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Puhoi celebrates

3 July 2013

Inside this issue How many snapper?

Recreational fishers fear quota cut

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Ascension sale confirmed What’s next for Soljan family

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Wellsford library opens Weekend celebrations marking Puhoi’s 150th anniversary got off to a razzamatazz start in the early hours of June 28. Locals, many in native Bohemian costume, gathered at the village from 6am to feature on national TV with weatherman Chris Chang. Among them were Lily Rose Beagley-Steel, 5, pictured alongside her grandmother Sandra Beagley in the Puhoi Library. More photos and video at

Last-ditch bid to split from Supercity The push to split northern Rodney from Auckland Council is on again. The Northern Action Group (NAG) amendment to the Local Government will conduct a poll during August Act passed late last year revoked the and September to gauge support for 50,000 population minimum for setting up a unitary council between councils to become a “unitary” council. Puhoi and Te Hana. “This gives northern Rodney an option NAG chairman Bill Townson says an which was not previously available,”

he says. “Plus, the three-year embargo which prevented us from challenging our place in Auckland, invoked by former Local Government Minister Rodney Hide, expires in October so

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the time is right to test the water again. “The same legislative changes also make it clear that the Government wants communities to be able to organise their own governance arrangements and even goes further, charging the Local Government Commission with the role of making it happen.” NAG ran a major, but ultimately unsuccessful, campaign in 2009, supported by Rodney District Council, to opt out of the Supercity and form a new council with Kaipara District. Bill believes the sentiment, which resulted in 6300 people signing a hastily organised petition, has not been lost. He says a northern Rodney unitary council would be a “core business” administration primarily focused on infrastructure. It would manage all normal Council activities except regional parks. The model promotes affordable rates, cost-effective initiatives and a policy to “buy local”. Governance would include a Mayor and five ward-based councillors. “A locally-based unitary council would return governance of the north to the north. Auckland Council and Watercare collect an estimated $42 million annually from this area in rates, water and wastewater charges. This begs the question, what do we get in return?” Neither Watercare nor Auckland Council can supply the expenditure for northern Rodney in isolation,

from page 1 claiming that much of it is aggregated into either the ward or the region as a whole, he says. “It is nigh on impossible to definitively gauge how Council is performing for us as there are clearly pluses and minuses. In the end, it will come down to individual perceptions of what’s best for this community. The Local Government Commission is obliged to look at all the options, including the status quo, he says. But even then, any decision on whether or not to proceed on that option rests with the community through a formal petition/poll process.” Bill says NAG is confident that its model meets all criteria required by the commission but to get the proposal considered, there has to be demonstrated community support for it. “If the model is supported through the poll, then we hope to file immediately following the October local government elections.” Bill says if people are resigned to being part of Auckland and don’t support the unitary council model, then NAG will accept that outcome and “go away”. Info: What do you think of the idea of north Rodney going it alone as a unitary council? Take part in our online forum at

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Anger over possible cuts to snapper allowance Recreational fishers in the Mahurangi region are not happy about possible cuts to the number of snapper they will be allowed to catch each day. Many remain convinced that ‘you’re cutting your own throat’, but up getting more money. commercial fishers are also to blame recreational fishers shouldn’t bear the But marine biologist Roger Grace says for low snapper numbers, which has brunt.” it doesn’t matter who is taking the fish. the Government worried. He suggests increasing the minimum He says maximum sustainable yield Data from the snapper fishery covering snapper size to 300mm or closing the figures are “pretty woolly” because they are reached by guessing the the Hauraki Gulf, eastern Northland season to everyone. and the Bay of Plenty shows the area Mangawhai Boating and Fishing weight of a population. is well below sustainable levels, and Club captain Buck Buchanan says “They focus on a single population recreational and customary fishers are commercial fishers do more damage of fish but the ecology of the sea is being blamed for exceeding their daily than recreational fishers and should be integrated. If you take out too many allowance of nine fish each. banned from fishing within 12 miles predators you’ll have an impact on the The Ministry of Primary Industries of the shoreline during spawning ecosystem and throw it out of balance.” is preparing draft regulations for season from October to December. He says snapper eat kina, which eat managing the fishery and the Sports “Forty percent is too much. They kelp. The drop in snapper has seen the Fishing Council is predicting cuts of should leave us with nine and push the kina “multiply like mad” and chew up up to 40 percent. size up to 320mm.” kelp forests that shelter hundreds of Commercial fishermen were facing a The owner of Warkworth store Game species of invertebrates. 10 percent cut, but the suggestion has Gear, Anthony Roberts, also believes Dr Grace says the result has been a been withdrawn. it’s the commercial fishers who are to “gross degradation” of shallow reefs throughout the region. Recreational fisherman and former blame. Kawau Fishing Club president “You’ll always get a portion of “They’re called kina barrens and Dudley Cooper says he can accept recreational fishers that are wasteful they’re like a paddock full of sheep. Dudley Cooper says cuts are needed the reduction so long as commercial but commercial guys take everything You don’t expect native forest to grow but recreational fishermen shouldn’t fishers take a cut as well. out of the ocean. If you punish there. It’s very bad and it’s getting be made to bear the brunt. “Nine fish per person per day is not a recreational fishers they’ll spend less worse. We need a good smattering of What do you think the bad feed, but it gets back to those who on bait, fishing tackles and fuel. The marine reserves to help restore areas.” Government should do about cost of that is greater than putting a aren’t honest enough to keep it at that. He says kina barrens take 15 years to the snapper fishery? quota on commercial fishers.” We just catch our fish and that’s it, restore. Examples can be found on the Take part in our online forum but the amount [who take too much] He says they might catch less, but coast between Tawharanui and Omaha at – it’s unreal. It’s dishonest and we say demand will increase and they’ll end and at Daniels Reef at Matheson Bay.

Consents advertised for Te Arai golf development American financier and golf enthusiast Ric Kayne has applied for resource consent to undertake works associated with the construction of a golf course on a coastal strip at Te Arai. Mr Kayne hopes to build visitor accommodation for up to 30 guests, a reception and amenities building, pool, spa and wellness centre on the 230ha site. The consent, submitted by Tara Iti Management, the company owned by Ric and his wife Suzanne, also seeks approval from Auckland Council for onsite wastewater treatment and extensive earthworks. Tara Iti Management is described in the resource consent application as the unconditional purchaser of the land. The golf course is part of a larger commercial forestry parcel of 616ha, owned by Te Uri o Hau which acquired the land as part of its Waitangi

Treaty settlement in 2002. The hapu formed Te Arai Coastal Lands Trust with developers Darby Partners and has been trying to subdivide and develop the land for many years. However, it has run up against sustained opposition from people concerned that its plans threaten the survival of the criticallyendangered NZ fairy tern, which nests in the area. The trust’s latest proposal to develop 46 ruralresidential lots has yet to be submitted to Council for consideration, but has already been opposed by the Rodney Local Board. Meanwhile, the applicant has asked for a direct referral to the Environment Court for water and earthworks consents, which were advertised in March. A total of 31 submissions were received on the application – one supported the application, 22 opposed it, five requested further investigation, one

requested that the application be granted subject to conditions and two submissions were neutral. The direct referral process transfers the process to the court for a decision, bypassing the Council hearing stage. It is normally used for large-scale or complex applications, which are likely to end up in the court on appeal. Te Arai Beach Preservation Society spokesperson Chris Wild says the process would have been significantly better for all concerned had Council dealt with the development in a holistic way, rather than the piecemeal approach it has adopted which is likely to result in the society having to make several appearances in the court. Submissions on the Tara Iti Management resource consent close on July 16. The court’s decision on whether to accept the direct referral is still pending.

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Matakana welcomes Ascension sale

Matakana’s iconic winery and entertainment centre, Ascension Wine Estate, has sold pending an October 18 settlement date. Details of the sale and the new Auckland owner remain confidential, but Andrew McKay of receivers Corporate Finance says that the purchaser is intending to operate the business in its current format and is looking to enhance and develop further opportunities. Tourism and business operators in the area have welcomed the news. Former Matakana Winegrowers president and long-time wine grower, Robin Ransom, describes the sale as “excellent”. “It was a shock that such a high-profile business could find itself in this bother, in such an unexpected way,” he says. details, but I hope we’ll see the business On a personal level, Darryl says he “Ascension has done an enormous job continue to develop the conference, and wife Bridget have employment in raising the profile of the area, just wedding and small events programme at Ascension until settlement, if they simply by the sheer numbers of people which bring a lot to the area and wish. Whether they remain in the district who’ve visited the place. I congratulate provide regular employment.” owners Darryl and Bridget Soljan on Darryl says the sale came as the result will depend on where they eventually the sale, and wish them well for their of some work done prior to the find jobs. future.” business being placed in receivership. “Bridget is in the final stages for a Matakana Coast Wine Country “The deal is much better than we had banking position at Whangaparaoa president Kieran Rice says events expected – especially after some less and I am applying for mid-level organised at Ascension have had a than accurate reporting in the NZ management positions.” positive impact on tourism in the area, Herald,” he says. “We expect to be able Current Matakana Winegrowers particularly accommodation and food to walk away with all creditors paid president Ben Dugdale says the quick providers. and maybe a little something left in purchase agreement was positive for the “The sale is a good outcome for Darryl our pocket. It is an awesome result for area and its viticultural, winemaking and hospitality industries. and Bridget, and it’s good to hear that all concerned.” the owners are going to continue to The business will continue to book “It shows there is a demand for brands operate the business as a destination. functions for both the pre- and post- and businesses north of the Harbour “We’re still a bit in the dark about the settlement periods. Bridge,” he said.


Winter creation Frosty the Snowman’s little brother Harry the Hailman appeared in Warkworth’s Argyll Angle during last month’s icy storms. Nice to see local business people discovering their inner child.

Missing gumboots The weather gods were not kind when Prime Minister John Key visited Springboard this month. It hosed down. Fortunately, the hosts had organised gumboots for the PM — but not for Rodney MP Mark Mitchell, who was showing his boss around. “At least I found out where I am on the pecking order,” the MP harrumphed.

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Programmes for youth and families run by the Springboard Trust, based at Snells Beach, will benefit from a charity auction on June 22, which raised $50,000. A capacity crowd attended the event Ginger Café in Warkworth, was one of at Ascension Wine Estate, which last the big ticket items, fetching $5000. year raised $30,000. “The people who won the bid last year Springboard event organiser Stephanie were so impressed by Andy’s dinner that Lane said the generosity of local they were determined to secure him for a second year. It was very exciting.” businesses was overwhelming. “I wouldn’t like to thank any one Entertainment during the evening person or business in particular because included performances by Ladi6 everything that was donated was and a former Springboard student, appreciated,” she said. “In these tough Bronwyne Clayden. economic times, it was heartening to A special grant of $2000 was handed receive this level of support.” over to Snells Beach boxer Niki Arnold The offer of a dinner for 10, cooked at who is heading overseas this month to the home of the highest bidder by chef compete in tournaments in Eastern Andy Tomkins, the former owner of Europe.

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the group is working to restore the harbour’s health and productivity, and sees integrated management as critical. “Soil ecosystems play a vital role in supporting our economic productivity,” Leane says. “We also recognise that soil and nutrient loss to our waterways and harbour is of significant concern. Linking the two in a manner that will give the harbour a future is the challenge.” The two workshops will be held at Muriwai Valley Farms, in Ahuroa, on July 5 and at Aoroa Farms, in Dargaville, on July 8. Key topics will include soil organisms, soil carbon and the Emissions Trading Scheme, visual soil assessments and slaking tests, and transitioning to biological soil management. Info: or Leane Makey on lmakey@slingshot. or 021 818 102.

Call to restore coastal areas around the Hauraki Gulf Developers of coastal lands around the Hauraki Gulf should be encouraged to include environmental restoration plans in their projects. That was the view expressed by Environmental Defence Society senior policy analyst Raewyn Peart at a Mid-North Forest & Bird lecture in Warkworth last month. Ms Peart said that policy documents were increasingly taking a much stronger approach to restoration and rehabilitation, and this needed to be encouraged whenever degraded land was being developed. “We need a more focussed and united approach to managing the gulf,” she said. “While it is still a place of great beauty and diversity, it is only a shadow of what it was just two lifetimes

ago. Restoration must be our focus because keeping it at its current degraded state is not good enough. Productivity underpins all that we value about the gulf so if we restore it, everyone benefits.” Outlining some of the legislative tools designed to improve the state of the gulf, Ms Peart cited the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park Act, the Resource Management Act and the NZ Coastal Policy Statement. “There aren’t many areas of high outstanding natural character left in the Auckland area so we need to protect them. “It’s interesting that the draft Auckland Unitary Plan identified very few of these areas. For instance, Tiritiri Matangi and Pakiri Beach, which I would argue have high natural character, are not on the Unitary Plan map. The implication is that, as a result, they won’t be

protected to the level you might expect.” The next speaker in the Forest & Bird winter lecture series will be marine biologist Dr Roger Grace who’ll address the subject of why we need no-take zones – a future network of marine reserves for the Hauraki Gulf. The meeting will be held at Totara Park Village Hall, Melwood Drive on July 18, starting at 7.30pm.

Book giveaway Mahurangi Matters has a copy of Raewyn Peart’s Treasuring Our Biodiversity to give away. Just write your name and daytime phone number on the back of an envelope and post to: Biodiversity Competition, Mahurangi Matters PO Box 701 Warkworth. Alternatively, enter by sending us a private message marked ‘Biodiversity’ on our Facebook page (www. Closes on July 12.

