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The Peninsula Post  18 October 2012 Page 1 18 October 2012 Number 238

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Meth lab deaths on 309 Road shock Whitianga community by Shenagh Gleeson The death of two Whitianga men in a methamphetamine lab set up in an old mine shaft near the town has shocked the community. Grant Christopher Wyllie, 49, and Kerry Alexander Murphy, 40, were found in the mine shaft about 60 metres off the 309 Rd, 7km from the Whitianga end, on Saturday afternoon. Grant “Grunty” Wyllie had lived in Whitianga for about 30 years and was a founding member of the Whitianga Pig Hunting Club. He lived on the 309 Rd with his partner and had a son and daughter, both in their teens. Police say Kerry Murphy lived in Hamilton before moving to Whitianga. He’s reported to have been known to the police and to have a partner and two children. Fellow pig hunters say Mr Wyllie was a good bloke who loved hunting but kept pretty much to himself. They were saddened by his death and astonished by the circumstances. John Allen met him about 25 years ago and says they had lots of good times hunting together in the early years. They chased pigs through the area where the mine shaft was located. “He was a real good guy – he’d help anyone out.” Kevin Harvey says he went to school with Mr Wyllie in Hamilton and was hunting with him up until to about six months ago. “It’s really sad – quite unbelievable. It’s such a stupid thing.” Police were alerted to the tragedy by a female acquaintance of one of the men, who hadn’t returned after going out on Friday. She led police to the site. Fire fighters from Hamilton helped police, including officers from Whitianga, removed the bodies, chemicals and equipment on Sunday. A decontamination unit was brought from Hamilton.

Preliminary post-mortem findings are that the men died from inhaling carbon monoxide. Acting Detective Senior Sergeant Ross Patterson, of Thames-Coromandel CIB, says it looks as if the men entered the shaft while a petrol-powered generator was going and were overcome by the fumes. Police are not seeking anyone else in connection with the deaths or the drug operation. Mr Patterson says it looked like a relatively new set-up but a reasonable amount of methamphetamine had been produced. Further clean-up work of the site, which is on Department of Conservation land, was carried out this week. The tragedy shows the risk when people dabble in the manufacture of drugs such as methamphetamine, Mr Patterson says. There’s also the danger posed by waste products, which are highly toxic and a risk not just to people's health but to the environment as well. Illegal drug expert and former detective sergeant Cam Stokes says there are meth labs throughout New Zealand, from downtown Auckland to remote bush locations. Police probably catch only a fraction of cook-ups but the good news is that demand for P is decreasing, he says. “Only about one per cent of adults in New Zealand are doing it and that’s mainly in the criminal underworld.” Police Ten 7 presenter Graham Bell, who lives in Whitianga and Auckland, says he has little sympathy for people who are involved in the drug trade. “People who manufacture meth have no concern for the well-being of the user of the end product. So it’s probably no surprise they don’t have too much regard for their own safety.”

Gear from the meth lab found in the old mine shaft in bush off the 309 Rd near Whitianga on Saturday.

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Together we can get things moving for town Kia ora Summer is trying to break its way through and town has been buzzing with visitors. School holidays saw an average of over 280 per day in the i-Site, which was wonderful. There appears to be an increase in our international visitors as well with German, Australian and other European visitors spending time in our region. The visitors’ comments are always the same; if only we had more time! Some of the Australian visitors have been back to New Zealand four or five times so this is certainly a very important market for us. I have spoken to many of our operators recently and I keep getting similar feedback about how the season seems to have started a bit earlier this year and also the forward bookings have been heavier than usual which is fantastic news. It’s great to start the

season on such a positive note. I was invited to speak at the Bed and Breakfast Association meeting last week held in Hahei. It was a wonderful opportunity to speak to B & B owners from around the region as it gave me the chance to explain how the i-Site works and how we are funded. I find many people don’t fully understand how we fit in relation to the many stakeholders we have such as TCDC, Destination Coromandel, Mercury Bay Business Association, Tourism New Zealand and the local community. We certainly play our part in economic development by

assisting and encouraging visitors to spend money in our region and to stay longer. If you are observant you may have noticed a number of retailers and other businesses in town displaying a new blue sticker in their windows. This demonstrates they are current members of the Mercury Bay Business Association and support economic development in this region. MBBA have come up with a new logo, which I feel does a wonderful job of expressing what this region is about. See if you can spot them and support these businesses as many of them volunteer their time in helping to look at ways of growing this town, which we all benefit from. Anyone wanting to join MBBA can go to our website www. or call into the i-Site and we can answer any questions you may have. Together we can get things moving!

