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Twin sisters Aspen and Keira Burridge, 14, of Warkworth are gearing up to help turn local towns and villages into a winter wonderland for the new Mahurangi Festival of Lights, which will be held across the region from Friday, July 13 to Sunday, July 15. See story page 2.

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Terrified beach residents seek liquor ban Traumatised residents at Campbells and Baddeleys Beaches on the Tawharanui Peninsula will this week urge the Rodney Local Board to impose a liquor ban, in an effort to curb abuse, vandalism and other anti-social behaviour, including death threats. Half a dozen residents spoken to by Mahurangi Matters say their lives have

turned into a “living hell” because of the behaviour. Residents say much of the anti-social behaviour stems from excessive drinking by offenders on public land at the Baddeleys and Campbells Beach reserves at all hours of the day and night. Offenders have scared residents and visitors away with threatening

behaviour, dumped picnic tables into the Campbells Beach Creek, set fire to boats and boarded, damaged and defecated on boats moored in the bay, and vandalised public toilets. Piles of litter have been left behind, including smashed bottles and drug paraphernalia on the beaches. Meanwhile, unregistered and

unwarranted vehicles have sped around the foreshore and nearby roads, sometimes in reverse, and performed donuts and burn outs on the public reserves. Residents say one vehicle on Baddeleys Beach Road took a corner so badly, it teetered on two wheels before

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Mahurangi light brigade charging ahead Plans to light up the dark days of winter with a new regional weekend festival in mid-July are taking shape and gaining momentum, according to organiser Murray Chapman. The Mahurangi Festival of Lights will include a range of events and attractions in local towns and villages, from laser shows and light displays to ice skating and real snow to play in. Shops and businesses will light up their premises and Mr Chapman and his committee are hoping that homes throughout the region will enter into the spirit of the event by lighting up their properties, too. “We’d love the whole area to get involved, the more the merrier,” he says. “I’d like to see lights on trees, on buildings, all over the place. “Nothing really happens here in winter, so it would be lovely to have people from out of town come here to look at all the lights and get involved, and it would be nice just to bring a smile to people’s faces.” Events in the diary so far include a dinner in Matakana with a 3-D projection, light and music show on Friday, July 13, and professional laser shows, food trucks and buskers in Warkworth on the night of Saturday, July 14. In addition, there will be a skating rink and snow play at Lucy Moore Park, the Kowhai Coast Lions will be creating an artistic River Of Light display in Warkworth Museum’s op shop in Baxter Street, and Leigh Wharf will be

illuminated over the water. Mr Chapman is still hoping to get light displays and events up and running in Snells Beach, Point Wells, Omaha Beach and anywhere else that wants to get involved. “We need to get people in this area

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Speed reduction call as road toll carnage escalates Transport planner Bevan Woodward, of Point Wells, is calling for speed limit reductions to reduce the road death toll. In the 12 months to April 12 this year, 395 people have been killed on New Zealand roads, 63 more than the same period 12 months ago. Bevan says 75 per cent of deaths from crashes occur on rural roads with an open speed limit. He would like to see a number of roads reduced from 100kmph to 80kmph. His number one priority is State Highway 1, between Puhoi and Warkworth. “Safety technology in cars isn’t good enough to prevent deaths when people crash at 100kmph, but chance of survival at 80kmph is far greater,” Bevan says. “Drivers will always make mistakes and that is never going to change, but lower speeds can make the end result less tragic.” Bevan says a speed reduction will also give people more time to react. “So much time and productivity is

Bevan Woodward says people are being hypocritical if they complain about the road death toll, but then oppose a reduction in speed limits.

lost when an accident blocks SH1 so slowing down could actually save time. “Slower speeds do not increase congestion either. The Dome Valley is a great example of a road where speed reduction has been a real success.” Locally, there are a number of roads where Bevan would like to see speed reduced. “The speed on Matakana Valley Road and the road out to Leigh definitely

needs to be dropped and any gravel road, regardless of location.” He would also like to see some residential zones reduced from 50kmph to 30kmph. “This not only makes it safer for drivers but will also encourage other methods of travel such as cycling and walking.” Bevan says ultimately he would like to see median barriers on roads where possible to separate traffic,

Beach residents seek liquor ban careening into a clump of pampas grass at the side of the road. The narrow streets have no footpaths and there are fears for the lives of children walking along them. Problems have continued for more than eight months with residents fearful of taking holidays in case their properties are broken into and trashed. Residents complain baches can’t be let and properties have been sold far below their market value because of the troubles. All the residents spoke on condition of anonymity, fearing reprisals if they spoke out publically. Residents who have called police have been subject to further abuse and intimidation of their young children. “People are afraid to speak out because of the threatening behaviour. We are talking death threats here,” one resident said. Residents are pointing the finger at the inhabitants of two homes in the area. The section of one home has a number of disused vehicles and machinery, partly smothered with weeds, providing a haven for rodents and pests. Other vehicles are parked on public land in front of the property, blocking access to the reserve. A resident says the property does not appear to have an adequate sewerage system as the inhabitants use

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the public toilets in the reserve. The other home complained about is a rental property. One resident says numerous appeals to the landlord, Tenancy Services and Auckland Council to take action in connection with the properties have fallen on deaf ears. Police have been called out numerous times since June last year, but often the offending has ended by the time they arrive, and they are stymied by lack of evidence. Sergeant Scott Sherer, of Warkworth Police, acknowledges complaints have been made in relation to the anti-social behaviour. One 20-year-old male had his vehicle impounded following sustained loss of traction and is due to appear in court next month. Another person was issued with a verbal warning in respect to threatening language. Sgt Sherer said he was not aware of any death threats. He said police supported the proposed liquor ban as they had proved effective in other areas. “It will give us another tool in the belt when dealing with the issues,” Sgt Sherer said. Council compliance response team manager Max Wilde says Council is aware of the complaints in relation to the property with the cluttered section

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but sees speed reduction as an easy option for the immediate future. He has approached a number of groups including the NZ Transport Agency (NZTA), Police and trucking organisations to discuss the matter. “There has definitely been interest in the idea, but I think a lot of people are worried about public backlash if we reduce these limits.” NZTA director of safety and environment Harry Wilson says they are working to reduce the damage caused by crashes on state highways. “We need to create a safe transport system, which accommodates human error so that simple mistakes don’t result in avoidable deaths and injuries on our roads,” he says. “NZTA is looking at where improved speed management could provide a significant reduction in death and serious injuries on the state highway network. This work is in its early stages, and we are currently scoping a national speed management programme.”

and is in the initial stages of an investigation. “We will take appropriate action when the investigation is completed,” he said. A woman who declined to give her name, but claimed to be the property manager for the tenanted property, called the Mahurangi Matters office saying she was currently dealing with issues at the property, but could not discuss the matter due to the Privacy Act. She added that some claims by residents were incorrect, but declined to specify. A resident of the property with the cluttered section said claims of anti-social behaviour were grossly exaggerated. He said some of his grown-up children and their partners may have “rocked the boat” when they were a bit younger, but he had told them to “pull their heads in.” He said that he ran a property maintenance business and mowed the lawns of nearby houses. This would hardly be possible if he was a bad neighbour. The application for the liquor ban is being made by the Baddeleys and Campbells Beach Ratepayers Association. The Local Board will vote on the application at its monthly meeting on April 19, to be held at the Warkworth Town Hall. WWW.RDCONSTRUCTION.CO.NZ



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Who gives a toss! ACC is used to receiving bizarre claims, from the person who injured herself while trying to catch the bride’s bouquet to the Dad who slipped while trying to put the star on the top of the Christmas tree. Perhaps a new complaint, first identified at a local event in Warkworth, is about to join this list. After spending several hours sizzling sausages, a volunteer was innocently overheard to complain that he was suffering from “sausage tossing RSI”.

A jumbo-sized problem Following yet another holiday weekend of traffic pain and gridlock, Matakana Community Group members again bemoaned the vexed issue of Hill Street and what could and should be done about it. After much muttering, sighing and shaking of heads by long-suffering locals, it was Murray Chapman, paying a visit from One Warkworth, who resignedly summed up the situation. “The fixing of Hill Street is like the mating of elephants,” he said. “There’s an awful lot of noise, but not a lot happening.”

The Rodney Local Board (read Rodney Loony Board) wants to add a targeted rate increase of $150 for Rodney residents (MM March 28). A small portion of the $41 million raised will be spent on a Park and Ride for Warkworth. The Board seem blissfully unaware that we have two huge Park and Rides in the area. The parks are on Sandspit Road and Matakana Road, and when you get your rate demand from Auckland Council they take you for a ride. There is a very good reason that Auckland Council limit how much money the well-meaning amateurs on the Local Boards have to spend because they would be off spending the money like drunken sailors. One of the loony board members said those who do not want to pay do not have to. Please put me down as a ratepayer who does not want to. Chas Benest, Snells Beach

Take note RLB To the Rodney Local Board: With regard to your suggestion for a targeted rate on Rodney residents (MM March 28), I would suggest that you consider the following points: Given that our Supercity, benefiting from “economies of scale”, has about twice the number of wage and salary earners as a comparable Australian city; and given that the budget for salary and wages has blown-out by many tens of millions of dollars over recent years – and these funds alone would have

sealed most of Rodney’s roads; and given that the stench of the corruption of Araparera is still fresh in the nostrils of our ratepayers, it might be timely to remind the board that their primary function is to ensure that the ratepayers they represent get value for money from their hard-earned dollars. I would put forward to the board the following scenario which should be the only generally accepted means to introduce a targeted rate: Specific defined projects; defined time-lines; defined completion dates.
 Rates should only be collected when the above guidelines are met. Patrick Neeley, Tapora (abridged)

Admission of failure I feel that the advent of targeted rates (MM March 28) is an admission that the Council’s financial planning has failed. To date, it has not delivered a fair return on rates to the rural areas of the Supercity. If the Council’s financial planners were doing their jobs properly, we would not have to require a targeted rate in order to receive a guarantee that a fair portion of our rates is spent on our local infrastructure and services. Jim Fletcher, Matakana (abridged)

