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14 July 2010

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Old coins for good cause

Council spending in the spotlight Spending by Rodney District councillors is on a par with that of their Manukau City counterparts, according to figures released to Hibiscus Matters last week. Councillor expense claims reveal Franklin District’s 13 councillors’ figures, are still being prepared by that, on average, Rodney’s 13 average spend was just $250. Figures Council’s accounts department a councillors spent $1631 in general for other Councils in the region are week after they were requested, and will be detailed next issue. This also expenses from November 1, 2007 yet to be investigated. to the present. This compares with While Manukau and Franklin’s applies to items such as airfares and the average general expenses quoted figures were only revealed by recourse accommodation. in The Aucklander this month for to the Official Information Act, Skewing Rodney’s average figure Manukau City’s councillors of Rodney’s were provided on request. for general expenses was the total $1874, for the period November 1, Mileage claims, expected to more continued page 2 than double the general expense 2007 to May 31 this year.

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Old coins and notes, currently gathering dust in homes around the country, have been elevated to a sought-after resource this month and could raise a million dollars for youth initiatives. The expired money is being collected by local Lions Clubs as part of a national campaign to raise $1 million for youth programmes. The Heads up for Kids campaign was launched on July 10, the date when decimal currency was introduced to NZ, in 1967. Whangaparaoa Lions president Alister McKinnon says the Reserve Bank of NZ has pledged to honour expired and foreign currency at face value for Lions Clubs. He says the Bank believes there are millions of dollars worth of old currency in the community, and so a target of $1 million is achievable. Pictured left, Lions presidents Alister McKinnon (left) and Paul Reid. continued page 2

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Education on the Coast pages 14 and 15

Local business pages 18 and 19



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Councillors’ accounts of $6425 claimed by Western Ward councillor Pat Delich, most of which is telephone charges. This was by far the largest claim for the period, out spending even Mayor Penny Webster’s total of $3353. Cr Delich is on compassionate leave and could not be reached for comment before Hibiscus Matters went to print. On average, Hibiscus Coast’s five councillors spent $899. The most frugal of these, with a total of $533, was Cr John Kirikiri, and the biggest spender was Cr Zane Taylor, who claimed $1262. (Details below.) Councillors’ spending in the Auckland region hit the headlines in recent weeks, with questions raised

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over Manukau councillors’ expense claims, as well as personal items charged to Manukau Mayor and Auckland City mayoral candidate Len Brown’s credit card. Full details of Mayor Penny Webster’s credit card accounts have yet to be compiled by Council, but transactions for the year from May 1, 2009 to April 30 show a total spend of $6068 – most of which comes under the travel ($2656) and entertainment ($2266) categories. The Mayor has Council’s only credit card and the control process requires that the statement be approved and signed off by Council’s executive team each month.

Hibiscus Coast Councillors’ general expenses November 1, 2007 – July 2010 (round figures)

John Kirikiri Michael Goudie Gaye Harding

$533 $812 $890

Wayne Walker Zane Taylor

$1000 $1262

Arts fund future uncertain

Rodney District Council is making a last-ditch effort to hold onto a $636,000 fund, set aside for arts and cultural projects in Rodney. The money represents the district’s year. She said in most cases, Council share of an original $10 million one- had not even responded. off grant, which was disbursed when Cr Suzanne Weld said Council’s the Auckland Regional Services “tardiness” had made solving the Trust (ARST) was dissolved in 1998. issue more difficult and Cr Zane However, unlike other Auckland Taylor said Council’s handling of councils who spent their funds, the issue had been “pretty shoddy”. Rodney invested the principal and Council resolved to meet with arts distributed only the interest. council representatives to discuss At a Council meeting on July 8, the future of the fund. Additionally, Rodney Community Arts Council Council will make a formal approach president Natalie Fuge said the to the Auckland Transition Agency issue of securing the funds for (ATA) for their guidance on the Rodney’s continued use, ahead of issue. the Auckland supercity merger, was ATA’s advice will be considered raised with Council staff on several at the Strategy and Community occasions, starting in March last meeting on August 5.

Heads up for kids Orewa Lions president Paul Reid says the money will go into Lion’s national coffers, to be used on youth initiatives, many of which, such as the Peace Poster programme, run on the Coast. The campaign runs for two weeks, but collection points will stay open

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Kensington Park plan change moves forward Rodney District Council has accepted a request from Kensington Park Holdings Ltd for a private plan change to the District Plan, which proposes a higher residential density and a wider range of building heights. It would also provide for a reduced was higher than a natural landscape “Does Council have an opportunity Cr Gaye Harding said it was only height to boundary rule on its progression should be. to delay until the Environment natural that new owners would southern boundary with Orewa Other concerns include the lack of Court decision on Variation 101 bring a new vision. She said staff North School, and allow a small design guidelines in the proposal, (which deals with high rise in had raised concerns about some commercial centre and/or retirement the extent and effects of the Orewa) is known?” he asked. aspects of the development, and village to be built adjacent to highest buildings, the effects on Mr Wren said Council had a these would be addressed through Centreway Road. Orewa North School, the level of statutory obligation to notify the the notification process. The plan will now be notified for car parking, lack of provisions for plan change within four months of Cr Michael Goudie said the private public submissions. pedestrian and cycle movements and its acceptance. plan change was “win-win” for At its meeting on July 8, consultant the environmental impact, which “Given the process involved, it’s residents and Council. planner David Wren said there were has yet to be fully assessed. likely that the decision will be “It’s a smarter development with no reasonable grounds to reject the At the meeting, Mayor Penny released before any hearing date is a small intensity increase that’s request and the proposal was best Webster cautioned Councillors set,” Mr Wren said. manageable,” he said. “It ticks all processed as a plan change rather against giving opinions on the Cr Ross Craig said the proposed the right boxes, with a lower carbon than a resource consent. He said proposal ahead of the hearing. intensification was “deplorable” but footprint, the likelihood of viable however, that Council staff had However feelings were running high a number of concerns about the both for and against the proposed he felt he had no alternative, but to public transport and more ratepayers follow the process of notification. to relieve the rate burden.” content of the Plan Change. Council changes. resolved to advise Kensington Park Cr Wayne Walker said he was very Cr Zane Taylor said he’d spoken to Kensington Park has consulted of these concerns with the view concerned about the “significant 11 Kensington Park residents, and with its neighbours over recent of refining the proposal prior to increase” in intensity proposed, 10 supported the proposal. months about the plan change, and notification. which he said was far greater “They want to see something met stiff opposition from many of Mr Wren said that while he was than what existing residents were happen and the facilities they were those with boundaries adjoining the happy with the way the height of promised. He said if the plan change promised delivered,” he said. “It’s a development, who say the zoning the buildings graduated down the proceeded, the development would bit rich to put a personal spin on it will restrict views and turn the site hillside, there was one block that dominate the landscape. without talking to the residents.” into a “concrete jungle”.

Radio Club calls all members to anniversary celebration Tucked away in Whangaparaoa is a tiny clubhouse dwarfed by more than a dozen aerials, each several metres high, on the roof and surrounding land. Few people know of its existence, yet the clubhouse is a vital link in the Civil Defence chain, should an emergency arise. The clubhouse, and the ham radios within it, belong to the Hibiscus Coast Radio Society whose skills are essential, should a civil emergency knock out telephones and computers as lines of communication. The club, which was formed in 1981 by Fred Medland and a small group of like-minded enthusiasts, celebrates its 30th birthday next month, with a special lunch and a public open day. Many of the club’s 20 or so current members first got involved with ham radio because they were boaties and

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liked the ease of communication that the CB radio provided. Most had an interest in electronics or crystal sets and one member, Pat Appleby, was a radio operator during World War II. Vice chair Bertie Kinnell, who has been a member of the club for 27 years, says ham radio is a wonderful thing for people who live on their own, or are disabled, bringing the whole world to your door. He says the internet will eventually mean clubs such as this no longer exist, but club member Hector Anderson begs to differ. “Regardless of Twitter and Facebook, ham radio will always have a following,” Hector says. “The difference is that this is a hobby, and you’re communicating with other ham radio enthusiasts. We all take a passionate interest in the radios themselves – making and fixing

From left, Pat Appleby, Pam Kinnell, Hector Anderson and Bertie Kinnell of Hibiscus Coast Radio Society.

them, and understanding how the frequencies work.” The Society’s 30th birthday dinner is open to all radio hams as well as past and present members. It will be

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Hibiscus Matters welcomes readers contributions to Feedback. Preference will be given to letters of 150 words or less, and the editor reserves the right to edit letters to meet space limitations. Unsigned letters will not be published. Contributions can be emailed to or posted to Whangaparaoa Hall, 717 Whangaparaoa Road.

Orewa high rise in judge’s hands It is clear from Shane Hartley’s letter (HM July 1), that he does not live in Orewa. His assertion that the montages of high rise buildings in Orewa did not do justice to reality is strange as they were produced by the developers, who presumably have some idea of what they had in mind. Compared with the single story houses adjacent to these buildings, the word ‘high’ is not unreasonable. He is, no doubt, correct in his assertion that some people are happy living in the Nautilus, although whether residents of the Nautilus are happy, at present, in view of the poor state of the building, requiring $19M to eliminate leaks, is debatable. Additionally, he may not be aware that, since being occupied, the Nautilus has never been full. Indeed, in a desperate attempt to fill it, many apartments were marketed as “a Kiwi bach with a twist”. It is now being marketed as the Nautilus Hotel, in spite of having permanent residents.

