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Rodney finds unexpected $170,000 Members of the Rodney Local Board went on a spending spree this month when they discovered $170,000 of unspent funds in their current budget. They were told it was a case of ‘use it or lose it’. At its June meeting, Board chair Brenda Steele said any Local Board money not spent by the end of June would go back to Auckland Council. Board members were given little time to identify projects for the funds. Some members weren’t aware of the situation until the day of the meeting. As a result, more than $50,000 of new spending projects were identified within an hour-long debate, while the remaining funds were identified in the preceding three days and spent with a low level of scrutiny. Some Board members described the last minute spend as “farcical and unacceptable”. Kumeu member Phelan Pirrie said the ad hoc spend “makes us look incompetent”. Warkworth representative Greg Sayers said he only became aware of the funds on the day of the meeting and was frustrated by the process that lead to the unplanned spend. “I was in shock,” he said. “It’s completely unacceptable. People were scrambling to come up with spending on the spot.” Warkworth member Beth Houlbrooke was also unaware the funds had to be spent. She said the lack of scrutiny and planning around the spending was “farcical” and called it a “reverse auction”. “It’s not a good look. I think we will be criticised for continued on page 2
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Busy start for new Warkworth appliance Warkworth Volunteer Fire Brigade’s new appliance has had a busy first month, with a number of car accidents and house fires. The new $400,000 appliance attended four car accidents on Sandspit Road in one day last month, as cars ignored a temporary 30km speed limit and skidded on loose metal left following road works.
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Local Board spending spree this, and rightly so.” The unexpected windfall came mainly from the fact that two reports, commissioned by the Board, were not done. One was for $70,000 to look at maintenance and renovations for community halls and the other, for $30,000, was set aside for a north Rodney swimming pool feasibility study. The community halls study was funded through other avenues and cost less than anticipated, and the swimming study was delayed pending the Auckland Council Community Facilities Network Plan, which was due out about October. Beth, who campaigned on her support for a swimming pool in Rodney, was disappointed the pool feasibility study was not completed. “We were fully aware there was a wider plan being conducted but we wanted the study to go ahead anyway. I will be asking the officers to explain why this wasn’t done.” Board member Steve Garner said the Board was able to draw on earlier consultation with community groups and organisations to allocate the funds, but the situation shouldn’t get to that stage. He said he was alerted to the unspent funds about three weeks before the June meeting and projects were identified for funding, but the last $40,000 to $50,000 was “pulled from the thoughts of the Board members” on the day. Board member James Colville had to leave the meeting before the matter was debated so was not present to advocate for projects in his area. Greg said he was going to recommend that the Board’s quarterly financial report include exactly what work was underway and what progress had been made so the situation did not happen again.
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Where the money was ... Local Community Facility Initiatives ������������������������������ $136,000 Local Board Relationships with Community/Iwi/Governing Groups ������������������������������������ $4700 Local Board Discretionary Initiatives �������������������������������� $29,869
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Renovations to the Kumeu Arts Centre ������������������������������� $1700 Rodney Rams to help re-establish a club base and uniforms and sporting equipment ����������������������������� $25,000 11 privately run community halls ���������������������������������$3500 each Toilet upgrades ����������������������������������������������������������������� $25,000 Kumeu ($4000) Wellsford ($6000) for repainting and ($15,000) for interior upgrade and repaint of Warkworth toilets.
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Shelley Beach pest control ��������������������������������������������������� $3000 Omaha Spit bait stations ����������������������������������������������������� $2000 Study tour of Victoria, Vancouver, Seattle and Portland for Brenda Steele and Steve Garner ����������������������� $7500 Mahurangi community education programme ����������������� $10,000 Neighbourhood Support in Rodney ������������������������������������ $5000 Equipment for Rodney community response groups ����������� $5000
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Environmental work on the Kaipara River ����������������������� $14,869 Restoration of the cenotaph at Parakai Recreational Reserve��� $8000 Muriwai Village Green restoration work ��������������������������� $15,000 Exercise station in Coatesville ���������������������������������������������� $6000 Construction of a boardwalk along the Warkworth cement works track ������������������������������������������� $8000
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Ratepayers fund Rodney Local Board social media trial The Rodney Local Board is going to harness the power of social media to rev up its image and better engage with its constituents, particularly youth. The board has agreed to fund a social media pilot for six months, costing $16,800. The money will be used to employ someone for 20 hours a week, at $35 an hour, to post comments on existing community Facebook pages. If it is successful, the project could be recommended to other Local Boards in Auckland. The idea was suggested by Kumeu representative Phelan Pirrie.
“Northern Rodney is lucky with Mahurangi Matters covering the Board’s activities, but in southern Rodney it’s difficult to get information out about what we’re doing,” Phelan said. In a report tabled at the June Board meeting, communications advisor Francis Martin stated that “traditional print media is not so popular with a younger demographic” and the “traditional print media environment, particular [sic] in the west of Rodney, is impacting on the Board’s ability to reach and engage with its communities in a meaningful and effective way”. Rodney Cr Penny Webster wanted an
assurance that negative or offensive feedback would be monitored. “What I have read on Facebook from colleagues hasn’t been the best. Some of the stuff I see is pretty awful,” Cr Webster said. Board member John McLean was concerned the initiative might have unintended consequences. “$16,000 can give you a lot of footpaths. I recognise it’s an area Council needs to embrace, but it might come back to bite us. If it goes horribly wrong, we will all cop it,” John said. He also expressed concern about
ongoing funding of the project. “Rodney can’t keep propping it up at $32,000 a year. It’s not our job to pick up loose ends of Council communications.” Board member Steve Garner said the cost was relatively high and questioned the investment. “Is 20 hours too many to do this particular job?” he asked. Thomas Grace was the only board member who voted against the motion to fund the trial.
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Sandspit dredging underway Dredging for the Sandspit marina has begun and the first of five pontoon arms will be installed in August. Marina spokesperson Graeme Maker says construction of the pontoons for the 131-berth marina began in April, but dredging did not start until the end of last month following delays in getting the Construction Management Plan approved. “But everything is within the timeframe and we don’t expect this to affect the completion date,” Graeme says. The $18 million project is due to be completed by the end of next year. Australian company Pacific Pontoons and Silverdale-based company Hoppers Construction are contracted to deliver the project with about 10 to
12 staff on site. There are still 31 berths to be sold, but Graeme says that won’t affect the delivery of the project. “We are delighted with that result, but we hope to have them all sold before the marina is completed.” The first area being dredged is directly in front of the Sandspit Yacht Club, where the first and smallest arm of the marina will be located. The sandstone dredged from the area is being used to construct a bund that will serve as a temporary storage area to drain dredgings. Two barges are expected to arrive on site in August when they will begin shipping the spoil to a dump-site off Great Barrier Island.
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OFF THE RECORD Final straw Auckland Council’s plan to start charging residents to scatter loved ones ashes brought howls of disbelief from northern Rodney. One reader emailed to say she read about it and nearly threw up the lunch she was eating. She says she has a much better idea for revenue raising. “Perhaps they could just start charging us to breathe!” Items of clothing invariably go missing on school camps and it seems teachers are not immune to this phenomenon either. One teacher managed to mislay all his camp clothes only to have them reappear on Monday morning – washed, folded and ironed. His colleagues are now wondering if they could “lose” their laundry to the same student’s mother.
Concert tickets reunite old friends One of Lloyd Cole’s childhood friends won the Mahurangi Matters draw for a double pass to the British singer’s concert at Ascension Wine Estate this month. Sandspit resident Steve Jenkins went to school with Lloyd in Derbyshire, England, in the 1970s. They used to play rounds of golf together when Lloyd’s parents became the custodians at the local golf course. “We spent many hours wandering around the golf course, looking for lost golf balls and doing club chores like picking up empty beer glasses,” Steve says. Steve and Lloyd lost touch when Steve’s family moved to Sydney in 1975, but he hoped to catch up with the singer at the Ascension concert. “The last time I saw Lloyd was about 1989 when I went to a concert in Toronto, where I was living at the time. We caught up back-stage for about 15 minutes. “It would be great to say hello again.”
