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page 9 Northern Arena Swim School instructors, from left, Steven Kent, Laura Quilter and Dylan Dunlop-Barrett, have been selected for New Zealand’s Commonwealth Games swimming squad. (see story p3).

Money no object as Unitary Plan costs approach $30 million The estimated cost of producing the blueprint for Auckland’s growth over the next 30 years is already approaching the $30 million mark, which Cr John Watson says amounts to “a lavish disposal of ratepayers’ money”. Turning the Unitary Plan from and include more than $12.4 million at Council’s Budget Committee draft into reality over the next three to fund the panel and support staff, meeting on March 27. At that meeting years involves a lengthy process and almost $16 million for associated additional funding for a team of of submission hearings by a panel Council staffing and professional Geospatial Analysts was also approved, with an annual cost of $727,000. appointed by Government. The costs services. are borne by Auckland ratepayers The costs were presented for approval continued page 2

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Unitary Plan costs These are to support Council staff already allocated to the process, which includes 37 full-time equivalent planners, bringing the total estimated staffing cost to $15,981,962. The hearings panel chair David Kirkpatrick will be paid $1500 per day while the seven panel members, which include former Hibiscus & Bays Local Board member John Kirikiri, receive $1200 per day. There are also 10 facilitators who will be paid $150–$200 per hour, a programme manager at $200,000 per annum, office manager at $120,000 per annum and administrative support at $100,000 per annum. Cr Watson described this spending as an example of “a gravy train that’s out of control”, but reserved his harshest criticism for the $1.2 million allocated to lease premises at 205 Queen Street for the hearings panel to use as offices. An additional $750,000 has been budgeted to pay for the rent of hearings venues. “Council owns a host of buildings all over Auckland, including on the Hibiscus Coast, that are more than adequate and would cost nothing,” Cr Watson says. He says planners advised that using Council buildings would erode the public’s perception of the independence of the process. Cr Watson, together with Cr Wayne Walker and five others, voted against approving the costings, however Cr Watson says their protests fell on deaf ears. “Big sums of money slip by without much scrutiny. If it’s anything to do with the Unitary Plan or Special Housing Areas it is given priority and the budget is unquestioned,” Cr Watson says. “It wouldn’t be so bad if the public were behind the plan, but

from page 1 most people don’t understand it and those that do are worried about the extent of intensification it allows.” Budget Committee deputy chair Penny Webster agrees that it is a lot of money, but says the three-year process does not bear comparison with the formation of District Plans, which were heard by Councillors rather than an independent panel. “No one would question the costs, if it was a Government select committee process – and that’s what it is like,” she says. “You have to pay commissioners the going rate and hire a proper venue because of all the advisors, staff and IT needed. There’s no way we could have accommodated that in Council buildings.” Crs Watson and Webster disagree about what the final cost of the Unitary Plan is likely to be with Cr Watson expecting it to “blow the budget” and Cr Webster saying it could end up costing less than projected. The details of these figures are in the Budget Committee agenda linked to this story at www.localmatters.co.nz Once approved, the Unitary Plan will replace 13 district and regional plans. Submissions closed on February 28 and officers are preparing a summary that will be made available online by the end of this month, when the next formal submissions phase begins. This gives the public an opportunity to support or oppose existing submissions. Info: www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz Have your say: Is spending on the proposed Unitary Plan over the top or is it reasonable given the complex three-year process? Join the conversation at www.localmatters.co.nz

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AT board hears both sides on Penlink CCOs out of control?

The battle lines for and against the building of the Penlink toll road are firmly drawn with presentations made by both sides to the Auckland Transport board last week. The board has taken its time to mull over the project since receiving a revised business plan last November and will next discuss Penlink in closed session on May 27, so this was an opportunity to leave a lasting impression on the decision-makers who could bring the project forward from its current start time of 2018. The road extends from Whangaparaoa Peninsula across the Weiti River and Stillwater to Redvale, and those in its path are concerned. Stillwater Ratepayers & Residents Association chair Peter Wilson said the impact of the Penlink Bridge on Stillwater would be massive and irreversible, destroying the tranquillity The Penlink Now team, pictured, as well as Cr John Watson, members of the and cutting through two areas of Hibiscus & Bays Local Board and representatives of Fairway Bay attended the AT Significant Ecological Interest. board meeting in support of Penlink. The cost of the build should also be a prestigious project and lets common A crucial factor in progressing Penlink concern to all ratepayers, he said. sense and prudence be driving will be the letting of the contract for Auckland Transport favours the motivations,” he said. the Puhoi to Warkworth motorway option of a four-lane road, which is Hibiscus & Bays Local Board chair extension, because Penlink may be estimated to cost $200–$250 million, Julia Parfitt told the board that the road bundled with this in a Public Private which Mr Wilson said could be better was essential due to projected growth spent on road and public transport in the area when Whangaparaoa Rd Partnership. Resource consent hearings for Puhoi to Warkworth are underway improvements that would have a has already reached capacity. greater chance of reducing rush hour She asked that the revised business plan and the Environmental Protection traffic on the Hibiscus Coast. be made public, and that action be Authority will make its decision prior “We ask that Auckland Transport sets taken to get Penlink “out of the holding to the general election in September, aside the hype around this politically pen and into the delivery area”. after which a contract can be advertised.

