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Household waste collection changes head north Waste services in Mahurangi will get a shake up next year, as Auckland Council rolls our a raft of changes. Auckland’s popular annual inorganic waste collection service will extend north for the first time next July. Council solid waste manager Ian Stupple says residents will have to register for the inorganic collection, either online or over the phone. Rubbish will be collected from within properties, rather than being left on kerbsides. Other changes include an organics collection and

rubbish bins, instead of bags, in Warkworth. Rural residents will have the choice of either continuing to use bags or switching to a bin. All residents, including those in rural areas, will get wheelie bins for recycling. The timing of changes for the fortnightly wheelie bin service for paper, cardboard, glass, plastic, aluminum, tin and steel cans, is still being considered. Ian says the goal is to process reusable and recyclable materials through local recycling centres, while non-

recoverable material will go to landfill. The service will be fully funded through rates, but the total cost is unknown at this stage. The organics collection service, which is currently on trial in the North Shore, will expand to Warkworth in 2016. “About 40 per cent of an average rubbish bin or bag is organic waste, so this should help dramatically reduce the amount of waste going to landfill,” Ian says. continued on page 3

Kindy artwork wins Council recognition Mahurangi Kindergarten has won an art competition run by Auckland Council focussing on ‘thriving communities’. The children’s work now graces the cover of the Auckland Council’s Thriving Communities: Community and Social Development Action Plan. As a result of their win, the kindergarten hosted a morning tea for the Rodney Local Board chair Brenda Steele and Council’s principal strategy analyst Tania Pouwhare at the kindergarten. “This was a wonderful morning and a good chance for Brenda and Tania to connect with the younger members of our community,” head teacher Karen Carr said. “The artwork has been given to the newly refurbished Warkworth Plunket rooms as part of a series of murals which capture the essence of our town through a child’s eyes, as well as the wairua (spirit) of the children at Mahurangi Kindergarten.” Pictured are Samuel Rouse and Lucy Lawrie.

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Leigh nurtures olive oil entrepreneurs Lessons at Leigh School have branched out into the real world of agricultural production, marketing and sales. Students, parents and staff last month harvested their first crop of olives from trees planted at the school and around the town, which has produced nearly 200 bottles of oil. The school plans to sell the oil at the Matakana Market and online through its website. Principal Julie Turner says the project was aimed at getting students involved in garden-to-table activities. The fundraiser was incorporated into the school curriculum with students studying the process and science of making oil, bottling and designing labels, and marketing and selling the end product. “We want the children to learn to consider how they can utilise local resources to be more sustainable and how they can be enterprising in the manufacturing of a product,” Julie says. Altogether the school harvested about 270kg of olives, which were pressed into about 50 litres of oil. Julie says they are looking at making oil production an annual event. The school visited the olive press at Salumeria Fontana, near Wellsford, last month, to learn about the pressing process and draw inspiration for label designs. Salumeria owner Greg Scopas says he is trying to get more communities

Leigh School pupils were able to observe the olive oil process last month as the last of season’s fruit was pressed at Salumeria Fontana, near Wellsford.

involved in producing olive oil. In order to do this, he is pressing batches as small as 10kg, catering for people who have picked a couple of trees growing in their backyard through to a group in Grey Lynn that picked olive trees growing on suburban berms. “Anyone who turns up with olives, we try get something out for them.

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Warkworth Stihl Shop owner Mike Bremner gives Keen and Curious member Seth Kirk a quick lesson on motors, ahead of the Go-Kart project.

New course fosters student curiosity A new programme has been launched at Mahurangi College aimed at extending students’ education and knowledge outside of the regular school curriculum. Coordinator Cath Lewis says it’s all about connecting students with opportunities to extend their knowledge in a field they are keen and curious to explore. Parents and teachers will connect students with experts and mentors in the community who will help them see possible career options, or simply equip them with useful skills and insights into anything from philosophy to photography. “We would love to hear from members of the community who are willing to donate some of their time to explain and showcase their knowledge and expertise to an interested group of students,” Cath says. “It could be anything from a one-hour chat to a series of workshops.” The programme is focused primarily on Year 9 and 10 students at this point, and projects will be allowed to take place during school time. The first project is called “From Woe-Kart to GoKart”. Students will be offered the opportunity to be part of a team that will take a pile of discarded parts and a second-hand engine and turn them into a fully operational go-kart that can be raced on a track at

Avondale later in Term 3. Teacher Michael Stewart will utilise his degree in transport design to mentor the group through the design phase. “It is a great opportunity to extend students in an area not covered by the curriculum, and allows them to follow their passion for engine mechanics and design,” he says. Warkworth Stihl Shop owner Mike Bremner has donated an engine and parts for the kart and parents are assisting with the construction of the frame. Mike is encouraging other local businesses to contribute scrap steel or old ride-ons that the students can use. “Mower shops and motorbike shops will probably have bits and pieces lying around their workshops, which they might consider donating,” he says. Cathy says the only piece missing from the equation is someone with some time and the mechanical nous to help a team of excited kids get the kart up and running. Enquiries, contact Cath Lewis 021422673 or email Mahurangi teachers Ellyse Goodwin e.goodwin@ or Stephanie Piaggi s.piaggi@

Residents will still have the option of using private operators who already service their areas. Meanwhile, thousands of Rodney residents have taken to social media to get rid of unused goods and give unwanted furniture and appliances a second life. Rodney College digital technology teacher Corlene Greenwood has been setting up a range of Facebook pages that allow users to share used items and cut down on waste. The “buy, sell, swap Kaipara” page she started has more than 2000 members, while a similar Mangawhai site has more than 1200 members. A Warkworth buy and sell page also has nearly 2000 members. Corlene is also an administrator for the Warkworth/ Wellsford Freecycle Facebook page which has more than 630 members, who regularly give away unwanted items such as clothing and furniture. Corlene says social media is an effective way to cut down waste and give goods a second life. “It really comes from the idea that one person’s trash is another’s treasure,” she says. “People around here are used to being creative with recycling and making things last. The pages put these people in contact with each other.” It is also a way to distribute resources to those less fortunate. Corlene has started a page Wellsford Food Offers where members giveaway food to those in need.

