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15 January 2014

Events draw crowds, but put pressure on roads Events such as the Warkworth Rodeo have drawn large numbers of visitors to the district this summer, leading to some heavy congestion on SH1 and local roads. Full story p2. For rodeo coverage see page 46. Photo, Ghia Mitchell.

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… a pair of kaka feasting on flax on the Bream Tail Walkway, at Mangawhai. Photo, Cathy Busbridge

Traffic heavy over summer The Mahurangi district’s beaches and summer entertainment events put pressure on the roading network over Christmas/New Year, but Rodney Police say that in general, crowds have been well-behaved. Traffic was particularly heavy on travelled later and a lot of Rodney January 2, ahead of the Matakanaval residents holidayed at home,” she said. concert, where it’s understood that Additional officers were assigned to some travellers took four to five hours the area over summer, particularly to make the trip from the North Shore at Mangawhai where visitors were to the Matakana Country Park. holidaying in record numbers. But Snr Sgt Belinda Dewar said traffic “You’ll always get pockets of trouble, gridlock on north Rodney roads at this particularly at New Year, but generally, time of year is nothing new. She added given the numbers we’ve seen, Police that it was possible that the closure of have had a quiet Christmas/New Year.” some North Shore beaches, because Police operations would be reviewed they’d reached capacity, had added to after summer to see what, if any, the congestion. resourcing issues might need to be “There is also the feeling that people addressed.

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Gravel road health effects set to continue Inside this issue The health of young children, pregnant women and the elderly could be at risk when exposed to dust from gravel roads, a Northland Regional Council report says. The findings come after four roads in the region were monitored, and could put extra pressure on Auckland Transport to seal Rodney’s gravel roads. But the Council-controlled organisation says that is unlikely to happen any time soon. Rodney councillor Penny Webster says her colleagues at Auckland Council “laugh” at her when she raises the issue and the Government needs to come to the party to help cover the enormous cost. However, the Ministry of Health and NZTA say they don’t have the answers either. It costs up to $40,000 to seal 100 metres of gravel road. There are 684km of unsealed roads in Rodney and the Northland medical officer of health Former NZTA Auckland and total cost to seal them all would be Claire Mills says the potential health Northland regional director Stephen nearly $280 million. A total of 80 effects identified in the report are Town says local councils are responsible percent of Auckland’s unsealed roads “definitely more than a nuisance … for the maintenance of local roads. “We can’t subsidise road sealing programmes are in Rodney but only $14 million has they’re a problem.” been budgeted by AT for sealing across She says concerned residents contacted for local authorities,” he says. the entire region over the next 10 years. the Northland District Health Board, “As an alternative, we’ve been working Results from the Northland study which asked NRC to carry out with Northland on dust suppressants. showed that dust levels exceeded monitoring. A range of mitigation Other options include speed human health standards on nine days measures could be applied but restrictions and shelter belts.” ultimately roads near homes needed Auckland Transport spokesperson out of 21. to be sealed. Mark Hannan says nothing has been The monitoring is based on a US standard that takes into account Ms Mills says regional councils have spent on seal extensions in the last factors such as traffic numbers, a responsibility under legislation to three years but $14 million will be spent across the region over the next traffic type, speed, road construction monitor air quality. Cr Webster says it is up to the 10 years. Roads will be prioritised materials and weather conditions. A review of the report says World Rodney Local Board to ask Council based on traffic volume. Health Organisation data shows to commission a similar report in He says AT is not aware of any health exposure to dust above recommended Rodney. “Everyone jumps up and issues beyond “general conclusions” levels can affect lung function down but there has to be a serious look that dust “may” have harmful health effects. The use of oil-based development, aggravate asthma and at a serious expense.” increase the prevalence of bronchitis, as Ministry of Health spokesperson Peter suppressants is no longer acceptable well as possibly causing post-neonatal Abernethy says its funding is for health for environmental reasons and other respiratory mortality. It can also services only and funding for national materials have been tried but don’t last contribute to strokes and heart attacks. roading is an NZTA responsibility. or are too expensive.

Atlas workshop The public is invited to a workshop on Saturday February 1 to discuss the future of the Atlas site, situated on SH1, just north of the township. The workshop will be an opportunity to give the Rodney Local Board feedback on possible uses for the site. A key consideration will be how to integrate the area with adjacent reserves including the Warkworth Showgrounds. Ideas will be captured and reviewed by the Local Board before they return to the community for further consultation. The workshop will be held at the Mahurangi Rugby Clubroom, Warkworth Showgrounds, from 10am to 1pm. Info: Linda Shaw 09 427 3451

Local folk

Vivienne Callard reflects on 90 busy years

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Education feature

Evening classes resume in Warkworth

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Liaison reconvenes Community policing and the neighbourhood watch network will be discussed at the Warkworth Liaison Group’s first meeting of the year on February 5. Warkworth Police Sgt Bede Haughey and Neighbourhood Support coordinator Karen Little have been invited to talk at the meeting. Neighbourhood support networks form a vital communication link in the event of a civil emergency. The liaison group has also invited Rodney Local Board members Steven Garner, Greg Sayers and Beth Houlbrooke to attend and introduce themselves. The meeting will be held in the Warkworth RSA’s downstairs meeting room, starting at 7.30pm. All welcome.

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Conflict of interest How is it possible for Rodney Local Board to listen to Alex Fowler, as chair of the Sandspit Residents and Ratepayers Association (SRRA), on a matter concerning the dumping of thousands

of cubic metres of excavated seabed on the seaward side of the Sandspit causeway and let him not declare a conflict of interest? (MM Dec 18) He is also a berth seeker and the sales and marketing representative of the Sandspit Yacht Club Marina Society. Mr Fowler was accompanied by a local land developer, who is also a marina supporter, and a representative from Hoppers which has been given the contract to build the marina. Now I am no genius, but how can you miss that connection? Steve Garner is deputy chair of the Local Board and is in and out of SRRA AGMs, SRRA committee meetings and the yacht club, but he seems not to have reminded Mr Fowler of his omission. Also, some of the other Local Board members should be up with the play on local matters given the level of exposure to the ongoing concerns at Sandspit about the proposed marina. According to Mr Fowler, the cost to the ratepayers would be minimal if the Local Board assists by allowing the spoil from the dredging to be dumped on the spit and in one of the environmentally sensitive lagoons. Although the marina has been consented, there seems to be a serious shortfall in funds to actually make it happen so it would be advantageous to the SYCMS if the Local Board gave assistance. This venture could potentially use public money to finance a private profit. To date there has been no public consultation about this proposed dumping on the spit and given the scope of these works there

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Sea quirt well established

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The seasquirt marine pest Eudistoma elongatum (MM Dec 18) has been present at Sandspit since at least 2010. I found it attached to shells near the low tide mark and scattered over the shellfish bed on the east side of the spit. Further investigations showed it not only lining the main channel but also festooning the piles and steps of the Sandspit wharf. A few days ago, I was taking a walk on the Rainbows End shellfish bed and was amazed to find the newly developing seasquirt in its many hundreds lining the sides of the channel, which leads from the Matakana River along to the Sandspit Yacht Club. The marina society intends to excavate that channel as part of the proposed marina. It is also present on sandstone lining the channel within the proposed marina excavation area. I imagine that it may be developing on the Sandspit Yacht Club’s wharf pilings right now. Frances Hall, Sandspit

Traffic jams The NZ Transport Agency and Auckland Council are to be congratulated on their great effort in creating what was an English style Bank Holiday traffic snarl up on State Highway One on Thursday January 2 which, for a time, had traffic joining the queue at Silverdale. For some people it took almost five hours to travel from the North Shore to Matakana where the other end of the queue was located. This traffic jam up was much worse than on previous occasions. This congestion was caused by the narrow one-lane Shoesmith Bridge which should be widened to two lanes, the nightmare of the Hill Street intersection, and four sets of traffic lights in close proximity to each other in Warkworth. It should be noted that the set at Hill Street only effectively caters for one-and-half lanes of traffic which means that trucks often to have to travel on the berm beside the footpath. We are told by the planners that this will all be sorted by the time that the Holiday Highway is hopefully completed in 2021 which surely is totally unacceptable. The Hill Street intersection needs to be sorted urgently as it was first raised many years ago and, at the same time, SH1 widened to a minimum of two lanes right the way through Warkworth. We need urgent action now not in eight years time if indeed by then! Kay and Shaun Wilkinson,Warkworth

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Bob Scott (MM, Nov 1) claims the Puhoi to Warkworth motorway would not make a difference to commercial traffic heading north, would be a waste of money, and would be a blight on the visual impact of the area through which it passes. He also berates and castigates our local MP and the Government for continuing with the expansion of important infrastructure. Does he not know that every truck and trailer unit that travels the 7km of the current part of the motorway from Johnstone’s Hill to Orewa saves 30 minutes of time and 53 gear changes and huge wear-and-tear on the drive train of the vehicle? The actual savings made are $75 each way. These savings are passed to the consumer. Then there is the saving in time and vehicle expense for all other users. Good infrastructure keeps an economy moving. If he doesn’t think that is important to New Zealand and New Zealanders then perhaps he should do more than talk about going back to the UK. Just do it. Mr Scott has also decided that NZTA has abandoned the possibility of any further motorway development north of Warkworth. I am not sure how he comes to know more than the Government. I believe that the Government still plans to continue this motorway as far as Wellsford. They will find a suitable route, and further development of this motorway north is going to benefit the economy of the whole of Northland. Peter Georgetti, Warkworth

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Omaha challenges Council stormwater hazard maps

Auckland Council has been sent back to the drawing board to redesign its flood hazard mapping plan at Omaha. Residents of the beachside suburb “Council’s data was calculated on the believe the maps over-state the impact false notion that the system’s network that a one-in-100 year rain event of detention ponds was already full when the one-in-100 year flood would have on properties. Omaha Beach Community struck, which is ludicrous. representative Mike Fletcher says the “If the same scenario was applied to maps were drawn from a desk-based Warkworth, the Bridgehouse would be three metres underwater, as well as GIS survey, which was not accurate. About 15 percent of properties were the police station. identified as being flood-prone, but “Last September, we had about oneMike believes the figure is probably third of the year’s annual rainfall in closer to one percent. As a result, a a day with very few problems, which number of homeowners have had flood should speak for itself.” warnings unfairly added to their LIM Mike says the current hazard mapping reports. The issue came to light late last plan was prepared without local input year when a resident, whose property is or consultation. in the flood prone area, went to build a garage and was told he would have “We just hope that if they undertake to submit a Flood Mitigation Plan as an exercise like this again, they’ll at part of his building consent. The plan least show us the information before it goes live. No sensible person has would cost an additional $2000. a problem with Council identifying Mike says although the hazard flood prone areas, but for goodness mapping plan had been in force since sake make sure the information is 2009, it seems that residents who’ve accurate before it is published.” built in the last three to four years have either paid the additional costs or have This is the second time Council hazard mapping has come under fire had their building consents stalled. at Omaha. In 2005, Rodney District “The inaccuracies have created a lot Council ran foul of residents when it of undue stress so we’re pleased to be adopted a Tonkin and Taylor report, making some headway with Council.” which outlined the threat of flooding The community recently took a from global warming and extreme Council officer on a tour of the area to weather. Council’s implementation show him first-hand how the Omaha of the report was challenged and subsequently revised. stormwater system works.

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Colleges shift to digital platforms via ultra fast broadband Students at Mahurangi and Rodney Colleges will be taught on digital devices from this year as part of a “massive” change in education. Both schools now have access to ultra fast broadband that still don’t have copper or dialup internet access so changes may need to be made around homework. and have been working to iron out hardware and “Teachers are aware of those challenges and we may wifi issues. Students will be able to access their work need to look at appropriate tasks in the context of a through the cloud from school or at home and person’s life. It could mean changing what tasks are teachers will be able to see what they’re doing. done at home and how they are done.” While some Auckland schools have already made Ms Marinus says Bring Your Own Device is a the Bring Your Own Device scheme compulsory, it “massive” project for staff, students and parents. “It will be voluntary at Mahurangi and Rodney to begin will create change for staff and increase their workload with. All students at Mahurangi College will have initially, but kids will have the ability to work, research access to it from this year while at Rodney College it and get what they need at different levels. There’ll be will only be available for Year 9 students. Otamatea more space for personal learning in the classroom.” High School is yet to implement it. Ministry of Education acting deputy secretary student “We didn’t want to put pressure on families to buy achievement Karl Le Quesne says the Government has a device,” Mahurangi College assistant principal been investing millions in broadband infrastructure Ann Marinus says. “But we’re confident we’ll have and upgraded IT networks for schools. It is up to enough laptops and iPads to loan so all students can take part.” She accepts the limitation of loan devices Mahurangi College assistant principal Ann Marinus the Board of Trustees and principal of each school to (left) and E-learning facilitator Johan Schnetler decide when to deliver Bring Your Own Device and is that they can’t be taken home. discuss Bring Your Own Device. there is no deadline. Mahurangi College is equipped to host up to 4000 devices. A mix of software can be used and some “We have to realise we’re working with kids born in Schools and teachers were having to carefully a digital world. Twelve and 13 year olds can use any consider how to get the best use out of digital devices subjects require the purchase of particular apps. Both colleges are recommending iPads although software or hardware we give them. If we want them and may choose to significantly alter their teaching Android and Window devices are also acceptable. to engage it has to be with something they know. environments and programmes. Mahurangi College e-learning facilitator Johan They need to use resources they’re good at in order Mr Le Quesne says schools are best placed to indentify funding models but the cost of mobile Schnetler says Chromebooks start at $400 and the to succeed.” latest version of the iPad Mini costs $450. “They’re a Mr van Deventer says teachers have been undergoing devices is expected to decrease. He says BYOD is good investment and if they’re looked after properly professional development after being split into part of a wider change and opportunity for the “novice” and “more proficient” categories. “Some education system. they keep their value.” are nervous about it but most year 9 staff are ready “We need to equip learners with 21st century skills He says in order to gain internet access at school, to give it a go. We expect some students will teach and digital competencies so that they can participate students need to enter a password through the site us a few things.” successfully in a modern economy and society.” Palo Alto. It keeps records of websites being accessed and the amount of downloading. If students Mr Schnetler agrees: “All teachers are aware they He says technology is a critical tool, but the need to teach in a 21st Century way. We can’t have benefits to learning depend on leaders, teachers and download too much, they have to explain why. them in front of the class preaching.” students knowing how to use the technology to best Rodney College deputy principal Johan van Deventer says leasing arrangements can be made with Dick He says in the past if a student didn’t know a word the educational advantage. Smith Electronics, Noel Leeming and at JB Hifi in teacher said they would “let it be” but now they look “Our focus must be on the teaching and learning, Albany. “Lots of our feeder schools are walking the it up on Wikipedia, becoming immediately engaged. supported by the technology – this is what raises Mr van Deventer says some students live in areas student achievement.” talk and we want that to continue at high school.”


