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Holiday time at Mangawhai Non-complying bottling

plant at Waiwera draws growing opposition

A proposal by Waiwera Valley Properties to build a water bottling plant on Upper Waiwera Road has ignited strong opposition from neighbouring residents. Auckland Council has advertised fancy way of dressing up what will the non-complying resource consent in fact be a factory to manufacture application, with submissions closing bottles. He opposes the proposal on on February 7. the grounds that it is inappropriate to Residents were meeting on the site an industrial plant in a rural valley weekend to discuss how best to fight and Weranui Road, which adjoins the proposal, which they say is “totally Upper Waiwera Road, is on a school inappropriate” in a rural environment. bus route and is not of a standard to handle articulated trucks. Resident Marsden Robinson, who lives almost opposite the proposed He says the factory will also generate plant, says if the factory is approved, unacceptable noise levels from both he will apply to set-up a scrap metal trucks and pumps, and light spill. Waiwera Water originally submitted a yard and brothel on his property. “We moved to Waiwera, from the consent application for an 8000 sqm continued page 4 centre of Pakuranga, 18 months ago for the peace and quiet,” he says. “Rodney District Council’s plans this issue gave no indication that this site could SH1 upgrade ever become industrial. We relied on Points of view – pages 9 to 15 Council’s advice when we chose to live in this quiet, pristine valley. Bridging the gap “Opposition from people in the valley Education feature – pages 28 to 32 to this proposal is very bitter and we Can’t live without it will fight it every step of the way.” Water feature – pages 33 to 40 Mr Robinson says “plant” is just a


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tree protection complexities Local boards have stepped into the increasingly complex and costly issue of tree protection at the request of Auckland Council. Following a recommendation by a process that involves a notified plan Auckland Council’s Unitary Plan and change with full public consultation Urban Design Forum last month, on the proposed schedule. Local Council resolved to ask Local Boards Boards have been asked to provide to play their part in extending their lists of nominated trees to protection to notable trees in their Auckland Council by March 31. region. Mayor Len Brown also said Tree Council field officer Hueline that Council would engage with Massey, of Warkworth, says the organisations recommended by the assessment and scheduling process Tree Council during the process. is proving not only time consuming, Albany Ward Councillor Wayne but also costly to Council and could Walker, who is on the Forum, says the be even more so if the Environment decision gives Local Boards a chance Court rules that groups of trees cannot to advocate for significant trees in be listed for protection in district their district, allowing as many as plans. possible to be added to the schedule. Former Councils nominated groups From January 2012, only trees listed of trees as well as individual trees, in the District Plan and those planted but it is not clear under the Resource on publicly owned land, will be Management Act whether protection protected, following changes to the can be extended to entire groups. The Resource Management Act. former North Shore City, Waitakere Trees nominated for protection by City and Auckland Regional Councils Local Boards will be added to those took this issue to the Environment already nominated by the public and Court for clarification, and the case is the former councils. Around 480 trees to be heard in March. were identified for scheduling by the If the court finds that groups of trees former Rodney District Council after cannot be listed, Council will be faced a public nomination process last year. with the need for further assessment Initial assessments of these trees are of a large number of individual trees complete and full assessments are in order to get them on the schedule underway. before the January deadline. The criteria is very specific (see box), Groups of trees affected by this ruling and as a result many nominated trees include coastal pohutukawa and trees are not expected to make the cut. on riparian margins and in catchment The time frame is tight to get trees areas, many of which are not on added to the District Plan schedule – publicly owned land.

Criteria rigorous yy The STEM (standard tree evaluation methodology) system will be used to assess nominated trees in Rodney and Albany Wards. This method takes into account a tree’s significance in the neighbourhood, historic association, rarity or contribution to local amenity – or a combination of these characteristics. yy If Council officers assess the tree and feel that it doesn’t meet the criteria for scheduling, then the tree owner can make a submission on the plan change when it is notified, providing reasons for the tree to be included in the proposed schedule. If this still doesn’t result in the tree being scheduled, the tree owner can appeal the plan change once a decision has been issued.

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Art sign stolen Concept drawings for the new Wellsford library were revealed last month. Pictured is a view from Rodney Street.

Views collated on Wellsford library design Wellsford’s new library will be six times larger than the present War Memorial building in Rodney Street. Initial drawings detailing the design of Other aspects of the design would The project team will assess feedback the new building, which will be sited reflect the area’s connection to Port over the next few weeks to see whether in Memorial Park, across the road Albert and the Kaipara Harbour, any of the public’s ideas could be from the present library, were revealed make reference to the building’s war incorporated into the final design. The to the community last month, by Roy memorial function, incorporate Maori designs are also on display at the library. Blok, of architectural firm Jasmax. weavings and designs, and include Friends of the Library member The firm has designed libraries for energy saving features. Carolynne Andrew said she Mangere East, Whangarei and tertiary Access will be through the War was disappointed the proposed institutions. Memorial Gates on Port Albert Road, new building wasn’t of a “more “We have a good understanding of where there will be parking for 25 inspirational” design. vehicles, with pedestrian access from “I’m a little under-whelmed by the what makes libraries work,” he said. Mr Blok said his firm had explored the Rodney St. whole idea of a shed being representative concept of a shed for the design of the North and West local libraries of what we want,” she said. “It seems 630 sqm building to reflect Wellsford’s manager Marion Read was pleased that this is just a city person’s view of with the turnout at the two meetings. what is suitable because we are a rural rural focus. “We also like the idea of a strong, “This was the chance for people to community, rather than a building that simple building form which maximises have their say on the designs and makes a statement, with perhaps a bit gather feedback,” she said. more character.” the available space.”

Locals give generously to community food appeal Foodlink, a local organisation helping those who are finding it difficult to make ends meet, received overwhelming support during their Christmas appeal. Link coordinator June Grose says she is proud of the community’s efforts and their generosity. Donations included Christmas food and items, financial donations and a Christmas ham. June says although financial contributions were slightly down on

previous years, more food was donated. “The greatest need in the community this year was for food,” she says. “Since GST went up in October, food prices have rocketed. The jump in basic necessities and fruit and vegetables has certainly made a difference, making it very hard for some.” Christmas food parcels were given to Homebuilders, Rodney Midwives, Budgeting Services, Women’s Refuge, Women’s Centre and Tohu Wairua

(Mental Health). A total of 65 parcels were donated comprising of food, toiletries and Christmas goodies. June thanked the support churches for their hard work and volunteering, Warkworth Primary School for holding a canned food appeal day which received a huge response, Curves Gym, Warkworth Rotary and all the other clubs and organisations who donated.

The corrugated lettering on a onemetre square painted ply panel was stolen overnight on January 4, from outside the roadside art gallery at 160 Matakana Rd Warkworth. Gallery owner Hugh Brading is keen to have his property recovered. Having had a problem with stolen signage in the past, he took the precaution of photographing the sign (above) when it was installed. Anyone with any information should contact Warkworth Police on 425 8109 or the artist on 425 9280.

Irrigation fund opens The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry’s Community Irrigation Fund (CIF) is currently accepting applications for the 2011/12 funding round. Applications close on Friday February 18. More information and application forms can be found on the MAF website link: cif/ or by contacting Loretta Dobbs, CIF project adviser on 04 894 0632 or email:

Flying fun Flying displays, aerobatics, and aircrafts of all kinds including classics from the past will all be on show at the North Shore Aero Club open day on February 26. The open day starts at 10am and is free. On the ground there will be fun for the whole family with homebuilt aircraft, classic cars and a selection of vendors from local markets. The club is located at Postman Road Dairy Flat.

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Bottling plant proposed building, but this has been scaled back to 3100 sqm in the current application. They are seeking consents to run a six day a week operation, from 7am to 6pm. The number of vehicle movements for trucks will be 10 per day for bottle blowing on-site and 25 per day for bottle blowing off-site. According to the application, the site was chosen because it would enable the applicant to produce bottled water still sourced in the Waiwera Valley, while locating the plant away from a residential area. A water take consent for 200m3 per day has already been approved, but consents are still being sought for stormwater and wastewater discharges, and for earthworks activity of 2.3ha. This revised proposal also moves the location of the building back from the road and includes landscaping effects such as earth mounds alongside the front of the property and trees being planted to provide screening of the facility.

Against the rules Waiwera Valley Association subcommittee chair Sandy Thode, who has owned the property next door for 22 years, says the application makes a mockery of Council plans. “It’s against Council rules to build an industrial plant in a general rural area so it just shouldn’t happen,” she says. “They say that they want to bottle the water ‘at source’ but that seems more like a branding exercise for their overseas sales. “We’re afraid that if this gets the goahead, it could set a precedent.” Rodney Cr Penny Webster says that

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it is the Resource Management Act, which allows people to apply for a non-complying consent. Cr Webster sat on the technical advisory board which last year looked at reforms to the RMA.

Changes recommended “We recommended that the categories be changed to ‘discretionary’, ‘nondiscretionary’ and ‘prohibited’ to give people more surety, but the recommendation was opposed by Local Government NZ,” she says. “We felt that a ‘prohibited’ category would set the bar too high to be challenged.” In the case of the Waiwera proposal, Cr Webster says that at least the application is fully notified, giving everyone a chance to lodge a submission. She says submissions should be clear about what residents want and what they would be prepared to accept if a mediated settlement was reached. Waiwera resident Jo Floyd says the cumulative effects of the proposal will significantly change life for neighbours. “These will include traffic and road noise, industrial noise and the longterm effects of the water take, which I don’t believe have been properly investigated” she says. “The impacts are substantial if taken in total.” Jo says the people of the valley are passionate about where they live. “What’s the point of having Council plans? What the RMA is virtually saying is that if you have sufficient funds, you can do what you like.” Submissions on the application close on February 7.

Long history in the area Water has been bottled at Waiwera since 1875. In 1980, the Auckland Regional Council drilled a 406-metre deep bore at Waiwera beachfront to monitor the effect of thermal groundwater use. In the 1980s water levels had fallen to one-metre below sea level and concerns were raised about the sustainability of the extraction levels. Part of the reason for this was that allocations were being exceeded. When the water level falls below sea level, conditions exist for cold sea and shallow fresh water to enter the aquifer at the coastal and landward margins of the aquifer. By 1985, universal metering of water use and annual allocations to consent holders was instituted. A management water level in the beachfront bore of 0.5 metres above mean sea level, averaged over 12 months, has also been adopted. Water levels have improved since the mid-1980s. Greater efficiency of pool water use, the new bore at the thermal pools, reductions in use and compliance monitoring of consented allocations have contributed to this improvement. Waiwera Thermal Pools, including Waiwera Water, is the largest single user of the Waiwera aquifer, with an allocation of just over 60 percent of the annual total allocation of just under half a million cubic metres. The pools consent is due to expire this year to coincide with the common expiry date of the other 50-odd consents to bores, which use the resource.

Puhoi Marathon ready to roll The Puhoi Marathon will be held on February 6 and is open to anyone with a mountain bike. But, organisers warn it is not an event for the faint hearted – training is advised. There are three courses to choose from depending on your age and experience. Riders aged 14-16 years can only enter the 30k event, 17 years and older can enter the 50k or 75k. The courses are a combination of 55 percent private forest tracks and roads, 42 percent dirt roads, and three percent sealed road. The courses feature five private properties only accessible during this event with lots of climbing and descending on all. Each course returns to Puhoi on a secret track through Moirs Hill. Up to $3000 in prizes and giveaways are on offer. Entries close on January 21. Registration opens at 6.30am at the Puhoi Memorial Domain Park. Info:

Multi-sport event reveals mountain’s secrets

The inaugural Kaiwaka multi-sport event – the Top of the Rock – based around Baldrock Mountain on February 12 will give competitors the chance to cover ground they may not have seen before. Organiser Cheryl Anderson says much of the walk/run and mountain bike course is over private land. “Despite Baldrock Mountain dominating the landscape, many locals will never have gone there or been to the two lakes nearby,” she says. “We are grateful to landowners for giving us access, and hope the event will become a regular fixture.” The idea for the competition came from Kaiwaka Sports Association president Evan Wright. Competitors have the option of taking part in either a scenic 10km run/walk or the Baldrock adventure race, a 9km run and 12km mountain bike ride. Competitors can enter the latter as a solo contestant or a two-person team. The run/walk is for solo or family contestants. While the event is underway, there will be fun activities at the Kaiwaka Sports complex for friends and families of competitors, followed by a hangi, entertainment and prizegiving. “We aim to make it a great day out for the community, with the school and playcentre involved in running stalls, novelty races, a mystery auction and providing food and fun.” Early bird entries close on January 31. The event starts at 8.30am, and organisers are offering free overnight camping at the sports grounds on Friday, February 11. To enter: visit www.kaiwakasports. or phone Cheryl Anderson on 431 2051.


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Call for events coordination Former Rodney District Councillor Dave Parker is canvassing the views of residents, business owners and community organisations on how best to promote Warkworth and district. He says he wants to hear from positive Warkworth Rodeo, Kowhai Festival people who are interested in planning and so on – but most are working independently of each other. a prosperous future for the area. “Very soon we will have two retail “If we can bring them together, we may centres and two supermarkets,” he be able to attract major sponsors who can says. “We have to get the marketing help deliver a coherent and coordinated right to draw the patronage to support branding and marketing strategy. this expansion.” “Events that bring people to the To begin with, Mr Parker is talking town are good for all businesses so we about a better structure for the need to include the Woodcocks Road coordination and promotion of events, industrial area, the retail sector and enabling information and possibly the Liaison Group.” resources to be shared. For more information about the “A lot of groups are really good at what proposal, contact Dave Parker on 027 they do – the A&P Show Society, 484 9935. Ziptrack® is the latest technology for using an indoor or outdoor blind

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Help needed to protect fairy tern habitat The critically endangered fairy terns are the subject of a major Forest and Bird research project aimed at lifting them out of the extinction-zone. The study is examining the diet, behaviour and migration paths of the birds to determine safer alternative breeding sites. Forest & Bird’s marine advocate Karen Baird says that at present, little is known about this imperilled bird. “We don’t know where they migrate to in NZ, where they like to feed or what their main food sources are,” she says. “This study will help us build a picture of their needs. “After dipping to an all-time-low of 15 individuals, the fairy tern population Volunteers are out in force gathering information for an Auckland University study. has bounced back to 43 birds, but their nesting sites are becoming over- “Once upon a time, we had to make crowded, so finding safe, predator-free them vomit to determine their stomach contents, so this method sites is critical.” is a lot less invasive. And from our Fairy terns nest at four local sites – research, so far, we’ve discovered Waipu, Mangawhai and Pakiri beaches they’re mangrove dwellers with a on the east coast, and South Kaipara penchant for small fish.” Head on the west coast. The project is part of a larger Forest & “What’s especially alarming is the Bird initiative to ensure protection of small number of breeding pairs – only their critical habitats and potentially 20 percent of their population have protect new areas for them to move to. formed breeding pairs, when more than 70 percent of their population is A little cooperation from beach goers at breeding age. can make a huge difference to the “It is presumed these easily-frightened survival rates of not just little fairy birds are having difficulty pairing-up tern chicks like this one, but all birds that breed on our beaches. because they’re being disturbed by wild cats and stoats, as well as raucous Holidaying with the birds beach-goers, their vehicles and dogs.” The nesting season for NZ dotterels, Caspian terns and black-backed gulls runs For the past month, dozens of from September to February, with places like Omaha, Te Arai and Mangawhai binocular-clad volunteers have been being key sites. DOC has issued the following advice: dispatched to various beach sites to yy Keep clear of nesting colonies, keep to the wet sand note down movements and feeding yy Watch out for eggs and chicks, they are often well camouflaged habits, as part of a study led by yy If you accidently disturb birds, leave within five minutes so that the parents Auckland University PhD student will return to their eggs and chicks before they die Steffi Ismar. To back-up the field y y Keep to paths and do not walk on sand dunes that have been fenced off work, lab testing is being done on the y y If dogs are allowed, keep them on a lead or strictly to heel. feathers to help determine their diet.

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First board meeting in Warkworth The Rodney Local Board will hold its first meeting this year in Warkworth. The meeting on February 14 will start at 2pm and will be chaired by deputy chairperson Steven Garner. The agenda will include a forum, which is an opportunity for members of the public to raise issues.

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A proposal to extend State Highway 1 north from the Johnstone Hill tunnels to Wellsford, along a completely new route and for an estimated cost of $1.6 billion, has predictably drawn a kaleidoscope of opinions. While some say they would like to see the road built tomorrow, others say the NZTA’s business case justifies neither the cost nor the disruption to landholders en route. In this feature, Mahurangi Matters asked the following commentators for their points of view. Rodney MP Lockwood Smith was also asked for his views but he did not respond to the request ….

Agency offers extra roadshow Better alternatives available ahead of submission deadline There are two compelling reasons to If the government was serious about By Auckland Council transport committee chair Mike Lee

The strong community response to the indicative route for the planned Puhoi-to-Wellsford highway has prompted the NZ Transport Agency to arrange an additional information day in Warkworth to ensure people get every chance to learn about the project. It will be held in the Warkworth Town engineering decisions for the highway, Hall on Saturday, January 22, between and we want to keep that dialogue 10am and 2pm, and it will display going,” he says. the same information as the earlier “The more feedback we get – from events to provide a final opportunity homeowners, farmers, businesses, and for people to review the indicative community groups – the better placed route before consultation closes on we are to make informed decisions January 28. about any revision or refinement of Regional director for Auckland the indicative route.” and Northland Stephen Town says People unable to attend the additional there was a huge response from the information day have other options to Warkworth and Puhoi communities learn about the project. The NZTA’s to the four information days held in website at after first announcing the wellsford has extensive information, indicative route. including videos about the feedback “The project team spoke to more process. They can also email, phone or than 500 people about planning and send in a feedback form. Consultation meeting Jan 22, from 10am to 2pm, Warkworth Town Hall.