Commenting that many holiday on the Gold Coast but do not wish for tower blocks in Orewa demonstrates that he has not considered the marked difference in climate between the two locations, which results in unacceptable shadowing in Orewa from such large buildings in the winter months. Furthermore, he is unaware of the loss of privacy associated with the juxtaposition of tall buildings and single storey houses, with which the latter will have to contend. As to preserving farmland in Orewa, why are there so many lifestyle blocks that have originated from the splitting of farms? One of the arguments put forward by Council and reiterated by the developers, was that Orewa required high rise buildings to meet the requirements of the Auckland Regional Growth Strategy and the Northern and Western Sectors Agreement. This has been refuted by details of current and projected population growth in and

around Orewa, which demonstrate clearly that Orewa will easily exceed its requirements without the need for high rise buildings in the town. Mr Hartley should have attended the recent Variation 101 appeal in the Environment Court (against high rise buildings in Orewa). Had he done so, he might have realised that high rise buildings are not necessary in Orewa, will produce unacceptable amenity effects, and would be unique in NZ. It was strange that only three Council staff members attended the appeal and only for a few hours during the two week sitting. Mr Hartley’s letter echoes the many submissions made in the original Variation 101 hearing, when most of those supporting high rise in Orewa, did not live in the town, whereas those living in the town were against them. In spite of Mr Hartley’s strong support for high rise buildings in Orewa, it will be Judge Smith who will make the decision. Ron Cooper, Orewa

Nautilus no jewel in Orewa’s crown Shane Hartley says the Nautilus has been highly positive for Orewa, bringing life and vitality to the town (HM July 1). Has he checked to see how many people actually live there, or if there are people on the waiting list to buy into the Nautilus? Does he want more high rise leaky homes for Orewa? I have spoken with a number

of people who have lived in high-rise apartments in the UK and Europe, and they could not get out soon enough – our open spaces, detached houses and beautiful beaches are what have attracted them to live here on the Coast. It should be noted that the majority of people who advocate high-rise in Orewa, do not live here

and that what these developers/ speculators/architects and planners are after is the money that can be made by allowing people to build monstrosities along the seafront. Most Councillors let us down by stating they do not want highrise, yet voting for it. John Drury, Orewa (abridged)

Penlink team straight up It is sad to see people like George Phillips implying doubts about the honesty, integrity and intentions of developers and selected councillors HM July 1). The conspiracy theory about “backers not being disclosed”

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applies no more to the Penlink Team than to others. Implying that there is going to be favouritism as a result of financial support says more about the accusers than the accused. Most Kiwis are straight up, don’t

bribe, can’t be bribed – and would be offended at the thought of either. I suggest these letter writers go and talk to some of these folk. John Clements, Orewa

Rodney District Council’s local bill seeking the creation of a unitary authority for the district has been set aside due to the parliamentary workload. The bill was introduced to Parliament by Labour list MP Darien Fenton on June 18, and should have had its first reading on June 30. However, due to the large amount of legislation awaiting attention, Government cancelled Members’ Day when MPs who are not ministers can introduce bills. The bill is now scheduled to have its first reading on July 21.

In your recent column on Natural Health (HM June 16) the author stated some untruths about Echinacea. As a registered Medical Herbalist I would like to advise that the risk of Echinacea causing an allergic reaction is very low if the root of the plant is used. The root is the most therapeutic part, which most clinical studies are based on. It contains the active constituents, known as alkylamides, and is the most favoured part of the plant by native Americans. The characteristic tingling on the tongue of an Echinacea preparation is due to the high presence of these alkylamides. The idea that long term use in children is not safe was based on one clinical trial in 1989 that was subsequently proven to be flawed. Also it is only one author’s opinion that Echinacea is not suitable for some blood types and to my knowledge he is not a Medical Herbalist. I use Echinacea in my clinic extensively and successfully and have not found this to be a valid opinion. To seek advice from a registered Medical Herbalist, check the listing at Jacqui Finlayson, Stanmore Bay Catherine Opie replies Thanks Jacqui, I respect your opinions and experience as a practitioner and I apologise if I offended you. My concern is not for people taking echinacea properly prescribed by a qualified practitioner, it is for those who self-prescribe. I have practised natural medicine for over 15 years in the UK and NZ and worked in a chain of highly respected herbal dispensaries. Under medical herbalists I dispensed prescriptions, trained, harvested and made herbal tinctures. In serving hundreds of customers on a daily basis I met several who had reactions to Echinacea. My standpoint is therefore also based on experience, though different to yours. The information on the suitability of Echinacea for blood types is from research by Dr D’Adamo. If you go to you can view his CV, the like of which neither of us will ever achieve in this lifetime.

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Green MP addresses the Rodney party faithful Green Party MP David Clendon visited Whangaparaoa last week to meet Rodney branch members. His visit was timed to coincide with and stimulate sustainable growth. the branch’s annual meeting, at In his speech he warned that the which they appointed co-convenors current economy is a fragile one, and Dan Mohr of Warkworth and could in fact be part of a “w-shaped” Sarndra Urwin of Orewa. recession, with further dips ahead. Mr Clendon then held a public meeting in Whangaparaoa Hall at Mr Clendon lived in Whangaparaoa which he presented information for more than 10 years in the 1980s at about the Green’s economic strategy, which time he was actively involved which uses a raft of measures such with the Whangaparaoa Residents as investing in state housing and & Ratepayers Association as well as making the first $10,000 of income the Hibiscus Coast Environmental tax free, to tackle social inequality Protection Society.




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 BRIEFS Costs mount in supercity challenge Puhoi structure plan

While Rodney District Council remains coy about the full cost to ratepayers of its campaign to withdraw from the Auckland supercity, strategy general manager Rory Palmer has confirmed that at least $45,000 has been spent from the strategic planning and research budgets. The other major expense of staff they do for the Council.” have been negligent not to.” time would be “almost impossible Mr Palmer reiterated the results of Mr Palmer said pressure for the to quantify”, he says. the most recent Colmar Brunton local bill originally came from the “It’s the sort of thing you just about survey, which asked 1200 randomly Northern Action Group (NAG) do in your own time.” selected people whether they which wanted the northern ward to Among the quantifiable costs supported or opposed Rodney be merged with Kaipara District. to date are: $2000 to lodge the being part of the supercity. The one- “This was not in the best interests Unitary Authority Bill; $3000 for question survey cost $20,000. of the ward, so the unitary authority advertising; $40,000 for two Colmar “Of these people, only 21 percent was the next-best option.” Brunton surveys. supported Rodney’s inclusion in Although the unitary authority “The amount of staff time has been the Auckland Supercity, while 52 has been raised by both the Mayor very limited in comparison to the percent opposed it, a ratio of over Penny Webster and chief executive time recorded on the overall transition two to one. The remainder were Rodger Kerr-Newell at meetings in process. Two existing staff have been either unsure or had no preference. Wellington, Mr Palmer said no flights involved in unitary council work, as “This is why Council has pursued were made to Wellington specifically a small component of the other work the unitary authority – it would on the unitary authority issue.

Highway holdup scotches upgrade plan Transport Agency last July when it lost its State Highway designation, but this was deferred for 12 months. Transport Minister Stephen Joyce confirmed in March that the road would be revoked on July 1 this year, but the date has come and gone with no change of ownership. Silverdale Commercial Ratepayers Committee president Lorriane Sampson says retailers are “fed up with broken promises”. Several Councillors, including Greville Walker, have also pressed for urgent revocation, yet Council staff say no date has been finalised. Council’s transport manager Barry George says cost to ratepayers is a

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major sticking point. “We are aware of the public interest in the issue and that some see revocation as a panacea, providing greater sway over things on and along the highways,” Mr George says. “In that context they are correct, but this comes at a cost to ratepayers. That cost, without allowance for capital improvements, would be in the order of a gross $2 million per annum or around a one percent increase in rates.” Funding for the signalisation of the Silverdale Street intersection with the highway is included in Council’s Annual Plan, but implementation is likely to fall to Auckland Council.

Council lends a hand Rodney District Council is holding a Big Day Out in which council staff will volunteer their labour and services for community projects. If you have a suitable project that will take place on September 21, let Council know by July 30. Info and an application form at

Emergency base needed Orewa Police are looking for a new emergency operations base. At a recent ‘table top’ tsunami operation, they were made aware that their station would be swamped if a large tsunami hit Orewa. Sub area commander Jenni Richardson says she is in the early stages of negotiations with Orewa Community Church with a view to using their facilities as an emergency base. “It’s future proofing,” she says. The chosen location will require good telecommunications links as well as a spot well above sea level.




