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EXPLORING THE HOKIANGA: Sandboarding, Jet skiing, History, ‘Manus’ & Fresh Kai Moana


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OUR PEOPLE 4 - Jodi Bryant hangs a left over to the West Coast and discovers many

January 2020

contents Editor’s note

LOVE IT HERE 6 - Savvy Summer in Northland 2020: Things to see and do in our beautiful region 10 - Northland DOC campgrounds 12 - Packard Vehicle of the Month 12 - Fishing tips & tales with John Vowless

I have to admit, it’s hard pulling together a summer holiday magazine when you’re in

TRAVEL 14 - Insiders guide to Fiji

the midst of the stressful Christmas buildup. The team had a super-early deadline and we had to think past Christmas to holiday-mode.


And when I was invited to experience first-hand and write about a Northland

15 - Keeping pets safe 16 - Being safe on our roads

adventure, I wasn’t sure how I was going to fit this in… but I was definitely going to

18 - Staying safe in the water

make it happen. I dropped everything, told the kids to pack a bag the night before and


off we set. It turns out the Hokianga is a magical spot for leaving your busy lives behind and it didn’t take long at all before life back home was forgotten.

adventures in store

20 - Why a slip dress is a wardrobe essential We loved exploring this area and will be

Lenny and Antoinette Naera run an adventure tourism business there and they

back for more fun for sure. You can read about our experience on pages 4 & 5.

are true salt of the earth people. They took us under their wings, opened their home to

Also, on pages 6, 7 & 8, we have highlighted things to do this summer if

us and we became part of the whanau for the weekend.

you’ve recovered from the post-Christmas slump and are ready to get out and make

I was blown away with, not only the generosity and warmth of the locals -

the most of Northland’s offerings. Once I started researching, I found so much to

Lenny was already greeting my slightly-shy children individually by name before they

do here that there simply wasn’t enough space to publish them all! I shall just have to

even got out of the car - but the amount of adventures to be had! Like many their age,

stockpile the blurbs I had prepared for next year’s summer edition!

my kids are a little addicted to their phones and, in between our escapades, they would

21 - Age is no barrier 22 - OSiS+ 23 - Say hello to healthy skin 24 - Free therapy qualifications in Whangarei HEALTH 26 - The only New Year’s resolution list you need GIVEAWAYS 28 - This month’s giveaways

Have fun and stay safe out there!


just go to pick up their devices, when Lenny would appear, beaming as always, with yet

31 - Blue, blue, electric blue

another adventure in store! It was good for them to have fun in the real world and they

32 - Using paint to keep your cool or warm your cockles 34 - Happy memory making

certainly weren’t complaining!

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Jodi Bryant hangs a left over to

the West Coast and discovers many adventures in store Being an east coast fan, it had been 20 years since I’d ventured over to the Hokianga but, always up for exploring new places, I jumped at the opportunity when some locals kindly extended an invite.

Taking the two-hour route through Kaikohe, the kids and I arrived to the small West Coast settlement of Opononi early Saturday morning when the local markets were still in full swing. As we pulled up to the bustling abode of Lenny and Antoinette Naera, we

Us with the crew and fellow tourists.

were warmly welcomed with hugs and handshakes from themselves, their whanau, friends and visitors. We settled into our flash accommodation – a large, private two-bedroom unit under the house, which had a fully-stocked kitchen, a bowl of chocolates (which the kids soon

The markets across the road were just winding up but plenty of locals were waving out to Lenny. “Only in New Zealand!” called out one jovially, as he took in the sight before him of us all riding jet skis down the road. I hadn’t driven a jet ski before but my

antics and sand dune wipe outs, before our next adventure: ‘Beers and Bombs’ at the Opononi Hotel and wharf. While the adults had a drink outside the hotel, Lenny went across the road with the kids and taught them to master the art of the ‘manu’ – a style of bomb where you form a v-shape with your lower back

tucked into) and plenty of games and books for downtime – not that we needed them! Lenny was eager to show us round the area his family hail from dating back 28 generations to Kupe – who Lenny’s ancestors believe was the first great Polynesian explorer

daughter bravely opted to go with me. As it turned out, it was straight-forward and, being large sturdy Seadoo jet skis, (and after I had established they were almost impossible to flip and there was nothing in the harbour I could crash into), I was away!

to set foot on Aotearoa, landing in the Hokianga around 925AD. Lenny had plenty of adventures in store; first up was jet skiing! We were fitted with life jackets and given a demonstration of how to operate the jet skis, before jumping aboard on back of the trailer and being taken down to the

There’s nothing like leaving the stress of your daily life behind and going for a blat out on the water and it wasn’t long before I was converted – yes I want a jet ski! I glanced up at my boys’ faces as they shot past me on the backs of their jet skis and their great grins indicated they too were

entering the water first. After that, they came and joined us for a jug of raspberry lemonade and a bowl of hot chips while we watched the locals go by, before we climbed aboard Lenny’s wagon and were taken out to Waimamaku river (Lenny’s awa), aka ‘White Rock’. Here the kids bombed

ramp leading into the calm Hokianga Harbour.

having a blast. We pulled up at Mahena Island, where Opo the friendly dolphin, who made Opononi famous during the summer of 1955-1956, was found dead upon the rocks. After Lenny explained a bit more about this, we turned round and headed over to Kupe’s first landing spot – Te Pouahi – a perfectly wind-swept expanse of golden sand dune. We climbed up the dune here and took in the fabulous vista around us, then we went to an even bigger sand dune where it was time for sand boarding! I watched my boys bravely zooming down head-first at great speed, quickly gathering momentum, before skimming along the water at the bottom… and chickened out myself… I was quite happy doing the videoing. We had lots of laughs watching everyone hit the water

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in different style – some more co-ordinated than others! While we did this, Lenny ducked off around the bay to gather mussels for our barbeque later, before we went for one last blat across the harbour. Lenny pulled up alongside me. EQUIP · ENABLE · “See that button that says ‘Sport’? Push

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that,” he instructed. “Now push it again and give it throttle,” he twinkled. We shot off. Turns out we’d been in ‘tour-mode’ before – who’d have known?! The ‘donuts’ had to be done and, after performing a few 360s, I linked them to figure eights with my daughter screaming with delight from the back. But, alas, it was now time to re-board the trailer and head back. I’d read feedback from a previous visitor that their face was aching from grinning so hard and it was at this point, I realised mine was too. Back at base and once the jet skis were cleaned up, we were called up for some delicious toasties and a slide show of our


and practised their manus while us adults lounged on the warm rocks in the sun with the relaxing sounds from the blue tooth speaker someone had thought to bring along. The kids couldn’t get enough of the bombs, even when they spotted the chips Antoinette had thoughtfully packed. On the way home, Lenny pointed out more places of interest and with historical value and it was surprising to learn that he had only moved to the area in recent years. Born and raised in Auckland himself, Lenny’s family have always lived in the Hokianga so he has spent a lifetime holidaying in the region. Less than three years ago, he decided to forego the Auckland lifestyle and return home to his roots and, after convincing Antoinette, also a born and bred Aucklander, the couple have never looked back.

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and the smell of fresh kaimoana was in the air! Huge succulent mussels and snapper were being grilled over the brazier with more snapper in the smoker and soon it was on our plates, along with roe, homemade sausages, kamokamo (marrow), cheese buns and coleslaw. What a mean spread! After this, Lenny cranked up the brazier some more and out came the guitars. Lenny and his rele led the way with their smooth, soulful voices and soon had everyone joining in (well not my sons but they were never going to!) My daughter was even taught to play the (dessert) spoons in time to the beat. We During that time, Lenny has delved deep into his ancestry and the history of Hokianga and now relishes the chance to pass on his wealth of knowledge to visitors. He admits it’s a lot more fun appreciating the Hokianga’s offerings from the luxury of ‘big boys toys’, and after making the investment, he started the aptly-named Awesome Adventures so he can make a living doing what he loves, where he loves while sharing it with others. Speaking of which, Lenny has another big toy, great for exploring the sand dunes and beach; when we returned, he swung by on his four-wheel drive side-by-side Polaris Ranger, which we jumped aboard. He took us down to the end of the beach to Omapere, pointing out the erosional damage to sand banks and water-front bachs by rising sea levels, while waving out to locals spending their evening on the beach. We returned home where there was quite the gathering as more friends and family had arrived. It was a festive atmosphere

whiled away the rest of the evening having a singalong while roasting marshmellows on bamboo sticks from our deck chairs. What a relaxing, amiable way to end an action-packed day! The next morning, Lenny, with his boundless energy, was up at the crack of dawn keen to take us on a walk or fishing or both! I was keen too but my kids were knackered from all the fun and slept in till nearly 9am! By then the heavens had opened and it was time to return back to the reality of our busy preChristmas lives. While I waited for the kids to surface, I had a fabulous coffee made by Antoinette while Lenny shared some more of the history he is passionate about. Awesome Adventures is just that. There are a range of guided jet ski safari options to choose from of various duration, such as

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Sustainable camping means using a commercial campground from time to time, like this beauty at Ruakaka, Whangarei.

