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Communities in Rodney are being asked to set their Local Board priorities for the next three years. Consultation on the draft Rodney Local Board Plan 2012-2015 is expected to run for about month, starting on July 8. Under the Local Government Act, the board must have the plan completed for adoption by October 31. It is required to “describe communities’ aspirations, and their preferences and priorities for the next three years and beyond”. It addresses issues such as: yy Economic activity, including structure plans and mainstreet upgrades.

Maori village opening signals dawn of new opportunities for Te Hana Inside this issue

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There was standing room only at the pre-dawn blessing of the Te Hana Te Ao Marama (The New Dawning) Traditional Maori Village on Saturday, June 25. An estimated 1200 people Rūnanga a iwi o Ngāpuhi chairman One, into a showpiece of Maori attended the ceremony, which Rāniera Tau and MP Shane Jones, culture. They praised not just the marked the official opening of the acknowledged the hard work that had building programme, but the vision complex to the general public. gone into turning what was once a that drove it. continued page 2 Numerous dignitaries, including Te barren piece of land on State Highway

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Despite the drizzling rain, visitors were able to tour the imposing 17th century palisaded paa and village with grotto, gardens and moat. Te Hana Community Development Charitable Trust kamatua Ben de Thierry told the gathering that the blessing was a momentous occasion, on a 10-year journey that had been lengthy, painful and hard. “But every time we hit a rock or a corner, we would look at our youth looking back at us, and we knew we had to keep going,” he said. Mr de Thierry paid tribute to the contribution and support the project had received from a wide range of funding organisations, businesses and the Department of Corrections. One of the largest contributors was the ASB Community Trust. Former trust chair and now Auckland Councillor, Ann Hartley, described the complex as “absolutely stunning”. “I’m really impressed by the integrity of the development,” she said. “It offers huge tourism potential, but I can see it also being really important to ordinary New Zealanders who might never otherwise have an opportunity to visit a marae. The trust is to be commended for its vision.” Trust chairman Thomas de Thierry and chief executive Linda Clapham were recognised for their years of tireless lobbying on behalf of the project. The Te Hana complex was already providing educational courses for ‘at risk’ youth and the wider community. Classes had been conducted in carving,

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weaving including tukutuku panelling, horticulture, computing and radio broadcasting. The Ahi kaa o Te Hana gallery on site showcased whakairo and raranga produced by students. Mrs Clapham said funding the initiatives, as well as the building programme, had been a matter of resourcing support wherever it was available. The wharenui was originally the Furuno Lodge, from Kawau Island. “We took a bit from here and there, wherever we could,” she said. “The village itself was created mainly through Department of Corrections labour, inkind support and a Creative NZ grant.” The project is a work-in-progress with a number of ongoing activities still very much on the agenda. The village is now conducting guided tours seven days a week, leaving at set times throughout the day. The Wharekai Matariki will be available for light refreshments including coffee and tea, and group tours will be catered for with a package deal including powhiri, kai, cultural performance and village tour. The marae will also be open for cultural stays, functions, conferences and wanangas. The next project/milestone ahead is the construction of the Inter-regional Indigenous Visitors Centre, which will be highlighted as the gateway to Auckland and Northland. Te Hana will also be showcasing an authentic Maori cultural experience for visitors during the Rugby World Cup, which will include a professional Maori performing arts group.

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Logging start sparks road safety concerns Residents of Govan Wilson and Matakana Valley roads are concerned about potential impacts of logging in the area, including road safety and stability, after an Anniversary Weekend slip closed part of Matakana Valley Road for seven weeks. Govan Wilson Road resident Dr Rodney Wilson says the event made residents aware of the delicate state of the roads and what happens if you get cut off. Other concerns raised by residents’ group REPOLE, include the dangers of meeting large logging trucks on the narrow, windy, unsealed road which services around 60 residential dwellings. “Residents understand the reality that the logging needs to happen; all we want is to be sure that we’re safe using the road and that the road itself is strong enough,” he says. Rayonier-Matariki Forests will harvest approximately 16,000 tonnes of trees from the Craddock Block, accessed off Govan Wilson Road, from July. General manager support Ange Vivian says the process is expected to take four to six months and involve six to 10 truckloads Govan Wilson Rd resident Dr Rodney Wilson hopes Auckland Council will per day being removed on weekdays adequately maintain the road throughout the lengthy logging operations. between 6am and 6pm. She says the radios have also been issued to school bus Dr Wilson also raised concerns company will aim to avoid working on drivers to enable direct communication about the suitability of logging truck Saturdays but REPOLE will be advised with logging truck drivers and truck exit points, including the potential in advance if it is necessary. traffic will be minimised during school impacts on Matakana Village and the poor condition of the unsealed section The wood is destined for local bus movement times. sawmills and export through Marsden Dr Wilson says while residents are of Matakana Valley Road north - a key Point and trucks will travel both north appreciative of the recent work, it could tourist route regularly shared by locals, through via Whangaripo Valley and easily be taken further with additional quarry trucks and traffic diverted south, accessing SH1 at Warkworth widening and blind spot mirrors. from State Highway One when Dome via Matakana on Council-approved However, it’s most important that the Valley Rd was closed. routes. Once replanted, the block will road be suitably maintained throughout Auckland Transport communications not be harvested for another 28 years. the logging, including dust suppression manager, Sharon Hunter said logging truck drivers would have a choice of To address safety issues, Auckland measures in summer months. Transport has implemented a speed “Numerous residents have already exiting at both ends of Matakana Valley limit of 30kph on Govan Wilson Rd, suffered punctures from the sharp Road, but it was expected that most installed mirrors on some blind bends, metal, it’s a residential road and the would do so from the Whangaripo end. constructed passing bays, widened the surface should be strong enough for Dr Wilson said that sealing the road on bends and removed vegetation a logging truck but kind enough for remainder of Matakana Valley Road that could obscure vision. Two-way lightweight vehicles as well.” should be given top priority.

Corry land languishes

A portion of the Corry Block in Wellsford, designated for sale by the former Rodney District Council, is not currently being marketed. Rodney purchased the Corry farm more than six years ago to extend the recreational reserve and provide for industrial expansion. However, the venture continually ran-up against difficulties from Transit NZ in securing access off State Highway One. Rodney changed sections of the block last year to accommodate the possible realignment of SH1 to the east of the Wellsford, as well as recreation reserve and local reserve designations. The remainder of the land of about 34.5 hectares was earmarked for sale. An Auckland Council spokesperson says Council is awaiting the completion of surveying and provision of a new title. The survey and resource consent is expected to take another three months.

Briefs Retirement consent lodged

A resource consent for three retirement apartment blocks and 10 retail shops, behind the Warkworth Inn in Queen Street, has been lodged with Auckland Council. Planner Mark Benjamin, acting for the developers The Oaks On Neville, says the non-complying application was likely to be notified sometime in the next few weeks. It would be open for submissions for 20 working days. Meanwhile, company director Chris Murphy says there has been keen interest in the development, with a steady stream of people viewing the model located at the offices of Webster, Malcolm & Kilpatrick, Lawlink House, in Neville Street. He says feedback has generally been positive, with a number of elderly residents interested in the end product.

Warkworth leases negotiated

It could still be several months before the doors open on any new business in the former Mitre 10 building in Warkworth. Three leases are being negotiated – the larger one for just over 500sqm is being handled by the owner, and the two smaller spaces of 100sqm and 60sqm by letting agent Grant Unsworth, on behalf of the Caithness family. Mr Unsworth says a reconfiguration of the site into two large spaces was proposed, but failed to find support. An offer has been made on the 100sqm space and building work is expected to be finished in “two to three months”. “We have not been party to negotiations regarding the larger space, but we understand that negotiations on the lease of that space are also nearing completion.

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OFF THE RECORD Tree’s passive protest Govan Wilson Road residents found it a little ironic when a pine tree fell across the road contributing to logging work delays. Perhaps the tree was making a passive protest to protect its friends, or maybe it fainted when it twigged to what was in store for the forest block at the end of the road!

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It is interesting to examine the various reasons given by the NZTA for further delaying improvements to the Hill Street Intersection in Warkworth. We are told that properties required for the work have not been purchased and NZTA does not have the required consents. It would be reasonable to assume that NZTA is staffed by professionals who know their jobs and, therefore, would know how long the various processes would take and when to start them. This appears not to be the case. NZTA regional director Stephen Town has said it is not definite that work will not go ahead. Does he have a magic wand which he will wave so that properties will suddenly be purchased

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and consents miraculously appear? Apparently, they want to be sure that they are building intersections that can accommodate growth – reason for further delay. However, Tommy Parker of the NZTA says that initial projections on traffic flows through Hill Street have not eventuated – reason for further delay. Come now, they can’t have it both ways. Mr Town has stated that “Christchurch has skewered funding . . .” but Mr Parker blames good progress on the Victoria Park Tunnel. They really should get together before making public pronouncements. I have been told by an NZTA engineer that it is “a cow of an intersection” and

before the existing traffic signals were installed it was explained in detail and with diagrams why traffic signals could not be installed at the Sandspit Road/Matakana Road part of the intersection. I understand this part of the intersection is to be signalised in the new design. Could this be the real reason for the delays? Are they are still not confident of their design? Putting together several specious and conflicting reasons does not make a credible one. It is time Mr Parker or Mr Town told us the real reason rather than saying that “Warkworth residents will just need to be patient.” John Northcott, Warkworth

Shaken Cantabrians enjoy Warkworth respite A community scheme offering respite to Cantabrians is continuing as ongoing aftershocks rattle Christchurch and its residents are left with stressful housing and work situations. Mahurangi Presbyterian Church independently and plan to settle here recommended the scheme to others earthquake response spokesperson, permanently, have also been helped. who they know who could really do Bruce Eirena, says the scheme, Although the number of people assisted with a break,” he says. providing flights, accommodation, to date is significantly less than the 200 Individuals, service groups and entertainment and more, will total initially envisaged, Bruce says the businesses have continued to support continue to operate as long as the need project has already been a great success. the project, donating various goods is apparent and resources permit. “We have put a lot into the people and services including free rental cars At least sixty people have already we have brought up and they have from Apex Rentals, entertainment been hosted and some Christchurch been unanimously grateful for the from Sheep World and grocery families, who have arrived in the area time out. Many have gone back and vouchers from New World. Subscribe now at for our free email newsletter. It will keep you up-to-date with news and events between publications of Mahurangi Matters.

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Rotary elects retired banker Warkworth Rotary has a new president. He is John Ronald, a semi-retired banker who still works part-time running training workshops for bankers. John and his wife Jill, a nurse who He then announced his new Board of does casual work at Amberlea Rest Directors for 2011/12, as follows: Home, moved to Snells Beach about Vice president Joe Koppens; secretary five years ago. Alastair Pearce; treasurer Guy “I grew-up in Whangarei but have Scholefield; programme Mark Rothwell; worked all over NZ, as well as overseas,” club development/public relations Dave he says. “We used to camp at Martins Moore; service projects Mick Saunders; Bay when our three children were small youth projects Joy Paxton; foundationso when it came time to retire, Snells international Allan Dray; attendance Beach fitted the bill.” officer Richard Fisher/Arnold Nicholls; John has been in Rotary for six years, sergeant Eugene Sims; immediate past and also enjoys a round of golf, touring president David Springer; almoner and on his 1300cc motorcycle and fishing. bulletin Alan Boniface. John accepted the Chain of Office The club meet on Thursday evenings from past president David Springer at Warkworth Golf Club. Enquiries: at the annual Changeover Evening. Alastair Pearce 422 2314.

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Unravelling Earth’s secrets underfoot There is no better place to read NZ’s geological story than in Northland, vulcanologist Dr Ian Smith told a Mid-North Forest & Bird meeting in Warkworth last month. He said the north contained the greatest variety of “Most of the fossils are broken, indicating that it rock types, which could be traced back to the time was a pretty rough environment at times. You can when New Zealand separated from Gondwanaland, see that suddenly, what is coastal goes to something 60 to 80 million years ago, forming over time the that is very deep water. There seems to be evidence that there may have been an earthquake about 20 Tasman Sea. “We sit on a boundary, where the Australian and million years ago causing all sorts of changes over a Pacific plates meet,” he said. “Much of what we very short space of time.” see in Northland, for instance around Whangarei Dr Smith also lead a field trip to Matheson Bay as Heads, is related to subduction zone movements part of his presentation. and Northland’s location on a volcanic field.” Forest & Bird’s next talk will be held on July 21, at Drawing closer to home, Dr Smith said Matheson the Totara Park Village Hall, Warkworth, starting at Bay, where he lives, contained a range of fossils but 7.30pm. The speaker will be Dene Andre, who has it was a complicated sequence to determine because published numerous reports, scientific papers and many of the layers making up the bay’s sub-structure editorials on matters relating to stream ecology and native fish conservation. were mixed.

