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May 7, 2014



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King George’s headache finally over Iwi and members of the community blessed King George in Matakana late last month, marking the return of his long-awaited head. The statue was vandalised more than two-and-a-half years ago and Auckland Council encountered delays in making repairs when it was discovered that the head mould had been lost in a marital break-up. Kamatua Rereata Makiha and Robert Newson presided over the early morning blessing, which recognised the statue’s significance as a public monument to the memory of the men from the district who served in World War I and II. While Rodney Local Board chair Brenda Steele hoped te puna of Matakana would protect the statue, others suggested the need for a security camera on site. However, Matakana Community Group chair Neville Johnson said the statue spoke of the “old Matakana” and its values, and he hoped the present generation’s pride in this heritage would also serve to protect it in future. Manu whenua, descendents of the soldiers memorialised on the statue, and members of the Matakana community attended the ceremony. The statue was built of Oamaru stone by WH Feldon in 1938. Steve Woodward, of New Lynn, sculpted the latest addition. The replacement head cost of just under $20,000 was partly funded the Local Board and Auckland Council’s World War I commemoration fund.

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The new head more accurately resembles what the original head would have looked like in 1938.

Matakana businesswoman Gay Smith was among the local residents who attended the blessing.


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Matakana pushes for bridge re-think

Fruit trees and native plantings will be a feature of the new playground on this site.

Playground start imminent A 9.5m slide, a mai mai fort, tunnels, jungle gym and bird nest swing are just some of the features which will be incorporated into a $190,000 playground for Matakana. The project is being funded by the Rodney Local Board and will be built on reserve land, between the toilets and the wharf. An Auckland Council spokesperson says the equipment supply, earthworks and natural play construction is out to tender and earthworks may start in two months if the ground conditions stay dry. She says some equipment is being ordered from overseas, with a three-month lead time. Installation of those pieces will be in August at the earliest. The spokesperson disputed a claim made by a resident involved in the project that $110,000 of the budget had been spent on consultancy fees.

“We’re unable to provide a specific budget breakdown, as it is commercially sensitive information. However, the majority of the budget will be spent on the playground equipment and construction,” she said. The estimated costs were $90,000 for the manufactured playground equipment, $60,000 for the natural play construction and earthworks, and $40,000 for design, arborist, archaeologist and construction management fees. “We are currently working through the design, which is necessary due to the sloped nature of the site. We have also had archaeological and arborists’ reports undertaken because of the history of the site and to ensure it’s a safe environment. “The tree and heritage investigations are essential to make sure the site is safe and doesn’t compromise heritage issues.”

Efforts to re-use a discarded Auckland bridge to provide a crossing over the Matakana River, and finish the final leg of the Matakana/Omaha walkway/cycleway, are being renewed. Representatives of the Matakana Community Group have sought expert engineering advice to try to convince Auckland Transport (AT) that re-using the former Auckland bridge is a feasible alternative to constructing a new bridge. AT raised objections to the old bridge on the grounds that it doesn’t meet building code requirements and couldn’t be guaranteed to last for the next 50 years. Initial estimates to construct a new bridge came in at around $250,000, while the community group believes the recycled bridge could be refurbished for substantially less. Spokesman Scott McCallum says the delays in installing the crossing are frustrating, not just for the residents’ group but for the whole community. “A lot of people have volunteered their time to fundraise for this project, with the proceeds from Fruitloop being one of the major contributors,” he says. “But we’re getting feedback that people are wondering when they’ll actually see something for this effort. This is the message that we want to get across to AT — that we need to see something happen sooner rather than later.” Group representatives are hoping to meet AT in mid-May. The secondhand bridge purchased by the Matakana group has been sitting on land opposite Tongue Farm Road for more than a year.

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Rare chance to taste region’s vintage wine A rare wine tasting held at Matakana wine bar The Vintry proved so successful last year that owner Nicki Haller has organised another one especially for the Matakana in May celebration. Last year’s tasting was of Ransom’s “Dark Summit” and was a sell-out. This year, Nicki has teamed up with local winemaker John Crone to offer a tasting of seven consecutive vintages of Hyperion’s cabernet sauvignon, known as “The Titan”. Cabernet sauvignon is considered in the wine world to be the king of grapes, and “The Titan” is the only straight varietal cabernet sauvignon to be produced in Matakana. It is one of the Bordeaux varieties, and it is what Matakana was initially known for when vineyards were first established in the area in the 1980s. “It’s a pretty popular grape variety, although I’m not sure if it’s popular for the right reasons,” says Nicki. “Initially it was a blending wine. It’s got big tannin and big acids, and not necessarily all the fruity flowery things that merlot has, so if you blend them together you should get a perfect match.” The grapes are of the oldest vines in the region, and come from the site of the original Antipodes vineyard. John bought the block in 1996.


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Fruitloop fun run chair Gay Smith accepts a donation from Matakana pub coowner Duncan Anderson.

Pub helps out locals The Matakana pub has distributed almost $9000 to four local charities, following two major fundraising events this year. The annual Seagull Race, held this year on March 23, raised $8000, benefitting St John Warkworth, Matakana Rural Fire, Kawau Coastguard and Omaha Surf Life Saving Club. A refreshment tent the pub ran at this year’s Fruitloop fun run raised another $750. Coowner Duncan Anderson says the pub is grateful to local sponsors who got behind this year’s Seagull Race and

donated thousands of dollars worth of prizes. The pub was also happy to donate all of its proceeds from the Fruitloop tent to charity, he says. “It’s about giving back to the community and being part of the community.” The pub is also a gold sponsor at Matakana School. “We’ve got three kids at schools in the area, so we like to get behind the schools as well,” he says. “Some people think that’s a bit of a giggle, but we like to think it’s a family environment here, and we do have family specials as well.”

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Mahurangi Matters, Matakana Feature, 7 May 2014