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Inside this issue Rodney MP says ‘no deal’ MP says he will not roll over for Conservatives

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Crs renew calls for non-toxic weed control

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Motoring feature Chief of Navy, Rear Admiral Jack Steer, left, presents Graham MacLean of Gulf Harbour with his Command Directive.

Gulf Harbour Navy officer takes command of HMNZS Wellington

The security of the valuable fisheries within New Zealand’s exclusive economic zone are now partly in the safe hands of Lieutenant Commander Graham MacLean of Gulf Harbour, who took command of offshore patrol vessel HMNZS Wellington this month. It is a role that couldn’t be more Kaha, where most recently he was By contrast with this mainly 9–5 job, different from his previous job as working on the multi-million dollar maritime patrols will take the 34-yearOperations Officer on HMNZS Te upgrade of a frigate in Devonport. continued page 2

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old away from his wife and two young children for up to two months at a time as his ship patrols a vast area of ocean, from the Kermadecs, around 1000km northeast of the North Island, to the Subantarctic Islands. However, Lt Commander MacLean says while there are challenges ahead, the rewards of the job are many. “Command is a dream job for any naval officer,” Lt Commander MacLean says. He says he plans to use the role as a way of increasing interaction between the Navy and the community, including anchoring Wellington off the Hibiscus Coast. “I want to connect with the community because the Navy is a key part of Auckland and has a large footprint here,” he says. “Devonport and the city centre get the lion’s share, but now I have the opportunity to bring some of that to Whangaparaoa – not only making the ship visible from shore, but also talking to schools and other groups.” He says while much of his specialist training in warfare will not be needed on the offshore patrol vessel, he was selected for the role because of tactical experience. The formal change of command ceremony in Devonport, on June 5, was bristling with high-ranking naval officers, including Chief of Navy, Rear Admiral Jack Steer, who officially presented Lt Commander MacLean with the symbol of command – a carved Maori paddle. The words “you have the ship,” spoken by former Wellington commander Lt Commander Phil Rowe, and Lt Commander MacLean’s response, “I have the ship” marked the change of command. Next month Lt Commander MacLean will take the helm of Wellington, which is one of the NZ Navy’s most state of the art ships, and once sea trials are over a series of maritime patrols will begin. The Lt Commander and his crew are tasked to intercept and board fishing

Graham MacLean with his wife Juliet and children India and Jacob. Jacob holds the symbol of command, the Hoe. The carved figurehead is Mau Tiki-a-Taranga.

vessels, working with the Air Force, Customs and the Ministry of Primary Industries. HMNZS Wellington also visits Antarctica and the Pacific Islands annually and taking a ship’s company of around 50 people into the Southern Ocean – some of the biggest seas in the world – is something Lt Commander MacLean says he is looking forward to after his first deployment there three years ago. However he says one of the most satisfying things about the work is the day to day patrolling of the exclusive economic zone. “NZ is a leader in the field of maritime patrol in the region, and the ship’s company that I command see it as a very important contribution to the country’s resources and economic sustainability.”

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Open workshops under discussion No ‘cup of tea’ Moves to allow the public and media into Council workshops have stirred up local body representatives, with strong views expressed on both sides. Workshops, which include briefings behaviours and not always for the He says although Mike Cohen says by Council staff and the circulation better,” she says. “The approach Council staff have found increasing of information relevant to decision Devonport Takapuna is taking is more openness beneficial, he suspects staff making, are held almost weekly. No bureaucratic and, while open, I prefer will try to prevent the idea spreading proper Minutes are kept and public our meetings to be cost effective.” to other local boards as it means a access is not permitted. The pros and cons will be discussed change to current work practices. This year the Devonport Takapuna by the Hibiscus & Bays Local Board, However, he says this should not be Local Board opened its workshops ironically, in an upcoming workshop, allowed to prevent open workshops to the public, increasing transparent but deputy chair Greg Sayers says from happening. decision-making and leading to calls getting the issue aired in public at a “Workshop meetings should be made for the Hibiscus & Bays and Rodney full business meeting, is crucial. public to allow public scrutiny of the Local Boards to follow suit. Items that He also wants to have Devonport debates and how decisions are being meet the criteria for confidentiality are Takapuna Local Board chair Mike made. We are paid by the ratepayers, discussed separately. Cohen talk with members about how therefore the public has an absolute democratic right to observe and Cr Wayne Walker describes the the system works. Devonport Takapuna Local Board Mr Sayers says he is concerned that scrutinise us as their elected officials.” as “a model for openness and colleagues believe Council officers will All the Hibiscus & Bays Local Board community engagement” and while be less frank in public. members were approached for their he and Cr John Watson, together with “That’s a great shame as it’s really an views about open workshops. Only local board members Greg Sayers, excuse for under performance of the the ones mentioned responded prior Lovisa Rasmussen and David Cooper Council officer,” he says. “Also decisions to our paper deadline. are supportive of open workshops, are effectively being constructed in the member Lisa Whyte says it will workshops and ratified at the business adversely affect the full and frank meetings. That’s fundamentally wrong Have your say: Should the exchanges between members and staff in terms of public transparency and public have the right to attend and cost ratepayers more because of accountability of local government Council workshops, or are the need for Minutes. decision-making. Elected members they best left behind closed “For some elected members, the should not use a workshop as a shield doors? Join the conversation at presence of the public or press changes from public scrutiny.”

Chinese volunteers lead first SOSSI planting The planting season at Shakespear Regional Park got underway recently, aided by the arrival of two busloads of Chinese people. Around 120 Chinese people helped SOSSI volunteers with planting a portion of the park at the eastern end of the peninsula on June 7. The group is part of the Chinese Conservation Education Trust, which was started in 2002 in collaboration with the Department of Conservation. It aims to educate Chinese people living in NZ about this country’s special places, plants and animals and plans to make planting at the park an annual activity. Around 1500 plants went in, with ranger Bruce Harrison describing the work as some of the best planting he’s seen in his 18 years with Council. Around 16,000 plants remain for the public planting days on June 22 and July 20 (10am–12pm each day). Members of the group are pictured watching Bruce demonstrate planting technique. Photo, Peter Jackson


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deal in Rodney Rodney MP Mark Mitchell is talking tough when it comes to the possibility of a deal between National and the Conservatives that could see him lose his seat in Parliament. Conservative leader Colin Craig is asking John Key to do a “cup of tea” type deal in either Rodney, East Coast Bays or Upper Harbour electorates, assisting the Conservatives to get into parliament by not standing a candidate in opposition to Mr Craig in September’s general election. Mr Key has not ruled out a deal: a seat for Mr Craig has become more important for National as it seeks to shore up potential coalition partners following the resignation of Act MP John Banks. However Mr Mitchell told Hibiscus Matters last week that there will be no deal done in Rodney. “I will be the candidate and that’s that,” he says. “I am in this job to serve people, I earned that right in the last election and it means a lot to me.” Mr Mitchell romped home in the last election despite a concerted effort on behalf of the Conservatives, who polled a distant second (Mr Mitchell achieved a majority of more than 12,000 with more than 20,000 votes to Mr Craig’s 8000). However as a backbench MP he would not be high on the party’s list and if a deal is done in Rodney he could potentially miss out altogether. Both East Coast Bays MP Murray McCully and Paula Bennett, who received National’s nomination for the new Upper Harbour electorate, have said they do not want to roll over for the Conservatives. Ultimately the decision of which electorate Mr Craig will stand in is dependent upon any discussions with Prime Minister John Key, and it will be up to the National party to decide which, if any, MPs it is prepared to put on the list. Parties must finalise candidates by August.

