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Coast hosts music festivals from page 1 Andy, Matt and Gavin bring a strong combination of talents to the organisation of the first Big Nui Music Fiesta – Andy and Matt are both musicians and Matt also runs a recording studio, while Gavin has stage managed national and international events such as The Big Day Out. Principal Gillian Bray says the school has a strong music culture that includes classes by itinerant drum teacher Pete Warren (ex-DD Smash) and jazz musician Maria O’Flaherty. She says although it is a school fundraiser, the Big Nui has taken on a life of its own with top Kiwi artists giving their performances free of charge, and other schools supporting it. Matt says the idea is to build the event, year on year, by providing a high quality musical experience. Resource consent has been obtained for five years. The selection of artists is designed provide something to suit every musical taste. The headliners Jason Kerrison and Don McGlashan are supported by around 13 other acts that range from rock or jazz bands through to progressive (Mice on Stilts), “alt country” music and a male choir. Gavin has utilised his contacts to ensure the staging, on the school’s field with a backdrop of native bush, will be to the highest professional standards. A wide range of food, as well as wine and beer, will be on site as well as a free programme to keep young children entertained, featuring Captain Festus McBoyle – “all you need to bring is a

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picnic blanket”, Andy says. Andy says as the Hibiscus Coast’s population grows and becomes more urban, it makes sense to bring more of these types of events here. “It proves you don’t have to travel over the bridge to see good music,” he says. Info: www.bignui.net Forest Festival a first The Okura Forest Festival is designed to be a fun, family-friendly event with great bands and entertainment. The festival features around 10 bands including Latin band Tequila Sunrise and indie bands Desperate Models and Black Friday. Proceeds will aid further trapping and other environmental initiatives in Okura Bush. Organisers, the Friends of Okura Bush, say the beautiful park setting will add a lot of atmosphere to the festival and that food and refreshments will be on hand. The festival is free to attend, but donations will be sought. Stalls are available for $20. Info: email lezette@paradise.net.nz or phone Lezette, 021 872 222. Big Nui Music Fiesta is at Wainui School, 492 Waitoki Rd, Wainui, on March 29, 12noon–10pm. Tickets are available from www.eventfinder.co.nz Okura Forest Festival, at the back of Okura Hall, Okura River Rd (inside the hall if wet), March 29, 1pm till late. Free entry but donations welcome.

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Hibiscus Coast businesses lose out in College decision Orewa College’s decision to switch to a national supplier for its uniforms will have an impact on more than one local business as well as the community at large. The contract to supply the basic and She says the choice of its new supplier, PE uniforms worn by around 2000 Uniform Group of Auckland, was students has been with local retailer about the economies of scale of dealing Orewa Menswear for around 30 years with a large, national organisation. and owner/operator Tim Green says While the details of the contract are losing it has been “gut wrenching”. still being nutted out, Ms Shevland He says the contract, which will end says it will bring cost savings to later this year, represents around 30– the school and therefore to parents 40 percent of his business and will also purchasing uniforms. affect other local retailers. She says she has been assured that “It’s another nail in the coffin for quality will be maintained. Orewa town centre,” Mr Green says. As well as supplying uniforms, and “Uniform supply brought a lot of potentially sports uniforms, for a foot traffic around here, and students cheaper price, the Uniform Group has purchased other goods from my a design team that the college plans to store and from utilise. surrounding The college will businesses.” provide an onHe expects to cut Ask parents about the cost of school site space to uniforms, and most will roll their two part-time, store and sell the eyes. At Orewa and Whangaparaoa student jobs from uniforms, which Colleges, woollen jumpers cost his payroll as will be rented in the vicinity of $80–$100 each, well as reducing by the company skirts $78 and blouses and polo his advertising – something all shirts around $65. One local parent, spend and the the other local Sheree Abraham, decided to do amount he something about this by making colleges already donates to several it easier for people on the Coast to do. community source second hand items. Sheree, Ms Shevland says organisations who has children at Whangaparaoa the tendering and charities as a College, set up HBC Second Hand process was result. Uniforms on Facebook last year as undertaken as a a hub for the buying and selling of The school’s result of advice second hand uniforms of all kinds. board made to schools from She says the Facebook page has the decision The Commerce filled a real need in the community; last month, Commission last it is growing fast and currently has after putting its year, which said more than 750 members. uniform supply that contracts for up for tender late ‘big ticket’ items should be last year and Principal Kate Shevland says it was not taken lightly. put to the market. “It was a difficult decision, as we were Uniform Group co-owner Adele happy with the previous arrangement Gordon did not wish to comment, and the quality and there had not been apart from saying that the business is any complaints about the price of the Kiwi owned and operated. However uniforms. However it is also about the the concern of local businesses is not viability of the supplier, long term. If only that contracts have gone from a business is only surviving because the area, but also that production of school uniform sales, it makes it could move offshore. vulnerable. It’s not happy days for Mr Green subcontracts the making of Orewa College’s polo and t-shirts retail.”

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These uniforms, pictured at Orewa Menswear, will no longer be made locally – a decision that makes them cheaper for parents, but comes at a cost to the community.

to Seabreeze Apparel of Silverdale and screen-printing to Red Beach firm Fabric Screen Prints. Both businesses describe the decision as “very disappointing”. Seabreeze co-owner Jim Hare says his company manufactures 1000 or more Orewa College garments in winter, when the company is otherwise relatively quiet. He says it is becoming increasingly hard to compete with cheaper imports. “With the strength of our dollar at the moment, it is possible to import finished garments more cheaply than I can get the fabric,” he says. Fabric Screen Prints owner Janeann Freeman says the loss of the contract simply means less money to spend within the community. “When that income is lost from the area, everyone tightens their belts,” she says. “There is a price to pay for cheaper imported goods, and that is local jobs. Young people may want to be part of this industry, but if we bring it all in from overseas we won’t be able to offer them that option. In an election year, I hope that politicians

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Milk leaves sour taste

As a recent arrival in Whangaparaoa I am loving your newspaper, which reminds me of the great independent paper in Devonport. I commute into Auckland via the Albany Park ‘n’ Ride and that dedicated bus lane down the motorway works so well. I therefore suggest that the best way to reduce traffic on the peninsula in rush hours is to have a dedicated bus lane, also for cars with more than one passenger, right down Whangaparaoa Rd and Hibiscus Coast Highway. This could take people direct into town. If we also had regular ferry services from Gulf Harbour there would be no need for an expensive road such as Penlink, which will only serve part of the peninsula traffic. Adam Green, Stanmore Bay

I am a milk monitor at Gulf Harbour School. I strongly believe that we should not have milk for school because it’s a really big distraction to us children who are trying to do their work and being interrupted because of silly milk. Being a milk monitor is extremely time consuming because you have to go all the way to the milk room, lug the heavy boxes back to your class then you have to hand out all of the milk. Every child wants to save their milk but the bit that I’m confused about is the fact that you have to fold the milk cartons if they are going to go in the bin anyway? Having the milk bin in the class is the worst part of the whole experience is because the milk bin only gets empted if the bin is full. Imagine how many little tiny milk cartons have to be put in the bin for it to be full? Just think of how bad the smell would be with about one hundred and fifty expired milk cartons in the bin the smell is disgusting! The whole experience is time consuming for one child to do the whole milk process – on average it takes about 15 minutes when instead of having milk they could be doing their work. You pay for your kid to go to school not drink milk. If we don’t have milk how bad would that really be? Blair Moynahan (Yr7 student) Gulf Harbour

Safe House a priority The safe house is such a vital service, and I find it hard to believe it could be gone in return for income of $200–$300 per week (HM March 5). As a ratepayer, I’d rather see $10,000–$15,000 a year allocated so that a service like this can continue to be offered free to the community, than spent on grandiose roads or other schemes. Auckland Council or Transport needs to get its priorities straight and ask ratepayers how we’d like our money spent. Vicky Taylor, Arkles Bay

More than 70 members of the Probus Club Hibiscus Coast enjoyed a presentation from Mobility Assistance Dogs Trustee Kathy Peake, pictured with Golden Retriever Elsa, at their meeting earlier this month. Kathy spoke about the Trust’s work raising, training and providing dogs to disabled people. Around 40 dogs have now been placed within the community, some in the Dogs in Prison programme. They can be taught to open and close doors, push pedestrian crossing buttons, retrieve dropped items, fetch the phone, help with undressing and even learn how to insert Eftpos cards. Up to 60 commands can also be learned. Info: www.mobilitydogs.co.nz


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Council on hold According to the minutes of a local R&R Committee, Auckland Council is having a few problems with their phones. While trying to contact an officer there, the committee kept getting his answer phone message, which said he was on leave until April. Apparently it was last year’s message but no-one knew how to remove it, which was causing “considerable problems”. The minutes concluded: “The Super City at its best!”

