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Inside this issue No sirens for Orewa
Council cans tsunami early warning system
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Capturing the essence Voluntary labour is given generously throughout the Hibiscus Coast and this month, the community says thanks during Volunteer Week (see feature, pages 8â€“10). The Manly Fire Brigade has an unprecedented four trainees aged just 16 years old, pictured, demonstrating that community spirit is not limited to adults alone. (see story, p8) Photo, Haydn Rutherford.
All systems go for Adventure Park A project to build an Adventure Park on the former Luge site in Silverdale obtained resource consent at the end of last month, and earthworks began last week. The Adventure Park, located next to Construction. It has been in the The park will be a showcase for Snowplanet, is a joint venture between planning stages for several years and the latest technology as well as an Pyramid Engineering director Les was made public in Hibiscus Matters entertainment centre for families. Osborne and Barry Larman of Larman in November, 2012. continued page 2
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Luge development begins from page 1 It will include a 500m long luge track and a people mover called the Destin8or that transports riders back to the start of the track. A 250m twin zipline, and Space Dome cinema with surround sound and a motion platform, are also under construction and there are plans for a tube slide, mini golf and café. Mr Osbourne says making the park family friendly is a priority, and this includes establishing picnic areas that can be used by the public free of charge. He is grateful to Auckland Council for their efforts regarding consent – a process that took seven months.
He says the team are working hard to get the facility up and running this summer, but it is a massive project and may well take longer than projected. Designs are being finalised so that building consent can be obtained. Mr Osborne is excited about the potential spin offs for the local economy. “We want to make Silverdale a destination, and the luge facility is a big part of that. People will be able to bus here once the park ‘n’ ride is up and running from all over Auckland.”
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Commuters can expect better ferry services between Gulf Harbour and Auckland sooner rather than later, with the announcement last week that the final hurdle, obtaining funding, is almost over. The improved service is expected to ferry services are in its commercial begin towards the end of this month, interests, as well as having the with Auckland Transport (AT) and potential to reduce traffic congestion Fairway Bay developer Top Harbour on Whangaparaoa Rd. ready to sign an agreement at the end Top Harbour’s development of last week. The cloak of commercial consultant Michael Webb-Speight is sensitivity has been drawn over the bound by confidentiality agreements, details of the developer’s investment in but says his company has invested in the ferry service. the ferry service in order to promote Currently ferry operator 360 its residential development as “a Discovery/Fullers provides four sailings commuter suburb”. per day (weekdays) in and out of Gulf 360 Discovery Ferry services manager Harbour, and no weekend service, but James Bailey says his company has put numerous surveys of passengers and forward its business proposals and is residents show that there is demand for being kept in the loop. The proposal more frequent sailings. is for an all-day timetable of around 12 Funding had been a stumbling block to sailings per weekday – increasing the increasing the number of sailings, with morning and afternoon sailings from AT consistently saying it could not two to three and providing additional increase the amount by which it already sailings during the day; the proposed subsidises the service, however the start date is June 29. There is no Government’s introduction of a public/ provision for weekend ferry sailings. private framework for procuring bus The public will have the opportunity and ferry services in 2012 smoothed to submit feedback on the proposed the way for more private investment. timetable before final changes are The idea of the framework was to implemented. reduce public subsidy levels by allowing All services are monitored for patronage greater investment – public or private – and further issues still to be ironed out in public transport services. are the amount of parking available on Top Harbour has been involved in the Hammerhead and the need for bus the process since last year as improved services to connect with the ferry.
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Bird scarers go on trial in Orewa If Destination Orewa Beach has its way, the days of birds causing bother at cafés and restaurants in the town centre are numbered. Bird scaring devices funded by the Destination Orewa selected the Bye Council’s environmental health and business organisation are on trial and, Bye Birdie for its trial after considering pest eradication programme. She says if successful, may be rolled out to a number of options. Operations the trial is an attempt to reduce the manager Hellen Wilkins says the health issues of having birds in a food other hospitality outlets. Café owners in Orewa say that birds, difficulty was finding a device that environment, and also to enhance mainly pigeons and sparrows, are a did not emit sonic waves as these diners’ experience. constant pest and each has their own can affect medical devices such as While some al fresco diners spoken to by pacemakers and hearing aids, small ideas regarding a solution. Hibiscus Matters report how unpleasant dogs and people prone to migraines. it is to have pigeons in nearby trees poo Oliver’s Café owner Joel Falzone She says the laying of poison was also says pest control was too costly to not an option, as this would kill all on them, and sparrows attempt to steal implement, so he hung up objects bird life, resulting in carcasses on the their food, others like the birds and feed them at the tables. that flash and move and a device that footpath. emits a noise, with limited success. He The two-week trial at Alley Katz also tried positioning a plastic owl in a The Bye Bye Birdie, which is described Café ends this week, after which Mrs as “safe for plants, pets, humans and nearby tree. the environment” by pest control Wilkins will assess the results with the Mozaik Caffe owner Ron Judd says he experts, uses magnetic fields to block café owner and provide feedback to is also trying to locate a suitable plastic the navigation system of birds. This the Destination Orewa board before creature in order to get rid of birds disorientates the birds and encourages any further decisions are made. that jump on people’s plates, even them to avoid areas where the little One week in, Alley Katz owner Alison while they are eating. devices are hung. Katene says she noticed a reduction in He has seen a fake crocodile work Mrs Wilkins says her organisation the numbers of pigeons in and around wonders at a café in Auckland and is considering providing bird scarers her café but that they are still there, is on the hunt for a realistic looking to local businesses because it falls causing issues at outside tables and outside the scope of Auckland also walking into the café. plastic owl or cat.