Coast swimmers picked for Commonwealth Games The Hibiscus Coast will be strongly represented in the pool at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow this year, with three local swimming instructors included in New Zealand’s 16-strong swim team. Steven Kent, Dylan Dunlop-Barrett and Laura Quilter, who all coach at Northern Arena in Silverdale, were selected for the team last month and say their students will be excitedly following their progress once the Games begin in July. Steven and Dylan, both members

of Coast Swim Club, competed at the Olympics in London in the 4 x 200m freestyle relay, as they will do in Glasgow. Laura, aged 21, qualified for the Games as part of the 4 x 100m freestyle relay. All three learned to swim around the time they started school and speak of devoted parents getting up before dawn to drive them to training. As competitive swimmers, they currently spend around 20 hours a week in the pool as well as hitting the

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The Hibiscus & Bays Local Board has delivered a scathing attack on the performance of Auckland Council’s CCOs with poor communication, bureaucracy and lack of accountability among its chief concerns. The criticism was contained in the local board’s feedback on the review of CCOs that Council began last month. The seven CCOs are governed by boards of directors or trustees, and operate at arm’s length to Council while delivering core services. Council determines their objectives and monitors performance, however the local board says that the CCO structure has taken control away from the governing body. The local board says that Council, as landowner, should be in control to ensure its strategies are enacted. This is a key concern with CCOs responsible for infrastructure, such as Watercare Services and Auckland Transport (AT), as the city grows. With the notable exceptions of Auckland Council Property and Watercare, the local board describes communication as poor and service provision as inefficient, saying there are many duplications with “increased layers and hoops to go through”. “Multiple empires are being created with duplicated organisational structures,” the report says. It also says that accountability is severely lacking. “It appears that the CCOs (tail) are dictating to the Council (dog) which implies a lack of respect for Council”, the report says. Some of the strongest criticism is reserved for AT, which the local board says “does not understand our community and what is important”, suggesting that minor roads should come under local board control. The CCOs have prepared a report to reflect their perspective, with support from Pricewaterhouse Coopers.

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Anzac Day opening debatable While the Auckland Mayor, Councillors and Local Board members were laying wreaths at Anzac Day commemorations around the city, it was business as usual at the Council’s Pools and Leisure Centres. All the centres were open on normal weekend hours, 7am–6pm, on Anzac Day – something former staff and some members consider disrespectful to veterans. Although, by way of comparison, Northern Arena pool and gym complex in Silverdale was open public holiday hours (9am–6pm), opening in the morning on Anzac Day is a first for the Stanmore Bay Pool & Leisure Centre; under Rodney District Council it remained closed until around 1pm as a mark of respect and to allow staff to attend dawn services. The change is part of Council’s desire to be consistent throughout the region as in previous years Anzac Day opening hours across the centres differed, with some opening as usual and others at midday. As a service provider, gymnasiums are permitted to open on Anzac Day under the Shop Trading Hours Act – a fact that is easily ascertained by a quick call to the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment. Therefore, the fact that Council officers sought legal opinion – at ratepayers’ expense – on the matter demonstrates the lengths they went to, to ensure they were fully protected from any later fallout. It is an example of the conflict that exists between Council’s roles as public servant, service provider and business operator, which is why leisure manager Rob McGee remains somewhat uncomfortable with his decision. He says managers of the various centres were generally of the opinion that members wanted them to open in the morning and that supporting users of the facilities was key in his decision-making. However, he is already contemplating a change next Anzac Day, saying that while technically the centres are allowed to open, the question is whether morally they should be. The court of public opinion will no doubt be heard on this matter and may influence what happens on future Anzac Days. Martin A4 flyer.indd 1

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Crosses mark World War I remembrance It took less than an hour for a symbolic group of 200 white wooden crosses to be placed on a hill at the Silverdale & Districts RSA by a small group of volunteers. The crosses, which are part of the nationwide Fields of Remembrance project, were put in place by RSA members and Bunnings staff. They were painted and assembled by Paremoremo Prison inmates and arrived at the RSA just in time to be erected two days before Anzac Day. The objective of the project is for communities to create fields of crosses to honour those who fought in World War I. Eventually each cross at the Silverdale & Districts RSA will bear a poppy and the name of a service man or woman associated with the local RSA who died serving the country in conflict. RSA vice president Benny Luiten says the organisation has begun research at local war memorials and the names are expected to go on the crosses next year.

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Rare breed thrives in Wainui Robust and attractive with a calm nature, Highland cattle are becoming more common on NZ farms, especially in the South Island, however the miniature version is still a rarity. Wainui farmer Diane Littlewood came across the miniature breed when she was looking for Highland cattle last September and ended up buying eight from a breeder near Wellington. The miniatures attain an approximate height of no more than 1m at the shoulder compared with 1.2m or more for the full-sized breed. Diane’s 8.9ha farm is already home to a wide range of small creatures from Bantam hens and Shitsu and Jack Russell dogs to miniature kuni-kuni pigs. The only full-size animals are horses and 10 alpacas and Diane says this is because smaller size makes the animals easier to handle: most of the time she manages the animals herself, as well as caring for four children, while husband Richard, a Quantity Surveyor, is at work. Diane has also selected animals with a gentle nature. She knows all her animals by name and the Highland cattle even come Put a name to this face when called – as long as a bale of hay Diane Littlewood is offering a bottle is on offer. of bubbly and box of chocolates Last month to Diane’s surprise, one of to the Hibiscus Matters reader who the cows, Macleod, gave birth to a calf comes up with a suitable name for this little girl calf. Diane is looking for – as yet unnamed (see box). a name with character that reflects, Although this cow must have been if possible, the Scottish heritage of already pregnant when she arrived at the miniature Highland cattle. To the farm, Diane plans to breed more enter, like Hibiscus Matters’ Facebook miniature Highlands. page and add your suggested name for the calf. Suggested names must “Everyone loves them – not only be on our Facebook page by May 14 because they’re cute, but they are and the winner will be published in docile animals, very easy to care for the May 21 edition of the newspaper and ideal for lifestyle blocks as well as as well as online. bigger farms.”

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Boaties prepare for bylaw hearings Boaties’ keen interest in the progress of Auckland Council’s controversial Navigation and Safety Bylaw will be given further voice when hearings are held on May 27 and 30 and June 6. Nearly 400 submissions were made regarding proposed changes to the bylaw, which includes a proposal that wearing lifejackets be made compulsory on boats six metres or less in length. Other suggested changes include a requirement that boaties must appoint a person in charge of a vessel who is responsible for the safety of all those on board, and that anyone incapacitated by drugs or alcohol is prohibited from being in charge of a vessel. Around 50 submitters are expected to speak to their submissions at the hearings. The location of the hearings is as yet unconfirmed.