Boaties who don't know the rules are causing too many near misses Boaties not following basic navigation safety rules are causing near misses on the water, Waikato Regional Council says. Navigation safety programme manager Nicole Botherway says early results from a limited phone survey of boaties in the region shows more than one in ten reporting potential problems with rule breaches.

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New window on the past Esplanade Apartments affected by leaky building with opening of new problems: repairs will start when summer's over building at Coromandel A Whitianga waterfront a difficult path in seeking compensation but this month apartment building affected School of Mines Museum by leaky building problems the Supreme Court ruled that A new window onto Coromandel’s past opens on Saturday. The Coromandel School of Mines Museum is opening its new building housing the Coromandel Silver Band collection and the Marj Moore collection. The band operated from 1876 until 1996, with a couple of breaks during World Wars 1 and 11, and played a big part in life in Coromandel town and surrounding districts. In 2004, its history was recorded in the Coromandel Silver Band Museum, but it

couldn’t advertise or operate as a public museum because it had limited access. Four years later it was decided to incorporate the collection into the School of Mines Museum so more people could see it. Thought to be the second oldest in New Zealand, the band began life as a brass military band but later became a silver band because of the number of silver-plated instruments it featured. A display of band figures and instruments from the old museum has been recreated in the new building along with other instruments, photos and records. The new building also houses memorabilia from the Marj Moore Museum at Te Kouma. The collection, donated by the family, contains many unusual items. The opening ceremony on Saturday is by invitation only but the whole museum will be open to the public on Sunday from 10am-4pm.

will undergo repairs after the summer. The 22 owners of Esplanade Apartments (right) are undertaking the work through Auckland-based Boutique Body Corporates. Director Craig Leishman says there are problems with decks and window joinery but they are on the lesser scale of what his company sees. The company specialises in leaky building management and has overseen the repair of between 2500 and 3000 units. The seven-year-old Whitianga apartment building is a sound concrete building, he says. “It’s not plaster with timber construction. The problems are the result of poor design, poor construction.” The building was a development by Husain Al Saffaf ’s First Light Group, which also built an apartment complex in Victoria St in Whitianga. This building also had problems. The Department of Building and Housing revoked ThamesCoromandel District


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Council’s code of compliance for it and ordered the council to ensure repairs brought it up to standard. Mr Leishman says the cost of the repair job on the Esplanade apartments, known initially as First Light Suites, is not yet known. Final design work is being completed and the work will then go to tender. “We’ve no idea of the cost at this stage. We don’t know if it’s a couple of hundred

thousand or a couple of million.” Owners are considering their options about recouping the cost of repairs, he says. Residential owners are able to seek compensation through the Weathertight Homes Tribunal but some of the apartments are classed as commercial accommodation. Up until recently owners of buildings with mixed classes of accommodation faced

councils have a duty of care when approving plans and inspecting the construction of buildings that are not purely residential. This opens the way for affected owners to sue councils. Mr Leishman says this will be one of the options being considered by the Whitianga apartment owners. Seeking compensation from the developer isn’t an option as he went broke. Dealing with leaky building problems isn’t an easy time for owners, he says. Decisions are still to be made on how long the work will take and whether anyone in the building will be affected. Marlene Nash, who operates Blonde Restaurant and Bar on the ground floor of the building, says she doesn’t know whether they’ll have to close for a time but she’s pleased the work won’t start until after the summer.

