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Volunteers applauded Local Board says cheers to volunteers

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Real Estate Master Craig McFarlane with some of the tools used symbolically in Masonic Lodge ceremonies – the gavil, ruler and chisel. The Freemasons are offering a rare opportunity to learn more about the organisation and see inside their Lodge in Orewa. (see story p5)

Pollution prevention scheme uncovers issues on Weiti River

A pollution prevention programme that began in May, targeting businesses in the Weiti River catchment, has so far conducted site audits and issued recommendations for improved practices to around one third of those businesses. Simon Wilkinson and his team from have uncovered six issues of minor major potential for pollution. Wilkinson Environmental, contracted pollution, 52 issues with the potential continued page 2 to the Hibiscus & Bays Local Board, for minor pollution and one with

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Anti-pollution scheme Mr Wilkinson and his team have visited 140 businesses to date and he says it is amazing the number of people who don’t realise that the stormwater drains in their yards drain into the Weiti River. “If they are handling chemicals or oils in their business they are usually up to speed, but some of the practices we see are shocking,” he says. He says one of the worst incidences was where a drain had been plumbed into a container used for washing paint off. This allowed the paint to flow directly onto the ground, into the stormwater system and out into the river. The stormwater drain on the site was full of white paint. “Once we drew attention to this, it was sorted straight away and the drain cleared out,” Mr Wilkinson says. “Some businesses need a heavier hand in order to make changes, but the majority respond well to advice and want to do the right thing.” For this reason, the focus for the programme is educational. Risks around managing chemicals and other environmentally hazardous substances are discussed. If a business is not handling materials correctly or has practices that could cause pollution, a site audit is carried out and a report prepared that provides recommendations on how things can be improved. To date, around 40 of these have been generated. After three or four months, those sites will be visited again to find out if the recommendations have been adopted. Information is also provided on how pollution incidents, such as chemical spills, can be avoided and, if they occur, how to minimise the effects on the environment. There have been more than 60 recorded pollution incidents in the Silverdale and Weiti River area in recent years. Businesses whose activities mean they must already be monitored and have processes in place for stormwater and pollution risk management under Auckland Council’s Air, Land & Water Plan are not included in the

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pollution prevention programme. Long term, the success of the scheme can best be gauged by water quality monitoring. Although the Weiti Estuary is identified as an area of significant conservation value by the Department of Conservation, at present no monitoring of water quality is undertaken on the Weiti, although two sites were monitored by the former Rodney District Council, most recently in 2009. In the rural part of the river, issues with nutrients such as nitrogen and phosphorus were identified, while in the urbanised section dissolved copper and zinc exceeded trigger values. A draft report prepared by Morphum Environmental last year for the Hibiscus & Bays Local Board suggested that the Weiti River should be added to Council’s long term monitoring programme. The report stated that although there are two treatment ponds/wetlands in the Silverdale Industrial area and some private treatment devices, the majority of the industrial area, the Stillwater community, Silverdale Village and local roads, discharge stormwater untreated. The report also noted that the lower Weiti catchment is subject to significant growth pressures and that while the river and estuary are of moderate quality, they have been, and will continue to be, impacted by sediment and other contaminants. The Hibiscus and Bays Local Board identified protection and enhancement of the Weiti River as a priority project with around $100,000 allocated per year for environmental improvements in the 2013–16 financial years.

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Silverdale kayak provides paddle power Link Crescent land for sale Scott Donaldson’s attempt to be the first to paddle in a kayak, solo, from Australia to New Zealand is currently underway and despite setbacks, including severe storms, he is on target to make landfall towards the end of this week. It’s an epic adventure that has been Preparation for Scott Donaldson’s solo paddle well publicised, however what has so across the Tasman Sea involved many training far gone under the radar is that his sessions around the Coast. He is pictured in kayak was custom made by Barracuda Little Manly Bay and, inset, at sea. Kayaks in Silverdale. Scott and his family lived in Whangaparaoa for around 18 months, during which time Scott trained for many hours in local waters with Gordon Robinson of Barracuda. Gordon says he first met Scott in 2000 during the Mizone Adventure Race. Scott bought a Barracuda kayak for that race, and the pair have been mates and trained together ever since. Gordon, who has trained with several world champion kayakers, says that Scott is mentally the strongest person he knows, which will be vital for the success of this world record attempt. cabin so that Scott can hunker down crossing the Tasman, since mid-May. “There are times when we’ve trained in storm conditions, or to sleep. The He is in regular touch with his team, for 24 hours solid, and then Scott fibreglass boat is just 75cm wide. which includes wife Sarah, and during has dinner and wants to be out there Recently the team at Barracuda had to the journey has had additional food and again,” Gordon says. “He copes well make a new rudder unit for the kayak, water dropped by helicopter using a with mental and physical challenges when the rudder was damaged during parachute delayed deployment system. and was doing huge training sessions a storm. This was air dropped to Scott As well as the record attempt and prior to taking on the Tasman.” last week. massive personal challenge, Scott is Gordon and his team built the Scott departed Coffs Harbour, north raising awareness, with the Asthma double-hulled Outbacker sea kayak of Sydney, on April 19 but was forced Foundation, of the importance of for the Tasman crossing over a two into Lord Howe Island for a period increasing aerobic activity levels in our and a half month period. It includes to get a new battery for his electrical day-to-day lives. To support him visit a fully closed off fibreglass and Kevlar supply. He left the island, and has been www.doubleditch.co.nz.