Oi – Auckland! Hibiscus Matters welcomes Leanne Watson to the sales team as an advertising representative. Leanne brings a wealth of business experience from running her own family business in Paihia for four years as well as setting up and running a successful laundrette in England. Leanne, who moved to Hatfields Beach recently, says getting to know the local community was the reason she took on the role and that she already has a sense of the community spirit that’s alive and well on the Coast. Her home is a busy one, with husband Mark, three sons, two cats and a bearded dragon lizard. Expect to see her out and about, as well as running along Orewa Beach – Leanne is a keen long distance runner, with the highlight so far being completing the full Auckland Marathon in 2012.

Local board deputy chair Greg Sayers says to keep it simple, and memorable, he always describes the final digits of Auckland Council’s phone number, 09 301 0101, as “Oi, Oi, Oi!”

Vows valued Zonta rose recipient Joan Marks is a wedding celebrant, but it was still a surprise to hear her say at a recent function, “I married my father”. It turns out, Joan officiated when her father married a long-time partner, when he was 91 and his bride was 86. “He wanted to make an honest woman out of her,” Joan said.

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Stanmore Bay School’s Year 2 students got their first opportunity to play on this new playground on March 3. The playground cost more than $38,000, made possible by a $10,000 grant from Pub Charities and $5000 from NZ Community Trust together with money raised by the school’s PTA. The children gave the new playground the thumb’s up, especially “the wobbly bridge” and monkey bars.

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Orewa Lions’ new fundraiser recycles old batteries and uses the money to support children with disabilities. Pictured are Lions Laurie Rands (left) and Mandy Hebben at Tin Men in Silverdale.

Old batteries power new community fundraiser Redundant batteries will soon be supplying power to young users of mobility equipment as a result of the latest Orewa Lions’ initiative, supported by Silverdale business Tin Men. Lions’ new project involves volunteers suffer from cerebral palsy, spina collecting unwanted, dead batteries bifida or other mobility issues from around the Hibiscus Coast and by coordinating the supply and taking them to Tin Men for recycling. maintenance of devices such as the Tin Men pays around $10 per battery, Hart Walker – a customised orthotic and this money will go towards the walking frame which has bracing Lions’ Children’s Mobility Foundation around the child’s chest, hips and which provides mobility equipment lower limbs to provide support and The time you have to celebrate a life is precious. for Kiwi kids who are unable to access alignment. It has movable, adjustable joints and costs around $10,000. At Forrests we will help you make that time health funding. memorable. Lion Mandy Hebben says the battery Lions will collect any type of large recycling scheme is in line with other battery – from cars, boats, tractors, The firsT To mind funeral service Coast Bays: 09 479 5956 |inHibiscus Coast: 09 426 7950 Orewa Lions fundraisers, which include scooters or mobility scooters – from East anywhere on the Hibiscus Coast free newspaper and bottle cap recycling. office@forrests.co.nz | WWW.FORRESTS.CO.NZ The time you have to celebrate a “Used batteries are a pain to get rid of charge. of and often people simply let them The first trailor load, at the end of life is precious. At Forrests we will gather dust in their garages,” Mandy February, raised $120 and Mandy says says. “We see this as a win-win – if the scheme is successful it may be help make that time memorable. helping the recycling effort while replicated by other Lions Clubs. East Coast Bays: 09 479 5956 | Hibiscus Coast: 09 426 supporting children in need.” To have batteries collected, or for The Children’s Mobility Foundation more info: email orewalions@yahoo. office@forrests.co.nz | WWW.FORRESTS.CO.NZ East Coast Bays: 09 479 5956 makes life easier for children who co.nz or phone 426 0586.

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Forget Herne Bay and Remuera – if you commute to work, then Orewa, Warkworth, Matakana and Wellsford are among Auckland’s most expensive places to live, according to two University of Otago academics. Dr John Morrissey and Kerry Mattingly published a research paper in the scientific journal Cities last month, which argues that transport costs need to be taken into account when considering where to live. The paper uses data from the 2006 Census to map people’s journeys, and suggests that Orewa, Wellsford, Warkworth, Matakana and Helensville are Auckland’s most pricey areas if the cost of commuting is factored in. The authors note that housing affordability is usually measured solely in terms of people’s income as a proportion of house prices. By this measure, central Auckland houses are among the most expensive in the world but by adding transport costs, “a very different pattern of affordability emerges”, they say. In areas such as Orewa, Warkworth and Matakana, the cost of commuting can be five times higher than in the central city. “This demonstrates the high cost of commuting associated with outlying housing locations, where there tends to be lower uptake of public and active transport, combined with long average work journeys,” they say. The study does not include the cost of parking, or road tolls but it notes that many people underestimate the true costs of running a vehicle. It argues that the cost of roading also needs to be considered, along with damage to the environment, and uncertainty about the future cost of petrol. The authors want Government organisations to use their data to identify areas needing greater housing assistance and improved public transport. They also suggest it should

be used to identify areas where urban development should be avoided. “These areas would be shown to be considerably less affordable if the wider societal costs associated with housing and vehicle travel were fully borne by consumers,” they say. The study comes as Auckland Council finalises its 30-year plan for the region, which includes increasing growth on the Hibiscus Coast and in Rodney. It also comes as the Government prepares to fast-track a $760 million motorway extension between Puhoi and Warkworth and the Auckland Transport board takes a fresh look at the business case for the Penlink Rd. The authors of the report say Auckland Council is under “intense pressure” to release even more land for development, but is right to reject urban sprawl. It is “imperative”, they say, that policy makers come up with more creative and sustainable solutions to housing problems “than simply releasing swathes of land on the urban fringe”. They warn that “short-sighted development decisions” which ignore investment in public transport and cycleways may have “severe and irreversible” economic consequences. Public transport campaigner Bevan Woodward, who successfully fought for a bus service in Mahurangi, says he is not getting his hopes up that the study will be heeded any time soon. Officials from the NZ Transport Agency told him they would not be including a park-and-ride facility north of Silverdale in their plans for the Puhoi to Warkworth motorway. He says because of poor planning, heavy vehicle restrictions and limited on and off ramps, buses will still have to travel from Orewa and Puhoi north on the old State Highway 1, rather than via the new motorway. “It’s classic short-term thinking,” he says.

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Viewpoint with Julia Parfitt, Hibiscus & Bays Local Board chair Julia.parfitt@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz

Open to suggestions Over this last month in a series of Expos we have gone out into our community to talk to people, show them the plans and projects that we currently have underway and give them the opportunity to first hand meet our staff and local board members and our community partners who help and support us. The last of these took place in Orewa on March 8 and we would like to thank all the people who came and asked questions and gave us their feedback. It was like the others, a resounding success and it showed us the real value of getting out and actually talking to residents. We now have the task of drawing all this feedback together and producing our Local Board Plan: a plan that makes decisions on local activities and projects for the next three years. It also allows us to provide input into next year’s Council 10 Year Long Term Plan and effectively advocate and work with other agencies that play a key role in our local board area, like central government or Council Controlled Organisations like Watercare, ATEED and Auckland Transport. The draft of this plan will be open for submissions in June, with hearings in July and final adoption in October. While many of our key projects and initiatives will be ongoing ones from our last plan like our Youth Connections employment scheme , our seven day a week library service and promoting transport access and new connections and linkages, we also want to hear of new projects or priorities that people in our community want to see happen. Our last Expo at Silverdale showcased one such initiative that was proposed by the Silverdale and Districts Historical Society during our last Local Board Planning exercise. They wanted to see the Weiti River restored to its former glory, particularly around the historical landing area near Tavern Road. With the local board providing initial funding and working with both our in house Environmental Services team and Conservation Volunteers, a not for profit group, we have started an extremely ambitious and successful project cleaning up both the waterway and the reserve areas that it borders. Firstly we obtained a grant through Keep NZ Beautiful to do an extensive clean up of the waterway itself with community volunteers and the support of the Harbour Access Trust. Then for a relatively small sum plus the superb support of the Silverdale Business Association and donated efforts of local businesses, we have already been able to transform a degraded reserve area into something special. Bunnings cleared the weeds, Fulton Hogan removed the rubbish, which included car frames and even a hot tub, and formed a footpath with assistance from Atlas and Hiway Stabilizers. A real team effort! In winter we will be calling on volunteers to help plant over 14,000 plants along this river margin. We have, with the support of Conservation Volunteers, applied to the Ministry of the Environment for a grant to extend this project. However without that original request from the historical society none of this would have ever happened. So if you have an idea that you think would make a real difference to our community please let us know. Our local board is committed and will strongly advocate to make your vision and priorities a reality.