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How to save the world Using a speed-dating rapid-fire format, some of New Zealand’s leading environmental non-governmental organisations recently met with Labour MPs and presented their aspirations for a better world. Greenpeace, Forest & Bird, the Tree Council, Generation Zero, Project Jonah, Safe (Save Animals from Exploitation), the Peace Foundation, Maui’s & Hector’s Dolphins Education/Action, NZ Shark Alliance, Sea Shepherd, Kasm (Kiwis Against Seabed Mining) and many more, met with Labour MPs Maryan Street, Moana Mackey, Phil Twyford and David Cunliffe. Strong concerns were expressed, including concerns about nuclear conflict (nine countries still have about 17,000 nuclear weapons with the potential to wipe out life on Earth); climate change; and the power of Big Food (Monsanto etc), Big Oil (deep sea drilling) and Big Mining (across New Zealand and our coasts), especially in the face of a potential Trans Pacific Partnership and the stripping of the RMA. We heard about the threats from genetically modified organisms, and what great opportunities there are for a GE-Free brand from New Zealand, especially given our distance from potential cross-pollination or gene transfer. Our attention was also drawn to the plight of our animals — sharks wantonly wasted for their fins, Maui’s & Hector’s dolphins killed as by-catch, whales slaughtered — as well as how we treat those not endangered, such as chickens and pigs in factory farms. The meeting discussed how we can and must transition away from fossil fuels and heard from groups enabling that transition, such as Cycle Action Auckland, Walk Auckland and the Skypath project to get walking and cycling across the Harbour Bridge. Walking is the first thing we do, and the last thing we give up, and cycling is the most cost-effective transport infrastructure we have but receives the least funding. Yet cycling is up 22 percent across the region with a 12 percent increase month upon month across 60 monitoring stations. All present were passionate, and determined not to give up. A strong message was that resilience and sustainability lie in our own hands as consumers, and in age-old wisdom such as kaitiakitanga and “nana-technologies” — the things our Nanas used to do. Despite the challenges facing our planet, there is hope.

New candidate for Rodney Local Board A new candidate has announced his intention to run for the Rodney Local Board in the Auckland Council elections this October. Greg Sayers, who is currently on the Hibiscus & Bays Local Board, will also contest one of the three seats available in the Warkworth subdivision. Mr Sayers says his main focus is on securing an investor for the Whangaparaoa toll bridge project known as Penlink, and continuing to lobby the Government and Council to allow the same investors to enter a public private partnership for the Puhoi to Wellsford motorway. Meanwhile, ratepayers with more than one property are being reminded that they are entitled to more than one vote in the October elections. If you are registered to vote in one Council ward but also pay rates on a property in another ward then you are eligible to go onto the Non-Resident Ratepayer Roll and vote for local board members in both areas. Enrolment for the Non-Resident Ratepayer Roll closes on August 16. Enrolment forms can be obtained from Council offices, by calling Electoral Services on 0800 922822 or downloaded from


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At the end of the construction season last month, Alistair Mason stepped aside from a company he started 40 years ago with “some shovels and picks, a concrete mixer and a ute”. Masons, alongside Wharehine and Rhodes for Roads, has dominated the local construction scene for decades. With his 67th birthday approaching and some body parts starting to show signs of wear and tear, Alistair feels it’s time to go fishing, travel with wife Judy and enjoy his collection of Chevrolet Bel Airs. But the frustrations of dealing with bureaucracy and red tape, particularly in the Auckland supercity, are also a factor, as he explains to Jannette Thompson. The Supercity has been an absolute bloody disaster for us. None of the work that we used to do even gets offered to local contractors now. It’s all handled by the two big firms – Fulton Hogan and Downers who have areawide maintenance contracts. At the moment they’re doing a contract at Kaipara Flats which, under the previous Rodney council, we would have at least been given a chance to tender. You don’t expect to be given the job but it frustrates the hell out of me that we don’t get the opportunity to put in a bid. The trouble with what’s happening is that there is absolutely no recognition of what companies like mine, and Wharehine and Rhodes too, have done for our communities over the years. It counts for nothing. I’ve sponsored everything in the Kaipara Village at one time or another – the school, the childcare, the hall, the sports club – you name it, we’ve sponsored it. In fact, if you look around the whole area, we’ve really tried to spread our support around, from schools, sports clubs and hospice to Carols by Candlelight and the Kowhai Festival. It really rankles the way local contractors are being treated. It’s the bureaucrats running Council, not the elected representatives. What’s also really annoying is that these big outfits are bringing in subcontractors from outside the area to pick up the overflow. Council says it’s cheaper but we dispute that. The truth is it’s just easier for them. They’re just too bloody lazy to put together tenders to give locals a chance. Council work used to make up a big chunk of our business, but since the amalgamation we’ve only done one small job on a contaminated site. From about 2000 to 2008, we had a construction crew of more than 50. Now we’re down to about 24. That’s not just Council, of course. The last five years have been pretty grim because of a general downturn in the construction industry. We used to budget annually for sponsorship of about $40,000 but we just can’t do it anymore. If you haven’t got the

work, you haven’t got the turnover or the profit to make it possible. Other contractors are in the same position – we’re all now competing against one another for the same small pie. The out-of-town firms come here to make a quick buck, don’t employ locals and don’t spend one penny to support the community. The money is just siphoned off. This is something people don’t think about when giving work to out-of-towners. I had a real passion for business when I started and even though I was often working 12- to 14-hour days, seven days a week, I loved it. We’re now getting bogged down in so much red tape; it’s taking all the fun out of it. We recently did a small $20,000 trucking job that only took a couple of days, but the contract was 68 pages. There’s a reason for rules and we take our health and safety obligations very seriously, but it’s over the top. We’re getting industries built inside the industry by people who are just trying to keep themselves in a job, particularly in health and safety and traffic control. Apart from six years in Australia, I’ve spent my whole life in this district. We had a dairy farm at Kaipara Flats and I attended Warkworth District High School, played prop for the first XV and represented Rodney in hockey. I worked on the family farm when I left school then got a job with ‘Bubs’ Major, of Kaipara Transport, carting everything from stock to posts and manure. It was all hand loaded so it kept us fit. I had a great time in Australia – it was a bit like my OE. I worked as a barman, in the mines and drove trucks, and for three years, was a partner in a small contracting business on the Sunshine Coast, specialising in site development with a lot of drainage and concrete work. It was a good business and doing well, but I missed home so decided to return to NZ. I drove for Hood brothers for a while and then a friend wanted some building

foundations done. That was more or less the start of the business. In those days, builders did everything themselves but, in Australia, sub-contracting was the big thing. No-one here was specialising in footings and floors and concrete drives. The builders were quite happy to let someone else do it because it’s bloody hard work. I ended up hiring a guy to give me a hand, then I bought a backhoe and it just sort of grew. The concrete division was sold to Denis Sullivan in 1989 and the timber supplies to Firth Industries, now TimberWorld, in 1987, so we could concentrate on contracting and waste operations. Ian Ward and I formed Transcon, in 1991, and took over Warkworth Transport. I left that two years later and went back to core construction and waste work. The waste division was sold to Northland Waste in 2009. Everything I’ve done has been selftaught. I’ve had the odd costly mistake and there’ve been plenty of sleepless nights when we’ve been close to going under, especially in the days when we were paying 20 percent-plus interest on machines. But I’ve been lucky to have great staff – they’re you’re biggest bugbear and your biggest asset. An employer today has to be everything from a marriage guidance counsellor to a financial advisor and mother confessor! Leaving the company is a lot easier knowing that it is in the good hands of existing staff led by Lance O’Callaghan. I’ll continue to do the container side of the business. When we moved more into contracting I was really grateful to have Brian Dodd,

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Auckland Council agrees to fast-track new motorway Auckland Council has given the Government the thumbs-up to fast-track the new Puhoi to Wellsford motorway, despite having some misgivings about the project. Cr Penny Webster admits she was concerned she might not be able to be able to convince enough councillors to deem the project a proposal of “national significance”. This means it can be fast-tracked through the Environmental Protection Authority, instead of going through the normal Council consent processes, and then the Environment Court. But in the end, just four out of 20 councillors voted against the proposal on June 20: Sandra Coney, Mike Lee, Richard Northey and Wayne Walker. Traffic backed up on the existing State Highway 1, north of Warkworth. Labour and the Greens oppose the Cr Penny Webster motorway, believing its benefits do The Government is determined to A Council report notes issues of not justify its expected cost of more make a start on it before next year’s public concern, such as access to What happens next: than $1 billion, and possibly even $2 general election. Puhoi, tourism between Puhoi and yy NZTA lodges an application with the Environmental Protection billion if the Warkworth to Wellsford However, comments on the Auckland Warkworth, potential risks for native Authority (EPA) frogs and snails, air quality and noise, stretch is included. Transport Blog have suggested that views, construction traffic, flooding, y y EPA makes a recommendation to “I think there was recognition that it’s it might not be that easy. “I don’t and the impacts on Warkworth and the Minister within 20 days. Either not about Auckland,” says Cr Webster. think that it will be a straightWellsford from bypasses. a board of inquiry is appointed to “We’ve been working on this for quite forward rubber stamping exercise for hear the proposal, or it is referred some time and I think people realised Puhoi-Warkworth to get consent,” “There is also widespread support to the Environment Court. it was important to get some certainty says Patrick Reynolds. “The sheer and opposition to the overall project of extending the Northern Motorway y y EPA notifies the proposal and calls into it.” environmental impact of the proposal and its promotion ahead of other for submissions. Both the Northland Regional Council is massive and it will fundamentally transport projects in the region and yy A decision must be made within and the mayor of Whangarei strongly alter the environment in a pretty the country,” it says. nine months. sensitive and previously fairly support the motorway, believing it will The Puhoi to Warkworth section yy Once a draft decision is made, untouched area – due to the rugged improve access to Northland, and to will involve more than 9 million there are 20 working days for Northport in particular. The Rodney terrain a motorway standard route will cubic metres of earthworks, stretch comments, prior to the issue of a Local Board has also described the be slammed through.” over 18km, and include numerous final decision. project as “pivotal” in delivering The blog is run by the Campaign for structures. “The proposal will therefore y y The High Court can hear appeals on its vision of increased economic Better Transport, an Auckland-based likely result in significant, irreversible on points of law only. transport advocacy group. development for eastern Mahurangi. changes to the environment,” it warns.

Council backdown sees tank water users given meter option Watercare Services has backed down on the issue of wastewater charges for households on tank water and will explain details of a new option at a public meeting in Warkworth on July 16. Protests by tank water users forced Watercare to agree to offer customers the option of installing meters on tanks. It estimates the meters will cost between $450 and $650, plus a Watercare fee of $50. Under the system, a household will pay for the amount of wastewater they discharge plus a lesser fixed charge, rather than a set higher fixed charge. Customers who don’t have a metered water supply, but who are connected to the wastewater network,

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will pay a fixed charge of $582 this financial year, based on the average use of a two-person household. Customers who have water meters will be charged a fixed rate of $190 plus a volumetric charge per water meter of $2.281 per 1000 litres. The new system is expected to benefit low water users but Watercare’s chief infrastructure officer, Graham Wood, says rainwater tank households of more than two people will probably be better off paying the fixed charge. Wastewater volume is generally calculated at 78.5 percent of the water volume, as measured by the water meter.

Meanwhile, Infrastructure Growth Charges (which are applied to new developments connecting to Watercare’s networks or to existing properties that are being developed and increasing demand on the network) for this financial year are $7728 for Omaha /Matakana/Point Wells (wastewater only); $14,122 for Warkworth; $25,070 for Snells Beach; and $18,722 for Wellsford. The public meeting on tank water meters will be held at the Auckland Council Service Centre, in Baxter Street, Warkworth, starting at 11am. Info:


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Viewpoint with Penny Webster, Rodney Councillor, Auckland Council

A good time to look back & forwards June was an interesting month and several momentous occasions, both personal and professional, have helped me look forward and to the past. My husband’s family has had a reunion this month and we celebrated the birth of our fifteenth grandchild. On a Council note, the unitary plan carries on apace and we gallop to the end of the first three years of the Auckland Council. Several legacy Rodney District Council projects came to fruition, notably the Wellsford Library and the joint venture in the Araparera Forest. For the forest, a targeted rate which finished on June 30 helped fund the project and the profits will be spent on sealing roads in the northern part of Rodney over and above the annual budget. Together with the Local Board, we will make sure Auckland Transport gets the best bang for our bucks. The Wellsford Library and the sports grounds were funded by the ratepayers through their rates. History is fascinating and if we look back to the 80s — in other words, about 30 years ago — we can see why the new Auckland Council wants to plan carefully for the next 30. I well remember when we moved to Hoteo farm we lived on SH16 and it was a gravel road from south of us over Cleaseby Hill to Wellsford. We had windup phones and party lines. This was in the early 90s. It was not that long ago. For example, the road to Tapora and Matakana Valley Road was gravel, as was Waiteitei Road, which joins the Mangawhai road from Wayby Valley Road. Tomarata was in either mud or dust, depending on the season. Joining Auckland was a hard call to make and many of us were sceptical that it would work. At times the metro focus plus the public transport focus has been hard to swallow but we are slowly winning. This year’s budget, set by the Mayor under the Auckland legislation, has seen money for the Warkworth Town Hall and a budget for roading improvements, with more to come. Even smaller issues such as the events and community requirements are starting to be streamlined to reflect the unique nature of Rodney’s requirements. A form for holding events that was 20 pages last year has been reduced to two pages. Moving forward, we do need to plan for our future. We have had some gains and we need more. If we are going to manage growth, we all need to be involved. It is that fifteenth grandchild who will live here in 2043 that we need to plan for.

Museum helpers (from left) Ian Ferguson, Alan Britten and Ken Brangwynne.

New equipment for museum The Warkworth Museum has taken delivery of a new 16-tonne press, a 3-tonne engine crane and a new set of welding gas bottles. The first job for those in the workshop and Warkworth firms Repco and MS was to lift the heavy 1901 Scottish Engineering. built Allan “continuous lamp ” oil All of the restored machines are engine onto the new trailer that they displayed in the Big Shed at the had built for it. museum. Visitors can request that the The purchase of these much-needed shed be opened to view if it is closed. pieces of equipment was made The workshop is open on Wednesdays possible by a grant from Pub Charities and visitors are welcome.

Briefs Auction success The Matakana School raised $25,000 at its auction last month. Principal Darrel Gossen says the money will go towards a new senior adventure playground.

Museum booked Warkworth Museum will hold a book sale in the Old Masonic Hall, in Baxter Street, on Friday and Saturday, July 5 and 6. A huge selection of books, magazines, DVDs and jigsaws will be on sale, with children’s books selling for as little as 50 cents. Money raised will go towards the museum’s day-to-day running costs.

