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Jack Morgan Museum ten years on ... A testimony to the Hukerenui community and Jack

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ast month I was asked to attend the Jack Morgan Museum ten-year celebration on behalf of my late father. Despite their age difference, he was good mates with Jack. Dad liked to get out and about and do farm deliveries for his business Bryant Tractors and would often pick him up on his way past Hukerenui enroute to the Far North. By then, Jack only had 80 per cent vision but his mind was still sharp as a tack. Dad was instrumental in the early concept of the museum and was known to spot the odd ancient derelict item on the farms he went to and cart them back (with permission) to Jack’s collection. I remember dad suggesting I write a story about Jack and his collection and taking me out to the house to meet Jack and his wife. Before heading out to the celebration the other week, I looked up the story to refresh my mind and was surprised to see it was published on October 11, 2008. My twins were born October 7, 2008 – I must have been extremely hapu at that time and very keen to meet this Hukerenui legend I’d heard so much about! I’m glad I did. As another one of his good friends said in this story; ‘He was just a good fella, a hard case’. I last saw Jack at my dad’s funeral.

9 - Your guide - advanced skin treatments at Caci 10 - What are skin peels? He had very little vision but he approached me. Two years later and I was at Jack’s funeral. I have no doubt these two old-school hard workers, along with their other mate from the Hukerenui Tavern, Clive Smeath, also mentioned in the story, will be up there having a well-deserved drink together. In this edition, we revisit that chat with Jack, who shared his early memories of the place he called home, while looking at how the museum, his legacy, has been ticking along over the last ten years. You can read this on pages 4 & 5. If you are planning on visiting this Hukerenui museum, why not make it part of a road trip to the Far North? This month we feature the beautiful Doubtless Bay as a holiday destination. Mangonui has tons of history and beauty and is a great base for all the other picturesque places that make up Doubtless Bay and its surrounds. You can read about what there is to see and do on pages 16 & 17.


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JACK MORGAN MUSEUM ten years on …

It’s been ten years since the Jack Morgan Museum opened. Jodi Bryant recalls chatting with the late Hukerenui identity at his life-long stomping ground before the dream eventuated, and takes a look at how it’s evolved since.


f Jack Morgan were around to see how his museum has fared he’d be mighty chuffed. The Hukerenui icon spent a lifetime collecting, or as his wife Lorraine called

bedroom home was built on a block of land they'd bought. However, just before they moved in one of several tragedies struck. “My uncle was a bricklayer and building

horses here and then carry on to Whangarei. Then the railway came through so the owner of the pub - old Jack Keatley - got the pub dragged down and across the road by a

it – ‘hoarding’ - memorabilia from the area he called home for 97 years and never could have imagined it would all one day end up in

the chimney on our house, and must have had one too many,'' Jack recalled back in 2008. “He went back to work full as a boot and fell

bullock team so it faced the railway.'' When the 1918 plague - Spanish influenza - broke out people began ‘dropping like flies’,

a museum bearing his name across the road from his home. But he got to see it come to fruition just three years before he passed at the age of

asleep in front of the fire on a pile of wood shavings. He escaped but our new house burned to the ground.'' Not long after, Jack's father bought 54.6ha

Jack remembered. “Everything closed - the shops, the schools, the pub. “Across the road, a Maori person died and my uncle and dad carried the coffin for the

97 and, last month, a celebration was held commemorating ten years since the museum opened.

of land in Waiotu Valley, closer to the pub. “There was once no other access to Whangarei but by stagecoach. Six horses from

family. When they got there they put the corpse in the coffin. My uncle died seven days later and my dad died 10 days later. That left my

Born in 1916, Jack lived in Hukerenui all his life and there’s not many a local who wouldn’t have been familiar with his name and face. As a life member of the Hukerenui

Kawakawa would come and they'd change the

mother with seven kids under 12.'' Jack had only one memory of his dad. “I remember a sing-song around the piano one night. I was two and dad had his arm

rugby club and recipient of Rotary's highest honour, Jack was involved in many aspects of the community. The Hukerenui Hotel played

around me and I remember all the beer bottles lined up along the top.'' Jack's mother continued running the

a significant role in Jack’s life; his parents leased the hotel and the large family with seven children lived in the cottage alongside the pub. They planned to move when a six-

leased pub - back then, mostly frequented by bushmen - for two years before buying a house and, with a community effort, having it carted to the family's land.

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December 2012: Jack Morgan, then 96, and his wife Did in front of the new mural on the Jack Morgan Museum at Hukerenui. Photo: Michael Cunningham

“She farmed the land. She used to get out

“I came home and started laying out what I'd gathered over the years. I mentioned my

on a horse and plough. All us kids had our jobs to do - even at four-years old - we had a couple of cows to milk.''

carrots and feed the horses, go and help his

collection to my mate, Bill Bryant, and from there on he's been like a bee with a bum full of

mum finish milking and then walk, probably two or three miles over the paddock barefoot to school. In the winter, they would have mud

Other childhood memories include the discovery of a soda water spring, from where

honey.'' Bill mentioned to the then Hukerenui Tavern

up to their knees and they’d have to hose themselves off before they went into class and,

water was carted off to a soft drink factory in Whangarei.

owner Bob McGregor if he'd ever thought of starting up a museum on the adjacent land and

if they were late, they’d get the cuts, which is the strap.

