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College’s low rank disputed

Painting the Hibiscus Coast Youth Centre’s rock wall was a community effort, and required a head for heights as well as the ability to wield a paintbrush. Whangaparaoa artist Jo Bain, who volunteered to lead the project, said scaffolding proved too expensive to hire, so painters harnessed themselves onto the wall. The design includes figures in various climbing positions, including upside down, which were made by tracing around people with a pencil. Dozens of people of all ages came into the Youth Centre to work on the wall. “Everyone took part, from basketball players and skate boarders to the cleaner’s grandchildren,” Jo says. The project was funded by Rodney District Council’s Creative Communities scheme, and sponsored by Resene. Pictured is Jo Bain (centre) with volunteer painters at the wall’s official relaunch on July 24.

Final push for property sales

In the wake of disappointing sales, Rodney District Council has accelerated its efforts to sell properties, putting five sites on the Hibiscus Coast up for tender last month. Council’s group property services the properties have been the subject The sites include 3 Moana Avenue in manager Mark Johannsen says this of negotiations that have fallen central Orewa – known as ‘the Mad is not due to the imminent change through, so they are now being put Butcher site’ after its anchor tenant continued page 2 in governance, but because some of on the open market.

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Whangaparaoa College principal Brian O’Connell says the low ranking the college received in last month’s Metro magazine table ‘Best NCEA Schools in Auckland’ was not only incorrect, but also an insult to the college’s staff and students. Metro ranked colleges in the Auckland region based on NCEA results and Whangaparaoa College was at the bottom (74th equal). “It makes us look as though we are among the worst colleges in the region, and that’s simply not the case,” Mr O’Connell says. “The figures don’t stack up and we have taken this up with Metro.” He says the problem occurred because some of the data was incorrect, and in some places data was wrongly interpreted. Issues include the fact that 2009 was the college’s first year of Year 13 assessment. This made some of the data irrelevant because for all continued page 2

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Land sales accelerate – together with the car park in front and a toilet block at the rear. The total land area of this property is 4923 sqm. The site is zoned Commercial and includes eight retail units and more than 50 carparks. At the Infrastructure and Environment committee meeting on July 22, Councillors expressed concern at the potential sale. Cr Zane Taylor said that chief executive Rodger Kerr-Newell had indicated that if strategic sites, such as the Mad Butcher’s site, were to be sold, there would first be discussions about the community benefits, versus the price that could be obtained. “We have had no such discussions, and now it’s on the market,” Cr Taylor said. “Council bought the site to unlock connectivity to adjoining Council-owned buildings, such as the community centre, so that a town centre could be established, and for parking. We should discuss whether that vision is still relevant, whoever owns the site. Zoning and planning parameters around the property could have achieved the

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original intent at little cost.” In addition, two properties in Silverdale and two in Whangaparaoa are up for tender. These are a former Council works yard at 49 Tavern Rd, Silverdale; a 4936sqm property at 16 Wainui Rd Silverdale, and, in Whangaparaoa, the 7193 sqm site at 17 Link Crescent (behind the Warehouse) and 24.7ha of native bush known as ‘the Archer’s block’ that runs between Whangaparaoa Rd and the Weiti River. Part of the latter will be retained for roadworks associated with the Penlink Road. Sales fall short of targets Council has achieved sales of property worth $25 million since it established Rodney Properties Ltd to handle the sales in February last year. The fully Council-owned company was tasked with disposing of $100 million worth of Council-owned land, and Council had hoped to have $50 million worth sold by June this year. In this quarter, sales valued at $17.1 million were finalised (for details see our website

College seeks correction from page 1 other schools the Year 13 data was averaged over three years. Metro credited the college with two scholarships, whereas in fact three were awarded. Mr O’Connell says this equates to a 33 percent difference in the final result. The college was also the only one not given a weighted decile average for level 2 and 3. Mr O’Connell says the table demonstrates the failings of this kind of ranking. “Many people in the education sector are against league tables, not because of a desire to keep information private but due to the lack of reliability of the data from government bureaucracies as well as poor journalism and sloppy statistical analysis. A number of other schools are also concerned about inaccuracies.” Metro editor Simon Wilson says the magazine recognises that the

newness of the college played a significant role, as its data was not as robust as that of other schools. “That is the reason we did not include it in ‘the worst schools’ box on page 55,” Mr Wilson says. “We also acknowledge that we made mistakes in presenting the data for this school and will publish a correction and apology in our next issue.” Meanwhile, Whangaparaoa College’s Education Review Office (ERO) assessment was completed last month, and the report is due in the next few weeks. This is a thorough review of student achievements in NCEA and against national standards and expectations, the school’s culture and teaching effectiveness. View ERO reports: Note: Wentworth College was omitted from the Metro listings in error. Kingsway School and Orewa College were ranked 46th and 49th respectively.


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Councillors mileage claims revealed Green light for Rodney District councillors have very different spending habits, based on expense claim figures released to Hibiscus Matters last month. Information and Meetings Act, These figures include general expenses keep costs down.” and mileage, and the difference Cr Pat Delich, whose general but can also waive the charge at its between the councillor who spent the expenses of $6425 (HM July discretion. (See Opinion, p4). least in the current term of Council, 14), mostly telephone charges, Cr Wayne Walker, and the one with far outstripped those of other Rodney District Councillors’ the largest claim, Northern Ward’s councillors, claimed more than expenses (including mileage) Cr Grahame Powell, was more than $20,000 with mileage included. He October 13, 2007 – July 2010 $30,000 (full details below). (round figures) makes no apology for phone charges Cr Powell says attending meetings incurred on Council business. Wayne Walker $1000 often means journeys of more than “I spend a lot of time helping people Zane Taylor $1437 100km, and this is why his claim is in my area, and also outside the Michael Goudie $1815 so high. area, and this often means calling Gaye Harding $4072 “I don’t charge a lot of my running cellphones,” Cr Delich says. “I don’t costs, when I’m on informal Council expect the community to begrudge Penny Webster $4401 business,” Cr Powell says. “It’s fair the charges, because I get results. It’s John Kirikiri $7496 to say I attend more meetings than a reasonable way to spend ratepayers’ Ross Craig $9264 most other Councillors.” money.” June Turner $9357 Cr Walker has claimed nothing Hibiscus Matters published a brief for mileage in the current term of summary of Mayor Penny Webster’s Greville Walker $13656 Council. He says this is because he credit card spending for the period Dave Parker $15738 prioritises keeping Council’s costs May 1, 2009 to April 30 last issue, Suzanne Weld $18347 down. and requested full details for the Pat Delich $20056 “I consider the cost to ratepayers in current term of Council. However, the way I influence decisions and Council advised that anyone seeking Grahame Powell $32155 vote, as well as in my expenses,” this information would be charged Note: Mayor Penny Webster was Cr Walker says. “I attend meetings around $300 ($60 per hour) to allocated a Council vehicle in throughout the Hibiscus Coast and obtain it. Council is entitled to levy 2008, and so did not claim any in Auckland at my own expense and a charge to cover staff time under mileage costs from then on. use my car and phone efficiently to the Local Government Official

Conference claims

Gulf Harbour development

Marlin Property Consultants have been granted resource consent to build a commercial and apartment complex that will enclose the head of the main canal in Gulf Harbour. The Environment Court decision handed down by Judge Newhook on June 17 was based on revised plans showing reductions in some of the floor plates and elevations. The original proposal included two towers, seven storeys high containing 193 apartments, an underground carpark and supermarket, retail and office facilities. Members of the Gulf Harbour Village Association, which owns the canal, vigorously opposed the development. The Association spent five years on the legal dispute, but their plan to take their opposition to the High Court was prevented when Marlin Group gained controlling member status of the Association last October by virtue of its position as owner of the town centre land. For more local news visit our website:

The costs associated with Councillors attending conferences can also mount up, even when relatively few conferences are involved. Figures show that between October 2007 and June this year, Councillors attended 14 conferences, only one of which was overseas – the Climate Change conference in Melbourne. Deputy Mayor John Kirikiri attended this, and covered the cost of flights and accommodation from his own pocket. The Mayor and Deputy Mayor take on the lion’s share of conference duties, with 10 out of the 14 attended by one or the other. The total cost to Council of conference registration is $33,456. Flights add up to $2026 and accommodation cost a total of $8606.