Petrel sniffing dogs go to work at Shakespear Shakespear Open Sanctuary’s pest-free status should make it a haven not only for birds and creatures of the bush and shoreline, but also for seabirds. Many already visit or are resident in the sanctuary, but plans are afoot to use recorded calls and man-made burrows to encourage more species to take up residence near the cliffs. Currently a sort of ‘seabird audit’ is taking place, to ascertain which birds are already present in the sanctuary, led by Jo Sim of Dabchick NZ and her two highly trained dogs, Maddy and Rua. The dogs’ natural hunting instinct has been harnessed from a young age and focused on birds – particularly pateke (brown teal), kiwi and various seabirds. Jo says an important factor is that the dogs have “bullet proof obedience” and leave all wildlife untouched, merely pointing out the presence of the birds.
When Jo visited recently she was able to confirm that the grey-faced petrel, or oi, has burrows there, and also discovered nesting blue penguins and a rifleman. Open Sanctuary coordinator Matt Maitland says the next step is to plan restoration around this discovery, initially targeting the oi. The main technique will be use of acoustic attraction – broadcasting the birds’ calls to make them think it is a busy place – a system that has already had success at Tawharanui Regional Park. Matt says the calls are played loudly and in a very directional fashion, right out to sea. Burrows suitable for grey-faced petrel will also be built near the clifftop. Grey-faced petrels are listed as ‘not threatened’, but have a restricted range and so increasing that improves the conservation value of the sanctuary.
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Tsunami sirens not an option for Orewa Beach A plan to install loud speakers on Orewa Beach that deliver a warning message and siren blast in a Civil Defence emergency has been canned by Auckland Council. A siren early warning system has been on the community’s wish list for Orewa and other low lying parts of the Hibiscus Coast for years, and a report prepared by the Institute of Geological & Nuclear Sciences and the National Institute of Water & Atmospheric Research in 2010 demonstrated that Orewa and surrounding areas have one of the highest risks of inundation of all the east coast areas covered by the former Auckland Regional Council. However Civil Defence and Emergency Management director Clive Manley says sirens will not be installed because they are not effective. He says technology has changed and there may be better options for Orewa – at present the only options on offer are community preparedness and a helicopter mounted alert system that will serve all of Auckland and arrives here in August. Mr Manley says recent experience internationally shows that relying on technology is futile in a natural disaster. He says no sirens, alerting or text message system would be useful for the two main threats for Orewa. These are a close source tsunami, principally one in the Kermadec Trench 300km offshore that would take around 1.5 hours to reach Orewa Beach or one resulting from a more distant source, such as Chile, which would allow for many hours’ warning. “There was a commitment from previous Councils to put sirens in place for Orewa Beach, but they are not the answer. Technology has moved on since sirens were put in place elsewhere in Auckland.”
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It will be a sorry day if the developers get their way and slap up more tatty houses in Link Crescent (HM May 21) but, going on past experience they will almost certainly get their way. Residents win their argument to stop any further building, the developers then take them to court to appeal this decision knowing that the residents cannot afford to fight the case and yet another strip of green grass on the peninsula vanishes. Take a walk down the Crescent and see what a mess already exists – 40 rabbit hutch size apartments built over 20 unneeded shops. With empty shops in the Plaza on the increase, we are left wondering which planning group of genii decided that 20 more shops were needed. To sell what? There are already three $2 shops in the Plaza and the tenants of these apartments will not want cafes or restaurants cooking beneath them. Anyone taking over one of these shops must be the retail optimist of the year. The 40 apartments have been allocated one parking space each, even though it is obvious that at least 30 tenants will have two cars each, leaving those without a parking space
stuck on Link Crescent, add to these another hundred from the proposed reserve development and Link Crescent will resemble early morning on the motorway. Maybe a Bank on the reserve would be handy for the developers’ profits? Mac Hine, Whangaparaoa (abridged)
Not just rhetoric Penlink is a vital project, in my view, however like anything else it must stand up to scrutiny – which is why that business case mentioned in your paper must be made public. Hibiscus Matters deserves thanks for covering all sides of this issue rather than simply spouting the pro-Penlink rhetoric. Simon Andrews, Gulf Harbour
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I am not a resident of Stillwater, but sympathise with the views I’ve heard from that lovely sleepy hollow about what Penlink could mean for them. I no longer support the building of this road, as I believe the cost, in dollars and to the Stillwater community is too high. I hope Auckland Transport will seize the opportunity to kick
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Special cat finds home We recently lost one of our cats called Bella and we were very sad and planned to get another cat sometime. Mum went to Animates to get food for our other cat and saw a deaf white kitten and really liked it. She came home and told us about him and how Animates is trying to home special needs cats. We went to Animates with my brother and took a dog whistle to see if the cat would respond. It turned it head and looked at us when we blew it, so we knew it could hear some sound. We decided to get the kitten, who we have named Alpine. We then saw the story in the Hibiscus Matters “Silverdale home first ‘special needs’ feline” and think Animates is doing a great job for these special need cats. We understand that they are getting a deaf dog soon and hope it gets a new home fast. Riley Crosbie, Year 6, Red Beach School Martin A4 flyer.indd 1
This grey heron has been visiting Charlotte Gracie’s family in Dairy Flat since February and, although they are normally flighty and shy, is very friendly. It likes to land on Charlotte’s car and look at itself in the windscreen, pecking at its reflection. Charlotte says the bird has made itself at home on a neighbour’s property, which has wetland areas. The bird recently lost its mate, which seems to have coincided with an increased interest in people.
