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Peninsula Post  27 September 2012 Page 1 27The September 2012 Number 235

Peninsula Post

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Former non-swimmer takes surf lifesaving's top prize

by Sharyn Morcom Hot Water Beach lifeguard Gary Hinds couldn’t swim to save himself when he joined the surf lifesaving club eight years ago. Now he has been named New Zealand lifeguard of the year. He received the top prize at the New Zealand Surf Life Saving Association awards ceremony in Wellington on Friday after being made eastern region’s Lifeguard and Volunteer of the Year in July. Mr Hinds joined the Hotwater Beach Surf Life Saving club in 2005 when his

then four-year-old daughter Taimania decided she wanted to become a junior member. After a year working as parent help he decided to become a lifeguard, but first he had to learn to swim. “He could float but he always says he couldn’t swim to save himself,” says partner Sandi Lowe. Mr Hinds took swimming lessons and spent many hours improving his technique. Now in his sixth year as a lifeguard he’s also club chairman, patrol captain, head guard, examiner, instructor, beach education supervisor, event-safety coordinator and call-out

squad coordinator. At the awards night, Surf Life Saving New Zealand chairman Michael BassetFoss said Mr Hinds was the backbone of the Hot Water Beach club and had successfully guided it through its busiest four seasons. Since 2005 beach usage has tripled, patrolling has increased by 320 percent and rescues by 345 percent. In just the past 12 months Mr Hinds has contributed 400 hours as a paid guard and over 160 hours unpaid, as well as many more voluntary hours instructing, running exams and teaching water safety at schools.

Despite this huge effort, Mr Hinds says the award belongs to the club. “At the end of the day it’s more a Hot Water Beach Club award as I could not do it without the support of others around me.” He’s performed many rescues but one event last summer stands out for him. “I went out to rescue an eight-year-old boy and just the look of terror in his eyes - he knew he was in trouble.” Mr Hinds grabbed the boy while another guard pulled his 10-year-old sister to safety. The parents were not around.

His greatest achievement has been helping the club to build in strength, he says. “When I got involved we only had 13 members. The family environment built up over the years and we have just over 60 lifeguards now.” He encourages any young people thinking of becoming a lifeguard to get out and have a go. “It’s a great way to spend the summer, a great environment. You get to try all the gear and mix with great people.” Mr Hinds has no plans to change anything as a result of the award. As the club gears up for

Hot Water Beach lifeguard and surf life saving leader Gary Hinds with the national and regional awards he’s won this year. Photos: Sharyn Morcom

another busy season, he’ll continue running his family farm at Whenuakite. This can see him up in the early hours of the morning moving stock or baling hay until three o'clock in the morning. “I’ll just carry on. At the end of the day it’s about the family environment [of the club]– you don’t do it for the awards, you do it because of the environment.”

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Are you looking for something to do to help others in the community? Do you have a few hours to spare in a week? Are you good with figures? Do you enjoy talking to people? If you answered yes to these simple questions there is one more: “Would you like to train to become a budget advisor with the Mercury Bay Budget Service?” We are looking for volunteers to train and become budget advisors in Whitianga based in the Social Services building, 2 Cook Dr. This training is at no cost to you and if we can find enough people interested, we will be able to hold the training here in Whitianga. It involves 12 modules spread over six days (two modules per day), then a final exam. Once you have

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Electronic waste depot Whitianga builder wins Waikato Apprentice of the Year now open in Coromandel by Sharyn Morcom town with monthly Whitianga builder Frank career may have had collection for Whitianga Dyer’s a rocky start but winning Waikato Apprentice of the An electronic waste recycling depot has opened at Coromandel town’s rubbish transfer station. Coromandel Independent Living Trust has established the facility on a year’s trial basis, sub-contracting to Thames-Coromandel District Council contractor Smart Environmental Ltd. It’s the first step in establishing a comprehensive resource recovery centre at the station. People can drop old TVs and other electronic waste at the depot, with charges ranging from $6-$25. There’s also a collection from the Whitianga Transfer Station on the first Saturday of every month from 10ammidday. A covered trailer has been bought to transport the items. Two people have been trained to dismantle the equipment safely at the depot and the dismantled components will be recycled in New Zealand and overseas and reused as raw materials to manufacture new products.

CILT spokesman Mike Noonan says the three-way partnering agreement is an exciting new initiative. “It offers a blueprint for what can be achieved across the Waikato region and nationally.” The trust is a member of the Community Recycling Network of New Zealand and is the 29th organisation to sign up to the RCN Site Drop Off Agreement. Under the terms of this agreement, CILT gets a support package of up to $5000 from the Ministry of the Environment. Smart Environmental has supplied a container for the site and associated electrical fit-out costs and is providing cash collection and recordkeeping through their financial systems. TCDC and the Waikato Regional Council gave financial assistance towards signage and recycling centres in Thames, Raglan and Kaitaia offered valuable advice, Mr Noonan says.

Year could smooth things out for his future. Mr Dyer was presented with the regional award last week in Hamilton after being selected as one of 10 finalists and completing the last stage of the competition. He won an Outward Bound scholarship and a choice of either a $2000 education grant or the same value in tools. Mr Dyer, 25, entered the building industry when he left school but his first apprenticeship placing did not work out and two years ago his second employer went into liquidation. However he recommenced training with HAMR Building owner Richard Warwick and completed his apprenticeship in March. He says he entered the competition with enthusiasm but didn’t expect to win “I didn’t go into it knowing I would win but just giving it my best shot. I was nervous and excited and when my name got called out, I was absolutely gob smacked.”

Waikato Apprentice of the Year Frank Dyer on a building site in Matarangi.

The competition encourages young builders to work hard and reap the benefits, he says. “It’s important because it’s given Frank the encouragement and drive to succeed. If you want to succeed to own your own business one day, it’s the perfect stepping stone, to have that on your CV because it shows you’ve worked hard to get there.”