“We kids used to hop down the hill after school and get a bottle of soda water from the

the idea went from there. Bob gifted the land and the locals chipped in with the construction

“The kids just couldn’t understand. They didn’t even know what the strap or cane was.”

spring.'' Jack spent two years boarding in

of the building. A committee was formed and the dedicated team of volunteers ensured the

The ten-year celebration was attended by around 120 people who went through the

Whangarei while at high school - his only time away from Hukerenui. After that he bought a

idea became reality. The museum opened in 2010 and the

museum looking at both old and new displays before an afternoon tea with speeches at the

tractor and went into agricultural contracting with his brother, Fred.

collection included a World War One saddle and other horse tackle, bricks from the former

adjacent tavern. The speeches revealed that visitor numbers

Fred was sent away during the war but Jack was ‘manpowered’ to do contracting work

local brickworks, paraphernalia from nearby mercury mines, oceans of tools and a shed

have been trending upwards and it is one of few profitable museums of its size. Overseas

around the mid-North on farms left to be run by women whose men were away.

with about 60 stationary engines - mostly in working order.

visitors were a big part of the market until Covid-19 but now more New Zealanders

“In the meantime, my mother had died, so that left me with two farms and the

Jack would make the dash across State Highway One to visit the museum on his

are calling in since lockdown ended. The volunteer-run museum has around 35

contracting work.'' Fred returned in 1943 and took over

modified lawnmower (by removing the blade) and good friend Ennis Francis who is a

volunteers but is always looking for more. With around 95 per cent of artefacts deriving

the original farm, while Jack took over the other farm and continued with the odd bit

volunteer and on the Jack Morgan Museum committee remembers he was ‘really chuffed’

from Jack’s collection, the museum also has some new displays. Popular ones include a

of contracting. That same year he married Lorraine, known to many as Did, and now 96

Clive Smeath, would take him down the road where, between 5.30 and 7.30pm, he'd down

with the museum. “We had schools visiting and he would

cowshed scene, cream separators, Broomfield’s 1940s store and excerpts and photos from the

– ‘I plucked her from the nest’, he would say and they had two daughters.

his handle and a half-dozen whisky and milks. Jack and Lorraine lived in their modest

come down and talk to them and I do remember one day the kids were asked what

diary of a prisoner of war, donated by his local daughter, for the war display.

“I baled hay for 49 years. In the mornings, I'd be milking the cows and when I finished

weatherboard home overlooking State Highway One - and Jack's watering hole - for around 45

they did that morning before school. They answered that they got up, watched tv, had

Ennis said those attending the celebration were mostly present at the opening ten years

baling, I would head to the pub - Sunday and all. Back then the pub was owned by Jack

years. It was there that most of his collection was stored in four sheds, while the overflow

breakfast and either their mother took them to school in the car or they caught the bus.

earlier and were impressed with how the museum had evolved. She recons, had Jack

Keatley, who had a 50-year licence. He was good to us. In the summertime, we'd go and

was stored in a mate’s shed and workshop, and now fills the museum. The museum idea

“Jack was then asked to tell the kids what he used to do before school. Jack said he had

been present, he would’ve been ‘blown away’. “He would’ve been a happy man. He was

sit on the scoria by the railway track 'cos it was nice and warm on your bum and old

came about after Jack was inspired by a mate's collection.

to go outside to chop kindling, light the coal range, make the porridge, go outside and dig

very humble. He was just a good fella, a hard case and he had these wonderful stories – we

Jack Keatley would come waddling down with a flagon. “I've been around that pub all me life.'' Jack's was a familiar face there right up until his passing and he practically had a bar stool with his name on it. On a Monday, his mate,

While much has changed over the last ten years – Jack, Bill Bryant and Clive Smeath have all passed, wife Lorraine now resides in a rest home, and the Hukerenui Hotel has changed hands – the legacy lives on.

miss him so much.” While much has changed over the last ten years – Jack, Bill Bryant and Clive Smeath have all passed, wife Lorraine now resides in a rest home, and the Hukerenui Hotel has changed hands – the legacy lives on.


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Skin peel treatments make use of acids and enzymes to exfoliate away layers of the skin to reveal fresher, clearer, more youthful looking skin beneath the surface. Resurfacers are a milder type of skin peel and are sometimes referred to as ‘superficial exfoliating treatments’. The powerful blend of ingredients in skin peels work to visibly reduce the appearance of open pores, remove dead skin cells, target blemishes, acne and pigmentation, and visibly smooth fine lines and wrinkles. The procedure is used all over the world to treat skin conditions such as fine lines and wrinkles, acne, hyper-pigmentation and sun damage – the results can be life-transforming. Are Skin Peels Safe? Yes, Skin Peels are completely safe and undergo stringent testing on all skin types and tones: first by the manufacturers; then by our Medical Standards Team; and finally during the

training of our practitioners. During treatment your eyes and hair will be protected. Do Skin Peels Hurt? You may experience a slight tingling sensation as the peel works during your treatment, but this is completely normal. Where on my body can I have a skin peel? Skin Peels are used for the face and almost any other area of the body. Facedoctors Northland offer specific peels for the hands, neck and décolletage. What Happens After A Skin Peel? After the first treatment and starting on your skin preparation regime you will notice improvements. Your skin will feel softer and look subtly younger. Further regular treatments will ensure you achieve your desired results.








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Diabetic’s require an eye check to check the back of the eye (a fundus examination) at the time of diagnosis. This is particularly important in type 2 diabetes when there may have been a long duration of undiagnosed diabetes. Eye disease related to diabetes include a range of conditions such as refractive changes, double vision, cataract, glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy. Of these conditions, diabetic retinopathy is the only one that is directly caused by diabetes and most frequently results in vision loss. Risk factors • Duration of diabetes - Almost 80% of

people, who have diabetes for 15 years or more, have some damage to the blood vessels in their retina. • High blood pressure • Kidney diseases • Pregnancy • Anaemia Diabetic retinopathy is a serious complication of diabetes and remains the leading cause of blindness among workingaged adults in the developed world. The progression of visual loss can be reduced with early detection and treatment.