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Vivienne Callard is a remarkably youthful 90-year-old who lives in Algies Bay. She talks to Karyn Scherer about fruit, frocks and the importance of friendship. I am the fourth of five sisters and most of us were born in Hawera, but we grew up in Wellington, where my father became a sharebroker. We had a lovely big home in Oriental Bay. But my father died quite suddenly of pneumonia when I was seven. It was a terrible shock because it was right at the time of the Depression, and he had put all of his money into shares. So my mother was left with five daughters, no money, no husband and no house, because it was very heavily mortgaged. She was advised to put us somewhere and the only thing she could think of was the Catholic convent in Wellington. We were there for about two-and-a-half years. I was always in trouble and the nuns beat me quite ferociously at times. There was an MP who used to visit and forced us to sit on his knee, while the nuns waited outside. He gave us sweets, but we never got to eat them because the nuns took them away. My mother discovered that my father had bought a small section of land intended for my grandmother. So she sold it and used the money to buy a small hairdressing salon in Auckland and we were able to come home. We lived in a wonderful big house in Mt Albert that was full of fleas and flies when we first moved in, but it had the most extraordinary gardens with plum trees. We had very little money or food, and on Friday nights my grandmother used to make stodgy meals to fill us up. I used to save my money and I would buy myself an orange and a banana every Friday night. I also used to gorge myself on plums. I think that desire for fruit has been the basis of my good health — plus good genes. None of my sisters went to grammar school because my mother couldn’t afford the uniforms, but I really wanted to go so my grandmother saved her pension. I only had one gym frock and I used to have to scrub out the dirt every night so I could wear it again. At prizegiving I won a little bit of money and we were supposed to buy a book, but I bought a pair of black bloomers. My first job was in a tobacconist,

taking orders for the street photos which photographers took. One of the photographers asked me if I’d like to learn to take photographs and I eventually got a job as a photographer where he worked. My boss was an Australian and he told me he’d like to see more of New Zealand, but he couldn’t drive. So ‘cheeky me’ offered to drive him. My mother was horrified and reminded me that I didn’t know how to drive either. So I conned my sister’s boyfriend into teaching me to drive in two weeks. I got my licence and drove him all around the country. Sometime later I married him and we had three children.

I only had one gym frock, and I used to have to scrub out the dirt every night so I could wear it again.

One day we had a fight over something and one of my sisters told me that I needed a project of my own, so I didn’t have to ask him for everything. I replied: “What a brilliant idea – we’ll go into business.” So we opened this little shop in Hamilton that sold frocks. We started with 12 frocks and no money and no experience, but we made a success of it and we had it for 15 or 16 years. We called it Pandora and it was the first boutique in Hamilton. One day I was with a friend at a retail seminar in Melbourne, and we were going up the escalator in a department store. There was a man at the top of the escalator, who stepped forward with a little white paper bag in his hand, and asked if we’d like a peanut. He was gorgeous. All the time we were in Melbourne, he never left my side. We were both married but when we got back to NZ we knew that this was what we really wanted so we both told our families. He was a trumpet player and we built a house in Algies Bay together. We came here because he was playing in Warkworth. I remembered that my eldest sister had stayed in Algies Bay

once and came home raving about “the most beautiful place in the whole world”. So I enticed Peter to come and have a look, and we found a section and we sat on the sand and figured out how we would be able to buy it. We were together about 20 years and lived here until he died from a stroke. He was such a nice man. His granddaughter is Rachel Hunter. I keep in touch with Rachel’s mother, Janine, who I know very well. We have lovely conversations and she came to my 90th birthday. I’ve taken every opportunity I can to travel and I’ve been everywhere you can think of. Once I was on a train from China to Moscow, going through Uzbekistan, when two officials tried to make me hand over all my money. So I stuck it under my bottom and told them I would report them and they eventually went away. I later found out they were police. I have done a lot of travelling with my niece, whose husband is Michael White, the assistant editor of The Guardian. When the Twin Towers were hit, we were halfway up a mountain in Pakistan. When she rang her husband he told us what had happened and said we’d better get out of there. We were the last ones over the border from Pakistan into China before the border

was closed. After Peter died, I had no idea what I wanted to do with myself. Then I read that there was a Bridge group, and someone was giving lessons. I’d always felt that I had to accomplish something new or something different whenever I could. I had never played Bridge before but I found that I enjoyed it. One day at Bridge a man came up behind me and ran his finger down my spine and said: “Are you huggable?” And I said something like: “If you’re quite happy to hug a greatgrandmother.” And Geoffrey has been a very staunch and affectionate friend ever since. In March, we’re going off to England, France and Crete, through a local agency that runs Bridge holidays. I used to know a lot of people in the area when we first came to live here. I only know one person now, so Bridge has become an important part of my life. I could very easily have slipped back into a lonely, solitary existence, but you have to make life what you can. There is nothing like having another pleasant human being in the house with you. * Vivienne has written a book about her life, titled No Time For Crying. Enquiries to The Village Bookshop in Matakana.

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Mural captures Matheson heritage A mosaic mural that depicts Mathesons Bay’s Maori history and its settlement by the Matheson brothers was officially unveiled on December 29. Auckland’s deputy mayor Penny aboard the brigantine Spray. Hulse, who was holidaying in the The mural measures 2.4 metres by 1.9 area, attended the ceremony, along metres and is made of Middle Earth with numerous Matheson family tiles. It is dominated by the Spray but descendents. also includes hand-written script. The mural was unveiled by former “The scariest bit of the whole mural Rodney Local Board member was doing the script,” Joy said. “The June Turner, in recognition of her mural is durable and low maintenance, contribution in securing funds for the and I endeavoured to keep the colours project, and Kaipara Flats artist Joy Bell. subtle so they complement rather than The artwork adorns a new public toilet compete with the natural beauty of block and incorporates information the area.” on Captain Angus Matheson and his The project was funded by an brother Duncan, who sailed from Auckland Regional Arts Trust grant of Nova Scotia to New Zealand, in 1857, $3775.

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No shortage of issue 2014 will bring both challenges and rewards for all of us. Our area of Auckland is a wonderful place to live. We have had just enough rain to make the farmers happy and enough sunshine for those hoping to swim, fish or just relax. As usual the holiday period brings with it plenty of visitors to our area. While the great thing about this is that they boost the economy it also brings added pressure on infrastructure, traffic, sewerage, water and rubbish. Boat ramps are another issue with plenty of visitors clogging up the parking and the launching areas around our many bays. Plenty has been said and will continue to be said about Hill Street. It needs fixing and we are all experts on how. Lots of different opinions. Same with the boat ramp issues and locals gnash their teeth at the inconsiderate? Ignorant? behaviour of some boat owners. However, it all adds to much more work needing to be done in Rodney during the next term of Council. I will continue to say we are different to the metro centre where the big issues such as berm mowing take a great deal of time and energy discussing. Yet we still have the continued issue of unsealed, well used roads, and water and wastewater needs to say nothing of lack of some basic community facilities. Funding is always the main problem. Rates have become increasingly not the way to pay for these. I have always said that the value of your property has nothing to do with the services you get. However, no government has really wanted to tackle this. They continue to load local councils with more to administer such as the latest changes in the Sale of Liquor Act, but with no cheque attached. However, looking on the bright side, we have so much more investment coming in to the Auckland Region. The expanding waterfront is one good example. We have a new chief executive who will continue the work of Doug McKay but with much more of an emphasis on community. We are working on a new Local Board funding policy which I hope will allow communities to have a greater say in where the money gets spent in their area. A lot more work to do but we will get on with it in spite of outside distractions. I wish you all a happy and prosperous 2014.


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House preserves glimpse of Matakohe’s pioneering legacy The domestic life of a pioneering Matakohe family will be authentically conserved thanks to a generous bequest to The Kauri Museum. Mavis Smith, who passed away last year aged 102 years, was a museum founder I, Mavis now tired and worn, and one of its staunchest supporters. I’ve lived in this house since I was born With her family’s support, she bequeathed Totara House, which had Eight children, of Emily and George, been in the Smith family for more Grew and prospered within these walls than a century, to the museum. Now I live all alone at 90 years old Museum chief executive Betty Nelley And can’t stand the thought of this described the gift as a genuine treasure. being sold At the official hand-over late last year, I can hear my siblings, in their closing she paid tribute to Mavis’ generosity days and the generosity of the descendents Don’t change anything while I am away of George and Emily Smith, from Just think of a stranger in mother’s chair both the Smith and Sheppard families. We all had our places, and then some to “When I came to work at the museum share there was just Clarice and Mavis living Mavis Smith, from The Child of the Kauri in this very unique house,” Betty said. “It was Mavis’ wish that Totara House remain a treasure to share with all people, from all corners of the world, who may pass by this way. “Arrangements were made accordingly, but it was to be her home until she passed away. Over the intervening 10 years, museum staff were humbled and honoured to have worked with her. She became the matriarch of our museum.” George Smith was one of nine children, and brother to Richard and Catherine Smith who arrived with the Albertlanders in 1862. He commissioned Edward Cooksey to build Totara House in 1896 and it was to the new home that George brought Lynette Mullins, of Waipu, whose father Richard grew-up at Totara House, did the his bride, Emily Sheppard. Together, honours. For more photos from the opening day visit they raised eight children – George, Richard, Gordon, Brian, Clarice, The dam has been cleaned and water make no apology for that, as we look at Mullins, of Waipu, said she was avenues of income for the preservation pleased to see the house in the care of has been connected to the gardens. twins Kenneth and Mavis, and Tatty. the museum. When Totara House was built, the A National Heritage kete flax of this unique gift.” Working in collaboration with Smith Mill owned by George and his collection and part of the Museum “It’s a great outcome for the family, brothers operated at the end of the Heritage Rose collection has been scientists, the vision is to manage the particularly when I think of how it farm to grow a kauri provenance trial was deteriorating and what might road. There was also a gum store and planted and also kauri trees. a long wharf stretching to the Kaipara Bet says the vision adopted by the Trust for research and education on kauri. have been,” she said. Harbour, servicing a regular steamer Board is “to preserve and enhance the “Science and education will have an Lynette recalled many happy service. The mill burnt down in 1906. historical attributes of Totara House important role at The Kauri Museum Christmases at the homestead. Since taking over the home, the museum and its contents for the benefit and and 500 kauri trees have already been donated by Australian scientists going “The aunts had very strict rules and has surveyed the house and farm enlightenment of all visitors”. to Antarctica late last year to study we were very respectful of them and lands, fenced and removed the ancient Totara House and Gardens is open climate change. What better way to pay the house. I think that had we not had macrocarpas. Smoke alarms and burglar alarms have been installed, and funding by appointment for garden clubs, car for their carbon emissions than to plant that respect, then a lot of the treasures kauri trees in NZ at Totara House!” would have gone. I hope that respect has been arranged to have professional clubs and groups. housekeeping plans prepared. “We need to be commercial and we Richard Smith’s daughter, Lynette continues.”



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Berry, berry generous gesture funds Hospice RSA collecting Strawberry pickers descended on fields in Pt Wells at the start of the year, filling buckets with red berries and raising memorabilia just over $13,000 for Warkworth Wellsford Hospice. The two-day Pick Your Own event was held on John and Sally Greensmith’s property. Hospice communications coordinator Lesley Ingham says the Greensmiths not only donated the strawberries, but provided scales, workers and a portaloo. “When our eftpos machine got low on battery, John’s son-in-law Les Jackson brought in a generator. Nothing was too much trouble. We were blown away by their generosity.” Most people bought two to four kilos but a few people bought 10kg or more and two people spent just over $100. The largest purchase was 22kgs. Jam making was high on some pickers’ agenda, while others were planning to freeze their harvest. “Our favourite thing, though, was that everyone who came was smiling and happy, and loving the whole idea

The strawberry picking took on a carnival atmosphere when the regular strawberry pickers, mostly from Vanuatu, exchanged their gardening gloves for guitars.

of PYO,” Lesley says. “We would love to do it again next year but, of course, that will depend on John and Sally.”

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Preliminary planning has started on how Warkworth will mark the worldwide commemoration of World War I, which starts this year. Warkworth RSA manager Robbie Blair says the club has started collecting as much information as possible from members. “We’re hoping to stage an exhibition in 2015 featuring borrowed documents, mementos, clippings and so on from the descendents of servicemen and women from the local area who served in World War I,” he says. “We’d welcome contributions from the wider community as well.” The club is also talking to Auckland Council with the view to putting aside an area in the rotunda park, on Church Hill, featuring small white crosses representing locals who served in WW1 as part of a national Fields of Remembrance project. “Council is also working on a ‘Heritage Trail’ including local stops of interest which had significance during and after WW1 such as the Ahuroa Hall and Wilson Cement Works. “It’ll be a great learning curve for the community – there’s plenty of material from the Second World War, but the 1914-18 conflict had a huge impact on this community and it’s nearly a generation too far to piece together how this area was changed and been moulded because of it.”

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Council removes unconsented seawall at Snells Beach Repair work on the seawall, adjacent to the boat ramp at Sunburst Reserve Snells Beach, was carried out by Auckland Council just prior to Christmas. Council spent about $20,000 on the work, which addressed damage caused during a storm last September. Sports Parks North manager Martin van Jaarsveld says damage to the timber retaining wall resulted in seawater being able to flow underneath the walkway causing it to partially collapse. The walkway was closed for safety reasons and to allow Council’s coastal engineers to assess the damage and recommend suitable repairs. “As the current seawall is unconsented, which prevents any maintenance being undertaken, it was recommended that it be removed and this section of the reserve be returned to sandy beach,” he says. Other works included realigning the damaged section of the walkway, a section of the stormwater pipe and moving the memorial seat further back from the beach, as well as removing Council undertook repairs to the Snells Beach seawall, just prior to Christmas. the handrails.

Community Plan addresses disaster response A Community Response Plan to assist Warkworth residents to respond to a civil emergency, such as a severe storm event or infrastructure failure, will soon be available online. Printed copies are currently available at the Auckland Council service centre, iSITE and Warkworth Library. Warkworth Area Liaison Group member Shaun Wilkinson says the plan will be updated annually to ensure it keeps pace with new procedures and changes in the town. Its purpose is to build community resilience to emergency and disasters by identifying hazards and providing a plan so the community can remain self-reliant for at least three days without any external assistance. Individuals and households are encouraged to personally prepare by: yy creating and practicing a household emergency plan

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Thousands view annual Snells exhibition Art lovers converged on the Mahurangi East Community Hall over Christmas/New Year to view the 20th annual Great Summer Art Exhibition, a major fundraiser for the Mahurangi East Tennis Club. Around 370 paintings were on display in the three categories – professional, intermediate and novice. New to the show this summer was a photography section. The club raised about $12,000 which will go towards a court resurfacing project. This year’s exhibition judge was Warkworth artist Hugh Brading and principal sponsor was Bayleys Real Estate. Winner of the professional section was Amanda Brett. Local artists Marian Towns was third in the professional section and Jamie Lee Roberts was third in the novice section. Organisers estimated that around The Great Summer Art Exhibition attracts visitors and exhibitors from all over the North Island. More photos at 3000 people visited the show during the three days it was open. Results: Professional – Amanda Brett 1, Bruce Ferguson 2, Marian Towns 3; and John Horton and Merv Appleton both received merit awards. Intermediate – Kate Tiller 1, Jim White-Parsons 2, Jennie Fischer 3, and Kaye Tiller merit. Novice – Vivienne Sutton 1, Gerda van den Hock 2, Jamie Lee Roberts 3. Judge’s encouragement prize – Vivian Blackshaw. People’s Choice – Bruce Ferguson’s Still Morning Glow, Mahurangi West. Right, Flowers were a winning theme for Amanda Brett whose painting Sunflowers and Red placed first in the professional section. Far right, Kaye Tiller’s painting won the intermediate section.