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Sue Turner may not actually live at Silverdale Rugby Club, but she admits it often seems that way. The club has been her “second home” since she became Club Manager almost 12 years ago but she has been connected with it since her son Jamie began playing there as a five year old, around 20 years ago. The job has brought her closer to her favourite sport, but, she told Terry Moore, it also brought a shy, hearing-impaired person out of her shell. I can remember sitting in a pram, I must have been about three or four years old, and watching my father play rugby in Avondale. I later followed games that my brother played in when he was in his college’s 1st XV. My ex-husband and friend, John Turner, is a coach here at Silverdale Rugby Club. I met him when he was a player at Suburbs – he was 19 and I was only 16. We got married and had two boys and moved from Mt Roskill South to the Hibiscus Coast. We used to come to the area every weekend anyway, because my father lived at Hatfields Beach and the boys would go out fishing. One of the first things we did when we moved into Orewa 20 years ago was join the local rugby club. My oldest boy, Jamie, who was five, was a keen player and pretty soon I volunteered to join the Junior Committee – funnily enough, my first role was “fair play officer” which wasn’t really me at all as I’m pretty competitive! I was on the committee until 2001, eventually becoming Junior Club Captain. At the end of 2001 they asked me to be Club Manager. In my early days as Club Manager I had a very proactive, dynamic board, who were my mentors; they guided and believed in me and ‘held my hand’ through the early days. I was painfully shy and working with them definitely brought me out of myself. One reason for my shyness was that I have a 47 percent hearing loss in both ears and am totally dependent on two hearing aids. I was born deaf with the inner ear nerves not being fully formed hence I cannot hear high-pitched tones. It can be frustrating at times but providing people face me, I can then use my skill of lip reading, which I learnt from a very early age. Technology has come a long way from the days when I had to wear an aid with a cord that used to dangle from my ear to my chest – I had to wear a singlet holding the device, which was as big as a cigarette pack. I also have a speech impediment, but with the understanding and the belief in me from the senior management of the club I soon found my comfort zone – although they are yet to get me up on stage! The board believed in me because they could see my passion was rugby and that I was dedicated and

conscientious. I wanted to see the kids enjoy playing rugby – that’s the priority, not the coaches’ egos or the parents’ enthusiasm to see their kids winning. The kids are looking for fun and friendship and that’s what keeps them playing the game. I love the competitiveness of rugby, and with my brother and ex-husband teaching me the rules over the years, you develop a great understanding of the game. These days my sons pull me up on technicalities so I’m always learning. Most of our discussions around the table are based on rugby. Both my sons play for the club and this is the second season that they’ve been in the Premier team; Zane is a hooker and Jamie is a loose forward. They are active, fit and passionate about rugby.

I wanted to see the kids enjoy their rugby – that’s the priority, not the coaches’ egos or the parents’ enthusiasm to see their kids winning.

Having belonged to the club since they were juniors, they have made some great mates. The Prems coach this year, Paul Mant, is encouraging the players to give back to the club in whatever ways they can – it gives a sense of ownership. Recently we painted numerals on the field, to assist spectators, using stencils, and the boys from the Prems did all the work. Jamie is coaching junior players as well as playing – they’re learning that being part of a club like this is about give as well as take. Although I remember one of our boys having a soft toy rugby ball in his bassinet, we never pushed them into playing rugby and would have supported them whatever sport they pursued. We used to play rugby in the backyard as a family, until the boys got too strong in their tackling, so we switched to Touch so I could join in. As for playing rugby myself – it wasn’t done in my day, but maybe I’d be brave enough if I was in my twenties now. My job is really to ensure the overall smooth running of the club. Preseason is very busy and there’s always a change over of team managers – a whole lot of new people to get to know and work with. I have got great staff,

including Junior Rugby administrator Janine Rutter and Isy Stevenson who looks after the catering and bar, netball and venue hire, and we are supported by a Junior Committee and board that give up a lot of time in their roles. In the height of the season, I’d be at the ground six days a week but one of those is purely social. That’s probably why some people think I’m married to the club. When I watch rugby, I am looking mainly at the forwards, whereas most people focus on the try scorers. I’m interested in how the ball is turned over, who did the work, it is not always about the try. I appreciate the skills that the backs have too, but one of the great things about rugby is that there is a spot for everybody regardless of their size, speed and strength. My boys have not had any major injuries, so they’ve been lucky. Parents may think about that – I certainly do if the front row collapses and my son’s in there, but there’s a lot more awareness among the controllers of the game now and the players realise that safety is paramount. I like to keep fit and many years ago was a keen runner. I swim and play a little bit of netball but only in a social team because in the winter I want to watch my boys play. I am also a bit of a card shark at Stop the Bus! I recall one of the board of directors

when I started as Club Manager saying to me that I had to stay “at least a year or two”, because there had been a few others that stayed less than a year up to that point. I have seen a lot of people come and go over the years and like to offer my experience to guide them, though you often have to let people make their own mistakes. When I first came to the club we only had 220 juniors and now have 550 so I’ve seen massive growth. We have hosted some big events at the club such as the Jubilee, Rugby World Cup teams and the Roller Mills last year. Silverdale has been very fortunate to get these, partly because of the location – straight off the motorway and near the beach. Right now we are having a feasibility study done of the club’s needs and wants and a lot will depend on the results of that regarding how we go forward from here. I always think the deck we’ve got overlooking the fields was a big thing for the club who fundraised to build it, and it is so appreciated and well used, so hopefully we will make similarly good decisions so that our young ones will benefit. I question whether all the growth in the area is positive or not, noticing the effects such as way more traffic. However, on the upside, more residential development does mean more rugby players.


