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Breakfast is served. From left, Carol Laidlaw and Robyn Nothling of Hibiscus Coast Community House offer free breakfasts to Whangaparaoa School students.

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Breakfast is being provided, free of charge, to any students who want it at Whangaparaoa School as part of an initiative rolled out by the Hibiscus Coast Community House. The Breakfast in Schools project began on April 4, with around 20 students taking advantage of the free cereal, fruit, toast and Milo in one of the classrooms. Associate Principal Heather Edwards says the Breakfast in Schools programme brings the satisfaction of knowing that any student who has missed breakfast at home, can join others at the school’s ‘Breakfast Club’, enabling them to commence their learning, for that day, on a full tummy. “The programme is already proving to be worthy, and soundly appreciated for its valueadded contribution to our students’ learning and welfare,” she says. The number of participants is expected to grow and Community House chair Carol Laidlaw says the breakfasts, which are currently offered three mornings a week, may need to be extended to five. There is also the possibility of including lunch packs in future. The initiative, which the Community House is funding, is supported by Coast Families, the Coast Youth Community Trust and Police.

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School breakfast service Kids Can is also providing valuable advice. The Community House is offering to roll out the service to any primary school or college on the Hibiscus Coast, at no cost to the school. Carol says the offer of free breakfast is open to any children who, for whatever reason, miss out on breakfast at home. The Breakfast Club has been planned for some time as a result of feedback the Community House received through its foodbank. “There is no doubt that students learn best when they have had breakfast,” she says. “This is to give them an even chance at learning.” “We love to hear those magic words from the kids at the end of each

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breakfast – ‘I’m full’,” she says. “Seeing them head off to class with an apple in their bag and a smile on their face is very rewarding.”

You can help To secure the future of the free breakfast initiative, and enable it to grow, the Hibiscus Coast Community House needs support: Funding – Business sponsors are needed. Countdown has donated a $50 voucher, but more funding or donations of suitable food are needed. Volunteers – Parents or caregivers from Whangaparaoa School are needed to help serve the breakfasts. If you can help, phone the Community House, 426 3598 and ask for Carol.

Thumbs down for Link Crescent development proposal Whangaparaoa residents have reacted angrily to Auckland Council’s proposal to sell its land at 20 Link Crescent for development (HM April 2). This is one of the first examples in a meeting at the site on April 5, which Whangaparaoa of what the reality more than 65 people attended. of Auckland Council’s drive under “They are unhappy about the potential its proposed Unitary Plan for for loss of views and shadowing from intensification of housing in existing three-storey buildings near their suburban areas actually means on the boundaries and also question who will ground. be using the Family Centre,” Denis says. The suggestion that up to 56 two and The land is zoned Residential High three-storey dwellings could be built Intensity under the Rodney District on the 2ha site has got neighbours up Council District Plan, and ‘Mixed in arms, and ready to hold the second Housing Urban’ under the proposed of two public meetings. Unitary Plan. The proposal also includes a site Cr Wayne Walker, who attended the designated as a reserve and set aside meeting, says traffic in and out of Link for the building of a Family Centre Crescent will be dire if the proposed four years ago by the former Rodney development is allowed to occur. District Council. Feedback on the plans for the site, Denis King, who lives in Elan Place which was only open to neighbours, says residents of neighbouring closed on April 15, however the properties in his road, Rishworth Ave residents are not leaving it there, calling and Wade River Rd, including many a public meeting to be held on Sunday, who are elderly, are anxious about May 4 at Whangaparaoa Hall, 3pm. what the development could mean. Denis says the idea is to formulate an He says several older residents action plan and a quorum to approach approached him about difficulty council departments in an effort to reading the plans and how to make minimalise, or ultimately stop, the submissions and in response he called development from proceeding.

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Uphill battle for Wainui retirement village proposal Getting an innovative business project off the ground is proving difficult for Charles Wedd of Country Lifestyles Ltd, who says that Auckland Council planners opposed his idea from the outset. Mr Wedd proposes to create a 20-home retirement The consent was publicly notified and received 29 settlement in the middle of his family’s 17.2ha farm submissions, 24 of which were in support. Among in Wainui and says its many points of difference the opponents are Winstone Aggregates, who own from the standard offering will be attractive to rural quarries in the Wainui hills. Their submission folk of retirement age. focuses on the constraints that having a retirement He says the small homes, duplexes and apartments, village in an adjacent area could place on their future which residents will buy a licence to occupy, will not quarrying operations. be “cookie cutter” mirror images of each other, but A report presented on behalf of Winstones by designed individually within certain guidelines. planning and resource management consultant The surrounding property will provide a sustainable Mark Tollemache states that mineral extraction country lifestyle and activities –it already includes “can generate a range of adverse effects” and may a small vineyard, chickens and pigs will assist with involve “day and night time operations, blasting, waste management and sheep and cattle provide noise, vibration, dust, heavy vehicle movements and meat, fibre for spinning, knitting and weaving and significant changes to natural features”. milk and cream for cheese-making. At present work at Flat Top quarry cannot be heard There will be solar powered electricity and water from Mr Wedd’s property but Winstones says this heating, on-site electric vehicles and an orchard. An could change with the potential re-opening of a amenity centre will include a pub, café, gym and pool. currently closed quarry at Wainui. “Many of these things are environmentally friendly, Mr Wedd says it will be at least 60 years before these but they’re also practical and the type of things rural issues could occur. folk tend to do,” Mr Wedd says. “It will enable “It is not reasonable for Winstones to constrain residents to retain a level of activity they are used another business activity on that basis,” he says. to and be part of the local community, not separate “Rural people are likely to find quarrying some from it.” distance away less problematic than living in a He says while the size of the proposed development retirement village in a place like Orewa or Takapuna is ‘boutique’, prices will be affordable. with urban traffic densities and other noise.” The idea arose as Mr Wedd’s parents looked at their Council’s northern resource consenting and retirement options and were faced with moving compliance manager, Julie Bevan, says a report away from the rural lifestyle they loved. written by planning consultant Philip Brown The plan is a first for an Auckland rural zone and raises areas of concern related to the density and as such has many hurdles to overcome to obtain a appropriateness of the development within a rural non-complying resource consent from Auckland zone and the location of the development within an area of land specifically identified in the District Council. Mr Wedd says while Council planners should be Plan as a Quarry Effects Management Area. unbiased, they appeared to be against the idea from the She says the reporting planner recommended start and told him he would never get to the hearing that the consent be refused, bearing in mind stage; this proved incorrect – a two-part hearing before assessments undertaken by Council and consultant independent commissioners was completed last week expert advisors relating to technical aspects such and a decision is expected this month. as land stability, traffic and access, wastewater and

