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Bus service picks up speed

Health cuts? Fears for the future of Rodney health services

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The Kowhai Connection bus service for Warkworth, Snells Beach and Matakana has been pulling in the punters, although it is still early days. Trips began on March 23 with a 15-seater Gubbs Motors-operated bus. Warkworth resident Hana Mori-Robertson travelled to Snells Beach with her two children Yuka, 7 months and Maya, 2.

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Rodney’s 30-year plan All you need to know about the Unitary Plan

continued page 3 Warkworth woman Hana Mori-Robertson and her two children Yuka, 7 months and Maya, 2, are helped off the Kowhai Connection bus by driver Graeme Roffey.

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Some rural property prices in Rodney could plummet if the Auckland Council’s draft plan for the next 30 years is allowed to go ahead, say local planners. They believe the Council has intended to protect NZ’s main export Surveyors, says many farmers in the deliberately tightened already-strict industry, it could have unintended Rodney region struggle to make a rules to virtually halt subdivision consequences, says one Warkworth living, and being unable to supplement in rural areas. While the move is planner. Tracy Smith, from Parallax continued page 2

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Letters are their income by carving off small THE UNITARY PLAN being sent out to landowners plots could prove whose properties the last straw. are deemed to “I think it will have have significant a huge impact on ecological areas, property values and urging them to how the region will talk to Council if look . . . If all you they have concerns. can buy rural property for is to farm Auckland’s deputy mayor, Penny Hulse, it, then I think there will be a lot less says there is no need for farmers to demand for rural land.” The Unitary panic, as the public is being asked for Plan, which has been developed as a informal feedback on the plan until the single “rulebook” for the Supercity, was end of May and changes will be made revealed on March 15 and many planners where they are deemed reasonable.   say they are still getting to grips with its The plan has become a power play details — or the lack of them.  They are between central and local government, also finding many errors. with squabbling over key issues such Changes include a new heritage zone as land supply and spending on major covering much of central Warkworth, road and rail projects. Council wants intended to protect pre-1944 buildings to put the plan into effect later this from wholesale demolition. A new year, but the Government has said Rural Urban Boundary intended to it must wait until 2016, to give the allow an extra 3500 dwellings in the public sufficient time to challenge south of Warkworth over the next its proposals.   Councillors admit the delay could lead to a flurry of activity three decades has been suggested, in the meantime, as people rush to and several areas on the outskirts of take advantage of the current rules. Wellsford have also been earmarked Mrs Smith is urging Rodney residents for potential development. to take an interest. “If there’s not a Other changes include a big increase huge outcry it could just trundle along in areas deemed to be ecologically through the process and pop out.  We significant; new rules allowing the easier need to make sure Rodney is heard.” removal of mangroves; stricter rules on For more on what the plan discharges into streams; and a new fourmeans for Rodney, see the storey height limit in central Warkworth 12-page pullout inside — up from two storeys now.


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Concerns over the future of local health services

Possible changes in district health board arrangements could spell the end of substantial charitable support for health initiatives in Rodney and Northland. While Waitemata District Health initiatives. These have included a Board denies that there are any plans donation of $50,000 towards a new to amalgamate with the Auckland cancer treatment centre for Northland, District Health Board, Northlink construction of 10 pensioner homes in Health in Warkworth sees the Mangawhai and the purchase of a fully amalgamation of the two boards’ fitted-out ambulance for Warkworth. funding and planning sections as a Other organisations that have harbinger of things to come. benefited include the Windy Ridge Boys’ Farms, Special Edition, Adults The bulk of Northlink’s 4000 clients in Motion (AIM), the Kowhai Coast are managed under Waitemata DHB Youth Trust, Westpac Trust Helicopter contracts. Northlink general manager and Hibiscus Coast Hospice. Pete Carter says Auckland DHB has already significantly reduced the number Northlink employs 960 staff and cares of health providers it contracts to and for clients between the North Shore if amalgamation went ahead, then it is and Cape Reinga. When it started as likely Waitemata would follow suit. a pilot scheme in 1977 its charter was to provide care for the elderly in their “In the worse case scenario, we could homes. However, over the years this lose well over half our business,” he has expanded to include young people says. “We’d no longer exist in North with a disability who would previously Shore and Rodney, although we might have been institutionalised. survive in Northland.” Meanwhile, Mrs Hawkings says Northlink chief executive Wendy Hawkings says the impact would Northlink representatives Pete Carter and Wendy Hawkings are nervous about Northlink is continuing to be innovative in its approach to homecare services. be felt across the community and the changes being discussed by district health boards. programmes that would disappear ACC provider McIsaac Healthcare to while this has actually led to an increase Seven support staff have would include the Northlink/Rodney submit a tender, but was unsuccessful. in work, managing the paperwork has recently undergone training to Surgical Centre partnership, which meant employing an additional staff provide advanced care in insulin offers free or subsidised day-surgery to “To say we were surprised is an member and it has come at a cost. administration. Their work with two understatement,” Mrs Hawking says. those who meet criteria. “We thought the contracts would be “The surplus funds which were clients in Whangarei and Silverdale “We believe the changes to ACC spread across at least 20 to 40 NZ previously available for philanthropic will be monitored and if successful, contract arrangements, which came providers with proven track records. projects such as the $750,000 Rodney will be rolled out across the district. into effect in September last year, are a We never envisaged that the list would Surgical Centre partnership are being Specialist training in hospice care skills sign of things to come,” she says. be culled to so few, two of which are eaten up by contracting costs. This is also being delivered. Under the new arrangements, ACC Australian.” will only get worse if Waitemata “Our service is about giving all our cut its number of homecare service ACC contracts make up about 10 follows Auckland’s lead.” clients, regardless of age or ability, the providers from 86 to four national, percent of Northlink’s workload and Over the years, Northlink has best quality of life possible enabling and two regional, providers. it now sub-contracts to lead contractor financially backed a wide range them to stay in their own homes and Northlink partnered with major Geneva Health. Mrs Hawkings says that of community organisations and communities.”

Early days for Rodney’s new public bus service “It’s the first time we’ve caught the bus. It’s handy for a small shop at the Warehouse, especially with kids. They don’t like the car seat and it’s fun.” Ms Mori-Robertson says it was tricky getting the pram in and out of the bus and she might carry Yuka in a backpack next time instead. She also mentioned there’s no bench to sit on at the Snells Beach bus stop. “There’s just a sign in a carpark – it felt

a bit unsafe.” Driver Graeme Roffey helped the trio off the bus – it was his first day too. By 11.30am he had picked up 12 people. Transport planner Bevan Woodward says the bus run is going well. “Drivers have got the hang of it and the people who are using the service are pleased. We’re getting more and more enquiries every day.” Mr Woodward says there have been

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some problems with a GPS system that allows people to track the bus on the internet or a smartphone. “It’s stopped working for short periods and we’re looking at getting it going permanently.” A review will take place with Auckland Transport after two weeks, but he doesn’t expect any change for a few months. Gubbs Motors operations manager Ian Davies says the service has no set

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OFF THE RECORD Blonde ambition At just 33, Nikki Kaye is NZ’s youngestever female Cabinet Minister. She also happens to be tiny, and blonde. Just hours after visiting Mahurangi College this month, she wrote on the internet about how tiresome she found the focus on her looks. But those at the college event couldn’t help notice how brave she was wearing seven-inch suede stilettos on what was still a building site. It could have brought new meaning to the term “political spill”.

FEEDBACK Modern vows Your article on Wonderful Weddings (MM, Mar 13) refers to phrases and promises which reflect the woman’s subjection to the man and are now outdated. I am surprised and very impressed by the following vow from 18th century Ireland. It could have been written for the independent modern girl: “I pledge to you the first bite of my food and the first drink from my cup. I pledge to you that yours will be the name I cry aloud in the night and the eyes into which I smile in the morning. I pledge to you my living and my dying, each equally in your care. I shall be the shield for your back and you for mine. I shall not slander you, nor you me. I shall honour you above all others, and when we quarrel we shall do so in private and tell no strangers our grievances. This is my wedding vow to you. This is the marriage of equals.” John O’Neill, Kaiwaka

Modern buildings On his recent visit, Mayor Len Brown expressed his alarm at the projected cost of $3 million to repair the old Town Hall (MM, Mar 13). The proposed repairs need to be looked at again because one thing is for certain, costs will eventually be higher. I support the Mayor’s statement that “you can get a bloody good hall for $3 million.” A better proposal would be to remove the old hall plus remove the decrepit, tired old Senior Citizens building (which

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is Council-owned) next door and build a modern purpose-built hall and community centre combined. Bryan Jackson, Snells Beach I can’t believe anybody would want to spend $3 million or even a fraction of that restoring the old Warkworth Town Hall. It must be just about the ugliest building I’ve seen anywhere. I’m not including all the toilet blocks I’ve visited. That $3 million could be put towards the community centre that was planned several years ago and was subsequently shelved. L Smet, Warkworth

Democratic principles In reply to the “Viewpoint” article by Rodney Local Board member Steve Garner (MM, Mar 13) I wish to highlight a few misconceptions seen by many locals involved. Mr Garner refers to the “difficult, heated and stressful process” with which the board were faced. Had they followed the simple principle of democracy, all could have been avoided by simply one phonecall. But no - as opposition mounted, more and more tactics were employed involving weeks of work for some local people to uphold a basic principle instilled into us at primary school. Secondly, Cr Penny Webster has been criticised unfairly as she commented on the manner in which this was handled. Cr Webster’s northern constituents were reliant on her

support as there seemed no way forward. She acted both promptly and professionally in seeking a sensible solution in pushing the democracy bid. This was never about personalities, it was always about principle and after weeks of anxiety, meetings and petitions the runner-up from the last election was appointed. What price victory? Brian Mason Chairman, Landowners & Contractors Protection Association, Wellsford

Ti Point forest I was the Rodney County Council officer who managed the planting of the pines on Council land at Whangateau, the subject of your article on kauri snails (MM, Mar 1). The land was bought by Council in the early 70s for sewage treatment and disposal. It has never been used as a landfill and was previously in pines, harvested before the site was burnt over at replanting in 1981. As a requirement of the Forestry Encouragement Loan, the trees were pruned to 6m and thinned to 374 stems per hectare. Auckland Council’s claim that “currently unpruned trees provide a higher net return as the trimmings from the harvest are sold as pulp” is not correct. The net return from pruned logs far outweighs any return from trees felled for pulp alone, and the trimmings may also be sold for pulp. Leaving the forest as it is, is questionable. At 32 years (not 20, as suggested), the trees will continue to grow for some years; however they will

begin to die back or blow over, as some already have. They are an increasing fire risk and an eventual problem. The area is too small to be logged in stages. If native kauri snails do live in the forest I am sure there is a way that the harvest cycle of the forest can be completed at little or no threat to their survival. If it is a snail habitat, no doubt they were there before the two regimes of pines were planted, and will remain thereafter. Geoff Ward, Snells Beach

Dumping ground The rubbish at the corner of Whangaripo Valley Rd and Wayby Valley Rd is getting dirtier by the minute. It is disgusting. I live opposite the rubbish dump and the rubbish blows all over our property. We try to stop it but it just keeps getting worse. We have seen people dump black bags at the corner. There are also lots of cats and possums down at the dump opening the bags and spreading the bags everywhere. We have seen people going through the rubbish and people dumping rubbish the day after collection day. The council sign states when rubbish can be dropped. My mum rings the council every day after the pick-up. It is inappropriate. Our class is trying to stop this nightmare. Reduce, reuse and recycle what you can because we want to see you live in an environmentally friendly way. Try to fix this problem. Please. Rhianna Schedewy Room 5, Tomarata School

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Drought continues to bite Warkworth’s water shortage remains dire after recent rainfall had no effect on the town’s main water source, yet a property manager has been waterblasting the outside of his building. A contractor spent several hours waterblasting the exterior of Lawlink House on Neville St on March 15, to the embarrassment of the tenants. Property manager Graham Rice says it was a vital part of the painting process and waterblasters only use a “frugal” amount of water. “It was just a one-off and it was essential to the preparation of the painting. It has to go ahead before autumn. I’m sure the contractor was aware of the shortage and he would’ve used the minimum amount of water he needed.” A tenant says Mr Rice sent them an Water, water everywhere at Lawlink email two weeks earlier telling them House. there was a water shortage and they need a lot more to ensure the plants needed to conserve water. we love survive these dry conditions. Meanwhile Watercare is continuing Recycling grey water and proper to urge residents to use water wisely mulching around your plants can help.” despite around 20mm of rain falling Auckland Botanic Gardens curator in Warkworth. Spokeswoman Rachel Brooke Stark recommends watering Hughes says the soil in the catchment plants in the early morning or late area that feeds the Mahurangi River is evening to prevent water evaporating so dry it absorbed most of the rain. in the intense sun and use a soaker “This means there was no residual hose or slow release water system to benefit for the river which is once avoid water wastage and run-off. again experiencing low flows.” “Mature trees and established shrubs The company will continue to use water generally don’t need to be watered as tankers to supplement local supply and they have adapted over their lifetime advises residents to avoid washing cars, to varied weather conditions. During take quick showers instead of baths, only a drought, they may appear stressed run dishwashers and washing machines but have moisture stores to draw on when they’re full, and wash vegetables in and will recover once rain comes. a bowl of water rather than under a tap. “Once the rain starts in late autumn Local water suppliers say the situation and when it’s still warm this gives remains much the same with one- or root systems a chance to establish and two-day waiting lists. Mangawhai plants will be more able to withstand Welldrilling and Water director future drought conditions.” Sandra Brunt says many people are Meanwhile a region-wide fire ban leaving it too late to check their tanks remains firmly in place. Principal and assuming they can continue using Rural Fire Officer Bryan Cartelle says water until it reaches the very bottom. recent rain has been isolated, patchy “That trips people up.” and too light to have any real impact Auckland Councillor Sandra Coney, to lessen the risk of fire in the region. chair of the Parks, Recreation and Solid fuel barbecues and retailHeritage Forum, says a few simple type fireworks remain banned at all things can keep gardens green and save beaches, parks and reserves. The fire water at the same time. ban includes Great Barrier and Kawau “Although we’ve had a bit of rain, we islands.