Tracey, do your job Tracey Martin has clearly spit the dummy when it comes to representing the local community on prioritising improvements to the Hill Street intersection (MM March 28). She

is quoted as saying, “[It is] very difficult for me to argue [Hill Street is] an urgent matter with the current government, as I am not the locally elected representative. The people of this area, through their vote, quite clearly said they were happy with the previous member’s representation”. Ms Martin needs to recognise she has a responsibility to all voters, not just those that voted NZ First; or is she only in government to promote partisan politics? Is Ms Martin saying that the traffic chaos caused by the Hill Street intersection will only be a priority for her if we vote for her? Part of NZ First policy was to make Hill Street a priority. Why is Ms Martin now refusing to do her job? Being a list MP does not absolve her from advocating for, as a matter of urgency, Hill Street improvements. A. Sullivan, Snells Beach

Traffic mismanagement On Wednesday, April 4, it took my partner 50 minutes travelling from Matakana Village to Hill Street. And it took me 25 minutes, sitting behind a truck laying cones at 5kmh along Matakana Road. I am dumbfounded at the shambles and the serious inconvenience that motorists trying to get to work, get kids to school, get to doctors’ appointments and so forth experienced. Is it beyond the mental midgets that manage road works to engage with the community in a more proactive manner? Why not advertise continued next page

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Bringing it all back home Last month, Auckland Council released its corporate property portfolio strategy, designed to deliver “increased efficiency and offer more flexible services for customers across the Auckland region”. So what exactly does this mean for us? The Rodney Local Board is in need of a new home. Not only does the board currently sit in a location outside our ward, the building currently used in Orewa is set to be vacated under the proposed strategy. Council activities will be relocated to one of three key growth areas or “hubs”. With the southern and central hubs pencilled in to be located in Manukau and the CBD, there is, of course, nowhere more suitable to establish a northern hub than within the Dairy Flat subdivision. With the anticipated level of growth and the 3500 home Milldale development already underway, the wider-Wainui area offers a future-proofed alternative to an already heavily strained Albany. Given the board’s enormous geographic jurisdiction extends 86 kilometres from Te Arai Point in the northeast to almost Bethels Beach in the south west, our northern hub is going to need some localised support. That’s where the grassroots approach of “spokes” comes in. Utilising existing spaces already occupied by Council, such as libraries and service centres, spokes will enable the Rodney Local Board and our staff to work closer with our communities and ensure that locals have face-to-face access to council services. With our area being so far-flung, far better for the board to have multiple spokes, sitting somewhere central to the northeast, somewhere central to the southwest and perhaps even a “cherry on top” in Wellsford. For us in the northeast it’s a given: The Warkworth Town Hall. It’s been recently restored and earthquake-proofed, largely at ratepayer expense, for $5.5 million, and, thus far, only lightly used. The popularity of the Warkworth Town Hall Talks, co-hosted by Mahurangi Action, One Warkworth and Auckland Council, is already demonstrating that the community sees the venue as a desirable place to discuss the future of the area. After all, it was originally built to serve as the place for the Mahurangi community to meet and decide the district’s issues. So, with its new lease of life, why not put it to good use? Regardless of where we ultimately put down roots one thing is certain, the proposed model is going to put the “local” back in the Rodney Local Board. from previous page

what your project is on social media or, at the very least, signs at both ends of Matakana and Warkworth advising a timetable, start and finish times and duration of works to allow folk to plan around it. Maybe someone could suggest that the work is done at night as it is overseas. Silly me. What was I thinking? Whoever is scheduling this work needs a slap. Brian Corbett, Matakana (abridged)

Auckland Transport spokesperson Mark Hannan replies: We apologise for any inconvenience. The Matakana

Road resealing was a one-day operation and was all over before school was out. The job was done during the day because it is easier to control the quality of the seal when it is dry and warm. There was a letter drop to local residents and an electronic message board was placed at the side of the road in the days before the work was done.

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Appeal Court scuppers rate refund hopes Mangawhai development on track Kaipara ratepayers’ hopes of securing millions of dollars in rates refunds have been dashed following a Court of Appeal decision late last month. The possibility of refunds emerged after a High Court decision ruled that that rates collected by the Kaipara District Council on behalf of Northland Regional Council (NRC) between the years 2011 and 2016 were invalid. In response, Northland Regional Council filed an urgent appeal with the Court of Appeal challenging the High Court ruling. Although the Appeal Court said there were some unlawful breaches by the NRC in setting the rates, the court said they were nonetheless valid and penalties imposed by the NRC on those who had failed to pay the contested rates were also valid. In addition, the Court awarded costs against the Mangawhai Ratepayers and Residents association and its chair, Bruce Rogan, who contested the NRC case. Afterward, Mr Rogan described the Appeal Court decision as one of the most disgraceful pieces of judicial

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activism that NZ has ever seen. The court decision effectively meant that Councils were above the law. “Ratepayers are expected to comply with the law, but councils are not expected to comply with the law. That is absolutely anti-democratic and an absolute disgrace,” he said. Mr Rogan estimated it cost him and the association about $10,000 to fight

the case in the Court of Appeal. The association will now have to stump up thousands of dollars more to pay NRC costs. In addition, Mr Rogan expects to personally face Council demands for unpaid bills and penalties related to the disputed rates, which he has not paid. He thought it was unlikely that he would go bankrupt, but said it was not out of the question. “The Council have absolutely no limit on how much they can spend. They can go and hire the most expensive QC in the country, and it’s all coming out of ratepayers’ pockets. Whereas we, as private citizens, have to find money out of our personal savings,” he said. Meanwhile, the NRC has welcomed the Court of Appeal decision. Council chairman Bill Shepherd said it provided “much-needed clarity” for ratepayers and councils all over New Zealand. Mr Shepherd estimated the cost of the Council appeal to be between $170,000 to $190,000.

Rodney-based MP Marja Lubeck and her son Max, 16, were among more than 130 people taking advantage of guided snorkelling at Goat Island, organised by Experiencing Marine Reserves (EMR). Among the sea life spotted by Marja and Max were parore, snapper, ecklonia (seaweed), hiwihiwi, red moki and kina. The Goat Island event was one of 37 free snorkelling events put on by EMR around New Zealand. Wetsuits, snorkels and fins were provided for free. EMR deputy national coordinator Lorna Doogan says the event provided an opportunity to show the community what a healthy reef habitat looks like – a sight which is becoming rare around the coastal Hauraki Gulf.

A $200 million development of residential housing and amenities at Mangawhai remains on track despite a four-month delay in a public meeting to discuss the project, according to the developer, Viranda. Viranda chair Andrew Guest says Mangawhai Central remains on schedule for a 2020 opening. The development will be located between Mangawhai village and the heads. Mr Guest says technical details, particularly around environmental impacts, have taken longer to sort out than anticipated. “We want to make sure we get this project right in terms of what local people requested and that involves a comprehensive process,” Mr Guest says. “We settled on the land on March 29, a month ahead of contract date, and will be applying for resource consent by August, so everything is still on track.” He says tenants have been secured for a supermarket, petrol station with electric charging, hardware store, retail shops, 15 light industrial buildings and, potentially, a medical centre. “Feedback on the development has been positive, and the response from businesses to occupy it shows the demand for what we are creating.” The next public meeting will be held at the Mangawhai Club, next to the golf club, on April 27 at 5.30pm.

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Motorway plan causes uncertainty Landowners on the the proposed Warkworth to Te Hana motorway route will have to wait until at least September before they can plan their future. Earlier this month, the Government released its draft Policy Statement on Land Transport, which outlines its transport priorities and funding allocations for the next decade. The plan, and a speech by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, highlighted that investment into regional roads would be given greater priority, with less emphasis on motorway projects. “What you won’t see under this Government is investment into a small number of dual-carriage highways, while local roads and safety, and other transport options suffer,” Ms Ardern said. Any projects already under construction, such as the Puhoi to Warkworth motorway, will be completed.

However, a final decision on the 25km Warkworth to Te Hana motorway won’t happen until after the National Land Transport Programme is published on August 31. An NZTA spokesperson says any affected landowners will be informed as soon as a final decision is made. “We understand that people would like an answer now, but there is a process to follow.” Public submissions on the draft plan, which proposes an 11 per cent cut in funding for state highway improvements, close on May 2 at 5pm. The plan also includes a 46 per cent increase in funding for public transport and a 22 per cent increase for local road maintenance. To read the draft land transport plan and submit visit gpsonlandtransportfunding

Warkworth RSA secretary manager Robbie Blair has handed in his notice after seven years in the role. “I had never walked into an RSA before I got this position, but they were after someone with a fresh perspective, so they took me on board,” Robbie says. Highlights for Robbie include reaffirming the local military history and growing the popularity of the RSA. “It was great to unveil things like the World War I honours board and town hall plinth. “The biggest challenge, though, was turning the finances around by getting more people through the doors.” Robbie has achieved that, but believes there is still work to be done. “We have renovated the building to make it more welcoming to people, however these upgrades need to be ongoing. I think there are still a number of people who feel they can’t enter an RSA, so that view needs to be changed.” He says he has contributed all he can in the job, and it’s time for another fresh perspective to enter the mix. “I’m confident I have left the RSA in a better position than when I started with a good committee that will be proactive in growing it going forward.” Robbie is becoming a bus driver with the Mahu City Express. He will continue doing 20 hours of work for the RSA for the next three months before officially leaving.

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The consultation phase is the first in the Warkworth Structure Plan process, outlining Auckland Council’s background research.