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There is no doubt in my mind that ratepayers should have the right to attend those Council workshops. I attend the occasional local board meeting and used to go to some of the Rodney District Council ones also. It is possible that most of the workshops are dull as ditchwater but there is an important principle here – the community deserves to have all the facts that Council has if it is to be a helpful and informed part of the decision making process. That is real consultation – not the form filling that passes for “consultation” and is

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Get real I read with amazement your article ‘opening doors to Council secret workshops’ (HM 4/6). The Mayor argues that workshops allow staff (oddly called ‘officers’) to speak frankly to Boards and Councillors. Really? So I infer that staff do not speak frankly to the people that pay them. In case Mr Brown has totally forgotten, that’s we long-suffering ratepayers. The Mayor needs to get real. John Clements, Orewa

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I recently moved here from the North Shore and absolutely love your paper, which reminds me of the Flagstaff in Devonport – an independent, quality publication. I would also like to see the Council workshops opened to the public as per the story in your latest edition. The approach should be open and honest from our local body representatives and the staff, unless there’s a good reason. That is no less than ratepayers deserve. Angela White Stanmore Bay Are you following us on facebook

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Devil in the detail Auckland Transport’s “draft parking discussion document” raises the possibility of charging for parking at its park and ride facilities as a way of funding more capacity. This could have a major affect on Auckland’s most far-flung park and rides, including Silverdale, where the cost of a bus ticket into the city is already high. Paying for parking could easily be the tipping point, making driving the cheaper option, despite the cost of petrol, sending commuters back into their cars. This would, of course, be totally counterproductive to Auckland Transport’s objective of “facilitating a transformational shift to public transport and reducing dependence on car travel”. However, how to fund transport infrastructure without an increasing emphasis on user pays, continues to be a curly question. The document says that, as an estimate, Auckland may require up to 10,000 additional park and ride spaces by 2040. Anyone using the Albany park and ride on weekdays knows that space is at a premium there and it is likely that Silverdale’s park and ride will fill up as soon as stage two is completed. AT says that charging at park ‘n’ rides would allow this demand to be managed, ensuring that customers can always find a park if they are willing to pay. It’s a claim based on experience in Canada where some cities allowed commuters to pay to reserve parks in the park and ride; if they didn’t use the park by a certain time it then became available for anyone else to use. Methods like this are being suggested because there is not enough land around existing park and rides to allow for major expansion of the facilities and land for new park and rides doesn’t come cheap. AT suggests that charges should not be introduced until a full business case has been undertaken that includes the benefits and the impact on public transport patronage. Until that information is available, the public is simply left wondering whether park and ride will remain a viable option. In addition, the document suggests ditching time limits in town centres where on-street parking is nearing capacity, in favour of meters. This may fail to impress Orewa’s BID, which went through a lengthy process to establish a 120 parking zone in its town centre, and Silverdale, which is doing the same. AT is seeking public feedback, which will inform its Parking Strategy – although it’s hard to give meaningful feedback when the 59-page document is so low on detail. Submissions can be made on AT’s website until June 30.


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No restoration work has taken place at historic Stoney Homestead in Millwater since the end of last year, with further progress hinging on discussions about the use of the building, parking and consent. Exterior work on the homestead taking place with youth groups and was completed last year, but the the Silverdale Commercial Ratepayers. outbuildings are still in disrepair. No Dave says the homestead will be run work on the interior can take place until on a not-for-profit basis and that funds plans about how it will be used, and a to cover running costs will come from business plan, are formulated, which is grants and income from user groups. the task before the new trustees. A current priority is restoration of the Last year the Trust ground to a halt outbuildings, one of which is almost after the resignation of all but one beyond repair after years of neglect. trustee but a new group of volunteers Dave says the outbuildings, including has been holding regular meetings with a large shed, may need to be moved to the homestead’s owners, Auckland improve access and provide car parking Council, for the last five months. spaces, however the Trust’s preference is Chair Dave Adams, his wife Deborah to leave them where they are. McDouall, and Rod Rees, all “We are moving forward as fast as we can Millwater residents, are on the Trust, because this is a valuable community as well as Rebecca Richards, who grew up in the homestead, and long time facility,” Dave says. “However the trustee Robin Stoney, a descendant of programme is going to take time the original owners. The group is still because of the consent process.” Once options for use of the homestead looking for a Treasurer. Dave says a draft Proposal for Use, are decided upon, the interior fit out and Business Plan are underway. He can begin. The Trust is required to raise says options for the future use of the funds for items such as furniture and buildings include an A Grade certified equipment and the Hibiscus & Bays kitchen for community use, a café and Local Board has $1.5 million allocated renting rooms. Using the grounds to the project over several years. for Enviroschools or Garden to Table Stoney Homestead, also known as programmes is being considered as Seaview, has heritage value as a rare well as making the facility available example of early pioneering and for weddings. Discussions are also farming life in the district.

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Board says thanks Whoever it was who penned the quote, “Those who can, do. Those who can do more volunteer”, certainly recognised the value of volunteers in our community. This month we are hosting a thank you celebration for many of the volunteers who make a difference in our Hibiscus and Bays Local Board area, from helping out in our libraries, to planting trees or creating and maintaining tracks, manning our Citizens Advice Bureaux and Arts Centres and food banks, to even wading in to the Maygrove stormwater pond to clean out the weed on a yearly basis. Without their help and support we would not, as a local board, be able to function effectively. It is no secret that when we came in to existence just over three years ago, we were per capita one of the lowest funded local boards. Rather than become too despondent we looked at the strengths of our community: our people and particularly our strong volunteer base. With our first Local Board Plan we set an ambitious work programme and have largely accomplished it, helped by our volunteer workforce, and achieved other objectives as well. Recently I was pleased to see the Weekend Herald focus on our Weiti Wildlink project. With the help of volunteers and the pro bono support of corporates like Fulton Hogan we will achieve the first stage of this ambitious project to restore an industrial wasteland by improving the Weiti River environment, removing all the rubbish and weed and building a gravel track to extend and connect, in stages, Silverdale with Arkles Bay. Without the support of Conservation Volunteers, who cleared the area and the hundreds of locals who signed up to plant the 13000 plus native trees, we could never have attempted such an ambitious project. It started with seed funding from our local board we are now hopeful of attracting further funding from other agencies for the next stages. Another local project also gained national publicity this week – this time on National Radio. SOSSI raised funding and in 2010 built the predator free fence at Shakespear Regional Park and they have also been undertaking extensive planting within the fenced area. The radio programme followed a group of ecologists who were completing a nocturnal hunt for Pacific Geckos, a now threatened NZ species. Their results showed that the gecko numbers are now flourishing and showing just how effective the fencing has been. Heartened by this success the local branch of Forest and Bird has launched an equally ambitious programme to achieve a Pest Free Peninsula. With the support of our local board and parks staff they are concentrating first on eradicating pests and weeds in our smaller local parks along the peninsula. We are now looking at our next three-year local board plan and what our objectives should be. The good news is that the governing body has recognised our funding dilemma and its new funding formula of 90 percent population numbers, five percent deprivation and five percent for the geographical area covered ,will give us more money. We are really pleased about this as we will have further funding to support volunteer and community based place-making initiatives like these, which, thanks to the 100 percent support of our volunteers, help make our community a safer and better place to live in.