Sustainable tourism is the name of

ranks of domestic and local freedom campers

Whangarei’s freedom camping game this summer, with local businesses,

vying for the country’s limited freedom camping spaces.

last summer’s – dispose of waste in the appropriate way and place, be considerate of

steering freedom campers toward the district’s commercial and Department of Conservation

communities and the campers themselves set to benefit. Sustainable tourism raises the bar from

MBIE data for 2017 and 2018 indicates freedom campers spent an average of $99 each per day during their New Zealand

locals and other campers, use public toilets for toilet purposes only, abide by the rules at each freedom camping location, and protect the

campgrounds, especially when freedom campsites are full. It is hoped that while donating their time,

the minimal impact of responsible tourism practices to proactively contributing to the

holiday, compared with non-freedom camping visitors who averaged around $195 per day.

environment, wildlife and infrastructure. This season’s sustainable camping add-on

freedom campers may learn something about the local environment, wildlife and

well-being of a host community via the environment, society and economy. This means encouraging campers to

The data also shows that freedom campers spent more in total during their stay than non-freedom campers, mainly because they

takes this to the next level – donate your time or money as koha for your freedom camping stay, and everyone wins. That might be as

people in the process. They can also contribute by picking up rubbish or reporting broken infrastructure, and as they leave a

elevate their freedom camping practices from simply caring for the Whangarei community

tended to stay up to three times longer than other tourists.

simple as patronising nearby businesses and

community we suggest they thank locals for the opportunity to stay at their place, take their

in which they pitch or park up, to looking for ways to enhance to it. Freedom campers are – quite literally – here to stay, at least for now,

Be they overseas tourists on the trip of a lifetime, Aucklanders escaping city life, locals enjoying their patch or grey nomads living

sustainable camping practices with them and pass the message on to other campers. The best teaching comes from walking their talk

making sustainable and responsible camping essential if everyone is to enjoy their visit.

the life, freedom campers visiting Whangarei this season will find themselves part of a

and talking about their walk. For freedom campers to sustain their

New Zealand’s Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) data reports 123,000 international freedom

programme that encourages them to give back. The ways to contribute are many, with campers receiving a range of options in the

holiday habit of choice, they will need to demonstrate now that their impact on our nation’s districts can be sustained, with this

campers visited New Zealand in 2018, considerably swelling the already sizeable

information packs distributed to them by the district’s responsible camping ambassadors.

Whangarei’s Biggest Interactive Arts Event

Their responsible camping message mirrors

Responsible camping ambassadors like Sue Halliwell (left) are distributing sustainable camping information to freedom campers this season.

tourism operators, with ambassadors also

summer in Whangarei perhaps being an ideal place to start.

from Frenchy’s Kitchen and much more. Make sure to grab something to eat before heading to the Entertainment Hub to watch the talented

hosted at Whangarei Youth Space, with all your gaming and education needs - consoles, board games and more. If you want to take

performers on the main stage. Resene’s Interactive Zone is the hub of all

your passion for gaming further, many of the Education organisations that offer Digital

On February 1, 2020, Creative Northland is excited to present 'ArtBeat' - 24 years old

things creative! Let your kids try out a range of free hands-on art activities which will keep them entertained for hours.

programmes will also be represented. In 2020, ArtBeat is also going zero waste! Over the last few years, event organisers have

and only getting better with age! From 10am to 4pm you can attend a free,

For a little bit of magic, Plus Chartered Accountant’s Neverland is where younger

strived towards reducing waste as much as possible, but the 2020 event will have strict

fun, interactive Arts event across seven zones laid out in Cafler Park, central Whangarei town area. Guaranteed to entertain every member

ones can be transformed with just a touch of face paint and costume; while also being treated to storytelling and an exciting

guidelines in place to reduce the impact on our environment as much as we can. Bring along your own drink bottle and fill up from

of the family - from the curious toddler, gamer teen, shopaholic parents and music lovers

treasure hunt. Once again there will be a great array of

the water stations on site. ArtBeat is also SmokeFree, meaning any and all smoking is

alike; it's a chance to make a day of it. Bring a picnic or avail yourself of the variety of food stalls on offer at the 'Eat Street' zone.

artworks for sale by local Artists in the Arts & Crafts Market - so if you love art, don't miss this zone or forget your cash!

prohibited within the event grounds. Whether you already know and love ArtBeat or want a fun and free family day in the

There's Twistix from ZA Foodies, Indian cuisine from Shiraz Restaurant, coffee & sweets

For the second year, we welcome the Esports Gaming Whangarei’s Youth Zone

beautiful surroundings of Cafler Park, then come and join us - you won't be disappointed.



Not just about fabulous pizza A casual yet stylish dining atmosphere awaits you at RED Dining. Italian fusion and local fresh cuisine with a ‘made from scratch’ philosophy, you will be spoiled for choice! RED is licensed and located in the heart of Kensington, plenty of free parking and fabulous desserts! New summer menu out now, two and three course specials including steak, seafood, pasta or select from 18 gourmet pizzas including the famous ‘Big Red’ metre-long pizza! All pizzas are available takeaway. GF/Vegan/Vegetarian dishes available. RED offers indoor or outdoor conservatory options and caters for large groups, families or an evening out with friends. Book via our website for best tables and complimentary table starters! 3 Kensington Ave, Whangarei Phone 09 459 5380 Email bookings@reddining.co.nz www.reddining.co.nz

Mangawhai Activity Zone – ultimate recreational facility Where can you go to find an extensive playground, outdoor fitness gym, state-of-the-art skate park, bike pump tracks, tennis, netball and basketball court, all-weather cricket pitch, junior soccer field, walking tracks, bbq and picnic areas and an onsite cafe all in one location? Mangawhai Activity Zone’s where it’s at. Thanks to the ongoing drive, dedication and generosity of Mangawhai residents, this ultimate recreational facility, situated on over 1.5 hectares, is a popular destination spot for both locals and out-of-towners. The family park caters for all ages and includes a pirate ship, tunnels, flying saucers and a flying fox with the skate park hosting large national events. This project in coastal, idyllic Mangawhai is ongoing with new features continuing to be added.

Tane Mahuta – Lord of the Forest Tāne Mahuta – the ‘Lord of the Forest’, is a giant kauri tree in the Waipoua Forest. Its age is estimated to be over 2,000 years and, at around 52 metres tall, is the largest kauri known to stand today. Other giant kauri are found nearby, notably Te Matua Ngahere – the ‘Father of the Forest’ and, with a trunk over five metres in diameter, believed to be the widest girth of any kauri tree in New Zealand. The Tane Mahuta is much higher than Te Matua Ngahere - but doesn’t have the same impressive bulk. It was discovered and identified in early January 1924 when contractors surveyed the present State Highway 12 route through the forest.

Whale Bay and Matapouri Whale and Matapouri Bays have been recognised by the Lonely Planet guide as being among the best beaches in New Zealand. While Matapouri can be accessed by road, Whale Bay can only be accessed by foot. Park at the top of the hill at the car park on Matapouri Rd and walk down the well-maintained but steep at times, track. This will lead through groves of ancient native trees with spectacular views along the way, to idyllic white sanded beach, great for picnics, snorkelling and swimming. Whale Bay was an ideal location for M ori to launch their early whaling missions and gives it the name popularly used today. The track should take around 30-minutes return or, if you are feeling like a longer and scenic walk, park at Matapouri and walk across. Matapouri boasts a vast, circular stretch of pristine sand, with rock pools for the kids to explore. What’s more, fish n chips and ice creams are sold nearby.


Caving The Abbey Caves Reserve is scattered with giant, limestone rocks that date back millions of years and, in their midst, three significant caves: Organ, Middle and Ivy. The Organ Cave is the largest of the caves; you will see the large over-hanging stalactites which look similar to church organ pipes. Middle Cave and Ivy Cave are smaller caves but equally interesting and it is possible to enter and exit at different points. In all the Caves you will see thousands of glow worms. Take a torch and expect to get your shoes wet as you will be wading through water. Waipu Caves have stalactites, stalagmites and a galaxy of glow worms. Bones of bats, birds, amphibians, and reptiles are commonly found in caves. Some caves also contain remains of fossil invertebrates,

often of previously unknown or locally extinct species. Torches a must and wading through water and clambering over mud banks may be necessary. There is a cold shower outside the cave that you can use to clean up afterwards. Note: Caves can fill with water quickly. Before entering, always check the previous week’s rainfall.


Visit Your Local Bay Of Islands Health Retreat Revamp your New Year with a better version of yourself by staying with health and wellness experts Pip, Pete and Paul. Our priority is to educate you on how to have a healthier relationship towards nutrition and fitness. We can help you with your weight loss, fitness, self-confidence, health and wellbeing goals. Tailored packages to get you the best results possible. With our allinclusive meals, private personal training and fun adventurous activities, we can ensure you will feel re-energised, focused and confident in yourself. Top it off by putting your feet up to unwind in our luxurious poolside rooms and sauna. Don’t worry, when you leave our care – we will continue to support and guide you so you can keep progressing towards your goals.

Doubtless Bay Charters Welcome aboard ‘Asterix’ in the beautiful Doubtless

We welcome groups, families or individuals. We

Bay in the Far North where the fishing is sensational. Come on one of our fun fishing trips, catch some

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amazing fish and enjoy the sights of Doubtless Bay. We offer half-day, full-day and extended trips

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Jack Morgan Museum The Museum in Hukerenui sits at the end of the old railway line in Northland.

Only 30 minutes from or to the Bay of Islands, it sits on State Highway 1, Hukerenui and is next door to the

This wonderful museum displays the pioneering spirit of early Northland. A compelling history of the

Hukerenui Pub - ideal for a lunch and toilet stop.

lifestyles and ways of early gum diggers, bush men and miners through to the region’s main industry of

Open daily from 10am-4pm, except public holidays Phone: 09 433 9521

pastoral farming. Jack Morgan was born in 1916 and lived all his 96


years in the Hukerenui area. His passion for collecting memorabilia from the early pioneering days began about 35 years ago. The collection includes stationary motors, farming and household equipment, forestry etc, which he gifted to the community in 2008. Some of the collections include: the cow shed lifestyle, agriculture tools, stationary engines, forges, old store, logging, kauri gum, from milk to cream, local history, building and joinery. Current exhibits are Hukerenui at war, and railway. There is also a fabulous mural and beautiful gardens created by the locals.