Warkworth Structure Plan process underway The Warkworth Structure Plan process is underway and Auckland Council is calling for public submissions to contribute to the plan. The Structure Plan will outline how future urban areas surrounding the Warkworth township will develop. Council held two public consultation days at the Warkworth Town Hall this month, to show how the plan will be put together and gather feedback. Auckland Council principal planner Ryan Bradley says it’s important to understand the process is very specific and in its earliest stage. “A lot of people think this is the time to talk about Hill Street or the motorway, but that is a separate issue,” he says. “Right now, we are putting the maps

in front of people to show what our research team has identified as important services or sites, and we would like to refine those with public feedback at this stage.” Mr Bradley says heritage sites are an important example. “Local people know what has historical value better than anyone. We would like them to point out anything we should preserve during development.” He says the other key to this stage of the process is identifying what people value as Warkworth grows. “This could be the ability to walk your child to school, in which case we would ensure good footpath accessibility is built in to any development. “We will make decisions mainly

based on common themes, but if we see a good idea, we will consider it. It’s important to put forward any thoughts in a submission.” Mr Bradley says people will have the opportunity, once this background information is complete, to draw on maps where they would like public amenities to be located, during the workshop phase in June. Council will also be running an interactive session with Mahurangi College and Warkworth Primary School students to engage them in the Structure Plan. Info or to submit: visit aucklandcouncil.

Vandals have wrecked the distinctive brass door handles on Matakana’s public toilets, causing them to be closed for more than two weeks, including the busy Easter weekend. The loos were locked and door handles removed in late March, and they remained closed until repairs were carried out on Thursday, April 12. There was frustration voiced at April’s Matakana Community Group meeting that no one knew why the toilets had been closed just before a public holiday, or when they might reopen. Concern was also expressed over the frequency of cleaning during busy periods. Council’s head of operational management and maintenance, Agnes McCormack, said the toilets had to be closed because the vandalism had rendered the handles insecure, and portable toilets had been provided as an alternative. “Due to the bespoke design of the toilets and their solid brass handles, replacement handles were not immediately available, which has led to the delay in reopening the toilets,” she said. “We are replacing the door handles with a more robust alternative.” She added that maintenance work was not usually publically notified as standard, and apologised if there was any confusion as to why the toilets were closed. “We are also aware of the community’s concerns about the frequency of cleaning of the toilets on busy weekends and will be looking to increase this,” she added.

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Passions roused over Matakana pony park

Talayus Jones and son Leon Wineera picking up their share of the 5100 phone books that will be delivered by Tapora School this year.

Phone book delivery call answered Parents at Tapora School have rallied to a call to commit to its annual phone book delivery fundraiser, following fears that it might have to be dropped due to lack of support. Every year, families and staff at the school deliver hundreds of phone books on 27 distribution runs, from Tapora and Wharehine out to Wellsford, Kaiwaka, Mangawhai, Tomarata and Pakiri. The unusual fundraiser brings in up to $15,000 annually, but it takes a huge amount of time and effort to organise and execute, and the school was beginning to wonder if it was still worth doing, according to principal Keryl Lee. “It is getting harder and harder to get support for phone book deliveries,” she said. “The behind the scenes organising of the phone books is a real headache. We only have 17 families at the moments, so we have staff members doing it, too.” Ms Lee said the school received around $87,000

government funding for all running costs and resources this year, which wouldn’t go far – last year, plumbing leaks and maintenance alone ate up $11,000 – so the phone book runs provided vital top-up funds. She said without them, there would be no new playground for the school, digital devices, swimming pool repairs or subsidised school camp and trip fees. However, after asking parents whether the phone book runs should be dropped, there was overwhelming support to carry on. Concerns have also been raised over how long phone book deliveries would continue, as more people opt out of delivery and look up phone numbers and information online. However, Yellow’s marketing communications manager Chantelle Harper said phone books were still delivered to the majority of homes and businesses in New Zealand, so groups such as Tapora School would not have to look for an alternative fundraiser in the foreseeable future.

Feelings are running high over the future use of Jubilee Park in Matakana, following an Auckland Council recreational needs assessment and call for public feedback. The 3.8ha park in Matakana Valley Road is currently home to the Matakana Branch Pony Club and Matakana Tennis Club, both of which lease their premises for a nominal $1 a year. However, when the pony club’s last lease expired in 2015, Rodney Local Board resolved to find out if there were competing recreational needs for the land before granting a new one. An assessment was carried out last year by Bespoke Landscape Architects, who have come up with three potential future layouts for Jubilee Park – Option A, informal shared use, where the pony club is maintained, but areas of land behind the tennis courts are for community use; Option B, an equal division of space between the pony club and community; and Option C, a transition to purely community use and phasing out of the pony club. The pony club says that the only possible option for it to keep going is A, informal shared use. The consultation process, which runs until May 6, has prompted a war of words on local social media and at a Have Your Say event at Matakana School on April 9, with some residents branding the exercise as a needless attack on the pony club and traditional rural values, others calling for skate and bike tracks and easier access for all, and still more hoping for a workable compromise that keeps the pony club, with new facilities as well. All the potential layouts and consultation documents can be viewed at, where online feedback forms should be submitted. Views can also be sent by email to parksnorthfeedback@ The deadline is Sunday, May 6, after which all the feedback will be analysed and a report will be available on Shape Auckland by the end of May.

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NAG pours scorn on “vague” LGC recommendations in the region,” he says. Mr Townson was equally dismissive of the Commission’s suggestions for improving community engagement, particularly the suggestion that moving the Rodney Local Board base, so that it was within Rodney, would somehow make it work better. “So where do they suggest moving it to? If to one of the main centres such as Warkworth, Helensville or Kumeu then in each case half of the remaining

part of the ward will be at distances even further from the base.” Meanwhile NAG is pushing ahead with its appeal in the High Court seeking to overturn the LGC decision to keep North Rodney within the Auckland Supercity. On June 25, it will attend a hearing to file affidavits on what evidence it wishes to present at the appeal. Mr Townson is also hoping to build more support in Parliament

for legislation that would allow for a binding referendum on North Rodney’s future. Other recommendations made by the LGC in its “Enhancing Local Government for Aucklanders” report include exploring ways to balance regional and local needs without losing the benefits of being part of a large organisation, and taking steps to improve understanding of Council functions. The report can be found at

Warkworth Museum op-shop returns by demand The Warkworth and Districts Museum Op-Shop reopened this month due to popular demand, after its former shop closed a few years ago. The new shop is located on Baxter Street and is open from 9am to 4pm on weekdays and 9am to 2pm on Saturdays. Op-shop manager Lois Burton says the last shop, at the old Mitre 10, was a huge success and that all profits will once again go toward the museum. “The last one was meant to be open for six months and ended up running for two and a half years,” Lois says. “We had a lot of people ask us if we would open a shop again and the museum needs some funding for ongoing maintenance and upgrades, so it made sense.” To volunteer or donate goods to the op-shop, contact Clive on 425 8482.

A Local Government Commission (LGC) report that says Auckland Council could do more to improve local democracy and services has failed to impress the Northern Action Group (NAG), which is seeking more fundamental local government reform. The report “Enhancing Local Government for Aucklanders” was put together after the LGC considered a proposal for a separate Council for North Rodney proposed by NAG. The LGC determined that the application for a separate Council did not meet the “statutory criteria”. However, Commission chair Sir Wira Gardiner acknowledged “challenges remain” with the Auckland Supercity and noted some in the community were concerned that the “local” was being lost from local government. NAG chair Bill Townson says while acknowledging the failures of the Supercity was welcome, they were well overdue. Moreover, LGC recommendations to redress failings were too vague to result in any clear-cut action and would only elicit similar vague responses from Council. For example, Mr Townson says the Commission correctly identifies the need for more spending on roads in Rodney but fails to say where this money should come from. “There is arguably sufficient money in the current rate take from North Rodney but it is being spent elsewhere

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Darkroom pushes video technology to spectacular heights It might seem strange for a company at the cutting edge of content creation for advanced video technology to abandon a commercial and cultural centre like London in favour of Warkworth, but Bruce Ferguson and wife Emma Wolf have few regrets. Bruce, the creative director, and Emma, the creative producer, at Darkroom, saw an opportunity to return home, purchase a little land, acquire a few sheep and escape the rat race. At the same time, they established their business on the upper floor of the old BNZ building on Neville Street. Bruce says having a solid reputation among international clients in the United Kingdom means they can

continue to serve those clients equally well from New Zealand. “Having a relationship is more important than where you are based,” he says. Darkroom specialises in creating Virtual Reality (VR) video and Augmented Reality (AR) video. VR normally requires a user to wear a headset and sees them completely escape the real world for a virtual one. AR, on the other hand, involves the overlaying of graphic images over real objects. A typical example would see video images projected on to a stage, or in to the dome, or the side of a building during a big public event.

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Town Hall (Palacio de Cibeles) and the Kursalon music hall in Vienna. Beyond entertainment, the technology has practical applications too. Darkroom has done a lot of work with Les Mills’ gym clubs. Those riding exercycles are presented with a cycle path projected on to a screen in front of them. They might start by negotiating conventional terrain, then suddenly find themselves taken through jungles, up volcanoes or even into space or under water. Bruce says that while finding staff locally with animation experience has its challenges, Warkworth is far from being a backwater in this regard. The Huhu animation studios are a mere stone’s throw away in Snells

Beach and many of Darkroom’s staff trained at Lifeway College, also originally in Snells Beach. Local AR and VR enthusiasts meet regularly at the Tahi Bar to “share ideas, fool around and have some fun.” Bruce says prospects for the technology are bright, with all kinds of medical and engineering applications in the future. Sensors on a patient’s body might be used to present a 3D image of a diseased organ which can be viewed from all angles and manipulated in “real space” by a surgeon, rather than be confined to a video screen. “It’s important to recognise that this technology is not just a fad or a toy or a gimmick. It can be really useful,” Bruce says.