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Golf club targets pests

Hibiscus Coast Forest & Bird volunteers are closing in on Whangaparaoa’s wild pests, with Whangaparaoa Golf Club the most recent organisation to join the Pest Free Peninsula campaign. At the end of last month, Peter Pearce, who is a member of the golf club, and Forest & Bird, put a total of 17 bait stations and one stoat trap around the perimeter of the 40ha golf course, and near the swamp in its centre. The bait is in pellet form and enclosed in sturdy wooden bird, cat and dogproof boxes. The amount of bait taken over the last few weeks shows that rats are active at the Army Bay site. Peter says the location of the golf club potentially allows a “screen” of similar pest prevention measures to be put in place right across the peninsula, as long as residents of Gulf Harbour also get involved. The club also intends to seek the support of Gulf Harbour Country Club. Peter says Whangaparaoa Golf Club An empty trap shows that rats are taking is involved in a number of other the bait. Peter Pearce checks a trap. environmental initiatives, including as pampas, honeysuckle and gorse. looking at ways to manage the Hibiscus Coast Forest & Bird have traps stormwater runoff that flows onto the available for trapping pests on private site from surrounding properties and property. Info: the ongoing fight against weeds such nz/branches/hibiscus-coast


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As open space is rapidly replaced by housing development around Orewa Primary, the school is increasing its efforts to be environmentally friendly. This term, two teachers Angelique de Jong and Ana Paterson, introduced an after school Wastebusters Group that aims to learn more about the school’s natural environment as well as reducing waste and fostering sustainable behaviour. Scraps from children’s lunches are already disposed of in a worm farm, and the school also has vegetable beds and compost bins. One of the first tasks tackled by the

Wastebusters has been reducing waste going to landfill as a result of the school’s fortnightly sausage sizzles. The solutions identified by the children included composting, diverting scraps to families who have pigs or chickens and reusing some of the plastic waste. Orewa Primary also recently joined Auckland Council’s Wastewise School Programme, which supports schools reducing the waste sent to landfill. Locally, Stella Maris and Orewa College are also signed up to the programme. Wastewise facilitator Tori Christie says Orewa Primary may also trial rat traps from Hibiscus Coast Forest & Bird.

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Youngsters relish conservation role This year Hibiscus Coast kids are participating in an exciting programme of conservation activities. Samantha Cuckow and Genevieve Taylor have resurrected the local Kiwi Conservation Club (the junior branch of Forest and Bird) with gusto, taking local kids on outings to explore the seashore, bush reserves, Leigh Marine Lab and a special tour of the Auckland Zoo. Back in March was one of the Club’s biggest projects – a dozen Kiwi Conservation Club kids met at the Red Beach Surf Club ready to do battle with rubbish. Armed with gloves and plastic bags, they scoured the beachfront looking for unwanted flotsam washed up from Cyclone Lusi the weekend before and anything else that had been left behind from untidy or lazy Kiwis. The children enthusiastically picked up anything and everything they could find. Rubbish included an enormous chisel, a varied array of plastic, fishing lines, bottles, cans, and cigarette butts. Incredibly a local college bucket hat was discovered hiding in among the rocks belonging to a boy whom one of our members knew very well! The hat was collected to be returned to the owner after washing, along with a matching pair of jandals (not found together however), which was placed in the lost property bin at the surf club. The most unusual item of ‘rubbish’ was found behind the surf club – the surf club’s IRV and kayak trailer that had been pushed into the river. Our two oldest members and a parent hauled it out of the river and it was hoisted back onto the bank to be taken back to the club. The children and adults did a fantastic job cleaning up Red Beach – in all 12 shopping bags were filled to the gunnels. These were duly placed into two prepaid rubbish bags left beside a public rubbish bin to be collected the next day by the local rubbish collection company, as the depot had already closed for the day. Afterwards the children and adults explored the cliffs and rock pools from Red Beach to Orewa as it was low tide, ensuring a great end to a thoroughly satisfying meeting. Bring your kids or grandkids along on their next outing on June 21 for a night walk through Tawharanui Regional Park to listen to kiwi calling. For info, contact the email address above.

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Barriers still in place for women auto engineers Despite what you’d think was equal opportunity in employment in NZ, the road for women wanting to enter the world of auto engineering still has obstacles in place. Mainly, these are to do with the attitudes of some of the men who still dominate the automotive industry, and it has not been enough to keep Katie Harris from her dream of working with cars. The former Orewa College student says that initially she thought her keen interest in cars, which began at the age of 17 and enabled her to customise and maintain her Toyota Levin, should remain as a hobby “because it did not seem like a career for women”. She toyed with the idea of working as a beauty therapist, but soon realised this wasn’t for her and so took the plunge and is currently studying towards a Certificate of Auto Engineering at Unitec. There are 30 students in her intake and Katie is one of three girls – something she says the tutors have noted as a positive sign, as this is the largest number of girls in years to take the course. Before she started at Unitec, Katie rang around a few workshops to ask if they would hire female staff and was

shocked to find that three out of five said ‘no’. “One said he’d have to build another bathroom if he took on a woman, and another said simply that he didn’t want females in his workshop,” she says. “But one said hiring a female mechanic could be an advantage to his business.” Undeterred, Katie has thrived on the course and says she definitely made the right career decision. “It’s a really good course and my confidence has grown a lot,” she says. “Back in the day it was a very physical job, but now we have the tools that are easier to use regardless of strength. I enjoy the mental challenge of trouble shooting on different types of cars.” She was also surprised to discover an aptitude for welding. She says her experience on the course has demonstrated that women bring different skills to the job. “Women have a good eye for detail in this kind of work and make sure things are done right,” Katie says. She hopes that one day she can open her own workshop. “Sometimes women are not confident talking with professionals about cars, so being a woman could be a huge advantage there.”

Above, Katie Harris is determined to follow her heart and make auto engineering her career. Right, “Pimp my ride” – Katie has given her twin cam Toyota Levin a girlie touch on the inside panelling.

She has already completed her coursework for this term and is now looking for a placement anywhere on the Hibiscus Coast, or in Albany, so

that she can gain work experience. If you can offer Katie work experience, contact her by phoning 021 035 3377 or look for her on Facebook.

