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16 February 2011

Puhoi • Warkworth • Snells • Matakana • Omaha • Leigh • Pakiri • Wellsford • Port Albert • Kaiwaka • Mangawhai

Research data released on local tourism

Police Minister Judith Collins visited the Warkworth Police Station this month for a cup of coffee and a chat.

Minister reviews Warkworth Police approach on youth crime alliances Youth crime was the subject of a meeting between Warkworth Police and Police Minister Judith Collins, when she visited the station on Friday February 11. Mrs Collins says Warkworth is a goal in helping troubled youth gain us respond to crime,” he said. high crime area, but youth crime is a positive outcomes.” Mrs Collins said around 300 extra particular concern here. Sergeant Bede Haughey said key police officers would be posted to “If we can stamp out youth crime we alliances with community groups stations throughout the country this are that much closer to stopping adult such as Springboard, Insite Security, year and Warkworth Police station crime which is where community Omaha Beach Community, Auckland would receive its share. organisations such as Springboard and Council and others were helping Superintendent Bill Searle said while Police address, and in some cases they would be glad to get any extra Youth Aid come in,” she said. staff, they were doing well with the “Police are working closely with these prevent, youth crime. organisations as we have a common “They are essential players in helping resources they had.

Inadequate infrastructure and crowding are emerging as two issues that need to be addressed if the Puhoi to Pakiri area is to realise its full tourism potential. Early results from the Puhoi to Pakiri Visitor Survey, which started last August, were presented to a public meeting at Ascension Wine Estate on February 8. The survey is being undertaken by the NZ Tourism Research Institute based at AUT, supported by Auckland Council and local business. The aim is to develop a five-year tourism plan for the region. The survey is web-based and is seeking information from three sectors – continued page 2

Inside this issue Valley slip assessed

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Out in the paddock

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Business news page 29 to 32

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It’s not too late to have your say … The Puhoi to Pakiri Visitor Survey won’t close until at least the end of next month, but may be extended until the end of Easter, so there is still plenty of time to have your say. The NZ Tourism Research Institute is keen to receive as many responses as possible and local hosts are being encouraged to draw their visitors’ attention to the survey. Information about the project, as well as the surveys, can be found at www.regionalsurveys.co.nz

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community, visitors and business. As at January 17, just under 500 surveys had been completed – 187 from the community, 267 from visitors and 131 from business. In presenting the interim results, Professor Simon Milne said they represented visitor experiences through the low-to-shoulder seasons. High season information will be captured in the next set of data, which will be released after the survey closes possibly around Easter. “The data so far shows us that tourism is a vital and well-supported part of the regional economy,” he said. “Business cooperation is seen as somewhat limited, and there is a recognised need to develop new dimensions to the regional tourism experience. “It seems visitors are generally satisfied but there is room for improvement.” Aspects of the area that visitors found least attractive included parking and roads, and traffic. Local natural attractions remain the area’s top drawcard and most visitors were not disappointed with the beaches and scenery, with a satisfaction rating of 4.8 (five being top). Visitors are spending on average around $75 a day,

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mainly on accommodation and food. The business survey responses highlighted the need for local businesses to work together, a strong recognition of the district’s reliance on the visitor industry and a general desire to see visitors extend their stay by a day or two. Responses from people aged over 45, living in the Warkworth and Matakana area, have so far dominated responses to the community survey. Most rated tourism either as important or very important to the local economy, and the majority said tourism had a relatively positive impact on community quality of life. However, there was concern about traffic congestion, environmental damage, crowding and poor infrastructure (mainly roads, parking and signage). Locals, like visitors, stated overwhelmingly that the area’s beaches, sea and coast were the most appealing aspects of the region. For a look at the full set of interim results, go to www.localmatters.co.nz. Information about the project, as well as the surveys, can be found at www. regionalsurveys.co.nz

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Flood highlights upstream responsibilities

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The responsibilities of riverside residents are in the spotlight following recent flooding of Matakana Village farmers market and adjacent shops during Auckland Anniversary weekend. Only one of the ground-level retailers in the development escaped being flooded when the Matakana River breached its banks in the early hours of the morning after an intense few hours of torrential rain. Up to 30-40 farmers market stallholders were also affected as the flooding closed the market for just the second time in its five year history, on what would normally have been one of its busiest weekends. It is thought that a huge dead tree that washed down the river probably snagged against the banks and other obstacles on its journey, ramping up debris and water behind it and then suddenly releasing a surge in Engineer Ian Hutchinson says prevention of floodwater damage in future the direction of the shops. The tree will primarily rely on keeping waterways clear at all times. More photos at concerned remained visible after the www.localmatters.co.nz flood, washed up with other debris on However, Mr Didsbury says the floor of the restaurant, so the water on the bank opposite the shops. development was carefully engineered this side of the river was significantly Martin Dancy, whose daughter and and signed off by Council at the time higher and must have been forced up son-in-law own Matakana Market it was constructed and that it shouldn’t somehow. It must have been dammed Kitchen on the banks of the river, says have flooded. up and the obvious thing sitting there he was there around 10.45pm when “I think there is a message there that that could cause that is the tree,” Mr the water appeared to be rising about people upstream have an obligation to Hutchinson says. a foot every 15 minutes. deal with trees that are dead or about to When he was inspecting the site, a “There was nothing we could do. We fall in the river, because if they ignore local resident indicated to him that just took the carpets up and moved the them it can cause enormous problems the suspect dead tree came from her furniture to the safest place and hoped for people down the stream.” property upstream. The encroachment for the best, but it continued to rain so While the log stopped just short of of bamboo immediately opposite hard we didn’t have a chance,” he says. the bridge, if it had wedged behind the restaurant is another aggravating The owner of the village complex and it and debris had built up behind it factor that would have prevented farmers market, Richard Didsbury the flooding could have been far more floodwaters from spilling over the says around 30cm of water entered significant and potentially endangered bank on that side. shops and washed down a service the bridge itself, he says. A large chunk Mr Hutchinson says that both the corridor, causing significant stock of concrete that appeared at the base of bamboo and other material, like fallen losses to some retailers including Piece the bridge is evidence of the strength trees, obstructing the flow of the Gallery where display plinths were of the river flow at the time. river will be promptly dealt with by destabilised causing valuable items to Auckland Council’s consultant Auckland Council to avoid a possible be smashed. While most retailers were engineer Ian Hutchinson says that recurrence of the flooding. insured, he says “one or two” were not. while no one was on hand to see His company, Hutchinson Consulting On discovering the flooding, local exactly what occurred, there are a Engineers, was closely involved residents and farmers market regulars number of indicators that support the with construction of the cinema immediately pitched in to help with the theory about the dead tree, including development and Mr Hutchinson says clean up and some stallholders handed gouges on the tree itself as well as that floor levels were set at conservative out free food and coffee to the workers. those along the river bank, damage to levels following thorough flood analysis “Although we were completely the river walkway and differing levels and comply with council requirements. dismayed when we first saw it, we of debris. “I have no doubt whatsoever that the were heartened by the help from the “The debris level on the bank opposite work that we did was sound and that the restaurant is 400mm lower than the the floor levels are appropriate.” community,” he says.

Candidates jockey for start Pre-selection for the safe National Party seat of Rodney will be held on February 19 and although party sources won’t comment on the number of candidates, blogger Whaleoil says there are five in the running – former Rodney deputy Mayor John Kirikiri, business consultant Brent Robinson, former policeman Mark Mitchell, Scott Simpson and Chris Penk. The final choice of candidate will be made at a function on March 2. Meanwhile, National Party preselection for the Northland seat, which will become vacant with the retirement of John Carter in November, will begin when nominations open on March 11. The general election will be held on November 26.

Break-ins keep police busy Four youths between the ages of 12 and 16 years were apprehended after a break-in at a Snells Beach café/bakery in the early hours of February 5. Three boxes of energy drinks were stolen. At another incident, Warkworth Police were called to a property in Omaha after reports that a burglary was in progress. Insite Security responded to the call and apprehended one of the two burglars at the scene; the other was caught not long after, several kilometres away. A 21-year-old male and 34-year-old female have been charged. Police are also investigating a break-in at Sportsworld in Warkworth on February 5.

Villagers say slow down Motorcyclists speeding through Puhoi on weekend afternoons are giving villagers a headache. Puhoi Forum member Judith Williams says the speeding motorcyclists hinder public events. “The worst time is Sunday afternoons when there are a lot of things happening such as the farmers market, sporting activities, hall events and people walking around the village,” she says. The forum has approached Warkworth Police. Sergeant Bede Haughey says their concerns have been passed on to the Orewa Police Station with the request for additional weekend patrols.

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Downsized super city The food may have been good, but lunch at Puhoi left a sour taste in Cr Penny Webster’s mouth when she realised it was the northern-most stop of a familiarisation “trip to the North” organised for Auckland councillors by council staff. It seems that, like many of us, the new Super City may be in denial about its girth.