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Whangateau plan inches forward

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It was a return to the 1940s for the Wellsford/Warkworth Vintage Car Club as they enjoyed their annual mid-year dinner. Flags and posters adorned the clubrooms, transforming it into the war-time look of shortages and make-do. Members, dressed in the fashion of the day, were issued with ration books on arrival. No ration book, no dinner, was the catchcry. Ration The sounds of aeroplanes flying overhead and books were also used for the purchase of sweets. bombs exploding close by filled the room. Several Sackcloth table runners, candles and pre-dinner snacks minutes later and the “All Clear” sounded, enabling diners to finish their meal. of diced tinned Spam covered the tables. Background music from the ’40s came from a wind- Later the clubrooms were filled with a rousing singup gramophone spilling the tunes of old 78rpm along of war time songs including “Don’t sit under the apple tree” and “Knees up Mother Brown”, records. Corned beef and vegetables were served for dinner backed by the club’s newly acquired piano. followed by golden syrup steamed pudding. Dinner The war-time memorabilia on display, including an was interrupted by the wail of air raid sirens and the army pay book and original newspapers, reminded us all of what life for many was like in the 1940s. room was plunged into darkness.

A simple plan hatched six years ago to put a walking bridge over Youngs Creek, between Birdsall and Ashton Roads at Whangateau, may finally be on the home straight. The Rodney Local Board hopes to put some of the harvesting proceeds from the Ti Point forest towards the cost of installing the bridge. Other projects that could benefit from the forest money include the Matakana walkway bridge and a planting programme in the Whangateau catchment. Whangateau Residents and Ratepayers Association chair Hugh McKergow says Council already holds $20,000 in trust for the bridge project, allocated by the former Auckland Regional Council and Rodney District Council. Additionally, the Knag Family Trust has pledged $4000 and private donations have raised a further $3000. There have also been offers of assistance from local contractors. Hugh estimates it will take another $20,000 to see the bridge in place. The 16m wooden structure, similar to the bridge at Matheson Bay, will replace an older bridge that collapsed many years ago. An issue that caused delay was the fact that the original causeway, which had probably been on the map since the late 1800s, was deemed illegal. “It took about a year to sort that out and involved the area being re-surveyed,” Hugh says. In anticipation of the bridge, the community has already planted 400 trees on the causeway, with more planting planned. Rodney Local Board member Steven Garner says he believes that money has been set aside to complete the project this financial year, independent of the allocation from the Ti Point forest. “Should funds become available from the forest for the bridge this would simply allow us to complete another project,” he said.

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Official opening of Wellsford War More than 2500 people dropped into Wellsford’s new library in its first week and the official opening on June 22 proved a huge success. Rodney Local Board Chairman Bob Howard and Councillor Penny Webster invited the library’s longest serving volunteer Phil Goodman and a young library member, Lincoln Clapham, to help them unveil the opening plaque, and the weather was mostly fine. The opening ceremony was followed by a community concert featuring local singers, dancers and musicians, and special guest Ladi6. Groups from the wider Wellsford community had stalls, activities and demonstrations, while the Rodney Local Board provided a free sausage sizzle and hot soup. Auckland Council’s manager of libraries and information, Allison Dobbie, says the number of people through the doors was double the normal amount in the old library, and a record 60 children attended the weekly story time session. The week started with a dawn blessing of the new building on June 17. The library’s official name is Wellsford War Memorial Library, Te Whare Pukapuka o Wakapirau He Tohu Whakamaharatanga Ki Nga Pakanga.

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Women urged to donate clothes and shoes Warkworth retailer Dorothy Goudie is inviting women in the Mahurangi area to get behind a charity that helps women in need return to the workforce. For the past 10 years, Dorothy has been supporting Dress For Success with donations of clothes from her shop and items donated by customers. This month, she is extending the invitation to all women in the area to become involved. “At the moment, there’s a desperate need for work-style clothes in sizes 16 to 30, as well as larger-sized shoes,” she says. “Anyone who can help can drop them into my Neville Street store where they will be boxed and couriered to Auckland.” The charity has assisted more than 10,000 women since it started in 1999. “They’re helping more than 1600 women a year, but would like to double that figure.” Dorothy says that she remembers how stressful it was to rejoin the workforce after having children. Good clothes can help boost a woman’s confidence. Dress For Success not only offers women appropriate work clothes for an interview, but also provides them with grooming and deportment tips, career advice and mentoring. Dorothy says she would welcome enquiries from local women who would like to access the service. Info: RIGHT: Dorothy Goudie has sent hundreds of outfits to Dress for Success over the past decade.





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More than 40 people who help run museums in the Mahurangi region got together at Heritage Kaikohe recently, to share their experiences. The meeting, organised by the Museum cluster and the group is seen Northland Museums Association as a leader among museum groups in (NMA), included a guest speaker on this country. Members came to the the topic of governance. Governance meeting from as far south as Silverdale consultant Lesley Moffat talked about and Kaitaia in the north. the differences between management Many members are from small and governance and she also organisations that are manned by discussed conflicts of interest within volunteers and NMA provides organisations or businesses. support and help for members and Roy Clare, director of the Auckland a forum to share knowledge. It also War Memorial Museum, also shared provides Museum Aotearoa and Te some of his previous experiences Papa Museum with a group so they and his vision for the museum. His can share best museum practice, ethics leadership qualities were apparent to and standards that will ultimately those present and his love for museums preserve our heritage for future and preservation for the future came generations. NMA is chaired by John through strongly. Bull from Mangawhai and The Kauri There are 28 organisations and seven Museum at Matakohe looks after its individual members in the Northland administration.



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Family history wins another award Warkworth Scouts star in video Researching his family’s history has again proven rewarding for Snells Beach man Bryan Jackson. The NZ Society of Genealogists has given him the Kevin McAnulty Award for 2012 for his history of his mother’s family, the Jardens. The award is decided annually for a published family history donated to the Family Research Centre Library, and Bryan also won it in 2010, for his history of his wife’s great-grandfather. The keen genealogist travelled around New Zealand to research his latest history, and also went to Northern Ireland. One of the major problems he struck in his research was the different spellings of the surname Jarden in the nineteenth century, which included six variations. Bryan discovered that Alexander Jardine was born in Lurgan in Northern Ireland in 1832. After marrying in 1858, he and his wife Catherine emigrated to Christchurch in 1862 on the Zealandia. They arrived with a nine-month-old daughter but left their threeyear-old son in Lurgan. In Christchurch they had two more boys but Alexander, while delivering ale to the Courtney Hotel near Kaiapoi, slipped into the Waimakariri River and drowned. The Jardens were instrumental in helping to develop trotting in Christchurch with the highlight being Ben Jarden winning the NZ Trotting Cup in 1918. Ben’s son, Ron Jarden, went on to become an All Bryan Jackson is keen to share his love of genealogy Black in 1956. with others. The judges commented that the book was well presented “with the author’s attention to detail for the Family History Fair, organised by the NZ evident”. The illustrations were “excellent” and the Society of Genealogists and sponsored by Ancestory. book had comprehensive family details “and has The fair, at the Vodafone Events Centre in Manukau, will include exhibits, resources and one-on-one help everything needed for a family history”. Bryan urges anyone interested in finding out for beginners. Seminars, online databases, and trade about their family history to join the Warkworth exhibitors will also be available. Genealogy Society. The group meets monthly and A bus will leave Warkworth at 8.30am and leave its members are happy to help people to discover Auckland at 4.30pm, at a cost of $20. their family background. Info: Cheryl 425 9945 or Bryan 425 9094, or On August 3, the society is travelling to Auckland


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A nationwide programme called Safe2Skoot that will be launched towards the end of this year promotes safety for students travelling to and from school by scooter. According to Safekids NZ (the injury prevention arm of Starship Children’s Health) the rise in popularity of the sport has been coupled with a sharp increase in scooter-related injuries. Data from ACC claims shows that scooter-related injuries have doubled every year since 2008 — from less than 700 claims that year to almost 6500 in 2012. Many of these injuries were severe enough to land children in hospital. The injuries are similar to cycling injuries, such as falls and collisions resulting in head and facial injuries and fractures to the arm and wrist. Safekids NZ director Ann Weaver says that the most serious cases are traumatic brain injuries that may result in years of treatment, life-long disability and even death. A large proportion of scooter-related injuries involve “dart and dash” cases, where children fail to stop or Jetstar Captain Richard Falkner, Safekids NZ slow down before attempting to cross the road. Safety on scooters director Ann Weaver and Jetstar ambassador Steve Ms Weaver says this is linked to children’s Price with children from Vauxhall Primary School in yy Wear correctly fitting helmets that meet an approved safety standard development, which affects their ability to make safe Auckland promoting scooter safety. decisions around roads. yy Ride on the footpath, and watch out for driveways “Compared to an adult, children’s senses are not “Helmets are effective in reducing face, head and yy Give way to pedestrians fully developed. Their peripheral vision and hearing traumatic brain injuries to children cycling and yy Cross roads safely on foot, at pedestrian crossings is limited, which can lead to them missing critical scootering. While helmets are mandatory by law when yy Wear elbow and knee pads cues of danger and increasing their risk of a road cycling, unfortunately scooter riders are not required to use one. Our advice is that children should always wear Information packs containing promotional material traffic injury,” she says. and a template to assist implementation of a “no She says the Safe2Skoot programme, which is run a helmet when riding a scooter,” Ms Weaver says. in partnership with Jetstar, is designed to help keep Safekids is also asking drivers to take responsibility helmet, no scooter” rule will be delivered to schools. children safe in the absence of helmet regulation. by watching out for children on scooters. Info:


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Special room planned for Wellsford’s autistic pupils

Wellsford School is hoping to raise $5000 to create a sensory classroom for autistic students. The school has four students with the disorder and eight others with similar traits. Teacher Phil Hancock says the children rely on their senses and see the world through different eyes. “Their senses are extremely sensitive something, what they need to get and so they might find loud noises very what they’re going to do with it.” hard. They may enjoy things with Mr Hancock and principal Dave texture and taste. They could appear Bradley have plans to upgrade the insular and disconnected, as if they are school’s special needs dedicated room in their own world, and may find it to provide a better environment. hard to join in with routine.” “We’re planning to put a petition wall The school is allotted around $65 up to split the room into two. One area per term for each child, which covers will be a sensory room painted black. the cost of resources such as cooking It will include textured cushions, ingredients and art supplies. Those at beanbags and a range of projected the high end of the autistic spectrum equipment – laser disco lights, lava receive a full-time teacher aid. lamps, fibre optics and UV lights. It Mr Hancock says distractions in class will be a place to connect with what’s like excessive noise or bright lights, in the world that’s of great importance can cause the children to have a to them.” “meltdown”. The other half of the room will be set “They might be sitting on the mat up as a special needs activity area, with listening to the teacher and something swiss balls, scooter boards and mini triggers a sensory overload. We tramps. encourage them to leave, or some selfThe school is hoping a builder or regulate. They go to a safe place in the organisation may be willing to lend a room — the reading or maths corner hand in return for naming rights. — to relax.” The episodes can occur Karen Aldworth (left), Phil Hancock and Moana Mataroa with some of the “Wellsford School is stepping out of the several times each day. children who are looking forward to the new classroom. square to provide something for special The children are provided with a pools, which was about being part of level of independence. It may be as needs students that wouldn’t normally range of art and movement-based society and enjoying the warmth and simple as recognising feelings when be provided,” Mr Hancock says. activities that allow them to connect sensation of the water. people are sad or happy, or what’s “We hope it creates momentum for to their senses. They are taken on regular trips into the community, to For an autistic child, learning is not involved in a routine. “Recapping is the Ministry to realise that it’s an area the library or to do shopping. A group necessarily academic, Mr Hancock says. part of the process so they can go into with needs beyond regular term-byrecently attended the Te Hana hot “It’s gearing them up so they have a a shop and recognise why they’re doing term and teacher aid funding.”

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

Northland 0800 55 66 00



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

20 Glenmore Drive, Warkworth (09) 425 8678 • 0800 809 010

Composite Joinery Ltd 7 Glenmore Drive Warkworth 0941


Domestic / Commercial Glazing Glass Showers • Splash Backs Mirrors • Cat Doors Windscreen Replacement and Chip Repair


027 490 4564



arkworth instone lass & lazing


0800 70 40 10 •

Phone: 09 425 7510 Fax: 09 422 2011

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

Snells Beach


 425 5355

1 Hamatana Road - Snells Beach



EDMONDS & MASON PANEL & PAINT Private & All Insurance Work

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


Focus Fencing Farm & Domestic Fencing  Post & Rail Post Driving  Cattle Yards  Retaining Walls  Wooden Farm Gates & Hardware  

Contact Jeff mobile 021 996 713 a/hrs 09 423 7310

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


Trellis & Fencing Fences - Gates - Screens Pergola - Timber

Phone Bob Moir 422 9550 or 0274 820 336 Email:


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

Snells Beach • Warkworth • Orewa

• Custom made • Quality material • Quality workmanship

Also see Lance for your supply of Native and Landscaping plants

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

CARPENTER-JOINER • Terraces • Alterations • New Housing

• Renovations • Maintenance • Small jobs a specialty


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


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

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


Phone: 027 4771 583 email: 152M

Phone 09 425 5491 • Mobile 027 275 1172


Do you need a reliable, honest local tradesperson?



We’ll find the right tradesperson for those jobs around your home and property. We’re local like you – from Puhoi to Mangawhai.


Contact Linda Robinson p e

09 422 9860

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027 526 1146


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


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

New • ReRoofs • Cladding Specialists

NATHAN HOUSTON Ph: 09 422 2131

Mob: 021 220 5000

470 KAiPArA FlATS rOAd, WArKWOrTH126

Covering Rodney in Long-Run Iron Local Quality Guaranteed

Matt Tickle Licensed LBP Mobile: 021356965 Home: 09 425 6311 Email:

Servicing Auckland - Rodney - Kaipara

Metroscaff Limited

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

PHONE 0800 622 7929

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

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

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

CONTRACTORS Footings Hole Boring Landscaping

3.5T Digger 5T Truck

43 years experience

Dams ● Winching ● Bulldozing ● Driveways House Sites ● Landscaping ● Earthmoving ● Sub Divisions

Tiling & Waterproofing


Bricks • Blocks • Paving

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

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

• Truck Hire • Metal Supplies • Bulk Cartage

Owner/Driver: Ray

Bob Waata Mobile 021 634 484



Enviro Friendly Products available

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

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

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




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

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


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

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


The Tree

Tree Care

Bears Tree Trimmers

Hedge TRIMMING • tree removal insured - 300mm chipper • free quotes General Tree Work Phone mark 021 492 939 AH 09 425 0252

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

0800 276 7726

Call A Farmer Fast, reliable, hassle-Free service

HigH quality • Fair prices

phone 09 423 7585

Beauty Therapy & Nail Creations for head to toe pampering

Alison Wech

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

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

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

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


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

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

Kurt Salmond 0800 FIXMY JUNGLE 021 831 938




Decks Ph. (09) 422 6036 Fences Mob. 021 045 0132 General repairs Clean ups All things considered

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

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

Landscape Industries Association of New Zealand Inc.