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Warkworth composer’s music journey leads to PhD graduation at Melbourne University

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As a youngster in the 1960s, Dr Andrew Perkins was a keen violinist and pianist in Brown Road, Warkworth, who drove his sister, Heather, mad with his dedicated practice and enthusiasm for the violin. Last month, after a lengthy career as a composer, conductor and teacher, he received his PhD in Music (Composition) from Melbourne University. Andrew was just seven when started piano lessons with music teacher Alison Harris, on Saturday mornings. He also recalls his violin teacher from Mahurangi College, Mr Campbell, with keen regard. As a teenager, he secured his honours degree in Composition from Auckland University, completing a Masters degree shortly after. His Masters compositions included Requiem For Peace, based on the poem ‘No Ordinary Sun’ by Hone Tuwhare. This anti-nuclear work was a highlight of International Youth Year with a Warkworth composer Dr Andrew Perkins with his parents Fraser and Mary, at performance at St Mary’s Cathedral, the graduation ceremony in Melbourne. Parnell, in 1985. Like all of his music, it is passionately political or an Andrew’s PhD work consisted of a Andrew’s PhD comes 40 years after observant commentary of humanity’s folio of works written during his four he could be seen riding his bike up place in the developing, but not years as a tenured PhD student. One Hill Street, Warkworth, keen for necessarily improving, modern world. of these works, Christchurch Vespers extra lessons with Miss Harris and In 1986, as a delegate for UNESCO, (Vespers for Pentecost) was performed eager to torture his sister with violin he represented New Zealand at the to a standing ovation in Auckland by practice. When asked, ‘what next?’, 11th General Assembly, Baghdad, Bach Musica in July, 2012, under the Andrew, now a tutor and lecturer at Melbourne’s Conservatorium of Iraq. During the congress, entitled baton of Rita Paczian. Artists For Peace, Andrew received a Andrew was for many years Head of Music, responds: “just move onto the souvenir watch from Saddam Hussein Music at Baradene College in Remuera next composition. It’s never-ending”. and a life-time interest in Middle and at the Senior College (now ACG) Abridged. This article can be read in full at Eastern musical scales. in Rutland Street, Auckland City.

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The joy of trees This summer, spare a thought for the trees. Whether you’re admiring the pohutukawa blossom or the scent of the Christmas pine, sitting in the shade of a giant sprawling ancient, or watching your kids or grandkids climbing one, trees help make summer special. Trees provide many values for our society – from those that hold onto the dunes and cliffs, to those that provide habitat and fruit in our gardens. Trees soften the landscape, mark the passage of time and form an investment in the environment and the future. Trees are home to little birds, help absorb pollution and run-off, and provide amenity to even the poorest of neighbourhoods. They help regulate soil and air temperature, and are part of a beautiful world. Houses in leafy streets are worth more than those that are barren. We take most trees for granted. We burn them for firewood, build houses from them or their derivatives, and harvest their fruit. But we are frustrated when they block our views with their branches or our gutters with their leaves, or shade our homes too much. Since a series of changes to the Resource Management Act, the Auckland region’s trees in particular have been vulnerable to those who seek more expansive views, or want to squeeze on a townhouse or more parking. Leafy suburbs are losing character, heritage and habitat. Trees that Auckland has grown up with are gone in the flash and grind of a chainsaw. Communities and former councils fought to retain the right to General Tree Protection through District Plans but were over ruled by over-zealous legislators. Convinced that resource consent processes for tree protection and removal were just so much unnecessary red tape, the Government has deliberately, but clumsily, changed the Resource Management Act specifically so trees are unable to be protected through catch-all District Plan provisions, as was the effective and efficient convention of the past. Now, laissez faire principles forcibly apply to most trees on private land regardless of their public, environmental and/or heritage values. Unless trees are specifically listed in unweildy schedules as notable trees for protection, they have little protection at all. While the rules still limit pruning to no more than 20 percent and other prohibitions apply, in just a short time we’ve seen landmark trees, coastal pohutukawa and trees of common amenity destroyed in the blink of an eye. Trees share their benefits and values widely and indiscriminately in a kind of leafy common good, which councils could recognise through landowners’ arboricultural assistance, rates relief and administrative support. We should be encouraging the planting and maintenance of trees on public and private property. Sometimes trees are diseased or dangerous, or have been planted in the wrong place, but we should do everything we can to enable cohabitation of humankind with our natural environment, and trees are a great place to start.

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Community courses, which have been absent in Warkworth for three years due to lack of funding, will resume at Mahurangi College on February 11. The courses will run during school terms on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. Although definite subjects are still being finalised, the timetable is likely to include interior design, edible gardening, photography, philosophy and Te Reo Maori. Mahurangi Community Lifelong Learning coordinator Adva Webber says Mahurangi has also partnered with English Language Partners North Shore and Literacy North Shore to run government-supported core courses in budgeting and financial skills, employment skills and English as a Second Language (ESOL). The college is providing the facilities and interest from tutors is continuing to grow. “The Warkworth library has been extremely supportive in accommodating us and assisting with a community survey late last year. The survey showed interest in various topics.”

Sail programme The Sandspit Yacht Club Centreboard Division is running a Learn to Sail Programme, starting in term 1 on February 9. The sailing programme runs Monday afternoons from 4.30pm to 7.30pm and Sunday mornings from 9am to 12 noon. Children need to be at least nine years old. Info: or phone 022 1712 550.

St John open day Warkworth St John will host an open day on January 19, from 2pm to 5pm. The day will be an opportunity for members of the public to look through the station, talk to paramedics and join as a supporter. There will also be demonstrations of how to correctly use a defibrillator.

Coastguard courses Adva says there are three main ways to find out about the courses – a booklet has been printed, online and at the Warkworth Public Library. Enrolments can be submitted directly to the tutors, whose details are available on online and in the booklet. Enrolments can be done

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Coastguard Northern Region is offering a school holiday education programme which will provide students with the opportunity to gain day skipper or marine radio VHF operator qualifications. The day skipper course, which will run from January 20 to 23, while the radio course will be held on January 27 and 28. Info:

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Taratahi courses upskill farm workers A 10-week agricultural programme has proved the perfect stepping stone for several students who are well on their way to careers in farming. A total of 21 Rodney Taratahi Agricultural Training Centre students graduated at the end of last year. Chelsea Hemana, 20, of Araparera, won the Top Fencer Award (Tauhoa). Tutor Tim O’Leary says anyone can be a fencer, but “you need the X factor to be a great fencer”. Chelsea has signed up for Taratahi’s one-year National Certificate in Agriculture Level 4 programme this year, alongside fellow student and award winner Ben Jones-Moki, who won the Taratahi Leadership and Top Student (Tauhoa) cups. Tim says he tries to instil a good work ethic into his students, and they certainly did him proud when they whipped the woolshed at Tauhoa into shape for graduation by cleaning windows, scrubbing floors and replacing wool bales with tables and chairs to ensure the 60 guests enjoyed a comfortable ceremony. Taratahi board chairman David Nelson, joined Taratahi Northland staff and tutors, to help celebrate the students’ success. Mr Nelson said 3000 new people entered the agriculture industry each

Taratahi board chair David Nelson acknowledges Chelsea Hemana’s hard work. Chelsea won the Taratahi Fencing Award (Tauhoa).

year. That number only represented people leaving the industry due to retirement and other reasons and didn’t take into account new growth, he said. Taratahi has been training students in agriculture since 1919 with 2500 students graduating from its campuses nationwide last year. In partnership with NorthTec, Taratahi delivers a range of courses throughout Northland – from its National Certificate in Agriculture (Level 2) programme, which offers an introduction to farming skills, through to its National Certificate in Agriculture (Level 4). The refreshed Massey Diploma in Agriculture is now offered through its Masterton and Taranaki campuses. Taratahi has based its Rodney training centre at Brian and Chere Innes’ beef

and sheep farm for the last three years and also works alongside Otakanini Topu staff on its 2750-hectare farm on the banks of the Kaipara Harbour. National Certificate in Fencing (Level 3), Certificate in General Farm Skills (Level 3), National Certificate in Agriculture General Skills (Level 2) and Youth Guarantee programmes will start next month. Tauhoa campus graduation awards: Most Improved and Honest Endeavour: Tukotahi Walker; Leadership Award: Ben Jones-Moki; Tutor Award: Daniel Cornelius; Fencing Award: Chelsea Hemana; Shearing Award: Jerome Unverricht; Cup for Top Student: Ben Jones-Moki; Top student National Certificate in Farming Skills, Work Ready (Level 3): Hayden Noyer.


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Rodney College will host the Te Tai Tokerau Festival in April, which will draw participants from throughout the Ngati Whatua region. The event was last held at the college in 1981. Now in its 39th year, it is an opportunity for students of Ngati Whatua and Te Tai Tokerau, (schools of the northern region) to come together in a non-competitive celebration of Maori culture and art through the medium of kapahaka. The festival will be held on Tuesday and Wednesday, April 15 and 16.

Club puts cards on the table The Warkworth Bridge Club is holding a 10-week course of bridge lessons from Tuesday, February 25. Club captain Jenny Robinson says it’ll be an opportunity to introduce new people to the game and encourage former players to refresh their skills. The club meets twice weekly at its clubrooms in Alnwick Street – on Tuesday from 1pm and Wednesday from 7pm. “Bridge is a game for all ages because it develops number and strategy skills,” Jenny says. “We’d particularly like to encourage younger members of our community to consider giving it a try.” Jenny says it’s also a way to meet new friends and acquaintances. The club has more than 90 members and has been operating for more than 40 years. Info: Phone Jenny on 425 8909 or Nadine on 425 8205.

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Business champions back internship scheme A new Youth Connections Scheme in Warkworth is giving young people the opportunity to gain NCEA credits in Levels 1 and 2 within a local business context. Business Linked Internship Scheme (BLIS) was launched late last year and is based on the highly-effective Otorohanga Model. Warkworth BLIS coordinator Kirsty Christison says that alongside local businesses, BLIS has already engaged with Mahurangi College careers advisory staff, Auckland Council and the Rodney Local Board, Ministry of Education youth guarantee senior advisor, Futureworks and the Helensville Womens and Family Centre. Kirsty says under the scheme, local business champions will mentor young people while providing them with opportunities to develop and demonstrate skill, talent and knowledge. Industries involved so far include building and construction, printing, hairdressing and barbering, floristry office administration & information management, retail and real estate. Offers of support have also been received from HR consultants, a communications and marketing consultant, and financial services advisors.

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“Training providers are key to the success of BLIS as they’re the NZQA approved accreditors across all sectors of employment,” Kirsty says. “The initiative is currently funded through the office of NZ First deputy leader Tracey Martin but a proposal to secure on-going funding is being finalised.” BLIS will report quarterly against key performance indicators and develop a mechanism to acknowledge and celebrate the successful participation or positive contribution made by all stakeholders. “Our aim is to engage the 40 to

70 percent of young people in the Warkworth area not directly supported through other community programmes or initiatives. “To that end, BLIS will not be in competition with other existing local providers. At this time, no-one else is focused on delivering this initiative or model from the start of the 2014 school year.” Kirsty says she would be happy to collaborate with anyone from Wellsford who is managing or looking at establishing similar programmes. See ad below for contact details.

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‘Try before you buy’ careers Decision time for parents Northland-based training organisation NorthTec is giving potential painters and builders the opportunity to ‘try before they buy’. The school is offering the Certificate in Elementary Construction (Level 2) and the Certificate in Painting (Trades – Level 2) at Kaiwaka. A spokesperson says students will learn the basic skills required to work on their own place including practical experience on small building projects, plus how to safely operate fixed machinery and power tools. “If you know building is for you, our courses can prepare you for an apprenticeship with a building company,” he says. “You will cover all the theory units needed for your apprenticeship, plus you get the required hands-on experience with a builder. “The practical experience will help reinforce what’s taught in the

classroom. Students learn the language of building, get into good work habits, and equip themselves with the skills employers are looking for. This is a great way to get an understanding of what it takes to be a builder.” NorthTec manages an apprenticeship scheme which assesses a student’s practical skills against the practical units in the National Certificate in Carpentry, with regular site visits throughout the term of the apprenticeship. The courses provide a qualification that is recognised by the construction industry. The spokesperson says both young men and women are signing on for the courses. “More and more women are taking our courses and making use of the skills in their own homes – or going on to apprenticeships.” Info:




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It is decision time again for many parents as they consider schooling options for 2014. Thankfully, Rodney is fortunate to have a number of great schooling options including quality integrated schools which are not zoned allowing free choice regardless of where a student lives. Local principal Helen Pearson, believes that one of the additional perks of many integrated schools is the significantly higher personal attention students receive because of smaller class sizes. Helen’s school, Mahurangi Christian School in Snells Beach maximises the benefit of these smaller classes by taking individual learner’s needs and talents seriously in planning for progressing achievement of each student. “Every child is different and our school believes that there are many different ways to be awesome. It is a joy for staff to see children blossom in a loving environment that challenges children to grow in character and confidence in their learning, and sets them up well to move into college in Year 9.” And for Mahurangi Christian School the students' recent results certainly back up this belief. The 2013 National Standards results exceeded the 2012 NZ average in all learning areas. “Our learners have a positive, happy and comfortable learning environment, and the introduction of iPads and other technology for every child means that our learners are engaged and making great progress,” says Mrs Pearson. Consider an integrated school, like Mahurangi Christian School, where the costs could be as little as $20 per week. Investment in these fundamental years provides a strong start that prepares children all the way to the move to college at year 9. Mahurangi Christian School is a small and growing integrated school, open for enquiries via their website Visits to the school and enrolment interviews are welcome by appointment any time from Wednesday 29th January onwards. Phone: 09 425 6878 Email: Helen Pearson – Principal, Mahurangi Christian School

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Home-based programme a hit in Wellsford Seasons extends A home-based learning programme for four and five-year-olds is flourishing in Wellsford. The Home Interaction Programme for Carolynne Andrew Parents and Youngsters (Hippy) was established in the area four years ago, and started with 30 families taking part. This year, as many as 60 are expected to go through the two-year programme. “It’s just going from strength-tostrength,” coordinator Carolynne Andrew says. “We had nine children graduate last year and the previous year there were five. It doesn’t sound a lot, but we will probably have 15 to 17 this year.” The programme is specifically designed for parents who may not feel comfortable in their ability to teach their children. The programme provides resources for parents and children to work together for 15 minutes a day with storybooks, puzzles and learning games that help children to become successful learners. the Ministry of Social Development, standard to be considered an official early childhood education provider. “The aim is to raise the educational to the town. achievements of children once they hit Although some Kaiwaka families also All children of beneficiaries are now school so that across the board they’ll take part, Mrs Andrews says there isn’t required to be enrolled in some form have a much brighter outlook. And yet enough staff or funding to expand of early childhood education, so the we’re already noticing a significant the programme to other needy areas official recognition will give more improvement.” such as Snells Beach. options to families, she says. Wellsford PHO Coast to Coast However, she is delighted that the Healthcare fought to bring the programme has been recognised by the Info: Carolynne Andrew on 423 programme, which is largely funded by Ministry as being of a sufficiently high 6006 or email


A local peer support programme for children who have lost a significant person in their lives is being extended to teenagers and parents this year. The programme, provided by the Warkworth and Wellsford Anglican Parishes, is known as Seasons, and has been offered to children aged five to 12 since 2010. The programme, which is available to anyone living in the Mahurangi region, runs during school time at supporting schools or after school in local locations. It is aimed at children who have lost a significant person due to divorce, death, separation or for any other reason. This year the programme will be extended to include teenagers up to 18. Parent groups will be run separately, after school or as an evening group. Seasons also runs a four-week programme for young people who live with someone who has a serious or life-threatening illness. The Seasons programme, which is run nationwide, is supported in Auckland by Grief and Loss Support Services of the Anglican Diocese of Auckland. Info: Heather Free 021 0813 3586 or seasonswarkworthwellsford@

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Volunteer Brian Coleman at the southern end of the proposed Omaha walkway where extensive planting is already underway.

Community builds Omaha walkway An ambitious plan to build a walkway loop around Omaha is gaining momentum. The homeowners’ association Omaha Beach says the intertidal nature of the area makes it ideal as Community is driving the project, with assistance an outdoor classroom where children can learn how from Auckland Council, the Department of land, river and coastal systems interact. Conservation and iwi. “Signage will be an important aspect of the whole The association is currently seeking resource consent project so people of all ages can understand the cultural for a four-kilometre section of the loop, which runs and environmental heritage of the area,” Brian says. along the Taniko Wetlands Scientific Reserve from “Iwi are assisting us to tell the story of Omaha.” the causeway to the new tsunami access bridge, at The total cost will be around $300,000 which the southern end of the spit. The long-term goal includes extensive native planting, weed control is to link the pathway with an existing boardwalk, and repairs to the existing predator proof-fence. The which runs along the beachfront from the southern walkway will be an all-weather track with disabled end to the surf club. access. Wooden boardwalks will be used to cross Volunteer Brian Coleman says it will fulfil wet and sensitive coastal areas, while the remaining educational, as well as recreational, objectives. He pathway will be gravel.