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As our community grows, and with the influx of tourists each holiday, ensuring your organisation or small business can be found online easily is critical for capturing attention. The good news is, the tools are available. Manage your Google listing If your business is not coming up in Google Maps or Google Search, or the information is out of date, you’re missing out. To update this yourself, open a Google Business account ( then click “Info” on the menu. Now you can update your address, contact details, hours and more. Update your Google photos Have you changed the signage outside your store? Or updated the interior? In Google Business, click the Photos link. Here you can add new photos, videos or even a 360-degree shot, which you can take with your smartphone. These new images will appear when people search for your business, helping create a great first impression. How’s your website? Speaking of first impressions, a professional website is critical for creating a great online presence. Relying on a Facebook page, which does not come up well in Google Search, is a poor substitute. Google may also penalise you if your website is old and doesn’t work well on mobile devices. The good news is that you can build a website yourself if you have some ability with words and photos and an eye for layout. Google offers a free tool under Google Business, and there are other online services too. Or, you can hire an agency to take care of this for you. Make the most of Google search With a good website in place, it’s important to get as many visitors to it as possible. When people search for your goods or services, they’ll find you on Google through either Paid Search (SEM) or Organic/Free Search (SEO). SEM gets your business into the four paid slots at the top of Google’s search results. For this, you’ll need an AdWords account ( and a daily budget. You can do this yourself, though it gets complicated quickly, or you can outsource it to an agency. SEO is free, but takes time and effort to develop. It comes down to many factors, including how well your website is built, if it’s mobile-friendly, the content, its relevance to visitors and many other details. You can open an account Google Webmasters account at webmasters/tools and start exploring. Chairman of the Jane Gifford Restoration Trust Steering Committee Dave Parker receiving a cheque from Warkworth Lions president David Little for $1300. Warkworth Lions hosted Kowhai Coast Lions, Mahurangi Rotary, Warkworth Rotary and the Kowhai Festival committee on a 3-hour cruise to Scott’s Landing with the goal of raising funds for a new sun shade for the Jane Gifford boat deck. Warkworth Lions Club is a long-time supporter of the Jane Gifford and carries out a quarterly clean of the vessel as an ongoing project.

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Although physical audiobooks on CD are still a popular resource at Warkworth Library, they may become a thing of the past.

Auckland library patrons join global eAudiobooks boom it’s on the decline,” Catherine says. This growth is an international trend, although NZ is leading the charge, with growth in Australia over the past year at 36 per cent, United Kingdom 28 per cent and Canada 24 per cent. “I think the growth in this area is partly due to the content being made available in this format and the growing use of mobile devices. “You can also listen to an eAudiobook while doing a number of daily activities, however research is showing that more people are starting to use them while they relax.” Globally, 57 per cent of people listen to their eAudiobooks at home, while

32 per cent listen to them in the car. Adult fiction has proved the most popular genre for eAudiobook listeners, followed by teen fiction and then adult non-fiction; similar to ebooks. “The one difference we do see with the genre is that adult non-fiction makes up a significantly bigger proportion of check-outs in the eAudiobooks format compared to ebooks.” Despite eAudiobooks becoming more used than audio books, Warkworth Library senior librarian Heather Jackson says physical check-outs are still popular. “People who are not so confident with technology are more likely to take out CDs,” Heather says.

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Student loan repayments and KiwiSaver, the gender pay gap at retirement and climate change are just some of the many topics that will be debated at the 54th annual conference of the NZ Federation of Business & Professional Women (BPW) in Warkworth this month. More than 80 women from throughout New Zealand are expected to attend the three-day event, which starts on Friday, April 20. The theme is Past, Present and Future and the moderator will be Children’s Minister and long-standing BPW member, Tracey Martin. Warkworth BPW club president Sally Smith says a busy and interesting programme has been arranged. The business sessions will be held in the Mahurangi College auditorium, while the Conference Dinner will be held at the Warkworth Town Hall. The Friday night speaker at the Awards Dinner will be Professor Jennifer Curtin, who is currently engaged in a project that examines women’s political leadership and cabinet representation in four Westminster countries, including NZ. She will speak on the future for women and girls, and their opportunities. Saturday’s programme will feature a panel discussion on the topic of intergenerational leadership. Several local

Warkworth BPW chapter members at a regular monthly meeting with guest speaker Anwen Robinson (front, second from left), the creator of the social enterprise Career Mum.

National BPW president, Hellen Swales, of Wellington, will be in Warkworth for the conference.

women will participate, including former Mahurangi College student Julia Caulfield and senior BPW Warkworth member Mona Townson. Other panelists will be Kidscoin founder Brittany Teei and NZ Leadership Institute development manager Dr Sue Watson. Sally says she is particularly looking forward to the Sunday address by Prue Kapua (Ngati Whakaue/Te

She says BPW offers women the opportunity for personal development, networking and to be involved in a range of issues at a local, regional, national and even international level.

Arawa/Ngati Kahungunu), who is the immediate past president of the Maori Women’s Welfare League. “I’ve heard her speak before on the subject of colonisation in the NZ context and her talks are always very thought-provoking.” Sally hopes the conference will raise the profile of the Warkworth chapter, which has been operating for more than 30 years.

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Networking pinpoints need Local networking is an important aspect of the BPW charter and this often has surprising outcomes. For example, when NZ First MP Tracey Martin talked about a global initiative to provide disadvantaged young women with free, reusable sanitary protection, BPW president Sally Smith was keen to get involved. The Days For Girls programme was setup early last year, with a sewing group meeting on the first Thursday of each month at Sally’s Sandspit home. Last year they made 50 kits, which were snapped up locally. “We thought the need would be overseas and perhaps in the Far North, but we soon found that there were many young girls locally who either couldn’t afford or didn’t have access to

commercial sanitary protection,” Sally says. Each kit consists of a cotton drawstring bag, two brushed cotton liners, eight brushed cotton pads, two pairs of cotton knickers, a bar of soap, a cotton flannel and two resealable plastic bags. The pads and liners are washable and can last for two to three years. Donations of new dark cotton knickers, all sizes; cotton face flannels (not microfibre); bars of soap; and medium resealable snap lock plastic bags are always welcome. They can be left at Tracey Martin’s office in Riverside Arcade, Warkworth. Days For Girls originally started as a means to help girls in Africa who were missing school just for lack of sanitary protection.

Local resolution given UN clout In 2011, a cousin of Warkworth BPW president Sally Smith organised a bike ride from Bluff to Cape Reinga to raise awareness of depression and suicide, following two tragic deaths by suicide in their extended family. Sally says she became interested in what New Zealand and the Government provided in terms of mental health, depression and suicide, in particular. “It wasn’t much. There was (and still is) no target for the reduction of suicides, a strategy and plan that wasn’t delivering much, and a rising number of suicides year-on-year,” she says. “Through BPW Warkworth, a resolution was passed nationally urging

the Government to ensure that every District Health Board had someone suitably qualified on the Board who had responsibility for mental health, and it urged the Government to set a suicide reduction target.” At the three-yearly International BPW congress held in Cairo last year, NZ’s suicide prevention resolution was redrafted into an international resolution, urging the United Nations to put pressure on governments everywhere to adopt a programme addressing the issue of suicide and depression. “This was passed unanimously. So, a little voice in Warkworth became a significant voice globally.”

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Nepal connection fostered On the international front, the Warkworth BPW chapter provides yearly support to the Nepal Literacy Fund. Chapter president Sally Smith says this has enabled many women to not only become literate, but also computer literate. The programme was founded in Kathmandu in 1994 and started by training women in food processing, mushroom growing, organic compostmaking and waste management. Literacy, sewing and tailoring, sales techniques and  accounting are also included. Sally says that although some of the projects are small in terms of beneficiaries, over the years thousands of women have benefited from the skills learned and the incomegenerating activities they  have embarked on. “It has given them not only an income, but also higher self-esteem  and a happier family life,” she says.

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Sally added that the International Federation for BPW, through its members and the BPW Chapters in Nepal, also contributed to the building of 49 new houses after the Nepal earthquake.

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One of the many activities that Warkworth BPW members are involved in outside of the monthly meetings is the Brain FIT for LIFE course, which the club sponsors. Social worker and BPW member Bronwyn Lane says she was so impressed when she heard about the course that she trained to become a teacher. Developed by Aucklanders Dr Allison Lamont and Gillian Eadie, who founded the Memory Foundation, the five 90-minute sessions are aimed at the 50-plus age group. The classes cover a number of strategies to increase memory retention using in-class group exercises. Bronwyn says memory loss isn’t an inevitable part of ageing. “One of the most important skills is to learn ways of focusing the mind on things you want to remember,” she says.

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Forum shares business gems Two enterprising businesswomen, Jackie Russell and Bev Giles, are hosting a Q&A forum for business people and not-for-profit organisations in Snells Beach on Tuesday, May 1. Jackie, who has a marketing and journalism background, says the hour-and-a-half long session will be an opportunity to address topics that are relevant to local business people (men and women) and not-for-profit representatives. “The format will be interactive and we hope that everyone will take away a couple of gems that they can apply to their own business,” she says. Bev, who setup a business coaching business late last year after 26 years in banking, says there will be plenty of opportunity to network during the session. Both women believe that it’s important

for local businesses to position themselves for the wave of growth that is predicted for Mahurangi. “It will be an advantage for businesses to have good support and networks in place before new businesses start arriving in the area,” Bev says. The forum will include short presentations from Jackie and Bev, as well as KGA accountant Martyn Ecroyd and recruitment and human resources specialist Tanya Gray. “The presentations will be kept short and relevant – the point of the afternoon is to give business people the chance to talk openly about their issues and identify their needs.” The You Ask It forum will be held at the Create Campus, in Goodall Road, from 4pm to 5.30pm. Tickets are $20 with all proceeds going to Life Education. Everyone welcome.

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Mahurangi College boys hockey were unable to capitalise on some good possession.

Tough opener for college winter teams The Mahurangi College winter sports teams were pushed hard in their opening matches for the season in the Mount Roskill Exchange held on April 5. The visiting Mount Roskill Grammar School won five of the seven fixtures played, with Mahurangi winning just girls hockey 3-0 and girls netball 41-20. Mahurangi College sports co-ordinator Karlie Stanbra says although the exchange was lost overall, she was happy with the performance. “All of the games were played in good spirit with a lot of energy from our students, and we were competitive across the codes,” Stanbra says.