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Car insurance choices vary It’s important for all drivers to have some form of car insurance and it’s also important to find a policy that fits your budget. There are two main types of car insurance – comprehensive and third party. Comprehensive covers the cost of damage to your vehicle, plus the cost of damaging other people’s cars and property. Many drivers take out third party vehicle insurance, as it is more affordable than comprehensive. While it doesn’t cover damage to your vehicle, it does cover the cost of damaging other people’s cars and property. AA Insurance head of product Simon Hobbs says if price is an issue or your car isn’t worth much, then third party insurance can be an option. “It costs around $4 a week, which is less than a cup of coffee,” he says. “On the other hand, if you stick with comprehensive, you could choose to exclude benefits, such as rental car cover or glass cover, in exchange for a lower premium.” For those over 25-years-old, another way is to opt for a higher excess,

which is the amount required towards a claim for each event that occurs and is covered by the policy. The excess is only paid if a claim is made. “Another way to save is to make your car more secure,” Simon says. “You can usually save on your insurance by making it more difficult for thieves to break into or steal your car, such as having a NZ Standards Approved car alarm or an immobiliser professionally installed.” You should also be aware that the type of car you drive will affect your premium, he says. According to AA Insurance claims data, some cars are stolen or involved in accidents more often than others, which can be attributed to the driver as well as the type of vehicle they choose to drive. This information helps calculate an individual’s vehicle insurance premium. “However, you shouldn’t make your car insurance decision based purely on price. It’s important to look at the benefits of the policy, too, and choose the one that’s right for you.”

Mail may not get through

A freight van carrying mail and parcels collected from NZ Post outlets and post boxes throughout the Hibiscus Coast, caught fire on June 9 while travelling between Silverdale and Albany. The van driver was shaken but unharmed, however many postal items were not as lucky. A large number of items were burnt, water damaged or badly charred and some were completely destroyed. Most of the items had NZ addresses, but a few were for overseas destinations. NZ Post is advising customers to expect significant delays while it recovers as many items as possible. Info: or phone 0800 501 501.



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History with Ruth Olsen, Silverdale & Districts Historical Society,

Rugby to the rescue In the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries the road north from Auckland through Silverdale, Orewa and Waiwera to Warkworth was notoriously bad and even in the 1920s was almost impassable in wet weather. This report of a car journey in 1924 gives some idea of the prevailing conditions. On September 29, 1924, Mr H Holliday, the Auckland representative for Rugby Cars (an American-made car) was asked if he would drive Dr Sydney Allen from Devonport to Warkworth for a very serious operation that afternoon. Due to commitments in Auckland the doctor was unable to leave until 2pm, by which time the coastal steamer Hauti, which was the usual mode of transport from the main Auckland wharf and Devonport, to Warkworth, would have left. Rugby cars were very popular and, with 21 inch wheels, they were high off the ground so could cope with mud and small streams. They were made individually and, when Ford introduced mass production, they could not compete and went out of business. Mr Holliday’s Rugby car, with the doctor on board, left Devonport at 2.40pm but long before they reached Silverdale the rain had set in and the road was very bad. By the time they reached Hatfields Beach the tide was well in under the old bridge. Mr Hatfield measured the depth of the water at about 60cm. However, it was a case of getting through or not reaching their destination. When the car was in the deepest part, the water reached to the headlamps but despite this, the engine never faltered. The road to Waiwera was appalling but they ploughed on through the mud and arrived there ahead of the boat, eventually reaching Warkworth at 6pm. This motoring episode was considered quite a feat at the time, and was reported in the local paper on October 8, 1924. There was no mention of how the operation went, but the doctor was impressed by the car’s performance. He said he got in touch with Holliday’s Motors through an ad in the NZ Herald which stated that “the Rugby car was the first to drive up the coast this year”.

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From sport to an apprenticeship – these three trainee mechanics all connected with Cornish Truck & Van because of their sports involvement. From left, Silverdale Rugby Club player Kereti Williams, Sam Bridger from Orewa Surf and Travis Hale from the Hibiscus Coast AFC.

Careers boosted by links to community groups Cornish Truck & Van of Silverdale is a fine example of how community involvement and business can work in harmony, resulting in greater local employment. Owner Kevin Cornish competes and coaches at Red Beach Surf Lifesaving Club. His four children are also members, and his business is one of the club’s sponsors and takes care of its trailers. Competing with the club has led to connections with Orewa Surf Lifesaving members. In winter, Kevin is assistant coach for his son’s J5 team at Silverdale United Rugby Football Club. This has not only been satisfying from a family and community perspective, but has also been helpful when Kevin is looking for big, strong lads to be apprenticed to his team of mechanics, or just to help out and gain work experience. Kevin’s team services and repairs everything from utes to the biggest truck and trailer units and he says that fitness and muscle are essential when working on vehicles of this size, however those are not the only things he is looking for in an apprentice. “Sports club involvement means you get to know the characters of the guys, as well as how strong and competitive

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they are,” he says. “They also know a bit about me, so there’s a connection there straight away.” Currently Cornish Truck & Van has eight MITO apprentices in various stages of their training – five are from surf clubs and the others are from Silverdale Rugby Club. Kevin says there is a big shortage of mechanics in NZ, so each is valued. He can’t find fault with any of those who have come to him through the sports clubs. “They are keen and have a good work ethic,” he says. “Punctuality is a way to see how much they really want to be there, and all ours are there, as part of the team, from first thing in the morning.” The system must be working, as Cornish Truck & Van is on track to open its third branch this month. The business began six years ago in Glenfield and opened a Silverdale branch in 2012. The third branch, also in Silverdale, is needed due to local demand. Kevin started the business after moving here from the UK, with a single van and within a year had a garage and employed five mechanics. He now employs 16 mechanics. “There is lots of work around for young guys who choose this career,” he says.

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Adventure Power Sports

There’s a new place on the Coast for motorbike enthusiasts to hang out, talk bikes and check out the latest motorbikes, jetskis and accessories – Adventure Power Sports of Silverdale. The store handles sales and service on a wide range of makes and models of bikes, jetskis and quad bikes, setting the tone with the placement of an original 1941 Indian motorbike at the entrance. The legendary Indian rubs shoulders with the latest Ducatis, Kawasakis, Harley Davidsons, BMWs and many other brands. Andrew Senn, left, and Luke Tornquist Andrew Senn and Luke Tornquist say the inspiration for starting their as well as racing, became a passion. Adventure Power Sports business in Starting with a CT110 “postie bike” as industrial Silverdale was their love of a teenager, Andrew says the cc rating all aspects of motorbikes – not only on his bikes increased considerably the bikes themselves, but also the over the years. opportunities they provide to race,Centre Along the way there have been plenty iagnostic Service cruise, explore or even commute to of thrills and spills, but the details work. of these are long forgotten – what gine diagnostic checks and the latest motor riders remember is the Andrewtechnology says commuting by motorbike hicle testing justy fit togethermotorbike at time spent on the open road, enjoying is becoming increasingly popular as ornish Autotech. Our experienced diagnostics a sense of freedom and exploring the a way of handling traffic snarl-ups am understand the importance of frequent countryside. and parking issues, as well as being gine checks, servicing and maintenance, to economical. Luke says Coasties are spoilt for tend the life of your vehicle parts. Both Andrew and Luke left the sea choice, whether they are into on, or behind to open the store – Luke was off-road riding, with areas around dvanced Engine Diagnostic a marine engineer and Andrew was Puhoi, the Dome Valley and Woodhill keep-up with technological advances in Forest the moon offer. formerly a super yacht captain, then r industry and the manufacturing techniques our an owner’s representative supervising It’s also a very social sport, which echanics fullyoftrained to check all the are building super yachts in NZ.and service is why Andrew says the store is fast odels and makes. The pair both rode motorbikes from becoming a hub for local riders since the age of 14 and recreational riding, it opened four months ago. omplex faults, advanced systems, delicate senrs and actuators aren’t a problem for our team, r sophisticated state of the art equipment, fully sts your car to detect faults and potential failes, allowing us to confidently re-set service lights all Japanese and European makes and models.