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Miles Jackson concert at Hahei this Sunday Nelson-based guitarist Miles Jackson is returning to Hahei for a concert on Sunday. Miles has performed in Hahei several times in recent years with his wife, violinist Margaret Jackson. This year he’s performing solo, playing traditional flamenco pieces and classical guitar works by Gaspar Sanz, Fernando Sor, Francisco Tarrega, Heitor Villa-Lobos, Isaias Savio, Augustine Mangore Barrios, Leo Brouwer, Luys de Narváez and Federico Moreno Torroba. Miles began his musical training on the violin, changing to classical guitar in 1965. He has studied with


a number of distinguished teachers and had an intense period of study with worldrenowned Czech guitarist Vladimir Mikulka in 1982. This was followed with three years of study with the English master guitarist John Mills. Subsequent periods in Spain have allowed him to explore and become accomplished in flamenco techniques and styles. He has worked as a professional musician and teacher for more than 40 years and is a tutor at the Nelson School of Music. The concert is at the Hahei Community Centre on Sunday at 2.30pm.

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Thames musician Dylan Wade will showcase his new album, Life, at a gig at Flaxmill Bay on Saturday night. Dylan is launching the album with a tour of the Coromandel Peninsula over the weekend. He’s described as an innovative guitar player, smooth, soulful vocalist and writer of unique songs. His performance incorporates many styles of guitar playing and musical genres and he’s performed both as a soloist and the front man for several bands over the years, touring extensively around New Zealand and overseas. The gig is at Eggsentric Café from 9pm.

is particularly fond of the screen-print look and this features in a number of his paintings. They explore themes of people at beaches and some of the Coromandel Peninsula’s hot political issues, such as development and mining. The show is at Mint Gallery and Saturday’s opening runs from 2-4pm.

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Work's started on historic Medical centre's new system aimed at improving Coromandel Citizens Hall both patient care and doctors' working lives Work has started on repairing the historic Coromandel Citizens Hall and making the building watertight. The hall was built in 1867 and is one of the oldest buildings on the Coromandel Peninsula. Originally St George’s Convent School, it passed into private ownership in the early 1940s and was sold to the Coromandel branch of the Returned Services Association in 1951. The RSA negotiated an agreement with the then Coromandel District Council for public use of the hall and then in 1965 gave it to the council. The building is badly in need of repair and a $1million, four-stage restoration plan has drawn up. Thames-Coromandel District Council’s Coromandel area

manager Greg Hampton says stage one, comprising installation of a stormwater system, including detention tank, reticulation and network connections, has been done. Stage Two, which involves replacement and/or repairs to the western wall is being quoted on by local building contractors. Work on the wall will start next month if suitable proposals are received. Further works will be required in the following years to complete the refurbishment, Mr Hampton says. Total budget for work in 2012-2013 is $96,969, with just over $36,000 spent so far on design, consents, guttering and stormwater system installation.

A Whitianga medical centre has introduced a radical new operating system that doctors hope will improve patient care and doctors’ working lives. Mercury Bay Medical Centre has adopted a model that’s aimed at managing resources and using technology to deliver care more appropriately and efficiently. The model is a mix of approaches developed in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom and trialed in Hamilton. Dr David Wilson (left) with Mercury Bay Medical Centre practice manager Barb The Whitianga initiative is Fredericksen and Dr Dan Asquith. the first use of the model The practice struggles to will range from booking their own blood pressure. by a privately-owned New cope with the number of appointments to arranging There’s no staff reduction Zealand practice. tests at the centre, which has 10 phone calls it gets, the pre-appointment It includes: patient calls being numbers coming through or booking telephone full-time and four part-time managed through a Hamilton the doors and the burden consultations with the staff. A new doctor, Emma public health organisation of after-hours call-outs, he Whitianga doctors. Email Stanley is joining Dr Wilson, centre; doctors carrying out says. consultations are also in the Dr Asquith and Dr Hannah consultations via phone and “We just can’t continue with pipeline. Walker. email and patients being able that model. It’s a model that Dr Asquith believes the Dr Wilson says the new to access their files and test hasn’t changed for around new approach will reduce system will be phased in results online. the number of visits people and people will need time to 100 years.” Practice manager Barb One of the key changes have to make and enable the understand it. “It will take Fredericksen says the is that people calling the doctors to better manage two to three months for changes are about being Whitianga centre will speak chronic conditions. people to understand what more proactive and making to a service operated by Patients will be able to check we’re doing and to see the better use of doctors’ time. Midland Health in Hamilton. their medical files and test advantage from their point Dr Dan Asquith says Calls will be taken by nurses results through a secure of view.” like many rural practices, and trained consumer website. They can do this The practice is very keen Mercury Bay is faced with service representatives, who on their own computers and to hear what people think, the challenge of an ageing will assess callers’ needs. there will also be a computer he says. “We really do value population with increasing Subsequent actions, station in the waiting room, constructive criticism.” health needs. depending on the situation, along with the facility to take