Auckland Council has been asked not to make any decision on the future of Te Arai until after the Auckland Plan designations of ‘no-go’ areas are finalised. Council discussed an extension of parkland at Te Arai as a confidential item on June 16. The Te Arai Preservation Society believes Council may be looking at combining the Council-owned land with a pine forest owned by a joint venture of Ngati Whatua hapu Te Uri o Hau and developer NZ Land Trust. They fear the deal may include provision for the developers to put in a subdivision. Society president Mark Walker said Council should buy the joint venture land if it was on offer, adding that he believed the Department of Conservation would support the proposal, and society members who were dispersed throughout NZ and overseas, would be willing to fundraise. “Failing this, no decision should be made ahead of the Auckland Plan public consultation process,” he said. In an open session of Council’s regional development and operations committee, prior to discussion on the confidential item, Mr Walker and society member Chris Wild told Councillors that anything less than a one-kilometre buffer zone along the coast would not protect shorebird populations. The area was home to 16 threatened species, including the nationally critical NZ fairy tern, and two endangered ecosystems. Ms Wild said the fairy tern, which was once widely dispersed throughout NZ, had been reduced to only 10 or 11 breeding pairs. Te Arai was one of the last four remaining breeding sites and the area’s relative remoteness was crucial to the species’ survival; residential development was one of the biggest threats. The former Auckland Regional Council purchased almost 50-hectares for parkland at Te Arai, adjoining a Council reserve, in August 2008. The Te Uri o Hau and NZ Land Trust joint venture abandoned a proposal to develop a 180-residential unit scheme on 600ha of coastal land, between Te Arai Point and Mangawhai late last year, after years of opposition by residents and their supporters.

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First plantings Volunteers dig deep for annual planting bonanza Queen’s Birthday weekend planting restore Dawson The evolved into a Queen’s Birthday week of planting. Close to 9000 trees were esplanade planted covering about one hectare. Restoration of an historic link between Goodall Reserve and the Mahurangi River, at Dawson Landing, will move into the limelight this month with two public planting sessions planned. The Goodall Reserve Advisory Committee, in conjunction with Auckland Council parks and coastal operations, has been working on providing access, clearing and fencing off the 900-metre esplanade along Te Whau, over the past two years. Advisory committee member Alan Norton says the two weekend planting sessions are on July 9 and 10, at the Goodall Reserve end, and again on July 16 and 17, at the Dawson Landing end. “These will be the first of what will be many sessions and other activities over the course of coming years needed to restore the walkway,” Alan says. “It will be a modest effort in the overall long-term project, but will involve planting two sizeable areas with just under a 1000 plants at each site.” (See What’s On calendar Page 39 for directions to planting locations) Info: Alan Norton 425 6592 or alan.

A major contributor to this result was the availability of two outside volunteer groups. International Student Volunteers (ISV) is a not-for-profit volunteer organisation, based in North America. Its NZ projects focus on community conservation and once their volunteering is completed, they fly to Queenstown and tour their way up the country. The Women’s Outdoor Pursuit group (WOPS) has previously volunteered at Tawharanui and we always look forward to their energy, which results in much fun as well as productivity. For the first two days TOSSI members, ISV volunteers and Auckland Council park rangers helped transport and place For more photos visit 7000 trees in the Twin Hills area. The weather the following Saturday was disappointing but nevertheless, 25 planters braved the elements and planted 1500 trees before retiring for lunch. The Sunday was an entirely different day and the change in weather attracted 80. It was great to see so many families and children. After lunch we even attracted the ISV group and a number of the public back to the planting area so that by the end of the day more than 6000 trees were in the ground. This in itself would have been regarded as a successful planting. But wait there is more. The weekend was followed by two further days of plant shifting and planting made possible by the continued presence of the ISV group and by the visits of two WOPS groups, with the outstanding result of having 9000 trees planted over a week. The second WOPS group celebrated three 70th birthdays by planting bigger trees. The planting event is testimony to the cooperation of many people and groups. Thanks go to Paul Williams and the TOSSI nursery group, as well as all the other volunteers and helpers. If this sounds like a good thing that you would like to be a part of and you want to help create habitat for the native birds, mark Sunday July 3 in your diary. Enter the park through the automatic gates and follow the signs to the planting site. Meet at 9.15 for a 9.30 start. Wear sturdy footwear and bring gloves and a raincoat. Complementary BBQ lunch provided. All are welcome.

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A lifetime in Warkworth has seen Peter Thompson develop a strong affinity with his environment and the community, having a family, developing a successful business and helping to revive a river along the way. Quietlyspoken but a determined team player, he is someone who finds satisfaction in shared goals and outcomes and has a passion for historic vessels that has seen him lead the charge to restore them to the Mahurangi. While not averse to the inevitable growth and change in the district, he told Adele Thackray that people in Warkworth need to keep focused on what they want from the town and be prepared to get involved with each other and Council to make it happen ….. I came to Warkworth when I was six after my Dad (Claude) said he didn’t see a future for us kids in Auckland and decided to move up and be a land agent. He was from a farming background in Opotiki and wanted to get back to the country. I have a feeling he was also influenced by the wellknown poet ARD (Rex) Fairburn who also loved the north and the Mahurangi region, in particular. Warkworth is the jewel in Rodney’s crown; where else in New Zealand is there a town with a navigable river for reasonable-sized vessels, where heritage vessels operate, with a backdrop of native bush and surrounded by beaches? My mother, Betty, was a dental nurse from Gisborne and I was the eldest of four children, with two brothers, Simon and James, and my sister Elizabeth. Obviously Warkworth was a lot smaller then and as kids we knew everybody in the town and exactly where they lived. We often played around the riverbank catching sprats, whitebait and eels, boating and camping in Lagoon Bay. In Kapanui Street, right up to the curve of the road, there used to be piles of broken concrete where shops used to tip and burn their rubbish. The garage and engineering shop used to throw old engines and parts straight over the river bank and the old Kapanui Street butcher added his scraps down there, which made it a good place to go eeling. From about 1958 I spent time with Dad working on the riverbank with the Warkworth Beautifying Society and well-known locals such as Athol and Ian Morrison, and Henry and Helen Phibbs, who went on to donate the bush that is the river’s permanent backdrop. I remember collecting kowhai tree seedlings that Dad would grow in the vege garden before they were planted along the river. We would also gather flax to help tidy up different areas. The riverbank has been a work in progress ever since. When I was a kid the odd scow would still come up, including the Owhiti, carting butter

away from the dairy factory, which was where the Riverview Plaza is now. It was in the days when trucks could only cart goods up to 60 miles from the nearest railway station. The Albertland dairy factory had had a row with the railways on price so a scow was organised to cart fertiliser up here and butter back. Work on the riverbank was steady, although sometimes the then Warkworth Town Council saw it just as an extra cost. However, Rodney District Council was very supportive. If the people of Warkworth were prepared to raise money towards it, Council was always happy to help financially because it was getting facilities at around one-third of the cost of the normal price. In 1970, Rotary and Lions built a wharf near Kapanui Street and around 1979, a cleanfill at the end of Baxter Street was turned into a landscaped reserve by the community, now known as Lucy Moore Park. However, after the fatal Cave Creek viewing platform collapse in 1995, Council stealthily removed the wharf in the early hours one morning because it had deteriorated. There was a big outcry and the business association had a heated meeting with then-Rodney chief executive Brian Sharplin and compliance manager Geoff Ward. While we had everyone around the table it was agreed that we should work together to do the best for the Warkworth community and we formed the Riverbank Enhancement Group. Local builders combined in a major fundraiser, building a three-bedroom house in a day. It was sold by tender and the $42,000 raised, plus Council funds, were used to start the walkway from the bridge. Other fundraising ranged from the longest dinner to the selling and naming of planks and piles. Anyone could be part of the process and the result was a project that belonged to Warkworth. That sense of ownership is really important. I kept wanting to get back on the river and I talked to Alan Brimblecombe,

who already had a steamboat there. I got a hull that was built in Dargaville in 1926, acquired a now 111-year-old steam engine, built a boiler and then built the boat, naming it Kapanui after one of the old steamers that used to operate on the river, but I still wanted something larger to carry more passengers. I knew the Jane Gifford had worked on the Mahurangi in the 1920s and 30s and that she was on the hardstand at Okahu Bay for a rebuild. After watching her demise for about five years, it was time to pounce and, in 2005, I teamed up with Hugh Gladwell to form the Jane Gifford Restoration Trust. We rallied some local troops and transported ‘The Jane’ to Warkworth. Funding the restoration was tough, but $250,000 from Pub Charities turned the whole project around and numerous other funding institutions, service groups and individuals made major contributions, often anonymously. It’s been another great community achievement and although the Jane Gifford is on the river and operating, she’s not quite complete and funds are still needed to make her a fully authentic working scow. Going ahead, the river is also going to require ongoing work and maintenance, and the only sound way forward is a community/Council partnership, using Council funds so

locals can operate equipment and carry out necessary dredging. Warkworth’s been a good place to live and raise a family. From Mahurangi College, I did a carpenter’s apprenticeship with Ellis Wyatt, the biggest builder in the area at the time. Around 1974, I teamed up with my brother James and we diversified into concrete piping, concrete contracting, crane hire and transport. Concrete tilt slabs were a speciality and between the concrete and cranes, we’ve had a hand in a lot of buildings around here. I met my wife Jan when she was a public health nurse. We have two sons – Kent, who owns specialist high performance car company Speed Source in Warkworth and Ewen, a professional cricketer, Black Cap and now cricket coach. Planning for Warkworth’s future is very important, including careful positioning of bulk retail centres so that the township keeps its village feel. As businesspeople and residents, we need to work with local councillors and speak up for what we want. If local contractors and businesses don’t get work because it all goes to large out-of-town operators, they won’t have a percentage to give back to the community and it will end up costing Auckland City and Warkworth people in the long-term.

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Rodney Draft Local Board Plan Open Days

with Penny Webster, Rodney Councillor, Auckland Council

What about the taniwha?

Some interesting issues have arisen in the last few weeks particularly with media and the way things have been reported. There are times when some of us wonder if we have been at the same meeting. For example during the Annual Plan decisions, we gave a loan to the Auckland Zoo to fund the importation of two baby elephants. Of course, it was all over talkback radio that this was a terrible cost to the ratepayers. What was not said was that the Auckland Council under the Regional Facilities Council Controlled Organisation now owns the zoo and under the Statement of Intent we expect a return on investment. Therefore, the money given to the CCO was a loan that will be paid back over three years when, hopefully, the zoo will start to make a profit that will benefit all. One of the reasons I think the Government set up the CCOs was to allow them to prioritise and get on with projects without too much political meddling. However, we do review them and set key performance indicators (KPIs). I did manage to get a KPI into Auckland Transport – one that requires upgrades of rural roads. I use the acronyms because that seems to be a large part of the language we use in Council. In fact, some days working through them can be a minefield. The focus now is the Auckland Plan which is the high-level document setting out the vision for the next 30 years. Feedback from Local Boards and public has been considerable. Although the actual figure of 2117 doesn’t seem many, they represent large organisations, as well as community groups. We are also working with the NZ Council for Infrastructure Development and Institute of Public Administration NZ, and Auckland University, Manukau Institute of Technology and City of Manukau Education Trust. So back to the media and how things get reported. We had a very good presentation on the Inner City Rail loop and some good questions were asked. Then one member of the Independent Maori Statutory Board asked a couple of questions then said: “What are you going to do about the taniwha?” The following furore ignored the good stuff and concentrated on the off-the-cuff remark. I guess it teaches us all to remember there are two sides to most stories.