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Council clairvoyants So representatives of the Auckland Council property division have been assessing the usage of the various community halls have they? I am president of the Senior Citizens Association and I have contacted the secretary of the Warkworth Bridge Club to see if these austere persons have contacted them to enquire whether they were asked to give a list of their usage of our joint clubrooms. No. And neither have we, so I’m at a loss as to how a recommendation can go to the local board for consideration. How many other halls have been asked for information, or are we blessed with clairvoyants? Betty Paxton President, Mahurangi/Warkworth Senior Citizens

Community debate on Atlas sale continues The Warkworth Liaison Group has been urged to prioritise its objectives in the face of its ongoing opposition to the sale of the Atlas Concrete site adjacent to the Warkworth A&P Showgrounds. don’t take on something that’s going Warwick Massey, speaking on behalf of the group to focus on other issues. Cr June Turner who was absent from this “You’ve got to be very careful,” she said. to be another targeted rate. If you month’s liaison meeting, said the group “You can have whatever you want but want the development of the A&P should write to Auckland Council’s parks who’s going to pay? There’s a lot of money Showgrounds with the associated and reserves committee chair Sandra being spent at the showgrounds, it’s in sports facilities and the town hall to go Coney, asking that the Atlas site be the long term plan, but you desperately ahead, then concentrate on those. removed from the sale list in perpetuity need some sort of community centre “I can assure you that in the sale and the property be incorporated in the or theatre, Warkworth is huge and you document it was made very clear that A&P Reserve Management Plan as was haven’t got one. if the Atlas site was sold, access to the originally intended. “I’m not trying to be negative, I’m A&P showgrounds from the village However, Cr Penny Webster advised just saying conserve your issues and via a walkway was stipulated.”

Meanwhile, Cr Webster told the Warkworth Liaison Group she can understand the frustrations of people trying to communicate with the new Auckland Council. After emailing a response to a question from the Mayor’s office, she received a standard reply explaining that “the mayor gets lots of emails and this will go in the list for him to answer”.

Un-popularity poll While the Puhoi to Pakiri survey will no doubt provide us with some valuable planning data, it is also throwing up some old chestnuts. To the question ‘what do you find least attractive about the region’, roads and traffic topped the list, with “Aucklanders” and “the motorway toll payment” also getting a mention.

LOL goes AWOL Our facebook friends advise us that the favourite expression used by texters and Facebookers everywhere ‘lol’ (laugh out loud) is now considered old hat. The 2011 replacement is apparently ‘pml’ – the meaning of which we cannot print in a family paper (but the last bit is ‘myself laughing’).

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A call is going out for an upgrade of the Warkworth Town Hall.

Supporters urge upgrade of heritage-listed town hall Supporters of Warkworth Town Hall are making it clear to Auckland Council that they want the hall upgraded to provide a local venue for performing arts. Town hall committee chairperson, school needs take priority. Ilona Rodgers presented the case to Other supporters include the both the Warkworth Liaison Group Auckland Arts Festival and Auckland and the Rodney Local Board this Theatre Company, ratepayer-funded month, saying that the hall represents groups with a mandate to provide the only viable option currently cultural events throughout Auckland, available for the Warkworth area. but who are unable to bring them to Though the hall is currently capable of the district because there is currently seating around 150, it is restricted to no suitable venue. 99 after being declared an earthquake A theatre production staged at the hazard by the former Rodney District Matakana Cinema two years ago Council. In 2006, necessary renovation failed dreadfully because the acoustics costs were estimated at just over $1.1 million, a figure Ilona estimates would in the cinema were “appalling” for the be closer to $2m today, but which spoken word, Ilona says. would still be significantly cheaper “Warkworth is desperate for events like old time dances and shows. When you than building a new centre. She says the venue already has a walk around Warkworth on a Friday number of good features including night it is dead as a dodo. Even if it great acoustics, adequate heating and costs $3m to do up the town hall, it a sprung floor, and is one of the most would bring huge life into the town.” intensively utilised community centres The 100-year-old hall was rated a within the Rodney district, serving the Category One historic place by the needs of a wide variety of community Historic Places Trust in 2007 in groups that use it seven days a week. recognition of its significance to the The proposed upgrade has support area, including the fact that it is a rare from a number of community Australasian example of construction groups including the Warkworth using glazed hollow stoneware blocks, Music Society, which has found that and is linked with a strong tradition of although the Mahurangi College hall technological innovation in 19th and houses its grand piano, the space early 20th century Warkworth, then the is often unavailable for concerts as largest settlement in Rodney District.

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Film promotes marine reserve safety Snells Beach underwater cameraman, Steve Hathaway hopes to inspire and educate Goat Island visitors with a short film he has created from his own footage of the marine reserve. A professional who has previously worked for the the fish had half his lip bitten off by an eager snapper. likes of National Geographic, Discovery, the BBC The water safety reminders are especially important and Jean-Michel Cousteau, as well as on locally- to Steve who says he is well aware of how wrong made projects such as Water Whisperers, Steve says things can go in the water, after being with a friend he has done a lot of filming at Goat Island and who drowned. captured some great footage. However, it’s not just “It’s especially helpful to people from different the behaviour of fish he has observed. cultures, who have come to NZ in the last few years “Spending so much time out there, I realised that and may have very little understanding of the water.” a lot of people come to Goat Island and have a great experience but that they have very little Water safety tips offered include how to stay calm and relaxed in the water, what to do if you get in understanding about the reserve,” Steve says. trouble and how to use snorkelling gear including Therefore, the 19-minute film aims not only to the simple trick of spitting in your mask to stop it educate people on the different species of fish, what fogging up. they look like and where they can find them, but to provide a brief history of the reserve and some basic Test screenings of the 19-minute long film got a water safety tips. It also educates people about how positive response and it’s now being shown on a to look after the reserve which sees up to 300,000 big screen set up at Goat Island Snorkel. Repeated screenings will be held throughout the week during visitors each year. “Even though people are told they’re not allowed to summer until some time after Easter and then on feed the fish, there’s still a lot that goes on and it weekends during the rest of the year. damages the reserve as well as altering the behaviour Steve says viewing fees are nominal to ensure it is of the fish, making them aggressive towards people.” accessible to the widest possible audience. Some of those feeding the fish have also suffered “I thought if people watch the film before they get in injuries, including bitten fingers and earlobes. In one the water, they’re not going to have a great experience case a person holding a sausage in his mouth to attract they’re going to have an incredible experience.” Simpson 5.5kg Top Load Washer

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Shane McInnes’ winning photo of Sinbad the kakapo.

Candid kakapo photograph captures international prize Hauturu ranger and amateur photographer Shane McInnes, originally from Whangaparaoa, has won first prize in a prestigious international photographic competition. Shane’s snap of Sinbad the kakapo, the past five-and-a-half years, looking taken on Cod Fish Island off Stewart after visitor management, the tuatara, Island in 2008, won the ‘critically boat patrols and general infrastructure endangered or extinct in the wild’ and maintenance. category. The photo competition was organised “It was an opportunistic sort of shot,” by the World’s Rarest project which Shane says. “Kakapo are nocturnal so began last year – the International Year to get one in the daytime is pretty rare. of Biodiversity. It is a not-for-profit He just happened to come walking initiative that aims to highlight the along the track.” plight of the most threatened species Shane was on the island as a volunteer, on Earth and to raise funds to support their conservation. helping out the kakapo team. He has been the resident ranger on “I’ve never entered a competition before Hauturu, or Little Barrier Island, for so I certainly wasn’t expecting to win.”

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Cracks keep Matakana Valley road closed Wet, wet start While a huge slip undermined a section of the Matakana Valley Road during the torrential rainfall at the start of Auckland Anniversary Weekend, it was relatively tiny cracks that have kept it closed longer than any other affected road in the district. Mr Hutchinson says Auckland Pt Wells engineer and professional advisor to Auckland Council and Transport and physical works Auckland Transport, Ian Hutchinson, contractor Downer have been made the call to close the road around proactive and are doing “an excellent the area where the major underslip job”. Downer staff were on the job occurred between Smith Road and addressing the slips from around Govan Wilson Road after seeing 1.30am on Saturday morning and telltale signs of possible expansion of worked solidly for the first 24 hours. the problem. “They have put in long hours along However, he anticipates that if work with local sub-contractors.” goes according to plan the road will He is disappointed that road closure be open to traffic for restricted access signs were initially ignored by “idiots” this week. He estimates around 1000 who emptied water from road barriers cubic metres of earth slipped away in order to move them aside and drive from below the road taking a chunk over the road. Piles of stones were of the road surface with it and leaving strategically added to prevent further a slip face about 12m high. The such dangerous acts. event was just one of around 20 that “It’s hard for the public to perceive occurred both above and below the the risk, but it’s not just a normal slip. road at various points. On close inspection, hairline cracks Engineer Ian Hutchinson indicates the We’ve had other slips regressed as far appearing in line with the gutter on telltale cracks in Matakana Valley Road. as this, but from a safety point of view they’re relatively sound.” the left hand side of the road indicated More photos www.localmatters.co.nz However, he says in general people further movement in the earth directly have been understanding about the below the bank and of even greater vibrations and making it worse.” concern was a transverse crack near Monitoring of the cracks showed they need for the closures, despite the fact that residents were forced to park their the upper barrier that appeared in the were slowly getting larger and longer. guttering and stretched to the middle “When we first measured the top one cars below the barrier and walk the rest of the road, he says. you probably couldn’t get a piece of of the way (or at least until another car “The risk is the regression of the slip paper in it, but within six hours you could meet them on the other side). further into the hillside. Because there could get an iceblock stick in it and The unstable road means it was too had been some movement that far then the crack extended to middle of dangerous for heavy machinery, so back, we were concerned that with the road. That told us that there was remediation involved digging a bench more rain or instability below, the movement further down the hill and into the hillside to work from and whole road could go, so we couldn’t that the large block in between the then further excavations to create a risk any cars going over causing cracks could go as well.” new roadway at ground level.