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Driving Miss Daisy certainly gets its passengers from A to B and back, but there the comparison with a taxi service ends. The level of personal attention, time and care devoted to passengers makes Driving Miss Daisy a true companion driving service. It’s a national franchise, with more than 80 vehicles operating around the country and specialises in offering safe, reliable transport and companionship for mature, disabled or young people who cannot drive and need extra care. Recently the local franchise has been taken up by long time Stanmore Bay residents Brenda and Ross Yeager. Brenda is well known to anyone who has visited the Council offices in Orewa, having worked there for 23 years, including 12 years at the front desk. Working with people is her forte, and so far Driving Miss Daisy clients are proving to be great company. They have included seniors going to appointments and children that need transport to and from school and after-school activities. “The best part is that you’re helping people to be more independent,” Brenda says. “Plus I really enjoy the company.” Each journey is tailored to the passenger’s needs, whether that be taking a pet to the vet, heading to the

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airport or taking a scenic drive with a group of friends. Brenda can stay with people during medical appointments and provide updates to family who cannot be there. No need to worry about the meter ticking over, as each service is pre-quoted, based on time not kilometres. Brenda’s husband Ross is also involved with the business, taking care of all the admin. He says a bonus for the business is the fact that Driving Miss Daisy recently joined the list of Total Mobility Scheme providers – this is a Government funded initiative that provides subsidies for the transport costs of people with impairments. Brenda’s service area covers from Dairy Flat and Stillwater to Waiwera, so expect to see her distinctive vehicle out and about.


A major fundraiser for the Tamaki Sports Academy is the free metal collection service it offers. We will pick up any old metal – whiteware such as fridges, stoves, dishwashers, washing machines – roofing iron, metal piping, venetion blinds, computers, batteries, car panels, cars, metal shelving, filing cabinets, machinery, lawnmowers, engines and so on. Tamaki Sports Academy offers mentoring, coaching, and work experience to South Auckland youth who have dropped out of the mainstream school system, but who show some sporting talent. Academy members are enrolled in the Correspondence School and work towards unit standard credits and national qualifications.

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I always find that talking about problems over a cuppa with friends definitely seems to help. Problem shared, problem halved and all that. But talking about digestive problems just isn’t the done thing. That’s why even though over half of us suffer with some sort of digestion problem, we suffer in silence. The digestive system can create many different problems: from bloating to indigestion, constipation to heartburn. Indigestion and heartburn might seem very similar but they are actually two different conditions. You get indigestion when your stomach is irritated or inflamed. You might feel pain or discomfort in your stomach, feel sick or burp. Heartburn, on the other hand, is a burning pain caused by your stomach acid flowing back up your food pipe. These conditions may require different treatments so it’s important you get them diagnosed by a health care professional. Constipation is another common digestive problem. If you do find yourself comparing notes over a latte, remember it’s not about how often, but rather a change that would indicate that something isn’t right with you. Every body is different. For some it’s three times a day, others three times a week. But constipation is when your bowel motions occur less frequently than usual for you, and/or are difficult to pass. Some digestive disorders are very difficult to diagnose, for example Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), which affects around 20 percent of New Zealanders. You might suffer from a lot of bloating which can be rather uncomfortable. Other symptoms include pain or discomfort in your abdomen, constipation or diarrhoea (or alternating between the two). There are many medicines that can help with digestive problems and there are also many lifestyle factors that can help you prevent or manage your digestion problem more easily. For example, a new study shows that exercise may help with IBS symptoms. And raising the head of your bed can help if you suffer from heartburn at night. It’s also important to remember that there are some conditions that may seem like a harmless common digestion problem, but may be something more serious. That’s why you should always check with your healthcare professional if you have concerns. So remember if you are suffering with a digestive problem, you are not alone out there. But perhaps it’s worthwhile discussing with your health professional first and grab that cuppa with friends later.

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‘Know your enemy’ is an adage that applies to many aspects of health – early detection of a health problem is not only advisable so that treatment or lifestyle changes can begin, but also so that the patient understands what has been causing their symptoms. This is where the eye disease Glaucoma people talk to older family members is made doubly difficult, because about the disease, as if they can recall symptoms may be so subtle as not to be anybody in the family using eye drops noticed by many people: a little loss of on a regular basis, this may indicate they peripheral vision, for example, or other were treating Glaucoma,” Helen says. slight changes in the quality of eyesight. Although the progress of the disease Glaucoma is caused by damage to can be arrested, sight that has already the optic nerve and, according to been lost is gone for good, so early Glaucoma NZ, around half of the detection is key. New Zealanders with the disease don’t “If glaucoma is detected, ongoing know that they have it. treatment, and compliance, is vital,” Without treatment, the prognosis Helen says. “Ninety-eight percent for vision is not good but with early of those who comply with their detection, the progress of the disease prescribed treatment for glaucoma can often be controlled or halted with will not go blind. That could mean putting in the eye drops every day for medication such as eye drops. This is why Glaucoma NZ, which is the rest of their lives. But it’s a simple a charitable trust, has made awareness thing to do to save precious sight.” of the disease its number one priority Glaucoma NZ is holding a free in the fight against what it calls “the public meeting this month in Orewa to provide information and discuss silent thief of sight”. Executive manager Helen Mawn says treatment options. There will also be the only way to detect the disease is a question and answer session with to have regular eye examinations, Ophthalmologist Dr Dean Corbett, especially if you are over the age of 40, who is presenting the talk. have medical conditions such as short “The advantage of these meetings is sightedness (Myopia), diabetes or high that you discover others have the same issues and fears as you do,” Helen says. blood pressure. Knowing whether you have family The meeting is on June 21 at the members that have had Glaucoma is Evelyn Page Retirement Village, 30 also important – if Glaucoma runs in Ambassador Glade, Orewa, 10am. your family, you are 10 times more Admission is free and all are welcome. likely to develop the disease. Info: phone 0800 452 826, email “We recommend that even young An organisation that caters for visually impaired people, the Hibiscus Coast VIPs, recently celebrated its 30th birthday. The club, which was set up by The Blind Foundation, was run by Orewa resident Jean Potts for 21 years. Members, which currently number almost 30 elderly folk, meet monthly for entertainment and lunch. Volunteers drive people to and from the venue and serve lunch. Shelley Good, who runs the organisation, says members enjoy mixing with people who have the same issues of poor vision to deal with. Pictured are members Jean Potts, left, and Margaret Prance cutting the cake.

