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ith cruise ships planning to arrive at Marsden in two years, the region’s port expanding with containerisation, and tourism plans being made at a speed faster than the SailGP catamarans that recently baptised Bream Bay with their business, the area is now more than the epicentre for Northland’s freight transport and is beginning to shape up as a tourism hub. Last winter, it was announced that the first cruise ship to anchor at Marsden Point in 2021 will be the Oceania Cruises’ ship Regatta, a 30,277-tonne vessel carrying 684 passengers and 400

crew. It will arrive with the opening of the $26 million Hundertwafsser Art Centre and Wairua Maori Art Gallery and the $200 million and entertainment complex in Whangarei. It is hoped that Whangarei will benefit from up to 60 ships stopping at Marsden Point each year and business leaders are hoping that tourism product operators will be ready for the masses of cruise ship visitors looking for Whangarei’s red carpet. Tim Robinson, acting CEO of Northland Chamber of Commerce, says Bream Bay is ripe for tourism product growth and is bursting with opportunities for new business. He said investment from the Provincial Growth Fund would have secondary benefits and the area was also going to see road, rail and broadband improvements which would boost the area’s attractiveness as a business environment. He praised those working to increase the visibility of Bream Bay, saying many private and public organisations were working together. He says the challenge facing the area now was ensuring that there was a suite of options business-ready in time for the arrival of the cruise ships. This, he says, meant there was opportunities for new tourism products and associated businesses, such as quality coach buses, for example.


Meanwhile, New Zealand First is continuing to advocate for the movement of the vehicle import trade from Auckland to Northport. As part of its coalition deal with Labour, NZ First secured the establishment of the Upper North Island Supply Chain Strategy, which was set up by Northland MP Shane Jones, Minster for Regional Development and Associate Minster of Transport to examine the future of North Island ports. The working group is chaired by former Far North mayor, Wayne Brown, and

is expected to deliver its controversial report to cabinet next month. Northport has capacity to increase its port area and deep water berthage, says Northland Inc CEO David Wilson. “Northport can provide solutions for Auckland for freight in and freight out.” He says Northland Inc’s hopes for the working group’s report was a resulting “integrated multi-modal system for Northland’s freight industry”. Meanwhile, Provincial Growth Fund funding of about $500,000 was granted for the recent KiwiRail geotechnical investigation into the design and construction of the Northport spur line to Marsden, which will inform a business case for Northland rail for the Ministry of Transport. Mr Wilson says that KiwiRail needed the commitment from central government before pressing ahead with the study. “It was the nudge that they needed.” He says Bream Bay’s tourism scene held opportunities for interested businesses and Northland Inc was keen to support any ideas for improving the tourism product south of Whangarei. “The cruise ship passengers will be coming off those ships for about five hours – we need bookable products to be ready in time for their arrival in two to three years.” He says the area needed to provide more than just restaurants and tourists needed valuable, experience-based activities. Wilson adds that the area will also benefit from its proximity to the Hawaiki Cable in Mangawhai, and that Bream Bay is open for digital industry, which Northland Inc is keen to support under its Digital Enablement Plan 2022. Northpower Fibre’s Ultra-Fast Broadband was also rolled out to Waipu, Ruakaka and One Tree Point in 2018. Northpower has confirmed it will boost electricity infrastructure in Waipu with a $3.3 million substation investment over five to ten years, and $1.8 million investment in a Bream Bay substation in the next one to four years. Both are to cater over expected growth in demand for electricity supply in the area.