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Long-serving Warkworth St John supporter Brian Russell received a Warkworth Rotary Club Community Service Award recently. Brian has been the honorary treasurer of Warkworth St John for the past 25 years. In addition, he has regularly audited the accounts of many local clubs. Although he has now resigned as treasurer, Brian plans to remain on the St John Area Committee. Pictured at the presentation are Rotary immediate past president Nick Hadley (left) and Brian Russell.

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OFF THE RECORD In reverse Describing his sport to students at Warkworth Primary School, Olympian rower Joseph Sullivan said it was about sitting on your backside and trying to go backwards as fast as you possibly can. “I wouldn’t recommend that as a recipe for how to live your life tho’.”

On autopilot There’s no doubt that technology does make life easier, at least once you master it. But one reader wonders if we’re not becoming a little robotic in the process. This thought occurred to her when she stood outside her front door “beeping” her car keys and wondering why the door wouldn’t open.

Fairy scared And from the Tomarata School newsletter … A junior student was quite excited, but nervous about losing his first tooth. He had been carefully nursing it one morning and when the teacher saw the tooth was just hanging by a thread, she offered to pull it out. The little chap looked horrified and said “no … I would scream like a girl!”

Titanic foam Ducks in the Mahurangi River had to navigate around iceberg-like foam following recent heavy rain. A Watercare representative says the foam is caused by runoff from roads and farms, in combination with the rapids at the Elizabeth Street bridge.

Competition winners Congratulations to Virginia Shimkute, of Leigh, who was the lucky winner of tickets to a special screening of What We Do in the Shadows, at Matakana Cinemas, last month. Congratulations also to Jenine Abarbanel, who won the double pass to the Ewen Gilmore gig at the Leigh Sawmill last month.


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Hill Street roundabout Your report on Hill Street (MM Jun 4) does not make it clear that NZTA is only proposing a patch-up job with money that they have sprung from their maintenance budget. NZTA is trying to give the impression that they are fixing the whole Hill St intersection. What they are doing is useful to SH1 traffic in that it improves stacking at the lights, but it does not address the crux of the problem – the Elizabeth Street intersection is too close to the SH1 intersection. Until this problem is addressed the whole intersection will continue to be a nightmare. To quote the Mahurangi Destination brochure - “If you’re new to the area, then good luck motoring through the notorious Hill Street Intersection in Warkworth. The best advice we can give you is just to hold on tight and pray”. Very true, but not good for encouraging visitors or new residents to Warkworth. Neither the proposed motorway, nor the Matakana Link, will solve the problem. NZTA had a plan in 2009, which they thought might be the solution. That was to create one large intersection with traffic lights and lots of lanes. As an alternative, I am suggesting the creation of one huge roundabout approximately 100 metres across i.e. the size of two football fields, side by side, as shown above.

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Out of these two ideas, the roundabout is by far the better plan. Amazingly, it’s relatively simple to build. The NZTA patch ups even do half the ‘on road’ work required to create it. The Warkworth Area Liaison Group do not seem to be interested in progress as they want to wait until both the motorway and the Matakana Link are built. They also want to wait to see how much Warkworth grows before making the decision. This could easily be 20 years away! Most members of the group will be riding mobility scooters or pushing up daisies by then! If we get a solution designed now, it could be built within two years. Get your act together WALGies, you’ve got





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indicated that going through the park to that extent was not an acceptable solution. Constructing this type of design without a viable detour route for traffic would result in significant disruption to the community. Instead, we’ve chosen to deliver interim improvements at Hill St in the immediate future – while a full scheme is developed – to avoid this scale of disruption for residents. NZTA wants to develop a design for Hill Street that is appropriate in scale and size for Warkworth’s town centre in the future, and that also considers the effects of the Matakana Link Road and Western Collector in managing traffic. Investigations also consider future growth outlined in the Auckland Plan, pedestrian and cyclist facilities, and importantly the potential scale and length of disruption to the community during construction. NZTA will hold a community information day before construction starts this summer. The interim improvements at Hill Street include widening the northbound and southbound approaches, installing a shared walk/ cycle path on the western side of SH1 north of Hill Street, and reviewing the potential for a slip lane between Sandspit Road and Elizabeth Street. Mieszko Iwaskow NZTA transport planning manager