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improving the transport of freight between the two centres it would upgrade the north Auckland rail line. This could be done for a fraction of the cost of this new highway. Urban sprawl seems inevitable whether the new highway goes ahead or the alternative improvements are done. If the population of Auckland continues to grow and rural land is accessible to people who live in the city, then it is very difficult to hold the line. Strict rules and regulations to protect rural land can be fought in the Environment Court, and my experience is that there isn’t a great deal of public sympathy for strong regulations. Our culture seems to accept that it is an individual’s right to do with his land as he pleases, even if it is not in the best interests of the community at large.

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what’s the best solution?

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By Campaign for Better Transport spokesperson Cameron Pitches

The Campaign for Better Transport (CBT) last year proposed an alternative to the costly Puhoi to Wellsford toll road currently being proposed by the Government. The Puhoi to Warkworth section alone is estimated to cost $1.65bn and the NZTA has yet to announce how much the toll will be for trucks and cars. Based on work already done by the NZTA, alternative upgrade options were costed at up to $320m. The key features include a Warkworth bypass, median barriers throughout Dome Valley and Schedewys Hill, and threelaning sections of road between Puhoi and Warkworth. The alternative options were put forward largely to accelerate much needed safety improvements as upgrading the capacity of the route is not justified for the handful of days a year when holiday traffic creates congestion. Between 2000 and 2009, 41 people died on SH1 between Puhoi and Wellsford, most in head on collisions. Given that sections of the toll road won’t be completed until 2019 and 2022, the risk is the current poor safety record will continue. The CBT is also concerned that for those who won’t be able to afford the toll road, the existing parallel highway will remain as dangerous as it currently is, with no planned safety upgrades.

The alternative proposal was endorsed by the former ARC in August of last year and put forward to the Minister of Transport and the NZ Transport Agency for consideration. Responding to the proposal, Transport Minister Steven Joyce said that “while upgrading the road would appear to be the cheaper option, this is not actually the case. The initial investigations … show that upgrading the existing road to a fourlane motorway standard would actually be the same or more expensive than constructing a new, purpose-built road.” The Minister is missing the point. We don’t think there is a need to upgrade the road from Puhoi to Wellsford to a motorway standard, for the sake of a few predictable periods of congestion, especially when the alternative SH16 route is under utilised. The Minister also claimed that the proposed toll road will have “additional benefits as it caters for the movement of both passengers and freight. Forecast freight volumes between Auckland and Northland will double over the next 10 years.” CBT believes the existing railway line to Northland, currently under threat of closure, should be left open for the purpose of carrying the expected freight growth, especially logs and other bulk goods.

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By Northland Chamber of Commerce chief executive Tony Collins

My perspective on the Puhoi – Wellsford SH1 upgrade focuses directly on how it benefits Northland. I acknowledge there may be issues for local communities and businesses within the northern part of Auckland that may be adversely affected by the upgrade and may feel that saving of five to seven minutes in travelling does not warrant the disruption this upgrade may cause. I am not sufficiently informed to comment on those factors. At present, there is no alternative way to travel between Auckland and Northland, and Northlanders travel this road daily for all sorts of reasons. It is used to move goods in and out of the region, for business people in the course of their work and to provide access to health and education services that may not be readily available in Northland. Yet this road, which is a vital part of Northland’s economic and social wellbeing, contributes to the death of four or five people each year. There are those that argue that the economic benefit of the estimated return is not sufficient to justify the expense. However the potential reduction in road deaths and associated savings to health services alone make it worthy of consideration. Northlanders and Aucklanders alike deserve a secure and safe land transport

route linking their regions. Many Northland businesses will benefit from a robust, reliable and improved network. Apart from improved capability in moving freight between regions it will also assist the productivity and growth of other businesses. Tourism is the most obvious of these, but there also many Northland businesses based around providing professional services and consultation who regularly deal with the Auckland market. It may even make Northland a more attractive location for manufacturers to establish their businesses. There is insufficient space here to discuss the role rail should play in this network but it is worth noting that currently rail accounts for only two per cent of freight between Auckland and Northland while almost 70 percent is carried on our roads. This is partly due to disparity of government investment in these two forms of transport over the last decade. This road is strategically important to Northland’s economic and social wellbeing. While the debate as to whether current road transport practice is the most sustainable method to move people and freight between the two centres is one worth having, in the short to medium term there is no economic alternative to road transport available for the traveller.


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Business case savings don’t stack up By Warkworth-based transport planner Bevan Woodward

The key issues are as follow: 1) The claimed travel time saving of 5 to 8 minutes is unrealistic A slow trip from the Puhoi to Warkworth currently takes about 13 minutes. That’s an average speed of 78 km/h to travel the existing 17 km. The business case claims that the Puhoi to Warkworth motorway will provide a travel time saving eight minutes. However, to achieve this one would have to travel the 18 km of proposed new motorway at an average speed of 120 km/h. If the new 18km motorway was driven at the legal speed limit of 100km/h, this would take 11 minutes. However, as the motorway access takes one to the north of Warkworth, another one to three minutes must be added to drive through the Hill Street intersection into Warkworth, meaning that there are no time savings. The NZTA’s business case claims significant time savings which are unrealistic and without these time savings, the project delivers a very negative return on investment for NZ. 2) The motorway’s single point of access to Warkworth will negatively affect the town. Having only one access point to

the motorway at Warkworth means making a compromise solution that will have potentially negative impacts on certain sectors and causes travel delays. The proposed single point of access to the North is likely to have significant negative impacts for Warkworth retailers and it lengthens travel times between Warkworth and Auckland. A single point of access to the south means the holiday traffic will continue to queue up over long weekends and public transport access through Warkworth will be impaired. 3) We can’t afford it The Government is borrowing $300 million a week to fund its budget deficit. Consequently, ratings agency Standard & Poor recently downgraded the outlook on NZ’s national credit rating to negative. The Government is likely to want to toll the new motorway, however the proposed tolls of $3 per car and $5 per truck will only cover approximately 20 percent of the total construction cost. 4) It fails to address key issues Two fundamental issues are escalating oil prices and climate change. As the global economy recovers and the demand for oil from developing nations such as India, China and Brazil

continues to grow, then petrol prices will increase significantly. Transport is NZ’s fastest growing source of CO2 emissions and the need to address this issue is becoming paramount. 5) It causes massive disruption to landowners, residents and the environment The disruption caused by the proposed new motorway alignment will impact significantly on landowners, residents and the environment. In addition, many businesses along the existing State Highway will be disadvantaged. 6) More cost-effective solutions are available Safety improvements and widening of the existing State Highway to an “Expressway” standard, bypasses of Warkworth and Wellsford, provision of public transport, along with upgrading the Northern railway line, are a far more cost-effective and comprehensive solution. Unfortunately, the business case for the Puhoi to Wellsford motorway is completely dismissive of this approach, citing issues around the inconvenience and difficultly of doing this work. However, the Waikato Expressway (which is required to carry far more traffic) shows it can be done successfully.


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what’s the best solution? “Around 70 percent of all freight in New Zealand goes by road and about 84 percent of people go to work by car, truck or motorbike so we need good roads to grow and compete in the world economy.” – National Road Carriers executive officer Paula Davies.

The sooner the better By National Road Carriers executive director David Aitken

Road freight between Northland and Auckland is a key lifeline for securing Northland’s future prosperity, with the Puhoi to Wellsford included in the Rons (roads of national significance) it shows the critical urgency in upgrading our state highway network. The NRC is noticing an increasing amount of intra-regional freight as areas such as Northland continues to grow economically. This highway, when completed, will be an important freight transport corridor and, therefore, needs to be designed and constructed to appropriate high standards of efficiency and safety, and able to meet current and future freight transport demand. It will become the critical link between Auckland, Rodney, Whangarei and Northland. Emphasis needs to be on the total completion of the network in agreed timelines, a complete roading package including truck friendly lay-bys (rest areas), effluent discharge sites and truck-friendly shoulders all need to be taken into account. It is important that all motorists are kept safe and that

a world-class safe network be supplied with this project. NRC is waiting to hear how the PuhoiWellsford project will be funded. A programme on funding needs to be established so that all medium and long-term objectives can be achieved. In the last five years, transport operators have taken a massive hit on their bottom line. While some costs can be on-forwarded, we would point out that advancements in the network can only be deemed positive. We are a demand driven industry – as the population continues to grow so does the demand for just-in-time goods. Infrastructure to support this demand must also increase and we see the Puhoi to Wellsford highway as an important part of supplying services that are being demanded in today’s economy. The government has identified that the Wellsford-Puhoi is an important key corridor for all of New Zealand. The message from the trucking industry is just get on with it and give us the infrastructure to keep New Zealand moving.

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users in the short-term. It would take until 2022 to build and would only reduce travel times for a trip between Auckland to Whangarei by about 10 minutes at most. The only time it will really make a difference is on those few public holiday weekends when many Aucklanders travel north. The major beneficiaries are the trucking companies, especially if the rail line closes. The project also doesn’t make sense economically. It was prematurely announced nine months before a business case was even released and the business case that was then published shows that for every $1 we spend on the project we will only get $0.80 cents of economic benefits back. Earlier independent estimates released under the Official Information Act show they were originally as low as $0.40. A much better and cheaper alternative is an upgrade of the existing SH1. At a time of fiscal constraint, it is reckless to borrow and throw $1.7 billion of our nation’s wealth on this uneconomic and damaging road when cheaper, better alternatives exist.


The transport decisions being made in Northland epitomises the Government’s short-term, pro-truck agenda: more motorways and less rail. Householders in Rodney will have their homes and rural lifestyles bowled for the uneconomic and expensive tolled road between Puhoi and Wellsford, and on the other hand Northland faces the looming closure of the Whangarei to Auckland rail line. The $1.7 billion alternative to SH1 that the government is proposing to build between Puhoi to Wellsford is a massively expensive uneconomic project that will drastically change the local area and delay much-needed safety improvements. I’ve investigated the route and it’s heartbreaking to meet householders who suddenly find themselves living next to or in the way of the proposed fourlane motorway. It will change the local character and will inevitably lead to more sprawling development north from Auckland – threatening the rural lifestyle most residents prefer. The motorway would do little to improve safety or travel times for road

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Precise book-keeping A piece of Warkworth’s history is enclosed in the covers of a day book dated April 1860 to October 1862 belonging to John Baxter, first storekeeper in the town. Each sale is recorded in a neat cursive script giving the name of the customer, the item purchased and the price paid. Early settlers shopped at Baxter’s store for every day necessities such as lamp oil, bar soap and clothes lines, as well as sugar, spices and condiments. A straw hat cost a shilling, flannel and calico were available by the yard, and sales of a more private and personal nature were recorded in French. A young man bought moleskins for four shillings and nine-pence and a shirt with a fancy front for four shillings. He also purchased a pipe and eight pence worth of tobacco. Hardware items such as nails, hinges and axe handles feature frequently in the pages of the day book. Each month John Baxter added the columns to show a turnover around £60. His time as a storekeeper was relatively short and by November 1865 an Auckland solicitor advertised that as trustee he was winding up the estate. Storekeepers who followed him did not always please those struggling to make a living from the land. Dissatisfaction with the high price of goods led to the founding of the Mahurangi Co-operative Co in 1872. The aim was to market settlers’ produce more effectively and purchase goods at cheaper rates. After some difficulties finding suitable premises the business thrived and showed a profit to shareholders. William Bowen, who had arrived in 1864 as part of the Church of England Special Settlement, was given full charge of running the store and, at the first annual meeting, received commendation for his efforts. Before long he had built his own

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The mystery of one of the headstone’s featured in an article in Mahurangi Matters (1 Dec) has been solved. Anglican Cemetery sexton Malcolm Clague called for information on a headstone that bore a large brass plaque of a lady playing a violin. It turns out the woman is an ancestor of the Cook family. Beverley Simmons, of Riverina in Warkworth, provided the following information: Her name was Ava Symons the eldest daughter of Mary Symons (nee Cook) who composed the Ake Ake Waltz in honour of the NZ contingent leaving for the Boer War. Ava appears to have inherited the musical gene, herself becoming an accomplished violinist. Ava Symons At age 16, she was given a place in orchestra which toured with the Sheffield Choir when it visited NZ. After the tour, she was engaged as the leader of a theatre orchestra and continued in this position until she went to London late in 1911 to study with the Royal Academy of Music. Her travels broadened her skills as a musician and she matured into a first rate violinist. In 1919, while on her The photo of Ava that her headstone second visit to England, she married a plaque was modelled on. Wellington architect W.J. Prouse who In 1940, Ava travelled as lead violinist was on an overseas study tour. Prouse’s in the Centennial Festival Orchestra name will be known to some as the conducted by Anderson Tyrer. Whilst in designer of Napier’s Masonic Hall. Auckland she became ill and although During her career Ava played at she was not thought to be seriously ill, many distinguished gatherings, at she died in her sleep on the night of June home and abroad. She gave concerts 26. She was buried in Warkworth beside at the Covent Garden Opera House her mother Mary, who had moved to in London and the La Scala Opera Warkworth to live with her brother House in Italy. William (Willie) Cook.

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NIWA: If it felt hot, it was

Temperatures last month were well above average (by at least 1.2°C) for much of the country, particularly in Northland. According to figures released by (less than 90 percent of normal) across the National Climate Centre, most of the North Island. Sunshine the maximum daily temperatures totals were above normal (greater than recorded at Warkworth (28.4) and 110 percent) in Central Otago, parts Whangaparaoa (27.1) on December of Fiordland and around Balclutha. 22 and at Leigh (27.1) on December Other areas received near average 24, were amongst the highest since sunshine for the month. current records started in 1966. Further Highlights: The minimum temperatures were yy The highest temperature was 32.8°C, also above average – on December recorded at both Rangiora and 28, Warkworth dropped to only 19.9, Christchurch Airport on the 18th. Leigh to 19.7 and Whangaparaoa to yy The lowest temperature was -2.3°C, 19.6. recorded at Tara Hills (South Whangaparaoa also recorded 46mm of Canterbury) on the 8th (a new rain on December 19, the fourth highest record there). one day total recorded since 1946. yy The highest 1-day rainfall was 313 Rainfall was more than double mm recorded at Mount Cook on the normal (at least 200 percent) in parts 27th (4th highest one-day rainfall in of Northland. Much of this rain fell December since 1928). during a severe storm which passed yy The highest wind gust was 172 over the country on the 27th and km/hr, recorded at Mount Kaukau 28th. (Wellington) on the 28th. Rainfall was approximately one-and-ayy Of the six main centres in half times higher than normal (around December 2010, Auckland was 150 percent) in parts of Auckland and the warmest, Wellington the Coromandel. wettest, Christchurch the driest At the end of December, soil moisture and sunniest, and Dunedin was the was still below normal in parts of coolest. All six centres experienced western Northland. well above average temperatures Sunshine totals were below normal for the month. Larry LaPrise, the man who wrote The Hokey Pokey, recently passed away peacefully at age 93. The most traumatic part for his family was getting him into the coffin. They put his left leg in. And then the trouble started.

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Students uncover what’s really in our food Summer sense says cover up Lunch boxes at Kaipara Flats School are looking particularly healthy these days. Backed by the Heart Foundation and grocery retailer Foodstuffs, the school last year participated in the Ministry of Health’s Food for Thought programme, which was aimed at making health and nutrition education interactive and fun. Kaipara Flats teacher Christine Wilson says it was an interesting course which gave the students a better understanding of what was in the food they ate, the importance of a balanced diet and how to prepare healthy meals. A Heart Foundation nutritionist visited the school and talked about what certain foods contain, their nutritional value and how to read packaging labels. From left, Kaipara Flats School pupils Caelan Amiss, Rhys Jones, Brahm Stables “I learnt a lot myself about and Fleur Pancoust have a new appreciation for fruit and what is in their food. the importance of reading and for a healthy class lunch. The menu understanding those labels,” Christine there is salt in everything. says. “For instance, I was surprised at The students participated in a range included fruit kebabs and water the amount of fat that is in yoghurts of activities inside and outside the crackers with Edam cheese. labelled as ‘fat free’.” classroom including a shopping trip Christine plans to run the programme Student Rhys Jones says he learnt that to Warkworth to purchase ingredients every two years.

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Auckland Council will spearhead a coordinated campaign against graffiti vandalism. Council is consolidating a number of contracts relating to graffiti vandalism to ensure a consistent approach to graffiti vandalism eradication and enforcement services. “A variety of trusts and private contractors hold these contracts and their work is complimented by volunteers who act locally and undertake regular “paint-outs” in their neighbourhoods,” Mayor Len Brown says. The plan will include a three-pronged approach focussing on eradication, enforcement and education.

As shorts and jandals are now the fashion, St John has some timely first aid tips for anyone suffering sunburn. St John attended to 161 serious sunburn incidents at events last summer. Medical director Dr Tony Smith says the best treatment is prevention by keeping covered. However, once sunburn has occurred there is no useful treatment to reduce the burn or take away the damage. “Relieving creams or ointments can be used provided there is not severe blistering,” Dr Smith says. “Keeping the skin well moisturised may provide some relief and may reduce peeling.” Seek medical aid if the person is feeling very unwell or if large blisters appear as a result of the sunburn. For more first aid tips and to enrol in a first aid course go to A man rushed into the doctor’s office and shouted, “Doctor, I think I’m shrinking!” The doctor calmly responded, “Now, settle down. You’ll just have to be a little patient.”