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stormwater discharge. Mr Wedd says if the commissioners come to the same conclusion, it will be the end of the road for the scheme. “I can see why it takes a big corporate with deep pockets to get consents through Council,” he says. “Unreasonable barriers are raised by planners that stifle innovation. Auckland Council promotes housing choice and making Auckland the best place to live in the world, but obviously this doesn’t extend to providing rural folk with a sustainable, ecologically friendly retirement option.” Have your say: Is Auckland Council stifling innovation by opposing the building of a retirement village in a rural zone? Or was this never going to fly? Join the conversation at www.localmatters.co.nz

Vector offers way forward in Stillwater power line conflict An attempt to solve the conflict caused by the location of power lines in a protected salt marsh on the Weiti River has been suggested by Vector, however Hibiscus Coast Forest & Bird says it is disappointing that the power company has offered no compensation. Vector’s line workers caused considerable damage to the area when repairing a fault three months ago (HM March 5). Phillip Wrigley of Hibiscus Coast Forest & Bird says Vector suggested a working

group be established to develop an access plan for maintenance work at the site. The group would include Mr Wrigley, and Vector and Auckland Council representatives. Rodney MP Mark Mitchell, who attended an on-site meeting last month, says the working group should plan how any future damage is going to be dealt with. “A solid working relationship could extend into other areas where there is this type of conflict,” he says.

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Mr Wrigley says he will be part of the working group, but still feels that compensation is called for and that the Council, as landowner, needs to get involved. “The damage has, if anything, got worse due to the dry summer,” he says. “It would be good corporate behaviour for Vector to make a gesture of compensation. I’m also surprised that Council, as landowner, have not taken any action yet. They should be making their feelings known.”

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Needs not met

May I compliment the editorial in the Hibiscus Matters April 2 edition. While it is nice that our Mayor has visited and spent time hand shaking with the locals, no amount of political rhetoric, can replace the fact that our Coast community is not receiving a fair deal when it comes to capital investment. When I visit Browns Bay I see a beach beautifully retained and paved, but when I return home to Orewa beach I see ongoing erosion, unsafe pathways, and empty political promises. Equally our infrastructure requirements for an evergrowing Whangaparaoa population, are not being met. Come on Auckland Council, remember your ratepayers on the Coast, and include funding in the Annual Plan budget for must needed Hibiscus Coast infrastructure. Brent Robinson, Puhoi

More options needed Some questions regarding Council’s proposed sale and development of 20 Link Crescent, Whangaparaoa (HM April 2): 1) Why only two options given? What about option three, do nothing and leave it as open space for the community to enjoy, or option four, build the community centre and leave the rest as open space with maybe an adventure playground? With a little imagination and using the steep contours I’m sure someone could come up with a great design that would only enhance the area and draw more people to our town centre. 2) Where would the money from the sale of the land go to? Bet you a jam sandwich that we on the Hibiscus Coast won’t see it used here for our benefit. If this is the case we should be screaming from the rooftops. 3) Is three-storey shoe-box housing what the locals want for their area? 4) What measures are being employed to ensure that our roading infrastructure will be able to cope with 50 more cars at rush hour going through what is already a major choke point on Whangaparaoa Rd? Don’t even think about another set of traffic lights! 5 What about

What’s on your mind? Readers are welcome to air their views. Letters may be abridged or withheld. See address on p2 or e: terry@localmatters.co.nz the loss of views, light and privacy for existing residents, many of them retired and cannot afford to simply move out? The whole presentation of this proposal is dishonest and rather high-handed as the Unitary Plan that would allow this to proceed is far from being approved yet. Chris Demchy, Whangaparaoa (abridged) Editor’s note: In our story on this issue in April 2 edition, we correctly stated that this land is listed as “cleared for sale” by ACPL. This is not the same as it being on the market. A Council spokesperson confirms that 20 Link Crescent is not currently on the market and a decision will be made on this after consultation has been completed. For more on the consultation, see story p2

School milk is cool Ever thought about those kids who come to school hungry? Well I’m Max from Gulf Harbour School and proud to say the Fonterra Milk for Schools programme is going great and we need to keep it going. The ‘Fonterra Milk for Schools’ says: “Fonterra Milk for Schools aims to give all NZ primaryaged children the opportunity to enjoy the goodness of dairy every school day by offering free milk in schools.” I strongly believe that it is good that we have a free milk programme for children at primary schools. For example if a child came to school without breakfast they would get really hungry when they are working in the class. By having the Milk for Schools programme they won’t be as hungry. We must bring this programme into all schools throughout NZ so every primary school child can experience this awesome scheme. I hope this fantastic programme will run for years to come, and for future generations. In our classroom, The Stadium (year 7/8s at Gulf Harbour School), during the afternoon we drink our milk and tell stories to each other, which is great fun. We also have fun folding the empty cartoon in a special way – a bit like a paper origami exercise for the kids.

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Brief is better I agree with John Watson (HM April 2) that the Unitary Plan is fundamentally flawed. A long term plan is essential for major infrastructure projects and overall vision, but when plans become too prescriptive, planners are unable to deal with applications on their own merits and the results are ‘one size fits all’ solutions that rarely take account of local needs. The original budget for the plan has so far grown from $12.4 million to $28.4 million, a cost that is likely to grow further. A brief strategic plan would cost a fraction of this and, I am convinced, deliver much better and more flexible outcomes. We need less expensive, community focused procurement solutions but unfortunately our Council appears to believe the opposite. With Council debt now costing $1million per day in interest payments, ratepayers can illafford poorly conceived extravagance. Malcolm McAll, Stanmore Bay

Penlink not the answer With every accident causing chaos on the Whangaparaoa Road comes the usual cry of “Penlink Now”. If I make any comment about this project being impractical or too expensive for the small number of vehicles involved, I receive the same old replies that “Penlink is the answer”. I wonder if the people who make these comments have really stopped to make a sensible assessment of what would be achieved if Penlink was approved by Len Brown and his South Auckland biased Council. Mayor Len only sees dollar signs when he looks north of the bridge, so expect no help from there. It now looks as if Penlink will come up for consideration in 2018, with the possibility of a start being made in 2020/21. It will take around five years to complete. Stop and think where you will be in 12 years time. Even if approval was given now it would be at least another six years before it would get you to the morning

motorway tailback seven minutes quicker. If you live on the peninsula you must accept the fact that you put yourself there and will have to live with the travel problems that go with it for many more years yet. Take a look at all that lovely empty water in the Gulf and ask yourself why there isn’t a decent hourly ferry service to Auckland from Gulf Harbour and Orewa? Strange that. I wonder who makes sure it doesn’t happen? Mac Hine, Whangaparaoa (abridged)

Bigger not better John Watson’s Viewpoint (HM April 2) is spot on – the ‘unitary’ plan is flawed. People don’t want uniformity – they want variety. One size does not fit all, hence the origins of rural district councils. What might fit Ponsonby will not fit Te Hana and so on. Uniformity may suit the legion (more than a legion!) of Auckland Council bureaucrats and the Mayor because it should streamline and simplify procedures, processes and decisionmaking. But it doesn’t. It’s worse now than in Rodney District Council days. As Wayne Walker says elsewhere in Hibiscus Matters’ last edition, the Council has screwed up the plan for ‘knowledge centres’ in its quest for more housing. There will surely be more than enough new housing out this way with the massive Millwater development. I guess the Council has figured out how the infrastructure will cope? A word that comes to mind is ‘excrement’. I’d say one pipe out to Army Bay will be hard pressed! John Clements, Orewa (abridged)