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It’s always interesting to hear and read other people’s viewpoints on our agricultural industry, such as Christine Rose’s opinion piece on food ethics (MM Jun 4). Christine is right – we need to concentrate on eating real food, as close to its original form as possible. We are lucky that we live in a country where our food is grown locally, and sold under such high standards of quality and safety. As a drystock farmer, I am enormously proud of the way New Zealand farmers

grow beef and lamb, producing a high quality protein, from animals that are treated with respect, and whose health and well-being are an essential part of running an agricultural business. And it annoys me when people make insinuations about farming that are inaccurate and misleading. Let’s clear up a few things about how most conventional farmers in New Zealand grow their sheep and cattle: • On NZ sheep and beef farms, animals are almost entirely grass fed, live outside and have free access to food, water and shelter. Being grassfed is in contrast to other agricultural nations, some of whom supply consumers with predominantly feedlot raised, grain-fed animals. • Most of our sheep and beef farms are still very much family-owned farms. These ‘family farms’ are getting bigger, but they are certainly nothing like the Factory, or Corporate farms some would have us believe. The health and well-being of our animals is of upmost importance, as is keeping animals as stress free as possible. Animal health treatments are used on individual animals if required. Antibiotics are seldom required for sheep or cattle, and less than one per cent of cattle in New Zealand are administered with a hormonal growth promotant (compared to 40 per cent of Australian beef ). With such a small percentage used here, I personally wish they would just ban it altogether. And ‘yes’ Christine, we do measure our business performance by looking at the amount of meat we are producing per hectare, along with a whole lot of other performance indicators, just like other businesses. Otherwise, we’d go broke. Agriculture is by far the most important business of New Zealand, and is likely to remain so for the foreseeable future. I encourage us all to celebrate that our farming systems are envied by other agricultural

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nations, that we produce high quality, tasty beef and lamb, and that we do so with with the ‘triple bottom line’ of the environment, the economy and community sustainability firmly in mind. And that is a good food ethic. Abridged – to read Nicky’s full letter, see the Opinion section at Nicky Berger Kaipara Flats

Police thanked The staff and volunteers at Warkworth Wellsford Hospice would like to acknowledge and thank the Warkworth Police for their efficient handling of a series of break-ins at our Woodcocks Road premises. Over the course of a month the hospice’s garage sale area was broken into several times and doors were damaged and donated goods were stolen or scattered over the property. This was disheartening for staff and volunteers who put in many hours each week to sort and display goods for the weekly garage sales. The garage sale is one of our hospice’s key fundraisers, helping to keep all hospice services free to people in our community who are living with a terminal illness. Warkworth Police took the breakins seriously and kept us updated on

their progress with tracking down the person responsible. We are very grateful for their hard work and pleased that our staff and volunteers can now get on with theirs. Kathryn Ashworth General Manager, Warkworth Wellsford Hospice

High sea hijinks In June I was on the cruise ship Pride of America around the Hawaiian Islands. Also on board were a number of people from Matakana who certainly put Matakana on the map in an unforgettable night in the Pinks Lounge. The passengers who were there that night will never forget the good folk from Matakana who entertained us with Katie G on the piano. It was a great night although I am not sure how they felt next morning! It was the best value advertising for Matakana ever. Many thanks to Elva, Bruce and their team of travellers for a great night. Laurie Roebuck Canberra, Australia

At what cost growth? How attractive will a place remain if we continually increase housing development and at the same time try to court “the tourist dollar”?

Queenstown, for instance, was recently on the evening news showing their traffic situation which now looks like a mini-Auckland and not the pleasant place I visited years ago. Warkworth as well is jammed with cars, and with few zebra crossings plus the many many threatening “Caution motorists have the right of way!” signs, it is also not the pleasant place I used to visit. My question is: Why should big metal cars and trucks have the right of way over fragile and sometimes elderly human beings? And does this mean that if one of them hits me, that the cost of the panelbeater’s repairs plus removal of any blood stains would come out of my estate? Orewa, on the other hand, has a slower speed limit and respect for those crossing the streets. They do have signs saying “Check Before you Step” at crossings, but no threats about motorists and their “rights”. Could it be that the presence of a lot of elderly individuals engenders a higher regard for people in general? So possibly having a huge “retirement village” in the middle of Warkworth would be a good thing, but how would oldies with motorised scooters or Zimmer frames cope with crossing many of the streets which I, as an able-bodied citizen, find so daunting?

Puhoi pedestrian bridge improvements Construction of a bridge in Puhoi, which will finally provide a pedestrian link between the two sections of the village, will start this summer. The concrete bridge will run along the eastern side of the existing traffic bridge on Puhoi Road, near Krippner Road, and will be joined by a footpath, which will run from the Puhoi Library. The project has received $170,000 in funding from the Rodney Local Board. Puhoi Community Forum president Hans Everts says the area has had a

steady increase in tourists since the extension of the motorway and the bridge will enhance their experience of the town. The bridge will enable pedestrians to walk safely from the car parks at the Pioneer Park and Puhoi Store, through to the Catholic Church and Puhoi Museum. Currently, pedestrians including school children have to cross the bridge by walking on the road. Members of the community raised the concept of the bridge in 2011. The need for a bridge became more

urgent when logging trucks began to use the route more often and more families moved to the area. “This is a brilliant result for Puhoi and shows what can be achieved when a community is determined,” Hans says. The footpath will meet Puhoi design standards and has the approval of the Historic Places Trust. The 20-metre bridge will be independent of the existing traffic bridge and will be precast off-site and craned into position.