MARINE PRECINCT There is more than just the tourism industry developing at Bream Bay. Felix Richter, CEO of Marsden Maritime Holdings (MMH), says its marine precinct is growing and has potential to expand. In November, SailGP – a new, international yacht racing league created by Sir Russell Coutts and American billionaire Larry Ellison - took up residence on the windy waters of Bream Bay with professional teams from all over the world testing high performance, fullyfoiling, 50-foot catamarans ahead of the 2019 inaugural season. It is hoped that Northport, the hardstand at Marsden Cove and the Bream Bay community, will continue to host the international teams each year as they test drive their catamarans which travel at speeds of up to 50 knots or 90km/h. Richter says SailGP’s arrival to Whangarei was fantastic for the area and had been staged on the MMH boatyard platform. He says SailGP’s catamaran testing placed a positive spotlight on Bream Bay and showed the area’s capability to host such activities. MMH - which owns a 50 per cent share in Northport and is itself owned by Northland Regional Council, Port of Auckland and public shareholders - has a total of 185 hectares of heavy industrial zoned land at Marsden, with about 160 of that available for development. Some of the other 2019 projects for MMH, he says, is the construction of its four new commercial units on Marsden Bay Drive, as well as looking into the development of its recently opened trailer boat yard. Northland business leaders will be hoping that the supply chain study will result in the success of the golden triangle of Auckland, Hamilton and Tauranga, expanding to a golden diamond with the inclusion of Northland, and Bream Bay the new gem outshining them all.

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preading from the vibrant One Tree Point, Marsden Cove and Ruakaka settlements down to the golden arms of Langs Beach, Bream Bay is a truly spectacular part of the Whangarei District. Every year we see the development of new subdivisions in Bream Bay, as more people make the move to this wonderful beachside area. It’s no surprise to me that the population here continues to grow, with it’s communityminded residents and stunning natural environment. 2018 has been a year of consultation and future focus for Bream Bay. The adoption of our Long Term Plan (LTP) has given a framework and timeline for capital projects, including many that directly impact the Bream Bay area. In particular, we’re looking at the treatment, supply and reticulation of water infrastructure in this area, including an upgrade to

the Ruakaka Water Clarifier. We’re focused on maintaining and improving the important infrastructure facilities and services that make sustainable growth possible, including improvements to footpaths and roads, and management of recreational spaces. The community has had a great level of input into the current LTP, and as part of the process, we received a lot of feedback about local recreation areas. Within our LTP, we now have detailed programmes for new fields, drainage and lighting to enhance the excellent sports facilities already in place. We are very grateful to all of you who responded to the call for input. An important project for the new year will be the implementation of a long term plan to deal with erosion of cliffs, seawalls and coastal areas within the Bream Bay area. With a 4.3km coastline to manage, we are committed to looking at the area as a whole rather than simply managing sections or individual parts, creating a plan that will identify the best types of erosion control for each section. Once this plan is complete, we will manage construction to ensure the highest-need areas are given priority. Again, this has been a process of community consultation, with excellent constructive feedback and input received from many Bream Bay residents. I want to pay tribute to the ‘Friends

of the Berm @ Takahiwai’ who came together with members of the community and local school, to complete the Takahiwai Group Project titled: ‘O matou taonga: All our treasures’. The beautification of the Takahiwai and Pirihi Road bus shelters and surrounds is a sight to behold. Dr Benjamin Pittman worked with the local school to create the bus shelter designs, which he stencilled onto the shelters for children to paint. A school competition was run to decide on the signage; with the whole process developing a sense of kaitiakitanga for the community. Well done. As a final note, we are all excited by the prospect of welcoming Whangarei District’s first passenger cruise ship into Northport in January 2021, bringing up to 684 passengers and 400 crew to our District. This will coincide with the opening of the Hundertwasser Wairau Maori Art Centre in Whangarei. And with the Women’s Rugby World Cup games also in 2021, Bream Bay is in a prime position to capitalise on this tourist influx. I can’t think of a more stunning natural environment for our guests to experience. The future is bright for Bream Bay, into 2019 and beyond. Nga mihi, Her Worship the Mayor