Design disappointment I am sure I’m not alone in my disappointment at Orewa Surf Club going back to the drawing board (HM April 2). The design that was published in this paper some time ago caught the imagination and gave me hope that something architecturally attractive could finally replace all that concrete tilt slab we’ve been subjected to. If this is not happening because funders can’t get their head around volunteer labour, as suggested in the story, that will be an enormous shame. David Martin, Orewa

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The sign outside the door of the Orewa Community Hall announcing a public meeting with Conservative Party leader Colin Craig bore the message ‘saying what people are thinking’. And so it proved to be, with Mr Craig largely preaching to the converted when he addressed the crowd of around 80 people on April 10. There was not a murmur of dissent as he outlined policies that include requiring people to “get off their bottoms” and work for the dole, raising the drinking age to 20, and repealing the anti-smacking law. Describing living on the Domestic Purposes Benefit as having become “a wonderful pathway for someone to walk down”, he said the choice to work should always be the best choice. The party also supports fiscal responsibility – seeking to reduce borrowing and ensure central, and Colin Craig received a warm response local, government “lives within its at a meeting in Orewa. means”. Russel Norman, one member of the Mr Craig said that he has reason to audience asked whether Mr Craig hope that in this year’s election the is “tough enough for politics, or just Conservatives will get over the five wants to feed the lawyers”. percent threshold required to gain list MPs in Parliament, and could in fact “I have a successful background in get “close to double digits”, as well as commerce, and you don’t get that from being soft,” Mr Craig said. “I potentially gaining an electorate seat. believe in challenging people when “There are 162 days to the election, they tell lies.” and we’re counting down. Potentially we could hold the balance of power,” Mr Craig stood in Rodney last election, but refused to say which electorate he Mr Craig told the crowd. favours this time around. He says the In response to questions from the party is researching the issue and no floor, he said his party’s policy, post- decision has been made. The change election, is to “if possible work with in electoral boundaries means he now the most popular party, as they’ve been lives in East Coast Bays, instead of on given a mandate”. However he says the border with Rodney. some Conservative policies, including Conservative appeal the holding of binding referenda, are Local Conservative supporters include not negotiable. several who previously “swung” Until now Mr Craig has financed the between a range of parties on the right party himself, however a drive has of the spectrum. begun to raise funds. Colin Craig’s Orewa audience included He said it is also important that a policeman concerned about the need Conservative party supporters talk to tighten the drug laws, particularly to their neighbours and go door in relation to synthetic cannabis, and knocking. graphic artist Andy Dunn who says he “Voting decisions are made from one viewed the anti-smacking legislation person speaking over the fence to as “an assault on families”. Mr Dunn another,” he said. says he has previously supported both Referring to Mr Craig’s current National and Act and once stood for defamation against Greens co-leader Bob Jones’ NZ Party.


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Viewpoint with Len Brown, Auckland Mayor len.brown@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz

Out and about I spent a good morning out and about with Hibiscus Local Board chair Julia Parfitt and deputy chair Greg Sayers recently. It was a stunning early autumn day which was perfect for showing the Hibiscus Coast at its finest. I’m spending time with all our local board chairs at the moment, getting out into their local areas to get a first-hand look at the opportunities and challenges local areas have ahead of them. We visited many of the beaches in the area and I had a close-up look at the challenges of dealing with coastal erosion and a discussion about some of the cost-effective options that may be open to us. We are wrapping up our Annual Plan budgetary round and starting our 10-year Long-term plan budget review and it’s vital that I have a good understanding of what is needed both locally and regionally. For example, funding for a long-term solution to erosion at Orewa, a permanent coastal protection structure, will be investigated through the 2015-2025 Long-term Plan process now underway. The long-term process also gives us an opportunity to closely review Auckland’s finances and funding. We need an informed debate on acceptable levels of debt, its limitations as an investment tool, and how that relates to Auckland’s combined asset and balance sheet. The scale created by Auckland’s unification gives us new opportunities to deliver that investment. We need to have a frank discussion as a community about how we fund our projects and activities, from using Public Private Partnerships for vital regional infrastructure to commercial relationships on a smaller scale, such as sponsorships and commercial partnerships to extend free swimming entry. PPPs are not a free ticket to be clipped by the private sector. We need to use our considerable scale and position to nail down the best possible deals for Aucklanders, learning the lessons from international experience, particularly around retaining public ownership. Penlink remains an ideal candidate for a PPP to deliver real value for money and better outcomes for both Whangaparaoa residents and Auckland ratepayers. Hibiscus Coast public transport is about to go under the microscope as part of Auckland’s New Network. The New Network will allow more passengers to simply ‘turn up and go’ on a system of frequent, connector, local and peak services making public transport more useful for a range of travel purposes. The Hibiscus Coast is second out of blocks for New Network consultation – Auckland Transport is currently planning the routes for Hibiscus Coast and expects to be consulting the public in July/August. For more on the New Network see story p9.

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Debating rates Local Government NZ (LGNZ), which represents all councils, announced last week that it is conducting a review of council funding mechanisms and wants a national debate about alternatives, including suggesting sales taxes, payroll taxes, congestion charges, visitor charges and road tolls. LGNZ President Lawrence Yule said it is common overseas for local government to have a multiple taxing powers in order to fund infrastructure projects without increasing property rates faster than inflation. The review will identify new funding options and alternatives to complement current funding tools. He referred to the challenges of funding expensive infrastructure with an ageing population where the burden of rates falls more on retirees. “Our focus is on developing a strategy and model that is sustainable for New Zealand communities in the long term,” Mr Yule said. To start the process, LGNZ plans to set up a cross-sector working party this month. Auckland Mayor Len Brown welcomed the announcement, saying that the current model of funding through rates is “intrinsically unfair”. “Now is the right time to look seriously at alternatives that are more equitable and that better reflect the complex funding challenges facing Councils. In doing so we should not rule out any sensible options, and draw on international experience of what works well.” For more Viewpoint columns visit our website www.localmatters.co.nz

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Three nations share their knowledge in Silverdale A cross cultural exchange of a unique kind took place this month with the visit of three Native American Elders to Te Herenga Waka in Orewa. The Elders, Gil Aguilera, Ruben Saufkie and Gail Whitlow, came to Orewa as the guests of Marama Winder who invited them here after attending their workshop in Albany last month. Marama organised the day of teaching, healing and ceremony at Te Herenga Waka in Silverdale at short notice; around 45 people took part. The special one-day event included teachings about traditional medicine, prophecies, prayers, ceremonies, meditation and stories as well as Hopi dancer Ruben Saufkie. making Prayer Bundles. the natural world and understanding The Elders, who represent three of the power of water and the elements. nations – Apache, Hopi and Mohawk Gail, who runs a healing centre on Six – have been travelling together around Nations Reserve in Ontario, Canada, the world, learning about other says there has been a loss of knowledge cultures and sharing their knowledge of the old ways among the Native of healing and other ancient practices. Americans, but that young people are This included three weeks in New beginning to come back to their roots. Zealand. “Ancient ways are useful as examples Gil says there are many similarities of how we can find balance and coamong different peoples, such as exist in harmony and peace with each connections in the way they honour other and our planet,” she says.