“I think there were positive signs that our teams can expect good seasons this winter, and we will be looking to win the Hauraki Exchange in July on the back of this showing.” Stanbra was particularly pleased with the way the netball team came together on defence and praised a dominant performance from girls hockey. “The hockey team has six new girls so to control the whole match and a 3-0 win was an impressive effort.” Other results: boys hockey 2-1 loss; boys basketball 76-24 loss; girls basketball 54-12 loss; boys football 4-3 loss; girls football 2-0 loss.

Kaipara claims shield to finish on high The Kaipara Flats Cricket Club premier team has recovered from a difficult season after winning the Oxford Trust Two Day competition last month. The side finished last in both the T20 and oneday competition without collecting a win, but was unbeaten in its run to the two-day title. Club senior player Kevin Forde says the team was stoked to finish the season with some silverware. “We were in the driving seat heading into the final day of competition and getting the title was a good reward for some strong performances,” he says. Rory Christopherson topped the run scoring in the two-day format with 272 runs, including a century. Kyron Dill led the bowling stats, taking 25 wickets with two five-wicket bags. To address the team’s struggles in the other formats, Kaipara is hoping to adjust the schedule for next season with Cricket Northland. “With a full squad we only lost one match, but too many times we would lose up to six players on Northland duty and that has a big impact on results.” Forde says it’s important for the club that players are selected for higher honours and develop, but is concerned that Kaipara is being drained more than others in the competition. “What we would like to see is some of our matches being played on a Sunday so that players from our Rodney men’s competition can fill those gaps. That way we can develop more depth in the squad and consistently field a strong team week in, week out.” The team also enjoyed coaching from former Black Cap Brendon Bracewell this season, and the club is hoping he will return next season. “Bracewell brings a huge amount of experience to the setup and is someone who can oversee the team without having to be involved with the game itself,” Forde says.

















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Warkworth music film festival returns Piano virtuosos An eclectic line-up of movies will hit the big screen at the Warkworth Town Hall over Queen’s Birthday weekend, June 1 to 3, for the second Sounds on Screen Festival. Following on the success of last year’s inaugural event, organiser Urs Bauer says he has taken some risks with this year’s movie line-up. Instead of filling the programme with safe documentaries about well-known artists, there will be films about Swiss yodelling, throat singing and even some silent movies, including the three winning films from the most recent International Youth Silent Film Festival NZ regional competition. “It will be interesting to see how local audiences respond to the international flavour of the programme with more ‘out-of-the-box’ films,” Urs says. Ten musical documentary films will be shown over the three-day festival, opening on the Friday evening with Rocksteady – the Roots of Reggae, which is described as a musical journey through Jamaica’s golden age of music. The festival will include the New Zealand premiere of Joe Cocker – Mad Dog With Soul and several films will be accompanied by added extras, such as director’s talks and musical items. “There’s something on the programme to appeal to a range of ages and interests.” More than 600 people attended last year’s festival, providing Urs with plenty of positive feedback on the quality of the sound and films. “We hope those who enjoyed last year’s

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Three pianists steadily making a name for themselves in New Zealand and internationally will perform at the Warkworth Town Hall on April 22. The trio are all studying at the University of Auckland School of Music with Dr Rae de Lisle and Stephen de Pledge. They will each give a solo piano recital but end the concert with a rousing piece for six hands. Modi Deng, 20, has performed with the Dunedin Symphony Orchestra, Auckland Philharmonic and Christchurch Symphony Orchestra. She was a semi-finalist in the Lev Vlassenko Piano Competition in Brisbane. Siyu Sun, 20, has won prizes in the New Zealand National Concerto Competition, the Wallace National Piano Competition and the Lev Vlassenko Piano Competition. Sara Lee began her musical training at age six and studied in Seoul and Moscow before coming to the University of Auckland. She has won numerous prizes in national and international competitions. Warkworth Music, which is presenting the concert, says the virtuosity and passion of these outstanding pianists will “entrance, move and uplift”. The programme will include works by Scarlatti, Chopin, Mendelssohn and Rachmaninoff. Tickets are $35 at the door, school students free.



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Imperfect Offerings provides a reminder of the talent the world lost when Leonard Cohen died in 2016.

Cohen influence lives on The life of Canadian singer-songwriter, poet and novelist Leonard Cohen will be celebrated at a commemorative concert in Matakana on May 5. A nine-piece band based in Auckland has put together a two-hour show that pays tribute to arguably one of the world’s greatest singer-songwriters of recent times. Band leader and lead vocalist Peter McMillan says the band formed in late 2014 as a tribute band and then put together the commemorative show, Imperfect Offerings, following Cohen’s death in November 2016. “We’ve played a number of venues around the North Island, including a sellout concert at the Q Theatre in Auckland, and the response has been great,” Peter says. “People are familiar with his music because it speaks to the human experience – love, death, inner suffering, sexuality, religion and just trying to make your way in the world.” The band includes musicians from jazz, classical, country and rock backgrounds, who play a range of

instruments, including the violin and balalaika. With a huge body of work to choose from, the show includes favourites such as Suzanne, Bird on the Wire, Everybody Knows and his best-known song, Hallelujah. “The name Imperfect Offering is inspired by Cohen’s lyric in Anthem, ‘Ring the bells that still can ring,
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Spy game turns sinister Warkworth Theatre Group will present Spygame by English playwright Bettine Manktelow at the Warkworth Town Hall from May 3. The comedy-thriller concerns a group of complete strangers who are brought together in an English country house on the promise of possible selection to appear in a new reality TV show. The would-be “spies” hope to reap monetary rewards and stardom if they make the cut. But something sinister is afoot. When one of their number disappears, the remaining guests fear danger may lurk just around the corner.


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Fans of magic and illusions are spoilt for choice this month, with two magicians performing separate shows at the Wellsford Community Centre within a week of each other. First cab off the rank is Andre Vegas with his Family Fun Magic & Illusion Show on Saturday afternoon, April 21 at 2pm. The cast includes Andre’s wife and principal assistant, Adriana, plus Ricco and Nacho the Magic Chihuahuas, and Chocolate Lips the giant rabbit.

Andre, who has appeared on New Zealand’s Got Talent, is visiting Wellsford for the first time and says the show will be feature nine major illusions, audience participation, comedy and dance. “Expect more than just a rabbit out of a hat,” he says. “This show has fun for all ages and nothing too scary for the little ones, although Adriana does end up beside herself!” Tickets cost $20 for adults, $12 for children or $55 for a family pass, available from Woodys Winners Lotto shop, or Glenda on 09 431 3093. Then, on the following Saturday evening, April 28, Mike Lindsay returns to Wellsford with his It’s Showtime Magic & Illusion Spectacular, starring a chicken called Nugget and a mind-reading dove. He promises an unforgettable show full of great illusions and comedy antics suitable for the whole family. “I did the Wellsford Community Centre two years ago and it was great, so we’re coming back with something a bit fresher and lots of new stuff,” he says. “The new show is a lot bigger, with more Vegas-style illusions, like my assistant Keara vanishing and floating, that sort of thing.” The 90-minute show starts at 7pm and tickets cost $20 for adults and $14 for children under 15, available from Visit us on Facebook for daily notices MahurangiMatters

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Mahurangi district ANZAC Day services 25 April 2018 Upper Waiwera A Cenotaph Service will be held at Upper Waiwera, at 2pm. The cenotaph is on Upper Waiwera Road, off Weranui Road. Puhoi A service will be held at the memorial gates at the entrance to the Puhoi Pioneers Memorial Park at 9am. There will be a wreath-laying ceremony, followed by a cup of tea afterwards. The Puhoi Heritage Museum is coordinating the service and the fire brigade, scouts and sports club will be involved. Algies Bay A service will be held at the Amberlea Rest Home at 1.30pm. Warkworth The dawn service will start at the rotunda on Church Hill at 6am, followed by breakfast at the Warkworth RSA. There is a free breakfast for servicemen or $12 for members of the public. The Civic Ceremony will be at 10.30am, also at the rotunda. The service will include the New Zealand and Australian national anthems, the ode in Maori, and will be followed by light refreshments at the RSA, where the Mahurangi College kapa haka group will perform and the Lions Club will be selling sausages. Matakana A service will be held at the Matakana War Memorial at 10am. Leigh A service will be held at the Leigh cemetery at 11am. Kawau Island A community service will be held at the Kawau Boating Club at 12.30pm.

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Wellsford The service will start with assembly at the El Tapora Restaurant, on Port Albert Road, at 5.45am. A march will then go from there to the Wellsford Memorial Park, by the Wellsford Library, where the service will be held. Afterwards there will be a Champagne breakfast at the Wellsford RSA. Hakaru The Hakaru & District Memorial RSA service will start with an assembly at the clubrooms at 10am. The parade will march to the flag for a wreath-laying ceremony at 10.30am. The service will finish inside the RSA with the ode and a second wreath-laying, followed by refreshments to conclude. Matakohe/Paparoa A combined Paparoa RSA and the Kauri Museum service will be held at the museum, with fall-in at the Matakohe War Memorial Hall at 10.30am. The march will halt at the Cemetery Flag, the flag will be lowered and the Last Post sounded. There will be wreath-laying ceremonies at the Gun Memorial and the War Memorial Hall. A service will be held at the Volunteers Hall at the museum during which family or friends will have the opportunity to lay flowers or poppies in the display near photographs of family members. Refreshments will follow. Maungaturoto Assembly will take place at the back of the hall at 5.45am. The dawn service will begin at 6am at the Maungaturoto Community Centre Hall, opposite the War Cemetery. A breakfast at the Maungaturoto RSA will follow. There will also be a brunch at the Maungaturoto RSA at 11am.