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Silverdale retailers, who have lobbied hard for the introduction of traffic signals at the intersection of Hibiscus Coast Highway and Silverdale Street, say they are gutted that handover of the highway to Rodney District Council has been indefinitely deferred. Until it owns the road, Council cannot introduce traffic signals, or lower speeds on the highway, which retailers say is vital to improve safety and connectivity. Ownership of the section of Hibiscus Coast Highway through Silverdale, Orewa and Waiwera, as well as State Highway 17 through Dairy Flat was to be handed to Council by the NZ

A draft structure plan for Puhoi will be available for public submissions from July 19 to August 19. The draft plan addresses issues such as urban design and development, buildings on ridgelines and the historic precinct of the village. It also looks at signage, promotion of heritage initiatives, power and broadband coverage, traffic calming and catchment management issues. Copies of the plan are available from Council offices. Council hopes to hold hearings in September with an adoption date target of September 30, ahead of the changeover to the new Auckland Council.

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Re-zoning activity speeds up ahead of Auckland Council There has been a flurry of rezoning proposals this month from Rodney District Council, which acting chief executive Warren Maclennan says is, in part, a result of improvements in the economic climate, raising the demand for rezoning. Mr Maclennan says there is also a or phone 0800 426 5169. strong feeling that Council wants to Silverdale leave things as clear as possible for This proposal introduces a Recreation the Auckland Council. and Entertainment Zone to Silverdale “We want to leave a complete in the area that is already home to picture of the way Council sees the Snow Planet, Action Raceway Go future development of the Hibiscus Kart Centre and the Luge. It allows Coast,” Mr Maclennan says. more recreational activities to be Changes proposed for the Coast are: introduced in future. The proposed zoning takes in 95 hectares from Orewa the Hibiscus Coast Highway in the Council proposes to rezone 240 north, to the southern boundary hectares of land in western Orewa, of Snow Planet, the Northern creating a special zone, the Special Motorway to the west and East Coast 33 (Orewa West) Zone, which would Road to the east. It is currently zoned allow up to 2800 new houses to be General Rural. The proposal also built there. The area is currently zoned includes a Hibiscus Coast Gateway Future Urban and General Rural and covers the majority of Orewa West. Specialist Retail Zone covering the It is bounded by the Orewa Estuary area occupied by King’s Plant Barn to the south; the western portion of and other businesses. As part of the the land between Sunnyheights Road Variation a new road is proposed and the Nukumea Stream to the from the Hibiscus Coast Highway north; the Northern Motorway to the to East Coast Road, providing access west; and the established urban area to a proposed Park and Ride facility. to the east. The land is one of only Submissions close on July 23. Info: two large greenfield sites identified or phone 0800 as being suitable for development on 426 5169. the Hibiscus Coast, the other being The proposed zones in Silverdale Millwater in Silverdale North. The are not inside the Auckland sites inside the proposed zone will be a Metropolitan Urban Limits and variety of sizes but most will be larger Council has requested that the than 650m2 to create “a garden feel”. Auckland Regional Council alter The proposal to permit residential these limits to take in the new zones. development in Orewa West was first The ARC is consulting on this and mooted in the Orewa West Structure the proposal has been publicly Plan, adopted by the Council in notified. Submissions can be made 2001. The public has until July 23 to prior to July 23 at www.arc.govt. make submissions. Info: www.rodney. nz/rps – look for Silverdale under under the ‘consultations’ link ‘proposed private change 15’. Buying Kiwi made was never easier than at the NZ craft market held in Silverdale last month. Organisers sourced high quality handmade goods from Albany, the North Shore and Rodney for the market, and most 30 stallholders said they were pleased with the response. Everything from clothing to ceramics and toys, as well as a wide range of food was available – including soup, paella, muffins and handmade chocolate. Organiser Sharon Booth says the market was so successful, she is looking into holding a NZ craft market in Silverdale every three months. Silverdale market raffle winners: Hamper, Phillip Norton; Decanter and wine, Carly Ellis; Diva voucher, Ken Reay; HiLo Bakery voucher, Joy Lewis; Silverdale Bakery voucher, Hayley Lowe. Pictured is Ted Kinsella of Red Beach with his saxophone, flugel trumpet and pocket trumpet at the NZ Craft Market. For more photos of the market, see our website, www.

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Guitar aces will gather in New Plymouth next month to take part in New Zealand’s only international guitar festival. The G-TARanaki festival brings has set up a studio and is managing top international guitarists to the artists such as Lou Collier – winner country for a mix of workshops, gigs of Rodney Live 2008. and master classes. Top billing this Reg says his Tips and Tricks clinic year goes to Slash of Guns ‘n’ Roses at G-TARanaki will demonstrate (his only NZ performance) and his style of playing, which includes guitarists such as Uli Jon Roth, Pink the growling Texas outlaw growling Floyd bassist Guy Pratt and Jennifer guitar, and will also focus on the Batten (Michael Jackson’s guitarist) importance of attitude and passion. are also on the guest list. “Guitarists that stand out do so Mixing with big name acts is familiar because of their attitude, not technical territory for Army Bay musician Reg prowess,” Reg says. “Playing an Keyworth, who will present a clinic instrument should be like breathing at the festival. – powerful, and instinctive.” Reg worked overseas as a professional musician for many years, including The festival takes place August stints playing with rockers such as 11-15 and Reg hopes lots of local Jimmy Page and members of Guns guitarists will attend. ‘n’ Roses, Alice Cooper’s band and “It’s a one-off chance to be inspired more before returning to the Coast by some of the world’s best – and Reg Keyworth of Army Bay will rock the clinics are free.” last year. Taranaki at an international guitar festival next month. As well as taking guitar lessons, Reg Info:

Grant gets garden club gets off the ground A gardening club started at Whangaparaoa Primary this year by teacher Debbie Thompson attracted around 50 keen young gardeners. This month the club took a giant leap forward when the school received a $750 grant from Rodney District Council’s environmental fund which they have used to purchase two rotating compost bins and four kitset raised beds. They have also been given a set of new tools by local business Wardrobes Direct. Debbie says until now the children have been growing vegetables and flowers in beds scattered around the school. “Thanks to the grant, we can put it all together in one dedicated gardening space,” Debbie says.

Club members with the rotating bins.

In term three, the club will focus on attracting “donations” to the compost bins such as food scraps from school lunches. They will also start a system of monitors and buckets to collect

items for the compost. “Gardening teaches children where food comes from, and it also gives them pride in a whole new aspect of the school.”

Conservation specialist comes to Coast

Anyone with an interest in NZ fauna is invited to attend a presentation by Auckland Zoo’s curator of NZ Fauna, Ian Fraser this month. Conservation is Ian’s top priority, and his role at the zoo involves developing a collection plan for native species and overseeing operations involving NZ fauna. Prior to this, Ian divided his time between field based conservation projects with the Department of Conservation (DOC) and a role in captive management. At a meeting of the Hibiscus Coast branch of Forest and Bird on July 22, Ian will discuss Auckland Zoo’s role in conservation and provide a sneak preview of the zoo’s latest, $15 million NZ precinct – Te Wao Nui. The presentation, at St Andrews Presbyterian Church Hall, 105 Centreway Rd, Orewa, at 7.30pm is open to the public. Entry costs $3.




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Silence fell in the studio as Who Wants to be a Millionaire contestant David Edwards contemplated the $1 million pound question. I could see the light in his eyes as the question was read, and recognised a fellow gardener. The question was “If you planted the seeds of Quercus robur, what would grow – trees, flowers, vegetables or grain?” He correctly answered “an oak tree” and took away the prize. I couldn’t believe that such a simple question could be worth a million pounds, but of course Latin names are not as commonly used as they once were and not everyone loves them as I do. I recently read an entire issue of NZ Gardener and barely come across a single scientific plant name and nurseries frequently label plants using common names only. So why should gardeners trouble themselves to learn a plant’s scientific/Latin name? Accuracy is one reason – common names, like ‘bluebell’ (the name of several plants belonging to different families) or ‘blood lily’ (the vastly different Haemanthus coccineus and Scadoxus multiflorus both have this as a common name) don’t mean much if you’re looking for a specific plant. However the real benefit is the chance to learn more about a plant – where it comes from, what plants it is related to (because you might like those too), and even who first brought that species out of the wild and into cultivation. To demystify it a bit for the beginner, Latin names are generally in three parts: genus, species and (where applicable) cultivar (in English). An example might be Quercus robur ‘Regal Prince’. The genus is the large umbrella – in this case it tells you that the plant is one of several hundred species of oak. The second part is the species, which identifies specifically which oak we’re talking about – this example is the English oak. ‘Regal Prince’ tells you that plant breeders have been at work and developed a cultivar – perhaps a compact one for home gardens, or with particularly fine foliage or habit. Even more interesting is the family, an umbrella larger than the genus, which tells you who a plant’s relatives are. Family names normally end with ‘aceae’. Quercus belong to the Fagaceae family, along with many other large trees such as chestnuts and beeches. Botanists put plants in families because of similar characteristics such as the shape of leaves or the type of flowers or fruit. The more you look into botany, the more fascinating it becomes, and the more easily the botanical names roll off your tongue. And, as David Edwards proved, learning a Latin name or two could even make you a millionaire.