Competition judges said they were impressed with Mr Dyer’s enthusiasm for the industry. “Frank’s building quality is second to none and his ability to relate to his clients, boss, peers and judges is evident.” Mr Warwick says Mr Dyer’s key strengths are selfmotivation, a passion for quality and a desire to learn.

Mr Dyer is now looking forward to the national competition in Wellington next month but once again he is cautiously optimistic. “I’d like to think I will win it, but I’m just going to prepare myself as much as I can in the next few weeks. I’m definitely not going into it thinking I’ve got it in the bag – that kind of thinking sets you up for failure.”

BUSINESS PROFILE Turning your ideas into reality - quality renovations from concept to completion

Richard Oram, Bridgette (receiving the BBQ) and Brett Cochrane (Master Franchise holder, Smith & Sons).

The Smith & Sons team are celebrating - we’ve turned 3! This week Smith & Sons celebrate three years of business in the Coromandel, and despite a very tight economy, we are still going strong! We don’t for a moment, however, take our successes for granted in this economy where good trades people are struggling – as always you can count on our continued determination to deliver our very best to any job, big or small, from adding a deck to adding a second storey to a house. Professionalism, integrity, quality systems and excellent workmanship are all key words describing the Smith & Sons work philosophy and we work hard to deliver a product which well exceeds customer expectation. Helen and Richard Oram, Smith & Sons Coromandel directors, believe the renovation process should be a stress-free and thoroughly successful experience. “We pay particular attention

to quality communication with our clients and careful planning” says Richard, “which results in efficiency and jobs being finished on time and within budget – all stress reducing stuff ”. Talking about reducing stress, the Smith & Sons team contributed to the fun and frivolity of the Scallop Festival a week or so back. Visitors to our stall were asked to guess the number of nails in a jar with a gorgeous portable stainless steel barbeque (supplied by Placemakers Whitianga) up for grabs for the person whose guess was closest. Guesses ranged from the 300s to 9,000s and strategies ranged from taking a wild stab to careful calculations based on overall estimated weight divided by the estimated weight of a big fat nail. Bridgette from the North Shore of Auckland was the lucky winner – she guessed 670 and there were 669 in the jar. Bridgette says “I was tickled pink about winning the BBQ! It made my


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weekend. I’m normally terrible with numbers – I can’t believe I “nailed” it. Thanks again”. Our Smith & Sons tent became a welcome shelter for many from the afternoon showers, and at one point we had a dozen or more cuckoos from Pukekohe in the nest. Great fun was had by all! So, if you have a renovation project in mind, come and visit our Design Centre at 26 Lee Street, Whitianga (the green and black house). You’ll be met with a warm welcome and an invitation to sit down with a cup of tea or coffee to talk through your ideas. With an extensive history in the building industry, Richard can give advice on everything from council consent procedures through to what you are likely to be able to achieve with the budget you have available. Remember, renovations are our speciality, and we do them really well.



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Mahakirau Forest Estate ecological project one Comprehensive erosion of 12 initiatives to get regional council funding info on TCDC website A project aimed at enhancing the health of an outstanding ecological area in the Coromandel Range between Whitianga and Coromandel town is one of 12 initiatives receiving funding for pest conrol from the Waikato Regional Council. Mahakirau Forest Estate, located on the crest of the range on the 309 Road, comprises almost 600 hectares of native forest divided into 24 private properties of 10-30 hectares. Each site is covenanted with the QEII National Trust, which has described Mahakirau as outstanding for its ecology and wildlife value. The incoporated society running the estate has been given $4800, which will go towards more traps. Society chairperson Jude Hooson says the group have been controlling pests for just over 11 years, starting with mustelids (547 caught) and possums and more recently rats. Goats and wild pigs are also targeted. The work is funded mostly by property owners who also contribute voluntary work. It’s made an amazing

difference, Ms Hooson says. “We’ve seen an incredible flourishing of bird life and native bush. There’s more seed on the ground and the rata are quite extraordinary. “Instead of seeing one or two birds at a time we are now seeing flocks of birds and this year have had an independent monitor record four kiwi on the estate, which is extremely exciting.” Ms Hooson says the group are extremely grateful to the

council for the grant which will enable them to contribute to the wider efforts on the Coromandel Peninsula and the establishment of a conservation corridor. Coromandel Peninsula groups are the main beneficiaries of the $75,000 annual grants from Small Scale Community Initiatives Fund. A total of nearly $50,000 has gone to: Opito Bay Environment group $1039,

Change is about to take place We wish to thank you for your patience over the next few weeks as we prepare for our new way of operating. Preparation involves alterations to the inside of the building, the computers and the telephone system. Our new ‘model of care’ starts in earnest on 11 October. All your daytime calls will be answered by our staff in Hamilton. All after hour calls will continue to be answered by our current nurse triage team. Both teams have direct access to your doctors and the practice team. These changes have been made to ensure: There are no missed calls. That you will be directed to our most appropriate clinician. There is continued assistance in the event of a disaster. We will be offering the usual face to face consultations along with the addition of telephone consultation service when appropriate. The telephone service will be charged at a reduced rate, approximately ½ your current standard consultation fee. We are changing to the new model of care to enhance services to you and endeavouring to maintain our current charges. 87 Albert Street Whitianga 07 866 5911 24 hour accident medical care to our enrolled patients and visitors

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Habitat Tuateawa $4800, Tapu Restoration Project $1417, Kapowai Kiwi Group $3900, Rings Beach Wetland Project $2990, Kuaotunu Environment Action $4950, Project Kiwi $5000, Moehau Environment Group $4978, Wildlife to the People Tairua $1031, Papa Aroha Pest Line $1000, various community initiatives supported through the Coromandel pest officer $5000.