Thanks to the whopping downpour that caused widespread flooding and slips on Anniversary Weekend, the north Rodney area has received more than one-third of its usual annual rainfall in January alone. Engineer and keen weather-watcher Ian Hutchinson says the electronic weather station at his Pt Wells home measured an “unheard of” 248.5mm of rain during an eight hour period between Friday and Saturday morning of the long weekend (most of which fell between 8.30pm and 1am). The intensity of the rainfall was verified by the weather station’s read out which offered the less than scientific term “raining cats and dogs”. Ian’s statistics show that the mid-winter months of July and August normally experience the most rainfall, totalling about 200-250mm each in a wet month and the annual Rodney rainfall usually adds up to around 1200-1300mm. However, last month the district was doused by a total of 452mm, predominantly in the last quarter. Ian says historic trends indicate that the Dome Valley is one of the highest rainfall intensity areas in the country and in general, areas such as the Pakiri and Matakana hills seem to get more intense and greater rainfall than flatter Omaha, Pt Wells and Matakana areas. “One of the things about the Matakana catchment is that it’s very steep and not that long, so when it rains extremely hard the concentration of water accumulates pretty quickly. Therefore, short-period, high intensity storms have quite an instant effect.”

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Favourites join new Fishing for a new fire station at Puhoi Rural Volunteer Fire Brigade is hosting its second Rodney district emergency services fishing talent on Warkworth Puhoi competition on February 26 to help raise funds for their new fire station. categories include men, women and children along with diving and spearfishing, and entrants music programme The are allowed to fish and dive anywhere within the The Warkworth Music Society is planning another exciting year of concerts featuring the return of several groups who have been previously very wellreceived in Warkworth. The first concert next month will feature a string trio (violin, viola and cello) with two young New Zealanders joined by as outstanding young American cellist, performing works by Dohnanyi, Penderecki, Lilburn and Beethoven. Concert two in April features a different sort of trio with soprano Kate Lineham and pianist Rachel Thomson joined by Moira Hurst on clarinet and saxophone in a varied programme from Eastern European folk songs to Mozart and jazz items. The pleasant ambience of the Belfry at Ascension Winery will be the venue in May for a return visit by the V8 Vocal Ensemble. A repeat of the stunning programme style this ‘a capella’ group produced there two years ago is expected. Well-loved pianist Deidre Irons appeared as an accompanist in Warkworth last year and returns again this year in June, this time to accompany violinist Martin Riseley. They will perform works by Schubert, Ravel and Richard Strauss. July sees the return of solo pianist Matteo Napoli and in September, well-travelled and internationally recognised NZTrio (violin, cello and piano) perform works by Saint-Saens and Brahms alongside new works by New Zealander Claire Cowan and American Kenji Bunch. The Auckland Youth Symphony Orchestra will bring the season to a rousing conclusion. For more information, see advertisement below.

Hauraki Gulf. Deputy chief fire officer and fishing competition organiser Steve Hunt says there was a fantastic turn out last year, when $5250 was raised. “I am hoping we can do better this year so we can start to apply for some grants to help us make the fire station a reality,” he says. “We are trying to raise $50,00 before we approach organisations like the lotteries commission or the lions club so they can see we are really trying.” A briefing about the competition will be held at the Puhoi Hotel on February 25 at 6pm, all are welcome to attend. The weigh-in will be at the Puhoi Sports Club from 3.30pm. More than $10,000 worth of prizes are on offer including rod and reels, inflatable lifejackets and more. Steve says the day will go ahead rain, hail or shine. The Puhoi Rural Volunteer Fire Brigade needs around $300,000 for the new station.

Last year’s fishing contest Snapper category winners Steve Piggott (left) and Gabby Finlayson.

Boardwalk could walk the plank The Puhoi Whalf boardwalk project has hit another hurdle, this time in its attempt to set up a separate incorporated society. At the Puhoi Community Forum held earlier this month, boardwalk campaigner Larry Mitchell again asked the forum to consider being the umbrella organisation for the project, which would avoid the need to lose time setting up a separate incorporated society. His concern was that the time delay in meeting these legal obligations could jeopardise the funding that was available at present. “I am laying all my cards on the table here and am asking for some support,” he said. “I do not have enough time to set up the society. It could take up to six months and our big sponsor would like to make a considerable donation before the end of the financial year in order to receive the tax benefits.” At its December meeting, the forum decided not to take the project under its wing, as it did not comply with its constitution. Members encouraged Larry to set up an incorporated society for the project. At the meeting this month, it was decided that a public meeting on the project be held on February 15. The Forum would make a decision after the meeting took place.

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to provide the nursing, counselling and equipment they need. It also puts at risk new initiatives, such as massage and other stress-relief therapies, that can help patients and those who are caring for them to cope with their situation. Warkworth Hospice offers all its services free to patients, government funding only covers a third of its costs meaning Hospice must raise $600,000 a year or $1600 a day from the community. “If we have to spend $30 taking a sofa to the tip, that’s another $30 our volunteers have to raise somehow.” Another challenge for Hospice is the

regular thefts that occur after hours where people are stealing valuable donations others have left. However, stepping up security to catch the offenders will add another cost that they cannot afford. “We appreciate people’s thoughtfulness in giving us items to sell and we absolutely do not want to discourage it. If people bring in their donations during business hours we can lock them away safely.” Unsaleable and unwanted items that Hospice will not accept include old televisions, computer monitors and old damaged, stained furniture.

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Anyone wanting to participate in the 12th annual Mangawhai Walking Weekend shouldn’t leave it too late to book, as already some of the walks are full. However, there are plenty of As usual, the programme offers variety Bookings close on March 22. alternatives on offer if your first choice for walkers, as well as catering for dog Brochures are available online or at is not available, says coordinator Jean owners, mountain bikers and kayakers. outlets throughout Mangawhai. Goldschmidt, who started the walking The event starts on March 31, with the Funds from the weekend, and the Food weekend as a vehicle for bringing challenging 8-hour Dome Walkway and Wine Festival on April 2, will people to Mangawhai. tramp. On April 1, the family-friendly go to the newly-formed Mangawhai “It’s become an annual gathering for Troubadour Trail is back, featuring Track Charitable Trust. Mangawhai friends, for whom the weekend is an six performances from professional Kindergarten is once again hosting a opportunity to meet up,” she said. musicians and entertainers along a walk “The essence of Mangawhai”on As well as attracting many repeat gentle walk from the boat ramp, in two days as a fundraiser and SeniorNet participants, around a third of those Alamar Crescent. The walk takes about is providing packed lunches for walkers registering for walks each year are an hour, with three departures from to generate funds for its operation. taking part for the first time. Last 2pm. It’s ideal for families, with no limit Info: phone Jean 431 5096 or visit on the number of participants, says Jean. www.mangawhaiwalkingweekend.co.nz year’s event attracted 670.

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Summer brings wave of preventable injuries to children

An eight-week programme aimed at helping men work through a process of putting right what has gone wrong starts in Orewa this month. Organisers say a high level of commitment is required by participants, including weekly attendance. The sessions are four hours long and are run by two professionally trained and experienced counsellors. The weekly cost is $10 per session and includes a workbook. For enquiries or to register phone Andrew on 09 420 8263 or Sandy 09 428 1475. The Resolve programme is offered as a partnership between the Men and Family Centre and the HEAL Trust.

While most of the population equate summer with relaxation and family fun, its labelled “trauma season” by medical professionals who see a dramatic increase in preventable deaths and serious injuries to children. Safekids NZ director Ann Weaver says NZ has some of the highest rates of preventable child injuries within the OECD and the incidence rises sharply during the summer months “Unfortunately summer injuries aren’t limited to skinned knees and scraped elbows,” says Ann. “Incidents from the

recent holiday period included burns, drownings and car-related deaths and injuries.” Playing with lighters and matches, falling into hot pools and spilling hot drinks were behind the serious burns inflicted on children. Beaches, rivers, pools and boats were all the scenes of drownings and near drowning events. Young cyclists fell, crashed and were hit by vehicles while cycling, while others were injured after being left to play in cars or being involved in car accidents (sometimes when

unrestrained). Other serious reported incidents included being run over in home driveways and car parks, poisoning, falls and collisions with trains and motorcycles. Ann says information and interventions to prevent these injuries are already available and can be as simple as: keeping lighters and matches out of sight and reach; keeping preschoolers within sight at all times in unfamiliar surroundings; actively supervising kids of all ages in and around water. Info: visit www.safekids.org.nz

The Rodney Age Concern hospital shuttle transported 1989 patients last year, up nearly seven percent from 2009. The service caters for people with outpatient clinic appointments at North Shore, Auckland, Greenlane and Waitakere hospitals. “We require at least two days notice,” a spokesperson said. “We can pick up from Wellsford, Warkworth and Snells Beach.” Info: Phone 09 426 0918 or 0800 809 342 between 9.30am to 4pm Monday to Friday. The Rodney shuttle has a wheel chair accessible van available if required.