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Mahurangi College’s new “heart” begins pumping Students at Mahurangi College have finally got the chance to see what their new $4.5 million building looks like inside — and they are rapt with the new facility. ways you don’t even know about”, Deputy Principal Alastair Elder says he said. Former principal Alan Shaw “students are very proud of it and joined principals from other schools looking forward to getting in there in the district for the ceremony, and and utilising it completely.” foundation pupils of the school were The building, known as B-Block, was also present. officially opened on March 22 by As well as providing state-of-the-art Associate Education Minister Nikki facilities for students, the new block Kaye, who praised the school for had been designed to give the school embracing digital literacy. As well as a a central area that would serve as commercial kitchen, the block has a new its “heart”, Mr Macleod said.   It technology suite and specialist graphic is expected the area will be used by design facilities. The entire school has students for poetry, music and other also been rewired as part of the project. artistic performances. Ms Kaye launched an inquiry into With more than 1300 students, digital literacy in schools last year, and Mahurangi College is growing rapidly. is planning to reveal the Government’s The new block has been designed so response on April 11. While at it can be easily extended in the future, Mahurangi College she noted that and according to board of trustees’ the new block gave pupils “a huge chair Tracey Martin, the roll could be opportunity” to be more connected allowed to grow much bigger yet. than before. Ms Martin, who is also NZ First’s A key area where Ms Kaye hopes education spokeswoman and a schools will make digital progress is with member of the Rodney Local Board, languages, and facilities such as B-Block told annual plan hearings in Orewa would give students access “to some of recently that education officials were the best services and content as possible”, considering allowing schools in the she said.  She also noted the college was one of a “small number” of secondary Associate Education Minister Nikki Kaye and head girl Ruahei Demant officially Auckland region to have as many open Mahurangi College’s new building. as 4000 pupils to help cope with schools that had recently received a letter from Education Minister Hekia Parata Principal David Macleod paid tribute whose firm, Hutchinson Consulting expected population growth. That was praising them for their outstanding to the many people who had helped Engineers, donated all its fees for the likely to mean the Warkworth area results in NCEA, particularly for Maori made the block a reality, including project to the school.  Mr Hutchinson would not be getting any new schools Point Wells resident Ian Hutchinson, had also helped the school “in other any time soon, she said. and Pasifika students.

Kaipara Council office moving to Mangawhai The Kaipara District Council has confirmed it is closing its Kaiwaka office and relocating to Mangawhai. The move will mean that Kaiwaka will also lose its Visitor Information Centre. The decision was made at a meeting on March 25, and follows the recent sale of the building Council occupied on SH1. Its new office will be located at “The Hub” in Mangawhai. Council’s general manager of operations, John Burt, says the main workload for the team based in


Kaiwaka was building and resource consent applications, with a large percentage of enquiries coming from Mangawhai. “This is one of the main reasons there is an office in the south/ eastern part of the district. It is also the reason we limited our search area to Maungaturoto and locations east of there.” Council says it has already begun talking to tourism groups about promoting the district and the Twin Coast Discovery Highway using existing funding that will be available

as a result of the closure. But it will be up to the groups themselves to liaise with other Visitor Information Centres in Auckland, and to suggest any new signs that may be needed to promote the highway. Mr Burt says the cost of the move will be funded out of existing budgets and once at the new site, ongoing costs will be lower. While people in and around Kaiwaka will obviously be disappointed at the move, remaining in the current building was no longer considered a viable option.

James Colville appointed Retired dairy farmer James Colville will be sworn in as the Wellsford subdivision representative on the Rodney Local Board at a meeting on April 8. Community representatives criticised the local board for what they said was a “waste of ratepayers money” in calling for nominations rather than appointing Mr Colville, who was the runner-up in the 2010 election. However, Mr Colville says it is time to move on and he has several priorities he hopes can be addressed in the next six months. This includes attention to unsealed roads and the widening of the Wharehine Bridge.

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Mangawhai residents to be quizzed on NRC’s future Proposed changes to the Northland Regional Council are occurring “arse about face” because of Far North mayor Wayne Brown’s personal agenda, the chairman of Mangawhai Residents and Ratepayers claims. Kaipara residents will be consulted on Wayne Brown says he is shocked that the future of the Northland Regional “some rates activist” could have such Council after the Local Government strong views as to the Far North’s plans. Commission agreed to investigate a “We certainly don’t want any part of bid by the Far North District Council the fiasco that is Kaipara and we just to become a unitary authority. want to do our own thing.” If the idea is accepted it could result in He says the NRC’s assets are owned on two unitary authorities in Northland, behalf of all Northland ratepayers and one in the Far North and one in “we would like our share of the benefits.” Whangarei, including Kaipara. This Kaipara District Council commissioner would see the NRC’s assets split Peter Winder says there’s a wider range and Whangarei taking on board of options than Mr Rogan is expressing Mangawhai’s debt. and it is important that the people The LGC has determined there is of Kaipara engage in the process and interest in change and called for further express their views. “In this process proposals. Newspaper advertisements existing councils aren’t decision have been placed and affected councils makers. The LGC and people of have to decide their preferred option by Northland are the decision makers.” April 15. Mangawhai Ratepayers and Residents Mangawhai Ratepayers and Residents Association committee member Association chairman Bruce Rogan Martina Tschirky says her preferred says there’s no compelling argument scenario is for KDC to amalgamate for change and it is Wayne Brown, with WDC and for the WDC to not the community, who wants things become a unitary authority. done differently. “Kaipara is too small, we need to be Mr Rogan says nothing should part of something bigger. But we do happen until Kaipara’s debt and legal see the need for an environmental problems are sorted out; nevertheless watchdog like the NRC.” he will educate his 1100 members on Ms Tschirky says some Aucklanders the range of options so they can give who have baches at Mangawhai would an informed view. prefer the area come under the wing of These include keeping the status quo, Auckland Council. But most locals feel merging all councils in Northland into Whangarei is a better fit as it is closer, one district, leaving the NRC in place, has good assets and is where most people and the creation of a unitary authority. go to shop or work. “Northland is a huge area. Imagine if our people had to “Another option would be to merge go to Kerikeri for anything to do with like with like. An obvious case would the council. The spread is too big.” be to take all East Coast areas and merge them in an East Coast district.” NRC chairman Craig Brown says his council is likely to back a model which Mr Rogan says there’s lots of evidence has a single regional council with two that smaller councils are run more tiers of governance or that the status effectively and Kaipara isn’t too small quo remains, but that position could to go it alone. change depending on public meetings. He says Kaipara’s consultation is likely to *NRC is holding a public information be a “sham” because “people in grey suits and discussion session at Mangawhai in windowless rooms in Wellington have Library Hall on Thursday April 4 from 6pm to 8pm. already decided the outcome”.



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Lynette Gubb downplays the latest award given to her by Netball New Zealand, saying she’s “no flashy player”. But her lengthy list of sporting and community achievements speaks for itself. The 54-year old grandmother-of-four played, umpired and coached in the Rodney association for 33 years, helped to organise the local A&P show for 26 years, and is a member of the town’s sports and recreation collective. She shares her story with Andre Hueber: I grew up in Katikati and played netball at primary school. I used to like horse riding as well. I came from a family of five and my parents said: “You have to choose one or the other”. I played for Katikati College and when I was in Form 6 Katikati Netball Association needed umpires so I put my hand up. In those days we had to umpire the whole game ourselves. I was learning and I’d get flak — it was a bit nerve wracking. I planned to do a diploma in agriculture at Massey University in New Plymouth but the lecturers said I needed experience on a farm other than my own family farm. I moved to Tomarata in 1977 and started working for my future brother-in-law, Melville. It’s how I met my husband Roy. He went to check out his brother’s new worker and the rest is history. He and his older brother Colin ran the Te Hana Lime Company together. My father-in-law, Ray Gubb, lived on the property as well until he died in 1993. We got married in December 1978 and lived in a rickety old house next to the quarry. It became clear the property couldn’t sustain two families. Colin and his family purchased a quarry in Russell and we kept on with this one. We worked as a family. My four children George, 32, Irene, 30, Bevan, 23 and Kelsie, 22, were all born in Warkworth and all went to Wellsford Primary and Rodney College. Sometimes I’d drop the older kids off at school then head to the quarry with the younger ones. I’d put them in a playpen in the back of the van, or on a cot mattress behind the loader seat with Roy, while I’d operate the crusher. My two older children worked in the quarry from the age of 9. It wasn’t an ideal situation but we couldn’t afford to employ permanent workers and we were always careful about being safe. In 1981 I was part of a group that started a netball club at Tomarata. We made our own uniforms. I had a screen printing set and made the bibs. Later on we went flash with pleated skirts. We felt we had no say in the wider Rodney association so we decided

to join the committee. In 1985 we shifted from Rodney College to the new asphalt courts at Centennial Park. There was a lean-to office at the back that was as cold as charity. We got funding from the ASB and a small amount from Rodney Council and in 1987 we built a proper office. In 2010 we got new court lights. My kids grew up around netball. The pushchair would often end up a clotheshorse on the side of the court, hiding the baby inside. My daughter Irene is now the president of Netball Rodney, a role I held for seven years. She and my other daughter Kelsie are both members of my beloved club Tomarata. We’ve always been a sporting family, working together. It could often be a juggling act to get everyone to where they needed to be. Roy and I were supportive of each other’s interests. I encouraged him with things like rugby and wood chopping, and he’d often come and watch me and the girls play.

community work. I’ll occasionally play for the Golden Oldies. Last year I coached a Rodney College team and under-15 reps and this year I’m taking a team from Wellsford Primary – my 12-year-old granddaughter Summer Gubb Walsh plays for the school. Sometimes I’ll go to North Harbour and see girls I’ve coached over the years. They’ll come up and ask me how I am and give me a hug. Nowadays I can be coaching the children of girls I coached as teenagers.

difficult at times. I’d come home and try to get some sleep, then the kids would come back from school and I’d take them to sport. When Roy died of a heart attack in December 2008 the company was very supportive. Irwin was a good place to work but the high dollar and pressure from China meant the writing was on the wall. I was the in-house union leader and negotiated terms and conditions for our members. Supporting others helped me get through it myself.

I got my senior umpire’s badge on the day of George’s fifth birthday in 1985. I received top service awards for Netball Rodney in 1986, 1988, 1997, 2003 and 2007 and the club contribution award in 1994. I’ve just been honoured with a Netball New Zealand service award. It’s the highest award someone serving at centre level can get. It’s an acknowledgement not only for me but for the hard work lots of people in the area have done. I feel sad that Roy isn’t here to share it. He would’ve been very proud.

I got involved with the Wellsford A&P Show as a netball delegate in 1985 and later became secretary. In 2008 we decided to have an event just for Wellsford and called it the Wellsford Country Show. After a few years’ break we got it going again in 2011 and hope to keep it annual. At the moment I’m also president of the Tomarata Public Hall but over the years I’ve been on the board of trustees at Rodney College, managed the bar at the Tomarata Rugby Club with Roy, and been on committees for the Wellsford Swimming Club, Wellsford Athletics and Wellsford Kindergarten, to name a few. I put my hand up in the mid90s to manage the local intermediate cricket team so the kids could play.