A comprehensive description of erosion problems in Mercury Bay is now available on the Thames-Coromandel District Council website. The site lists 12 areas from the Waterways to Brophys Beach in Whitianga and in Matarangi and Whangapoua. It will be progressively updated as a coastal management action plan is put together by the council’s Mercury Bay office. Staff are working with Waikato Regional Council on short, medium and longterm management options for each area. The plan will also include the proposed timing of works and their estimated cost. Council spokesperson Laurna White says the plan will provide a co-ordinated approach to the maintenance and development of improvements and allow the council to take a co-ordinated

approach to gaining consents for work. Staff will update previous key reports in light of latest scientific data, social and economic factors, climate change projections and tsunami modelling. Policy analysis will be undertaken which will consider existing and proposed strategies like the Coromandel Peninsula Blueprint Project, WRC harbour and catchment management planning and the proposed spatial marine plan for the Hauraki Gulf. There will be on-going consultation and a working group, including affected property owners, Ngati Hei, Mercury Bay Community Board members and councillors and artist/ conservationist Michael Smither, was set up last month.

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There's some confusion over tomorrow's tsunami siren testing: what you need to know

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Funding for facilities at parks and reserves in Mercury Bay has been slashed. Mercury Bay Community Board chairperson Alison Henry says the board is dismayed the budget for 2012-2013 has been cut from $200,000 to $20,000. The cut was made without any consultation with the board, she says. Area manager Sam Marshall says the decision was made as part of the Ten Year Plan process, before he took up his position in Mercury Bay. Since then responsibility for parks and reserves has moved from the council and staff in Thames to community boards and area managers. The affected funding is in what’s called the parks and reserves renewals budget. This covers things like new and replacement furniture, facilities like barbecues and play equipment. It could also cover new planting. Mowing and maintenance of parks and reserves will be unaffected as that’s funded

from a separate budget. The money allocated for renewals this financial year will allow for very little work, Mr Marshall says. One replacement swing could cost $20,000. However, the board has a discretionary budget of $20,000 which could also be used. Projected funding for renewals remains low, with just $25,000 budgeted for 2013-2014. Mr Marshall says he’s keen to get the community board thinking about its priorities for next year. “There needs to be a balance between saving money and the need for good infrastructure. Nice parks and reserves are important to people.” If the board wants to increase funding in this area, members might have to think about spending less elsewhere, he says. “It’s a hard balancing act. I’m really keen to make things happen but I’m also keen to have the discussion about priorities.”

Tsunami sirens will sound throughout the Coromandel Peninsula tomorrow in the first peninsula-wide test but there has been some confusion over its details. In the past tests were run by various communities but the network of sirens has grown and Civil Defence has taken on the job. Confusion over the test arose after a newspaper notice last week omitted a number of places where the siren would sound. The notice listed only Whangamata, Tairua, Pauanui, Matarangi, Thames, Coromandel town and Tapu. In fact it will also sound in Whitianga, Cooks Beach, Hahei and Ngatea. It also stated that sirens would sound for 20 seconds, instead of two minutes and

made reference to people evacuating. Thames Valley Civil Defence coordinator Gary Talbot admitted the notice was inaccurate and reissued another notice this week (see page 14). He says the test is not an evacuation drill but simply an exercise to test recent changes with the equipment. However, reliance on the sirens is not ideal and people should be aware of the natural tsunami warning signs, he says. “If there is a strong earthquake or unusual ocean activity then people should evacuate to high ground or as far inland as possible.” Currently the tsunami sirens on the east and west coasts of the peninsula are linked which means an alert on one side will also sound on the other. But Mr Talbot says this will be changed once

funding is available as the risks for the two coasts are different. A time may also come when the tsunami alert will be completely separate from the fire siren and there are already other ways for people to be warned, he says. Early alert facilities on the Thames Coromandel District Council website, Met Service and GeoNet allow people to receive emergency alerts via social network sites or text messages. Thames-Coromandel District Council and Civil Defence are also looking at ways to alert people with hearing disabilities. The siren test tomorrow follows yesterday’s Shakeout Drill which gave schools and organisations a chance to rehearse the drop, cover and hold routine recommended by Civil Defence in the event of an earthquake.

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Hannaford's Jetty closed Donations flowing for new base for rescue chopper Fundraising for the new again after gangway rescue helicopter base in Whitianga was boosted by a and floating pontoon $30,000 donation from the Mercury Bay Community suffer more damage Fund this week. A landing pad, hangar and Hannaford's Jetty, near Coromandel town has been closed again. The 20-year-old jetty in Te Kouma Harbour has been closed twice this year after being damaged in storms. After the last closure early this month, ThamesCoromandel District Council reopened it for restricted use by boats including the Auckland-Coromandel ferry and charter boats. On Tuesday afternoon the council announced it had closed again and would stay closed until further notice. The already damaged gangway and floating pontoon suffered further damage over the weekend. The council says the decision to close the jetty was based on a structural engineering

assessment of the whole facility, which confirmed it’s no longer safe for use. It will be reopened once the gangway and floating pontoons are replaced. The council is bringing forward money for the work from the $275,000 budgeted for an upgrade in 2013-2015. The council says it’s in discussions with 360 Discovery about the ferry service and with charter operators. After the closure early this month, jetty users were directed to use nearby Sugar Loaf Wharf, but it’s difficult for operators to use at low tide and there are concerns about congestion. The wharf is used mainly by commercial mussel fishers.

accommodation for crew are being built close to Whitianga Airfield by the Coromandel Rescue Helicopter Trust. Community fund chairperson Mike Harper says the grant fits in well with the charity’s health and welfare interests. The fund was formed in 1979 to raise money to help build a medical centre on Taylors Mistake and later funded an x-ray machine and a defibrillator. In 1984 the group explored the possibility of building a home for the frail elderly and formed a charitable trust, which raised money for this purpose for some years. But by 1994 the trust says it was obvious that it was inappropriate for it to become involved in the provision of health services. The trust ran a Community College in Whitianga for some time and profits from