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Call for bypass Much as everybody concerned will be heartily relieved once remedial work is completed at the Hill Street intersection, I believe it would be a mistake to start any major roadworks there unless and until an alternative route is provided – preferably a bypass, or at the very least a short western corridor to join up with Hudson Road, plus – even better – a link road from there across to Matakana Road. It would be surprising if the NZTA can give any assurances that major delays and traffic chaos will not prevail for several weeks (months?) while their proposed roadworks at Hill Street are being carried out unless an alternative route is in place first. I should be very happy to be proved wrong. Val Strachan Warkworth
Safety first I was very keen to read your article on the Warkworth intersections (MM Jun 4) as I walk my daughters to and from Warkworth Primary School everyday through town. In this car-entric town it has not been safe nor have drivers been courteous to us crossing with a pram. I was keen to read a zebra crossing is to be installed across Elizabeth Street on
the existing raised section in your article. I wondered if you would be able to clarify with Auckland Transport these exact plans as the only raised crossing at the moment links across Queen Street opposite the old ANZ. A safe link is desperately needed to link to the old bridge and shops along Elizabeth Street. It is sad to hear Warkworth Primary has dropped its Gold Status for a Travelwise School to Bronze as parents feel it is not safe for their children to walk to school. Caroline Edge Lilburn Street
An Auckland Transport spokesperson responded: “Designs are being developed to introduce a small mountable roundabout, to add a formal zebra crossing to the existing raised table and provide a pedestrian refuge island in Mill Lane. The existing raised table is on Queen Street outside the former ANZ bank. It is this table that we are proposing to formalise into a zebra crossing. We are not proposing a zebra crossing on Elizabeth Street.”
Kaipara’s debt liability The Kaipara District Council rates (and other matters) fiasco is a constitutional crisis that will affect all property-owners throughout NZ.
The ultimate resolution will determine whether NZ is a democratic state which is governed by the rule of law or is, indeed, an arbitrary state in which government ministers can ignore their obligation to enforce the Acts in their respective portfolios. The Mangawhai Ratepayers association has been pleading with the Ministry of Local Government to enforce Section 83 of the Local Government Act but they refuse to perform their role. The role these Ministers played seems to have escaped our attention and that of our media. Our judiciary is unable to comment on the way our government pushed through the Validation Bill to pass it into law last December before the Judicial Review was held in Whangarei High Court early in February. The Validation Act was designed to limit the scope of the jurisdiction by the judiciary. It worked. After Section 117 (Protected Transactions) of the Local Government Act, the Kaipara District Council Validation of Rates (and other matters) Act is New Zealand’s second piece of fascist law. It must be rescinded. Because the Ministers in the National government refused to enforce compliance by the Kaipara District Council, and did not ensure that the Office of the Auditor General carried out due diligence on the proposed loans, they have a natural responsibility and, therefore, liability for the outstanding debt, regardless of
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Section 121 of the Local Government Act that says they don’t. Our government has engineered and overseen the dismantling of our democratically elected institutions to install commissioners whose role is only to recover money for the banks. We should be asking ourselves why they acted to do what they have done. Was it just sheer incompetence or did they have an ulterior motive? What have they achieved and how is this going to benefit our community, our region, our country and us as New Zealanders? Alan Preston Mangawhai
Clock appreciation Can I just say “thanks” to Joy Bell, the artist who refurbished the Warkworth Town Clock. Many times I passed by and watched her tirelessly working away at the project and while I have no idea what her commission was, I was aware of the commotion attached to the project and opposition surrounding it. I’m sure I’m not the only local resident or visitor that has fallen in love with it and feels uplifted every time they pass! Glen Harris Snells Beach
Pay after you go, too I must applaud our Council for getting revenue after we pass over. A proposal has been mooted that an application must be applied for, and a fee paid, for us to get permission to scatter the ashes of our loved ones. Also again “well done Council” for stopping us from filling the graves of our nearest and dearest. What a risk it has been all these years with the danger of falling into the grave. As for the restriction on the amount of burials allowed per day at Council
cemeteries, “well done, Auckland Transport” for reducing yet another traffic jam.
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Food trade-off Christine Rose (MM Jun 4) talks about “a good food ethic”. Concurrently with the industrial revolution, the growing of our food devolved away from subsistence farming towards specialist farming operations that provided food for the industrial workers, merchants and other workers in our towns and cities. The concurrent advancement of science sped up the development of higher yielding crops and animals at a rate far faster than had been achieved over 10,000 years by artisan farmers. Without these advances in the growing of crops and animal rearing, that were driven by innovators and then rapidly commercialised by farmers, starvation would have been common (as it was in Ireland in the 1800s) and the world’s population would have been far lower than it is today. Nor would New Zealanders today be able to afford the products of the industrial world that we take for granted, if it were not for our farm exports. I do appreciate the work involved in growing veges but can see no reason to do so myself; just as the vege grower relies on my engineering skills to provide the means to preserve his crops and deliver them to markets. Robin Johnson Mangawhai Heads
History appreciated It was with unbounded pleasure that I read the fantastic Local Folk article in the last issue (MM Jun 4) and found it was on the Smith family.
We have owned one of the original two farmhouses in Smith Road for six years. We have photos, old items and history from the previous two families that lived here – the Kelsey and Buxton families. But we could never get any information further than that. We have tales of hangi and barn dances held by the Kelsey family with all the local families attending. We have an original shearing record mentioning, the Schollum and Torkington families, all driving their sheep over the hills to be shorn in our woolshed. And then to find that the Smith brothers married two maids from Mansion House. Well, you won’t believe it but four weeks ago I attended a swinging event in the cafe by the Mansion House and under head torch light I made my way through the dark into the garden (yes stumbling ...) and availed myself of a rather wonderful lily cutting. The best part is this lily will now live in the original pond of Governor Grey’s maids in Smith Road. What a wonderful article; you’ve made my year! I’d like to invite anyone with connections to our wonderful farm to come at any stage and have a look at all the original buildings and enjoy a cup of tea and some fine hospitality. I’d love to know if our original homeowner was the maid who lost her arm in the fire and whether the old Shacklock we love and still cook in was there then. We haven’t sold the house as we’d planned to do and with this further history we don’t want to. Nicky Jordan Matakana 422 9047
Lions quiz night A Quiz Night will be held at Bowls Warkworth, Mill Lane, on July 22. Doors open at 7pm for a 7.30pm start. Entry is $10 per person. The bar will be open, but supply your own nibbles. Proceeds from the evening will go to the Kowhai Youth Trust, an organisation that helps youth of the area. Door sales on the night. The evening is being organised by the Lions Club of Kowhai Coast.
What sort of bus service does Mahurangi district want? Consultation on a bus service from Warkworth to Auckland will start next month when Auckland Transport (AT) seeks feedback on public transport in Rodney. An AT spokesperson says the consultation for a connection to Auckland will not centre on any specific proposals, but feedback will be used to improve public transport in the area. “We want the people of Warkworth to tell us what they want in the way of public transport,” he says. “Some people may want a bus to take them to the local shops, or a bus to connect to services to Auckland, or an extension of the local Kowhai Connection service. We will look at all of the options, see if they are workable and then go back to the community with specific
route proposals.” The month-long consultation period starts on July 14. In April, Gubbs Motors operations manager Ian Davies proposed a range of changes to the Kowhai Connection, including stopping the service on Sundays and public holidays due to the low passenger numbers. But AT says further consultation will be conducted before changes are made. Meanwhile, passenger numbers for the service have been steadily increasing. Daily usage for May was 46 passengers per day and 1439 for the month. This is up from the 44 daily passengers in April. But this is still well below the daily target rate of 66 passengers.