At the same time I was diagnosed with type-2 diabetes and the following year I nearly lost my son Bevan in a car accident on Mangawhai Rd. It almost tipped me over the edge but I brushed myself off and remembered that others are worse off. In 2009 I became a member of Wellsford Districts Sports and Recreation Collective. We made submissions to Auckland Council for a walking and cycling loop through the council-owned Corry land next to Centennial Park. We wanted them to protect it for future development. We have also run several successful children’s fun days.

I’ve been the draw steward since 1988 and I’m still doing it. I had to stop playing in the late 90s because of problems with my back and leg. I was pretty upset, but focused on the girls’ playing, coaching, umpiring and

By 2000 we didn’t have much quarrying or digging work so I started working for Irwin Industrial Tools in Wellsford. I would take some of my annual leave during Show week. I spent three years doing graveyard shifts. It could be

My two older children worked in the quarry from the age of 9. It wasn’t an ideal situation.

Over the years I’ve noticed netball has changed. The defensive side of the game has tightened – it used to be more of an attacking, flowing game. I believe the difference between a good team and a great team is teamwork. Some players might not be as skilled as others but because they’ve got that unity they’ll do better.

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Community challenged to save A&P Show

Whether or not the Warkworth A&P Show has a future will depend on the response to a sponsorship drive, which will be launched soon. Show secretary Marjorie Blythen says news that the show was on the brink of collapse following the withdrawal of major sponsor Wharehine (MM, Mar 1) had brought a strong show of support for the event. “A lot of people thought the show was an institution which would always be around,” Marjorie says. “They were shattered to learn that it was under threat. We’ve actually been very encouraged by the offers of support we’ve received from both groups and individuals. It seems the show is still a community event that locals value and appreciate.” One suggestion being given serious consideration involves signing up 40 businesses or individuals for an annual pledge of $500. All 40 names would go into a lottery with the first name pulled from a hat being given the full naming rights for the following year’s show. “We feel that in these economic times, $500 may be a figure people would be prepared to commit to, particularly with the chance of being the lucky lottery winner. At the end of the day, we feel it will be our local community who will save the show as A&P shows NZ-wide are finding that national chain stores tend to favour donating larger amounts to high profile causes.”

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Leprosy campaigner retires after 80 years


Wellsford resident Joan Butland is calling it a day after spending 80 years raising money for people affected by leprosy. The 87-year-old grew up at Kohumaru in the Far North and first raised money for the cause by collecting stamps as a 7-year-old. “A minister in our church mentioned the need for leprosy work in the Pacific Islands and I became interested in raising funds to support them.” Mrs Butland says she had planned to train as a nurse and go into the mission field but war broke out and she joined the Women’s Land Service instead. She married her late husband Bill in 1946 and moved to Blockhouse Bay where she became moneybox secretary, collecting money for the Leprosy Mission. The couple moved to Wellsford 45 years ago and Mrs Butland continued Joan Butland, 87, had planned to be a nurse till war broke out. fundraising, collecting stamps from businesses that were sold to collectors Kaiwaka market where she sold through her life. She doesn’t realise sewing, handcraft work and knitting how special she is.” around the world. Her departure will leave big shoes to She says Wellsford’s eight churches by Colleen Cave of Wellsford. supported the Leprosy Mission for at Twelve-and-a-half years ago she fill in the Warkworth and Wellsford least 60 years until a law change put a followed the market to Mangawhai, area and LMNZ is inviting university which she has attended most Saturdays. students to apply for a youth advocate spanner in the works. “There were two members of each Her wares included aprons, oven scholarship. church on the committee and we’d mitts, knitted slippers, coathanger “Students will have an opportunity have a Leprosy Mission bazaar at the covers, peg bag holders and footrests. to witness our work in Kathmandu, Wellsford Community Centre every Leprosy Mission New Zealand donor come back and become an advocate September. development manager Gillian Whitley for our cause,” Mrs Whitley says. “We’d make cakes, muffins, jams and says Mrs Butland has done amazing Mrs Butland has sponsored several pickles but the Ministry of Health things for the Leprosy Mission that children through the Christian brought in regulations saying you had would exhaust the average person. Mission Charitable Trust – one for to cook everything in a stainless steel “It’s something that touched her heart 28 years – and her daughter Ellen kitchen. It stopped us completely.” as a young child and she has sustained also runs Leprosy Mission fundraising Mrs Butland began attending the that commitment right the way stalls around Auckland.

Library named The new library in Wellsford has been christened the Wellsford War Memorial Library Te Whare Pukapuka o Wakapirau he Tohu Whakamaharatanga ki nga Pakanga. The te reo Maori describes the library as a house of books, papers and documents in Wakapirau (Wellsford), which marks and preserves the memory of the war/s. Construction on the library, in the War Memorial Park, started last July and the building is expected to be open by June.

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Environment with Christine Rose

Adding value to the housing debate One of the current hot topics for debate is New Zealand’s housing crisis. Commentators on both sides of the political spectrum have offered solutions. From the left come proposals for funding and building affordable homes for New Zealand’s growing population. From the right come calls to dismantle the rural-urban boundary to free land for development, and remove red tape in the Resource Management Act. Studies show that suburban (or even rural) sprawl is no cheaper in real terms than urban intensification – but infrastructure, transport, loss of productive land and environmental costs are hidden or externalised and not mitigated at all. Shouldn’t we be rethinking not just where and how much we build, but also how? Shouldn’t we learn from the leaky building saga? Shouldn’t we be futureproofing buildings for watertightness, but also climate change, energy efficiency and environmental sustainability? Shouldn’t we be looking at how we can build our houses for more social sustainability and gender friendliness? What would environmentally, socially and gender-friendly housing look like? We’d rethink our building layout – gender-friendly building design could address the different social and physical needs of women, like co-housing where childminding and domestic facilities could be shared, which would reduce social isolation and stress, and would use space and other resources more efficiently. We’d also rethink our energy supplies. Network infrastructure such as electricity services are inefficient, with significant losses arising from stray voltage and the cost of fixed lines, as well as being ugly intrusions on the physical environment. This could be avoided through distributed energy such as solar. Investment in distributed energy would also help support the development of a clean economy for NZ. We’d also build energy efficiency into our house design, with homes oriented for solar gain, and insulation installed during construction. We’d also rethink our building materials. Building with natural materials would add value to resources that we have in abundance, such as raw wood, and would support local industry and skills development, as well as making our homes more durable. We might even get adventurous with building materials, using sustainable materials such as rammed earth and hempcrete, as well as recycled goods. Our housing debates need to focus on quantity, but quality as well, to really meet New Zealanders’ long-term social, environmental and economic needs.


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Life’s a beach for ratepayers


Full range of contractors and handyman equipment Snells Beach ratepayers did a pre-Easter beach clean-up on March 27, collecting a trailer-load of driftwood, and three sacks of bottles and plastic waste. Ten members of the ratepayers’ association turned up, and the work concluded with tea, coffee and scones.

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The five retail outlets in the Warkworth Countdown complex remain vacant, nearly six months after the supermarket’s opening. The units are being marketed including cafes, a bakery, craft shop by Colliers International. Sales and sushi shop. representative Euan Stratton says The units, which all front on to Neville commercial retail leasing is seasonal St, vary in size from 76sqm to 82sqm. and it’s not unusual for the market to The shops have access to 147 basement go quiet over Christmas. car parks and are being offered on an “I think the fact that we’ve had such eight-year lease. a fantastic summer has extended this Meanwhile, it has been confirmed that effect this year,” he says. the Countdown site in Warkworth, Euan says the erection of signage in including the retail shops, was sold to the shopfronts in late February has Australian company Shopping Centres brought some renewed interest with Australasia Property NZ Retail Trust enquiries from various businesses in December.

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Rodney’s future – have your say! Don’t panic, says deputy mayor: ‘we’re ready to listen’ Auckland’s deputy mayor, Penny Hulse, is urging Rodney residents not to panic over new rules proposed in Council’s new 30-year plan for the region. The draft plan, known as the Unitary Plan, was made public on March 15, and informal meetings are being held around the region over the next two months to discuss it. The plan, intended to replace 14 district and regional plans currently in force, identifies Warkworth as a potential growth area, and suggests a new Rural Urban Boundary be developed south of the town. Ms Hulse says the new boundary is “probably the biggest quantum of change” affecting Rodney, and is urging the public to tell the Council what it thinks about the proposal (see map on p7) before the end of May. Another issue that will be a “biggie” for Rodney is a notable increase in the amount of land deemed ecologically significant, she agrees. The areas, known as Significant Ecological Areas (SEAs), essentially require landowners to get consent if they want to alter particular areas of native bush or waterways.  Letters have been sent to all private landowners affected by the change.

“They’re not as terrifying as people think. We’ve sent some letters out and they should be getting to people quite soon, to say: ‘You do need to look at the plan, because we have identified an SEA on your property, but because it is a draft, talk to us about it . . . If you’re saying, ‘This is going to impact hugely on the way I run my dairy farm’, then we’ll have a look and go: ‘Maybe we were over-enthusiastic’. But it’s now that that discussion time is critical.”

It is complex and big and I’m really honest about the fact that we are writing things as we go.

Another area where farmers have been given a “gentle nudge in the right direction” is the extension of riparian margins, and new rules about discharges into waterways and planting along streams, she says. “We don’t want to frighten the farmers and we certainly don’t want to tell them to fence all their streams in the next year, but over the next couple of decades we’re looking at progressive removal of stock from streams and so on.”

The plan also focuses on the region’s “fragile harbours”, she says. “Mahurangi is such a fragile harbour, and impacted by land use, so we’re hoping to enshrine some of the really good work that’s been done to clean up the waterways and things like that.” On the other hand, Council wants to make it easier for mangroves to be removed. “I was at a meeting the night before last up at Herald Island, and spontaneous applause broke out when we explained the mangrove rules. The last thing we want is wholesale slaughter and mass killing of mangroves, but it really occurs to me there has been a whole lot of frustration around the mangrove issue.” Other changes include greater protection of groups of buildings that pre-date World War II, which Ms Hulse describes as “an extra safety net”.   But she acknowledges the Council has taken a risk by announcing the changes six months early, because of the possibility that some will exploit the current rules while they can. “That’s the risk with some of the heritage stuff. People know we’re making it harder to demolish, and it’s easier now, so we do risk having a whole lot of demolition permits. People might also go in and chop a

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whole lot of trees down. That’s the downside of being transparent, but I believe it’s better to be out there, rather than shock people come September.” Some professional planners have complained about glitches in the plan, which is available online as an interactive map for the first time, and Ms Hulse acknowledges the project has been a major challenge. “It is complex and big and I’m really honest about the fact that we are writing things as we go. “The website is being written as we go. It ain’t perfect, but maybe some feedback on what works and what doesn’t would be great.”

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Rodney’s future – have your say! Rural subdivision gets even harder under new plan Farmers will find it virtually impossible to subdivide their land under the new rules proposed in the Unitary Plan, says surveyor and planner Tracy Smith. Tracy, who is a director of Parallax Surveyors in Warkworth, has many rural clients and says she is “really concerned” about Auckland Council’s policy objectives for productive rural land in the Rodney region. Council appears keen to keep the amount of productive land the same as it is at present, and is therefore effectively ruling out any new subdivision, she says. But she believes this is driven by what city folk want, rather than what country folk want. “They’re talking about recreation opportunities, and the social and economic wellbeing of Aucklanders, rather than what is the impact for the people living in these rural areas. There are a lot more restrictions for rural people in this plan and I have real concerns that it’s an idealised vision of what Rodney should be, without really looking at how this affects the people who live and work here.” She already has one client who fears he may have recently paid far too much for a piece of land he was planning to subdivide. “Any property that had bush or wetland and had been valued

as having potential for subdivision will lose that. I think it will have a huge impact on property values and how the region will look.” The new plan promotes forestry, which can have a huge impact on the environment, she notes. It also allows greenhouses of any size on any rural property as a permitted activity. But she doubts that Rodney will be able to indulge central Auckland’s desire for a big boost in revenue from farming.

I have real concerns that it’s an idealised vision of what Rodney should be, without really looking at how this affects the people who live and work here.