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Barry Brickell proposes a ra Railway and pedestrian access to an expanded Coromandel Wharf is being proposed by tourist operator Barry Brickell. Mr Brickell founded and developed Driving Creek Railway & Potteries, one of the most successful tourist attractions on the Coromandel Peninsula. He says he’s been advocating extension of the wharf, in a manner that’s environmentally and economically feasible, for years. Thames-Coromandel District Council is investigating making the wharf suitable for use by ferry services and large boats, following major structural problems with Hannaford’s Jetty in Te Kouma Harbour. Proponents of the development of Coromandel as a heritage town also believe better wharf access closer to the town would be of great benefit. Mr Brickell says Coromandel Harbour is the potential gateway for trade and tourism for the future. “Any other form of access, such as road and air, have limited potential.” However the harbour has become heavily silted and

the wharf can’t be used by bigger vehicles at all tides. Dredging has been shown not to work and the answer is a wharf extension, he says. He’s proposing a railway and pedestrian extension on timber piles and decking. This would require half the

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room of providing access and turn-around space for vehicles, including buses and trucks, he says. A reversible railcar could be used to transport passengers and a self-propelled wagon could transport freight. The railway and walkway option would be much

cheaper than providing vehicle access and the rail travel would be an attraction in itself, he says. If it proved viable, the railway could be extended into Coromandel town, where a heritage-style depot could be built. Mr Brickell says he hopes his concept is taken seriously. “Money spent now is money


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Keith, Hayley and Jackson would like to welcome Ryder John Goodall who was born on July 15 at Thames Birthing Centre. A huge thanks to midwife Fiona and all of our family and friends. If you’d like your new baby (6 months and younger) to feature in Beautiful Babies, please call us on 866 0001, so we can arrange a time to take the photograph. Or you can email us an image to or post a photo to us. Beautiful Babies is a free service for all residents in The Coromandel Peninsula Post’s distribution area.

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SeniorNet Whitianga We still have space in some classes Where has 2012 gone? We have commenced our final quarter of classes after a very successful third quarter. Our Open/Enrolling day held recently was very well attended. New members have again joined us to become part of the SeniorNet learning community. They will add to our enthusiastic group who become very capable technology users. A number of courses are full, but we do have space in Basics XP/Vista, One Note, Internet Security, Keyboarding, Windows Live Mail and Smartphone Workshop. Be in quick to save your place.

We have been operating with a couple of people short on our committee. We are pleased to welcome Molly Brown who has been appointed as a member. Molly brings new ideas and as she lives over the water at Cooks Beach will no doubt become a local contact for our members in that area. Thank you Molly.

Thanks also to those members who have been in contact offering to help tutor and tutor help. We had an excellent response and will be contacting those members shortly to fit them in to our system. We are slowly creating a group of people to help us ensue that SeniorNet Whitianga continues to prosper in our community. Our new computers are now in use ensuring that members have the latest gear to use. We look forward to positive comments as the new machines provide the base for further learning. For further information please call Lorna on 866 4215. Peter Bethell

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Letters to the editor Was there ever a cost-to-benefit analysis carried out on the need for the MBSC? The TCDC Mayor is to look into how we, as a community, ended up wasting money on the Mercury Bay Sports Centre, four kilometres out of town that only 10% of ratepayers might use. Was there ever a cost-tobenefit analysis carried out on the need for the MBSC? How could the Community Board spend at least half a million dollars on an alternative site when there was a legally binding contract for another site already in place? How was the value of the 10ha of Waterways land, given in lieu of reserve contributions over