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Dealing with flea explosion Some timely advice on a seasonal problem, from Warkworth veterinarian Campbell Woollams. Annoying to pets and owners, fleas are to alleviate the frustration of many in the Rodney the itching area. With well-insulated houses and may be our temperate climate fleas seem to be required. a year round problem. But during the It is also summer months many pets suffer a flea important explosion leaving owners wondering to treat all if the new generation flea treatments cats and dogs are loosing their potency despite trials at the property showing the modern products have no regardless whether they resistance issues. seem to have fleas or not. If A new flea will feed and mate within this is done year round it should 24 hours of jumping on your cat or be the only treatment required. It may dog and lay 40 to 50 eggs per day. take up to three months though before This can result in an exponential rise a large reservoir of environmental fleas in flea numbers very quickly. The flea is extinguished. eggs fall off the pet, often landing Washing bedding and sleeping areas, where they have been lying down, be and using ‘flea bombs’ indoors can it inside or a nice spot under the house speed up the process. However, the or in the garden. When you see fleas garden and under the house will on your pet, you have a flea problem. still cause problems. Blocking access A flea treatment may appear to be under the house where possible failing simply because new fleas from a will help. Unfortunately, many cats highly contaminated environment or and some dogs acquire fleas from from an un-treated animal are infesting other properties and animals, but your pet as fast (and sometimes faster) regular flea treatment will stop them than they are being killed. The first establishing at your place. step in addressing a flea problem is Flea products vary greatly in treating the animal with a product application, mode of action, water that kills fleas before they can lay eggs resistance, safety and duration. It and keep doing so for a prolonged is very important that products are period. In severe cases or when a pet is applied correctly to maximise their allergic to the flea bites veterinary help effectiveness.

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Chiropractic care focusing on enhancing the relationship between the master controller of the whole body (the brain) and every single cell, organ and tissue in the body. How are the signals carried from the brain to the rest of the body? Through nerves of course! And what happens if the nerves can’t carry these signals properly? The body doesn’t work properly! (this can result in things like sharp, stabbing pain, numbness and tingling into the arms/ hands, legs/feet, throbbing aching pain, headaches, migraines, trouble sleeping, digestion issues just to name a few) Even though a lot of people think chiropractic is just about bones, it’s really about getting the nerves to carry the signals (or the instructions) from the brain to the body quicker and more efficiently. This results in your body functioning better, less aches and pains, having more energy to get up in the morning and do what you do, and most importantly MORE FUN!

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The Waitemata region has been selected to run a pilot programme for bowel cancer screening – a first in New Zealand. The programme will begin around October this year and will involve 130,000 adults aged between 50-74 years of age. All Waitemata Health District residents in this age group will be sent a stool sampling kit by post. These kits are designed to detect hidden or “occult” quantities of blood in stool samples. If detected, patients are recalled to their GP for further investigations. Participation in this programme is voluntary. Bowel cancer is the second most frequently diagnosed cancer in New Zealand and is the second highest cause of cancer death. More than 100 residents living in the Waitemata district die of bowel cancer each year and its hoped to prevent many of these deaths through the screening programme. For women, we have the third highest bowel cancer death rate in the OECD and the sixth highest for men. In 2007, a total of 2800 were diagnosed with bowel cancer and 1252 people died of it. People who are diagnosed with bowel cancer, and receive treatment when it is at an early stage, have a 95 percent chance of surviving five years. After five years they have the same survival rate as someone who has never had bowel cancer. Bowel screening programmes are already underway in Australia, United Kingdom, most European countries, Korea, Japan and Israel. Screening and early detection has been shown to detect more cancers at an earlier stage and therefore, to reduce the overall death rates from bowel cancer. Note: Screening is for the general population, for people who have no symptoms and no risk factors. If you experience a change in your regular bowel habit or if you notice blood in your motions or if you have a close family member or a number of extended family members diagnosed with bowel cancer – don’t wait for the screening programme to begin – see your doctor.

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ACC hearing law changes echo through community

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Opposition to Government changes to ACC that affect the hearing impaired is still being expressed loud and clear to parliamentarians, six months after the changes became law. The National Foundation for the “One of the problems is that a lot of Deaf launched a petition last month hearing loss caused by noise is in the seeking to overturn the law that sets higher frequencies, yet the hearing loss a threshold for hearing damage before is measured over the whole frequency claimants can be covered by ACC. spectrum,” he says. The law, part of the Accident National Foundation for the Deaf Compensation Act, came into force chief executive Louise Carroll says that on July 1. Its provisions include the the Foundation, along with the rest of requirement that people with noise- the hearing disability sector, told the damaged hearing must have a total Government the threshold was wrong loss of at least six percent before ACC and would create serious injustice, but will accept a claim. were ignored. Local hearing specialists are in support “The law is wrong, it is unfair, it is of the petition, and will have it at their discriminatory, and it must be changed,” clinics for members of the public to sign. Louise says. “We ask all New Zealanders, Kevin Salmon, of Hearing Care in but especially the thousands with Warkworth, says there is concern that hearing loss, to support this petition.” the law creates a “lower fence” for The law also includes a provision that hearing loss, whereas in the past cases hearing loss caused by ageing, rather were judged on a person’s individual than injury, is no longer covered by needs. He says the six percent threshold ACC. To find out more about what is likely to affect younger people with the changes mean, contact your noise induced hearing loss most. audiologist.

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Chiropractic support for hospice People seeking chiropractic care this month will be helping Warkworth Wellsford Hospice buy equipment for its new education room. Warkworth chiropractor Ben Bruce is asking new clients in January for a donation to hospice instead of his usual consultation fee. The funds will go towards a wall-mounted television that will be used to screen presentations and educational DVDs in the newly refurbished training room at Hospice House in Woodcocks Road, Warkworth. Education is an increasingly important part of hospice’s work, as palliative care nurses train caregivers and medical professionals in the community to recognise when patients are nearing the end of life and to offer the appropriate care. This training is aimed at sharing the knowledge of hospice’s palliative care staff to ensure that terminally ill patients receive the best possible care, wherever they are being looked after in the community. One good thing about Alzheimer’s is that you get to meet new people every day.

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We are lucky in Rodney to have some great organisations whose focus is dealing with and stopping family violence. At Homebuilders, we regularly refer men to the Rodney Stopping Violence Services men’s course (phone 425 8130). The course provides practical skills for men who want to manage their anger in constructive ways, so they aren’t controlling or abusive. We get great feedback from guys who have done this course. They talk about how taking responsibility for their own behaviour has created real changes for themselves and their families. Rodney Stopping Violence Services also run an excellent Women Living Without Violence programme, for women who have experienced physical, emotional or sexual abuse. The course is incredibly successful and we constantly get rave reviews about how it has helped rebuild women’s self esteem and confidence. Hestia Rodney Women’s Refuge (0800 321 361 or 425 0452) is another critical support group in our community. In addition to their safe house, they have workers who can help develop a safety plan if needed, or act as a sounding board so women can check out if what is happening to them is okay. It is common for people in abusive relationships to become used to being put down and start to believe that what is happening is either normal or their fault. Having one of their friendly workers to talk things over with can really help make sense of what has been happening. Both of these groups encourage people to phone for a chat and check if they can be of help.

Supervision keeps kids safe Plunket and the National Poisons Centre are urging families to have fun but be safe in the outdoors this summer. Plunket’s national child safety advisor shouldn’t hesitate to call the National Sue Campbell says little children are Poisons Centre.” vulnerable and need good care and Some things to keep in mind include: supervision, particularly outdoors. yy Some plants are poisonous and soil can also contain poisons. Teach your “Keep poisons out of sight, out of child never to put anything from reach and out of mouths,” she says. the garden in their mouth. “If parents are in any doubt then they

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yy First aid for jellyfish stings includes using seawater to wash the area and then soaking the area in warm water to relieve pain. yy While insect repellents are invaluable to ward off annoying insects, they are not appropriate for children under two years old. Avoid applying to children’s hands as they can place them in their mouths or eye. The National Poisons Centre can be contacted on 0800 POISON 0800 764 766. For poisons prevention information go to

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Jellyfish - not really fish, mostly jelly The moon jelly, spotted jellyfish and lion’s mane are found in NZ and all three are prevalent in our coastal waters at this time of year. Jellyfish have weak powers of direction, they drift into bays, and tides and currents wash them up. They move by slow pulsing, and try to stay near the surface, as they follow food supplies. They can’t see, they don’t have a brain, and if you are in the water with one, it can probably smell you, if not see you. Strangely, jellyfish do not have a digestive system, respiratory system or even a circulatory system. The moon jellyfish can be recognised by its four pinkish-purple crescent-

shaped gonads, which are easily seen through the top of the bell. The lion’s mane jellyfish is the biggest species of jellyfish in New Zealand waters. The bell can reach a diameter of up to two metres and its tentacles can grow up to 36 metres in length. The spotted jellyfish is reportedly responsible for deaths of farmed salmon in the South Island, because of the mucus they emit. Jellyfish are eaten in Asia, where the bell is cut into strips, like noodles, and fried with sauces and spices. There are about 250 species of jellyfish worldwide. Information courtesy of NIWA’s summer series. The Coastguard Nowcasting locations for the north. These are constantly updated, 24/7, marine wind and weather conditions via VHF radio.

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Hokianga is final location to receive real-time weather information. Mariners in all areas of Coastguard’s northern region can receive the latest marine weather information 24-hours every day by simply turning on their marine radio. The addition of Hokianga now brings the number of Coastguard’s NowCasting broadcasting sites in the region to nine, allowing boaties to access realtime, spoken information on weather conditions at critical locations within the VHF radio coverage area and broadcasts the updates continuously on a range of marine VHF radio channels. The service provides up-to-the-minute local marine wind strength as well as the latest marine weather forecast, local tide times and heights and local safety messages as may be required. The wind data is received by a central computer and then broadcast in speech on VHF radio within seconds. For a full list of Coastguard NowCasting locations and channel information – visit www.coastguard. and download the map.

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Making the news in 2010

A story that dominated the news pages during 2010 was undoubtedly the new local government arrangements for Auckland. The October council elections marked the end of Rodney District Council and the introduction of a HELPING YOU FIND BETTER SOLUTIONS FOR YOUR TREES new governing body, which covers $1.4 million Aucklanders (one-third COMPLETE ARBORICULTURAL SERVI CE of NZ’s total population). Former Rodney Mayor Penny Webster was Dangerous & Large Tree Removals elected to Council as the representative for a scaled-down Rodney, and former General Pruning & View Enhancements Rodney Councillors Wayne Walker and Michael Goudie now represent Shelter Belts & Hedges the Albany Ward. High Volume Chipping On a more local front, developers seeking to build highrise in Orewa had Land Clearing & Tree Lots their day in court and lost, Rodney Council came under increasing Consultancy & Reports Mahurangi College auditorium opens criticism for its decision to sell in May. property to payoff its massive debt QUALIFIED • EXPERIENCED • COMPLIANT • INSURED and Red Beach residents got a look at the developers’ plans for the Peninsula Golf Course. At Sandspit, feelings ran hot on the proposal by Sandspit Yacht Club to build a marina, a three-year ban on cockle and pipi harvesting was introduced at Whangateau, and a TM tourism research project was launched for the Puhoi to Pakiri region. Te Arai HOMES residents celebrated the withdrawal CONTEMPORY DESIGNS of a legal challenge over a 180-unit development, Rodney College got “Our Vision is to provide dry healthy back on track with a tick of approval Cockle ban introduced at Whangateau Homes of Exceptional Quality” from the Education Review Office in March. DKS Homes is a family owned business with and local boy Rene Ranger played his over 18 years experience in building top FREE OFFER first match for the All Blacks. Regional Park, Warkworth had one of quality homes. When you build a home with us you know you will be dealing with the same When you sign any By the middle of the year, a lot of its most successful Kowhai Festivals trade qualified builder throughout the whole debate was being generated by the NZ ever, and Red Beach surf lifesavers building process, not just a salesman. At DKS fixed price contract Transport Authority proposal to build took top honours in the Auckland Homes we take pride in making your building with DKS Homes, a new highway between Warkworth champs. experience a hassle free one from start to you will receive a and Wellsford. The 38km section of Prime Minister John Key paid the finish. We offer you the choice of selecting road, which has been designated as north a visit or two, opening the from our range of house plans or using your free Interior Design own with a fixed price contract and a a Road of National Significance, is $2.2 million Mahurangi College comprehensive specification schedule so Consultation. expected to cost in excess of $1.65 auditorium in May and the new there are no hidden extras or surprises. Kitset For a hassle free billion but the NZTA is still trying Rodney Health Trust community packages are also available. We offer a 10 to solve issues around access to Puhoi housing development at Mangawhai Year Home First Guarantee. We will build building experience in October. Stoney Homestead in and Warkworth. your home to a committed time frame with give us a call today! uncompromised quality and value every time. There were plenty of celebrations Orewa was saved from the wreckers as well – Mangawhai Beach School ball, the Stockyard Falls retail centre For a free no obligation consultation please contact marked its 125th year with a successful got underway, Progressive got the goDennis Spooner (09) 422 5002 | Mobile: 021 276 1980 reunion, SOSSI put in the first post for ahead for its Warkworth supermarket, Email: its predator proof fence at Shakespear the massive Omaha Park proposal was knocked back by the Environment Court, a site was finally chosen for the new Wellsford Library and work is energetic style well underway on the new Mangawhai absolute comfort Museum. The year had its lighter side as well – for Home and Garden there was the yarn about the knitting clubs’ stoush over the name Chicks with Sticks, the kleptomaniac cat from River View Plaza Snells Beach and the shark that didn’t Warkworth get away when it jumped into a Leigh fisherman’s boat. Phone 425 9005

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Making the news in 2010

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bridging the gap

Agricultural careers launched in Rodney A Masterton-based training provider Taratahi has stepped in to fill what it sees as a void in the agricultural sector in Rodney. Chief executive officer Donovan Wearing says Taratahi specialises in agricultural training, offering courses that are practical and can lead to higher levels of study. A graduation ceremony was held at Wenderholm last month for the first students to complete certificate courses in general farm skills and fencing. Mr Donovan said the Rodney courses had gone well and further courses would be run this year. “Most of the graduates are young Maori so we’re proud to be able to offer them these opportunities,” he said. “As well as the core course work, they pick-up a lot of general skills which will help them as employees once they are out in the workforce.” His comments were echoed by Above: Winner of the Taratahi Cup for best all round ability, recognising WINZ area manager Auckland Peter attitude, aptitude and practical skill, was Hetaraka Tarau-Panui. He is pictured with Taratahi chief executive Donovan Wearing. Anderson, who also attended the Top right: Lawrence Dawson, of Wellsford, who finished school at Mahurangi graduation. College in 2009, says the course offered plenty of variety. “If you’re thinking of “The courses target young people who work in agriculture then I absolutely recommend it.” have few, if any, qualifications,” Mr Bottom right: Jamie Urumao, of Oruawharo, is congratulated by his partner Anderson said. “There haven’t been a Leaniva and son Bastian. Jamie has secured fulltime employment as a result of lot of these types of course in Rodney being on the course. “I’d worked in the freezing works but didn’t want to go back to we’re very pleased to see how well there. I grew-up on a farm and liked the idea of being outside and always doing this first group has gone.” something different. The course was choice.”

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From left, Warkworth Primary School Kapa Haka students Harrison Pene, Mariana Woniana, Lily Anderson and Hannah Retimana get to know their new principal Cynthia Holden.

A matter of changing principals


Warkworth Primary School farewelled principal Barry Roberts last month Hours: 8.30-3.30 and welcomed his replacement Cynthia Holden, the former principal of Half day and full day sessions Aorangi School in Rotorua. Mrs Holden was greeted with a excel in all areas of school life and Phone: Carmel (09) 4226-516 powhiri lead by the school’s kapa haka look forward to meeting them all students followed by a whaikōrero – a individually in due course.” or visit us at 5 Seatoun Avenue, Leigh formal welcome by Aorangi School’s School resumes on February 3. kaumatua John Marsh. Originally from Tauranga, Mrs Holden was the third of seven children. She attended Green Park School, Tauranga Intermediate and then Taupo-nui-a-tia College. She says she knew she wanted to be a teacher from the age of eight years. She completed her training in Hamilton and has more recently, finished her Masters thesis receiving first class honours. Having been deputy principal for five Stay in the Rodney District and get quality full time agricultural training in 2011! years at Aorangi and principal for four years, Mrs Holden and her landscaper Taratahi have over 90 years of experience training Kiwis in agriculture husband Bill, decided to move north to be closer to friends. Gain the National Certificate in Fencing Level 3 – kicking off Monday 24 January In her inaugural speech she thanked This course is for people aged 16-25 from the Rodney District only* the kaumatua for bringing her to Warkworth. “I come here with mixed emotions, Text or call 021 636 504 or sad to be leaving my whanau of Aorangi School but happy to start Freephone 0800 TARATAHI working with such a cohesive team at Warkworth Primary,” she said. *conditions apply Agricultural Training for New Zealand “I am deeply committed to seeing the students of Warkworth Primary

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Mahurangi Technical Institute students find their latitude using noon sun sight at Anchor Bay during the ocean navigation course.