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As a GP, I see a lot of sick kids with worried Mums (and Dads). Most of the time they have fevers and are miserable. Most of them will have viral selflimiting illnesses and will be much better in a few days without any particular intervention. So how do I identify the sick ones? What facts make my ears prick up and think that something is not quite right? Contrary to popular belief, information about the fever is not a big factor. The height of a fever has very little to do with the severity of the illness and is not a good clue as to where it may be coming from. A hot, miserable kid with a 40 degree temperature for one day and a snotty nose and cough will still probably have a cold. In my history and examination of sick kids, I am mostly looking for signs that their most important organ systems are not working: their heart, their lungs and their brain. The cardiovascular (heart and blood vessels) system is the main highway for goodies, like oxygen, to get around the body. If the cardiovascular system is under stress, we usually see the patient’s pulse rate go up and the heart pump harder. As a result, the non-essential organs and areas may get bypassed, leading to decreased urine production or a cool or mottled skin. Dehydration is also a sign that the cardiovascular system is under performing. Respiratory illnesses are really common. A struggling respiratory system will put in more effort to get oxygen into the lungs – breathing harder and faster, using extra muscles that give the chest a ‘sucky in’ look when they breathe in, using everything they have to get that air in (including nasal flaring in some kids, an interesting vestigial function of the nose that we inherited from the apes). A struggling respiratory system will also be less effective – giving the child a sensation of shortness of breath (apparently a freaky sensation), low oxygen saturations on our monitor and maybe even the blue lips of a child lacking oxygen. The neurological system is the system the body will protect until the end (think krang from the teenage mutant ninja turtles). A child that cannot be easily roused is obviously a very worrying sign. AVPU is a mnemonic I remember in these situations – are they Alert, responsive to Voice, responsive to Pain or completely Unresponsive? A hot kid making a massive fuss and upsetting my consulting room is far preferable to a sleepy one in Mum’s arms that takes a sternal rub to wake up. After assessing a child’s basic organ function I often sit back and think, “what are the risk factors that something serious might be going on here?” These risk factors can vary from a child being un-immunised to having had a serious hospital stay in the past to being malnourished and living in poor conditions. They will make me consider the more serious diagnoses more closely. One risk factor that should never be overlooked is the level of parental concern. A Mum saying that “something is definitely wrong” rings alarm bells for me. A couple worried enough to bring their child for a second or third time demands a more thorough examination and likely investigations. But, luckily, most of the time this is not the case. Remember, most children will go through this around 50 times before the age of five! Get ready for the rollercoaster of parenthood.

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For all appointments phone 09 422 6871 Wellsford St John has taken delivery of a new diesel Mercedes ambulance, painted in the service’s new European-inspired colours. The ambulance features green and yellow fluorescent panels arranged in a Battenberg design and even more additional reflective signage. Station manager Paul Topliss says it’s higher, wider and longer, and definitely hard to miss. “It’s also roomier, with better stowage and storage on board, but otherwise has the same layout as the old ambulance – two stretchers and a third officer’s seat.”

Lifeguard appeal supported Small swells and calm weather has ensured a safe summer so far for the Mangawhai Heads Volunteer Lifeguard Service. Club captain Tim Gibb says it’s been it’s great to see the community get a good start to the busy season, but behind their work. encourages the public to be cautious. “It’s awesome to see people recognising “Although the beach has been super the contribution our volunteer lifeguards busy, it’s been very safe with minimal give to the community, and we were rips. Remember that the beach can wrapped with all of the good people change easily, especially when we get a who donated to the surf club,” she says. few late summer cyclone swells,” he says. Coming up next for the surf club is the Once again the community has got annual Mangawhai Beach Day held on Anniversary Weekend, January 26, behind the annual Surf Lifesaving Door which promises a day of fun in the Knock, held on December 29. Nearly sand. The Jackman Waterman Classic $4500 was raised for new equipment will be held on February 1, along with and training courses for the club. the Lifeguard Longboard Nationals on Event co-organiser Jess Costello says February 22.


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WE NEED CARS FOR WRECKING – $$$ PAID 2 Glenmore Drive, Warkworth Ph (09) 425 7835 or (09) 425 7730

• New Residential & Architectural Joinery • Replacement Windows • Specialty Units




Fax: 09 422 2011

Producers of top quality aluminium joinery


Phone: 09 425 7510

We specialise in: • Vantage Aluminium Joinery • APL | Architectural Series • Metro Series • Internal and External Timber Joinery


Composite Joinery Ltd 7 Glenmore Drive Warkworth 0941

0800 70 40 10 •








p. 425 7367 f. 425 7368 e. 74 Hudson Road, PO Box 259, Warkworth



EDMONDS & MASON PANEL & PAINT Private & All Insurance Work

Ph 425 8723 • Fax 425 9526 Wayne 021 765 706 or Ian 021 977 729 47 Woodcocks Road, Warkworth


Say No to Leaky Homes



• Robust, Good Looking and Durable • Specify Best Practice, Specify Flashman • The only Flashing System Guaranteed

Northland 0800 55 66 00

Snells Beach


 425 5355

1 Hamatana Road - Snells Beach

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Trellis, Fencing & Supplies | Carpenters, Builders, Roofers & Suppliers | Property Services | Scaffolding | Engineering | Construction & Earthworks | Brick, Block Layers & Tiling | Flooring


Trellis & Fencing Fences - Gates - Screens - Pergola Phone Bob Moir 422 9550 or 0274 820 336 Email:


Trellis Guy Snells Beach • Warkworth • Orewa

• Custom made • Quality material • Quality workmanship

Also see Lance for your supply of Native and Landscaping plants

Ph 09 422 5737 • 027 272 7561 Fax 09 422 5800

RODNEY TRELLIS Trellis - Panels - Fencing Installations - all shapes and sizes Specialities: Framed Archways – Superior Trellis Pedestrian Gate Frames (mortised) Trellis spray painting / oiling Gazebo's ~ dove cotes ~ pergolas



• Design & build • New homes • Renovation • Maintenance • Fences & decks • Project management • Alterations & additions • Shade & outdoor living areas


Auckland region house of the year 2008 For the construction of:

• Architecturally designed homes • New houses • Decks • Alterations • Fences

872 Kaipara Flats Road Ph: 425 7627 • Fax 422 4976

Phone: 027 4771 583 email: 152M

ROOFING NZ New • ReRoofs • Cladding Specialists

• Complete homes • Quality construction of small projects

NATHAN HOUSTON Ph: 09 422 2131

Mob: 021 220 5000

470 KAiPArA FlATS rOAd, WArKWOrTH126

Servicing Auckland - Rodney - Kaipara

Metroscaff Limited

For your safety we have: • Experienced Qualified Scaffolders • Full range of Equipment • Including Alloy Mobile & Builder’s Props

PHONE 0800 622 7929

OMAHA - SNELLS BEACH - WARKWORTH - MANGAWHAI Member of Scaffolding and Rigging New Zealand

MICK BERGER CONTRACTORS Phone: 09 422 0688 • Mobile: 0274 930 806

43 years experience

- Residential & Light Commercial - Quick Stage - OSH Standards - Tube & Clip - Qualified Scaffolders - Reliable Service P 09 425 0300 M 027 4930468 F 09 423 0017

38 Coquette Street, Warkworth Ph 422 3450 or 0274 955 566 • Fax 09 422 3451


Bricks • Blocks • Paving

Polyurethaning:- Wooden Floors, Particle Board & Cork Cork Tiles:- Natural & Coloured

Phone Alan Berthelsen 021 780 170 • A/hrs 425 8252

Mobile: 021356965 Home: 09 425 6311 Email:

CARPENTER-JOINER • Terraces • Alterations • New Housing

• Renovations • Maintenance • Small jobs a specialty


Phone 09 425 5491 • Mobile 027 275 1172

• Truck Hire • Metal Supplies • Bulk Cartage


Matt Tickle Licensed LBP


Owner/Driver: Ray Dams ● Winching ● Bulldozing ● Driveways House Sites ● Landscaping ● Earthmoving ● Sub Divisions

Covering Rodney in Long-Run Iron Local Quality Guaranteed

Enviro Friendly Products available

KAE JAE CONTRACTORS (LTD) PHONE KEN (0274) 866-923 A/Hrs (09) 422-7328 • Fax (09) 422-7329

CONTRACTORS Footings Hole Boring Landscaping

3.5T Digger 5T Truck

Bob Waata Mobile 021 634 484

Carpet, Vinyl, Cork, Ceramic Tiles, Wood & Laminate

09 422 2275 21 Glenmore Drive 146M

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Electrical | Design, Architects & Surveyors | Concrete | Aborists | Lawn Mowing & Landscaping | Health Professionals | Beauty Therapy | Specialty Foods

Chad Ranum Electrical SolaR PowER altERnativES

Chad Ranum Director 12 viv Davie-Martin Drive RD4, warkworth 09 425 9518 / 021 0836 6989


Pre-Purchase Inspections Moisture Detection Building Reports

COASTAL CONCEPTS • Electrician • Gates & Automation t. 09 422 2175 m. 027 497 0464 e.

Geron Building Inspections Qualified Builder Licensed Practitioner Member of BOINZ

(Building Officials Institute of NZ) 021 371 656 09 425 8588


Over 25 years experience in all aspects of residential design THOMAS ERRINGTON Dip.Arch. P: 09 425 0512 M: 027 453 2495 E: W:

Denis 021 945 498 Joel 021 422 592 PO Box 193, Warkworth

Foundations • Floors • Drives • Paths • Digger & Truck Hire Concrete Specialists backed by over 30 years experience Established since 1984




Sub-divisions • R.O.W’s • Excavations Phone George 021 2800 233 • BASED IN MATAKANA


Tree Care

Specialising in:  STUMP GRINDING  Fine Pruning  Tree Removal  Hedge Trimming Ph Kevin on 021 725 757

• Landscape Construction & Garden Design • Specialists in Lifestyle Property Development & Maintenance

Kurt Salmond

09 422 9514 021 831 938

• Mowing – Residential & Lifestyle Blocks – We can mow anything • Gardening & Design • Hedge & Tree Maintenance FOR ALL YOUR GROUNDCARE NEEDS

0800 276 7726

• Planting • Paving • Retaining WallS • FenceS • deckS • gaRden makeoveRS SERVICING HIBISCUS COAST TO MANGAWHAI

JOHN BETTRIDGE P: 09 425 4086 M: 021 665 558 E:

Landscape Industries Association of New Zealand Inc.

The Tree

Bears Tree Trimmers

Hedge TRIMMING • tree removal insured - 300mm chipper • free quotes General Tree Work Phone mark 021 492 939 AH 09 425 0252 TOTAL LANDSCAPE CONSTRUCTION for complete quality projects

WE CAN •Sand•Metal•Shell•Pebble•Scoria •Mulch•Garden Mix•Topsoil•Compost

DELIVER! •Tirau Gold•Pine Chip•Cambian Bark

183 SANDSPIT RD, WARKWORTH • OPEN 7 DAYS! Mon-Fri: 7am-5pm Sat: 7am-4pm Sun: 9am-3pm

• Lawns - contouring & seeding • Top soil • Retaining Walls • Driveways • Paths • Digger • Truck • Tractor

Phone Bruce 425 7766 a/h I take the hard work out of Landscaping

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Furniture & Furniture Restoration | Carpets | Painters & Decorators | Water Pumps

Bear Forest Hydroponics NZ agent for Autopot hydroponic equipment The original power free hydroponic system

Save Water – Save Time – Save Money Shop online for all your hydroponic needs View in Puhoi ring for details 09 889 0839 •

HOME MAINTENANCE HANDYMAN Phillip Keesing Decks Ph. (09) 422 6036 Fences Mob. 021 045 0132 General repairs Clean ups All things considered General repairs covering a wide range of jobs around the house including decks and fences

For all your property maintenance and small building projects Phone to discuss YOUR requirements 021 423 860 - 423 8619 a/h •

FROG POOL FARM Gifts Furniture Homeware amps Leadlight L ilt Bu Custom en Kitch s


Dome Valley 5 min past Warkworth • 425 9030


OUTDOOR FURNITURE Tables to order Chairs • Swingseats Benches • Umbrellas NZ made – quality built to last 25 Hibiscus Coast Highway, Silverdale (next to BP) Ph: 09 426 9660 • em:


French polishing • Repairs • Respraying • Upholstery Touch ups • Colour matching • Insurance quotes We also manufacture one-off furniture items from recycled or new timber Phone Grant or Lesley



23B Foundry Rd, Silverdale • 09 426 2979


Your Painter/Decorator with over 25 years experience serving all surrounding areas

Leigh Decorators Painting • Paperhanging • Roofs • Airless Spraying • Stopping (small jobs) • Repaints • New Homes For your Free Quote and/or Consultation phone Gary HOME: 09-422-6695 • MOBILE: 021-024-44941 EMAIL:

Welch Painting & Decorating Mark Welch

• Painting • Paper Hanging • Spray Painting • Water Blasting

Mob: 027 240 8330 A/h : 422 2678 • Fax: 422 2676



Interior/Exterior n Waterblasting n Roof Painting Airless Spraying n Plastering n Wallpapering Colour Consulting n Decorative Effects Qualified Tradesmen - Honest/Reliable Ph Mandy 09 423 0005 or 021 507 463

Bright Outlook itchen Colours and Wood Finishes Spraypainters of quality kitchens Lacquers, enamels, 2 pacs, clearcoats Resprays and Recolours

Phone / Fax Gary 425 7669 Unit 21/30 Hudson Road, Warkworth115

Window Cleaning

Sparkling windows is our business Ruth Murray •

021 106 5717 or 021 230 2626




Contact Linda Robinson p e

09 422 9860

m w

027 526 1146

‘Just one call and we’ll arrange it all’


Emergency Flood Service Technical Experience 12 years Fully qualified and certified

Call FREE 0800 022 101 Mobile 021 456 429 Email:

Certified Member of the Carpet Cleaning Association of NZ

Pump & Filtration Services

Do you need a reliable, honest local tradesperson? We’ll find the right tradesperson for those jobs around your home and property. We’re local like you – from Puhoi to Mangawhai.



(2007) Ltd

Water - Filters - Underbench - UV - Whole House • Water Coolers • Water Pumps • Sales & Service

0800 787 392

“If you don’t have a filter you are the filter” Call Steve today 027 478 7427 he’s your local

• Water treatment & Filtration • Pumps • Pool & Spas • Waterblasters 7days / 24hours Paul Harris M: 021 425 887 T: 09 425 0075 E:

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Plumbing | Marine & Small Engines Graphic Design | Printers | TV Aerial & Satellite | Picture Framing | Water | Bicycle Repairs | Storage & Removals | Animals | Mobility Scooters

H2O PUMPS Water Treatment

Pumping Systems


Pumps / Water Tanks / Filtration / Treatment Spa & Pool Shop / Pool Valet Service Water Blasters / Sprayers Hose & Fittings / Mobile & Workshop Service


• Filtration • UV Sterilizers • Softeners and Neutralizers • Iron Removal

Owen Ward

Phone 021 771 878 • 24hrs 09 425 6002 Email: MoBILe eFTPos AVAILABLe

water pumps

New Pump Sales   Service     Installation

Phone/Fax 425-5619 Mobile 0800 733 765


clean. care. repair.