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Swing and fun for hospice concert Two local bands will bring swing and laughter to the Warkworth Bowls Club this month in support of the local hospice. The Jazz Connection from Warkworth and The Amigos, a humorous musical duo from Wellsford, are playing at the club from 7pm to 10pm on Saturday June 28, and promise three hours of pure entertainment. Band leader David Spivey has organised the event to raise funds
for Warkworth Wellsford Hospice, which provides care for patients and families who are affected by a terminal illness. The hospice receives limited government funding and needs to raise $1900 a day in the community to keep all its services free-of-charge. Finger food will be served. Tickets are $15, available from Hospice House, phone 425 9535, and the hospice shops. Limited tickets. Info: warkworthwellsfordhospice.co.nz
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No Rodney deal, says Mitchell Rodney MP Mark Mitchell is talking tough when it comes to the possibility of a deal between National and the Conservatives that could see him lose his seat in Parliament. Conservative leader Colin Craig is asking Prime Minister John Key to do a “cup of tea” type deal in either Rodney, East Coast Bays or Upper Harbour electorates, assisting the Conservatives to get into Parliament by not standing a candidate in opposition to Mr Craig in September’s general election. Mr Key has not ruled out a deal: a seat for Mr Craig has become more important for National as it seeks to shore up potential coalition partners following the resignation of Act MP John Banks. However, Mr Mitchell said last week that there will be no deal done in Rodney. “I will be the candidate and that’s that,” he says. “I am in this job to serve people, I earned that right in the last election and it means a lot to me.” Mr Mitchell romped home in the last election despite a concerted effort on behalf of the Conservatives, who polled a distant second. Mr Mitchell achieved a majority of more than
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Whangateau’s cockles have suffered another major blow and it looks like a bacterial infection could again be the cause.
Whangateau cockle deaths linked to climate change Marine biologist Dr Roger Grace is speculating that climate change could be playing a part in the continued death of large numbers of cockles on the beds at Whangateau. Samples were taken last month after rotting cockles were reported in the bay in March. The samples are still being analysed by the Department of Primary Industries in Wellington, but Dr Grace says it looks like a bacterial infection may be responsible. The cockle population in the harbour plummeted by about 63 per cent in 2009 from a parasite and bacterial infection. Large cockles were most affected, with cockles larger than 30mm declining by up to 84 per cent. Dr Grace says this year’s event isn’t as bad.
“There appears to be two factors involved – the dead cockles were weakened after spawning which made them more susceptible to infection, and other environmental factors such a hot temperatures coupled with low midday tides.” Dr Grace believes that as sea temperatures rise, the distribution of cockles could change with higher concentrations moving south. “We’re already at the northern end of their distribution range. But any changes will be gradual.” The initial three-year ban on harvesting cockles and pipi in Whangateau, which was introduced after the first environmental episode, was renewed for a further three years last year.
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Progress made on sea wall repairs Re-construction of a sea wall at Algies Bay struck a problem – or rather a problem struck it – as a 35foot yacht was left stranded in the construction zone following Cyclone Ita in April. The boat was moored in Algies Bay before the cyclone, but came loose and founded on rocks as waves battered the coastline. The owner has secured the concrete-hulled yacht and has been patching it up, but it had not been removed at the time Mahurangi Matters went to print. Craig Davis, of Davis Coastal Consultants, expects the boat to be removed by the end of the month. Wharehine construction manager Jared McGee says work has started on the 130-metre long sea wall where the yacht is stranded, but the boat needs to be removed “sooner rather than later”. The $690,000 project is expected to take six weeks to complete. Algies Bay Residents and Ratepayers Association chairman Richard Papworth says it has taken nearly three years to get the resource consent for the repairs. Rodney Local Board member Steve Garner has proposed a blanket consent for existing sea walls from Cape Rodney to Waiwera, and a set of guidelines and standards to streamline the process. The association has also asked the Board to fund an engineer’s evaluation of a sea wall at the southern end of the beach, which is also disintegrating. Meanwhile, work is planned to extend a sea wall at Snells Beach to stem the tide of erosion, which is threatening the walkway. Auckland Council has so far agreed to extend the existing sea wall by a further 60 metres. Protection of the remaining 20 metres of foreshore is still being discussed. A further 17-metre sea wall will be built to protect an area eroding beside the Snells Beach boat ramp. It is hoped resource consent to extend the existing sea wall will be lodged shortly and work is planned
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to start in October. Snells Beach Residents and Ratepayers Association chairman Bryan Jackson says the time taken to get a solution in place has been frustrating, but he is pleased the issue is finally being taken seriously. “Another storm and the walkway is gone,” Bryan says. About $15,000 has already been spent by Council on plantings and wooden posts to stop erosion, but this was washed out by Cyclone Ita. There are also calls to move the waterfront walkway back to its original route after it was diverted when a section of deteriorating sea wall was removed in November last year.
Six college students participated in the Lions Young Speechmaker contest, held at Totara Park Hall in Warkworth, on Sunday June 8. The contestants presented a prepared speech on a topic of their choice, as well as an impromptu speech. The subjects were varied and well-presented and the judges commented on the high standard of the presentations. The winner was Lina Kim, from Westlake Girls High. Helan Sun, from Auckland International College, was second, followed by Andy Song, from Takapuna Grammar, third. Lina will now represent Rodney at the national finals, in Tauranga, in August. Judges were Rodney MP Mark Mitchell, Toastmaster Murray Chapman and Past District Governor Robyn Walker, from Lions Clubs International.
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Help shape Rodney Come find out about the Rodney draft Local Board Plan and what it means for you at one of our community meetings. Visit our homepage or Facebook page to find out more. Tuesday 24 June 2014 6.30pm-8pm Kumeu Community Hall
Thursday 26 June 2014 7.30pm-8.30pm Helensville War Memorial Hall Tuesday 1 July 2014 6.30pm-7.30pm Wellsford Community Centre Thursday 3 July 2014 6.30pm-7.30pm Warkworth Masonic Hall
Roads dominate Board plan Advancing major roading projects for Warkworth is one of the key initiatives in a three-year plan drafted by the Rodney Local Board, which will be out for consultation next month. Community meetings to discuss the plan’s priorities will be held in Wellsford on July 1 and Warkworth on July 3. Board chairperson Brenda Steele says it’s important that Rodney residents are updated on what’s in the draft plan so their comments can be considered in the final plan. “With the pressures of growth, especially in Warkworth and Kumeu/ Huapai, it’s vital we get this plan right,” Ms Steele says. The plan recognises the need for
improved sports and recreation facilities, including access to a local swimming pool, and suggests working with local businesses to identify and deliver projects that will make town centres grow. Residents can view the draft Rodney Local Board Plan from June 23 by clicking into the ‘plans’ section of the local board’s homepage at www. aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/rodney. A summary including a submission form will be delivered to households in mid-July. Public meetings will be held at the Wellsford Community Centre on July 1 and at the Warkworth Masonic Hall on July 3. Both meetings will run from 6.30pm to 7.30pm.
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Business chair backs Warkworth BID Warkworth businesses have been encouraged to get behind a push to setup a Business Improvement District or BID in the area. At this month’s Warkworth Area Business Association meeting, held at the Bridgehouse, North Harbour Business Association chairman Warren Kitchin said a secure budget for the association was integral to creating a cohesive business environment. He said the North Harbour association had gone from 30 volunteers to a 2000-strong membership, which attracted sponsorship and grants. “North Harbour has three tiers of membership – businesses who pay a targeted rate up to around $225, associate members who may not be directly involved but who see value in being a member, and sponsors who pay $3500 annually. “Once you have a structure, you’ll be surprised at your ability to attract other funding. The association becomes a portal for local issues and a central point of contact. As well as a strong advocacy role, members can access mentors, training and workshops at no extra charge.” Warkworth association chair Rachel Callender said running the association was becoming too much of a drain on volunteers. Association volunteer Nicola Jones said although previous BID campaigns had failed, it was time to recognise that big changes were on the horizon
for Warkworth, citing the proposed Grange development on SH1, the growth predicted in the Unitary Plan and the new motorway proposal. “The association has grown its membership and does have a stronger voice now, and it’s time to think about taking the next step.” The association committee was due to meet this week to decide whether
or not to pursue a Warkworth BID. If it does, then a vote is likely to be held around the middle of next year. Part of the discussion will include defining a BID boundary and only businesses within the boundary will be eligible to vote. Warren said to succeed, 25 per cent of eligible businesses have to participate in the vote and the majority of that group must vote “yes”.
Property market values rise Local property continued to attract strong buyer interest last month and while city-wide the price trend for the month was down, local home values increased by three per cent over the average 12-month price. “The number of homes sold during the month was down on those sold in May last year. However, the average price achieved for the month topped $532,000,” Barfoot & Thompson managing director Peter Thompson says. “It brought the average selling price for the past 12 months up to $516,000, which is seven per cent or $33,000 higher than it was a year ago. Homes in the Mahurangi and Hibiscus area remain in great demand and strong buyer interest, coupled with a shortage of supply, continues to see prices rise. This area is seen as representing great value for money and is now enjoying similar price increases as those experienced by other parts of the city some months back.” The highest activity in the month was at Snells Beach, Orewa and Mangawhai.