New centre for Millwater Hard on the heels of the Silverdale North town centre currently being developed in Millwater Parkway is another Silverdale shopping complex seeking resource consent from Rodney District Council. The proposed Millwater Central shops will be located on a sloping site on the corner of Leigh Road and Millwater Parkway. The centre combines retail and office space in a two-storey complex and is described on developer Broadway Property Group’s website as “the only

convenience retail centre servicing the Millwater development”. The plan shows 12 retail shops on the ground floor with 1350sqm of first floor office and more than 100 carpark spaces. The complex will include convenience stores such as a chemist, dairy and butcher as well as restaurants and cafes. Broadway Property Group applied for land use resource consent in May, and director Lindsay Kennedy says he hopes this can be finalised soon.

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Spending by politicians, at both local and national level, has been in the news recently following scrutiny of a similar nature in Britain. Journalists have obtained this information to put before the public through the Official Information Act, or, in the case of figures Hibiscus Matters obtained regarding Rodney District Councillors’ expenses, simply by asking. The exception has proved to be Rodney Mayor Penny Webster’s credit card details, apart from a brief summary covering the last financial year (HM July 14). Anyone who has been in Rodney District Council’s offices in Centreway Road would not expect florists to have done as well out of Penny Webster as they have from John Banks; it was revealed recently that Mr Banks spent $11,523 on flowers during his current term as Auckland mayor. However, although Penny Webster may, on the face of it, be more frugal than Mr Banks with ratepayers’ money, it is also clear that the information we requested (full details of the Mayor’s credit card spending for this term of Council) should not have been difficult for staff to retrieve. It therefore raised our curiosity when a charge was levied – along with the suggestion that it could take up to five hours to collate this material. This was not the case for any of the Councillors’ other expenses, which were supplied free of charge although collation of the mileage details took more than a week. Feedback so far indicates that ratepayers are curious about how Councillors spend their money. Therefore, Hibiscus Matters will pay the charge requested to obtain the credit card details. What comes to light will make interesting reading – not least because it may explain why barriers were raised in defence of this information.

Feedback 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, personal attacks or defamatory remarks will not be published. Contributions can be emailed to or posted to Whangaparaoa Hall, 717 Whangaparaoa Road.

Councillors’ honesty challenged John Clement’s letter (HM July 14) says it is sad to see people such as myself implying doubts about the honesty, integrity and intentions of developers and selected councillors. My letter (July 1) gave all councillors the opportunity to state categorically that no association with developers occurred. None have come forward.

Also, Mr Clements says that most Kiwis are straight up and can’t be bribed and I couldn’t agree more. But saying this implies that some aren’t. It is the ‘some’ with whom I am concerned. There was a time when it was gentlemanly and proper for one to confront the target of anything disparaging, before

making it public. It is a policy to which I try to adhere. To prove my point I’ll try to get in touch with Mr Clements prior to the publication of this letter. George Phillips, Orewa (abridged) Any further letters on the alleged councillors’ backers will appear on our website,

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Rooster weighed up A Wainui couple who advertised two roosters for sale on Trade Me, with the aim of finding them a caring home on a farm or lifestyle block, got some callers who were obviously more interested in roasts than roosters. This included an Asian gentleman who gave away his intentions by enquiring what each of the birds weighed.

By any other name… At the first reading of the unitary authority bill in Parliament, Labour MP Darien Fenton suggested Rodney ratepayers may be keen to change the name of the district, because it is the same as that of the Minister of Local Government. “So tainted has the name ‘Rodney’ become, that I would not be surprised if there was an application to the Geographic Board to change the district’s name,” Ms Fenton said.


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Liquor licence a win-lose situation for Carpe Diem The battle over Gulf Harbour restaurant Carpe Diem’s liquor licence continues, despite the granting of an interim licence by the Liquor Licensing Authority last month. In granting the licence, Judge Hole also adjourned the matter until next April to give the parties time to negotiate a mutually satisfactory arrangement. At the same time he pointed out to Gulf Harbour Lodge and the Gulf Harbour Town Centre Body Corporate, which both objected to costs rocket to around $70,000, the licence renewal on grounds such community support has been crucial as excessive noise, that the restaurant to him and his family. and bar is long established on the As well as a petition with more than site, and that some noise should 1800 signatures, dozens of affidavits therefore be expected. and letters of support from members The new licence allows liquor to of the public were presented in be served in the area outside the support of the licence renewal. restaurant from 9am to 10.30pm, Representatives of Gabrielles Trustee and inside until 12.30am, provided Company Limited, (a Marlin Group certain conditions, such as additional company) which owns all the insulation of internal ducting and commercial units in Gulf Harbour speakers, are met. Town Centre, also appeared at the Carpe Diem’s business adviser Brian hearing in support of the licence Bosher describes the decision as only renewal, saying that they did so a partial victory. because if the licence were not “We didn’t lose, but we didn’t win renewed, it would restrict business in either,” Mr Bosher says. “A win the town centre, be anti-competitive would have been returning to the and damaging to the value of the hours allowed under the previous commercial property there. licence (7am to 1am), but we This put the company at odds with haven’t lost because there are still the Body Corporate, whose activities negotiations to come, and a further it controls. hearing next year.” Gulf Harbour Lodge, which overlooks Owner Keywan Babaheydarian the restaurant, has just renewed its (pictured) says throughout the liquor licence, which allows it to serve process, which has seen his legal liquor from 7am to 1am.

Walking the fenceline with SOSSI The Shakespear Open Sanctuary pest proof fence has arrived at Army Bay. The road gate has been tied in with the fence and is now waiting to be powered up. Recent works have seen the fence wrap around the base of the Army Bay pa site and into the car park. The team working on the fence has been entertained by the boat-backing antics of local fishers. Although highly amusing, this activity highlights the risk posed by propellers and boat transoms (under varying degrees of control) coming into close proximity to the fence, which must retain structural integrity to be effective. To cater for this, the last 70m of fence to the end of the boat ramp will be a concrete block wall for the first metre from ground, with mesh and hood atop to standard height. Those fishing may not care about the fence but they hopefully care enough about the boat not to whack it into a concrete wall. Traffic calming measures and road marking are planned to further guide vehicles away from the fence.


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Sports are a big part of the College; there is wide participation, opportunities for development and considerable success. Success r teams we are te in w r u o ll a ss Acro son. e games this sea th f o % 1 8 g in n win Netball the current Our top team is champion. Rodney district 1st XI Soccer Rex Dawkins Runner up in the ent. ational tournam n a t a n o ti ti e p com y 1st XV Rugb the 1C Currently top of Competition. North Harbour

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Parliament gave Rodney District Council’s unitary authority bill a thumbsdown last month, rejecting it before it reached select committee stage. The bill was Council’s last-ditch Kaukapakapa, was also scathing about attempt to keep Rodney out of the the bill, saying it did not represent the wishes of all of Rodney. supercity. Support for the bill, presented by “Most of the people around my Labour list MP Darien Fenton area would be much happier with on July 21, came from Labour, the Kaipara District Council, but the Greens, the Maori Party and we will all get a shot in 2013 to Progressive but it was not enough make submissions and move the to see it pass its first reading as boundary,” Mr Garrett said. “One National, ACT and United Future could not pick a worse example of a council as a unitary authority voted it down, 58 to 64. Ms Fenton said at the bill’s first than this one, and any claim that reading that the Government the people of Rodney wish this to has ignored legitimate concerns happen is simply nonsense.” regarding the supercity boundaries, National’s Dr Cam Calder said the and sending the bill to select local board would answer some of committee would be a chance to the community’s concerns. sort out the issue once and for all. “The people of Rodney can take Labour’s Phil Twyford said the bill comfort from the fact that the was borne out of frustration at the local boards will be the face of local government,” Mr Calder said. “They failure of the submission process. “The people of Rodney made will have an important role to play, submissions to the Royal Commission and the people elected to local boards on Auckland Governance and the will play a huge role in the Rodney Auckland Governance Legislation community. They will be locally Committee on the second super-city elected people, who understand bill, and lobbied their elected MPs their community’s concerns. Local in good faith,” Mr Twyford said. boards will meet regularly with the “This bill is the last chance for the communities they represent, and formally consult the community disillusioned of Rodney.” when developing their local board However, National MP Tau Henare plans. They will make decisions on described the bill as self-interest on local matters, provide leadership, the part of Council. and strengthen and build that “The bill was put together by people community. Local boards will also who want to protect their jobs,” provide important input into regionMr Henare said. “The Auckland wide strategies and plans, including governance issue is about getting those of the council-controlled the pump of the economy going. organisations. Auckland needs to We cannot do that by supporting move forward together. I think it is the establishment of little backwater for that reason that National does fiefdoms. That is not democracy; not support this bill.” that is just self-interest at its worst.” To see the full debate, visit www. ACT’s David Garrett, who lives in