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Bowler rolls into North Harbour record books Bowls North Harbour does not give out Honorary Life Memberships lightly – in fact there have been only two given in the history of the organisation. The most recent recipient is current Bowls North Harbour vice president and Orewa resident Michael Foy, who found out he would receive the honour last month. Michael is well known at Orewa Bowling Club, where he has been a member for 15 years. He says he “had his arm twisted” to join the Bowls North Harbour executive in 1997, but enjoyed the opportunities that the role presented to influence the way bowls is run. Bowls North Harbour is the governing body for clubs from Devonport to Wellsford, including the western ward of Rodney, and Michael has been influential in changes to Michael Foy has received a rare the structure of the organisation. honour from Bowls North Harbour Determined to improve bowls at recognising years of dedicated club level, he joined the Match service to bowls administration. Committee in 2001 and served as hours and are less willing or able to Match Convenor for six years. commit to joining a club. In this role, he made a number At present, Orewa Bowling Club is of significant changes to the way bucking the trend, which Michael competitions are run, including put says is partly due to increased a large share of the ownership of visibility since Hibiscus Coast bowling events into the hands of the Community House vacated their host clubs. site on the corner of Centreway During his tenure, North Harbour Rd and Hibiscus Coast Highway, was one of the few centres to increase revealing the club to passers by. the numbers playing in events. He says recent initiatives such as Bowling club membership has Mates ‘n’ Bowls have been very declined dramatically in the last 10 successful in raising awareness of years, but Michael says this is not the sport. a problem limited to bowling. He Michael will be presented with his has witnessed the same in tennis, Honorary Life Membership at the golf and croquet and says it is a opening of the 2010/11 season at social issue as people work longer Orewa Bowling Club in September.

Stanmore Bay word warriors Stanmore Bay School is one of only eight Auckland schools that will have a one-on-one session with members of the Vodafone Warriors next month. However, it is not league they will be studying with their heroes, but reading. Students from Stanmore Bay’s Room 16, along with seven other Auckland schools, won the Konica Minolta League in Libraries competition that required students to write a short story or poem about the Warriors. The class receive a signed poster from Jerome Ropati, 50 tickets to the game with the Newcastle Knights and two Canterbury rugby league balls. In addition, each child receives a copy of Henry and the Flea, by Brian Faulkner or Papas Donuts by Kate Moetaua. On August 3, the class will meet Warriors players at Glenfield Library on the North Shore.

Konica Minolta will provide the school with transport to and from the library, where the players will share books and reading-related activities with the children. Konica Minolta marketing manager and competition judge Josh Byers said they were overwhelmed with hundreds of entries from young Warriors fans. “It was an incredibly hard competition to judge, because all the entries were of a high standard,” Mr Byers said. “They showed the creative writing and the enthusiasm for the game that we were hoping to draw out. We congratulate Stanmore Bay Primary School on their win and thank the students for their amazing entries.” The League in Libraries aims to improve literacy levels of children aged seven to nine by encouraging them to read and write.

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Making children’s safety paramount

Gill Dempsey (foreground) and Judy Moore say safety is the number one priority of Baby on the Move.

The joy of being a parent goes hand in hand with the need for vigilance health and safety. This is uncharted territory for new Both women are parents of adult parents, and involves a reassessment children and remember the days of potential dangers not just at when car seat safety was ad hoc. home, but also when taking children “I remember my child lying in the in the car. back of my Morris Minor, 30 years Judy Moore and Gill Dempsey, ago, in a bassinet,” Judy says. “These owners of Baby on the Move in days roads are busier and there are Stanmore Bay, say the need to ensure laws to improve child safety.” children are safely secured in your Currently, the law states that children vehicle cannot be overemphasised. aged less than five years must be in an They say the area can be a minefield, approved car seat, from five to seven with errors such as not fitting the car years they must be in a car seat if one seat correctly or not placing the child is available and children older than in the seat the right way commonly that can use an adult seatbelt. made by parents, sometimes with Judy says Baby on the Move (a tragic results. nationwide franchise) recommends

when it comes to the young ones’ children should be 148cm tall before they rely on an adult seatbelt. Baby on the Move provides a big range of capsules and car seats and Gill and Judy help fit them into your vehicle correctly. Both are trained Safe2Go technicians – this is an ACC and NZ Transport Agency initiative that ensures the highest safety standards are met. Although safety is an all-consuming passion for Judy and Gill, their business is a one-stop-shop for new parents, with well-known brands of buggies, highchairs, toys and other nursery essentials to hire or buy.

New fitness classes help mums stay active after birth Recently Debbie Goldingham from Lifeforce in Whangaparaoa trained as an Active Mums instructor and will start offering the classes at Key Fitness gym this month. Three separate courses make up the programme: Active Mums to Be, which focuses on posture and general strength as well as exercising those all-important pelvic floor muscles; Mums in Motion, a six week postbaby shape up class that strengthens abdominals and lower back muscles, toning and weight loss, and Groups

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in Action that offers more intense cardio work. All the courses use Swiss Balls to really target the stabiliser muscles as well as dyna- bands and weights for strength and toning. Debbie says many new parents move fitness into the ‘too hard basket’ as they cope with the demands of a new baby, but making time for exercise is worth the effort. “Exercise helps prepare for, and recover from delivery, and also assists

weight loss,” Debbie says. “Women cope, sleep better and feel better after an exercise session. Our bodies don’t just ping back into shape, it takes time and effort.” The programme is baby-friendly and babies can even be incorporated into the programme, including using them as weights, in a fun way. Debbie is starting the series off with Mums in Motion and will add the others according to demand. Info: ph Debbie, 428 5181.

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Pharmacy talk with Tania Adams, Manly Care Chemist

Temperature tips It’s that time of year again, when kids go down with runny noses, sore throats, coughs and fevers. As a parent it is often difficult to know when you should worry and what you should do. Fevers are often of particular concern. Your child’s normal temperature should be between 36°C and 37°C. Thermometers that measure body temperature through the ear are especially useful in young children. However the reading on the thermometer is not the most important clue to how serious the illness is. Watch for changes in behaviour and other signs.

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Stella Maris student Andrew Read-Percival’s book of short stories is raising funds to help people like him, affected by autism.

Book supports teacher aides Seven-year-old Andrew Read-Percival dreams of one day being a film director and has just written and illustrated a book of short stories that he says are ideas for future films and cartoons. Andrew’s sense of humour and basics, as autistic children need to creative flair shine through in Super be taught not only schoolwork, but Noele and other Fun Stories, and how to interact socially, and even his book also demonstrates what is how to smile. possible when autistic children like Thanks to this support, Andrew has him gain the right support. achieved monumental growth and is Stella Maris associate principal Sue now 18 months ahead of his peers Brading says when Andrew started at in reading and writing. Sue says Stella Maris, aged five, he was assessed he works extremely hard, and the as being 18 months behind his peers. “meltdowns” are now rare. In addition, he was non-verbal and Andrew says he enjoyed making the had frequent “autistic meltdowns”. book so much, he is already working Andrew required continual one-on- on another. one classroom support to attend Super Noele and other Fun Stories, is school, which came from a dedicated available from Stella Maris for $10. teacher aide. All funds raised go to the Autistic The teacher aide went back to Society, to fund teacher aides.

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learningfrontiers Excellence in student achievement. Wide participation & success in sports. Outstanding performing arts. Whangaparaoa College Jazz Band members, from left Hannah Osborne, Brandon Skelton, Amber Johnson and Michael Neve.

College bands warm up with community concert Mulled wine and music is the potent combination on offer at next month’s Winter Warmer concert at Whangaparaoa College. The concert is open to the public a wide array of musical genres, and provides a showcase for the including classical, pop, jazz college’s three main bands – Loud (everything from swing to funk), & Proud (made up of beginning and movie music. musicians), the Concert Band and Ruth says she is also planning a 12-member Jazz Band. There will grand finale with a difference, which also be performances from the involves getting the members of all school’s Seraphin girls’ choir and the bands on stage to perform a Lazy Tuesdays – a band that blends piece together. original music with covers and improvisation – as well as soloists The Winter Warmer Concert is on August 19 at the Whangaparaoa and ensembles. College auditorium, Delshaw Ave, Music teacher and band-leader Ruth Whangaparaoa, starting at 7pm. Baker says the show is also a chance Tickets are $5 and can be purchased to air music that the students are from the college in advance, or at the preparing for the KBB music festival door. Wine, beer and non-alcoholic to be held in Auckland next month. beverages, home baking and snacks The combined programme includes will be available. Info: ph 424 9177.

Motocross team take trophy Orewa College’s motocross team out-performed more than 100 other teams to take first place in the recent NZ Intermediate and Secondary Schools Motocross Championship. Trophies were presented to the team – Aiden Kiff, Logan Beuth, Cameron Blackie, Tyler McEwan and Josh Jack – last month. More than 250 riders took part in the event at the Ardmore Motocross Park in Auckland. The championship is the longest running one day Junior Motocross in the country, and one of NZ’s premier motocross events. Most of NZ’s world championship riders started riding as juniors, so

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Plaza alive with the sounds of music

If you are in the Pacific Plaza one Friday, you may hear the sounds of music. Whangaparaoa College has come to an arrangement with the Plaza’s management for its bands to play once a term on a Friday afternoon at the mall. The performances, the latest of which took place last month, will be held inside or outside the Plaza, depending on the weather.