Community Fund members Toby Morcom (left) and Mike Harper (second from left) present their $30,000 donation to Coromandel Rescue Helicopter Trust members Helen Bourne and Walter Russell.

this venture are earmarked for education. It also owns and runs nine pensioner units in Whitianga. Any profits from this are held in the health and welfare fund. Mr Harper says the rescue helicopter is an important asset on the Coromandel Peninsula. “People who

live here can be confident they can get the help they need. The helicopter is an integral part of the whole Coromandel.” Helicopter trust chairperson Walter Russell says the donation is fantastic. Donations are flowing in, with about $15,000 received from individuals so far. The

trust is applying for funding from various sources and plans to hold some major fund-raising events around the peninsula. Contributions can be made at any Westpac branch to the Hangar Appeal, A/c No: 031578-0116338-01.


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Out and about on the Peninsula Coroglen School Pet Day Coroglen School is pleased with its decision to move its annual Pet Day to the weekend, with more people attending the first Pet Day & Country Fair on Saturday. The school says it was great to see the locals come along and enjoy the events throughout the day, which started with students leading their pets. MC Holly Arthur introduced each entrant. Other pets on display included cats, a rat, mice and a horse. There were lots of games and competitions to keep everyone amused from tugo-war, and needle in the haystack to hammer strength. Entertainment included a students’ ukulele concert. The school and fundraising committee raised $2588.80 at the event. Results were: Pet Project: Senior - Corban Richardson and lamb Sonny Wool 1, Carter Hodge and sheep Alice 2, Hope Simpson and horse Big Boy 3; Middle - Jerome Melde and rabbit Rex 1, Caitlyn and sheep Alice 2, Sean Smith and rabbit Sparky 3; Junior - Riely-Jean Macdonald and lamb Lulu 1, Awa Illingworth and lamb Cocoa 2, Tyrese Melde and cat Rockstar 3. Rearing: Senior - Corban Richardson and Sonny Wool 1=, Nikau Illingworth and Jay 1=, Trinity McQueen and Buck 2, Liam McQueen and Dozy 3; Junior - Stella McQueen and Black Magic 1, Awa Illingworth and Cocoa 2, Riely-Jean Macdonald and Lulu 3. Leading: Senior Calf - Liam McQueen and Dozy 1=, Trinity McQueen and Buck 1=; Junior Calf and Alpaca - Stella McQueen and Black Magic 1, Jerome Melde and Manet, Tyrese Melde and Maverick 2=; Senior Lamb - Corban Richardson and Sonny Wool 1, Liam Parry and Twinkle 2, Alana Howat and Little Star 3; Junior Lamb - Riely-Jean Macdonald and Lulu 1, Zoe Jordan and Lab 2, Awa Illingworth and Cocoa 3. Other Pets: Senior - Carter Hodge and Alice 1, Hope Simpson and Lucy 2=, James Arthur and Dawn 2=, Mason Colville and Jimmy 3; Junior - Sashka Highway and Rosie 1, Caitlyn Hodge and Alice 2, Christina Valdez-Olivet and Other One 3. Pre-schoolers: Well done to Jessica Jordan and Delwyn, Ruby Jordan and Lambie, Lily Monrad and Sonny Wool, Aria Macdonald and Mary Rose and Reo McQueen and Spot.

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All Black great Buck Shelford (left) with Mercury Bay rippa rugby coach Lawrence McKenzie and son Toby at the Mini Bash at Taylors Mistake, Whitianga on Saturday.

Colourful theme for national Liones

Lioness members from around New Zealand enjoyed a forum of festivity in Whitianga last weekend. The annual national Fun Forum, hosted by the Mercury Bay Lioness Club, attracted 130 Lionesses from around New Zealand and as far away as Australia’s Gold Coast. Organisers say it was a busy and successful weekend. Activities centered on Whitianga Town Hall which was decorated in accordance with the forum’s theme of Life’s A Beach. The event began on Friday night with clubs reporting on their activities over the past year. On Saturday morning the women hit the shops before taking part in organised trips to various places around Mercury Bay. The main event of the weekend was dinner and entertainment on Saturday night, with Lionesses dressing in beach mode. Music and entertainment was provided over the weekend by Errol Free, Paul Bradley and Peter Lawrence. The weekend ended on Sunday with a buffet breakfast at the Mercury Bay Club. Guest speaker Wailin Elliot, from Coromandel, talked about her passion for silk and raising silk worms. Next year’s Fun Forum will be held at Mt Maunganui. The Lioness Fun Forum m Photo by Vaughan Grigsby

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Variety Mini Bash rolled around the Coromandel Peninsula he weekend, dispensing funding and fun. brities Simon Dallow from One News, singer Elizabeth velly, actor Shane Cortese and What Now’s Johnson Raela e among the celebrities taking part. 27 teams arrived on the top half of the peninsula on Friday, ing Whenuakite and Coroglen Schools before travelling to the er Works on the 309 Road for a fun stop. he evening comedian Ewen Gilmour hosted a fund-raising edy show at The Star and Garter Hotel in Coromandel town. line-up included Tarun Mohanbhai, Vaughan King and Pauly

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Mercury Bay Library Find it, eat it: cooking foraged food gathered around New Zealand Michael Daly (2012)