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Campaign begins to open doors of secret workshops Concerns about the need for open and transparent decision making has led Hibiscus & Bays Local Board deputy chair and Rodney Local Board member, Greg Sayers, to ask that both local boards hold workshops in public. However, he says that Mayor Len Brown is not keen on the idea, stating that workshops “allow officers to speak frankly with the local board or councillors”. Workshop meetings are an opportunity for councillors and local board members to be briefed by Council officers and are nothing new, having been held between public meetings by all legacy councils. However, increasingly Councillors and local board members say, they are being seen as a means to keep material out of the public eye, particularly for controversial issues, because no proper Minutes are kept and media and the public cannot attend. No decisions are made at workshops, however Cr John Watson says discussions held there lead to consensus and recommendations that are later considered at public meetings. He also says material that contains important facts and figures is provided at workshops and not included in the Agendas of public meetings. This puts the public at arms length from the basis for decision-making.
Cr Watson says that workshops also enable discussion of items, in confidence, that do not meet the criteria for confidentiality laid out by the Local Government and Official Information and Meetings Act. Mr Sayers says that the public should be able to attend workshops so they can properly scrutinise the work being done by elected representatives. His concerns are echoed by Devonport Takapuna Local Board chair Mike Cohen who got agreement from all board members and now holds open workshops. Pressure was applied by the Devonport Flagstaff newspaper for this to occur. Mr Cohen says to do so required changing the name from ‘workshops’ to ‘community forum briefings’ but that the content is essentially the same. Confidential items are discussed separately by working parties, however Mr Cohen says his preference is to have as much as possible happen in the public arena and take advantage of people’s input. He says the results have been positive and constructive and assisted in making valuable connections between council staff and the community. “A lot of people didn’t know what the local board does and this has fully engaged them in the process,” Mr Cohen says.
Better way forward for consents A complicated and time-consuming consent process continues to cause headaches for organisers of local events, and The Big Nui music festival in Wainui is no exception. However, the organisers of The Big Nui are hoping that their experience may point to a better way forward for community events in Auckland. The event, held two months ago, was a fundraiser for Wainui School. It was an enormous success and brought in $10,000, after expenses. Recently the organisers and the school approached the Rodney Local Board seeking a refund of the $4000 in Council fees that it cost them to secure a five-year resource consent. One of the organisers, Andy Hamilton, says the process was unnecessarily
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draconian, expensive and time consuming, involving writing an 80page document and paying for an engineer’s report and site visit. At the same time, organisers had to obtain an Events Consent from another Council department which cost nothing, required minimal paperwork and covered all the relevant points regarding parking, alcohol and health and safety. “The resource consents team are just following guidelines, and they’re very thorough, but I would question why the Events Consent is not sufficient,” Andy says. “Surely resource consent is to keep infrastructure and building projects in line with environmental constraints, and is inappropriate for school music festivals?”
Larger bus bays are being added to the Silverdale Park ‘n’ Ride as a temporary measure while the development is held up by resource consent issues. An indented bus bay is to be built, long enough to accommodate at least four bus stops, on the western side of Painton Rd. It includes shelters and timetables. Auckland Transport says the work should be complete by the end of this month.
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Community work powered by board Here is an insight into some of the community-lead initiatives that your local board is involved with. For the first time ever a public expo was held in the Orewa Community Hall, back in March, with Council officers present. This provided a unique opportunity for the public to speak directly with Council officials, circumnavigating any red tape. The event was very popular as members of the public were able to hear about, and question, the important things happening in our area. If you missed out, remember to keep an eye on Hibiscus Matters for publicity about further events. We have local libraries at Orewa and Whangaparaoa with a mobile library service to Okura. This mobile service has been extended so that the residents of Stillwater can also more easily access a library service. The libraries are open seven days a week. An enthusiastic board of trustees has been appointed to the Stoney Homestead restoration project to raise the rest of the money to complete the building’s restoration, thus relieving ratepayers of further contributions. You may have noticed Stanmore Bay’s No 1 sports field has been heavily sanded and re-sown for better drainage. The public who use the field are delighted with the improvements. Litter bin collections along our busy beaches have been increased to cope with a growing public demand. Larger bins are planned to avoid overflowing and unsightly mess. Ageing seats and broken tables have been replaced at reserves including Silverdale Memorial Reserve, Okura Reserve, Remembrance Reserve (Orewa), Maygrove Reserve, Red Beach Reserve and Orewa Reserve. The Local Board supported one of the most important sailing regattas ever held at Manly Beach, the 2014 Optimist Nationals, in which 350 yachts competed, which no doubt had an impact on the local economy. We also supported the ANZAC day activities, the Orewa Beach Half Marathon, the Matakatia Bay Ocean Swim and the Young Guns Skate Series. We continue to press hard for a Penlink Bridge start date with further submissions to Auckland Transport, which holds the key to pressing the ‘green light’. Because of recent accidents and other blockages on the Whangaparaoa Road we anxiously await a decision.