Mark Sim 021 102 4561


p: 09 425 7477 | m: 027 240 7791 | f: 09 425 7483 email:

TTT Plumbing Limited


Mangawhai: Phil Lathrope 431 4608 | 021 642 668

TV AERIAL & SATELLITE SERVICES Freeview Sales & Installation TV & FM Aerials GAVIN BROUGH Ph 09 425 5495 Mob 0274 766 115


Digital Freeview Satellite Installation & Repairs

TV • Video • DVD Tuning Additional TV Outlets Phone David Redding 09 422 7227 or 0274 585 457

WARKWORTH PICTURE FRAMERS COMPLETE CUSTOM FRAMING SERVICE David and Pat Little P. 09 425 8143 E. 15 Coquette Street,Warkworth 0910 DAVID LITTLE GCF


Household Drinking


0800 GET H20 4 3 8 4 2 6

Household Water Deliveries 0800 747 928 mobile: 027 556 6111

office & Internet services • Plan Printing, Colour & B/W Photocopying • Laminating, Binding, Fax and Scanning Service • Internet and Email Service

Phone 425 7257 | Argyll Angle, 58-60 Queen Street, Warkworth


WATER TANKS 09 4312211




0800 638 254 OR 09 422 3700


Rodney - North Shore

• SALES • SERVICE • HIRE 09 422 2615

0800 022 884

Jewellery Valuations

Independent, Professional, Accurate For Insurance, Selling, Buying, or Estate purposes. All types of gems, jewellery, and watches valued.

42 Constellation Drive, Albany 09 489 9919

Good food that’s Gluten Free

18b Glenmore Drive, Warkworth 425 9593 •

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Furniture & Furniture Restoration | Carpets | Painters & Decorators | Water Pumps

Beauty Therapy & Nail Creations for head to toe pampering

Alison Wech

C.I.D.E.S.C.O, C.I.B.T.A.C, dip Beauty Therapy, dip Electrolysis, dip Body Therapy, dip Nail Technician


PHONE 09 425 5597

46 McKinney Road, Warkworth Mob 021 051 3661 • Ph 09 425 7776

• Facials • Waxing • Tinting • Gel Nails • Acrylic Nails • Manicures • Pedicures • Electrolysis • Make-up • Body Wraps • Massage • Spray Tans


0800 66 24 24

• Alarm & CCTV Installation and Servicing • Local Alarm Monitoring • Patrols/alarm Response • Free Design and Quotation PO Box 487 Warkworth


Quality workmanship is the KEY aspect of our business. We are locally based and customer friendly. Our services include but not limited to: Locks rekeyed • Lost keys made and cut on site • Locks repaired • Home security appraisals • Locks installed • Garage remotes programmed

0800 SHORELOCK (746 735)

PHOENIX LOX The compleTe locksmiTh service We’re mobile, so we come to you!

Freephone Wayne on 0800 46 2522 P: 027 255 2489 E: Congratulations free securiTy assessmenT - resTricTed key sysTems - commercial - domesTic

Call Insite Security

09-425 7113 (24 hrs)

Phone Cathy or Shona 425 9068 or email your advert to

Mon to Fri 7am-3.30pm • 50a Morrsion Dr Warkworth Phone 4222 541 • Txt 021 150 7366

*for a three insertion contract


and run your own rewarding business

• Low start up costs • Ongoing support & training • Build equity in your business • Proven, easy to operate business

Franchises available in Warkworth covering Warkworth and Maungaturoto To find out more:

m. 0800 FASTWAY e. DRIVEWAYS MAINTENANCE Grading, Rolling & Metalling for rural Driveways. No job to BIG or small. Ph Bruce 425 7766.

Horse riding WarkWortH

Family Fun Scenic farm & forest rides Quiet horses & ponies • Birthday rides Lessons • Suit beginners & experienced riders & people with Disabilities Social, Language & School Groups

Book Now 1hr $45 • 2hrs $80 Phone 09 425 8517

Take control of your future

Advertise your classifieds and church notices here for only

$2.95+GST per line or $8.85 per/cm+GST for boxed adverts.




Spot X Cafe

A SMART REPAIR Service for F&P smartdrive washers, F&P/Simpson dryers. Same day service 09 423 9660 or 021 168 7349.

• Specialist Furniture Truck • Packing & Storage • Caring Owner/ Operator • Carriers Liability Insurance Phone 0274 889 216 • Ah 09 422 7495 y dsa Lin ylor Ta

Hayley and Arnika and welcome to Warkworth.




42 Kaipara Flats Road, Warkworth Google: Horse Riding Warkworth


of up to 200, reasonable rates. Kathy 422 0891 or



First Floor 143m close to the Warehouse. Carpet, kitchen and toilet. Suitable for professional offices. Fitout negotiable. $1,400/month+opex+GST. Phone Jim (owner) 021 621 124.




FOR SALE Hot as Hell Firewood

Delivery of NZ Herald and Advocate in Mangawhai.

• Regular weekly income • Early starts 7 days • Need reliable transport • Computer/internet access Enquiries to Rick or Marie at 09 431 5022 or



Old Man (Nitro) Pine Phone Ed Wood 021 0844 1750



Specifically reared for free ranging. For more details and to reserve contact 09 422 5890 or


Ph 09 422 6052.

HAY - NEW SEASONS Top quality, no kakuia, $10-$12 a bale. Phone 09 4257479 or 0274970980. PLANTS, Quality groundcovers, shrubs and trees. Large and small grades. Wholesale direct to the public. Contact growing and pre-orders welcome. Liberty Park Native Tree Nursery, 90 Jones Road, Omaha 09 422 7307.

RAWLEIGH Products. Ph Pat 425 8851.

SCENIC FLIGHTS 30 mins $59; 20 mins $49; Min. 3 passengers. Trial flights $79. Gift vouchers available. GREAT BARRIER FLIGHTS. Special stopover up to 4 hours. Return $110. Min. 3 passengers. One way flights $115 each. Min 2 passengers. NORTH CAPE FLIGHTS $430 each. Min 3 passengers. Rodney Aero Club 425 8735 or Rod Miller 425 5612

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Advertise your classifieds and church notices here for only

$2.95+GST per line or $8.85 per/cm+GST for boxed adverts.





ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS If you want to drink that’s your business, if you want to stop, we can help!


hypnotherapy with Scope hypnosis. Phone 0508 SCOPE ME (726 736) or email:

HOME MAINTENANCE CARPET OVERLOCKING homes, boats, caravans. Agent is GAMEGEAR, 24 Baxter Street, Warkworth. John Robinson 022 173 8116. FENCE & DECK REJUVENATION Get ready for summer. No obligation free quote. Ph Phil 422 4919 or 027 640 2185. HANDYMAN – THE MAINTENANCE MAN your one stop fix-it-man. Phone Jim 422 3725 or 021 254 2048 or visit RETAINING WALLS Wooden retaining walls and fencing. Owner/operator 25+ years experience. For complete quality projects ph Bruce (09) 425 7766. LAWNS - Contouring, prepping and laying. Owner/operator 25+yrs experience. For complete quality projects phone Bruce (09) 425 7766. STEVE’S MAINTENANCE lawns, hedges, waterblasting, rubbish removal, section clearing, property maintenance. No job too big or small. Phone Steve 029 770 7101 or 09 425 9966. Serving Warkworth, Snells, Matakana, Sandspit.

HOME MAINTENANCE WATER FILTERS Underbench filters & whole house Ultra violet filters – Kill and remove ecoli/bacteria. FREE site visits. Ph Steve 09 945 2282 or visit WATER PUMPS Low water pressure? Get it sorted. Sales, service and installation. Work guaranteed. Steve 09 945 2282 LAWNMOWING & SECTION MAINTENANCE SERVICE Rubbish removal, weed control, water blasting, decks, drives, paths, fence painting & repairs. Warkworth - Matakana & Beaches. Jeff is reliable and punctual. Phone 027 425 7357 or 425 7357.

MARKETS MUSEUM SUMMER MARKET 1st Saturday of the month, 8am, Old Masonic hall, Baxter Street, Warkworth. Enquiries Warkworth 425 8391.


Videos, slides & old 8mm films all on to DVD. Ph TeTotara Video (09) 422 5710.

0800 AA WORKS (0800 229 6757) OR 09 366 6688 Sponsored by Mahurangi Matters


Come and join the fun, 1st Monday of month, Upstairs New Masonic Lodge, Baxter Street, Warkworth, 7pm. Proceeds to Warkworth Museum.


Auckland Council service centre, Baxter Street, Warkworth.

Drawn on 11/12/13

1st prize ticket number 1797 G Sheen, Gulf harbour. 2nd prize ticket number 1693 J Thompson, Warkworth 3rd prize ticket number 1168 E Ward, Warkworth Thankyou to all our sponsors; New World Orewa,Stihl Warkworth, hungry Creek Bed & Breakfast, Tis’Dolls & Barn Bears Puhoi, Morris & James Matakana, Puhoi Cheese Cafe, Puhoi Coffee, Puhoi hotel, Waiwera Thermal Pools, The Trove Puhoi, Puhoi Canoe hire, Chemz, Elf Lubricants, hickeys Pharmacy Orewa, Puhoi Cottage Tearooms, Titford & Anderson.

EVERY MON, 10-2 & SAT 10-1

No appointment necessary. Service includes signing, witnessing, declarations, certified copies, immigration & marriage dissolution.


Taoist Tai Chi Classes Beginners Classes starting February 2014 WellsFord Anglican Church Hall

PAXTON, ERIC RAYMOND On January 17th 2013 He left us to suffer no more. Much loved and sadly missed by his wife of 67 years, Betty & his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. A good kiwi bloke.

Tai Chi is an ancient art that promotes holistic well being for people of all ages

Sat 18 Sun 19 Fri 24

1hr excursion departs 9am. 1hr excursion departs 10am. Special 2-hr excursion departs 12.30pm. Bring picnic lunch, jacket. Reservations necessary. Dave 027 484 9935 or 425 5006 SUPPORTED By MAhURANGI MATTERS

MATAKANA COAST & COUNTRY INC AGM At the Bridgehouse, 16 Elizabeth Street, Warkworth. Feb 2nd 2014 at 5.30pm.


The winner of the Warkworth Red Cross Raffle was Jessie Wrigglesworth Ticket B31 Red Dots.

Monday 20th January 2014, 6.30pm. Mahurangi Presbyterian Church, Office Lounge, 1 Pulham Road, Warkworth

HOMEBUILDERS FAMILY SERVICES We provide the following free services:

• Family Support including relationships & parenting; youth counselling and work with children experiencing difficulties. • Living Well On Your Income courses, SKIP and Bag of Tricks Parenting courses. • Help Desk and Advocacy • Strengthening Families • Disability Information Service (Wednesdays 9-12)

5 Hexham St, Warkworth • Phone 09 425 7048 Open Monday - Friday 9am-12midday, but leave a message anytime SUPPORTED BY MAHURANGI MATTERS


scout Hall, shoesmith street

Tuesday, 11th Feb, 5.30pm-7pm Thursday, 13th Feb, 10am-11.30am saturday, 15th Feb, 10am-11.30am Wednesday, 12th Feb, 5.30pm-7pm

Sailing Schedule


Port Albert Road, Wellsford Monday 10th Feb, 5.30pm-7pm WArKWorTH

Methodist Church Hall, Church Hill rd



Ph Helen Howard 09 425 9237


Due to our clients demand we require experienced health Care Assistants to work in aged care facilities. Call today. Phone 09 476 0501.


Can you spare up to 4hrs a week to assist people in the Warkworth/ Wellsford/Mangawhai area with budgeting advice? Full training provided. Applicants must have own reliable transport. For more details phone the Warkworth/Wellsford Budget Service on 423 7123.

WARKWORTH MUSIC AGM Tuesday 11th February, 7.30pm at 19 hepburn Creek Road. The meeting will be followed by entertainment and supper. All welcome. Anne Taylerson Secretary ph 425 9281.



Graphic Designer Required for busy Warkworth Printhouse. Experience essential in designing commercial digital & offset work. Must have Adobe software knowledge & skills. Part time hours negotiable, up to 25hrs per week. required

Contact Barrie:

021 111 5468

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Advertise your classifieds and church notices here for only

$2.95+GST per line or $8.85 per/cm+GST for boxed adverts.




FREEVIEW TV, Audio, Installation, Faults & Supply. Andrew 021 466 394 or 422 2221.


Busy up market salon in Warkworth looking for a self motivated senior stylist to join our team. Phone 422 7002 or 021 396 533


Nanny & More! Quality full-time local courses for nanny & childcare careers Call Amanda now for free info! 424 3055

TV SERVICES & SALES UHV AERIAL REMOVALS Now useless. have it removed by our professional team. Ph Phil 422 4919 or 027 640 2185. ALL FREEVIEW INSTALLATIONS Dish, Aerial, Additional Outlet .. THE TV MAN IS THE ONE! FREE QUOTE Call JIM ThE MAINTENANCE MAN 021 254 2048 or visit

TV SERVICES Freeview, dishes, aerials, boxes. Sales, installation and repairs. Phone Gavin 027 476 6115.

WANTED SECOND HAND GOODS - Glenfield Trading wants to buy second hand goods. Servicing surrounding Warkworth area. Ph Graham on 09 443 6013.

WANTED TO BUY Mature Pine Forest

Premium large logs Phone Ed Wood 021 0844 1750 WANTED TO RENT - Tidy and careful family of 5 required house to sit (or well priced rental) while building our house, approx early Feb to May, Warkworth/ Surrounding areas. One outdoor dog and very well trained 9, 12 & 13yr olds. Please phone Jo 021 165 2630.

Mahurangi Methodist Parish

WarkWorth Methodist Cnr Neville & Church Sts, Warkworth Parish Office: Ph 425 8660 Sunday Service 10.30am Hall Bookings PH 425 8053 snell’s Beach coMMunity church 325 Mahurangi East Rd Sunday Service 9am The Minister will be available every Thursday afternoon Hall Bookings PH 425 5707 Point Wells coMMunity church Williams Cres, Point Wells Sunday Services 2nd & 4th Sundays at 9.30am Mainly-Music Programme Thurs, 10am-11am, during school terms. PH 425 8660 for furtHer information

Warkworth Anglican Parish Church Services St. Leonard's, Matakana

Snells Beach Community Church

2nd Sunday at 9am

St.Alban's, Kaipara Flats

1st Sunday at 11.15am

For February 5th issue is January 29th Phone 425 9068 to book your classified advertising

Phone 425 8054 or

3rd Sunday at 11.00am

Sudoku the numbers game 9



7 8


3 1



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Omaha Quarry Reserve Restoration Plan

The report, and feedback forms, are located on the Auckland Council website: and search for ‘Omaha Quarry Reserve’.

2 4

Sunday Services 9am & 10.30am

We encourage your feedback on the plan by 14 February 2014.

6 5 Solution page 37

Fill in this grid so that every column, every row and every 3x3 box contains the digits 1 to 9.


5 Pulham Road, Warkworth Phone 425 8861

An ecological restoration plan for the Omaha Quarry Reserve at Mangatawhiri Road, Omaha South is now available for public feedback. The plan outlines future community restoration for the Omaha Quarry Reserve.