“We know of very few people who live on the land and make their living on the land in Rodney. There doesn’t seem to be any reasoning why they want to keep these large blocks.” Tracy also fears that much good conservation work that is currently done by farmers as a quid pro quo for being allowed to subdivide may also stop. “The new rules are so complicated

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Rodney’s rural landscape can be challenging, says planner Tracy Smith.

and so difficult that I really don’t think there would be many people who would be willing to do it. I think it’s going to have a huge economic impact. There’s so many businesses in the rural Rodney area that depend on rural residential development.” Another significant change is that under the new plan, farmers will only get the right to create one new site with one transferable right, instead of two-for-one currently, she says. And she has yet to discover any mention of minor household units. “That’s a really common thing in Rodney for people to provide a house for their parents or other family members. It’s also a non-complying

activity to do visitor accommodation in the Rural Production and Rural Coastal zones. I would have thought that was a bit of an issue.” Her message to rural people is to talk to as many people as they can to try to get an idea of what the plan will mean for them. “They should talk to their neighbours, or anyone really, and make sure they have their say, even if it’s as simple as filling in a form and saying that you disagree with it. The more people that make a submission the better, even if you don’t know all the little details. Even put in something really general if you’re concerned, because I think it will have a huge impact on a lot of people, not just the developers and the professionals.”


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Rodney’s future – have your say! New heritage zoning “a big change for Warkworth” The most important thing Rodney residents need to know about the Unitary Plan is how it describes their own property, says Warkworth planner David Hay. Mr Hay is urging property owners to go online and check that Council has not made any errors — because his firm, Osborne Hay, has already noticed a few. “For instance, we’re finding sites which all of a sudden have a heritage overlay which appears to be a mistake, or a Significant Ecological Area has moved onto another property. And people should also check that the zoning is relevant because, again, we’re finding cases where the zoning is outdated or there is some mistake.” Another issue the public needs to consider is whether Council has allocated enough land to Countryside Living zones, he says. “They are popular, so I’m not sure whether what the Council is showing reflects what the community and the market want, which is to have more Countryside Living through this east coast area.” Warkworth zones have not yet changed much, because that process has yet to happen, he says, but he does wonder whether its residents will agree that the area’s pre-1944 buildings should necessarily be protected. “People

have to think in terms of whether it’s appropriate for Warkworth or not. Does the pre-1944 housing stock in Warkworth really, as a whole, have the same heritage and character values as, say, Ponsonby? I think that’s quite a big change for Warkworth.” He believes Warkworth is more likely to grow towards the north, than the south, if the new motorway goes ahead. And he is concerned that Council is proposing further industrial development at Hudson Rd, and not in the existing industrial zone at Glenmore Drive.

Does the pre-1944 housing stock in Warkworth really, as a whole, have the same heritage and character values as, say, Ponsonby? I think that’s quite a big change for Warkworth.

But he is even more concerned that there doesn’t appear to be any mention of upgrading Warkworth’s wastewater treatment plant, nor what the groundwater bore at Sanderson Rd might be capable of. “Before a decision is made on the

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the wastewater treatment plant and potable water supply.” Mr Hay is urging residents to give the Council some feedback on the plan. “People should really take the opportunity, because the next step is a formal feedback process, which can be both time-consuming and expensive.”


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Rodney’s future – have your say! What the new zones mean Clampdown on water quality At present, there are 99 different residential zones across the entire Auckland region. Under the Unitary Plan, these will be streamlined to just five: yy Single house – A single house on a single site. yy Mixed Housing – A mix of detached, semi-detached and attached dwellings, units, townhouses, terraced houses and small-scale apartment buildings. yy Terraced Housing and Apartments – Up to 4 or 6 storeys, depending on location. yy Large Lot – Large sites on land that is subject to physical or landscape constraints. The new rural zones are: yy Rural and Coastal Settlement – Small rural and coastal villages (such as Snells Beach), providing for a single dwelling on a larger site. yy Rural Conservation - Replaces the Rural Island zone and includes private land with high conservation values. Includes the land by the dune lakes, most islands, and most of Kawau Island. Restricts expansion or intensification of rural activities and subdivision. Farming, forestry and greenhouses all need consent. Location and scale of dwellings controlled.

yy Rural Production - Provides for a wide range of rural production activities, including intensive farming, forestry, greenhouses and mineral extraction. More than one dwelling per lot requires consent, with a minimum lot size of 1ha. yy Mixed Rural - Provides for mixed rural production activities and some non-residential activities alongside Countryside Living areas. Enables the development of scenic routes, environmental tourism and recreation activities. Greenhouses and intensive farming are allowed. More than one dwelling per lot requires consent, with a minimum lot size of 1ha. yy Rural Coastal - Manages and protects high natural values while enabling rural production activities to continue. Activities such as intensive farming, greenhouses and mineral extraction require consent. Location and scale of dwellings controlled. yy Countryside Living - Provides for rural lifestyle and non-productive land uses in rural areas. Some rural production is permitted but restricts activities to those that are compatible with smaller lot sizes and residential amenity levels. More than one dwelling per lot requires consent.

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Auckland Council’s draft Unitary Plan is targeting farmers in a bid to improve water quality. A proposed rule means if you have more than 18 stock units next to a coastal waterway or stream, you’ll have to fence the animals off within five years. Marine biologist Roger Grace says it is well recognised that getting stock out of streams is a good idea from a water quality point of view. “If you let it grow with rank weeds and grass it does part of the job, but it’s better to plant it out with trees to filter out sediment running off the surrounding farmland. They end up shading the water, which keeps it cooler and more suitable for natural aquatic life.” Dr Grace says some farmers might be bothered by the costs of fencing off streams but Raglan farmers have found by keeping stock out of swampy areas they’re not losing so many animals from getting stuck in the mud. “They’ve minimised their health bill because they’re not getting sick from drinking polluted water.” Forest and Bird North Island conservation manager Mark Bellingham says most dairy farmers have stock well fenced because cows are expensive and they can’t afford to lose them in the mud. “It’s sheep and beef farms that are the problem, especially around the





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Kaipara Harbour. It’s good they have to improve their practices.” Mr Bellingham says Northland Regional Council provided farmers with an assistance fund for the best biodiversity areas and Auckland Council should “step up” and do the same. Federated Farmers Rodney chairman John Glasson says: “Rural people realise water quality is important but they can’t change it overnight. As we get more educated on what’s happening with our streams and waterways, we’ll get on and do what we have to do.” The draft plan also proposes additional limits around untreated boat sewage within 2km of the shoreline.


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Rodney’s future – have your say! New rules affect mangroves, native bush and water An Auckland Council plan to boost the number of ecologically sensitive areas has some Rodney farmers spitting the dummy – but the Rodney Local Board says it won’t stop farmers from making money. Significant Ecological Areas include indigenous vegetation and fauna and are decided according to uniqueness, representativeness, threat status, diversity or whether an area is a migration pathway. The council is required to provide protection under the Resource Management Act but says existing uses such as farming and clearing to maintain tracks, fences and buildings won’t require a resource consent. Forest and Bird North Island conservation manager Mark Bellingham says Significant Ecological Areas (SEAs) are a significant step up from Significant Natural Areas first introduced by the former Rodney District Council in 1998. He says the changes reflect the inherent value of the area with the most noticeable increases between Orewa and Warkworth, Dome Valley to Leigh and Muriwai to Waitakere. “The only fundamental change is that landowners expecting to clear natural areas and get their hands on irrigation water might be

disappointed,” Mr Bellingham says. “They have to maximise production in existing areas rather than clear forest areas that are regenerating or wetland. I support agricultural production but it can’t be at the expense of the environment.” Federated Farmers Rodney chairman John Glasson says SEAs have been appearing “like fleas on a dog”. “Council staff see a bush or a swamp area on an aerial photo or Google Maps and call it an SEA. They say they just want to mark it on the map but in 20 years’ time the rules might change and it becomes an area you can’t drain, cut bush down in or develop.” He says there seems to be an agenda in a section of Auckland Council to “inhibit the ability of the rural sector to farm their own land”. Tapora landowner and Landowners and Contractors Protection Association secretary Julie Cotton agrees, saying there’s a difference between protecting the environment and impinging on people’s basic property rights. “It’s infuriating. It’s like you buy a car and Council say you have to have pink and purple seat covers. It leaves you with no control.” Ms Cotton says farming is the

country’s “bread and butter” and “sending farmers to the wall” doesn’t make sense. “Landowners have become frightened of having Council on their property. It takes one graduate ecologist to identify a random twig or mushroom and the next thing you know half your property is fenced off. This is our livelihood.”

It’s like you buy a car and Council say you have to have pink and purple seat covers. It leaves you with no control.

Rodney Local Board chairman Bob Howard says Ms Cotton’s comments are a “total overreaction”. “Owners will have the right to capitalise on their land. They have the ability to fence and covenant those areas. It’ll inhibit the right to cut down bush and build a house, but if you were going to do that you’d have done it by now anyway.” Mangrove removal is another issue raised in Auckland Council’s draft Unitary Plan. So long as photos from 1996 are provided showing mangroves don’t exist, if any have grown in the

same place since, you can cut them down without resource consent. Marine biologist Roger Grace says some mangroves more than 60 years old sit outside the basic edge of the mangrove forest at Whangateau Harbour and there is a risk the “1996 line” excludes them. “They provide a hard surface for filter feeder animals like oysters and barnacles and little muscles which have an important ecological function in filtering water, like cockles. They’re also important nursery areas for juvenile parore.” Mr Grace says people living south of the Omaha causeway have been illegally removing mangroves and replacing them with concrete rubble, artificial beaches and sea walls. “You don’t have a natural salt marsh anymore. You’ve got an artificial, messy look.” Mr Bellingham says the mangrove rule will only apply to private property, and most mangroves grow on publicly owned foreshore. “It will only apply to two to three properties in the whole of Auckland and doesn’t affect any in Rodney at all.” He says it is important to give a full assessment of an area rather than a carte blanche approach to clear. “It’s about the value of the area, not a particular date.”



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Rodney’s future – have your say! New Rural Urban Boundary proposed for Warkworth The aim of the Unitary Plan is to provide a single rulebook to cope with Auckland’s massive growth, which is currently averaging 600 people a week. The draft plan sets a 30-year goal of providing for 70 percent of new homes to be built within the existing Metropolitan Urban Limit. But it also wants to allow up to 40 percent to be built in new areas, such as Warkworth. Therefore it has created what it calls a Rural Urban Boundary (RUB), which will allow for the gradual release of more new land. Until now, the Auckland Council has mostly been concentrating on creating a new RUB south of the city.   But this month, it will turn its focus to the north and northwest. The RUB for Warkworth, Silverdale and Kumeu/Huapai has to be finalised by September, so residents are being urged to get involved in the process as soon as possible. Auckland’s deputy mayor, Penny Hulse, admits the Warkworth RUB has taken “a bit of a back seat” until now.   “But on the other hand, Rodney had already done a hell of a lot of work on this,” she says. Public meetings to discuss the RUB will be held in the region next month. But in the meantime, Council has suggested a possible boundary as a starting point. Warkworth planner David Hay is annoyed Council has not included the proposal in its interactive map — making it almost impossible for residents to see where its exact boundaries lie. The issue is crucial for people living close to the boundary, as it could affect their property’s value, he notes. Mr Hay says Council has already done a lot of background work on the Warkworth RUB, and he

is disappointed it has not yet put the same effort in that it did with Pukekohe residents. “People need to really have a look at that [proposal] and make a decision whether they want their land included.” Cr Penny Webster says the community also needs to give Council feedback on issues such as whether the new motorway should have a link road to Matakana. “Landowners have already approached Council over the years and said: ‘We want this to happen and that to happen’. We need buy-in to make sure that that’s what people think is very important.”

People need to really have a look at [the Rural Urban Boundary] and make a decision whether they want their land included.

The public also needs to say whether Warkworth should expand in the south, to allow for an extra 3500 dwellings over the next 30 years, she says. “What we’re asking is: ‘When Warkworth becomes a satellite town, how do you want it to grow? Do you want it to grow out? Do you want it to grow up? Do you want it to grow east, or north? How much farmland do you want us to take?   Do you want smaller sections?” She describes the indicative RUB as “just a stab in the dark”. But although it may feel rushed, there is still a long way to go before it comes into effect, she says. “It will come back and it will be sorted in

the plan that then goes out for proper notification in September, and that is when the Government is going to set up a hearings panel with the Council to hear all the submissions. From there on people can say yes or no, and it won’t actually come into effect for another three years.” Warkworth is ranked sixth on Council’s list of areas needing a RUB, just behind Silverdale West, and Kumeu/Huapai. Snells Beach/Algies Bay is ranked 12th, while Helensville and Wellsford are ranked 13th-equal.