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Bowel screening promoted

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It’s Bowel Cancer Awareness month and Orewa doctor Andrew Chambers says it’s a good time to remind people to take part in the free bowel screening programme. Dr Chambers, from Hibiscus Coast for several weeks such as diarrhoea, Medical Centre, says more than half of constipation or a feeling your bowel eligible participants from the practice doesn’t empty completely. Anyone have taken part. with those symptoms is urged to see “It’s great that so many people have their doctor immediately. completed the bowel screening test, Anyone aged between 50 and 74 but I would like to encourage others years who lives in the Waitemata who may still have the test sitting at DHB area should have received the home to also use this opportunity,” he free Bowel Screening kit. If not, says. phone 0800 924 432 or email info@ The test helps find cancer early, often before it has the change to spread. Meanwhile, the health advocacy “The good news is that when bowel group Beat Bowel Cancer says the cancer is caught early, it can usually government is failing to invest in the be successfully treated. Bowel cancer resources needed to properly diagnose can be present with few or even no and treat bowel cancer nationwide. warning signs.” The four-year Bowel Screening pilot The group’s chief executive Megan programme is now in its third year Smith says the Ministry of Health and the results will be used to decide is failing to meet its own targets for if bowel screening could be rolled out investigation and treatment, and colonoscopy service provision varies nationally. Ministry of Health results for the widely across NZ. first 21 months (from January 2012 “The government has earmarked less to September 2013) show that of the than $2 per New Zealander of new 107,637 people tested, bowel cancer money to address the problem of was found in 129 cases. bowel cancer,” she says. “In contrast, Symptoms of bowel cancer may $307 million was allocated to road include blood in your bowel motion safety, when bowel cancer is killing or changes in your normal pattern five times the national road toll. The of going to the toilet that continue numbers don’t stack up.”

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Star performances in Orewa for Matariki Musical WWI remembrance

Matariki celebrations this month include a range of musical and drama performances in Orewa. The Modern Maori Quartet, singer/ Maori singer/songwriter Maisey Rika’s songwriter Maisey Rika and the play music fuses English and Maori lyrics Party with the Aunties will perform free and incorporates traditional Maori as part of Auckland Council’s Matariki instruments with guitars, drums and string and horns in a mix of folk, Festival (June 28–July 28). The Modern Maori Quartet is known acoustic, soul and easy listening styles. for humour and charm as well as Maisey has released two albums and harmonies; Matutaera Ngaropo, James tours nationally and internationally. Tito, Maaka Pohatu, and Matariki Party with the Aunties is a musical play Whatarau all grew up listening to about a party thrown by Aunty Maria the sounds of Howard Morrison and Aunty Kahu to celebrate a 50th and formed the group to bring back birthday. It includes a wide variety of the songs made popular by those old characters, all played by three actors time Maori quartets, playing on the and incorporates local references lyrics and making for an entertaining wherever it is performed. performance. All the shows are on at Orewa

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Community Centre – the Modern Maori Quartet on June 28, Maisey Rika on July 9 and Party with the Aunties on July 27. For more details, see What’s On, page 27.

Soccer club grows It’s no secret that many local sports clubs are bursting at the seams, including one of the Coast’s largest – Hibiscus Coast Association Football Club. The club, which is in its 40th year, has more than 900 playing members this season, most in the 5–17 year age bracket, and is continuing to grow. With the changing rooms addition completed at its Stanmore Bay Reserve base, the club is in the process of extending its clubrooms. The plan is to cover nearly half of the big deck, expanding the kitchen, improving the toilets and making the facility more suitable for the community to hire for meetings. Plans and quotes have been

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obtained and now it is a matter of raising the funds for this to happen. Club president Scott Beard will make a presentation seeking support from the local board this month and says assistance from funding organisations will also be sought. He says the club sees the extended space as multi-use. “Upgraded clubrooms should be seen as a community facility,” Scott says. “We have already approached other sporting organisations and no doubt there are community groups who may be looking for a facility to use during the day.” Any organisation that would like to be involved email


An opportunity to remember the sacrifices made by World War I soldiers is being held in Red Beach on June 28 – the date that Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife Sophie of Austria were assassinated in 1914, marking the official start of the war. A Time to Remember has been organised by the Respite NZ Charitable Trust and Platinum Community Care and features live music and presentations by NZ Navy officers, including the historian who works at the Devonport Navy Museum. The Kapa Haka group from Orewa North Primary will perform and there will be items on display from the Estuary Arts Centre’s recent World War I exhibition. The event is at the Salvation Army Community Hall in Greenview Lane, Red Beach at 10am. Entry is $5 per person including a light lunch. Tickets from Age Concern in Orewa, Barfoot & Thompson Orewa or Platinum Community Care in Red Beach. All proceeds go to the Respite NZ Charitable Trust. Info: phone Monica, 421 1511. Are you following us on facebook and twitter? www.

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Making hay for the RDA

Gingerbread biscuits have been selected as a unique way to raise funds for Riding for the Disabled, which has a local branch in Stillwater. This is the second year that the notRiding for the for-profit organisation has run its Disabled North Gingerbread Horse campaign and it Shore president is hoping to double the amount of Andrea Elmar bakers involved. with a tray of gingerbread The launch in Stillwater on June horses. 9 was attended by NZ Riding for the Disabled (NZRDA) volunteers, sponsors and supporters and Rodney MP Mark Mitchell. The campaign encourages individuals, businesses and schools to register as bakers, then make and decorate Gingerbread Horse biscuits using the items in the supplied baking pack. In NZRDA Awareness Week, starting July 28, bakers sell their biscuits to friends, family, workmates and the general public and the funds raised are Riding for the Disabled makes it donated to NZRDA. possible for anyone with a disability to Last year more than 550 bakers took interact with horses – the benefits are part and NZRDA ambassador Melanie not only physical and include increased Kerr says the introduction of ways for independence and self-esteem. schools and businesses to get involved There are currently 55 NZRDA should see that number hit 1000. groups nationwide, assisting more She says the campaign also raises than 3000 people each year. awareness of NZRDA’s services. Info:

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In a collaborative partnership between students, the Auckland Council stormwater unit and the Education for Sustainability Team, more than 3000 plants will be planted across 6000sqm of land on the Stanmore Bay stream embankment alongside Whangaparaoa College. Planting began last week. This is the first of three stages planned to transform the embankment, and has been funded by a Council grant. The school has also incorporated biodiversity elements into its curriculum that relate to the project.