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winter sporting registrations can be accepted on the night, to bring more value for clubs participating.” The event did provide an opportunity this year for Mahu Bike and Skate to showcase their draft plan for its proposed park at the showgrounds. Submissions on the design were also collected at the Warkworth Fiesta last month, and Nicola says feedback has all been positive. “The community really supports the idea and the plans we’ve put forward, and now it’s just about making it happen. “We hope to obtain Auckland Council approval within the next three months, and then we will be busy applying for funding, as the project is set to cost around $1.5 million at this stage.” To view the bike and skate plans and give feedback visit

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Organisers of the Warkworth Showgrounds Have a Go Day are going back to the drawing board to see how they can attract more people to the event next year. Event organiser Nicola Jones says she was disappointed with the turnout following the success of last year’s The Great Turn On. “Last time we had a lot of people comment on how much they enjoyed the evening so that inspired us to make it annual,” Nicola says. “This year, numbers were down, but I think because of the spectacle of the new showground lights and the funding we had last year, it was always going to be difficult to improve on that.” Nicola says in future they will look to host exhibition matches during the event to attract more families along as supporters. “We would also like to host it over summer so that all

Plunket has no plans to change current arrangements for its buildings in Warkworth and Wellsford, following its recent restructure into a single national organisation. The national children’s health service has come under fire recently for consolidating its buildings and assets, with some communities losing facilities and services as part of the reorganisation. However, Plunket’s acting Northern regional operations manager, Sam Ferreira, said there would be no changes for the Warkworth building, which is currently leased to Plunket by Auckland Council, and Wellsford, which is on land that was gazetted for Plunket use. She added that Plunket had been working with the Wellsford group to identify their future needs, and would start work this month to reclad part of the building and improve drainage. There has already been a major campaign to renovate and improve facilities at Wellsford by local mother and fundraising coordinator, Tania Hamilton, without whom the rooms were facing closure. In the past two years, she has mustered the community and raised thousands of dollars to completely revamp and upgrade the building, grounds and equipment. She was recently given $10,000 for her efforts – $5000 for Wellsford Plunket and $5000 for a trip of her choice – by ASB’s Good As Gold community awards scheme. Tania is currently planning several events to raise money for a new Plunket kitchen and carpark improvements, including a gala black tie dinner and dance on May 26, a family portrait photograph weekend on June 9 and 10, and A Night With Te Radar at the Wellsford RSA on Saturday, July 2. Full details are available from Tania on 021 264 0424 or


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Charlie battles on after surgery After months in hospital, Matakana Road crash victim Charlie Casey, 11, was back home again last week, though it is anticipated it could be another year before he walks normally again. Charlie’s father, Martin, said Charlie had in fact returned home nine days earlier but, unfortunately, fell and broke his leg again. The mishap may have proved a blessing in disguise because it turned out the leg was not healing properly anyway. His leg has now been fitted with steel plates. But Martin says the incident did give Charlie’s confidence another knock. Charlie underwent several surgeries after his right leg and hip were shattered in an accident on Matakana Road in January involving a truck and trailer unit and a taxi. At one point, it was thought Charlie might lose his leg entirely, but because of high-tech surgical techniques, there is confidence his leg will be saved. Martin and his wife Tania have been forced to give up work to attend to Charlie and a Givealittle web page was set up to help the family meet living expenses. So far, the page has raised more than $22,000. Martin says he has been blown away by people’s generosity. “We’ve really appreciated it because you suddenly get a whole bunch of costs, which are hard to handle,” he says.

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Car seat safety clinic at showgrounds Free baby and children’s car seat safety checks are being held at Mahurangi Rugby Club in Warkworth on Friday, April 20 between 11am and 1pm. Child restraint technicians will be on hand to ensure seats are installed securely and they will be offering free anchor bolt installations. There will also be a chance to win a new car seat at the clinic, which is a joint initiative between Plunket and Auckland Transport. Info: Call Plunket on 09 837 1871 or email In case of wet weather on the day, please call 021 682572.


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Apparently, the grass really is greener on the other side of the fence and busted old sheep and beef farms are just so 2017. Our much-adored and long-serving farm manager and his partner have left us for the greener pastures of a deer farm, where velvet and venison are all the rage. This couple have left us with a rather large hole in our lives and our farm, thus I devote this column to their years of service. Both Chas and my husband, Rodney, are simple creatures and, apart from the latter having a lot greyer hair, were fairly similar in many ways, even if they cared not to admit it. Both men seemed to flourish when they worked together, even when it was some hare-brained, get-rich-quick scheme that my husband had come up with. These mad men did some bloody silly stuff together over the years. The young man/old man competitive streak reared its ugly head on a constant basis. Chas was far more stupid downhill on a bike; my husband was way more stupid downhill on a tractor. We had a secret nickname for Chas – “bowerbird”. This nickname was formulated once we realised that he possibly received an allergic reaction from putting equipment back in its rightful place in the shed. After many years and fruitless hours spent looking for tools and equipment, we came to accept that this little bowerbird saw his garage as his nest and everything on the farm ended up in it. Polite acceptance meant that my husband eventually knew where everything was, and Chas never flinched when Rodney was creeping around his home looking for stuff anytime, day or night. Chas was rather partial to a beer or three after work and my husband rarely is. But one fateful night on some duty-free rum, these fools turned into gravel-wrestling superheroes who awoke the next day with grazes, bruises and Alzheimer’s. Chas’s partner, Manawarangi, completed the picture-perfect farming relationship. You could not have got two more polar opposites if you tried. I remember with fondness the first time Manawarangi and I had a social get-together. I offered her blue cheese and olives. Hilariously, she looked at me sideways and politely said, “I don’t eat that sort of food”. I believe this sentiment would have been reciprocated to her when she offered me a big plate of hangi. We were two women made from very different fabric and yet it just worked, and it worked really well, and it set the foundations for a lifelong friendship. So yeah, the years rolled by and all our kids grew taller and, hopefully we all got wiser, moments of craziness and hard work intertwined itself with much happiness and laughter and, at times, sadness. Through it all, not a nasty word was spoken. These working threads that we created helped to form a beautiful blanket of memories that I am sure will always keep us warm. As the weeks pass by, all the farm tools are slowly creeping back to the shed. Spare beer now sits silent in the fridge and the bike tyre treads now feel safe. So, cheers for your years of service, hipsters. We had the time of our lives.












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Generations of Kaipara land care rewarded A family that has been farming in the Kaipara Hills for five generations and nearly 130 years has won the 2018 Supreme Auckland Ballance Farm Environment Award for sustainable land management and good farming practice. Father and son team Bruce and Steve Dill, together with their wives, Felicity and Clare, farm the 488-ha sheep and beef property Atuanui that was founded by Marcus Gordon Dill in 1889. The award was announced at a special dinner in Auckland on April 4, where the Dills were also presented with three more prizes – the Ballance AgriNutrients Soil Management Award, the Beef + Lamb NZ Livestock Award and the CB Norwood Distributors Ltd Agri-Business Management Award. Steve Dill said afterwards that winning the awards had been a complete and utter surprise, not least since it was the first time they had entered and had no way of knowing how their business stacked up against the other three finalists. He’s now busy planning a special open field day at their Dill Road property, in the hills between Kaipara Flats and the Kaipara Coast Highway, for Tuesday, May 8 at 10.30am. Judges said it was a combination of family teamwork and a multi-generational attachment to, and knowledge of, the land that had created “a successful and

Steve and Clare Dill accepted the Supreme Award.

sustainable farming business with many environmental highlights”. Three quarters of Atuanui is steep hill country, which was both an asset and a liability, they said. While the westerly outlook to Kaipara Harbour provides a spectacular setting for the Dills’ ecotourism accommodation and walking venture, it is also prone to winter flooding, erosion and sediment loss into the Hoteo River. The Dills have managed these issues by developing and implementing a formal Land and Environment Plan, which has included planting more than 10,000 trees and plants, installing effective stock fencing, managing stock water reticulation and keeping stock levels low in sensitive areas. They have also started their own tree nursery to build up manuka and

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poplar numbers around the farm. Two other local agricultural ventures also received environment awards at the presentation dinner. David, Geraldine, Don and Margaret Bayly, who run the Kaipara Coast Plant Centre, Sculpture Gardens and beef cattle farm near Kaukapakapa, picked up three prizes – the Auckland BFEA People in Agriculture Award, the Massey University Innovation Award and the Predator Free Farm Award. And Ray and Pam Hollis’s Gracefarm, a rural residential farm park and dairy support venture at Te Hana, won the Auckland Council Water Quality Enhancement Award. For more details about attending the Dills’ farm open day, email auckland@

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On November 4, 1918, several battalions of the 3rd Rifle Brigade of the New Zealand Division began to liberate the town of Le Quesnoy, an old fortress town occupying a strategic position in Northern France. A moat surrounded the town. It was comprised of two distinct ditches with 6-9 metre high fortifications. The town could be entered by three roads, guarded by gates. Le Quesnoy had a population of 5000 and had been in German hands since August 1914. About 2000 German troops were stationed in the town. Four men from Puhoi, William Berger, Gordon Jamieson, Joseph Turnwald and Albert Wenzlick, were in France in November 1918 and may have been at Le Quesnoy. William Berger was wounded on November 4. Puhoi Heritage Museum holds several postcards he wrote to the Schollum sisters in Puhoi. During the battle, the 2nd, 3rd and 4th battalions surrounded the town and gradually wore down some of the German defence. Using oil bombs as a smoke screen, members of the 4th battalion were able to place ladders for a storming party to get over the first wall. After a severe fight they won that rampart and were faced with another moat and the walls of the citadel. A section of the ramparts that appeared unmanned and was not under fire from the defenders was found. Again, the ladder was used, and a platoon was able to ascend to the top of the ramparts. They overcame a German guard post, and, with an entrance through the defences secured, the rest of the battalion used the ladder and entered the town shortly afterward. At the same time, a party from 2nd Rifle Battalion seized the gate guarding the road into Le Quesnoy from Valenciennes and began entering the town from the north; subsequently, the Germans quickly surrendered and were taken prisoners. The civilians of the town were overjoyed and gave the New Zealanders a tremendous reception. Streets were renamed for prominent New Zealanders and strong links have been retained over the last hundred years. During the battle, 135 New Zealand lives were lost. Many of these young men had survived battles at the Somme and Passchendaele, only to be killed just seven days before the end of the war. During 32 months of service in France and Belgium, the New Zealand Division was to incur in the region of 48,000 casualties. More than 12,400 of them are buried in Belgium. A New Zealand War Memorial Museum is to be established in the former mayor’s residence in Le Quesnoy. It is due to open on November 4 this year to mark the centenary of the battle. For more information and to make donations, visit