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to talk freely with pharmacists in a couple of private ‘pods’. Also new is an increased focus on natural health and wellness, with advice available from nutritional expert Tracey Moore four days a week. While people’s health and wellness dispensing is still the primary focus for this pharmacy, Antony says Life Pharmacy Orewa has always taken cosmetics and beauty services seriously, providing an in-house team of beauty consultants and a beauty therapist who can provide full makeovers, skin care analysis and advice. The digital photo lab is also a big part of the business. The pharmacy is the oldest on the Hibiscus Coast and Antony says one thing that hasn’t changed in the 66 years that it’s been in operation is its connection to the community. “We’ve got a few customers who have been with us since the opening day, combined with new people coming in all the time. It’s an exciting time to have made this move.” CL

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A local makeup artist whose passion is empowering women says while those two things may seem to be contradictory, in fact they work well together. Single mother of four Talya Hugill of Stanmore Bay, says she first became aware of the struggle many women face with their self-image while she was working as sales manager for a women’s gym. “I heard so many stories from women who had been drug addicts, or were recovering from cancer or simply trying to recover their composure when life had knocked them down,” Talya says. “This resonated with me and I wanted to help.” Talya says her passion for empowering women comes from personal experience. “I’m a single mum and built my business on the smell of an oily rag. I wanted to do something worthwhile, and to show my kids that it doesn’t matter what life does to you, it’s how you respond that’s important,” she says. “I want to show others that if I can do it, other women can too.” Looking for a platform that enabled her to help boost women’s self-confidence, she decided to turn her skill as a makeup artist into a profession that put her in front of many women. She started her company Amazing Face in 2011, offering makeup sessions combined with a talk about valuing your inherent worth, self-confidence and empowerment. Taking care of her young children meant that Talya has only been able to give the business her full attention recently, but already her services are in demand.

Mothers day May 11 Incoming Probus president Yvonne Ambler is congratulated by outgoing president Evan Orsborn.

Woman president takes Probus chair Talya Hugill, pictured with brushes in hand, holds a makeup session for women from Funfit.

She says giving makeup demonstrations proved to be the perfect opportunity to talk with women in a relaxed setting about their inner beauty. She has also been spreading her message through involvement with a number of conferences for women and teenagers put on by Victoria Gatman of You Are, based on the Hibiscus Coast. “If you make yourself look smart, however you’re feeling or whatever you’re facing, your attitude changes – that’s where makeup can be empowering and a confidence booster. My 87-year-old grandmother is a case in point – she has lots of health issues but she makes sure she looks great, every day.” Info: look for Amazing Face on Facebook.

For the first time in its history, the Orewa Combined Probus Club has placed a woman at the head of its organisation. Yvonne Ambler was elected president at the club’s recent annual meeting, and first took the chair last month, on April 8. The club switched from men-only to combined status five years ago and currently Yvonne says the membership of around 130 is pretty evenly balanced between men and women. Yvonne has been a member of the club for three years and says while she has been president of various organisations up North, including arts and business groups, this is a far bigger club. The club was formed 27 years ago and has grown to the point where it has a waiting list. Monthly meetings are held with guest speakers, as well as a weekly walking group, monthly luncheons at local cafés, movies and Centrestage Theatre outings.

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Proactive women’s health We are so fortunate in New Zealand to have excellent screening initiatives and a good health system – life has never been better for women, especially if we have regular checkups, keep fit and are proactive about our health. All sexually active women should be having regular cervical smears to pick up any abnormalities caused by the HPV viruses that can lead to cancer of the cervix. Young women under 25 should consider having the Gardasil vaccine, which is fully funded up to their 20th birthday. Three doses are given, before they become sexually active. This vaccine prevents 90 percent of genital warts and 70 percent of cervical cancers. A variety of contraceptive choices make it easy to plan a family – there is something to suit every woman. New in NZ is the Nuvaring – a small plastic ring that is easily inserted into the vagina for three weeks and then removed to have a period, or a new one immediately inserted if you want to skip a period. It contains the same hormones as the pill, gives excellent contraception (99 percent effective in preventing pregnancy) and cycle control. It costs around $80 for a three-month supply plus the cost of the consultation. It has never been easier to have a mammogram – the Breastcreen Aotearaoa programme provides easy access locally in its familiar mobile van with state of the art equipment and experienced radiographers who are friendly and sensitive to your needs. If any abnormalities are detected on the screening mammogram, further tests and follow up investigations are organised. Early detection of breast cancer can be your best chance of a cure. Osteoporosis is a condition when the density of bones reduces, making them brittle. In NZ, 50 percent of women and 30 percent of men over the age of 60 will have osteoporosis. The risk factors are genes, females with thin body build, physical inactivity, smoking, excessive alcohol and caffeine consumption, low dietary calcium, long term use of steroids in asthmatics or arthritis, thyroid and epilepsy medications, and early menopause. Low vitamin D levels are also a contributing factor – studies in NZ show that most people over the age of 50, have low levels of this vitamin. Diagnosis is made with a simple DEXA scan; this is a specialised type of X Ray. Treatment involves lifestyle changes and medications and aims to maximise bone density and reduce the risk of fractures. The key messages are to take regular weight-bearing exercise three times a week, enjoy a balanced diet with plenty of calcium and vitamin D (dairy products, dark green vegetables, beans, legumes, sardines, salmon, nuts ,eggs and liver), stop smoking and minimise alcohol and caffeine. There is effective treatment available if you have osteoporosis in the form of bisphosphonate drugs, which can be taken orally or given intravenously once ACC Visits – a year, or sometimes less frequently. Free for under 6 year olds Seek advice from your doctor.

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E-book success for Wainui mum Family reading time these days is just as likely to be spent gathered around an i-Pad or e-reader as much as a paper book. A local mother, Kirstin Ballhorn of Wainui, has taken this on board, producing a children’s e-book that was purchased by Auckland Libraries last month. Kirstin says her three children, aged nine, six and two, love to have “a proper book” in their hands, but that they tend to prefer the i-Pad, because they can enlarge the pictures and it’s more interactive, like a game. She says because children work every day with tablets at school, it has become natural to turn to one at home also. Kirstin is a landscape architect/ engineer by trade, but says she has always loved writing books and began in earnest with a fairy story for her daughter one Christmas. Initially her stories were written in German, her native tongue, but as time went on she began writing in English. She draws the illustrations freehand in watercolours. She found the process stimulating and fun and decided to take it further, joining a writers’ club and taking classes with an illustrator. Earlier this year Kirstin uploaded her most recent book, Frido’s Dream to

Kirstin Ballhorn reads to her children, from left, Kian, Tahia and Angelia.