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CORONAVIRUS MAY BE THE WAKEUP CALL WE NEEDED Millions of years of optimized biochemical

muscles in this endeavor, you should balance

Let us hope all the trauma the world now faces

healing pathways guarantee that you can take care of yourself better than any doctor or health care plan. Provided you have not disabled the pathways by practicing harmful

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lifestyle habits such as eating the wrong types of foods, eating too much food, and avoiding rather than embracing exercise.

Once we discover that we do indeed (for the most part) have control of the direction our

If you are looking for inspiration to make a change in your life, perhaps let this virus be your wakeup call. Be inspired to make the

The body is an incredibly wise machine which uses energy efficiently. The metabolic (energyproducing) engine in our body is our muscular

health takes through preventive measures, we realize the power we wield to create a lifestyle that promotes health and well-being rather than one that destroys health, steals vitality and

decision to change your life for the better so you are better protected both in the short term and the long term.

system, and when we actively use our muscles, an important message is conveyed to the entire body: “I am needed.”

energy, and ultimately damages and shortens lifespans. Making healthy lifestyle practices the routine, rather than the exception, is our best

Let us face it, sickness happens… just as water flows through the area of least resistance so too does sickness flow to those with least

Not using our muscles sends the opposite message – that they are not needed. This negative note begins their demise – the

and environmental health experts, and from those in planetary health – an emerging field connecting human health, civilisation and

resistance to it.

process of wasting away and taking disease resistance/immunity along with it.

and a responsibility and can be thought of as a new paradigm. When we eat, think, and live differently, it reflects someone in control of

the natural systems on which they depend. For all of us to remain healthy, our world and environment needs to remain healthy.

one’s own disease prevention strategies, a practice that empowers us rather than strips us of our power.

It is important to give our body the activity it requires to stay well – consistent load bearing exercise. When our brain receives these positive affirmative messages, they relay a

their health. It is a practice aimed at proactive prevention. The alternative, which is reactive, and involves looking for a cure ‘after the fact’ is rarely an effective approach to maintaining

Perhaps the legacy of COVID-19 will be a drive to take action to invest in our own wellbeing by acknowledging that everything we do

This approach prescribes wellness through exercise, healthy eating, and pro-active living.

‘need’ to our muscles… to maintain themselves.

good health.

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Repeat - "An ounce of prevention is worth

they need to stay strong and healthy, they reward us with physical power and greater protection from any health threat. To assist your

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Coronavirus is a wake-up call. You could argue we need them.


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own making. The current pandemic sweeping across the globe is unlikely to be the last of these. COVID-19 is dishing out lessons for the world and offering warnings about our future. This is the message of infectious disease

every single day in regards to our health and wellness matters, that we all have a choice in how we decide to live our lives.

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The truth is that nature has evolved the human body to HEAL ITSELF.

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But here’s the thing: • You don’t have to be the person others need you to be. • You don’t have to behave in a certain way, simply to fit into others’ views of the world. • Your power and sense of self isn’t something others give to you. It’s already innately yours. When I learnt this for myself, everything changed. I stopped relying on other people to grant me a sense of worthiness. I stepped up and took responsibility for my

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You only get out of a pet relationship what you put in!

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appropriate behaviour when interacting with

training your puppy, on top of using a bed or mat. Decide your puppy’s boundaries now;

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other dogs. Look for a Doggy Day Care with qualified staff and a designated dog to people

are they allowed on the sofa? Or your bed? How will they travel in the car? Setting these

about your puppy in a group environment and finding out a little more about how your new

ratio. Public Dog Parks are also available, but you may want to leave them until your puppy

boundaries now, allows your puppy to learn the correct behaviours that you expect from them

family member’s brain works is an invaluable experience. Pick out a suitable puppy class,

has had plenty of socialisation and you are confident they will respond to your calls in a

as an adult, setting them up for success!

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high energy environment.

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environment are suitable. Taking a puppy class is a great way to give you the tools

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record your puppy’s vaccination dates and any upcoming appointments and set in place

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some discussions about food with them explaining your puppy’s breed and age and

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Supporting our community

The historic Mangonui Hotel on the left fronts the beautiful harbour

Exploring Doubtless Bay In December 1769 Captain James Cook of the ‘Endeavour' sailed past the entrance of an east coast Northland bay, recording in his journal that it was 'doubtless a bay'.


he subsequent-named Doubtless Bay has several small settlements stretching in a horseshoe from Coopers Beach and incorporating Cable Bay, Taipa, and around the long sweeping Karikari Peninsula expanse of Tokerau to Whatuwhiwhi. Towards the south end, Mangonui, meaning ‘large shark’ after it is believed a shark once guided a canoe into the bay, is the main harbourside town for this area and boasts historic buildings which can be discovered by walking the heritage trail.* Since 1792 Mangonui became the port for whaling ships from all over the world. Across at Hihi, at the very southern end of Doubtless Bay, is the Whaling Museum and Butler Homestead. Captain William Butler, as English whaler, settled here in 1839 and established a trading post for American and European whalers. The museum displays a restored and fully equipped whaleboat and a comprehensive collection of whaling artefacts. The Butler homestead is recognised by Heritage New Zealand. Extensive grounds include a pohutukawa tree approaching 1,000 years old and claimed to be the world’s largest.**