Fire truck from page 1 Auckland Council contractors put more cones and warning signs in the area to emphasise the dangers. Meanwhile, an elderly man was lucky to survive a house fire after clothing he left draped over a heater caught alight. Devan says the fire burned in the lounge and then went out due to lack of oxygen. “The house had no working smoke alarms and the man did not wake up until a carer arrived the next morning and found the house full of smoke,” he says. The man was taken to North Shore Hospital where he was treated for smoke inhalation. “He was very lucky.” Devan says it is a timely reminder for people to ensure they have working smoke alarms installed and to be extremely cautious when using heaters. The brigade also had three call outs overnight on June 10 as high winds and heavy rain flooded homes and blew iron from building sites. The new 2014 Iveco appliance is specially designed to attend vehicle accidents, which make up about half of the station’s call outs. The appliance replaces a 2009 model, which is being rotated to a less busy station. The station of 30 volunteers has had 134 call-outs this year, up 14 on last year. The new truck was given the onceover by Warkworth Playcentre this month. The children also had a go at manning the fire hose. The Fire Service offers free home safety checks and can install smoke alarms for free. Info: 425 8888
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New approach halves Rodney graffiti Wastewater upgrade causes disruptions
A proactive graffiti removal programme, which Auckland Council started last year, has more than halved the amount of graffiti in Rodney. The new programme has implemented new rules for contractors. Council vandalism prevention adviser Rob Shields says that for every one reported case of vandalism, the contractors are required to find and remove 20 other unreported pieces of graffiti. “Removing graffiti quickly tends to reduce the amount of new graffiti because the vandals don’t get the attention and notoriety they are looking for,” Rob says. “Less graffiti also makes a place feel safer.” Council is now also responsible for removing graffiti from street frontages on private property and graffiti is also photographed and catalogued on a database, which is used to catch and convict vandals. “A tag works like a finger print,” Rob says. Rodney is one of the better areas when it comes to graffiti, with an average of 140 incidences a month. Auckland-wide, around 8000 to 10,000 incidences of graffiti are reported every month.
Council says graffiti and tagging that isn’t removed quickly can lower property values and encourage more vandalism and other types of crime.
Wellsford patrol progressed Initial steps have been taken to set up a Community Patrol in Wellsford. A small group of keen volunteers attended the first meeting held at the Wellsford Police Station on May 29. Station officer-in-charge Jason Homan says vetting of the volunteers is underway and their training will start soon. “We’re holding another meeting in a couple of weeks so if anyone is interested, please get in touch,” he says. Sgt Homan says the patrol also needs the loan of a vehicle for a few hours on Friday and Saturday nights, and he would welcome enquiries from any business that might be able to help. Community patrols are involved in everything from area patrols to surveillance, assisting at accident scenes and reporting signs of suspicious activity.
The installation of a new wastewater main in Elizabeth Street, Warkworth, has hit a snag or, more correctly, a hard rock. About two-thirds of the pipe has been installed, but the remaining one-third will be completed using opentrenching, rather than underground drilling. Watercare says the change is necessary because the contractors ran into unforeseen rock. It will mean traffic flows, as well as parking, will be affected in the construction area for the remainder of the project, which is due to finish at the end of next month. Meanwhile, Rodney Local Board member Steve Garner is seeking feedback on the works being done in Warkworth, around Queen and Neville Streets. “I thought the general feeling amongst businesses was that improved pedestrian safety, additional parking and making the intersection easier to understand was positive,” he says. “But it’s been reported by Cr Penny Webster that there is significant dissatisfaction with the planned changes, which is contrary to the feedback I’ve received.” Steve says he is very concerned about the price Auckland Council is paying for services and capital improvements and, in particular, the cost of works on roads. “But given that this is a plan conceived and driven by safety concerns, via Auckland Transport, I would be reluctant to chastise them for being proactive and actually delivering improvements in our space.”
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A young entrepreneur has taken over the iconic Point Wells Shop with plans to keep locals “interested and surprised”. Caroline Alexander, 22, says the shop is already a meeting place in the village. “I want to build on that reputation by consistently offering the best fish and chips, burgers and coffee in the area, a good selection of grocery staples, and then some quirky/funky stuff to keep it interesting,” she says. Caroline grew up in the area, went to college in Auckland and after finishing school, started a training course with Foodstuffs. “I was managing the deli section at Pack’nSave in Glen Innes with the idea of eventually becoming an owner/operator,” she says. “It was a great grounding but I’m not one to work for others.” She headed to Europe for two years where she worked in restaurants in Holland. With her OE behind her, she returned to grow vegetables on her parents’ property and sell them at the Matakana Country Park market. But a summer job at the Point Wells Shop convinced her that, if possible, she wanted to own and operate her own store. “I’d arranged a trip to India with a group of friends, but as soon as I got back, I approached the owners of the Point Wells store and here I am! “I love anything to do with food – growing it, cooking it and selling it – and owning a shop is such ‘a kid thing’
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Pioneer vintners The Levet family from Ely, Cambridgeshire, were among the first Albertlanders to leave England. Charles, Kezeiah and their five children, Joseph, Charles, William, Frances and Emma were on the Hanover when it sailed on 29 May 1862, arriving in Auckland on 17 September. Charles was a coppersmith but had been reading about viticulture so decided to buy land and become a winemaker. Through emigration sponsors, Charles bought 180 acres of bush and scrub on the banks of the Whakapirau River, near Wellsford. With the help of his sons, he painstakingly cleared and cultivated the hilly site where their first seven acres were planted. Over time, they learned which grape varieties were most suitable and how to prune and care for them. They also had to learn how to make wine. With pit-sawn timber and planks they built a wine house and press. Meantime, the family lived by floating out kauri logs for sale, mill work and splitting kauri shingles for Auckland homes. One major obstacle to a successful wine business was the fact that no hotels were allowed in the district because Albertlanders were mostly anti-alcohol, and licencing regulations meant wine was only allowed to be sold in hotels. The then MP for Rodney, Seymour George, took up their case in 1879 and two years later the law was amended to allow vineyard sales and the licencing of wine shops. Levets rowed their barrels eight miles along Whakapirau tidal creek to Port Albert then shipped them to Onehunga and on to Israel Wendel’s wine bar in Karangahape Road, the country’s first licenced wine shop. By 1881, an amendment allowed wine makers to sell their wine in quantities of two gallons or more for consumption off the premises. Governor Sir William Jervois was a regular customer during his term of office. An article about Levets in the the Auckland Star (November 5, 1964) quipped: ‘If the teetotal Albertlanders were shaken by the stacks of wine-cases on the Port Albert wharf addressed to Government House, Auckland, they must have been shattered when his successor, the Earl of Glasgow, allowed the Levets to call their property Lord Glasgow Vineyards, in his honour.’ Unfortunately, in 1905 Charles’ son William died, aged 56, and Charles passed
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Of two tastings I attended two local winegrower tastings in the previous month. Both were what we call vertical tastings – the same variety from the same vineyard block, over a 10 to 15 year period. The aim of these tastings is to look at character – the flavours and textures of the wines at this single point in time, and style, which is how the variety defines itself within the region. The same variety grown in other vineyards, regions and countries will produce different (but not dissimilar) characters and styles. Hence, the flavours are a defining feature of that grape in this soil and environment. This is the uniqueness of wine – the slight character shift from vintage to vintage. At The Vintry, Hyperion’s John Crone presented seven of his cabernet sauvignon wines called The Titan – from Greek mythology which is a reoccurring theme of his nomenclature. The grapes are destemmed with a slight crush, typically between 12 to 26 April in most years. John states that the grape gets through the harvest and is usually the last to ripen. He bottles single varietals in the years he considers met his quality specifications. There is a complex, non-primary fruit note to these wines. A pencil shaving character combined with that typical cabernet sauvignon black currant conserve note (but not dramatically so) and dark berry flavours. Aged wines have a rich, savoury character that reminds me of grilled tomatoes and slow cooked casseroles. These were fascinating wines of complexity and quite removed from the simple, fruit jam on toast styles you get at the supermarket dump stack at $9.99. The second tasting was in Herons Flight’s front room and was centred around Dolcetto. This grape is from Piedmonte in Italy and Herons Flight is the first in New Zealand to produce it. Others like Matavino, just off Hamilton Road, are beginning to follow. It had great colour, even going back over seven years, and had characters of cherries, earthy spices and a little baked plum note. Two of the wines were Rosé styles – and were a very good way to get to know the variety first up. They had a bright, fresh intensity with a clean palate and no rough edges – a perfect, light style wine for summer lunches or late afternoon pre-dinner sipping. The darker red table wine styles had plenty of appeal on a simplistic, easy red style. What interested me was consistency of this variety over quite variable vintages. Several less than brilliant vintages of this wine were still of an above average quality – this aspect is one that winemakers seek. We wish to make good wines every year and have the opportunity to make extraordinary wines in great years. Both of these tastings demonstrated key aspects of winemaking – understanding a variety long-grown in this country to unlock its potential on its particular site, and exploring a new variety and exactly what it can achieve in its new home. Cheers