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Dreamy Kai Iwi Just 30 minutes from Dargaville, these three dune lakes were formed by the accumulation of rainwater in depressions of sand. Underlying ironstone prevents the water from leaking away. Renowned for their jewel-like beauty and clear waters, each of the lakes is fringed with pure white sand and there are shallow areas that are ideal for swimming; you can also fish for rainbow trout or paddle a kayak. There are hiking tracks leading around the lakes and two popular camping areas – Pine Beach and Promenade Point. The lakes comprise Lake Waikere, Lake Kai Iwi and Lake Taharoa, the third largest dune lake in New Zealand and, at 37 meters, is the deepest known dune lake in the country.

Carrington Estate Carrington Estate is situated in the heart of Northland on the Karikari Peninsula. Stay at Carrington Estate and explore our 3,000 acres of private land, including protected wetlands and deserted beaches; all within walking distance of Carrington lodge and restaurant. Enjoy a round of golf on the Carrington Golf Course and Northland’s delicious food and wine, as you soak in the spectacular views of Karikari Peninsula. Watch the sun go down at our Karikari Estate Winery, sipping on New Zealand’s finest wines and indulging in dining perfection. Book your accommodation now and experience classic design and timeless charm at Carrington Estate. Comfortable and beautifully appointed, spacious lodge rooms, Three bedroom villas and luxury houses feature views of the golf course, vineyards and Pacific Ocean. In the cooler months, enjoy the rustic cosiness of a fireplace in your villa. Private lodge rooms are connected to wide verandahs that lead to the resort’s restaurant and guest lounge. Luxury houses are located 1.5 kilometres down the road from the estate and are the perfect option for large families and groups. These exclusive, self-contained houses are state-of-the-art decorated with modern stylish perfection.

Rainbows Relics We are the most diverse Antique shop you will come across. We stock vinyl records, clothing, jewellery, china, glasswares, vintage tools, tin toys, books, advertising, toys, board games, period furniture, pottery, the famous Howard products, old cameras, radios, silver & brasswares, kitchenalia, lamps, rugs, collectibles, tins, cutlery - you name it and we will probably have it! And if we don’t, we will try to hunt it out for you! We offer LAYBYS AND PROP HIREAGE TOO. We basically have everything from rusty tools to diamond rings. We also have a full-on mancave room. Come on in and find the most amazing shop in Northland!

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Tahi Café & Walks – Pataua North The Tahi Café in beautiful Pataua North is now open for the summer season – open daily from 8.30am to 4pm until early February. Tahi is a privately-owned nature reserve that cover 315 hectares of replanted and regenerating native forest. With three boutique holiday cottages located on the property, Tahi also produces a range of awardwinning manuka honeys. The Café menu will consist of a range of brunch and lunch dishes, cabinet food, People’s Coffee and specially-made Kohu Road Manuka Honey Icecream. The Tahi property has been restored over the last 15 years with over 325,000 native plants added, lakes

and wetlands reintroduced and a vast network of walking tracks and pathways. These walks are open to the public every Sunday from December 29 until February 2. Sign in at the Café, grab a map and head off to explore the property; you may spot some of the 71 species of bird that now call Tahi home. Tahi Café is a flat 2km walk from the Pataua footbridge, or a 27km drive from Whangarei via Whareora or Harris Rds. Tahi NZ, 1824 Pataua North Rd, RD5, Whangarei Phone 09 436 0082 tahinz.com

ROLL UP, ROLL UP, The Circus is Coming! Circus Kumarani is proud to present the 14th annual Northland Circus Festival of 2020 on January 10, 11 & 12. This year we will be in the beautiful community of Paparoa at the War Memorial Hall and A&P Showgrounds which makes it an ideal location for local Northlanders and Aucklanders alike (plus New Zealand-wide and global visitors!) to come check us out. Watch some awesome shows, participate in workshops, meet new friends, learn new skills and have fun, fun, fun! From ground skills to aerial skills, for beginners to advanced levels, this festival is for EVERYONE! What have you got your eye on - Hula Hooping or Lyra Hoop? Unicycle or Fire Play? Diablo or Juggling? Acro or Aerial Arts? The choices are endless... Come play with us! The 2020 Northland Circus Festival includes: Circus Workshops, Friday Night Renegade Show, Saturday Night Gala Show, Music, Camping, Fire Spinning, a Children’s Activities Area, Food, Crafts and so much more! Bring the whole family! Weekend passes, day pass and show tickets available. For more information, go to: www.circuskumarani.co.nz.

Whangarei Heads The Whangarei Heads area is rich in history with stunnery scenery and enchanting places to explore. It has a variety of different extinct and weathered volcanoes that erupted over a period of about four million years to approximately 20 million years ago and, as a result, formations were formed below. Little Munro Bay has some good examples of these formations and another fascinating formation is the natural wharf at Taurikura Bay. Myths and legends abound in this area, with one being that the natural volcanic rock causeway disappearing into the sea is an unfinished work for the great chief Manaia whose wahine was across the harbour. Before it was finished, he had tired of her and the bridge was never completed. Two great maungas loom adjacent at Whangarei Heads and are part of the remains of the ancient chain of volcanos. Scattered with volcanic rocks – both small

and large, Majestic Mt Manaia has a lot of steep stairs that seem to go on and on but the view at the top is worth it - and you definitely feel like you’ve conquered something. The more inconspicuous Mt Aubrey is easier-going with flat sections in between inclines and look-outs along the way. Whichever you chose, there are ample nearby stunning beaches to choose from for either a quiet dip to cool down, or a frolic in the surf, an ice cream shop and even a watering hole nearby.





1 Tapotupotu



5 Raetea North Side



DOC manages more than 200 campsites throughout New Zealand and 13 locations in Northland. They are places to relax, enjoy and explore the outdoors. The DOC camps are great fun and tend to attract more down to earth people looking for a more genuine camping experience. DOC campsites are often in some of the best locations around the country, and especially in Northland. DOC sites are often described as quite basic, offering ‘back to nature’ style accommodation and facilities – and this is reflected in the price with adults generally $13 a night. In the top 10 list of most popular DOC campsites, Northland takes out four of the top spots- Otamure Bay, Maitai Bay, Puriri Bay and Uretiti Beach- and it’s not hard to see why.

2 Kapowairua (Spirits Bay)



Relax at New Zealand’s northernmost campsite; go surfing or walk the Te Paki Coastal Track.

Camp in a picturesque setting, and swim or walk the tracks.

Directions: Camp located at the end of Tapotupotu Rd off Cape Reinga Rd (SH1), 3 km south of Cape Reigna. Access: Gravel, steep sections. Booking: Not required - first come, first served

Directions: Follow signposts from Waitiki landing, off SH1, for 16km along Te Hapua Rd and then Spirits Bay Rd Access: 16km of gravel Booking: Not required - first come, first served



4 Maitai Bay



Camp among trees behind the white sand beach; go surfing and fishing.

Camp on the outer Karikari Peninsula in sheltered and private campsites.

Directions: 3km north of Ngataki along SH1 turn into Rarawa Beach Rd Access: 4km of gravel Booking: Not required - first come, first served Note: Take care in the water as the beach may be dangerous.

Directions: 25km southeast of Kaitaia on SH10, turn into Inland Rd at Karikari Peninsula and follow, then into Matai Bay Rd Access: 2km of gravel Booking: Not required - first come, first served.



6 Puketi



It’s inland along STH1 and sits at the foot of Mangamuka Gorge northern side.

Camp close to kauri trees and look out for kiwi and short-tailed bats. An 18bunk hut is also available

Directions: 18km southeast of Kaitaia along SH1, at Mangataiore. Follow the ‘Raetea Reserve’ sign, and cross the stream ford to the campsite. Access: Gravel

Directions: Turn off SH10 at Pungaere Rd, 600m north of Waipapa and follow signs to the camp Access: 7km of gravel Note: Fires only allowed in the firepits provided.

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Camp among pohutukawa trees beside a sandy beach. Look out for rare brown teal/pateke Directions: From Whangarei, turn off SH1 at Whakapara into Russell Rd. Turn right at Helena Bay into Webb Rd. Continue to Mimiwhangata Coastal Park turn off Access: 9km narow, winding gravel road not suitable for campervans and large vehicles Bookings: Essential over Summer, ph (09) 433 6554. Tent only

Campsites 7 – 9 are on Urupukapuka, an island of significant historical and cultural importance. A great spot for fishing, swimming and water sports. Directions: Ferries to Otehei Bay leave from Paihia and Russell daily during the peak season, water taxis run year round, or arrive by private boat Information & booking: Phone Paihia i-SITE on (09) 402 7345, book online during peak season or phone the DOC office on (09) 407 0300. Access: Boat only

7 Urupukapuka Island



Directions: From Otehei Bay Wharf, walk for 15 min east along marked Otehei Bay track to the top of the hill from where you can see the campsite.