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Classifiedadvertising COMMUNITY NOTICES Monster Garage Sale Sat June 21, 9am–1pm. St Andrews Presbyterian Church, 107 Centreway Road, Orewa. Fundraiser to support Mission in Vanuatu. AGM – GHRYC is to be held on July 22, 7pm @ Gulf Harbour Yacht Club. AGM – Silverdale Commercial Ratepayers Inc June 19, 5.30pm venue BNZ at the Silverdale Centre. Are you Scottish? You don’t have to be to join our band for free tuition in Silverdale on bag pipes and drums. Beginners and experienced people from age 10 years are welcome. Ph Gayle 424 1893 or Bob 424 1838. CMA Companionship and Fun Morning Activities for Seniors 65+. Vacancies for new members at our 2 centres, in Red Beach and Stanmore Bay, Wed & Thurs, 10am–12.30pm. Morning tea & lunch provided for $6. Transport can be arranged for a very small charge. Ph Rachel 09 489 8954. Forest and Bird HBC Pest Free Peninsula Traps & Bait stations for rats stoats and possums. Baits also available. Ph 426 4244. Planting day at Karaka Cove off Matheson Rd, July 5, 8.30am–12pm. Bring spade gloves sturdy footwear. FREE PHONICS LESSONS (there is a small charge to cover materials) Whangaparaoa Library has a few vacancies for their Monday after-school phonics class, aimed at 6–8 year olds who are experiencing difficulty with reading, writing and spelling. Taken by an experienced English teacher. Enquire at the library to arrange a free assessment. Ph 428 5443 Lorna Robinson. HIBISCUS WOMENS INSTITUTE (North Auckland federation). Meets every 3rd Wed of month, 10am, at Stanmore Bay Community Hall. 2014 theme “Spreading Happiness” project “Sharing with our Communities“. Competitions, speakers, activities and fellowship. New members welcomed. Ph 09 425 2432. HealthWEST is running a free 4 week Diabetes education programme at St Andrews Hall, 48 Waiora Rd Stanmore Bay. The course starts Tuesday 22 July from 10am–12pm. For info Denise Daniels ph 09 822 8012, 021 993 439 or email Homestay Families Wanted July 18–25 for two students. Ph Beki at YMCA Waiwera Lodge 427 9219, Email: IMMERSE - Fostering Hope Have you ever wondered about becoming a foster carer? There is an ‘Information Evening’ to help you discover how you can make a positive difference in the lives of our most vulnerable children: Thurs June 26, LIFE North Venue, 22 Arrenway Drive, Albany, 7pm–9pm, SENIOR MOMENTS Social activities for Seniors, every Mon & Thurs 10am – 12.30pm. We are looking for volunteer drivers to transport our guests to & from our Red Beach centre. Ph Monique 426 0056.

Notice to postal customers on the Hibiscus Coast New Zealand Post would like to advise customers that due to a vehicle fire a significant number of parcels and mail items have been damaged in transit. The damage occurred to items collected from New Zealand Post outlets and post boxes on Saturday 7 and Monday 9 June 2014 in: Silverdale • Red Beach • Manly Orewa, and Whangaparaoa The fire caused water damage and charring to many items. Some items have been completely destroyed. We are attempting to recover as many items as possible but affected customers can expect delays as we work through this process. All items with identifiable address or sender details will be forwarded or returned, but there will be delays. All parcels with legible tracking information will be scanned over the coming days and the information provided to our customer service team. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact or call 0800 501 501.

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June 21 2014 • 9am-12noon Senior Hall Warkworth Primary School Grab a bargain, cakes & sausage sizzle.

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CABINS TO RENT CABINS FOR RENT 3 sizes avail. Carpet & Curtains incl. from $65 pw + delivery. Ph: 0800 587 822 or 021 281 2066.


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Adept Computer Services, Est 1993. PC repairs at good rates. Ph 421 1039 or 021 114 5517

HYPNOSIS for stress, phobias, easy Stop Smoking. Bill Parker NZAPH, 424 7610. Winter Special: HandS & Feet Nails cut & filed, includes hand & foot massage. $30 each or 2 people for $50. I will come to you. Phone 424 0676. WISE CHOICES – Counselling/ Supervision Service, Brigitta Rohr (B. Couns., MNZCCA), Stanmore Bay. Ph 021 416 251,

SITUATIONS VACANT Delivery pEOPLE required urgently for paper distribution for all areas of the Hibiscus Coast. Ph Julie 021 333 233/email QUALIFIED AUTOMOTIVE MECHANIC We are looking for a Qualified Mechanic, to work full time including rostered Saturdays in our busy well established business. Current NZ Warrant of Fitness Certification pref. CV to dave.brock. ph 424 8206 or 0274 598 847. Dave Brock Motors & Tyres, 623 Whangaparaoa Rd, Whangaparaoa.

HOME & MAINTENANCE A SMART REPAIR Service for F&P smartdrive washers, F&P/Simpson dryers. Same day service 09 423 9660 or 021 168 7349. ALL TURFING AND GRASSING OPTIONS Ph 021 0273 2626 or email: At Your Request your local cleaning team is ready to deliver our 5 star shine in your home for weekly cleaning, spring or moving cleans. For a FREE quote call Yvonne 09 475 9715. BAY APPLIANCE REPAIRS Repairs to all major brands of Laundry and Kitchen Appliances small appliances and powers tools. All work guaranteed EWRB registered. Ph 09 947 0333/022 600 9919. BUILDER 40 yrs+ exp semi retired available for property maintenance, decks, fences etc. No job too small. Good rates. Ph Rob 021 1672155 or 426 2960. Electrician available Ph 426 2320 Heat Pump Cleaning Specialists We clean all types of heat pumps, can change hrv, dvs filters. Call now 0800 225 327, Interior Exterior Painter Affordable, approachable, anytime, AAA guarantee. Free quotes. Located on the Hibiscus Coast. Ph Chris 09 421 1638, 021 164 1663. PEST CONTROL, Flies, spiders, cockroaches, ants, rodents, wasps. Competitive prices. Ph 426 2253. Plastering, Gib Stopping. All aspects of stopping. Skim coat specialist. 25 yrs exp. Karl 0210 42 42 96 or 428 7127. Plastering, solid, Gib Stopping, Painting/repair work. Small jobs. Trade Cert. Keith 424 8841 or 022 682 4760. Roof restoration & coatings, repairs, washing down, recoating, gutter cleaning. Free quotation. Txt or ph 027 247 7273. TANK WATER TESTING Find out what bad-bugs are in your drinking water. We collect, test and report. Ph Simon at 09 422 9345 or Waterblasting & Chemical House Washing. Careful service, reasonable rates. Ph 426 2253. Water Filters Underbench filters & whole house Ultra violet filters – Kill and remove ecoli/bacteria. FREE site visits. Ph Steve 09 945 2282 www.

HAIRDRESSING CARING MOBILE SERVICE, I come to you. Pensioner rates. Ph Inga 426 0985.

DRESSMAKING Sylwester’s dressmaking & alterations. Expert, fast affordable. Phone 426 7559.

HOME HELP House Cleaning/Ironing 2 ladies available to work. Hibiscus area. Excellent references. Ph 424 0676 or 027 271 6676.