Winds of learning blow in

Three Cook Islanders made Warkworth their home while attending maritime courses at Mahurangi Technical Institute last year. Membership in SeniorNet Warkworth will also keep you abreast of The three, Peia Patai, Nicholas Henry Rica before heading west again and the rapidly developing IT world – so if you are 50 years or older just and Tetini Pekepo, were all from returning home via Coco Island and contact the Course Co-ordinator on 422 3728 and we will send you the vaka moana Maru Maru Atua, a possibly Easter Island. The voyage will an information pack with all you need to know about joining us - our 22-metre ocean-going double canoe conclude when the fleet gathers for the membership of the New Zealand Federation of SeniorNet Societies built by Salthouse Marine. The three Pacific Festival of Arts in the Solomon is your guarantee of high standards of tuition in a friendly, relaxed were upgrading navigational and sea Islands in August 2012. environment. Look forward to seeing you there. safety qualifications ahead of a major The voyage of the seven vaka is being ocean voyage planned for this year. used to raise awareness of noise pollution Learning Centre, 3 Matakana Road The voyage, which will be undertaken in oceans, believed to have a detrimental PO Box 659, Warkworth by a fleet of seven Pacific vaka, will impact on migratory sea mammals. The set off from Tahiti in May, heading concept for the voyage originated during For more information phone 425 9643 for the Marquesas and Hawaii and the 2008 Pacific Festival of Arts, held in Email: then to California. It is planned to American Samoa. sit out the cyclone season in Costa During the voyage the vaka will be navigated by traditional means but to meet insurance compliance requirements the trio of navigators needed a qualification with international recognition. Mahurangi Technical Institute was able to provide this from their suite of Royal Yachting Association (RYA) courses which enjoy world wide recognition in both National Certificate in Business Certificate in Te Reo me ona Certificate in Te Reo me ona commercial and recreational spheres. Tikanga/ Whakairo (Level 4) Tikanga/ Raranga (Level 4) Administration & Computing (Level 3) (40 Weeks) (40 Weeks) Before arriving in Warkworth, the three (22 Weeks) undertook a RYA offshore master’s • Discover the ancient art of whakairo • Discover a variety of software packages • Discover the ancient art of raranga exam conducted by a Mahurangi RYA (carving) • Operate clerical systems and apply (weaving) • Learn traditional & contemporary designs • Learn traditional & contemporary designs business procedures examiner. During their time at the • Develop ideas to create whakairo • Develop keyboarding skills, speed and • Create täniko whatu and taonga täkaro Glenmore Rd campus, they studied • Learn how a carver shows meaning in accuracy • Harvest and prepare Harakeke practical sea survival, fire fighting and their carvings • Communicate and participate effectively in first aid and delved into the mysteries the workplace And much, much more!.... of spherical trigonometry as part of And much, much more!.... And much, much more!..... their celestial navigation course. They returned to Rarotonga ready to put NAU MAI HAERE MAI their new knowledge and skills to use in Enjoy the practical and interactive learning environment and enrol now for 2011! preparing the vaka for its epic voyage. Entry Requirements – NZ Citizen/ Residents - 16 years old and over (conditions apply) Mahurangi Technical Institute’s Minimum of 15 students needed to commence programmes director Paul Decker said the “Raro Student Loans and Allowances available (conditions apply) boys” were a welcome addition to the 3 School Road, Wellsford (The old primary school building, Wellsford) student body. Phone or Text: 423 7851 or 021 143 0488 or 027 721 7338 “We wish them good fortune and fair Email: or winds for the adventure ahead,” he said.

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bridging the gap

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36 Insley Street Mangawhai From left, Wendy Palmer, Acacia Brown, Sebastian Kashammer, Danika Person, Gage Laughton and teacher Suzanne Lennon sample the strawberries.

Kindy nurtures new shoots Grants totalling $5000 have been turned into food at Wellsford Kindergarten. A desire to encourage healthy eating The kindergarten, in Hazlemere Cres, habits and teach pupils about where received two grants from the former food comes from has led to part of Rodney District Council, and one the kindergarten’s grounds being used from the Waitemata District Health for growing fruit and vegetables over Board, under its HEHA (healthy the last couple of years. The latest eating healthy action) programme, project has been to develop an area of with materials and labour for the previously unused, steep waste ground orchard donated by Simon Pickstone and Jessica Groat. into an orchard. Head teacher Wendy Palmer says that “We are also grateful to Jo Wood, Nikki as well as helping plant and care for Humphrey, the Parent Whanau Support the gardens, the children raise plants Group and the local community for and grow seed potatoes in buckets to help in obtaining money to buy 40 new chairs and a table.” take home to eat. “We are looking forward to our first The kindergarten reopens on January 24 and welcomes new enrolments. fruit from the orchard,” she says.

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Qualification for dream job courses for term oNe 2011 - warkworth Living with confidence - Warkworth Tuesday 22nd February 6 weeks, 10am-12.30pm, $25, Held at the Womens’ Centre Young mothers educational Programme Monday 24th January 10am-12.30pm, No charge - A free parenting course specifically for young mothers under the age of 22 years. walking Wednesdays & Fridays Meet at the Women’s Centre. Pleas register interest. Improvisation, movement & film for Girls Sat 26th Feb & Sat 5th March For girls aged 8-12 yrs, 10am -3pm, $65 - Participants will learn to write a script, perform and film during this 2 day workshop held in Leigh Girls’ self Defence & Personal safety Saturday 5th March One Day - 9.30am-4pm, $30, (girls aged 13-18 yrs) anxiety workshop Thursday 3rd March, 4 weeks, 10am-12.30pm, $32 soft stone sculpture One Day, Saturday 12th March One Day - 12am- 5pm, $55 plus materials $15 healthy relationships - orewa Wed 23rd Feb, 6 weeks, 10am-12.30pm, $25 Introduction to Painting Sat 26th Feb & 5th March - 2 days, 10am-3pm, $65 Held at Women’s Centre Warkworth with Elena Nikolaeva’ computer courses word/filing March 1st - 4 weeks, 2.30pm-4.30pm, $95

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Fishing in Alaska, cruising in the Caribbean, fine dining in the Mediterranean – it’s all in a days work for crew members working onboard some of the world’s finest super yachts. Mahurangi Technical Institute’s United Kingdoms union for maritime Certificate in Superyacht Crewing professionals), the super yacht sector is a 12-week full time course, which is growing at a phenomenal rate – the provides students with the skills number of super yachts currently afloat and confidence needed to get work is around 10,500 vessels and more than onboard a luxury super yacht. The 700 more are currently in production internationally recognised certificate and are due to be delivered over the covers everything students need to next few years. As a result demand for know from sea survival, fire fighting and skilled crew members is also rising with helicopter safety, through to hospitality the sector needed an estimated 3000 to and even wine appreciation. No 4000 newly qualified personnel each experience onboard boats is necessary year. An average starting wage is about as students spend five intensive days at US$2500 per month. And, of course, sea getting to know the ins and outs of food and accommodation come with living and working onboard a yacht. the job. As does the travel. The popular course, which runs three Super-yacht, international marine times a year, was set up in response to licences and aquaculture qualifications, demand from the industry for more plus RYA certificates and Maritime quality trained crew members for the NZ licences make Mahurangi rapidly growing super yacht industry. Technical Institute a specialist in the According to the Nautilus UK (the marine field. Info:

Kowhai Kids Educare provides quality care and education to pre-school children. We have small friendly centres in Warkworth and Wellsford and are currently taking enrolments for 2011. Check out or phone the Warkworth centre on 425 8730 or the Wellsford centre on 423 8246.

Childcare snapshot A snapshot of the national childcare landscape by Statistics NZ shows that over half of pre-schoolers attended formal early childhood education (ECE) and care. Grandparents are the most common providers of informal care for both pre-schoolers and school-aged children. The survey also found that the parents of 25 percent of pre-schoolers at formal care for three or more hours per week accessed the Work and Income childcare subsidy.

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Testing reveals there’s often more in the tank than water

While the emphasis in summer may be on collecting and storing water, former science teacher Simon Breeze says residents should also give some thought to the quality of their water. The culturing process done at the Since 2008, Simon has done 265 lab takes about 24 hours. The water tests on private water supplies in the is then examined and given a rating, Rodney area. and a report with recommendations is More than 70 percent contained provided to the customer. some form of coliform and nearly half “There are a lot of different tests that registered the presence of potentially can be done, but we concentrate on dangerous E. coli. coliforms and one special strain of “However, these figures aren’t E. coli, which acts as an indicator of representative because, in most cases, I whether or not further tests may be was asked to do the tests as a problem necessary.” had already been identified,” Simon Simon says a water supply can be says. “But it does indicate that a lot of contaminated from run-off, seepage, people are probably using water that is the transfer of E.coli from the paddock less than ideal.” by birds, vermin or even geckos, and Simon, who holds a chemistry and broken pipes. physics degree from Cardiff University, “If someone in the house gets was a science teacher for most of his Simon says that a mild once-a-year chlorination is enough to keep his own tank diarrhoea, stomach pains or is life, working in Borneo, Singapore, clean and take care of any signs of coliform. generally feeling unwell, then it pays Papua New Guinea, Fiji and Brunei, water in themselves. door-to-door service. This involves to check the water. There are a number as well as New Zealand. So when the laboratory was collecting the samples in the correct of options, ranging from tank cleaning When he and his wife Frances moved restructured and he was made way with the right equipment so that to sterilisation. Once the tank is clean, a filter is a good idea.” to Matakana in 2001, supposedly for redundant, he decided to provide a the results are totally reliable. retirement, Simon wound up taking a part-time job with the water testing Farmers appoint water officer laboratory, located at the Warkworth Federated Farmers has appointed Elizabeth McGruddy to its water policy team. Chief executive Conor English says water is Wastewater Treatment Plant. During his one of the organisation’s top critical policy priorities. “Right now every aspect of water is at play – water ownership, allocation, three years there, he says it wasn’t unusual management, quality and storage,” he says. “In addition, we have changing institutional frameworks with the new Environmental for individual residents to request a test Protection Agency and a new single Auckland Council. The changes taking place over the next couple of years will impact what but they felt uncomfortable bringing the happens over the next 50, so we need to get it right.” Ms McGruddy is a past executive officer of Rural Women.





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One of the more memorable call outs I have had involved an early morning visit to a farm several years ago. The farmers’ calmness down the phone was admirable, as he described the site which presented itself to him early that Spring morning. I immediately leapt into the ute and headed straight to his farm. Eighteen two-yearold in-calf heifers lay dead in the paddock. There were no signs of any struggle, and the remaining 50 or so heifers stood about chewing their cud quite normally. The entire mob were seen the previous evening to be in good health. The top of the list of conditions to cause such an acute death, in such large numbers, is a toxicity of some sort. A post mortem on the nearest heifer immediately revealed chocolate brown coloured blood, confirming the diagnosis of nitrate toxicity as the cause of death. Toxicity occurs when certain plant species accumulate large amounts of nitrates. Nitrates are taken up by plants from the soil as part of their normal growth. Usually this is rapidly converted into protein and rendered non-toxic. However, if sun levels are low, photosynthesis is not occurring and the energy required by the plant to convert nitrate to protein is not available, it accumulates to higher levels. This farmer had also recently fertilised, again increasing the amount of nitrate in the newly-sown ryegrass. Add to this a mob of hungry heifers fresh into the new paddock and the recipe is complete. Death can occur within the hour. Treatment is difficult, particularly for the likes of the 18 heifers, so prevention is the key – know which plants accumulate nitrates (eg brassicas) and identify the weather conditions which encourage high nitrate levels. If in doubt you can do nitrate tests, sending samples of herbage to a lab (best) or doing an in-field nitrate assessment with a test strip. Check the cows regularly when introducing them to a suspect feed.

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Gardening with Wendy Schick

Keeping pests at bay

December was an exceptionally hot and humid month which certainly has its downside; pests and mildew have been flourishing. I have had a few enquiries for some of the natural remedies I listed last year. They are great and won’t cost a fortune; just a little time. yy Baking Soda Spray - Use for rust and powdery mildew. 100g baking soda, 4.5litres water, 45g soap - Mix together. Apply, undiluted to the leaves as often as needed. yy Garlic Bug Spray – Covers a wide range of pests including aphids, codling moth and white butterfly. 100gm chopped garlic, 1 tsp kerosene, 1 litre water, 30g soap. Dissolve soap in hot water and allow to cool, mix all ingredients together, leave for 48 hours, strain. Dilute 15ml per 1 litre water. yy Bug Juice – Seriously disgusting but apparently works well. Gather green beetles and squash or blend with water, strain and spray on foliage. Alternatively, squash beetles and leave on the soil, the smell deters other beetles coming back. As an alternative to soap you can use detergent or liquid soap, it is only added as sticking or spreading agent and will help the spray stick to the foliage. As with any plants, a healthy plant is less likely to get disease so keep your plants well watered, and fertilised over the season. Another recipe I thought would be nice to share with you has nothing to do with bugs, but plenty to do with produce. We had such an abundance of fruit on our damson plum tree last year and after giving away fruit to friends and neighbours, I think my mum (not me of course) still managed to get 40 odd jars of jam made. Still having some fruit left over, she placed the plums whole in a large jar and filled it with gin, it was supposed to have sugar added but we forgot. During the winter these plums were taken out and placed in a short sweet pastry flan, sprinkled with sugar and baked in the oven, unbelievable flavour. If you have surplus fruit I suggest you try it, don’t forget the sugar. The plum gin is pretty good also. Happy Gardening



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More to water than meets the taste buds Subsidy reopens Two parts hydrogen and one part oxygen may be the chemical composition of water, but there’s a lot more to it than that. According to Artesian & Solway Matakana spring, making it one of Filtered Water manager Dave Wyatt, the few bulk filtered water suppliers in water can be contaminated with a NZ. Additionally, water is delivered in myriad of foreign bodies, depending certified food grade trucks. on its source. “We wanted the peace of mind He says most of the contaminants are of knowing that we were giving likely to be harmless, but they can customers the best water possible. It affect both the taste of water and its started as a trial just over 12 months affect on appliances such as washing ago, but has been so well received that machines and kettles. there’s no way we would go back to what we were doing previously. “Most water requires some type of treatment before use, even water from “Tests have shown that our water deep wells or springs,” he says. “It’s the now is in some cases better than what level of treatment that varies.” people are buying in bottles.” Parameters for drinking water quality Always on the look out for normally fall under two categories – improvements, Artesian & Solway is chemical/physical and microbiological. currently reviewing new technology Chemical/physical parameters that may soon allow them to fit include heavy metals, trace organic electronic tank measuring systems, compounds, total suspended solids which automatically send a message (TSS) and turbidity. Microbiological when the tank is getting low. parameters include coliform bacteria, “We have a number of customers, E. coli, and specific pathogenic species Dave Wyatt’s phone runs hot when including a couple of vineyards, who of bacteria, viruses and protozoan the weather stays dry. rely on our deliveries, as they don’t parasites including giardia. other at Matakana. The company collect water off their roofs. This could Dave says Solway draws from two has invested heavily in an industrial be a convenient and cost-effective way springs – one at Sandspit and the filtering and softening system at its of monitoring their supply.”

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The drinking water subsidy scheme for small communities of under 5000 people has been re-introduced. The government is making available $10 million annually until 2015. Health Minister Tony Ryall says the government was concerned that the scheme had been running on a firstcome first-served basis – allowing comparatively better off communities to apply for subsidies, and not targeting the communities most in need. As a result, the eligibility criteria has changed: yy the scheme will pay up to 85 percent of costs (previously it was 95 percent). yy only those communities with a deprivation index higher than 7 are eligible (on the deprivation index, 10 is the least socially and materially well off ) yy asset replacement, maintenance, land purchase and applications from city councils are not eligible for subsidies. yy an engineering review may be required Applications for the next round of drinking-water subsidies close on March 31. The Drinking Water Subsidy Scheme, which was launched in 2006, was put on hold in 2009 amid concerns subsidies did not represent value for money.

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Pilot monitors water takes


Landowners in Whangarei’s Otaika catchment are being asked to provide details of their water use as part of a pilot local authority programme designed to ensure the region’s water resources aren’t over-allocated. Northland Regional Council rules currently allow people to take DRAINAGE “reasonable” amounts of water each day for domestic, stock and other uses as a ‘permitted take’. Resource consent isn’t needed provided certain criteria are met. The regional council’s water allocation officer Emily Walker the pressure that droughts are placing on the region’s WATERMAIN water resources is a good example of why the regional council needs to have a good idea about where and how water is being used. However, Ms Walker says even when water supplies appear plentiful, it’s important to have an accurate picture of how much is actually being drawn from CIVIL STRUCTURE surface water (rivers, streams and lakes) and groundwater via wells and bores. Ms Walker says the Otaika catchment has been chosen as a pilot for the project because it is relatively small – with only several hundred landowners – and boasts a good mix of uses from domestic to horticulture and farming. RURAL Landowners will be asked to complete a brief questionnaire on their water The Matakana River after heavy WARKWORTH 59 Morrison Drive use, including where they get their rain, just before Christmas. There P 09 425 9837 F 09 425 0581 water from (including those on town is increasing scrutiny of how much water can be taken from these natural supply), how much they take in an systems. average day and what they do with it. The information will then be processed Make the most of every drop and used by the council to estimate how much surface and groundwater is PM3000/PM4000/PM5000/PM10000 being used in the area. Buy any of these water She says once the council has refined WE ARE tanks and get a its permitted takes registration system HERE FREE Shimano Tackle using the Otaika data, it hopes to Farm & Lifestyle Bag worth $160. begin registering the thousands of Centre Ltd other permitted takes in Northland Tel: 09 425 7754 • Fax: 09 425 7560 over the next several years. The rules governing permitted takes Ask for a 2-4 Morrison Drive, P.O. Box 378, are in Part Five of the Regional Water Call for our discounted prices Warkworth, 0941 and Soil Plan at


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Emergencies can be avoided with regular maintenance By Steve Reynolds, of Pure Water Services

At this time of year residents using rain water get a little anxious as water quality and quantity can become critical. With summer starting so dry, water truck carriers have been busy much earlier than usual and I know of several families who had multiple deliveries of water before Christmas. These days it seems having water coming from the tap is a critical part of life – a real panic sets in when you realise the tap’s run dry. An empty water tank or a pump that wont pump – it’s enough to have some people dialing 111 or at least my cellphone. “I’m off on an emergency” I tell the family as I receive another weekend call out, which can sometimes take hours. Is it really an emergency? I find myself asking this question a lot – especially when the alternative might be a day at the beach with my family. The fact is we can survive without water coming from the tap; it may not be comfortable but we can survive. Plus, most emergencies turn out to have been something that could

Steve says basic maintenance on water equipment can save the householder time and inconvenience.

have been avoided – a pump that should have been replaced years ago, poor installation resulting in pumps that are hard to prime, water filters blocked because a fresh load of water has stirred up sediment in a tank that hasn’t been cleaned for a long time,

and the list goes on. The water filtration and water pump game is suffering the same fate as your toaster or kettle – you don’t touch it until something goes wrong. That’s fine for your broken toaster but with water, all of a sudden it’s an emergency.