From gourmet chefs to raw food enthusiasts, foraging is back in fashion! Discover the abundance of edible food that may be gathered around New Zealand – tasty, nutritious food can be found growing wild in fields, parks, on riverbanks in the sea, and even in your own backyard. These foods are beneficial to your health and will add delicious flavour and interest to any meal. Honeysuckle sorbet, anyone? We all know about wild foods such as mushrooms, blackberries and oysters, but what about Totara berries, pinenuts or chick weed? Broken into five main sections revealing edible weeks, food from the field, the tree, from the seashore and foods for the pantry, naturally this book also includes some traditional Maori foods. For me, the highlight of this book is not the recipes - some of which are quite flaky – but the wealth of information found in the ‘identification’ section of each chapter. Colour photographs distinguish each food, while very detailed guidelines highlight identification, locations, use, and the care that must be taken when gathering wild foods. I’m not sure why I find the idea of eating those pesky weeds so appealing, but I don’t think I’m alone…

Stag Spooner: wild man from the bush Chris Maclean (2012)

Stag Spooner (1917-1946) was a government deer culler in 1939 and 1940, initially in the Tararua ranges of the lower North Island, and then in the Whitcombe Valley on the South Island’s West Coast. His successful career as a culler was cut short by the Second World War, but he did leave behind a remarkable legacy from this period, a vividly illustrated diary of his experiences that he entitled Those Wild Men from the Bush. The diary, which forms the heart of this book, is a fascinating chronicle of the life of a professional hunter. Stag Spooner went on to create another highly individual body of art during the war, a series of decorated envelopes that were sent back to his family and friends. In this book Chris Maclean brings to light Stag’s singular body of artwork, while also telling the story of his adventurous life, which tragically ended on a hunting trip, alone, in the Fiordland mountains shortly after the war. A totally unique book that recognises the life and world of a remarkable hunter and artist – and celebrates an exceptionally New Zealand way of life. LIBRARY HOURS Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 9am - 5pm Wednesday 9.30am - 5pm, Saturday 9am - 12pm

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MBAS Board of Trustees Lots of colour and hilarity in Spirit Week Kia ora tatau katoa! Greetings, everyone At the time of writing this report it is Week 8 and what a busy month this has been. Some of our Yr 11 – 12 students attended the Outdoor Education winter trip for two weeks from August 13 to August 24. Lots of memories to share and a special thanks to Mr Battaerd and supporting staff and parents who helped make this possible. TVPS Cross country was held on Wednesday, August 29 at the Waterways. Congratulations to all students who participated on the day. A huge thank you and acknowledgement should go to Sande Mareroa-Gates for

all the hard work and effort that you have contributed over the last few months as our Sports Co-ordinator. Special acknowledgement to Paige Luff who came third at the Waikato Full Primary Schools Cross Country. On September 4 a Whānau meeting was held in the whare. This was attended by three members of the Hauraki Māori Trust Board, members of our staff and community. Our focus was to discuss the achievement

of Māori students through Manaakitanga - offering guidance and support. We can do this by respecting what our tauira (students) have to say. Next meeting to be discussed and information sent out accordingly. Thanks must go to those people who attended the meeting. There was lots of colour, hilarity, and banter amongst staff and students during Spirit Week. A lot of time and effort went into the Superhero costumes which some of you may have seen on the way to school. Nominations for student and staff reps have now closed. Results to be published. Otira! I look forward to next time! Naku noa Whaea Jo Kaaho BOT Māori Representative

Marine reserve exploration made easier Equipping students to explore Te Whanganui A Hei Marine Reserve has become easier with the donation of a purpose-built trailer. Pub Charity has given the Friends of Te Whanganui A Hei Marine Reserve Trust $9433.40 for the trailer, which will be used to transport snorkelling gear for the Experiencing Marine Reserves programme in the Hauraki/Coromandel District. Up until now, the programme coordinator has had to carry

the gear in his car. Having a trailer will mean he will be able to be more efficient and spend less time loading, unloading and organising equipment and more time providing the programme. The trust still needs to raise about $900 for signwriting on the trailer. The marine reserves programme aims to provide quality education opportunities, increasing awareness and encouraging action and support for marine conservation in New

Zealand. The programme in Hauraki is under the umbrella of the trust. Schools participating in the programme so far include Mercury Bay Area, Colville, Tapu, Whangamata Area, Parawai and Te Puru. Next year Whenuakite, Tairua and Moanataiari Schools will explore the reserve. The trust is continuing to raise funds for other projects within the reserve and Cathedral Cove.

TCDC crackdown on unregistered dogs More than 520 dogs previously registered in the Coromandel Peninsula have not been re-registered this year. Thames-Coromandel District Council’s compliance team will soon begin visiting owners known to have kept registered dogs in the past, but who have not reregistered them this year. The team will begin by focusing on owners with dangerous or anti-social dogs. The crackdown follows overdue and reminder letters being sent to owners. Dog registrations are due by 30 June every year.

The Dog Control Act 1996 requires all dogs over the age of three months to be registered annually. Acting regulations manager Marion Smith says some dogs may have died, or their owners may have moved out of the district but she suspects most people just simply haven’t registered their dog. “Owners with unregistered dogs will be asked to pay and in some instances we will fine the owner or seize the dog until the registration is paid.” Mayor Glenn Leach says responsible dog owners are

propping up the people who refuse to pay and that’s not on. “Unfortunately our team have been forced to take this action to ensure the safety of our communities because we know that many of the unregistered animals are also the dangerous ones or the animals most likely to be at the centre of a complaint to our staff.” The SPCA help the council manage any seized dogs at the pound. This year, so far, there are 3641 registered dogs on the peninsula.