Sign clears confusion

Dairy Flat Hall has now been officially named, despite being known by this title for more than a decade. Hall committee president Henk Landweer says there is still confusion in the community, with some people thinking it is called the tennis club hall, or Stetson Hall and others thinking the school hall is Dairy Flat Hall. The confusion was laid to rest last month with a new sign erected outside the Hall. Blues Club nights are held at the hall, and it is also available for hire. Info:

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Hibiscus Mayoral Debate Hibiscus Matters will talk to mayoral candidates about their views on local issues and publish the responses each month leading up to election day in October. Questions were also sent to Ewen Gilmore and Penny Bright who did not respond before Hibiscus Matters went to print. Simon Prast could not be contacted. For more information on the mayoral race and Auckland Council’s progress, visit our website

How, under your mayoralty, will arts and cultural aspects of the Coast (such as Estuary Arts and Centrestage Theatre) be funded? John Banks: I think the Estuary Arts area is a very good idea, especially given its wonderful location, but it is not promoted enough. More promotion requires more funding. I will create a more substantial Auckland Tourism team to push our region as a visitor destination – I anticipate that the arts and culture sector will make up a big part of its promotion. Auckland Council could look at sponsoring events to support and promote this part of the region as an artistic hub. Len Brown: I want local arts and culture to thrive in the new structure and will work closely with the local board to ensure continuing support for local initiatives. I am committed to ensuring communities along the Hibiscus Coast retain strong decision making powers covering their area, including: local roads, footpaths, crime prevention, beautification, building consents, animal control, environmental health, local parks, sports facilities, libraries and pools, community houses, galleries and museums, liquor licensing, and more. Andrew Williams: I am a strong supporter of the arts. If elected Mayor I will use my influence to secure funding for the local boards to provide budgeted funds for local arts and cultural activities. Local groups such as Estuary Arts and Centrestage Theatre are doing a fantastic job for the area and would receive my full support. Colin Craig: My policy is that local boards will be empowered to decide local issues. The best way to be protected and represented is to have real decision-making power in your own area. People who are part of your local community know what works best for you far better than remotely based councillors. Your local board will have the power to support local cultural and artistic efforts. Local knowledge and decision making also assist with continuity so successful community programmes don’t suffer interruption during the transition.

Do you believe that significant highrise development along the beachfront is desirable for Orewa? John Banks: Highrises along Orewa Beach pose a big shading issue, casting deep shadows across the beach in the afternoon. While I am not opposed to urban development, there must be local engagement and consultation at every stage. We mustn’t let the motor camp go to developers – this is an important part of what makes Orewa a summer holiday destination. Locals say Orewa needs a revamp – the area is too small for the increasing visitor numbers – and I tend to agree. It needs sensible development and a lot more parking. Orewa has the potential to become a mini Bay of Islands with more shopping and beach side cafes, but only with local engagement and agreement. Whangaparaoa beaches and reserves must be protected. I have a track record of protecting beaches – in Auckland City we did this by re-sanding, which has proved to be very successful. Len Brown: Hibiscus Coast residents are concerned that they will lose the ability to shape the development of their community. I will work closely with local boards and the community to develop a spatial plan and put in place guidelines for how development should occur, including the desirability or not of highrise buildings. I don’t want to see unending urban sprawl that changes the nature of the areas it moves into, and will protect green buffer zones. At the same time I recognise the need to house our growing population and will balance the need for growth with environmental impact concerns. Andrew Williams: I would not want to see Orewa and the Hibiscus Coast become a version of the Gold Coast. It is too special an area to be blighted by highrise apartments and over intensification. Ongoing growth in the area must be planned and implemented very carefully so as to retain the natural seaside environment, while still accommodating an increasing population. The wishes of the local community need to come first in any consultation on proposed development issues, and as Mayor I would listen and act on the views of the community. Colin Craig: Auckland has a growing population, and there is already significant demand on housing. The end result will be the need to develop new housing areas. It is my intention to work with local boards to develop a plan for growth. I suspect your local board might not support highrise developments similar to the Nautilus. That is something for the local community to determine.

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Orewa Surf Lifesaving Club

Orewa Surf Lifesaving Club, with its clubrooms located in a prime position on Orewa Beach, has been part of the Orewa landscape for 60 years. The club has also woven itself into the fabric of the community, with its volunteer lifeguards providing a valuable service by patrolling the beach, and the club operating as a social venue and sporting outlet for local families. At Labour Weekend, the club will celebrate its 60th anniversary with a weekend of events and a gala dinner. Terry Moore spoke to long-standing members of the club about its rich history and plans for the future. Surfers and boogie boarders still flock to Orewa Beach when a strong swell is running, yet the beach is also relatively benign and family friendly, providing a good introduction to a wide range of water sports. Prior to 1959, however, Orewa Beach had a far more gnarly reputation. A reef and sandbar at the southern end created a large, well-shaped swell beloved by surfers. In the glory days of the longboard, Orewa attracted surfers from all over the region to ride from the sand bar off the reef, right into the estuary. The outgoing tide would “conveyer belt” them back out to the take off zone with little paddling effort. However, because the reef directed the tidal flow from the estuary along the beach, it caused dangerous conditions similar to a rip. To rectify this, thereby making the beach safer for swimmers, the reef was blown out by the navy, with Rodney County Council approval, in 1959. It was also with swimmers’ safety in mind that Orewa Surf Club was formed in 1950. It was started by a group of boys from Takapuna Surf Club, looking for something to do (and a chance to catch some waves) after their club closed down. They pitched a couple of tents in Orewa Campground and instigated patrols, which kept them busy right through the holiday season. A makeshift patrol tower was built from wood washed up onto the beach when a scow founded in an easterly. The first clubroom was also very basic – a single roomed building with a dirt floor set up on land leased from the local authority. Surf club members buried their beer in the sandy floor to keep it cold and legend has it that some full bottles are still there under the public toilets, which are now on the site. When the clubrooms were built, in 1960, they were considered state of the art; yet fundraising was a relatively simple affair. Club members had built a skating rink and mini golf adjacent to the clubrooms (where the volleyball court is now). These facilities were handed over to Council and in return Council paid for new clubrooms. Local businesses and residents also contributed cash and labour. The clubrooms, the first to be built on State Highway 1, were also the first in the country to provide sleeping facilities for members. Long-standing member Tim Green says the sleeping quarters

were required because most of the members travelled from Auckland to patrol and spent the weekend at the clubhouse. Because you weren’t allowed to sleep on Crown land in those days, special permission from Parliament was required in order to have beds on site. Colleen Chapman’s late husband John was a founding member of the club and she has enjoyed a long association with it as a result; her son John is currently club chair. She remembers when rescues were undertaken using a reel and line – a system now only used in competitions. In one rescue, John (senior) saved an off-duty policeman who got into difficulties. The tide had carried the policeman out so far that the 400-metre long rescue line ran out and John had to undo the belt that secured it to his waist and complete the rescue without it. His faithful German shepherd swam the whole way with him. John received a citation from the police for this in

Top: Orewa Surf Lifesaving Club’s first headquarters. Middle: ‘The Shed’ – built in the 1950’s. Above: Opening day of the clubrooms in 1960.