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Style icon Gok Wan judges ‘spectacular’ competition UK celebrity stylist Gok Wan (pictured) is coming to NZ next month as head judge of the inaugural Specsavers Spectacle Wearer of the Year Awards. The awards celebrate Kiwis who wear their glasses with style, pride and confidence. Gok says this is not about models in glasses; this is about everyday Kiwis showing personality and confidence in their look. “Glasses are a great way to express your personal style, and that’s what the awards are all about,” Gok says. Judges will select an overall national winner from seven regional winners, as well as a celebrity winner. A $5000 shopping spree, Specsavers eyewear and a personal eyewear styling session with Gok will be awarded to the ultimate winner. Entries are open or at Specsavers

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The Orewa Ladies Keep Fit Club celebrated its 50th anniversary this month.

Club celebrates fifty years of fun and fitness in Orewa Keeping fit is only part of the reason that around 40 women gather weekly in Orewa to exercise to music. Members of the Orewa Ladies’ Keep 1980 and her mother was a member Fit Club, some of whom have been too. Joan says the combination of coming to the exercise sessions for low impact aerobics and stretches, more than 30 years, say it is the and a social session beforehand is friends they have made that they the secret to the club’s longevity. value most. She says the music and exercise On July 8 the club celebrated its programme is largely unchanged 50th anniversary. It was started in since the formation of the club. 1960 by Pat Sherson and initially Audrey Patching, who is 85 years old had half a dozen members, who met and has been a member since 1973, in Lil Meldrum’s home to exercise. says the exercises work, but she is in Interest grew rapidly and by the no doubt about the main attraction. end of the 1970s the club had a “I like the company,” Audrey says. membership of 100 and a two-year “I can’t do all the exercises now, waiting list. because I have a dicky heart, but I President Joan Cooke joined in try to come along every week.”

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is an ancient practice based on a system of understanding the human body called the Five Element Theory. Originally in TCM you paid the doctor if you remained healthy and if you became sick you stopped paying. Over time, TCM became a whole philosophy that uses diet, herbs, exercise and treatments to keep your body healthy and free of pathogens. According to the Five Element Theory, winter is ruled by the Water Element, which rules the kidneys and bladder. Special attention should therefore be paid to the kidneys at this time of year. One way to do this is to try the following Qigong (pronounced chee goong) exercise, designed to energise the kidney Qi (or life force). It is best done in the morning. yy Stand with feet in parallel, shoulder width apart, knees soft or sit on the edge of a chair with back straight, feet on the floor, shoulder width apart. yy Place hands on your back with palms on the kidneys (they lie either side of the spine just above the level of the navel). yy Massage the kidneys gently in circles 36 times one way then 36 the other way, palms facing the kidneys. (Breathe normally at first then, once you find this easy, breathe in one slow breath for the first 36 circles and one slow breath out for the second 36 circles.) • Bring hands, with palms together, in front of you and rub 36 times quickly breathing in one, slow, long breath (this collects Qi in the hands). yy Place hands gently on the ears, palms inwards and breathe out a long, slow breath feeling warmth and sound from your palms. (Qigong is a form of exercise that combines martial arts and the Five Element Theory, and is designed to energise, strengthen and tone the body and internal organs.) Always seek the advice of a trusted, qualified health practitioner before embarking on any course of treatment.

Helping hand from Council Rodney District Council is holding a Big Day Out in which Council staff will volunteer their labour and services for community projects. If you have a suitable project that will take 1place on September 21, let Council 92X104HMbe_julyA3cl.pdf 7/07/10 11:11 PM know by July 30. Info and an application form at








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Customers walking into Sizzle recently have done a double take – recognising new managers Justin and Anna Le Cheminant, former owners of Gifts Galore in the Plaza. The couple, who took over management of Sizzle last month, are seasoned restaurateurs with a strong background in hotel management. They also owned and ran Orange Tree Café, which was located where Sizzle is now until 2003. Justin and Anna were called in by Sizzle’s owner Steve Gill who has had to take a backseat from managing the restaurant due to ill health. Their aim is to bring a familyfriendly focus to the restaurant. “It’s now a restaurant where you can have a drink, rather than a bar where you can eat,” Justin says. Anna says that feedback from customers, as well as their experience in the industry, is behind the change. The menu remains largely unchanged, including the popular $10 express lunch menu and

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signature Stonegrill dishes. On the entertainment side, Justin and Anna have introduced live jazz on a Sunday afternoon, which will provide a sophisticated accompaniment to brunch or a glass of wine and snacks. Sport fans are not forgotten, as major rugby games such as the Tri Nations will feature on the on Sizzle’s big screen. Anna says the response has been tremendous, to the extent where she recommends people book a table so as not to be disappointed.

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Annette Dudding has found the perfect antidote to a career spent behind a desk; she has opened a florist shop. Annette and her husband Phil started the business because she was looking for a creative outlet – something she could run alongside her other business commitments, and have fun with. “I’ve always enjoyed creating beautiful things, and do a lot of cake decorating and sewing,” Annette says. “Working with flowers and qualifying as a florist was a natural progression.” Phil and Annette opened Nature’s Blooms in Silverdale, last month. As well as flowers, the store has giftware, cards and helium balloons.

Orders are taken through Teleflora and Petals’ worldwide networks and Nature’s Blooms also provides its own delivery service – Annette hand-delivers flowers locally, and couriers them to the North Shore. Flowers for weddings and funeral wreaths are a speciality. Getting up before dawn to travel to the flower market in Auckland from home in Kaukapakapa has been no problem for Annette, who says she likes to keep busy. “It’s a pleasure to come to work these days,” Annette says. “Every bouquet I make is different and I’m surrounded by beauty all day. I should have done this years ago.”

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Finances with Wayne Ross, Newton Ross

PrintStop Every time you hand out a business card or brochure you are marketing your product or service, which is why Backbone Marketing’s new arm, PrintStop, is such a perfect fit. Owners of small to medium-sized businesses will therefore not only find a comprehensive range of printing services at PrintStop, in The Village in Orewa, but can also access marketing support in the same location. PrintStop is a well-established nationwide franchise, providing cost effective design and printing of everything from business cards and presentation folders to stationery, posters and personalised calendars. Co-owners Jane Finlayson and her husband Darren Henare say many of their marketing clients were already aware of PrintStop, often travelling to Albany or the North Shore to use their services. One reason for the company’s popularity is its ability to take clients step by step through the process, using a cleverly designed Buying Guide. This not only makes it clear what is involved in each job, but also provides a money back guarantee that the finished product will be delivered on time. Jane says one of the secrets to speedy delivery and low cost is ‘gang-printing’, a system that allows CL




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Katrina Savery (left) and Jane Finlayson.

different jobs to be printed together on the same press. Despite running two businesses, Jane and Darren have prioritised family life. They are also involved in community work, particularly at Red Beach Surf Club. Ensuring that PrintStop runs smoothly while Jane and Darren spend time with their three children, is a team of experienced staff, including Katrina Savery, Chris Millar and inhouse designer Tania Fenton. Jane says since PrintStop opened a month ago, she has had a lot of feedback that there was a need for this service. “Small business is big on the Coast, and so a one-stop print service like this is ideal.”

Two of the world’s richest men recently launched a campaign to attract more than US$600 billion in pledged charitable donations from US billionaires. Such eye-watering sums seem inconceivable even if it was Bill Gates and investment guru Warren Buffett doing the talking. Regardless of whether they attract others to their cause or not, it is a sign of a growing trend amongst those who can afford to donate to worthy causes to do so while they are alive rather than waiting until death. A separate report by Merrill Lynch-Capgemini into the activities of the world’s wealthy also highlights this change in focus. Not only are the wealthy more likely to give to charities during their lifetime, they are also increasingly treating any money handed over as an investment rather than a donation. This means they are interested in how the money is to be used and wish to maintain an involvement with the organisation rather than just hand the money over and walk away. At the same time the global credit crisis has put a lot of charitable organisations under financial stress as hard economic times have seen donations from the local community drop and government funding come under increased pressure. People have fewer dollars to give and more choices, so they want to make sure donations are used wisely. These trends have interesting implications for NZ charitable organisations wanting to attract donations and provide long-term financial security for their beneficiaries. One result has been the increased number of endowment funds established by leading charities. An endowment fund is generally set up in perpetuity and it is this long-term focus which is attractive to people. The best funds are well managed by dedicated trustees and governed by a clear statement of investment policy and objectives. Funds are kept separate from the day-to-day charitable operations and a typical target is to grow capital to the point where some or all of the charities costs can be met from the income generated. The fund itself is usually exempt from paying tax which allows it to compound and grow far quicker, and donations are normally fully tax deductible and attract no gift duties for those making the contribution. With the increased demands for transparency, effective management and some ongoing interest from donors an endowment fund provides an ideal vehicle to attract donations from those who wish to “give while they live.”








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Bad NZ Crooks, Cranks, Creeps and Killers – Graham Hutchins

The Way of the Dragon – Chris Bradford

A chronology of NZ’s worst criminals from the goldfield days of the Burgess Gang to Bert Potter’s Centrepoint Commune, some who are just plain bad like Terry Clark (Mr Asia) and others more a victim of the morality of the times like Flora MacKenzie the infamous brothel keeper. An interesting read with a few new insights into some of the famous crimes we might have (and might not have) heard of. A prolific writer of both fiction and non-fiction, Hutchins has obviously spent considerable time researching this book and gives you a background of the times and social climate that these crimes occurred in. If you are interested in the seamier side of our country’s history then you will appreciate this book and it is definitely an interesting coffee table filler.For an interview with Graham Hutchins, visit the Old Book New Home website (above).