Surf onto Amazon, Smashwords and Wheelers. The story is about a turtle that dreams of being able to surf, and Kirstin says she wants children to take from the book that anyone can fulfil their dreams. “I tried it out on my kids first and they loved it and definitely got the underlying message about bravery, and that everyone is important.” Kirstin will be reading her book during Storytime at Orewa Library on a day still to be confirmed – check with the library for details.

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Venus Network’s new North Shore regional manager, Carolyn Banks, personifies the organisation’s energetic and friendly approach. Carolyn, who introduced herself to the others in the network as “independently owned and operated” (single), lives with her “fur baby Coco” on a 45 foot yacht in Bayswater marina. She is a telecommunications broker who has been running her own business for 16 years. Business networking groups seem to be a growth industry on the Hibiscus Coast, with some locals belonging to up to five. Carolyn, who took over the reins of the local Venus Network two months ago, says women’s approach to networking is different to men. “It’s more relationship-based,” she says. “Women are often juggling 100 balls in the air, so while Venus is a business environment, it also understands those demands on our time.” She says getting referrals to grow their business is one reason people join, but women also value the support and encouragement they receive from others in the network. Despite Carolyn’s years of experience running a business, she says there is always more to learn. “I’ve made every mistake in the book and probably more,” she says. “You think after all that, that you’ve figured

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it all out but at a Venus meeting, where we were talking about marketing, there were the ideas of 21 other women to learn from.” The Hibiscus Coast group started two years ago and is one of 41 in a national network founded in 2008 by Tauranga woman Vanessa Davey. Members meet fortnightly to discuss business topics and share ideas. Between meetings they’re encouraged to meet independently to gain a better understanding of each other. Membership is restricted to 22 people from different industries and currently there is a waiting list. Carolyn says in the next few months the Venus Network is setting up an academy aimed at women starting new businesses and Venus Business Groups will also be set up, which meet monthly and offer coaching for those in established businesses. Info: email carolynb@venusnetwork. co.nz or phone 021 85 1945.

Treats for Coast mums

Hibiscus Coast mothers can be spoilt rotten on Mother’s Day, May 11, without having to leave the area. The options are as varied as mothers are individual. There are dozens of cafés and restaurants to choose from for that special meal, whether it’s breakfast, morning or afternoon tea, lunch or dinner. Book early! Local florists will be turning out bouquets and gift shops have plenty of great ideas. Mums value your time so a visit to Orewa to take in Estuary Arts Centre, a walk or cycle ride around the Estuary followed by a meal at a local café or restaurant may tick all the boxes. How about a walk in Shakespear Regional Park, coupled with her favourite takeaway or a specially made up picnic hamper? For local promotions and Mother’s Day ideas, look no further than the advertisements alongside this feature.

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Life changes started with kickboxing challenge The introduction of Fight Girls, a 10-week training programme that concludes with a kickboxing fight, has been the catalyst for many Coast women to take part in what was, until recently, a male-dominated sport. Dave Sawyer who heads up Dynamic Martial Arts in Silverdale instigated Fight Girls last year and currently has the same amount of women training in his club as men. Inspired by the first Fight Girls, Kelly Watson of Stanmore Bay was at a crossroad and took part in the second Fight Girls last December in order to instigate changes in her life. She is now the club’s most successful Fight Girls competitor, undefeated

in her three fights, and is a totally different woman from the one who walked into Dynamic Martial Arts at the end of last year. As well as having lost more than 45 kilos and being four clothing sizes smaller, she says she has gained direction, motivation and zest for life. She also has the support of a new “family” in the members she trains with. Recently Kelly was graded straight to her kickboxing green belt and says she is looking forward to gaining higher. Currently Dynamic Martial Arts is seeking recruits for the next 10-week Fight Challenge, which incorporates Fight Girls. Info: www.fightchallenge. co.nz

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A Red Beach mother of four with a background in social work, Sonia Cope, took over as chair of Hibiscus Coast Grandparents Parenting Grandchildren last month. Although Sonia is not a grandparent herself – her eldest boy is aged 13 – she says her experience in dealing with health care organisations, gained when she worked in community mental health and as a social worker, will assist in building good relationships to support the grandparents. Grandparents Parenting Grandchildren was formed in 2000 by outgoing chair Lorraine Brooke-Anderson, who has been at the helm ever since. It was set up not long after Lorraine took over care of her grandson full time, and provides support and advice; currently there are around 25 members. Lorraine has retired from the role, as she is moving out of the area. Sonia says that after 13 years as a full time parent, she was looking for a way to give back to the community. She says taking on a child, whether a newborn or older, is an enormous challenge and commitment for the grandparents, who do it to prevent the child going to a foster family. “It’s a huge advantage for a child to stay within the family because there’s already an emotional bond there, but it demands a lot of the grandparents who should be heading for a well-

Sonia Cope is the mother of four young boys, and recently added to her workload by taking on the role of chair of Grandparents Parenting Grandchildren.

earned retirement.” Her priorities are finding out what the grandparents want from the group and building on “the amazing foundations” left by Lorraine. Funding applications to keep the organisation going will also be on her ‘to do’ list. “Every family has different needs, and my job is to fill those as best I can or put them in touch with others who can help,” she says. “It’s a very supportive and welcoming group and I’m excited to give it everything I can.” Info: soniacope@xtra.co.nz or phone 426 7595.

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Asthma Auckland’s mobile unit paid its first visit to Manly Village last month, at the invitation of Manly Care Chemist owner Tania Adams, and registered nurse Janet Delooze was kept busy with a steady flow of patients. The unit allows Asthma Auckland to run community clinics, take part in health-related exhibitions and provide home visits. Janet says the bus also visits 30 Auckland schools, but because there are only two vans they are unable to extend this service to Coast schools. The service is partially funded by the Waitemata District Health Board, with fundraising covering the rest. While the van was parked outside Manly Care Chemist asthma patients took the opportunity to find out more about the condition and have their inhaler technique and peak flow checked. The nurse also provides education on medications and the management of asthma, emphysema and bronchitis. Tania says the visit was so successful that the van will come again.