The Rodney Local Board is holding a series of open days on the Rodney Draft Local Board Plan, which is open for submissions between the 8th July and the 8th August 2011. You are invited to drop in to one of our open days listed below and chat with local board members about priorities and key projects over the next three years. Fri 8 July 4pm – 6pm

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Sat 9 July 10am – 12pm

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Sat 9 July 1pm – 3pm

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Tues 12 July 4pm – 6.30pm

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Warkworth Town Hall given earthquake assessment The specific requirements necessary to upgrade the Warkworth Town Hall to meet the Building Act will be determined in an assessment due to be completed before Christmas. Answering a question from Cr Penny conservatively more than 3400 Webster at the regional development potentially earthquake-prone and operations committee meeting on buildings in Auckland. June 16, Auckland Council building Just over 700 are identified as being manager Bob de Leur said the Act Level 3, 4 or 5 buildings – buildings recognised that heritage buildings might with special post-disaster functions require a variation if particular heritage or buildings that contain people in values are not to be compromised. crowds or contents of high value to the He said it makes provision for Council community. Council plans to complete policy to deal with earthquake an assessment of these buildings, strengthening of such buildings in a estimated to cost $225,000, by the systematically different manner and end of this year. Building owners will on a case-by-case basis. be advised of the assessment findings “Warkworth Town Hall will be early next year. assessed prior to December, but any The cost of assessing around 2700 decision to carry out an upgrade will Level 1 and 2 buildings is expected need to be made by Council,” he said. to be $450,000, and will be carried Mr de Leur was speaking about the out over the next eight to 12 months. hall in the context of a discussion on However, Mr de Leur’s report a draft Earthquake-prone, Dangerous cautioned that the number of Level 1 and Insanitary Buildings Policy which and 2 buildings was likely to increase Council has approved for consultation. once a full survey was completed and Council estimates there are costs could rise to $1-$1.5 million.

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College researches fallen soldiers Mahurangi College is seeking information about fallen servicemen and women who served during World War I and II, who were educated in the Warkworth district. Teacher Peter Johnston said the Llewell, F. Webster, R. or S.M. Viall, research idea originated from a desire W. Copestake and J.B. McKinney. to know if any Warkworth district Mr Johnston said, in particular, servicemen had received any awards or information on M.Burke, L.Paulsen decorations. and A.Brown was sought. The school already has some soldiers’ The World War II list includes J.M. names, but Peter says they are hoping Lovell, A.C. Toovey, J.R. Clegg, G. to uncover more about these men. Bond, A. McCorkindale, R.A. Perry, Names on the list from World War W.L. Ford, B. Neal, W.R. Bradnam, J. I include M. Burke, L. Paulsen, A. Wright and M. Campbell. Brown, T.G.N. Screaton, E. Miller, F. Information should be forwarded to Foster, J.R. Warr, F.D. Diprose, R.T. Peter Johnston: 425 8039 ext 733 or Morrison, G.A. Warin, W. Fleury, J.

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Enterprising operator Bridgehouse, located on the central riverside site first occupied by Warkworth’s founder John Anderson Brown, has long been one of the town’s recognisable heritage buildings. Operating as a boarding-house, it was purchased from Mr and Mrs F. Kasper in 1929 by the Clegg family, who advertised superior accommodation for permanents and transients with electric light in every room. Modern indeed, for the times, as Warkworth did not join the national grid until 1936. The new owners proved to be enterprising and versatile and, undeterred by the depression years of the 1930s, made major changes to the buildings and the business. Tearooms built by Mr R.V. Moore were opened on adjoining land and quickly became a popular venue for wedding receptions. A bakery at the rear of the premises supplied the tearooms and the public with white or wholemeal unsliced bread, cakes and delicious sticky buns. Catering for the annual A&P Shows was another venture and here, too, Mr Clegg exhibited the Ayrshire cattle he bred on his Carran Road farm.

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The business expanded to include the surrounding districts making the purchase of vehicles a priority. In these days of mass production it is interesting to note that Clegg’s bakery van, circa 1935, was built in Warkworth by Mr A.S. Warin, motor-body builder. On a Chevrolet chassis, the body was framed in well-seasoned kauri and panelled in steel. Two full saloon doors with

winding droplights were fitted, as well as two doors at the back. There was one bucket-seat and the engine was considered speedy and economical to run. Signwritten with the words Clegg’s Bridgehouse Bakery, the van was ready to deliver delicacies from the bakery to the country areas and it is well remembered by those who were then the children waiting in eager anticipation.

Scouts fundraiser The Kaukapakapa Scout Group is holding its annual trivial pursuit evening in the Kaukapakapa Hall on July 30, starting at 7pm. The group is fundraising to subsidise new uniform for Keas, Cubs and Scouts, and for much-needed kitchen equipment. Any donation of prizes, from local businesses, would be appreciated. Supper will be provided. Tickets and info: Phone Josie on 09 420 3363 or Lisa on 09 420 3345.


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Mangawhai youth grant Applications from individuals or groups for the 2011 Youth Grant from the Mangawhai Community Trust are now open. This grant is to assist with sporting, cultural, or recreational pursuits. Applications are open to those who reside in the Mangawhai area and who are 18 years or under. Apply in writing stating the intended use of the funds, total cost of the undertaking and how much you are contributing financially to the project. Applications close on July 31. Post to the secretary, Mangawhai Community Trust, P.O. Box 243, Mangawhai 0540. Info: Jo Roberts 4314 711.

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Impromptu Matakana heritage day draws “staggering” result Hundreds of locals and visitors flocked to Matakana Hall on June 19 for the inaugural Heritage Day. Organisers were overwhelmed by the response, which took on the flavour of a reunion as much as a history day. The event was an attempt to identify photographs and documents held in private hands, which tell the story of the early days of Matakana. Some unusual items turned up. Phil Copestake brought along three beautifully-bound volumes of handwritten diaries, which dated from the late 1800s to 1927. Although the text was loaded with biblical references and lessons, some local news such as the March 1922 cyclone were also recorded. The report described “a great funnelshaped cloud, like a gigantic whirlwind kauri logs being transported to the and waterspout, travelling from the mills, the dairy factory and the shark north and licking up every moveable factory. A note recorded that a 1100lb object in its course”, including a three- shark, which was weighed on the dairy factory scales, was buried in the front bedroomed house at Te Hana. garden of a Matakana village residence. There were also table tennis, tennis “Which one? Let’s just say be careful and rugby club photos and meeting digging up your spuds up Valley Road.” minute books, old school photos, family reunion memorabilia and the The big flood of 1938 also created a Matakana Hall minutes from 1880 to lot of interest and discussion. 1932. The records showed that sports The organisers – Anthea McKergow, Ina clubs and hall committee business Shaw, Brian Wenslick and Brian Leach hadn’t changed much over the years, – would welcome any suggestions from still focussed on fundraising and the community on how the momentum of the day might be maintained. organising social activities. Representing early industry, there were Info: Phone Anthea on 422 6219 or historic photos of Lemora Wine, huge Brian Leach on 422 7418.

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The Matakana Patisserie, which was on the eve of celebrating its 10th year in business, went into voluntary liquidation on June 13. Owners Tyrone and Delwyn Vincent started the business originally under the name Pop-in Patisserie, when it was still located in the building now occupied by Black Dog Café. Product from the artisan bakery won many national awards over the years, including the Supreme Pie Award in 2009.

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Woodcocks Rd development closes residential market gap Construction of six show-homes on a residential housing development on Woodcocks Road, Warkworth is expected to begin this month. Mason Heights Limited (MHL) first and last homebuyers.” purchased the 5.8 hectare site, The development consists of two parts opposite Stockyard Falls, in 2009. – 33 two-bedroom homes on small A resource consent for 66 lots was 300m2 lots for elderly buyers and 32 granted last year. three and four bedroom homes on MHL director Michael Webb- standard-sized lots for families. Speight, who was involved in Hobbs The resource consent permits the Wharf development at Gulf Harbour, project to be developed in stages, and says the development is targeted at a the six show-homes to be constructed certain age demographic. prior to titles being released. “Warkworth is recognised as a It is expected the first titles will be retirement community,” he says. “Yet available later this year after the first there is a lack of new, low maintenance, show-home is completed in October. freehold properties in the local market. Michael says the completed twoThis development is offering affordable bedroom homes will be marketed for quality single level homes targeted to sale at under $385,000.

Hunting & Fishing Warkworth, in Baxter Street, has a new manager. He is Sam Ryburn, whose expertise is duck shooting, hunting and fishing, particularly in the Mahurangi and Kaipara areas where he grew up. Other staff include former manager Larry Dagg who is hoping to have more time to fish following Sam’s appointment, firearms expert Ray Bailey and fishing/diving expert Ian Miller.

Up and away World Travellers Warkworth, owned by Lynette Giles, is the new retail brand replacing United Travel in Warkworth. Run as a cooperative rather than a franchise, World Travellers is able to offer a range of travel options. Experienced travel consultants Kelly Fitzgerald and Debbie Shaw remain part of the new World Travellers team.

Big business response A total of 156 entries were received in the Westpac Auckland North Business Awards – the second highest total in its 14 year history. The finalists will be announced later this month, with the winners unveiled at a Gala Dinner at the North Shore Events Centre on September 2. The annual awards aim to promote, encourage, support and celebrate business success in the north Auckland area. Business news briefs for Grapevine, can be emailed to

Kiosk damage disrupts drivers One of the manual payment kiosks located at Puhoi for the Northern Gateway toll road was severely damaged on June 15. One of two machines was completely destroyed in what the NZTA says appears to be an attempted theft of the machine, while the other was repaired the next day. The NZTA reminds drivers that other toll payment options are available which don’t require people to interrupt their trips to make manual payments, including paying on-line and by free phoning 0800 40 20 20.

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Let’s Grow

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Craig and Andrea Sergeant.

New business owners Craig and Andrea Sergeant, of Snells Beach, share a passion for self-sufficient living and want to teach others how easy it is to grow their own food at home. The couple moved to the area from Hamilton, earlier this year, in search of a different way of life. “We were both working hard doing nine-to-five in the city,” Craig says. “But we figured there is more to life than this. We wanted to get out of the city and we both wanted new careers.” Their business Let’s Grow helps clients set up a self-sufficient lifestyle in their backyard. This includes conventional and raised garden beds, worm farms, composting and raising chickens for eggs. When Craig left school, he studied biology and microbiology at Waikato Institute of Technology.

“The course included some really interesting papers on food science, including food additives and preservatives some of which can cause problems such as hyperactivity in children. Our business is about getting people back to a healthy diet by growing and farming their own food resources.” Andrea says some people may see selfsufficient living as a bit of a ‘hippy lifestyle’, but things have changed. The range of tools now available has made self-sufficiency an easy addition to a modern family lifestyle. “People can now easily save money by reducing their reliance on bought produce. In our grandparents’ generation, it was natural to grow your own vegetables and have chickens. But not everyone today has that knowledge and that’s where Let’s Grow can help.”

With just a few seconds to get your message across, less is often more when it comes to signage, says Leigh Sheehan of new Matakana-based business ECM signs. Signage is often the first impression for hundreds of potential customers and while it’s important to get it right, it doesn’t have to be expensive, he says. “The more extravagant your signage, the more expensive it can become, however, there are many creative ways to make an impact without spending a lot of money,” he says. “Big isn’t always better and overcomplicating your signage can detract from your message. You want it to be succinct and memorable.” Existing signage concepts can also be cost-effectively refreshed or upgraded with new signs, colours, slogans or techniques, as shabby signs can send the wrong messages, he says. Initially, Leigh worked as a builder, before qualifying as a graphic designer six years ago. He recently returned from travelling overseas to take on the signage business full time. His parents, Darcy and Coral, bought their Matakana Road property around 11 years ago and Leigh has now set up shop alongside their business, ECM Motorbikes. He says working close to family is a bonus. A keen surfer, he also

Leigh Sheehan

shares his father’s passion for motorbikes and has enjoyed designing, building and riding custom-made machines. ECM Motorbikes’ signage and website design is largely Leigh’s work and he has also handled a variety of freelance jobs, tackling all types of signage from business cards, stationery and corporate identities, to brochures, internet design vehicle and building signage, including three-dimensional lettering and neon signs. No job is too big or small for ECM Signs, which can handle all types of work from concept and design to production and installation.