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Teenage recruits enter voluntary fire service A small group of teenage volunteer fire fighters is in the early stages of training at Manly Fire Station, and their presence is already having an impact on the rest of the brigade. Senior firefighter Craig Macdonald, who is in charge of training the youths, says although anyone over the age of 16 can volunteer, it is unprecedented to have four teens in training at the station at the same time. The four 16-year-olds, James Macdonald, Ben Sutcliffe, Jarrod Mattson and Louis Davidson, say they joined to help the community and out of curiosity about fire fighting work. They say while the achievement standards and first aid training that volunteer fire fighting gives you is valuable, above all it’s heaps of fun and provides plenty of adrenalin-fuelled activity. Having joined at the end of last year, all four are undergoing training with the Manly brigade and being mentored by senior personnel; they need to be capable of fulfilling the role of a fire fighter, before they can be sent on the formal training course in Rotorua. The group have taken to the regime
with enthusiasm, and all have noted a big increase in their level of fitness. Fire Service policy states that teenagers under 18 are not allowed to attend traumatic incidents. In addition, to ensure the boys’ families are involved and to allay any concerns, the Manly brigade has reassured parents that the boys will be appropriately supervised and will not be faced with any challenges for which they are not physically, mentally and emotionally prepared. Craig says that an extra training session every week has had to be put on and that the young trainees’ keenness and application to their training has introduced a new dynamic – energising the more experienced fire fighting team. “We all think it’s amazing that they want to volunteer, and it’s been a learning experience for us, as well as them,” Craig says. “We are still short of volunteers and having these young people on board is definitely a move in the right direction.” For more information, phone 021 0243 1592, or drop into the station on Monday evenings around 6.30pm. Whangaparaoa Lions Club acting president Eric Fanselow presents Whangaparaoa College student,17year-old Stephanie Muller-Pallares, with a grant that will enable her to attend a 10-day youth development course on the Spirit of Adventure. Stephanie fundraised towards the $1900 cost of the trip and Lions made up the balance. Stephanie, who has been hoping to go on the voyage for years, sets sail in August.
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Members of the Hibiscus Hospice Women’s Committee.
Women’s work vital for Hospice Fortune smiled on the local Hospice 12 years ago when Trustee Jan Adams established the Hibiscus Hospice Women’s Committee, with the express purpose of fundraising for Hospice. Over the years, the 15-strong committee of dedicated volunteers has become a force to be reckoned with – each year, on average, the women’s efforts raise a total of $90,000. Women’s Committee Liaison, Dyan Cann, says the service is very grateful that each of the women involved generously harnesses their individual strengths and skills for the benefit of Hospice. One of the committee’s early tasks was to raise funds towards the construction of the Hospice building in Red Beach. The group went on to raise funds to help fit out the In Patient Unit, which opened in September 2009. Next they turned their attention to funding new services designed to improve the quality of life for patients.These included specialist Lymphoedema massage therapy and the annual costs of a blood transfusion and drug infusion clinic. Recently the Committee purchased an Ultrasound scanner, which allows Hospice doctors to pinpoint the precise position required to carry out paracentesis (fluid drainage) on patients who are suffering
from painful swelling of the abdomen, often associated with cancer. Other projects have included the fit out of the Hospice shops and assistance with the reopening of the Whangaparaoa Hospice shop following the fire of 2012. In addition, the Women’s Committee have an impressive track record running popular local fundraising events. Some, like the annual Fashion Show and Art Exhibition and Sale, have been running for almost a decade and still show no signs of fatigue. The Fashion Show sells out every year and the Art Exhibition has become a feature of the local event calendar. Each raises in excess of $20,000 annually. The Women’s Committee are also behind publication of the Hospice recipe book. Since A Slice of Hibiscus Hospice was launched in 2011, 2000 have been sold and more than $50,000 raised. The money was used to purchase a companion bed for the In Patient Unit, a new Lazy Boy chair for each of the six rooms and much more. Months of work goes into realising each of the Women’s Committee’s fundraising activities and members say that they often call upon their husbands or other family members and friends to get involved as well.