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Orewa town centre is close to achieving blanket Wifi coverage following a process instigated by Destination Orewa Beach late last year. Orewa businesses are paying for the coverage through the targeted rate they pay to Destination Orewa Beach. All but two of 17 transponders have been installed and the length of the main boulevard area from Riverside Rd to Florence Ave is fully Wifi enabled, as is Bakehouse Lane. Moana Reserve is included in the live area, and the playground opposite the BP petrol station on Hibiscus Coast Highway will soon be live. Anyone logging on to any mobile device can select the Orewa Hot Spot and will gain 1GB of access per 24 hours. There is a ‘watchdog’ app on the set up to block access to objectionable sites. Operations manager Hellen Wilkins says after a year of operation and trouble shooting the organisation will look into push marketing and home page advertising options for local businesses that would like additional e-exposure. She says currently the Wifi is being accessed an average of 25 times an hour.

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Service levels investigated Ongoing complaints from ratepayers about overflowing rubbish bins, the cleanliness of toilets and streets and the maintenance of pavements, reserves and stormwater culverts lead Hibiscus & Bays Local Board deputy chair Greg Sayers to seek details of the relevant contracts, standards required and auditing of contractors’ work. This straightforward request was times per year. He says the auditing complicated by the fact that Auckland of the work seems “a bit hit and miss” Council, and its CCOs, oversee a range and that there are also issues related to of contracts in different areas – for incomplete asset data passed from the example, in public reserves, Council’s former Rodney District Council to Parks Department is responsible for Auckland Council on amalgamation. tree maintenance, toilet cleaning, He is surprised that the information mowing and litter bin contracts, while was not more readily available and has the Property Department contracts requested that it be given to all elected out toilet maintenance. officials and made available for public Outside the reserves, the Property scrutiny. Department is responsible for the “It is impossible for local board members contracts for public toilet maintenance to know if Council’s contractors are and cleaning while litter clean ups in performing, if we don’t know what the town centres and road reserves falls to set standard is,” he says. “Without the Council’s Solid Waste Department. facts, setting any improved standards is Auckland Transport (AT) contracts difficult.” street cleaning and litter removal to The contracts put in place by the Fulton Hogan. Mr Sayers says, while his search for former Rodney District Council come information is still underway, he has up for renewal this year, and AT, for already noted that the service levels, in one, is promising improvements. some cases, were somewhat surprising Mr Sayers says AT confirmed that – for example litter bins in parks and the new contracts, which start in July reserves are only to be emptied 152 2014, will be much more detailed.

Kirikiri and Goudie taking on central government roles It seems it is difficult to leave governance behind once you get a taste for it. Two ex-Councillors, John Kirikiri and Michael Goudie, have been appointed by Government to roles that follow on from their work at Council. Ex-Rodney District Council deputy mayor and Hibiscus & Bays Local Board member John Kirikiri has been appointed to the Auckland Unitary Plan hearings panel. Appointments to the panel are made by Government, in consultation with Council and the Independent Maori Statutory Board. The panel hears submissions and makes recommendations to Auckland

Council on the Unitary Plan. Ex-Rodney District and Auckland Councillor Michael Goudie is now a member of the District Licensing Committee – a body set up by the Ministry of Justice as part of the changes to liquor licensing that came into force at the end of last year. The committee decides on licence applications, managers’ certificates, temporary licences, variation of licences, and enforcement action for special licences. It is a part-time role and, as determined by the Minister of Justice, members are paid $408 per day ($51 per hour for part days) plus expenses when working on hearings.

New World boss moves south

The Hibiscus Coast’s loss is Browns Bay’s gain as long-standing Orewa New World co-owner Garry Christini took ownership of Browns Bay New World earlier this year. Mr Christini, who is renown for his generous sponsorship of community organisations and events, says the sale of Orewa New World is underway, but no contract is finalised as yet. Co-owner Peter Anderson is retiring.

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After 17 years in Whangaparaoa, PlaceMakers is moving to its new site in Silverdale this month. The Whangaparaoa Rd store closes on March 28 and it is hoped that the new branch on the corner of East Coast Bays Rd and Tavern Rd will open on March 31. The company is promising a “bigger and better experience” for customers with a much larger store and plenty of parking, that will provide ease of access to a comprehensive range of products.

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Auckland Council is making progress on the planned multi-million dollar upgrade of the Stanmore Bay Pool and Leisure Centre, however the condition of the building means that a portion of the $3.6 million allocated for the redevelopment will be taken up with first ensuring that it is structurally sound. A recent verbal report by Council’s Gaye Harding says that turning it into Pools and Leisure staff to a Hibiscus & a going concern is part of the work Bays Local Board workshop featured a that is underway, beginning with staff list of renewal work that included the restructuring last July. external building envelope, roofing, “As well as improving the facility, rainwater system, pool concourse we need to work smarter to make it tiling and drainage, and structural a success,” she says. “That means remediation. catering for the older demographic The facility opened in 1990 and as well as young families as the there have been ongoing issues with population on the peninsula grows.” maintenance. Council staff will present options and Hibiscus & Bays Local Board member priorities for the redevelopment to the Gaye Harding, who holds the Leisure local board at a workshop this month. Centre portfolio, says when it was Ms Harding says the project is likely built, the Leisure Centre’s proximity to include extensions to the building to the ocean was not taken into to increase its capacity and improve consideration and that “the life of the layout. the building was only planned to be Additions on the “nice to have” list 15–20 years”. may include a steam room or sauna as The Leisure Centre’s financial well as a splash pool learning area for performance has recovered a little toddlers. after being hit hard by the opening of Northern Arena and other competing Auckland Council’s manager leisure, Rob McGee, says the remedial work gyms in 2011. needed will be done in tandem with Figures in the latest Local Board’s the extension of the building. quarterly report show that the number of gym visits and pool use “Addressing a number of things in one were relatively stable from October go will minimise disruption to users, to December last year and Council so that only part of the centre will reports steady growth in the first part need to be shut at a time,” he says. Plans to extend the facility were first of this year. Income from the centre has dropped, mooted by the former Rodney District as predicted, after the introduction Council around six years ago. They of free access to the pools for those went to the design stage, but were aged 16 years and under last year – among the projects axed as a way of its continuing lower-than-budget keeping rates down. revenue and higher-than-budget costs The work is expected to begin late this are of concern to the local board. year or early next year.

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The possibility of a law preventing local board members from representing more than one board at the same time has been received positively by Auckland Council, but is described in less favourable terms by Lisa Whyte and Greg Sayers – both of whom represent two local boards, including Hibiscus & Bays. North Shore MP Maggie Barry’s Local of interest to serve as our two ward Government (Auckland Council) councillors and there is no concern Amendment Bill (No 3), which was that they might be conflicted,” she drawn from the Member’s ballot in says. “As our councillors manage Parliament last month aims to improve to represent the interests of large local governance by preventing power ward areas with professionalism and from being concentrated in the hands fairness, so I believe can I.” of just a few people. She says there is greater potential for In its submission to the bill, Auckland conflict of interest with at least three Council included a recommendation married couples in chair/deputy chair that candidates be limited to positions on five local boards. membership of a single local board. Hibiscus & Bays Local Board deputy There are currently five instances of chair Greg Sayers, who was also members serving on more than one elected to the Rodney Local Board last year, says as each role is part time, board across Auckland Council. Ms Barry says when a person serves on with members paid to work 20 hours multiple boards it’s likely that conflicts a week, successfully serving on two of interest will arise. However Lisa boards is achievable. “I’ve found it Whyte, who is serving her second works for two boards, but don’t know term on Hibiscus & Bays and Upper how you could do more than that,” Harbour Local Boards, says she he says. “I would support a bill that should not be penalised for having a maximised the number at two.” community of interest that extends He says no conflicts of interest have arisen, but that if they do, members beyond one local board boundary. Mrs Whyte was a North Shore City can excuse themselves from decisioncouncillor, until the local board making. boundaries cut across the area she “I can see advantages of being on the formerly represented. “The issue of two boards, such as bundling together conflict is a red herring – I sit on the road projects and lobbying the two boards of the Albany Ward of governing body on issues that concern council so have the same community residents in both areas,” he says.