8 Sunset Bay


12 Otamure Bay (Whananaki)




Camp in a beachfront setting with large pohutukawa trees for shade. Directions: Go past Hikurangi on SH1, turn of at Whananaki North Road and travel 27km. Campsite is 4km past Whananaki shop and school Access: Sealed Booking: Essential over summer, ph (09) 433 8402


Directions: From Otehei Bay Wharf end, turn right at the end of the wharf and follow the track towards the southwest end of the island, about 30 min

9 Cable Bay


11 Waikahoa Bay


Directions: From Otehei Bay Wharf end, turn right and follow the track towards the southern end of the island, about 30min.Vatistortum stil hosum norure considenata, Caticiam.

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Nestled on the edge of an ancient kauri forest. “Shh... can you hear that? It’s a kiwi!”

10 Puriri Bay



Directions: Turn off SH12 at Trounson Park Road, 35km north of Dargaville Access: Sealed from South, gravel from North


14 Uretiti Overlooking the mouth of the Whangaruru Harbour, with sheltered waters for swimming and boating.



Camp behind the sand dunes at Uretiti Beach and explore the nearby Waipu Caves or walk the coastal track at Mangawhai Heads.

Directions: Turn off SH1 into Russell Rd, 15 km north of Whangarei. After 30 km (north of Ngaiotonga), turn into Whangaruru North Rd. Access: Sealed. Booking: Essential over summer, ph (09) 4336160. Note: Vehicle access to campsite closed Easter to Labour Weekend.

Directions: Signposted directly off SH1 Access: Sealed


Summer is here! This is your time to holiday in comfort & hit the road to see the amazing sites our country has to offer. We sell on behalf as well as buy and sell NZ classic caravans, always have a great range of stock on the yard for you to check out. We are looking for more stock to keep up with the demand, so if you have a Caravan, Motorhome or RV to move we can and would love to help.

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1956 Packard 400 by Geraldine Craw BY GERALDINE CRAW

The Packard 400 produced during 1955 and 1956 is one of the most popular Packard models among collectors today. The 400 is a two-door hard-top (the convertible was called a Patrician) and generally came in a two-tone colour scheme. Our car is deep pink with white trim along the bottom of the doors and a white roof, giving the car a smart modern look for its era. The Packard 400 was a state-of-the-art car, particularly in regard to its new torsionlevel suspension system which automatically adjusted the car’s height while driving, keeping it level. The 400 was available with plenty of extras, such as the electric push-button gear selection on the ultramatic transmission, electric power windows, power

steering, power brakes, electric door locks and a wonder-bar station seeking radio to name a few. Equally important, this model was fitted with a new modern overhead-valve V-8 engine which replaced the old straight-eight. The motor was Packard’s biggest V-8 at 374cc and 290hp, for a short time, the most powerful V-8 manufactured in the industry. In 1956 seat belts were available for the first time. The 400 was designed with plenty of interior space; the rear leg room rivalled any limousine. In the end, these cars had everything except sales. The main reason put forward for this was a lack of confidence in the company which made buyers concerned about after-sales support for their cars. The 400 is considered one of the last true

two years of Packard existence (1957 and 1958), Packards were built in the Studebaker factory with Studebaker bodies and

Considering only 3,224 of these cars were manufactured in 1956; a large number have survived and remain in the

Packards manufactured, for the remaining

running gear.

hands of collectors.

Fishing tips & tales with John Vowless


ver recent weeks I’ve had plenty of reports of how good the snapper fishing

is going, both inside Whangarei Harbour and out in Bream Bay. Most anglers are getting a good feed and many are getting limit bags of good-sized fish. A few anglers who have travelled to our more northern waters have also reported very good catches - looking good for anglers over our magic northern summer period. In my last article I mentioned how well softbaits, lures

and jigs were working. This is still the case but bait fishing has been very good lately also. Whangarei Harbour has been blighted with weed recently making fishing difficult; if the fish don’t bite

Bonnie MacInnes and Clint Hall both caught these 15Ib ‘his ‘n’ hers’ snapper simultaneously in the Bay of Islands recently.

within about five minutes, your bait becomes fouled with soft weed and the fish cannot

By the time this goes to print Christmas will be over. I hope Santa looked after all anglers with

get to the bait. Hopefully this will pass soon and it may not effect all of our harbour areas, but if weed

new fishing gear and I hope you’ve all had a few successful fishing days during the Christmas break.

is present, you will be better to fish somewhere else or outside the harbour.

Best wishes to you all for a great 2020 fishing year.

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Exquisite and Unique gifts for those who have everything. THE GALLERY


The Gallery has a wide-ranging collection of art by established and emerging New Zealand artists, many of which are Northland based – this includes contemporary Maori and Pacific artists. There is an outstanding selection of paintings, wood art, handmade furniture, sculpture, jewellery, glass and ceramics. Our catalogue changes frequently, so please make an enquiry and we'll confirm with you.

Come and enjoy our beautiful garden setting with stunning ocean views. Relax with a cup of coffee, lunch or one of our many treats all made on site on our sheltered deck with breathtaking views or in our garden surrounded conservatory. We are fully licensed, serve breakfast, lunch and a large variety of homemade cakes, cookies and snacks. Hours: 8am to 5pm - Weekdays 9am to 5pm - Weekends

Group Bookings Planning on visiting us with a small group? We are always happy to take group bookings at anytime of the year, and function inquiries are welcome even outside these business hours. Contact Janet Phone/Fax: 09 433 9934 Email: helenabaycafe@gmail.com

THE GARDENS One of the highlights of a visit to the Gallery and Cafe Helena Bay Hill is the beautiful garden setting. You are welcome to wander and relax in the garden during your visit. You’ll find many sculptures placed among the subtropical plantings, giving inspiration for your own landscaping ideas. The Gallery & Cafe are set in a lush subtropical garden with magnificent bush and sea views over Helena Bay on Northland’s east coast, on the scenic coastal route to historic Russell in the Bay of Islands. We are situated approximately 30 minutes north of Whangarei and an hour from Russell. You will find a warm welcome at the gallery and fully licensed café where you are welcome to wander and relax in the beautiful garden during your visit. We welcome enquiries about our artworks and visits to our Gallery, Cafe and garden.

Open for: • Breakfast • Lunch • Delicious Cakes • Functions • Paintings • Glass Works • Carvings • Jewellery • Sculptures • Ceramics • Gift Vouchers

1392 Old Russell Rd, Hikurangi Phone/Fax: Gallery 09 433 9616 or Café 09 433 9934 Hours: 8am to 5pm - Weekdays 9am to 5pm - Weekends www.galleryhelenabay.co.nz www.facebook/galleryhelenabay

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6 / PICNIC ON A GORGEOUS DESERTED ISLAND. Ever wanted to know what it’s like to be stranded on a desert island? Remote uninhabited islands, some that would barely qualify as a sandbar, are dotted everywhere throughout Fiji. HOT TIP / Stranded on a desert island isn’t

When planning your next holiday to Fiji, use this nifty insider’s guide for new things to see and do.

usually a luxurious experience, but you can make it so by ordering a chillybin stocked with a gourmet lunch, beer and Champagne for the ultimate day out.


7 / BE A RANGER FOR A DAY. Got one of those kids who’s constantly digging up worms, catching lizards or playing with snails? Then the Kula Eco Park is the place for them. The kids are given an official Kula

1 / VISIT A LOCAL VILLAGE. It’s easy to holiday in Fiji and see nothing of the local villages and towns, but to do so is a very rewarding experience. Certain islands in the Mamanucas have small villages where most of the very same staff working at your resort

HOT TIP / Some resorts cater to families, others to couples; some are good for golfers, others suited to long stays. Chat with your House of Travel consultant who can help you

Eco Park uniform and spend the day feeding sea turtles, giving health checks to iguanas, checking on freshly hatched chicks, and pretty much becoming a ‘Ranger for the Day.’

live. Or if you’re on the mainland, take the trip up to the Nausori Highlands to discover more traditional villages in an absolutely stunning

choose the best option for your needs.

HOT TIP / Parents don’t have to accompany the kids on this tour, so it’s great if you want some alone time. They’ll even collect the kids

scenic location. HOT TIP / Pack a stash of school books and stationery for the local school where you’ll be greeted with bright eyes and the

It doesn’t look like much, but Nadi’s iconic nightspot is without a doubt, Ed’s. This isthe place to go if you want a bit of nightlife or just simply want a change from the hotel bar. Ed’s

from your resort and drop them back at the end of the day.

widest of smiles.

is open seven days a week. HOT TIP / Happy hour is from 5 to 10pm.

Fiji is justifiably touted as one of the best diving locations in the world. There are countless dive sites across the nation where you can

5 / WALK THE LAVENA COAST. Taveuni is known as the ‘Garden Island of Fiji’ thanks to its lush jungles full of bright tropical flowers and birds. The Lavena Coastal

spot turtles, manta rays, moray eels, sharks, shipwrecks, corals of all colours, and even an old American bomber plane. HOT TIP / For the most avid of divers, there’s even a dive resort named after Jean MichelCousteau himself!


2 / MAMANUCAS OR YASAWAS? Viti Levu is the name of Fiji’s main island and is where Nadi International Airport is located, as well as many major resorts. But the nation’s best beaches are found in the Mamanuca and Yasawa Island chains, to the west of Nadi. The Mamanucas have a wide range of resorts from backpackers to five star luxury, as well as great

3 / DENARAU DECISIONS. Denarau is a gated tourist area packed

Walk starts on the sparkling white sandy beaches before snaking its way through the undergrowth to a beautiful cascading waterfall,

family options. The once remote Yasawas are more suited for couples and those wanting the ultimate in rest and relaxation. HOT TIP / Even if you end up staying on the

full of world-class resorts, restaurants, leisure facilities, and most importantly, the Denarau Marina. The small beaches are complemented with amazing resort pools

the perfect place for refreshing dip. HOT TIP / The track passes through a couple of small villages where you can hire a guide who will show you the way and tell you all about the

mainland, there are tons of day trips available out to the islands departing from Denarau daily.

with everything from waterslides for the kids, to pool bars for the adults.

local flora and fauna. It’s a well needed source of income for the impoverished villages.