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Real Estate agent offering Spirit of New Zealand prize Sailing on the Spirit of NZ provides young people with far more challenges than simply helping run the ship and can, in fact, be a lifechanging experience. Local real estate agent Karen Franklin is so convinced of the value of the voyages for young people that she has launched a competition, with the prize being a 10-day Spirit of NZ journey. She says the aim of the competition is to provide an opportunity to a young person who wouldn’t otherwise be able to take part. She says not all the barriers are financial. “Not everyone can afford the $1900 cost of the voyage, but others lack the confidence to apply or think they won’t be accepted because they’re not academic achievers,” Karen says. “I want to open that door for them because the benefits are huge.” Karen saw this for herself when her son Ben went on his first Spirit of NZ voyage when he was 15 years old. “Ben gained more confidence and selfdiscipline and came away knowing

that anything is possible,” she says. Ben went on to be a leader on a fiveday voyage and also took part in the Tall Ships trans-Tasman race last year from Sydney to Auckland. Ben is farming now, and Karen says when he was looking for work it was clear that employers rate having been on the Spirit of NZ highly on a CV. How to enter The competition is open to any Hibiscus Coast resident aged 15–19. To enter, send a hand written letter explaining why you think you would benefit from a trip on the Spirit of NZ. The letter must be accompanied by a nomination from a teacher, coach, employer or community leader (not parent, caregiver or relative). To find out more, and to enter, visit Karen’s website, karenfranklin.co.nz There is also a blog on the website written by Ben about his experience. Entries close on May 23 and the winner will be chosen by a Spirit of NZ representative and Karen. The winner’s details will be published in Hibiscus Matters June 18 edition.

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Spades poised for planting Community planting sessions are a popular way to make a contribution to the local environment, while meeting new people and getting a bit of outdoor exercise. The focus this season is on two main which will be planted on the river areas – Shakespear Regional Park and banks.” the banks of the Weiti River. Here are “These native plants will act like some dates and details to put in the kidneys, filtering silt from rain water diary. as it flows into the river which helps Weiti Wildlink plantings not only the river, but also the beaches, Planting thousands of natives stay clean as well as encouraging native alongside the Weiti River in Silverdale fish, birds and other wildlife to thrive,” is the next stage in the Hibiscus & Clair says. Bays Local Board’s restoration plan for Hibiscus and Bays Local Board Chair this river. Julia Parfitt says the plantings are a Work undertaken by volunteers, lead chance “to transform a degraded area by Conservation Volunteers NZ, so far of reserve from a tip-site to an attractive includes clearing rubbish and weeds area with native plantings and its own along the Flexman Berm Reserve, a pathway winding eastwards along the partial cleanup of the river itself, and Weiti River”. completing walking access between Community planting days will be Titan Place and Tavern Road. held at Flexman Place Berm Reserve Five planting sessions are planned, in Silverdale and everyone is welcome starting this month on May 24, with a however, because of health and safety total of 13,000 native plants and trees, issues, Conservation Volunteers say selected and grown from seed over the booking to attend is essential. last few months now big enough to be The plantings take place on Saturday planted. May 24, Saturday June 21, Saturday Conservation Volunteer Clair Hobi July 12, Sunday August 3 and Sunday says all the plants have been chosen to August 31, from 10am–1pm each day. suit each of the environmental zones To find out more and to register phone and include oi oi (jointed thrush), Debbie at Conservation Volunteers to be planted in the salt marsh zone, NZ on 0800 567 686, email info@ as well as pioneering species such as conservationvolunteers.co.nz or visit manuka, karamu, mahoe and toe toe, www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz (search Weiti wildlink). Shakespear Park plantings Hard work raising seedlings at Shakespear Regional Park’s own nursery and the Auckland Botanic Gardens has resulted in a record 19,000 seedlings – twice as many as last year – that need to go in the ground this season. Planting to keep up days will be on Sundays, June 15 and with what’s 22 and July 20 and take place rain or smokin’ shine. All are welcome and volunteers Open 7 days: 11am–8.30pm should bring their own spades if Phone 426 7369 possible. A barbecue lunch is supplied. Silverdale Centre (Next to Mozaik) Info: www.sossi.org.nz

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Youth Orchestra visits Coast An orchestra that is an important step in the musical careers of college and university students takes the stage in Whangaparaoa next week, playing work by Brahms, Bartok and Ligeti. The Folklore programme to be six years since the orchestra last visited presented at Whangaparaoa College the Hibiscus Coast. auditorium in Manly comprises Folklore is on May 16 at Whangaparaoa orchestral music from Hungary. College auditorium, Delshaw Ave, Clarinet player Kenny Keppel says it’s Manly, starting at 7pm. Door sales, an exciting programme for audiences with tickets $20 (adults), $15 (seniors), as well as the players. This is the first $10 (students) and $5 (children). of three concert programmes that the Win tickets orchestra will present this year, with the next one also to be brought to the The Youth Orchestra and Hibiscus Hibiscus Coast. Matters have a family pass (2 adults and 2 children/students) to the The Auckland Youth Orchestra is a concert, valued at $60, to give away. registered charity made up of student To go in the draw, write your name, musicians from all over the region, address and daytime phone number mentored by members of the Auckland on the back of an envelope and post Philharmonia and the NZ Symphony to Youth Orchestra Folklore concert, Orchestra – for some this has lead to a Hibiscus Matters, Unit G, Tamariki career as a professional musician. Plaza, 18 Tamariki Ave, Orewa 0931 It brings concerts to centres that don’t or drop it into the office. Entries often have the opportunity to see close May 14. orchestral works played live and it is