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Improvements planned for Hibiscus Coast bus services Imagine turning up at a local bus stop and only having to wait a few minutes for the next bus to arrive. This is the stated aim of Auckland timetables and services”. Transport’s (AT) New Network South Auckland is the first area where initiative, which proposes replacing all the New Network will be rolled out. current routes with a new network of More than 1100 submissions were local bus routes. received on AT’s suggested changes The northern area, including the to the bus and train network there, Hibiscus Coast, is the second area in more than half in support, 22 percent Auckland to have its public transport neutral and 21 percent opposed. links scrutinised and re-worked under The changes involved the creation the plan. of new routes, expansion of some The end result will be a region-wide services and changes to existing routes public transport network of Frequent, as well as the removal of one route. Connector, Local and Peak services. Implementation of the changes in The Frequent Network aims to provide South Auckland is planned for midservices at least every 15 minutes from 2015. 7am to 7pm, seven days a week. Cr Wayne Walker says the Network is AT spokesperson Mark Hannan says a constructive way to make an impact planning is underway and consultation on the traffic congestion that this area on the Hibiscus Coast, including is experiencing. detailed route maps, brochures, drop “It’s the fastest, most practical way to in days and website feedback, is resolve the issues we’ve got and take expected to begin around June or July. cars off the road,” he says. “It will He says it’s not about physical work simplify the routes to provide better such as widening roads to introduce public transport within the Hibiscus bus lanes, or even putting on more Coast and from here to the North buses, but “being smarter with Shore and Auckland city.”

He says the proposal is likely to include a loop through the Silverdale Park ‘n’ Ride to Orewa and Whangaparaoa. “The loop will be easy for people to understand and use, and provide the opportunity to switch to a high frequency service into Auckland or the North Shore at the Park ‘n’ Ride. There’s a need for a service, such as an on-demand service, down into Arkles Bay and Stillwater, so I’m looking for some bolt-ons to make that happen.” It is not yet known whether buses will connect with the Gulf Harbour ferry,

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but AT will seek feedback on that. Cr Walker says changes to bus routes will be favourable for most people, however “in a few localised situations” some may have to walk further to a bus stop. “The concept is a service so regular that you don’t even have to think about when a bus is due, just turn up and go,” he says. Implementation is proposed for next year, and 2016. Info: at.govt.nz/projects-roadworks/newpublic-transport-network/

NZ Police are managing a tender process for camera equipment which combines the latest radar detection methods with wireless data download capability. This includes investigating the benefits of dual-purpose red light/speed cameras. These multi purpose cameras are able to detect and deter high-risk behaviour such as red light running and enable the data to be sent wirelessly to police. Suitable sites in Auckland are being identified for a trial, but so far none are on the Hibiscus Coast. For more news stories visit our website www.localmatters.co.nz

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Auckland Council’s second attempt to secure resource consent for Stage 2 of the Silverdale busway/park ‘n’ ride facility is making progress, with an Auckland Transport spokesperson advising the Hibiscus & Bays Local Board that a hearing is likely to take place this month. The consent had to be re-submitted after owners of land adjacent to the facility successfully argued that they should have been notified before resource consent was granted for Stage 2. This time around, the neighbours will be notified. Stage 2 of the project consists of the busway station itself, a 500-vehicle carpark and stormwater treatment pond and is unlikely to be completed until the end of this year.

Changes to Hibiscus Coast bus services are currently on Auckland Transport’s drawing board.


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St John launched its Annual Appeal this month, seeking donations to support its many services. The service deals with a huge range of incidents – from motor vehicle accidents and serious accidents at the workplace, through to cardiac arrests and people injured in their homes. St John uses donations to buy equipment and emergency medical resources. Donations can be made at any ASB Branch, visit stjohnappeal.org.nz or text ‘ST JOHN’ to 336 to donate $3.


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Hooping for health

If your middle aged spread is spreading, or you are determined to fit into a bikini next summer, think about taking up Powerhooping. It’s the hula hooping that children can keeping the hoop rotating around the do, seemingly without effort, but taken body – this involves a gentle forward into the adult realm of a fitness tool with and backward motion of the hips, a re-designed hoop and a programme rather than a circular movement. that focuses on balanced, symmetrical Good posture is important when toning for the core muscles. Powerhooping and as well as helping The power hoops are padded, weighted with postural alignment, the activity and wider than the traditional hula tones muscles in the waist, stomach hoop. As well as being rotated around and lower back, the buttocks, hips and the waist, the hoops are used for arm thighs. and leg exercises in an hour-long class. It is recommended as a way of Power Hooping was introduced to improving lower back pain or stiffness. the Hibiscus Coast last January with The Powerhoop programme was instructors Margaret Smith and Jackie designed in Europe and brought to Dwight offering classes in Stanmore NZ by Amy McAuley who moved to Bay. Auckland at the end of 2012. Margaret and Jackie say most people Margaret and Jackie are the only quickly pick up the technique of Powerhoop instructors on the Coast.

Power Hoop instructors Margaret Smith, left, and Jackie Dwight demonstrate the technique.

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Easter babies receive special gift from North Shore CMA Babies born at North Shore Hospital over Easter will be receiving a special gift thanks to the efforts of members of the local North Shore Centres of Mutual Aid (CMA). Around 40 members of CMA in Red Beach and Stanmore Bay have been making the ‘nappy baby’ packs for enjoyment this term. The packs include a newborn-size nappy, socks and a flannel in soft pastel colours cleverly designed to look like a wrapped infant. The CMA members, many of whom

are well into their 80s and 90s, like to give back to the community, so supervisor Melissa Jillings suggested they donate the packs to the hospital. They were presented to the hospital midwife manager, Jill Dale, at the end of last month and will be given to the parents of babies born at the hospital over Easter weekend. CMA is a not for profit charitable organisation that provides companionship and fun activities for seniors, aged 65 plus, throughout the North Shore and Hibiscus Coast.

CMA supervisor Melissa Jillings, right, presents the basket of ‘nappy babies’ to acting North Shore Hospital midwife manager Jill Dale.

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Former Kingsway student Sarah Lee is the recipient of Zonta Hibiscus Coast’s Young Women in Public Affairs Award. Sarah is studying towards a degree in law and politics at Auckland University. Her dream is to create an NGO, partnering with agencies to address the effects of first world consumerism on third-world needs. Winning the award on March 25 makes Sarah eligible to compete in the National Award, which has a prize of US$3000. She also won the title of Rodney Youth MP during Youth Parliament.