Ready to go? Come and see us in-store at House of Travel Whangarei or give us a call on 09 438 2333 and we’ll get you there.





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SPCA’s top tips for keeping pets safe this summer

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With the warmer weather upon us, SPCA wants to remind animal owners to be vigilant in the care of their pets over the summer.



n the summer months, SPCA sees an increase in the volume of complaints relating to animals without shade, animals lacking fresh water, and dogs left in hot cars. “All of these welfare calls can be avoided by owners putting provisions in place and planning ahead for their furry family members,” says SPCA CEO, Andrea Midgen. Dog owners should also be aware that with the introduction of MPI’s new Animal Welfare regulations last year, they can now be fined $300 for leaving their dog in a hot car. “Dogs left in cars is a common welfare issue SPCA responds

to over the summer. The interior of a car can heat up very quickly on a sunny day. Leaving the windows slightly open has very little effect. This situation can be extremely dangerous even fatal - for dogs and is entirely preventable. “It is our hope that owners will be mindful of the new regulation and the risk to their dogs - and think twice about leaving their dog in a car on a warm day,” says Ms Midgen. “Summer is an enjoyable time of year for pets and people, and there are simple steps animal owners can take to make sure their pets are safe and happy too.” Help your pet stay cool and enjoy a happy summer by following SPCA’s summer safety tips: Dogs in hot cars If the purpose of your trip is not for your dog, leave them at home. If you must take your dog with you in the car, bring fresh water and a water dish for them and always take your dog with you when you leave your car. Leaving a dog in a car on a warm day is a risk, as they can quickly suffer and die in hot cars. The new regulation to protect dogs means, if you leave your dog in a hot car and it becomes heat stressed, you and the owner of the vehicle can be fined $300. If you see a dog suffering in a hot car, take immediate action by finding the dog owner or call the Police or SPCA. Do not smash the car window as this can put both you and the dog at risk. Exercise for pets Exercise your pets early in the mornings or in the evenings, so they won’t overheat. Avoid long and strenuous walks on warm, sunny days, and steer clear of prolonged sun exposure. Take your pets to an area that has shade or a place for them to swim so they can take a break to cool off, and if they want to slow down or stop, follow their lead. Water for all Ensure your animals always have access to clean, fresh drinking water. In summer, keep their water bowl in a shaded spot to avoid it warming up. Just like us, pets don’t like warm drinking water. You can also leave shallow dishes of cool water in shaded spots outside to help wildlife keep cool and hydrated. Water may also be used to mist pets to help them keep cool.

Sunburn Pets that are fair-skinned or light-haired are particularly susceptible to the sun’s harsh rays. Skin cancer occurs commonly in dogs and cats and, even though the fur provides some sun protection, your pet needs a sunblock applied every three to four hours to areas of their body that have no, or little, hair. You can buy pet-friendly sunscreen to rub on the tips of their ears, on the end of their nose, and on their stomach – these are the most commonly sunburnt areas. Normal sunscreen ingredients include zinc oxide, which can be toxic to animals, so a pet-friendly sunscreen is best. Shade Ensure your outside pets, including horses, goats and poultry, have access to shaded areas to avoid the sun. Bear in mind the shade moves throughout the day so make sure to have multiple shade sources so your pet is protected regardless of time of day. Mature trees provide excellent shade but, if you do not have access to these, artificial shade can be simply and inexpensively constructed from shade cloth or tarps.

For dogs • Half-fill a shallow children’s pool for your dog to bathe in – just make sure they can get in and out easily. • Put ice cubes in an indoor bowl and freeze a big block of ice for their outdoor bowl. • Doggie ice blocks are also a great way to keep them hydrated – just freeze your dog’s favourite treat in water, inside a Kong, or an icecream container. • You can find cooling mats at most pet stores – these can be used as crate liners or as beds, and can be helpful for other animals too. For cats • • •

Make sure your cat has some shaded, cool spots to lie down in. Place ice water in glasses and bowls around the house – cats are notorious for drinking out of any water container they can find. Stroking your cat with a damp cloth is a great way to keep them cool (if they will allow it!) – the best places to attend to are their paws, bellies and the outside of their ears. Brush your cat regularly – matted fur works as insulation, and will mean your cat can overheat more easily. If you have a long-haired cat and decide to shave them, leave at least a full inch of fur to help prevent sunburn.

For small animals • Relocate your small animal to a cooler part of your home. • Place ice cubes wrapped in a tea towel, a small frozen icepack, or a wet tea towel in their enclosure for them to lean against. •

Paws for thought Your dog’s feet can get burnt and blistered on the hot ground, particularly hot pavements, asphalt or scorching beach sand. Hot black iron-rich sands are found along much of the Western Coast of the North Island and can cause huge damage to the paws of your furry friends. Check if it is a safe temperature by holding the back of your hand on the pavement or sand for five seconds. If it is too hot for you to hold your hand there then your pet shouldn’t be out walking on it. Pets requiring extra care In the summer months, pet owners should take extra care with older or overweight pets, brachycephalic breeds (such as Pugs, British Bulldogs, and French Bulldogs), and those suffering from cardiac conditions. These pets are more susceptible to falling victim to heat stress.

Small animals need to stay well hydrated, so fruit and vegetables high in water content, such as celery and apples, are a great and delicious way to help them avoid dehydration. Be careful to make sure the vegetables you feed to your small animal are appropriate for their dietary needs.

Know the symptoms of heat stroke • Excessive panting • Unsteadiness • Restlessness • Abnormal gum and tongue colour • Excessive drooling • Collapse If you find an animal suffering from heat stroke • Move the animal into shade or an air conditioned area • Offer the animal a small amount of lukewarm water to drink • Spray or soak animal’s neck, abdomen and inner thighs in • •

lukewarm water Use cool but not cold water (do not use ice as this causes blood vessels to constrict, limiting heat loss) Take them to a vet ASAP

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Being safe on our roads Road safety is everybody’s responsibility. Police is committed to reducing death and injury on our roads, and we work alongside our road safety partners to do this. But we cannot do it alone, we need everyone’s help to keep our roads safe. Seatbelts A third of drivers and passengers who die on our roads aren’t wearing their seatbelts – seatbelts save lives. Regardless of how fast you’re travelling, wearing your seatbelt properly will reduce your risk of getting injured – or even worse, dying. Being properly restrained reduces your chance of death or serious injury in a crash by 60 percent in the front seat and 44 percent in the back seat. That’s why New Zealand law requires drivers and passengers in cars and other motor vehicles to wear seatbelts and child restraints. In the last three years, over 284 people who died in NZ crashes were not wearing their seatbelt. Many of these people would still be alive today if they were safely wearing their seatbelt.

Under the Land Transport (Road User) Rule 2004 drivers

Driving and hand-held mobile phones Nobody wants to share the road with a driver who isn’t paying attention. When you’re driving, your focus should be on the road and getting everybody in your car to the destination safely. Put the phone away and keep your eyes on the road, this includes when you’ve stopped at traffic lights. Things can change around you in a split second, and if you’re not paying attention you may not have time to react and avoid a crash.

male or female, your size and how much food you have eaten. Even small amounts of alcohol can affect your driving, so if you drink at all, don’t drive. • Call a taxi. • Take a bus or get someone who hasn’t been drinking to drive you home.

can’t use, while driving, a hand-held mobile phone to: • make, receive or terminate a telephone call • create, send or read a text message or email

• Think ahead - it’s always easier if you have a plan.

• create, send or view a video message • communicate in a similar or any other way. Penalties are an $80 fine and 20 demerit points. Drivers can use a mobile phone to make a call while driving

As with alcohol, it is an offence to drive while impaired by drugs. Qualifying drugs may be legal, illegal, or prescription medicine. The impairment offence treats illicit drugs and prescription medicines the same because both can impair a person’s ability

only if it is an emergency situation and unsafe or impracticable to stop the vehicle to make the call.

to drive safely and be a road safety risk. Police may carry out a compulsory impairment test (CIT) on drivers they suspect of driving under the influence of drugs

Alcohol limits when driving Alcohol and/or drugs are a factor in about a third of all fatal crashes. If you are in any doubt at all about being safe or legal to drive after drinking, don’t – it’s not worth it.

under the Land Transport (Enforcement Powers) Amendment Act 2009. If the test shows that the driver is impaired, it will be followed by a blood test.

The alcohol limit for drivers – aged 20 and over is: • 250 micrograms of alcohol per litre of breath (mcg). The blood alcohol limit is 50 milligrams of alcohol per 100

Speed limits In any crash – no matter what the cause – the outcome depends on speed. It’s the single biggest determinant in whether anyone

millilitres of blood (mg). Aged under 20 is: • The limit is zero. The law says you must not drive if the amount of alcohol in

is killed, injured, or walks away unharmed. Less speed means less harm in a crash. Drivers who use their vehicles in an anti-social manner are a threat to public safety and can cause excessive noise,

your blood or breath exceeds these limits.

disruption and intimidation. The 2009 changes in the Act strengthened existing laws and ensured that penalties became appropriate to prevent repeat offending.

For more information visit www.police.govt.nz/advice/driving-and-road-safety/being-safe-road-rules-and-reasons.