Alongside the whaling, three other local products were highly valued in world markets: flax, kauri trees and kauri gum. Settlers in the 1830s began cutting kauri trees that grew in abundance around Doubtless Bay, rafting logs down the Taipa and Oruaiti rivers. Whalers bought the timber for refitting and repairs to their ships and whaleboats in the harbour. In 1880 a large kauri mill was built at Mill Bay in Mangonui Harbour, eventually covering ten acres, where the logs were cut and shipped overseas. With its varied and plentiful enticing beaches, Doubtless Bay has long been our annual summer holiday destination. But being winter, I was keen to stay for once in the heart of Doubtless Bay and soak up some of the atmosphere of this popular historic town so we set off during the school holidays, destination: Mangonui Hotel. Dating back to 1905, the hotel is one of several local historic watering holes popular with the ships’ crews calling at the then-busy port, and has been at the social centre of the town for most of its history. Heritage New Zealand considers the two-storey building to be the most beautiful old hotel in the country. While the exterior of the building remains unchanged, the accommodation has been renovated over the years, retaining the elegance of the original structure and keeping its character. There’s something comforting about walking into a cosy tavern on a winter’s day and the Mangonui Hotel is no exception. We were enveloped by the warm, wooden old-world charm and ambience of a pub wellfrequented. The bar staff and punters alike were welcoming and friendly, calling out quips to one another and it’s the kind of place where you could rock up by yourself and not feel alone. Aurora the resident Macaw parrot is also good for bringing strangers together.

*Brochures for the Mangonui Heritage Trail, which is 3km and can be accessed by both foot (1.5 hours) or vehicle, can be purchased from the Mangonui Information Centre for $1. ** Appointments are necessary for viewing the Whaling Museum.

The hotel had long had a popular resident cockatoo Barney but, with his sad passing last year, two-year-old Aurora was introduced and has quickly made her mark. Bar staff disclose that she is friendly and loves ‘cuddles’ but she also doesn’t like them to end and can get a bit feisty, in the form of a sharp bite and loud squawk in the ear. Probably just as well she holds her own for some of the punters like to wind her up. She is quite the character and just adds to the atmosphere of this charming historic establishment. Despite being early in the week, the pub was constantly humming right from 11am opening and, besides Aurora keeping a watchful eye on things from her perch, there is plenty to keep families entertained. My kids were drawn to the toy vending machine game and enjoyed a game of pool and watching sport on the big screens. There is also a large garden bar with sea views, a pokies room for a flutter, TAB corner and plenty of hunting and fishing and historical memorabilia adorning the walls to keep one amused. After settling into our room and taking in the impressive view from the communal balcony overlooking the harbour, we went for a stroll past the boutique shops along the waterfront. Over recent years, I’ve often heard locals talk about their ‘go-to’ for dinner – The Thai Mangonui restaurant so I was keen to see what all the fuss was about. We met a local friend and

Mangonui Hotel resident Aurora takes a shine to punter Graham Corbett’s hat.

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STORY & PHOTOS BY JODI BRYANT her kids there and enjoyed a night of fantastic food in great surrounds where there was a constant flow of diners for early in the week. The next day dawned a stunner and we popped next door to Little Kitchen for brunch which, as far as al fresco dining (or wining, as it is a fully licensed bar) is concerned, would likely be the best seats in town. Co-owned by two local ladies, chefs Cherie Town and Tissa Kamlade, this popular waterfront café opened in 2017 and, I would imagine, locals would now be a bit lost without it. Drive past in the summer and the outdoor frontage is always packed. But inside is cosy on a winter’s day and it was hard choosing from the brimming cabinets and menus. As well as using eco-friendly products where possible, Cherie and Tissa pride themselves on the fresh, locally-sourced, tasty food made on the premises daily. My coffee and the kids’ hot chocolates were yum, as were the eggs – both poached and scrambled, and filling – a great start to an action-packed day. On this magical morning with the waters gleaming, I couldn’t think of a nicer place to enjoy brunch. After taking a stroll along the boardwalk, my friend picked us up and took us on a sightseeing tour of Karikari Peninsular. Although I frequent this area every summer, there were still a few places we hadn’t been so, first stop was Coca Cola Lake.

My turn! … By default. While taking the previous picture, Aurora hopped onto my arm. Despite how it looks, I am quite terrified.

Supporting our community Our own locallycaught fish cooked and eaten at Cable Bay in January.

Little Kitchen boasts prime al fresco dining.

Fishing at the Mangonui wharf, or at least a wander, is a must.

Little Kitchen brunch

Despite its red/brown colour, due to the natural peat and tannins staining the water, Coca Cola Lake, officially known as Rotopokaka, is usually safe to swim but is not

artwork include Bill and Hillary Clinton, Meryl Streep, Clint Eastwood and Anthony Hopkins. Next we popped over to Rangiputa, and,

which we later took along to the Mangonui Fish Shop and had cooked up for dinner and enjoyed with beer battered chips on the

takeaways cooked it for us before we took it across the road to the golden beach to enjoy. Despite our fun-filled day packed with tourism adventures, the kids had been asking

recommended at the moment due to algae. True to its name, it does look like cola but you

although, like Puheke, not part of Doubtless Bay, being on the other side of the peninsula, it’s always a favourite place to have a picnic

closed-in jetty overlooking the bay. There are other places that cook your fish, including Fresh & Tasty, the Mangonui Hotel

might want to warn the kids they won’t need to bring a straw as, besides, being currently

lunch at a table overlooking the Fiji-like white sands and clear water where we swim in the

restaurant and takeaways, which, reading the reviews, has a fantastic reputation.

promised them we would so, after dinner, we all traipsed back and happily whiled away the

undrinkable, it does not taste like Coca Cola. Next stop, another place I hadn’t been,

summer. There is also always plenty to watch and this day there were paddle boarders,

However, this was the one night it was closed. Back in January, we also took our

rest of the night playing pool with locals and daring each other to be Aurora’s next perch.