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Frame Works Picture Framers Convenience is the key to Frameworks Picture Framers’ new service for residents of Warkworth, Wellsford and surrounding districts. Tomarata’s Brett Macefield hopes to take the hassle out of getting precious items framed, by offering everything from a pick-up service and on-site consultation, to match framing choices with décor or existing frames, to completed framing, delivery and mounting, seven days a week and with extended hours by appointment. The owner operator of Apex Glass for the past 12 years, Brett says he was inspired to launch the new Frame Works service as well, after buying up the tools of retiring Omaha picture framer Geoff Savage. Having previously worked in the framing industry in Auckland, Brett is wellequipped to handle all kinds of framing from artwork, photos and certificates, to crafts, medals, mirrors and memorabilia, for everyone from individuals to schools, clubs and businesses. “People work hard for achievements like certificates and medals and it makes sense to have them on display rather than stuck away in a drawer. Likewise, digital cameras mean photos are better than ever, but most of them never make it off the computer,” he says. Medals or other three-dimensional objects can also be teamed with photos,

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programmes, tickets or certificates to create a montage of memories in a single frame. Framed memorabilia can also be a cost-effective way to theme commercial premises, Brett suggests. Even larger items like trophies and clothing can be effectively framed to enjoy while preserving their value and condition. Frame Works will carry a complete range of frame samples, mat boards and glass that can be cut to suit individual preferences and styles. Brett can also offer advice on glass, including non-reflective, conservation and UVresistant options. Frame repairs and replacements are further options to rejuvenate or update favourite pieces.

New owners are at the helm of Ginger Café in Warkworth, bringing their own flair to the menu including an exotic range of tea. It’s a new business partnership for mother and son team Joy Hewlett and Sam Duncan, who took over ownership at the start of last month. Joy says it is an exciting new venture for them both. “I had experience in the hospitality industry about 10 years ago but previous to this, I was working in administration,” she says. “As well, Sam is a good barista and has tons of experience in hospitality. I think our skills will work well together.”

Coming soon will be a range of specialty breads, including gluten free, baked on the premises for wholesale and retail distribution, which Joy will oversee. “I will be looking after this side of the business including product development.” Sam will manage the café. He has worked at various cafes in the Rodney area and Auckland. He says it is the quality of the coffee, food and the great location that keeps customers coming back to Ginger. “People love our famous ginger slice and big breakfast so we will be keeping the traditional favourites, as well as developing our own new ideas for the future.”

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nutritional basis, realistic claims and sustainable results. “There are no pre-packaged foods or wonder drugs; it gives people knowledge that they can use for a lifetime to keep their weight in check and is suitable for both women and men,” she says. “I don’t consider this a diet at all, it’s more of a lifestyle and an education and it’s more cost effective, using natural foods out of your own fridge or pantry.”


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The new owners of Al’s Roasts, in the Snells Beach Shopping Centre, are hoping there is some truth in the adage ‘that every cloud has a silver lining’. The couple were recently made redundant after 20 years working for PMP Print in Woodcocks Road, Warkworth. “We’re both in our fifties, so we thought the prospect of finding work locally was pretty slim,” Louisa says. “Some people from the plant have gone to Australia, others are working between here and Auckland, and others, like us, have used their redundancies to buy themselves a job.” The couple say that after working shifts, sometimes in 12-hour stretches,

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they are looking forward to set hours, Tuesday to Saturday, and even maybe a sleep-in. “We’ll be opening the shop at 11.30am and closing at 7.30pm. Initially, we’ll be offering beef, pork and chicken, with vegetables and gravy, meat rolls and sandwiches, but once we get into the swing of things, we’ll be introducing cheese sauce, mashed potatoes, children’s meals and other choices.” Louisa says the food will be good, basic well-priced fare, with generous helpings. “We’ve never owned our own business before, so we’re a little nervous but very excited as well. As the new ‘Als’, we’re looking forward to this new venture.”

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Glaziers & Joiners ...................................... 1 Automotive Services ............................... 1 Auto Electrical............................................ 1 Tyres .............................................................. 2 Panel and Paint.......................................... 2 Trellis and Fencing ................................... 2 Carpenters, Builders & Roofers ............ 2 Scaffolding .................................................. 2 Tiling, Brick & Block Layers .................... 2 Concrete Specialists ................................ 3 Construction & Earthworks ................... 3 Engineering ................................................ 3 Flooring ........................................................ 3 Electrical ...................................................... 3

Design, Survey & Property Valuers ..... 3 Lawn mowing & Landscaping .............. 3 Property Maintenance ............................ 4 Gardening Supplies ................................. 4 Arborists ...................................................... 4 Retail ............................................................. 4 Health & Beauty ........................................ 4 Furniture ...................................................... 4 Laundry & Dry Cleaning ......................... 4 Carpet & Upholstery Cleaners.............. 4 Interior Design........................................... 4 Painters/Decorators & Plasterers ........ 4 Home Services - Blinds, Awning etc ...... 5 Heat Pump Specialists ................................ 5 Water Pump Specialists .............................. 5

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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

Private & All Insurance Work

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

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




Trellis Guy Snells Beach • Warkworth • Orewa

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Also see Lance for your supply of Native and Landscaping plants

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

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

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

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

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Ph 425 4027 • mob 021 117 3033

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DAN GOODWIN p 09 425 9443 m 021 929 749

• slabs • flooring

• beams & posts • mulch

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362 Matakana Valley Rd, Matakana 0948

ph 422 7716 • fax 422 7717

Roofing N.Z Long Run Iron Specialists New Re-Roofs & Cladding

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

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Tiling & Waterproofing Bricks • Blocks • Paving

Craftsman Tiler | High Quality Workmanship Accredited Waterproof Membrane Installer Specialist in Epoxy Grout | NZQA Trade Certified


Simon Bennett 09 431-5723 or 021 320-705 email: 72 Cames Road, RD5 Wellsford 0975

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

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Concrete Specialists | Construction & Earthworks | Engineering | Flooring | Electrical | Architects, Survey & Property Valuers | Lawn Mowing & Landscaping

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

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

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• Electrician • Gates & Automation Mobile: 021 990355 Phone: 09 4226160 Email:


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

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

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Qualified & insured • Competitive rates • 15 yrs experience Phone 021 208 7848 or A/hrs 09 425 7471

For independent advice call Ren on 09 422 5708 or 027 473 5954


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

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• Architectural Design Review • Building and Construction Audit • Quality Control Strategies • Construction Materials Selection Advice • Procedures for Setting the Standards

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

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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 a

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Furniture Wellsford

Best furniture deals with Dave everytime!

Phone 09 423 7302 149 Rodney St, Wellsford DOMESTIC & COMMERCIAL


Emergency Flood Service Technical Experience 12 years Fully qualified and certified

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

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• Sheets • Towels • Linen (pressed)

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Carpet & Upholstery Cleaners General Commercial Cleaners Paddy & Gaye Webb


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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

• interior design for renovations and new builds • home staging for selling presentation • colour and lighting design for effect and impact

Judy Tindill PDINZ 09-4257474 021-794394 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:

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H2O PUMPS • Filtration • UV Sterilizers • Softeners and Neutralizers • Iron Removal • Agent for Stallion Pumps

• Water treatment & Filtration • Pumps • Pool & Spas • Waterblasters 7days / 24hours Paul Harris


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since 1966







09 422 7618

utilising A.E.S. Hydrojet Cleaning Machine Drain location / camera inspection

027 494 5499

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Phone Ian on 027 495 8566

Workshop: (09) 423 8576 | 152M


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58-60 Queen Street Warkworth

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

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Household Water Deliveries

TANK WATER TESTING We collect samples of your tank or bore water, have them analysed for microbes at an IANZ reg. laboratory. Our written report explains the results and makes recommendations.


Phone Simon Breeze (09) 422 9345 |


Joy’s Media Supplies

0800 747 928

Phone John or Annette Carr

Supplying everything your office needs to be productive • Data tapes • Cartridges • Stationery • Furniture • Printers • Ergonomic products • Computers, hardware, software and accessories If it’s not listed, call and enquire

Over 20 years industry experience

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

Mangawhai: Phil Lathrote 431 4608 | 027 493 8961



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

Joy 4222587 • •

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


PHONE 09 425 5597

mobile: 027 556 6111


Key Cutting SERVICE

We cut keys for domestic, commercial and automotive Ex BNZ Building • 09 423 8535

Furniture • Airport Shuttle • LocalWellsford and national trips and tours • 10-seater Minibus for club/group functions Phone Linda 425-0000



We cut keys for domestic, commercial and automotive Ex BNZ Building • 09 423 8535

Furniture Wellsford



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. BUSINESS & FINANCE



INTUITIVE BUSINESS MENTORING Hit a brick wall? or phone Brigid 426 8361.


LOG SPLITTER Half day or full day. Phone Malcolm 021 720 650. PUHOI CENTENNIAL HALL Capacity 200, reasonable rates. Contact Kathy 09 422 0891 or



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.


each. Min 3 passengers.

Rodney Aero Club Ph 425 8735 or Rod Miller Phone 425 5612 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 the Warkworth Service Centre of the Auckland Council on toll-free (09) 301 0101.

4 x Retail units plus 1 office unit. Central Warkworth, currently returning $136,297 + GST p.a. For an information pack phone Gary Seekup 027 226 9880 DDI 09 359 7880 Email: SOLE AGENT

Warkworth Scout Den Central location - Available pm Tues/Thurs and/or weekdays Long or short term - reasonable rates Phone Rosie 09 422 7409 Licensed under the REAA 2008



CHEF / SOUS CHEF with 4-5 years experience in European cuisine - must be able to work weekends. WAIT STAFF The applicants should have a positive, friendly, welcoming, customercentric manner, capable of independent working. The job involves weekend work as well as split shifts. Barista skills necessary. We require a Team Player with upselling skills and experience in a similar position. Please apply with a copy of your work experience and certificates to:

Restaurant Manager

Plume, the vineyard restaurant

49A Sharp Rd, RD2, Warkworth 0982, Ph 09 422 7915 Visit


OFFICE SPACE FOR LEASE Central Queen Street Warkworth 85 sqm • Air conditioned Phone 0274 927 198 FOR RENT ROOM TO RENT $150 P/W + EXPS includes one main meal per night. Double room with single bed available if needed. Available now! Phone Michelle 902-9308 after 5pm.

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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. FOR SALE



FIREWOOD - FREE DELIVERY 4 cubic metre trailer $300, half trailer $175. Phone Joal 021 431 200 or 09 431 2640.

BRIGHT OUTLOOK WINDOW CLEANING - We provide window cleaning services, insect spraying and house washing. Prompt and reliable service. Phone 021 106 5717.


FREEVIEW 1080 high definition decoder with recorder $275. Freeview installations dish decoder complete from $450. Call Jim THE MAINTENANCE MAN 422 3725 or 021 254 2048. MOORING SITE FOR SALE Algies Bay. Good position. Phone 09 422 3725 or 021 254 2048. RAWLEIGH PRODUCTS Phone Patrick 425 0448.



Blank decks made from 7 ply Canadian Maple. Three sizes 7.75, 8.0 & 8.125. Great pop, shape, concave and quality - hard to snap or chip.

Only $55 each including FREE installed grip tape.

LAWNMOWING AND PROPERTY CARE. Also Hedge, Clean-up, Rubbish, Gutter Clear, Waterblast, General Handyman. Guaranteed and Insured. Call Jim’s Mowing 0800 4 JIM JIM (546 546).

LAND WANTED LAND WANTED TO LEASE for horticultural use, minimum of 5 acres of Flat land, long term lease preferred. Prefer reasonably sheltered, easy access, water and shade houses or utility buildings are a bonus. Phone 021-927705 or 09-5217209”


Phone Noah (09) 815 2208 w/days or (09) 422 6000 w/ends

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





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

Phone 425 8517 42 Kaipara Flats Road, Warkworth


Want to sell but can’t. Phone Craig for a possible solution 021 468 378

PUBLIC NOTICES PUHOI HISTORICAL SOCIETY meets every 3rd Wed, 7.30pm, Puhoi Museum records room. All welcome. Museum winter hours are Sat & Sun, 1pm-4pm.