DVD REVIEW – Favourites from Movie Magic Alice in Wonderland Director: Tim Burton, PG

Alice in Wonderland is such a magical story but now Tim Burton has created a great new twist on one of the most amazing stories of all time. Alice (Mia Wasikowska) is all grown up – she is 19 and ever so peculiar in her world. She must travel back to Wonderland to find her true destiny, however, many strange things are out to stop her. Joining her in this epic dream-like adventure are classic characters such as the Mad Hatter (Johhny Depp), the White Rabbit (Michael Sheen) and the Cheshire Cat (Stephen Fry), but watch out – the Red Queen lurks about. This is truly a breathtaking cinematic piece with an all star cast and vibrant and imaginative scenes. It’s time to tumble down the rabbit hole because no one wants to be late for tea...The ‘school holiday’ review this month comes from Nat Cowan, aged 21. Hibiscus Matters and Old Book New Home has one copy of Bad NZ Crooks and one copy of The Whispers to give away. To enter, visit the Old Book New Home website (above) and see the What’s New section for details. Entries close August 6. CONGRATULATIONS to Zach Lynham of Arkles Bay, who won a copy of Marvin Magnificent.

The 3rd book in the Young Samurai series, this continues Jack Fletcher’s adventures in Japan of the 1600’s. Jack continues his samurai training while trying to locate and retrieve his father’s rutter, a logbook which describes how to navigate to Japan and therefore of incalculable value to all who possess it. To do this he must find and defeat the deadly one-eyed ninja, Dragon Eye, hired by an enemy who turns out to be someone unsuspected. Although it is aimed at a younger audience, I loved this book. The Japanese setting makes it a bit different from the run of the mill historical boy’s adventure with samurai and the Bushido code being the Japanese equivalent of knights and their code of honour. I like the fact that even though the hero Jack wins through, not everything goes his way. I would recommend this book to parents trying to get their children to read more.

The Whisperers – John Connolly This is the latest and 9th book in the Charlie Parker series. A group of former soldiers are involved in smuggling items out of Iraq but these are no ordinary objects. As a rash of deaths amongst the group grows Charlie Parker is brought in by the father of one of the victims to investigate and stumbles upon something much deeper and darker than just smuggling. A superb thriller which distinguishes itself from all the others out there by the subtle thread of a supernatural taint in the background. We all have those moments where we discover a new author and think why haven’t I found this writer’s books before. I like Connolly’s take on his character Charlie Parker, he’s not your usual gungho, can take on all odds and survive hero that has become so common in modern literature. The fact that he’s just a regular guy makes the story so much more enjoyable. To read an interview with John Connolly, visit the Old Book New Home website (above).



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The Meldrum’s bus, used in the 1930s.

The marvellous Meldrums In 1926 Noel and Lily Meldrum decided to open a hotel on the corner of Puriri Avenue and the main road in Orewa. Being close to the beach, tt was an ideal location for summer holidays and eventually the hotel had accommodation for 40 guests. Later the Meldums built a recreation hall with piano, table tennis and dance floor. The large grounds had space for a putting green and tennis court. In the days before television, guests spent many happy hours organising talent quests, dances and other entertainments. Many families, mainly from the business community in Auckland, came every year. Sir Edmund Hillary’s family were frequent guests and Jean Batten once came for lunch. In the days before the Harbour Bridge there was a car ferry to Devonport, so guests either drove from Auckland or caught the ferry and came by the Meldrum bus. The road to Orewa was not sealed and the heavy clay made travelling in wet weather a frustrating adventure. Many times the small bus was bogged down in the wet sticky clay. Norma Houghton (Noel’s daughter) recalls that on one occasion Noel took off his watch so as not to damage it while pushing his vehicle out of the mire – unfortunately he put it down and never found it again. There were only two bathrooms in the hotel (with queues every morning and night) and outside toilets. At first there was no electricity and the rooms were lit with kerosene lamps and all meals were cooked on a coal range. Sheets and towels were washed in a large copper over a wood fire. Meat was sent up from Auckland and, as there was no refrigeration, was kept in a large meat safe outside. Vegetables and fruit for the hungry guests were grown in the gardens and privileged regular guests would wander into the kitchen to shell peas and wash up the supper dishes. Mrs. Meldrum kept chickens for meat and eggs. She was an outstanding cook (famous for her lemon meringue pies) and meals were an important part of the holiday. Sadly by the 1950s times had changed; Norma and Olive (the Meldrums’ two daughters) had married and left home, Noel and Lily retired and in 1960 the hotel (still affectionately known as Meldrums) was sold. Eventually it was demolished and apartment blocks now stand where once Aucklanders played the piano and sang.

Museum News August 6, 11am, The Changing Face of Early Auckland by Edward Bennett (official guide of the Karangahape Road Cemetery). Pioneer Village, 15 Wainui Road, Silverdale. Entry by gold coin donation – visitors welcome. Followed by shared lunch. Pioneer Village open Saturday and Sunday – 10am–3pm. 1860s Chapel and gardens available for hire for weddings and functions.

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PUBLIC NOTICES AGM for Te Herenga Waka o Orewa July 21, 6pm. 30 Foundry Rd Silverdale. All welcome. E mara, nau mai, haramai. become a firefighter – Manly Volunteer Fire Brigade urgently needs volunteers. Must live within 3 mins of station. Ph 424 6146 . car boot sale 1st Sun of month 7am- 12pm. $10 per car- $5 trestle hire. Centrestage Theatre, Orewa carpark - behind council building. Ph Rosalie 427 0405. Conversation - a dying art? We email, text, blog etc, and so involved with modern technology that face to face is losing ground. Interested in an informal conversation group? The aim is talk, stimulation, interest, fun. Ph Louise 021 400 097. dancing lessons for children – From 5 years. After school activity. Exercise to music. Teaching basic steps of waltz & cha-cha. At Silverdale Hall. Ph 426 8989. Free meditation event to celebrate consciousness change on Sun July 18, Stanmore Bay. Contact or ph Nadene 0210 259 8532 for details. Gambling HelplinE – professional counsellors available 24 hrs to help those suffering from gambling problems or affected by another’s gambling. Immediate free, confidential support ph 0800 654 655 anytime. Genealogy, HBC branch. great site for research. The NZ representative will be speaking at the Catholic Church Hall, Centreway Rd Orewa, Tues July 20, 2pm. $5 entrance, all welcome. Good Companians Orewa meet Fri mornings for senior citizens 10am– 11.30am. Orewa Croquet Club rooms, Hatton Rd., Orewa. Hamilton High Schools Celebrate 100 years, MARCH 2011 Hamilton Girls' High and Hamilton Boys' High Schools. Further info www. or ph 0900 SCHOOL. HAPPY STITCHERS. All sorts of handcrafts done and learnt. No fees. Every Thurs 12.30pm. Pohutukawa Room, Whangaparaoa Library .A great social group. Ph Val 424 0476. Hibiscus Coast Senior Citizens Association. Tues and Thurs 12– 4pm Community Hall Orewa for Indoor Bowls and Cards. Also trips, Bingo etc. Join now $5 Annual Subscription. Ph Howard 427 9116 or Mike 426 2028.

PUBLIC NOTICES Hibiscus Spirit Awakening and Healing Centre, every second Wed, 7.30pm. 488 Hibiscus Coast Highway, Orewa. Different guest medium each meeting. Ph Lynda 424 1998. If your home is unhappy because someone drinks too much, we can help you. Al-Anon: for families and friends of problem drinkers. Tues 7.30pm St Andrews Presbyterian Church, 105 Centreway Rd. Ph 0508 425 266 Indoor bowls Mon 7.15pm Primary school Ladies Mile, or Thurs 12.45pm Ratepayers Hall. Just flat shoes needed . Ph Anne 426 4714 or Gwen 426 2044. Kiwi Conservation Club, meetings restart Thurs July 15, 4.30pm-5.30pm, gold coin donation. Whangaparaoa Rate Payers Hall (opposite Westpac). Ph Samantha Cuckow 426 2073. Learn to dance – Fun, social classes in ballroom & Latin. For beginner adults, 7.30pm every Thurs at Silverdale Hall. Ph 426 8989. MID WINTER CHRISTMAS LUNCH Four course meal, complimentary beverage, entertainment & after luncheon speaker, Rt. Hon. Winston Peters. Sunday July 25, midday, Orewa Community Centre, Hillary Square, Orewa. $45pp, 5% discount for Gold Card holders ($42.50). Limited numbers - book NOW! Contact: Anne Martin 13a Brown Rd, Warkworth, 09 422 2370 or Orewa Social Indoor Bowling club welcome new members. Orewa Community Hall Centre, 6.45pm. Ph 426 4025. Retain Foreshore & Seabed in Crown Ownership. For info and sign the petition www.CoastalCoalition. Email: Spiritual Development Circle (weekly). Ph Barb to have a chat and book your space. 426 3308 or 021 259 1807.. SPIRIT MIND BODY FAIR Sun July 18, 10am –4pm. Theosophical Society Hall, 488 Hibiscus Coast Hwy, Orewa. Free Entry. Astrology, Numerology, Readers, Healers, Massage, Books, Crafts, and more. Ph 426 7021. The Ducky Derby Sept 19, Western Reserve carpark, 11am-3pm. Looking for community support - vendors, prizes and sponsors for this worthy cause, if you would like to support your local kindy families Ph Robyn Currin on 021 127 2820 or robyn@ Tennis for Seniors! The Hibiscus Coast Veterans Tennis Club, Manly provides tennis for over 40s, seven days a week for a low annual subscription! Ph Jo, 428 0402 or Jan 428 2292. Tenpin BowlING Tuesday Singles League, 7pm, 3-games $25, regular cash prizes. Join us now! Ph Eric 427 0131 Ext 0.