Puheke and I’m not sure I would have tackled this had I not been with someone keen to

boats, and surfcasters. By then it was high tide and time to return

fish along to the Cable Bay store where the

The next morning, I went to Beach Box at Coopers Beach for a takeaway coffee, from

climb to the top of the hill. I’m glad we did. Although very steep, the sweeping views from

to Mangonui for some wharf fishing, a must-do experience, if not just a stroll and observe.

where you can walk down to the long expanse of sand – perfect for some exercise in stunning

the top were amazing. And here we met some ultra-friendly locals, originally from Hawaii who

My friend’s son Kurt, one of the Savvy fishing columnists and a regular at the wharf, hadn’t

scenery before the drive home.

have settled in and love the area and have an art gallery at Mangonui. Here Mark Daniells

seen it so busy and this day in particular, but for a few octopuses caught, none of the school

continues to paint the beauty of the islands and local scenery and some notable owners of his

holiday crowd seemed to be having much luck. However, Kurt had caught snapper earlier

I love Rangiputa. With local friend Adeline Knight.

throughout if they could go back to the bar (and WiFi had nothing to do with it!). I had

Special thanks to Mangonui Hotel and Little Kitchen for their hospitality.

Atop Puheke

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A Taipa sunset

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Vineyard & Winery


akahikare Moana, the New Zealand Storm Petrel, dances across the waves of sparkling Doubtless Bay. Barely touching the water, the storm petrel creates a ballet that is beautiful and enchanting to watch. This small bird personifies the wines made from the grapes grown on the north-facing slopes of Paewhenua Island. Owners Kim and Graham Gilkison said they fell in love with Paewhenua Island after spending a lot of time in the area and, in 2012, bought the original cottage. In 2013, they sold their very successful engineering business in New Plymouth and spent a few years commuting between New Plymouth, Brisbane and Mangonui. In 2018, they made Mangonui home and, at the same time, bought the surrounding vineyard. Graham is still active in the engineering world, leaving Kim to manage the vineyard. They are really excited to share a taste of Northland and their love of wine with those who visit. The microclimate of Paewhenua Island and north-facing slopes provides fantastic growing conditions for the vineyard. The vineyard was planted about 14 years ago, when Butterfish Bay Estate was established, providing them mature vines to work with. The vineyard

Sits in the heart of Mangonui Harbour on Paewhenua Island, Northland.

these grapes are not well known and Kim says it is exciting to see people try, and enjoy, a wine they have never had before. The Viognier (Vee On Yay) is becoming very popular. A very refreshing white wine that everyone seems to love. ‘Sparkles’ is the sparkling Viognier and it really does sparkle, just like the bay the vineyard sits in. Leading New Zealand wine writer Michael Cooper has given their wines excellent reviews. The Tannat achieved a 5-star rating and this very rich tannic red wine received a

special mention from him recently on Coast Radio. Dancing Petrel’s range of wines have all achieved 4 stars or better from him. Dancing Petrel is open for tastings. Call Kim on 0212413221 to book a time to come and enjoy their delicious wine in the beautiful setting of Paewhenua Island. Have a look at their website: www. dancingpetrel.co.nz to find out more. You will see a video of the Storm Petrel dancing across the water in Doubtless Bay. The essence of the Far North. Magical.

covers 12ha and is one of the larger vineyards in the Far North. The last two years have been spent working with the existing vines, reconfiguring the mature vines and planting 4,000 new vines with 2,000 more to be planted this year. Chardonnay and Gewurztraminer are being added to their varietals. Grapes grown currently are Viognier, Pinot Gris, Arneis, Cabernet Franc, Syrah and Tannat. Some of

Tastings available Call Kim

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Doubtless Bay

WATERFRONT BOUTIQUE HOTEL THE OLD OAK Combine history with comfort at the Historical Old Oak Hotel, located on the waterfront of Mangonui, your gateway to The Far North. Originally built in 1861, The Old Oak is a registered heritage building that has undergone extensive renovations and is a beautiful spot to base yourself from.

MARK DANIELLS ART Come visit Mark Daniells Art at #7 Beach Rd. Just a short walk up from the Mangonui Fish Shop. We have original oils, watercolours and woodblock prints as well as note cards, tote bags, yoga mats and pillows. Come in and meet the artist in his studio while he works on his current piece. Mark Daniells moved to New Zealand from the island of Kauai in Hawaii and has set up shop in stunning Mangonui Village. “This place is inspiring”

MATTHEWS VINTAGE COLLECTION Browse through an extensive range of vintage cars, tractors, stationary engines and farming equipment. Domestic and musical memorabilia to take on a trip down memory lane. Souvenirs, tea, coffee, cold drinks and ice creams available.

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Welcome aboard ‘Asterix’ in the beautiful Doubtless Bay in the Far North where the fishing is sensational. Come on one of our fun fishing trips, catch some amazing fish and enjoy the sights of Doubtless Bay. We offer half-day, full-day and extended trips or we can tailor-make any trip for you to suit your requirements including: bay fishing, deep water fishing, harbour cruises, bay cruises, evening cruises, relaxation trips, dive trips and extended trips from North Cape to the Cavalli’s. We welcome groups, families or individuals. We provide all the equipment you’ll need for a fun day fishing, including bait, ice and tackle or you can bring your own favourite gear. Species we can target are: Snapper, Kahawai, Kingfish, Trevally, John Dory, Tarakihi, Hapuka (Groper) Bluenose, plus lots more.