Could traffic be banned from Queen Street and a plaza installed? And would the Pepper Tree be able to remain in the centre of town with exits and entrances to said proposed development on Neville Street instead of Queen Street? Or will we only continue to try to attract more and more people until we reach maximum gridlock? It makes me wonder... Penny Barrott Warkworth

Ratepayer raid The Taxpayers Union is condemning the $170,000 spending spree undertaken by the Rodney Local Board upon members discovering unspent ratepayer money (MM Jun 19). Instead of keeping these funds aside to pay for the budgeted projects, or returning the money to ratepayers, it looks as though there was a free-forall spend-up. It is deeply troubling the Rodney Local Board came up with more than $50,000 of new spending projects in only an hour-long debate. It’s a ratepayer raid rather than proper governance. Jordan Williams Taxpayers Union Executive Director

Costumes wanted Mahurangi disability groups want teacups and costumes to borrow for an entertainment afternoon and high tea at Warkworth’s Summerset Falls Retirement Village next month. Healing Through the Arts Trust chairperson Maxine Donnellan says she will visit florists and wineries to ask for donations towards the high tea. “We need crockery and maybe the odd ball gown, top hat and tails.” Goods can be dropped off at Coconut Gallery in Warkworth, or email or phone Maxine 021 343 193.

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conference in order to avert war. GENIE Cherry Picker Belgian Government declares that, in the event of war, Belgium will uphold her • Battery operated – 2 day life neutrality “whatever the consequences”. • Built-in charger 25 Austria-Hungary severs diplomatic • Silent operation relations with Serbia. Austro-Hungarian Minister leaves Belgrade. • Inside use – no motor Serbian Government transferred from noise or fumes Belgrade to Nish. • Auto-levelling 26 British Admiralty countermand orders for dispersal of Fleets. • 10m standing height The Kaiser returns from the Baltic to Berlin • Telescopic top boom 27 French and Italian Governments • Safety features galore! accept British proposals for an international conference Full range of contractors and handyman equipment German High Seas Fleet recalled from 250 Mahurangi East Road, Snells Beach 09 425 5400 Norway to war bases. 14 Hudson Road, Warkworth 09 425 7725 28 Austria-Hungary declares war on Serbia Open 6 Days – 7.15am to 5.15pm (closed public holidays) German Government rejects British proposals for an international conference British Fleets ordered to war bases. 29 Russian Minister for War orders General Mobilisation without the knowledge of the Tsar. Hostilities commence between AustriaHungary and Serbia: Belgrade bombarded With RMA you can keep all your insurance & financial by Austrian artillery. services under one roof & talk to one team! German Government makes proposals to secure British neutrality. British Admiralty sends “Warning Telegram” to the Fleets. 30 The Tsar signs order at 4pm for mobilisation of Russian army. * Income Protection British Government rejects German July 1914 proposals for British neutrality * Life and Health Insurance 5 The Kaiser receives at Potsdam special Australian Government places Australian * Business Insurance envoy from Austrian Emperor and promises Navy at disposal of British Admiralty. “the full support of Germany” in the event of 31 Belgian Government orders Mobilisation. * ACC Advice Austrian action against Serbia. He consults Russian Government orders General * KiwiSaver his military and naval advisers before leaving Mobilisation. for a cruise in northern waters. * Home Loans German Government sends ultimatum to 19 Council of Austro-Hungarian Ministers New Zealand First Spokesperson for: * Fire & General Insurance Russia (presented at midnight). approve of draft ultimatum to Serbia. Communications & IT | Education | Research, Science & Technology of “Kriegsgefahr” proclaimed in Germany. | Youth Affairs 24 British Foreign Minister (SirWomen’s E. Grey) AffairsState Select Committee: Education and Science Call us for a no obligation review London Stock Exchange closed. initiates proposals for an international Martin A4 flyer.indd 1

When the war broke out in 1914 men flocked in their thousands to answer the call to arms. By the end of the first week of the war 14,000 had enlisted. In total, about 120,000 New Zealanders enlisted during the First World War, of whom 103,000 served overseas. Despite confident claims that it would be ‘over by Christmas’, by 1916 the war appeared no closer to a conclusion. The seemingly endless toll in lives and maimed men began to impact on public sentiment. As the Census and Statistics Office was tasked with the compilation of manpower registers, newspaper editorials urged the public to accept the necessity of greater sacrifices if the war was to be won. Intensive campaigns to encourage enlistment failed to meet their targets, with only 30 per cent of men eligible for military service volunteering. In 1916 conscription for military service was introduced to maintain New Zealand’s supply of reinforcements. Only four MPs opposed its introduction. The Military Service Act 1916 initially imposed conscription on Pakeha only, but this was extended to Maori in June 1917. More than 30,000 conscripts had joined the New Zealand Expeditionary Force by the end of the war.

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Warkworth’s new Methodist minister Abhishek Solomon spent his first 19 years growing up in northern India before visiting New Zealand to work in South Auckland. After later working with the homeless and dispossessed of Central Auckland he became a minister and moved to Warkworth, which he now calls home. Abhishek talks with George Driver about life growing up in India, the culture shock of moving to NZ and his road to becoming a minister ...


grew up in a Christian family in a city called Lucknow, in the north of India. It is known as ‘Little Pakistan’, a predominantly Muslim city, strongly influenced by the Mogul Empire from the Middle East. It still has a rich Mogul culture with art and palaces from the period. But there are still a lot of Hindus and Christians in the city, and they coexist in relative harmony. We would all celebrate one each other’s festivals. There would be Muslims celebrating Christmas and Christians celebrating Muslim festivals. My father left my family when I was young, which was tough in such a male dominated society such as India. My mother always said education was the most important thing in life, so me and my brother and sister were put through private schools. When I was five or six I was sent off to boarding school, about 2000km from home. My mother was willing to sacrifice everything so we got an education and she paid for our studies while working as a nurse. But I would only come home once a year and she would only visit a few times. hen I was 11 the distance and the financial cost got too much and my mother pulled us out of boarding school so we could live closer to home. But at the time, we were living in a small rural town which meant I would have to take a twohour train to school every day. I would get up at 4am and start school at 7am. After school finished at 1pm I would have to wait at the train station for the 7pm train home. Often I would be so tired I would fall asleep and miss my stop and have to catch another train and wouldn’t get home until about 1am. But there was no other option. You just found a way to make it work. I think that’s made me stronger. I went to high school in Lucknow, though I wasn’t the most dedicated student. I played a lot of guitar and heavy metal music like Metallica. But I also played with the church and continued working with the church after high school. When I was 19 the minister asked if I wanted to go to