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Distractions Speed

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Motorists urged to DRIVE WITH CARE this holiday season Northland drivers are urged to drive with more caution following a spate of accidents involving vehicles hitting Top Energy and Northpower’s electricity assets.

“If you are in a vehicle that takes down a power pole or powerlines and the lines end up

car as far as you can with your feet together. As the ground may be energised, you need to

on or around the vehicle, or if you can’t safely drive clear of the lines, phone 111 immediately

shuffle with your feet together and touching – ensuring the heel of one foot is touching the

and stay in the vehicle until you are told it is safe to get out.

toe of the other. “Do not lift either foot off the ground and

The Northland electricity lines companies have reported 51 incidents since December

Northpower and Top Energy are backing Northland Road Safety and together, the

“If you come across an accident scene involving downed powerlines - stay at least 10

shuffle at least 10 metres away from the power line.”

2018 – 50 of them are where vehicles have hit power poles. Recently, a car took out

three entities want to see less people hurt on Northland roads.

metres clear and phone 111 immediately.” Top Energy’s Network Operations Manager

Mr Smallman is encouraging Northland families to familiarise themselves with Top

a power pole on the Top Energy Network, causing a substantial scrub fire at Kerikeri

“We ask people to reduce their speed and take extra caution this holiday season,

Tony Smallman says if people do have to exit a vehicle due to fire, they must not touch the

Energy’s safety video which explains just what to do in an accident involving powerlines. It

Peninsula and cutting power to 1000 consumers.

so we all can get to our destinations safely and spend that quality time with friends and

vehicle and the ground at the same time when jumping clear.

can be viewed at: https://www.youtube.com/ watch?v=Xc0ZXej9a1M

Northland Road Safety’s Ian Crayton-Brown wants people to slow down, take more time to

family,” says Northpower Network General Manager, Josie Boyd.

“Stand on the doorframe and cross your hands over your chest. Jump away from the

“When cars collide with power poles there’s the damage to the network, the vehicle,

get to their destination and be more observant of potential roadside hazards.

and the disruption of power supply to the community, but most importantly there’s the

“This time of year is particularly challenging and a higher risk time with more

human cost of injury or fatality and the impact on families and friends.”

people on the roads travelling to holiday destinations. We don’t want to see fatal and

Top Energy has had 25 ‘vehicle verses electricity asset events since December 2018,

serious injury crashes on Northlands roads,” says Mr. Brown.

and Northpower 26 – one on average a week in Northland. Not only are these often serious

“Getting to your destination safely or not can be greatly influenced by not being

accidents, but they also result in extensive power outages to communities, with these 51

impaired, driving distracted or fatigued, wearing your seatbelt and your children all

crashes resulting in over 270 hours of outages to electricity consumers and hundreds of

restrained correctly. Your speed, reaction time and condition of your tyres also have a

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huge influence on the stopping distance and crash outcome. Road safety is everyone’s

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Whangarei Districts) on 0800-10-40-40.

MAKE IT HOME FROM YOUR SUMMER HOLIDAY Allow extra time for your journey Be patient with the heavy holiday traffic and road works Your family won’t mind if you’re late, they just want you home safe

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in Norrthland

Staying Safe on the Water this Summer Boaties, kayakers and sailors will be hitting the water in droves these summer holidays. With so many of us enjoying the splendour of the sun and seas, it’s a good time to remember some key safety advice.

Lifejackets – check them, wear them Lifejackets are the number one piece of safety equipment on the water, but not all lifejackets will do the job. Lifejackets that are over ten years old are no good during an emergency, as seawater, sun and general wear and tear can damage them and they lose their effectiveness over time. In fact, many older lifejackets won’t even float, if a lifejacket is more than ten years old, it’s time to replace it. Kapok-filled lifejackets are equally dangerous. Kapok is a fluffy plant fibre similar to cotton which can absorb water, while the cotton straps that usually accompany the lifejacket can rot and tear over time. Kapok lifejackets should be destroyed and replaced

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with a fit-for-purpose lifejacket that will save your life in an emergency. The Coastguard Old4New Lifejacket Upgrade campaign gives the public a chance to trade in old lifejackets for a great discount on a range of new, modern, and fit-for-purpose Hutchwilco lifejackets. To find out where and when the Old4New van will be in your town, visit www.old4new.nz. Besides wearing a fit-for-purpose lifejacket, it’s important to always have two waterproof forms of communication, check the weather forecast, avoid alcohol, and make sure if you’re the skipper to stay within the limits of your vessel and your experience. Sometimes, no matter how prepared you

are, the best laid plans can go belly up out there. That’s where a Coastguard Membership can give peace of mind every time you hit the water. A Coastguard Membership gives the guarantee that no matter if it’s a break down or flat battery, one of Coastguard’s rescue vessels, crewed by trained volunteers, will turn up and do all they can to get you home in one piece, free of charge. Visit www. boatiesbestmate.nz for more information, stay safe out on the water this summer Northland!

Staying WATER

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SAFE Water is a big part of Northlanders’ lives, whether at home, at the pool, on the beach or at the lakes.


njoying our beaches, lakes and pools this summer can be both fun and safe, especially if you follow a few basic safety tips.

Learn to swim It is important you and your children are able to swim, even if you are not actively involved in water sports. Unfortunately drowning is New Zealand’s third-highest cause of accidental death: approximately 120 deaths occur each year. Swimming lessons are available for all ages and levels of ability. Swimming is enjoyable, low impact and one of the best types of exercise available. For more information, contact your local public swimming pool usually through your local council.

Always supervise children near water Keeping a watch on your children when they’re near water is the single most important precaution you can take. Parents know from experience how quickly children can do something unexpected. Proper supervision in and around water means a responsible adult keeps young children in their care both within sight and within reach.

At the beach Understanding how waves, wind and tides affect conditions at the beach is vital to keep yourself and others safe from danger. Busy Northland beaches are patrolled by surf lifeguards. On patrolled beaches, surf lifeguards put up yellow and red flags. The area between the flags is constantly monitored and is the safest place to swim at the beach. Lifeguards are there to help, so you should always listen to their advice. Recognising rips A rip is a strong current of water running out to sea. They can be very dangerous to swimmers as they can sweep you out to sea quickly and easily. To keep yourself safe, it is important to learn how to recognise rip currents. Typically they appear as calm patches of water with waves breaking on either side. Other useful tips • Never swim alone • If in doubt, stay out of the water • Know your limits • Read and obey the safety signs • Never swim or surf when tired or cold • Consider other people in the sea

• If you are in trouble, keep calm and raise your hand in the air. This is the signal to the lifeguards to say ‘I need help’. For more information about staying safe in the water, Water Safety NZ has a very informative website to help – watersafety.org.nz/resources

The area close by a pool is often slippery – so walk, don’t run, around the pool. Always obey the pool’s safety rules and listen to the instructions of lifeguards. Play it safe. Depth can often be hard to judge, so avoid diving into a pool unless you know its deep enough, and remember to check for others before entering the water.

Respect rivers A basic understanding of rivers and a healthy respect for the power of moving water can help keep you safe. When swimming in a river, always check for hazards (such as floating timber) up and down stream and avoid pools that run out into a stretch of rapidly moving water. Never jump or dive into a river without being sure of what’s below the surface, to avoid spinal or head injuries. If you get caught in the current, don’t fight it, but head downstream to a suitable landing area.

Enjoying New Zealand’s sunshine New Zealand’s sun can be very hot between 11am and 4pm during summer, when the ultraviolet rays are fierce, and it doesn’t take long for skin to become burned. Here are some quick tips for staying safe in the sun: SLIP into a shirt — and SLIP into some shade, especially between 11am and 4pm. SLOP on some sunscreen before going outdoors. Use an SPF30+ broad-spectrum sunscreen. Wipe it on at least 15 minutes before going outdoors – use approximately one teaspoon of sunscreen for each arm and leg, your body and your face. Reapply every two hours, and also after physical activity, swimming or towel drying. SLAP on a hat with a brim or a cap with flaps. WRAP on a pair of sunglasses. Choose close-fitting, wrap-around glasses.

Swimming pools Swimming pools and spa pools are part of life for many New Zealanders. They provide wonderful opportunities for family and friends to get together and have fun, but you still need to be careful. Remember these tips:

For more information, visit www.sunsmart.org.nz

Northland Regional Council Proudly funding paid lifeguards at six Northland beaches this summer: » Mangawhai » Waipu Cove

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Evolution School is the only NZQAapproved Nail tech, Massage and Spa education provider in Northland and is an NZQA Category ONE provider, which means very high quality and now could be FREE for you. You can check if you are eligible by heading to: www.feesfree.govt.nz Don’t worry if you are not eligible for fees free though as all programmes are NZQA approved and so are eligible for student loans and allowances. Evolution has small classes to ensure there is plenty of tutor/student attention. The majority of graduates say their time with Evolution School was life-changing in so many ways. Come and see why! Give Evolution a call today to ask about your new exciting career – 09 438 6583, or pop in and have a look around – 115 Cameron Street, Whangarei. Or “book an amazing treatment with our fabulous graduates at our brand new graduate clinic on John St. Book by emailing evolvegraduateclinic@gmail. com,” says director Lorna Clowes. “It’s a new initiative whereby graduates gain employment within the safety of a mentored clinic until such time as they have built up their clientele and can go out into the world of business on their own.” www.evolutionschool.co.nz

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The only New Year’s Resolution List you need…


It’s New Year’s resolutions time! Again. Sigh. Many of us wonder if we should even bother…

Aim for Progress Not Perfection Always, always try and do a little better. NOT the ‘all or nothing’ – just a bit better than you did last week or last month. And don’t forget

For example, improved health, increased fitness, strength and energy or feeling happier.