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Local knowledge shared at listening posts Memories of growing up around the Hauraki Gulf, when kai moana was plentiful, are being shared at a series of “listening posts” which started on the Hibiscus Coast last month. Auckland Council is facilitating the sedimentation and the consequent meetings as part of the development proliferation of mangroves, aquaculture of a Hauraki Gulf marine spatial plan. and its impact on safe anchorages, and The invitation-only gatherings give indiscriminate set netting. a small diverse group of people an Facilitator Kieran Goodall says the opportunity to talk about how the gulf listening posts are about putting local has changed over their lifetime, what knowledge alongside customary and they value and what their aspirations scientific knowledge. are for its future. The marine spatial plan is being Environmental representatives, a developed over the next 18 months coastal developer, regional parks by mana whenua, Auckland rangers, a longboard rider and a Council, Waikato Regional Council, member of the Schiska family of Puhoi Department of Conservation and the Forest & Bird member Peter Pearce at the Orewa “listening post”. attended the listening post in Orewa. Ministry of Primary Industries. It has The issues discussed included a stakeholder working group of 14, the gulf over the next 30 years. the benefits of marine reserves, which has been given the task of finding Listening posts are also being organised deteriorating water quality, increasing agreement on the use and protection of on request. Info: www.seachange.org.nz

Boat ramp survey shows interest in user pays The results of a survey commissioned by Auckland Council into local boat ramps are in, and show almost half (48 percent overall) were prepared to pay for the use of the facility. The willingness to pay for facilities at boat ramps ranged from 67 percent for boat wash down facilities to 34 percent for parking. Twenty percent were willing to pay $11 per month or more for a dinghy locker and 37 percent were prepared to pay $5 or more for secure all-day or overnight parking.

ramps and better trailer parking. Stanmore Bay boat ramp was the only one on the Coast included in the top five most favoured ramps, for recreational opportunities, with Hatfields Beach, Tindalls Bay, Arkles Bay and Big Manly all in the bottom five. The results will go before both Local Boards for feedback and staff will make recommendations in June or July. The summary of results is linked to this story at www.localmatters.co.nz

More than 800 boat ramp users in the Hibiscus & Bays and Rodney Local Board areas responded to the survey, which ended in March. The majority were satisfied with all features of the boat ramps, with the exception of the provisions for trailer parking. Members of boat clubs were less satisfied with boat ramp facilities, and those with larger boats, six metres or more, were less satisfied than owners of smaller craft. Boat users were looking for more

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Kiwis celebrate Optimist win Despite stiff competition, young NZ Optimist sailors came out on top in the Nationals held at Manly Sailing Club over Easter. Around 250 sailors, including competitors from Australia, New Caledonia, the UK and USA, took part in the event, which ran like clockwork thanks to the efforts of the team lead by regatta chair Sean Paterson and director Harold Bennett. The weather threw almost everything it had at the young sailors over the fiveday event, with conditions varying from 34 knots with squally showers to 8–10 knots and fine. At the top of the Open leader board were North Shore sailors.Scott McKenzie of Kohimaramara placed first, followed by Sam Bacon of Worser Bay Boat Club, Lewis Anderson of Kohimaramara third and Kerensa Jennings of Murrays Bay fourth. The only Manly sailor to make the Open top 50 was Sean Herbert, who placed 43rd in the final. Full story and dozens of photos, www. localmatters.co.nz

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Last month will go down in the history of the NZ Warriors as just another mismanaged turmoil. Head coach sacked – owners arguing and conflicting messages from the club’s management. But in reality it’s been two decades now that followers of the Warriors have shaken their heads in dismay at the changes in ownership, the erratic management and an array of diverse coaches. I was one of the Warriors’ coaches and didn’t fare well. I don’t make excuses for my time there and will not dish out inside information. I have no bitterness because I have treasured memories of coaching successfully elsewhere. I am also proud that all the other clubs I coached to premierships carried on their winning ways and went on to play Grand Finals the following year. Coaching the Kiwis was also a good experience. But what of the Warriors and what do they do from here? How do the two owners co-exist when there is clearly mistrust between them? Eric Watson and Owen Glenn have been extremely successful financially in their own rights, but obviously are not good as a partnership. They will fight over the value of the half share and this could drag on and affect the club in many ways. The simple and fairest solution is to sell and split the money. If the club is to be sold, then I hope the owner will also be the chief executive. I could give many examples of this being a better model and in my opinion it is what would suit this club best. The most successful sporting franchise in the last dozen years would be the NFL New England Patriots. The owner is Robert Kraft and he has done many wonderful deeds for his native city Boston. He has built a new stadium. All games are a sell-out. He has the most successful sports team in the last decade. But before he took over as owner/chief executive the Patriots were a lot like the Warriors. He is obviously hands-on with his club. The players at the club speak affectionately of him. The head coach, Bill Belichick, has been there since year 2000. His first year was a disaster but he has since embedded his systems and philosophies. In Kraft and Belichick, the Patriots have confidence and stability in leadership. The bosses are humble, hardworking and accountable. Back at the Warriors they now have a new head coach in Andrew McFadden. He is making some hard decisions. Good on him and good luck to him. But let’s hope he doesn’t tire from swimming against the tide of uncertainty in the clubs leadership. I also believe he needs good support from a knowledgeable Rugby League person and I just don’t see anyone there in that capacity. Fortunately the Warriors sit on the greatest Rugby League nursery in the world. The NYC Junior team has had great success under John Ackland. He has been a good guiding hand for the younger players. John sorted out the good ones from the bad and there are many coming through the system right now that stepped up to play first grade. Unfortunately the club let John go last year. This will prove to be a costly mistake as the years roll by. I am sorry, but I can’t look at this situation with rose tinted glasses. I think because of how this club is being managed, we are in for a rocky road ahead. Another issue is that home games are all over the place; whereas the home ground is Mt Smart – isn’t it? The management is also paying way too much for Mateo and Tomkins, which takes too big a chunk out of the salary cap. This will hurt further on down the road when it comes to retention of younger players or the recruitment of a marquee player you can build a club around. Hopefully fate will smile on the Warriors and deliver good fortune. But whatever happens in the future, it will be good theatre. Around 150 of these giant Weta were released on Tiritiri Matangi Island on May 1 to add to the genetic diversity of those already present on the island. The release represents a partnership between DOC, Auckland Zoo, iwi and the Supporters of Tiritiri and follows the release of 25 giant weta on the island in December 2011. A successful captive breeding programme at Auckland Zoo has allowed the native species to be spread from their home on Little Barrier to other islands in the Hauraki Gulf.