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The Accounts Department Not only large firms have an accounts department – now the same services are available to small businesses, sole traders and property investors with the recent arrival of The Accounts Department in Silverdale. Managing Director Michelle Leigh started the business 14 years ago, “on April Fools Day, with half a dozen clients,” so that she could work from home. While that lifestyle balance is still important to Michelle, there was high demand for the accountancy service and her business grew rapidly. Until recently, it was based in Birkenhead, but last month she moved to Palm Court in Silverdale Street. Specialising in businesses with up to five on the payroll, The Accounts Department provides what Michelle describes as “a boutique service, without the boutique price tag”. The services provided by Michelle and her team – accountant Scarlett Wu and account clerk Deb Dwyer – vary, depending on the needs of the client and may include bookkeeping, GST and PAYE through to year-end financials and tax. With the time constraints on small businesses in mind, the Accounts Department prides itself on good communication and getting it right, on time, every time. It provides a


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Weddings&fashion Edgy styles dominate the season’s looks Leather, or its man-made equivalent, as well as faux fur, sequins, lurex and metallic studs give this season’s fashion a no-nonsense edge. However Rhonda Clark of Charisma in Orewa says this is softened somewhat and made very wearable with the addition of “ladylike” fabrics such as silk, georgette and chiffon. Leather has made its way into all types of clothing and accessories – including leather shorts that will be snapped up by the young ones. Leather is spliced into other fabrics in jackets, coats, skirts, pants and knitwear or used as edging. Sequins and lurex, metallic beading and studs add shine to many garments. Colour and pattern Shades of plum, mustard and inky blues, or blocked combinations of colour, as well as spots, stripes, animal prints and gold (rather than silver) are the top tones for the season, Rhonda says. There is also lots of black and white and geometric patterns. Print fabric for tops and pants is still on trend. The return of the poncho Ponchos, batwing sleeves and bomber jackets (with hoods) are back, and make a nice warm layer for cold days.

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Bands of glory While diamonds may be forever, the way they are displayed in engagement or wedding rings has changed considerably over the years. Manufacturing jeweller and goldsmith Geoff Morris of The Goldsmith in Orewa, who has been in the trade for more than 35 years, says couples come to a manufacturing jeweller because they want something custom-designed and handmade to their individual taste. “It’s a very personal choice, and you expect to wear it every day, so it has to be exactly what you want, and combine practicality with beauty,” he says. This is one reason modern styles tend to have lower, flatter settings rather than claws. Couples can also bring in rings that have been passed down in the family and these can be melted down and remodelled into a modern design. Geoff says white gold has become almost as popular as yellow gold for wedding bands.

Ponchos become a statement, with some decorated with balls of faux fur or fringe. The season’s knitwear also packs a punch, featuring lurex, cabelling, leather edging, beads and funky colours and patterns. The final touch Pearls, and gold accessories are in vogue including, Rhonda says, some quite well-priced genuine pearls. Images of owls, for some reason, are on everything from fabric to jewellery and scarves. Shoes are less chunky than last winter, and no wardrobe will be complete without a pair of ankle boots.

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Bargain store assists refuge A new charity shop in Silverdale is not only a way to find yourself some funky fashion and household items, but also to support women who are at a low point in their lives. The store, called Kowhai Tree, is essentially a distribution centre for Women’s Refuge. It began operating in Silverdale at the end of last year and plans to open to the public on Tuesdays and Thursdays, starting this week. Women and children who are moving on from a safe house can source everything from a teaspoon to whiteware at the store free of charge –the service prevents them having to borrow money from Work and Income in order to get back on their feet in a new location. The store offers a wide range of clothing, accessories, books and children’s items all of which are donated by the public. Women’s Refuge Boutique Project Manager Stephanie Garvey says, the store has been flooded with donations and kind people offering to help. “We saw an opportunity to work, partnering with Hestia Rodney Women’s Refuge, to make things easier for the refuge, and for the women and children to source what they need. It’s also good for the community as they will be able to snag bargains at real Op-shop prices. It’s a win-win-win situation!”

Nikki Davidson (left) and Miss World North Harbour, Mollie Durey model outfits sourced from the new Kowhai Tree charity store.

Donations can be left at the store, when it is open, on Fridays 10am–4pm or at the Hibiscus Coast Community House in Western Reserve, Orewa. Items can be purchased from the store, at 4R Titan Place on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10am–3pm. Info: phone 426 4281.

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Charity at heart of pageant Mollie Durey of Gulf Harbour has taken a roundabout route to achieving a place in next month’s Miss World NZ competition; she had never modelled before entering her first pageant last year to please her grandmother. Becoming Miss World North Harbour was therefore a big achievement – particularly, Mollie says, because she won her three favourite categories – talent (dancing), the interview and Miss Friendship, selected by her fellow contestants. Along the way, she made her 90-yearold grandmother, Val Fry, very proud. The 18-year-old had an adventurous childhood that included sailing around the South Pacific with her parents on board a home-built yacht, a student exchange year in Italy and a mix of traditional and Steiner schooling. She says while her childhood instilled a deep love of NZ (“I was gutting fish on the boat from the age of five”) it was isolated at times, with only intermittent formal schooling, and when she left the boat at age 11, she was very shy. Overcoming this included becoming a founding member of the youth branch of Rotary on the Hibiscus Coast and taking on a wide variety of charitable work. She says when she entered Miss World North Harbour, she initially thought it was not for her until she discovered its strong focus on raising money for community organisations and good causes.

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The project taken on by Miss World NZ is to raise enough money to bring a child called Loren from the Philippines to NZ to have a tumour removed from her face. Mollie says this, and making many new friends, has made attending weekly rehearsals and mastering walking in stilettos in the lead-up to Miss World NZ all worthwhile. She has juggled rehearsals with study towards a double BA in Psychology and English at Auckland University. After the pageant, which takes place in Auckland on April 26, Mollie has her sights set on starting up her own initiative – a charity called Confidence to support teenagers – as well as again working with Rotary. “Of course if I win, the next step is Miss World in London which would help me raise more money and awareness so that I can make a difference.”

Weddings go wild

Traditional church weddings are becoming less popular as couples head into the wild, to find a unique venue. Couples looking for something different are dressing up outdoor Rodney venues such as Te Arai Quarry, or staying in luxury tents (glamping). One couple hired Auckland company Wildernest to set up tents beside the Mahurangi River, and cater for their wedding. The tents had showers with an open roof, so you could wash under the stars and the couple stayed in a ‘luxury suite’ tent. Wildernest founder Anita Rogers says guests camping together makes for a relaxed wedding. Another couple, both divers, chose to get married underwater.

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Sweets have moved out of the realm of the candy store and children’s parties and now take centre stage at Kiwi weddings, with candy buffets in big demand. The idea of creating a spectacular table of sweet treats, designed to your wedding theme, came from America (of course) and has been growing in popularity here for around five years. Couples can create their own lolly bar, or bring in the professionals. Kimberley Hay of Hey Hay Candy in Gulf Harbour has been creating candy buffets via her online service for three years and says you name it, she can source it from suppliers in the UK, Canada and America. Custom made candy includes lollypops or chocolate in any flavour or colour imaginable with a logo, names or pictures on them. Imported treats include champagne bubbles, personalised M & Ms, sweethearts with names embossed on them and lollypops in a wide range of shapes. The buffets are designed depending on the theme, environment or colour palette of the wedding, as well as budget, and can be anything from vintage to decadent and glamorous or simple and pretty.

Candy buffets like this one, created by Hey Hay Candy, add sweetness to weddings.

They can double as a backdrop and often include keepsakes for guests. A combination of canapés, followed by a candy buffet makes for a nice, easy flow. Among the more bizarre requests Hey Hay Candy has had was a Narnia themed wedding with lion-shaped lollypops at each place setting and a medical-theme chosen because the couple met in a hospital. The candy included fake blood made of cherry syrup, gummy plasters, ‘chill pills’ and even candy made to look like a urine sample. Kimberley says the most popular styles at present are romantic, outdoor or vintage.

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Romance of a bygone era the latest wedding trend Opulent weddings are out, replaced with a move towards nostalgia, romance and pretty, rural settings according to local wedding celebrant Melanie Kerr. Melanie says this is reflected in everything from a preference for soft lace wedding gowns to more relaxed makeup and floral arrangements. “Old style bicycles, bunting and flowers in recycled jam jars are popular, coupled with a more informal style of photographs,” she says. Same-sex marriages are also relatively new; Melanie has officiated at three since the law changed last year and

says what struck her most was that they were just the same as any other wedding – a celebration of love and family. “It wasn’t a political statement for those couples, it was about their love for each other and a joyous family occasion,” Melanie says. “There was spontaneous and heartfelt applause during the vows at one ceremony.” “None of the same-sex couples I married had chosen to have a civil union and there was joy at being able to be legally wed. I know some people struggle with this but to me love is love and I’d be surprised if even the opponents of samesex marriage were not moved by the feelings expressed at those weddings.”