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e live in a wonderful part of the country and I am excited for all the opportunities we have right in our back yard. Bream Bay in particular is a growth area which I have been watching with interest. In the 2017 election, I campaigned to strengthen our local marine industry including a marine lift and a dry dock. I have worked on these projects over several years and was pleased to be at the announcement of a marine lift at Oceania Marine. This will attract even more marine work to Whangarei and will keep our competitors at arm’s length. The marine lift will allow work on boats up to 500 tonnes. A dry dock, however, is much bigger and has the ability to service ships weighing thousands of tonnes. I met with international dry dock experts in Whangarei, and in Wellington, and it was explained to

me that Whangarei was in competition with Picton (Shakespeare Bay) for a dry dock. I lobbied vigorously for Whangarei, pointing out our better marine infrastructure, our proximity to Devonport Naval Base, our deep water port and many other features. Furthermore, I showed images of containers thrown all over the Picton wharf during the Kaikoura earthquake. I did what was right for our city, and I fought for our corner. I remain committed to my campaign promise to bring a dry dock to Northland, and I will stay vigilant around the noise and environmental issues.

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RADIOTHERAPY CANCER UNIT IN NORTHLAND This has been a project I have worked on for the past few years to help the 30 Northlanders per day who receive cancer radiotherapy in Auckland. I am making good progress with the DHB and the funds they need which is around $4M per machine. Coincidentally, this is exactly the amount we pay Auckland DHB each year for radiotherapy services.


The end of year call-to-arms remains “we need four lanes – not sticks”! The cancelled four lanes from Whangarei to Ruakaka roundabout was a blow to our economic hopes. The reference to sticks is the yellow soft-hit posts in the middle of the road. This section of road is the deadliest Police hot spot road anywhere in New Zealand. Safety, efficiency and economic certainty is what four lanes would bring and I will keep working with the Northland community to lobby hard for the four lanes to be reinstated.


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BREAM BAY ROCKS I welcome new residents that have made the decision to move into Bream Bay. You will Love it here. Get to know your neighbours and communities and find out their values as their place is now your place. We are enriched with many volunteers in our society. In schools, museums, libraries, sport clubs, neighbourhood patrols and beach ambassadors, please join in. It is a great place and our local communities have had a hand in planning our future. We have seen massive growth in One Tree Point, Ruakaka, Waipu and the coastal strip in between and lead the statistics for the highest residential building consents across the wards at WDC. Industry is now filling in the spaces many thought would not take off only a year or so back. Congratulations to the Port board and management for

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Water disposal and Rubbish collection provisions are all in place. I am a Trustee on two of our retirement homes Saorsa and Stonehaven , both well governed and managed by generous local people, both with development options ahead to consider. Both are fully occupied, with many active retirees. Rail is years away, so we need all of you to support our lobbing to Government that long term safety improvements in our State Highway network are vital, as it is our economic lifeline into Auckland and beyond.

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onique Cherrington knows how vital the speedy service of the Northland Rescue Helicopter is - it’s saved the lives of two family members. Thriving 6-year-old Kiarn Cherrington had a pretty shaky entry into the world but, thanks to the rescue chopper team, he got the immediate medical attention he needed. His mum, Mrs Cherrington, said without the rescue service she doesn’t know if she would have her son or her father still in her life. The annual appeal to raise money towards the operating costs of the rescue service is such an important focus annually. Mrs Cherrington said it was nearly six years ago that she was due to have a booked caesarean to deliver her baby, who had been diagnosed in utero with spina bifida. However, Kiarn had other ideas and wanted to come early.

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Fast-forward a few years, and the helicopter crews helped save her father. “Last year my mum came to stay with me for a few days to help with my newborn baby, leaving dad in Kaitaia. My nana popped over to see dad and realised he didn’t look well and he said he had been having chest pains. She convinced him to visit our local doctors.” Things took a turn for the worse when he collapsed following a massive

“YOU JUST NEVER KNOW WHEN IT MIGHT HAPPEN TO YOU” “It was pretty intensive stuff. Flying while in labour is not ideal and, when he was born, his spine had been in a bit of a bubble that just burst as he came out. “We were very thankful that we had been able to be at the hospital and he could get the care he needed.” At just 24 hours old, tiny Kiarn had surgery to close the opening in his back. One week later he underwent brain surgery to insert a stent. “For us, to be able to use this service, essentially saved Kiarn’s life. He is so full of life now, such a great kid. The neurological surgery he required was not available at Whangarei and we had to be down there. They got us there, and we will be forever thankful.”