Easter Sunday morning saw me out in the garden with a lit candle. However, it was not a celebration of the heavenly occasion, but something rather earthier. The candle was being used to seal some holes with wax, which I had drilled into some oak logs to insert dowels impregnated with Shiitake mushroom spawn. These logs came from a helpful neighbor and are stacked in a wet, shady corner of the veggie garden; hopefully to produce a bounty of succulent mushrooms in a few months. Fungi are an often overlooked but very important part of gardening and indeed life. That Easter weekend seemed to be all about fungi for me; appropriately so, as autumn is the traditional season for harvesting many fungi. I noticed several Shaggy Ink Caps growing through the lawn, these are quite edible, and I expect the big delicious field mushrooms are not far off. Wild harvesting of fungi is best left to experts though, as there are so many dangerous species about – a point underscored by the appearance of several very beautiful, but very deadly, Amanita mushrooms from the potting mix of some plants in our conservatory this week. Less desirable fungi have quite an impact on gardens as well. Here in the so-called “winterless north”, a long, wet winter like the one we’ve just had can spell doom for many plants. The culprit is usually a water-loving, soil-borne fungus called Phytophthora, which means “plant destroyer” in Greek. There are numerous species of this fungus, which affect a wide range of plants, but in general they all act the same. Plants and trees affected will often look okay over winter – maybe a bit peaky – but as new growth starts in spring they give up the ghost, with sudden wilting, followed by leaf drop, tip die-back, followed usually by death. There are a range of treatments that can be employed to counter this dreaded disease. Firstly, make sure you have good drainage in your garden, which, incidentally, helps with a range of other problems as well. On flat ground, creating a gentle slope can get rid of some excess water, as can perforated drain pipes installed in the soil. Raising the planting areas even by just a few centimeters can help. All my gardens are edged with timber, most of which was old deck bearers. It’s still good for another decade or so as edging. Changing the soil ecosystem is the next step. Regular mulching with woody materials helps generate a range of beneficial micro-organisms, which help suppress root diseases. Liming also helps, both to create a less acidic environment, but also to increase the amount of calcium in the soil. Phytophthora doesn’t like soils high in calcium. If the soil is already high pH, which is relatively rare in the north, then applying gypsum instead of lime is recommended as this has very little effect on soil acidity.

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Autumn disease watch list Here are three diseases owners of grazing animals should be on the lookout for during autumn and, with winter only two months away, a couple of things we should be planning for. Barber’s pole worm can cause ill-thrift (failure to grow) in ruminants and camelids, such as alpacas. In this respect it behaves like other pathogenic worms, but unlike other worms this worm can impose a severe burden in livestock very quickly. In certain environmental conditions, death from anaemia can occur before any diarrhoea is seen. These conditions are warm ground temperatures and significant levels of moisture, especially after a dry period. Late summer and autumn is the risk time. The only warning signs you might see are animals becoming slow and weak and the colour of the mucous membranes, such as the gums and inside of the eyelids, are no longer salmon pink, but pale. Facial eczema can also strike ruminants and camelids in late summer and autumn. This disease is caused by a microscopic fungus that loves to grow in warm, moist conditions in the vegetable matter litter layer at the base of pasture. The nature of the pasture and the lie of the land are important factors in how well the fungus grows. One paddock on a property may be “hot” while another is not. The spores of this fungus contain a toxic chemical. When it is eaten in high enough quantities, it damages the animal’s liver. Damage can be accumulative over some months. Although the animal will not be thriving as well as it should, the first thing noticed is usually photosensitivity. The damaged liver cannot clear the chlorophyll being eaten. It builds up in the circulation and when hit by sunshine it releases energy and burns. The name “facial eczema” comes from the sunburn symptoms seen on the faces of white, woolly sheep. In black and white cattle it is stunning how black areas can be completely normal and white areas are red and blistered. This disease can be cruel and can be fatal. Ryegrass staggers is another summer and autumn disease caused by fungi. In addition to ruminants and camelids, this disease also affects horses. It is more sporadic in nature and most affected animals recover completely. The offending fungus is found inside plants (perennial ryegrass, mostly) and it gets in there at the seed stage only. The fungus can affect the brains of grazing animals. They will tremor, have jerky gaits and fall over. Finally, a brief note on shelter. As animal welfare regulations tighten, come October it will be illegal to habitually tether a goat that does not have access to food and water, and access to shelter from the sun, wind and rain at all times. October will also see the introduction of instant fines for some of the less serious animal welfare breaches. David Neubauer, of Dairy Flat, receives a whopper of an Easter egg from Honest Chocolat creative director Emily Bonnaud. David won the giant egg in a raffle organised by the Matakana chocolate maker to raise funds for the Mental Health Foundation. The effort raised more than $1200. Emily says Honest Chocolat wanted to raise awareness about the help that is available for those suffering mental health problems.

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Team Coresteel dominates

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Around 180 children attend the Warkworth Athletics Club at full capacity.

Standout performer Chance Rhodes.

The Warkworth Athletics Club has wrapped up a good season, despite losing two long-standing committee members. Last year, Jared McGee took on the role of club president. His predecessor, Brett Illingworth, and Brett’s brother, Mark, have officially stepped back from the sport. “Those two have given over a decade of service to this club, so we owe them a lot,” McGee says. Despite the loss of the Illingworth brothers, McGee is confident the club has good support moving into next summer. “Although we have lost some valuable

update club members. Around 180 children, aged seven to 14, participated in a range of track and field events, this season. Chance Rhodes picked up top prize with a season score of 119 points. Other prize winners for first place by age group were: Bree Illingworth, Beatrix Hardie-Lyne, Luka Rissman, Lucee Illingworth, Balain Adams, Alice Cleland, Matthew Hay, Dakota Corringham, Rylee Cotton, Tegan Stanley, Chance Rhodes, Chantal Walker, Dillon Genet and Elsa Stanley.

Athletics future bright despite farewells experience, the committee we have is very devoted and up to 20 parents volunteer their time for every session we run,” he says. McGee is also excited that high performance coach Warwick Fenton will return next season after he started working with the club last year. “Warwick was working with the older children, helping them to refine their technique, and we have seen huge improvements in their results because of that.” The club is working with Auckland Council to get a drinking fountain installed at Shoesmith Domain for next summer and has established a Facebook page to

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Team Coresteel was ruthless again in wrapping up the first division of the KGA Warkworth/L.J. Hooker Business House Tennis Competition at Warkworth Tennis and Squash Club this month. It marked the third consecutive title for the Coresteel side of Carl Jamieson, Robbie Blair, Andrew Boyd, Brent Butler and Annette Goetter. Runner-up was KGA Warkworth comprising Peter Hooper, Blair Martin, David Theyers, Don Matheson and Neville Stevenson. Meanwhile, Riff Raff was champion in division two, with players Clarke Jones, Peter Firth, Greg Neilson, Des Freeman and Alastair Pearce. Second place was Rogered Femoral with Brendon Hart, Sandy Rowe, Mike Benson, Steve Maric, Steve Cadwallader and Darren Knight.

Brierly athletics success Rodney College student Georgia Brierly continued her athletics success this season picking up a placing at the North Island Secondary Schools Athletics event this month. Her 4x100 metre relay team came second, and she individually picked up fourth place in the senior girls 400 metre race with a time of 1.03.05 minutes. Got a sport story to tell? Phone 425 9068

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Warkworth reclaims Cadness The Cadness Cup is back in the trophy cabinet at Bowls Warkworth following a strong and composed performance throughout the competition. The Warkworth team won the title in 2016 for the first time in 19 years, but was unable to defend it last season. Bowls Warkworth committee member James Newlove says it was exciting to reclaim the trophy. “Because we had won the competition two years earlier we had confidence we could repeat that success. But that also put pressure on us, so we were pleased to come out on top,” Newlove says. The competition consisted of three rounds played at Manly Bowling Club during March. Eighteen teams competed. Warkworth made the final round robin, playing two sides from Mairangi Bay and a team from Orewa. “We lost our first match in the competition, but ended up winning the next seven to pull through,” Newlove says. “A highlight was coming back from 14-5 down to win 16-15 over Mairangi Bay in the finals. I think that shows the way our players support each other under pressure.” The team also faced a challenge when



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Cadness Cup winners clockwise from left, James Newlove, Stu Charity, Francois Loubser and Ivan Pivac.

skipper Steve Cameron was unavailable for the finals and Francois Loubser was promoted to that role. Stu Charity and Newlove also moved up and Ivan Pivac was brought in as lead. “Francois really stepped up and led the team well, and Ivan was a great player to bring into the side on a big day,” Newlove says. This was the 89th year of the Cadness Cup and is the biggest title win for Bowls Warkworth this season.

Touring team dominated The Mahurangi College Premier Netball team was ruthless in its downing of St Pauls school 74-21 in Warkworth on April 6. The Brisbane school visits New Zealand every two years and Mahurangi College hopes to send a netball team to face them in Australia in future.