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Plenty to catch when weather cools Anyone heading out on winter fishing trips will be rewarded with tastier fish and quieter seas, according to Warkworth Gamefish Club president Dave Adams. “Snapper tend to move into deeper waters to find more stable temperatures in winter, but gurnard, tarakihi, john dory and hapuku become more common,” he says. “These fish are at the top of the New Zealand culinary ladder in my opinion.” But the snapper are still biting. The club hosted its annual 10kg tournament at the end of last month, where fish must be caught on a line with a capacity limit of 10kg. A 9.9kg fish took out the snapper section, while the heaviest fish was a 16.7kg kingfish. There were 68 entries, down from the 90 entrants last year due to bad weather. Dave says winter fishing can be a bit more challenging, but all the more rewarding when you get one on the line. “As the weather cools, fish metabolism slows down so they require a little more enticing and burley becomes more important.” He says less fishermen on the water and no queues at boat ramps are a bonus. But colder sea temperatures also means safety becomes increasingly important,
especially for kayak fishermen. “Cold water temperatures can cut your survival time in half if you end up in the water.” On Queen’s Birthday Weekend, Dave rescued a kayaker who had rolled in choppy conditions near Kawau Island and was unable to right his craft. “He was an experienced kayaker and was well-prepared, but he was stuck waiting to get rescued. He’d been in the water only eight or nine minutes, but was getting exhausted. You always need to check weather conditions. You can’t afford to spend a few hours in the water in winter.” Trout fishing is also a focus in winter, when the fish migrate upstream to spawn. Dave says New Zealand trout came mainly from California and they haven’t given up their northern spawning habits. The Kai Iwi Lakes, north of Dargaville, are one of the best rainbow trout fishing spots in the area. Top right: Father and son team Lu and Cam Rathe with their entries in the Warkworth Gamefish Club 10kg tournament last month Oliver Adams, 8, with the winning 2.9kg junior snapper at the Warkworth Gamefish Club 10kg tournament last month.
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Takahe destined for sanctuary Up to eight pairs of takahe will be settling in to Tawharanui soon, but in the meantime winter is the best time to hear kiwi calls. Auckland Council open sanctuary coordinator Matt Maitland says between six and eight pairs of one-yearold takahe will arrive at Tawharanui towards the end of September. The birds are coming from a captive breeding programme in Southland and are expected to breed at Tawharanui by the following spring. Matt says that with nightfall happening earlier, winter is a great time to hear kiwi calls. During the summer months, kiwi are also a bit run down, incubating eggs and trying to feed during the short nights, so call less frequently. But winter is the mating season when calls are most frequent, both to attract a mate and to patrol their territory. Matt has completed a call count survey of the kiwi, which is the main method used to keep track of numbers. He estimates the population to be around 80 birds. “But it is a great time to see all kinds of birds,” he says. “As food becomes scarce it tends to concentrate bird numbers on what little is available as they try to bulk up for winter. It is also a time when birds are starting to check out prospective mates and can be very energetic.” Winter is also planting time at Tawharanui. The Tawharanui Open
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Te Hana celebrates Matariki A free movie night to celebrate Matariki, the Maori New Year, will be held at Te Hana Te Ao Marama on July 4. The cultural centre, in conjunction with Auckland Council, will screen the 1990 feature length documentary film Mana Waka, directed by Merata Mita. The film was made from footage shot between 1937 and 1940 when Princess Te Puea Herangi commissioned the building of three large waka taua for the 1940 centenary of the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi. Black and white footage follows the long, slow and unfolding construction of the waka. The spiritual element of the work is evident in the film and the soundtrack was especially composed for the silent footage. Doors open at 6.30pm for a 7pm start. Meanwhile, Te Hana Te Ao Marama will host a Matariki Kaumatua Ball on July 25. Organiser Karie Adolph says the ball will celebrate local kaumatua and kuia aged 50 or over, representing a
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U19s maintain winning streak The Mahurangi Under 19 team continued its winning streak when it downed Massey 18-14, in the first game of the second round, on home turf in Warkworth on June 7. Coaches John McKittrick and Bernie Kose are expecting a number of the team to be chosen for the North Harbour under 19 or under 21 development squads in August. “The boys are fit and they’re keen, and the team has a good lead over the other
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Comedy line-up at Sawmill Comedian and West Auckland icon Ewen Gilmour will perform at the Leigh Sawmill on June 28, along with three other comedians. Ewen has been making Kiwi laugh for more than 20 years. He was an inaugural Billy T Award winner in 1997 and in 2010, was awarded the Decade Award at the NZ Comedy Guild Awards. He has starred in a range of TV shows including 7 Days, Dancing with the Stars and Celebrity Treasure Island and even had a stint on the Waitakere City Council. MC at the Leigh show will be Matt Stellingwerf, who was voted best newcomer in 2012. Matt brings a world view inspired by alcoholic shearing gangs, bizarre Dutch relatives, and criminological theory to the stage. Irish-kiwi Darren Jardine will also perform. Darren has been on the local
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Building business online Kaipara District Council has put its building consent process online. Council general manager Fran Mikulicic says that the aim is to enable repeat users to lodge an application in 10 minutes. “The system remembers details and pre-fills parts of the application to make it easy,” she says. While an over-thecounter service will still be available, Council is encouraging people to use the new online option. A workshop was held in Kaiwaka to introduce the new system, attended by 40 clients including franchise and independent builders, planners and architects. Info: www.kaipara.govt.nz
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Shortest day Mahurangi will only see nine hours and 40 minutes of daylight during the winter solstice, on June 21, the shortest day of the year in the Southern Hemisphere. On March 21 and September 21, Earth’s plane of the equator passes the centre of the sun, which are known as “equinoxes.” These two dates mark the point at which hours of day and night are nearly equal. NIWA
Shorter days and less activity harbinger for winter blues The shortest day of the year on Monday, June 21, can leave many Kiwi feeling a little flat and unmotivated as they settle in to winter. About 10 per cent of New Zealanders have Seasonal Affective Disorder, but many others experience what is often referred to as the ‘winter blues’ at this time of year. The Mental Health Foundation wants people to know there is a lot they can do to promote wellbeing. The foundation’s chief executive Judi Clements stresses that despite the fact that most of us feel like hibernating over the colder months, it is important to continue doing the things that support wellbeing at this time of year. “We can drop out of our networks
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Playground funded Plans to build a new playground at Snells Beach got a $33,000 boost this month after Rodney Local Board reallocated funds earmarked for lighting the town’s waterfront walkway. Last year, many Snells Beach residents were alarmed to learn that $32,877 would be spent on the lighting and lobbied for the money to be put to another purpose. The Local Board agreed that the lighting project was no longer appropriate. The Snells Beach Residents and Ratepayers Association surveyed its members and decided that funding the playground was a priority. The funds will be added to the $60,000 already allocated to build a playground on Sunrise Boulevard, making a total of $92,877 for the project. Ngati Whatua Kaumatua Ben Hita and Te Hā Oranga Wellsford health worker Rita Olsen get a taste of what’s on the menu of the health expo in Wellsford next month.