The point is that a little preemptive care can save a lot of hassles in the long run and ensure you have water coming from your taps all the time. No water filters? I have noticed two things lately – if you are drinking tank water with no filters then its not a matter of ‘if ’ but rather ‘when’ you get sick; and when you are sick, money is not a problem and your infected water supply is an emergency. Water tanks should be cleaned every one to two years, water pumps need a service once a year, water filters need an annual service – you get the idea. Do you keep unexpectedly running out of water? How about a tank water level gauge? The local trades people regularly work together to get water problems sorted, whether it’s the guys that like getting inside your smelly water tank to clean it, or the truck driver delivering the water after the tank has been cleaned, or the pump technician or the water filtration expert. They all play a part in making sure your family is drinking healthy safe water.

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Drought proofing gardens Saving water in the garden is vital humidity climb. JB’s Number 1 Landscaping Services owner and landscaper John Bettridge says that before using mulch on a garden to help conserve moisture, ensure that the ground underneath is fully saturated. “Hosing or using a sprinkler is only going to wet the top layer of your garden and will evaporate in the summer heat,” he says. “It can also make things worse as the roots will move up towards the water on the surface instead of down forming a solid root system. “The water needs to penetrate the surface and soak in.” John suggests putting a layer of mulch on top of your garden of between 75mm-100mm thick and watering that as well. “Using any mulch or compost is good


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in summer when temperatures and for the garden, including branches, bark, pebbles, shells and dried animal products. Most gardeners have their preference, depending on what they feel will be the easiest to maintain.” John does not recommend using grass or leaf clippings as they break down too quickly. Plants will benefit most from a watering during the evening when the heat of the sun has gone. They also do better with a good soaking twice a week, rather than small waterings every day. John says that the position of a garden depends on what the gardener wants to grow. “A vegetable garden will need at least seven hours of sunlight a day with fertile soil and good drainage. Plant vegetables so that they aren’t sitting in the hottest sun in the middle of the day. Sunshine from mornings and late afternoons is much kinder to the plants and during summer they will still get plenty of light. Whatever you choose to grow in summer will need to be able to withstand minimal watering and heat such as potatoes, sweet corn and spinach.” Liberty Park nursery assistant Carola Corkill says the following plants cope well in coastal and dry conditions – Carex Testacea, Coprosma Repens, Xeronema Callistemon, Pseudopanox Lessonii and Phormium.

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

Phone: 09 425 7510


Auto GlAss • Mirrors DesiGner GlAss • GlAzinG


54A Mangawhai Heads Road, Mangawhai

09 431 4999

Mobile Mechanical ServiceS

Snells Beach


On site servicing of your vehicle • Engine tunes • Brake checks • Lube services

– 2008 LIMITED –

 425 5355

• Cam belt replacement • Shock replacement • Exhaust repairs

John Young Ph (09) 425 7781 • Mob 0274 828 293 Hours: Mon – Fri 8am – 5pm

1 Hamatana Road - Snells Beach



EDMONDS & MASON PANEL & PAINT Private & All Insurance Work

Ph 425 8723 • Fax 425 9526

Unit 4, 6-14 Glenmore Drive, Warkworth

Fax: 09 422 2011

Wayne 021 765 706 or Ian 021 977 729 47 Woodcocks Road, Warkworth



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

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Builders, Roofers & Suppliers | Brick & Block Layers | Concreters & Tilers | Construction & Earthworks

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


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

Matakana Trellis & Fencing Fences - Gates - Screens Pergola - Trellis - Timber 1A Matakana Valley Rd Ph: 422 9550 Fax: 422 9635

• slabs • flooring

• beams & posts • mulch

• panelling • firewood

362 Matakana Valley Rd, Matakana 0948

ph 422 7716 • fax 422 7717



From alterations to full contracts

Auckland region house of the year 2008

Glen Hassett

0 27 4 72 4 684 Ph 09 4 25 5 232 F ax 0 9 4 25 5 299


For the construction of:

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

Phone: 027 4771 583 email: 152M

• Light Commercial • Alterations • Architectural Homes • Renovations • Additions Phone Hadley on 09 425 4968 or 0275 444 440 Email:

CARPENTER-JOINER • Terraces • Alterations • New Housing

• Renovations • Maintenance • Small jobs a specialty


creating better homes All aspects of building undertaken Alterations • Additions • New homes

Ph: 09 422 2131

Rob Heron

Phone 09 425 5491 • Mobile 027 275 1172

Ph 425 4027 • mob 021 117 3033

Roofing N.Z

Servicing Auckland - Rodney - Kaipara

Long Run Iron Specialists New Re-Roofs & Cladding

Ring Matt on 021 356 965 A/hrs/Fax: 09 425 6311 Email:


WARKWORTH BRICKLAYING SERVICES LTD Phone Alan Berthelsen 021 780 170, A/hrs 425 8252


32 years owner/operator

(Civil engineering qualified)

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

021 2800 233


DRIVEWAYS FLOORS • PATHS Exposed • Plain • Coloured Stamped Concrete • Cutting Residential & Commercial Sub-divisions • R.O.W’s • Excavations 135M

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

43 years experience

1.6 Tonne Mini Excavator • 4WD Tip Truck For all your earthworks / landscaping

 (09) 422 9392 • 0274 442 606 W & D REA

NATHAN HOUSTON Mob: 021 220 5000

470 KAiPArA FlATS rOAd, WArKWOrTH126

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


Trenching - Footings - Landscaping Drilling - Tip Truck Specialising in tight fit work Diggers from 2 tonne to 13 tonne Phone Nigel Kensington 09 422 9277 • Mobile 0274 844 544


• Landscaping • Site Works • Driveways • Post Hole Drilling 180mm - 300mm 450mm - 600mm

• Trenching • Laser Level • Compactor Dams ● Winching ● Bulldozing ● Driveways House Sites ● Landscaping ● Earthmoving ● Sub Divisions

027 527 6990

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Engineering | Flooring | Electrical | Architecture Design, Survey & Property Valuers | Lawn Mowing | Landscaping | Home & Property Maintenance

Carpet, Vinyl, Cork & Ceramic Tiles Installation Service Overlocking Service

PHONE 09 425 6431

Free Measure and Quote

General Engineering




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

Suppliers and Installers of: • Gates and Automation • Landscape & Ambience Lighting • Security Cameras & Alarms

Enviro Friendly Products available

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

COASTAL CONCEPTS 2004 LTD PO Box 47, Warkworth T: 09 422 2175 M: 027 497 0464 E:

Mobile: 021 990355 Phone: 09 4226160 Email:

Lamb & moLLoy Ltd SURVEYORS

Prompt, professional advice and service for all


Subdivisions and Land Development Work

Phone Warkworth (09) 425-7393 R. Mather 021 425 837 • R. Molloy 021 779 964

Residential and Commercial Electrical Phone 422 9589 • Mobile 021 679 483 Email:

23 Bertram Street - Warkworth


For Free Quote Ross Bell Your local Jim


Ph 0800 4 546 546

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

• Lawnmowing • Section Clean Ups • Tree Lopping • Hedge Trimming • Pruning • Rubbish Removal • Gutter Cleaning & Gardening • Handyman Services Available

Lawns Alive

where the grass is always greener At Lawns Alive we offer a superior property maintenance service, specialising in large property lawn and garden maintenance. Take a look at our testimonials page to see what some of our fantastic customers have to say about us.

Ph Allan 0212136892 •

TOTAL LANDSCAPE CONSTRUCTION • Mowing • Landscaping • Courtyards • Pool Surrounds • Driveways • Foundations

• Property Maintenance • Ready Lawns • Fencing • Decks • Retaining Walls • Project Management

for complete quality projects

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

Phone Bruce 425 7766 a/h



• Planting • Paving • Retaining WallS • FenceS • deckS • gaRden makeoveRS

SeRvicing HiBiScUS coaSt to mangaWHai

JOHN BETTRIDGE (JB) Phone: 09 425 4086 Mobile: 021 665 558 E-mail:

I take the hard work out of Landscaping

Handy Hands property & home maintenance • • • • • •

building alterations and repairs roof & spouting repair & replacement fences / decks / pergolas painting interior / exterior water blasting / cleaning weedeating / hedges / lawns Michael & Fiona Baker

09 422 9660

027 4040 338

We’re happy to lend a hand!

Glenn Soljan Dip LS Design • Designer • Plans designed and drawn • Stonemason • Fireplaces • 20 yrs experience

tel 09 422 9213 • mob 021 457 449 email:

Cross Country

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Property Maintenance | Tree Services | Retail | Health & Beauty | Furniture | Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning | Laundry, Dry Cleaning & Ironing | Painters & Decorators

home & property maintenance General household carpentry and repairs • Decks • Stairs • Handrails • Fences • Doors • Letterboxes

Property maintenance for permanent or absentee homeowners

John Petchell 09 425 6962 • 0275 183 570 NO JOBS TOO SMALL

For all your property maintenance and small building projects

Cross Country Cleaning Division

Vacuum Sweeper • Car parks • Warehouses • Driveways

Phone to discuss YOUR requirements 021 423 860 - 423 8619 a/h •


Tree Care Specialising in; • Fine pruning • Tree removal • Stump grinding • Hedge trimming

Ph Kevin on 021 725 757

Grant & Jeanette Stewart Owner/Operators

100% MANGAWHAI ELECTRICAL 12b Wood Street, Mangawhai Heads

T +64 (0)9 431 4651 F +64 (0)9 431 4290 E

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

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


12B Wood Street, Mangawhai Heads M 021 280 4008 P 09 431 4651 E 144M

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




Recycled Matai

NZ Made Solid Wood

Custom Built Kitchens

Ph 425 9030 • Dome Valley 5 minutes past Warkworth

• Duvets

Kowhai Laundry Dry Cleaning Agents

(including inners)

• Sheets • Towels • Linen (pressed)

13 Neville Street, Warkworth Phone 09 425 9775


BARRIE (BAZ) MOIR PH 09 4315565 • MOB 021 1690 790 Email:

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


‘Let me take the crease out of your day’

Looking for the best selection of Health Supplements and Supplies in sunny Rodney? • Wide range of health supplements for all the family’s needs • Organic hair and skin care • Homeopathy, herbs, aromatherapy products PLUS! Come and talk to our in-house qualified naturopath and arrange for a personal consultation.

Riverside Arcade, Warkworth Natural Health Queen Street, Warkworth Ph (09) 425 9623 Store

WARKWORTH COMMERCIAL CLEANERS LTD Carpet & Upholstery Cleaners General Commercial Cleaners Paddy & Gaye Webb


Ph/Fax 09 425 6844 Mobile 021 079 8578 or 021 886 475



PHONE 021 208 5460 EMAIL

Interior/Exterior n Waterblasting n Roof Painting Airless Spraying n Plastering n Wallpapering Colour Consulting n Decorative Effects Qualified Tradesmen - Honest/Reliable Ph Mandy 09 425 9007 or 021 507 463

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:

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

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Heat & Water Pump Services | Marine & Small Engines | Plumbing | Printers & Website Design | Computer & TV Services | Septic & Water Tank Cleaning | Water Supplies

HEAT PUMPS Supplied • Installed • Serviced h: 09 425 6776 m: 021 148 3845 e:

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

H2O PUMPS Water Treatment

• Filtration • UV Sterilizers • Softeners and Neutralizers • Iron Removal • Agent for Stallion Pumps

Phone/Fax 425-5619 Mobile 0800 733 765

Owen Ward







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


New Pump Sales   Service     Installation

Phone 021 771 878 • 24hrs 09 425 6002

“If you don’t have a lter you are the lter”

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

water pumps

Pumping Systems



(2007) Ltd

09 422 7618

Available from:

MAHURANGI MARINE LTD 330 Mahurangi East Rd, Snells Beach Phone 425-5806

027 494 5499

Maintenance  New Homes  Craftsman Plumber  Free Quotes  After Hours Callout  30 years experience 


‘ T H E D . I . Y. W E B S I T E ’ Argyll Angle

58-60 Queen Street Warkworth

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

Phone 425 7257 or email:

TV AERIAL & SATELLITE SERVICES Freeview Sales & Installation TV & FM Aerials

We’re Local. 0508 WEBDESIGN

Rodney Septic Tank Cleaning Peter Cairns

GAVIN BROUGH Ph 09 425 5495 Mob 0274 766 115


Mob 027 494 6370 • Phone 422 7166

027 239 2167 09 426 9015 • 09 412 7644


Household Water Deliveries

Phone John or Annette Carr

0800 747 928

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

mobile: 027 556 6111

Mangawhai: Phyll Lathrote 431 4608 | 027 493 8961





0800 638 254


09 422 3700

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Your handy pull-out guide Transport | Furniture Removals | Storage | Training & Tuition

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

• Airport Shuttle • Local and national trips and tours • 10-seater Minibus for club/group functions

Phone Linda 425-0000


PHONE 09 425 5597


North Rodney Victim Support Group Inc. PO Box 8 Warkworth North Rodney Victim Support Group Inc provides 24 hour, seven day a week service to victims of crime and trauma living within the Warkworth, Mahurangi, Wellsford and Mangawhai areas. PO Box 8 Warkworth 09 425 0832 or 0800 VICTIM/0800 822 846 SUPPORTED BY LOCAL MATTERS 85


Advertise your classifieds and church notices here for only 30c+GST per word for run-ons or $6.70 per/cm+GST for boxed adverts.

BABYSITTeRS AVAILABLe WARKWORTH TO MATAKAnA to Mahurangi East and West. Variety of experience available. Call Lisa to discuss your needs. Phone 425 5652.

WARKWORTH CenTRAL, 3 bedroom house, double garage, new kitbathroom, swimming pool, spa pool, $430pw, refs required. Phone 426 5834.

FOR HIRe HALLS FOR HIRe. The Warkworth Town Hall (limit 99 people) and the old Masonic Hall are available for hire at reasonable rates. Contact theWarkworth Service Centre of the Auckland Council on toll-free (09) 301 0101. pORT ALBeRT HALL available for hire. Contact Karen or Danny on 09 423 7108. WIndY RIdge CAMp FOR HIRe! Rustic camp in rustic setting, on 57 acres of native bush, streams & farm. Situated 10km south of Warkworth. Sleeps up to 36 people. Enquiries call Jono (09) 838 7394 or (021) 831 998.

FOR SALe And nOW .... pRIMe On FReeVIeW, Now 13 channels, decoders with recorder $175, new 12 month warranty, dish and decoder package installed from $430. Call Jim the Maintenance Man 422 3725 or 021 254 2048. LAZY BOY CHAIR Tan colour, good condition, $250, phone 425 8670.



Macadamia Nuts Fresh & locally grown. Three choices - plain, honeyed and chocolate coated. Yum Yum! $5.50 a packet; larger quantities available on order. Available from the Mahurangi Matters office, 17 Neville St, Warkworth. RAWLeIgH pROdUCTS Phone Patrick 425 0448.


TAMWORTH pIgS Live. From $80. Phone Riley on 09 422 6052.

SHOTOKAn KARATe (SKIF) 3rd Dan Instructor Supervised by 7th Dan. Suitable for high school to retirement. Affiliated directly to Japan (Kanazawa Sensei)

• A japanese art and cultural experience • An interesting way to keep fit • Good for stamina and flexibility • Improves balance and co-ordination • Achieve a calm alert focus


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

Please book NoW 1hour $40 • 2hours $70

WATeR TAnKS & TROUgHS ABSOLUTe COnCReTe 09 4312211 or

Training: Wed & Fri 6pm, Warkworth Town Hall (Mon training available).


Ring Bob 422 5229 for a free trial

Phone 425 8517 42 Kaipara Flats Road, Warkworth


HOMe & MAInTenAnCe



ARBORISTS IndependenT TRee CARe All aspects of tree and hedge work, Branch Chipping, Private line clearance, Qualified Arborist, Fully insured. Phone Dave 09 427 9216 or 022 026 5681.


Starting 2nd February, Wednesday evenings. Ladies Bowling Club, Shoesmith Road, Warkworth. Inquiries Jan 422 5191.

WARKWORTH AIKIdO Self defence, Self development, Self confidence. Tues & Thurs 6.30-8pm, Methodist Church Hall, Warkworth. All ages welcome. Phone Dianne 422 3356 or Andy 021 672 787 or visit www. for more information.

eARn CASH On YOUR HOLIdAY HOMe! Unmet rental demand this

SCenIC FLIgHTS $39, 20 mins; $49, 30 mins. Min. 3 passengers. Trial flights $75. Gift vouchers available. gReAT BARRIeR FLIgHTS. Special stopover up to 4 hours. Return $99. Min. 3 passengers. nORTH CApe FLIgHTS $375 each. Min 3 passengers. Rodney Aero Club ph 425 8735 or Rod Miller ph 425 5612

Thursday 7pm (Starts 3 Feb 2011) Warkworth Town Hall Cnr Neville St & Alnwick St Beginners Welcome! Join any time!

HeALTH SeRVICeS ALL-LOVe HeALIng CenTRe MAHURAngI, Intnl Healers treat and teach All-Love, Reiki, Matrix, Tantra and more. Retreats available in beach/bush setting. Phone Natalie on 0800 826 872 or 0274 826 872.

summer. Call Bachcare 0800 422 242, email:, or visit RUBBISH ReMOVAL Discover how easy it is to dispose of stuff for the tip. Moving house? Clean up? Friendly affordable service. Free quotes. Phone 426 5219. TAnK WATeR TeSTIng High quality testing for T and E-coli in your tank or bore water. Printed clear Lab test results provided with recommendations. Phone TWT 422 9345.

MARKeTS MUSeUM SUMMeR MARKeT, 1st Saturday of the month, 8am, Old Masonic Hall, Baxter St, Warkworth. Enquiries Warkworth 425 8482.