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– LIVING THE BREAM – How paradise really can be in your own backyard I n the year 1966 an 8 year old boy sat sobbing in the back of the family MRK 2 Zephyr, sad to be leaving the place he called home, sad at leaving his friends, his school, and the only life he had known thus far: Meremere on the banks of the muddy Waikato River. His sadness dominated the long journey until the point at which the Mark 2 topped the brow of the Brynderwyn Hills and suddenly there it was: a stunning sight. A new unknown world lay before him as if it was a post card with a top, bottom and sides, he could see it all, North to South and West to East. His new life was about to begin and sadness began to give way to curiosity upon seeing this place for the very first time. Bream Bay is clearly defined, contained geographically on all four sides. Bream Head to the North, Bream Tail to the

South, green hills and farmland to the West and the sparkling blue of the Pacific Ocean to the East. It’s a spectacular vista, the more you look the more you see. Bream Head is at the seaward end of a striking landmark known as Whangarei Heads jutting skyward, mountainous and mystical a place of legend and lore. Tucked within this rocky border lies the mouth of the Whangarei Harbour, gateway to the sea for an extensive aquatic environ that stretches all the way to the city of Whangarei. The Harbour entrance also marks the start of a long curving stretch of sand intersected by rivers and streams. At its southern end Bream Tail concludes a beautiful stretch of rocky outcrops and sandy coves. Flowering Pohutukawa add a crimson tinge to an already idyllic setting. Islands to the East dot the seascape adding a further dimension to

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the panorama which is different every time you look at it. Every day starts afresh, no two ever the same, sometimes still and quiet sometimes violent and moving with a roar. It didn’t take long for that 8 year old boy to discover the delights of coastal living, sand, shells, sun, sea, secret beaches and surf. So content was he with his new life by the sea that he is still here in “Dream Bay” living the “Bream”. It’s been that way for 52 years now and he won’t be looking for greener pastures anytime soon. He’s gaining fresh appreciation on a daily basis for what has become a very special place, a happy place and a life defining place. He has seen many changes over his time here, think big projects, industrialisation, housing developments, it’s a big list and a lot has happened but just as rust

never sleeps, the sands of time continue to shift, Bream Bay is a living breathing thing of beauty and it’s magic prevails on a daily basis. To appreciate Bream Bay is to get out amongst it, walk upon its beaches barefoot, feel the sea swirl around your feet, and feel the heat of the rising sun on your face. If you let it, Bream Bay with charge your batteries and set you up for the day, take away your worries and guide you on your way. Pick a beach, harbour side or surfside, go down to the river, visit an estuary or set out upon the sea, you’re sure to find that Bream Bay’s the place you love to be. These days and all those years later when I think about that 8 year old boy in the backseat of the family Mark 2 Zephyr with his bottom lip resting on the floor pan: Just what a lucky boy he turned out to be!

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he One Tree Point Combined Arts Exhibition and Sale returns this coming Northland/Auckland Anniversary Weekend, January 26-27, 2019. It will be in its third year and is expected to draw large crowds to the Marsden Cove Marquee. The original event was conceived by Colin and Anne Coutts and the group behind the event held their first working exhibition in 2017 with just 12 local artists exhibiting at the One Tree Point Yacht Club. With the support of the Hopper Group, the opportunity arose to exhibit again at the marquee in January 2018. The exhibition was an overwhelming success and attracted over 1,600 visitors. Organisers say the exhibition, now in its third year, aims to raise awareness of local arts, break down barriers, and celebrate the creative diversity within the community. Organising committee chair Gillian Corban says the number of artists has been reduced from 50 to 40 in order to improve the flow of crowd traffic, thus enabling a better opportunity to ponder and enjoy the exhibits. It will be a fantastic opportunity to meet creative, imaginative and inventive artists and will feature painters, sculptor, jewellers, potters, wood turners, felters,