Health advice on Wellsford expo menu Residents of Wellsford and surrounding districts will have the opportunity to learn about screening programmes, listen to health and wellness talks, and observe healthy kai demonstrations at the He Kawai Oranga event next month. The health expo, on July 12, is being organised organised by Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Whātua’s Te Hā Oranga Wellsford, Waitemata District Health Board’s bowel screening programme and Health Link North. It is free and will be held at the Wellsford Community Centre from 10am to 2pm. Health Link North spokesperson Anne Curtis says the purpose is to raise awareness of health and wellness issues. Activities will cover blood glucose and blood pressure testing, information on bowel and breast screening, diabetes, healthy nutrition and podiatry, experts speaking on bowel cancer, vitamin D and zinc deficiency and nutrition, and a tour of the Breast Screen mobile.
Also available will be healthy kai cooking demonstrations, mirimiri, traditional weaving, and demonstrations by Toi Tangata who are specialists in the area of positive health, fitness, nutrition and exercise. Anne says people will also have the opportunity to participate in the ‘health passport’ challenge to increase their knowledge of health and wellness, and have the chance to win prizes and giveaways. A free lunch of healthy soup and bread will be provided to anyone who registers for the challenge. BowelScreening community awareness team leader Elizabeth Brown says the He Kawai Oranga health open day will be a good opportunity to find out more about bowel screening and who’s eligible to take part. “If you live in the wider Wellsford area, and are aged between 50 and 74 years, you should have been invited to take part in the free BowelScreening programme. The open day is a good chance to meet us and find out more about what it involves,” she says.
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Shaving hair and beards paid off for the Prostate Cancer Foundation recently, when Warkworth’s Mitre 10 Mega handed over a cheque for $4000. The money was raised at a trade breakfast where locks were shorn, from heads and faces. At the cheque hand over are, from left, Mitre 10 Mega trade manager Neil Race who lost his hair, foundation chief executive Graeme Woodside, and Jack Milham who shaved his beard.
Doctor promotes bowel testing It’s Bowel Cancer Awareness month and Warkworth doctor Bruce Sutherland says it’s a good time to remind people to take part in the free bowel screening programme. Dr Sutherland, from Kawau Bay Health, says more than half of eligible participants from the practice have taken part. “It’s great that so many people have completed the bowel screening test, but I would like to encourage others who may still have the test sitting at home to also use this opportunity,” he says. The test helps find cancer early, often before it has the change to spread. “The good news is that when bowel cancer is caught early, it can usually be successfully treated. Bowel cancer can be present with few or even no warning signs.” The four-year BowelScreening pilot programme is now in its third year and the results will be used to decide if bowel screening could be rolled out nationally. Ministry of Health results for the first 21 months (from January 2012 to September 2013) show that of the 107,637 people tested, bowel cancer was found in 129 cases. Symptoms of bowel cancer may
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Matakantata singers take on Broadway show stoppers Fans of the big Broadway musicals such as Annie Get Your Gun and Les Miserables are in for a treat. The Matakantata Choir, under the direction of Susan Hayday, is presenting a programme of Broadway hits at shows in Puhoi, Matakana and Warkworth. They will be accompanied by Fiona LonguetHiggins and Ana Williamson on piano, Barbara Hamilton on double bass and local musicians Colin Jarvis on blues harp and Terry Hicks on jazz piano. The Mahurangi College Jazz Band under the direction of Lyn Dashper will be guest artists at the Matakana concert. As in past years, proceeds from the concerts will be donated to a local cause. In Puhoi, the money will go to the Puhoi Volunteer Rural Fire Force, which is raising money for a fire station. The Matakana and Warkworth concerts will be donated to the youth-based training and employment programme Springboard Community Works, which is fundraising to buy its premises in Hamatana Road, Snells Beach. The Puhoi concert will be held in Centennial Hall on June 27, starting at 7.30pm. Tickets are available from the door or by calling Carole on 422 0706. The second concert will be held at the Matakana Hall, Matakana Valley Road, on Saturday July 5, at 7.30pm. The final show will be at the Warkworth Presbyterian Church, on Sunday July 6, at 2.30pm. Tickets for the Matakana and Warkworth concerts are available from Warkworth’s Lee and Hart Pharmacy and at the Gull Service Station in Matakana. Tickets are $15 for adults and a gold coin for children. Info: Jenni Francis on 423 0094.
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Maori quartet performs in north for Matariki Take four good-looking, hip-swaying, suave Maori guys crooning a mix of modern day and classic songs in Te Reo and English, and the result is The Modern Māori Quartet. Group members Maaka Pohatu, Matariki Whatarau, James Tito and Matu Ngaropo will present their special form of showmanship in Wellsford and Puhoi as part of Matariki celebrations. The Wellsford concert will be held at the Wellsford Community Centre on June 30, while the Puhoi concert, in Centennial Hall, will be on July 1. Both performances start at 7.30pm. The quartet members are Toi Whakaari/NZ Drama School graduates who have established theatre careers with a combination of more than 20 years in the industry. The idea of the quartet was born from the need to make money between acting gigs. They describe themselves as “the creative love child of Flight of the Conchords, Prince Tui Teka, the
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Songs of freedom ring out on Wellsford stage next month Art and song will combine under the banner of ‘freedom’ at a Local Vocal Choir concert in the Wellsford Community Centre on July 6. Choir president Sally Randall says this year’s theme promises to be an uplifting and liberating experience. “We started the choir three years ago with the idea of getting people singing together and bring in the wider community,” she says. “This year, we’ve reached out to encourage children in the district to express their ideas and feelings about freedom and being free.” Art work selected by school teachers will be displayed in the foyer of the community centre from 6.30pm on the evening of the concert. Prizes, donated by iCater of Wellsford, will be presented in two categories chosen by three local artists. Some of the art work will also be displayed at the Wellsford Library from June 22. “We will have a digital image show
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of the art work projected behind the singers throughout the concert, along with images of the young artists’ words describing freedom and how it feels. “There will be around 60 singers on stage; it will be brilliant,” Sally says. Creative Communities Auckland has again funded the annual 10-week choir programme, which is under the leadership of Max Maxwell and trainee choir leader Denis Newhook. Sally says the choir has learnt a range of song genres, all with the ‘freedom’ theme, sung in four-part harmony, with several smaller group items included in the programme. Geoff Pickstone of Port Albert will be the MC and the Wellsford Ukes are back by popular demand to perform a few robust sing-a-long numbers. Doors open at 6.30pm, for a 7pm start, with gold coin donation at the door. Info: Sally Randall on 423 9393 or email email@example.com
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A salute to gumboots Well, the rain has come and brought with it the usual suspects – green grass, muddy cars and gumboots. I find gumboots practical, fascinating and absolutely hilarious. They are our most necessary of all evils and they rubber stamp us as farmers. Go a day without them in winter and we run the risk of catching a bad case of gumboot flu. Sometimes they become so attached to our feet that we forget that we have them on. Not a bad thing when you are cruising around with your rural cousins in these parts, but hop out of the car in Queen Street with them on and you could very well end up being shunted out of the city by the fashion police. Every farmer has their own particular style and brand they like. Short ones, tall ones, ribbed ones but nearly always black ones. I have an intense aversion to the black ones. Farming can be boring and monotonous enough without us all wearing the same colour. This attitude proved a problem last year when I adorned a pair of pokka dot ones for an article I had in a farming paper. It caused outcry amongst the gumboot establishment. One reader wrote in and inferred that I could not possibly be a farmer wearing those gumboots – whatever! This year I took that old gumboot law to task and ordered the craziest pair I could find on the internet –just for fun. However, for all the styles, brands and shapes the most heart-warming thing to remember is that, the ones who wear them will almost always be the polite people that leave their shoes at your front door. Gumboots have much more than one use. They work well cut up into a seal if your toilet seat is loose, look fab filled with dirt and petunias in your garden if you are short on pots, and are great as a weapon to hurl at one of your kids when they have bolted outside after pinching your warm baking off the kitchen table. Couple this with the national gumboot throwing competition, draws full of socks with the heels worn out and you have a national icon. One day I might post a pair to one of those famous Hollywood types. You never know, if they start wearing them down Hollywood Boulevard, us gumboot toting farmers may become the coolest dudes on the planet. Until such time though, our humble gumboot will remain our best friend in winter and our greatest defence in our war against soggy wet cold feet.