For all your property maintenance and small building projects

General repairs covering a wide range of jobs around the house including decks and fences

TOTAL LANDSCAPE CONSTRUCTION for complete quality projects

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

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

Phone Bruce 425 7766 a/h •

I take the hard work out of Landscaping

Martin Greenleaf

D.Ac., Bac.Ac., Acupuncturist Member of NZ Register of Acupuncturists

Registered ACC Referral Provider

Over 30 years experience

Babies/children: Colic, eczema, asthma, insomnia etc. Adults: Neck/back pain, headaches, menstrual disorders, stress, tension, fatique

Lavender House

27 Lilburn Street, Warkworth 09 422 3729 or 09 480 2255

Good food that’s Gluten Free

18b Glenmore Drive, Warkworth 425 9593 •

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WARKWORTH FURNITURE WHOLESALERS Custom lounge Suites made to order Open: Tuesday-Saturday 29 Glenmore Drive, Warkworth 0910 Tel: 09 425 8096 Mob: 021 179 1830

Worlds No.1 Selling Bed – Best Prices


OUTDOOR FURNITURE Tables to order Chairs • Swingseats Benches • Umbrellas NZ made – quality built to last

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

23B Foundry Rd, Silverdale • 09 426 2979



25 Hibiscus Coast Highway, Silverdale (next to BP) Ph: 09 426 9660 • em:

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

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



Emergency Flood Service Technical Experience 12 years Fully qualified and certified

Call FREE 0800 022 101 Mobile 021 456 429 Email:

Certified Member of the Carpet Cleaning Association of NZ

• Offices • Staff facilities • Churches • Halls • One off moving clean • Builders clean Debby Stankovich Ph/Fax: 09 425 6844 • 021 050 8752

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

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

Pump & Filtration Services (2007) Ltd

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:

WATER PUMPS New Pump Sales Service Installation

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

Phone/Fax 425-5619 Mobile 0800 733 765



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

0800 PURE WATER “If you don’t have a lter you are the lter”

Call Steve today 09 945 2282 he’s your local


Mark Sim 021 102 4561


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



Mangawhai: Phil Lathrope 431 4608 | 021 642 668

Warkworth: Phone John or Annette Carr p: 09 425 7477 | m: 027 240 7791 | f: 09 425 7483 email:

H2O PUMPS Water Treatment

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

Pumping Systems

Owen Ward

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

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






09 422 7618


027 494 5499

Available from:

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

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

Phone: 09 431 5078 Mobile: 0274 856 098 Email:

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

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

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



Household Water Deliveries

David and Pat Little P. 09 425 8143 E. 15 Coquette Street,Warkworth 0910

0800 747 928 mobile: 027 556 6111


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

Installation & Repairs

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




0800 638 254 OR 09 422 3700

BICYCLE MECHANIC Shimano approved Fully equipped workshop Road Bikes Mountain Bikes Full Suspension BMX Bikes Parts & Accessories

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Digital Freeview Satellite

Matakana Bicycle Hire | 09 423 0076 951 Matakana Road, Matakana


PHONE 09 425 5597



Rodney - North Shore



For wintering pads, calf sheds, stables, best products.

09 422 2615

CALL NOW 0800 497 777

0800 022 884




Phone Cathy or Shona 425 9068 or email your advert to *for a three insertion contract

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





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

2 BEDROOMS in fully furnished house, near hospital/ school. Suit nurse, teacher/working person $210 double, $225 queen. Water & power included. Blue Gum Dr, Warkworth 425 8399,

Work from home opportunity with unlimited income potential. Reputable company. 18 years to retirement age. CREATE A BETTER LIFE NOW!


CENTENNIAL HALL Capacity 200, reasonable rates. Ph Kathy on 422 0891 or email

WARKWORTH 3 bdrm, $375 p/w, avail from 29th June. Ph 021 937 794.

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CLASSIFIED ADVERTISING FOR SALE FIREWOOD Dry, shed stored, delivered. Phone 021 216 5856.

FREE Singer Treadle Sewing Machine. Manual available as PDF file. Phone 09 422 6366. MOSIAC SUPPLIES/GIFTS Warkworth Floor & Wall Tiles, 2/2 Glenmore Dr, Warkworth, 425 9080. SHEEP MANURE 15kg bag only $10. FREE DELIVERY - Algies, Snells Beach, Warkworth, Matakana. Ph 425 5612.


SCENIC FLIGHTS 30 mins $55; 20

mins $40; Min. 3 passengers. Trial flights $79. Gift vouchers available. GREAT BARRIER FLIGHTS. Special stopover up to 4 hours. Return $110. Min. 3 passengers. One way flights $115 each. Min 2 passengers.


Min 3 passengers.

Rodney Aero Club 425 8735 or Rod Miller 425 5612

GARDENING / PLANTS BOBCAT to move mulch, soil, metal, section clearing, drill holes, driveway maintenance. Phone Paul 422 4933.


Hypnotherapy with Scope Hypnosis. Phone 0508 SCOPE ME (726 736) or email:



$5 OFF

One massage per person 18 years professional experience in local community, qualified with Diploma. Evelyn Schonewille Home Clinic / Mobile Massage, Dip Therapeutic Massage NZCM 09 425 6479 or 021 148 1779. THE HEALTH DETECTIVE IS NOW IN WARKWORTH With over 30yrs clinical wisdom in cutting edge, scientific natural medicine, using the most advanced systems to determine the causes of challenging health issues weightgain, IBS, chronic fatigue, eczema, allergies, candida etc., 2 hour in depth consultation $150. www. or 094223494 or 0212229612

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


SAYR VentilAtion & heAt pumpS Sales, Service & Installation FREE QUOTATIONS

CAll uS noW BeFoRe the RuSh StARtS 431 2025 • 021 762 352 HOME MAINTENANCE CLEANING SERVICE - Regular home cleaning, Spring cleans, moving cleans. Warkworth and around it. Phone Innesa 09 422 6125 . HANDYMAN – THE MAINTENANCE MAN Your one stop fix-it-man. Phone Jim 422 3725 or 021 254 2048 or visit HANDYMAN SERVICES All building work to odd jobs. Fast & efficient. Phone Graeme 021 775 943 LAWNMOWING & SECTION MAINTENANCE SERVICE Rubbish removal, weed control, water blasting, decks, drives, paths, fence painting & repairs, raised garden construction. Warkworth - Matakana & Beaches. Jeff is reliable and punctual. Phone 027 425 7357 or 425 7357. STEVE’S MAINTENANCE lawns, hedges, waterblasting, rubbish removal, section clearing, property maintenance. No job too big or small. Phone Steve 029 770 7101 or 09 425 9966. Serving Warkworth, Snells, Matakana, Sandspit. TANK WATER TESTING Find out what bad-bugs are in your drinking water. We collect, test and report. Phone Simon at 09 422 9345 or tankwater@ WATER FILTERS Underbench filters & whole house Ultra violet filters – Kill and remove ecoli/bacteria. FREE site visits. Ph Steve 09 945 2282 or visit WATER PUMPS Low water pressure? Get it sorted. Sales, service and installation. Work guaranteed. Phone Steve 09 945 2282 or www.

HORSERIDING / HORSEMANSHIP CHIANTI RIDING & CONNECTED HORSEMANSHIP Develop respect, trust & responsiveness simply & quickly. Individual lessons $80. Groups $40ea. Your horses or mine. ‘You may never approach horses in quite the same way again’ Horseriding along the Mahurangi River & Omaha beach on beautiful warmblood horses for experienced riders only 2hrs $125. Ph 094223494 or 0212229612


Do you have a rain tank or bore? If your home is connected to the public wastewater network – and your primary water supply is a rain tank or bore – you may be able to switch to fixed/volumetric wastewater charging. This means you will pay for the amount of wastewater you discharge into the network, based on the volume of water that flows through your water meter. Alternatively, you can continue to pay a fixed charge which stays the same no matter how much wastewater is discharged. Watercare staff will be available to answer your questions about switching to fixed/ volumetric wastewater charging on the following days: WHEN: 11am to 1pm, 16 July 2013. WHERE: Warkworth Service Centre, 1 Baxter St, Warkworth You can also find comprehensive information on our website. Go to and type “Rain Tank Water Meter” into the search field. For further information, phone (09) 442 2222.

MARKETS KAIWAKA MARKET 2nd Sunday in month. Inside the Kaiwaka Hall 10am1.30pm, 14 July. Ph 431 8717, markets@


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



Come and help us Shape the Future of Wellsford Where: Wellsford Community Centre Lounge When: Tuesday 9th July Time: 6.15pm - 8pm Who: Everyone Tea/Coffee & nibbles provided Proposed Agenda: 6.15: Mix and Mingle 6.45: White Board Brainstorming 7.15: Group Summary of ideas by experienced facilitator 7.45: Where to from here? Please RSVP for catering by 5th July to Cathy - txt 0211 255 764 or email:

Local people working for local people to improve local places



Come and join the fun, 1st Monday of month, Upstairs New Masonic Lodge, Baxter Street, Warkworth, 7pm. Proceeds to Warkworth Museum. GIANT BOOK SALE, old Masonic Hall, Baxter St, Warkworth, Friday, 5 July, 9am – 4pm; Sat, 6 July, 9am – 3pm. Bargains galore – books, puzzles, DVDs, magazines & children’s books. Stock up on your winter reading. Proceeds, Warkworth Museum. LANDOWNERS & CONTRACTORS PROTECTION ASSC. INC. AGM Wellsford Community Centre 18 July 7pm. Guest Speaker Ken Rintoul. All welcome. Ph(09) 422 1970


Work School Hours Cleaning nice family homes in Warkworth and surrounding areas. Must be available Thur, Fri, school hrs stress free. Car & good English essential Earn $18-35 per hour

Freephone 08 324 4558

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

Warkworth Town Centre Alcohol controls



Including Lucy Moore Park Pursuant to Rodney District Council General Bylaw 1998 Chapter 16 Liquor Ban, made under the provisions of Section 147 of the Local Government Act 2002, Auckland Council gives notice that it resolved to approve an alcohol ban for the Warkworth Town Centre and adjoining reserves on 12 June 2013. The ban will apply to the following streets and reserves between the hours of 5pm and 6am, seven days a week: Lucy Moore Memorial Park, Baxter Street, Queen Street (from Neville Street to Wharf Street), Wharf Street, Riverfront reserve (from Lucy Moore Memorial Park to Wharf Street), 1-7B Baxter Street, Queen Street (to Mill Lane), Kapanui Street, Riverfront reserve (from Wharf Street to Elizabeth Street). A map showing the streets and reserves within the alcohol ban area can be found at: The alcohol ban means you cannot consume alcohol, including in a vehicle, in any of the specified public places, roads and reserves. Police can search and seize your alcohol and, if convicted, you can be fined up to $20,000. Note: The alcohol ban does not include licensed premises nor private property.

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

MOSIAC WORKSHOPS Wednesday 6pm-8pm & Thursday 12.30-2.30pm, $10/class plus material costs. Phone 425 9080. Warkworth Floor & Wall Tiles, 2/2 Glenmore Drive, Warkworth PIANO & THEORY with Ana Williamson B Ed., LTCL Kowhai Music Ph 09 4222219 or


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


NOTICES Mahurangi Methodist Parish

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

WANTED $CASH FOR CARS Going or not. Call 022 385 0146. CASH PAID Tools & Machinery, Shed & Garage Clearouts. All things considered. Call or txt 021 161 5139.

WORK WANTED HOME & PET SITTER Lady, resourceful, retired and currently in Warkworth. Available July onwards. Phone 09 425 5061 or 021 235 5009.

Find out more: phone 09 301 0101 or visit

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


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ART HOLIDAY TO TAHITI – Relax and have fun with a Luxury Holiday in Tahiti. What better place to combine relaxation and inspired art? Limited Spaces Left! For more information please go to: or ph Diana or Richard Moore 09 431 8383 TAHITI - 7 Nights in Tahiti staying at the Manava Suite Resort including return economy class airfares flying Air Tahiti Nui from Auckland to Papeete, transfers and a half day Tahiti Island Tour. From $1799pp twin share. Contact Kelly at World Travellers Warkworth Ph: (09) 425 8009 or FLY FREE WITH CELEBRITY CRUISES – For a limited time only, when you book a selected 2013/14 Sydney to Auckland or Auckland to Sydney cruise, you’ll receive free pre- and/or post-cruise flights. Cruises from $1239pp. Contact Kelly at World Travellers Warkworth Ph: (09) 425 8009 or


5:24 PM BLUE TRAIN - A 2-day Cape 24/06/13 Town to Pretoria (or vv) journey per person share twin including all onboard meals, beverages, snacks & high tea, plus sightseeing excursions. Book a 2013 Blue Train journey and enjoy one free night at The Taj in Cape Town, including breakfast and transfers. From $1,870pp twin share Contact Kelly at World Travellers Warkworth Ph: (09) 425 8009 or email

USA INTREPID TOURS BUY 1 GET 1 FREE – take advantage of the low US Dollar with a number of Tours to choose from. Contact Kelly at World Travellers Warkworth Ph: (09) 425 8009 or email

TUITION GUITAR LESSONS, Warkworth. Flexible lessons to suit your needs. Very patient. Are you a beginner, or want to pick it up again? Or even just to try it out. Call me to chat, Martin Casey 422 3037 or 0222 762 333.