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Hauraki Maori Trust Board Dentist says Te Wharekura o Manaia students working on new curriculum appreciated her work once over initial apprehension by Sharyn Morcom Mercury Bay Area School children may soon learn more about where they live and what makes their home unique as part of a new curriculum driven by the Hauraki Maori Trust Board. Board member and Ngati Hei spokesman Joe Davis says the Hauraki Maori Curriculum Project is designed to instil a sense of local pride in young Maori and non-Maori, firstly as citizens of Mercury Bay but also as members of the wider Hauraki community. The project, which involves 10 Hauraki schools, will be carried out in stages expected to span three years. Mr Davis says a large part of this will be consultation with the community, whanau, school staff and students. Once the curriculum framework is in place it’s hoped children will learn local powhiri, haka and waiata, gain a better knowledge of local history and an appreciation of significant places. This type of knowledge will give young people a sense of who they are and where they come from, he says. And it’s a place he feels is worth showing-off about. “I’d put this place above

Queenstown and all the big tourist traps. It’s still untapped, unexploited. It’s a naval town, a navigator’s town, an astronomical town. It’s a combination of all those elements.” An important aspect of the initiative is to prepare young people for the opportunities which will come with the pending Hauraki Collective Tribes’ Treaty of Waitangi settlement. “That will create economic and employment opportunities at all levels. Maori investment will play a big factor in the New Zealand GDP and all our students and communities must benefit long term from that.” Local knowledge and selfawareness will help young people plan for their future, he says. The project will be introduced at junior level and the children will carry the culture through the school into their senior years. “It is about instilling a culture that has a dynamic of its own, that rolls over, the older kids teach the younger ones and it keeps on going. And it becomes the norm.” Mr Davis says it is important for all New Zealanders to embrace the knowledge provided by the curriculum.

Students at Te Wharekura o Manaia may have been a bit apprehensive when the Waikato District Health Board’s mobile dental clinic rolled into school last week. But community dentist Jenny Norris says they seemed to really appreciate her work. It was the clinic’s first visit to the school and for some students, it was their first experience of dental care. The service operates 15 mobile clinics in the Waikato DHB area and one of the newest vans was used at Manaia. Dr Norris says she loves working in them. “They are awesome, really great to work in with loads of room.’’ Staff and patients are well provided for, including a waiting room, complete with television, and a heat pump. Dental therapist Sharon Whittle did most of the treatment, while Dr Norris carried out the more complex work in the adolescent age group. “[The students] were really excellent. Some of them were getting to that age where a smile is becoming more important to them, and some had lots of questions on tooth care. “And the older ones are


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with each child. “The experience was a very positive one for the dental staff and the patients, who were very receptive to the advice given and appreciative of the treatment received. “We were certainly made to feel very welcome and now this will be part of our annual plan,’’ Dr Norris says.

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Mercury Bay junior prize giving Mercury Bay results 9-Hole

Twelve ladies turned out last week for another great day playing stableford competition. Results were: Division 1: Joan Wedge 1, Alison Goodlet 2; Division 2: Margret Coysh 1, Pat Skinner 2; Birdie: Alison Turnery; Par: Margret Coysh.


The women played a foursomes match play prior to their annual meeting last Thursday. Results were drawn from the winners of the matches: Judith King and Shirley Bowick 1, Chris Fox and Pat Lilley 2, Vanessa Ford and Barbara Bradley 3, Debbie Holmes and Robyn Evans 4; nearest the pin for 2 on no 10: Debbie Holmes and Robyn Evans.


Mid Week Stableford Scramble Results, September 19: Jack Skinner 40, Craig Fussey 40, Peter May 40, John Lister 39, Kelly Barson 38, Bruce Bell 37, Kelvin Spence 37; Twos Peter May (2), Craig Fussey, Osman Emer; NAGA Gary Wheeler. Club Champs Round 1 (Net Scramble), September

INDOOR BOWLS Mercury Bay Junior Rugby held their 2012 prize giving on Friday night.


Whenuakite/Coroglen Best All-round Player: Tane Skelton, Most Improved Player: Taine Martin, Best Team Spirit: Che Simmonds, Quinn Smith; Mercury Bay Best All-round Player: Colville Green; Most Improved Player: Ariki Toa Winter, Best Team Spirit: Mitchell Beadle.

9th Grade

Best All-round Player: Dane Bernhard, Most Improved Player: Tyrese Melde, Best Team Spirits: Jerome Melde, Travis George.

8th Grade

Best All-round Player & Thames Valley 2012 Best & Fairest Player: Luke Johnston, Most Improved Player: Angus Gallaher, Best Team Spirit: Lochy Matheson.

7th Grade

Best All-round Player: Jonty Abrahamson; Most Improved Player: Troy Bernhard; Best Team Spirit: Fletcher Bale.

5th Grade

Best All-round Player: Chance Haddon, Most Improved Player: Trinity McQueen; Best Team Spirit: Christian Fletcher; Best Back: Liam McQueen; Best Forward: James Webster. Junior Rugby Coaching Excellence Award: Grant Webster.

Four MBAS players in NZAS team Four Mercury Bay Area School players are playing in the New Zealand Area Schools team this week. Andrew Miller, Jamie Finnerty, Ricky Buttery and James McCarthny were selected for the team from their performance in the area schools’ tournament in Dunedin in July. MBAS deputy principal Mike Smith is managing the New Zealand team, which has trained in Hamilton this week. Today they’ll play the NZ Harlequins at Waikato Stadium as a curtain raiser to the Waikato v Tasman ITM game.