Winter farm feed challenge Farmers are facing a tough winter as many have used up their winter feed trying to get through the summer drought. Dairy NZ Northland regional leader Tafi Manjala says the price of feed has also risen with the increase in demand, but warm rain at the end of autumn provided some late pasture growth, which alleviated the problem. Some farmers have been hit with a triple-whammy, with a dry spring last year creating a shortage of silage, while ongoing drought meant increased demand for feed and increased prices. There was also a shortage of palm kernel extract, Tafi says. This has meant many farmers have been forced to use feed usually reserved for winter. Compounding the problem is that about 15 per cent of cattle are calved in autumn, when the need for food is at its greatest. “Rain in early this month has helped to restore the water table in droughtaffected areas, but more rain may
work against farmers. When the ground becomes water-logged, stock trample pasture into the ground, which reduces grass cover for spring. “The poor growing season earlier in the year will also have a flow on effect, with less grass cover for calving. This will mean many farmers will have to buy in surplus feed, adding to costs.” Tafi says that fortunately, milk prices were relatively high over the summer, which has meant most dairy farmers have been able to afford the extra cost of buying in feed. However, Dargaville dairy farmer Kylie Harnett says most farmers in drought regions have had to dry off cows earlier than usual, missing out on about two months of production. “This has meant many farmers have no money for any development or even maintenance. The flow on affects from the drought will be at least two or three years,” she says.
Burglaries prompt security reminder There has been a large increase in burglaries on rural properties on the Kaipara Coast Highway. Police say thieves are targeting properties which don’t appear to have anyone at home or, if someone is home, they have a story prepared. “They pretend they’re looking for a lost dog or need something for their car,” Wellsford officer-in-charge Sgt Jason Homan says. “If you’re going to be home late put a timer on so a light comes on and it looks like someone is home, make your house look lived in, and make sure doors are locked. People need to take a certain amount of responsibility and ownership in securing their houses and farms.” Neighbourhood Watch is valuable in any community and if anyone wants to register a group, they are invited to speak to Wellsford’s Community Constable. To report suspicious behaviour call Wellsford Police on 423 8228 or report information anonymously to Crime Stoppers on 0800 555 111.
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Stock owners told to beef up farm security Meat warning A spate of cattle duffing in the Tapora/ Wellsford area is proving costly for some dairy farmers. At least two farms have been targeted, with losses estimated to be in the “tens of thousands of dollars”. Colin and Cathryn White put a reward up for information leading to the recovery of their missing dairy cows, but so far have had no luck in identifying the culprits. Although the couple has just recently sold their Tapora property and moved to Paeroa, they’ve supported a call for surveillance equipment to be installed on a strategic site along the Tapora road. “That’s what’s being talked about and I hope it happens,” Cathryn says. “There’s only one road onto the peninsula so it wouldn’t be hard to do. These people are stealing our livelihood. It’s not just $2000 a head – it’s the ongoing loss of production and the loss of the calves that those cows would have produced. “We were gutted to lose the cows. Our herd is quiet and friendly; it was like losing a pet dog or cat.” Wellsford Police officer-in-charge Sgt Jason Homan says he suspects the cattle are being removed from the area by truck during the night. “We’re urging farmers to be vigilant,” he says. “There must be someone out in the community who has heard something or been offered cheap dairy cows and we want to hear from these people. If anyone sees any suspicious behaviour don’t just ignore it, call the police immediately as we have the best chance of catching people while they
are on the scene. Also note down the registration numbers of strange vehicles or trucks and any descriptions of people which will help our investigations.” Sgt Homan says CCTV is very helpful if installed in a good location but it needs to be of a good quality and capable of recording at night. “Sometimes CCTV is the only lead we have in investigations and can lead to property being recovered and returned to the rightful owners.” Another Tapora farmer said it appeared whoever took the cows was “in the know”.
“They’re no good for meat and they’re hard to sell, so the theory is that they’re being stolen to build up another herd. You can’t insure against stock theft so it’s a straight out loss. “For a small farming community like Tapora, it’s a real kick in the guts.”
Federated Farmers rural security spokesperson Katie Milne says people who take black-market meat are playing with fire “There’s just no way a rustler knows of withholding periods after drenching or veterinary medicine,” she says. She says CCTV is being used where several farms are in a cul-de-sac setting, with only one road in, and the cost can be shared. “Things become more problematic when a property abuts a road or highway. CCTV at night only has a limited range, even with IR lighting, so farmers tend to use it around implement sheds as opposed to protecting stock. “There are solutions coming forward from sensor pads to DNA but, realistically, for wide area security coverage, we anticipate within the next decade autonomous drones equipped with forward looking infrared will provide the optimum solution.” In the meantime, Federated Farmers encourages farmers to report thefts to the Police. “Log thefts on an online map found by Googling ‘stop stock theft’. That’s a good way to share intelligence with the Police too,” Mrs Milne says.
Information wanted Anyone with any information is asked to call Wellsford Police on 423 8228 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. Crimestoppers can also be contacted via the web at www.crimestoppers-nz.org. All information is anonymous and no names are recorded. The Police website has good crime prevention advice, as well as a rural scorecard to see how safe a farm is: www.police.govt.nz
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Unwanted pampas or native toetoe? In Southland, native giant tussock grass known as toetoe Austroderia grace road side margins with curved dainty golden flower heads swaying gently in the breeze. Not so in the far north. Vast areas of unwanted clumps of tall erect white or purple pampas flower spikes dominate every corner of waste ground. Two species of pampas Cortaderia were introduced from South America as wind breaks for farmers. Like many introduced plants, pampas has a more aggressive growth pattern than its native cousins. In no time, the seeds had blown further afield and pampas was off across the North Island becoming a serious weed. At Tawharanui Open Sanctuary, volunteers have worked tirelessly over the years removing pampas by digging out small specimens and spraying larger specimens with herbicide. However, large clumps still remained on the steep coastal cliffs sending windblown seeds back on to the cleared areas especially on the plateaus on Tokatu Point. Last year, Auckland Council provided $7000 to spray pampas on the steep cliffs with the use of a helicopter. This year, TOSSI matched the investment with a grant from the ASB Community Trust to second spray to eliminate any re-growth. This has boosted the moral of the volunteers. Hauturu out in the gulf will also benefit from removal of pampas from Tawharanui. Volunteers along with Council staff will be vigilant making sure any further pampas growth is quickly dealt to. Managing pampas at Tawharanui is ongoing because there is plenty of seed source outside the park. This could be helped by property owners removing pampas from their land. There are five species of native Toetoe. The largest toetoe, Austroderia splendens, is a species of lowland sand dunes, cliffs and rocky places and is confined to Northland, Bay of Plenty and Waikato. A couple of original specimens grow tucked away in gullies on the Tokotu Peninsula. More have been planted in wetlands. Telling the difference between unwanted pampas and native toetoe. • Toetoe has drooping cream golden flower heads in spring and early summer. • Pampas has erect dense white or purple flowers from January to late May. • Toetoe has rich green leaves with prominent veins either side of the midrib. • Pampas has silvered leaves with one midrib. • Toetoe dead leaves are straight. • Pampas dead leaves curl like wood chips. To see toetoe growing at Tawharanui Regional Park, take a walk on the Thompson track in the Mangatwhiri wetland. The entrance is across a field opposite the Lagoon carpark and a kiwi has been seen frequently in this wetland shortly after dusk.