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Advertise your classifieds and church notices here for only 30c+GST per word for run-ons or $6.70 per/cm+GST for boxed adverts. pHOTOgRApHIC & dIgITAL pReSeRVe YOUR MeMORIeS Videos, slides & old 8mm films all onto DVD. Ph TeTotara Video (09) 422 5710.

pUBLIC nOTICeS ALBeRTLAndeRS’ CeLeBRATIOn eASTeR 2012 “15,000 people were at East India Docks, London on 29 Ma 1862 to farewell the “Matilda Wattenbach” and “Hanover” The first two ships to set sail for New Zealanad with Albertland settlers aboard. Watch for regular updates on www.albertland. “Celebrating 150 years”


Professional counsellors available 24 hours to help those suffering from gambling problems or affected by another’s gambling. Immediate, free, confidential support. Phone 0800 654 655. JAde RIVeR ARTS eXHIBITIOn Old Masonic Hall, Warkworth. January 14 & 15, 9am-5pm. Contemporary onoff pieces, designed & crafted by local artists. Free entry. LIVIng WAY CHRISTIAn SCHOOL, WeLLSFORd Supportive environment, individual attention, academic achievement. Vacancies for enrolment in Years 1-13. Phone 09 423 7727 or email:



TV SeRVICeS Freeview, dishes, aerials, boxes. Sales, installation and repairs. Phone Gavin 027 4766115.

We provide the following free services:

TV TUnIng. DVD’s / Sky / Video / Freeview etc. Phone 425 5431.

• 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

WARKWORTH QUAKeRS (The Religious Society of Friends) meet every 2nd and 4th Sunday of each month. All welcome. Phone 425 7665 for more information.

ReUnIOnS HAMILTOn HIgH SCHOOL CenTennIAL MARCH 2011 Encompassing Hamilton Girls’ and Hamilton Boy’s High Schools. A four day weekend of events is planned on March 17-20, 2011. Those interested are invited to pre-register at or phone 0900 SCHOOL to make a $20 donation towards the cost of holding the reunion.

MApIU SCHOOL & dISTRICT CenTennIAL 1911-2011

FInd A LOCAL TRAdeSMAn, SeRVICe OR BUSIneSS easily with the online Business directory A-Z at Community groups are encouraged to list their details on the FREE Community Directory A-Z Full details can be found at Local news & information is just a click away


Providing programmes for men who need assistance to change abusive behaviours and attitudes and work on equality and respect. Held in Orewa and Warkworth. For enquiries phone 09 425 8130. We also provide programmes for women that are or have been in abusive relationships. Held in Orewa & Warkworth. Phone 09 422 2101 or 021 023 20297 Sponsored by Local Matters

WARKWORTH MUSeUM Open dAY Parry Kauri Park, Sunday 16 January 2011, 10am onwards. Free entry to museum, old machinery operating. Plant stall, book stall, sausage sizzle. See our textile and archives department. Fun for all.


All pupils, teachers and descendants of the settlers who opened up the district 100 years ago are invited to attend the Mapiu and District 100th Jubilee 18-20 February 2011. For registration forms please contact Jon 07 8785969, Val 07 8788580 or

TAHAAROA SCHOOL CenTennIAL 2011 Saturday 23rd April and Sunday 24th April, 2011. Expressions of interest, please email: or phone (07) 876 7335

ReUnIOn OF eX-pUpILS OF OTOROHAngA dISTRICT HIgH SCHOOL From 1924 - 1955 (Primer 1 to Form 6) to be held March 26, 2011. Contact D. Davidson, 54 Main Nt Road, Otorohanga, Email:

TUITIOn pIAnO / KeYBOARd / THeORY Laurice Woodfield L.T.C.L/A.I.R.M.T Experienced teacher of all ages. Enquiries welcome phone 423 7757

VeHICLeS pARK And SeLL Gull Snells Beach. Weekly rates. Great exposure. Phone 09 425 4092.



• Shed & Garage clear outs • Tools & Machinery • Cars, motorcycles, boats, caravans All things considered

Phone or txt 021 161 5139

WAnTed TO RenT SeMI-ReTIRed LAdY seeking to rent house/cottage Mangawhai / Snells / Omaha long term from March 2011. 2 bedrooms, clean, warm. Keen gardener. Excellent references. Please phone (09) 428 7049





Phone 425 8545

Holy Mass Timetable: WARKWORTH

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


SS. Peter & Paul Church Sunday: 8.30am

celebration centre Powerful Exciting Church

Sunday Service @ 10am Warkworth Town Hall


Available for residential and light commercial work. Phone Murray Holt 021 935 509. See full ad page 16

P: 09 422 3168



Full or part time work in Warkworth, Wellsford and surrounding Rodney area. Own transport and clean driver’s licence. Happy to help with housework and cooking. References available. Available for immediate start. Phone Amy Burnan 021 0380 968


Presbyterian Church

5 Pulham Road, Warkworth Phone 425 8861

Sunday services 9am & 10.30am

WORK WAnTed ReId eQUeSTRIAn engIneeRIng, Wellsford. Float rebuilds, horse truck conversions, etc. Dog kennels made to measure. Quality work. Phone Ron 423 9666.



MaHurangi MetHodiSt PariSH Warkworth Methodist Cnr Neville & Church Sts Warkworth Phone 425 8660 Sunday Service10.30am

Hall Bookings Ph 425 8053

ANGLICAN CHURCH Warkworth Services held at: • Warkworth • Matakana • Leigh • Snells Beach • Kaipara Flats

All enquiries: Phone 425 8054

Snell's Beach Community Church

325 Mahurangi East Rd Sunday Service 9am Hall Bookings Ph 425 5707

Point Wells Community Church Williams Cres, Point Wells Sunday Services 2nd & 4th Sundays at 9.30am

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There will be something for everyone at the 144th annual Warkworth & Districts A&P Show, on January 22. Gates open at 8.30am, with official entertainment kicking off at 10.30am. Show secretary Marjorie Blythen says it’s a great family day out with plenty of see and do. The gate price will be the same as last year – $10 for adults, $5 for children and $25 for a family pass. “The Wellsford Toy Library does a brilliant job of organising an old-fashioned games programme which doesn’t cost a cent,” Mrs Blythen says. “It means a family can come along for the day without having to reach into their pocket the whole time.” As well as all the favourites – the huge range of trade displays, wood chopping, equestrian events, vintage Lots of the activities, particularly those for children, are on offer at the show for free. cars, highland dancing and animal competitions – this year will also see the re-introduction of the shearing competition in the brand new shearing pavilion. “Tastings of local wines and beers, as well as local produce, are being promoted, and visitors can also try their hand at a game of croquet. “World champion dog handler Chelsea Marriner is also back with a new routine.” Children are invited to enter the queen, fairy, princess and pirate competitions. Mrs Blythen says in recent years attendance at the show has averaged around 8000. The crowds seem to come in two waves – the early birds and then those that come after the markets The show is a great place to check out what other have closed. people are harvesting from their gardens.

Last year’s auction was a crowd-pleaser and raised $6000.

Auction bidders primed For the third year running, a charity auction to raise money for the Royal New Zealand Foundation of the Blind’s guide dog service will be held at the Warkworth A&P Show. Coordinator is John Barnett, who says that over the past two auctions, a total of $6000 has been raised. He is hoping to push this up to $10,000 this year. In the silent auction and on the block will be a huge range products, services and offers including luxury accommodation, DIY equipment, homeware, gardening supplies, food and wine. “It costs tens of thousand of dollars to breed and raise a guide dog for the blind, so all money raised by at the Warkworth show will go towards helping someone in need,” John says.

WARKWORTH & DISTRICTS A&P SHOW SOCIETY 144th Annual Show 22 January 2011 Extended Gymkhana will also be on 23 January 2011

Gates open 8.30am • Official entertainment starts 10.30am Animal competitions start 9am • Indoor exhibits open 9am along with local wine and beer tasting and gourmet food. All day entertainment at the large marquee. • Chelsea Marriner (World Champion Dog Handler) and • Shearing competition in the ‘brand new’ shearing pavillion her eight Border Collie dogs • Alpacas, pet lambs, beef & dairy, goats, Calf club and • Kids (old fashioned) races eg. egg on the spoon young handlers competition • Ewe racing & shearing demos with Greg • Equestrian mounted games display (olympics on horseback) • Vintage Cars • Equestrian quadrille displays • Martial Arts display • Wood chopping • Queen, fairy, princess & pirate competitions • Croquet club play and display • Des Chitty, country & western music plus all the usual trade and side shows and much more • Highland dancing & competitions

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After a five year absence the 2011 Warkworth A&P Show welcomes back the sheep shearing competition in style. A new shearing pavilion for the Jokingly, Neil says that all a good shearer competition worth $50,000 has been needs is “no brains and a good back.” built at the Warkworth Showground’s The competition is split into categories in time for its first use on January 22. for junior, intermediate, senior, open Shearing competition organiser, judge and veteran shearers. and shearer Neil Sidwell, of Ruawai, is Categories are based on how many back on board to run the show. sheep a shearer can shear in a day. Neil. who has more than 50 years “A junior shearer can shear around experience in shearing competitions 180 sheep a day where as a senior/ both in New Zealand and overseas, open shearer can do more than 300.” organised the Warkworth competition Shearers are judged on the quality of for 18 years before leaving to take the their work and the time they take to event to the Auckland Easter Show. complete the sheep. “I had been running the shearing Points are deducted if a shearer cuts competition for years and thought it his sheep or does a second cut (goes was my time to step aside and let some over a previous cut). younger blood in,” he says. Only shearers with previous experience “I figured if I didn’t move on no one can enter the competition and entries would take my place.” will be accepted on the day. Although Neil stepped aside a lack of Anyone entering needs to have their support resulted in the demise of the own gear. Prize money and trophies competition at the Warkworth A&P are up for grabs. Show, but with the new facility on Neil says the amount of young shearers offer he has returned. has dwindled over the years along with Neil says shearing is a real crowd sheep numbers. pleaser especially for visitors who have “When I was a young shearer 50 years never seen a sheep shorn before. ago, shearing was a good way to earn “It’s a new experience for a lot of a living with around 97 million sheep foreign tourists and they think it’s in New Zealand. Now days there are great entertainment.” only around 27 million and there are a

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You can teach a dog new tricks Dog trainer Chelsea Marriner and her ensemble the Dog Stars will be up to their old tricks at the 144th Warkworth A&P Show this month. The Dog Stars show has recently been The dogs come from different farms revised and will feature some new tricks from around the country and range in and new props, and an agility course age from one to eight years old. containing jumps, tunnels and weave All of the dogs have won champion poles. Residing in Rotorua, Chelsea titles in various events such as agility has done agility training from the age and flygility. of seven. She has a team of eight working border Chelsea says border collies are the best collies with four to five featuring in dogs to use for the show, as they are energetic, incredibly smart and are the show. always willing to please. “When I was two my dad got a puppy but he soon became my puppy as we spent “We train everyday and you get out every moment of the day together,” she what you put in. I have a strong bond says. “I used to love watching Wonder with all of my dogs and they soon Dogs and that’s when I decided I wanted learn what you are thinking and what you want them to do.” to be a dog trainer.”


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With no less than eight Golden Globe nominations under its belt, The King’s Speech is poised to go down as one of the best if not biggest films of the year. A stylishly produced and rousing period drama, the film tells the story of King George VI (a masterful Colin Firth), the father of Queen Elizabeth II. After his brother abdicates, George reluctantly assumes the throne. Plagued by a dreaded stutter and considered unfit to be King, he engages the help of an unorthodox speech therapist named Lionel Logue (Geoffrey Rush). Through his friendship with Logue, George finds his voice and confidence, and leads Britain into World War II. A brilliant and surprisingly funny cinematic experience, this film demands your viewing.

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The tennis club is $16,000 better off as a result of this year’s exhibition. Altogether, 90 paintings were sold.

Tennis art “wows” visitors

Mahurangi East Tennis Club held another successful Great Summer Art Exhibition at the Mahurangi East Community Centre, over Christmas/ New Year. More than 500 paintings were on go towards paying off the three new display, as well as a collection of Astrograss courts which were opened wood turning. A steady stream of a year ago. visitors, many travelling specially from Results: – Professional: Mandy Moon Auckland, viewed the exhibition over Mother-in-law 1; Phillip Deng - Traditional the five days. This year’s judge was Chinese cooking 2; Nick Fedaeff - Flying watercolour artist Jan Alldritt-Miller. dream 3. Intermediate: Trisha Fisk Tennis club president Kate Leslie said Matakana Maybe 1; Lisa Thesling - Kelp at the club appreciated the contribution low tide 2; Shirley Sutton - Sunburst from and help made by the volunteers stormy skies 3. Novice : Neil de Vantier Catch of the day and Oops! 1 equal; Lynn behind the show. McDermott - Hanging out 2; Jennifer Bird “From the people who bake for the - Pebbles at Little Barrier 3. The People’s café to the ones who help hang all Choice award was won by Shirley Cresswell the paintings, as well as the businesses for her painting Mansion House, Kawau. who generously donate for the raffle, Raffle winners were: Jill Carlsson, D. it’s a real team effort.” Drummond, C. Montague, Julie Innes, Kate said she was both pleased and Tanya Stebbing, Denise Vazey, Shelley surprised that the show exceeded Devane, Cherri Grant, Vicki Ewing and last year’s total. Funds raised will Wendy Franklin.

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Summer hoe-down bound for vineyard in Matakana

Lynda and Jools will be singing up a storm during their summer winery tour stopover in Matakana.

The cream of contemporary alt-country and bluegrass music in New Zealand will put on a show to remember at Ascension Wine Estate next month. The Topp Twins, who need no they toured with The Highway of introduction, will be joined by the Legends, one of NZ’s most successful Hamilton County Bluegrass Band, homegrown tours, selling out more fiddler Marian Burns, Tami Neilson than 35,000 tickets. and rising star Cameron Luxton. They will be joined by Marian Burns, Last year’s Topp Twins Winery Tour one of New Zealand’s top fiddle with Don McGlashan was a sell-out players, who has performed on both and reminded audiences that while the Topps’ recent albums. they may be better known for their Winner of Best Female Artist at the comedy, the twins are also “seriously 2010 Country Music Awards, and good singer-songwriters” (Edinburgh two-time winner of the New Zealand Herald). Tui Award for Best Country Album Unashamedly proud of their country 2009 and 2010, Canadian-born Tami roots, Lynda and Jools have invited Neilson comes from a country music some of their favourite artists, pedigree. including some favourite Topp Twins A performer with her family’s band characters, to perform with them in The Neilsons from the age of 10, she what promises to be the hoe-down of toured Canada for many years and even shared the stage with Johnny the year. The legendary Hamilton County Cash. Her latest album The Kitchen Bluegrass Band is the only NZ group Table Sessions contains hectic bluegrass to have ever played the Grand Ole versions of Dave Dobbyn’s Slice of Opry in Nashville, Tennessee. In 2005 Heaven and Scribe’s Not Many. Her music has been described as a hybrid of acoustic torch and stripped-bare alt-country. At only 15 years old, Cameron Luxton already has a list of achievements under his belt. At 11 he became the Junior Overall Winner at the 2006 Gold Guitars and went on to perform at the Tamworth Country Music Festival. Cameron performed with the Topp Twins on their 2007 National Tour, and charmed audiences with his mature voice and stage presence. This year he became the Intermediate Best of the West Country Music Awards Overall Winner, and also took out the Open Instrumental Award. The Topp Twins were inducted into the New Zealand Music Hall of Fame in 2008 and at this year’s Country Music Awards they were named Legends of Country Music. The Topp Twins Summer Hoe-down will be at Ascension Wine Estate in takeaways Matakana on February 13.

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Seats are filling up fast for a trip on the glass-bottom boat, being organised as part of the Whangateau Fun Day on Saturday, January 22. HarbourCare member Margaret from the big fish trying to eat them. Simpson says Whangateau is one of Activities start at 8am with the glassAuckland’s least spoiled estuaries, with bottom boat and guided snorkeling. an abundant variety of marine life, Snorkels, fins, masks and suits will be intertidal habitats and estuarine plants. available or bring your own. “The Whangateau HarbourCare There will be live displays of marine Group wants to protect the harbour flora and fauna in the Whangateau and is organising the fun day at the Hall and after lunch, Dr Roger domain to share its special features,� Grace will talk about the marine she says. and estuarine life of the harbour, The programme includes tours of and Chrissy Henley, from Auckland the harbour on the Goat Island glass- Council, will explain the ongoing bottom boat, a guided snorkeling trail, work of the Whangateau Sustainable an exhibition and marine display, Catchment Programme. talks, a book launch and an inter-tidal The newly-printed book written and ramble. illustrated by Whangateau student Ella A fee $4 is being charged to cover the Gerard entitled The Cockle Mystery cost of the glass-bottom boat, but all will be launched and the winners of other activities are free. the Pomaderris hamiltonii competition Margaret says the water of the harbour will be presented with their prizes. is so clear that snorkellers can easily glimpse the undersea world of feeding The guided intertidal ramble starts at barnacles, shoals of mullet cruising 2pm. Bring a picnic lunch or enjoy a through the beds of necklace weed, sausage sizzle at midday. and little fish hiding among the Info: Phone Margaret on 422 9717 or mangrove roots which shelter them email

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Mary and Audrey a.k.a the Emtage sisters on their way to winning the John Welsford Handicap, and Howard Lush laying his fourteenth claim to Master of the Mahurangi, 2010. Photo, Keith Salmon.