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Pest-free progress made Efforts to rid Whangaparaoa Peninsula of pests have been underway, starting at Karaka Cove, since the end of January, and are starting to bear fruit. Volunteers placed more than 20 bait stations in the area and so far 260 baits have been taken, three rats caught on DOC 200 traps and 13 possums in a Timms trap. The trapping marked the start of a rodent control plan coordinated by Hibiscus Coast Forest & Bird and the Gecko Trust in conjunction with Auckland Council and Te Ngahere. Pauline Smith of Hibiscus Coast Forest & Bird says the bulk of the activity has been down by the Weiti River, which is where all the possums have been caught. She says volunteers report an increase in bird numbers and residents say they are seeing more fantails than before. Auckland Council has provided 1200
plants to extend the Karaka Cove bush area, and these will be planted on July 5, from 8.30am to noon. Anyone is welcome to join in the public planting and there will be a barbecue to follow. Pauline says one of the greatest benefits of the project has been the binding together of the local community. “Residents of Karaka Cove are really interested in ‘their’ bush,” she says. Karaka Cove is seen as a ‘choke point’ for Whangaparoa Peninsula and ridding it of pests is a step in creating a pest free peninsula. Forest & Bird have traps and bait stations for rats, possums and stoats available for any residents who would like to commence predator control on their property. Info: www.hbcforestandbird.org.nz or contact Pauline Smith, paulinesmith@ xtra.co.nz or phone 426 4244. For information on more community plantings, see What’s On, p23.
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Volunteers from Orewa Lions have been busy in the past few weeks distributing the proceeds of The Big Dig, its major annual fundraiser, which was held in February. A total of $3000 was given to three local organisations – $1000 each went to Orewa Sea Scouts, Hibiscus Coast Plunket and Centrestage Theatre. The Sea Scouts will use the funds to replace a tent used for regattas, Plunket will put the money towards a heat pump for their meeting rooms and Centrestage will put theirs towards upgrading the theatre. Orewa Lions run events and initiatives locally with all funds returned to the community. Info: ph Audrey, 426 8744. From top, Orewa Lions president Audrey Metcalfe presents a cheque to Sonja Brown of Orewa Sea Scouts and another to Orewa Theatre Trust chair Bill Earwaker.
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Home school a big learning curve Being a stay at home mother to preschoolers can be a challenge, but imagine continuing that level of commitment throughout their school years. This is the choice of Hatfields Beach mother Katherine Armon, who home schools her daughters Charlotte, aged eight, and Rosie (4). Katherine says she decided to home school her daughters partly because her own experience of school was not positive. “I was a creative child, a bit outside the box, into arts and English and writing,” Katherine says. “The school system wanted to make me the same as everyone else. Charlotte is like me in many ways, and I couldn’t bear the thought of her not having an outlet for her creativity.” The single mum also admits that she would find it hard to see them off to school each day but says that having her children with her all the time has its moments. “I’d be lying if I said there wasn’t a downside,” she says. “There are days when you have the flu and would rather rest, and you sacrifice the gym and coffee with friends, but the pluses outweigh the minuses by a million.” She fits work as a Marriage Celebrant around her roles as parent and teacher, a juggling act made easier by the fact that her parents live next door. Katherine has learned a lot from home schooling her children because she must teach subjects that she struggled with at school alongside ones she loves, such as English. To ensure she was up to the task, Katherine did NCEA maths by correspondence, and got straight
As, despite having failed the subject at school. “Because I’m an adult, and ready to learn, it all made sense,” she says. “The penny dropped that I struggled with maths as a child because I simply wasn’t interested in it, or engaged by the way it was taught.” She says the issue of socialisation comes up a lot when people talk about home schooling but that from her point of view there is nothing normal about having 40 kids all the same age together in a classroom. “The children belong to community sport, dance and drama groups and we know a lot of people. Social skills come from mixing with people of all ages and we definitely do that.” Home schooling is supported by groups based on the web, including Rodney Home Educators, and there are also Facebook-based groups. It is up to parents which curriculum they follow – Katherine selected a maths curriculum from Australia, which she says suits Charlotte. She says she will be guided by the children as to which college exams may be required. “I take it one year at a time, and as long as they are progressing well, I will keep going. Whatever career they are headed for, I will make sure they study appropriate subjects at the level they need to achieve that.” Katherine says a key to successful learning is to find a subject that your child loves and fit the teaching around that. A fine example is Charlotte’s entry in this year’s Trash to Fashion competition – she made a garment based on the Statue of Liberty for the Train Trip
Katherine Armon with daughters Charlotte, right, and Rosie. Charlotte models her Trash to Fashion entry, Liberty Belle, and Rosie wears the Sushi Hat – all made from recycled items such as an umbrella, computer cable and plastic bags.
Across America category, and a Sushi Head hat for the Aesthetically Asian category. “The process involved studying geography, history, English, art, crafts and maths and she’s loved it so much that I’ve had to practically take the sewing needle out of her hand at bedtime.”