Council owned land at 20 Link Crescent in Whangaparaoa will be sold and developed, despite objections from residents and councillors. Auckland Council Property Ltd (ACPL) made the decision at a meeting last week. Residents’ concerns included loss of green space, privacy and property value as well as the potential for traffic congestion and flooding. Council’s original plans allow 56 two and three-storey dwellings to be built, however Hibiscus & Bays Local Board chair Julia Parfitt says its lobbying gained concessions including a green star sustainability rating, lower density and more green space. The development, which includes space for a Family Centre within a reserve, is one of the first examples of ACPL working in partnership with a developer. ACPL recently obtained new powers and funding to enable it to “become more active in providing land for the private sector”. Denis King, who was among 112 people who made submissions against the development, says he is disappointed, but not surprised at the decision. “We can only hope that ACPL genuinely consult with residents,” he says. “This time we want to see them face to face.”

Feedback sought on proposed bus network changes for Coast Public transport on the Hibiscus Coast is about to have a shake up with Auckland Transport (AT) ready to consult residents on its proposed “simpler network”. Bus network changes are being rolled out throughout the region, with the northern area, including the Hibiscus Coast, the second to get underway (HM April 16). Current bus routes will be replaced. Proposals include buses every 30 minutes between Orewa, Silverdale and Manly, seven days a week; and extending the Northern Express to

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The Freemasons are casting aside a long-held reputation for secrecy, starting locally by opening their Lodge in Orewa to the public. As well as holding a free public Open the heart of the Lodge, which contains Day later this month, the organisation symbolic items such as stars and globes, is also supporting local schools around which meetings are structured. by funding software that assists The symbols will be explained, children with learning or behavioural together with the Lodge’s principles difficulties (HM April 2). and its community work. Publicity convenor Peter Packard It is also a drive for new members – says it is time that the myths and membership at Lodge Orewa has speculation about Freemasonry are dropped over the years from more laid to rest, conceding that these have than 100 to around 40. arisen because of the organisation’s Freemasonry membership is restricted avoidance of publicity in the past. to men only and includes past NZ Recently the Grand Master in Governors General, Prime Ministers, Wellington has encouraged NZ MPs and businessmen – however the Freemasons towards a new, open door lodge was originally for craftsmen. It policy that includes community-based was formed by stonemasons who built projects. the cathedrals and castles of Europe in “Today Freemasons can talk publicly the Middle Ages; tools such as chisels, about their achievements which stringlines, levels and squares are used include charity work, educational symbolically in the Freemasons’ rituals scholarships and investment in and their regalia includes an apron that replicates those worn by stonemasons. medical research,” Peter says. Lodge Orewa has been in Centreway Peter says that the masons valued the Road since 1956. Member Harry skills of their trade and wanted to Cammish, after whom Cammish Lane protect and pass them on; over the in Orewa is named, says its membership years this evolved into a reputation for secrecy. has moved with the times. “There is a lot less formality these He is pleased to see those barriers days, and members come from all break down and says that the Lodge is excited about its current project in walks of life,” he says. The current Master of Lodge Orewa, schools – the funding of the Lexia Craig McFarlane, is the youngest software programme to help dyslexic member at 34 and works for Auckland students. He says schools have given Council. He says the fundamental the project enthusiastic support and principles of integrity, goodwill and the first fundraiser is a Grand Variety charity espoused by the Freemasons Concert to be held on July 26 at provide a moral compass. There are no Whangaparaoa College. theological doctrines, but members, Peter says members are looking known as Worshipful Brothers, are forward to showing the public around required to acknowledge a higher the Lodge. power. “We will be proud to answer people’s The secret handshake, however, questions and tell them about what remains as a way of recognising other we do. The secrecy of the past was Lodge members without spoken counterproductive because we have nothing to hide.” acknowledgment. The Open Day, on July 12, will allow Lodge Orewa Open Day • 103 the public into the ceremonial room at Centreway Rd, Orewa • July 12, 10am

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A change of heart among members of the Silverdale Area Business Association has seen it determined to investigate the formation of a Business Improvement District (BID). The association is growing rapidly and defined geographical area and, if a currently has 168 paying members; BID is formed, businesses within that 24 new businesses signed up this year area pay a targeted rate to Council, which funds the BID projects. alone. It has previously strongly rejected any The targeted rate has been a sticking notion of becoming a BID, however point for the Silverdale businesses in the at a well attended annual meeting on past, however Mrs Sampson says the June 19, the members expressed the option of paying a flat rate – the same view that forming a BID was the only for everyone regardless of the size of way to make headway with Auckland the business – may be more acceptable. Transport and Auckland Council Other options include proportional regarding Silverdale’s intractable road value, which means the targeted rate depends upon the capital value of the and transport issues. Business Association president property, or a hybrid of the two. Lorraine Sampson says the With Silverdale’s commercial district organisation has an excellent working growing rapidly, a BID would bring relationship with the Local Board, considerable muscle to any discussions and has made improvements such with Council and its CCOs. as signs, beautification, advertising Currently membership of the Business and banners. However she concedes Association is voluntary and Mrs that when it comes to issues such as Sampson says it is frustrating to see connectivity and access to Silverdale, businesses that don’t belong benefiting little progress has been made and a from the committee’s hard work. BID would drive that forward. Mrs Sampson says a starting point for “Council prefers to work with the area to be covered by the BID is Central Business Districts, BIDS, the historical Silverdale boundary – then everyone else in that order,” she from Jelas Rd to Chenery Rd (opposite says. “We want Silverdale to be a go- Red Beach Rd), then to the motorway. ahead place that looks great. It’s a big This would incorporate all the big community, in three bits, but a BID box businesses along the highway, the would help bring it together for the Silverdale Centre, part of Millwater, benefit of all involved.” the Village and industrial Silverdale. BIDs are a partnership between a The committee voted to begin the BID business association and Auckland process last week. It is expected to take Council, facilitating improvements until at least 2016 and involves further to a business area and supporting discussions with Auckland Council, business growth. Around 46 BIDs then a survey of businesses to ascertain operate across Auckland – at present their interest in forming a BID. A vote the only one locally is Destination is taken and if the majority of those Orewa Beach. who vote (51 percent) agree, the BID Each BID operates in a precisely is formed.