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Seeing double worth the trouble It is well-known that many New Zealand homes are far colder than they should be. One way of raising the temperature is to double-glaze your windows and doors. But it’s important to consider other measures as well, says Murray Wyllie, of Composite Joinery of Rodney. Murray has been in the business all his working life, and says changes to the Building Code, introduced in 2007, have definitely resulted in much warmer homes. While the new code does not specifically require double-glazing, it does require measures that means it makes sense for most people to include it in their plans, he says. While double-glazing is almost a given in new homes, older homes can benefit from it as well. “When people are replacing older joinery they are generally going for double-glazing to better insulate their home,” he says. “But you shouldn’t really do just one thing. If you’re doing double-glazing, you should really put more insulation in the walls and floor and ceiling as well. And if you do the walls, floor and ceiling but don’t do the joinery, you can put in thermal drapes, but it’s not the total answer.” Murray suggests doing just one room

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at a time if cost is an issue. Gail McDowell, from Rodney company Elite Windows, agrees, and says she has noticed a big increase in double-glazing over the past decade. “Generally speaking, double-glazing will add about a quarter to the cost of a building project but it’s definitely worth it,” she says. There are many different types of double-glazing, such as using argon gas between the panes, or using different tints on the glass. Some glass is also particularly good at blocking out noise. A house on a noisy road may need double-glazing only on a bedroom, while a house near the water may need tinted glass only on one side.

Those with wood burners or open fires generally know they need to have an annual visit from the chimney sweep, but according to Neil Duff of Heat Pump Cleaning, owners of heat pumps are often unaware of the need for regular maintenance of the unit. Neil started Heat Pump Cleaning a year ago and offers his services Auckland-wide from his Stanmore Bay base. He says people know they should clean the filters of their heat pumps, but very few know that full maintenance is required annually. This prevents issues such as dust build up in the coils which drain the efficiency of heat pumps and can increase power consumption significantly. Info: visit www.heatpumpclean.co.nz or phone 0800 225 327.

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If the house is shaded by bush, tinting is not a good idea as it will make the house too dark, she says. Both firms say retro-glazing is also popular, but Gail notes that it is usually not worth retro-glazing if you have older aluminium joinery. “It can be almost as expensive as getting completely new joinery, so we tend to say to people that unless you’re doing just one room, it’s better to get new joinery,” she says. And yes, triple-glazing is now common in parts of Europe, but not yet in New Zealand. “New Zealand simply isn’t cold enough, and the frames we use are not big enough to accommodate so much glass,” Murray says.

As people head indoors and activate their home heating, the local fire brigade has some tips to keep you safe: yy Chimneys and flues should be cleaned before your first fire of the season. Birds and rodents are known to build nests here and soot can also build up. yy Don’t use your fireplace for burning rubbish, especially batteries and aerosol cans. yy When cleaning out the ashes, remember they can take up to five days to cool down. yy Have your electric blanket tested before you use it. Electric blankets can be dropped at 100 Percent Eddie Law stores, where staff forward them for testing.

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(better than a wood burner); heating large spaces; heating hot water in winter through a wetback system. Be aware that: they won’t work if your electricity isn’t working; building consent is needed for installation; in areas with air quality issues only authorised burners can be installed.

Flued gas (natural or LPG) heaters or fireplaces Good for: you can control the temperature and timing with the thermostat and timer controls; heating larger areas for longer periods. Be aware that: you may have to pay a fixed charge for reticulated gas supply; EECA recommends choosing an Energy Star qualified model; gas heaters must always be installed by a registered gas fitter. Electric heaters Good for: heating a small room infrequently and for short periods only; very cheap to buy. Be aware that: they are more expensive to run than most other heating options; there are different types but they all have the same efficiency; there are different types that deliver heat in different ways; many have built-in thermostats, but generally they aren’t very accurate. Central heating Good for: providing whole-ofhouse heating; you can control the temperature and timing with the thermostat and timer controls; many are zone-controlled so you can control the temperature in different parts of the home. Be aware that: heat can be supplied by a gas or wood pellet heating system, or a heat pump; it is worth choosing a system that has an individual thermostat for each room; they can be very expensive to run if your house isn’t well insulated, or is draughty. Unflued gas (natural or LPG) Good for: back-up heating during power cuts, if your normal heating relies on electricity to operate. Be aware that: unflued LPG heaters are the most expensive form of heating (except for some open fires); it will pollute air with toxic gases and large amounts of water vapour, so you must keep at least one window open when it is in use and never use it in bedrooms; they can make your home damp; portable LPG heaters can be a fire risk, as anything too close can catch fire quickly. Info: bit.ly/1dRA3gl.


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Making fire without smoke The comfort of a wood fire has been appreciated since man first rubbed two sticks (or stones) together and made a spark. These days it’s seen as technology that could be on the way out due to clean air legislation, however there are still many ways to enjoy the inimitable crackle of a home fire without polluting the atmosphere – principally with a modern wood burner. Steve and Viv Castle of Peninsula Mowers and Heating in Whangaparaoa sell both wood and gas fires and say the ambience of a wood fire is still popular on the Coast.

“As the cost of power continues to go up, people are looking to wood burners as a cheaper option, and one that can dry and warm the whole home,” Viv says. She says all new wood burners must meet emission standards set by the Ministry for the Environment, that they are energy efficient and have multiple functions. “They can be used for water heating and cooking, making it a smart solution in a power cut,” Viv says. All wood burners operate at their peak using dry, split, well seasoned firewood.

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Easter brings artworks to Hibiscus Coast Art and Easter are becoming synonymous on the Hibiscus Coast, with local artists presenting their work in Whangaparaoa, at Orewa Community Church and on the Silverdale sidewalk from Good Friday to Easter Monday. Perhaps the biggest creative challenge has been taken on by artist and art teacher Graham Braddock, who will recreate one of his paintings on a 4m x 3m piece of pavement outside The Warehouse in the Silverdale Centre. Although he has worked in chalk before, Graham’s usual medium is oils or pastels. For this, his first venture into pavement art, he chose a work he created after a trip to Israel in 1984, which depicts the Via Dolorosa. He says it’s important to bring art out of the galleries and “into the market place” so that as many people as possible will view the work. At the same time, elsewhere around the Silverdale Centre, Graham has coordinated local artists, and students from Kingsway School who will work on panels. Stella Maris pupils, up to Year 8, will create their own pavement art near Mozaik Caffé. While Graham will be laying out his work on Good Friday, the public can view its progress from Saturday

a craft group of more than 100 women meet each week at the church and there are also regular art classes. Jane says this year the Easter Exhibition is thematic, with art, craft and posters integrated to convey different human emotions and experiences. There will be a separate room for children and youth offering a handson experience of different craft and painting activities. Refreshments are available. The exhibition is open at Orewa Community Church, 235 Hibiscus Coast Highway, Orewa, from Good Friday to Sunday over Easter, 10am– 4pm, and the children’s programme runs from 11am–12pm and 2pm– 3pm each day. Entry is free.