Mahurangi’s maritime tradition sails on The Mahurangi Regatta will be held at Sullivans Bay on Saturday, January 29. the day’s shore-based events conclude If strong easterly winds are forecast, classic or classic-style classes. the shoreside events may be held at “This is an old fashioned ‘leave your with a tug o’ war. Scotts Landing or cancelled in the wallet at home’ type picnic regatta,” The regatta prizegiving and dance event of heavy rain. To date, the yacht Cimino says. “It’s a very affordable day will be held, as usual, at the Scott racing has never been cancelled. out for the whole family.” Homestead at Scotts Landing. The Regatta spokesperson Cimino Cole Shoreside events start at 11am and 18-piece swing band Prohibition says “within reason”, the more wind include dinghy, kayak, open kayak, Big Band, which played at the the better. swimming, running, three-legged regatta in 2004 as the grand finale Organised by Friends of the races, sack, spud and spoon races, a to Warkworth’s 150th anniversary Mahurangi, with on-water activities water run, egg throwing, blindfold celebrations, will perform. organised by the Mahurangi Cruising boat, lost-the-dinghy-oars, rowed Noting the history of the event, Cimino Club, the annual event draws about inflatable, sand sculpture and “just says the first Mahurangi Regatta about any other event suggested that possibly dates from the establishment 700 people. of Gordon Browne’s spar station Numerous classes of yachts are raced, seems a good idea at the time”! with about 100 boats entering the Sailing starts shortly after noon and in 1832, or more probably, from

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March madness gives chase amongst the grapevines

A madcap fun run will take to the hills and valleys around Matakana on March 5 to raise funds for the Matakana-Omaha walkway/cycleway. Inspired by the Marathon du Medoc is committed to raising an estimated and sponsored by Runner Duck $400,000 to construct the sixEstate, the Fruitloop charity fun run/ kilometre walkway and members have walk will follow a seven-kilometre already dedicated hundreds of man route through vineyards, orchards, hours driving diggers, building fences olive groves and farms, starting and and manning the spades to form the finishing at the Matakana Country trail. Park. Fruitloop will wind-up with a food It will cross numerous private and wine festival at the Country Park, properties, which are not normally showcasing some of the best in local open to the public, and there will be produce. entertainment and refreshments at rest “We greatly appreciate the generosity stations along the way. of the property owners who are The event is the initiative of the making this event possible,” Ras says. Matakana Coast Wine Country and is being organised with the support of How to enter the Matakana Community Group. The course starts and finishes at the Wine Country chairman Ras Matakana Country Park, and the Sutherland says the route takes in first of the field will set-off at 3pm on spectacular views of the Matakana Saturday, March 5. Coast and will provide the first major Entries are limited and organisers public exploration of the completed are urging would-be fruitloopers to part of the Matakana to Omaha buy their tickets as soon as possible walkway, between Jones and Takatu to avoid disappointment. Enter as an Roads. individual or as a team, and dress-up “Funds raised will go towards the to your heart’s content. walkway’s second stage, from Takatu Entry costs from $15 to $30. Enter Road to Tongue Farm Road.” online at The Matakana Community Group fruitloop.

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A new netball club has formed in Warkworth and it hopes to field six junior teams in the Rodney Netball Centre competition, in Wellsford, this season. Warkworth Netball Club secretary a piece of land at the Warkworth Toni Broughton-Johnson says the club Showgrounds to set up a sports and will foster a passion for competitive recreation facility that can cater for netball events. and social netball in the area. “Although we’re initially catering for Toni says registration forms for the boys and girls, aged six to 12 years, coming season can be picked up from we hope to be able to include senior sausage sizzles outside New World girls and women in the near future,” Warkworth on February 19 and 26, from 10am. Registrations close on she says. “If we can get enough interest and March 2. support then there are no limits to Trials will be held at on March 5 from 8.30am to 12pm, March 8 from what the club could do.” Trials and practise for the first junior 3.30pm to 5pm and March 10 from teams will be held at the Warkworth 3.30pm to 5pm. Primary School netball courts, with The annual meeting will be held on full support and training for anyone January 24 at Warkworth Primary, interested in volunteering as umpires, starting at 7.30pm. All welcome. managers and coaches. “We would love to hear from any other New World Warkworth has come businesses who would like to help onboard as a sponsor, which means out with sponsorship or donations of new uniforms, possible scholarship goods/services that could be raffled or opportunities and fees and subs can be utilised to help support the club.” kept low. Discussions have been held Info: email warkworthnetballclub@ with the Mahurangi Recreation and or contact Toni on 422 Sport Collective, as well as Auckland 3455, 021 050 5179 or Kelly on 425 Council, on the possibility of using 0340 or 021 072 4015.

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Hospice show draws mixed bag A wide range of tastes and budgets will be catered for with paintings, sculptures, jewellery and textile art on show at the Matakana School Hall on Anniversary Weekend. ‘Martakana’, the fifth annual charity have works for sale, alongside Jeanette art exhibition for Warkworth Switzer’s distinctively New Zealand Wellsford Hospice, will include works handcrafted jewellery. from more than 30 invited artists from All pieces in the exhibition will be for Rodney and further afield. sale, and all proceeds will go towards They include multi-award-winning meeting the costs of the hospice artist Jos Coufreur, expressionist service in Rodney. Jo Bain, realist Wyn Thomas, Martakana will open with a preview photographic artist Lorraine Beattie evening, with entry by donation, and landscape oil painter Donna on Thursday, January 27 at 6pm. Massey. Refreshments will be served, including This year the organisers have also wine from Omaha Bay Vineyard and tracked down some new exhibitors cheese from Puhoi Valley Cheese. with styles unlike any others – such as Bayleys Real Estate Warkworth is young portrait painter Harry Moores sponsoring the exhibition. from New Plymouth and naive-art Entry is free over the weekend, and painter Linda Elliott from Tauranga. the hall will be open from noon to Textile artist Julie Dowland and 6pm on Friday and 9am to 6pm on sculptor Katherine Batchelor will also Saturday and Sunday.

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The Hundred-Foot Journey

The Passage by Justin Cronin

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What a beautiful story – we can see why it has been predicted to be a top-seller for this summer. It is about a boy called Hassan, who lives above his grandfather’s modest restaurant in Mumbai. He grows up with the smell of curries, trips to the local markets and gourmet outings with this mother. When tragedy hits the family they leave India and travel and eat their way around many countries, eventually settling in a small village in the French Alps. The family opens an inexpensive Indian restaurant opposite a top French restaurant owned by Madame Malloroy. Initially, there is a culinary war festering between the two families but eventually Madame takes Hassan under her wing and mentors him. As an adult, Hassan moves to Paris where he launches his own restaurant, which becomes hugely successful. This is a foodie’s story set around two amazing cultures and the characters are eccentric, creating a magical story.

The Man From Beijing by Henning Mankell

The Swedish Henning Mankell has been writing crime/ thrillers long before Stieg Larsson made this genre so popular. His Kurt Wallander series is particularly popular with people in the know. This offering is not in that series but is a stand-alone novel that was gripping from beginning to end. It starts with a gruesome find in a small Swedish village that becomes the biggest crime in recent Swedish history. As the police try to come to grips with the case, Judge Birgitta Roslin reads about the massacre, and realises she may have a family connection with one of the deceased. As she gets more involved, she has to try and convince the local police that this is a story of international vengeance and corruption. This is a gripping summer read.

It is in high demand at the library, but it’s worth the wait. If you like an exciting character-driven page-turner this will keep you reading long into the night. The Passage is a skilfully written epic adventure by a Texan English professor. It is the first part in a planned trilogy which has caused a sensation in the publishing world. The film rights have reportedly been sold to Ridley Scott for $1.75 million. The story is split into two distinct parts. First is the coming of the apocalypse. A team of scientists and the US military develop an experimental drug therapy out of a rare virus believed to “weaponise” human beings. To test the formula, they experiment on death row prisoners and then on Amy, a six-year-old girl who was abandoned at a convent by a single mother. It is tautly written, compelling and convincing. The second part is set 100 years later and revolves around a group of survivors. This part of the book is slower moving with a much bigger cast of characters to come to grips with. I don’t want to give too much of the plot away but there are battles and love stories aplenty; heartbreak and tragedy and human endurance in the face of unprecedented catastrophe and unimaginable danger. The Passage is a combination of action adventure, classic horror, science fiction and techno thriller and I would highly recommend to older teenagers as well as adults.

Reviewed by Anne Dickson, Warkworth Library

The Brave by Nicholas Evans This is the author’s first book in five years, and while it is a departure from the wilderness and nature that feature in some of his other titles such as The Horse Whisperer and The Smoke Jumper, it retains his style of strong characterisation. There are several complete journeys of discovery with very mixed results. Nicholas Evans skilfully intertwines the stories of 1950s England and Hollywood, with present day America. The constant character running through continued next page


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both tales is Tom Bedford. In earlier times he was Tommy, bullied at boarding school and taking refuge in a fantasy world of TV Westerns. Today he is Tom, slightly bitter, living alone and estranged from his son who is fighting in Iraq. Although I could anticipate what would happen next, the book still kept me entertained and interested to the end. Characters were developed, innocence destroyed with everyone confronting their demons, and true bravery discovered. I was not expecting this sort of story from Nicholas Evans. It reminded me of the Sidney Sheldon novels about Hollywood that I used to devour, however with a naivety to the narration coming from the viewpoint of the young Tommy. It is well worth a read.

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An Elephant in the Garden by Michael Morpurgo Imagine looking after an elephant in your back garden. A lady in Belfast, Ireland did just this during World War II. She was known as the Elephant Angel and her story is the inspiration for Michael Morpurgo’s latest children’s book, set in Dresden in 1944. At the beginning of the story the city has escaped the bombing that has destroyed many other German cities. Elizabeth, Karli and their mother convince the zoo keeper that Marlene, the young elephant she cares for, should stay at their house during the night, rather than at the zoo. Officials have said that if Dresden is bombed all the wild animals in the zoo should be shot to prevent them escaping and injuring the public. Dresden is bombed. The family escapes the city and begins the long perilous journey to the safety in the west. It is snowing and cold and there is not enough food to eat, especially when they have an elephant and a lost Canadian airman with them. This is a well-written book, ideal for both boys and girls who enjoy an adventure or animal story. Officials at the Dresden Zoo really did shoot some of the animals when the bombing started. The elephants, however, were killed by the falling bombs. Teen Fiction

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Crest is offering a business for sale within Warkworth and Wellsford with a turnover of $50,000pa minimum. The new owners will require a tidy white van (or similar vehicle). The business would suit a sole owner or a couple with a view to expanding the business.

Sheepworld camping ground and caravan park is located 4kms north of Warkworth, off State Highway 1. This is a lifestyle business, licensed camping ground with all consents in place, set-up for campervans, three cabins. Potential to develop and market further. All year round trade. Sheep World farm, wool sales, shows and cafe. Enjoy private en suite, spa pool, swimming hole and glow worms. BBQ areas, mountain bike tracks, bush and countryside walks. Commercial cook house, toilets, showers, laundry. Own bore and pump.

Kiwiana Klassic – $35,750 The Cream of Matakana sells an eclectic mix of mostly Kiwi made knick-knacks, clothing, home-ware and furnishings. Over summer this little business does a rip-roaring trade with all the visitors to popular Matakana and Omaha Beach. Most of the stock is sold on behalf, so ongoing stock costs are minimised. There is opportunity to expand the business out of season by promoting the existing website, which has a shopping cart system already in place.

Coffee Guy franchise – $75,000 ono This business opportunity for Warkworth and Orewa is offering solid, sustained returns and excellent cash flow. Full training and ongoing support is provided, no experience needed. The brand is well-recognised and the business provides long-term job security. There are more than 50 successful franchisees operating nationwide. Contact Tim: 021 676 771.

La Padella – $320,000 This restaurant and bar is a well-established business in an excellent location at the junction of State Highway 1 and Highway 16, opposite the Caltex Service Station, in Wellsford. Ample off street parking. The restaurant is fitted out to a very high standard, excellent work-flow with the kitchen located between the bar and restaurant. The restaurant has seating capacity for 40, while the lounge bar accommodates 80.

Swell Café – $95,000 The cafe is centrally located on the main road of the village opposite Leigh School. It was recently renovated with a surf theme and has a liquor license. The village is particularly busy during summer, with Goat Island Marine Reserve on its doorstep, a fishing port, a small school and a choice of beaches all around.

Caffe Cozy – $285,000 ono A licenced cafe/restaurant on Wellsford’s main street with great visibility and ample parking. The cafe holds a liquor license from 7am to 11pm and is presently trading from 7am to 4.30pm as a day time operation 7 days per week and is easily managed by the husband and wife owners plus one full-time and one part-time staff.

Matata Crusies & Charter Ferry Boat – $80,000 Since 1976 the much loved and well-known MV Matata has operated out of Sandspit near Warkworth. She has run daily cruises to to Kawau Island and the surrounding areas, also providing transport and freight to Kawau Island residents. The launch is licensed for 50 passengers and is again ready to start operation as a ferry or charter vessel.

Welldrilling & water drilling – $1.9m Established drilling business – a dominant regional player servicing from the Waikato to the far north, this business is the largest operation of its kind in the area, boasting a well established client base and reputation as an industry leader and innovator. For 35 years, the business has offered its drilling expertise for a wide range of projects. The 2.5 acre premises, just out of Warkworth, includes a fully equipped workshop, office and ample storage, as well as a three-bedroomed house. Positioned on a main road, corner block, it has excellent exposure to traffic. High profit, high entry cost. Owner works three days per week. Four staff.

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Historic Mangawhai cowshed restored as romantic retreat


An historic property on Tara Road, Mangawhai, has been given a new lease of life as a holiday home. Cliff Matchett has spent several years restoring the Old Stone House and renovating what was the former dairy at the bottom of the garden. This tiny building, measuring roughly 5.5m by 3.7m, is constructed of the volcanic stone which once littered the property. Like the homestead, it was built in 1894. When Cliff bought the place 25 years ago, both the house – also built of basalt – and dairy were derelict. As time and money has allowed, he has restored them, with the dairy now taking on a new lease of life as holiday accommodation. There’s no power or phone, but there’s a bathroom/chalet and kitchen in separate buildings across a courtyard. “It’s the perfect place to get away from it all,” Cliff says. Downstairs in the dairy, where in the 1890s the owners milked their cows, there’s a cosy lounge area with original fireplace. The floor, once dirt, is now cobbled with stones recovered from the farm. A ladder leads to a mezzanine floor and a queen-size bed. The house and dairy were originally built for Peter and Elizabeth James, Cliff Matchett and partner Lyndsey who employed local stonemason, Williamson outside the renovated Mr Hardwick, from the Leigh/ dairy on Tara Rd. Omaha area. Shell lime burnt on site was used for fixing the stone and link to the place.” the house was plastered with Wilson Cliff grew up in South Auckland, cement from Warkworth. but holidayed in Mangawhai with his The original farm extended to 37ha. parents. Today, Cliff grows certified organic “My father died when I was young and nuts and fruits on 13ha. is buried in the cemetery here. When I He recently discovered that his saw this block, I felt a connection and brother-in-law Cliff Raymond is just had to have it.” a great grandson of the property’s Both the Old Stone House and the original owner. Old Dairy are registered with the New “There’s a huge amount of history Zealand Historic Places Trust, and associated with the property, feature in the Mangawhai walking which was also known as the Bowmar weekend. house when that family owned it. Info: Phone Cliff Matchett, 09 431 Almost everyone you meet has some 5321 or 021 0744166.

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If you are buying a property, and your bank requires a valuation, the answer could well differ from the price you have agreed to pay. Why is that? Market value is defined as ‘the estimated amount for which a property will exchange on a given date between a willing buyer and willing seller, in an arms length transaction, following proper marketing, wherein the parties had each acted knowledgeably, prudently, and without compulsion’. We can consider the above definition in parts, which may help explain the disparity between price and value. yy Estimate – market value is an estimate only, by qualified persons experienced in that particular market. It is not a statement of fact, and is not based on rigid calculations. It must however be substantiated by evidence. yy Willing – did the parties genuinely want to buy or sell the property? This would preclude those persons with a ‘take it or leave it’ attitude. yy Arms length – the parties should not be related, such as a sale between family members, or related entities such as trusts and companies, where a discount or premium could be paid. yy Proper Marketing – ideally, the property should be fully exposed to the market with agents, advertised in a variety of media, and for a reasonable period of time. If the property sells within one week of listing, it may have been undersold. Conversely, if the property remained on the market for 12 months, then perhaps a premium was paid. Generally, a period of one to four months would be considered reasonable for most types of residential and lifestyle property. yy Knowledgeably – were the parties fully aware of the issues relating to the property, such as: title notations, any restrictive covenants, district plan provisions, building consents (or lack of ), the structural integrity of the buildings, market trends, recent sales in the area, etc. yy Prudently – in light of the property attributes identified above, did the parties exercise sound judgment as to the effect that each item has upon value? yy Compulsion – were either of the parties unduly motivated to buy or sell the property? Forced sales due to financial pressure, a mortgagee sale process, or relationship dispute are common examples. Premiums could also be paid when a neighbour wants to amalgamate titles, or when someone has to relocate quickly for work or family reasons. Often the sale price does approximate market value; however, the above factors can have significant bearing on the price paid. Accordingly, lenders continue to require our services for higher risk lending.

Economic history collects grant

For the first time in its 21 year history, the New Zealand History Research Trust has awarded a major grant of $60,000. The funding prize has gone to Dr Brian Easton for his project Not in Narrow Seas: A History of New Zealand from an Economic Perspective. Dr Brian Easton will use the grant to assist him to write a history of New Zealand from an economic perspective. “There are a lot of good histories of New Zealand, but they almost invariably omit the economics, and so they miss a critical and revealing dimension of our history,” acting chief historian Neill Atkinson says.


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Longfin eels – Slippery devils Lurking in the depths of freshwater waterways, longfin eels are the most common fish in NZ rivers. The native longfin eel, at up to 1.6 metres in length, is something to be in awe of, especially when there’s a crowd of them. There are three native species: the longfin eel, shortfin eel and the Australian longfin. While the shortfins and longfins are widespread throughout New Zealand, the Australian longfin eel is found only in the upper half of the North Island. Dark brown or grey coloured, longfin have tiny scales like most fish, yet feel smooth. They are great climbers. When they are young (up to 12 cm in length), they can climb vertical surfaces upwards of 30 metres. The longfin eel can also be occasionally seen travelling cross-country through the grass when it’s raining, looking for lakes or rivers. They like blood, and tend to come out at night, preferring to hide in burrows in the river bed during the day. They have a horny upper lip that encases a nasal cavity with a heightened sense of smell – they can detect food in the water more than 100 metres a way. Longfin eels can eat small fish whole. For items too big to eat whole they tear pieces off by taking hold of it with their small sharp teeth and spinning, up to 12 revolutions per second. Eels are very stretchy, so they can stuff themselves with food like the boa constrictor. They love live food: crayfish and fish are particular favourites. The biggest longfin eels reported have weighed as much as 40 kg and they can live up to 100 years NIWA principal scientist Dr Don Jellyman has his hands full studying longfin eels. old. Longfin eels travel thousands of Changes caused by kilometres at the end stages of their hydro development, life, journeying to the Pacific Ocean drainage and to spawn and then die. When they irrigation schemes, make this migratory journey their and river diversions, head flattens and they become more affect eels by reducing streamlined for the trip. Their eyes their habitat and the become bigger to improve their vision water available for as they set off downstream, towards the aquatic life. Culverts and dams can also sea. Interestingly, they don’t feed for impact on eels by the five to six months it takes to make preventing their this huge migratory journey. Their tiny migration. offspring travel back to New Zealand, mainly swept along on ocean currents. Information courtesy of NIWA’s summer series.