1954. As well as its lifesaving role, the club provided a social outlet when there was little else available on the Coast. As the community grew, the club attracted more local members – some from families that have lived here for generations, such as the Hicks and the Hoppers. The

strong family focus is demonstrated by the fact that six families currently have third generation lifeguards in the club. Membership grew from 20 in the 1950s and 60s to around 60 in the 1980s. The club now has 100 senior, active lifeguards (aged 14 to 58) and around 250 juniors.

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Masters boat crew at last season’s Nationals. From left, Stu Handford, John Chapman, Mark McCarthny, Warwick Sissons, Steve Franich.

Orewa Nippers –club members can sign up from three years old.

The oldest members are in their 70s and the youngest are in the tadpoles group, aged three. Despite its familyfriendly credentials, for a large part of its history, the club was a male domain. Women were not allowed to become members until around 1970, and women guests had to be out of the clubrooms by 7pm. Second generation member Robyn Green recalls the system as “allowing women in to do the cooking, then asking them to leave”. These days, women are among the club’s most active members and strongest competitors. Competitive events are a big part of the club, improving the fitness and skills of the lifeguards, and providing an additional challenge for members. In recent years the club has increased its investment in coaching and equipment, which members say has paid off in competitions and is one reason that it was named Club of the Year at this year’s Surf Lifesaving Northern Region Awards of Excellence. Young club members such as Rachel Clarke and Teneale Hatton have also used competition at the club as a springboard to competing internationally in paddling and surf lifesaving events.

Over the years membership has outgrown the clubrooms – chair John Chapman describes them as well past their use-by date. Plans for new clubrooms, nearly twice the size of the existing building, were submitted for resource consent last month. John says once consent is obtained, money for the build, estimated at more than $4 million, will be the next significant hurdle. The club hopes that Auckland Council will come on board with cornerstone funding, and agencies such as the Lottery Grants Board and the ASB Trust will also be approached to reduce the amount that needs to be raised at “sausage sizzle” level. The proposed clubrooms are two storeyed with a low profile

and set six metres further back from the beach than the current building. In the next few years, things may turn full circle at the beach, if plans to construct reefs offshore come to fruition. The Orewa Beach Reef Project involves building reefs around 300 metres offshore, which proponents say will mitigate coastal inundation, allow a substantial dry beach to build up and dunes to naturally establish behind it. As a bonus for surfers, the reef will create a well-shaped wave, while not disturbing the safety of swimmers. The resource consent application for the reef is due to be submitted within the month.

Collecting their gold medal at the Nationals for the Open Womens board relay. From left, Rachel Clarke, Georgia Butt, Teneale Hatton. Below: Three generations of club members – including the Franich, Fergus, Johnston, Green and Chapman families.

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The Swann Beach resident, born in Belgium, has been a professional artist all her life, but the retrospective at Estuary Arts Centre in Orewa focuses on more than 20 paintings created during the 14 years she spent in Algiers. Josiane was in North Africa with her English husband, who was transferred there by the oil company he worked for. Josiane says she jumped at the chance to move to Africa, as the couple were living in “an uninspiring part of suburban Britain” at the time. “Neil was offered a transfer to Algiers in 1959, while it was fighting a war of independence against France, but I immediately said ‘yes please,’” Josiane says. “I didn’t care that it was at war. I’d lived through the German occupation of Belgium and I was just so happy to get away from Britain.” Neil’s work took him into the Sahara

desert for long stretches, leaving Josiane with time to paint. She was determined to get out among the desert people and not retreat to upmarket hotels as many ex-pat Britons did. She found an ally in a French nurse who worked among the local people and spoke Arabic as well as local dialects. Together, the pair travelled in a 2CV car into the desert, sleeping on the floor of tents and mud houses wrapped in woollen blankettype garments called a djelaba. On returning to Algiers, Josiane translated her experiences into paintings, inspired by the colourful people including the nomadic Touareg and the Ouled Nail. The North African Journey exhibition is at Estuary Arts Centre, Orewa from August 5–29 and includes a map of Josiane’s journeys and her djelaba to provide flavour.

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If you’re serious about making changes in your fitness and health, it’s well worth enlisting the help of a personal trainer. It could in fact be a life-changing training for an event, recovery from experience, as personal trainer surgery or weight loss and toning. Nesha Greasley, based at the Leisure There are no shortcuts to improving Centre in Stanmore Bay, says her your fitness, but Nesha says personal job is to put people on the path to a trainers do not need to behave like healthy, fit way of life. army sergeants in order to get you Nesha says a lot of people are working hard to achieve results. uncertain and nervous about exercise “Each has their own way of when they come to her, and her aim is working, and their own methods, to get them to a stage where they are so it’s important to choose someone confident and able to independently you feel comfortable with and if you maintain their fitness. don’t gel with that person, to find She says her programmes are someone else.” structured around a variety of exercise, indoor and out, such as Ultimately, it’s about becoming your swimming, stairs and running as own personal trainer. well as gym-based activities such as “Being able to motivate yourself is the weights. goal, because that’s the key to staying “Cross-training is my passion,” active. A personal trainer won’t be Nesha says. “Variety injects more there to hold your hand forever, so fun into the programme, as well as each individual must be helped to a working on different parts of the stage where they have the knowledge and enthusiasm and confidence to body.” One of the strengths of a personal take the process forward alone.” trainer is the ability to target a person’s Info: ph The Leisure Centre, 424 individual needs – whether that’s 1914 or Nesha, 021 415 250.

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Active Living with Peter Melvin

Back basics Many on the Coast spend a prolonged time in the car commuting. Others escape the winter with long flights to the islands and beyond. Your neck and back were not designed to be inactive or to sit in a confined space for long periods and doing this can cause discomfort and pain, usually in your neck shoulders and lower back. When we sit and relax, the head and neck can slowly protrude forward as the supporting muscles get tired; these (and the ligaments) are under a sustained stretch in this position, causing pain. This is usually postural pain. Robin McKenzie, a leading physiotherapist, says the best back advice is to “sit correctly”. He is a great advocate for looking after your back with exercise and posture correction and our physiotherapists are trained in his method of back/neck treatment with the emphasis on self-management. Here are some useful tips to make your driving/flying journey more comfortable: yy Sit up tall and adjust mirrors to this correct posture. If you then slump, you’ll be corrected next time you use your mirror. yy Regularly squeeze your shoulder blades together and down. This will relax those tight trapezius muscles. yy Arch your lower back regularly by rocking your pelvis forward and back. This maintains nutrition for your lumbar discs and can relieve that postural aching pain. yy On longer trips plan regular breaks/stretches. yy A lumbar roll, available from our clinics, helps you maintain a good sitting posture while supporting your lower back. yy After getting out of your seat, arching backwards several times with your hands in the small of your back (lumbar area) always gives relief, and is biomechanically effective. yy Neck retraction exercises can be helpful: pull your chin in, whilst looking ahead (making a ‘double chin’, but not nodding). You may feel a stretch in your upper neck when performing this exercise; that is fine. This should be repeated 10 times. Do this regularly. yy Maintaining circulation is also important particularly when flying. Take every opportunity to get up and walk about, regularly shrug shoulders, and pump feet up and down for calf muscle circulation.