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Property owner Michael Cryer has resubmitted a proposal for a building on his Matai Rd property in Stanmore Bay. He is proposing to erect a 10-bedroom, single-family household unit. He withdrew his previous application early this year, which was for a 13-bedroom dwelling, after Council advised that the resource consent application would be publicly notified. Residents of the area are concerned that the building will be used as a boarding house and impact on privacy, parking and enjoyment of their properties. The consent application is currently before council and it is unknown when a decision will be reached.

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In a few days time the Auckland Council will meet to decide what will happen in the future to its main sporting stadiums – that is Mt Smart, Western Springs, Eden Park and North Harbour Stadium. What’s decided will have important implications for not just the sporting codes but also for ratepayers, as there are big sums of money involved in the ‘strategy’ that has been proposed by the Council Controlled Organisation, Regional Facilities Auckland (RFA). Under RFA’s ‘strategy’ the Warriors league get moved from Mt Smart to Eden Park, against the wishes of league supporters and where they struggle to win any games, and cricket gets moved from the picturesque Eden Park Outer Oval to the rather barren Western Springs, thereby necessitating a very expensive conversion of the speedway track into an international ‘boutique’ cricket venue – conceivably $50 million plus. Speedway gets shunted out from Western Springs to Mt Smart where a league ground has just become vacant – and where millions now have to be added to the $40 million already invested in converting the purpose built league venue into a speedway track. If you’ve managed to follow the ‘strategy’ to date, congratulations – but I’m afraid we’re not finished yet. You see, there are also other plans but ones that have been deliberately kept secret from the public. These show that the Eden Park Trust, which owns Eden Park, has plans of its own to destroy Eden Park no.2 and put up a swag of high rise buildings in its place – hence the push to get rid of Auckland Cricket. At least with this last plan we’re starting to get a little closer to what is actually driving this whole ‘strategy’. The Eden Park Trust is in debt to the tune of $54 million because of the Rugby World Cup upgrades (Auckland Council is owed $6 million and is also guarantor to a further $40 million owed to ASB). The whole ‘strategy’ is all to do with big money and Council Controlled Organisation empire building – it has no appreciation of Auckland’s sporting heritage and cares little about what the sporting public and their respective codes want. In this respect this ‘strategy’ provides an insight into the workings of the Super City and its Council Controlled Organisations – the word ‘controlled’ can only be used in the loosest possible terms because this Council has no control over the likes of RFA nor has it shown any desire to under the present leadership; it’s all about looking after the big money interests and using the poor old ratepayer to front the ever burgeoning debt. So for what’s worth, my strategy would be different. It would leave the Warriors where they are (and where they want to be) and spend a small amount of money to upgrade the toilets there. Leave Auckland Cricket at the beautiful Eden park no.2, where they don’t need to spend any money at all and leave speedway at Western Springs where their supporters are similarly happy and again require no money from Council to continue. As far as North Harbour Stadium goes – try and get a few more events staged there for it is a fantastic venue but one which is under utilised. That’s it – this alternative strategy would keep the sporting codes and their followers happy and it would cost ratepayers very little in the way of capital works. Oh, and while I was at it I’d incorporate the RFA and its 400 staff and $133 million operating costs back under real Council control.


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A family-run indoor Go Kart raceway that has been in operation for 17 years in Silverdale is hoping for “one last big blast” these school holidays before it closes for good. The Action Raceway has had an jobs to open the first raceway in estimated 360,000 riders through Foundry Rd and were joined in the it over the years and its owners, the business by Sean and Keeley who are George family, are sad to see it close. both builders. However the property has been sold to They bought the current site alongside someone who does not wish to retain it. the motorway in 2002 and created the Currently the land in Small Road is facility that houses a purpose built zoned Entertainment and Recreation, 320m Go Kart racetrack. but this is expected to change to Some creative thinking when the need Mixed Business under the proposed for stormwater retention came up led Unitary Plan. to the addition of a pool and bumper Colin and Carol George, who live boats alongside. in Warkworth, are retiring to enjoy Colin says they had big plans for “travelling and boating” while their further expansion that cost them sons Sean and Keeley are taking a $100,000 to progress with the former break to consider their options. Rodney District Council but did not Colin says the business has attracted eventuate because of the recession. local custom, including many regular Carol and Colin say the business racers, all year round, as well as has required dedication and long holidaymakers in summer. hours, but that they enjoyed A League Racing club, for adult Go making a contribution to the local Kart enthusiasts, and training for young entertainment offerings. drivers were also based at the facility. Local Go Kart racers will now have to Colin and Carol say one thing they travel to East Tamaki, or even further won’t miss is the ongoing paperwork afield, to pursue their sport. The Go and expense of licensing fees, a Food Karts are to be mothballed until a Premises Certificate and various buyer is found. warrants of fitness. Action Raceway’s final trading day The family built Action Raceway from is July 27 and the property changes scratch. Colin and Carol left corporate hands on August 12.

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A high level of interest in Auckland Transport’s draft parking discussion document (HM June 18) has led to an extension of time for public consultation. Consultation was to close on June 30, but has been extended to July 31. Auckland Transport is keen to get the public’s thoughts on a range of approaches to improve Auckland’s parking, including: the city centre, metropolitan and town centres, residential streets, parking buildings and park and rides. For more information, and to have your say, visit https://at.govt.nz/parkingfeedback. Alternatively AT can mail out an information pack, phone 09 355 3553.