their completed development, established? This complex has been on the Waterways plan from the start and one decade on, not only have Waterways not had to pay any reserve contributions in cash, they have used up $7 million of ratepayers’ reserve contribution money to enhance their estate by creating a landscaped park as a buffer zone between Waterways Estate and the industrial area of Tin Town. Meanwhile the town upgrade, something every ratepayer would benefit from, and that should have happened 15 years

ago, has not even started. The boat ramp facilities that most people come here to use are in a poor state of repair with no money left to fix. These facilities should have by now been similar to those we see in the towns of Tauranga and Napier, with three or four ramps separated by floating pontoons. A heated swimming pool that could be used by all ages 365 days a year would benefit locals and visitors alike. In my opinion, Waterways developers should be congratulated for very smart business practice and the

people we have elected to negotiate on the behalf of the community, some of who were in office during this period, should be taking responsibility for their “goof ”. Can TCDC give the public an accurate assessment of the annual costs to Mercury Bay ratepayers for the upkeep, maintenance, depreciation and any other expenses associated with the MBSC? The Community Board wants to charge boat users for the upkeep of ramps, I assume they will do the same for the MBSC. Bill Muir, Kuaotunu

Tourists evicted for illegally selling strawberries Three foreign tourists have been evicted from Whitianga for illegally selling strawberries in the town centre. Thames-Coromandel District Council compliance officers were tipped off about the traders last Tuesday after a retailer heard the trio had been asked to leave Coromandel town. The strawberry sale is a scheme in which a man known only as Jake offers young travellers in Auckland

an opportunity to make some money. He arranges rental cars and a pick-up address for cheap strawberries before sending the travellers off to various destinations around the North Island. Senior compliance officer Steve Hart says the evicted group included a young traveller from the UK, another from Israel and a young woman from Bangladesh. Two of the group did not have work

permits. "They told us that the organiser met them at two Auckland backpacker lodges. He took the passport from the driver as security that they would return with the cash and rental car," Mr Hart says. The Department of Immigration is now investigating the incident. "We seem to have this problem every summer with the same scheme that is virtually ripping off our

local retailers by coming to the district and under cutting prices with cheaper products," Mr Hart says. The traders were given a formal notice that prevents them selling any more goods in the district. If the notice is ignored, they risk having their products and vehicles impounded. The council would like to hear from anyone who sees traders coming to town and selling goods on public land.


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Park not ready for first international tourney

Getting ready to fly this weekend MB results

The first international sports tournament to be held at the new Mercury Bay Sports Park is being moved to a new venue because the park isn’t ready. The Commonwealth Continental Championships and Oceania Continental Championships were to have been held at the Moewai Rd park in Whitianga early next month. But they’ll now be held at the Whitianga Waterways Arena. Thames-Coromandel District Council spokesperson Laurna White says the wet, cold winter has impeded the growth of turf at the park and it’s only just starting to take off. “Our priority is ensuring the turf is at its best for next winter's sports season, so it was decided in agreement with Mercury Bay Archery Club … that it would be best to move to a more suitable venue." Club president Karen Moffatt-McLeod says the council has bent over

backwards to support the event and help find another venue. "We are really happy that everything is still going ahead as planned. The athletes aren't disrupted in any way and the Waterways Arena will still be a great site for spectators to come along and watch the competition." Up to 40 athletes from around Oceania, including Australia, New Caledonia and Tahiti are travelling to Whitianga for the championships, which run from November 6-9. "Friday [November 6] will be the best day for spectators as that's when the medal matches will be taking place," Karen says. In January up to 150 archers from New Zealand, Oceania, UK, USA, Europe and South Africa will be in Whitianga to compete in the New Zealand National Archery Championships & Open. It’s yet to be decided whether this tournament will be held at the Waterways or the sports park.

They’ll be flying in the air and on the water in Whitianga this weekend. Bathtub racers will be joined by contestants in a new birdman competition at Whitianga Waterways on Sunday. Secretary of the Whitianga bathtub racing committee Michelle Ellwood says there used to be a birdman competition in the town years ago and it was decided to revive it to add to the fun of the day. Contestants will launch themselves off a ramp over the water. They can use bikes or other wheeled vehicles but no motorised propulsion. There are prizes for best bird, furtherest bird, crowd favourite and kiwi (worst flyer) bird. Flights start at 12.30pm on Sunday. It’s the third year of bathtub racing in Whitianga and about 25 bathtubs are expected to race this weekend, with entries from locals, Hamilton, Mt Maunganui, Te Kuiti, Auckland, Taupo and Waihi. The tubs will be on show at Taylors Mistake on Saturday morning, with qualifying trials at the Waterways in the afternoon. The heats start at 11am on Sunday, followed by the finals in the afternoon.



