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Issue 34

July 2010

In this issue ... Landscaping for border control 14 Pitfalls to look out for when buying livestock


Interior design – Living with the light 10 Health Feature New technology for hearing 18 Gut wrenching fructose intolerance 19 Ride’n and relax’n in Woodhill 20

Community Halls – a lens for our local history 3 Visit us online at


Thanks so much for your excellent feedback and letters since our last issue. Bruce Bond of Helensville wrote to share this photo of Georgia (Bond) holding the largest kumara I’ve ever seen at 3.2kg. Bruce also explains that “Grandpa’s Kumara Dig” is a yearly tradition and that highlights to me, aside from the fact that South Head

produces fantastic root crops, how we can retain a connectedness with the land and our families across the generations. The heritage theme has been incubating for a while now since, inspired by a recent Radio New Zealand story, I mentioned to Helen Martin that it would be fantastic to run features on our local community halls. Since there seems to be little published information about community halls in New Zealand we thought they provide a wonderful lens through which to view our people and local heritage. Over the next few months we’ll be having a look at what the individual halls in the Rodney District have contributed to their communities. To get started, in this issue we look at Makarau Hall. The other new topic we’re introducing is on interior design and Victoria McAnulty is an award winning interior designer who shares her expertise on the topic. I hope you enjoy these features and we’ll be guided by you

(as always) so if you have thoughts, questions or problems you would like us to tackle on the topic in coming issues please email or write to me. We hope you enjoy our stories this issue and remember to take a look at our website as we continue to add more content. Do let us know what you would like to read more of.

Neville Walker – Editor & Publisher Letters or enquiries to Rodney’s Rural Lifestyle, RD Marketing Ltd, RD1, Kaukapakapa. Phone 09 420 4660. Email: Advertising enquiries: Marlene Brown 021-854-946 Rodney’s Rural Lifestyle ©2010. All rights reserved. Reproduction in any form without permission of the publisher is prohibited. No responsibility accepted for any direct or indirect consequences arising from reliance on any content within Rodney’s Rural Lifestyle. Editor: Neville Walker. Sub Editor: Helen Martin. Writers this issue: Bev Trowbridge, Grant McKechnie, Helen Martin, Lesleigh Smith, Lynnette Third, Neville Walker and Vic McAnulty. Designer: Dan Stenhouse, Bgraphix. Printing: Alliance Print.


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Visiting a Makarau couple in the hope of learning a little about the history of Makarau Hall, I came away with a treasure trove of information and memories. Generously loaned to me by Alison and Les Adams, respectively the Makarau Hall Committee Treasurer and Vice President, the fat folder is crammed with photos, reminiscences, legal documents, timelines, school rolls, maps and accounts of Hall reunions, telling as much about the history of Makarau post-colonisation as it does

about the Hall itself. In the 1860’s Makarau, a land block owned by Maori and inhabited by Ngati Rongo, became home to its first European immigrants. From that time on, some Maori land purchased for the Crown by District Commissioner John Rogan was immediately on-sold to settlers, while in other land transactions


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house; an influx of men living under canvas and working on the roads during the Great Depression; going to bed in candlelight; the taste of home churned butter; Grandfather’s stories of local Maori teaching him which food could be gathered from the bush. All those whose memories are captured in the folder talk with pride and affection of the Hall, the heart and soul of communal life for the Makarau settlers and their descendents from the first years of the twentieth century. The building began its life in 1905 when a committee of

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locals called for tenders for timber to be cut for a community hall to be built on land purchased from committee member Charles Hooper (son of original settler Charles Hooper, husband of Clara Clinkard) for ten shillings. The tender was won by Charles’s brother Harry. The Hall was to be paid for and owned by a committee which numbered several Hoopers among its 13 members.


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not to be dragooned into dancing a maxina, a polka or a three step polonaise. Outside the Hall, reputedly “as black as the inside of a cow”, the men, despite New Zealand’s ban on alcohol at dance halls, discussed politics, farming and the weather over a liberal supply of beer. Between dances, small children raced around the floor while the women called in vain to their partners outside to come in for a dance. Supper was a highlight, with tables laden with home made savouries, butterfly cakes, lamingtons and trifles. Dances went until late and once the children tired they were wrapped in rugs and put behind the piano on stage to sleep. 95th Reunion, 2001.