Classified deadline for July 17 issue is Wed, July 10 Mahurangi Matters

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


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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with Judy Waters, Warkworth & District Museum

Life on Kawau Island in the nineteenth century In the age in which we live we are presented with myriad means of connecting with friends and family. How different it was for our earliest settlers. Emma Evans, a young wife, came to a new country and felt deeply the separation from her parents and siblings and her inability to communicate with them. Excerpts from the first letter she wrote to her father tell something of her lifestyle during the years when copper was mined on Kawau. This was written from Prospect Cottage, Kawau on the August 22, 1848 and the spelling and punctuation are Emma’s. My Dear Father, No doubt you have thought me a very ungrateful and undutiful daughter for not writing before now, indeed Father it was not my fault. I wrote so bad, my dear husband would not allow me until I was taught to write better. O Father, I long to see you once more and my dear mother, I love ye more and more now that I am away from ye. But now I have to thank God for one of the best husbands. He leaves nothing undone and spars no expense to make me happy and comfortable. When he was disappointed with the house he got land from the Cappt of the mines to

Miners at Kawau.

build as he liked. To show them he cared not for the house and that I should have a good one- he built a fine house 37 feet long- one kitchen- a sitting room and two bedrooms- no less than 56 panes of glass in the house, also an outhouse and a nice garden. He has made me a set of fire irons, a soffa, two armchairs and is going to make a set of drawers. Thank God we live happy together- but what he says must and shall be done. He earns now 8 pounds per month- he also takes contracts of other work. I am keeping school which brings 2 pounds, 10 shillings per month.

I have a good husband and a good house, 5 goats, 2 giving milk and everything to make me comfortable and happy-but O my Father I must tell you of the severest affliction and trial I ever had in the loss of my fine lovely boy who was born December 7th at 3 o’clock in the morning- what joy and gladness did he bring- but in six hours was dead by my side. My love to mother, Francis, Iain, Fred, Anne and little fat Alfred. I hope ye are well and as comfortable as I am at present. I remain your ever affectionate daughter, Emma Evans

Mine manager’s house.

Early Wesleyan baptismal records show more than 49 infants born on Kawau between 1846 and 1855. The total number of births that occurred would include these, plus those of other denominations. Once the mining operations ceased the families moved away, leaving the homes they had made, and sadly, some like Emma Evans also left a small grave in the island cemetery.

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Building consents hit 8-yr high in Mahurangi The recession appears to be wilting, as building consents issued in Rodney reach an eight-year high. Statistics New Zealand figures show 970 consents were issued in the district in the year to April – the highest number since the 2004-2005 season when 1,144 were approved. The figures reached a low in 20102011 with only 567 consents. Meanwhile house prices have jumped by 8.3 percent in the last year, with an average house in North Rodney now costing $605,087. Managing director of Westmoreland homes, Willie Hewitt, builds singlelevel homes in Rodney and East Kaipara and says he’s noticed a 50 percent increase in business since October. “There’s no doubt things are on the up and up. The Kaipara market, in particular Mangawhai, is being driven by people moving north to retire and downsize.” He says two to three years ago it was hard to sell a house in Rodney, but “now it’s easier and people are getting record amounts”. Mr Hewitt explains people with a four-bedroom $800,000 house in

Orewa could go to Mangawhai and buy a section in the low $100,000s and put a three-bedroom single-level house there for $260,000-$270,000. “All of a sudden you’ve got a brand new home. You’ve either walked away with money in your pocket or you’re freehold.” He also reports a pickup in lifestyle properties. “When there’s a recession the farthest thing from anyone’s mind is enjoying

yourself while mowing five acres of lawn on a weekend, but when the economy’s looking better lifestyle properties become attractive again. There’s definitely been a pick-up in the last six months.” Steve Haycock of Steve Haycock Construction builds higher-end homes and says the recession hasn’t had the detrimental effect he’d feared. He says the recession creates a perception that times are harder and


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Intensification puts spotlight on urban design Accommodating Auckland’s growth, as well as recognising that the size of the average Kiwi household is declining, will demand greater housing options in future, according to Sandspit architect and urban designer Grant Neill, from Auckland practice Pacific Environments NZ. Grant says the “compact city” promoted in the Auckland Plan, a blueprint for the city’s development over the next 20 to 30 years, will be achieved with the more efficient use of land, but this must go hand-in-hand with better urban design. The Auckland Plan suggests that the city’s population is expected to increase by a million over the next 30 years, equal to three to four people “arriving” in Auckland every hour. The majority of the expected 400,000 new dwellings (around 60 to 70 percent) needed to accommodate this growth will be built within the existing urban footprint, with the remaining new housing occurring within new greenfield developments, satellite towns such as Warkworth, and rural and coastal towns. Council has stipulated that developments should be “design led”. Grant says if good urban design principles are applied, then smaller

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lot sizes and higher buildings aren’t necessarily a bad thing. There are plenty of examples in New Zealand and overseas where communities and local authorities have used the challenges of managing growth to redesign their urban landscapes into interesting, people-friendly places. “Urban design is about managing the space between buildings and looking at the collective effect buildings have on the character of an urban landscape,” he says. “Often, these issues are intensified in small towns such as Warkworth, where any new building can have an immediate effect on the look and

feel of the town. Take, for instance, the new retirement village Oaks on Neville. I believe one of the main reasons it was eventually a successful application was because they engaged with Council on urban design issues such as scale and diversity of building form, through the planning process.” Grant says a fundamental principle of intensification is that the right building type needs to go on the right site, and factors such as the scale of the building, views and shade must all be considered. “There needs to be a sophisticated mix to make it work. A quarter-acretype house on a very small site just does not work.

“By and large, the Unitary Plan has been a good starting point for community-wide discussion. Thankfully, the days of one town planner sitting down deciding the rules are well and truly gone. “We need a long-term vision for what we want our cities to look like and, in terms of building use, we need to recognise that our needs will be different at different times in our lives. A rich mix of building types provides this, and allows communities and generations to stay together.” Grant says Warkworth works as a town because its small shop frontages give it an intimate, pedestrian-friendly feel.



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Future still uncertain for Warkworth Town Hall A huge questionmark remains over the future of the Warkworth Town Hall, despite a decision by Auckland Council to set aside just under $1.4 million for urgent repairs. The Rodney Local Board plans to continue lobbying Council for another $1.3 million for the project. In its latest annual plan, it also says it intends to provide “organisational support” to “realise the full potential” of the historic building. However, Cr Penny Webster says she does not believe any more money will be forthcoming and it will now be up to the community to raise the rest. “I know that Ilona Rogers when she gave her submission said ‘just give us some seeding money and we’ll do the rest’ . . . It’s very early days but I can’t imagine too much more will be coming through the local board or the mayor’s budget. I think they probably think another lot’s coming, but it doesn’t work like that.” The local board hopes to begin work on the building over the coming year but at this stage there is only enough money for essential safety work. Plunket has already sounded out the board as to whether it would be feasible

to move into the refurbished building, to provide a “one-stop shop” for its services. But that looks unlikely, with a start date for the project still unclear. Warkworth architect Graeme North, who recently resigned as chairman of the Town Hall Advisory Committee, says he has not yet had any contact from the local board about the project. “I think it’s great that at last they’re taking some steps towards getting it open again. But it would be nice to know what the next steps are, now the money is there,” says Mr North. “I’ve heard nothing at all about this for several months.” He says the community made it “fairly clear” it would prefer to see the hall turned into a multi-purpose facility, but estimates so far have shown that could cost up to $5 million. More detailed work is now needed, says Mr North. “Until some specialised work is done and some firm prices are obtained it’s all a bit speculative anyway.” Cr Webster says she intends to hold a meeting of interested parties in the near future to discuss the next step. Mr North resigned as chairman of the advisory committee at its last meeting, but he is confident a new chair will soon replace him.

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Tips for building or relocating on empty sections If you’re considering building or relocating a house on an empty section, you’ll need to be aware of covenants, reports, and the location of services. Westmoreland Homes managing director Willie Hewitt says every development has to have a geotechnical report in order to subdivide and it’s crucial to get one. “A small hole is drilled in the ground and a core sample is taken. It tells you the thickness of the topsoil, which will have to be scraped away, and lets you know whether you’ll need piles.” It can cost $11,000 or more to connect buildings to Watercare wastewater pipes and in Kaipara it costs roughly $8,000 to connect to reticulated sewerage. “In rural situations you’ll need a septic system but if there’s reticulated sewerage you have to use it. Depending on soil absorbency and the number of people using toilets, two or three different systems could be used.” When it comes to relocating a building or creating a new structure, Mr Hewitt advises the latter. “Lots of lifestyle blocks in large subdivisions won’t allow secondhand buildings. By the time you move a

house, do it up and hook up services – unless you’re handy, it’s best to start from scratch.” If a section is level, it is cheaper to put down a concrete slab instead of piles, and it is cheaper to build with brick than wood. They are faster to construct and don’t need to be painted. Mr Hewitt says homes should face north to get the most sun but if there

were sea or country views in other positions it would be a trade-off depending on personal preference. He also advises people to take note of boundary setbacks. “Most councils restrict building to 5m from the front boundary and 3m from side boundaries. If you buy a normal 600m2 property, it’s difficult to fit a four-bedroom home with all the

boundary setbacks.” A town planner could get around the problem by writing a boundary encroachment proposal but it would require resource consent, including neighbour approval, and cost around $1,000. Those living in Rodney need to add Auckland Council approval fees which range from $600 to $1500. Owner of Warkworth Construction, Kyle Brown, says it’s important to check whether rural additional services are required, such as driveways, runoffs, septic tanks and house tanks, before committing to buying that idyllic piece of land. He says building consents vary in cost according to the complexity and dollar value of each project and include an initial deposit, building consent fee and a damage deposit. “Paying for specialised advice before you buy that section can save you thousands and emotional stress.” When it comes to relocating a house, weatherboard buildings transport better than rigid claddings, and iron roofs are more forgiving than concrete tiles, Mr Brown says. “Borer can be a significant player. Make sure you have a thorough look up on the underside of the floor boards and joists.”




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Ultra-fast broadband only for select few If you live north of Orewa and are eagerly awaiting ultra-fast broadband, don’t hold your breath. The area isn’t included in the Government’s UFB programme. But Chorus spokesperson Anna Skerten says fibre can be found within Warkworth’s commercial district because it is deployed into new subdivisions and business precincts where it makes commercial sense. “Typically this occurs in subdivisions of more than 20 lots. We implement the same technology and offer the same services in these new subdivisions and business precincts as we do when fibre is rolled out in the UFB programme areas.” Ms Skerten says buildings around Mason Heights in Warkworth have access to fibre, in agreement with the subdivision developer. It is not the only fibre available in the region. “Chorus has spent several years delivering fibre to roadside cabinets to provide better broadband service to residents. We have also connected fibre to schools in the Rodney District under the Rural Broadband Initiative (RBI).” Ms Skerten says while the UFB



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programme is not planned in Warkworth, Wellsford or Waipu, businesses can pay to get access to the existing fibre that is available. “In order to do this they would need to pay for the trenching to connect fibre from the nearest roadside cabinet or exchange to their premises.” She explains Chorus is installing new DSL broadband cabinets to extend broadband to rural residents in Rodney. Residents can see where the coverage will extend to on the Chorus Network Upgrade Map that can be viewed online. Chorus anticipates that 57 percent of all New Zealand rural customers will be able to access fixed-line broadband speeds of at least 5mbps by the end of 2015. Vodafone, Chorus’ partner in the RBI, is also working to deploy fixed-wireless broadband to provide broadband connectivity beyond the reach of the Chorus network. A check of RBI progress in Rodney shows widespread areas without coverage. The only broadband option for those residents is via satellite – a technology that can falter when it rains.


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Warkworth subdivision ‘selling like hot cakes’ Sections in Warkworth subdivision Belvedere are selling like hot cakes, with eight snapped up in the last two-and-a-half months. The 4ha, 27-lot development sits on elevated land formerly owned by the Auckland Hospital Board, next door to the Warkworth Birthing Centre. Developer Steve Postlewaight purchased the site in 2000 and has spent the past decade getting a resource consent. Stage one includes 12 lots, eight of which have been sold. Customers include Auckland residents, building and design contractors, and building companies with showhomes. The final two stages are to be developed during the coming construction season. Mr Postlewaight says delays have been caused by bad weather and issues with service companies such as Vector, Chorus and Watercare, but he expects building to start by the end of July, with the first homes up and running by Christmas. Sections sit on flattened terraces and range in size from 600m2 to 1300m2. Houses can be accessed from right-ofways off a new road called Belvedere Place. Most will have three bedrooms, an extra office or bedroom, family area,

Steve Postlewaight of United Real Estate says sections in the Belvedere subdivision are selling well but getting to that point hasn’t been easy.

living area and two bathrooms. They face northeast and have views of town and country. Belvedere is Italian for “beautiful view”. Mr Postlewaight says there is no restriction on the types of building materials, although houses are limited to one storey to protect views and he has the final say over design. “It has to fit into the overall aesthetic.

No one wants a piece of rubbish next door. When it’s explained what the objective is, it hasn’t been an issue.” He says the properties will suit many different types of residents, from retired people to younger couples. “It’s an easy walk to the primary school and Shoesmith Domain and for people interested in having a baby, there’s a birthing centre next door.”

The development is next to bush reserve beside the Mahurangi River and it will eventually be possible to walk alongside the river into Warkworth’s CBD. Mr Postlewaight says sales have been good because the sites became available at a time when section demand was strong, although getting to that point hasn’t been easy. The United Real Estate developer has worked on subdivisions in the region for 30 years including Waimanu Place at Point Wells, Cheviot Street in Mangawhai and Glenmore Drive in Warkworth and says building has become much more complicated “The procedures we have now are much more difficult and expensive – needlessly. There’s contributions, time delays and a dysfunctional RMA that overrides the entire process. There’s too many snouts in the trough, all wanting a long drink. It’s barely viable.” He says for that reason there won’t be enough sections to meet demand for the next two decades. “It’s taken me almost 10 years to get a resource consent. No other commercial venture can get stuffed around for such a long period and remain enthusiastic.”

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Mangawhai sales improve values in Mangawhai.” Ray White Mangawhai business owner Kaye McElwain says activity in the local market started to increase about 12 months ago, but has definitely accelerated this year. But she estimates there is still an eight-year over-supply of bare land throughout Northland, a legacy of the frenetic subdivision work done in the early 2000s. “It’s difficult to generalise, but there are still sections selling for between $70,000 and $90,000,” Kaye says. “It’s quite possible that this land was purchased for twice those prices. “The lift in buyer activity means that existing stock, some of which has been on our books for up to two years, is starting to move if owners are prepared to meet the market. “The interest is both from people looking for a holiday bach and those looking for a permanent lifestyle change.”