SS. Peter & Paul Church Sunday: 8.30am

1st and 3rd Sundays at 9.30am

St.Michael and All Angels, Leigh



Holy Name Church, 6 Alnwick Street Saturday Vigil: 6.00pm Sunday: 10.30am

Every Sunday 8am and 9.30am

REID EQUESTRIAN ENGINEERING, Wellsford. Float rebuilds, horse truck conversions, etc. Dog kennels made to measure. Quality work. Ph Ron 423 9666


Holy Mass Timetable:

Christ Church, Church Hill, Warkworth





Phone 425 8545

Find out more: phone 09 301 0101 or visit


Flexible hours Experience preferred. Contact Lynette 0274 779 690


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Fluoride debate prompts closer look at what’s in our water Warkworth appears unlikely to get fluoride in its drinking water any time soon. Last April, the Rodney Local Board told Auckland Council it did not support the fluoridation of all town water supplies “and would prefer to maintain the status quo in Rodney.” However, many residents probably don’t realise how many additives are already needed to turn water from the Mahurangi River into something that is “completely satisfactory” to drink. Watercare’s northern water supply manager, Tuan Hawke, proudly notes that Warkworth’s drinking water has recently retained its A-grade rating. The grade is not the country’s highest — some supplies are rated A1 — but it means that Warkworth’s supply is regarded as having “an extremely low level of risk”. Keeping it that way is a rather complex process, and one which Mr Hawke agrees is not always ideal, especially with last year’s recordbreaking drought, which reduced the Mahurangi River to a trickle. But it is expected to be some time yet until a new treatment plant is built to process water from an underground bore at Sanderson Road.

Watercare process engineer Ben Moore, at the Warkworth treatment plant, which processes an average of a million litres of fresh water a day.

“Surface water can be a challenge to manage because of concerns about pollution and drought,” Mr Hawke says. “But floods can become a challenge too, because it can get really stirred up. Fortunately, we have one to two days of storage which is very good — it means we can sort things out and keep on producing.” By Auckland standards, Warkworth’s treatment plant is tiny, treating just one million litres a day. The entire Auckland region goes through 370 million litres each day.

At Brown Road, the river water is pumped into a raw water chamber and then goes through a flash mixer, which shakes it up and makes it easier to remove the big bits that people don’t want to drink. It is dosed with powdered activated carbon, which takes away any unpleasant taste and odour. A coagulant and a polymer are then added, which brings the smaller particles together so they become bigger particles. The water is then clarified, which allows the bigger particles to sink to the bottom.

A sand filter helps trap anything nasty that might be left. It is then disinfected with ultraviolet light and chlorine. The final step is correcting the alkalinity by adding a bit of caustic soda, mainly for taste, before it is sent off to a reservoir. Watercare has been granted a resource consent for the bore in Sanderson Rd, but Mr Hawke says a lot more work will need to be done before it begins supplying the town. The bore water has to be thoroughly tested to ensure the right kind of treatment plant is built. “We’ve done one good sample and tested it. We’ve got to get some more samples, and our analysis will determine how complex the plant will be, and that will govern how long it will take before we can actually get that running.” The new plant will help cater for the enormous growth that is predicted to take place in Warkworth over the next 30 years, and will also ensure security of supply, he says. “It’s envisaged that both sources will run for a period of years, but ultimately that the bore source at Sanderson Road will take over and become the primary source.”

Running out of water? Need a new tank or pump? Splash Water Specialists also offer the following: • Water Filters • Water Testing • Spray Equipment


• Pool Valet Service • Water Treatment • Mobile & Workshop Service

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Slow start to summer for water carriers Water trucks in the Mahurangi area have had a quiet start to the summer, with two well timed rain events keeping tanks topped up. Wyatt Haulage director Dave Wyatt says normally at this time of year they’d be running two trucks, 12-hours a day. In busy years that can step up to double shifts. “The 60 to 80mm that fell a couple of weeks ago was pretty widespread across the district,” he says. “At the moment, we’re only doing a couple of loads a day.” However, Dave warns homeowners against being complacent. “Forecasters are predicting a long dry spell from about mid-January onwards so householders need to keep a check on their tank levels and be careful with their water usage.” Rhodes for Roads operations coordinator Chris South agrees. He says the earlier that tank owners can book a refill, the better. “The last thing you want when you’ve got the kids home on holiday is to run out of water,” he says. “As a general rule, people run out of water at the same time so keeping a regular check on the tank level is the best way to avoid any last minute panic.” He says a lot of the work at the moment has been keeping up supply to the tanks at rented holiday homes. Rhodes for Roads also provides a supply for fire trucks in the district. “We’re not complaining that this area of our work has also been quiet this year,” Chris says.

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Be waterwise Water is the essence of life. We use it every day for drinking, bathing, cleaning, cooking and gardening. It’s important to use this precious resource wisely. Saving water outdoors During a dry spell, water your garden well every three to five days. A light sprinkle every day will promote weak root systems that are prone to drying out. Weed your garden regularly. Weeds compete with plants for the available water.

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Breathtaking cinema images tell Ross Sea campaign story An environmental, film which tells the story of a campaign to protect Earth’s last untouched ocean from fishing will screen at the Openair Cinema in Orewa on January 18. The Last Ocean is the latest work of director Peter Young and has won awards at several international film festivals including ‘Best Professional Documentary’ at the 2013 Real to Reel International Film Festival. The 88-minute long film is set in the Ross Sea, Antarctica, the most pristine stretch of ocean on Earth. It presents a vast, frozen landscape that teems with life – whales, seals and penguins carving out a place on the very edge of existence.

Largely untouched by humans, it is one of the last places where the delicate balance of nature prevails. But an international fishing fleet has recently found its way to the Ross Sea where it is targeting Antarctic toothfish, sold as Chilean sea bass in up-market restaurants around the world. The screening is supported by the Rodney branch of the Green Party and is billed as a community event, with music and guest speakers, food and drinks, and a bouncy castle. It will be held at the Western Reserve in Orewa on Saturday, January 18, with entertainment from 7pm and the film starts at 8.45pm.


Grow your grass a little longer in the summer. This strengthens the root system and shades the root zone, meaning your lawn will stay greener and need less watering. Use a broom to sweep your paths and driveway rather than the hose. Use a bucket of soapy water to clean your car and your house windows rather than the hose. Water your plants in the early morning or evening to minimise the volume of water lost through evaporation. Place mulch around your plants to minimise the volume of water lost through evaporation. Group plants with similar watering needs together. This helps to ensure they all receive the correct amount of water. Use a watering can or a hose with a hand-held trigger to minimise wastage and direct water only where it’s needed. If you need to use a sprinkler, also use a timer. Look for a drought-resistant lawn seed mix when laying a new lawn.

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Long overdue Council boat ramp review underway A review of boat ramps in the Rodney and Hibiscus region may examine whether “user pays” charges should be introduced. It may also consider whether parking should be policed, to help reduce congestion at peak times. The review comes as local boat ramps experience their usual summer overload, and the Rodney Local Board is urging users to take part in an online survey to ensure they have their say. Both the Rodney and Hibiscus Local Boards are carrying out the review, which will examine the state of more than 90 boat ramps, launchings and moorings facilities on both coasts. Known problem areas in the Mahurangi region include the Omaha boat ramp, Opahi Bay and Sandspit, with lack of parking over summer causing the most problems. A 2005 study showed that ramps were at or beyond capacity in North Rodney for around 10 to 15 days over summer. Wenderholm, Algies Bay and Leigh were also reported to have regular congestion. However, the area’s growing population is also seeing more people using ramps outside the holiday season, and use is expected to continue to increase by about three percent per year. Local board adviser Francis Martin says the aim of the review is to determine whether there is a need to improve water access for recreational boats and, if so, to develop potential options. It helps to be an early bird if you want to get out on the water in Mahurangi at this time of year. Improvements could include boat ramp upgrades The project may also consider whether a form The survey is available online at aucklandcouncil. and new ramps, as well as better parking and signage, of “user pays” for ramp use and parking might until February 8, and the or improving the availability and accessibility of be needed, or whether it might be necessary to Local Board will also be talking to local groups information about the ramps’ location and their use. police parking. about the issue.

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Summer festival addresses Christian issues Forest profits More than 600 people gathered at Mahurangi College last week for a five-day family festival, run by international Christian group New Wine. The festival, which started on January 8 provided activities for all ages, with water fights and games for younger children, leadership programmes for teenagers, and a series of seminars on Christian issues for the adults. Speakers had travelled from as far afield as Scotland and the US to conduct seminars, but most attendees were from the upper North Island. It is the first year the event has been held at Mahurangi College after out growing last year’s location at Matakana Primary School. New Wine New Zealand Trust Board deputy chair Stephanie Corban says the new setting has been great. “This facility has been fantastic. It’s Oscar Bowman, 12, prepares to fire. A near miss during a water-fight. great to have somewhere close to Auckland, but still have that holiday Mathew De Beer, 13, feel. It’s a wonderful location.” from Browns Bay, all Most festival-goers camped on the but catches a watergrounds of the college, but they have bomb in a bucket, also been getting out to see what the while Ariarna Mahurangi region has to offer, she says Cartwritght, 13, comes out empty “The afternoons are mostly free, so handed in a game people have been wine tasting and at the New Wine snorkelling, and seeing the area.” festival. New Wine national leader Lydia Read said the new setting had been fantastic and the community had been hugely welcoming. “We’ve had people come from Waikato through to Northland, and some have even come up from Wellington. “We hope to be back here next year.”


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There’s still no sign of any profits from the Araparera Forest Joint Venture, which extracted more than $1.5 million in rates, from more than 7000 properties in the former Rodney District Council. The funds were collected from a targeted rate over nearly 30 years. Auckland Council is forecasting proceeds from the joint-venture of about $2.3 million, with Council’s share earmarked for roading improvements. The joint venture was set up for the planting and harvesting of a forest on 15 blocks of land on Kaipara Coast Highway and West Coast Road. Harvesting started in February 2012 and was due to wind-up about midway through last year. The responsibility for the future use of the land then rests with the Maori landowners. Auckland Council Property says any profit from the harvest will be shared between the parties based on their respective inputs and any carbon tax liabilities will be the responsibility of the landowners. Profits can only be spent on roads where the targetd rate applied, which excludes the townships of Warkworth, Wellsford, Snells Beach, Algies Bay, Omaha and Kawau Island.

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Prominent Warkworth craftsperson member of Kowhai Art & Craft. Joan, who is now in her 90s, was presented with the award last month and is only the seventh life member in the society’s 37-year history. She joined the society shortly after it was established and her award recognises her generosity in tutoring and mentoring in her fields of expertise – pottery and leatherwork. Meanwhile, the society will holds it annual meeting on February 24 when current president Eilene Lamb will seek re-election for a third term. Eilene says the society is in good shape with 15 groups, representing more than 130 members, involved in a range of arts and craft. One of the newest group’s in the fold is a photography club. Regular society activities include an open day in May and the Kowhai Festival exhibition in October. “Unlike Estuary Arts, for instance, we are a cooperative,” Eilene says. “We don’t employ staff or run classes, but rely on members sharing their skills and also being prepared to share the workload.” The society received $5000 from the Rodney Local Board to assist with operational expenses last year. It is currently negotiating the lease of the ground where the society

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Festive tree spectacle raises $3000 for St John Warkworth A spectacular display of Christmas trees and decorations helped raise around $3000 for St John Warkworth in December. The four-day display, which also featured a live Santa, was held in the Old Masonic Hall, and was organised by the Kowhai Coast Lions. The event, named Treemendous, was first held in 2012, and the second year proved even more popular than the first. A spokeswoman said the club intended to make the display an annual event, although there were still some people who didn’t seem to realise what it involved. “We had some people who thought we were selling Christmas trees,” she lovely smiles on people’s faces when said. “But it was worth it to see all the they came in.”

The Lions Club of Kowhai Coast put on a Christmas lunch for 60 people from Adults in Motion, and the Fun Club, at the Salty Dog in Snells Beach last month. Fun Club is a group run by volunteers that meets weekly at the Presbyterian Church Hall in Warkworth for IHC and special needs adults. Adults in Motion also meets weekly in Warkworth. Shona Pickup played Santa and her trusty elf was Mary Davies. Local musicians also volunteered their time to provide entertainment.

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Warkworth Engraving Special mementos and gifts can be personalised locally with the establishment of Warkworth Engraving, next to the Party Hire Shop, in Morrison Drive. George and Glenda Thompson, who formerly owned Warkworth Tanks, have invested in some state-of-the art machines, which allow them to offer a range of services from profile cutting and sandblasting on glass to reproducing colour images on a range of specially-coated surfaces. “Everything is computerised so as long as we have a good quality image, we can pretty much reproduce it on anything,” George says. “Most requests so far have been fairly standard, but we’re looking forward to being more experimental as time goes by.” While George has a building background, Glenda’s previous employment includes three years as a real estate agent with Century 21 in

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‘Buy Local’ winners in Wellsford A pre-Christmas “Buy Local” promotion among Wellsford retailers was a huge success, says secretary Cathy Roche. To be eligible for prizes, people had to Brown $50 (entry from Hobbs Gifts). spend over $20 at participating stores. New Dimensions and Wellsford “We had a great number of entries and Sports & Leisure shared first place each year it just seems to get better,” honours in the Best Dressed Window she says. “This is the highlight of competition, with Take Note taking the year drawing out the entries and third place. spreading some good news.” Results of the colouring competition Local JP Trish Cox did the draw and were as follows: 3-5 years – Sarah Pow phoned the winners, who were: Point 1, Mackenzie Oldfield 2; 6-9 years – Curtis Cruising Club $150 (entry Erin Ostermann 1, Matariki Calvert from Wellsford Sports & Leisure), 2; 10-12 years – Ryan Wood 1, Darcie Andrea Shepherd $100 (entry from Laughton 2; 13&14 years – Oskar Wellsford Pharmacy), and Jeanette Primbs 1, Sam Czeparski 2.

Business urged to submit on plan Businesses in Rodney are being encouraged to have their say on the proposed Auckland Unitary Plan. Auckland Council has released a guide titled ‘Shaping a business-friendly city’, which identifies strong centres, new business land and better transport links as essential for Auckland’s growth. The Unitary Plan is the rule book that will shape how Auckland grows. It proposes more consistent planning rules across Auckland, as well as smarter digital tools that are faster to use. The

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Island life in Kawau Bay The seascape around Kawau Bay contains several small islands and each has its own interesting history. Situated between Kawau and the mainland are the Mayne Islands. Edward Mayne had connections with Kawau during the copper mining era. He was an early settler whose farm on Auckland’s Hobson Street had a long frontage on Karangahape Rd. He was from a distinguished legal family and in 1848 he was appointed a magistrate with responsibility for keeping the peace on Kawau Island. Later, he was Sergeant of Arms in the NZ parliament and was granted an annuity by act of parliament on his retirement in 1865. Separately, the Mayne Islands are Takangariki (the short casting of the net ) and Takangaroa (the long casting of the net). Takangariki, still called Rabbit Island on some maps and previously known as Pine Island, was bought in the 1950s by Allen Taylor for £200. At that time it was possible for a person of modest means to acquire such a property. Earlier owners must have also enjoyed the island life as an established orchard thrived among the pine trees, which covered most of the island. The Auckland Star reported in 1976 that Rabbit Island, Kawau Bay, had 300 pine trees felled by its new owner Mr D. Lumsden who had plans to turn it into a wild life sanctuary

Takangariki Island before the pines were felled, circa 1950. Locals still call it Rabbit Island.

with the pine trees replaced by natives. The felling of the pines changed the shape of the island so that it appeared to have had a hair cut. Takangaroa, the larger of the two islands, has long been in private ownership since it was purchased by Mr T. Clarkson, Kawau’s first radio operator. This came about in the mid 1920s when a telegraph office was established at Mansion House and Mr Clarkson was sent from Wellington to man it. Takangaroa is also a wild life sanctuary with no cats, dogs or guns allowed. Lying across the south channel from Kawau, Motuketekete has a well-

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documented history. It was purchased from the Crown in 1850 by Frederick Whittaker and Theophilus Heale. Their efforts to operate a rival mining operation led to such animosity that their workers had to live on Motuketekeke and be transported each day to Kawau. A report in the Daily Southern Cross in May 1852 described Captain Heale’s island with a brig at anchor. “The puff, puff, of the engine of a smelting furnace apprised us that the hand of the diligent maketh rich”. Continued riches, however, were not forthcoming, as the flooding of the mines ended the venture and the work

Allen Taylor owned the island from the 1950s until 1974.

force scattered. Motuketekete then had a succession of owners including Noah Parsons, one of the miners who had worked there. In 1880, it was purchased by George Scandrett and metal was barged from the island to build roads on the mainland. The 1901 and 1906 census returns show no residents living on Motuketekete but in 1911, when the New Zealand population had just reached its first million, there were three resident and seven on neighbouring Moturekareka.