RODNEY STOPPING VIOLENCE SERVICES 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 422 2102 or 021 023 20297 Sponsored by Mahurangi Matters


TAOIST TAI CHI CLASSES Beginners class starting Friday July 8 at 10am-11.30am Totara Park, Melwood Dr, Warkworth Phone Helen Howard 09 425 9237 Low impact exercise for health of body and mind. All ages welcome.

Every Monday, 10am-2pm Old Masonic Hall, Baxter St, Warkworth. No appointment necessary. Services include witnessing, affidavits, immigration & marriage dissolution Sponsored by Mahurangi Matters


Visit or phone 09 426 8361.


Celebrating 150 years of district wide education – Easter 2012. For more information & free registration visit

TV SERVICES & SALES TV SERVICES Freeview, dishes, aerials, boxes. Sales, installation and repairs. Phone Gavin 027 4766115. TV TUNING. DVD’s / Sky / Video / Freeview etc. Phone 425 5431.


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

Hall Bookings Ph 425 8053

Snell's Beach Community Church

325 Mahurangi East Rd

BUYING ALL stoneware and pottery bottles, (gingerbeer, aerated waters etc), also stoneware flagons, crocks, demijohns with writing or pictures, will pay a minimum of $100 for flagons I don’t have, ALCOHOL and tobacco advertising, all whisky, beer, tobacco, cigarette items, jugs, tins, signs, mirrors, ashtrays etc. ADVERTISING and farm equipment signs. Signs made of tin, enamel, cardboard relating to petrol, oil, farm equipment, food items, general store goods. Oil bottles etc. COINS, banknotes and stamps. Coins - paying 20 times face value for all NZ pre-1946 coins, half crowns $5 ea, florins $4 ea, shillings $2 ea, sixpences $1 ea, threepences 50c ea. Banknotes - ten shilling notes, one, five, ten pound notes, also buying Australian and English coins. Stamps all old stamps, albums and collections. Military medals, badges, photos. All old China, crockery, coloured glass items. Top cash paid for any of these items. Reputable NZ Government Licensed Auckland Dealer. Travelling Auckland to Whangarei twice weekly. Please phone Brian Davis 09 818 4068 or 027 777 0428.




Sunday Service 9am Hall Bookings Ph 425 5707

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


Presbyterian Church

5 Pulham Road, Warkworth Phone 425 8861 Sunday Services 9am & 10.30am

celebration centre


REID EQUESTRIAN ENGINEERING, Wellsford. Float rebuilds, horse truck conversions, etc. Dog kennels made to measure. Quality work. Phone Ron 423 9666. ‘ONE OFF’ JOB? View 55+ AND WANT OCCASIONAL WORK? View

VEHICLES PARK & SELL Gull Snells Beach. Weekly rates. Great exposure. Ph 09 425 4092.

CLASSIFIED DEADLINE for July 13 issue is JULY 5 Phone 425 9068 to book your classified advertising

Sunday Service @ 10am Warkworth Town Hall P: 09 422 3168


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

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Your LOCAL community newspapers in Auckland’s north Some fun events and serious issues dominated the top 10 reads on in June. It might be winter but locals are still getting out and about. Thanks for following our online coverage (+ pics) of the Mitre 10 ladies night, country legends at Ascension and the local lens on Auckland Festival of Photography. On the serious side, important local issues kept you clicking including an exclusive on the state of Mansion House and online coverage of PM John Key’s visit to Warkworth.

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Ladies storm Mitre 10 DIY night Mansion House tarnished by government neglect PM says highway upgrade on track Community calls for funding to tackle dangerous road Hill Street intersection slips down NZTA priority list Chinese student missing at Goat Island Revegetation at Tawharanui Regional Park Sandspit Marina opposition still unresolved Legends take Ascension stage Our place through a camera lens

Mahurangi Matters 09 425 9068 • Hibiscus Matters 09 427 8188

Described as a born conservationist, the district lost one of its most active environmental volunteers when Ian Scott, of Leigh, died on May 27, after a short illness. Remembered as a man who could not walk past a moth plant without pulling it out, he was a member of the Forest & Bird Coastcare Group (Leigh) which has devoted many years to eradicating pest plants that threaten to colonise Hauturu. He was also a TOSSI volunteer who patrolled the predator-proof fence, one of NZ’s foremost shell collectors, a bottle collector and respected teacher and scientist. Born in Wanganui, Ian displayed a keen interest in nature from an early age, winning a prize for a project on grasses when he was still in primary school. He shared his passion for learning with senior students at Selwyn College during prizegiving in 2008. In his speech, he encouraged the students to never stop learning – a learning driven by curiosity about the world around them, rather than by external exams. After leaving school himself, Ian spent seven years, in total, at university finishing with three science degrees including 1st class honours in marine zoology and geology. He worked in four countries, taught at six different schools, including 17 years at Selwyn College, visited 27 countries and lived in 15 different houses. He helped raise seven children, including a daughter adopted during his years teaching at an international school in India, from two marriages. After falling in love with the lifestyle of Leigh 18 years ago, he and his wife Jan built a house and commuted north every weekend, finally settling there just over six years ago. It’s while at Leigh that Ian discovered another of his many hobbies – underwater photography. For nearly 14 years he recorded on film changes to the marine environment around the nearby coast. The result is a large collection of marine underwater slide photography, which in time will be offered to the University of Auckland’s Leigh Marine Laboratory. “He was a man who never did things by halves,” Jan says. “He didn’t just collect things, he thoroughly researched every subject he was interested in and left no stone unturned.” Fellow Coastcare volunteer Neil Sutherland described his friend simply as “a great bloke”. He said for all his qualifications, he was a modest and retiring person, but with a wicked sense of humour. “He seemed to be able to always take a world view on issues, was always constructive and was devoted to the ideal of leaving the world a better place.” Befittingly, one of the last activities Ian was involved in was to lead a Kiwi Conservation Club – the junior arm of Forest & Bird – on a fossil hunt around Matheson Bay. The event gave him the opportunity to indulge i |n his love of teaching young minds, in the marine environment that he loved so well.

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Work opportunities get youth back on track Cuddle Soft Springboard is seeking the support of local business owners to provide work experience for eight youths in their Vault Work Transition programme. In March, eight young men aged from 17 to 22 years were selected to join the government-funded Community Max programme, designed to get unemployed at-risk youth, ready for fulltime employment. Springboard director Gary Diprose says the success of the programme has exceeded his expectations. “In the last three months, we have challenged the team on their drinking and drug involvement,” Gary says. “We’ve supported them in making positive life decisions, and their work skills and attitude have improved incredibly. I wasn’t sure if they would all commit to the programme but they have been working really hard.” The youths have participated in a range of work from chopping firewood to building a community any potential employer if they weren’t Vault Work Transition participants garden at Springboard’s premises, in putting in the effort to change and be look forward to getting fulltime jobs. Snells Beach. a valuable employee.” Warkworth Mitre 10 Mega owner Gary will be looking to find fulltime Cam Caithness used the team to employment for the youths over the dismantle and empty the two Mitre next three months. This could involve 10 sites in Warkworth. partnerships with local businesses “I needed the stores to be emptied involved in farming, construction/ as soon as possible,” Cam says. “The building, fishing, trades and factory/ Vault team were enthusiastic, efficient warehouse work. and did a fantastic job. I’d recommend Meanwhile, the recent Springboard them for any labouring job.” Mid-Winter-Christmas Dinner and Gary says these experiences have Auction night raised $28,000. The helped the youths build their self- proceeds, which came from both the esteem, while learning new skills. silent and live auctions and ticket sales, “I wouldn’t recommend these guys to will go towards upgrading facilities.

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activeindoors Book clubs popular with Rodney readers

Scrapbooking consultant Nicole Thurlow enjoys journaling the details of her special memories.

Scrapbooking helps preserves memories For anyone looking for a safe, organised and creative way to store treasured photographs, scrapbooking workshops are held each month in Warkworth and Wellsford. Scrapbooking allows families to display their photos and journal the stories behind them. Creative Memories consultant Nicole Thurlow says the thing she enjoys most about scrapbooking is helping others preserve their photos. “So many people keep their photos in drawers or boxes and albums that cause photos to fade,” Nicole says. “It’s a waste of money developing photos if you aren’t going

to look after them. You don’t need to be overly creative.” Nicole has been holding scrapbooking classes and workshops for six years; in Warkworth on the fourth Monday of the month, at the Senior Citizens Hall in Alnwick St, and every second Monday of the month, at the Wellsford Plunket Room, Rodney St. “I suggest to those interested in scrapbooking that they try a class first. I supply all the products – they just bring along some photos. The class is for two hours and is for a minimum of four people.” New members are always welcome. Info: mycmsite. or call Nicole on 423 7223.




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Beading Classes - Thursday 5-7pm Patchwork/Quilting Classes - TBA School Holiday Activities eg. Beading & Quilting - TBA

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SeniorNet Warkworth offers a broad range of courses for absolute beginners onwards, using PCs or Apple Macs. Our very popular Monday workshops, mini courses and specialised two hour modules provide stimulating instruction across a wide spectrum of topics.

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Rodney has a range of book clubs for people who enjoy a good book and an opportunity to have an open discussion and socialise with other readers. Mahurangi East and Wellsford libraries each hold a monthly book club. The Warkworth Library has a book club for teachers, librarians and local authors focussed on children’s and teens literature, also held monthly. At the Mahurangi East Library book club, each member brings along a book they are reading to discuss. Occasionally they will all read the same book or each read a different book by the same author. New members are welcome contact the library if interested. The owner of The Village Bookshop in Matakana, Tracey Lawton, says there are many private book clubs in the area. “From Leigh to Warkworth including Omaha, I believe there are around 10 to 12,” she says. “They generally meet once a month in the evening, but some meet during the day, usually at the home of one of the members.” Mangawhai book club member Jo Yuretich says being in a book club provides an opportunity to read a variety of books. “Our books are supplied by the Book Discussion Scheme,” Jo says. “We select books from the BDS Catalogue – a maximum of 10 titles during the year. It’s a great thing to be part of as we have in-depth discussions about the books.” Info: Contact local libraries or Tracey at The Village Bookshop Matakana on 423 0315.

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Argyll Lane, 58 Queen St, Warkworth 09 425 9135 or 021 425 459 | Open Monday-Friday 9am-5pm, Saturday 9.30am-2pm

Membership in SeniorNet Warkworth will also keep you abreast of the rapidly developing IT world – so if you are 50 years or older just contact the Course Co-ordinator on 422 3728 and we will send you an information pack with all you need to know about joining us - our membership of the New Zealand Federation of SeniorNet Societies is your guarantee of high standards of tuition in a friendly, relaxed environment. Look forward to seeing you there.

For more information phone 425 9643 or email Learning Centre, 3 Matakana Road PO Box 659, Warkworth

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activeindoors Book wins genealogy prize Warkworth genealogist Bryan Jackson has been awarded the Kevin McAnulty Award for his book The Life and Times of Joseph Le Cleh. The award, from the NZ Society of Genealogists, is presented annually for a published family history donated to the Family Research Centre Library. Judges commented that Mr Jackson’s book was an excellent, well-researched account of the life and times of the author’s ancestors, as well as being beautifully presented with excellent illustrations. “It is a good example of largely local research with outstanding documentation included,” they said. Far from resting on his laurels, Mr Jackson has finished a second book based on the life of the Murrels of Cromwell, and is presently writing on his mother’s family the Jardens. Mr Jackson thanked Cheryl Clague, convenor of the Warkworth branch of the Society of Genealogists, for her editing assistance, as well Warkworth Print and Kodak Express. “There are a lot of resources to help people trace their family histories, and I would encourage others to try,” he said. There are two genealogy groups in the district. The Warkworth group meets on the third Monday of each month,

The Village - 2 Matakana Valley Road • Matakana P: (09) 423 0315 • E:

Get back into Shape Brian Jackson with his book and his winner’s citation.

alternating between evening and daytime meetings, while Wellsford genealogists meet on the first Thursday of the month. Wellsford secretary Marjorie Prictor says the group brings together people with a shared passion for researching family histories. Both groups offer support and advice for beginners. Info: Wellsford, phone Marjorie Prictor on 423 7033; Warkworth, phone Cheryl Clague on 425 9945.

