the other teams are coached by ex-All Blacks, like the North Shore team which is coached by Buck Shelford.” After suffering several losses at the start of the season the team was downgraded to the North Harbour Development Division, where three other Under21s teams play against the top sides in the Under19s grade. Assistant coach and club vice president Bernie Kose says the Under-21s have also been plagued with injuries.

The Mahurangi Premier team has also dropped down to the second division but are on track for a home semi-final. “They’ve done very well to be where they are. At the moment they’ve only got 16 players,” Bernie says. Bruce Stubbs says a lack of players is a common theme for rugby across the region. “A lot of the boys have to work in the weekends now and just can’t commit to playing every weekend.” The Club’s Under-85kg team is yet to win a game this season, but Bernie says they have had a number of close misses. “I think they will turn into a real success story for the club.” Info: Mahurangi Rugby Club Facebook page or email

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