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Property buyers looking to bag a bargain in Mangawhai may have missed the boat. Real estate agents in the area report that the massive growth in the Auckland housing market is having a ripple effect further north. Bayleys in the North director Mark Macky says Aucklanders are taking advantage of the strong market, coupled with low interest rates, to buy in Mangawhai. “It’s great to see the confidence returning,” he says. “Between 2008 and 2012 we sold two properties over $1 million – in the last three months, we’ve sold three in this high-end of the market.” Mark says another factor influencing Auckland buyers is the Puhoi to Warkworth State Highway 1 upgrade. “Auckland will be 10 minutes closer when the road opens and in our experience, this will also underwrite

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More shops on the way for Silverdale North The construction of retail and office space continues to change the face of Silverdale North. With the Silverdale Centre, Wainui Plaza and Polarity Rise shops all up and running, and the clock tower development on the corner of Wainui Rd and Silverdale St under construction, plans for the next big development were released this month. The development, on the corner of Millwater Parkway and Bankside Rd, will consist of 12 retail shops, 11 commercial premises and 119 carparks and has been named Millwater Central by owners Broadway Developments. The development is expected to be completed in September 2014 and commercial agents Barry Masefield and Graeme Perigo of Barfoot & Thompson have begun marketing the spaces to tenants and owner/occupiers on a lease or sale basis. Mr Masefield says that Broadway Developments wants to ensure the right tenancy mix to satisfy the local neighbourhood target market. “Restaurants, cafes, fast food outlets, bars, gyms, real estate, legal, accountants, and house building companies would fit in well to this concept,” he says.

The latest development in Millwater is being sold off the plans, with construction due to begin later this year.

Mr Perigo says he is expecting strong interest. He says Barfoot & Thompson’s latest retail vacancy rate survey showed vacancies in Silverdale declining from 7.5 percent to 4 percent from November 2012 to June 2013, despite 36 new shops being constructed. “Over the same period retail vacancy

in Orewa has increased from 6 percent to 12 percent, and in Whangaparaoa from 11 percent to 14 percent as a result of retailers re-locating to Silverdale,” he says. Hard on the heels of this is likely to be the development on 2 Milner Ave, near Polarity Rise. Geoff Thorne of Harcourts Commercial Real Estate,

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Prisoners used for building Eleven prisoners from the Northland Region Corrections Facility have been learning valuable skills by helping to build a new home for a Dargaville family. The project is part of the prison’s partnership with housing charity Habitat for Humanity Northland and training provider NorthTec. Acting prison manager David Pattinson says Te Whare Tuku Aroha (the House Gift of Love) is a project with many far-reaching benefits. “It is also a great opportunity for them to give something back to the community,” he says. The four-bedroom house is being built in the prison’s workshop. When completed, it will be transported to a section in Dargaville.

Habitat for Humanity Northland executive Conrad LaPointe says the organisation is proud to be partnering with Corrections and NorthTec on the project. “It not only provides numerous benefits for all involved, but is a unique initiative in our mission to provide affordable housing solutions for low income families. We hope this is the first of many homes built under this partnership,” Mr LaPointe says. The prisoners gained the Elementary Construction Level 2 embedded with the National Certificate in Building Construction and Allied Trade Skills. Adele McLean, academic manager of trade and technology innovations at NorthTec, says the prisoners had worked hard to achieve their qualification.

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Consumers warned over major Major changes to house insurance are confusing many consumers, according to the Insurance & Savings Ombudsman, Karen Stevens. Her office has produced a new consumer newsletter, Consumer Focus, which explains the changes to premiums, excesses and sum insured for house and contents insurance. Ms Stevens warns that this is important information for everyone with house insurance. “While the changes are a direct response to insurance claims from the Canterbury earthquakes, they will affect all New Zealanders. Consumers may not realise these changes will affect them.” Ms Stevens says her office is getting a lot of telephone calls from consumers, confused about the changes to house insurance. Previously, insurance was based on the size of the house but in future the policy will specify a maximum sum insured. The aim is to limit the amount that insurers will need to pay out in the event of a disaster. Her advice to consumers is that they need to ensure that the sum insured correctly reflects all the costs of rebuilding should it be totally destroyed or seriously damaged.

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health – particularly for those with respiratory problems. “The great thing about this initiative is that it will be free for eligible households as a result of the Government grants and the generous support of third-party funders,” says Angela Francis, chief executive of the Asthma Foundation. “The Asthma Foundation is focussing on prevention and the partnership with EECA confirms this emphasis. We say:  ‘provide our children with good housing in order for them to have the best opportunity to grow strong and be well throughout their lives’.”

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Ideas wanted to help promote Wellsford New business forum set up Wellsford residents and business owners are being encouraged to attend a public meeting this month to brainstorm ideas to help promote the town. The meeting is being billed as a chance to help shape the future of Wellsford. It has been organised by the Wellsford Promotions Association. It will be held on July 9 at the Wellsford Community Centre lounge from 6.15pm. Association secretary Cathy Roche says Wellsford’s main street is often busy. However, there are some concerns in the town that some locals are travelling as far as Silverdale to do their shopping. Therefore, local businesses are keen to put their heads together to do everything they can to boost sales. “Maybe there are some people out there who have really good ideas, or maybe there are some things that are bugging them that they want sorted,” she says. “We’re keen to get everyone’s input.” Suggestions so far include setting up an active website, producing a local newsletter and list of community services, landscaping and planting

While Wellsford’s main street is busy, some believe it could be busier, says Cathy Roche.

vacant areas, organising Auckland Council workshops, maintaining the main street, and Christmas promotions. Whiteboards will be available on the

night to write down everyone’s ideas. “Once we’ve collated all the ideas, we’ll bring someone in from outside to help us formulate a vision, then we can drive it forwards.”

Warkworth Rotary has started a business forum, designed to help local business owners and senior employees to network and help promote their business. Business owners from Warkworth, Snells Beach, Matakana and Wellsford are being encouraged to attend the inaugural meeting of the forum took place last month at Matakana House in the centre of Matakana Village. Subsequent meetings will take place on alternative Friday mornings from 7.30am to approximately 8.30am. The aim of the forum is to provide a supportive environment for local business people, networking and mentoring. Members can learn how to introduce their business effectively and confidently to other people; take advantage of the free business mentoring provided by other members; learn about other local businesses, and possibly how to form alliances with them. There are also likely to be occasional site visits to other businesses in the area. Friends of Rotary and associate members are also welcome to attend. Info: Robin Dixon at robin@ or 021 305 413, or Nick at nick@quattrostar. com or 021 517320.

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A trio of chiropractors who trained together have started a clinic at Snells Beach. Tom Vaughan, his partner Chanelle Rhodes, and their friend Mathew Kingett are the experts behind Boost Chiropractic. They all graduated from the New Zealand Chiropractic College in the past five years but have gone on to practice in different areas. Chanelle works with children, mothers and pregnant women, Tom focuses on sports and performance, while Mathew’s area of interest is people with neurological defects. “Lots of people think chiropractic is about bone crunching but it’s actually about getting the brain to talk to the body effectively,” Chanelle says. “It’s the fastest growing alternative healthcare system in the world. People are realising that the amount of medication being taken is astronomical and are looking for a more natural alternative.” Tom explains the main focus for chiropractors is the function of the nervous system. “We realise the spine’s job is to protect the nerves and if the spine is not doing its job the nerves won’t be able to function at their best.”

When Triscia Bryan decided to move from her home at Snells Beach, she ended up having to find a new location for her business as well. She had previously worked from home, but her new property was too small to incorporate the business. So she rented a chair at a Matakana salon instead. She liked the place so much, she ended up buying it. “I just like the vibe of Matakana, and the salon is in such a great location,” she says. “I love being near all the wineries — it’s such a lovely spot.” Since taking over Hair at Matakana at the beginning of June, Triscia has overseen a major revamp. The interior has been completely redesigned and modernised, and new basins and stations installed. She has renamed it Matakana Hair Co. Triscia is also keen to expand its customer base to make the most of her talents. A highly experienced stylist and colour technician, she has previously worked for Schwarzkopf in London and for L’Oreal in Auckland, and has owned three previous salons, including a commercial salon in Kumeu with six staff. While she doesn’t want to scare

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He says there’s a common perception that chiropractors only treat back pain but they also see results with neck pain, headaches, high blood pressure, low energy, sleeping and concentration issues, reoccurring injuries, poor circulation, child asthma and learning disabilities. Patients at Boost have their health history checked before a hands-on examination using tools like postural analysis and thermal scanning technology. The next step is a customised adjustment that gets the spine moving in an easier way. All three chiropractors are registered with the NZ Chiropractic Association. It dictates the industry standard and a code of ethics and is administered by the Ministry of Health. Boost Chiropractic is ACC-registered and a primary care provider, so patients don’t need a referral.

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customers with unaffordable prices, she is keen to offer a full range of services, specialising in colour. While she still welcomes male customers, and will happily take spur-of-the-moment customers if the salon is not busy, she would prefer her clients to make appointments, and would love to attract more women to the salon. The salon’s other stylist, Marcella Kemp, has 14 years’ experience, including at Hush in Warkworth. Triscia has 18 years’ experience, so she wants clients to know they are in very safe hands.

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More to trusts than meets the eye

Being a trustee is easy peasy – yeah, right. Have you ever been keen to help someone out with a seemingly easy task, only to find the reality of the situation is different to what you were told or thought was required? Often family members ask each other or someone they know to be a trustee for their family trust. Accepting an invitation to be a trustee of someone else’s family trust without understanding what the role entails is not a good idea. Before you say “yes” there are several things to consider. You need to understand the terms of the trust deed. A trustee has a duty to abide by the terms of the trust. We recommend that every trustee has a copy of the trust deed, or is readily able to access a copy of the trust deed, and any amendments. Read through these documents and ask the existing trustees questions if you do not understand your powers, the terms of the trust, or your responsibilities. Before you accept an invitation to become a trustee you should ask the existing trustees for the trust accounts, asset schedule, and trustee decisions (more commonly referred to as trustee minutes or resolutions). If you cannot readily identify what the trust owns, or discern how trust decisions are made, it may mean that the trust is not being administered properly. The law doesn’t protect passive trustees. Every trustee has a duty to act in the best interests of the beneficiaries and is accountable to the beneficiaries for the administration of the trust. If you become a trustee and rubber stamp decisions, play “yes minister”, or abdicate responsibility for timely decision-making and merely ratify after the fact, you expose yourself to potential liability from beneficiaries or trust creditors. Trustees are required to make decisions unanimously unless a trust deed expressly authorises trustee decisions to be passed by majority (not something we would recommend). A trustee should make decisions independently of any influence from other trustees and cannot delegate the decision-making to another person. Most trustees are volunteers. Trust deeds typically authorise trustees to reimburse their reasonable expenses administering the trust, and a robust trust will outline the types of expenses that can be reimbursed. Trustees should not profit from dealings with the trust unless this is authorised in the trust deed, or approved by all the beneficiaries in writing. You need to act in the best interests of the beneficiaries, both present and future, not just the settlor(s) (those who have set up the trust), who are typically also trustees and beneficiaries.

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Doidges Tyres Wellsford When her husband Malcolm came home one night and asked if she’d like to buy a tyre shop, Kerry Stodart didn’t hesitate in saying “Sure”. The couple, who were both raised in Ruawai, already know just about everything there is to know about tyres. Malcolm has spent 40 years in the business, and they had owned a tyre shop in Helensville for 18 years. But for the past few years they have been living in Whangarei. The previous owner of Doidges Tyres also owns a branch at Ruakaka, and he was struggling to manage both sites. So the Stodarts were more than happy to take the Wellsford branch off his hands. The couple took over the business on June 4, and have already put their own stamp on it. One thing they liked about the business was its easy access from the main highway, near Wharehine at the entrance to Wellsford. The workshop has had a revamp, and a new office and waiting area has been set up, with coffee and up-to-date magazines. “We’ll drop them off town if they want, but they can also come up and have a cup of coffee,” says Malcolm. They have installed a new state-of-theart wheel alignment machine, and will 1650 Rodney St, Wellsford

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no longer cater for only commercial vehicles. “We’ll do anything from a kiddies’ bike to a grader,” says Kerry. A wide selection of tyres for cars and 4WDs is now in stock, and eftpos and credit card facilities are available. Between them, the three staff have 60 years’ experience dealing with every aspect of the tyre trade, so there’s nothing they can’t handle, and they also offer a fleet service. So far, the couple are thrilled with the move. “We’ve had some locals who’ve been really, really helpful. It seems like a really great town,” says Malcolm. 09 423 7106 • 0211190510

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The public will be seeing red when the Matakantata choir perform this month.

Choir promising fiery performance Matakana choir Matakantata is hoping to deliver their hottest performance yet this month, in a series of concerts to raise money for a new vehicle for Warkworth Fire Station. The concerts have the theme “Earth, Wind and Tickets are $15 for adults and a gold coin children Fire”, and will include a mix of traditional and and will also be available at the door. There will be contemporary songs such as Fire and Rain by James tea and biscuits after the concert. Taylor, Ring of Fire by Johnny Cash, and Great Balls Ticket giveaway of Fire by Jerry Lee Lewis. To win two tickets to the Warkworth concert Warkworth fire brigade spokesman Ian Davies says write your name and daytime phone number on the brigade is tantalisingly close to achieving its goal of the back of an envelope and post to: Matakantata raising $50,000 — it is just $7000 away from its target. Competition, Mahurangi Matters PO Box 701 The choir will be at Snells Beach on July 7, at Warkworth. Alternatively, enter by sending Matakana on July 12, and Warkworth on July 14. For us a private message marked ‘Matakantata’ on our Facebook page ( further details see page 55. Tickets are also available from local fire stations. mahurangimatters). Competition closes on July 9.