A small building with beautiful matai floors and rimu walls, the Hall was incorporated as the Makarau Public Hall and Athenaeum Society and opened on 2 November, 1906 with an all night fundraising social. Minutes of meetings over the years record many additions - a stage, a piano, a dressing room for the ladies, electricity, a metal road to replace the mud track - paid for by fundraising in the community. People fondly recall community events held in the Hall: magic lantern shows; youth camps; political meetings; aerobics classes; barbecues; the annual Christmas party; games evenings; bonfires; adult education classes; weddings; Harvest Thanksgiving; and more. Most discussed are memories of the dances. Before a dance the walls would be decorated with nikau palms and lycopodium. The floor would be polished by the big kids pulling the little kids around on sacks, then dusted with dancing powder. In the early days music was provided by the Hooper family orchestra, usually with the addition of spontaneous entertainment in the form of the removal of a gate crashing possum or two. The lads too young to drink sat around the walls on hard bench seats, desperately hoping

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Visit the Hall now and you’ll see the hard benches have given way to comfortable chairs and the building itself considerably larger than its original 36’ by 20’ by 10’. Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth still have pride of place at each end, while photos on the walls tell of the years of service locals have given to the Hall. The Hall is still owned by its committee members. The demographics of the area are rapidly changing, with lifestylers moving in who are keen to be part of the community but who, because they commute daily to the city, are not always available to take part in the working bees. Keeping the Hall active is a committee of stalwarts, including Alison and Les Adams, making sure the building is up to scratch and used at least two or three times a year for social events like barbecues, dances and the regular mid winter Christmas dinner. Les Adams still lives on the family farm in Makarau - he’s never wanted to live anywhere else - and he and Dale Woodcock are the only remaining descendents of the first European settlers still living in the valley. Les is determined to keep the Hall alive. As he puts it, “I’ve always maintained if you lose the Hall, you lose the identity of the district.” Many thanks to Alison and Les Adams, Margaret Kawharu and Joyce Sands for their valuable contributions to this article.


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PITFALLS I always liken buying livestock to buying a second-hand car, and we all know some of the pitfalls there! fatten up to sell or eat.

With livestock it’s even harder as you can’t look under the bonnet or get an AA check. It helps to have a rudimentary understanding of genetics, but at the very least you must do your homework and know what it is you want and why, and then approach it with some important pointers in mind.

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particularly true for dams, or breeding females, as those carrying the most weight often do not give so much milk to their offspring and that is why they look so good. Of course you don’t want the smallest either but something in the middle that is a good solid animal with the capability of rearing many generations of quality offspring without eating you out of house and home. With a sire you are looking for those with the potential to produce good sized meat animals, so look at his progeny or those of his father. Male and female traits seem to run quite closely down the gender lines. And the last but maybe the best piece of advice: always take a more knowledgeable friend with you if you can, two opinions are always better than one!

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CONTROL In past articles, I’ve talked about using mixed borders to provide wind protection or visual screening. This month’s column is about an actual layout I’ve just planted to provide our house with a visual screen from the road. It’s in our fairly square front paddock that is probably going to become part of the garden one day, but in the meantime, all traffic looks in on us. Until a year or so ago, we were screened by a row of lemonwoods, planted about 25 years ago. But over the years, various horses and cattle had a good chew at the trees and they weren’t looking their best. Rather than replace them with another straight line of trees, we decided to go for a natural looking mixed border. There were some limiting factors. At the eastern end we have a fence and cattle yards which we don’t want to take out yet in case we do get some stock again. And at the western end, we have a gateway through to the next paddock, which we can’t block. This makes the border at this end far narrower than I would like. In the middle we have an existing puriri to include in the planting. It’s about 5m tall now, but it has been a bit of a battle 1 West St, Helensville to get it there. We protected it from stock and frosts when it Tel: 0800 833 399    was young; it grew nicely and was looking good until last year. Fax: 09 420 8476 The 26 or so frosts we had in our sheltered valley blackened Email: it all over. It started to recover well then came last summer’s Web:   drought – and a naughty steer, which took a sudden liking to the bark and virtually ring-barked it overnight. Yes, life’s a struggle for it, but it is still alive, and hopefully it will one day take pride of place in our new border.