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SCOREBOARD A roundup of sports activities and events in the district Badminton Social badminton Tues 9.30am – 11.30am, Wed 9am–11am. All welcome. Fees: $5 each day played or $3 for members. Membership is $20 per annum. Info: Rhondda 422 3565 or Lynne 425 4999 ToTalspan Rodney pRoud sponsoRs of Netball The Rodney Rams senior netball team is looking for new members. Practices Sun 4pm at the courts in Whangateau Domain. Games Fri evening at Wellsford. Info: Eddie Watts 422 6039 aTaekwondo Roundup of spoRTs acTiviTies in THe disTRicT Warkworth Taekwondo meets Tues & Thurs at Warkworth School Hall. Ages 3-10 meet from ibus omnimolum 5pm-6pm. 10 and above from 6.15pm–7.45pm. Classes are $65 a month, or $40 for those Is under quas vendipsantus sint restincti blaborr muscius idipitae la021 et qui nus 112 6. Group deals available. Info:umquisi email@example.com 0709 autatur sanissit, conseri onsequi denimod magnametur? Qui omnimet as magnima Karate/Kickboxing gnihil il ilictati te nam qui blaboria is amusanitio. Nam excepelenis nima con pore etur? Karate are heldfugit at Warkworth Showgrounds. Kids beginners Derum est classes andia perfernatem qui dit auditi cum eum vendusant volupta quam karate Monday 3.304.30pm, adults/teens evelit ipitessum aut ut am.karate Monday/Thursday 6.30–8.15pm, women’s karate Tuesday/Friday 9.15am–10.30am (female instructor), women’s kickboxing Wednesday 6pm-7pm. Info: 0220 simusci 988 310llabo Ucimporrum lautat rerum renducia voloreiur, comniendel ipis et volorrupta sum Cycling Road Race voluptatus am eum quis abor aut aut ut dit, nem dolliciurem fugiate moluptus Wilkinsonquosant Trophyiorepro 10kmvolor RoadautRace, July 19.soluptas There volore will beeaa delis 10km route for men and doluptaquis inullabSaturday, orrovitae eosam, women, wellfaccaborest, as shortercus, courses for runners aged 16eat and under. Registration from 11.30am quam, optis as erum ommoluptat aliquis di quiam arum serianda Hall,etrace start atparit, 1pm.officiunt Info: Caroline Marshall 423optasim 7191 quiatsiKaipara reptium Flats dolut quo haruptature ex eat quatus, que pro oluptat ut Bowls restiistrum nit et alitias pietus enihil ium sus. Indoor The Snells Beach Indoor Bowling Club plays in the Snells Beach Community Hall on a Monday oTaTuR coRum afternoon from 1pm–3.30pm. Newomnimus members always Nonsed exeri occabo. Parciendania sendio nonet est etwelcome. qui sae peraFirst day is free, then $2 per session.aut Membership per year. or Graham 425 vel 6276 endipitatur expereperum$20 restrum harumInfo: atur Joyce reperumet dipid millibus int occae doloriorumet et excearciis atibusa ntibeati omnihil molut od earum quis del magnis Gymnastics ma pra volori ipienie niatus plibus quia veniatibus. Illorit as imusam voluptatem sitio Classes Mahurangi College gymnasium. All ages officidel iumon int Monday a consequinights nis raeat intthe vidundae perferum nonemold corum. welcome. A competitive squad is run on Wednesdays, along with Rhythmic gaGymnastics. nempeRnaTis Info: Liz Davie-Martin firstname.lastname@example.org or 425 5705
The Warkworth Badminton Club is keen to let newcomers to the district know that new members are welcome. The club plays on four courts at the Mahurangi East Community Centre on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings. “We’re a friendly club and fees are kept to a minimum,” spokesperson Brian Henshaw says. “We’re also located next to the library and close to the kindergarten, so it’s ideal for young Mums.” Info: Phone Rhondda on 422 3565 or Lynne on 425 4999.
Cross Country results There was a good turnout for the annual Hoteo North Cross Country last month, with a field of 40 runners taking the starting line. Results are as follow: Girls under 10 – Lucy Illingworth 1, Stella Theedom 2, Millie Brierly 3; boys under 10 – Sebastian Kashammer 1, Jeff Beecher 2; girls under 13 – Katie Heaven 1, Bree Illingworth 2, Molly Illingworth 3; Boys under 13 – Jackson Brierly 1, Bryson Theedom 2, Rex Beecher 3; girls under 15 – Catherine Kashammer; boys under 15 – Zane Illingworth 1, Kieran Burgess 2; girls under 17 – Julie Weisser 1, Jade Marshall 2; veteran men – Ian Calder 1, Armin Kashammer 2, Darren Heaven 3, Neville Bassett 4; veteran women – Janice Powell 1, Jackie Grant 2, Christine Heaven 3, Anne Beecher 4.
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Public meeting to discuss planning for Sandspit Harbour, Sandspit Yacht Club, 7pm 18 Talk by Trish Allen on Cuba; at Bramble Café Matakana Country Park, 1pm. Book: Gill 422 6959 19 Forest & Bird Winter Talk, Totara Park, Warkworth, starts at 7.30pm. Guest speakers Gill & Kevin Adshead will talk about the restoration of their land at Mataia on the Kaipara 20 Mahurangi College Hockey Club Trivial Pursuit Night, Mahurangi College Hall. Tickets $10/head and available from the school office. Door opens at 6.30pm with the bar open at 7pm 20 Matakana School 80’s quiz & auction, Matakana School Hall, from 7pm Tickets $20 ea or book a table of 8. Info: www. matakana.school.nz or 422 7309. 20-22 IDEA art exhibition ‘Expressing in Colour’, old Masonic Hall Warkworth, 10am til 3pm daily (see story p29) 21 Kids Market, Warkworth Primary School, 9am-12noon 27 Broadway Magic, a concert presented by Matakantata Choir, Puhoi Village Hall, in support of the local fire service, 7.30pm start. Tickets $15, children gold coin donation (see story p27) 27&28 Art n Tartan Wearable Arts Awards, Waipu Museum. Info waipumuseum.com/events 28 Puhoi Dance, Puhoi Hall, celebrating the villages 151st anniversary and to fundraise for the new Puhoi Museum. Entertainment by The Blue Jays. Starts 7.30pm. Tickets $10. Bookings 422 0183 (evenings) 28 Jazz and Comedy night, Warkworth Bowls Club, 7pm. Raising funds for Warkworth Wellsford Hospice (see story p6) 28 Ewen Gilmour and three other comedians, Leigh Sawmill from 9pm. Tickets $20 at eventfinder.co.nz (see story p22) 30 Modern Maori Quartet, Wellsford Community Centre, 7.30 pm (see story p27)
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Community meeting to discuss Rodney Local Board Plan, Wellsford Community Centre, from 6.30pm-7.30pm (see story p10) Modern Maori Quartet, Puhoi Centennial Hall, 7.30 pm (see story p27) Wellsford Middle School presents Cinderella Rockerfella, a modern twist on the classic fairytale, Wellsford Community Centre, start time 7pm. Tickets available from Wellsford School office or Take Note in Wellsford or by e-mailing marklo@ wellsford.school.nz Community meeting to discuss Rodney Local Board Plan, Warkworth Masonic Hall, from 6.30pm-7.30pm (see story p10) Giant Auction and Trivial Pursuit Evening, the Mangawhai Club. Organised by Zonta Mangawhai. Tables of 6 at $12.50 per person. To book, phone Isobel on 431 4882 Matariki Movie Night - Mana Waka, Te Hana Te Ao Marama. Doors open 6.30pm (see story p20) Broadway Magic, a concert presented by Matakantata Choir, Matakana Hall, 7.30pm. Supporting Springboard. Tickets $15, children gold coin donation (see story p27) Broadway Magic, Matakantata Choir concert, Warkworth Presbyterian Church, Pulham Rd, 2.30pm. Supporting Springboard. Tickets $15, children gold coin donation (see story p27) TOSSI planting day at Tawharanui from 9am. Info: tossi.org.nz Gary McCormick & Hammond Gamble, Ascension (see ad p27) Local Vocal Choir concert, Wellsford Community Centre (see story p28)
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Junior rugby in good shape The Mahurangi Junior Rugby Club is riding a wave of new memberships this season. Club spokesperson Melissa Nicol says player numbers are up by more than 25 per cent. “Part of this is probably because the area is growing, but could also be attributed to a reinvigorated committee and the effort we’re making to make club more family-orientated,” she says. There are currently 215 players in the Saturday competition, aged from four to 13 years. Early grades play in the Rippa (non-contact) competition in Orewa, while tackle rugby starts from age eight years. Melissa says the junior competition is non-competitive. “It’s about learning the rules and rugby skills, participation and having fun,” she says. “We’re well-supported by parents who make-up the committee, as well as volunteering as coaches, referees and team managers.” The year opened for the juniors with a pre-season camp at Pakiri attended by 150 children. This was followed by a trip to Sydney to play the Seaforth Raiders at Manly. Seventeen players took part in the tour, which included two games with one win and one loss. For the first time in a number of years, the club has fielded a J1 team, made up of 12 and 13 year olds. They will play in a competitive knockout tournament for J1 to J4 teams later in the season. Enquiries from new players welcome. Info: Maria Schollum on 021 481 1222. Mahurangi has been able to field a J1 team this year and although they may be small, there is no lack of intensity in the junior rugby competition.
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