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The Christchurch earthquake, floods in Australia and Brazil – there is nothing like a natural disaster to illustrate people’s willingness to look out for each other, to help the vulnerable and demonstrate how much we depend on one another. At these times we need understanding and support, not negative judgements and blame. Who wants to be told “you fool, why did you build your house near the river?” What we would want is dry clothes and a hand to clean up the mess. The disasters that most of us face aren’t earthquakes or floods. They come in the shape of a sick family member, a friend who has lost their job, a car crash or a marriage separation. The scale of these disasters is smaller but no less of a shock to those involved. How we respond at these times can make a huge difference. It’s time to hold back on the negative judgements and provide practical support “would you like me to have your kids this weekend?” is far more use than “you always did choose losers”. In those natural disasters it makes sense to get help when you aren’t sure what to do – “I wonder if the electricity is safe? Let’s get an electrician in.” Those personal disasters are also the time to have the courage to ask for help. If you have tried what you can and things still aren’t working, it’s the clever person who asks for help. If you’ve tried all those parenting tricks and your 15-year-old is still driving you wild, or you have tried talking with your partner and always end up yelling, maybe it’s time to ask for some outside help. If we can’t help, we can probably let you know who can, Homebuilders Family Services – North Rodney 425 7048.

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Seeing photos of the recent flooding near the Hoteo River brings to mind how those floods were used in the past. In 1969 Reuben Watson wrote down his memories for his family, relating stories of timber working near Wellsford in the late 1800s. Here are some extracts relating to the Hoteo area ... ‘In the year of 1888, I was seven years old. The kauri timber on a section of land lying at back of our old farm was owned by William Worker. The contractor was Welton Brown(e) eldest son of a Brown from North Albertland. This man, who was a tremendous worker but not very reliable, undertook the job of felling and delivering the kauri logs to Nicklesons’ Topuni mill. A wooden tramway was built and horses were used to pull the trucks. I can just remember seeing from our house the team come in sight behind our section. The horses were taken out of trucks on the crest of the hill and then the trucks ran down by gravitation the long slope as far as White’s house, and then the horses were re-hitched and pulled to the top bank of the Whakapirau, the logs rolled into the stream, later rafted on high tides to mill. Tapu bush – ‘This name was always pronounced in the early days “taboo”. I don’t know why. It was one of those curious and rather freaky clumps of practically all kauri trees, not much over 100 acres certainly not 200 acres on easy sloping ground across the Hoteo River. There were other native trees there of course, but seeing it from a distance one could see kauri heads and no other. Some big stuff and lots of medium and small trees owned and worked by Jonas Smyth, a man with some timber experience who was generally thought to have money, as he always paid his men and was honest in his dealing, which was something in those days. I cannot remember the correct year when the Tapu Bush started work, but I think 1890 – 1891 or there about. A loading ground and big shanty was made just across the Hoteo River and the first logs were hauled out and rolled into the stream, there waited for winter rains and floods. Hoteo was not a big river, but flowed through some rough country with many bends which held the water back and was in places quite a stretch of water and stayed sometime after rain ceased. ‘It was a dirty job keeping the logs in the stream, they often got stranded on small flats and had to be jacked back into the river. One Hoteo North boy, Fred Gray (aged 16) was drowned on this job. After a short time a road was formed over those barren hills past Mr Hunt’s lonely little farm and then on down that sloping clay ridge to the Te Hana. The logs were rolled in the tidal part about opposite Pook’s homestead, then rafted down to Mander and Bradley’s Raekau mill. ‘A long hard haul for the bullocks, one trip a day was enough. This hauling job was often a separate contract. One year Ted Brown(e) put on two or three teams and other team owners took a hand, a slow job and only possible in dry weather. In winter months the river was used again so you can understand it was not a fast job, but steadily went on for several years. Always a sure job for handy men.’ Dateclaimer – The countdown to the 150th Albertlanders Celebrations next year has begun. Watch this space!

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Brahmans give Wellsford breeder plenty to beef about Cattle breeder Vanessa Doggett is heading a one-woman mission to establish the Brahman breed in Northland. The determined Wellsford farmer has “During last summer’s drought, when bred the first registered red Brahmans other cattle were standing in the shade, my Brahmans were out in sun, to be born in New Zealand. After years of “passionate interest” in grazing, and still converting feed.” the breed, which originated in India, Vanessa has spent years pouring over Vanessa is convinced of the benefits breed information and genetic profiles of the droopy-eared, loose-skinned to create a good line for breeding here. beasts, particularly to drought-affected She now has two pure-bred two-yearold heifers and her first pure-bred Northland farmers. “Over the years, the breed has had a bull, from embryos imported from Australia. These were from a registered bit of a bad rap,” she says. Australian dam and the American sire “They’ve been classed as flighty and Mr Three X. hard to handle. But that’s because in Queensland – where they are the “From six red embryos, there were mainstay of beef farming – they’re kept three confirmed pregnancies.” in huge mobs and only see a human The embryos were imported by NZ twice a year, during mustering, which Genetics and placed into recipient often involves helicopters and dogs. cows, which Vanessa then purchased. “I couldn’t believe it when I got two No wonder they get a bit toey.” In Vanessa’s eyes, Brahmans are the heifers, Ruby and Hazel, and my “breed of the future for Northland” special bull.” as being of tropical origin they can The bull calf is “special” because he’s tolerate the hot dry weather that’s named Karoo Scotty’s Hokey Pokey, after Vanessa’s youngest daughter become common over recent years. Cara’s best friend, Scott Collins. Scott “I’m convinced of global warming died of cancer, aged nine, before he and these cattle are ideal for hotter got to meet his namesake. conditions – and they don’t mind the cold either as shown by the breed’s “He was an amazing young boy who continued page 19 popularity in America.

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out in the paddock Brahman introduced loved the breed. His memory will live on in Hokey’s line.” Vanessa’s own love of the breed goes back more than 15 years. As an 18-year-old she left home and leased land for breeding Dexter cattle. She sold these for a “good price” at the start of the lifestyle block boom, which fed demand for the diminutive breed. Then she started looking for a new challenge. “I like something different, and when people ask why I want to breed Brahmans, I say it’s because I can. “I first saw the breed at Matakohe and loved them. I was lucky enough later to be able to buy three purebreds from the last lines of progeny originally imported from Queensland in 1992.” Her love for the breed started however when she was given Peppa, a Santa Gertrudis cross heifer. While loving Peppa’s personality and her looks, Vanessa was also impressed with her ability to calve easily and quickly get back in-calf. She became the matriarch of her breeding herd. Then, with the purchase of her first bull, Mighty, eight years ago, Vanessa’s Karoo Brahman stud was born. Now she’s ready to move onto a new chapter, with semen from two Australian polled red Brahman sires, Chudley Blockbuster and Fernhills Kingston, sitting “in the bank” waiting for Ruby and Hazel. The breed is slow to mature and the heifers aren’t cycling yet. Vanessa plans to calve them mid-June to fit around the show season. Traditionally purebreds calve in February, as the heat suits them better, but this means that on the show circuit Vanessa’s calves are competing against other beef breeds up to ten months older than hers, due to New Zealand’s June 1w cut off date for breed classes.

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Men ignore sun-safe message Many New Zealand men are not taking enough care in the sun during the summer months. A three-yearly survey of New Zealanders’ sun protection awareness and behaviour shows that many men are unaware, or choose to ignore the risks of excessive UVR during summer. In a nationally representative sample of 1250 people, regarding sun safety knowledge, attitudes and behaviour, just under half (46 percent) of men reported being severely sunburnt in the past – enough to cause blisters or pain for two or more days. Most men (83%) who responded to the who had been outside, 54 percent had survey had been outdoors the previous stayed out of the sun or in the shade weekend when UVR levels are high at some point, while in the 18-24 year to extreme by WHO standards, and old age group, only one percent had nearly a quarter (23%) of those who tried to get a suntan as opposed to had been outside reported that they nine percent of females who had done had got sunburnt. so. According to Dr Judith Galtry, The areas of the body most commonly Skin Cancer Advisor, it is critical to sunburnt were the face, lower arms avoid sunburn as it increases the risk and neck – parts of the body that tend of melanoma in later life. to be less covered. Of those men who “This country has the world’s highest had been outdoors, 55 percent reported melanoma rate and male rates of this wearing a hat, 52 percent noted they cancer are consistently higher than wore clothing which covered their torso, women’s,” she says. while only 41 percent wore sunscreen. In 2007 (the year for which the latest Many men tend to wear caps rather statistics are available), there were 178 than more protective hats that also deaths and 1123 registered cases of cover the face, neck and ears, which melanoma among men. The death rate are vulnerable parts of the body. from melanoma was 90 percent higher The good news is that of those men among men than women in 2007.