At Doubtless Bay Villas you can live the island lifestyle without leaving NZ! Within easy driving distance of Cape Reinga, Doubtless Bay Villas comprises luxury studios and villas which are serviced daily yet allow you the independence of self-catering. Overlooking the beach in Cable Bay, we offer million dollar views at

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Supporting our community

Wild and Wacky Wild Winter Workout • Cycle and ski Mt Ruapaehu and Tongariro National Park • We cater for everyone from small groups to pick-up and drop-off at your destination • Skiers, cyclists, walkers and adventurers • Ski the slopes or cycle the trails • Come for a ride on the Sky Waka • Build a snowman • Relax in a hot tub


We offer adventures from Northland to the deep south rail trail or mountains to the sea. Embrace the opportunity to discover some of New Zealand's great journeys. Some of our unique tours on offer are: • Walking and cycle tours throughout New Zealand • South Island cycle adventures • Celebrate your birthday with friends on a fun-filled Journey together For bookings, call Mandy on 027 206 7220 Email: wildandwackytours@gmail.com or FB: Wild & Wacky NZ tours


1944 Dodge 6x6 Military Carrier

Fishing tips & tales


I hope for better weather in the coming month. If you are out in a boat, watch for semi submerged logs. Tight Lines. – John Vowless

BY GERALDINE CRAW At the Packard Motor Museum an unusual truck in our line-up of military vehicles is our Dodge Model T223-WC63 6x6 cargo and personnel carrier. In 1940, the American auto manufacturer, Dodge became involved with defence work for the war effort. By 1942 all civilian automobile production had ceased and the factory went into full production building every conceivable type of war equipment imaginable, including engines for B-29 Bombers and armaments and navigational aids for American ships. Dodge manufactured more than half-a-million military trucks of all types and versions. These trucks were used in every US battle zone around the world between 1942 and 1945. Dodge produced large numbers of the 3/4-ton 4x4, generally referred to as the Command Car. The 4x4s were fitted out with a

John with one of the logs washed up on the beach after the storm... a hazard for boaties.

number of body types including, weapons carrier, ambulance, radio and maintenance vehicles etc. Although not as many were produced, the Dodge 6x6 was a larger and more versatile version of the 4x4. They were used in all climates and over all types of terrain as cargo and personnel carriers, capable of transporting 12-troop rifle squads. During the war, the Americans shipped Dodge military trucks to New Zealand for refurbishment by Todd Motors near Wellington. After the war, a small number of trucks were imported from New Caledonia. Our truck is one of these.

The winter fishing and diving up here in the north has been phenomenal. The crayfish are in shallow and the bay is teeming with life, such as kahawai, gurnard, snapper, trevally, John Dory

The major storm turned our harbour waters brown with silt and, as a result, the chance of

and more. We are finding the most effective way to catch fish is soft baiting. This technique has

catching fish inside our Northern dirty harbours has been almost nil until the water clears again.

become popular over the last couple of years. Techniques for soft baiting when fishing in a

Also, the huge amount of debris swept into our harbours creates a hazard for boaties. I’ve

work-up is to get either a bright colour or the natural colour of something the fish are eating, like a silver

seen huge logs, whole trees and large clumps of

pillie imitation. When targeting snapper, you’re going to want to let it sink down to the bottom and

semi-submerged vegetation drifting throughout the harbour and many large, heavy pieces of timber, trees and logs washed up on our shores. Most of this is waterlogged and floats with little showing on the surface - a real hazard. This could continue for some time as large full moon and new moon tides have the potential to see these being lifted and floating down our harbours randomly for months after the storm. When the weather has allowed, winter fishing has been pretty good, particularly outside the harbours with Trish and I landing a few snapper, terakihi and kahawai on a recent trip.

most likely you will get a hit when your soft bait is drifting down past the kahawai and baitfish. When targeting kahawai, cast into the work-up and wind fast making your soft bait look like an injured bait fish swimming through the water. So, get out there and give it a crack. Stay safe and have fun. – Kurt & Reef

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Thursdays latest exhibition “the COLLECTION” opens 30th July, 2020

The philosophy behind Thursdays . . . Unlike the traditional ‘seven day a week’ retail model, Thursdays is designed to work as an ‘art event’ space giving art lovers the opportunity to grab a special moment in time to explore, to experience and to wonder. All exhibitions/events open on Thursday and run through to Saturday each week, with viewing by appointment at other times.


his rare opportunity to view a private collection of Northland art, amassed over a period of 30 years, allows the viewer to share the collector’s journey, as their interests, tastes and understanding changed over that period of time. Some of the artwork was collected at the beginning of an artist’s career, so they too, tell a story of the artist’s progression. Some of the artists have now passed away leaving a legacy of creation that cannot be repeated. The collection was not started with the intention of financial investment or gain. Each piece of art was selected because the collector loved the piece, felt that it had something to say, or tempted the collector to pause and wonder. Each piece found its way, not into a bank vault, but into the collector’s home, because starting a collection is about creating an opportunity to be surrounded by joy every day. Why would you not want to do that?

Use this exhibition to test your taste in art . . . you may be surprised by what you learn!


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It’s not hard to start collecting art and it doesn’t need to be expensive. The first step is to look and look and look at art fairs, openings, exhibitions and online. You will learn what you like, and you will learn to trust your taste. Take the opportunity to view the work of new artists and if you buy a piece, then congratulate yourself on acquiring something quite unique whilst supporting the artist. You will have captured a moment in time for both the artist and for yourself.


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The winter months seem to be the time of the year that I start to dream up all of the ‘If only I won Lotto, I would do this to this house’, thoughts and feelings.

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aybe it’s the combination of spending more time indoors or just consuming more homerelated content while spending my Sundays on the couch. Even if you have worked hard to find contentment within your space and have narrowed down your belongings to only the pieces which you use and love, sometimes there can just be that one little update missing which can make your home feel just right. This month I wanted to share some mini makeover ideas for you to try out over the winter months. 1. Hang up your art work I can’t be the only person who has a pile of prints or pieces of art just waiting to be hung or framed. It can be a quick update of one room with some new family photos, or go all out and get all of your bits together to make a gallery wall. Updating even the frame of some of your art can make a huge difference to the space. If you are feeling fancy you could even have a winter shopping pick-me-up at some of our small local galleries and help to support local artists in this crazy time.