New Zealand to work with youth in South Auckland. It had always been my dream to leave India and see more of the world. I used to love watching cricket matches played at Eden Park, or the MCG or at Lords. They would always have a little documentary about each place and I wanted to see it all. I came to New Zealand with three friends in 2001. It was quite a culture shock. Lucknow has 4.5 million people, so I was struck by how quiet it was. I remember when I first arrived we went to a high rise building in Manukau City. It had a beautiful view, but when I went out onto the balcony it was so calm and silent you could hear a pin drop. I thought ‘where is everybody? What’s happened? Why is no-one out on the street playing cricket?’ I was most struck by how ordered it was. It was like everything was in its place, whereas nothing is in its place in India. I soon became mesmerised by the beauty of the place. The reality surpassed the fantasy.

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I was also struck by the level of wealth. Wealth is a very relative thing. To New Zealanders, South Auckland is a poorer area, but to me I was amazed by how much people had. So I couldn’t believe it when I saw homeless people in the city. I couldn’t understand how this could happen here. It wasn’t until I worked with homeless people a few years later that I began to understand the reasons why. Also, the youth we worked with were also much different to youth in India. They were much more independent and had a lot more freedom. But I was shocked by the drinking culture among young people. fter nine months I had to return to India, but I’d decided by then that New Zealand was the place I wanted to live and returned a year later. I worked as a missionary at New Life Church on the North Shore and studied theology


at the Pathways College. Studying challenged all my ideas of life and faith. I started questioning everything. After I completed studies with college I began distance learning through the Otago University Department of Theology and Religion. It was then I decided I wanted space from the church. I took two years out where I just studied. I’m passionate about different perspectives of life, of how people think and how that informs and changes their social outlook. I read more philosophy than theology now. I prefer books that challenge my beliefs rather than just reinforce them. But until I was about 22, I had never read a book, other than the Bible, so I guess I’m catching up. It wasn’t until I got involved with the Queen Street Methodist Mission and began working with homeless people that I was able to reconcile those questions within the church. They invited inquiries. I worked there as an assistant for three years and for a while I knew most of the people living rough along Queen Street. I found it lead me to open myself up to people. It changed my whole perspective. Homelessness is not about not having a house. It’s about being isolated from a community and that can happen to anybody. I think it’s one of the biggest issues people face. Everywhere people feel isolated and need friendship and support. It was six years before I went back to

India and when I returned it was like a culture shock in reverse. The country is changing at such a fast pace. I think people are unable to keep up with it. When I was last back, a businessman on a train asked me for my perspective on India as an ‘outsider’. I told him I think the country has become caught up in a certain idea of progress where having more material possessions is the goal. But I think real progress is a progress in values and ethics and how it shapes the life of everyday people. Women are still treated as second-class citizens and the gap between the rich and poor is large and widening, and India still has the world’s largest population living in poverty in the world. I went on to become youth coordinator for Auckland for the Methodist Church, organising events and advocating for youth issues. I then became lay preacher and worship leader at Northcote Takapuna Methodist Church where I would lead the preaching on Sunday morning. That was when I began the process to become a minister, which is how I came to Warkworth, to take over from Reverend Misilei Misilei. I moved here with my wife and baby daughter in February. I love the calmness here, the pace of life and the people. For some people who move to New Zealand this is their home away from home, but for me this is my home now.


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On behalf of the association, Richard Bray said the plan was to develop a programme of work and then identify potential funding sources. In canvassing issues for the study, the meeting identified sedimentation, the spread of mangroves and ad hoc development as key areas of concern. While some members of the audience felt the issues needed to be looked at on a whole-of-catchment basis, others felt the focus should be specifically on the harbour. Cattle grazing on waterways, landscape quality and values, subdivision and growth, the impact of climate change and weed management were also identified. The leaching of untreated sewage into the estuary after heavy rain was of particular concern, with one member of the audience claiming that Snells Beach and Algies Bay had similar problems. There has been widespread dissension in Sandspit for many years over the controversial marina project, which is now underway.

ACT candidate ACT Party vice-president and Rodney Local Board member Beth Houlbrooke will be her party’s candidate for Rodney in the September election. Beth also contested the seat in 2011. “I have always believed in private property rights and that hard work should be rewarded so I am looking forward to introducing Rodney to ACT’s plans to introduce lower and flatter taxes and a three strike policy for burglary,” Beth says. Support the businesses that support Mahurangi Matters



Support for Sandspit study The divided community of Sandspit put their differences aside when they attended a meeting to discuss a Sandspit Harbour Study last month. The Sandspit Residents and Ratepayers Association instigated the study with a $5000 grant from the Rodney Local Board. While there was initial suspicion from some quarters of the community that the meeting might have been a ruse to gather support for dumping sediment from the marina on the breakwater, the well-facilitated gathering concentrated more on identifying common issues of concern and recording who should be involved in the study’s steering committee. Facilitator Nicky Green said the construction of the marina had highlighted a range of conflicting uses. “The purpose of the study was to lay the groundwork for a community-led management plan for the harbour,” she said. “But to be effective, the plan needs buy-in from the whole community.”