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Local businesses find it hard to navigate through being online as well as running their businesses day to day. As a consumer online we should take our responsibility of helping our local businesses and community seriously. Most local businesses have some sort of social media so as a consumer I try to do my bit to help grow our community as a whole. If I have a great experience at the local café or pub I will jump onto their Facebook page and let them know or share out my favourite hairdresser’s upcoming specials so my friends can see what a great deal they could get. It only takes one post or a share to let business owners know that we appreciate their business and services. Think of that on a bigger scale. Helping promote our area, as a whole to the wider community is encouraging people across Auckland to stop in at our local beaches and maybe have lunch at one of our local establishments. Photos of our local beaches, the hidden secrets in Eaves Bush, dolphins frolicking in Army Bay – every photo you share out is promoting our destination, which ultimately helps our local economy. It is also important to actively support our local media, including Hibiscus Matters, on Facebook. Share out the stories that speak to you from the newspaper, whether it’s a serious news story, human interest piece or something that tickles your funny bone. Using Social Media helps us connect with those businesses and allows us to get to know the people working behind the scenes. Two local organisations that do this really well are Destination Orewa Beach and Whangaparaoa Plaza. Both of their Facebook pages encourage fan engagement. They run offline and online promotions. By doing so, they not only promote their own services, but also educate their followers about the area we live in which, over time, helps the whole community.

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Youth Connections, which helps local youth find jobs or training opportunities, is inviting the business community and tertiary training providers to engage in the process. The organisation is holding an expo next month and is offering free exhibition space to employers and training providers. The Engage Expo includes 10 minute workshops/presentations from various sectors outlining the required skills, educational needs, pathways into the industry, opportunities, and benefits for people in the sector. These will be recorded and used as an online resource accessible to schools and young people. The event will be held on August 6 and 7 at the Stanmore Bay Leisure Centre. Info: email simon@cyctrust.org.nz or phone 027 615 1117.

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A modest home on a very steep site in Stanmore Bay impressed judges of the Auckland/Northland Architectural Design Awards held recently, winning the residential compact new home category. The home was distinctly local – They said that the category for small designed by David Maurice of Ltd to medium homes was the strongest Architecture in Silverdale and built of this year’s awards, demonstrating by Jason Mann of Iconic Homes in the growing popularity of compact, Stanmore Bay. The agent who sold well-designed homes that fit within the property was Sue Donoghue of a budget. The judges added that the strength of this category proves that Bayleys, Whangaparaoa. The design makes best use of the affordable homes are able to showcase difficult site while optimising coastal the best in design. views. As plants grow up, the living Another local home also featured platform will ultimately be suspended in the awards: alterations done to a home in Red Beach by Trevor Wilson over lush, green coastal vegetation. Judges Dr Andrew Barrie, Professor of of Architecture 37 received a Highly Design at the School of Architecture Commended award in the alterations and Planning, Dr Duncan Joiner, and additions category. Chief Architect at the Ministry of Held annually, the awards recognise Business, Innovation and Employment successful design across categories and architectural designer Graham that include new homes, interiors, Sawell, praised the Duncansby Road and alterations. Winners go forward home as having “an overall modest but to the national awards to be held in September. sharp concept”.


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real estate This apartment and retail complex and marina berths are the latest from the drawing board at Hobbs Wharf.

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Marina berths designed with cruisers in mind The developer of Hobbs Wharf and surrounding Fairway Bay, Top Harbour, is hoping to attract large cruising boats to its marina, providing a base for boaties seeking shelter from the South Pacific cyclone season. Pontoons are being fabricated for round be the subject of a resource consent 40 berths at Hobbs Wharf that will application in the next few months. The be large enough to have 10m–20m building, proposed to stand alongside catamarans alongside. They are expected the marina, contains 44 apartments as well as a retail and commercial area. to be available from September 1. Top Harbour development consultant The structure has been designed to Michael Webb Speight says that most look like five different buildings and of the berths will be rented out for has a very high stud. short stays. The remainder will be Elsewhere in surrounding Fairway Bay, available for residents of the apartment diggers are hard at work. Earthworks block that is to be built alongside the for the first stage of 80 lots has been marina. Mr Webb Speight says the completed; there are sale and purchase project will not compete with Gulf agreements in place for 30 of these Harbour marina, as it will be a different lots; most buyers are local builders. kind of operation. He says the potential Nine homes are complete or under for boat brokerage, as well as on-water construction, with 10 in the planning/ painting and refurbishment at Hobbs consent process. Wharf will also help bring the place Work on the high value, low density alive. sites on hills above the marina began The first of several five-storey complexes in February and is due for completion has also left the drawing board and will at the end of this month.

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Puhoi ice cream wins big

If they’re all screaming for ice cream these school holidays, why not take them to Puhoi where they can try a brand with medals to its name? Puhoi Valley Ice Cream scooped six medals at the NZ Ice Cream Awards, held recently in Blenheim. The company was awarded gold medals for Puhoi Valley Dutch chocolate, as well as nougat and Kamahi honey. It also won silver medals for fig and Puhoi Valley Matakana Blue, lemon meringue pie, dark chocolate truffle ice cream and feijoa sorbet. “We are very proud that our delicious ice creams have been recognised at these prestigious awards,” Puhoi Valley Cafe & Cheese store manager Mark Lane says. “The results are just reward for the entire team who work hard to create these sensational products.” It is the 18th time that the NZ Ice Cream awards have been held, and just Puhoi Valley Cafe & Cheese store the third time that Puhoi Valley Cafe has manager Mark Lane with a sample of entered the competition which saw 302 his wares and one of six awards from this year’s NZ Ice Cream awards. entries received from 32 companies.