photographers, as well as a range of textile artists. The exhibition includes many awardwinning artists demonstrating their craft, live, at some point across both days. Corban says the star working attraction will be muralist Rodrigo Rozas who will be demonstrating his air brushing techniques. Rodrigo is currently involved in the beautification of Kamo’s main street, painting five large murals there. “I am extremely lucky to have the continued support of an amazing organising committee who have been working very hard all year to bring this event together,” says Corban, while thanking sponsors Creative Northland, the Hopper Group, Noel Leeming, NZ Artist Magazine, Macsway Scaffolding, Generation Homes and Bream Bay Realty. Even if you are not currently participating in arts activities or have never visited the exhibition before, come along and, for a gold coin donation, be inspired and get involved in some of the creative things happening in our community. There will be music, food and coffee and a guaranteed enjoyable time, plus the opportunity to purchase original art and crafts.


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The Olives on the Hill Ascolano oil has a hint of pepper at the finish and sets off a summer salad beautifully, their Leccino is smooth and buttery (try it drizzled over ice cream!) while the Frantoio has a lovely fruity flavour that is perfect for all cooking and, with a squeeze of fresh lime, is delightful drizzled over a summer fruit salad. Deeply passionate about New Zealand’s growing olive oil industry, Chris and Linda say their visit to Spanish groves last year was very encouraging and that New Zealand olives could well become as successful as New Zealand wine is today. “I really believe that the olive industry can compete on the world stage but we have to compete on quality not quantity. I think

we can definitely do that,” explains Linda. “We just have to discover the best way of doing that for our climate.” The grove in King Road is also home to The Grove Supply Co. that provides anything a small to medium olive grower would need. This includes harvesting equipment such as the fantastic Mambo Karbonium, brilliant de-leafers, along with nets, rakes and bins. “We have a huge range of fustis and stainless-steel tanks, taps, filters, cappers, fruit presses and an amazing olive press/malaxer combination,” says Linda. “We also have equipment for orchardists to crush and press other fruits.” The Grove Supply Co. are the sole official distributors in New Zealand for Sansone and Zanon, the top

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K, so I’m not a true local of Bream Bay but I’ve always had a calling for the place, the long sweeping coastline, clean white sand beaches but, more importantly, the great people who surf, fish, dive or simply walk the vast shoreline. As a child I spent many hours in Bream Bay with Mum and Dad kontiki fishing, swimming, walking along the beach and collecting shells. Mum and Dad had a strong connection to Bream Bay as well because their first NZ home after leaving England for a better life was in Waipu, a place they often spoke fondly of.




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After many trips to Australia for The Alley Fish Fry, run by former Dargaville lad Grant Newby, the baton was handed to me to organise a NZ Fish Fry, a gathering to celebrate the Fish surfboard, surfing and the surfing culture. So it was decided with the help of good friend and my surfboard shaper Roger Hall from Ruakaka that Waipu Cove was to be the spot – and what a spot it is! The Cove is one of the most stunning places in Northland plus a perfect venue to put boards on display at the reserve under the Pohutukawa, and for people to gather and spend time in and out of the water discussing surfboard design,

waves, surfboard projects and the pure joy of riding waves. The Fish Fry is not just for surfers or surfboard shapers, it’s a family event for anyone who has an interest in surfing or simply wants to spend a day at the beach and have a look at all the amazing shapes, designs and beautiful artwork. There are many Fish Fry events around the world but, at the risk of sounding biased, I believe we have the best location. Here is a little wrap of what the event is, taken from The Cove Fish Fry Blog http:// The Cove Fish Fry is a gathering of

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■ The Cove Fish Fry Roger Hall, mum Dorothy Hall and Chris Hall

positive and like minded surfers and shapers sharing a day at the beach. The original format of the Fish Fry was based around the Fish surfboard but as the event has evolved and spread throughout the world it has become open to all forms of surfcraft, Fish, Logs, Hulls, Alaias, Handplanes, Mats, the list goes on. The

Cove Fish Fry is a non-competitive and non-commercial event and will be held at Waipu Cove, Northland, NZ, on the 10th of March 2019. More info on The Cove Fish Fry Facebook page. Hope to see you there, Mike Cunningham.

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