Hibiscus Coast artist Graham Braddock will recreate his work Via Dolorosa in chalk on the Silverdale Centre’s pavement over Easter.

morning until Easter Monday. Journey of Hope This is the third year that Orewa Community Church has held its Easter Exhibition and art teacher Jane Jensen, who is one of the organisers, says this will be the biggest yet. Hundreds of art and craft works, including photography by members

of the Hibiscus Coast Photography Club, will be on display and there will also be interactive stalls representing different stages in the Easter story. Alison Holst will exhibit paintings, as well as Neville Bradley, Murray Stuart, April Shin, Rae Lamble and Ursula Cranmer. Orewa Community Church has developed a reputation for creativity –

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A group of Whangaparaoa artists are showing their work in Tindalls Bay over Easter. The artists, Cynthia Archer, Patsy Fisher, Di Hillas, Karsten Kroger and Ray McTeigue will each show several works along with guest artist Lesley Gager. All are painters, whose subjects include buildings, landscapes and abstracts. The Art Show and Sale is on at 1055 Whangaparaoa Rd, Tindalls Bay, April 19– 21, from 10am each day.

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A local family of dedicated foodies have taken over the restaurant and wine bar in Hillary Square formerly known as Vino Per Favore and are making changes to enhance its reputation as a friendly place to wine and dine. Clive, Mandy and Danielle Hebben took over ownership last month and began by brightening up the interior and changing the name to Vino Orewa. Clive works at Kiwibank and Mandy is a member of Orewa Lions but both also have extensive experience in the hospitality industry, here and overseas. Owning Vino Orewa has given them an opportunity to pass on their passion for wine and food – something they have already achieved with 20-yearold daughter Danielle, who is running the restaurant/wine bar as manager; Danielle has been in the hospitality business since her teens and has already notched up an impressive CV, including a number of local roles. The couple’s son, 16-year-old Cory, will also be helping out in the kitchen. Weeks of tasting local produce has helped provide Danielle, Mandy and Clive with inspiration for what will be a whole new menu to be launched at Vino Orewa’s official opening on May 10. Clive, who has taken on the role of Maitre d’, says the menu will feature

A background in nuclear engineering and a work history that includes introducing the square pizza to NZ, car sales, plumbing, landscaping and owning a Bonsai nursery for 10 years shows that Ron Judd, new owner of Mozaik Caffé in Silverdale, enjoys variety and is always on the lookout for a challenge. He also has a knack for backing the right horse – his square pizza, which he initially sold from a chiller van, was so successful it was bought by Pak ‘n’ Save. Ron moved to NZ from London 20 years ago looking for a new start after working in nuclear power plants. Following the success of his pizza enterprise, he took a series of “two week long” jobs, which eventually led him to buy his first café – a Robert Harris in Takapuna. Ever since he has been happily settled in the café trade. He has owned two Columbus Cafés, including one in Albany Mall, as well as Gina’s Café in Oteha Valley Road and has always been a hands-on owner, running day-to- day operations and ensuring quality is maintained. It was the Mozaik Caffé in Orewa that first brought Ron to the area in February last year at the suggestion of his friend, Mozaik franchise co-owner Alex Isik ; Ron was so impressed with “the unbeatable location” that he bought it two months later. He purchased the Silverdale

From left, Mandy, Clive and Danielle Hebben

seasonal, local produce and wines from around the world. A range of entrée size Bar Bites can be shared with a glass of wine and the needs of gluten-free diners can also be catered for. Mandy’s frequent travels to Australia in her job with a disability equipment company allow her to obtain one-off wines to enhance any special occasion, and wine tastings and “meet the vintner” evenings are planned. Clive and Mandy say they bought the business because they were frequent customers of Vino Per Favore – a case of “we liked the place so much, we bought it” – and so they want to retain the essence of an intimate dining experience that loyal customers enjoyed. Clive says the changes they are introducing are about improving the quality of the food and service. “There are exciting things ahead and we will be taking on board suggestions that existing customers gave us in our recent survey,” he says.

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Happy birthday Kowhai choir The Kowhai Singers are celebrating their 30th birthday next month with back-to-back performances of Mendelssohn’s Elijah. The performances will take place at dramatic work.” Warkworth School Hall on May 3 The choir will be joined by the and at Orewa College Arts and Events Pohutukawa Singers from Albany Centre on May 4. and accompanied by cello, organ and Founding member Beverley Hicks says harpsichord. Four professional soloists the group began singing Christmas will also perform, including Beverley carols at the Warkworth Methodist and three singers from Auckland. Hall back in 1984. “The solo work is quite extensive, so “We’ve performed a carol concert you need professionals,” Beverley says. every year since. It was the first carol concert that gave us the impetus to get It will be the 79th concert for the up-and-running, and the enthusiasm choir and it has always been well of the choir has kept it going ever supported, she says. “We’ve always had an enthusiastic following.” since,” Beverley says. But as the group has developed it has The group welcomes anyone who taken on more challenging works. wants to give singing a go, and doesn’t “It’s not a challenge for us to sing an a hold auditions. cappella now.” “It’s mostly enthusiastic amateurs. We Elijah was one of the first major believe that singing is a very positive works the choir performed and the experience and we’ve got to involve upcoming concert will commemorate everyone. And they all get up to a good level in the end.” this performance, she says. The two-hour mammoth work is a real The group meets at the Methodist test, both technically and physically, Hall every Monday from 7.30pm to she says. “It’s a big deal. It’s a very 9.30pm. New members are welcome.

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Tickets are selling fast for the Francesca’s Fashion Show – a showcase of preloved designer and high-end label clothing. The fashion parade, which will be held on May 2 at Gulf Harbour Country Club, is a fundraiser for Hibiscus Hospice and is followed by an opportunity to purchase clothing and accessories straight off the catwalk. Tickets are $20 and are available now from Francesca’s in Silverdale St, Silverdale or Gulf Harbour Country Club.