2. Soft furnishings are key to making your home cosy through the winter Even shuffling around some cushions from the bedroom to the lounge or using throws or a new rug to tie a room together, soft furnishings can make a huge difference to a space. If, like me, you have been coveting some new furniture pieces, how about trying recovering your existing or updating with new colours or textures. 3. Plants, plants and more plants Plants have been scientifically proven to increase people’s happiness in their homes. If you have a bit of a black thumb, we have some amazing local plant shops in Whangarei who can give you advice on which plants to purchase and how to look after them. Bringing some nature inside can really finish off a space. Bonus if you are able to repaint or repurpose some pots for your new plant babes. 4. A lick of paint Painting a room can give the space an instant uplift with relatively low cost. If you aren’t up for painting the whole thing there are so many ideas out there for how to use paint to brighten a space, create distinction between different areas of a room or just add a bit of colour to a space. Best thing is, if you decide you don’t like what you have painted, you can just paint over it! What little changes will you be making to your home this winter? I would love to see them! Come say hello @gatheredstore and share your mindful home updates. Until next month, Alex





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There is a certain amount of luxury when you get to build your own new home.

All of the hours spent scrolling and pinning ideas all of a sudden seem worthwhile and it is easy to fall into inspiration spirals where you get grand ideas about how things are going to look or what they’re going to be made of. The part of it that isn’t all that luxurious is reconciling these ideas with any sort of budget. At the Gathered House, we have decided to go for less square meterage but to allow ourselves some luxuries when it comes to fittings and finishes. One of those luxuries arrived this week in the form of a very expensive box of tap ware. Aged brass and modern design combined, satisfyingly heavy and I can’t wait to see them in situ in the future.

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realistic budget. Fingers crossed anyway! Having a background in design has definitely helped with the planning stages of our build but our interactions with local

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companies working on this build have been fantastic - we are so lucky to have such

it is only getting more exciting as we get closer to the actual building part.

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Our kitchen design is well underway; we have decided to be brave with our colour

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hear them! If you want to follow along with our new

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Turning a house into a home seems a simple process – fill it with the people and

Home is where the colour is

Choose your colours Many rental interiors are decorated in

things you love. But for renters, that can be a little more complicated.

neutral colours to appeal to a wide range of people. Even if you dislike the particular shade,

You can still fill the house with the people you love, but decorating to reflect your

the advantage of this is you can easily adapt it to a colour scheme you do like in your own

personality and create a haven that allows you to relax and recharge is tricky if you want to

furnishings. Bring home a few Resene testpots and try

avoid upsetting your landlord. Most standard tenancy agreements will

them on A2 sheets of card to experiment with what works against your walls. Think about

feature a clause stating that tenants cannot do renovations, alternations or additions without

trying a colour you love that looks good against the background wall colour, and layering your

the landlord’s written consent. There’s also the common sense financial aspect. Tenancies

room in graduated tones of that same colour. For example you could start with the soft pink

can end unexpectedly so, even if your landlord agrees, it makes little sense to invest

of Resene Paper Doll which looks good against a subtle cream neutral, and layer with Resene

too much of your own money in features you can’t take with you.

Coral Tree and Resene Merlot.

The solution is to treat your rental as a blank canvas to which you can add a removeable and changeable layer of decoration, that’s cost-effective and re-usable. Get your facts straight Make sure you know exactly what your landlord is happy with. Some may be fine with you painting a wall, or planting a garden, but make sure you have it in writing first and are clear on what happens once the tenancy has ended. Some landlords will expect the property back the way it was, others will be fine with keeping the changes. This remains true even when it comes to

You can try the same idea with greens, oranges, blues; any colour you really like. If the existing walls are painted in a bold colour, try the opposite and layer your decorations in neutral shades. Try warm creams and stone colours such as Resene Blanc through to Resene Biscotti with Resene Triple Akaroa so the bold walls appear striking without becoming overwhelming.

hanging pictures on the walls. A couple of pieces of art is likely to be fine, a large shelving unit or a feature wall of photos may not. Check first. You may be expected to fill any holes and

Upcycle with paint Where do you paint and personalise colour if

repaint at the end of the tenancy. Regardless, there are still plenty of ways to paint and

you can’t put it on the walls in a rental property? Start with the furniture. Look at how you

decorate a rental to make it more homely.

could make-over items you already own to suit

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Capture a Moment in time your rented surroundings. Or find cheap items in secondhand stores or online that can be given new life. Don’t restrict yourself to blocks of colours. Think about adding graphic designs or freehand patterns to your furniture. Grid patterns and

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pattern on to your drawers, table top, bedhead or bookshelves shelves to make those plain rental walls disappear into the background. Layer plenty of colours, either

Don’t limit yourself to pots. You can often pick up metal or wooden outdoor chairs and

complementary or contrasting, on everything from picture frames and vases to bowls,

tables cheaply second hand, that are easily spruced up with a lick of paint. Use either

drawer handles and candle sticks. Anything that’s yours and moveable is game.

Resene Lumbersider or Resene Enamacryl paint, which are both hard-wearing for

The upside of adding your personal colour scheme to small items is that it’s easy and

outdoor use. Paper art

relatively cheap to change your scheme if you tire of it.