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Community facility funding in spotlight Mural mayhem A small change to the definition of ‘community infrastructure’ in the Local Government Amendment Bill, if adopted, could have far-reaching effects locally, according to Auckland Councillor John Watson, potentially leading to increased Council borrowing and higher rates. The new definition would mean that, reducing Council’s capacity to provide some councils charging developers for while the contributions made by adequate community facilities to cope infrastructure that is not needed to developers would continue to fund with that growth,” Cr Watson says. service their development. reserves, roads and infrastructure, He says Council has budgeted $480 “Community infrastructure that is not the only community facilities funded million over the next 10 years to build essential for a new development, and from development contributions new libraries, pools and other facilities which is for the benefit of the wider would be public halls, play equipment and the change in definition would community should be paid for by on reserves and toilets. mean that money has to be borrowed, the whole community,” Mr Mitchell At present, a broader definition leading to rate increases. says. “It is important to remember means that Council can also collect “Effectively, ratepayers in areas such as that people who move into new development contributions to help the Hibiscus Coast will be subsidising developments will become ratepayers fund the building of libraries, public facilities elsewhere across Auckland. It and pay their share of the cost of swimming pools and community has been calculated that cumulatively, community facilities through rates.” sports facilities. rates would be 8.5 percent higher by Councillors made a submission against Cr Watson describes this as “a recipe 2021/22 than would have otherwise the new definition; submissions closed have been the case,” he says. for disaster”. on February 14. The Select Committee “Central Government is encouraging However Rodney MP Mark Mitchell will report back to Parliament by May massive growth in Auckland, while says the current definition has lead to 12. Five women were recognised for giving their time and skills to the community at the annual Zonta Rose Day presentation on March 7. The recipients of the Zonta yellow roses were Julie Burton for her service to Whangaparaoa Guides, Joan Marks who is a JP and honorary auditor for more than 20 non-profit groups; Monica Grimshaw, founder of Platinum Day Care; and Caryle Cooper for her service to Orewa Gym Club over more than 30 years. The youngest ever recipient, by far, was 12-year-old Kelsey Beet who is a St John’s Gold group member and has fundraised for Child Cancer as well as volunteering at the library. She would like to be a paramedic one day. She assists the school nurse at Orewa College, including cleaning the sick bay, however her mother Rhonda says it’s still a challenge to get her to clean her bedroom! Zonta is a global organisation that works to advance the status of women. The Hibiscus Coast club meets monthly in Orewa, info: phone Mary, 027 451 6103. Pictured, from left, rose recipients Julie Burton, Joan Marks, Kelsey Beet, Monica Grimshaw and Caryle Cooper with Zonta president Sue Judd.

There’s a young, free and easy feel to the Paint the Town event, which seems appropriate as it has grown up around the creation of a mural by three students in Orewa town centre. Destination Orewa is running the event on March 22 to support the students as they paint the wall of Eddie Law’s 100 Percent store in Bakehouse Lane, while a range of entertainment takes place nearby. This includes an opportunity to dunk some well-known folk with cold water – the line up includes Rodney MP Mark Mitchell, and Shortland Street actor Tabitha Avery. Age Concern Rodney is overseeing mobility scooter races and there will also be a tug of war, hot hula performances, bands, a DJ and a ukulele group. The mural, which is more than 6m wide, is being painted by Year 13 KingsWay students, Rebecca McLeod, Liam Simpson and Rachel Dodds. Rebecca says as it is the group’s first mural, it should be a fun challenge. She says a group of young people are helping by painting the background to speed up the process. The students’ design was chosen from those submitted by schools with the theme of ‘Orewa and everything it is’. The work is expected to take up to 50 hours, but could be completed in two full days, weather permitting. Paint the Town is on March 22, 3pm– 9pm.

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Cuisine with Dame Alison Holst www.hyndman.co.nz

Finger on the pulse

Several recipes in Deliciously Healthy Recipes for the Whole Family (Hyndman Publishing) include pulses such as lentils, chickpeas and cooked dried beans. These are a wonderful source of carbohydrate, protein and fibre and excellent in a whole range of main courses and salads. Chickpeas add flavour and texture to these tasty meatballs.

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For 4 servings 1 medium onion, peeled 1 large clove garlic, peeled 310g can chickpeas, rinsed and drained 500g lean lamb mince 1 tsp each ground cumin and dried mint ½ tsp each cinnamon and chilli powder ½ tsp salt Sauce: 1 cup plain low-fat unsweetened yoghurt 2 Tbsp lemon juice 2 Tbsp tahini ¼ tsp salt To serve: 4 large (20cm) wholemeal pita breads, warmed ½ lettuce, shredded 2 medium tomatoes, diced 1–2 medium carrot/s, grated Heat the oven to 200°C with the rack in the middle. Put the onion and garlic in a food processor and chop finely. Add the (drained) chickpeas and process until these are roughly chopped. Break the mince up into 6–8 chunks and drop these into the processor along with the spices, herbs and salt. Process in short bursts until everything is well mixed and beginning to hold together. Remove the mixture from the bowl and divide into quarters. Working with wet hands, divide each quarter into four even portions and shape into 16 neat balls. Arrange the meatballs on a Teflon or baking paper lined oven tray and bake for 12–15 minutes, turning once after 6 minutes, until golden brown. While the meatballs cook, combine the sauce ingredients in a small bowl and prepare the accompaniments. To serve, split the pita breads (halve them first if you like) then fill each with shredded lettuce, chopped tomato, shredded carrot and meatballs. Finish each pocket off with a spoonful or two of sauce and serve. Hibiscus Matters has one copy of Simon and Alison Holst’s Deliciously Healthy Recipes for the Whole Family to give away. To be in to win, write your name, address and daytime phone number on the back of an envelope and post to Deliciously Healthy Recipes, Hibiscus Matters, Unit G, Tamariki Plaza, 18 Tamariki Ave, Orewa 0931. Entries close April 4. CONGRATULATIONS to Mrs G Dinneen of Hatfields Beach, winner of Marvellous Muffins (Hyndman Publishing).

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We live in a world seduced by the word ‘easy’. We want to look great and be spectacularly fit but we don’t want to have to exercise to get there. Maybe you want a successful career but wonder if there’s a way to reach the top of the ladder without having to work hard and be disciplined? When it comes to making changes in our lives to achieve great health, one of the most important factors is often over looked: your commitment to achieving the desired result. To realise your full potential, you’ve got to play at 100 percent and put 100 percent of yourself into it. Very few people actually put everything they can into achieving their desired results and then can feel hard done by when they don’t reach the target. It’s much like an athlete, if they don’t do the training, they won’t perform at their best and they won’t get the gold medal that they want. The only person who changes their life is the person who is committed to changing their life. Remember, if nothing changes, nothing changes. We dream of living fearless, joy-filled lives but we all too often avoid the very best practices – like getting up early, taking risks, setting goals or reading – that are certain to deliver results. With an attitude similar to an athlete, there’s nothing that will stop you from getting the results that you want. It is often the case that you may have tried several times before and not succeeded, and are too afraid to try again. When thinking of these past attempts where you didn’t achieve the desired result, ask yourself, ‘did I take responsibility for my own life and my own results?’ You are the only person who can change your own life, whether it be big or small changes. Once you gain that level of commitment to yourself and achieving success the word ‘try’ won’t exist, as there is only one possible outcome – success. Whether it is to lose weight, get fit, be more active with your kids, or learn to eat clean food the outcome to learning and investing in yourself will come down to the commitment you have to yourself and to achieving success. An exercise that can be helpful to show how committed you are to your results is to write for at least one A4 page about why you are committed to do achieving your desired outcome. Then, anytime you feel like you are losing focus or motivation, just look at why you are committed to making this work and keep taking action. Hibiscus Matters’ new health columnist Laurinda Howarth has been in the fitness industry since 2010 and was a finalist in the NZ Fitness Awards last year. She has a strong interest in empowering women to live a healthy fun filled life and is the founder of Funfit, which she says enables her to create a fun, friendly, women-only fitness community.