But I digress. In this border layout I needed 2m to 3m minimum height all the way along to create a visual block. But I didn’t want a wall, I wanted a colourful mix of evergreens that looked good from all angles, shorter plants on the edges, taller in the middle to give a layered look. I also wanted some big trees in it, and for demonstration purposes for our nursery customers, we decided to keep it all native. (But you could do the same sort of thing with a mix of non-natives and natives.) My first step was to mark out some nice flowing curves with spray-on paint to define the inside edge. Next, I positioned the plants with, generally, the tallest-growing towards the middle, the medium sized (2 – 3m) next, with the lower growing species on the outside edges. I’ve used a couple of varieties of carex (native grasses) as a ground cover under the bigger trees. My plant spacing should mean that, in about four years, the plants are touching and smothering most of the weed growth. I should have to mow only around the edge – well, that’s the theory anyway. Meantime, we can trim with a weed-eater. Or, if we really want to be efficient, mulch the area with 10cm to 15cm of bark. That will suppress grass and weed growth and keep moisture in the ground in summer. And yes, if we have stock, we’ll fence off the plants well!

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HEARING TECHNOLOGY Recently, I was lucky enough to attend one of the largest hearing and hearing aid conferences in the world in San Diego, California where all the hearing aid manufacturers display their latest products and show off their research and development concepts. At the end of last year I forecast that we would see a trend of hearing aids becoming smaller and more “in the ear” instead of behind the ear. We certainly have seen a trend in all hearing aids getting smaller as the technology improves how sound is processed and noise is reduced while keeping the power consumption very low to run off the tiny hearing aid batteries.

The most awe inspiring new hearing aid on the market that I saw was actually first advertised to the American public on talk show television. Dr Oz, celebrity doctor made famous by Oprah Winfrey, went on national TV talking about a new hearing aid called the Lyric. This hearing aid is medically inserted deep down into the ear canal where it is totally invisible. However, the aid does have to be inserted and removed by a trained professional (at some cost) every three months to change the battery. This aid wouldn’t be suitable to all people (mitigating factors include small or waxy ear canals, cost, level of hearing loss) but I can see that it would be appealing to some. It hasn’t yet been released in New

Zealand, but I expect we will see it on our shores in selected clinics in 2011. Two companies, Unitron and Phonak NZ, have launched very tiny in-canal hearing aids (named Fuse and Zip) that are nearly invisible. These do not have to be implanted. The average person can insert and remove the hearing aids and change the batteries themselves. In the area of wireless technologies and batteries, another couple of advances have been made since last year. Although Siemens have had rechargeable hearing aids Afor some time, they claim to have improved their hearing aid and charger design to maximize reliability. The battery life in the hearing aids last roughly 8 hours before needing to be recharged.


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The State Forest Service took over from the Ministry of Works and planting continued ever more rapidly as machinery took over from manual labour. The first milling, initially for on-site building projects, began in 1955. Since then the forest has been a steady producer of timber for local and export markets. Over the years a network of roads was created. In all, approx 35,000 acres were transformed from wasteland to productive land in a major reclamation project that came about often by trial and error. This working forest has now become a playground for activities ranging from white-knuckle bike racing to more sedate walking, picnicking and horse trekking.

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FOREST ADVENTURES The wonderful outdoor playground of Woodhill Forest is a prized local asset loved by many. How, I was curious to know, had it all come to be? From the 1870's settlers attempting to convert coastal land into farms burned the manuka, flax and bracken scrub that grew up to the dunes. Unwittingly, they were taking away the natural defence from the relentless westerlies and opening up the land to the full force of nature. The loose sand constantly blew inland, creating sand hills that rolled eastwards – even on occasion covering the railway line some 6 miles from the coast. A good westerly blowing straight off the Tasman Sea would cause a sandstorm severe enough to make Helensville shopkeepers 10km away shut their doors. Settlers could not farm the land and in 1927 the Crown bought up much of the land and began a huge revegetation programme. Marram grass imported from France was planted by hand as cheap labour was plentiful during the 20


Depression. The marram grass with its underground stems began to bind the sand and stabilise the ground. Next lupin was planted, providing the ground with nitrogen to enable trees to grow. Barrier fences constructed from manuka helped keep the sand at bay as the marram grass established, though they were often covered in as little as one day and new fences were constantly being built. Eventually tree planting commenced. As this work was very experimental and success in no way assured, a variety of pinus as well as other exotics were trialed. Despite the lack of soil the success rate was high and the land was finally returned to productive use. Soon rabbits, deer and wandering stock became a threat to the vegetation so pest eradication was introduced and boundary fences erected. During the war a Hudson bomber crashed and exploded on an area used by the air force for a bombing range, causing a large fire and necessitating substantial replanting. Fire prevention over summer became paramount and the ground beneath the trees needed to be kept clear and lower limbs pruned for fire safety.