Public meetings planned If you want to have your say on Rodney’s future, or simply want to better understand the changes that are being proposed, there are several public meetings being held over the next two months. These include: yy Roadshow and e-plan training, April 6, 10am12.30pm, Mahurangi East Library; yy Walk-in session, April 16, 7-9pm, Puhoi Sports Club; yy Roadshow, April 17, 11am-2pm Wellsford Community Centre; yy Roadshow with Deputy Mayor Penny Hulse, April 27, time to be confirmed, Wellsford Community Centre. Several meetings are also being held to specifically discuss the Rural Urban Boundary for Warkworth. These will take place in May on dates yet to be finalised.

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Rodney’s future – have your say! Proposals will affect both urban and rural Rodney Retaining these characteristics doesn’t have to be at the expense of growth and development, but we need to ensure their importance is given weight in the rules with setbacks and vegetation controls.” She also notes that subdivision in rural areas will be a lot tougher under rules contained in the draft Unitary Plan.

It might sound a bit unfair, but it looks like we are being asked to be the playground for our city cousins.

lot tougher than what we’ve been used to and is certainly tougher than what’s being suggested for urban areas. It might sound a bit unfair, but it looks like we are being asked to be the playground for our city cousins – they want us to keep the countryside beautiful and rural.” For landholders who are able to undertake a bush or wetland subdivision, the area of bush to be set aside has been increased from 2ha to 5ha and the land must be within an identified Significant Ecological Area. For wetlands, the minimum area is 5000sqm with a 20m buffer. There is also an option of protecting an area of 3ha for threatened ecosystems or habitats of threatened species. The only other rural subdivision option is for the creation of sites of 150ha in the Rural Production and Mixed Rural zones. Burnette says in most rural zones, if you can create a title you have to transfer it to an identified Countryside Living area. The good news, though, is that the plan appears to identify larger Countryside Living options, particularly around Wellsford. She says the policy reflects a conscious move away from ad hoc Countryside Living subdivision to a more planned Martin A4 flyer.indd 1

Burnette says under the plan, all rural subdivision will either be a discretionary activity when it meets the rules or a prohibited activity which means an application can not be legally submitted. Under the previous Rodney District Plan, rural subdivision was a discretionary activity and Council was limited to assessing applications against a certain set criteria. “Under the new rules, it’s likely that applications will be notified and refusal would appear to be more of a possibility,” Burnette says. “It’s a

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Warkworth planner Burnette O’Connor says the community needs to discuss how it feels about the provision for four-storey buildings in Warkworth, the expansion of Warkworth’s heritage precinct to include substantial residential areas, and the Rural Urban Boundary (RUB). For any pre-1944 buildings, including homes in the heritage overlay, resource consent will be required for alterations or demolition. The maximum building height has increased from 10.5 metres to 16.5 metres, which would roughly equate to doubling the height of the Warkworth Town Hall. “The community needs to give some thought as to how this will affect the character of the town which, to date, is probably dominated more by large trees and vegetation,” Burnette says. “Do we want that sort of intensification in the town centre or can we accommodate growth in some other way? “Likewise, the RUB suggests growth to the south of town, but I believe one of the really nice characteristics of Warkworth is its clear gateway delineations between the rural and urban sections, both north and south.

Warkworth residents need discuss the town’s future shape.

approach with residential areas located where there are decent roads and other basic infrastructure such as schools. Burnette says it’s reasonably userfriendly on the web, particularly the maps and overlays. “I have to say that they haven’t done a bad job, given the sheer magnitude of the task. But in keeping the plan as simple as possible, it will be interesting to see how some terms are defined and interpreted. It’s also important to remember that as a Unitary Plan it includes region-wide controls, objectives and policy dealing with higher-order planning matters such as directing growth.”

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Plan silent on rural concerts Matakana planner Lisa Capes is pleased the draft plan has streamlined the number of planning zones. However, she is concerned about several issues in rural areas. One is that she has so far been unable about what they can do on their piece to find any specific provisions for of dirt.” events such as concerts in rural areas. Consultant planners Cato Bolam, Lisa notes that such events have become who have an office in Orewa, agree popular in the Matakana area in the web-based system Council has particular, and can be a lucrative tourism introduced has made access to the plan drawcard. But with no specific noise easier. However, for more complex controls or provision for such events, developments there are rules, such as those that apply across all zones, which they can be a nightmare to organise. “Probably we need to query whether as need to be found separately. Planning part of our feedback we go to planners manager Peter Reaburn believes this and say, ‘Yes there are areas that are set will make things difficult for anyone aside in the city for events, but in our who is not a regular user of the plan. areas we’re not able to get to the city all Mr Reaburn notes that for many people, the time and we still want to be able to particularly in coastal settlement areas, the new rules will be similar to have things out our way’.” Lisa says she is also puzzled that visitor the old ones. To achieve consistency accommodation is considered a non- across the region there are some complying activity in Rural Coastal adjustments to the basic rules relating and Rural Production zones. “Yet in to land development. One example is places like Matakana, they’re crying out the standard residential zone, which applies in Warkworth, Snells Beach and for visitor accommodation,” she says. Omaha North. The new minimum site Conversely, the draft plan allows size is 500m2, compared to the standard markets to become a lot more 600m2 that applies currently in the prevalent. “I would have thought that Rodney District Plan. The standard would have more impact than visitor height requirement for most residential accommodation, to be honest, but it’s zones becomes 8m – the current rule is good that it’s been freed up a bit.” 9m. There are also new yard and other She is urging the public to take an requirements, and entirely new layers of interest in the plan. “It’s about how rules introduced, such as Outstanding they live, work and play — it’s not just Natural Landscapes.

What shape will Rodney take as Auckland grows? The draft Auckland Unitary Plan is open for consultation and Rodney Local Board is hosting meetings in your area where you can learn more about how the draft rules may affect Rodney and have your say. The draft Auckland Unitary Plan is the rule book that will shape the way Auckland grows and help make it the world’s most liveable city. The plan sets out what can be built and where, shaping where we live, where we work and how we look after the things we value in both our urban and rural areas. You are invited to attend the following session so you can find out about the draft Auckland Unitary Plan what it means for Puhoi: Tuesday 16 April 2013, 7pm-9pm Puhoi Sports Club Puhoi Domain, Domain Rd, Puhoi For more dates on local and regional events, feedback options and how to view the e-plan, please visit




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Rodney’s future – have your say! Council’s Unitary Plan available online for everyone to use The new rulebook intended to shape the Auckland region for the next 30 years replaces 14 existing district and regional plans, some of which are already more than a decade old. In the past, these plans have been printed in thick books.   But members of the public are being encouraged to wean themselves off the paper versions, for reasons of sheer practicality. If stacked on top of each other, the old plans would reach over 1.5m in height and weigh 50kg. The new plan is not much slimmer. According to Auckland Council’s chief planning officer, Dr Roger Blakeley, to print off 1000 copies of the new plan to share around the region would cost around $1.3 million.  “It’s unwieldy and not a good use of ratepayer funds. Plus you’d need a new set every time it’s updated,” he says. Although there will be a few printed versions of the plan and the maps in service centres and some libraries, Council is hoping many people will use its new e-plan instead. The e-plan is an interactive digital map that anyone with decent broadband can access over the internet. Or at least that’s the theory. The e-plan is a first for Auckland Council, and is also a first on this scale

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anywhere else in New Zealand. The aim is that it will allow people to do some basic research for themselves, without having to approach Council staff, therefore making Council processes more efficient (and presumably less expensive). Eventually, Council hopes to offer some basic planning services online. While professional planners agree the e-plan is a huge improvement, some members of the public are likely to

struggle with the technology. For a start, viewing the plan requires the latest version of Adobe Flash Player. It also requires more than a bit of patience for newbies to navigate, and Councillors have admitted that some fine-tuning is likely to be needed, such as a providing a basic user guide on its homepage. Users can tick or untick boxes to show different layers of rules that apply to specific areas. The zones show what

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Veteran American aviation expert stops off at Sandspit The man who oversaw the design of the bestselling aircraft in the history of aviation – the 737 – is on holiday at Sandspit. Richard Taylor, 91, holds nine world speed records and spent 50 years working for American aerospace company Boeing. He has owned nine different planes and still flies 100 hours a year. The aviation expert was thrown into the thick of World War II after graduating in mechanical engineering from Purdue University in Indiana in 1942. He was a field artillery observation pilot on the Rhine River and spent three-and-a-half years flying an L4 Piper Cub, dodging German bullets. He received an air medal for his service. After the war, Mr Taylor worked for Boeing, spending 15 years as a test pilot on B47-B52 bombers, eventually becoming engineering manager of the B52. “They’re still in the US inventory. It’s a complete anomaly; no other plane has lasted that long. It’s got the highest lift-to-drag ratio of any airplane.” Mr Taylor says it was his job to fly the bombers at their most extreme limits. On one occasion, a B47 plane’s large nose radome came off at maximum speed and, on another, hydraulic pressure was lost during a Zero G manoeuvre. “You have to know what the risks and consequences are of a failure,” Mr Taylor says. “You prepare yourself for this. You’re anxious and nervous, but not scared. Being nervous is good; you’re on your best behaviour.” From 1967 the pilot became director of engineering for Boeing. The role saw him responsible for the design of the famous 737. At the time the battle was on to beat the Douglas DC9, which had a 17-month head start. “Boeing wanted a smaller plane than the 707 and 727 to go into shorter fields. When we certified the 737 it could carry more passengers from a shorter runway and

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burn less fuel than the DC9.” The key was an efficient wing flap and structure, he says. “Every ounce of weight you can get off, you don’t need fuel to get it up there.” The 737 went on to become the best-selling aircraft in the history of aviation. Since 1967, 10,000 of the jets have been sold and 7000 delivered.

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“They’re produced at 38-a-month today,” Mr Taylor says. “They’ve continued to keep the plane competitive by using new materials and flight control technology.” He became head of Boeing’s Washington DC office and participated in the certification of the longrange 767 in 1984 for ETOPS (extended operation of twin engine planes) as well as the 777 in 1995. The Seattle resident retired in 1991 but worked as a consultant for another five years. In 2010, Aviation Week awarded him a Lifetime Achievement Award. “I always felt like I never had two days alike. I always felt I had the freedom to do the right thing,” Mr Taylor says. It was during an aviation conference at Kuala Lumpur 20 years ago that Mr Taylor met his friends Caroline Barrett and Ruud van der Zwaal – both employees of Singapore Airlines who emigrated to New Zealand and built their dream house at Sandspit six years ago. Their friendship has seen them travel the world together. “I come to Auckland in the winter time of Seattle. I’ve been here three times now. There’s beautiful sunshine. It’s so serene and quiet, yet there’s lots of activities that intrigue me.” The pilot has owned a plane since 1955 and often takes his nine grandchildren and two greatgrandchildren away on holiday. “My family have seen more of the US from a plane than any other way.” Mr Taylor continues to fly regularly and keeps in shape by working out with a personal trainer three times a week. He says Boeing’s problems with batteries on its Dreamliner are a “setback” but he imagines the company will work around them by containing them for an eventual fail. And he predicts planes will be flying at the speed of sound within 15 years.

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with Judy Waters, Warkworth & District Museum

A century of scouting in Warkworth What’s new at the Warkworth Museum? At present most of the upstairs area is devoted to a display commemorating 100 years of the Boy Scout movement. Books written by Robert Baden Powell including Scouting for Boys, published in 1908, are generally recognised as the impetus that started the movement in Britain. It quickly became international and the first New Zealand Scout troop was officially registered at Kaiapoi in July 1908. It consisted of four boys and Scoutmaster T Mallasch. According to a report in the Auckland Star, Warkworth was not far behind. It reported that “the Warkworth Troop of Scouts under Scoutmaster Carter are making excellent progress”. Instruction was given in signalling, dispatch running, care of a rifle, and shooting at targets. In the wave of martial enthusiasm and patriotism that marked the early years of World War I, the movement prospered and Boy Scouts lent a hand to raise funds for causes such as the Belgian Relief Fund. In 1915, the Warkworth Scouts decorated their trek cart and took part in a procession held in the town in aid of the Patriotic Fund. The same year Rev R A MacDonald was in charge of the boys who spent

Lord Bledisloe, then Governor-General of New Zealand, with Warkworth Scouts in 1934 (T W Collins).

a week under canvas on Major Whitney’s Wenderholm property. Bridge building, swimming, fishing and shooting were popular activities. Cooking their own meals sometimes meant catching the fish first. Four carrier pigeons were released at different times to keep contact with Warkworth. This was the first of many camps held at various locations. A meeting was called in September 1933 to gauge interest in re-forming a Boy Scout troop in Warkworth. The

objectives were to provide a Scout Hall and to arrange summer camps for local boys. The following year the new group had the opportunity to welcome their Chief Scout, Lord Bledisloe, when he came to Warkworth to open Kowhai Park. The Dominion haka, which had been especially created for such occasions, was performed by 20 Scouts. Lord Bledisloe commended their smart appearance and noted the newness of their uniforms. Fortunately the event was recorded for posterity by photographer T W Collins.