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Tomarata cottage offers taste of country diversification In a bid to boost farm income, Waitapu Farms, of Tomarata, has diversified into tourism. The 1500-acre property milks 850 Mr Partington rented out the cottage cows in two herds. The business after becoming frustrated at how his employs six fulltime workers and is farm workers treated accommodation one of the larger dairying operations he provided for them. within an hour of Queen St. “We’d built a number of new homes for Owner Greg Partington has set up a employees, but one of the distressing farmstay Radcliffe Cottage so guests things about dairy farming is the poor can enjoy staying in the country, while quality of workers attracted to it, and also experiencing dairying first-hand. though we hoped that by providing It was also a deliberate strategy for them with good accommodation they generating more income for the farm. would appreciate it, this wasn’t the Appalled by the low milk payment of case. We’d done up Radcliffe to a high $4.50 per kg/ms two seasons ago, Mr standard and decided a better option Partington looked for ways to boost was to let it out to visitors. business income. “Because I work in the city I know the “I wanted something that didn’t take value of being able to come here to our main focus away from milking relax. I couldn’t have survived without cows,” he says. having this. I’m involved on the farm “A lot of dairy farmers made the as much as I can be and enjoy milking mistake of getting into beef and cows. moving away from their core business. “This is a well-run business, run to “With dairy farming enjoying a the optimum for the acreage. I’ve high profile and our proximity to been buying farms between 1997 and Auckland, we are well-placed to 2008 to build it to this size. We’re showcase dairying to those living in fully self-contained; we don’t graze off the city.” the property and we grow our own However, after a year of operation, the supplements. However, our revenue to farmstay has attracted more overseas profit ratio is nowhere like it should guests than Aucklanders. A recent be. But I’m delighted with this season’s advertising campaign was aimed at payout (around $7.10 per kg/ms) increasing domestic visitors. which will make us more profitable.”

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Wasp larvae ice cream a lick above the rest at Field Days Northland regional council is hoping to lure visitors to its marquee at the Field Days by offering up its latest wild food treat – ice cream topped with frozen wasp larvae. In recent years council has successfully used a variety of food made from pests as a fun way of attracting visitors. Previous wild food treats have included possum and goat meat pies, possum pate, wild rabbit sausages and breakfast sausages flavoured with kawakawa and horopito. Council events and partnerships coordinator Katherine Mabbitt says the ice creams’ toppings of frozen German wasp larvae and pupae have a woody taste, crunchy texture and honey-like smell, according to those brave enough to try them. While eating the unusual treats may not be for the faint-hearted, Ms Mabbitt says getting hold of the young wasps requires nerves of steel too. Northland Regional Council chairman “They come from giant underground Craig Brown gives the wasp ice cream ‘nestcakes’ from beech forests on the the taste test. South Island’s West Coast,” she says. “The men who dig them up wear up and turning them into tucker”. protective clothing to safeguard them More than 1000 portions of the free from the enraged adult wasps.” ice cream will be served over the three Once dug, the nestcake is trucked to days of the event from the Council’s Christchurch and frozen to kill the usual location – site 251, RD1 Road. young insects within. The creamy- The ice-cream is a light-hearted way to coloured larvae and charcoal-coloured boost visitor numbers to the marquee to pupae are then extracted from tiny view displays and speak with staff about individual cells similar to those found the more serious side of Council’s work. in a beehive. The marquee’s theme will be “The Ms Mabbitt says the adult German Future Farmer” with a focus on wasps are voracious feeders which actions farmers can take on a variety decimate native insects, so “we’re doing of issues including pests, soil erosion the ecosystem a favour by digging them and conservation and water quality.

Calling all innovators The most innovative competition in the agricultural industry is returning this year is calling for nominations. Organisers are now searching for kiwi inventors to enter their rural innovations in the competition held annually at the largest agribusiness event in the Southern Hemisphere, the National Agricultural Fieldays. Info: Adam Reinsfield 07 843 4499, email adamr@fieldays.co.nz

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Stopping the silt

What a welcome relief to have some rain last month. Unfortunately, it was a day after we had our tank filled at home. I was desperate to water the vegetable garden and only had 30cm left in the bottom of the tank. You can almost guarantee the forecasted rain wouldn’t have happened if we didn’t fill the tank. Not so fortunate for all as it was such a torrential downpour creating major slips and flooding in most areas. The resulting silt spilling in our rivers and out to coast leaving a dirty residue can’t be good for our marine life. This shows the importance of planting out steep areas prone to slipping and also creating wetlands and rain gardens to soak up and act as a filtering system during extremely wet conditions. Autumn is just around the corner and it is one of the best seasons to plant, particularly re-vegetation areas as they are generally fairly inaccessible unable to be watered by hand, so now is a good time to start planning. Mulching would be an added advantage to all gardens after this rain, February can often be a particularly dry month and the addition of mulch will help retain that precious moisture. If you have already mulched earlier it may need a top up as the wind may have redistributed it to the neighbours garden. Roses need extra special attention this month with the high humidity. Keep up a regular spray programme fortnightly. Keep dead-heading spent flowers and fertilise with rose fertiliser or a side dressing of sheep pellets. Hibiscus are one plant that flourishes in this weather, they relish the warm tropical conditions and in return provide lush foliage with an abundance of vibrant flowers, soft pinks through to hot orange and red hues.

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Federated Farmers latest mid-season farm confidence survey has joined other recent business confidence indicators showing greater optimism in farming over the next 12 months. Confidence though remains patchy. South Island farmers have emerged a lot more optimistic than their La Niña hit counterparts in the North Island. Dairy farmers remain the most optimistic of the Federation’s industry groups, yet the gap with meat and fibre as well as grains farmers narrowed last month.

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Young farmers go into battle

Eight young farmers will battle it out in the National Bank Young Farmer of the Year regional final at Helensville on February 26. Damian Dixon (Bream Bay), Shane Munford (Whangarei), Lewis Carter (Whangarei), John KenworthyThomson (Whangarei), Katherine Tucker (Wellsford), Matt Smith (Kaipara) Michael Farley (Kaiwaka) and Andrew Farr (Kaipara) will compete for one of seven places in the grand final held in Masterton on June 29. Regional finals are being held throughout the country between February and May. The community is welcome to attend the regional final, at the A&P showgrounds. Entry is free. There will plenty to keep spectators entertained during the day-long competition in which contestants face a variety of practical, theoretical and technical farming challenges. In the evening contestants are quizzed and interviewed by a panel of experts at the Helensville Memorial Hall. Up for grabs for the winners of each regional final is a $10,000 prize package Katherine Tucker, of Tapora, during the including a Honda farmbike, Lincoln “head to head” contest in Wellsford in University study scholarship, cash, 2009, will line-up for this year’s event. AGMARDT scholarship, hunting For event details and more information trip courtesy of Isuzu, Ravensdown go to www.youngfarmercontest.co.nz or products and Swanndri clothing. phone 03 303 3057.

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Investment reviews

With the start of the New Year it is a sensible time to evaluate in a simple way the efficiencies of your family trusts investments, and if you are a professional trustee it is even more important. I will use as a checklist some of the detail included in an excellent paper written by Tony Malloy QC. I will endeavour to show clearly why such a review is critical to the financial well being of New Zealand families. Trustees cannot be prudent without bringing to bear an “independent and critical eye”: “blind participation” is not an option. To repeat – trustees have to understand and they cannot be so reticent. yy They have to understand. yy They must seek advice. yy They must be prepared to ask, and they must ask the hard questions. yy They cannot invest “prudently” otherwise. yy Trustees must be prepared, and able, to point to a diversified investment strategy. yy They must be able to explain how this strategy was developed for this Trust. yy They must be able to explain why they considered it to be prudent under the circumstances. If we focus on number 3 lets observe the results of some “hard questions”. Questions: What does this strategy mean to our Sustainable Income over the next 15-30 years after tax, inflation and costs with our current mix of assets? (Today’s $110,000 is $155,000 in 15 years at 2.5% inflation.) What is the result of the “Active Management” costs in the years ahead? (.32% management expenses versus 1.5% means a compromise of $858,778 over the next 15 years.) ($1m. invested) We only have large cap companies and no small or value companies what does this mean to us over the next 15 years? (Research shows a 2% compromise per annum or $942,446 over the next 15 years.) ($1m. Invested) Annual review – These few examples show how important it is to have an independent professional review annually of any investment portfolio, not only for trustees to fulfil their fiduciary responsibilities but also to assist investors in understanding the long-term effects of their financial efficiencies or inefficiencies. A disclosure statement for Alex Fowler is available on request and is free of charges, or can be viewed at www.localmatters.co.nz

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Leigh Fish & Chip Shop – $100,000 Famous in NZ the shop has a reputation nationwide for the best fish and chips. This business (without the building) has a new lease, as well as a 2 bedroom flat upstairs with a large deck to enjoy the views. The owner of the business has done a great job increasing the popularity of the shop with fresh products and innovation and their income has more than doubled in the last year.