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

Our very own Dad’s army When World War II broke out in 1939 New Zealand troops were sent overseas to fight the Axis powers and later the Japanese. The men left behind were mainly the unfit and those deemed too old for active service. Many of them had already fought and been wounded during World War I, only some 20 years before. These were the men who formed the Home Guard to protect our shores in the event of an invasion. The Silverdale/Orewa branch practised arms drills and training was carried out on the football field where the milk depot now stands, next to Gatman’s Tractor Services. (SH1, which cuts through the township, was not in existence until the 1970s). The disused Presbyterian Church that stood at the lower end of Silverdale Street beside what was then the Bielby’s garage, became the Home Guard headquarters where they stored their weapons and training gear. This included a couple of water-cooled German machine guns from World War I. Simulations of enemy attacks were carried out and “prisoners” were seen being marched down Silverdale Street by Home Guards with blackened faces. Sometimes things got a little too realistic. During one “attack” a guard placed a stick of gelignite with a lit fuse just outside the Bielby’s garage. The resulting explosion damaged the petrol pumps and blew out the windows of the garage. Petrol was strictly rationed and during the resulting confusion the monthly petrol coupons were mislaid and the garage owner was charged in court for failing to account in coupons for petrol sold that month. Fortunately the coupons were later found and the charge withdrawn. There was a strict blackout curfew in place and all householders had to ensure that not a crack of light was showing from any of their windows. Wardens and Home Guards patrolled the streets at night to check on this and Mr Bielby rowed up and down the river checking that no lights could be seen from the water. There were lighter moments, including a submarine scare when a local ‘cow cocky’ put a toy submarine in his water trough and produced a photograph taken on a murky morning. Someone eventually decided that it was a hoax. After the war ended in 1945, the Home Guard thankfully returned to ‘home duties’. Thanks to the Bielby family for their wartime reminiscences

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One of New Zealand’s most endangered native birds, the takahe, will soon be making itself at home at Tawharanui Open Sanctuary, becoming the first significant breeding population on the North Island mainland. Tawharanui Open Sanctuary Society Inc (TOSSI) chairman Steve Palmer says initially four or five breeding pairs will be relocated to the sanctuary, but it is hoped this will grow to 10 pairs in the near future. With only around 260 birds left, and just 60 safe breeding pairs, this would make up nearly 10 per cent of the total population. The project is a collaboration between Auckland Council and TOSSI, the Department of Conservation (DOC) and Mitre 10 MEGA Warkworth. It is the first time the sanctuary has had a critically endangered bird, and Takahe will soon make an everyone is really excited, but a little appearance at Tawharanui. nervous, Steve says. “It’s fun and scary at the same time,” ourselves a very ambitious target of The project is part of a wider concerted he says. raising $30,000 to go towards the effort to boost the breeding of these It is hoped the birds could be in Takahe fence and funding to care for endangered birds by introducing them Tawharanui Regional Park by the birds. We’ll also need volunteers to to mainland sanctuaries. September, but there is a lot of work help track them.” Open sanctuary coordinator Matt to be done before then. About 700m Maitland says this is a major milestone The birds will be roaming freely of fencing will have to be put in, and for Auckland Council’s first open through the park, but will be tagged tagging and tracking equipment will sanctuary. for tracking. “We are pretty anxious be purchased, which will cost about not to lose a single bird,” he says. “Tawharanui Regional Park provides $45,000. a safe home; a predator-free mainland However, as the birds are out in Steve says that Mitre 10 Mega Warkworth has agreed to supply daylight, unlike Kiwi, there will be the island sanctuary where we hope materials, but there is still a lot of opportunity for chance encounters Takahe can thrive and breed.” fundraising to be done. “We have set with the public. Info: tossi.org.nz

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Nearly 400 submissions were made regarding proposed changes to Auckland Council’s Navigation & Safety bylaw. The majority focused on the issue of whether the wearing of lifejackets on small vessels should be made compulsory. Around 50 submitters indicated they would like to speak at the hearings, which are likely to be held next month, although dates are still to be confirmed.

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More than 800 boat ramp users responded to the Hibiscus & Bays and Rodney Local Board’s online and intercept surveys, which ended last month. A Local Board spokesperson says the information has given insight into how people use facilities in the area and what could be improved. The most common response is that people want better trailer/vehicle parking and more all-tide boat ramps. Survey data is being analysed to help inform future planning for existing and new facilities. The results will go before both Local Boards for their information and feedback and staff are then expected to make formal recommendations to the boards in June or July. Are you following us on facebook? www.facebook.com/hibiscusmatters

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Blues and Chiefs development squads clash at Silverdale Up and coming Blues and Chiefs players took part in a tightly contested game at Silverdale this month, with a crowd of around 300 local supporters cheering both sides on. The match marked the return of one of Silverdale rugby’s own sons, exOrewa College student William Lloyd, who is among the Blues development players, at number 5. Absent from the match was Arkles Bay resident Jordan Manihera, who is also in the squad. He has moved up through the ranks and was among the Blues reserves for their game against the Brumbies in Australia. Silverdale United Rugby Football Club was chosen to host the Blues Development versus Chiefs Development second match of the season on April 2 by the Blues management. Initially, the management team Brandon Nansen, of North Harbour approached the club seeking a training wins the lineout for the Blues. run, but they were impressed with the The game kicked off with Referee grounds and stepped up the request to Brendon Pickerill and Associate a full game. Referees Danny Morrison and Club manager Sue Turner says she was Natarsha Ganley calling the shots. delighted to host the up and coming The first half was contested tightly, with players. the game being close at the end of the She says both teams enjoyed playing first half, 12-3 in favour of the Blues. at Silverdale and there is talk of them In the second half, the Blues continued returning in the future. to build on the momentum of the end Many of the hundreds of supporters of the first half, scoring a further four who came to watch the game are junior tries to one from the visitors: final players at Silverdale and were keen to score 36-10. The teams will next meet on May 1. see some of their heroes in action.

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Breaking new ground My gardening excitement levels peak at this time of year because it’s when new gardens are made. Usually April is prime planting time, but because of the dry February, it would be best to wait until we’ve had some decent rain unless you’ve got an in-ground watering system or have been spending a lot of time at the end of a hose. In the meantime comes the really fun stuff – planning how your garden will look and what plants you need to buy or source by division. The last garden I put in, last spring, survived the summer well but needed quite a bit of additional watering and I did lose two small plants. That’s why autumn is a better time to get new plants in – the soil is still warmish and you can pretty much guarantee enough rain is on the way to let plants gently establish a root system through the winter. Of prime importance in thinking about the colour, form and structure of any new garden is what type of edging you use. The choice of edging is a personal statement about your garden’s style and an opportunity to get really creative. Plants are one way to go, with lots of low growing plants that will do the job. In large borders, repeat planting broken up now and then with other varieties, looks impressive up the front. It pays to think about the eventual spread of any mat-forming plants – the information on the plant label is a guide only, so check your plant books or a reliable website before you buy. Some low growing plants seem to go on expanding forever, if they like the conditions, including into nearby grass or hard surfaces. A herb garden put in this autumn by Nikki Davidson of Manly, pictured above, is a fine example of edging that blends personal style with good gardening sense. Nikki sourced a variety of vintage ceramic plates and knives and forks from Hospice shops and local markets to tie in with the edible theme of her herb garden. The edging creates a tidy barrier between a nearby seating area, which is paved with shell, and the garden, and recycled around 30 plates. Larger kitchen utensils have been placed here and there among the herbs and flowers as garden art. Nikki says she chose rustic and earthy plates, rather than pretty porcelain, to suit the Italian style of her home, standing the plates upright in a shallow trench, then filling in around them.As well as being a very low cost option, Nikki says it has added character to her herb and flower garden. “My husband wanted us to use macrocarpa, but this is a lot more colourful and interesting,” she says.