The history of Scouting in the area is one of recesses and enthusiastic new beginnings. In 1957, supporters worked hard to raise funds to buy equipment to help boys from a newly formed troop attend camps. Bottle drives were the main source of finance – even beer bottles washed clean, sorted and counted brought in one shilling and sixpence per dozen. In the 1930s, parents had wished for a Scout den but years went by with groups making use of the town hall and other temporary venues for their indoor activities. The dream of a permanent home came closer when a classroom from the old primary school became available. Land was leased from the council and the building was moved to Shoesmith St. The official opening in April 1961 was a red letter day and was the culmination of four years hard work by supporters. The building served as a base for Scouts, Cubs, Guides and Brownies until it was replaced with the present Scout Hall. For those with an interest in Scouting, there is an opportunity to view at the Warkworth Museum an amazing collection of Scouting memorabilia, some dating back to the early days of the movement. As many of the exhibits are on loan to the Museum, the display is available for a limited time only.




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There is a condition that some believe affects an estimated 80 percent of the population. Symptoms may include reduced brain function; increased depression and anxiety; exhaustion (may only be able to function for a few hours a day); increased likelihood of allergies; reduced immune function; reduced sex drive; tendency towards hypoglycemia and diabetes; increased PMT; and increased tendency to arthritic pain. If you haven’t yet guessed what we are talking about, don’t be surprised. This is sadly in no way common knowledge. Although over 2400 scientific references exist on this topic, it is largely unknown in the world of healthcare and conventional medicine does not yet recognise it as a distinct syndrome. So what is it I’m talking about? Well, the condition is called hypoadrenia, or adrenal fatigue. “Hypo” means low, while “adrenia” means relating to the adrenal glands, so the term refers to low adrenal gland function. Sure, it’s common knowledge that you can have exhausted adrenal glands from prolonged stress, but a real understanding of the causes, effects and solutions are rarely known. It is thanks to an intelligent and compassionate doctor from the United States, Dr James Wilson, that light has been shed on this devastating problem. The adrenal glands are located just above the kidneys (“ad” means above, while “renal” refers to kidneys). They are about the size of a walnut. They secrete minute but precise amounts of naturally occurring steroid hormones. Too much physical, emotional, environmental and/or psychological stress can reduce the amount of adrenal hormones, especially cortisol. The more the adrenal function is compromised, the more your whole body is profoundly affected. This includes changes in carbohydrate, protein and fat metabolism, electrolyte balance and in the cardiovascular system. The effects of this will be an altered brain function, with problems such as increased depression, fear, anxiety, confusion, irritability and insomnia; and decreased concentration and memory. As things deteriorate it can lead to frequent respiratory infections, allergies, asthma, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, hypoglycemia, type II diabetes, autoimmune disorders and alcoholism. How do you know if you are suffering from adrenal fatigue? Many of the signs and symptoms can be collated with a very comprehensive questionnaire. Further testing includes saliva, urine and blood tests; an iris contraction test; a hypertension test; and the Sergents White Line test. Healing requires a combination of strategies and professional help. You need to address how you spend your energy, how you conserve your energy and how you create your energy.


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In 2011, mother and lawyer Alison Blyth, motivated by the death of her family members and her own experience of depression, led a group of courageous cyclists in the inaugural Ride Out of the Blue. The 21-day ride that went from Bluff to Cape Reinga was made up of a group of eight core riders from across New Zealand. The event was to raise money for the Mental Health Foundation, and to help raise awareness of depression and suicide. In Warkworth last month, one of those riders, Sally Smith, spoke about her experience to the Probus Men’s Club. Sally noted that last year there were 547 New Zealanders who took their own life. Three-quarters were male, 28 percent were unemployed, and many were aged 15 to 19 years. This compares with 308 killed in road accidents. As the riders travelled north they were involved in a number of exciting events along the way.   Over their 27day journey they cycled 2303km from Bluff to Cape Reinga, via Queenstown, Wanaka, Westport, Picton, Wellington, Taupo, Hamilton, Auckland, Dargaville and Kaitaia, encouraging discussion about mental health and suicide along the way, as well as celebrating life. They Outgoing Probus president Bob Dye and guest speaker Sally Smith. raised over $15,000 for the Mental TVNZ’s Close Up, the NZ Herald and Speed; Secretary, Bob Dye; Treasurer, Health Foundation. a cover story in Healthwise magazine. Vic Field; Committee, Peter Rose, Eric By the time the team arrived at Cape Warkworth Probus Men’s Club also held Brayshaw, Ron Smalley, Ernie Redwood Reinga, their journey had been covered their AGM recently and the following and Rick Taylor. by over 40 media outlets including officers were elected: President, Bill Info: Bill Speed 425 8414.

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Rodney Aero Club Celebrates 50 Years Veteran pilot recalls aero club’s humble beginnings New Zealand’s first female fighter pilot, Kelly Logue from Wellsford, is one of hundreds of people Rod Miller has taught to fly. Now 76, Mr Miller is still an instructor at Rodney Aero Club, and can clearly recall the club’s beginnings 50 years ago – an anniversary that will be commemorated on April 7. Then just 26, he flew as a hobby and recalls taking two hours to drive his motor scooter to the nearest airport – the grass paddock at Mangere now known as Auckland International Airport. Wellsford resident Eycke Zimmerman was the first to come up with the idea of forming a local club. He called a meeting and asked for £3 from each of the 30 people present. A steering committee was formed and several sites inspected. Mr Miller was dating his future wife Rosalie at the time. “I used to work in Auckland and come home for the weekends and sit there and wait for Rod,” Mrs Miller, 72, says. “Several hours later I’d see him coming up Hill St. He said: ‘We’ve been looking for an airfield’.” Eventually a property owned by the McIrvine family was chosen on Kaipara Flats Rd at Warkworth. It was the only suitable site in the district.


Aaron Gilmore, 16 years, being congratulated by Rod Miller following his first solo flight this year.

An agreement was reached whereby the club would pay rates in return for a peppercorn rental. The swampcovered land had to be drained and trees had to be blasted out. The Georgetti family, who owned Tawharanui at the time, donated metal for a hardstand area. It was barged up the Mahurangi River and local carriers distributed it at night.

The 716m grass runway was formed in August 1964 and Rodney Aero Club opened in November that year. The clubhouse, hangars and flight office cost £3,500 and was paid for by members in £25 debentures. “We did it all on the cheap through volunteer work and community spirit,” Mr Miller says. “People had more time and didn’t work on a Saturday.”


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Brian Gault, the father of restaurateur Simon Gault, performed an aerobatic display and around 20 planes flew from Ardmore. Dual flights in a Piper Cub were offered at £5.10. The club started with 100 members, two top-dressers, three fixed-wing planes and two helicopters. Today there are 50 members, 10 planes on the field, and six individual hangars. Mr Miller was the first club captain and later president. His wife became club secretary in 1964, adding the role of treasurer in 2000. “I decided: ‘If you can’t beat them, join them’,” she says. He recalls that when the club first opened, club member Alph Rauner bought a Piper Cub. “We used it for a year then we bought a Cherokee 140. It cost $9338 then. They’re worth $400,000 now.” Mr Miller flew the Rothmanssponsored Cherokee over East Coast beaches doing shark patrols for Radio Hauraki before the club traded it in for a Cessna 172 in 1977. The Cessna is still used today. The runway was extended by 100m in 1993 and now accommodates most common light aircraft. The Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) and Auckland Parachute Club used the

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site until 1999 when local residents started complaining about noise. Topdressing has been discontinued, with trucks now used instead. Mr Miller is currently teaching his 14-year-old granddaughter, Rochelle, to fly. The Martin’s Bay resident has run scenic and charter flights and carried out conservation missions such as searching for Maui dolphins on the West Coast and storm petrel and kakapo in the Hauraki Gulf. He has just made his 280th flight to Motu Kaikoura Conservation Island beside Great Barrier. Mr Miller is a trustee of the island, which is in the process of having pests removed, and having a track built around its perimeter. The club has been flying charter flights to Great Barrier longer than any other. Club president Gerry Brown, 78, says the Aero Club helped open up Rodney to the rest of the region. Before it existed, the only way to get to Great Barrier from the area was via Ardmore, and top-dressing planes had

to come from Mangere or Whangarei. “It provided a base to start teaching people to fly.” Mr Brown served with the RNZAF and worked on global routes for Air New Zealand from 1973 to 1990 before retiring to the area in 1992. For some years he instructed and flew scenic and commercial flights. “When you’ve done something like that and you’re in a career which has been your income, at the end you’re feeding back on an interest.” He says the club appreciates financial support from the Lion Foundation and Pub Charity but the only reason it is active is because of volunteers. The club employs two part-time commercial pilots and operates under the guidelines of the Civil Aviation Authority. Rodney Aero Club is celebrating its 50th birthday with a morning tea and lunch on April 7. A slideshow and memorabilia will be on display.

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Poppies Restaurant A love of Italian food and wine will be evident when Poppies Restaurant, at the Warkworth RSA, opens on April 3. Chef/managers Dianna Hansen and Laura Appleby say that although the food will remain in the “comfort zone” with all the traditional favourites, they intend to push the boundaries on the specials board. Dianna has about 30 years’ experience in the food and beverage industry including teaching positions at two Auckland high schools. She once owned Lopdells Restaurant in Titirangi, ran a busy café and outcatering business at Birkenhead, and worked as executive chef at Winstones head office, in Khyber Pass. Most recently, she has been leading small tour groups to Italy where the itinerary has an emphasis on food and wine. “We stay in villas or apartments and live as much as possible like locals,” Dianna says. “This means shopping locally and cooking our own meals. We are usually away for about three weeks and it’s loads of fun.” Laura also has tour group experience mainly for corporate groups and has organised Hobie Cat regattas all over the world. She has a background in television production and administration, although she loves to get into the kitchen at every opportunity.


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Laura Appleby (left) & Dianna Hansen.

The women have worked together for several years and will bring an experienced team with them to the RSA. “We were considering buying a restaurant before the opportunity came up at the Warkworth RSA. We like Warkworth’s village atmosphere and feel the town has heaps of potential.” The new restaurant will be familyoriented with new menus, including one specifically for children. Dianna is also putting her seafood chowder on the line, claiming it will be “the best in the district”. Other signature dishes will include beef masala and macadamia brownie. The opening hours will be reviewed over coming months.

Warkworth property manager Nicole Banks has been named the top property manager in New Zealand within the Ray White Real Estate Group. The award was presented to Nicole at the group’s recent national awards evening. The four main criteria for the award are growth in business, service to owners and tenants, rent arrears control with tenants, and initiative in introducing new ideas and services. Ken Bogue, principal officer for Ray Nicole Banks receives the award for White Warkworth, says the award is a Property Manager of the Year. huge achievement, considering there are more than 130 Ray White offices in New Zealand. “Nicole is a great advocate for professional property managers,” he says, “and keeps right up to date with changes in legislation, technology and services to ensure she provides the ultimate experience in managing property owners’ investments. Hence the award.”

Warkworth surveyor retires Land surveyors Lamb & Molloy are changing their name to Warkworth Surveyors, following the retirement of Rex Molloy. Mr Molloy is leaving the firm after more than 40 years as a surveyor, and after 20 years in Warkworth. The firm was originally known as Lamb & Associates when founded by Paul Marlow in 1986. Mr Molloy joined the firm in 1993. He has now sold his share of the practice to Graeme Smith, an experienced, fully qualified and licensed surveyor and a resident of Matakana. The practice will now be run in partnership by Rupert Mather and Mr Smith, and will continue to provide professional services allied to the land development industry. Mr Molloy says he is planning “a good break”, with some travel and fishing on the agenda. “I would like to thank all the past and existing clients, friends and colleagues who have supported the practice over the last 20 years and trust they will continue to support Warkworth Surveyors Ltd in the same way.” Business newsbriefs can be emailed to



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What if you had the chance to live your life again and again, until you finally got it right? During a snowstorm in England in 1910, a baby is born and dies before she can take her first breath. During a snowstorm in England in 1910, the same baby is born and lives to tell the tale. This is the story of Ursula who we follow as she lives the many possibilities of her life. This could be boring and tedious but it most definitely is not, as Atkinson fleshes out the other characters, circumstances and possibilities. Ursula’s family is middle class and live comfortably in the country. At times she is very close to her mother, but she holds her father dearest to her heart. She has one older sister and brother and two younger brothers. Their relationships are a strong link through all the stories. As her lives unfold, Ursula has a strong sense of déjà vu that often confuses both her and her family. World War II affects Ursula’s lives in many different ways and these stories offer a real sense of what life was like for the English during this period. As Ursula’s final life story unfolds, we start to realise what this has all been for. Magical story telling at it’s best.