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Elephants – do we care? Every 15 minutes, a wild elephant is killed for its tusks – that’s almost 100 a day. Demand for ivory, mainly in China, Japan, Thailand, Hong Kong, the Philippines and the US, has reduced wild African elephant numbers from about 1.3 million in the late 1970s, to about 450-750,000 today. The remaining wild African elephant herds are geographically scattered meaning there’s risk of local and countrywide extinction. In Kenya, for example, elephant numbers have plummeted from 275,000 in the 1960s to about 38,000 today. Some estimates say that across Africa, since January 2012, 86,697 elephants have been poached. The damage done through poaching and culling means social structure and family (matrilineal) memory about foraging and water supplies has been lost. Climate change poses a new threat to food and water supplies, as their habitat becomes hotter and drier, and habitat loss and land tenure limit the elephants’ access to traditional feeding and breeding grounds. But elephants are also an important part of the solution to climate change. As part of their majestic migrations, they disperse billions of seeds which can become the forests of tomorrow. Many across the world were horrified recently when news broke about the poaching of Satao, perhaps the world’s biggest elephant, about 60 years old, with tusks that reached the ground. Satao was among a group of about 15 of the world’s oldest wild elephants killed together, in Kenya, including ‘Mountain Bull’, with their tusks hacked out and their bodies left to rot in the dust. There are multiple drivers of this poaching – demand for ivory, domestic poverty, lax trade enforcement. Trade in endangered animals or parts of animals was banned through the 1989 UN Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species, perhaps the “world’s most important multilateral environmental agreement”. It was initially effective in reducing the ivory trade. But since the late 1990s, efforts have been directed at weakening its protection. Small and large elephant populations have been under renewed attack, meaning previously ‘safe’ populations are being extinguished. You might ask why this is relevant to NZ. A recent report says NZ imports more ivory per capita than even the United States. About 78 per cent of the ivory imported into NZ occurred between 2010 and 2012, and since 1980, 791 ivory artefacts have been seized by NZ officials. Our first prosecution against illegal ivory trade occurred only as recently as 2013. Another reason the death of elephants, especially great giant elephants, matters here and everywhere is that the loss of these magnificent individuals, localised species extinction, and the threat of wider extinction, is a loss not just to the lives of those animals, but a loss to the world. As they go, we are all worse off.


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Showing their support for “Mum” at the Rotary handover were Robin and Grant Dixon’s daughters and son-in-law, from left, Jesiah and Ellen Alexander, and Amy and Hannah Dixon.

check how deep and how wide the project may be.” For her part, Robin says she’s detected a little nervousness about her appointment amongst her fellow club members. “I think they think I’ll take the club by storm, spend all their money and turn it on its ear,” she says. “But that won’t happen. “I’m really passionate about Rotary and just want to see more people involved and perhaps greater recognition of what we do.” Although Robin was born in Cambridge, her grandfather was Owen Civil who was the Warkworth Town Clerk for many years. Her family returned to Warkworth when

she was 14 and “I’ve been here ever since.” She’s married to accountant Grant Dixon, whom she met at Mahurangi College, and they have three daughters. It was Grant’s father, Neil, who first introduced Robin to Rotary when he nominated her for a Rotary Youth Leadership Award. “Neil was in the club with people like Stewart Shirley, Don Milne, Ken Baird and Graham Noakes I guess you would describe them as very principled men who were pillars of the community; people that I, as a young person, certainly looked up to. I guess part of my wanting to be a Rotarian was that I wanted to be like them.” Robin joined the club in March


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2012 and, as president elect, has begun making some behind-the-scene changes over the last 12 months. During her term as president, she hopes to change the perception that Rotary is secretive or only for a select few. “I want to make Rotary ‘cool’ so that anyone feels they can join and participate. I think this is far more likely to happen if we’re involved in community projects that make a difference.” She also wants to grow the membership from 39 to around 50 with an emphasis on attracting members from the wider Mahurangi catchment including Wellsford. She’s keen to see Interact Clubs set-up at Mahurangi and Rodney Colleges, and will continue her involvement with the Rotary Business Forums, held fortnightly in Matakana. Last year’s inaugural Rotary Lions Den, which invited community groups to present their funding requests so that Rotary and Lions could make a coordinated response, will be repeated. It’s just as well Robin likes to be busy. On top of her Rotary commitments, she will continue as president of the Ruapehu Snow Sports Club, which involves running the competition race programme for alpine and freestyle skiers, and snowboarders. For more information about Rotary International visit 0

Two male bastions fell in Warkworth last month when Warkworth Rotary and Warkworth Lions both inaugurated their first women presidents. Robin Dixon took up her new role as the head of Warkworth Rotary at a razzle dazzle handover dinner meeting at Plume on June 26, while Angela Taylor was welcomed in as the new Lions president at a function at the Warkworth RSA on June 17. (See story next page) Women were only admitted as full members of both clubs about seven years ago. Prior to that they could only participate as the wives of Rotarians or Lions. Joy Paxton was the first woman inducted into Warkworth Rotary. She says that today, it’s hard to see what the resistance was all about. “The ‘boys’ in the club have big hearts and are all good people doing good work in our local community and throughout our district as far as Vanuatu,” she says. “I have always felt all round support and inclusion by the members and I have no doubt Robin will have the same support as president, which is really a fulltime job. “Robin’s success, I believe, can be linked to her energy and confidence. Even before she was a member, she helped me directly with the organisation of the District Conference. One of her personal strengths is her ability to say “yes” immediately and enthusiastically, even if she often then has to loop back and see what the question was or to