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25% DISCOUNT FOR 3 MONTHS RENTAL We deliver Whangaparaoa to Mangawhai

SPORTSWORLD 72 Queen St • Phone 09 425-7077 or 0800 022 425 People you know who know your sport

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Open 7 Days Mon-Sat 9am-5pm • Sun & Public Holidays 10am-4pm

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Clearance Sale on Models at Cost – 1:72 Scale

Craft Magazines Sewing & Knitting Creativity Kits Model Pain t Jigsaw Puzzles • Mind Challenge Game • Girls & Boys Toys •


All kinds of kits from dolls to kites

Make your own Propeller & Robots Grow your own Crystal Monsters

Come and see the team at Woody’s ...we have everything for those winter days during the school holidays

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Warkworth Aikido • Self Defence • Self Development • Self Confidence

Tuesday & Thursday 6.30pm-8pm Methodist Church Hall, Warkworth - All ages welcome Phone Dianne 09 422 3356 or Andy 021 672 787  Stationery  Posting  Colour Copying  Laminating  Scanning  Faxing & Emailing Service  Games  Toys  Puzzles  Books  Magazines  Gifts for everyone

Mangawhai Books, Gifts & Post Centre Wood St, Mangawhai Heads  Open 8am daily  7 days a week

Bag a bargain with the feel-good factor

SHOP HOSPICE 2 stores open Mon-Fri 9am-4pm; Sat 9am-1pm Warkworth Argyll Angle, Queen St behind Gaby’s Wellsford 181 Rodney St PLUS garage sale every Wed 6-11am Hospice House 51 Woodcocks Rd, Warkworth

Phone 425 9535

Women at the Warkworth RSA enjoy a game of snooker on a Thursday afternoon.

RSA extends snooker invite People who want to play a winter sport but aren’t keen on spending their Saturdays in the wet, muddy outdoors are being encouraged to take up snooker. Men’s snooker is held every Wednesday at the Warkworth RSA, from 11.30am to 4.30pm. Ladies pool is held every Thursday afternoon. Warkworth RSA manager Robbie Blair says young and old, beginner and seasoned veterans all enjoy competitive or social matches on these days. “New members are welcome to

join,” he says. “Come down for a social evening game or join in on the organised club events.” A business house teams event runs through winter every Monday to Wednesday. The club also travels or hosts pool challenges with nearby towns most Sundays in winter. Club championships start this month. The $1000 Colin Whalen Pairs Tournament will be held at the RSA on July 17. In October, the club will host the $1000 Warkworth RSA Invitation Tournament.

Winter weather entertainment Hitting cinemas this month are a handful of family-friendly movies ideal to watch on a wet winter’s day or evening. The long-awaited final instalment of the Harry Potter series Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II will open on July 14. Those who have read the books will know how the story pans out, others will have to wait and see.


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Transformers are back on screen for their third adventure in Dark Side of The Moon. The Autobots are once again taking on the Decepticons. Another sequel is Kung Fu Panda 2. Panda, ‘Po’, and pals venture to China to battle a new villain Lord Shen. A new release is the Disney nature documentary set in Africa. The story follows the lives of lion cub Mara, cheetah Sita, a single mother of five mischievous newborns, and Fang, leader of the pride, who must defend his family from a once-banished lion. Mahurangi Matters and Matakana Cinemas are giving away a double movie pass. Write your name and daytime phone number on the back of an envelope and post to: Movie Ticket Competition, Mahurangi Matters PO Box 701 Warkworth. Competition closes July 15.

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Mahurangi’s budding musicians and singers need look no further than their own backyard for opportunities to perform, with local clubs, representing a wealth of skills, keen to get young people involved. Wellsford Country Music Club is one of the groups offering performers of all ages a chance to “do their best” in a supportive environment. Members include 15-year-old Mahurangi College singer/songwriter Allanah-May Simpson, recently a guest artist at an Adelaide fundraising concert, who says the club gives her plenty of performance practice, encouragement and constructive feedback. “It’s a great confidence booster, and it’s really good to know you’ve got those people behind you.” The club offers stage time, a backing band, sound system, extra instruments and opportunities to perform in public, along with access to the expertise of people like award-winning singer/songwriter Pat McDonald (Pat Mac) of Snells Beach and local record producer Jeff Donaldson. Secretary Laura Urquhart says performances are not exclusively country-style and people of all abilities are encouraged to perform a variety of popular music styles. Club meetings have recently changed to the second Sunday of each month at Wellsford RSA from 1-4pm beginning on July 10. Established in 1883, Warkworth Brass Band has also moved on from strictly traditional brass band music to a broader range of more modern material and styles including swing and rock. Band manager Donna Flack says the band, including brass and percussion, doesn’t march but regularly performs at community events including Anzac Day parades and Carols in the Park.

Players range in age from 13 to 80-plus and meet on Mondays at 7.30pm in the Band Hall, next to the fire station on Church Hill. New members at all skill and age levels are welcome and there is access to some instruments and tuition for those that need it. “People come for the enjoyment, it’s not like an intensive A-grade band,” says Donna. The Warkworth Wellsford Pipe Band also focuses on fun and has turned out some talented performers like Isaac Turner, who has attended two world competitions and is now part of Auckland’s top pipe band. Isaac says being part of the local group for around 10 years helped fuel his ongoing passion for the bagpipes. “It was just about having fun and playing good music with a really nice bunch of guys, whereas when things get too competitive the joy can go out of it,” Isaac says. Band Chairman John Lane says the group is keen to welcome new members, including youngsters who can start learning on a chanter from as young as seven. For contact details, see Music Clubs & Choirs in the Community A-Z at


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Schools battle drug and alcohol issues The hospitalisation of a student as a result of a recent drug incident at Otamatea High School has highlighted the importance of practical school drug policies. Principal Haydn Hutching says programme does exactly that.” are a small number of students on four students were found with The school recently changed its drug Kickit, including some who have magic mushrooms at school in early policy to base it on a United Nations simply volunteered to be part of the June. One was taken to hospital by definition that encompasses any mind- programme, he says. ambulance but has since recovered. altering substances, including alcohol, Mahurangi College deputy principal “These kids were really lucky because tobacco and prescription drugs. Alistair Elder says students caught with I’ve seen the effects of magic mushrooms “A lot of drugs that people get hooked drugs or alcohol face consequences on other people and it’s pretty dire. It on are legal, like Prozac and the that include informing their parents frightened many of the students that saw synthetic marijuana Kronic.” and sometimes the involvement of what happened,” he says. In addition to awareness programmes police or other outside agencies. In keeping with school policy, police for all students, a police drug dog Although each case is considered and parents were notified and the randomly visits the school at least once individually, it often involves students students involved were put into the a year. Mr Hutching says only a few being suspended and can lead to 12-month Rubicon programme, a students have been picked up through expulsion at the discretion of the youth alcohol and drug support service the process which indicates that drugs Board of Trustees. One student has that involves a contract between are “not rife”. However, any school that been before the Board in a drugthe police, parents, the school and says they haven’t got a drug problem related incident this year. students, as well as in-school random has “got their head firmly in the sand”. Mr Elder says Police youth aid officer drug-testing and counseling. “Society has a drug problem, school’s are John Williams visits the school and talks Mr Hutching says the programme has a reflection of society and so we try to to students once or twice a week and the been very successful in helping students make sure we keep on top of it,” he says. college also works with Springboard’s change their ways, with only one or Rodney College principal Dave Mentor Programme, while guidance two students lapsing after joining Ormandy says his school has its own counsellors team up with community the programme in around five years. Kickit programme, modelled closely drug agencies, like Altered High, to help Suspensions have never been necessary. on Rubicon, which isn’t available students and families. “Kicking kids out on the street to the school. It also hosts random “It’s the bane of every school’s life, because they have made one mistake police drug dog visits in a two-stage we’re never that far away from it; is too draconian from my point of process beginning with a police talk it’s a matter of keeping vigilant and view, but I do think that they should to students. While the dog has not working with the kids and their be held responsible and the Rubicon found anything at the school, there parents,” he says.

Health briefs Social services unite

A new group being set-up to represent social service providers in Rodney met for the first time on Thursday, June 23. Auckland Council principal policy analyst Michael Sinclair says Rodney was one of the few areas within Auckland that did not have some form of social service council coverage. Prior to last year’s Council amalgamation, the Ministry for Social Development and Rodney District Council had started to address the issue. Mr Sinclair says membership of the Rodney Council for Social Services (RODCROSS) will be open to any organisation serving the community. These could range from youth and advisory groups, to foodbanks and parenting, aged and disability groups. Any group interested in more information about the new council, can call Suzanne Sinclair on 09 917 7760.

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Self-help group needs helpers It’s a case of the helpers needing a helping hand at the Centre for Mutual Aid (CMA) in Wellsford. Volunteers who run the weekly social and assisting with some of the games activities for senior citizens, held at the and activities,” she says. “We regularly RSA Rooms every Monday morning, have about 30 people attending and are down on numbers. personally, I find it really inspiring to Volunteer Fran Kimber says the work hear the stories of these older members is a lot of fun and very rewarding, of our community.” and she encourages anyone in the Fran says CMA would also welcome community to attend one of the new members to the group. Transport mornings without obligation. assistance is available. “The work isn’t arduous and mainly Info: CMA coordinator Colleen involves helping with morning tea, Cave on 423 7307.

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I thought, given that we have collectively covered many medical topics, and to avoid overlapping of content, that I might share with you some of the lighter moments encountered in the practice of medicine. In these times, when our “stress-o-meters” are running high, perhaps a bit of laughter has therapeutic value. First up – a funny, but poignant account. I recall an evening session in a busy urban A & E. It was a cold winter’s night and this often brought in a number of homeless folk seeking a hot meal and shelter. My next patient was clearly one of these unfortunate souls, and exhibited quite obvious signs of the ravages of alcohol abuse. It transpired that her concern was the presence of some blood in her vomit. This symptom triggers a line of enquiry, which may shed light on the underlying cause, one of which may be alcohol overuse. Despite proceeding as tactfully as possible, she flatly denied any alcohol intake. Somewhat frustrated, and given the time constraints in an A & E, I abandoned this tack and moved on. “Can you give me some idea of how much blood you vomited?” I asked. “About a tot,” she said. Secondly, a brief malapropism from the same A & E. A patient arrived in some distress. Clutching her throat, and with a strained voice, she said: “I swallowed a fish bone and I think it’s stuck in my sarcophagus”. (The “joke” may have been on me if it had turned out that she was merely displaying foresight!) Finally, an illustration of the importance of communication. A female patient presented with recurrent vaginal thrush. I advised that treating both her and her partner might be the solution. Having already used over-the-counter creams, she expressed a wish for an alternative approach that would “work”. I supplied her with a script for two capsules, one for her partner and one for herself. At her next visit, I enquired as to her progress. “I’m better,” she said, “but my partner decided it would be too painful to insert his capsule.” Ouch!

Support for grieving children A local peer support programme aimed at children who are dealing with loss and grief will begin on August 1. The “Seasons” programme, run by have trained enough volunteers to be the Warkworth/Wellsford Anglicans able to start the programme. parishes, is for children aged five to “The programme is not a heavy, 12 years and is designed to help them serious programme,” Heather says. deal with feelings that result from a “Instead we make it fun which is the separation, divorce or death. best way to help children heal.” The term-long programme, which runs for an hour each week, is not The course, which can cater for up a counselling service. Instead, it is to six children, will initially focus activity-based involving discussions, on primary school-aged children but stories, poetry, arts and crafts, music, will extend to cater for teenagers and young adults in the future. drama and celebrations. Warkworth / Wellsford Seasons Info: Heather Free 425 7665 or coordinator Heather Free says they email Read our latest edition online at

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Peace proposal divides Council Rodney Local Board members will be asked for their views on whether or not Auckland should become a Peace City. When the item came up at an Auckland Council regional development and operations committee meeting last month, opinions were sharply divided between those who thought it was a waste of ratepayers money to others who endorsed that it was an expression of principle, leadership, vision and intention rather than a claim that Auckland was totally peaceful. Cr Dick Quax, who opposed the recommendation, said there was a cult of violence in Auckland and a piece of paper declaring Auckland a Peace City was not going to change that. “Instead of sitting around singing ‘kumbaya’ we need to concentrate on things that are important to us,” he said. Cr Alf Filipaina said he quite liked ‘kumbaya’ and awareness was not useless or unnecessary. “This initiative will only be utilising existing funds,” he said. “We shouldn’t make a judgement until we have heard from the Local Boards.”