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Readers share early photographs Late last year we invited readers to share old photographs of the district that they might have in their personal collections. Below are too of the responses. More contributions of pre-1950 photos of the area and its residents are welcome.

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The Hill Street house in the 1920s

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Snells Beach resident Gary Williamson has family connections to a house in Hill Street. His grandfather, Robert Henry Williamson, emigrated from Tasmania to Warkworth in the early 1900s to take a job at the Wilson Cement Works. He and his wife Emily lived at 46 Hill Street until the kilns closed. They moved to Whangarei where Robert had a job with Portland Cement and Emily’s parents moved into the Warkworth house. Both Robert’s son and his grandson Gary also worked at Portland.

Tomarata farm house find When Robyn and Tony Marshall moved into a farm house on Brian and Vanessa Mason’s property, at Tomarata, one of their first tasks was to unpack their gear. “Once we’d done that, we decided to store the suitcases in a cupboard above the wardrobe,” Robyn says. “The bag kept jamming on something and when we took a look, we discovered this photograph. “Goodness knows who it belonged to but it says Warkworth in the 1930s. We kept it because we thought it was so interesting to see how the town has changed.”

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Warkworth scouts take on international jamboree challenge Eighteen Warkworth Scouts attended the 20th New Zealand Scout Jamboree held at Manfield, Fielding, over the Christmas holiday. The Warkworth scouts, along with 18 scouts from Devonport, formed the WD43 Contingent. Altogether, 3000 scouts from around New Zealand, Australia, Cook Islands, Tonga, Samoa, Indonesia and Korea attended the 10-day event, which is held every three years. In addition, there were more than 1200 leaders, venturers and rovers helping out. Warkworth contingent leader Mark Lee says Manfield was transformed into a mini-town complete with its own hospital, fire brigade, police patrol and daily newspaper. The jamboree featured a huge range of adventure activities including white water rafting, abseiling, One of the Jamboree highlights was the mud shooting, water sports, caving, motor sports and challenge complete with mud slide, slippery poles and mud swimming. an army commando course. In addition there was a range of other on-site activities such as gold panning, crafts, coal shovelling races and farming skills. Entertainment during the evenings included a circus, stunt cars, a gang show, an international night and a New Year’s Eve party complete with countdown and a massive fireworks display. Mark says scouting in the Mahurangi area continues to grow, with a new group in Puhoi joining the existing groups in Orewa, Warkworth, Wellsford, Maungaturoto and Kaiwaka. Scouting, which includes keas, cubs, scouts, Along with 400 other scouts from Auckland, the venturers and rovers, is open to boys and girls from Warkworth Scouts travelled to Fielding on a special age six years onwards. Warkworth Scouts Heather Niccols, Duncan McDonald overnight Jamboree Train, which was the longest passenger train to leave Auckland in 50 years. Info: 0800Scouts or check out and Davina Jones panning for Jamboree Gold.

Warkworth & District Museum Warkworth & District Museum has created a display at the museum to help celebrate the 160 years of Warkworth. We have attempted to give recognition to the early families who donated generously to the museum and to show how fashion has changed down through the years.

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History with Lyn Johnston Albertland Museum

Sculling contest, 1924 In my late mother’s scrapbook there is a small flyer advertising an Australasian Sculling Championship. The word ‘Australasian’ had been crossed out and my grandfather, Harold Marsh, had replaced it with ‘Dargaville.’ Mum wrote ‘Pop went to this’ with no further details though she did have photographs taken at the time. Recently, I found among more Marsh papers donated to the Heritage Centre, Harold’s notes on the trip, written for a Lantern Slide show. A Google search also produced articles from The Northern Advocate. Harold and his nephew Cyril Halfpenny joined a party from Wellsford, Port Albert and Wharehine who had hired the Ivy to make a special trip to Dargaville to see the sculling match on the Wairoa River between W. McDevitt, of Tasmania, Darcy Hadfield, ex-NZ and world champion, James Mason, of Whangarei, and George Ceruti, of NSW. Around 9am on June 10, Harold and Cyril rowed their punt into the Oruawharo River to meet the Ivy. Harold noted that he thought they were well out, but ‘Johnny with the pole’ had already found bottom and a piratical figure in the bow was waving frantically for them to pull further out. Reaching Ivy, they passed up their gear and scrambled aboard. The punt was towed down to the next point, Atiu, where it was left anchored. An ebbing tide made for easy progress down the Oruawharo and they passed many familiar spots including a village of gumdiggers’ whares at Taupei (Solomon’s Bay). Some of the passengers passed the time by playing 500. One or two spent practically the whole trip both ways playing, except when a meal was on. A photo of the card game was taken when they were well out from the islands at the mouth of the Oruawharo. Ivy was unsteady and one player abruptly left saying: ‘Here Roy, take my hand! This is no good to me!’ They had lunch while passing Beacon Point on their port side. Shortly afterwards, Harold’s hat went overboard so sail was lowered and the Ivy put about to rescue it – passengers remarked ‘Skipper, charge this man two bob extra.’ They arrived at Dargaville around 2.30 pm and with an hour to spare before taking up a viewing position, went ashore for a while. On their return, Dargaville’s Mayor told them the Ivy couldn’t follow the race, only the steamers and one launch were allowed. They explained they were only going to anchor where they could watch the finish and they would pay to see the race (three shillings each). Ivy anchored a quarter of a mile below the finish line. Light was dull, water calm. At last the competitors appeared, two steamers with launches following and Hadfield leading at first. McDevitt passed him before they reached Ivy’s position. From the opposite side of the river shouts of ‘Hadfield, Hadfield’ made Harold think Hadfield was winning. Then they heard a shot at the arrival of the first boat and plenty of shouting on the other side. The Northern Advocate reported: McDevitt, who had been rowing steadily at 32 strokes to the minute, speeded up for the last 300 yards and to the accompaniment of loud applause from the throng on the wharf he crossed the line three lengths ahead of Hadfield. A fresh outburst of cheering was aroused when Ceruti and Mason battled out third position. (Mason beat Ceruti). The Ivy returned to Dargaville where passengers had tea and a stroll through the town. Embarking again at 6 pm they headed back to Port Albert. In familiar waters once more the two men collected their gear and their punt and rowed home.




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Warkworth Rodeo rides on despite protesters

A small group of animal rights protesters were removed from the Warkworth Rodeo grounds on New Year’s Day when they tried to enter the arena and holding yards. Police were called to escort the group The crowd braved rain, bright from the site and they left without sunshine and a tropical-like storm to enjoy a programme of bull riding, incident. Rodeo secretary Krista Fletcher says saddle bronc, steer wrestling, barrel racing and bareback. the protest didn’t upset proceedings. She says the rodeo has ‘existing Warkworth Lions, St John Ambulance, rights’ status to hold the event on the Mr Clip and Warkworth vet Ross Warkworth Showgrounds, which are Lynch were thanked for their support. “The gate take was up and there were owned by Auckland Council. “We’ve had the occasional protest in plenty of entries in most divisions the past, but it doesn’t happen often,” including 31 teams in the team rope, 26 in the second division bull ride and she says. 11 steer wrestlers. Meanwhile, an estimated 5000 spectators attended the event, which is “In my book, it was another great rodeo day,” Krista said. in its 54th year.




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Warkworth A&P Lifestyle Show Saturday, January 25

New attractions join regular line-up on show programme Several new attractions will feature at Warkworth’s A&P Lifestyle Show, which takes place this year on January 25. Comedian Te Radar will be back as guest compere and judge, but regular attendees of the show should find plenty of new activities, as well as the old favourites, to keep them entertained. Alistair McIntyre, also known as Mr Mac, will be bringing along his enormously popular Doug the Digger show. Alistair had a serious work accident some years ago which prompted a big change in his life, and he now fundraises and travels around schools, educating young people about how to handle machinery safely and encouraging them to have fun with a mini-excavator. He wrote a children’s book, Doug the Digger, and helps organise digger competitions, where participants have to use a digger to pour a cup of tea or fill a glass with water. He recently featured on TV show Seven Sharp. For those needing a bigger adrenaline rush, there will also be a racing car simulator, built by Pahi man Ken Subritzky. The simulator, which Ken created out of a former Holden police car, simulates the Bathurst circuit, complete with all-too-realistic sound effects and vibrations. Billed as the “biggest Playstation around”, it is hoped that the public will able to do a time trial, with a prize for the fastest time at the end of the day. Professional covers band Captain Snappy will be providing top-class entertainment, as will bluegrass band Otherwise Fine. Another new entertainer is John Rew, also known as The Puppet Man. John

Mt Panorama will be coming to Warkworth with Ken Subritzky’s racing simulator.

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makes his own marionette string puppets including clowns, acrobats and animals which perform to music. This year’s show has a bigger focus on lifestyle blocks, which is reflected in its change of name, and Market Lane will be lined with plenty of stalls featuring cottage industries and local produce.

Children can have a go at the controls of Mr Mac’s digger.

The market has been organised by the pair behind Warkworth’s Home, Body and Beauty Market, and will include designer kids clothing, alpaca wool, homemade holistic products, jewellery, mosaics, stationery, skincare, soaps and fair trade designer and adult wear. There will also be several new

exhibitors in the Trade Show, including Hunting and Fishing, and Central Landscaping. The Mystical Haven Mobile Farm Park, from Whangarei, will give children a chance to interact with tame animals they wouldn’t normally get to approach.






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Warkworth A&P Lifestyle Show Bidding war expected at Bayleys fundraising auction A brand new iPhone 5 and dinner for eight people at The Matakana are among a huge range of goodies that will go up for auction this month to help ensure the future of the Warkworth A&P Lifestyle Show. Local businesses have donated thousands of dollars worth of goods and services for the auction, which will be held at the Bridgehouse on Thursday January 23, from 5pm until about 7pm. Other items expected to be popular include a Northland Rugby NPC signed jersey, dinner for six at The Stables in Matakana, lunch for eight at the Puhoi Cheese Factory, two nights’ accommodation at Riverside Matakana (worth $650), and a wide variety of fine wine from different vineyards throughout the region. For those of a more practical bent, there will be three hours’ hire of a five-tonne excavator from Matakana Contractors, a truckload of rock delivered to your home by Wharehine, eight cubic metres of mulch from Treescape, a load of firewood from Springboard, and several products from the Stihl Shop. Local firms have also donated vouchers for their services including $800 from legal firm Paxton-Penman, $500 from Mason Contractors, $500 from legal

Bayleys director Mark Macky is looking forward to a lively night at the Bridgehouse on January 23.

firm Dyson Smythe and $500 from Warkworth Surveyors. All proceeds from the auction will go towards the A&P show, which faced an uncertain future this year until new sponsor Bayleys stepped in to rescue it. Bayleys director Mark Macky hopes

there will be a good turnout for the auction, with dozens of fantastic items up for grabs. There will be eight live auctions and 55 silent auctions, as well as a special guest speaker. Mark says Bayleys has enormous respect

for the show and its 147-year history. “Holding on to that history for our local area is really important so we really hope people will get in behind a great cause and have a fun night.” Tickets for the event cost $20 and are available from Bayleys offices.

Farmers’ workshop invite Farmers in Rodney are invited to attend a one-day workshop in Auckland with American farmer, lecturer and author Joel Salatin next month. Joel’s books include Folks, This Ain’t Normal and You Can Farm, and he is in NZ to promote his latest book Fields of Farmers. The focus of the workshop will be around reinvigorating agriculture and engaging farmers of all ages. Also attending the workshop will be his son Daniel and daughterin-law Sheri, who are also involved in Polyface Farms, one of the best known farming operations in the US. Its 1000 acres service more than 4000 families, restaurants and retail outlets within a three-hour ‘foodshed’. The Auckland workshop will be held at Auckland Grammar School on February 23, from 9am to 5pm. Registrations received before January 31 go in the draw to receive free entry. Info: greg@




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The public will get a peek into the past at this year’s A&P Show in Warkworth, with a demonstration of how sheep shearing used to be done in the 1800s. A South Island company is bringing its unique heritage show north, with demonstrations of blade shearing and wool spinning on a purpose-built stage, in full period costume. It will also display natural fibre garments. There will be one demonstration at 11am, and another after lunch. Meanwhile, modern-day sheep shearing competitions will also begin at 10.30am, with locals and novices encouraged to have a go at pedal shearing, where the blades are powered by someone pedalling a bike. There will also be sheep races including the Grand National Sheeplechase

at 11.30am. Other all-day attractions include wood-chopping, dog trials and the usual judging of livestock. The Warkworth and Wellsford Pipes and Drums will perform at the conclusion of the dairy section judging. Warkworth dance academy Dance Dimensions will give dancing and cheerleading demonstrations, and there will also be a demonstration of tai chi. There will be ranch horse events, as well as the usual equestrian events, which continue the following day on January 26. View this story at to see Te Radar powering the shearing blades at last year’s show.

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Wellsford country music club stalwart recognised nationally Wellsford Country Music Club life member Barry Bowman has been named an Unsung Hero by Variety Artists of NZ, an award that recognises his lifelong contribution to country music. Barry, whose family once owned the farm where Sheepworld is located, on State Highway One, now lives in Browns Bay but is still a regular at the Wellsford club. “Alex Constable suggested I get involved and on my first night at the club I played Don Gibson’s song Lonesome Me,” he says. “Everyone clapped and I was hooked.” Over many decades, he has played with groups, backed singers, chorded music for members of the club and played at other country music clubs including North Shore, West Auckland and Hibiscus Coast. He has also encouraged and mentored other guitarists. As much as he loves country music, Barry says it’s the people in the country music clubs who are the real drawcard. “They’re friendly and always so appreciative. It’s a great way for newcomers to cut their teeth and get some performance experience.”

Barry laments the demise of country music radio stations, because he says local performers aren’t getting the same exposure and promotion that they once did. Wellsford club president Andrew Young says a strength of the local club, which has been going for more than 40 years, is a genuine love of musical performance. “We welcome all popular music genres and members and performers come from all over North Rodney, Ruakaka, lower Kaipara, Paparoa, Kaiwaka and Mangawhai. Age is also no barrier – we have had performers aged from five to 95.” The club has its own band and meets monthly, as well as hosting monthly workshops that can include tuition for voice, performance and musical instruments with seasoned performers. Meetings are held at the Wellsford CoOperating Parish Hall, 253 Rodney Street Wellsford, on the second Sunday of the month at 1pm and workshops are held on the last Wednesday of the month at 7pm. Info: Andrew Young on 027 327 6604.

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Summer draws soulful sounds to Sawmill

The laid-back vibe of summer will be well and truly pulsating at Leigh Sawmill over the next fortnight, with two bands dropping by that both namecheck Fat Freddy’s Drop. First up is UK band Bob Hillary and the Massive Mellow, who are including the Sawmill in their first New Zealand tour on Sunday January 19, from 5pm. The band describe their sound as a “highly contemporary and current deep soulful blend of English songwriting, folk music and reggae”. Their new album Love has been getting great reviews, and they are promising a “formidable” show including “deep trancy soul grooves, pulling in African reggae rhythms, jazzy Fat Freddy’s Drop-style horns and harmonised vocal melodies”. The Daily Mail described their show as “having that killer combination of being simultaneously chilled and hugely uplifting”. A couple of reviewers have also vaguely compared Bob Hillary to Paul Simon. Meanwhile, Wellington up-andcomers Tunes of I are bringing their Bob Hillary has been compared to Paul Simon. own brand of languid licks to Leigh first in Wellington’s Battle of the Bands Freddy’s Drop, Trinity Roots, and on Saturday February 1. the following year. They also won the Little Bushman, as well as a new EP at The five-piece band including Conway “Emerging Artist Award” at the Waiata Blue Barn Studios in Wellington. Jeune, Bryn Van Vilet, Makura Maori Music Awards the same year. They describe their sound as a Tomoana, Jules Blewman and Mudz They have since recorded a four-track collective mash of dub, funk, rock, Chadwick, formed in 2011 and placed EP with Warren Maxwell from Fat soul, jazz and reggae.