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Nappy lady comes to Orewa Kate Meads’ journey towards sustainability, and ultimately becoming known NZ-wide as ‘The Nappy Lady’, started with a conversation with a friend about cloth nappies. Prior to this, Kate says she was “the worst consumer ever”. However once her friend introduced her to modern versions of the cloth nappy, her days of putting out a giant wheelie bin of dirty disposable nappies every week were over. The change gradually made her question the throwaway society as a whole – a turnaround she says has been massive for her family, which now has worm farms, compost bins, herb and vegetable gardens and an orchard. These days Kate promotes the use of cloth nappies throughout the country – a job that earned her the ‘Nappy Lady’ title – and which brings her to Orewa this month to hold her first local workshop. She says cloth nappies are back in fashion, not only because of increasing environmental awareness, but also because things have evolved when it comes to fabrics, design and washing methods. Rather than the “old pink striped nappies hanging around the baby’s knees”, modern cloth nappies comfortable and easy to use, with Velcro and domes replacing nappy pins. Fabrics which are light, comfortable and perform well include cotton, microfibre, bamboo viscose and hemp as well as a fleece-type fabric called
Minky. Cleaning the nappies is no more difficult than throwing a load into the washing machine. For a while, Kate sold nappies herself but she sold her business last year in favour of working with Councils throughout NZ to promote cloth nappies. These days she offers independent advice at workshops, which are part of Auckland Council’s waste minimisation programme. Kate says whichever cloth nappy parents choose, saving money is a given – she estimates that most families spend around $4000 per child on disposables, compared with around $750 (including washing costs) for cloth. “Parents may think it has to be all or nothing, but I used disposables for my son when out and about, or at night and cloth during the day. Different combinations work for different families.” At the workshops Kate also talks about environmental awareness. “There are many other disposable items for babies, from wipes to changing mats, and we talk about that in the workshops. Having a child made me aware of what kind of world I would be leaving him with – it’s a transition that is ongoing, but I’m proud that I’m making a difference in my little corner of the world.” The workshop is on June 11 at Orewa Community Centre, Orewa Square, Orewa, 7pm–9pm. Bookings are essential and cost $25. Book at www. thenappylady.co.nz
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Hibiscus Coast Plunket is on the lookout for volunteers for its committee – a role that president Rebecca Snow says has a lot to offer. Rebecca, who has two pre-schoolers and is self-employed, working “what feels like 1000 hours a week”, shows that it is still possible for busy people to give back to the community. She says joining Plunket helped her get to know others in the area and that a strong committee will help take Plunket forward. “The committee are dedicated, fun, passionate, ‘action’ people that make things happen,” she says. “We are a mix of ages and nationalities and come from all walks of life. I am so proud of our achievements in the last year and excited to see how the group will grow as we look for volunteers to assist with social media, events, and a secretary to keep us on track.” She says if enough people join, she hopes that a sub-group can be formed of people who’d like to be involved but can’t attend monthly meetings. “They may have a skill set we could call on when needed, or just be happy to take tickets at a movie night or help out for an hour on a sausage sizzle,” she says. “We’d love to hear from anyone who may be interested and we can make the role work for them and their lifestyle.” All four current committee members
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are mothers, but Rebecca hopes fathers will also put up their hands. “I’d love to see a Dad on the committee as I’ve seen how empowering this can be.” Plunket is also in the process of building relationships with local businesses and already has a successful relationship with The Plaza. Hibiscus Coast Plunket’s treasurer and longest serving member, Nancy O’Shea, joined the committee after reading a story in Hibiscus Matters in 2008 when Plunket was in dire need of volunteers. Although her two sons are adults, Nancy is happy to give her time to the local Plunket because of an attachment to the organisation that began 30 years ago when her children were small and she was an active member of Plunket in Blockhouse Bay. Over the years, the retired secondary school teacher says she has taken on most roles at Plunket. Committee members have always come and gone as their children grow, and Nancy says people are also becoming less willing to give their time as volunteers. “But when they decide to get involved, they find that they get out what they put in. It’s about a willingness to say – ‘I’m doing this for the community’,” she says. Info: phone Rebecca, 021 554 958.
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philosophy. There are sometimes more serious reasons for crying. If your baby cries continuously or if you have any concerns, the wisest thing to do is see your GP as your baby may have colic or reflux. Colic is defined as a pattern of excessive crying over a period of weeks that is loud, piercing, constant, occurring at intervals, between which the infant acts normally. Gastroesophageal reflux is the backward movement of food and acid from the stomach into the oesophagus. It interferes with feeding and nutrition. Once a diagnosis has been made, you can decide which line of treatment to follow. I have had wonderful success with tissue salts such as magnesium phosphoricum for cramping associated with reflux. I recommend that all new mums have a bottle of homeopathic Chamomilla (30C) in their reach for a range of infant ailments from teething to colic. Other treatments that can help include baby osteopathy, homeopathy and acupressure. Your GP may also prescribe other medications to control the acid reflux. Remember that you are not alone in trying to translate the language of your baby, so reach out to friends and family over a cuppa because this will one day move into another age of unexplained teenage slang that becomes even more challenging than those first cries.
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Recycling baby gear pays off Prams, clothing, toys, bassinet and bedding – the items babies need are not cheap, which is why good quality second hand items are in demand. With this in mind, Helen Sun, owner of Green Baby in Browns Bay, set up a Silverdale branch late last year. Green Baby is packed with new and nearly new baby gear and clothing, as well as maternity wear. The store in Silverdale St is currently owned by Helen Zhang, who says 90 percent of the items are brought in by parents, and sold on their behalf. She says parents who bring items in to sell appreciate that by doing so they not only recycle and make a few dollars,
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Business based on breast is best Leah Rutley’s enthusiasm for making breast feeding easier led her from midwifery to starting a business providing breast pumps and other products for nursing mums. Leah, who lives with her husband Stuart and two children in Whangaparaoa, says time spent as a midwife providing post-natal care made her aware that cost put good quality breast pumps out of the reach of many women. The pumps are a vital piece of equipment for women who may have trouble breastfeeding, have their baby in neo-natal intensive care, or be returning to work.