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Community pedal power If you are looking for motivation to dust off the bicycle, get out into the fresh air and get fit, look no further than the free community rides that started last month in Orewa. The weekly rides have been instigated by the owners of the cycle shop BikeMe in order to create a network of keen cyclists. Co-owner Luke Haitoua says routes have been chosen to cater for all levels of ability. Beginners can ride around Millenium Way, and there is also a 25km road ride option that does a loop from Orewa to Dairy Flat and back. To keep it interesting, new routes will be introduced each week, including more hard core, 60-80km rides and a mountain bike section, if there is demand. Luke says the advantages of riding in a group include safety, because you can look out for each other and are more visible in a bunch, as well as maintaining motivation and socialising with other cyclists. Luke, who has been riding since he was at school, says serious road cyclists such as himself will find the ride to Dairy Flat good training for major cycling events such as Bike Around Rotorua and the Around Taupo Cycle. He also recommends cycling as a way to save costs on commuting to

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Teen screen time needs monitoring Research into The New Zealand Chiropractors’ Association is warning parents that excessive time in front of computer and television screens this winter could mean an increase in back pain, neck and shoulder pain and headaches for their children. A new study published in the BMC Public Health Journal has found a link between the amounts of time adolescents spend using computers, watching television and playing computer games, and back pain and headaches. Association spokesperson Dr Hayden Thomas says screen time is fine in small quantities but longer periods sitting down, hunched over in the same position for hours on end can be seriously detrimental to a person’s health. “Not moving for extended periods causes the muscles in the neck, arms and back to stiffen up and become sore,” he says. “Plus, slouching increases the amount of compressive force through the spine. This increased force may, over a period of time, fatigue the spinal pulled close enough to the computer winter months,’ adds Dr. Thomas. muscles and cause pain, or may lead screen so that they’re not tempted to “Regular exercise, whether it is to early degenerative changes.” lean forward, putting stress on the by participating in a team sport Dr Thomas says it is all about lower back. Finally, advise that they or going for a quick walk, keeps moderation. take frequent breaks to walk around body fat and high blood pressure Children should be encourage to sit and stretch. This will stop muscles down, and reduces the prevalence of depression and anxiety. It also helps up with their shoulders back and getting tight and strained. their feet on the floor when they’re “Of course, it is also preferable that prevent back pain by increasing at their PC or watching television. teenagers try to get outside and muscle strength and endurance and They should also have their chair do some exercise, even over the improving flexibility and posture.”

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Psychology student Natasha Browne is inviting caregivers of children with autistic spectrum disorder or an intellectual disabilty in Rodney to participate in a research project. Natasha is looking at the quality of life of these caregivers compared to caregivers of children without a disability. “It’s hoped that this research will help caregivers gain recognition and support,” she says. Natasha says there are more than 90,000 children aged under 15 years who have some form of disability in New Zealand (Statistics NZ 2006). “It is difficult to determine how many of these have ASD, but research indicates that for every 10,000 children in NZ, 38.9 of them will have ASD.” Participation in the project will involve filling in a questionnaire online at www.psych-research. Alternatively, contact Natasha on 022 621 0563 or email natasha. to request a printed copy (include a reply paid envelope). All questionnaires need to be completed and returned before the end of this month, with results expected towards the end of the year.

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EXHIBITIONS “North African Journey” by Josiane Duff

AUGUST 5–29, 2010

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Raiders league club tackles health issues

Participation in any sport is generally seen as positive for good health, but rugby league in particular is about to get even better health credentials. Hibiscus Coast Raiders in Stanmore Bay are one of five league clubs in by Hillary the Auckland region that have been Gardner selected by NZ Rugby League to pilot a scheme called League4Life. The programme aims to make E EG LL CO A healthy changes at club level that EW OR US PL can, in turn, contribute to healthier TUTORS EXHIBITION communities. OPEN 9AM – 4PM DAILY Raiders chair Karen Gibbons says the process is still in its early stages with the club being assessed for the healthy options it provides. “We already do a lot of things, 214b Hibiscus Coast Highway such as providing water at the bar Raiders of all ages played at home last month at the club’s annual Club Day. and asking people not to smoke on time goes on and we make further on participants’ lives outside the email: the sidelines during games,” Karen improvements that focus on healthy sport,” Dain says. “The League4Life or programme helps clubs make small says. “It will only get better as lifestyles.” She says in return the club will changes in the way they do things to receive support from NZ Rugby create a healthier environment.” League with new goal post pads, hit He says areas receiving attention shields and ‘no smoking’ signs. include alcohol use, both within • Cracked heels The scheme is a collaboration the club and on sidelines and car • Ingrowing/ between NZ Rugby League, the parks, the promotion of fun, safety Waitemata District Health Board, and development over competition thickened toenails and agencies such as ALAC and The among the youngest players and • Painful corns Heart Foundation. smoke free environments around • Orthotic Supports NZ Rugby League community children. • Home visits programmes manager Dain Health eating will also be Fiona Stark Dip.Pod.,S.R.Pod Guttenbell says it is about recognizing encouraged, with the promotion that league is more than just a game. of low fat sausages and wholemeal 76 Brightside Road, Stanmore Bay. Phone 428 3888 Mobile 021 0550 464 “Our clubs, as the heart of our bread for sausage sizzles, low fat game, not only provide for healthy milk, low sugar soft drinks and activity, but also have an influence healthy snack options.

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Fightingfit Not giving up on smokers Whangaparaoa hypnotherapist Bill Parker says a single hypnotherapy session may be all it takes to stop even the most committed smoker from continuing their habit. Bill has been a hypnotherapist to running a car at 50km a hour since 1983, after studying with in second gear,” Bill says. “That’s the NZ Association of Professional what smoking is doing to your body Hypnotherapists. He says working – firing up your energy, but not as a voluntary phone counsellor actually supplying an energy boost.” made him aware that helping people He says another factor in a smoking to relax was one of the best ways to addiction is the emotional one, effect positive change. because smoking has a sedative Hypnosis does this, by putting effect as well. you into a trance state, similar to “Hypnosis allows you to deal with the state that occurs naturally just the cause of your smoking in a safe, before and after sleep. In this state semi-detached way.” the subconscious mind is best able Bill has been helping people give up to take in information that can smoking on the Coast for 26 years change even long-term habits and and says around 80 percent can stop addictions such as smoking. smoking after one hypnotherapy Bill says both his parents died of session. smoking, and this made him a “It helps that they come to me crusader against the habit. because they are serious about giving “I make people aware that smokers up. That’s half the battle.” burn a lot of energy – it’s similar Info: ph Bill, 424 7610. C






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Taekwondo club launched A new Taekwondo club in Silverdale is another step forward in the impressive martial arts career of teenage instructor Gary Sawyer. Gary, who at 19 years of age has already won national and international martial arts titles, opened his Dynamic Taekwondo Club last month with a core group of 14 members. The second dan black belt is still an active competitor, and anyone in the club wanting to pursue the competitive side of the sport will be assisted to do so.

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Cuisine with Alison Holst

Slice of heaven The recipes in my book Fast & Fun Family Food (Penguin Books) were chosen because they are simple to make, and require very little, if any, fuss; they have also had the thumbs up from my children and grandchildren. This delicious cake from Fast & Fun Family Food can be made quickly in a single pot. It is best eaten within two days – with or without the yummy (optional) icing.

125g butter ¾ cup sugar 2 rounded household Tbsp golden syrup 2 eggs 1 tsp vanilla essence 2 cups flour ½ tsp baking soda 2 tsp baking powder ½ cup milk 2 Tbsp cocoa 2 Tbsp extra milk Caramel Icing ½ cup brown sugar • 2 Tbsp milk 1 Tbsp butter • ¼ tsp vanilla essence about 1 cup icing sugar Warm the butter, sugar and golden syrup gently in a pot until the sugar dissolves. Do not boil. Stand pot in cold water until lukewarm, then beat in eggs and vanilla with a fork. Sift in dry ingredients, pour in first measure of milk, and stir with a rubber scraper to mix. Spoon half the mixture into a lined 23cm ring tin. Sift cocoa onto remaining mixture, pout on extra milk, then stir to mix. Drop spoonfuls on top of mixture in tin. Bake at 180°C for 30 minutes, or until a skewer inserted in the middle comes out clean. Spread the cooled cake with caramel icing and top with chopped walnuts if you wish. To make the icing: Warm together the sugar, milk and butter until sugar dissolves and mixture boils for 30 seconds. Cool to lukewarm, then stir in vanilla and icing sugar. Add extra icing sugar or hot water to mix to an icing consistency. Pour over cold cake while icing is still warm.

Organist comes to Coast An organist known as ‘the Pavarotti of the organ’ will play one concert only on the Hibiscus Coast next month. The concert is part of Carlo Curley’s the United States and has an annual first tour of NZ, which will also engagement to play the world’s include playing the new Auckland biggest pipe organ, the 30,000-pipe Wanamaker organ in Philadelphia. Town Hall organ. Carlo (pictured) agreed to give a Carlo, who was born in the United concert on the Allen organ in St States, is known for his charismatic Andrews Presbyterian Church in personality as well as his talent – a Stanmore Bay in part because of a combination that quickly wins friendship with local organist Ken over audiences. The programme Stewart. Ken says the concert is an is expected to include works exceptional opportunity to see an by J S Bach, Handel, Elgar and international star who has played on Beethoven. the world’s greatest organs in venues The concert at St Andrews that include the White House and Presbyterian Church, Waiora Rd, Blenheim Palace, England. He Stanmore Bay, is on September 5 at regularly tours Europe, Asia and 2.30pm. Door sales only, $15.