Matakana Cafe – $349,000 The advantage of the popular Saturday market helps with consistency year round. Currently it is open 7 days from 7am to 4pm with the kitchen closing at 3pm. Largely counter food and coffee and limited menu. Opportunity knocks for growth and more.

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Cr Penny Webster & Local Board members attend our meetings when available. neXt MeetInG: Wednesday 2nd March 7.30pM

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Working alongside Air New Zealand Holidays I am able to access great rates for ALL travel products from hotels and tours to cruises and flights including One World and Star Alliance airlines. With a passion for customer service I will make sure your holiday experience is the second to none from booking all the way through to returning home and planning your next journey!

A landscaping and contracting business, with assets, goodwill and company name. This is ideally a two man, full time operation and a class 2 driver’s license is essential. The business has been solely owned and built up over the past 15 years in the Warkworth area. Engaged in earthmoving, general landscaping and contract work associated with rural and lifestyle block development and maintenance. Proprietor would be available to train new owner on equipment and management.

Warkworth Area Liaison Group

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‘WHAT GOES INTO THE HEART & MIND COMES OUT IN A LIFE’

Franx

For Bibles, Books, Music, Cards and Gifts Phone: 09 425 9559

Mon-Fri 7.30am-5pm • Sat 8am-2pm

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Argyll Angle 60 Queen Street, Warkworth, 0910 info@heartbeatchristianstore.org.nz

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Warkworth skateboarders have a new champion in business owner James Rooney. James and his wife Michelle are the new owners of the Warkworth Music and Cycle Shop, in Argyll Angle, which they have re-named Franx, in honour of departing long-time owner Frank Bland. “I’m keen to create a positive environment for the kids and help them out if they need things for their boards,” he says. “I intend to approach Council about getting a proper skate park here. The one we have is inadequate.” James, Michelle and their four children moved to Warkworth from Oamaru two years ago to be closer to family and after seeing the business for sale on Trademe. “I have a passion for both music and bikes so finding a shop that offers each was a great surprise.” James says the shop will continue to provide Frank’s high standard of service and products, but will expand to include skateboards and hobby models and eventually, skate clothing. “There aren’t any other shops locally where kids can go for this stuff and I’ve already got a good following of regulars.” Franx prides itself on customer service;

Come and see Alison for your

• Quilting • Beading • Needlework and • General Haberdashery requirements

Argyll Lane, 58 Queen St, Warkworth Phone 09 425 9135 or 021 425 459 Email: nimblefingers@clear.net.nz Open Mon-Fri 9am-5pm, Sat 9.30am-2pm Frank Bland (left) welcomes new business owner James Rooney.

James says if he does not have what a customer is after he will order it. “We have brochures customers can flick through and order from.” Former bank manager Frank Bland had owned the store for 18 years. He and his wife Anna plan to spend their retirement travelling around in their motor-home, playing golf and visiting their children overseas.

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JB's No 1 LANDSCAPING SERVICES

• PLANTING • FENCES

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Bill Holden Design and Landscape

• RETAINING WALLS • GARDEN MAKEOVERS

We would like to warmly welcome Bill Holden to the district JOHN BETTRIDGE Phone: 09 425 4086 Mobile: 021 665 558 E-mail: john.bettridge@jbsno1.co.nz

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excellent ideas at reasonable rates specialists in low carbon footprint landscaping 25 years of award winning excellence design  project management full contracts  plant brokerage Ellerslie Flower Show judge 2010, 2011 now serving the Rodney district from our Snells Beach office portfolio: www.billholden.co.nz

In 25 years as a landscape designer, Bill Holden has seen outdoor design fads come and go and has settled on a philosophy of creating a “sense of place” that reflects the local environment. A recent past president and longterm member of Landscape Industries Association, now Landscaping New Zealand (LNZ), and a current Ellerslie Flower Show judge, Bill recently moved to Snells Beach from Rotorua with his wife Cynthia, when she became principal at Warkworth Primary School. Introduced to propagation through his father, an agricultural advisor and keen gardener, Bill realised his passion for landscaping after 12 years working as a teacher. Following study at Carrington Polytechnic, now Unitec, he set up his own business. His work extends from Rodney district to the central plateau and has won him recognition through a number of national awards. Now specialising in residential hard and soft landscaping projects, he aims to help people realise the potential of their landscape and has firm views on what works best. “I’m big on sense of place, making sure the landscape fits the character of the area, rather than importing snippets from foreign trends,” he says. “I’ll do what my client wants but I’ll generally try and sway them towards local materials for local jobs, which also means a lower carbon footprint.” Bill believes a lack of design documentation is a common mistake that often sees people wasting their budget and failing to achieve their overall objectives. He offers an

Bill Holden

initial on-site consultation for a flat fee, which includes identifying the brief as well as drawing sketches and discussing plant options. He then uses CAD (Computer Aided Design) to draw up plans, which if required, can also be converted to 3D models, offering insights into the allimportant dimension of height. Past experience as a contractor makes him aware of the practicalities of delivering on a design and he arranges quotes from reputable contractors or can project manage the implementation. “My job is to formulate an idea and actually get it on the ground. You’ve got to remember that you’re there to help somebody get an end result, you’re not just there to draw pretty pictures.”

bill holden design and landscape ltd. Window workshop seeks interest ph 425 4009 mob 027 224 8797 email info@billholden.co.nz

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Wellsford shop owners have the opportunity to learn how to better promote their products and attract more customers. The Rodney Economic Development Workshop which it would like to Trust is seeking interest from run in the town if there is sufficient businesses in a Visual Merchandising support. REDT’s business development manager Nicky Harnett says the SUPPLY workshop would focus on helping retailers create attractive window FLOOR PREPARATION displays and how to make the most of interior space for marketing purposes. INSTALLATION “The workshop would need to be funded by the business association, but REPAIRS won’t cost more than around $200, so a minimal cost if spread among a few businesses.” QUALITY WORK Info: Rodney Economic Development GUARANTEED Trust, Phone 09 427 9475.


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Matakana’s Natalie Robertson thought real cowboys could only be found in the movies – until she met her husband-to-be Benjamin Longwell, a genuine American cowboy who grew up riding horses and working cattle on the Western Slope of Colorado, like generations of his family before him. After school, Ben spent much of his time doing ‘day work’, learning from the skills and experience of the ranchers. He also spent nearly a year working as assistant trainer at Eagleview Quarter Horses in Loma, Colorado and learning the basics of colt starting and authentic horsemanship. Over the past six years, Ben has worked extensively in the colt starting and horse training business including time at a 120,000 hectare Wyoming ranch conducting intensive horsemanship clinics and lessons alongside accomplished Wyomingbased trainer Ramon Castro. In addition to his lifetime of practical equine experience Ben is strongly influenced by the methods of such horsemen as Tom and Bill Dorrance, Ray Hunt and Richard Caldwell, reinforcing and developing his understanding and techniques. “The biggest reason that I enjoy working with horses is that they’re honest and always respond consistently when you’re trying to teach them, even if they have different personalities,” says Ben. In fact, he’s found that both people and horses learn something from the training process. “The principles that you learn and that I practise continuously are so applicable to everyday life and dealing with people. A lot of the principles cross straight over and it’s interesting to see how you can help people, not only with their horses but also with other aspects of their lives.” Ben met Natalie on a trip to China and the pair married in NZ three

For professional chef Daniel O’Donnell opening The Stables at Matakana Country Park fulfils a longheld ambition to own and operate his own local restaurant. When he noticed the for-lease sign on what used to be RD6, he jumped at the chance – signing the lease on December 12 and opening on Boxing Day. After 22 years as a chef, Daniel is pragmatic about the brief preparation time. “I’ve worked in enough restaurants to know that it all happens in the last two weeks anyway, so you might as well do it in two weeks,” he says. The record-breaking launch was made possible through the organisational skills of local friends including Phil Randle who helped organise the restaurant team and Jane Cresswell who designed the interiors and came up with the name The Stables, in keeping with the Country Park setting. Though he is classically trained and has worked for a number of leading Auckland restaurants, including a long association with Italian restaurant Prego in Ponsonby, Daniel’s direction at his fully-licensed Matakana restaurant is towards a broad range of accessible menu items, incorporating a range of styles and freshly made on site by the team of five chefs. “The aim is to offer a variety of affordable, well-cooked food that will

True West Horsemanship

Making dreams come true Variety – The Children’s Charity is offering Kiwi kids who are sick, disabled or disadvantaged the opportunity reach their lifelong dreams through its Gold Heart Scholarship programme. To apply children should already be at a high level of achievement in their field. Applications close on March 31. Info: www.variety.org.nz or call Heather Stevens on 09 520 4111.

The Stables

Ben Longwell

years ago before returning to live in the US. Now the couple has returned to Matakana to set up a training and clinic business in the area, offering interested locals and equine groups access to true Western horsemanship. Their services will include clinics and one-on-one sessions in colt starting, problem horses and desensitisation. Other clinics will cover topics such as the correlation of leadership and management principles, authentic horsemanship, effective communication skills, and Western riding techniques.