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Lions membership a priority THIS MONTHS Retired nurse and newly-elected Warkworth Lions Club president, Angela Taylor, has a similar agenda to her counterpart in Rotary. She’s keen to attract more members and supports a cohesive service club approach to assisting community groups. “The Rotary Lions Den introduced last year meant less duplication and a better focus on delivering what groups need,” she says. “It meant that money could be spent where it would be most effective and the effort put in reaped better rewards.” Lions is an international organisation which was establish in Warkworth 48 years ago. There are several clubs in the district including the Kowhai Coast women’s club, Wellsford, Paparoa and Waipu. Their charter is to serve their communities. But Angela says the reality is that most members, in Warkworth at least, are retirees. “Because of our age, we are constrained in what we can physically do,” she says. “I hope that during my term in office we can start to attract a broader age range. We do a lot of good things in the community and perhaps if people knew more about our work, they might be more encouraged to get involved and lend a hand.” As an example of some of the projects Warkworth Lions supports or is involved in, either on their own or jointly with other clubs, Angela reeled off a list which included Take a Kid Fishing, Mahurangi College speech competition, the Lions International



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Ignoring a persistent ache or pain, in the hope that it will just go away, is sometimes the reason relatively simple injuries become harder to treat with less positive outcomes. Physiotherapist Helen Sheat has more than 20 years experience and often sees cases where patients have ignored an injury for too long. “While you wait, your body adjusts to the injury,” she says. “But if you see a specialist early, then it often involves less treatment and the outcomes are better. “We see a lot of farm injuries in this area, particularly to the back and shoulders. There’s always something we can do, even if sometimes it means referring the person on to surgery.” Helen and her business partner Hannah Edwards set-up their clinic Active Living in Matakana about five years ago. This month they are moving to new premises. “We’re excited to be relocating to the Coast to Coast Medical Centre on Matakana Valley Road,” Helen says. “There’s already good collaboration between the two services with regular referrals. Being in the same building will just make this process more convenient for patients.” Active Living already shares space with Coast to Coast at its Wellsford premises, where it offers clinics three

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days a week. Other than the different location, it will be business as usual which also means weekly pilates in the Matakana Hall and the Pinc Pilates for postcancer rehabilitation. “I particularly enjoy the Pinc Pilates physio because it’s a relatively new area of rehabilitation and care. In the past, people who have undergone cancer treatment and have been given the ‘okay’, have been pretty much left to soldier on. “Pinc Pilates is about getting these people back in to life, setting goals and then working on a plan to achieve those goals. It’s about putting normality back into their life rather than thinking of themselves as “someone who has had cancer”.

A new café gallery in Rodney Street, Wellsford, is set to become a hub for all things local. DONNA, located in the former Green Bird premises, not only has a menu that features food from local gardens, farms and kitchens, but space has been specifically created to display works by local artists and locally designed clothes. While the interior has been renovated, care has been taken not to lose the character of the 1950s building. The timber floors, whitewashed walls and shop frontage, combined with retro furniture, give off a ‘home away from home’ ambience. Local suppliers whose produce will be on the menu include Whangaripo

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Senior Citizens president retires After 13 years at the helm, Betty Paxton retired as president from the Mahurangi Warkworth Senior Citizens Association last month to a chorus of ‘she’s a jolly good fellow’. The 88-year-old says she is looking forward to having more time and is already planning on trotting around the globe. “I lost my husband last year after 67 years together and I want to have time to myself,” Betty says. She has three international trips booked over the next year. She is leaving on a three-week cruise of the Mediterranean this month, going from Venice to Barcelona. In October she is off to Australia and in March she’s on a two-month cruise from Auckland to New York.

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An array of fiends and vampires flocked to Matakana Cinemas last month for a screening of the NZ-made movie What We Do in the Shadows. The Vintry’s Nicki Haller and Fiona McGeough weren’t about to be out-done with their own take on the vampire theme

Concert favourites revisited The Warkworth choir Kowhai Singers is marking its 30th anniversary this year. At Ascension Wine Estate on August 3 it will present a celebration concert titled Play It Again, Sam. The programme will feature highlights from a number of previous concerts. Choir spokesperson Roger Mackay says it will be a varied programme with something for everyone to enjoy. “Choir members have been delighted to revisit some beautiful music that has been sung previously,” he says. Kowhai Singers regularly presents three concerts each year. They began this year with a stirring presentation of Mendelssohn’s Elijah in both Warkworth and Orewa. “Outstanding soloists and the stunning organ ability of Michael Bell

facilitated a great singing experience that thrilled audiences and choir members alike.” Roger says no audition is necessary to join the choir, but there must be an ability to sing in tune, commitment to regular attendance at the Monday night rehearsals and to personal practice between rehearsals to maintain a high standard of performance. “Members can be assured of having fun, making friends and enjoying singing. A wide range of music styles is covered in the concert programmes and there is plenty of opportunity to develop singing skills and gain a wider appreciation of all that makes for good choral singing. All ages are welcomed.” The Play It again, Sam concert tickets cost $20 from Not Just Hats, Maria’s Florist and at the door. The concert starts at 4pm.

Brass band outing brightens up winter

Warkworth Wellsford Hospice volunteers, who help run the Wednesday garage sales and sort rages on Tuesdays, put a bit of sparkle in to winter when they held their mid-winter get-together at Morris and James Café in Matakana last month.