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The Big Red Meat Shop Keeping it Kiwi is a strong philosophy for Scott Bremner, owner/operator of The Big Red Meat Shop in Whangaparaoa. Scott (known as Scooter) says the store sells only New Zealand meat, as it is the best in the world. “Why would we want to bring in meat from overseas when we have the premium product right on our doorstep?” Scott says. Scott has opened the shop in partnership with Mike Williamson, owner of the Manly Village Butchery. Mike and Scott have worked together since 1996 – including more than seven years at the Manly Village Butchery. Mike says the new store is a ‘no frills’ version of his Manly shop, providing a quality range of standard meat products as well as special discounts on economical bulk packs. In addition, Scott takes pride in producing an excellent range of homemade sausages. Scott says he is passionate about bringing a fresh, high quality

End of the line for luge

From left, Mike Williamson and Scott Bremner

product to his customers, while keeping prices down. The meat arrives in the store as a carcass and everything is processed in the shop.

This includes the store’s South African meat section, which includes biltong, droewors (dried sausage), and boerewors sausage, made on site by a specialist butcher.

Auckland Luge in Silverdale has closed its doors following the removal of its carts. The luge has been in receivership since November 2008. It opened one year earlier. Receivers Grant Thornton allowed the business to continue to trade, with a view to selling it as a going concern. However their report last month states that the luge ceased to trade in April after Blackbird Finance exercised its rights under a security agreement to recover the transporter belts and carts. Barriers to a sale cited by the luge’s management, prior to it closing, include the rural zoning, which Rodney District Council is currently proposing to change by creating a Recreational and Entertainment Zone.

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Bunnings Limited is in the early stages of setting up a warehouse-style retail outlet in Silverdale North. The company applied for land use resource consent from Rodney District Council in June after purchasing the site at 18 Hibiscus Coast Highway (opposite East Coast Road) from Council in May for a sum of $5,325,000. The site was once tagged by Council for potential use as a park ‘n’ ride facility. Council has also applied for consent to construct a road from the highway into Silverdale North, a stormwater pond and underground utilities on the site. Bunnings NZ general manager Rod Caust says the existing Bunnings outlet at 1–3 Foundry Rd may remain, as it is trading well. The Foundry Rd site is for sale, with an auction to be held on August 19, but Mr Caust says the company has a long term lease. He says the warehouse planned for Silverdale North will be a DIY project type store within a building of around 10,000 sqm. The project will create around 90 new jobs. Mr Caust says it is too early to give a time frame for construction. The row of pines along the highway is likely to be felled to make way for the new road into Silverdale North.

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Sisters with Scissors A haircut at Sisters with Scissors is an experience as enjoyable, friendly and familiar as an episode of Coronation Street. The sisters in question, Alison Sweeney and Andrea Donegan, hail from northern England, and share a sense of fun as well as impressive hair cutting skills. The combination helps clients to feel good, as well as look great, after visiting the salon. Andrea says their focus is not just giving clients “the best haircut they’ve ever had”, but also showing them how to maintain that freshfrom-the-salon look at home.

Alison and Andrea started the salon three years ago in Palm Court, Silverdale, and have built up a substantial local clientele. They also have clients that travel from the North Shore, Great Barrier and even Tauranga for their cost-effective service. To meet the demand, Sisters with Scissors have expanded the operation to a larger salon on the other side of Palm Court, and say while the basic service will remain the same, the move has enabled them to add a colourist and beautician to the mix. Facials, waxing and eyelash tinting

are among the specialities of beautician Melissa Giddy – the newest member of the Sisters’ team. Melissa is a qualified beautician, and says her business Just Bliss, will encourage clients to treat themselves to something extra. All three women are mothers of young children, and making the salon family-friendly has been a priority so that parents can relax while their children enjoy the salon’s play area. Andrea and Alison say they enjoy working in Silverdale as it is a friendly community where everyone helps each other.

all of these, as well as all makes and models of the humble domestic sewing machine, and he recently set up his own service and repair business. He also supplies needles, oil, parts and accessories. As well as travelling from Papakura to Warkworth to service machines for clients, Larry has set up his Manly workshop to handle domestic repairs. He says his original plan when he left school was to be an electrician, but instead, he took up an apprenticeship with the agent for

Brother sewing machines, which included an electrical component. He has seen machines develop from noisy clutch motors to silent servo electronic motors, along with more functions such as needle positioning, automatic back tacking and automatic thread trimming. Despite the complexity of the new machines, Larry says most domestic machines develop mechanical faults, not electronic ones, and require a general service from time to time to keep them in good condition. “If it’s an electronic problem, I

From left, Andrea Donegan, Melissa Giddy and Alison Sweeney


Sewspec NZ Ltd With more than 30 years experience in industrial sewing machine service and sales, Larry Coffey has a depth of knowledge few can match. In fact, Larry says the lack of apprentices in this field is causing problems for industries that rely on sewing machines. As well as clothing, specialist sewing machines are used in the production of items such as sails, tents, upholstery, bedding and mattresses, shoes, bags, parachutes, tarpaulins and even hot air balloons. Larry has hands-on experience in

diagnose it, then arrange a specialist to repair the fault, before checking all the other functions are working correctly.” He says colleges teaching ‘fabric tech’ courses that include sewing, give him hope that more young people may take up the trade in future, keeping the sewing machines of industry whirring.

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Gulf Harbour author lets imagination take flight Believing in himself, and in the power of the written word, has seen Gulf Harbour resident Richard Armitt through some testing times. Last year he wrote a book about his two-year battle with stage four lymphoma, which he says was not only cathartic for him, but has assisted others diagnosed with cancer. “It helped me shake a few demons,” Richard says. “By sharing my journey with readers, I was able to impart the type of information that most people don’t know when they are diagnosed with cancer and start treatment.” To ensure Taking Chemo on the Chin got into the public domain, he published it himself. Richard (pictured) then turned his attention to his other passion – the movies. Again, he was able to turn a negative into a positive, producing his latest book about a screenplay that he had an idea into a script, and imagines taken around movie houses in the who would be in the ideal cast. UK unsuccessfully a few years ago. Richard says it was largely written “My dream of seeing this story make ‘in flight’, as he travels a lot with his it onto the big screen may never be work. realised, so the book is a flight of Richard’s six-month-old son has fancy.” inspired his latest screenplay ideas, Richard, who moved to NZ five which revolve around “being your years ago with his wife, says he own dad”. hopes Sparrow’s Flight: the Best Bad Sparrow’s Flight will be launched Movie Never Made will appeal to with a book signing on August 7 students and movie buffs – in fact outside Esquires in Whangaparaoa anyone with an unmade movie on Plaza, 10.30am–3pm. The book is the drawing board at home. also available from www.mightyape. As well as the screenplay itself, the or or book describes the germination of phone 021 260 3362. Hibiscus Matters has three copies each of Sparrow’s Flight and Taking Chemo on the Chin to give away. To go in the draw, send an envelope with the name of your preferred book, your address and daytime phone number on the back to: Hibiscus Matters, Whangaparaoa Hall, 717 Whangaparaoa Rd, Whangaparaoa. Entries close August 20.