Rodney residents with a hidden talent are being encouraged to step into the limelight for the inaugural Warkworth RSA Talent Quest, which will be held later this year. Prizes valued at more than $5000 will be on offer including the opportunity appear in five RSA gigs at clubs around the district next year. RSA manager Robbie Blair says categories are deliberately broad to attract a variety of acts. “We don’t mind whether you’re a singer, dancer, musician, comedian or magician, our only stipulation is that you’re entertaining,” Robbie says. The shows will be compered by Omaha musician Gary Pallett who has been entertaining audiences in the Auckland area for about 25 years. “I can’t remember a talent show this big for quite a long time,” Gary says. “It’s good that it’s been limited to Rodney, otherwise there’d be people entering from Auckland for sure.” After years of running karaoke, Gary says there’s no shortage of local talent. “I think audiences will be surprised at just how good some of the local amateurs are.” Gary’s advice to anyone with stars in their eyes is to choose a song they know well which suits their voice. He says a few deep breaths can help to settle the nerves. Heats will be held between September and November, with a grand final planned for November 23. Entries must be received by August 31 and it costs $10 per entry. For an entry form, see the RSA ad on page 47 or contact Warkworth RSA on 425 8568.

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I am often approached in the supermarket with questions on the recipes I write every month and recently a dear friend did just that, berating me for having too many baking recipes and not enough easy meals, especially those that could be made for one person. That got me thinking and if there is enough interest I would be more than happy to take a class or two where I can share the never-fail and easy-to-prepare dinner ideas that I have accumulated over the years. Pasta alla Carbonara would have to be my all-time favourite, both as a simple dish but also as real comfort food on a cold evening. For an Italian dish, carbonara has a very recent history and no cookbooks older than 50 years give reference to its recipe — at least not with this name. Various urban myths abound as to its origins but none of them are very credible. Carbonara means roughly “in the manner of coal miners”. One legend is that it earned the name from the black flecks of black pepper that look like coal dust against the creamy eggs, pasta and cheese but as it was a poor peasant dish the pepper would have been added only recently. It has been speculated that it was a dish made for a secret society called the Carbonari, the charcoalmen who formed in the early 1800s and who played a part in the unification of Italy. American GIs returning home from Italy in the 1940s popularised it internationally and are also credited with its invention, supplying bacon and powdered eggs to starving Italians at the end of the war. The most likely origin is that it is named after the Roman restaurant called Carbonara where it has been on the menu since the 1940s. Wherever it came from, it is a firm favourite in our house, whether for one or two people or for the whole family. Please note it is almost sacrilegious to use cream, and traditionally carbonara is served on spaghetti.

Spaghetti Carbonara

Serves 6 • 225g slab bacon or pancetta • 4 cloves garlic • 3 tblsp extra-virgin olive oil • 4 tblsp dry white wine • 2 large eggs • 4 tblsp grated Romano cheese • 50g freshly grated parmigiano reggiano • freshly ground black pepper • 2 tblsp chopped parsley • 500g pasta Cut pancetta or bacon into strips. Lightly mash the garlic with a knife handle, discard skin. Put garlic and olive oil into a small pan over medium high heat and when garlic becomes golden remove and discard it. Put bacon into the pan, and cook until it begins to crisp. Add wine, let bubble for 1 to 2 minutes and then turn off heat. Break two eggs into the serving bowl. Beat lightly with a fork, then add the grated cheeses, a liberal grinding of black pepper, and the chopped parsley. Mix thoroughly. Add the cooked, drained spaghetti and toss rapidly, coating the strands well. Briefly reheat the bacon, turn it into the bowl, toss thoroughly again. If too dry, add a couple of spoonfuls of pasta water and serve immediately into heated bowls.

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V8 Vocal Ensemble return to Ascension

V8 Vocal Ensemble is returning to The Belfry at Ascension Winery on July 21, with a programme titled “Vintage”. This slick vocal ensemble sings a The Auckland-based vocal ensemble cappella eight-part harmony, and began in 1998 with most of its singers brings a programme of varied and having been members of the NZ Youth entertaining classical pieces, vocal jazz Choir and Voices NZ. V8 presents its and well-known folk arrangements, own concerts and performs at festivals, including pieces arranged for the concert series and private events and is group by its own Timothy Noon and known for its theatrical programming Robert Wiremu. V8 will also present and quality, harmony singing. some poignant arrangements from its V8 has performed to great acclaim in Anzac collection. the same venue on previous occasions. Recent highlights for the ensemble The concert is part of the Warkworth include debuting with the NZSO in Music Society’s 2013 season and will the March 2011 Auckland Festival, begin at 4pm. featuring in a masterclass with the internationally celebrated vocal Tickets may be purchased at the door ensemble The King’s Singers, and for $30, with students able to attend presenting an Anzac concert series in free of charge. Auckland and Tauranga of music from Info: Phone 425-7015 or email WWI and WWII.

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V8 Vocal Ensemble ‘Vintage’ This slick vocal ensemble sings a capella eight-part harmony, and brings a programme of varied and entertaining classical pieces, vocal jazz, folk, plus some poignant pieces from their ANZAC collection. Sunday 21st July, 4pm at The Belfry, Ascension Winery, Matakana Road, Warkworth

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The third novel by the author of The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns is finally here. Hosseini weaves a story that starts in Afghanistan in 1952, moves to Paris and the Greek Islands, and ends in present-time America. Abdullah and his little sister Pari are very close and live in a small and very poor village in Afghanistan. Their mother has died and they are now living with their father and his new wife and their baby. One day Pari and Abdullah go with their father to Kabul to meet with their uncle. What happens there will change everyone’s lives forever. This is beautiful story-telling and of course, at times it is heartbreaking.

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This is a searingly blunt and honest novel about what it is to be the youngest child of many in a poor family in Christchurch. Meridee Bang is desperate to leave her life and make something of herself and dreams of a life like those she sees on TV programmes she watches with her mum. As Meridee watches her older siblings mature and finally leave home, she is stuck with her mother, wearing nylon, having fryups for dinner, and desperate to change and make something of herself. She wants more from life but even though she is bright and clever, will that be enough to break her free from the Bang family and their cycle of poverty and violence?

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Family jam night at Green Bird Cafe

Wellsford’s Green Bird Café will host a jam-cum-cabaret night on July 10, in what could become a regular event. The MC for the evening will be ex-Wellsford resident Paul Bognuda, aka “Boggy”. Boggy has a history with the Wellsford area dating back to 1990 when, while working as maître d’ at Auckland venue Java Jive, he became involved with the Morning Star Music Festivals at the Morning Star Farm in Port Albert. He and his wife eventually moved to the farm where both their children where born and the family spent 10 years there before moving to Wellington for family reasons. Green Bird Café recently changed hands and new owner Emma Webster is keen to make it a place where the community can celebrate its creativity. “An open mike/jam night seemed the perfect way to do this and as Boggy was coming to visit we decided to have our first night and see how it goes from there,” she says. Boggy is a member of MOA Music Incorporated, which supports NZ music at a grass roots level. “I was only too happy to assist Emma with the first jam night,” he says. “I love Kaipara and all the areas surrounding it. It will be a fun night for me as I will be able to catch up with the McRae boys who I used to play with in local band Nowzen, and Brendan Wright from the band Elephant Gerald. We used to play regularly at the Matakana Markets.” Being in a café instead of a pub means that younger people in the community can participate. “Some from the local school have already contacted me,” says Boggy. “I think it’s going be a night of good family entertainment.” The jam starts at 7pm and entry is by folding koha. Baritone saxophonist Paul Bognuda.

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Rodney College bands impress judges Three acts from Rodney College have made the regional finals of the Smokefreerockquest. Miss Minority, Haze and the Monkey Assassins were selected on June 23 at Forum Expo Hall in Whangarei. Miss Minority is a solo performer, who’s name is Mia Mae Stevens. She sings and plays the guitar and is 17. Haze includes Leah Mainland, 14, on bass, Jackob Young, 15, on guitar and vocalist Mitch Levet, 16. The Monkey Assassins is made up of duo Shane Richards, 14, and Buster Clark, 13. Around 700 entries are expected to go through the regional heats and finals in 23 towns. The three college bands will play at the Northland final on July 12. The top two regional bands and solo/duos will then submit videos that go into the judging pool for selection to play off at the national final in Auckland on September 28. National winners’ prize packages include musical gear to the value of $13,000, inclusion on the NZ On Air Kiwi Hit Disc, radio promotional support and video play on youth music channel Four.

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Victory for Omaha crew The Omaha Outrigger Canoe Club entered a six-person Mixed Novice team and a two-man team in the Senior Masters class in the Hoe Matariki Waka Ama Regatta which took place on June 15 at Parua Bay, Whangarei Heads. The club has several new members and Six members making up the Wave it was a great opportunity for them to Slayers team paddled the 10km course participate in a regatta for the first time. to finish second out of six in their class. The day began with a powhiri and It was a great finish for the club and a briefing and was concluded with thrilling surprise for the crew, most of entertainment and a hangi. The whom have not raced previously. weather cooperated and the conditions If you are interested in social or were good. A total of 86 waka were competitive paddling or just in giving it a go, contact the club for more registered to compete. Two members paddled 7km in the information and for paddling times. Senior Masters category and won their Info: Julz at 021 507 621 or julzem@ class.

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Warkworth win against Albany By Rob Carty

The Borders Real Estate Warkworth Men’s First team got back to its winning ways with a 3-2 win against Albany United on June 22. A game that had the potential to be teams are away against Waiuku. The difficult was made harder after the next home game is on July 13 when home-ground advantage was lost. both teams host Manuaku City. The Poor weather leading up to the game Mitre 10 Mega Reserves kick off at forced a move from Shoesmith to the 12.30pm and the Borders Real Estate Tiger Turf at North Harbour. Men’s first team play at 2.45pm. After spending most of Friday afternoon and Saturday morning on the phone Borders Real Estate Golden Boot fielding calls from players with various Michael O’Flaherty 5; Cody ailments and sorting transfers, Coach Piper, Jamie McGookin 3; Gareth Steve Gove was only able to finalise Southcombe, Rob Carty 2; Cameron his lineup 30 minutes before kickoff. Gray, Adam Thomson 1. Adam Thomson, Ahmad Ramadan were welcomed back into the First team Mitre 10 Mega Golden Boot and new signing Jake Watkin made his Aaron Potter 6; Matt Taylor, Bryce Lowe, first appearance for Warkworth. Nic Thomson 2; Andre Gaeniscke, Kyle A bright start from Warkworth was Deans, Leigh Draper, Steve May, Kyle rewarded with an early goal. Strong Deans, Steve Gove, Adam Thomson 1. pressure from Adam Thomson saw Rob Meanwhile, the Metroscaff Over 35s Carty pinch the ball from the Albany defenders and then put the ball into travelled to Orewa to play Birkenhead ‘away’ team’s goal. Warkworth thought in a transferred “home” game. Despite they had a second goal minutes later being 2-0 down at half time, the when a Michael O’Flaherty corner Warkworth side managed to claw was poorly defended and Rob Carty their way back into the game midway was on hand to finish. Unfortunately through the second half via a Pete the linesman felt the corner had curled Van Berkyl penalty and an Andy out, to the disbelief of the Warkworth McCullough header. Birkenhead were players. now on the ropes and the damage was The second half had barely started completed when a Dan Notley shot when Warkworth scored the second slipped from the Birkenhead keeper’s goal of the game. Jake Watkin capped grasp into the back of the net giving a strong debut by scoring with a shot the Warkworth side a 3-2 win that from 20 yards that was too hot for keeps them 9 points clear at the top of the Albany keeper. Just as Warkworth the second division table. were threatening to run away with the game, Albany hit back. A soft The Withers & Co Warkworth Ladies free kick was awarded to Albany and First team was also rescheduled to play from the resulting cross Albany’s star their home game – away at opponents player Jake Marteens scored to close Forrest Hill. A solid first half from the the gap. Warkworth responded in Warkworth side went unrewarded and the seventieth minute when a well- an unfortunate goal saw the Forrest Hill worked move saw Jamie McGookin team take an undeserved lead into the find Michael O’Flaherty inside the half time break. The Warkworth ladies box and a neat finish saw Warkworth felt they could take the game with a restore the two-goal cushion. Another more determined attitude in the second Albany goal five minutes later set up a half, however early injuries to key players tense finish but Warkworth was able to hold on to secure the win. Warkworth Mel Cleland and Hannah Dunne now sit in sixth position on the NRFL severely weakened the Warkworth side and they went on to lose 3-0. Division 2 table. The Mitre 10 Mega Warkworth The Warkworth Scaffolding Ladies Reserve team was well beaten 4-0 in Second team also lost 3-0 in their the earlier game. Next week both match against Whangarei FC Ladies.

Correction Mark Mitchell and the Parliamentary Team will take on the golden Oldies team, the Mahurangi Mussels, at Mahurangi Rugby Club on July 20, not July 2 (as stated in MM, Jun 19).

A roundup of sports activities and events in the district Hockey

yy Northland Golden Oldies Hockey Association 6-a-side at Kaiwaka Sports Complex, Sunday July 7, 10am. Anyone 30-plus welcome. Food and drink available for purchase from 11am. Info: Kathy Cullen 09 431 8165 or Badminton

yy Wellsford Social Badminton is on Tuesday nights. Students (12 years & over) 7-8pm, adults 7-8.30pm. All levels welcome, spare racquets available. Info: Jo Walker 423 7677 or John & Kaylene Bassett 423 8768. yy Monday night badminton has begun for the winter season in Warkworth. Juniors play at 6.30pm and seniors at 7.30pm. All grades of players are welcome at the Mahurangi Community Hall. Info: Sue 422 7021 or email Table Tennis

yy Play has resumed at Matakana Hall on Tuesday nights, starting at 7.30pm. Suitable for all ages, beginners welcome. $2 adults, $1 students. Info: George Anderson 423 0424 or Mary Perkins 425 8146. Football

yy Warkworth AFC (NRFL2) vs Manukau City AFC (NRFL2) 2.45pm, July 13. Location: Shoesmith Reserve 1. List sports news by emailing

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Dear Parents and Guardians Tena Koutou Katoa

Congratulations to our Choir and Harmony group who competed in the Northland Big Sing competition in Whangarei. Only two high commendations and two commendations were awarded. Our Choir gained one of the commendations and our Harmony group one of the high commendations. The Harmony group also won the trophy for “Most Entertaining” for their rendition of Kimbra’s “Settle Down”.