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Teens as young as 14 must give thought to a career path as they make subject choices for the following NCEA Level 1 year. The lucky few already have a clear idea of their vocation, however for most it’s a process fraught with difficulty. Life Coach Dee Jordan says the workshop that she is running these school holidays helps teens clarify their

strengths, personality type and skill sets, assisting them to make good choices. She says the Career Coaching workshop that she facilitates is for small groups with lots of interaction, which suits the teenagers, who are mainly in Year 11–13. Dee is based on the Hibiscus Coast, but the workshop, on July 8–9, is in Browns Bay. Info: www.momentum4youth.co.nz or ph 0274 724 242.

Enrol now for July holidays July holidays are just around the corner! Make sure your child has a fun, safe and exciting experience by enrolling them in your local pool and leisure centre’s holiday programme. Our holiday programmes are inexpensive, varied and heaps of fun. We’re CYFs approved so WINZ subsidies may apply. We’re taking enrolments now. Don’t miss out, see your local centre or check out www.aucklandleisure.co.nz for a full programme of activities. Bookings are essential. What: Who: When: Cost:

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Holiday reading Prise your children away from their digital devices these holidays and suggest they read at least one book “the old fashioned way”. Even better, a second hand book, to prove that the paper version has real longevity. Anne Pretorius from Never Ending Books in Orewa shares some of her favourite books for the 11-year plus age group.

<< Chinese Cinderella by Adeline Yen Mah This tale is a true story about a little girl in China who has a very hard time after her mother dies giving birth to her. This meant that her older brothers and sisters blamed her for bring bad luck to the family, especially after her father remarries and the stepmother is particularly unkind. Originally written as an autobiography Fallen Leaves for adults when the author was in her 50s, the children’s version is actually a better read.

Owl by Joanna Orwin >>

Read all about the Waitaha legend of the Pouakai – the giant man-eating eagle that is released from ancient times after Hamish disturbs some Maori cave drawings. Owl (a nickname for Hamish) and Tama need to learn to work together to entrap the eagle again and save themselves, Owl’s family and local farmers. A great New Zealand tale.

<< Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech “Don’t judge a man until you’ve walked two moons in his moccasins” – the first of a number of messages left at the front door. A very different mystery – after Sal’s mother disappears, Sal has to find out for herself where she fits in this world, and discovers that the more you love, the more love you have to give.

Shadow >> by Michael Morpurgo A wonderful tale about a little boy called Aman who, with his mother, finds his way to England as a refugee from the war in Afghanistan. Before he leaves Afghanistan he is befriended by a dog he names Shadow. Unbeknown to him, Shadow is a trained bomb sniffer dog belonging to the British Army and is the reason he is eventually accepted in England as a citizen.

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Natural magic Whether you are an accomplished gardener or a novice, gardening with children is a great opportunity for parents to partner with Mother Nature to make some magic. Gardening with your children is not only about teaching them and enjoying the fruits of your efforts but also creating memories and establishing role models that will serve them well in the future. Those of you exposed to gardening at a young age may very well have fond recollections of that, and of a parent, family member or neighbour who shared their knowledge and enjoyment with you. Gardening offers a great opportunity for exercise, fresh air, and fresh food. What a useful tool to help keep kids busy during the holidays. There is no better way for a child to appreciate good food and good nutritional choices than to grow it themselves. Our kids really love participating in gardening activities with mum and dad. They jump at the chance to put on their gumboots and help out. Watching them eat cherry tomatoes and strawberries straight off the plant is a delight. They even get involved with planting seeds – and the joy when they see the seedlings poking through! We hope that we are passing on not only skills that will help them in the future but also a love of nature and of the fresh healthy home-grown products we love to use in our café. Don’t expect perfection. Listen to your children’s ideas and let them experiment. Make sure projects and tasks are challenging but age-appropriate. Don’t leave young children unattended in the garden. Make it a rule that they don’t eat anything without permission; even seemingly innocent things like tomato plant leaves are poisonous. Here are a few simple ideas to consider: Plant a strawberry patch or plant in pots • Start a herb garden • Create a hanging basket • Plant out egg cartons with seeds • Be creative, look at what you can up-cycle, for example an old pair of gumboots, a teapot or teacups, maybe even tin cans as containers for plants • How about getting the kids to create some garden art out of recycled items? And go organic – the earth will thank you and so will your kids.

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Business focus for Local Board Initiatives designed to strengthen local business and employment opportunities are among the key aims of the three-year plan drafted by the Hibiscus & Bays Local Board. Public consultation on the plan begins this month. The plan includes advocating for project over the next five years and town centre planning for Silverdale, building a new skate park on Western earmarked to take place this year, Reserve, Orewa. which “recognises the influence of The board will also advocate for the the knowledge economy zone”. While Whangaparaoa Family Centre planned Council is meeting all the costs of for Link Crescent to be developed, preparing Silverdale’s town centre plan, and commence work on the Stanmore the preparation of a revitalisation plan Bay Leisure Centre extension. for Orewa town centre, also included Local Board plans guide decision in the draft Local Board Plan, is not making on local activities and projects currently funded. and feed into regional strategies and The Local Board is also prioritising policies. developing Business Improvement Consultation on the plan takes place Districts for the Silverdale and from July 7–August 6. Whangaparaoa areas, although this is Residents can view the draft Hibiscus also not funded. & Bays Local Board Plan from July Other priorities listed in the plan 7 at www.shapeauckland.co.nz. A include advocating for the Archer’s summary and submission form will Block to be developed as a reserve, be delivered to households in the first “when the Penlink project is half of July and copies will also be in completed”, implementing the Orewa libraries and the Orewa Service Centre Beach Esplanade Enhancement in Centreway Rd.