Daniel O’Donnell

attract plenty of repeat business.” Family and casual diners are encouraged and booking is optional. While a wall of bi-fold doors transforms the dining space in summer, Daniel is also looking forward to winter, when the building’s huge signature fireplaces and underfloor heating will come into their own. He and wife Nicola have lived in Leigh for six years and have four children, including Isobella, 18, who helps out in front-of-house. Regular food stall providers at Matakana Primary events and Omaha Surf Club members; the family are keen surfers and fishers.

True West Horsemanship • Colt Starting • Problem Horses • Training Clinics • Communication Skills • Leadership & Management Training • Authentic Horsemanship • Western Riding Techniques

Contact Ben Longwell | 021 178 2891 or 09 422 3168

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We would like to say a big thank you to the following people who have helped set-up

The Stables Restaurant

• Jane Cresswell - The Circuit Room and Interior Designer • Grant & Hamish Dobbyn - Builders 0274 75 7026 • Lindsay Smith - Painter • Simon Colquhoun - Painter 021 0255 5289 • Ken Rowan - Arms munitions & pizza • Phil Randle - Front of House Master • Outer Space Landscaping - Russell 027 490 9894

Owen Fillery - Gas Fitter, Lifesaver 021 928 185 Andy Sachs - Iron Work Anton Carter - After Hours Builder Gary Ward - Licensed Textured Ceiling Removal and Painter 0274 752 063 • J Baker - Good man - Great Landlord • My lovely family for letting me abandon them over Christmas again! • • • •

Matakana Country Park | 09 422 7360 | restaurant@stablesmatakana.co.nz | www.stablesmatakana.co.nz


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Peter Merrie (left) and Tony Elmsly.

management service, co-ordinating all of the sub-contractors involved in new kitchens. Peter says choosing a new kitchen is a collaborative process that begins with a free site visit and computer-drawn design that can be viewed as a plan and in 3D to help people visualise their new kitchen. “It’s about finding out what they want, helping them decide what they want and then giving them what they want,” he says.

Tony recently moved to Warkworth from Whangaparaoa with his pregnant wife Kristen and 15–monthold Cameron, while Peter commutes from Ellerslie (until he convinces his wife to move north). As well as the business, the pair shares a keen, hands-on interest in motorsports, helping to build and maintain cars. Tony also enjoys waterskiing and fishing but predicts family and a new business will be taking up most of his time for a while.

A major contract to deliver the Business Mentors NZ programme across the region has been awarded to Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development, a councilcontrolled organisation. Established in 1991, the nationwide programme matches more than 2000 small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) with volunteer mentors each year. This is the first time services have been grouped under one provider for the entire Auckland region. Chief executive Ray Schofield says SME businesses have the potential to be the “backbone” of NZ’s economy if nurtured correctly. “This is exactly the focus of the mentor programme,” he says. “SMEs can benefit directly from the vast experience and abilities brought to the table by our team of mentors.” Businesses can register for the mentor programme by visiting www. businessmentors.org.nz

Business opportunity The Business Box training programme starts in Warkworth on March 10. This is a partly subsidised innovative training and support programme for local business and includes a free no obligation business analysis. Contact the Rodney Economic Development Trust for further information.

Creating kitchens

The kitchen is such an essential part of the family home, therefore it warrants plenty of planning and attention to detail. With your essential input we can design a kitchen that suits your needs and space, is aesthetically pleasing and retains its vital functionality. We also supply a wide range of appliances. Contact Peter or Tony 09 422 2001 Mobile 021 681 140 or 021 681 150

We’ll come to you or you can visit our showroom Open Monday to Saturday at 23 Morrison Drive, Warkworth info@kitchenworks.co.nz | www.kitchenworks.co.nz

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Father and son-in-law team, Peter Merrie and Tony Elmsly, will draw on both their personal and professional experiences in their new roles as co-owners of Warkworth-based Kitchen Works. On taking over the business late last year, Peter was quickly dubbed “Peter the third”, as it didn’t go unnoticed that Kitchen Works previous two owners were also named Peter. A qualified engineer, he has previously worked in production engineering, management, and sales and marketing roles for a number of companies, while mechanic Tony has also owned and operated a variety of businesses, including Hibiscus Garage Doors. Their complementary skills cover all aspects of the Kitchen Works’ business from supervision of the experienced factory staff, to consultation, design, marketing and installation – not only of custom-built kitchens, but also laundries, garage cabinets, bathroom vanities, wardrobe solutions and more. Both have experienced the highs and lows of renovating and home building, and Tony is currently in the process of building a family home in Warkworth, giving him a good understanding of the issues that customers face. To alleviate the pressure on Kitchen Works clients, the pair are also offering a project

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Wine and wind create sweet musical feast Choir calls for musical males Accomplished international organist Chris Hainsworth will link music, food and wine in a gastronomically-themed performance at the Anglican Church Warkworth on Sunday, March 6. Once described by a reviewer as “New Zealand’s most entertaining classical organist”, Chris is a Wellingtonian who has been freelancing in France for nearly 30 years and is now organist at Beziers Cathedral. His Warkworth performance will include a blend of high and lowbrow music with his trademark wit and elements of audience participation. The concert items are compiled in the form of a menu, from the grand arrival of guests, to the meal of three courses plus cheese and dessert, before a piece of 1811 birthday cake for Franz Liszt. Entitled ‘A Musical Banquet with Beverages’ the programme is unified by the letter B, from Bach to Brahms, Beethoven, Byrd ... and even a New Zealand musician Barry Brinson. Wine will be made available after the concert courtesy of Ransom Wines and donations received will raise funds for Seasons, a new peer support programme being established by the Anglican Parish for children struggling with grief issues. Tickets available from i-SITE, the Anglican Church office on 425 8054; Daphne on 425 0570; or Lorna on 422 3562. Adults: $15, school children free. Chris Hainsworth, known as “New Zealand’s most entertaining classical organist”.

Where have all the men gone? That is what Matakantana choir musical director Susan Hayday is wondering. Susan has extensive musical knowledge with qualifications in both singing and piano. She has sung in choirs for many years including the Auckland Dorian Choir, Tower Voices New Zealand and the Auckland chamber choir Viva Voce. Yet, the only thing she cannot master is getting men to join her choir. Susan is looking for some brave men, of any age, to come on board and get the ball rolling. “I think there is a shortage of males interested in joining because there aren’t any others in the group to help encourage them to join,” she says. “It’s all women and is perhaps a bit frightening.” At present, the choir consists of about 18 women but would benefit from some male voices to make the sound fuller. Susan says experience is preferred but not essential. The group rehearses once a week in Matakana and anyone wishing to join will be asked to audition. The choir has two main concerts a year. Info: Susan on 422 7537 or Jenni Francis on 423 0094.


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Regulars on the New Zealand punk and reggae scenes for the last decade, Roofdog will serve up its guitar-driven ska sound at Leigh Sawmill on March 4. Formed in 1998, the five-piece West Auckland band released its self-titled first album last year after touring the country with their single Metalliska in 2009. Prior that the group has had a five-year-long collaboration with Exponents front man Jordan Luck, performing a Clash covers set at Auckland’s annual Strummer Day event. In 2008 Roofdog joined UK band Stiff little Fingers for sell-out shows on the New Zealand leg of their Australasian tour. Doors open 9pm. Pictured above, from left, Afa Robinson, Ross Hutchinson, Tim Parsons and Jacob Toms.

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Seaweek celebrates NZ’s marine riches The Department of Conservation, in conjunction with Experiencing Marine Reserves, is encouraging people to explore the wonders of the marine reserve at Goat Island during Seaweek. Free guided snorkelling sessions and free flax weaving sessions will run from the beach on February 27 from 10am, no bookings needed. DOC community relations programme manager Liz Maire says Seaweek is about exciting and inspiring all New Zealanders to renew their connection with the sea. “It’s not just for children – it’s a time for all of us to get to know our ocean, its habits, characteristics and inhabitants,” she says. “This year we are involving all aspects of the sea not only recreational but cultural which will highlight Maori traditions.” The Mahurangi College kapa haka group will be performing on the day. A wetsuit, mask, snorkel and fins will be provided just bring usual swimming Experienced snorkellers are still needed to help out with Seaweek activities. attire, a towel, and sunblock. running a trip at half price at 9.30am, 7842. Boat information and bookings “It was a fantastic day last year when space is limited and bookings are phone 422 6334. The wet weather we had around 160 people attend. This essential. Seaweek info: Phone 425 postponement date is March 5. year we’ve extended the programme by an hour to allow the community and Artists walk the talk visitors to get involved. Mangawhai artists are getting ready for an art trail, which will run in Seaweek is an annual event run by the conjunction with the walking weekend, in April. Around 40 artists at up to NZ Association for Environmental eight venues are expected to participate over the weekend of April 2 and 3, Education. with studios open from 10am to 4pm both days. For more information see The Glass Bottom Boat will be www.mangawhaiartists.co.nz

Festival planning picks up speed The Mangawhai Wine and Food Festival in April, which will run in conjunction with the Mangawhai Walking Weekend, will showcase some of the area’s finest local produce. Held at the Olive Grove, Insley St, across the road from the school, the event features local wines, organic beers, Matakana cider and a range of gourmet food to sample. From French pancakes to Mexican tacos, local olive oil, oysters and whitebait fritters, the annual event on April 2 has something to offer for all. “There will be four hours of Mangawhai’s magical hospitality on offer,” event organiser Kristine Robertson says. Tickets cost $20, including a commemorative wine glass, and need to be purchased in advance. Kristine says a major draw card will be Andy Stankovich, who is billed as New Zealand’s number one Elvis impersonator. Auckland Rock ‘n Roll dancers will also take the stage. “All tickets purchased will go into the draw to win a hamper of gourmet food and wine products.” Proceeds from the event will help the Mangawhai Track charitable trust. Tickets are available from Bammas or Mangawhai Bookshop, Wood St, or www.walkingweekend.co.nz. Info: phone 431 5096.