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Adept Computer Services, Est 1993, covering Hibiscus Coast, for all PC repairs, including Internet, Anti-virus & networking at reasonable rates, please phone 421 1039 or Mob 021 114 5517. A Computer Tune up? On site professional service. Broadband, Wireless, Antivirus, Repairs, Training, Small Business. Phone Jon at Home Computer Solutions 428 4343, 027 629 9397. ADEPT ELECTRICAL & SECURITY SERVICE friendly/reliable service at reasonable rates. Commercial and residential. New quality alarms. CCTV. Security Licensed Installer (COA). All electrical work including in/outdoor lighting, data/home audio cabling, TV and phone outlets. Ph Alan 021 242 3378 or 424 5039.

Learn to Draw Mondays 9.30am12.30 pm. 10 weeks, starting Aug 2, Red Beach. Watercolour Painting, Absolute Beginners, and Second step classes, Tuesdays, starting Aug 3. Estuary Art Centre. Pauline Smith 426 4244, www.

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Specialist Extension Art Workshops 11-17 year olds. Only 2 to 3 students. Sun 12.30 $25 All materials. Paint once a month with Local Artist. Ph Jo Bain 424 1190.

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CATS HATE HOLIDAYS! Caring home visits. Phone 424 8804. TOY DOG loving day or overnight care in our home. Phone 424 8804. Long Haired Chihuahua Free to a good home. Prefer retired person/ couple. Lots of time and love and fenced yard needed. Ph 424 5573. TWO BUDGIES Free to a good home. Includes cage/toys. Ph 428 7127 A/H.

SYLWESTER'S TAILORING and dress making, alterations, wetsuit repairs, household items. Over 40 years exp. Fast & affordable. Ph 426 7559.

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AND NOW .... PRIME ON FREEVIEW Now 13 channels, decoders with recorder $175, new 12 month warranty, dish and decoder package installed from $430. Call Jim the Maintenance Man 422 3725 or 021 254 2048. Any small outdoor jobs, lawns, brushcutting, gutters cleaned, hedges, gardening. Good rate. Hard Worker. Strong young man Ph Jedd Bain 424 1190 or 022 608 5411. AT YOUR REQUEST our Hibiscus Coast team is ready to deliver 5 Star cleaning services in your home. Weekly cleaning, spring clean, moving clean, open-home or after-party cleans. For a FREE quote call Yvonne 09 475 9716.

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MONTHLY ART CLASSES Oil Painting. Beginners–experienced. No artistic ability required. Come and learn to paint in a fun, friendly and relaxed atmosphere Ph Nolan 428 4196 or


TO LET Army Bay 1 bedroom Cottage, carport, private. $185 pw. Ph 426 8756 evenings. Professional family looking for house to rent with option to purchase in the future. Ph/txt Leanne on 021 244 5497 Tired of tenant hassles? We can offer a solution to your problem. No agent fees, private buyer. Ph/txt Craig on 021 272 8043

BUILDING BY TONY - Craftsman, Cabinetmaker, Residential & Commercial. Complete Property. Maintenance. Pre Purchase Checks. All types of building work undertaken. Ph 0274 795 061 - A/H 428 1864. GARDEN CARE – All work done. including lawns. Ph Ian 09 420 5107. Hibiscus Handyman Services Experienced reliable mature owner operator. General home repairs. Tree cutting and hedges (and removal). Gutter cleaning. Water blasting/ window cleaning. Painting. Free quote Ph Geoff 428 0657, 021 176 9233, LAWNS and GARDENS - Hedge Trimming. Tree Pruning & Felling. Section Cleanups. Quality & reliable service. We’ll beat any price. Ph 424 8268 or 021 256 8934. LAWNMOWING AND GARDENING 24 years exp. Ph Craig 426 4317 or 0274 113 133. PEST CONTROL, Flies, spiders, cockroaches, ants, rodents, wasps. Competitive prices & quality service. 25 years exp. Ph 426 2253. Rubbish REMOVAL Discover how easy it is to dispose of stuff for the tip. Moving house? Clean up? Friendly affordable service. Free quotes. Ph 426 5219. TANK WATER TESTING High quality testing for T and E-coli in your tank or bore water. Printed clear Lab test results provided with recommendations. Ph TWT 422 9345. The Inspectors Experts in Watertightness Comprehensive Property Inspection Reports done to NZS4306:2005. Buying or Selling? Have confidence in your decision with a pre-purchase or pre-listing Property Inspection Report. Call Grant Tibbits for a friendly no-obligation chat 027 2939 808 or email Waterblasting & Chemical House Washing. Local owner operator. Careful service, reasonable rates. Ph 426 2253.

WILLOUGHBYS 2010 Carpet Uphostery & window cleaning Est 35 yrs. Ph 426 4317/0274 113 133. Window Cleaning 30 years exp, local owner operator, reasonable rates. Ph David 426 2253.

HEALTH & Beauty AROMATHERAPY MASSAGE with registered Aromatherapist. Clinics in Red Beach and Waiwera. 1 hr $55. Gift vouchers available. Ph Paula 021 118 9227. BODALISHOUS $25 Spraytanz for that special occasion. Ph 0274 429 703. BRAZILIAN BEAUTY – Body waxing specialist for women & men. 14 years experience. Please ph Teresa 428 0187.


E.M.P.S Massage Therapy and Spiritual Healing. Combined or individually. 10 yrs exp. Ph Michelle 428 1276 for appt. FEET AND HANDS – Pedicure, Foot spa, Foot Massage and free manicure. Mobile service $30, or two for $50. Ph Leslie 424 0676 or 027 271 6676. 2 KUTE 4 KOOTIES Ph 021 125 1707. $10 - $15. KIDS CUTS! WHAT! Women Having Adventures Together! For adventuresome women! July 17 Indoor rock climbing, Aug 7/8. Overnight Tramp – Karekare to Piha. Get in early as numbers are limited. Ph Debbie 4285181 for more info.

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HAIRDRESSING HAIRDRESSER ~ A CARING HOME SERVICE. Excellent pensioner rates. I come to you. Ph Inga 426 0985.

HYPNOTHERAPY HYPNOSIS for stress, anxiety, phobia. Painless & cheap, STOP SMOKING. William Parker NZAPH 424 7610. Hypnotherapist/Clairvoyant Medium - Brigid Curran Making a Change Ph 09 4268361 www. "Your life is an occasion, rise to it"

READINGS ASTROLOGER PAM PAWINSKI is available for personal consultations regarding relationships, vocation, health and future. Ph 426 7559. For placement in the August 4 issue, classifieds will need to be received by MONDAY JuLY 26, classifieds received after this date will appear in the next issue.

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Accountant, friendly small business accounting firm, Silverdale, flexible hours, Ph Gaynor, 428 5715 anytime, Quay Personnel.

BLACK CORD FOR JADE PENDANTS HBC Souvenir Shop, Silverdale. Ph 426 6125. P NZ JADE PENDANTS from $10. Made locally. HBC Souvenir Shop, Silverdale. Ph 426 6125. P Large bags of pine cones seasoned 2 years, $10 a bag Ph 027 428 0162. Mens left handed Wilson's Golf clubs. Full set trundler and bag. $170. Also several woods drivers on offer. Ph Vivian 428 0056. Mobility scooter, Orewa, excel cond, white $600. Ph 426 6603. 1999 Nissan Pulsar LX 4 door hatchback auto. NZ new. 102,300ks. Very good condition. $6995. Ph 09 4282 980 Rat trapping boxes, protects your pets and birds from traps and baits. Available from Hibiscus Coast Branch Forest and Bird, $35 non members, $30 members. Pauline Smith 426 4244 RED BEACH SURF LIFESAVING hoodie. Avena girls togs. hat, hardly used. Suit 10 year old girl. $30 the lot. Ph 428 7978. Stanmore Bay school uniform, jumper, t.shirt,two pants, vest, in great condition, suit size 7-9yrs. $70 ph 421 1227. Toyota Camry GLX V6 only 116,000km in dark burgundy. Beautiful leather seats (2 power operated), fully loaded, climate control air con, NZ new built and first registered in 2000. $7995 ono. 0274 280639. Two picture show annuals 1954-1956 $8ea. Stainless steel curtain rail 2.5m with French pleated lined yellow pale long drop curtains new, 2m drop. $80 the lot. Ph 424 2492. UMF Freddy 1 Disc 2008 full suspension mountain bike. Purchased in 2009 to use at Woodhill but travel was just too much. Hardly been used. RRP $3800. Asking $1400. Ph/txt 0274 280 162.