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

14–28 Godspell at Centrestage Theatre, Centreway Rd, Orewa. A reenergised production of a musical classic. Tickets from www. or phone 426 7282. 21 Community planting day, Weiti Riverbank, Silverdale, 10am– 1pm. Meet at the bottom of the driveway at the end of Titan Place. Hosted by Conservation Volunteers NZ and the Hibiscus & Bays Local Board. Booking is essential. Info, and to register phone Debbie at Conservation Volunteers NZ, 0800 567 686. 21 Glaucoma NZ free public meeting, Evelyn Page Retirement Village, 30 Ambassador Glade, Orewa, 10am. Dr Dean Corbett speaks about Glaucoma and treatment . Question and answer session. Admission free. Info: phone 0800 452 826 or www. (see story p18 and ad p19) 21 Kumeu Vintage Brass Band Variety Concert, Whangaparaoa College Auditorium, Delshaw Ave, Stanmore Bay, 2pm–4pm. Guests artists, City of Auckland Pipe Band as well as singers and soloists. Tickets $10, children $5. Info and tickets: phone Lois, 09 817 8114 or 021 1711 836. 21–22 Weddings on the Coast Expo, The Plaza, Whangaparaoa, Saturday 10am–5pm, Sunday 10am–4pm. Showcase for local providers of wedding products and services. Tickets available from Eventfinder or The Plaza management office, or can be purchased at the Expo. (see story p21 and ad p9) 22 Volunteer planting day, Shakespear Regional Park, starting10am. Follow signs to the planting site. Takes place rain or shine. All welcome and bring your own spade if possible. Barbecue lunch supplied. Info: 28 Live music in memory of World War I, includes presentations from the Navy, Salvation Army Hall, Greenview Lane, Red Beach, 10am. $5 per person. Tickets from Age Concern, Orewa or Platinum Community Care, Red Beach. (see story p22) 28 Modern Maori Quartet free concert to celebrate Matariki, the traditional quartet, with a fun, modern twist. Orewa Community Centre, Orewa Square, 7.30pm–9.30pm. Free entry. (see story p22).

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Snr Constable Ian Price talks about policing in the South Island, Pioneer Village, 15 Wainui Road, Silverdale, 11am. Gold coin donation. All welcome. Singer/songwriter Maisey Rika performs in a free concert in Orewa, Orewa Community Centre, Orewa Square, 7.30pm9.30pm. (see story p22) Community planting day, Weiti Riverbank, Silverdale, 10am– 1pm. Meet at the bottom of the driveway at the end of Titan Place. Hosted by Conservation Volunteers NZ and the Hibiscus & Bays Local Board. Booking is essential. Info, and to register phone Debbie at Conservation Volunteers NZ, 0800 567 686. Volunteer planting day, Shakespear Regional Park, starting10am. Follow signs to planting site. Takes place rain or shine. All welcome and bring your own spade if possible. Barbecue lunch supplied. Info: Party with the Aunties in celebration of Matariki, Orewa Community Centre, Orewa Square, 6pm–7.20pm. A lively play about a family gathering for Uncle Angus’ 50th birthday. Entry free. (see story p22)

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

My Coastal Gem is Crocodile Island in Orewa Estuary. In summer my daughter and I swim there every day during high tide. It is absolutely beautiful and gets really busy with people paddle boarding, swimming, jet skiing and kayaking. The name ‘Crocodile Island’ was used by the early settlers because the island looks like a crocodile when seen from the hill at the south end of Orewa. Paula Carr

What makes the Hibiscus Coast special to you? Coast Gems uncovers, and celebrates the people, places, businesses and events that give the Coast its unique flavour and spirit. Email (subject line: Coast Gems) with a brief description of your Coast Gem, and a photo, together with your daytime phone number and postal address. Please send photos as a medium or high-resolution jpg. Publication is at the discretion of the editor. Every Coast Gem published earns the person who sends it a $50 voucher to spend at The Plaza.



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Help shape local dog access rules Submissions 12 June-23 July Hibiscus and Bays Local Board is proposing changes to where you can walk your dog. The biggest changes are proposed on parks adjoining beaches in Hibiscus and Bays (Waiwera to Campbells Bay) excluding the regional parks. The Auckland Council Policy on Dogs gives local boards the authority to decide dog access on local parks and beaches. The changes proposed would amend the policy. Hearings and deliberations will be held before any changes are applied.

Have your say Go to for more information or to make a submission. Documents are also available at Auckland Council libraries and service centres in Hibiscus and Bays (Browns Bay, Orewa, Whangaparāoa) or by phoning us on 09 301 0101. Submissions close at 4pm on Wednesday 23 July 2014. Find out more: phone 09 301 0101 or visit


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Amazing Race raises funds for CrossFit competitor

Fit, tough and fun loving Coasties are invited to take part in a version of The Amazing Race this month. Organisers of the Crossfit Hibiscus Coast Amazing Taurua, are the same. Race, on June 29, are keeping details under wraps The programme focuses on constantly changing, to maintain the element of surprise for competitors, high intensity, functional movements that target but will provide a range of challenges including more than one muscle group. getting wet, digging, lifting, eating and general How hard you push yourself is up to you – Diana knowledge to teams of three. is so motivated that she can keep up with those half However, the main objective is to raise funds to her age and likes workouts that leave her feeling assist Diana Flynn who is one of only two New “like a train wreck”. Zealanders invited to take part in the Crossfit She is excited to take part in the Crossfit Worlds, Worlds in California. an invitation only event. She was selected after Diana is relatively new to the Crossfit programme, having joined the Silverdale gym soon after it opened submitting a video of a workout. Training for the event in July has meant stepping her in November, 2012. However, she is no stranger to fitness disciplines, already intense workouts up to another level, with a having set NZ and Oceania masters records in commitment to a programme that allows only one powerlifting as well as winning a Masters category day per week of complete rest. Diana says she will face competitors in her 55–59 in bodybuilding at the age of 45. Another basis for her all round fitness is that Diana age category who have been doing Crossfit for was a farmer for 25 years; she has since downsized to several years longer than she has – something she views as a challenge. a lifestyle block in Dairy Flat. She says she first joined a gym after the birth of “I don’t expect to be the fittest there, but I’m her second child, 24 years ago and, never one to do determined to be the best prepared,” she says. anything by halves, soon took up powerlifting. For more information about the Crossfit Hibiscus She is now a Crossfit convert, and says the key is Coast Amazing Race, or to sponsor Diana, find Diana Flynn of Dairy Flat is one of only two Kiwis that no two workouts with her coaches, Crossfit Crossfit Hibiscus Coast on Facebook, or phone who will battle it out at the World Crossfit Games in California. Hibiscus Coast owners Chris Attrill and John Chris on 027 671 9608.

Funds needed for shot at national championship title The Hibiscus Coast U15 Boys Basketball Team, pictured qualified to compete in the National Tournament, which takes place in Wellington next month. The team of 10 earned its place by achieving a top four position in the recent Zone 1 Auckland National Qualifying Tournament. Some members of the team took part in last year’s U13 National tournament and came home with the championship trophy. The U15s are practicing twice a week with coaches Tony and Chanel Pompallier, and are hungry to bring another title home to the Hibiscus Coast. The team, together with manager Andrea Dance and parents is now intent on fundraising to help get the team to the competition. Movie nights, sausage sizzles, and business sponsorship are among the initiatives. To support the team, phone Richard Livock at 021 953 376 for more information.

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