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what’s on April 2014

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

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World War I exhibition, Estuary Arts Centre, Western Reserve, Orewa. Artworks that commemorate the centenary of World War I. 18–20 Orewa Community Church Journey of Hope exhibition, Orewa Community Church, 235 Hibiscus Coast Highway, Orewa, from Good Friday to Easter Sunday, 10am–4pm. Children’s programme,11am–12pm and 2pm–3pm each day. Entry free. (see story p?? and ad p??) 19–21 Easter inspired pavement art at the Silverdale Centre with Graham Braddock. (see story p??) 25 Anzac Day services at cenotaphs around the community. (see details page??) 24–26 Children’s bellydance workshops as part of the Out of Egypt Bellydance Festival, Orewa Arts and Events Centre, 76 Riverside Drive, Orewa. Including bellydance workshop for children aged 4-12, stitchers workshop (aged 10 plus) with Tatyana Laptsevich, and beginners’ hulahoop workshop for older children. Plus party on April 26 with Princess Moonjelly. Info and bookings: www.medanz.org.nz/festival/festival-2014orewa/festival-workshops 26 Quiz night fundraiser for Puhoi Centennial Hall roof, at the Puhoi Centennial Hall, Puhoi, 7.30pm. Maximum of six people in a team with fancy dress optional. Prize for the best dressed team. Cost is $10 per head. BYO drinks and nibbles gold coins for raffles. Tea and coffee available. Bookings, phone Fran, 09 422 0835. Tickets should also be available on the night.

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Francesca’s Fashion Parade, Gulf Harbour Country Club, Gulf Harbour, 10am. Showcase of pre-loved designer and top end fashion that is available for purchase after the show. Morning tea included. Tickets $20 from Francesca’s, 20 Silverdale St, Silverdale Village, or Gulf Harbour Country Club. Junior Netball Give it a Go Day, Hibiscus Coast Netball Centre, Edith Hopper Park, Ladies Mile, Manly, 11am–12.30pm. Junior format with small games and modified rules for players in Year 0–2. No registration required. Cost is $5 per child, to be paid on the day. Info: www.hbcnetball.co.nz The annual Bayleys 80s Bash, Orewa Arts & Events Centre, 76 Riverside Drive, Orewa, 7:30pm-12pm. Monster 1980s party with live music featuring AutoMatic 80s with special guest Boh Runga plus DJ ’59 to 1’. Funds raised go to Orewa Surf Lifesaving and Silverdale Rugby clubs. Tickets $40 from iTicket, Orewa Surf Lifesaving Club, Silverdale Rugby Club and www.pitchperfectpromotions.co.nz Kowhai Singers perform Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Orewa Arts & Events Centre, 76 Riverside Drive, Orewa, 3pm. Kowhai Singers celebrate their 30th birthday with this major performance. (see ad p10 and story p16) Dealing Daily with Dementia: a talk by author Angela Caughey at Orewa Library, Moana Ave, Orewa, 2pm. After years of nursing her husband, Angela wrote this book offering advice on how to cope as a caregiver on a daily basis. All proceeds from royalties go to Parkinson’s Auckland, and Alzheimers Auckland.

Local Markets: Orewa Night Market, Nautilus carpark, Tamariki Ave, last Friday of the month, 5pm–10pm • Auckland Night Markets, Whangaparaoa Plaza, every Wednesday 5pm–11pm • Silverdale Markets, every Saturday 8am–1pm. Vegetables, flowers, plants, crafts and much more • Orewa Craft Market & Bazaar, Orewa Community Centre, Orewa Square. Held fortnightly. Info: Annamaria, ph 021 145 0640 • Orewa Farmers’ market, Orewa Square carpark. Sundays, 8am– 12.30pm. Locally grown produce, home-made preserves and soaps, plants, bread, fish • Puhoi Farmers’ market, 8.30am -12.30pm, Puhoi Sports Club, last Sunday of the month. Info: Phillippa, ph 422 0009 • Hobbs Wharf Market, Fairway Bay, Gulf Harbour, every Sunday from 10am–2pm.

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Club and community dig deep for Optimist Nationals

Manly will be buzzing with visitors over Easter, and Manly Sailing Club will be at the hub of the activity as hosts of the Optimist National sailing event. Locals will see Big Manly Bay peppered sailing, a well-run event, hospitality with hundreds of little white-sailed and showcasing what the club, and the Optimist boats and a fleet of 90 rigid area, has to offer. inflatable boats (RIBs) in support. Among the extras that the club has put The shore will be the scene of on are Perspex trophies shaped like an organised chaos, as boats are rigged, Optimist and “brag flags” for sailors launched and retrieved with the who achieve the best result of each assistance of many volunteers and just day; these are being printed by NZ three tractors and a quad bike. Sign Solutions of Silverdale. Around 250 young sailors and their Volunteers from the club and wider families and supporters will descend community are getting involved Community effort on the area for the event, which runs including cadets from Silverdale St Houses rented to visitors: 72 from April 18–22 and is one of the John and the Navy. Hotel stays: 15 families biggest brought to the Hibiscus Coast Several local businesses have given Campervans: 20 families in recent years. support – they include Fairway Bay, Staying on boats: 15 families Regatta chair Sean Paterson says a which is covering the club’s fuel Local businesses in support: 20 large number of entries came in a rush costs, 100 Percent Eddie Law which Volunteer numbers: 75 on the final day, giving him some nail is supplying TVs to display results, Optimists fill Manly Bay. Pictured, a Support boats: 90, with 180 crew recent Auckland Clubs training day. biting moments. Orewa New World, Manly Park Entries include 27 Australian sailors, Kitchen and Dad’s Pies. – Racing schedule (subject to change) including the Optimist champion, six National sponsors include Toyota who Friday April 18, starts 11am. Three races, qualifying series • Saturday April 19, from New Caledonia and one each are organising some, as yet unnamed, starts 11am Three races, qualifying series • Sunday April 20, starts 11am Three from the UK and USA. Team NZ members to present the races, qualifying series • Monday April 21, starts 11am Three races, final series The club’s priority is to give everyone a prizes. Photos of this event will be at • Tuesday April 22, starts 10am Three races, final series. memorable experience, including great www.localmatters.co.nz

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The Coast’s hopes for success in the Optimist Nationals Open event are pinned on just two sailors, Tess Paterson and Sean Herbert. Tess, who is 13, has been sailing competitively for three years and was in the NZ team that took part in the Asian Championships in Bahrain

earlier this month. As part of that team, she has been training under the experienced eye of coach Sam McKenzie. Sean started sailing four years ago, aged eight. He moved straight into the Open Bic class and he has achieved much success in this class, including

winning the U13 class at the Open Bic Worlds in 2012. Last year he took part in the Sir Peter Blake Regatta in an Optimist, finishing 26th out of 80 sailors in the Open fleet and he’s excited to sail in the far larger fleet at the Nationals, in the Bay he calls home.

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