Ownership changes The valuable commercial land at the head of the main Gulf Harbour canal has a new owner. The land was sold last October to the AUNZ Investment Group, a company that specialises in portfolio investment management. It has since been on-sold to Zhong Rong International Investments Ltd – a large Chinese corporation. In 2010, the land’s then-owner Gulf Harbour Marlin was granted resource consent that allows for 7059sqm of retail/commercial/ supermarket or office space to be built on the 1.5ha site as well as 191 visitor accommodation units. The consent is valid until 2018.

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Year 12 students Rebecca Taylor, left, and Alysha Mills organised a gala in order to raise funds for Starship Hospital.

Gala benefits Starship Holding a gala at school in mid-winter would be a big challenge even for an experienced event organiser, however this was the task taken on by Year 12 Whangaparaoa College students Rebecca Taylor and Alysha Mills. The pair organised the event, held on June 15 at the college, as part of their Level 2 business studies and donated all profits to Starship Children’s Hospital. Rain and storms held off, providing a sunny day and adding to the gala atmosphere. Music was provided by the CYC Trust mobile caravan. The weather for the mid-winter Stalls included face painting, Laughing gala was so fine, it almost seemed Clowns and a giant bouncy castle and like summer. The Patmore family of ice creams, deep fried moro bars, a Hatfields Beach enjoy ice creams. For sausage sizzle and coffee went down more photos, www.localmatters.co.nz well. Are you following us on facebook www.facebook.com/hibiscusmatters The gala raised more than $1000.

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Willing families needed The rewards of parenting are many, and, according to Ursula Elisara, foster parenting is a way to multiply them by providing vulnerable children with a fresh start. Ursula, her husband George and their to parenting your own children. three children, who live in Manly, have “We encourage families to have a been a fostering family for 11 years. In continual improvement philosophy – that time they have fostered almost you should never think you know it all.” 20 children, starting with a whanau Ursula says that tragic stories about subplacement, then non-kin placements standard caregivers have led to Child and home for life. Ursula says it’s a role that requires guts and a big heart, but Youth & Family (CYF) stepping up its screening of families before approving that it’s not rocket science. them as foster carers – something she “I’ve come to see that all children want says is a relatively recent move. to be accepted and feel good about themselves and grow and achieve – all “If you know you are a good family the things we naturally want for our with something to offer a vulnerable own children. When children have child you should not be afraid to step been deprived of those opportunities, forward. There is a huge need for or damaged, working with them can foster placements,” she says. Immerse runs information evenings lead to quite rapid change,” she says. Last year, together with Emma Berry, and coffee groups, to which anyone Ursula started a coffee group to provide is invited – including people wanting to find out more, or in the process of support for local foster families. being approved as foster carers. With the assistance of Fostering Kids, this grew into a not-for-profit The advice and information offered organisation called Immerse, which by Immerse comes from personal and, because the provides inspiration and support as experience organisation is not linked to CYF, or well as recruiting foster families. any NGOs, it is independent. Ursula has a diploma in child psychology and has worked as a nanny, Immerse also works with local while Emma was a Toolbox trainer organisations, such as Hibiscus Grandparents Parenting and parenting speaker. Both have their Coast own children, however Ursula makes Grandchildren. it clear that fostering is very different Info: www.immerse.org.nz ED th OS 12 CL JULY T SA

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Living with Parkinson’s By Dr Ted Watson When I was first diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease about 18 months ago I was pretty unaware of what lay ahead. I had probably had the disease for a year reflux, which causes spasm, means or more prior to that fateful day, so, food won’t go down. When it first when I had the diagnosis I felt relieved happened I was really worried. Now I that now I knew what was wrong with control it with one pill (Losec). It has me. As a result I could plan accordingly, taken me four incidents to work out or so I thought. the best approach and to recognise the My first two articles in Hibiscus Matters warning signs. were clearly written by an early stage My biggest disappointment is the patient. They were optimistic. Over inevitable loss of the ability to drive. the past year that optimism has been I drive occasionally but increasingly, tempered with reality. Parkinson’s I feel unsafe. So, I pick my moments never stops, it just keeps on coming to drive – outside of busy periods. every day. In coming to terms with When I was first diagnosed my wife his version of the disease, Michael J. Jacqui and I decided to move to a Fox considers it to be his “friend”. I’m retirement village on the basis that my afraid I can’t see it like that – no friend mobility would gradually decrease. The would treat a person like this. village that we have moved to in Mt It’s interesting that things just creep Maunganui has excellent facilities, is up on you. I won’t list the typical on the flat, has an on-site nurse, visiting symptoms but I will highlight one or doctors and, above all, lots of support. two that have had an impact on me We see this as a good decision and are over the past year. I find that I can’t very comfortable here. turn over in bed now. I have to get out of bed, assume a new position and get Jacqui is able to continue her pursuits back in. That makes for a pretty poor and pastimes whilst knowing I am night’s sleep. I get “restless legs” in bed only a couple of minutes away in an at night. They just keep wanting to emergency. In my two previous articles I referred move – another poor night’s sleep. Both of these problems give rise to to the three “M’s” – Keep the mind exhaustion the next day and high busy, the body moving, and keep anxiety. I recently took a short course of motivated. From time to time I find sleeping pills and had a couple of lovely it hard to motivate myself – but sleeps. My GP, however, is quite rightly Jacqui motivates me to get out and do something: the perfect partner. reluctant to let me have too many. The most scary thing I have That initial optimism is still there – experienced recently is the inability to it’s just been watered down by large swallow. Parkinson’s effect on motor doses of reality. I refuse to give in to it activity means the oesophagus works though – because it most certainly is intermittently. This, coupled with not my friend.