Both Japanese and NZ influences inform Tiffany Singh’s latest installation at Brick Bay Sculpture Trail.

Kauri in focus

A major new work honouring kauri will be unveiled by Tiffany Singh at Brick Bay Sculpture Trail, Snells Beach, this month. Singh’s latest installation calls attention to the important issue of kauri dieback disease. Titled ‘The tree which moves some to tears of joy is in the eyes of others only a green thing that stands in the way’, Singh draws on the ancient tradition of tree worship (dendrolatry), creating ‘an offering to the forest spirits’ to protect the kauri from this devastating disease. The artist will give a talk on site at 1pm on Saturday January 18. The installation will be on site until April 30. Info:

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Nature’s essence explored

Memories of beach holidays will be revived when the four Jade River Artists hold their 7th annual exhibition in the Old Masonic Hall, in Warkworth, this month. Exhibiting artists are Jocelyn Adolph, indoor and outdoor display. Vivienne Paterson, Doris Riederer and Some of the pottery pieces are Anna Sutherland. combined with driftwood and old Using a variety of media, the exhibition fence-battens, and mixed media captures the essence of local flora paintings pay homage to nostalgia and kiwiana. and fauna. Native birds, fish and lizards are This free exhibition is open Friday presented, as well as shells, dinghies to Sunday, January 17 to 19, from and caravans, all suitable for both 9am to 5pm.

Whangateau Fair fun funds hall The Domain at Whangateau is set to sizzle on the Sunday of Auckland Anniversary weekend, January 26, when the Whangateau Hall Committee holds its annual fair. This year, money raised will go towards the purchase of equipment and on-going hall maintenance. Attractions will include Doug the Digger, catch-a-fish, quick fire raffles for seafood and meat packs, merry-goround, ferris wheel, jumping castle, car boot sale, and book and produce stalls. The children will be entertained with old-time games and races including egg and spoon, three legged, catch an egg, sack and tug-of-war. There will also be guided walks around the Whangateau Harbour. The fair starts at 10am and runs to around 2pm, and there is plenty of free parking. For further information, to donate books or produce, or to book a boot sale space, contact Lynette Penney 422 6507 or Doug Guthrie 422 6448.

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Families welcome at Waitangi Day festival in Mangawhai Some of New Zealand’s favourite musicians will headline a family-friendly festival at Mangawhai Tavern on Waitangi Day. “Sounds like Waitangi” will kick off at 3pm on February 6, and end around six hours later, in what the tavern’s owner hopes will become an annual event. With Waitangi Day falling on a Thursday this year, many Aucklanders are expected to take the Friday off and make it a long weekend, so the region is likely to be busy. The outdoor concert at Mangawhai will feature Greg Johnson, Andrew Fagan & the People, and DJ Peter Urlich, as well as Lisa Crawley, Delete Delete, Show Greg Johnson Me Where It Hurts and local heroes Tempist Fujit. There will be a spit roast from 4pm, and classic and hot rod cars will also be on show. Earlybird tickets are available from Ticketmaster and from the tavern for $40. Children under 12 are free. Greg Johnson, who is best known for his many hit singles, including Isabelle, Liberty, Don’t Wait Another Day, Save Yourself, Now The Sun is Out, has been based in California for the past decade, and is relishing the chance to return home. Andrew Fagan will also blast through a killer set including Swear It’s True, Forever Tuesday Morning, Jerusalem, Get Light, and One Black Friday. Peter Urlich will be Master of Ceremonies and perform DJ sets to keep the summer beachside vibe rolling. Peter shot to fame in Th’Dudes and has Peter Urlich been a key player in Auckland’s club scene since the Andrew Fagan and The People. early ‘80s, as well as hosting popular radio shows on while Delete Delete’s appearance coincides with brand of “swingin’ sass and soul, fingerpoppin’ rockGeorge and 95bFM. the release of new single Between The Lines after the a-rolla” to the bill, and Northland locals Tempist Fujit have built a strong following around their hard Lisa Crawley’s new album All In My Head has success of their debut electro-pop single. attracted great reviews and a legion of new fans, Show Me Where It Hurts bring their captivating rock sound.





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We all love to celebrate and have fun during the festive season, and many celebrations involve food and alcohol. I very much enjoy eating, drinking and talking to friends and relatives. If you are drinking, you need to take care not to over indulge. With wine and health, like all things, moderation is the key. Some studies show a modest intake of alcohol has health benefits over a nil alcoholic intake. This does not mean that more benefits will appear if one drinks more. It doesn’t work that way. In much the same way, that if you eat a globally franchised burger and then supersize your order, the initial benefit will fast turn into a calorie overload. Ahh calories, a lot has been said recently about studying low calorie wine. Alcohol has the most calories in wine – along with sugar. Reducing the calories means reducing the alcohol and/or sugar content. This will take several million dollars and a few years to perfect. In the interim, if you wish to reduce the calorie intake of your wine, pour a little less in your glass. I recently read a wine column by John Hawkesby, a prominent wine writer. A good friend of his, who owned a supermarket, stated that the shop would sell 700 dozen bottles of wine per week. The supermarket was in one of Auckland’s more desirable suburbs (John didn’t say where exactly) but this figure got me thinking. A hectare of wine grapes would yield about five tonnes of premium grapes and there are about 40 odd hectares of planted producing vineyard in the Matakana area. This means there are about 200 tonnes of grapes produced every year in Matakana. One tonne of grapes will produce about 72 cases of finished wine. Therefore Matakana’s local production would be 14,000 odd cases. Putting this in other terms, this one supermarket, if it just sold Matakana wine starting on January 1, would run out by about May 20. Just one supermarket! We really are the boutique wine region of NZ. If you have friends and family visiting this summer – consider a wine tasting at one or more of the region’s wineries. If you can’t decide who will be the driver, I strongly suggest using the $15 Kowhai Connection Explorer Day Pass – this allows for four pick-ups/drop offs along the route which contains many of wineries on our wine trail. Info: Finally, it’s been a great year for Matakana winegrowers. The 2013 harvest was dry and warm, allowing for very ripe and fulsome wines. The upcoming 2014 season looks promising and some of the 2012 wines I’ve had recently are looking very good. Look out for some very good wines being released over the next few months. Cheers.


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Extending salad choices Writing a column to be read in mid-January, before the Christmas festivities have really started, does have some difficulties. It is hard to be properly attuned to the long lazy days of summer while surrounded by the end of year frenzy. However, writing it does reinforce the fact that summer is definitely on the way and with it thoughts turn to the barbeque. At our house, as in most other kiwi homes, the male of the species will offer to cook dinner on “the barbie” but as we know that will only mean cooking the protein portion of the meal. No thought at all will be given to producing a nutritionally-balanced plate. The abundance of fresh greens at this time of the year are easy to mix together as a salad and I also like to have the carb portion as a salad as well. This means that I am not trying to second-guess the timing of the main event and makes for a much more relaxing mealtime for all concerned. Rice, potatoes, carrots, pumpkin, pasta and so on can all be made into tasty summer dishes but as we live so close the kumara growing area of the country, it is nice to utilise them, especially as the new seasons crop will be soon available. To maintain quality, remove kumara from the bag and store in a cool, well-ventilated dark place. Whatever you do, don’t store kumara in the refrigerator. If you put them in the fridge they can develop a hard core in the centre. Likewise, kumara don’t like high storage temperatures, which cause them to sprout. You can store for longer periods by wrapping each kumara in newspaper or even burying them in dry sand or sawdust. For best flavour and freshness, use your kumara within a week or two after purchase. My preference is the gold or Toka Toka variety. It has a sweeter taste than the red but still keeps it firmness when cooked unlike the orange variety which can turn mushy very easily. I always cook them with the skin on. For salads like this one I always use the best olive oil I have.

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Mahurangi regatta sails into anniversary funding talks Environmental concerns and sailing prowess will marry into one at the Mahurangi Regatta on January 25. Although the annual event is designed primarily for classic boats, a wide range of craft will display their colours on the Mahurangi River, between Scotts Landing and Sullivans Bay, on the day. Warkworth’s scow Jane Gifford will again sail as the regatta flagship. Since its revival in 1977, the regatta has provided an opportunity to showcase the Council-community collaboration to restore the health of the harbour’s catchment. A special guest at this year’s event will be Auckland deputy mayor Penny Hulse. Organisers say around 10 million trees are needed to protect the catchment’s eroded or eroding soils, an initiative which will need strong community support. Mahurangi Action Plan secretary Cimino Cole says there is an ulterior motive in inviting the deputy mayor. The incomparable scratch A-class Ranger close-reaching down-harbour in last year’s Mahurangi Regatta, on her way to “Auckland Anniversary Weekend taking line honours, once again. Photo, Lyn Bergquist. 2016 will be the focus of a major celebration to mark the 50th summer “The advantage to those organisations Action paid out $2100 for portable to take responsibility for the tens of of Wenderholm Regional Park – the and individuals who have shouldered toilets, public liability insurance and thousands who crowd onto North first of a network of 26 regional parks the risk and responsibility of holding St John services. This summer, the Head and the other popular vantage the Mahurangi Regatta, is that it group has asked Auckland Regional points up and down, and outside of, across Auckland,” he says. the Waitemata Harbour.” “The concept being considered would would be recognised and supported as Parks to cover those costs. a regional event. “Expecting local groups to pay the cost However, even if that support is involve each regional park hosting an event appropriate to that park. The “Over the years, the event’s of hosting Mahurangi Regional Park forthcoming, the event faces a shortfall obvious event for the Mahurangi overheads have become increasingly visitors is akin to expecting organisers of $2000, as a result of escalating costs Regional Park would be the regatta. unsustainable. Last year, Mahurangi of the Auckland Anniversary Regatta and dwindling Council support.



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what’s on January 2014

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

Jade River Artists’ Exhibition, Old Masonic Hall, Warkworth (see story p53) 18 Tiffany Singh’s artist talk, Brick Bay Sculpture Trail, 1pm (see story p52) 18 Openair cinema presents The Last Ocean, Western Reserve, Orewa (see story p33) 18-Feb 16 The Flower Show, The Vivian art gallery, Omaha Valley Rd, Matakana (see ad p56) 19 Warkworth St John Open Day and barbecue, from 2pm to 5pm. Enter via Whitaker Road. 19 Beyondsemble gig, Puhoi Centennial Hall, 7pm. Adults $20, kids free. 23 Bayley’s Warkworth A&P Lifestyle Show Grand Auction, the Bridgehouse Lodge, from 5pm (see story p49) 23-27 mARTakana exhibition and sale for Warkworth Wellsford Hospice, Matakana School Hall. (Preview Jan 23 at 6pm; Jan 24 from midday-6pm; Jan 25&26 from 9am-6pm; Jan 27 from 9am-midday). Info: 24-25 Hospice Popup Shop, Old Masonic Hall, Warkworth (see ad p20) 25 Bayley’s Warkworth A&P Lifestyle Show, Warkworth Showgrounds (see guide inside, pgs 47 to 51) 25 Mahurangi Regatta, Sullivans Bay (see story p66) 26 Whangateau Fair, 10am-2pm (see story p53) 26 Puhoi Farmer’s Market, 9am-1pm, Info: 0217 22266 26 Mangawhai Beach Day, family fun all day, including beach games, sausage sizzle & Big Dig 27 Auckland Anniversary Day 28 Puhoi Community Forum, sports club, 7.30pm 31 Nashville acoustic acts 10 String Symphony and Tattletale Saints, Whangateau Hall.

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Classic Hits winery tour with Jordan Luck and Stan Walker, Ascension Wine Estate, Tickets from Ticketmaster. Atlas site, Warkworth, public workshop, Mahurangi Rugby Club rooms, Warkworth Showgrounds, 10am-1pm (see brief p3) Jackman Classic, 12km ocean paddle from Waipu to Mangawhai. Sunday in the Park, meet at the woolshed at Tawharanui Regional Park, at 9.15 am, morning working bee followed by BBQ lunch & guest speaker. Warkworth Liaison Group meeting, Warkworth RSA downstairs, 7.30pm (see brief p 3) Waitangi Day Sounds like Waitangi, Mangawhai Tavern, 3pm (see story p54) Music in the Garden, Mansion House, Kawau. Info: www. Top of the Rock Adventure Race. Lynyrd Skynrd, Starship and 10CC, Matakana Country Park. Gates open 11am. Tickets from Ticketek. Community courses start, Mahurangi College (see story p21) Warkworth Photography Group meeting, Warkworth Showgrounds, at 7pm. Info: Mary 425 6910 or at

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Veteran martial arts couple honoured Junior champs It would be a mistake to mess with Warkworth couple Ray and Gail Eder. The pair have a long history of training in martial arts, and their dedication and experience has led to them both being recognised by their peers for their services to aikido. Ray, who is chief instructor at Albany’s Kyu Shin Do Aikido club, has been recognised as aikido instructor of the year, and was one of 17 people recently inducted into the Australasian Martial Arts Hall Of Fame. The award is only given to those with more than 20 years’ continuous service to martial arts development, and you must also demonstrate “highly developed skills”, and “consistently high levels” of experience, skill, knowledge, instructional ability and administration. Not to be outdone, Gail has also been inducted into the New Zealand Martial Arts Hall of Fame. To be eligible, recipients must have been continuously involved in martial arts training and teaching for at least 25 years and have demonstrated exemplary character, as well as technical expertise. They also have to commit to continuing to contribute to martial arts. Gail is chief instructor of the Warkworth Aikido-Kyu Shin do club and also teaches a weekly class at the Albany club which she and Ray founded in 1992. They both began learning karate in

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1979. Ray took up aikido in 1982 and is currently a student of Shihan Robert Nadeau of the California Aikido Association. Gail twice represented New Zealand in international karate competitions, but in 1988 she switched to aikido, and continues to be involved with the Aikido Association of NZ and the NZ Martial Arts Institute. Both their clubs are also affiliated to the Aikikai, the world aikido headquarters.

Gail says they were both “very honoured” by the recognition they had received. “Often people don’t realise that both our clubs are operated on a purely voluntary basis with a considerable amount of time donated, especially by teachers and administrators,” she says. “This sort of recognition makes all the work and time we give to share our love for aikido with our students worthwhile.” Info:

Most junior tennis players showed their stamina when they played under a hot sun at the Warkworth Junior Tennis Tournament last month. Players played both doubles and singles matches. A spokesperson says the tournaments are proving popular with the local junior tennis players, and this tournament had a number of juniors who had never played a proper match before. For Carissa Smith, Caragh and Maddy Dawson, Cole Brown and Kane Hulme it was their first tournament. The second half of the tennis season will see the junior Rodney singles and doubles being played, plus Warkworth, Wellsford and Mangawhai clubs have all indicated that they will run junior tournaments again in the new year. Singles winners were: Cameron Keates (Boys 10 & Under, Mahurangi East), Konrad Morrison (12 & Under, Mahurangi East), Ben Donaldson (13 & Over, Warkworth). Winner of the girls’ tournament was Amelia Burton (Warkworth). Doubles winners were: Rowan Buick/Jordan Thomas (10 & Under, Warkworth), Mackenzie Buick/ William Murphy (12 & Under, Warkworth), Ben Donaldson (13 & Over, Warkworth)/Daniel Vaughan (Mahurangi East).

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