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Fishing with Derek Robertson

Winter fishing

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When it comes to winter fishing, I should explain, I’m not a ‘woose’; I was born and bred in the South Island and don’t mind the cold. However, as I get older so does the pain threshold decrease and level of suffering increase. Therefore, at this time of the year I only venture out infrequently on my faithful Yamaha Jet ski to go fishing. Instead I prefer to go rock fishing, and it seems that this is a topic of common interest on the Hibiscus Coast. In my last column I talked about the Torpedo (Predator) long line set up and as a result, many readers emailed me asking about rock fishing – how to do it, where to go, and what equipment to use, so I plan to reveal all in my next two columns. Many people fish from the rocks around the Coast; on any given weekend I spot many fishers walking out towards the end of Army Bay towards the reef, around the rocks off Gulf Harbour and many other places. In doing this, safety should be your first concern. The Coastguard says that on an average they rescue 100s of rock fishers every year simply because they do not take precautions. Wear the right clothing and either take a VHF radio or cell phone. If you have to travel over farms or Government property, get permission first. Always wear a lifevest or safety device, such as the suspender type that doesn’t get in the way and won’t get tangled up with your gear. Check the weather forecast in the area where you are going to fish, watch out for rogue waves or swells from passing vessels, and most of all use common sense. At this time of the year there are some good fish around the rocks so here’s how I catch them. Firstly I plan my attack – local knowledge, or alternatively Google Earth (for beginners) is really good for this. Google Earth shows you every trough and gully underwater, making it easy to pick your fishing spot. Next month I will discuss the rods, reels and rigs to use when fishing off rocks, and how best to catch your target species.

Park your boats here

Gulf Harbour Marina has new boat park that will provide a launch and retrieval service for trailer boats. It is scheduled for completion in the last quarter of this year. Marina property manager Ian Laywood says this is a long overdue service, providing an easy alternative to the public slipway. Boaties need to commit to a 12-month contract, costing around $7 per day for boats of up to 5m. Creating the service requires building a wharf and purchasing a marine lift. Mr Laywood suggests boaties get in quickly to secure one of around 200 spaces.

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A major fundraiser for the Tamaki Sports Academy is the free metal collection service it offers. We will pick up any old metal – whiteware such as fridges, stoves, dishwashers, washing machines – roofing iron, metal piping, venetion blinds, computers, batteries, car panels, cars, metal shelving, filing cabinets, machinery, lawnmowers, engines and so on. Tamaki Sports Academy offers mentoring, coaching, and work experience to South Auckland youth who have dropped out of the mainstream school system, but who show some sporting talent. Academy members are enrolled in the Correspondence School and work towards unit standard credits and national qualifications.

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Classifieds are FREE, but the following conditions apply: Public Notices are free and, in fairness to the many other organisations, placed three times. This offer is for not-for-profit groups/individuals. Not trades/services/businesses, or rental/for sale properties. 35 words free thereafter fees apply. No proofs will be supplied. Email: (no attachments will be opened), Post: 717 Whangaparaoa Rd, Whangaparaoa. Fax: 428 4024. Ph: Lorry 428 4025

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A Sporting Chance An interschool early intervention programme designed to support HBC students into sport who might otherwise not have the opportunity requires sponsors urgently. Ph Adrienne 027 297 0737. be a firefighter – Manly Volunteer Fire Brigade needs volunteers. Must live within 3kms. Ph 424 6146 . Combined Rodney Seniors Day Trip Aug 9 Day Trip $36pp. Morning tea at Sylvia Park, then a Tip Top Factory tour. And Valentines for lunch. (lunch/ tour included in cost) For more info or future trips. Ph Gillian 424 5373. 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? Ph Louise 021 400 097. CROQUET HAVE A GO DAYS Aug 14, 22, 29, Orewa Croquet Club Hatton Rd. Enjoy golf and association croquet. Fun, friendly club, coaching available. Ph Janet 426 8686, Keith 959 0228. 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. P Dune Planting in Te Hahuri Bay, Shakespear Park, Sun Aug 15, 10am. via the Shakespear Open Sanctuary (SOSSI) and the ARC, followed by BBQ at 12pm. Meet at the ranger’s office. Dry Pine Cones For Sale$10 per Bag. Fundraising For Air Training Corp. No.5 Squadron, Rodney District. Ph Blair 027 248 4121/Claire 027 488 5443. Great for starting those home fires. forest & birds speaker Pauline Smith. Aug 21, 1.30pm Waiwera Ashram. 9 Waiwera Place. Ph. 427 6433 or 426 5265. Free composting and wormfarming workshop. Learn how to turn your food and garden waste into fertiliser for your garden. Sat Aug 28. Whangaparaoa Hall. 2.30-4.30pm. To book Ph 0800 426 5196. 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. Good Companians Orewa meet Fri mornings for senior citizens 10am– 11.30am. Orewa Croquet Club rooms, Hatton Rd., Orewa. 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. 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

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. Kiwi Conservation Club, meetings Thursdays, 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. P MACHINE EMBROIDERY CLASS monthly, Fridays. Whangaparaoa Hall 10am–2.30pm Ph Val 424 0476 NZ BLOOD SERVICES Whangaparaoa Hall, Fri Sept 3. 9am–3pm. Spare a drop to save lives. PATCHWORK teacher wanted HBC area for Happy Stitchers members. Ph. Val 424 0476. Rodney Health Link AGM Aug 16. Orewa Community House, Western Reserve Orewa. 10am-12pm. Guest speaker Dr Peter Hall. Ph 421 1556 or 021 102 9290. Stall Holders required for Stanmore Bay School Gala, Limited space available.Sun Nov 28. 10am– 2pm. Enquires nz or Lisa 021 111 3055. TREES AT SHAKESPEAR PARK need your TLC. Sunday Aug 29. 10am– 2pm. Tools provided. Further info Ph Raewyn 424 2066. The Estuary Arts Centre invite you, to be part of the following Exhibition “COLLABORATIVE WORKS”. Oct 28–Nov 21. Email info@estuaryarts. org or ph 426 5570 with contact details and medium. Entry forms at reception. 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 021 127 2820 or 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. Silverdale Tennis 2010/11 Season Midweek new members days Aug 25 & Sept 1, 9.30am. Junior Registration: Sept 2, 3.30-6pm. Opening days: Senior Aug 15. 10.30am, Junior Sept 11, 2-4pm, Midweek Sept 1, 9.30am. Ph Linda 427 8209. Whangaparaoa Tennis Club Have a go day. Wed Sept 8, 9.30am. New members and beginners welcome. Edith Hopper Park, Ladies Mile.

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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. Business Shirts fully laundered and pressed $5.50 per shirt Ph/txt 027 297 0737.

Art lessons/Instruction. Latest DVDs in different Media available now at Monmo Gallery, Orewa. Ph 421 1888.


Sales and Service. Broadband • Internet connection & Virus control. Phone Peter to discuss your needs. Cammtech NZ Ph 426 6815 or 0274 976 705.

Guitar Lessons 1-0-1

All styles/All ages Reg Keyworth 09 424 8959 Its time to really rock.

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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

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FRAMING Creative Framing ,Specialty Photo Reproduction, Canvas Printing and so much more. Monmo Gallery, Orewa. Ph 421 1888. FRAMELESS FRAMES Plexiglas, safe & attractive, available in clear, colours any size or shape, plus glazing. Orewa Picture Framing, Shop “E”, Cammish Ln, Tamariki Plaza, Orewa. Ph 427 8124. HIBISCUS PICTURE FRAMING Rugby jerseys, medals, photo's, original art, prints, kids’ art, signed memorabilia etc. Readymades & mirrors. Ph 426 6916 (closed Mon) OREWA PICTURE FRAMING 35yrs exp, Professional Framers GCF, You Name It! We Frame It”. All at your OneStop Picture Framing and Accessory Shop. Shop “E”, Cammish Lane, Tamariki Plaza, Orewa. Ph 427 8124.


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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. BOOTCAMP/CIRCUIT TRAINING Register now for your FREE TRIAL CLASS August 12. Thursdays 6.15pm. Orewa College Gym. Increase Fitness Levels to guarantee Results. Ph/Txt 021 554 410.

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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. ELECTRICIAN Greg Hines - Quick service. Ready to meet all your electrical needs. Discounts for Superannuitants. HBC 422 1677 / 021 908 608. 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. 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.