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A promising career in Opera took an important step forward recently when Emily Scott of Red Beach was one of only five artists selected this year for a prestigious internship. The Freemasons Dame Malvina Major Emerging Artists internship is designed to mentor young artists, assisting them to develop the skills needed for a professional Opera career. Interns are selected by panel audition and given the opportunity to work with industry professionals as part of NZ Opera. Emerging Artists are given supporting or understudy roles where appropriate, become part of the NZ Opera company’s chorus and also undertake concert engagements. Emily, aged 24, is a promising soprano, who says she has been singing almost as long as she can remember. She has performed musical theatre, sung with Jazz bands and also sung a duet with Jason Kerrison of Op Shop. Along the Emily Scott way she has picked up many awards, including several from the North the depth, intensity and challenge of this genre. Shore Performing Arts Society. Last month she was part of the “It was initially daunting, but now I’ve chorus for NZ Opera’s La Traviata no regrets,” she says. in Auckland and she will also sing in Internship Director John Rosser says Mozart’s opera Don Giovanni, to be that Emily, although new to opera, is a soprano of exciting potential. performed in September. Emily first began performing classical Emily works part time with her music after working with mentors parents, Norman and Elizabeth Sheila and Nick Richardson, who she in their small appliance business, met through Kristin School. Initially while studying music at Auckland wary of Opera, she says she now loves University.

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A small group of experienced sailors took to the waters of Gulf Harbour recently and the fact that their boats are just 1m long and radio controlled made little difference to the intensity of the competition that ensued. Every year the Gulf Harbour Radio Yacht Club holds the Grand Masters event to thank its senior members for their contribution to the club. The event, held on June 21, saw seven competitors, all over the age of 70, take part in a series of IOM (one metre class) yacht races at Regency Lake. Three competitors came from other clubs, but most were stalwarts of the Gulf Harbour Club. Harold Smith, who was a keen and informed spectator at this year’s event, started the club with a few mates back in the late 1990s. He says when Regency Lake was formed, during the development of Gulf Harbour, it was the perfect location for the sport – once some carp had been introduced to get rid of troublesome weeds. From top, A competition for radio The beauty of radio yachting is yachties over the age of 70 took place that it enables sailors to utilise their in Gulf Harbour. Jim Brown, right, technical skills, without the muscle is presented with the cup by Laurie power; like many members, Harold Davidson. spent years sailing and racing full size Club is one of the strongest in the yachts before downsizing to the radio country, and was only pipped to first controlled version. place in this year’s Nationals by the Running the races was officer of the Australians. day Rob Nelson, who says that the The event closed with trophies handed older sailors are “a wily bunch who out by yacht designer Laurie Davidson know a thing or two about sailing”. to Grand Master Jim Brown, with He says the Gulf Harbour Radio Yacht Linton Little second and Ken Fox third.

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Building repairs • Roofing • Gutter replacement/cleaning • Waterblasting Landscaping • Tree work Fencing Hedge trimming • Painting • Rubbish removal • Lifestyle-block work. Regular maintenance protects your investment. Ph Paul 021 724 075 • 424 4150a/hrs A SMART REPAIR Service for F&P smartdrive washers, F&P/Simpson dryers. Same day service 09 423 9660 or 021 168 7349. 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. Chimney sweeping services Call Nathan 027 678 3865. Electrician available Ph 426 2320 GARDEN makeover & MAINTENANCE Greenspace Landscapes. Contact Jeremy @greenspace.net.nz ph 0210 273 2626. Heat Pump Cleaning Specialists We clean all types of heat pumps, can change hrv, dvs filters. Call Neil 0800 225 327, www.heatpumpclean.co.nz Interior Exterior Painter Affordable, approachable, anytime, AAA guarantee. Free quotes. Located on the Hibiscus Coast. Ph Chris 09 421 1638, 021 164 1663. 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 tankwater@xtra.co.nz Water Filters Underbench filters & whole house Ultra violet filters – Kill and remove ecoli/bacteria. FREE site visits. Ph Steve 09 945 2282 www. purewaterservices.co.nz Water pumps Low water pressure? Get it sorted. Sales, service and installation. Work guaranteed. Ph Steve 09 945 2282 www.purewaterservices.co.nz Window Cleaning 30 years exp, local owner operator, reasonable rates. Ph David 426 2253.

HEALTH & Beauty 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, www.wisechoices.co.nz

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

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

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

PIANO+THEORY TUITION Effective & youthful teacher. 5yrs teaching exp. Modest rates. Entry-mid level pupils, all ages, based in Orewa. DipConMus. Ph. Crystal Teo 021 128 0238/426 1313. SeniorNet for Seniors Computer courses & workshops available. Phone 426 1509. Mon–Thurs 9am–3pm, Fri 9am–12pm www.seniornet-hbc.org.nz Silverdale Ballroom Studio Adult, beginners social classes Thurs, 7pm. Advanced classes, 8.15pm. Ph 428 4939.

wanted CASH PAID Tools & Machinery, Shed & garage clearouts. All things considered. Call or txt 021 161 5139. TO BUY, RECORDS/LP’s Ph 428 1587.