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Mahurangi speechmaker up against New Zealand’s best Young Mahurangi College student Michael-Lydia Winiana is heading to Napier next month to compete in the national finals of the NZ Lions Young Speechmaker Contest. The winner will be crowned NZ’s top young speechmaker and will receive a trip to the US and Canada where they will be hosted by Lions Clubs. Michael-Lydia, who was sponsored by the Warkworth Lions Club, gained her place in the finals after competing in the regional competition. Among the other regional finalists was Roisin Kelly, sponsored by the Kowhai Coast Lions Club. Each contestant gave two speeches – one five-minute prepared speech and a twominute impromptu speech. A panel of three from the local Toastmasters Club judged the talks. Michael-Lydia’s topic for the five minute speech was ‘What we think, is what we are or what we become’ and her impromptu speech, which was given to each contestant just one minute before they had to present it, was ‘In the USA, a person asks ‘New Roisin Kelly (left) and Michael-Lydia Zealand is part of Australia, isn’t it?’ Warkworth Lions president David Page Winiana. said Lions members wished Michael- other colleges to promote this contest, Lydia all the best for her upcoming as it gives the participants confidence event. He said he would encourage and widens the door on future goals.



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Otamatea High School and community will farewell popular teacher Jill Olsson at a function at the Maungaturoto Country Club on July 15 to mark her retirement after 24 years at the school. Mrs Olsson has taught mainly juniors (years 7-9) covering a full range of subjects but has also specialised in French and Spanish for students up to year 10 and run extension programmes in mathematics and English. Principal Haydn Hutching says she is “an exceptional teacher” who has had a varied, hands-on role, including becoming a senior manager and taking responsibility for student enrolments, the correspondence school, student council and PAT testing. Well-liked by students and with a reputation for being “firm but fair”, Mrs Olsson has been a key organiser of school socials and used to run year seven student camps. A keen hiker, Jill Olsson she will also be remembered for taking year seven and year eight students on be assessed before taking on a new hikes during the school’s Wednesday teacher and in the meantime existing staff will take over Mrs Olsson’s duties, afternoon activities sessions. including the appointment of someone “She’s a quality teacher with a to her role as year seven and eight dean. remarkable ability to build positive relationships with the students and the Present and past pupils, colleagues, parents and others in the school community, including the parents.” community are welcome to attend the During her tenure Mrs Olsson has farewell from 4pm. Food and drink witnessed major changes in the style will be served. Entry $15 per person. and content of teaching programmes, Another teacher, Miss Julia Godfrey, while the school roll has fluctuated who has been at the school for the past from a low of less than 290 to now five years will also be farewelled. Those being consistently over 520. attending are asked to RSVP to the Mr Hutching says staffing levels will school before noon on July 12.

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End of the world predictions “darned inconvenient” Singer/songwriter Dave Dobbyn needs no introduction – he’s enjoyed success as a solo artist and as a member of the bands Th’Dudes and DD Smash, plus he has won more awards for songwriting than any other New Zealander. Ahead of his two shows at Matakana’s What sort of concerts/venues do you Ascension Wine Estate this month, like playing these days? Mahurangi Matters asked Dobbyn for I have a great band and we’ve played an update on what’s he’s been up to. in venues across the spectrum really, Thanks to the miracle of email, here from tiny clubs to theatres, town halls are his responses to our questions … and festivals. I love them all so much Will you be playing any new material and I know I can shake them all up. Of course, the theatre is where you can at the Ascension show? Affirmative. Although I’m not at sound the best. liberty to discuss such sensitive material at this time. The improvisation sub-committee will provide a clear initiative nearer the execution of said show. In short, I’m expecting a paper to be tabled ASAP as to the contents of such material. I’m sorry; I’m down with a bad case of winter politics. If so, was there any particular inspiration for these songs?

Inspiration is infinite and often wildly elusive. That’s why there are so many love songs. The most vigilant artists watch for it, ready and working for that magic spark. For me it comes in a series of clues: little scraps of melody; a phrase that stays with you; a rhythm that won’t leave; a title; a photograph; a street; a vivid shred of a dream. They all vie for attention and lead you on a goose chase to get to the treasure.

Any big events coming up in the next 12 months?

I’m taking the band to London and Dublin in November for theatre gigs. A few gigs around RWC up and down NZ. Summer touring TBC. Working on my new record is a daily big event for me, too. The end of the world as we know it would be a big day out, but darned inconvenient, given my schedule in the next 12 months. What sort of people attend your concerts - are audiences receptive to new material or do they always just want you to play your old favourites?

All kinds and all ages really – I meet a lot of new fans every time and no show is complete without signing something and listening to people’s stories. I try to keep a balance of songs new and old. My band’s approach is always fresh so

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we mess with arrangements. People are cool with new songs. The songs become fully formed in the fire of performance. Are there any music or personal goals still left to achieve?

Always. Onward and upward. Further

on up the road, there’s a three-minute, killer song with my name on it. Dobbyn will do two shows at Ascension on July 22 and 23. He will be joined on stage by musicians L. A Mitchell, Mark Vanilau, Ross Burge and Marcus Lawson.


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In this beautifully written story, we learn about William Larnach through the eyes of his third and much younger wife Conny and his favourite son Dougie. William Larnach – the self-made man and part-time politician – is the man who built the famous Larnach Castle in Dunedin. It was initially a happy marriage and one that served both William and Connie as they followed their different passions and interests. However, as William began to struggle financially and his political aspirations were often thwarted, the marriage began to falter and Conny turned to Dougie for companionship. This is a moving piece of historical fiction that tells the story of one of New Zealand’s more colourful characters.

Before I Go To Sleep Puhoi choir Pro Voce will be warming up the winter weather for nor-west residents, with two lively concerts planned for mid-July. They will sing at Red Beach Methodist Church, on July 9 at 7.30 pm and at St Chad’s in Huapai, on July 10, again at 7.30 pm. As audiences have come to expect of Pro Voce, the programme is varied, ranging from richly layered Elizabethan works from a leading English composer of the time, William Byrd, to deceptively simple tunes from the modern Cornish composer Richard G Grylls. The songs in between, both devotional and secular, are sung in English, Latin, Italian and Maori. Tickets cost $15 for adults, $10 unwaged. A light supper will be provided.

Leigh goes live Music from the 1940s to 1970s hit the airwaves at Leigh on June 22, following the launch of Radio Leigh FM. The ‘station’ has been set-up by the Unforgettable Music Society in the home of Selwyn Priest, on Cape Rodney Road. It can be found on the dial at 87.8 FM. Selwyn says the music plays 24-hours, seven days a week, with time signals and occasional station promotions. “It’s brilliant and even featured a re-run of the old Goon Show recently,” he said.

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This is an exciting literary thriller written in the form of a journal kept by Chrissie, a woman who has suffered a brain injury and is therefore unable to retain any memory for longer than 24 hours. She lives with her husband who cares for her and leaves her notes reminding her that they are married and what she has to do each day. Every morning, however, she forgets what has happened since her accident and thinks she is once again a young woman who has never married and never had a child. She meets a doctor who encourages her to keep a journal as an aid to help her memory. It becomes a lifeline to her past but why does this journal need to be kept secret from her husband? Is he telling her everything? Further secrets emerge … and dangers are revealed. This is a book that will keep you guessing until the end.

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Gettin’ cold for Coastguard A dash, a splash or just a crash into the water at Sandspit Wharf on July 17 will help raise funds and awareness for Kawau Coastguard. This year’s annual Winter Plunge is as well as being lots of fun for the being organised by Kristin School whole family. student Kirsty Sutherland, aged 14, as It’s estimated that the water part of her International Baccalaureate, temperature on the day could be Middle Years Programme. around 10 to 12 degrees. “We’re required to do a project that Participants will be allowed to enter demonstrates the skills we’ve learned individually or as a team, and there in the programme,” Kirsty says. are a number of events to chose from. “The Kawau Coastguard is a great Last year a group of nurses and Kirsty’s organisation which helps make our father Dr Bruce Sutherland dressed in local waters safe. Not many people fairy costumes. are aware of the important work they Kirsty says it’s an informal event with do and I think that they deserve more the aim on having some fun. recognition, so that’s the reason for The rescue vessel will be alongside helping them in this event.” the wharf and other boats will be Kirsty says that with the help of former instructed not to use the area, from organiser Gillian Bray and Coastguard 8am to 9.30am that day. Last year’s secretary Glenys Milne, she is aiming event raised about $250. to provide a successful event that raises For more information, see the money and awareness for Coastguard, advertisement left.

Dame good cook in town Arguably NZ’s most well-known cook Dame Alison Holst will be the guest speaker at the Wellsford Horticultural Society’s monthly meeting on Thursday, July 28. Alison will bring a selection of her books for members to buy and have autographed. The luncheon will be held at the Wellsford RSA, starting at 11am. Info: Phone Linda, 423 9381 by Monday July 18.

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The Adults gig at the Leigh Sawmill Café will be their fourth stop in their first nationwide tour.

Iconic kiwi musicians bring new music to Leigh Sawmill

The faces are familiar but the sounds will be fresh when The Adults take to the stage at Leigh Sawmill Café on July 17. Kiwi rock icon Jon Toogood has been Shapeshifter’s Redford Grenell, Little the front-man of one of NZ’s most Bushman’s Warren Maxwell, Ruban popular rock bands, Shihad, for 22 and Kody Neilson from the Mint years. This year he is bringing The Chicks, and others. Adults to stages around NZ. The music is described as being as Starting with a wish-list of some of his diverse as the collaboration guest list, favourite artists, Toogood set out to swinging from soulful sounds to sonic write and record an album’s worth of explosions, incorporating rhythm and blues with rock and electronica. collaborations. Released last month through Warners, The Adults gig at Leigh Sawmill is The Adults includes contributions R18, tickets can be purchased from from Anika Moa, Ladi 6, Tiki Taane,

Aye Jock, where’s yer kilt? The wearing of the tartan returns to Waipu this week for the annual Tartan Week celebration, starting on July 1. This is an opportunity to dust off the kilt, the scarves and the pipes. There will be free shortbread in many shops for those sporting a bit of tartan, and often the butcher offers a taste of haggis. Other highlights include the ArtnTartan Wearable Art Awards on July 16, whiskey tasting, Kirkin o the Tartan and mid-winter swim. Info:

Warkworth & District Museum Visit the Museum – see displays of memorabilia, furniture, photographs, clothing, machinery and buildings from our colonial past. Lots to see and do for all members of the family. Browse through our Gift and Souvenir Shop.