Top photo, from left to right :Trinity McQueen (5th Grade Most Improved Player), Chance Haddon (5th Grade Best All Round Player), Liam McQueen (5th Grade Best Backs Player), Christian Fletcher (5th Grade Best Team Spirit), James Webster (5th Grade Best Forward Player), Middle left to right Jonty Abrahamson (7th Grade Best All Round Player), Troy Bernhard (7th Grade Most Improved Player), Fletcher Bale (7th Grade Best Team Spirit), Front Dane Bernhard (9th Grade Best All Round Player) Bottom left photo, from left to right: Jerome Melde (9th Grade Best Team Spirit), Tyrese Melde (9th Grade Most Improved Player) Bottom right photo from left to right: Luke Johnston (8th Grade Best All Round Player and Thames Valley Best and Fairest Player), Angus Gallaher (8th Grade Most Improved Player), Lochy Matheson (8th Grade Best Team Spirit)

22: Peter May 70, Andrew Fleming 71, Leon Courtenay 71, Ken George 74, Kelly Barson 74, Grant Wedge 74, Geoff Lowe 74, S Tull, B Bell, B Warwick, S King 75; Twos: Kelly Barson, Wayne Cosgrave, Andy Fleming, Geoff Lowe, Bruce Muir; Longest Drive, Senior: Ken Meads, Junior: Kelvin Spence; Nearest to Pin, Senior: Jay Lash, Junior: Grant Wedge.

Matarangi Saturday Scramble Stableford Competition, September 15: Tony Cotton 37 1, Graham Tomkins 35 2, Chris Palmer 34 3. Tuesday Ladies 4BBB Stableford Pairs Competition, September 18: Coral Parr and Jan Spry 50 1, Jenny Atmore and Raewyn Hill 46 2, Carol Smith and Jandy Morton 42. Men’s Blue Tee Par Competition, September 19: Tony Cotton 1, Tracey Mulligan 2, Chris Palmer 3. Saturday Scramble Stableford Competition, September 22: Noel Richardson 39 1, Ian Patrick 37 2, Barry Helleur 36 3.

Coromandel Cormandel Bridge Club played the third and final round of the Te Kouma Pairs on September 17. Results were: North/South - Natalie Taylor and Colin McAnnalley 59.72 1, David Brown and Willem Kirkman 57.64 2, David Stone and Pat Mitchell 52.08 3. Eat/West - Dorothy Lodge and Judy Bronlund 56.94 1, Tricia Croft and Val MacDonald 56.25 2, Doctor Bob and Sue Swan 46.53 3. The overall results were: Tricia Croft and Val MacDOnald 1, Natalie Taylor and Colin McAnnally 2, Doctor Bob and Sue Swan 3. The first round of the Championship Pairs was played on September 24. Results were: Natalie Taylor and Ischelle Stevenson 70.83 1, Judy Bronlund and David Stone 53.13 2, Sue Swan and Dianne Parkinson 52.08 3.


Round 4 of the Mercury Bay Bridge Club’s Spring Competition was played on Wednesday, September 19, using the Howell system. Results were: Robyn Hogg and Giorgio Allemano 71.0 1, Norma Loomes and Pauline VanGroenedaal 55.0 2, Myra Hoogwerf and Dave Dylla 48.0 and Augusta Canegallo and Bob Schibli 48.0 3=, Heather Crosbie and Trophy. The winners Vivienne Leigh 41.0 5. were Bernie Spangenberg, Norm Littin, Wayne Fisher and Brian Codyre and the runners-up were Rae Jensen, John Taberner, Allan Gardiner and Cheryl Results of the President Pairs played on September 18: Henderson. North-South: Lee Hughes, Dave Dylla 58.56 1; Jean Myles, Chris Rendle 54.17 2; June Wood, Susan Patterson 53.94 3. East-West; Peter France, Raewyn Whitham 62.27 1; Bill Cummings, Jean Martin 59.26 2; Robyn Hogg, Robyn Waters 54.40 3.

Annual Mini Classic The Mercury Bay Indoor Bowling Club held their annual Mini Classic tournament in the Whitianga Town Hall last Thursday. Eight teams of four played games of fours, triples and single and 2 x pairs, competing for the Hopping


MB Green & Coroglen win Yr 7-8 competition Mercury Bay Green and Coroglen are joint winners of the inaugural Yr 7-8 Competition. Results from last Thursday’s games: MB Red 21 - MB Black 12, MB Gold 36 Coroglen 30, MB Green 45 - Whenuakite 20, Te Rerenga 28 - MB Blue 22. A tournament and prize giving will held on Saturday, October 27 at Mercury Bay Area School.


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in memoriam

CAROLYN LESLEY BLACK 29 Sept 2011 1 year has gone by already since you suddenly and sadly left. We never stop thinking about you, remembering you or wishing you were here. We can't bring you back but we feel your presence with us every day - that will never leave us ! We really miss you Carol lots of love from your team at The Waterfront Apts

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TSUNAMI SIREN TESTING Date: Friday 28 September 2012 Time: 12 pm Duration: 2 – 3 minutes

Community Information Evening with Nathan Mikaere-Wallis

The Thames Valley Emergency Operating Area office wishes to advise residents in the following locations that a test of the tsunami sirens will occur at the above time and date. The tsunami sirens will operate at Kuaotunu, Whitianga, Cooks Beach, Hahei, Tairua, Pauanui, Whangamata, Coromandel, Tapu, Thames, Turua and Ngatea. The tsunami siren is a constant tone sound. This is a test only - there is no requirement to evacuate.

Mercury Bay Area School wishes to invite you to an evening with Nathan Mikaere-Wallis – “Brain Development in Young People”. This is for all parents and those with children in Y7-13 are especially encouraged to come with their parents to this evening presentation. Nathan’s presentations and workshops are fabulous and totally accessible to parents and those students alike and are aimed at learning more about how a young person’s brain is developing. You can learn more about Nathan‘s work at or our school website (Term 3, Weeks 4 and 9) This is an event not to be missed, on Thursday 11 October 2012 at 7pm in the school gym. All welcome / free entry

Gary Talbot Manager Thames Valley Emergency Operating Area Telephone 07 868 0200

Volunteers replace pine with pohutukawa high above Cathedral Coive

Brain Development in Young People

Coroglen School Pet Day Would like to thank our sponsors for their kind and generous support Agrisea Birdspring Mini Golf Black Jack Surf Campbells Steak & Ale Combat Zone Fagans Flippers Gary Oliver Glass Bottom Boat Glasshouse Graeme Wright Transport Ltd Gull Health 2000 Kiwibank Liquorland Mercury Twin Cinemas New World Peninsula Home Kill Snapper Jacks Subway The Lost Springs