Neighbourliness promoted

Neighbours Day Aotearoa, on March 29 and 30, has taken off in parts of Auckland and the Hibiscus & Bays Local Board is assisting it to gather momentum here. Council is encouraging neighbours to have a barbecue in the street or nearby reserve, invite your neighbours over for coffee or have a chat over the fence. Contact your local board to find out what is happening in your area and what support they can offer. Info: www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz or www.neighboursday.org.nz

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History with Ruth Olsen, Silverdale & Districts Historical Society, randnolsen@maxnet.co.nz

Ancient anchor In January 2005 the McConnell family anchored in Te Muri Bay just north of Waiwera for a picnic lunch. Some time later when they attempted to leave the bay to return home they found that their anchor was stuck fast and they were unable to move their launch. After several frustrating attempts to winch up the anchor it suddenly broke free and rose up to the surface with another much older rock encrusted anchor attached to it. Research by friends of the McConnell’s revealed that the scow Alpha had foundered in that location in February 1892. The Auckland Star and the NZ Herald both reported this local shipping disaster. The 50-ton Alpha was an iron vessel built around 1878 by Fraser & Tinns at Mechanics Bay in Auckland at a cost of ₤7000 and was used by the Auckland Harbour Board as a bucket dredger. She was later laid up until purchased by Mr D. Cooper in 1892 to carry timber from Mahurangi to his Mechanic’s Bay sawmill. She was patched up with the old City of Cork’s machinery and boiler as a paddle steamer and rigged as a scow. She was uninsured. On 31 January 1892 she left Mahurangi under sail and steam, laden with logs and towing a raft of 53 more logs. Midway between Mahurangi and Waiwera the wind shifted to the northeast, the sea became very rough and the scow began to take in water. The Master tried to return to Mahurangi but the high winds and rough seas made this impossible. The engineer reported that the vessel had sprung a leak and the engine room was full of water. Soon after the water was “up over her furnaces and filling her fore and aft”. The three men aboard – A. Donovan (master), J. Stubbs (engineer) and C. Cooper (deck-hand) – just had time to jump into the ship’s dingy before the vessel foundered, taking all their personal possessions with her. Fortunately, they made it safely to Waiwera where they were taken on board by the SS Rose Casey and brought to Auckland. The crew thought that the Alpha had not immediately sunk to the bottom as the load of logs gave her some buoyancy and she was probably drifting with her mastheads just above water. However the raft of logs broke up scattering timber along the coast north from Waiwera. Could it have been the Alpha’s anchor the McConnell family found over a century later? Thanks to Bob McConnell for help with this story.

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Health, environment, sport

Urgency underpins new Hauraki Gulf plan Finding a better way to balance the way Aucklanders use and enjoy the rich resources of the Hauraki Gulf will require a collaborative approach, according to the man chosen to lead NZ’s first attempt at marine spatial planning, Nick Main. Nick says that Sea Change, a two-year inter-agency project, has come along at a time when people are recognising that traditional planning models are failing. “Monitoring in the gulf shows that by and large, things are getting worse not better,” he says. “There’s a sense that no-one’s getting what they want and we need to urgently take a different approach.” The 2011 State of Our Gulf report, which will be updated this year, shows snapper and crayfish are being taken at unsustainable levels, fish diversity is diminishing, shellfish populations are believe it could become ‘best practise’ meet the test of being “interesting and under stress, high loads of nitrogen are internationally.” capable of making a difference”. One of entering the gulf and sedimentation is Nick, a former chair of Deloitte NZ these is the Middlemore Foundation, fuelling the spread of mangroves. and the NZ Business Council for which he chairs. Although he grew up Despite these dire indicators, Nick Sustainable Development, and current in England, he’s called NZ home for is optimistic that opportunities will NZ Chartered Accountant of the the past 30 years. emerge through the spatial planning Year, is no stranger to debates around Nick hopes that Sea Change will process. “I think most people agree on sustainability and the challenges provide an environment where the broad principles around protecting of finding common ground with information and opinions can be the gulf, but when you starting talking disparate interest groups. widely shared and understood, which specifically about things like marine in turn will result in more buy-in He spent three years as the head of farms and marine reserves that’s when things get stuck. My job will be to Deloitte’s global sustainability practise, to the recommendations that are shepherd the working group towards based in London, and has attended eventually put forward. answers not to pre-empt what those some of the world’s most important Consultation will happen around the answers might be. It’s also a bottom- talks on climate change. middle of this year, with the final plan up collaborative process on a pretty Since retiring to Coatesville in 2012, expected to be available by September tight timeframe but if we get it right, I he’s devoted time to projects that next year.

What you can do

Log on to www.seachange.org.nz, where you can sign on for updates. Complete the SeaSketch survey, where informal opinions are being sought on current usage. Respondents who show an interest in particular issues will be fed information on those topics and could become involved in issuespecific working groups. Feedback on draft solutions – these groups will be asked to input local knowledge, highlight gaps in existing information and capture other views. It will also give communities a chance to see how these solutions were drafted and the information they were based on. Mid-project, when options are being generated, individuals will be able to log into SeaSketch, a mapping and ‘sketch’ tool, to develop and test different options If people belong to a local or interest group they can request a speaker to discuss the project Listening posts – conversations in coastal communities with small groups of local people. These can be added to the programme between now and June, on request. They are for groups of 10–12 people.

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Boating with Mike Cahill, Hibiscus Coast Boating Club, hbcboatingclub@gmail.com

Challenges ahead It is nice to be able to report a positive outcome achieved with our Council. The Hibiscus Coast Boating Club has been concerned by the increasing potential for serious accidents as the beach, boat ramp and parking area at Stanmore Bay become more congested. The population living on the peninsula has grown and on top of that there are regular busloads from the south taking the opportunity to use the great facilities on the reserve and the beach. The boat ramp is the main thoroughfare to the beach. It is not unusual to have a dozen boats going in and out of the water, surrounded by swimmers who are largely oblivious to the dangers. Last season the Harbourmaster laid a single “5-knot” buoy at our request. This has helped but, because it is adjacent to the permanent moorings, it is not that obvious. The Harbourmaster has now agreed to lay more buoys west and east of the ski access lane to make the restricted speed zone more visible – like the markers at Manly. We raised the possibility of designated swimming or boat access areas but these are in the too hard basket, requiring RMA consent. Marking the zones should help to educate boaties who don’t always comply with the 5-knot restrictions within 200 metres of the shore, or within 50 metres of a swimmer or any other vessel. Fishing has remained patchy. The club’s monthly contests in February and March were well patronized, including a number of non-members, but catches were generally low. Last month the Juniors led the way with Rico Cullen landing the biggest fish – a 11.34kg kingfish – and Kaleb Schimanski weighed in the heaviest kahawai. In both contests our kayakers, Aileen and Peter Michael, won the ladies’ and men’s snapper respectively. Steve Naylor caught the biggest fish this month, a 12.2kg kingfish hooked near Bollon’s rock on a towed lure. No doubt the fish will be running for our next event on April 5/6. The club is hosting Scott Macindoe from Legasea on Thursday March 27, at 6.30pm at the clubhouse in Stanmore Bay. Everybody is welcome to hear his presentation, an update on fishing regulations, the new crayfish restrictions, and prospects for the new Council for the Hauraki Gulf Plan. Scott has years of involvement fighting the commercial fishers and the bureaucrats. The steering group appointed by Council to drive the Gulf Plan has 16 members, half of whom are mana whenua. There are no boating or fishing representatives on either the steering or the working groups who will determine these plans for the Gulf – including commercial farming, marine reserves, customary rights and fishing access. We have invited local politicians to attend. It should be fun. Submissions for the Council’s Lifejacket Bylaws closed on March 17 – the club’s submission can be viewed at http://hibiscuscoastboatclub.co.nz. If the Hauraki Gulf plan has the same flawed process based on inaccurate data, unscientific research and convoluted consultation processes, the outcome could be very scary. Note: This is Mike’s final Boating column for the summer season.

Sea wall options due

Two options for a permanent seawall on a 140m portion of Orewa Beach, south of Kohu Street, may be presented to the Hibiscus & Bays Local Board next month. Council staff will present their preferred options, whittled down from around five original concepts. Currently a 30m temporary wall and 110m of sand replenishment is providing a band aid after storm damage scoured sand from under pedestrian walkways, causing collapse in several places last October.

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Stand up paddleboarding Orewa SUP Club - Free intro every Wednesday night, all welcome 6pm 278 Hibiscus Coast Highway, Orewa. Fun races 6.30pm every Wednesday, plus we run training 2-3 times per week. Contact: Deane 021 954 022 as training is weather dependant.


Masters tennis, 40+ available every day at Hibiscus Coast Veterans Tennis Club 56 Laurence St, Big Manly. Club mornings 9am, Monday, Wednesday and Friday. New members welcome. Info: www.sportsground.co.nz/hibvets


Whangaparaoa Tennis Club welcomes new members including mid-week ladies (Wed 9am-12pm). Edith Hopper Park, Manly. Contact: Campbell Ellison 021 261 0835 or c.ellison@outlook.com The Club is also looking for sponsors.