Some of us do get excited about the New Year as we start it with a clean slate. It’s like the beginning of a new race, one that begins in January and ends in December. This New Year, what goals would you like to achieve? Would you like to be healthier? Would you like to be stronger, fitter, have more energy? What would you like to weigh? Would you like to look and feel better? Yes, we would all like to improve on lifeenhancing qualities. The trouble is, even with the best of intentions the enthusiasm to make healthy changes tends to fade once we realise we can't change everything overnight. You may have noticed that many resolutions or goals seem to be ‘all or nothing’? You start off red hot and fired up and then a glitch occurs and it all goes to hell in a handcart. That’s because life isn’t perfect, stuff happens to get in the way of our schedules and because rigid resolutions can only exist in a perfect schedule – it gets all too hard, all too quickly. Want to make this New Year different? Rather than full out resolutions that are likely to fail, why not take this opportunity to make small resolutions for better health and wellbeing that will last forever!

to stop and enjoy achievements along the way and pat yourself on the back for all that you

That way losing weight will be an added bonus rather than the driving force and you will make

have done so far.

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Bottom line, we’re all a work in progress, so it pays to keep things simple. Set Your Intentions for the Day First thing in the morning, check in with yourself for what you want to achieve for the

Habits Not Motivation Habits make for positive change. Motivation

Drink Less Alcohol

day, review what is important to you. Not a huge list, just the basics.

fails you when you are too busy trying to live your life and all those glitches keep getting in

Reducing your alcohol consumption is one of the best things you can do for your health,

Pack a Lunch You’re Excited About

the way. Take a little time to consolidate small habits and keep on keeping on.

giving you more clarity and motivation to improve your health and happiness. Most

If you’re packing lunch for work, don’t be all like, ‘The mixed greens will be satisfying’.

Focus on Health Not Weight

people can agree that they feel better with less or without alcohol in their lives. It's an

They won’t, so get real! Add some protein, some light cheese, nuts or seeds – yummy,

Rather than grandiose statements about dropping large amounts of weight which doesn't

added expense and it dulls your shine – not to mention the numerous detrimental effects it

satisfying texture that will add crunch, taste and deliciousness. Forget that ‘all or nothing’

result in long-term change, instead, approach your weight loss goals with more specific

has on your health.

mentality that causes so many people to fall off the wagon before they get very far down

results in mind.

Eat Less Packaged Food and More Real Food

the track. Exercise Whenever You Can Walk more, park further away, get busy outside, and include more incidental activity throughout your day at every opportunity. Just DO something.

Rather than full out resolutions that are likely to fail, why not take this opportunity to make small resolutions for better health and wellbeing that will last forever!

Look at decreasing your reliance on processed/ packaged foods and look at eating more REAL food. More quality protein, more healthy fats, more healthy carbohydrates and so on. Real/ whole foods not only contain nutrients, but also enzymes, necessary for every chemical process in the body. These enzymes can only be found in whole, natural foods. If you have become lazy with meal preparation, a great resolve is to get your butt back into the kitchen preparing meals from scratch. Your little inner voice (the healthy-minded one) is calling out to you! Is it saying: ‘Go for it! Achieve your health, fitness and weight goals once and for all this New Year. Bite the bullet and reach your dreams! Get healthier! Get fit! Get freakin awesome!’!



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STAGE 3 SECTIONS ON NS S Surrounded by the clear blue waters of Northland’s magnificent east coast, the Landing@Marsden enjoys the protection of the Whangarei Harbour, plus the much sought after outlook towards Mount Manaia on the Whangarei Heads.


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“Blue, Blue, electric blue, it’s the colour of my room where I will live.”

- David Bowie.

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This description makes it perfect for interiors and blue is certainly having a moment, with dark navy and luscious greeny teals having flooded the interiors scene in the last year.

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And what’s not to love about the colour blue? No matter what your thrill is, blue will be there for you; Music? The Blues. Fishing? Deep blue waters. Flying? Blue skies. Technology? Blue tooth. Colour company Pantone choose a colour each year as ’The colour of the year‘ and this year they have chosen Classic Blue. Described by Pantone as ’a reassuring presence instilling calm, confidence and connection’.

Make a calming statement with blue for your interiors. Escape the hectic world outside by creating a calm environment to enjoy inside your home, somewhere you can tune out and relax, away from everyday stresses. Blues look great on their own, but if you’re not an all-blue fan, don’t fear – there are plenty of colours you can team with them to find a combination that you love. Combine with gentle sun-baked terracotta or buttery yellows for a pleasing contrast or mix them with pastels for a feminine scheme, using soft grey-blues, peachy pinks and pale apple greens. For a more classic nautical scheme, rich reds and dark navy blues will add

soft Hamptons or Scandi style feel, or plush flokati rugs if you prefer a Hygge vibe. Blues can also be used as an accent colour in darker, more dramatic hues. Create a

a sophisticated touch. If you don’t want to add an additional colour to your blues palette but need a contrast to stop your scheme from feeling flat, then look at introducing texture with materials instead. Whitewashed plywood, for example, to give a

bold backdrop with a dark inky blue, then add in pops of calming pale blue like cornflower blue with accessories and small painted furniture pieces. Join us in the Frazerhurst Showroom at 146 Lower Dent St.

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responses to colour, though. Did you know that particular shades can also trigger a physical response by changing the temperature of your environment? In general, dark colours absorb light - and while they're doing this, they also take in heat. This can be problematic, especially during muggy summer months. Many people therefore recommend that you avoid using dark colours on areas of your home such as roofs, as they can trap the sun and render your rooms unbearably warm.

We say 'in general' because there is a way you can have your cake and eat it too, so to speak. If you really have your heart set on a luscious, deep hue for your roof, you may want to opt for the Resene CoolColour range. This unique technology enables your chosen shade to absorb light in the same way as an ordinary paint would, which means your desired colour looks like the normal colour. Where it differs, however, is that it won't take in as much heat. As a result, it will remain cooler than the normal colour, which will keep your home cooler. If you want to paint your roof white or another light colour, you won't have to fret about this problem. These shades reflect light, which means they shouldn't make your home any hotter. In addition to this, you can trick yourself into feeling cooler or warmer by strategically choosing paint colours with which to decorate your home's interior. According to Body and Soul Magazine,

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round the end of the year is when we take the time to look back on what we have achieved in 2019. At the Gathered House we have had a huge year and are so proud of the work we have put into our home, our little business and the goals we have achieved this year, chiefly the opening of our bricks and mortar store on Rust Ave in Whangarei. Working in retail around the Christmas season is crazy busy but we hope that if you have popped in to say hi, you have been met with a friendly smile and enjoyed our curated goods on offer. Part of living mindfully for us includes taking time off to soak up all the amazing things that living in Northland has to offer, switching off our cellphones and heading to the beach. For this month's column we have decided to share a few of our fave local locations so that if you are staying in this year, there might be something new for you to discover in your own backyard. All the best - see you in 2020! 1. The first thing we do every summer holiday is hit the beach. We try and find a new spot every year as well as

frequenting some of our all-time favourites: Pataua North, Whale Bay and Oceans. Get out a map, find a never-before-heard-of

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of year but particularly in the summer sunshine. Some of our regulars include Marsden Estate Winery in Kerikeri, Helena Bay Cafe and the Duke of Marlborough in Russell and the family friendly Pizza Barn in Waipu. 3. Take advantage of some of the amazing, and free walks available in Northland. The DOC website has a really great run-down of them all. 4. We love taking our vintage pop-top caravan out for long weekends over the summer and are really so spoilt with all of the amazing locations to camp here. Ask a local for their recommendations. 5. Boutique shopping. Supporting local business is a great way to discover new places in Northland. We wish you all the best and thank you for the support you have shown us in 2019. Happy memory making over the holidays and see you in the new year.

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FIVE COMMON PROBLEMS when signing a sale and purchase agreement and how to avoid them

5. Getting legal advice before you sign is vital The above issues should demonstrate why it’s important to ask a lawyer or conveyancer to review the sale and purchase agreement before you sign it. It can be tempting for a seller to get carried away by the relief of finding a buyer, or for a buyer to be excited about having their offer accepted, but don’t rush into signing the sale and purchase agreement before making an appointment with your lawyer or conveyancer. It’s a good idea to choose a lawyer or conveyancer before you get to this point, so there are no delays. The agreement will include general obligations and conditions that you will need to meet. These may include things like access to the property, insurance details and what happens if either party fails to meet any of the conditions in the agreement. Your lawyer or conveyancer will explain these clauses to you. Your lawyer or conveyancer will also explain any conditions that the other party has included in the sale and purchase agreement. You can read more about conditions that buyers and sellers may include in the agreement at settled.govt.nz.

If buying or selling a home is like running a marathon, getting to the point of signing the sale and purchase agreement is like turning into the home straight. It may feel as if you’re nearly there – the end is in sight! But don’t relax yet. The sale and purchase agreement is likely to be one of the most important contracts you will ever sign, and there is a lot at stake. A mistake at this stage can be very expensive. What is a sale and purchase agreement? The sale and purchase agreement is a legally binding contract between a property buyer and seller. It sets out all the details, terms and conditions of the sale, including the price, any chattels sold with the property, whether the buyer needs to sell another property first and the settlement date. The agreement provides both parties with certainty about what will happen when.

purchase agreement. When the date is locked in, it may be impossible to change because other events may be linked to it, for example, other property sales in the chain. If you want to negotiate a change to the settlement date, or any other aspect of the signed agreement, it may give the other party an opportunity to renegotiate other details in the agreement, including the price.