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Eaves Bush Appreciation Group workday, meeting 9am at the Old North Road entrance to the Reserve. Carting metal into the reserve to replace metal lost from pathways. Some tools supplied but your own gloves and bucket/s would be good. Cup of tea at 10.30am. New faces welcome. Info: phone Don Turner 426 4761 or Laurie Rands 426 3122. Singer/songwriter Maisey Rika performs in a free concert in Orewa, Orewa Community Centre, Moana Court, 7.30pm9.30pm. Rodney MP Mark Mitchell addresses a meeting at the Gulf Harbour Yacht Club, Gulf Harbour, 7pm. All welcome. 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. Everyone welcome but booking is essential. Info, and to register phone Debbie at Conservation Volunteers NZ, 0800 567 686, email info@conservationvolunteers.co.nz). Freemasons Open Day, at Lodge Orewa, 103 Centreway Rd, Orewa, 10am. Learn more about the Freemasons organisation and their work in the community. (see story p5, and ad this page) An evening with TV Medium Jeanette Wilson, Rotary House, Hibiscus Coast Highway, Silverdale. Passing on messages from the spirit world. Bring a camera. Tickets $40 from 0800 532 638 or www.jeanettewilson.com Volunteer planting day, Shakespear Regional Park, starting10am. 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 Information on proposed new bus network for the Hibiscus Coast, Orewa Farmers Market, Orewa Square, Orewa, 8am– 12.30pm. AT representatives on hand to discuss the proposal. (see story p3) Information on proposed new bus network for the Hibiscus Coast, Orewa Community Hall, Moana Court, 2pm–7pm. AT representatives on hand to discuss the proposal. (see story p3) Grand Variety Concert, Whangaparaoa College auditorium, Delshaw Ave, Whangaparoa, 2pm. Features the Tuxedo Swing orchestra, comedy duo Chet O’Connell and Chris Powley and Whangaparaoa College’s concert band. For tickets, $25, phone Bill Boyle, 428 7234. Organised by Lodge Orewa with the proceeds going to their project to assist children with learning or behavioural problems. Information on proposed new bus network for the Hibiscus Coast, St Johns Ambulance Hall, Silverdale Street, 8am–1pm. AT representatives on hand to discuss the proposal. (see story p3) Information on proposed new bus network for the Hibiscus Coast, Whangaparaoa Library, Whangaparaoa, 10am–1.30pm. AT representatives on hand to discuss the proposal. (see story p3) 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.

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.

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Coast Community House is one of the most selfless people I know. She is a true Coast Gem, assisting the community in so many ways, but I’ve chosen her particularly for the breakfasts she is providing at local schools. I’m giving her The Plaza voucher as a way of saying thanks for helping the kids.

Lorry McCarthy 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 terry@localmatters.co.nz (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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OPEN DAY Saturday July 12, from 10am Lodge Rooms, 103 Centreway Rd, Orewa Members of the public are invited to attend this open day to learn more about Freemasonry:

What is Freemasonry? • Its history • The Freemasons code Famous Freemasons • Rituals & regalia Freemasonry ‘active’ in our communities annually spends $5million on medical research and $2million on community projects.

For more information phone Henri Venturini 428 2932 • Peter Packard 427 5718

Grand Variety Concert: July 26, 2pm Featuring:TuxedoSwingorchesTra Chris Powley & Chet O’Connell & The Whangaparaoa College Concert band. Tickets $25.

Whangaparaoa College Auditorium. Raising funds for Orewa Lodge’s project “To assist children with learning and/or behavioural problems in our schools” Bill Boyle 428 7234, Adrian Kimber 027 941 9613 or at Casablanca Restaurant, Orewa


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Brother and sister surfers leave others in their wake Life would have been very different for Courtney and Travis Salahub if their family hadn’t moved from Canada to NZ in 2007. At primary school, Travis and family generally spend their weekends Courtney were already showing chasing the surf, wherever it may be, promise in the sports easily accessible and this dedication and love of the in Canada, such as snowboarding, but sport has begun paying dividends in once they had Orewa Beach on their recent competitions. doorstep, all that changed. In last month’s Auckland Scholastics Winning a boogie board in the Big Tri-Series Surfing Championships Dig one summer got them out on held at South Piha, Courtney, aged the water and a neighbour who saw 15, took second place in the U16 girls them riding waves standing up on the and fourth in the U18 girls section, boogie board stepped in and provided while Travis, 16, placed second in the their first “retro” short board. longboard and third in the U18 boys. Since then the love of surfing has Both Travis and Courtney are now become all encompassing for the focused on attaining a place in the pair, who are also award-winning surf Scholastics Nationals team, which lifesavers and members of the Orewa means doing well at the third Longboard club. competition in the series, held in The Salahub garage is now home to August. nine surfboards, and counting. The The Scholastic Nationals take place

Dedicated surfers, Orewa College students Courtney Salahub, right, and brother Travis are making a name for themselves with strong results in recent competitions.

in Taranaki in September and are described as “the pinnacle of junior surfing in NZ”. Travis and Courtney

are looking for sponsorship to help them take their surfing to the next level. Info: tjsalahub@hotmail.com

Wentworth College notches up Rodney tournament win Wentworth College netball is a force to be reckoned with this season, winning games against teams from far larger schools, often by significant margins. The final of the Rodney District Secondary Challenge, played at Hibiscus Coast Netball Centre last week, was an example of how far Wentworth has come. The tournament was contested by teams from Ruawai, Otamatea, Dargaville and Rodney. Wentworth 1 was the only Hibiscus

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the Wentworth team applying a relatively recent technique called ‘the squeeze’, which can bring about a lot of turnover in the centre. Rodney kept their cool and came back to win the third quarter but Wentworth turned this around in the last quarter, to notch up a tournament win, 41–35. Wentworth 1 is also enjoying success at North Harbour, where it is in the Open A division.

Wentworth 1, white strip, plays Rodney College in the final.

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