Five volunteers battled gorse, boulders and felled pine stumps to plant hundreds of pohutukawa trees on the slopes above the road up to Cathedral Cove car park during Conservation Week last week. About 700 tonnes of pines were removed from around the area in June to enable safe and practical access to the site for ongoing invasive weed maintenance. Volunteers planted 220 trees and Department of Conservation staff will plant another 600 in the next few weeks. Biodiversity ranger Nicolas Hamon says the eco-sourced trees will help to stabilise the steep slopes, suppress invasive weeds and contribute to the reserve’s biodiversity and beauty. “The volunteers’ hard work and enthusiasm for conservation was outstanding. The work was physically demanding and their efforts were exceptional. We can’t thank them enough.” Above: Raine Williams, of Coromandel town, plants pohutukawa near the Cathedral Cove car park.

Free whooping cough vaccination for women

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SeniorNet Whitianga Inc has an array of courses that it runs to assist members to better utilize their computers. Here is a list of some of the subjects offered. BEGINNER COURSES



Beginners computing

Card making

Microsoft One Note

The computer filing system

Personalised stationery

Microsoft Excel


Digital scrapbooking


Computer Housekeeping

Digital photography



The secrets of your computer

Google Earth & Maps

Microsoft Office introduction

Special interest groups


Microsoft Word

Tablet computing


Browsing the Web

SeniorNet is for people 50 years plus and holds sessions at Whitianga Social Services Centre in Cook Drive. Courses run for one to three weeks. Our next enrolling/open day is Wednesday 3 October at 1:30 to 4:00 pm at The Centre. For more information about these courses please call Lorna on 866 4215.

Waikato District Health Board is offering free vaccination against whooping cough to women from 20 weeks of pregnancy up to two weeks after the birth of their babies. There’s a national outbreak of the disease and several infants in the Waikato have become very unwell from contracting whooping cough from family members. The vaccine works by preventing women from

getting whooping cough and passing it on to their babies and it also helps protect the baby in the first six weeks of life if it’s passed on through breast milk. All children should be vaccinated against whooping cough and it’s recommended that any close family members, such as fathers or grandparents, who have never had a dose of the vaccine, also have it.

Review of regional navigation safety bylaw A series of public consultation meetings will begin next month as part of a scheduled review of the Waikato region’s navigation safety bylaw. A formal public submissions process on the review is due to get underway on December 17.

Ahead of that, Waikato Regional Council is holding a series of public meetings to get the community’s input into the review process. A meeting will be held at the Community Board Room in Whitianga on October 15 at 6pm.


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Police notebook Sergeant Andrew Morrison says

This past week makes it plainly obvious how excessive alcohol and illicit drug use negatively affects our community. The majority of domestic disputes in our area are alcohol/drug related and a lot of crime, including assaults, are committed after offenders have got themselves intoxicated or so the offender can get more alcohol or illicit drugs. There is also the danger on our roads with far too many drunk drivers being

apprehended, including two more this week. If we could all encourage friends and family to drink alcohol responsibly and to have nothing to do with illicit drugs then our community would be a much better place.


35yr old local man for assault, Sept 20. 26yr old local man for theft ex-shop, Sept 22. 28yr old local man for possession of cannabis, Sept 23. 19yr old local man for assault, Sept 23.


Motor vehicle crash on Sept 19. An inexperienced driver crashed off the 309 Road and into the river. He was very lucky to escape. Two drunk drivers apprehended - 43yr old local man 544/400 and a 21yr old local woman 596/400, Sept 21.


Two domestic incidents were attended this week. On Sept 17 two drunk couples were arguing at a Cholmondeley Cres address and police separated them before the incident got out

of hand. On Sept 18 at a 309 Road address ongoing arguments whenever this couple are intoxicated resulted in some direct advice being offered. On Sept 18 we attended an incident of disorder on Hannan Rd, while also that day, as per the arrest above, a local man stole alcohol from a liquor store and ran off. Two firearms were stolen from an Annette Place address on Sept 22 and anyone with information in relation to this burglary is asked to contact police.

i-Site move delayed Plans to move the Whitianga i-Site to the old fire station in Monk Street have been put on hold. Mercury Bay Business Association member Peter Abrahamson says the committee delayed the move when it became clear the new building would not be ready before Christmas. Progress towards a building consent has taken longer than expected with final costing and concept plans still not complete, he says. “The key thing is we want to do it right not fast. Really the project’s taken longer to come together than we had hoped.”

Mr Abrahamson says once the plans are finalised they will be made available to tourist operators for feedback. Visitor numbers will need to drop before they can make the transfer smoothly and he expects this to be close to Easter next year. I-Site manager Karen Mawhinney says it means another summer in the Albert Street site but, while staff look forward to the new premise’s extra space, they are happy to wait. “That’s fine with us, it’s worth waiting. We don’t want to rush it and find we’re not prepared.”

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Your favourite ever family photo Sarita Carroll from Matarangi sent us this image..... "This is our favourite family photo taken in 2008 when we went for a trip around the South Island. We are next to Lake Wanaka. Our names are Brendan, Sarita, Amie (3) and Matthew(1)." Thanks to everyone who sent in their favourite family photos. Watch for the announcement of our September winner next week.

In October we'd like to see your favourite ever pet photo. Email your image to news@ with your name, address, a daytime phone number and the name of your pet/s. If there are people in the photo please make sure they are named. Remember one entry per photographer per week.

Each month our prizewinner will receive an 8 x 12 photo block of their image, thanks to Stephensons Unichem Pharmacy and Fujifilm Image Service.


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