Ladies last week played the third week of Stroke Play and Ambrose. Results were: Stroke play: Janice Bell 1, Raewyn Hill 2, Debbie Holmes 3, Maria Duxfield 4; Ambrose Team: Jenny Cotterell, Sheree Henderson, Sharon Young.


Students Callum Oliver, Hayley Betteridge and Nicola Ellwood (in boat) prepare for this weekend’s bathtub racing.

Racers will compete in Open A, Open B, Ladies and Junior classes, and in a new Le Mans-style, all-in open race of 10 laps Three Mercury Bay Area School senior students, Nicola Ellwood, Hayley Betteridge and Callum Oliver, are among the competitors retuning from last year. Nicola came in second in her class last year and is aiming to go one better this year. “If you get out in front you’re fine. It’s just like being

in a dinghy. It’s just so much fun.” Michelle says there’s been great support from sponsors, despite the town having a difficult year. Traditionally winners donate their prizes for auction. Money raised from the auction and from gold coin donation goes to Coastguard Whitianga, Hot Water Beach Surf Life Saving Club and the Westpac Rescue Helicopter. About $2000 was raised last year.

Presentation of grandfather's medals adds to memorable evening for Derek Locals & visitors will turn out for contest Getting his fire service FISHING

gold star was a big enough occasion for Derek Collier. So when he was presented with his grandfather’s fire service medals in front of about 200 people in the Whitianga Town Hall on Saturday night, it was a bit overwhelming. Mr Collier, now senior station officer, joined the Whitianga Fire Brigade in September 1987, at the suggestion of Roy Billings, who was a friend of Mr Collier’s grandfather Douglas Butcher. Mr Butcher was chief of the Stratford Fire Brigade for many years, president of the United Fire Brigade Association and the recipient of the Queens Fire Service Medal and other decorations. On his death, his medals were given to the Stratford brigade but as time has passed, it was decided they would mean more to Mr Collier and his family. He says it was a wonderful surprise to receive them. “Absolutely fantastic – quite emotional.” It was also an honour to receive his gold star for 25

About 100 locals and holiday home-owners are expected to take part in the annual Coromandel Fishing Club’s Labour Weekend Fishing Competition on Saturday. Entrants fish from the Firth of Thames to the Port Jackson reef, off Fletchers Bay. There’s $6500 in cash and prizes up for grabs, with weighing in at the Admirals Arms between 3-5pm and prize-giving at 6pm.

Bridge Jenny and Derek Collier arrive at his gold star presentation at the Whitianga Town Hall on Saturday night.

years service from Garry Stanley, former UFBA president, former Fire Service commissioner and UFBA patron. Mr Collier told the crowd on Saturday night that the best times for him have been the working bees, the bring-andbuys, the all-day flooding, or coming back after a hard-working job where you'd made a difference in someone's life. “Because these were the times we got together not just as a team but a family with the partners helping out …”

Leading the Whitianga road rescue team to second place in the national competition for four years in a row and having success overseas were also highlights. And it was a huge honour to get honorary life membership three years ago, he says. That’s normally awarded at the same time as a gold star. Fire chief Merv George says Mr Collier is one of the leaders of the brigade and one of its hardest working members. The presentation of his gold star was a memorable evening, Mr George says.


Coromandel Bridge Club played the third round of the Championship Paris on the 15th October. The results were: North/South: Val MacDonald and Joan Van Oosterom 58.33 1, Jocelyn Ranger and Colin McAnnally 46.88 2, Sue Swan and Dianne Parkinson 44.79 3. East/West: David Stone and Judy Bronlund 56.25 1, Willem Kalkman and Dorothy Lodge 47.92 2, Natalie Taylor and Ischelle Stevenson 45.83 3.