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Omaha landscapes and wildlife captures sculptor’s heart A series of sculptures inspired by Omaha’s beauty is gaining exposure through galleries in the United Kingdom thanks to acclaimed sculptor Margaret Lovell and the generosity of an unknown Warkworth employee. Margaret’s husband had previously shopping on New Year’s Eve, after lived in New Zealand when he insisted most people had closed up and gone she should visit the country where his home, but the “feel good factor” about sister still lived. However, 10 years ago, Warkworth remained. when they first stopped in Warkworth On returning to England they decided with their youngest daughter, they to buy a house here. Margaret began found it virtually deserted. Desperate her hunt with a letter sent simply to for a cup of coffee they called in at the “The Postmaster, Warkworth, New backpackers’ accommodation where Zealand”, asking for real estate agent one was provided free of charge. The contacts. sole bakery open in town sold them some “marvellous cakes” and Margaret The tactic worked. They proceeded to buy a Warkworth house (later was sold on the town. exchanged for the current property They later realised that they had been in Omaha) and have spent a couple of months in the country each year since. Last year Margaret combined her two loves of sculpture and Omaha into one, with the creation of a series of small pieces representing “the aura of the place”. “I did all these small things which I took back in plaster as hand luggage and then had cast in bronze in the UK,” she says. Templates for larger pieces also returned with her. The fruits of the trip - wave, sail and monolithic bronze forms incorporating carved slate and granite, are already proving popular in two English galleries she is associated with - Porthminster Gallery in St Ives and Katharine House Gallery in Marlborough. UK sculptor Margaret Lovell with the early stages of a bird/fish form This year, during her Omaha retreat, she’s attempting larger forms inspired by Omaha Beach.

Examples of Margaret’s work inspired by her New Zealand connections.

representing movements that are like the wind or the sea but that “can somehow be translated into a creature as well”. “This is something different I’ve moved into this time and that might move into a series of marine creatures. I think it has a relationship to the natural world and you can’t get nearer to the beautiful natural world than the bay and the sea at Omaha. Margaret has been a sculptor for more than 50 years since leaving school and working her way into art studies. “The first two years were general art, with one day on a craft of your choice. I thought I’d quite like to do fabric printing, but I also fancied stone carving. I just fancied bashing with a hammer. I was a bit of a Tomboy, so I did that and there was no turning back.” The second two years were devoted to sculpture and saw her earn one of only

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17&18 Warkworth Playcentre’s Open Days, Church Hill (opposite fire station) 9.30-12pm. Info: phone 425 8331. 19 Eclipse Outdoor Experience, Dubstep/ Drum & Bass/Tech-House Open Air Festival, Pakiri Farm, 1277 Pakiri Block Rd, starts 5pm. 22 Te Ha Oranga HPV Education Evening (see ad p28). 25 Lord Bishop Rocks, Mangawhai Tavern (see ad below). 26 Wellsford/Warkworth Vintage Car Club Swap Meet, 7am onward, Satellite Station Rd, Warkworth. Veteran Car Rally for vehicles manufactured before 1919, starts 1pm Satellite Station Rd clubhouse. Information 423 8122. 26 Selective Soundz Music Festival, Mangawhai, featuring Kora, Anika Moa, Dane Rumble, visit www.selectivesoundz.co.nz 26 Rural Fire Brigade Fishing Competition (see story p10). 27 Seaweek - Experiencing Marine Reserves (see story & ad p35).

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Warkworth Area Liaison Group meeting, 7.30pm (see ad p28). Northland Field Days 9am-4.30pm. Tickets $10 at the gate or pre-purchased from Farmland stores (see stories p24 & 25). 4&5 Kawau Classic Fishing Contest (see story & ad p9). 4 Roofdog at Leigh Sawmill Café, March 4 (see story p34). 4 March World Day of Prayer Service. Warkworth Methodist Church Neville Street at 10am. An ecumenical service prepared by the women of Chile. Enquiries Annette 422 7766. 5 Matakana Fruit Loop (see ad p10). 5 Puhoi Variety Concert fundraiser for Puhoi Church restoration. Tickets are $18 and are available from Jenny Schollum and Bernadette Straka 426 7374, 422 0716 or 027 211 0316. 5 Waipu Saturday Market, Coronation Hall, 9am-1pm. Enquiries: Sue on 0274 586 144 or toriamartin@hotmail.com 6 National Childrens Day activities carnival, Wellsford (see story p7). 6 A Musical Banquet with Beverages, 3pm, Warkworth Anglican Church (see story p33). 12 Warkworth Music Society presents Antipodes Trio (see story & ad p10). 12 Alcoholics Anonymous meeting, Wellsford Community Centre, cnr SH1 and Matheson Road 7pm-8.30pm. Info: 0800 AA WORKS (0800 2296757). 12 House of Shem, Mangawhai Tavern (see ad below). 13 Warkworth Market, Wharf Rd, from 8am to 3pm. 13&27 Mangawhai Beach & Country Market @ The Domain, Mangawhai, 9am to 1pm. 31&Apr1 Mangawhai walking weekend (see story p13) For inclusion in the What’s On, here and on our website email your events to editor@localmatters.co.nz

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Warkworth showjumpers ride to glory A Warkworth District Pony Club team turned in an outstanding performance in the North Island Showjumping Championships held in Cambridge recently. The team finished third overall – the club’s best performance in 25 years. Lead by team captain Nicola Kelsey, the other riders were Courtney Winterbottom, Melissa Kelsey, DanniJane Cole, Ruby Taylor and Maia White. A total of 35 teams from all over the North Island competed, involving 83 riders. Only placings in the top 10 counted towards the team score. Over the two day competition there were five events. Club coach Julz Morrison said the club only managed to have one junior rider this year so were allotted with a draft rider. “We were lucky to get Bay of Islands rider Ruby Taylor on Sheza Cherokee From left, Courtney Winterbottom, Melissa Kelsey, Danni-Jane Cole, Ruby Taylor, to ride with Maia White on Southern Maia White and Nicola Kelsey. Mikayla,” Julz said. at this event under her belt, Nicola on best compete at this event. In the intermediate ring, Danni- Last Boy Scout got two firsts and a “The girls all competed with great Jane Cole on Miles to Go picked 9th, and grabbed a point in the jigsaw. sportsmanship and team spirit, up a second and third place. An “To come third is a huge achievement and were great representatives for experienced competitor, with six years for our little district, as only the Warkworth.”

Run passes milestone Wellsford Road Runners are holding the annual Wellsford to Te Hana Road Race on Sunday April 10, starting from School Rd and finishing at the Te Hana Domain. This year’s event celebrates 50 years since the race was first run in 1961. The Road Runners have organised the event since 1971. Up until the early 1980s the race was run on State Highway 1 between the two settlements, and since then on the current 5.5km course via School Road. Numbers have fluctuated during the years from a low of 52 in 1974 to as many as 350 in the 1982 race. These days participation is around the 150 mark. Entries are taken on the day from 11.30am, with the race due to start at 1pm. There are trophies for the various age categories, and the first runner home receives the Tom Henderson Memorial Trophy. Henderson won the 1972 race winner and died a few weeks later in a car crash. Enquiries: Keith Marshall on 423 7191 or email Darrin Heaven at heavend@clear.net.nz

Sports briefs Ready to wrestle The North City Silverbacks Olympic Wrestling Club is running two tournaments for school students in March and April. The first is for all boys and girls aged 6 to 12 years who attend primary schools in Hibiscus Coast Cluster. This tournament will be held at the Dairy Flat School on Saturday March 19. The second event will be held at Mahurangi College on Saturday April 2 and is open to all pupils attending the school. The medals, trophies and inter-house cup have been sponsored by Wilmot Toyota and Debt Recovery Unit, of Warkworth.

Paddlers at the ready The Bo Herbert Memorial Race will be held at Kowharewa Bay, Tutukaka, on Saturday and Sunday, March 5 and 6. The event will include outrigger canoe and surfski long distance racing. Solo competitors will tackle a 30km course, while the relay distance will range from 30km to 35km.

Puhoi sign-up The Puhoi Sports Club is undertaking its annual muster for soccer and netball players. They are looking for soccer players aged five years and older and netball players aged seven and over. Muster nights will be held on February 18 and 25 from 4-6pm at the Puhoi Sports clubrooms at the Puhoi Domain. Registrations: www.sportsground.co.nz/ puhoisportsclub

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