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yy Qualified NZ senior squash coach Kaye Jackson is offering a chance for adult beginners to learn to play squash. A coaching clinic will be held at the Warkworth Tennis and Squash Club on Thursday July 14, 6.30pm-8.30pm and Friday July 15, 6pm-8pm. $10 per person Info: Kaye Jackson 425 6965 yy The Warkworth Tennis and Squash club is holding a trivial pursuit fundraising night at the club on July 16. Cash bar opens at 6pm, games start at 7pm. Tables of six, $15 per ticket. BYO nibbles. Tickets available from Dahnie 021 628 327 or Kaye 09 425 6965 Table Tennis

yy Matakana Table Tennis club, Tuesday evenings 7.30-9pm at Matakana Hall. All welcome. Equipment provided and coaching available. Kids $1, adults $2. If there’s enough interest, club will look at putting a team into the North Shore inter-schools competition. Info: Steve Maric 425 7358 or George Anderson 423 0424. Coach

yy Volunteer wanted to coach small preschool soccer skills group, indoors, for an hour-and-a-half one morning per week in Wellsford. Info: Renee 09 945 0883 or 021 425 635. To list information about your club or team’s sporting activities, phone Nichole on 425 9068 or email

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The KiwiSport project that I am involved in is now into its second of three years. All primary schools are back on board for a second year as partners and Ahuroa School has just joined the project. This means I am working with nearly every primary-aged child in the Mahurangi area. The Mahurangi Rugby Club and Warkworth Athletics Club are also partners in the project. More clubs are coming on board this year with discussions happening with junior hockey at the moment. My main focus in the schools is to increase participation in organised sport and also to up-skill the teachers in best practice. I try to do this by taking lessons and demonstrating how to increase participation and keep students active. It has been very rewarding for me to see the teachers taking new ideas on and then seeing the results demonstrated by students who are more enthusiastic and engaged in lessons. At the clubs, I try to show coaches ideas that can help them become more effective. Often parent coaches are keen and knowledgeable about their sport but are unsure how to carry out the process of coaching effectively. Often it is simple things like when to correct kids, use of a whistle at training, getting mini games underway rather than one big game, cutting lines down so kids don’t get bored and having fun warm-ups. There has been a lot of discussion in papers and on talkback about the NZ Rugby Union deciding to make the maximum score 35-0 for under 13s. I have been asked by a lot of coaches whether this is a good idea. Whilst I believe the sentiment of avoiding repeated heavy losses for young kids is a good one, I think this particular idea is a little ridiculous. Losing is part of life and it often tells you the truth about your effort and ability. This allows you to make changes and improvements. It is true that people of all ages will get turned off a sport if they never have a chance to have a turn with the ball, so we try to protect our young kids from this sort of environment, but I believe there are better ways to do this. One idea is to ask the coaches to have a discussion at half-time if the game is very one-sided, and see if they can even things up a little. Most coaches would be prepared to do this and all would benefit. I’ll discuss some ways to do this next column. A big thank you to the Lions Club of Warkworth who granted our collective a sum of money to help run our van. Their generosity is much appreciated.

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Gymnasts make their mark

Approval to cycle over Harbour Bridge Cyclist will be able to ride over the Auckland Harbour Bridge for the first time on December 11. The first TelstraClear Challenge will allow cyclists, starting from the Westhaven Marina, to cross the harbour via the two outer southbound lanes, and join the northern bus-way. The NZTA says the event could develop into a permanent high-profile cycling event for the city. The lanes will be closed from mid-morning and opened before traffic volumes increase in the late morning. Source

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Mahurangi gymnasts picked up a first and two seconds in a recent competition run by the Whangarei Academy of Gym. Coach Elizabeth DavieMartin said Mahurangi was the only club competing, which did not have its own permanent facility. “For this reason, we were exceptionally proud of the girls’ achievements,” she said. Placegetters were Thea Henderson who was second in Step 3, Kate Rowe who was first in Step 2 and Maria Dodiarto who was second in Step 2. The academy runs three competitions a year for Northland clubs – a fun event, a ribbon event which is a qualifier for the nationals and the Northland Championships. The Mahurangi team, from left, Thea Henderson, Mahurangi gymnasts Kate Rowe, Maria Dodiarto, Mackenzie Durrant regularly compete in and Amaya MacConnachie. Whangarei and Auckland. A team will go to Tri Stars in Mt their hand at Parcour (or street Roskill in August followed by the running) training. This is a relatively new sport that originated in France Northland Champs in Whangarei. New club members are welcome. and involves traversing mainly urban Recreational classes are held on landscapes by running, climbing Monday nights at the Mahurangi and jumping. It’s fun but requires a deceiving amount of strength.” College Gymnasium. “Currently, we have quite a few KiwiBadges will be offered to beginner teenagers involved who are enjoying gymnasts in term 3. learning a variety of skills and trying Info: Sherilyn Flay on 422 3433.


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Cuisine with Andrea Hinchco

A True Neapolitan Pizza

Pizza dough 1 teaspoon active dry yeast 1 cup warm water 3 cups all-purpose flour, and more as needed 1½ teaspoons salt Olive oil Sprinkle the yeast over the warm water in a medium bowl and let stand until dissolved. Toss the flour and salt together and stir into the dissolved yeast, using a wooden spoon or your fingers, until you have a stiff dough. Turn the dough onto a floured board and knead 5-10 minutes, adding flour as needed to prevent sticking, until the dough is smooth and elastic. Place the dough in a lightly oiled bowl, turn the dough to coat all sides with oil, and cover with a damp cloth. Set the bowl in a warm, draft-free spot until it doubles in volume, about 1 1/2 hours. Punch down the dough and, if necessary, divide into the number of portions called for in the recipe. Place the dough balls on a lightly oiled baking sheet and cover with a piece of plastic wrap pressed directly against the dough. Refrigerate until the dough is roughly doubled in bulk. This can take from 12 to 24 hours. Punch down the dough and continue with the recipe. Neapolitan Sauce (makes 2 cups) Let as much liquid as possible drain from the tomatoes by cutting out the cores and allowing the juices and seeds inside to escape, and then squeezing them gently with your hands. If the tomatoes are too wet, the crust won’t cook properly. Whether you choose a food mill or food processor to grind the tomatoes, make sure they stay a little chunky. 1 450g can Italian plum tomatoes, drained 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon dried oregano ¼ teaspoon crushed hot red pepper, or more to taste Pass the tomatoes through a food mill fitted with the coarse disc into a mixing bowl. You may also pulse the tomatoes briefly using quick bursts in the food processor. Add the olive oil, salt, oregano and crushed red pepper. Making the Pizza 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil Coarse cornmeal 1 cup Neapolitan pizza sauce 20 fresh basil leaves, cut into thin strips 250g fresh mozzarella, coarsely torn into pieces and drained in sieve Place the oven rack in the lowest position, center a pizza stone over it, and preheat the oven to 250 C. Roll or stretch each of the dough balls out to a 30cm circle about 10mm thick with a slightly thicker border around the edge. Brush each circle lightly with some olive oil. Working with one crust at a time, sprinkle a pizza peel or flat baking sheet generously with the cornmeal. Place the circle of the dough on the cornmeal and spoon 1/4 cup of pizza sauce over the dough, leaving a thin border around the edge. Scatter 1/4 of the mozzarella over the tomato sauce. Sprinkle the pizza lightly with salt and scatter some of the basil over it. Drizzle a little of the remaining olive oil over the cheese. Pull the oven rack out partially and slide the pizza onto the stone. Make sure you center the pizza so it doesn’t over-hang the stone when you remove the peel. Bake until the pizza is golden brown underneath and the cheese is melted, about 8 minutes. Remove the pizza by nudging it onto the peel with a spatula or pair of tongs. Allow a few minutes for the stone to reheat before cooking another pizza.

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what’s on July 2011


Waipu Market, Coronation Hall, 9-1pm. Info: Sue 027 458 6144 toriamartin@ 2 Mangawhai Activity Zone working bee, from 1pm (see brief p3) 3 Organ recital, Anglican Church Warkworth, starts at 3pm. Tickets $15, school children free. Info: Lorna 422 3562. 3 Carters Mangawhai Heads 2 Harbour Run/Walk, starts at 9am. Info: 3 Planting Days at Tawharanui Regional Park. Meet at the Woolshed 9.15am for 9.30am start. Bring a drink & snack and wear suitable clothing. Suitable footwear/boots preferred. Bring own tools and gloves. BBQ lunch provided for volunteers. All welcome. 4 Bingo, upstairs New Masonic Lodge, Baxter Street, Warkworth, 7pm. Proceeds to Warkworth Museum. 6-9 Little Shop of Horrors, Otamatea High School production. Info: 431 8230. 7 State of the Arts, Mahurangi College, from 6.30pm to 9pm. 8 Taoist Tai Chi classes, beginners class, 10am-11.30am Totara Park, Melwood Dr, Warkworth. Low impact exercise for body and mind health. All ages welcome. Ph Helen Howard 09 425 9237. 9 Mahurangi Rugby home game, Mahurangi vs Northcote, 2.45pm. 9&10 Community planting day, Goodall Reserve junction with Te Whau Esplanade, Snells Beach, from 9am each day. Access: South-west corner of reserve via Cornell Circle, Foster Cres, Mahurangi East Rd. Info: Alan Norton 425 6592 or Bring a spade and wear suitable clothes and sturdy footwear. 10 Family Fun Relay Race, Warkworth Showgrounds. Registration starts 11am (see brief back page) 17 Kawau Coastguard Midwinter Splash and 300m Dash, Sandspit Wharf (see story and ad p34) 17 Planting day at Parry Kauri Park, Warkworth, from 10am. All welcome – bring gardening gloves and a clean spade. Info: Ray Jensen on 425 8391. 20 Puhoi Historical Society meets every third Wed, 7.30pm, Puhoi Museum records room. Winter hours: Sat & Sun, 1pm-4pm. 21 Mid North Forest & Bird winter series talk, Totara Park Village Hall, Warkworth, 7.30pm. Guest Dene Andre will speak on the subject of stream ecology and native fish conservation. 22 Warkworth & Districts Grey Power members’ meeting, Methodist Church Lounge, 1 Hexham St, Warkworth. Guest speaker Winston Peters 11am-12noon. Public welcome. 30 Kaukapakapa Scout Group annual trivial pursuit, Kaukapakapa Hall, starts at 7pm. (see brief p14) 30 Solar hot water troubleshooting workshop (see brief p4) For inclusion in the What’s On, here and on our website email your events to

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Rodney seniors team out runs Northland A team from Rodney College won the Northland Secondary Schools’ Cross Country senior boys team event held at Barge Park in Whangarei last month. A total of 21 runners from the college competed. Contributing to the senior boys win was Romahn Howard who was in first place and finished well ahead of other runners. Other students in the senior boys team were Sam Bridge (Year 12) 7th, Matty Northin (Year 11) 9th and Liam Pride (Year 12) 15th. Other standout ahtletes were Shannon Coop (Year 9), Jesse-Wayne Te Amo (Under 16), Logan Sanders (Under 16) and Alana Torrie (Year 11), who came 6th in the Under 19 category. Pictured, from left are members of the senior team Matty Northin, Liam Pride, Romahn Howard and Sam Bridge.

Family fun run Families in the Rodney area are invited to participate in the Mahurangi Community Sport and Recreation Family Fun Relay Race on July 10. This event will held at the Warkworth Showgrounds and is open to all ages and levels of fitness. Participants can run or walk, but must complete at least one lap of the field before tagging the next member of their team. A team can have as many participants as they wish – depending on the length of the race. Races range from 2.3kms, 4.8kms or 8kms. Registration is at 1pm. First race starts at 2pm. Info: Ruth 422 9762 or visit

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Provincials have pre-season warm-up in Wellsford Northland and North Harbour fans will be able to meet their heroes at a match in Wellsford this Saturday, July 2. In their first pre-season clash, ahead of the start of the ITM Cup on July 14, the two teams are expected to be keen to take the first scalp of the season. A final list of players isn’t expected to be available until this week, but a number of Blues representatives are expected to take the field. The curtain-raiser will see Wellsford Premiers, currently fifth in the competition, take on Horahora

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who are in second place, starting at 12.30pm. The main game will kick off at 2.30pm. Club captain and Rodney sub-union chairman Mike Fletcher says support from the home crowd could make the difference. A good turnout on the day will also increase Wellsford’s chances of hosting other pre-season provincial games. The Wellsford Rugby Club is organising food stalls on the day, as well as a surprise spectacular when the players take the field.

The 2011 ITM Cup has a new-look domestic competition, which starts on July 14 when Otago host North Harbour. The changed competition format will see two tiers of seven teams, clash in 13 rounds over eight weeks. Teams are split into premiership and championship competitions, with Canterbury, Waikato, Auckland, Wellington, Taranaki, Bay of Plenty and Southland in the top tier. Hawke’s Bay, Counties Manukau, Northland, North Harbour, Tasman, Manawatu and Otago will contest the championship competition.

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Budding young cricketers are invited to attend a school holiday programme in Whangarei this month. The Northland Cricket Association is offering three —Jun2011 workshops – one for beginners, and two for players with some experience. The ‘have a go’ session for 8 to 13 year olds will be held on July 21 and 22; a specialist cricket programme for 13 and 15 year olds will run from July 18 to 20; and a specialist programme for 10 to 13 years olds will be held from July 25 to 27. All programmes are open to both girls and boys. All gear will be supplied, if required. Registration: Phone Jude on 09 438 2400 or visit

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