Results of the Cathedral Pairs played on October 9: North-South: Annette Cox, Maggie Urlich 62.20 1;

Maureen France, Robyn Hogg 58.63 2; John Taylor, Anne Knowles 49.70 3. East-West: Vivienne Leigh, Bill Cummings 57.44 1; Betty Dunn, Alison Tichbon 52.68 2; Norma Loomes, Val Dwight 52.38 3.

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Results from games played at the Whitianga club rooms on Wednesday, October 10: North/South: Augusta Canegallo and Bob Schibli 1, Val Lewis and Martin Lewis 2, Anne Knowles and Alison Tichbon 3. East/West: Giorgio Allemano and Robyn Hogg 1, Norma Loomes and Val Thompson 2, June Wood and Val Dwight 3.

Net Scramble Results, October 10: Osman Emer 66, Brett Phillips 68, Kevin Smith 70, Bruce Bell 70, Peter May 71, Mark Burcombe 71, Craig Fussey 71, Stuart King 74, Geoff Lowe 74; Twos: Osman Emer, Peter May. There was no golf on Saturday due to more bad weather

Matarangi Sunday Twilight, October 7: Men: David Ellis 21 1, Isaac Butcher 19 2, Geoff Atmore 19 3; Ladies: Coralie Russell 19 1, Jenny Atmore 19 2, Gilly Tomkins 18 3. Ladies Shootout Qualifier Competition, October 9: Raewyn Hill 38 1, Ann McDonald 36 2, Sandra Bowen 34 3. Men's 4BBB Stableford Competition, October 10: Terry Smith/Neil Vowles 48 1, Barry Titchmarsh/ Grahame Woodd 46 2, Kevin Wallace/Stu Arnold 45 on c/b 3. Matarangi Fire Force 3 Person Ambrose Tournament, October 12: Deputies - Paul Shaw, Brian Shaw, Stuart Reid 1, 577 - Peter Richardson, Brian McLeod, Ken Mead 2, George, Georgina + The Dragon - Graham and Gilly Tomkins, Kerrie Hunt 3.

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Police notebook

Barnie Bowen

Community should look at encouraging people to quit the illicit drug scene The death of two men in a mine drift on the 309 Rd while allegedly manufacturing methamphetamine should be the wakeup call those in the illicit drug scene need to regain their lives and stop pouring chemicals into themselves and others, according to Whitianga Police. Sergeant Andrew Morrison said as a community we should be looking at ways to encourage people to get out of the illicit drugs scene by making it too hard for them to operate in our area.

“The community has a part to play in this. A good initial step is to make Police aware of any suspicious activity which will make it harder for offenders to conceal their actions.” Mr Morrison said a lot of groups in the community committed to protecting the environment will be interested in the risks posed by the manufacture of drugs to our flora and fauna. “An examination of this scene showed a hose from the manufacturing site that discharged toxic chemical

waste straight into the stream below. “Common ingredients used in the manufacture of methamphetamine can include chemicals, rat poison, industrial cleaners and other environmentally damaging substances.” In expressing the Police’s sympathies to the men's families and friends, Mr Morrison said the best way people could show their support was by taking this opportunity to help remove illicit drugs from our community.

Mercury Bay Community Patrol reporting - operates, and of having the aircraft based Our last patrol for chopper this weekend meet some of the people at Whitianga, by providing Community patrols continued patrolling over the last four weeks on both sides of the river and experienced very few incidents to report to the police. The major activity was a visit to the Police Communications Centre in Auckland where a group of 19 patrollers learned first-hand how the centre operates. Our patrols log in with the centre and comply with directions from there. It was appropriate therefore that patrollers know how each of the three cells – calltakers, despatches and crime

with whom they work. Our efforts to provide garaging for our Whitianga vehicle have just about reached fruition with the expected completion of the dual garage with Community Bus in a week or so. The South patrol is also proceeding with their plans for similar garaging at Cooks Beach. This Labour Weekend will see the last time the patrol will provide after-hours watch on the Westpac Rescue Helicopter when it is based at the Whitianga airfield. We are pleased to have been part of the experiment which highlighted the advantages

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