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What are the essential skills and experience that you bring to this trade/service? We are the new locksmith company on the Hibiscus Coast and have been servicing local residents and businesses here for the last 12 months. I have been in the locksmith industry for over 10 years working in the Auckland region and gaining a wide range of techniques and skills. I specialise in home security, making sure you and your family feel safe in your home. Businesses and premises are kept secure with the use of Master Key Security Systems. Having a mobile workshop means I am extremely well set up ensuring great service and prompt attendance at every job plus the mobile eftpos is convenient for my customers. What is it about this job that gets you out of bed in the morning and keeps you motivated? I love the daily challenges of locksmithing and the reward of helping local people when they are in need. Locksmithing has been in my family for five generations spanning back to 1880. I moved to the Coast two years ago when I got married and find it to be a beautiful place to work with its tight knit community and lots of friendly faces. Tell us about your favourite aspect of the job, and/or the key piece of equipment in your toolbox and why you would not be without it. What I love most is getting to meet new people on a daily basis: it is really important for people to feel they can trust and rely on me when I’m dealing with their personnel security. Having finally taken the step of setting up my own business, I’d have to say that being able to drive my mobile toolbox (the van) has proven to be a great asset to the business and it’s a pleasure to work in. Customers can count on you because? Because I live locally I am never far away from the next callout. I am proud to offer a friendly and reliable service and no job is too small. Keep an eye out on the Coast for my van and give me a wave. You can’t miss me and my number plate!

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Classifiedadvertising Hibiscus Matters publishes Community Notices as a free service for the community. A strict first in, first served policy, published subject to space & availability, for non-profit organisations only (conditions apply). All other classifieds are $4.11 per line + GST. Em: hibiscus@localmatters.co.nz (no attachments) Visit: Tamariki Plaza, Cammish Lane, Orewa

COMMUNITY NOTICES BOATING & FISHING Club nights and meals every Wed. Monthly fishing contests. HBC Boating Club. Visitors & new members welcome. Ph Joanne 424 0952 www.hibiscuscoastboatclub.co.nz Book Club meets 9.30am, first Wed of month, Whangaparaoa Library. New members welcome. March topic: Heat/ Temperature. Info ph Ruth 428 5892. Bowls Orewa - New members very welcome. Free coaching. Business house bowls every 2nd Tues during summer. Social bowls each Friday evening. Ph Club 426 5937 or 428 2590 Child-friendly venue available for children’s birthday parties, playgroups, lessons, meetings etc. Great rates. See www.hbccommunityhouse.org.nz or ph 426 3598. HBC Orchid Society New members welcome at our monthly meetings. 1.15pm start on 2nd Sunday at Masonic Lodge, 103 Centreway Rd, Orew. Ph Bruce 428 3978 HIBISCUS COAST FLORAL ART GROUP meets 2nd Mon of month, Orewa Community Hall, 10am-3pm. New members welcome, tuition available at all levels. Ph Jean 424 7115. Hibiscus Coast Singers rehearsals start March 10 for June concert. New singers (especially men) wanted. Auditions from 6.45pm, Presbyterian Church, Waiora Rd. Ph 424 5711 or 428 4452 Ladies Craft Club, Orewa Community Church – Tuesdays @ 10am Come along and try a new craft and make some new friends. A crèche is provided. Ph Carole 426 7023. Learn to play bridge Easy, 2hr lessons, Mondays 10am at Hibiscus Coast Bridge Club, Manly. Ph 428 3278 OREWA LADIES KEEP FIT CLUB Welcome older ladies young in heart for friendship and exercises to music Thurs 9.30am–11am Orewa Community Hall. Ph 426 4067. Rodney Aphasia Group meet 4th Thurs of month, Rotary House Silverdale Highway, 1.30-3pm. Our group offers support, friendship & rehabilitation opportunities to people with aphasia following stroke. Membership $10 p/yr. Ph Lisa 428 0414. Silverdale Tennis War Memorial Park (next to Rugby Club) HBC Hwy. Jnrs: Sat from 8.30am, Trish trish-nilsson@clear. net.nz Midweek Club: Wed from 9.30am, Adrienne ragil@clear.net.nz Senior Club: Sun from 10.30am & Wed from 6.30pm, Rob rob@logisticsoftware.co.nz Join now at reduced fees. Ph Linda 427 8209. Theosophical Society hosts Rev Arthur Goodall to speak on the deeper meaning of Christianity, March 23, 2pm, Red Cross Hall Silverdale donation $5 inc. tea and cake. All welcome ph 428 3691 Toastmasters “Open Day” Wed April 2, 2014 - Silverdale-Orewa Club, Meet Masonic Hall, 103 Centreway Road, Orewa, 7.15pm–9.30pm. All welcome. See how Toastmasters from the inside. Ph 428 2424 (Sonley). toastmastersorewa.org.nz



Great space to let at Sheepworld complex on SH1 just north of Warkworth. Fully equipped as a café but would also work well as a café/retail mix, or just retail/ display. Stand-alone building at front of complex, 170 sq m plus veranda.

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ACCOMMODATION WANTED 2 bdrm house/flat Orewa/Red Beach. Mature lady, no pets, non smoker. Long term if poss. Ph 428 4939.

Property for sale APARTMENT LINK DRIVE COMPLEX Last two-bedroom 62m2 on top storey, Pvt Sale, $450,000 Ph 021 324 101.

CABINS TO RENT CABINS FOR RENT 3 sizes avail. Carpet & Curtains incl. from $65 pw + delivery. www.justcabins.co.nz Ph: 0800 587822/021 2812066

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A SMART REPAIR Service for F&P smartdrive washers, F&P/Simpson dryers. Same day service 09 423 9660 or 021 168 7349. BAY APPLIANCE REPAIRS Repairs to all major brands of Laundry and Kitchen Appliances small appliances and powers tools. All work guaranteed EWRB registered. Ph 09 947 0333/022 600 9919. BUILDER 40 yrs+ exp semi retired available for property maintenance, decks, fences etc. No job too small. Good rates. Ph Rob 021 1672155 or 426 2960. Cut-price waterblasting, moss removal & chemical house washing services. Ph 0800 89 49 49. ELECTRICAL WORK Semi-retired registered electrician, no job too small, good rates, Gold Card Holders 10% off labour rate. Ph Peter 09 426 3193 or 021 207 0495. Heat Pump Cleaning Specialists We clean all types of heat pumps. Call now 0800 225 327 www.heatpumpclean.co.nz PEST CONTROL, Flies, spiders, cockroaches, ants, rodents, wasps. Competitive prices. Ph 426 2253. Plastering, Gib Stopping. All aspects of stopping. Small jobs specialist. 25 yrs exp. Karl 0210 42 42 96 or 428 7127. Plastering, solid, Gib Stopping, Painting/repair work. Small jobs. Trade Cert. Keith 424 8841 or 022 682 4760. Waterblasting & Chemical House Washing. Careful service, reasonable rates. Ph 426 2253. Water Filters Underbench filters & whole house Ultra violet filters – Kill and remove ecoli/bacteria. FREE site visits. Ph Steve 09 945 2282 www. purewaterservices.co.nz



Guitar Lessons 1-0-1 All styles/All ages Reg Keyworth • Ph 424 8959 Its time to really rock. www.guitarlessons1-0-1.com

Nanny & More! Quality full-time local courses for nanny & childcare careers Call Amanda now for free info! 424 3055 nannyacademy.ac.nz

REIKI 1 & Reiki 2 Ph Shirley 424 4036. Silverdale Ballroom Studio Welcomes you to 2014. Adult, beginners social classes Thursday, 7pm. Advanced classes, 8.15pm. Childrens classes every Tuesday 4pm. Bookings Ph 428 4939. Textures in Watercolour One Day workshop March 5, 10am– 4pm Pauline Smith ph 426 4244 or paulinesmith@xtra.co.nz Watercolour Painting Absolute beginners Feb 25, 1pm–3pm. Second step Wed Feb 26, 10am–12pm. Drawing on the right side of the brain. Tues Feb 25, 10am–12pm. Pauline A Smith Ph 426 4244 or paulinsmith@xtra.co.nz

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emotional freedom technique trainer and hypnotherapist. For all emotional assistance, 23 years exp. Ph Barbara 09 428 3138. HYPNOSIS for stress, phobias, easy Stop Smoking. Bill Parker NZAPH, 424 7610. Healing with Reiki & Shiatsu. Great for sore muscles. Ph Shirley 424-4036 O S T E O PAT H / N AT U R O PAT H / HYPNOTHERAPY 23 yrs exp. ACC reg, new to coast, private practice. Caring practicioner. Ph Barbara 09 428 3138. AUTUMN Special: HandS & Feet Nails cut & filed, includes hand & foot massage. $30 each or 2 people for $50. I will come to you. Phone 424 0676. WISE CHOICES – Counselling/ Supervision Service, Brigitta Rohr (B. Couns., MNZCCA), Stanmore Bay. Ph 021 416 251, www.wisechoices.co.nz

HAIRDRESSING HAIRDRESSER – CARING MOBILE SERVICE, I come to you. Pensioner rates. Phone Inga 426 0985.