WORK WANTED Babysitting. Responsible reliable 7th form student available for babysitting. Orewa to Albany/Browns Bay area. Excellent references. $12-15 per hr. Ph 426 6654 or 021 120 2543. MATURE MAN Reliable, good worker. I need work 2/3 days per week. Part or full time. Ph Allan 021 514 032.



• Shed & Garage clear outs • Tools & Machinery • Cars, motorcycles, boats, caravans All things considered. Ph or txt 021 161 5139 Shed or SPACE to work on Vintage car. Will look at any shed, reasonable rent, long term. Ph 09 443 1354. TO BUY Card Table and Mahjong set. Ph 426 2325. TO BUY Outboard motor 2hp, Easy start, good cond. Ph 0274 855 202. TO BUY wheelie bin - second hand. Ph 426 6802.

GARAGE SALE SAT JULY 17 & SUN 18 8am–4pm. Moving overseas, everything must go. 5A Pacific Parade, Army Bay. First Sat of month, Hibiscus Coast Community Shop, Western Reserve, Orewa, behind Information Centre. 10am–1pm. Ph 426 3598.

FOR SALE CERAMIC PLANT POT In shape of old boot. 250mm long x 180mm wide x 140mm high. Brand new. $20. Ph 428 0943. Duvet Cloud9 Cotton Comfort Duvet 100% Natural Cotton Cover, filling High Loft. 100% hollow polyester fibre for warmth & comfort. Non Allergic, washable Dble/Queen Bed. Used once. $30 Ph 426 9668. External Wooden Staircase and handrail treated timber. 15 steps, 4.7m long, 1m wide. Exc cond. $250. Ph 426 2117. GULF HARBOUR SCHOOL UNIFORM Size 6-8 Rainjacket, 1 Cap, 1 Sunhat, 1 ea size 10 & 12 Shirts, 1 ea size 12 & 14 Sweatshirts, 2 ea size 8 & 10 shorts, Exc cond $60 lot Ph Kim 428 4050 0210 273 4969. HEATERS EUROTECH 7 FIN oil $20. Shacklock/Conray electric $10. Both exc cond. Ph 428 1196. Kiwi Icon of the 70's Visor fireplace complete with fire screen/ flue/chimney & fireirons. Good cond may suit patio. $400. S/s sink with double draining bench -152x45 with 12cm upstand. Exc cond. Cash only/ $150 -cannot deliver Ph 09 421 0893. LANDSCAPE BOOKs (Hardcover). Collectors item. 1958/1963/1967. $15 each ono. + free NZ House & Garden, Aust House & Garden magazines (46). Ph 424 2727.

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what’s on Hibiscus Coast July 2010

18 Planting Day in the Puhoi River Park, 10am–12pm. Meet in Domain carpark. Barbecue afterwards. 18 Kaukapakapa Village Market and Car Boot Fair, 9am to 1pm. Info: Sarah 09 420 9175 or Kim 09 420 5776. 22 Presentation by Ian Fraser, Curator of NZ fauna, Auckland Zoo, St Andrews Presbyterian Church Hall, 105 Centreway Road, Orewa. 7.30pm. Organised by Hibiscus Coast Forest & Bird. Door charge $3. Info: Katie Lucas 427 5186. (see story p8) 25 Mid-winter Christmas Lunch, Orewa Community Centre, Hillary Square. Guest speaker Winston Peters. Four-course meal, complementary beverage and entertainment. Tickets $45 (5 percent discount for Gold Card holders). Info: ph Anne Martin, 09 422 2370. 28 Fun Time Variety Show, featuring Karen Davy, Colin Parris and James Ray, Whangaparaoa Hall, 717 Whangaparaoa Rd, 1.30pm. $15. Info and tickets: ph Colin, 428 5927.

August AUGUST 10 1 Orewa 6km walk. Starts 10am, behind Rodney District Council Offices, Centreway Rd, Orewa. Adults $10, children 15 yrs and under $5, families $20. Proceeds to the Heart Foundation. 6 Dairy Flat Live Music Club presents The Flaming Mudcats, Dairy Flat Hall, Postman Rd, Dairy Flat, 8.15pm–11.30pm. Entry $10. Info: 16 Rodney Health Link Annual General Meeting, Orewa Community House, Western Reserve, 10am. Plenty of parking and morning tea will be available. Guest speaker and update on progress on Primary Health Care. 19 Winter Warmer concert, Whangaparaoa College, Delshaw Ave, Whangaparaoa, 7pm. College Concert Bands, Jazz Band, Lazy Tuesdays, Seraphin and a variety of soloists and other ensembles. $5 entry. Refreshments for sale. (see story p15) 20 Stevie Ray Vaughan 20th anniversary tribute by Tony Painting and the Power Band, Dairy Flat Hall, Postman Rd, Dairy Flat, 8.15pm–11.30pm. Entry $10. Info: tonypainting.htm 22 Open Day at Hibiscus Coast Radio Club, 477 Whangaparaoa Rd, 11am–2pm. Clubrooms and equipment open to all. Scones, tea and coffee available. Info: ph Pam Kinnell, 09 426 8152. (see story p3) Regular events Silverdale Markets, every Saturday 8am–1pm. Vegetables, flowers, plants, crafts and much more. Orewa Farmers’ market, Orewa Square carpark. Every Sunday, 8am to 12.30pm. Locally grown produce, home-made preserves and more. Puhoi Farmers’ market, 8.30am -12.30pm, Puhoi Sports Club, last Sunday of every month. Info: Phillippa, phone 422 0009. Kaukapakapa Village Market and Car Boot Fair every third Sunday of the month. Next market Sunday June 20, 8.30am to 12.30pm. Info: Sarah ph 09 420 9175 or Kim 09 420 5776.

Roast Meals • Fish & Chips • Burgers Phone Orders Welcome ~ Open 7 Days ~ 11.30am~8.30pm

Westpac Plaza - Shop 8d Moana Ave, Orewa. Phone 426 5267

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Fern’s footballer puts family first Jenny Bindon stands out when she plays football with her Hibiscus Coast team, and not just because she wears the goalkeeper’s kit. Jenny plays for the Hibiscus Coast from the Cyprus Cup in Europe, the “I didn’t want to miss seeing my son Men’s 1st Division team, and is in next major target for the Football grow up while I chased my dream.” fact the first female in the Auckland Ferns is the Women’s World Cup The decision means Jenny now region sanctioned to play in the next year in Germany. gets to spend Saturdays watching United Soccer One men’s league. Jenny was born in the US, and Tyler, aged five, play at the club in There is no question that Jenny can played football and basketball from Stanmore Bay, followed by a Division foot it with the boys, as she also a young age, with her father as One game alongside her husband. represents NZ as goalkeeper for the coach. She attended university on She also works for NZ Football and Football Ferns. a sports scholarship and there met coaches football in schools. She says her two roles are and married Grant Bindon – former Jenny says there is no doubt she complementary, as the more physical captain of the NZ volleyball team. made the right decision, and as well aspect of the men’s game helps her (Grant now plays with Jenny in the as benefiting her family it has helped keep on top of the women’s game at Hibiscus Coast Men’s 1st Division put the Hibiscus Coast side at the side.) top of the league, where it currently international level. “I have to be more aggressive and After moving to NZ with Grant, sits after losing only one game. However, Jenny is not one to rest on believe in myself playing in a men’s Jenny decided to focus on football. league,” Jenny says. “It keeps my She was recently offered the chance her laurels. skills at a high level and the guys’ to play professionally with the USA “We must focus on every game to critique of my game is useful too.” team, but declined, as she wants maintain that top position. Last After playing in the Beijing to put family, including young son season we started out strongly and tapered off at the end.” Olympics, and having just returned Tyler, first.

Jenny Bindon and son Tyler

Orewa surf lifesaver paddling for gold

Teneale Hatton (rear) and Lisa Carrington take gold in the 100m K2 women’s event at the World Cup Canoe Racing series.

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Competing in surf lifesaving events can be the start of an illustrious sporting career, with Olympians Ian Ferguson and Paul MacDonald among those with a background in surf lifesaving. Orewa Surf Club’s Teneale Hatton is also taking her chosen sports of surf lifesaving and flat water kayaking to the highest level, and in May she and team mate Lisa Carrington came away with a gold medal from

the World Cup Canoe Racing series in France. The pair won the women’s K2 1000 metre event, and hope to repeat that success at the World Flat Water Kayaking Champs in Poland next month. Teneale has been with Orewa Surf Club for 12 years and is also a member of the NZ Surf Lifesaving team which will compete in the Tri-Nations series at Mt Manganui next January.

Competing internationally doesn’t come cheap, and recently Teneale applied for an AMP scholarship, which includes a special People’s Choice award of $10,000. Teneale will put this towards a new K2 training boat and funding her 2012 Olympic campaign. To vote for Teneale, visit www. and type Teneale Hatton in the ‘search for applicant’ box. Voting ends July 31.

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