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Reliving family picnic traditions Our long hot summer has revived memories of the summers of childhood and there has been much reminiscing lately with friends about the pleasure of the old-fashioned picnics we enjoyed as children. Thoughts of simple homemade food on a rug, accompanied by billy tea and Dad’s infamous ginger beer (it had tendency to explode without warning) can generate much nostalgia for those of us around my age. While we barbecue and eat outside at home these days much more often that we did 40 years ago, there is no reason not to relive the excitement of preparing and packing up a mountain of baking and sandwiches and then driving to some out-of-the-way spot for lunch. The word “picnic” first appeared in the English language during the 16th century, and was associated with the practice of eating an elegant meal out of doors, not to be confused with a farm worker’s meal out in the paddocks. These days, with the huge range of chilly bags, containers, foldable chairs and designer picnicware, it is so easy. Why not search back through old family recipe books for favourite recipes from yesteryear and introduce a new generation to the custom? My family, when asked their favourite picnic food, were unanimous: sausage pie. So I have tried to write down the basis of a recipe that has only ever been a concept handed down to me by my Mum. Back in the day she would have used sausagemeat bought from the local butcher but I have found it preferable to take the meat from a good sausage to get a better texture.


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Auckland duo Masterpiece to be performed in Warkworth to appear at Whangateau Auckland-based indie alt folk duo Tattletale Saints is performing at the Whangateau Hall on April 14, as part of a national tour. Whangateau resident Jenine Abarbanel has helped to organise the event, and is hoping to make such events more regular in the future, as an opportunity for the community to get together and socialise. The duo – vocalist, guitarist and songwriter Cy Winstanley and vocalist and double bassist Vanessa McGowan have just returned from Nashville, Tennessee where they recorded their debut album, How Red Is the Blood. Funded with the support of more than 220 of the duo’s fans, the album was released in New Zealand via DRM and Rhythmethod on March 29. Now based in New Zealand, Winstanley and McGowan were formerly part of acclaimed Londonbased group Her Make Believe Band. The duo present Winstanley’s songs in their rawest form, with just acoustic guitar, double bass and voices described as “love letters between Amy Mann and a slip-sliding Paul Simon”.

More than 100 voices will fill the Mahurangi College auditorium this month, as Warkworth community choir the Kowhai Singers joins two other choirs to perform Haydn’s masterpiece The Creation. The choir will join the Pohutukawa Singers and the Edgecumbe Choir, as well as three professional guest soloists, a professional organist, and instrumentalists, to perform the sacred oratorio on April 13. The Creation was written between 1796 and 1798 by Joseph Haydn and considered by many to be his masterpiece, and one of the great masterpieces of the classical period. Haydn was inspired to write a large oratorio during his visits to England in 1791-1792 and 1794-1795, when he heard oratorios of Handel performed by large choirs and instrumentalists. It depicts and celebrates the creation of the world as described in the biblical Book of Genesis and in Paradise Lost. It is scored for soprano, tenor and bass soloists, chorus and a symphonic orchestra, and is structured in three parts. The first part celebrates the creation of the primal light, the Earth, the heavenly bodies, bodies of water, weather, and plant life. The second part celebrates the creation of sea creatures, birds, animals, and lastly,

Warkworth ‘s community choir, the Kowhai Singers, performing last year.

man. The third part takes place in the Garden of Eden, and narrates the happy first hours of Adam and Eve. The three soloists represent archangels who narrate and comment on the successive six days of creation: Gabriel (soprano - Catherine Macdonald), Uriel (bass - Jarvis Dams) and Raphael (tenor - John Murray). The choir complements the archangels with exhilarating and stirring choruses, several of them celebrating the end of one particular day of creation.

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The organist, Michael Bell, and instrumentalists Bruce Borthwick, Shona Ellison, Michelle Cauldicott and Andrew Saunders, often play alone, notably in the episodes of tone painting: the appearance of the sun, the creation of various beasts, and above all in the overture, the famous depiction of the “chaos before the creation”. Info: Tickets $20 from choir members, Warkworth i-Site, or at the door. Phone Marion 425 4684 or Jocelyn 425 5495.

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Mangawhai dominates Rodney tennis doubles championships By Murray Billington

THANK YOU! Fruitloop 2013 raised $35,000 towards our walkway project of getting the Matakana Footbridge in place. We thank our major Donors and Sponsors who’s generous support is so vital for our event:

Gold sponsor GULL MATAKANA Silver sponsors THE SOUND and AUCKLAND TRANSPORT Bronze sponsors RUNNER DUCK/PLUME and MAHURANGI RIVER ESTATE Others like Metroscaff and typified by The Matakana Pub which donated all their proceeds for the day. Also the many local businesses that so willingly gave donations and prizes and ran Fruitloop specials. Many thanks again to our property owners for the access to their wonderful properties that make this one of NZ’s most beautiful courses. Special thanks go to our many local volunteers who give it such flavour: our nurses and Doctor who worked with St John to keep everyone safe, our Kowhai Ladies Lions team who managed parking, our roadside marshals who worked with the Treescape team to enable safe road crossings, our regular marshals who monitored the contestants, our team of musicians who added colour to the day, our MCs and costume judges, our photographers, our marquee managers who administered the event and ensured refreshments were available, the Village and Matakana Coast Wine Country for their support, and our Matakana Community Group team who planned and managed the event so professionally.

Thanks to the hundreds of runners, cruisers and youth entrants who make the event so enjoyable and rewarding. Ras Sutherland, Race Marketing • Neville Johnson, Race Organisation

Mangawhai Tennis Club played host this year for the Rodney Closed Tennis Championship Doubles event, held on February 16. In a very competitive final, Cory Nicholls (Warkworth) and Josh Aitkens (Mangawhai) prevailed over runners-up John White and John McLean (Mangawhai). In the women’s final, Warkworth combination Kat Kayll and Leonie Meredith defeated the mother-anddaughter combo Raewyn and Alana Torrie of Mangawhai. The day’s post-match highlight was a donated lamb on the spit, greatly enjoyed by all who attended, plus of course the usual Mangawhai hospitality. On March 2, Wellsford Club hosted the Rodney Closed Mixed Doubles Championships and once again Mangawhai players dominated the podium places. The brother-and-sister pairing of Peter and Janet Bond won the title and another Mangawhai player, Craig Keats, teamed up with Leonie Meredith (Warkworth) to take the runners-up spot. Both clubs are looking forward to hosting the championships again in 2014. Top right, Women’s doubles winners Kat Kayll and Leonie Meredith. Right, Mixed doubles winners Peter and Janet Bond.

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Learning to be active at school With the long blast of summer seemingly at our backs, it is a good time to reflect on the advantages we have in the Land of the Long White Cloud to participate in active sport and recreation. The long, fine evenings offer us an invitation to the coast, the bush, the playground or just our backyard. Informal sport is being seen as increasingly valuable to our community and the physical health of the nation. We don’t all have time or money to join a club, but we can all find time to participate with our families and friends to play a game of street footy with jandals as goals, put up a rope and play volleyball in the backyard, or jump in the school pool and play a game of waterpolo, or what usually degenerates into a game of pool rugby. The relationships and memories that develop within families, friends and neighbours that play sport together are long lasting. But they don’t need to just be memories, they can be contributors to the wellbeing of the community; they can add to safety and decrease crime in neighbourhoods; and of course they can improve physical health from being active and avoiding medical conditions that come from a sedentary lifestyle. As it gets a little cooler and a little darker, it is often harder to find the free time to casually undertake outdoor pursuits. Encourage your children to take up activities provided by the school or even lunchtime activities that children set up themselves. Many schools will have student sports leaders who arrange gear and activities for the younger students, or students may be able to sign out bats and balls themselves. Encourage your children to have confidence to seek out these opportunities. Especially when your children are new to a school, as a parent explore with them the sports opportunities, ask questions, and navigate the children around the school. Checking the school’s website for sports opportunities is also a good place to look. We know that a child with confidence in sport and with solid fundamental movement skills will be able to have a positive lifelong experience in a range of sport and recreation activities. Those that lack these skills and opportunities may be the ones that avoid sport and find themselves disconnected from their peer groups, and with avoidable health issues into the future. As a parent, it’s important to show your children how to be active, even when it hurts that your children can run faster than you, and they don’t get injured or hobble like you do for hours later. Give them the gift of your time and participate with them.

Whangateau Harbour ban extended The ban on the harvesting of cockles and pipi at Whangateau Harbour has been extended until March 26, 2016. Minister for Primary Industries Nathan Guy says monitoring of the cockle population showed that although juveniles were settling and growing, the population had not increased. The pipi population had also declined significantly. Public consultation was held in December and January and 13 submissions were received recommending a further three-year closure. Various iwi, community groups, local authorities and members of the public supported the idea and no opposition was raised.

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The Netball Rodney Centre season starts on Friday, April 5, for seniors and Saturday, April 6, for juniors. If anyone would like to play and needs a club contact, email Tui at for more information. Fishing

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Junior tennis championships By Kaye Jackson

More than 30 junior tennis enthusiasts turned up at the Mahurangi East Tennis Club on March 23, to participate in the Rodney Junior Singles Championships. Juniors from Mangawhai, Wellsford, yy Boys 14 & Under Ben Morley (Mangawhai); runner-up Sam Warkworth and Mahurangi East Overton (Warkworth). participated. It was a perfect morning for tennis, yy Boys 12 & Under Rye Diamond (Mangawhai); runner-up Mitchell with matches commencing at 8am Sterling (Warkworth). going through continuously on all seven courts until 1pm. Many of the yy Boys 10 & Under Talon Diamond games were decided in a tie-breaker, so (Mangawhai); runner-up Jordan parents were treated to some very close Vegar (Mahurangi East). matches. yy Girls 14 & Under Taryn Meachin Results were: (Mahurangi East). yy Boys 15 & Over Ben Donaldson yy Girls 12 & Under Mackenzie Buick (Warkworth); runner-up Liam (Warkworth); runner-up Talia Sampson (Mangawhai). Bates (Warkworth).

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Sam Cadwallader ~ Junior Boys’ 100m Breaststroke


Daniel Vaughan ~ Intermediate Boys’ 25m Freestyle

David Macleod

Dear Parents and Guardians Tena Koutou Katoa The school roll on 1 March this year was 1334, including 42 International students, up from 1296 last year. The new B Block was based on a projected roll of 1286 by 2013, so we are already in deficit for classroom space and have started planning our next classroom block.

The Academic Blues Awards Ceremony took place on Wednesday 13th February, at which we awarded Blues to the 37 students who gained Endorsements for Excellence in their NCEA last year. The guest speaker was Natalie Collicott (nee Grimmer), Head Girl and Dux in 2002, now with a Masters in Environmental Science and working in Conservation on the Coromandel Peninsula. Since that time, one other student has also been awarded Excellence for his Level 1 NCEA, so he will be presented his Academic Blue at a school assembly.

Ella Harnish ~ Senior Girls’ 50m Freestyle

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ISSUE 3: April 2013

important dates Thursday April 4 • HPV Injection #1

Friday April 5 • Interhouse Haka Challenge

Monday Apri 8 • BOT meeting - 6.15pm

Wednesday April 10 • Yr 8 Action Plan Evening - Wai Care • Mt Roskill Exchange Friday April 12 • Pasifika Leadership Day Yr 7 & 8

Friday April 12 -14 • Western Heights Netball Tournament

Daniel Vaughan, Sam Cadwallader, Lana McCarthy, Ella Harnish

Champions at all levels can be found on our school website at

Special congratulations to Tonya Botherway who won the Junior Girls’ 100m and the Junior Girls’ Long Jump at the North Harbour Athletics Championships on 7th March, to Louis Young who won the Intermediate Boys’ 400m and to Hannah Sonneck who won the Intermediate Girls’ Long Jump.

Tuesday April 16 • School finishes 3.10pm • Yr 7-10 Parent/Teacher Evening 3.30 - 8.30pm • Te Whanau Invitation to Parents - Whare 2.30pm Thursday April 18 • Yr 11-13 Parent/Teacher Evening 3.30 - 8.30pm • Mufti Day Friday April 19 • Term 1 Ends

Monday May 6 • Term 2 Starts

Parent Teacher Interviews

Academic Blues Awards

During February we held our school swimming and athletics sports days. Both events were well-contested and enjoyable days. Congratulations to the following students for breaking school records:


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Benjamin Mennenga ~ Junior Boys’ Discuss (25.64m)

A reminder to all parents that the school survey is due back to the main office by the end of this term.