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Cushla Howard 021 324 965 Rodney South


Mike Morse 0274 909 211 Rodney North

Servicing the Rodney area for 30 years and accepted by all major financial institutions.

Farmers • Lifestylers • Businesses • Fire Extinguishers (to suit ALL situations) • Fire Blankets • Smoke Detectors • Fixed Systems • Fire protection for your insurance obligations • Switchboard Protection 24-7 from as little as $180 Covering Rodney from Puhoi to Kaiwaka/ Mangawhai and everywhere in between.

Now is a good time to call…

FIREWATCH RODNEY 2006 LTD Mark Burnan (Wellsford based) Ph 09 423 7032 Mob 0274 906 166

JustiN MoLLoy B U I L D E R S

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Specialising in Renovations & Restorations Project management, New Builds, Light Commercial, Decks and Landscaping, Minor & Major Renovation Work from Basement Excavation to Kitchens & Bathrooms Placing the highest value on communication, budgets, quality of workmanship & materials

Justin Molloy 021 270 1388 • 09 425 0220

Red Turtle Ltd Award winning designer specialising in - Interior design and plan management - Colour, surface and product specification - Custom furniture, lighting and feature design - Art specification and supply For all your design needs call me today and be inspired Victoria McAnulty BSD t (09) 523 3250 m 021 280 3837 e

Need Sales? Talk to us now... deadline for July issue is Friday 16 July. For rates and availability, email or phone 09 420 4660 / 021 377580 or Marlene on 021 854946. Don’t delay – space is limited.

W E ' V E SENT PRICES PLUMMETIN G ! POWERPLUS GENERATORS • 5.5KVA • Powered by 13.5Hp petrol motor. • Silent model – 78db level. • Recoil or electric start. LIMITED • 25lt fuel tank capacity.



• 2.5KVA • Powered by 6.5Hp petrol motor. • Silent model – 69db level. • 15lt fuel tank capacity. • Lightweight for portability – 48kg.

• 100% Waterproof with lifetime seam guarantee. • Manufactured with light-weight 2-layer fabrics. • Superior flexibility and stretch for comfort and safety.


Buy the Parka and Pants together and get a FREE companion tee worth up to $40!



$185 SAVE

PRICE $1695


PRICE $650



• NZ Manufactured and fully galvanised. • 100% fully guaranteed.

• Contains no artificial colours, flavours

7’x5’ trailer with tilt draw bar $2100 +ORC 900mm crate for 7’x5’ trailer $730

or preservatives.

• Family dog formula is beef protein free

and low in wheat gluten making it a good choice for dogs with allergies.

5’x4’ ATV trailer $1371 Crate for 5’x4’ trailer $511 Great farm trailer!


Ideal for ride-on mowers or quad bikes.

Steel Barred Gates

Speedrite AN90 Battery Powered Energiser

• 3.66m (12ft) from Hurricane. • 5 x 6mm horizontal bars. • Hot dipped galvanized. • Adjustable hinge clamps 20mm.

• The AN90 is the most powerful dedicated strip grazing unit available. • Ideal for longer lengths of portable fencing. • 4 “D” sizes batteries or external 12V battery.


Speedrite geared fence reel with 500m poli-wire • Worlds premium geared reel with a 5-year U.V. guarantee. • True 3:1 gear ratio. • U.V. resistant wire with 6 stainless steel conductors.




ROK SOLID Bio-Gro certified fertilser

• Minerals-Microbes-Energy. • Full spectrum – loaded with minerals and energy. • Made of volcanic rock ground to a fine dust. • High silica content 43% helps plant formation.

ONLY $94.50 SAVE $25

20KG ONLY $39.95










2-4 Morrison Drive, 09 Fax 425 7754 2-4 Morrison Drive, PO BoxWarkworth. 378, Warkworth. PhPhone 09 425 7754 09 425 7560 thefar

Call us to arrange delivery (09) 425 7754 email:


Prices valid until Saturday 31 July 2010 or while stocks last. All prices include GST unless otherwise stated.

Rural Lifestyle July 2010 Issue 34  

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