ISSUE 6: July 2013

important dates Monday July 1 - 5 • Maori Language Week Wednesday July 3

• School Production - Evening Performance • English ICAS Applications close Thursday July 4

• School Production - Evening Performance

Wednesday July 3 Thank you to all who stood for our • School Production - Evening Performance school Board of Trustees. We were • Maths - ICAS Exam Entry deadline fortunate as a school to have such a strong line up of high calibre people Tuesday July 9 willing to contribute in this way. • Yr 7 Vision Testing Congratulations to the following: Wednesday July 10 Jo Hathaway • Kodak Express Sports Photos Bede Haughey • Yr 11 & 12 - Growing Leaders Session Stuart Henderson • Yr 7 & 8 - 3 way Conversation Reporting Day • No school for Yr 7 & 8 Tracey Martin Steven Garner Friday July 12 So all five Parent Trustees from our • Term 2 Ends previous Board have returned. The Saturday July 13 Rodney Youth Group meeting the Prime Minister ~Far right: Briar Gimblett new Staff Trustee is Nyree Norrington • School Ball and Caitlyn Walker continues as the Student Trustee until the annual student Congratulations to Briar Gimblett on winning Sunday July 28 the Lions Young Speechmaker of the Year • Allied Te Rapa Netball Tournament elections in September. We look forward to another extremely award for the Northern Regional District Monday July 29 enjoyable school ball, which will be held this (north of the Harbour Bridge). She spoke • Term 3 Starts year on Saturday 13th July at North Harbour about leaders who have inspired her and of • BOT Meeting - 6.15pm start Stadium in Albany, with a ‘Great Gatsby’ her leadership aspirations. Briar represented Wednesday July 31 theme. Year 13 students need to be at the Mahurangi College when the Rodney Youth college by 5.30pm for photos and nibbles. Group met with the Prime Minister on Thursday • English ICAS Exam Year 12 students by 6.15pm at the latest. All 20th June. The Rodney Youth Group was Thursday August students will be breath tested prior to entry formed by Mark Mitchell, MP for Rodney, and • Yr 9 & 10 - 3 way Conversation Report Evening 4.00 - 8.00pm and if any student has been drinking he/she is represented by eight students from all five will be denied admission, with no refund, colleges in the Rodney electorate. Mahurangi Tuesday August 6 and parents/guardians will be contacted to College is represented by Briar Gimblett. The • Yr 11-13 Tree Planting Day collect their child. Buses will arrive back at group are working on a proposal for a youth • Soccer and Netball Vs Burford 1.30 - 2.30 Mahurangi College at 1pm. In accordance community event, preparing submissions for with police guidelines, there are to be no Youth Parliament and discussing local issues Wednesday August 7 that affect youth in the area. • Whaia Te Iti Kahurangi Evening after-ball activities. Congratulations to our Junior Underwater • Hockey (girls) Vs Burford 1.30 Hockey team on winning the Northern Region Thursday August 8 (north of Taupo) Junior Championships. They • Talent Contest - hall won all eight of their round robin games and then the semi-final and final, which was won Friday August 9 6-0 against Mt Albert Grammar School. Team • Jazz Band 3-day Trip to Paihia members are Forrest Axford (Captain), Rory McKay, Sarah Wilson, Mid-year reports for our Year 7 & 8 Year 8 Wai Care Winners Amelia Anerich, students will be issued on Tuesday 2nd Pearl Williamson, July. These will be followed by three way Rebecca Twhigg, Congratulations to the following students conferences on Thursday 11th July. The Snedden, who were the Year 8 winners of Wai Care: Elliott Year 9-13 mid-year reports will be issued Jackson Crawford for ‘Pacific Trash Vortex’; Christian Mitchell, on the last day of this term, Friday 12th Leo Arnerich, Sam Zane Just for ‘Fish Limits and Fish Size’; July. Term 3 will commence on Monday Callum Stephanie Earley for ‘Raising Awareness Jones, 29th July. Rice and Lucy About Pollution’; Charlotte Hamer for her Forrest Ax David Macleod, Principal Mural on Rubbish; Ava Ward Stewart for Twhigg. The team Northern Regioforn d & Rory McKay ~ Representing Junior Underwate is well coached r Hockey Cham her ‘Little Less Litter Blog’; James Baker for ps by Terry Axford. ‘Shark Finning’.

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2013 l 2014 Entertainment™ Minecraft Club for Year 9 North Harbour Champions At Mahurangi College we are always looking at Mahu’s Year 8 Boys Football Team were crowned Book interest groups to help students feel included and North Harbour Champions after a very successful

“This year Mahurangi College are excited to be offering the new 2013 l 2014 Entertainment™ Book. With over 180 NEW offers, the Book has a combined value of over $20,000, including 5 Cuisine rated and 7 Metro awarded restaurants from across Auckland, Waiheke, and NOW Whangarei and the Bay of Islands! The new Entertainment Book is valid from now until June 2014 and remember you only need to use your Book once or twice throughout the year and it will have paid for itself. The 2012/2013 edition has now expired so don’t miss out on the best Entertainment Book yet! Plus…. The best part is, for every book sold we receive $13 towards raising funds for our sports teams this year. If you would like to purchase a book now please use the link below or scan the QR code to go online and pay now!  Thank you for your support. orderbooks/9988x9  Sandra Hawken, Sports Co-ordinator

meet up with others with similar interests. Where possible we encourage students to run these to promote leadership within peers. Rupert Power and Keegan Ayers joined year 9 this year from Ahuroa School.  They came up with the idea of a Minecraft club.  William Torkington (yr 9) offered to run this group under the supervision of Mr Schnetler (Digital Technologies Teacher) and Ms Abarbanel (Computer Technician).  The group has proved to be very popular with 12 students working in 3 teams on various missions.   Minecraft is a popular video game that provides opportunities for learning how to manage local area networking and contains a built-in programming environment.  If the pilot program is successful, the hope is that platforms like Minecraft can be used to introduce other groups of students to programming and networking, and as a method of developing leadership and team-building skills. Ann Marinus, Assistant Principal

2013 Zone Day.

The boys won their group with 5 wins and a draw. In the semi-final Mahu beat Pinehurst in a penalty shootout.

The final, against Albany, was also decided in a penalty shootout which our boys once again won. Incredibly, in the eight games played Mahu only conceded 1 goal. Great effort boys, well done. Danielle Turrell, Year 7 Homeroom Teacher

Reading Can Transform Lives Reading is encouraged at every year level at Mahurangi College. Years 7 to 10 have a permanent booking in the library and the senior classes undertake credits that involve wide-reading or reading around a theme. The librarians are able to make recommendations to help students at all year levels on their book selection. Below is a summary of a Herald article by David Hill, a New Zealand author. This supports the act of reading and the research that shows the profound effect such a simple task can have children. “It’s hard to think of a more worthwhile act than reading to kids, or encouraging them to read. Studies have shown that children who are read to develop brain synapses sooner and more enduringly. Reading grows intellectual and psychological resources, makes kids more at ease with themselves, gives them understandings and realisations that hardly any other activity can. Kids who read stay out of jail (unless they grow up to be financial investment directors). Reading gives them words. Words give them the ability to express and clarify themselves to others. How many young guys end up in strife because they don’t have the vocab to explain what they’re doing, and so they move from incoherence to frustration to violence? ” id=1&objectid=10890923 Link to the full article. Jeanette Cornege RLIANZA, Library Manager

Mahurangi College Ball Mahurangi College is holding their Annual Ball at North Harbour Stadium, Albany, on Saturday 13 July. The theme is ‘The Great Gatsby’, with dressing to the theme being optional. The ticket price includes bus transport to and from the venue and a smorgasbord meal at the Stadium, as well as the Ball itself. Students will start arriving for a Pre-Ball gathering at Mahurangi College Hall at 5.30pm prior to the buses departing at 6.30pm for the venue, and will be returned to the College Hall by bus at the end of the evening. No students are permitted to travel by private transport to or from Albany. Marilyn Newlove, Year 13 Dean

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Forrest Axford (left) and Max Hargreaves (right) with their most valuable player awards.

Mahurangi gets gold in underwater hockey By Terry Axford

Mahurangi College Senior and Junior Teams competed in the 2013 NZ Secondary Schools Northern Regionals Underwater Hockey Tournament from June 14 to16 at West Wave Aquatic Centre in Auckland. Our Senior Open underwater hockey playing at full strength with 10 team was in a building year this year players. A large crowd of Auckland and thus had it tough in their highly supporters was backing the MAGS competitive division. Eight teammates team. Mahu had our managers and — Max Hargreaves, John Su, Louis parents cheering wildly along with the Reeves, Becky Wilson, Nakita Walters, Mahu Seniors team. Jayden Lang, Jorgia Bays, Hauraki The team won the gold medal in their Beazley-Keane — worked hard all division. They were outstanding. They weekend and played well as a team led the scoring throughout, won all of despite the high level of talent of their games and outscored the other their competition. In their final game teams in the comp by a margin of against a Mt Albert side, they were 62-for-5 against. No other team/age down to six players, but won their last group in the competition came close game 7-1 to finish 7th out of 8. to their dominance. Captain Max Hargreaves had led the In the last two minutes of full time team well over the weekend and played with Mahu in front, Forrest and shortly for two people. John Su was solid as afterwards Elliot were penalised (that centre. Special mention to backs Louis means they sit out two minutes of the Reeves (his first season), Nakita Walters game) and we played with four against and Becky Wilson who were very busy six in the water. The rest of the team in all the games they played. held them out with big battles right at Mahurangi College Junior Open team our goal mouth in the last few seconds. (boys and girls) played in outstanding The final score was 6-0 to Mahu. fashion. Forrest Axford, Rory McKay, Sarah Wilson, Amelia Arnerich, This Mahu Junior team is extremely Christian Mitchell, Pearl Williamson, focused, keeps its foot on the pedal Rebecca Twhigg, Elliot Snedden, Lucy and is keen to improve. They saw the Twhigg, Callum Rice and Samantha regionals as an important stepping-stone Jones really upped their work rates. to the National Comps in September. We lost four players for the final, so Meanwhile my spies tell me the Central we played with two subs instead of Region teams are overall stronger this four. And to add a little bit of extra year than the Northern so the Junior drama, three players’ gear only made it Team may have their Nationals work to the game with minutes to spare. It in September cut out for us. was kind of tense times watching them Max Hargreaves, John Su and Forrest get their gear on with seconds to spare. Axford were chosen to trial for the The Mt Albert Grammar team was Northern Regional Under-18 Teams.

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what’s on July 2013


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

Mahurangi College senior production, 7pm. Tickets at school office, $20 adults, $10 students & seniors, $50 family of four. Info: 425 8039. 5&6 Giant book sale, old Masonic Hall, Baxter St, Warkworth. Doors open 9am. Proceeds Warkworth Museum. 6 Rodney College Ball, Wellsford Community Centre, 7pm to 12am. 6 Waipu country market, Presbytarian church hall, 9-12pm, Info: 0274 586144. 6 Fruit tree pruning workshop, 9.30am, Tumbleweed Coastal Plants, Matakana, $20pp. Info: 422 7338. 7 Tossi planting day, meet at woolshed, Tawharanui Regional Park, 9.15am Info: or phone Steve Harrison on 425 8500. 7 Matakantata Choir concert, Snells Beach Community Church (opposite Fire Station), 2pm. Tickets $15 (gold coin for children) available from Snells Beach Pharmacy. (See story p45) 8 Wine, Women & Cinema, Matakana Cinemas, enjoy a night out. $20 tickets include movie, a glass of wine & sweet treats. Info: The Vintry 423 0251 or Matakana Cinemas 423 0218. 9 Public meeting organised by Wellsford Promotions, “Help Shape the Future of Wellsford”, 6.15-8pm, Wellsford Community Centre Lounge. (See story p42) 10 Open mike jam night, Green Bird Cafe. MC Paul Bognuda.  Doors open 7pm, entry by folding koha. (See story p49) 10 Photography Group, Kowhai Arts, Warkworth Showgrounds Reserve, 7pm. Try your hand at photo challenges and Colin will present camera accessories.  Info:  Mary Moore 425 6910 . 11 Red Cross will display its new disaster welfare support truck.  At Bowls Warkworth from about 10.30am-12.30pm, then Snells Beach shopping centre from about 1pm. 11 Seminar by Joseph Driessen on “Parenting boys for success at school”, Matakana School Hall, 7-9.30pm. Tickets $10 for nonMatakana School parents from the school or or 422 7309. 12 Matakantata Choir concert, Matakana Village Hall, 7.30pm. Tickets $15 (gold coin for children) available from Gull Matakana. (See story p45) 13 Mahurangi College Ball, North Harbour Stadium.  Year 13s be at school by 5.30pm, Year 12s by 6.15pm. 14 Auckland Council Community Planting Day, “Arawai” Old Cementworks walkway to Warkworth, 10am-noon.  Park at Cementworks, bring a spade, BBQ afterwards. Supported by Forest & Bird and Lion’s Club. Info: 14 Wellsford Country Music Club, Wellsford Co-operative Parish Church, 2-5pm. Doors open 1.30pm.  Live band. $4 incl afternoon tea. Info: Pat 027 243 4953. 14 Kaiwaka market, 10am–1.30pm, Kaiwaka War Memorial Hall. Info: 09 431 8717. 14 Matakantata Choir concert, Warkworth Presbyterian Church, 2pm. Tickets $15 (gold coin for children) from Lee and Hart Pharmacy. (See story p45 16 Watercare will talk to people about changes to wastewater charges for those with rain tanks or bores, 11am to 1pm, Auckland Council Service Centre, Warkworth. (See story p11 16 Nostalgia Night, Matakana Cinemas, showcasing classic movies from the past. $20 tickets include movie, glass of wine and nibbles.  Info: The Vintry 423 0251 or Matakana Cinemas 423 0218. 16 Quiz Night fundraiser, Lions Club of Kowhai Coast for Homebuilders Family Centre, Bowls Warkworth. Doors open 7pm for 7.30pm start. Teams of four, $10 per person, tickets available from Dorothys.  Info: 425 4673. Email your events to

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PM visits Springboard programme at Snells Beach Dozens of excited youngsters posed for photographs with Prime Minister John Key when he dropped into Springboard Community Works at Snells Beach on June 20. Together with Rodney MP Mark Mitchell, Mr opportunities that had been given to them. Key braved the wet weather to tour the centreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Springboard director Gary Diprose told Mr Key facilities, watched a video about the programme, he was keen to expand the programme into signed autographs, and talked to the youngsters and Helensville. their caregivers about how he had also had a tough While in the region, Mr Key also visited the Hibiscus start in life. Coast Youth Centre in Orewa, where he chatted He urged the youngsters to make the most of the with youth leaders and young people.

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