Massage Therapy and Spiritual Healing. Combined or individually. 10 years experience. 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. MAHURANGI YOGA Strength and flexibility for your body, mind and spirit. Snells Beach Tuesdays 9.3011.30am, Albany. Sundays 9.30-11am @ Shanti Yoga Studio, Kawai Purapura. Tutor Lianne Divine, NZQA Diploma Yoga, Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultant. Ph 021 2200 326. Supported care/retirement or rental option- suit couple/single overlooking Dolphin Bay and Pacific Ocean on Northlands beautiful Tutukaka Coast. Bush reserve and birdsong. Easy flat access self contained. $150 pw pp. Ph 424 0901 or 027 297 0737. 2 KUTE 4 KOOTIES Ph 021 125 1707. $10 - $15. KIDS CUTS! WHAT! Women Having Adventures Together! For adventuresome women! Aug 7/8 Overnight Tramp – Karekare to Piha. Get in early as numbers are limited. Aug 14th Mountain Biking. Ph Debbie 428 5181 for more info.

WEIGHT CONTROL A1 WEIGHT CONTROL, Personalised Weight Control Programmes. Scientifically & medically approved, 100% money back guarantee. Ph Vicki 426 2253.

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

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

BILTONG, GENUINE SouTH AFRICAN – Now available at The Big Red Meat Shop. Peninsula Plaza, 707 Whangaparaoa Rd. Ph 424 1777.

Phone Mark (09) 427 6506 or 027 277 3088 email

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 Never Ending Books – Quality secondhand books. Shop 4, The Village, Moenui Ave, Orewa. Open 9–4pm MonSat. Late night Fri. Ph 426 6457. P Rat trapping boxes, protects pets and birds from traps and baits. From HBC Branch Forest and Bird, $35 non members, $30 members. Pauline Smith 426 4244. BIO MAG Magnetic underlay, single bed. As new $50. Ph 424 1168. Bromeliads various colours and sizes, from $5 each. Ph 426 6870. Computer desk (Silkwood) $50, Executive arm chair/swivel/height adjusts $100. Excel cond Ph 424 0172. Mitsubishi Colt Plus 2006, 1500cc, Auto, Hatchback, 39,960klms, Airbags, VTec Motor. Floor Console, Very Economical, Champagne, Excell cond $13,500 ono Ph 021 515 381. Mountain Bike - UMF Freddy Disc 2008. Hardly used. Bought to use at Woodhill, went once! Paid $3800. Sell for only $1200. Ph/txt 0274 280 639. PIANO - Seeger, lovely tone $500 ono. Ph. 426 8987. Queen Bed, Excel Cond, NZ Made Sleepmaker Viscoflex Soft. Mattress and base, non flip to save your back, 5-6 years old. To buy new $3,000. Asking $600 ono. Ph 0274 948 619.. SOFAs 2x2 Good cond, cream. Ph 426 4317/0274 113 133. SONY MINI HI-FI System 100 watt. Built in Ipod dock. Brand new. Still in box, RRP $350, sell $250. Ph 428 1196. S/s sink with double draining benches 152x45, 12cm upstand. excel cond. Cash only /cannot deliver. $150 Ph 424 0893. TWO Televisions Panasonic Black 29” $50, Samsung Grey w cabinet & teletext 27” $100.Bob the Builder single set. Duvet cover, inner, pillowcase, flannette fitted sheets, big pillow cushion. Excel cond $50 the lot. Ph Kim 428 4050/0210 273 4969. VANETTE/BONGO Floor liner, good condition. $85 ono. Fishing rod rack, holds 10 rods. $85 ono Ph 428 3031. V10 WIZARD VAX vacuum cleaner (vacuums dry or wet). Jem Janome electric sewing machine; 3 large ceiling fans. All as new. Ph 428 0988.

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WHEELCHAIR Karma 100kg, lightweight folding black. Good cond. $165. Ph 426 6979/027 711 8868.

READINGS ASTROLOGER PAM PAWINSKI is available for personal consultations regarding relationships, vocation, health and future. Ph 426 7559. Clairvoyant/ Medium Beryl Clarke genuine accurate messages from spirit. For confidential appointment Phone 428 3887



Kjaer’s Clothing & Sewing alterations ~ Little Manly “Make it Fit” Hems • Repair • Zips • Resizing Fast & friendly service Ph 424 8805 or 021 119 6277

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

pets & ANimals TOY DOG's loving day or overnight care in our home. Ph Cheryl 424 8804.



• Shed & Garage clear outs • Tools & Machinery • Cars, motorcycles, boats, caravans All things considered. Ph or txt 021 161 5139 SET OF BUNKS single, Pref no mattresses. Ph 428 3420.

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what’s on Hibiscus Coast August 2010

6 Dairy Flat Live Music Club presents The Flaming Mudcats, Dairy Flat Hall, Postman Rd, Dairy Flat, 8.15pm–11.30pm. Entry $10. Info: 7 Richard Armitt signing copies of his book Sparrow’s Flight, outside Esquires in Whangaparaoa Plaza, 10.30am–3pm. (see story p19) 7 The Banned covers rock band, Whangaparaoa Hall, 717 Whangaparaoa Rd, 7.30pm. Cover charge $10. All ages welcome, no alcohol will be permitted onto the premises. 15 Pro Voce choir, a capella, folksongs and special guests Sula, Rosita Hendry and and bass soloist Colin Newel, Puhoi Community Hall, Puhoi, 4.30pm. Adults $15, unwaged $12, under 10 years, $8. Info: Bryan Whitlock, email bryan@ or ph 021 983 621 or 09 524 4665. 16 Rodney Health Link Annual General Meeting, Orewa Community House, Western Reserve, 10am. Plenty of parking and morning tea 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. 20 Stella Maris Open Day, 50 Silverdale Street, Silverdale, 9am. Info: ph 427 9189, or visit 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 21 Hibiscus Coast Forest & Bird chair Pauline Smith speaks at Waiwera Ashram, 9 Waiwera Place, Waiwera, 1.30pm. Info: ph 427 6433 or 09 426 5265. 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. 25 What A Woman Wants, an evening of Trinny and Suzannahstyle fun and inspiration with wardrobe stylist, Lisa O’Neill, Whangaparaoa Golf Club, 1337 Whangaparaoa Rd, Army Bay, 7pm–9.30pm. Spot prizes, goodie bags, and raffles with nibbles and a cash bar. Proceeds to Hibiscus Coast Plunket. Tickets $25 from BNZ Orewa and BNZ Whangaparaoa or ph Jaimee on 426 9522 for delivery. 26 Hibiscus Link business network event, Rotary House, Silverdale, 5.30pm to 8pm. Guest speakers Gilly Chater and Gloria Masters ‘Communication Is Both Speaking And Listening. How Can You Get People To Really Listen? Tickets $25 and include networking and nibbles. Info and tickets: ph 428 0204 or email 27 &28 Hibiscus Coast Orchid Society Spring Show, Fri 12noon– 5pm, Sat 9am–3pm, Orewa Community Hall, Hillary Square, Orewa. Trading table and raffles, Gold coin entry. 28 Free composting and worm-farming workshop. Learn how to turn your food and garden waste into fertiliser for your garden. Whangaparaoa Hall. 2.30-4.30pm. Ph 0800 426 5196.

Looking for a new home? Get a building inspection. The superficial assessment you have as a buyer is not sufficient for such a major investment. It might be mutton dressed up as lamb, you don’t want to find out the hard way. Dennis Gates – Lawyer & Notary Public, 747 Whangaparaoa Road, Phone 424 7475.

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Many hands make light work at Dacre Cottage The vision of revegetating the foreshore surrounding historic Dacre Cottage in remote Karepiro Bay came closer last month with a community planting. Despite access to the site requiring a one-hour walk along Okura Bush Walkway from Stillwater, or a boat trip from Okura, around 50 volunteers took part in the planting, on July 18 – including a group of students from AUT’s outdoor recreation course who paddled in from Long Bay. More than 900 natives supplied by Rodney District Council, including pittosporum, ngaio and flax, were planted in a belt adjacent to the boundary between Dacre Cottage and the neighbouring property. The neighbouring land is earmarked for a residential development and Dacre Cottage management committee chair Pete Townend says the aim is to create a visual barrier that separates the cottage from the subdivision and creates privacy for people using the beach. This is the second community planting to take place at the site, and Pete says despite incursions by rabbits and pukekos, the vast majority of the new plants seem to take well, and survive. There will be another planting next year, with the ultimate aim of replacing tall stands of pine with native vegetation right along the foreshore.

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