Benjamin Mennenga ~ Junior Boys’ High Jump (1.35m)

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Science and Technology Forum 2013 Report In January this year, Angus Adamson and myself were fortunate to be able to attend the Rotary National Science and Technology Forum, the purpose of which was to expose NZ’s up and coming scientists to the expansive world of Science and Technology. It included some top NZ scientific scholars and facilities, as well as meeting new friends and peers who will one day become future leaders in our country. The 2013 Science and Technology Forum (aka Geek Camp) was honestly one of the best experiences in my life so far. Leading up to the Forum, I was quite nervous, not knowing what the expectations of it were and how I was going to gel with 160 of New Zealand’s smartest students. But within a few minutes of the Forum experience, all these inhibitions had left me as I had already met and started making friends with these ‘strangers’. During the meal times, you could just sit down with someone you had never talked to before and have easy

KiwiSport Funding Mahurangi College has received Kiwisport Funding from Harbour Sport for the next 3 years. This funding will go towards increasing participation in sport and activity, particularly with Year 9 & 10 girls, Growing Leaders (through sport and activity) and Developing Coaches in the school and Community. With support from Harbour Sport’s Community Coach Manager, we have started running Coaching Workshops in the evenings at college. This is an opportunity for coaches to get support and up-skill without travelling too far. There is no cost to parents, staff, students and community members who coach a school team. However, for a small cost of $5 other coaches are welcome. If you are interested in attending please contact us at: s.hawken@mahurangi.

conversation, then by the time you’d finished eating, you could be good friends. Attending the forum has opened my eyes to many various different fields within the Science and Technology world. The academic programme of the Forum was completely full on and covered areas of the science world I didn’t even know existed. One of my favourite programmes was the ‘Keynote Lecture’ (Cognitive Neurology) presented by Dr Donna Rose Addis (winner of the Prime Minister’s Emerging Scientist Award). The optics module of the physics programme at Massey, Albany was of particular interest to me and I thoroughly enjoyed the various practicals, such as robotics. Being able to stay at O’Rourke Hall was a cool experience giving us a taste of what uni life will be like in 2014. The caterers did a great job with the meals and the Volleyball tournament at O’Rourke was heaps of fun. I know roughly how long it takes to travel to

Invitation from te Whanau o Mahurangi Te Whanau o Mahurangi cordially invite Year 7 and 8 students and their families to come to the school whare at 2.30 on Tuesday, 16th April, before the Year 7 and 8 parent-teacher interviews begin. Te Whanau would like to take this opportunity to introduce themselves and tell parents about the work they carry out within the school. There will be a small afternoon tea afterwards. You do not have to be of Maori descent to attend. Te Whanau o Mahurangi welcomes participation from all individuals who have a genuine desire to promote Maori culture within the school. If you would like further information, please contact Gaynor Tahitahi at g.tahitahi@ and it would help us if we had confirmation of those wishing to attend. We look forward to seeing you on the 16th April.

Albany from the CBD, but our bus rides seemed to take very little time at all, I think because of all the singing. The Science Dinner was a wonderful way to finish off an amazing 2 weeks. Being able to chat with some our lecturers and Rotarians beforehand was good, as was the fine dining experience. The Rotary National Science and Technology Forum has been one of the best social and academic experiences of my life so far. It has confirmed my career path of Optometry, through the Biomedical course at the University of Auckland. The exposure to the different types of pure and applied sciences was a real eye opener as to what is out there in the Scientific and Technological worlds. I enjoyed every last minute of the Forum, have made life-long friendships and feel I have had a kickstart to University life. Nicholas Lee, Head Boy

Bridgehouse Sponsorship Mahurangi College appreciates the ongoing support Bridgehouse Lodge gives us. This year they will, again, be sponsoring the “Bridgehouse Player of the Day Certificate Voucher” for every team in the school. Each student that receives this award will receive a FREE pizza voucher for when dining in at their fantastic Family Restaurant. They have a great menu and awesome staff, so if you haven’t tried them yet we hope you take time to go. Bridgehouse will also be sponsoring enough rugby balls for the 5 teams we hope to have this year. Ian and Ramona Holt have been supporting the college for many years in various ways and we thank them very much for their generosity.

Coach Needed for Girls Hockey Please contact the sports office on 09 425 8039 ext 726 or email:.

Achiever of the Month: Angus Adamson Presented by Dion Anderson (Duty Manager), Mega Mitre 10 Warkworth

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Last show for Matakana gallery The Matakana art gallery known locally as Charlie’s is taking a new direction from next month. Known officially as A Fine Line Mike de Haan says locals will miss Gallery, the Sharp Rd venue will stop the venue. “We were the first people holding exhibitions in May, but will to exhibit there, and we’re going to be the last . . . It’s been a great place and continue to display artworks for sale. Co-owner Heather King says she and it’s very popular on opening nights.” partner Charlie Wigglesworth are keen The exhibition, titled Matakana Valley: for a change. While they welcome The end of the road will run from April suggestions on how the space should be 6 to May 5 and will include works by used, they are planning to put in some Mike de Haan, Gary Horton, Mark more seating in the meantime, and will Lewington, Louise McRae, Mark still have artworks for sale. “We’ve held Wooller, Di Halstead, Vicki Fanning, about 50-odd exhibitions here now, Tabea Salewski and Lynda Harris. An opening night preview will be held on and we’re just exhibitioned out.” Fittingly, the last exhibition will be the April 5, from 5.30-7.30pm. annual show by local artists living in Mike says the group will be on the Matakana Valley Rd. Matakana artist lookout for a new venue next year.

Jackie Bristow to open for Bonnie Raitt at Ascension concert Performing live shows with Art Garfunkel, Madeleine Peyroux, Daniel Lanois, Tommy Emmanuel and many more, Austin, Texas-based Kiwi Jackie Bristow has come a long way from her home town of Gore where she sung in the choir. She returns to New Zealand this month in a late change to open for 10time Grammy Award winner Bonnie Raitt’s national tour playing her only Auckland show at Ascension Wine Estate on April 7. “It is good for my soul to come home,” says Bristow. “I do find myself craving to see the oceans and mountains. You feel a little landlocked in Austin.” Signed in 1995 by Mushroom Music’s influential Michael Gudinski, Bristow subsequently released several singles and three albums. Her songs have caught the attention of a host of international artists who have since invited her to collaborate and tour with them.

“I’m a singer-songwriter, but I’ve had a lot of influences,” she explains. “I’ve had influences from pop music, but also from folk music, country music, and blues. I’m a little bit of a mix of everything, and I do have some of the songs go one way and some of the songs are coloured with a little bit of all of it.” After supporting Bonnie Raitt throughout New Zealand, Jackie returns to the United States for an extensive northern summer of touring.

what’s on April 2013

For links to more information about some of these events, as well as listings through to the end of the year, visit the What’s On calendar online at

Mangawhai Walking Weekend. Programme available at: www. 5-6 Kawau Bay Fishing Club’s Ladies Day Fishing Tournament. Tickets $50 each from Snells Beach Dive & Fish. Info: Ian Clark 425 5125. 6 Scrap metal collection at Warkworth Tennis & Squash Club, until 5pm. Pick-ups can be arranged. Info: Kaye Jackson 425 6965. 6 Car boot sale, Warkworth Methodist Church Car Park, 8.30am12.30pm, sites available. Info: Val Shepherd 425 6336. 7 Rodney Aero Club Reunion, celebrating 50 years, 10 am start. Info: or phone 425 5612 (see story p24) 7 Sunday in the Park volunteer day at Tawharanui regional park. Meet at the Woolshed at 9.15am. Free BBQ at noon. Presentation on fantails after lunch. 13 Kaukapakapa School’s biennial country fair, 10am-2pm. Info: Margo Teuruaa 09 420 5101. 13 Kowhai Singers, Pohutukawa Singers and The Edgecumbe Choir perform Haydn’s “The Creation” at Mahurangi College auditorium, 7.30pm. Tickets $20 from choir members, Warkworth i-Site, or at the door. Info: Ph Marion 425 4684 or Jocelyn 425 5495 (see story p49). 13 Tractor Day, Mangawhai Domain. Info: 13 Kids Market, Warkworth Primary School senior hall, buy or sell new and used kids’ items, 9am-midday. Info: Leanne on 423 9493 or 13 Kiwi release, 10am, Marunui Conservation, Mangawhai. Info: John Hawley, Marunui Conservation Ltd,  027 262 7904 (see story p16) 14 George Heaven Road Race, Wellsford to Te Hana, 1pm. Enquiries: Caroline 423 7191. 14 Tattletale Saints play Whangateau Hall, 7pm. Tickets $20, kids free. Info: (see story p29) 17 Heart Happiness Meditation Group 7-8.30pm, Hibiscus Coast Community House. Info: Julienne Rose 09 945 0940. 20 Leigh Coastal Walk and Fire Brigade Open Day, walks leave at regular intervals from marine laboratory from 9am to midday. Fire brigade demonstrations at Leigh School from 2.30pm. Prizegiving at Leigh Fire Station from 3.30pm. Rain day: April 27. Register at $10 per person and $20 for families. 20 Lauraine Jacobs launching her new book, Everlasting Feast, at The Village Bookshop, Matakana, 10am to midday. 21 Tomarata Golden Oldies Hockey Festival, Port Albert Domain, 10.30am. Info: Pat Came 423 7129 or 20-23 NZ Farm Forestry Conference, Orewa. Info: conference. 24 Mahurangi East Library school holiday programme, pirate and princess stories plus make a treasure box, 10.30am. 25 Anzac Day presentation, Puhoi Historic Library, noon-3pm. Complimentary tea, coffee and Anzac biscuits. 24 Quiz night, fundraising for the Puhoi Centennial Hall, 7.30pm. Raffles and optional dress-up from the place where you or your ancestors came from. Tickets $10.00 per head.  Info: Fran 422 0835 or e-mail 27 Spear-fishing competition, Omaha boat ramp, $2000 in prizes to be won and charity fish auction to follow. Starts 7am, weighin at 5pm. Info: In store at NZ Diving or 4-7

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Warkworth Taoist Tai Chi Club president Andrea Hinchco (left) with Warkworth Wellsford Hospice manager, Kathryn Ashworth. Warkworth Tai Chi Society founder Helen Howard is wearing the red t-shirt.

Taoist Tai Chi practitioners go for gold Members of the Warkworth branch of the Taoist Tai Chi Society have been dropping gold coins into a deposit box for the past six months. The money added up to $182.40 and without community support.” lonely. We care about each other.” a decision was made to give it to the Taoist Tai Chi operates in 26 The organisation is completely Warkworth Wellsford Hospice. The countries. The local branch is the voluntary. Instructors don’t get paid, Springboard Trust benefited last year fastest growing in New Zealand with although a small fee is requested to and next in line is the Westpac Rescue 80 members from high school age to cover the rental costs of the scout den. Helicopter and the SPCA. the 90s. Instructor Helen Howard set There are five instructors and five Hospice general manager Kathryn it up five years ago. classes a week – on Tuesday morning Ashworth accepted the cheque, saying “Not only do we offer the health-giving and Tuesday night, Thursday morning it would help with operational costs. benefits of Taoist Tai Chi, but we’ve and Thursday night, as well as “One third of our funding comes also got a philosophy of compassion Saturday mornings. A class also runs from Government but we couldn’t for ourselves and others. Lots of in Wellsford on a Monday night. continue services at the same level people are disconnected in society or Info: or Helen 425 9237.

Scouts New Zealand is collecting old mobile phones for recycling, with money raised going to the Starship Foundation and Scouting New Zealand. The target is to collect 20,000 phones. If you have an old mobile phone then drop it off in the “Lets Mobilise” box at the Auckland Council Office in Warkworth, at Mahurangi Matters, give it to a local Kea, Cub or Scout, drop it off at the Scout Den in Shoesmith Domain, or phone David on 425 9844 to collect.

Development revised Revisions have been made to a proposed retirement and retail complex on Warkworth’s Queen St. The development now includes 11 shops, 29 aged care units and 83 residential retirement units. The biggest change was a decrease in one-bedroom units and an increase in two-bedroom units. A proposed driveway through the Oak Grove on Neville St has been removed with only a pedestrian footpath now proposed. The basement vehicle access has been relocated to Neville St after concern over the use of Queen St as the main vehicle access to the site. There have also been minor design changes to the façades of the three buildings. A resource consent hearing is to take place on April 17-19 from 9.30am at the Auckland Council office on Centreway Road in Orewa.

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