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It is best to take supplements such as folic acid before starting pregnancy. Folic acid is important to prevent neural tube defects (eg spina bifida) and more is needed during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy while the brain and spinal cord is developing. Iodine supplements are necessary for thyroid hormone to help prevent brain damage, miscarriage and premature labour; and should be taken throughout pregnancy and breastfeeding. It is important to stop smoking as nicotine and carbon monoxide reduce oxygen availability for the developing foetus, resulting in low birth weight babies, prematurity and reduced lung and brain development. Smoking doubles the risk of stillbirth and triples the risk of sudden infant death syndrome. Alcohol can affect brain development and cause other abnormalities in babies but this is worse if alcohol intake is heavy throughout pregnancy, so stopping drinking alcohol when you know you are pregnant is wise. Have the champagne to celebrate when your baby arrives! Pregnancy can be a joyful time of preparing for a new baby yet it can also be difficult for those who experience severe nausea and vomiting. It helps to eat small amounts frequently and get plenty of rest. Wearing acupressure bands or having acupuncture can be effective. If vomiting is severe see your doctor or midwife as they will prescribe medication to help that is safe for your baby. The nausea usually wanes by 12 weeks and between 14 and 28 weeks is a good time to do your shopping and home decorating as you will have plenty of energy. After 28 weeks slow down and have plenty of rest in preparation for labour – and the disturbed nights that follow the birth of your baby. Attending antenatal classes helps both parents to prepare for the change to their lives. Breastfeeding will give a new baby an excellent start in life as they receive antibodies from mother’s milk to protect against viral illnesses. Although many women consider breastfeeding to be natural, it does not always come easily to everyone. I can remember sitting and weeping at six weeks, wondering where the fun was, with cracked nipples and a baby who fed every three hours and did not sleep through the night until she was seven (luckily I did not know that then). I was so glad that I had persevered because, when we took her overseas to meet her grandparents, travelling was so easy – breastfeeding was so much easier than bottle feeding would have been. Plunket, your midwife and breastfeeding consultants can advise and support those who struggle, so hang in there if you can.
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Godspell director Rhonda Daverne knows the production inside out, and is bringing a unique version to Centrestage this month. This is the fourth time Rhonda has The cast rehearse directed Godspell – the first was in Godspell at the 1980s on the North Shore and Centrestage. the most recent was at Takapuna Grammar last year. She says the longevity of the show stems from its message of hope, love and tolerance, which is as relevant to 2014 as it was in 1971 when the rock opera first hit the New York stage. The youthful energy that characterises the rock opera – it was originally written as a student thesis – is also part of its appeal. Godspell is based on the final days of Martin, brings life and colour as he Jesus’ life and the parables; the original unites the community. version portrayed Jesus as a clown and his followers as colourful hippy The small cast of just 12 people are on stage for the entire show, and all characters. play important roles, and have an Over the years there have been opportunity to showcase their acting, many interpretations with directors singing and dancing talent. free to put their own stamp on each Music is a key element of the show production. and this is where the abilities of The version that will be performed at musical director and pianist Zac Centrestage Theatre in Orewa is set in Johns, aged 19, shine through. The a town in the aftermath of a disaster. score incorporates a variety of music Rhonda has used steampunk styles ranging from rock, folk, pop, influences, and at first it is quite dark and vaudeville. as the people have been left stranded Godspell is on at Centrestage Theatre, and are struggling to get on with each Centreway Rd, Orewa from June 14– other and survive. 28. Tickets from www.iticket.co.nz or The character of Jesus, played by Josh phone 426 7282.