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Compliance agenda widens The Landowners and Contractors Protection Association (Lower North), which formed in July last year, hopes to hold a builders and sub-trades forum early this year. Association chairman Brian Mason Wellsford farm of Stu and Melissa says the forum will follow on from Patterson. About six Auckland the successful quarry operator’s forum Council field staff participated.” held last year. Mr Mason says Auckland’s chief Mr Mason says the group has one planning officer Dr Rodger Blakely common goal and that is to promote and chief resource consent officer ‘fairness and equity’ when dealing with Patricia Reade recently toured the compliance issues, while ensuring a Levet property Kikitangeo. high standard is maintained in all “It was an opportunity to show them industries. first-hand what is happening on the “One noticeable offshoot of this group land and they toured on quad bike to has been the obvious appreciation see plantings for erosion control, dams of the other sectors plight and the and diversions. realisation that both town and country “It was discussed how rewarding folk are suffering the same issues,” he the good performer by less stringent says. “Since our formation, we have monitoring would create a more responded to call outs from distressed positive and productive outcome, farmers who have been prosecuted for whilst recognising there will always be minor issues and had input into the a smaller non-cooperative group who former ARC Dairy Farm Compliance are dragging the others down.” Checklist along with Federated The association is made up of dairy Farmers, Fonterra and Dairy NZ. farmers, sheep and cattle farmers, “We have also formed a relationship quarry operators, builders and with new Auckland Council contractors. For more information, appointees and were involved in contact Wendy Watson 423 7578 or hosting an effluent Field Day at the Colin Smith 423 7511.

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And now for something entirely different – The Trons.

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Robot garage rock band The Trons will hit the Leigh Sawmill on January 28. The Trons is made up of four machine shows are “pretty mad”. musicians built from junk and “I’m never really sure whether they salvaged electronics, playing normal will make it through without busting human instruments. something, but they really do seem The band first fired up in the summer surprisingly reliable,” he says. of 2008, playing fringe festivals The Trons will be joined by Bachelorette and pub gigs around NZ. But after who has just returned from touring receiving widespread international Europe and the US with Will Oldham, acclaim, they were packed in to flight Beach House and Deerhunter. It will cases for two tours of Europe, playing be her first show in NZ for more Prague, Vienna, Paris and the dingy than a year, having spent the last few backblocks of Berlin. months recording her fourth album. The Trons play all originals, and this The new album promises more of the gig is the last leg of their album release psychedelic pop melodies and electric tour. The band has been compared to textures that define her unique sound. the Clean, Stereolab and the White The Trons and Bachelorette will Stripes. Gigs involve live projections also team up for a human robot from instrument mounted cameras, collaboration to finish off the evening. which pick up all the machine activities. To view a clip of the Trons visit www. The band’s roadie Greg Locke says the

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Kahawai – the people’s fish Kahawai are an iconic species for recreational fishers and are New Zealand’s second most commonly caught recreational species after snapper. They are fantastic fighters and are found in most coastal waters, harbours, and estuaries. Kahawai grow rapidly, attaining a length of around 15 cm at the end of their first year, and maturing after 3–5 years at about 35–40 cm, after which their growth rate slows. Their life span is about 26 years. Their diet consists of other fish and krill. They spawn on the sea

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Boat speed jeopardises safety Sticking to a safe speed, watching your wake and keeping a careful lookout are among the top boating tips to ensure a safe summer on the water, says Maritime New Zealand (MNZ). Manager of Recreational and Small Mr Lott says the “five by five” method Craft Jim Lott says harbourmasters is the easiest way to remember your agree that safe speed is one of the most safe speed obligations when out on the important safety rules for small vessels, water. There are five situations when but also one of the hardest to enforce. you are required to slow your speed “More complaints are received about to 5 knots (9km/hr), or a fast walking pace. These include: speed and excessive wake than any other issue. Slow down, enjoy the trip yy within 200 metres of the shore yy within 50 metres of another more and save fuel,” he says. watercraft “Experience shows that if a marked y y within 50 metres of a swimmer harbourmaster or maritime police is y y within 200 metres of a dive flag on patrol, boaties comply with speed (Flag A of the international code of requirements, but if caught by an signals) unmarked patrol boat, many profess yy when any passengers are “bow riding” not to understand the speed rules.”

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Harbourmasters are likely to penalise boaties for failing to observe these identification rules so it’s important not to forget.” Mr Small says all vessels should have a VHF radio as the primary means of communication, with a cellphone in a water-tight bag as a back-up. For more information about Coastguard New Zealand or to download the “Boating Safety Guide” for a full list of essential things to check before you head out on the water for this summer, visit www.

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Beating fuel price rises


• Tree felling Motorists are likely to feel the sting of recent fuel price rises during the • Pruning holiday driving season, but can beat the price hikes by driving more • Hedge Trims efficiently, says AA PetrolWatch spokesperson Mark Stockdale. • Chipping “The price of 91 octane petrol has gone • Bamboo up 11 cents per litre since November removal to $1.96, and with premium grades • Driveway now over $2 motorists will be noticing Clearing the high cost of fuel whenever they fill up,” he says. Graham Rauner Owner/Operator P 09 425 9639 M 021 525 073 “The price rise couldn’t really come at a worse time.” However, Mr Stockdale says most people can save on their fuel bill – potentially up to 40 percent – with some simple vehicle checks and changes to the way they drive. yy Love your car – regular servicing, the right tyres, topping up your tyre pressure every few weeks and correct yy Avoid short trips – about a third of car trips are less than 2km, so Now you can build a home wheel alignment can save 10-20 combine tasks into one trip or walk. percent fuel compared with a poorly for life with Euroblock... maintained vehicle. AA tests earlier this year revealed the • Outstanding thermal performance and energy effciency yy Don’t speed – travel at no more than following fuel saving results from • Environmentally friendly the 100km/h speed limit because these actions: • Fire resistant and sound absorbent travelling at 110km/h can cost you yy Air-conditioning off – saved eight • NZBC compliant, versatile and easy to use up to 13 percent more fuel. percent* • AAC Masonry Construction System yy Drive smoothly – accelerate yy Using fuel-efficient tyres – saved Phone Chris 0210 203 6669 smoothly and change gear early four percent or Mark 021 815-805 without labouring the engine. In Visit our Show Home at Nautical Heights, Mangawhai yy Incorrect tyre pressures – used seven automatics, allow the transmission percent more to change up early by accelerating yy Added weight and drag – used 11 on a light throttle. percent more yy Look ahead – rather than braking late, y y Poor driving style – used almost 20 ease off the pedal ahead of changing percent more traffic lights and when entering lower speed zones. Keeping a safe following *The AA advises drivers to use air B uilding for the N ext Generation! distance will also help you maintain a conditioning judiciously – if its getting more constant speed. warm, keep it on. yy Corner smoothly – don’t brake hard for corners and then accelerate out. Slow gently, negotiate and exit the corner on a light throttle. yy Make hills work for you – lift off the throttle as you crest the hill and use the car’s momentum to get you over the top. Build up speed before an specialist coastal and rural landscape architecture and contracting uphill stretch. yy Watch your air con – use your airconditioning instead of having your windows down which creates drag. Air conditioning also reduces fatigue, but it can use up to 10 percent more fuel, so put it on the economy setting when you don’t need it. Likewise switch off rear window demist and other similar features when their job is done. yy Keep your load down – a heavier vehicle makes the engine work landscapers for  NZIA  house  of  the  year  2010   harder, so remove those golf clubs, bike rack or roof rack when you’re not using them. yy Reduce idling time – if you’re stationary for more than 30 seconds turn your engine off, and avoid peak hour traffic whenever possible.

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Coastguard kept busy

The lead up to Christmas 2010 has probably been one of the busiest ever for Coastguard Kawau volunteers with the units dedicated rescue vessel Kawau Rescue called out to everything from flat batteries to overdue divers, an outboard engine fire and a grounding – and that was only up until Boxing Day. Perhaps one incident that had the potential to lead to the loss of life or lives was one that happened several days before Christmas. A 4.5 metre runabout with three people on board left Algies Bay and headed towards Kawau Island to go fishing. When it came time to leave, the boat’s battery was flat and the motor could not be started. Additionally, the people on board were relying soley on a cellphone – one that had only intermittent coverage. Coastguard Kawau was alerted just before dark and Kawau Rescue began a search which was complicated by the people on the runabout not knowing where they were. After several dead ends the boat was found anchored about one nautical mile south-east of Kawau Island. The Coastguard boat had to use its bright strobe lights and get the people on the boat to reference the rescue vessel to the Skytower in Auckland. The boaties described themselves as “learners” who were in an old boat. While the boat had both a marine VHF Radio and navigation lights, neither worked and they did not have any charts aboard the boat so had no way of knowing exactly where they were or more importantly, what dangers such as rocks, could be in their way. Due to the sea state and the lack of ability of the people aboard the boat, the vessel was towed to calmer waters before the motor was jumpstarted and then the boat was able to follow Kawau Rescue safely back to Algies Bay. It was fair to say that there were three very relieved boaties when the rescue vessel came alongside. While there are a number of lessons that can be taken from this incident, there are two main ones that all boaties should remember. Always carry two forms of communication that will work when on a boat such as a marine VHF radio and a cellphone. We often say that if you can’t contact us, we can’t rescue you which could apply in this incident. The second lesson is that you need to know the conditions when you go boating. That doesn’t mean just knowing what the weather forecast is but also knowing your boat and also knowing the area where you are going boating.

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‘Star Seekers – Dream Catchers’ IMPORTANT DATES FOR START OF YEAR 2011

School office opens - Monday 17th January. Stationery Sales - Tuesday 25th, Wednesday 26th, Thursday 27th January, School Hall – 9am-3pm. PTCA 2nd Hand Uniform Sales - Wednesday 26th and Thursday 27th January, School Hall – 9am- 3pm. New Uniform Sales - Paparoa Drapery stock a full range of Otamatea High School uniform. Phone 09 431 7306. Year 11, 12 & 13 If you wish to change your selected options you must contact the office to make an appointment on either Tuesday 25th or Wednesday 26th January. Meet the Teachers Evening A chance to meet the Board of Trustees, the teachers and welcome new teachers to our school.

Wednesday 26th and Thursday 27th January – Year 13 Leadership Days Tuesday 1st February – School starts Year 7,12 & 13 students (buses will run) Wednesday 2nd February – School starts for whole school Friday 11th February – Teacher Only Day

On the first day of school students should bring pen, paper, togs and towel.

Please phone the office 09 431 8230 or 0800 682 628 for appointments, enrolments, senior option changes and further information.

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The Ahuroa Volunteer Fire Brigade is $8500 better off following the annual event run recently by the Rodney Offroad Club. Around 60 vehicles took part in one “Vehicles came from as far away as of the two runs on offer – the extreme Wellington and there were more trucks course for experienced drivers or the taking part,” he said. “I’d like to thank family run, which went through farms the farmers in the area who allow us around the Hoteo. to use their properties – it wouldn’t be Club foundation member Gordon possible without their support.” England said the rally was proving Next year’s rally will be held on more popular every year. November 12 and 13.




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Recently my husband was given a Weber barbecue. He is now literally obsessed with cooking on charcoal, or as our son commented, reverting back to Neanderthal times. However, after 38 years of being married to a reluctant cook I am thoroughly enjoying his enthusiasm, with the bonus that he is now taking ownership of the majority of meal planning, preparation and cooking. While a charcoal fire takes a few moments longer than gas to heat up, cooking times for most cuts of meat are vastly reduced so the meal is ready at about the same time. Using a mixture of direct and indirect heat plus the appropriate resting time will give a perfect finish. The biggest breakthrough was investing in a good meat thermometer. I have been amazed at the difference using one of these has made to the finished product. I always believed that I was experienced enough to be able to judge perfectly the doneness of any meat but am now also borrowing “his” instrument frequently to check on the progress of meals cooked in the oven. You only have to overcook (or undercook) a fine cut of meat once to learn the importance of a good digital thermometer. To get the most accurate read, insert it into the thickest part of the cut and avoid touching any bone, because bone conducts heat.

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what’s on January 2011


Jade River Arts Group exhibition, Old Masonic Hall, 9am to 5pm. 14-Mar31 A Hut of Ones Own, Brick Bay Sculpture Trail (see story p45). 15 Take a Kid Fishing, Mangawhai Fishing Club (see story p52). 16 Warkworth Museum Open Day (see ad p11). 16 Kaukapakapa Market, 8.30am to 1pm. 22 Warkworth A&P Show, gates open 8.30am, official entertainment stars 10.30am. Adults $10, 5-14 years $5, Family Pass $25 (2 adults & 3 children). Info: www. (see feature pgs 41-44). 22 Whangateau Harbour Fun Day, explore the harbour and its marine life. Glass Bottom Boat tours, snorkling trails, inter-tidal walk and more (see story p49). 27-30 Martakana Exhibition & art sale, Matakana School Hall raising money for Hospice; Friday noon-6pm; Sat & Sun 9am-6pm (see story p53). 28 The Kumara Tour, Dargaville (see story p52). 28 The Trons, Leigh Sawmill Café (see story p60). 29 Mahurangi Regatta, Sullivans Bay (see story p50). 29&30 Thundercat Racing, Waipu Cove (see story p68). 29&30 Rodney Rams fishing contest 29&30 Otamatea Tennis Open, Kaiwaka Sports Complex (see p68). 30 Whangateau Country Fair, quick fire raffles, cake and produce stalls, book sale and more. Info: Lynette Penney on 422 6057.

February 5

Waipu Saturday Market, Coronation Hall, 9am-1pm. Enquiries: Sue on 0274 586 144 or 6 Puhoi Marathon (see story p4). 12 Top of the Rock multi-sport event, Kaiwaka (see story p ) 13 Topp Twins, Ascension Wine Estate (see story p ) 13 Warkworth Market, Wharf Rd, craft & produce from 8am-3pm. 13 Waipu Summer Market & Cafe, 9am-1pm, local talent, craft and gourmet treats 14 Rodney Local Board meeting, Warkworth, starts 2pm. Every Sunday - Mangawhai Beach & Country Market @ The Domain, Mangawhai, 9am to 1pm. Lots of stalls from local surrounding areas including baked goods, arts & crafts, clothes & books, wine, cheese & cafe, produce, plants & flowers, live entertainment and much more. Enquiries: Sue 0274 586 144 or

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In the swing for tennis tourney Around 50 competitors from Auckland to the Far North are expected to take part in the Otamatea Tennis Open at the Kaiwaka Sports Complex over Anniversary Weekend, January 29 and 30. The popular competition, which is open to all grades, has been running for more than 60 years. Organiser Innes Anderson says it attracts a good mix of social players, as well as the occasional Davis Cup team member, but the emphasis is on having fun. “We encourage competitors to camp free of charge overnight in the domain, and hold a BBQ and entertainment on the Saturday which adds to the atmosphere,” he says. Players of any age are welcome to enter, as long as they are of a “reasonable standard”. Entries for singles, doubles or combines close on Saturday, January 22. Competitors are guaranteed three games per event, and can participate in two categories. Information: or phone Innes on 431 2250.

Thundercat racers will be chasing the thrills and spills across the waves at Waipu.

Boats of thunder ready to roar at Waipu Beach goers will be treated to a thrilling display as Thundercat racing at the National Endurance and National Surf Cross Race, at Waipu Cove, on January 29 and 30. The adrenaline thrill seekers are Steve Frogley says this season’s racing pre-season races, closely followed by back on the water competing in the will be more spectacular and exciting Zane Randle and Anthony Coombes Thundercat Racing 2011 National than ever. in UR MUMA. Series. “Any of the top 10 ranked boats could At Waipu, the boats will race a 100km Reaching speeds of up to 80km/h on be in a position to take out the national circuit style race on Saturday. the water and clearing heights above title,” Frogley says. “Rough Riders, the the waves of four-metres, the race winners from the last two seasons, are On the Sunday, the boats will compete season is as entertaining for spectators taking a break this year throwing the in the surfcross racing, which consists racing through the shore break. as it is for competitors. competition wide open.” A total of 23 teams will be battling Exceptional form in the warm up meets The National Endurance race it out for national championship has seen new comers Logan Pringle commences at 10am on January 29 positions. Thundercat club president with his new female co-pilot Sarah and the National Surf Cross kicks off and driver of the Plumbquick boat Barrell in Smuggler Boats leading the at 11am on January 30.

No one ever says ‘It’s only a game’ when their team is winning.

To provide high quality primary care to the persons of our region addressing the issues of access and equity with innovation. Please note our service continues to remain accessible 24 hours per day over the holiday period CLINICS: We are a network of clinics providing comprehensive primary care including Snells Beach 145 Mahurangi East Road 09 425 6666 24 HOUR SERVICES Matakana 74 Matakana Valley Road 09 422 7737 available at our A & M Centre in Mangawhai Fagan Place 09 431 4128 Wellsford at an affordable price Maungaturoto 138 Hurndall St 09 431 8576 Paparoa 1877 Paparoa Valley Rd 09 431 7222 For further information and new Wellsford 220 Rodney Street 09 423 8086 enrolments, please contact any of (Cnr. Highway 1 & Matheson Rd)

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