What can possibly go wrong? Here are the five most common problems the team at the Real Estate Authority (REA) hears about sale and purchase agreements, and what to do to avoid them:

mean that the buyer must pay an additional 15 per cent of the purchase price. That is a significant number on top of a property sale. If the GST section in an agreement isn’t complete, don’t sign the agreement until it is. GST usually applies to commercial property, but it can apply to residential property in some cases, for example if the property has been used for a business.

1. GST One of the very first sections in a standard sale and purchase agreement states yes or no as to whether the vendor is GST registered. Unfortunately, this question is sometimes overlooked when the document is drawn up. If the buyer signs the agreement on the assumption that the vendor is not GST registered, when in fact they are, then depending on what the vendor used the property for, that can

2. Clauses Usually, the sale and purchase agreement is the offer document from the buyer to the seller as well. Buyers often add a sunset clause which gives their offer an expiry date – this means the buyer isn’t left waiting for a reply from a vendor and frees them up to look at other properties if their offer isn’t accepted. Sellers need to be aware of this clause and should respond before the expiry date or risk missing out on the sale.


Experienced buyers and sellers may try to add clauses to the sale and purchase agreement that will allow them to cancel the agreement if they change their mind – especially if the other party is inexperienced. It’s important not to agree to additional clauses without legal advice. 3. Conditions Don’t rely on adding a condition to a sale and purchase agreement to give you a way out of an agreement if you change your mind about the sale. For example, if a buyer adds a condition that they need a satisfactory property report and the property inspector finds a problem, the seller may remedy that problem in which case the buyer must continue with the sale. 4. Settlement date Think carefully about the settlement date you are agreeing to before you sign the sale and


The real estate agent must give the New Zealand Residential Property Sale and Purchase Agreement Guide to everyone entering into a residential real estate sales and purchase agreement and both parties must be given time to read and understand it before signing the agreement. Real Estate Authority (REA) chief executive, Kevin Lampen-Smith says: “There are many things to consider when buying and selling a house and I urge people to talk through any concerns they may have about the sale and purchase agreement with their lawyer or conveyancer in advance of signing it.” “A sale and purchase agreement is a legally binding contract between the buyer and seller, which becomes unconditional once the allocated time for meeting your conditions has been reached,” says Kevin Lampen-Smith. This information was sourced from settled.govt.nz


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omes2Go is a locally owned and operated company dedicated to providing customers with highquality relocatable houses. Northland is a great place to live, with more people every year deciding to call our beautiful region home. Founders Neil Croft and Chris Cox are aware that many people are becoming disillusioned with the high price of housing and they want to provide customers with a cost-effective housing option. Their vision is to source, sell and transport high-quality relocatable houses Northlandwide. The team at Homes2go have a combined experience of over 20 years in house removal services, giving them hands-on, practical skills to carry out each job efficiently and safely. From working in his family company, Croft Timber, to running the Northland branch of a large house haulage company for many years, Neil has a wealth of relevant experience and strengths that he brings to the company. Neil’s broad experience in customer service, construction and all aspects of house haulage means he is dedicated to offering a relocatable house service that operates at the highest professional standards of team safety and communication. With a background in dairy farming, forestry, construction and house removal, Chris has a comprehensive range of practical, hands-on skills and qualifications to bring to the company. From accurately assessing the structure of a building, to problem solving, along with strong communication skills, Chris

is dedicated to providing a first-rate house removal service. He also has his own repiling business, Total Repile, so when it comes to preparing the foundations to place your house on, you have the assurance that the job will be done efficiently and professionally. Homes2Go have a range of high-quality removable houses for sale – onsite or in their yards at Ruakaka and Kauri. Once you have


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Show Home Open Admiral Way opposite Tutukaka Marina found your piece of land, the team will advise on the best placement for your house onsite, as well as any onsite preparation that may need to be done. The team then prepare the foundations and, working closely with WorkSafe NZ, carefully place your house. The personalised service means that when customers phone Homes2Go, they’re speaking with the owners – not someone in a call centre. Says Neil: “We’re proud to be a Whangareiowned and operated company and we want to make things easy for you so we sell houses that are, not only structurally sound, they also look great, inside and out. All you need to do is arrange for power and plumbing and you’re ready to move in. “Whether you’re searching for your first home, second dwelling, family home or looking to downsize, we have a cost-effective and practical housing solution that suits your lifestyle and budget and we’re here to help.”

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Why We’re Great Here at Beds R Us, we’re all for sleep and we’re great at it because it’s what we do. Here’s a few reasons why. We’ve got your back! Take the stress out of your purchase knowing you have the guarantee of New Zealand’s largest bed manufacturers, Sleepyhead. Sleepyhead have been awarded New Zealand’s most trusted bed brand for the sixth year running. With multiple warranties on their mattress range, and their trusted brand acknowledgement – you can be confident if you have any issue with your new mattress, they will provide the service and support you need.

It’s not just pillow talk, we’re #1 The results are in, and the customers are happy. BedsRus have continued offering New Zealand shoppers exceptional service and value, for a second year running. We are proud to be Consumer NZ’s People’s Choice #1 Bedding & Furniture retailer

as awarded by our customers. A purchase from a BedsRus store means, you can be confident – you are in good hands. We’re keeping it Kiwi We’re proudly New Zealand owned & operated. Our bed range is exclusively Sleepyhead, NZ’s most trusted bed brand, so a bed from BedsRus further grows Aotearoa in many ways. Each bed purchased means you’re supporting local manufacturing, jobs and people. We’ll look after your Zzz’s & $$$’s If you can find a cheaper price on the same bed, we’ll beat it. Yes, we’d rather you buy from a bed specialist and have confidence that

you are buying the best value and a perfectly tailored bed solution from the team that knows the most about sleep. Ts and Cs apply of course, so please speak to one of our trained specialists at Beds R Us Whangarei to see how we can fit you to your perfect sleep today. Keeping it real, keeping it simple. Bed shopping can be confusing right? We know, so we’ve introduced some simple tools to help get to the details that matter to you. With key symbols in store for comparing bed technology and benefits, and simple comfort level scales throughout our store and website – finding your perfect bed has never been easier.

Love at first sight Love at first sight can change night after night. We know! So, to assist with that scary choice of which bed feels best – we offer our famous 30-Day Comfort Guarantee. If you’re not sleeping better with your new mattress, you can exchange it. Ts and Cs apply. Don’t want to pay for it all today? Sleep today and pay later! Take the tossing and turning out of your bed selection with a tailored payment solution. We offer all the finance options, plus PartPay, afterpay and Alipay to name a few. Speak to one of our bed specialists and tailor a payment solution to fit your needs today.

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Platinum standard to home building

The team at Platinum Homes Northland aims to provide a platinum standard of service.

Business owner and sales manager Dean McGonagle says specialist training in customer service has paid off, with the team achieving top sales results nationally for many years. The team all strive to ask pertinent questions and really listen to the hopes and dreams of their clients. The quality of design and fixtures is a point of pride, with Dean stressing that he always wants to be able to see homes they have built stand up to the test of time. Technology has helped improve the standard of service, with clients and contractors kept fully informed at all stages of the building process with a weekly diary featuring photos and details of progress. Dean says photos taken on site can immediately be added to client portfolios, making the construction a much more collaborative process. “Good working relationships are important because, after all, we’re all in it together,’’ he says.

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When it comes to housing, Platinum Homes’ Whangarei area salesman Danny Keane has really done it all. This Jack of all trades started in the building industry as an 18-year-old. Over the years he has worked as a site manager for a property developer and selling homes all over the North Island. After moving to Auckland, he worked with a lot of first home buyers on house and land packages, including helping them secure finances. He also learned how to draw house plans, built some

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houses himself and worked in Australia for a large house building company. Back in New Zealand since 2011, he enjoys showing people the lifestyle that is possible at Marsden Cove. He has adapted to the ever-changing building environment and enjoys all aspects of building homes for clients. He understands the stresses involved with undertaking what for most will be the biggest investment of their lives and guiding clients through the entire process.

Building your new home? Look no further than the experienced team at Platinum Homes Northland. We are renowned for exceptional build quality on large, small or multi-builds, and all at a price that can deliver the best value. We have a range of new and build ready plans or we can create a unique plan that is just right for you and your family.

Nigel Turner puts his heart and soul into being a trusted advisor for his Far North clients. His 10 years in the Royal New Zealand Air Force honed his organisational skills and attention to detail. Passionate about the Far North and its people, Nigel is immersed in his community and his downto-earth nature makes him highly valued by clients and his team. Nigel is fully invested in helping his clients and

has an encyclopaedic knowledge of the Far North District Council’s rules, and possible land issues each micro area has. Because of his passion and eye for detail, he also watches over the builds and keeps construction honest, reporting any quality issues he sees for the best interests of client and company. Known as a straight shooter, clients trust him to get the job done well and on time.

Whangarei Showhome: 67 Stace Hopper Dr, Marsden Cove, Ruakaka Tues-Fri 10am-4pm; Weekend 11am-3pm Call Danny 021 064 1006 or 09 430 0029! Far North Showhome: 4 Bosuns Way, Haruru Falls Tues-Fri 10am-4pm; Weekend 11am-3pm Call Nigel 021 687 643 or 09 402 7969!

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