Kaipara sports scholarship Entries are open for the Kaipara Flats Sports Club annual Young Person’s Sporting Scholarship. The winner will receive up to $2000 towards their sporting endeavours. Entrants must be aged between 16 and 25 years and be affiliated directly or via a family member with the sports club. Entries close June 15. Info and application forms: Holiday cycle programme Harbour Sport Cycling holiday programme for ages 5 to 14, Warkworth Showgrounds, April 23. Learn to ride, 9am to 11am, and cycle skills, 12noon to 3pm. Register at Info: Oliver 027 523 6857 Winter hockey Winter hockey season starts May 7 for women and May 11 for men. Players need to be 14 or over, team fees $1300. Registrations due 30th April online Season finishes on August 31. Info: Northland vs Counties Northland vs Counties Manukau high performance squad rugby match, Kaiwaka Sports Complex, May 16, at 6.30pm. Free entry. Table Tennis Matakana Table Tennis resumes at the Matakana Hall on Tuesdays, 7.30pm. Everyone welcome. Adults $2, students $1. Info: George 423 0424

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The secondary schools principals’ conference was a thought provoking experience where some astonishing claims were made. The current generation of young people in the Western world will be the first in recent history to NOT out live their parents. Surely not. Let’s investigate further. When taking a closer look we do see some troubling issues emerge. A major factor is the change in diet, with today’s young people eating far less healthy food than previous generations, and consuming far more sugar, salt, unhealthy fats, junk food and processed food than ever before. But it is not just diet. Today’s children have a much more sedentary lifestyle due to such factors as urbanisation and digitalisation. Over 50% of the world’s population now live in cities with less space for free play; many children now spend more time playing indoors on their devices than they do outside in the fresh air and sunshine with their friends. A third reason, and these are all linked, is the worldwide crisis in mental health. The World Health Organisation has recently declared stress as the major 21st century health epidemic in the developed world. The less healthy diet and more sedentary

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lifestyle have no doubt contributed to this, as has the growth in social media, creating a condition in our youth known as FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out). Overprotective parenting also contributes; when children are protected from dealing with the smaller stresses of everyday life they do not develop the resilience they will need to cope when larger issues come their way. Many people struggle with the rapid pace of economic, social and technological change in our modern society and workplaces. Canadian psychiatrist, Dr Shimi Kang, a speaker at our conference, proposed that many young people today are losing their natural, built-in optimisers of healthy food, exercise, sunshine and face to face interaction with others. She said in building positive mental health, we all need POD – Play, Others and Downtime. The good news is that we can do something about it. We want to be

In a school setting, in our drive for success, we need to ensure we have time for POD (Play; Others; Downtime) New technology can be a wonderful tool for learning, but it can also inhibit opportunities for POD and needs to be carefully managed, both in the home and during school. proactive in meeting the needs of our young people facing today’s pressures. One of the six projects in our school’s Annual Plan for this year is to “develop a range of programmes to build resilience and improve the health and well-being of our students”. Our Assistant Principal, Mrs Wynne, and our Board member, Dr Ihirangi Heke, are leading this project. Currently they are researching what more we can do to grow the resilience of our students. Mrs Wynne has recently attended a conference in Christchurch on strengthening wellbeing in young people. Dr Heke is involved in research through Auckland University, which our school has been invited to participate in. As mentioned previously, last year we undertook to listen carefully to our parents and community; finding out what they really wanted from our school. The above project is just one of 33 that evolved from this invaluable consultation. I would like to take this opportunity to invite you to


find out what else we have learnt. On Wednesday 30 May we are throwing a party at Our Place - a celebration of our past and present success and future direction. Hear our Mahu stories, chat with our school leaders, reconnect with our Alumni and understand what our new Strategic Plan means for your kids. To thank you for your contribution to our past, present and future successes, the party is on us! Food and coffee trucks, local wine and cheese - come along and make Our Place your place for the night. Further details will follow in Term 2. If you are a past student, staff or board member of Mahurangi College, I’d like to direct your attention to our official Alumni Facebook page. Historic photos are uploaded daily. News of any major developments at Mahurangi College and invitations to events will also be posted. DAVID MACLEOD PRINCIPAL


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During weeks 7 and 8, our Year 8 students attended their annual camp at Tawharanui Regional Park. A team of experts from Auckland Zoo engaged students in learning about this exquisite environment right on our local doorstep. We would like to say a huge thank you them, to Miss Turrell, Mr Ganley, Mr Frost, Mrs Hodder, our senior PE and Hospitality students, our awesome parent helpers and the dedicated Year 8 teachers for another great outdoor experience. Pictured above: Year 8 teacher Mrs Holm, with students from her class.



In addition to our new website, we have launched a school app for phone and tablet. The new app enables parents and students to receive essential information on the go; especially valuable for sports practices and games, as well as to quickly notify our parents of any unforeseen changes. It’s free to download. Search Mahurangi in your app store (for both iOS and Android) under phone apps.

Athletics day is always a highlight on the school calendar. Thank you to all our staff who worked tirelessly throughout the day officiating. There were many excellent performances, including four new school records from Zoe Peacock Year 7 Girls High Jump, Ava Jane-Rashleigh Year 7 Girls Discus, Blake Heaven Intermediate Boys 100m and Korotaake Tebutokai Intermediate Girls Shot Put.

PICTURED (from left to right): Yr 7 Girls 50m Freestyle Relay Team NH Swim Champs, George Durban-Burgess wins 400m at NH Athletics Championships. Below: School and Interhouse Athletics.

A few weeks after school athletics day our top Year 9-13 athletes competed at the North Harbour Athletics Championships. Top performances came from the following students who won their events:

Kate Rowe Intermediate Girls 1500m, Brianna Cadwallader Senior Girls 100m, 200m and Triple Jump, Lucy Rowe Senior Girls 1500m, Titiera Bura Junior Boys Shot Put and Discus, Litia Arawatau Junior Boys Javelin, Robbie McFarlane Intermediate Boys Javelin and George Durban-Burgess Intermediate. Boys 400m. The Auckland Championships followed. Our top 3 performances were: Lucy Rowe Senior Girls 1500m (2nd), Brianna Cadwallader Open Girls 300m Hurdles (2nd) and Robbie McFarlane Intermediate Boys Javelin (2nd). KHAMAL GANLEY

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46 Mahurangimatters April 18, 2018 Orewa College has now held the Murray Jones Shield for the last seven years despite facing tough opposition in the last two seasons.

Moth class is growing in popularity.

Algies grabs regatta opportunity Algies Bay could be a regular host of moth class sailing regattas following a successful championship weekend last month. The bay hosted the New Zealand Moth Class National Championships, from March 23 to 25. New Zealand Moth Class president and competitor Brad Marsh says the venue was very suitable for the event. “The Sandspit Yacht Club was really supportive across the weekend. I think we will hold at least one moth class regatta there every year now,” Marsh says. “We attracted 14 boats to race, which is a record for a sport that is going through a revival period.” Marsh says racing was close on all days between the top three competitors, but Luna Rossa America’s Cup racer Pierluigi De Felice was dominant overall and came first. He was followed in order by Stu Goodes, Russ Evans and first time moth class racer Dan Leech. The event was officially recognised by Yachting New Zealand and was officiated by race officer Richard Brown. “We definitely owe a big thanks to Ross and Graham Sutherland, and Peter Marsh, who not only brought the event to Algies, but also set up the weekend,” says Marsh.

Orewa edge Mahurangi in shield clash first game of the year,” he says. Both sides have taken on a number of new players this year, 16 entering the Orewa squad and eight in the Mahurangi squad. “It’s going to take time for some of those new combinations to gel, but I think the match was a great opportunity for those players to get a taste of First XV rugby,” Wilson says. “We know this season will be a struggle again in the 1A competition. We will be focused on improving our performances each week rather than making the play-offs.” Meanwhile, Mahurangi is hoping to make the semifinal stage of the North Harbour 1B competition. “We have a strong and experienced leadership group playing in key positions this year, which gives us good structure,” Blyth says. “Coming within four points of a team from the tier above us definitely shows this side has the ability to make a top four spot this year.”

Orewa College has clinched the Murray Jones Shield again after squeezing past Mahurangi College for the seventh year running, winning 18-14. The match was played in Orewa on April 10. Orewa College First XV head coach Adam Wilson says the game was a very even battle that, like last year’s match, could have gone either way. “Both teams can be proud of their defensive efforts in what were extremely tough conditions with strong winds,” Wilson says. “I think our tackling effort and good line-out allowed us to win a pivotal set piece at the end of the fixture, which saw us finish on top.” Mahurangi College assistant coach Jon Blyth says despite being down 13-0 at half-time, his side felt they were in the game with the wind at their backs in the second half. “In the end, I think we lacked some fitness to pull off a positive result and also made some poor errors on attack, which were probably due to this being our

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Anthony Thomas (centre) won the event overall. Pictured with Phillis Meti (left) and Rauru Walker.

Long drive a ‘huge hit’ at Omaha The Omaha Beach Golf Club received high praise after hosting its first New Zealand Long Drive Open on March 25. The International Golf Association New Zealand (IGANZ) event attracted a number of top players. IGANZ owner Olna Ford says she is looking forward to bringing the event back to Omaha next year. “The course is a stunning location, and I’ve never had the quality of support I got there at any other club when organising an event,” she says. “Omaha became the first course to use sight scope technology to show shots on the big screen for spectators, which was a big success as well.” Omaha Beach Golf Club general

manager Mike Reid says he is thrilled with how the day played out. “We attracted some strong players and long drive brought in a number of spectators who were not traditional golf watchers,” Reid says. “Hosting the competition was definitely good for the club. We hope to refine how we deliver it over the next two years.” Anthony Thomas, from the United States, took out the top prizes after coming first and hitting the longest drive of 346 metres. He won a $15,000 IGANZ prize package that includes entry into the world championships this year, plus an all-expenses paid trip to play in

the Pacific Rim Long Drive Series in Rarotonga. “This competition is also affiliated with the World Long Drive Association, meaning competitors receive ranking points,” Ford says. After Thomas, Tyler Barton (US) came second, Chris Andrews (Australia) came third and Alex Robertson (UK) was fourth. The day before the Long Drive Open, Omaha hosted the New Zealand championship with a play-off between the South Island champion and North Island champion. The winner was North Island champion Alan Stroud. The club also held its 21st ProAm on March 17 and 18 as part of the

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Northern Swing series. Ben Campbell took the top prize of $5400 after shooting 64 and 67. Daniel Pearce came second, four shots behind. “It was windy conditions for the competition, but the best players came out on top over the two days. Feedback from competitors was once again positive,” Reid says.


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