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Lacrosse champion in our midst What do you know about Lacrosse? If your answer is the same as mine was, read on, because we have got ourselves a really special Lacrosse player here on the Coast – her name is Sam Hyland. Lacrosse is a boutique sport in NZ but popular around the world. There are 20 secondary schools that compete in a NZ National Lacrosse competition and U19 and Open Men’s and Women’s national teams represent NZ. Twenty seven countries in Europe alone play Lacrosse. The USA has 430,000 members involved and has been the dominant force internationally. Canada has always been strong and our neighbours Australia are making huge progress. It is only a matter of time before Lacrosse becomes an Olympic sport. Lacrosse is played on a similar size field to a rugby field. It is like ice hockey in that you have to score a goal in a net for points and can still play around the back of the net. It is like football in terms of spatial awareness and the huge volume of running required. There is also a physical element somewhere between ice hockey and football. In essence – it’s a tough, skilful game. Sam Hyland is the youngest girl to have represented NZ in Lacrosse. In the 2011 World Cup which was played in Germany, Sam was 14 years old and played for our NZ U19 team. It all began for Sam when she by chance watched a game at her school. She instantly connected and in Year 9 began her journey under the guidance of Whangaparaoa College coach Anne Henderson. Sam speaks with tremendous gratitude for her former coach’s influence. It’s a fine trait that I have seen in many of our champion athletes. Sam represented Whangaparaoa College along with other talented girls in the past few years. She then advanced with fellow NZ player Megan Archer into elite NZ training squads and excelled. Sam is now the captain of the NZ U19 team that recently returned from Australia where they played in Perth and Melbourne. Along with matches against State Australian sides they also have regular training camps and are given training schedules. This is all gearing up for the World Cup in Scotland next year. She could be on the verge of reaching another milestone. If she can make the NZ Team for the 2015 World Cup, she will become the first girl to represent NZ in two U19 World Cups. It is her main aim right now. CL
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what’s on June 2014
For links to some of these events, as well as future listings visit the What’s on Calendar at www.localmatters.co.nz
5–July 6 Through Young Eyes exhibition of photography by young people, Estuary Arts Centre, Western Reserve, Orewa. Part of the Auckland Festival of Photography. (see story p18) 7 Eaves Bush group workday, meeting 9am at the Hillcrest Road entrance to the Reserve. Working close to the entrance, weeding the surrounding bush. Some tools supplied but your own gloves and spade would be good. Cup of tea at 10.30am. New faces welcome. Info: Don Turner 426 4761 or Laurie Rands 426 3122. 11 Life After Stroke educational evening, Salvation Army Hall, Greenview Lane, Red Beach, 7pm. Hosted by Respite NZ Charitable Trust and Rodney Diversional Therapist Support Group. Occupational therapist Louise Lennon and Carole Trollope talk about coping with the after effects of stroke. Light supper provided. Booking essential, $10. Phone Monica or Megan, 421 1511 or firstname.lastname@example.org 12 Movie – Our Green Roadie, a documentary about NZ people and businesses who live and work in ‘green’ ways, Whangaparaoa Hall Art Room, 7pm–9.30pm. Hosted by Transition Town Orewa. All welcome Supper after. Gold coin welcome. 14–28 Godspell at Centrestage Theatre, Centreway Rd, Orewa. A reenergised production of a musical classic. Tickets from www. iticket.co.nz or phone 426 7282. (see story p17) 15 Volunteer planting day, Shakespear Regional Park, starting 10am. Follow signs to the planting site. Takes place rain or shine. All are welcome and volunteers should bring their own spades if possible. A barbecue lunch is supplied. Info: www.sossi.org.nz 21 Community planting day, Weiti Riverbank, Silverdale, 10am– 1pm. Meet at the bottom of the driveway at the end of Titan Place. Everyone welcome but booking is essential. Info, and to register phone Debbie at Conservation Volunteers NZ, 0800 567 686, email email@example.com. 21 Glaucoma NZ free public meeting, Evelyn Page Retirement Village, 30 Ambassador Glade, Orewa, 10am. Dr Dean Corbett speaks about Glaucoma and treatment options. Question and answer session. Admission free and all welcome. Info: phone 0800 452 826 or www.glaucoma.org.nz
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Tiny Tigers take on Tae Kwon-Do
Children as young as four years are not too young to learn the discipline of Tae Kwon-Do, and in fact can gain big benefits from it, according to Dave Sawyer of Dynamic Martial Arts. Last month, the Silverdale based club launched classes for Tae Kwon-Do Tigers, open to children aged 4–6 years. Dave says the classes are being offered in response to requests from parents and those at the first class on May 20 said they hope their children will have fun and learn a little discipline. Dave says martial arts are increasingly being taught to younger children. He says the Tigers programme is structured to suit a child’s attention span and abilities. As well as learning the basics of self-defence, he says Tae Kwon-Do will help children listen with respect to an instructor, and gain confidence – skills they will take with them when starting school.
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Raiders take first League for Life award Last month the Hibiscus Coast Raiders were celebrating a victory – but not one that happened on the field. The Raiders are the first NZ recipients of a League 4 Life award, which recognises a club’s ability to provide the best environment for its members. The club achieved all the standards required, including rugby league skills, safety, responsible drinking, smoke free environment, men’s health and healthy food. Pictured, NZRL chief executive Phil Holden presents HBC Raiders chair Karen Gibbons with the award. Photo, Grant Chapman
Goalie shoots for a win in Rotterdam Hockey is a sport that players continue to enjoy well after their school days are over, demonstrated by the fact that NZ has a contingent of internationally successful Masters players. One such player is Lorna Johnson of Stanmore Bay, who is currently defending the goal for the NZ Masters 55 team at the Masters Hockey World Cup in Rotterdam. Lorna has played hockey since her college years. Eventually she retired as a player in order to focus on umpiring and has umpired at national level. Her return to the field has seen her play with Hibiscus Dairy Flat Senior 2 as well as the Golden Oldies and a Presidents team. Last year she was a member of the NZ Masters 55 team that won a Trans-Tasman competition. She says the introduction of artificial turf has intensified the game and that people play longer because they don’t have to run about in the mud any more. This is only the second time that the Masters World Cup has been held. It includes men’s and women’s teams in age categories from 40 plus to 60 plus. Lorna says competition will be fierce in their group, which includes Australia, England and The Netherlands. The event runs from May 31–June 15.
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