Wallpaper is another fast way to make over a space. You might not be able to stick it all

Get artistic Art on the walls is another simple way to

over the walls but its uses don’t end there. Try a giant canvas or two covered in a

personalise your rental space. If your landlord won’t allow you to put holes, consider adhesive

dramatic wallpaper pattern you love, in colours that work with your existing walls. You can also

strips or simply lean art against the wall, on the floor or atop a set of shelves or drawers.

try adding wallpaper on shelves or the sides of drawers for a surprising and fun touch of

There’s no need to invest lots of money in pictures you love. Pre-made stretches

personality. You can order wallpaper samples either free or for a low cost through Resene

canvases are inexpensive and can open a whole new world of creativity. Grab some

ColorShops. The finishing touch

Resene testpots and let your artistic freak flag fly! Try the Jackson Pollock drip-style, go

Soft furnishings such as cushions and throws are probably the simplest way to

for simple geometry and the bold colours of Mondrian or just go free-form experiment with

personalise your rental space. If you already have a duvet cover or cushion you love, make

your own style. Give the kids a canvas and let them play too.

it the centrepiece of the room and use the colours in that to inspire decorations for the

What better way for them to personalise their rooms than with their own artwork? Just make

rest of the room. Curtains and blinds are also an easy way to

sure to protect the floors or concrete where you’re painting, so you get that bond back.

liven up a rental space, and you can take them with you. Just take care not to damage the

Upgrade the outdoors Adding your personal touches to the

landlord’s curtains and blinds when removing and storing.

outdoor area or balcony of your rental is a great way to make yourself feel at home,

A stylishly patterned curtain such as Resene Curtain Collection Natura works well

especially when the warmer weather hits. Paint some pots and fill them with leafy

on neutral walls, or tone down bold walls with a more neutral curtain such as Resene Curtain

plants, colourful flowering plants, or tasty vegies like tomatoes and chillies. Choose

Collection Chia. Hot tip

colours that pop against the exterior colour of your home. Try a bold orange like Resene

If you’re working with a really busy wallpaper or bold wall colour you can’t change ask your

Daredevil against a leafy shrub, a deep green like Resene Mother Nature or the softer dark

landlord if you can hang a large mirror to break up the space. Alternatively try a large bookshelf

green Resene Rivergum against pink flowers, and a bright turquoise such as Resene Yes

against the wall painted in a modern neutral like Resene Half Spanish White or Resene Merino

Please against red fruit and veg.

and fill it with objects in similar tones.

Timeless & Classic Quality

Phone: 09 435 2145 |

531 Kamo Road, Kamo, Whangarei www.graemejohnsonclocks.co.nz


Standard Plans · Altered Plans · Your Plans Hi, I’m Wayne Pick kerill, Managing Director & Project Manager for your new Fowler Ho ome. We will havve exactly what you need to know about building your new home an nd guide you thro ough the process. En njoy quality and benefits of an efficient,, low overhead nationwide company. Fowler Homes have done it this way since the early 1980’s.

Wayne Pickerill, Managing Director

Enjoy dealing with one person start to completion.

63 Walton Street, Whangarei • Ph 09 438 4840


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Q&A Do you have any window furnishing questions you would like answers to? Just ask Tracey and the team from Frazerhurst Curtains and Blinds.

We are often asked the same questions on window furnishings and this month we will answer some here for you.


What product will give me the best heat retention? There are two choices that will give

equally good results. 1. Drapes. Especially if they are hung from floor to ceiling and extend each side of the glass. In fact, how they are hung is more important that the fabric used. 2. Whisper® blinds from Weathermaster® are a Honeycomb construction. For best results, these should sit inside the window frame. They come in three different cell options and each has a different thermal rating known as R values. These are the only blinds that have a calculated R value.

Tracey Harvey Interior Design Consultant, Frazerhurst


If I choose to have my drapes pooling on to the floor, can I expect more wear? The choice to have your drapes pooling is Aesthetics. How much extra wear this will subject your drapes to will depend on the fabric chosen, your floor coverings and how much foot traffic will be in that area. A tightly-woven fabric, soft carpets, no pets and well-trained vacuum cleaners will all go a long way to keeping things looking elegant for the natural life of your drapes.


What is the best way to spring clean my curtains and blinds? Last year I wrote a Savvy article with lots of great advice on Spring cleaning. You can view this on our website under the Trends tab. Go to page 2. Or type in this address; https://frazerhurst.co.nz/time-tospring-into-some-extra-cleaning/


My older timber Venetian blinds have flaked on the window side. What causes this? Older timber blinds were varnished or lacquered. In direct sunshine, high heat or high moisture environments, the coating would flake. The modern Countrywood® version from Weathermaster® is stained so will give long-term satisfaction. If you are in a particularly demanding environment, I would recommend you consider the Polymer version called Masterwoods®.

Call into our Showroom to view and discuss your options in person, give us or call, or take a look through our website. www.frazerhurst.co.nz.


“Well installed curtain and blinds will reduce heat loss through your win-ng dows by up to 60% for single glazing and 50% for double glazing”.

keeping your home healthy since 1983

*Energywise.govt.nz vt.nz

HEAT LOSS FROM WINDOWS • Warm air moves toward cold glass • Heat is lost through unprotected glass

“The way curtains are installed is more important than the curtain type, even Voilles and Netts are effective at reducing heat loss”. *Consumer.org.nz

Call into our showroom to find out more!


Blinds | Awnings | Shutters | Umbrellas

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146 Lower Dent St, Whangarei | Ph 09 438 3986 www.frazerhurst.co.nz | Email: info@frazerhust.co.nz

“Customers come first at Frazerhurst”


At A1homes we’re here to make things easy and it couldn’t be easier when using all the good stuff from home. So whether it’s your first home, second home, or home away from home, call A1homes or visit our website and discover the easiest way to get the home you want.

Show home: Cnr of Sandford Road & State Highway 1, Ruakaka

Call A1homes and discover the easy way to get the home you want.

Mon-Fri 8.30am-4pm

Contact Steve Hart

T: 09 433 0200 E: a1northland@a1homes.co.nz

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For sale Refurbished 2 to 3 bedroom apartments and houses. Call to view on 09 437 5844

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