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Obituary – Bettie Cooke The death occurred recently of Bettie Cooke, who has been a resident of Orewa for over 40 years. Bettie met and married her husband Bill Cooke while living in her home town of Hull in England, where Bill, a New Zealander, was training to be an engineer in the Merchant Navy during WWII. He became a chief engineer and served on ships in the Atlantic. Bette arrived in NZ in 1946 and used her nursing training at Cornwall Hospital for eight years. Bette achieved the Oxford University exam of higher school certificate at her high school, Hull, which enabled her to begin nursing training at the Royal Victoria Hospital for sick children. Beyond this her career was working in the TAB Telephone Betting Dept. in the Auckland area for 30 years and 17, as manager of the Orewa branch. She had previously been manager at Silverdale. Her focus was always on what could be contributed to the community. Bette was secretary of the Orewa Garden Club for 8 years and it would be arranged that after every monthly meeting flowers over from exhibits were rostered to be given to retirement homes in the district. Other interests included involvement in the Hospice Shop, Driving for the Blind, acknowledgement of her work as a community supporter for the Starship Foundation and her long involvement with Friends of the Couldrey House Charitable Trust; in acknowledgement as a valued member of the management committee she was made a life member, a great honour. Bettie was in her 90th year.

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10 & 11 Day Skipper boating skills course, Orewa Surf Lifesaving Club, Orewa. Info and bookings, phone Liz, 09 303 4303. 15–20 Orewa College presents Fame the Musical, Centrestage Theatre, Centreway Rd, Orewa. Evening performances at 7.30 pm on May 15, 16, 19 and 20 and matinee on May 18, at 2pm. Showcases student dance, drama and musical performance. To book, phone 427 3833. 16 Dairy Flat Live Music Club presents DFlat Blues Band and Friends, Dairy Flat Hall, Postman Rd, Dairy Flat, 8pm–11pm. All musicians invited to bring their instrument and they will get time to perform. Entry $2. Licensed bar with club prices. 16 Auckland Youth Orchestra Folklore concert, Whangaparaoa College auditorium, Delshaw Ave, Manly, 7pm. Orchestral music from Hungary. Door sales, with tickets $20 (adults), $15 (seniors), $10 (students) and $5 (children). (see story p19) 23 An Evening with Olympian Barbara Kendall, Whangaparaoa College auditorium, Delshaw Ave, Manly, 7pm. Fundraiser to help Whangaparaoa College’s sports teams get to the AIMS Games. Bookings, email whgaims2014@outlook.co.nz 24 Community planting day, Weiti Riverbank, Flexman Place Berm Reserve, Silverdale, 10am–1pm. Everyone welcome but booking essential. Info, and to register phone Debbie, Conservation Volunteers NZ, 0800 567 686, email info@ conservationvolunteers.co.nz (see story p18) 24 & 25 Pink Ribbon Tea, Puhoi Cottage Tearooms, 50 Ahuroa Road, Puhoi. Fundraiser for the NZ Breast Cancer Foundation. Proceeds from the entire weekend will be donated to the cause. Bookings recommended, phone 09 422 0480, www. puhoicottage.co.nz 29–June 2 Hibiscus Hospice Art Exhibition and Sale, Estuary Arts Centre, 214B Hibiscus Coast Highway, Orewa, Friday to Sunday, 9am– 4pm, Monday, 9am–2pm. Gold coin donation. Preview and auction, May 29, 7pm–9pm – tickets www.hibiscushospice.org. nz or phone 421 9180.

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Public says ‘thanks’ as police parade through Orewa Around 50 Police officers and unsworn staff from the Hibiscus Coast and Rodney received a warm welcome from the public when they marched down Orewa Boulevard last week, including applause and messages of thanks from the crowd. The Rodney Pay Parade commemorates the days when Police had a uniform inspection in order to get paid and was last held in Whangaparaoa in March 2010. It is followed by the presentation of awards to officers and the community, which is held annually. The officers stood at attention by Moana Reserve as they underwent an inspection by Rodney MP Mark Mitchell, Assistant Commissioner Upper North Allan Boreham and Commissioner Mike Bush then moved on to the award ceremony in Orewa Community Hall. Local recipients included Snr Constable Karen Murphy of Orewa Station, who received a 21 year Long Service Award, and Sgts Morgan De La Rue and Nick Poland who each received a certificate Barry Smith, pictured, has been of promotion. Community Awards school crossing supervisor at Orewa Primary School for more than five went to Kaumatua Murray Witika and years. As caretaker, he says he initially Nick Rata for services to the Police. The stepped into the role to help parent Manly and Silverdale Volunteer Fire volunteers and has been there ever Fighters received three Community since, supporting the children. Police Awards. acknowledged his efforts with a Community Award. Constable Brett In presenting the awards, Police Hanly of the Rodney Prevention Team Commissioner Mike Bush said the was acknowledged for his role as officer professional standard of the Rodney in charge of a case involving a security Clockwise from top, The Police Pay Parade force was in evidence at the parade. guard who was stalking women in marches down Orewa Boulevard. Police Whangaparaoa. The offender was He said prevention remains the focus Commissioner Mike Bush and Rodney Area found guilty and will not be able of police work. Commander, Inspector Scott Webb, right, to obtain a security licence again. “The true test of a police force is not thank the leader of the NZ Police pipe Constable Hanly was thanked for his arrests, it is the absence of crime,” he band. Rodney MP Mark Mitchell chats with work on this case and with victims, a dog handler during the inspection. receiving a Mention in Dispatches. said.

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