DRESSMAKING alterations, dressmaking, cushions & curtains. Ph 021 025 70658. Sylwester’s Dressmaking & Tailoring for alterations & garments made to order. Ph 426 7559.

Photography PRESERVE YOUR MEMORIES Videos, slides & old 8mm films all onto DVD. Ph TeTotara Video (09) 422 5710.

BUSINESS services Adept Computer Services, Est 1993. PC repairs at good rates. Ph 421 1039 or 021 114 5517 www.adept.net.nz

MARKET Good as new pre-loved kids market. March 22, Orewa Community Centre. 9am-12pm. Toys, clothes, furniture. Ph 0274 707 151.

wanted to BUY CASH PAID Tools & Machinery, Shed & garage clearouts. All things considered. Call or txt 021 161 5139. TRAINS WANTED FOR CASH All makes of Electric Model Railway items. Layouts dismantled and removed. Ph David 021 901493. TO BUY, RECORDS/LP’s Ph 428 1587.

Delivery people needed to distribute Hibiscus Matters in Orewa, Red Beach & Stanmore Bay areas. Ph Julie Murray 09 473 4287 or em: juliemurray@orcon.net.nz Notice to Readers Hibiscus Matters does not insert flyers or any other junk material into its paper. If your issue of Hibiscus Matters arrives with unsolicited mail inserted, please advise us immediately 427 8188 or admin@localmatters.co.nz

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what’s on March 2014

For links to some of these events, as well as future listings visit the What’s on Calendar at www.localmatters.co.nz

15–29 Centrestage Theatre Company presents the classic musical West Side Story. For tickets visit www.iticket.co.nz or phone 426 7282. 16–Ap 13 Tiritiri Matangi special guided walks, The walks take place on Sundays and feature two for photographers, two for ornithologists and one for botanists. Bookings are essential, email guiding@tiritirimatangi.org.nz, visit www.tiritirimatangi. org.nz or phone 09 476 0010 (Wednesday to Sunday only). 21–23 Come and talk to members of Orewa Citizens Advice Bureau. As part of Citizens’ Advice Bureau Awareness Week, March 17– 23, CAB volunteers will be at the Whangaparaoa Plaza Night Market on Friday, March 21, 5.30pm–7pm and at the Plaza, near the Gold Bar, on March 22nd and 23, 10am–2pm. 22 Paint the Town event, Bakehouse Lane, Orewa, 3pm–9pm. Entertainment activities and bands in support of students painting a mural in Bakehouse Lane. (see story p18) 22 Silverdale Kindergarten Gala, 2 Longmore Lane off Millwater Parkway, 10am–1pm. Games and Prizes, Food and Drinks, Silent Auction and Raffles. Lots to see and do. Fun for the whole family. 22 Whangaparaoa School Gala, Whangaparaoa Primary, Ladies Mile, Manly, 11am–3pm. Stalls, entertainment and fun for the whole family. 27 Presentation by Scott Macindoe of Legaseas on fishing and crayfish regulations as well as Auckland’s new Hauraki Gulf plan. Hibiscus Coast Boating Club, Stanmore Bay, 6.30pm. Of interest to all residents and boaties (see column, p24) 28 The Stetson Country Rock Music Club presents Klassic Trax, Dairy Flat Hall, Postman Rd, Dairy Flat, 8pm–11:30 pm. All welcome. $10 entry. Info: www.stetson.co.nz 29 Big Nui, Wainui School, 492 Waitoki Rd, Wainui, 12pm–10pm. Music festival with Jason Kerrison, Don McGlashan and more plus food and entertainment for the children. (see story p1) 29 Okura Forest Festival, Okura Forest Festival, at the back of Okura Hall, Okura River Rd (inside the hall if wet), 1pm till late. Free entry but donations welcome. Bands include Tequila Sunrise, Desperate Models and Black Friday. (see story p1) 29 Stanmore Bay Kindergarten, car boot sale, in school carpark, 34 Waiora Rd, Stanmore Bay. Stalls of all kinds. Info: Ph Corinne 021 0263 3247 29 & 30 Whangaparaoa Rotary Soap Box Derby & National Finals, Brightside Rd, Stanmore Bay, racing from 9am–4pm. Support local schools and community groups as they race. Entertainment and food stalls alongside. Fun for the whole family. (see story p28)

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Dairy Flat Live presents the Blue Collar Band, Dairy Flat Hall, Postman Rd, Dairy Flat, 8pm–11.30 pm. Licensed Bar with club prices. Light supper provided. Entry $10 members. Free membership available. No Eftpos. Eaves Bush Appreciation Group workday, meeting 9am at the Kensington Park entrance to the Reserve. We will be working on the ‘’wet land’’ area, (walk left after you have crossed the bridge at Kensington Park). Some tools supplied but your own gloves and spade would be good. Cup of tea at 10.30am. All welcome. Info: phone Don Turner, 426 4761 or Laurie Rands, 426 3122. Fun walk and Boot Camp to support Hibiscus Hospice, Stanmore Bay Beach Reserve, 2pm. A Fun Walk along Stanmore Bay beach, followed by an exercise bootcamp and refreshments run by Fitter Faster Stronger. Tickets $10 per person with $8 going to Hospice.Everyone is welcome and children under 12 are free. Info: ph Deb or Bob, 428 1506. Tickets from the Gym 625b Whangaparaoa Rd or www.ffs.org.nz/hospice

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Lifeguards say au revoir

Optimists at Manly

Organisers of the Optimist National regatta, Manly Sailing Club, say the Easter event is shaping up well. There are 12 entries from Australia, including their national champion, and a couple each from the USA, Britain and New Caledonia. Around 240 entries in total are expected, which makes it a Herculean task for a small club. They are seeking volunteers to assist in running the regatta. Info: email secretary@manlysailingclub.org.nz or phone Sean, 021 0230 4235.

Two Red Beach lifeguards have been selected to compete at the Lifesaving World Championships (Rescue 2014) in France in September. Kelsi Boocock and Hannah Williams potential to represent NZ at both were named for the NZ Youth Team Open and Youth levels in the future. at the conclusion of the NZ Surf Life Both girls are top surf swimmers who Saving Championships at Ohope also compete in board and ski events. Beach, Whakatane, recently (March Rescue 2014 takes place in Montpelier, 6–9). France from September 14–29. The talented teens, who were also named in the NZ Development Squad Red Beach’s Kelsi Boocock, left, and along with Red Beach’s Matt Thetford, Hannah Williams will compete in join a team of 12 competitors in the France at Rescue 2014 in September. under-20 age group who have the Photo, Ross Malyon

Series for young netballers

Buckle up for Whangaparaoa Soap Box Derby are driven by an experienced racer with the second seat so that a special needs child can experience trolley racing. A range of entertainment, carnival rides, stalls, quick fire raffles, music, food and drink are set up on the field by the Leisure Centre. The Rotarians donate all proceeds to local community groups; this year the recipient is Hibiscus Coast St Johns Ambulance who will use the funds to purchase training manikins and provide public demonstrations to increase the awareness of CPR. Info: phone Sarah, 021 428 037. Whangaparaoa Rotary Soap Box Derby & National Finals • Brightside Road, Stanmore Bay racing from 9am to 4pm • March 29 & 30, racing 9am–4pm

Trolley drivers young and old are once again set to take on the steep, Brightside Rd course in Stanmore Bay in two days of exciting racing. The Whangaparaoa Rotary Soap Box Derby, on March 29 is followed the next day by the NZ National Finals. Eight schools are taking part this year, as well as teams from the Hibiscus Coast Youth Centre, Manly Fire Brigade, Rodney Air Corps and Dynamic Martial Arts. Masters trolleys, for racers aged 10– 17, and corporate races for adults ensure participation from a wide range of age groups. Organisers Whangaparaoa Rotary are looking for entries for the Super Kids class – these feature dual controls, and

Caring for you

The Netball World Series for Year 5–10 players will take place on May 1–2 in Northcote. Info and registration: email: netballworldseries@ gmail.com, phone 027 436 3638 or look on Facebook.

Gala postponed

Due to the storm, Whangaparaoa Primary School PFA postponed its big fundraising gala, which was to have taken place last weekend, on March 15. The gala will now be held at the school in Ladies Mile, Manly next weekend, on March 22, 11am– 3pm. Last year’s introduction of the Super Kids trolleys was so successful that the dual-control vehicles will be running again, offering children with special needs a thrilling ride. Pictured are Lucy Krinkel of Dairy Flat (right) and driver Fairlane Welsh at last year’s event.

Cyclone coverage online

Cyclone Luci is approaching the Coast as Hibiscus Matters goes to print. Our storm chasers will be out and about – to see photos, news and local updates visit www.localmatters. co.nz or find us on Facebook.

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