Warkworth Brass will take its Big Band repertoire on a mid-winter outing next month. The region’s oldest established band is offering music to dine and dance by, at the Warkworth RSA on Saturday, August 2, from 7pm. Musical director Alan Flack says it’s the first time Warkworth Brass has tried this format, but he knows how well it works from his earlier career with the Band of the Royal New Zealand Navy. The 21-piece band has a diverse range

of players, from former professionals to keen amateur musicians including several high school students. The programme will include a variety of numbers from swing era classics to show tunes, old rock & roll favourites and current chart hits. Local vocalist Jenny Eirena will be the special guest artist for the evening, singing several numbers with the band. Tickets are $35 per person, available from Warkworth RSA. Ticket price includes dinner, dancing and show.


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Festival ready to rock ‘n’ roll Rock ‘n’ roll and the 1950s is the theme of this year’s Kowhai Festival in Warkworth. Festival publicity and promotions manager Kristina Stewart says the main Huge Day Out event will happen on October 11 with live music and an outdoor screening of the classic movie Grease. “We thought the 50s is something everybody can get involved in whether they are young or old, and whether they are into hot rods or rock n’ roll,” Kristina says. The Great Debate, organised by Warkworth Toastmasters, will return on Thursday October 16 at Ascension Wine Estate. As it’s an election year, a number of local MPs will join the debate as special guests.


Kristina says the festival has been growing every year and is a highlight on the Mahurangi events calendar. More than 15,000 people attended the festival last year, but organisers are hoping for an even bigger turnout this year. The planning committee is holding a meeting at Walton Park Motel on Tuesday July 15, at 7pm. Anyone who would like to help is welcome. Stall holders can register their interest on the website Any feedback or requests are welcome either via email kowhaifestival@gmail. com or through the Facebook page. People can also keep up-to-date with progress on the festival via the twitter handle @kowhaifestival

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After years of being pestered to do my own classes at home I have decided that the time is right to share some of my cooking knowledge. Whilst I am a cook & not a chef I have learnt a lot over my time here at Taste & look forward to hosting some fun evenings. This will be a three hour session, in a small group, where I will share some of my favourite recipes. These are very much hands on classes so bring along your apron. A full set of notes are provided & we will finish by enjoying the fruits of our labour at the dining room table. Andrea Hinchco Wednesday 20th or Thursday 21st August Fettucine, Papparadelle and Ravioli Bring along your own pasta machine if you wish. Wednesday 17th or Thursday 18th September Elegant but Simple Winter Dinners Suitable for everyday or guests Wednesday 14th or Thursday 15th October Fresh Spring Menus Look forward to summer with light and tasty options Wednesday 12th or Thursday 13th November Christmas Entertaining Survival techniques and ideas learnt over many years Classes strictly limited to a maximum of six. Cost; $94 At Willow Lodge, 541 Woodcocks Road, Warkworth 5.30 to 8.30pm Bookings will be confirmed upon payment and are non refundable but may be transferred. Payment in store, by phone or by direct debit.

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Cook’s secret weapon A jar of anchovies has to be one of my top five pantry staples. Anchovies are a cook’s secret weapon. People either love them or hate them, right? Wrong. In my experience, everybody loves anchovies—it’s just that some people don’t know they do. Being a concentrated and natural source of glutamic and inosinic acids, they’re irreplaceable for adding depth of flavor and a meaty backbone to pretty much anything. Think you’re an exception to the rule? So do the long string of dinner guests and family to whom I’ve surreptitiously fed anchovies in various sauces, soups, salads, and stews over the years. I use them all year round; in summer as an integral ingredient in salsa verde and tapenades and over winter in most slow cooked meals. Just a few minutes cooking over low heat reduces them to a paste with a flavour so subtle that in a sauce, such as for braised beef, they can hardly be identified. It is a pity we are unable to get them fresh here as at their source, the Mediterranean. Dusted in flour, deep fried and served with salt a sprinkle of lemon juice makes for the most divine and simple snack. All of the Mediterranean regions have their own specialty. A version of anchovy butter is used universally; a soft butter mixed with mashed anchovies and put through a sieve, then melted on grilled steak or radishes. Bagna cauda is claimed by Piedmont; a warm anchovy and garlic filled dipping sauce for vegetables while the French salade nicoise has them as a key component along with tomatoes, capsicums, red onions and olives. While you may not wish to eat them straight out of the jar or in big hunks on top of your pizza, I urge you to give them a try in a recipe where they won’t dominate. You will be surprised at the result.

Lamb Steaks with Mediterranean Sauce Serves 4

• 6 lamb steaks • 2 tablespoons olive oil • Salt flakes and freshly ground black pepper • 2 teaspoons fresh chopped thyme • 1 teaspoon fresh chopped rosemary. For the sauce • 2 tablespoons minced onion • 1 teaspoon chopped garlic • 1 cup beef or chicken stock • 2 tablespoon chopped black olives • Salt and pepper to taste

• 1 tablespoon butter • 1/2 cup white wine • 1/4 cup tomato puree • 1 tablespoon chopped anchovies

Rub lamb with olive oil. Sprinkle both sides with salt, pepper, thyme, and rosemary. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour. Meanwhile, make the sauce; gently sauté onion in butter until soft and translucent. Add garlic and cook 1 additional minute, stirring often. Add wine and simmer until reduced to about a tablespoon. Add stock and tomato puree. Simmer until reduced to 1 cup. Stir in olives, anchovies, salt, and pepper to taste. Cook for an additional minute. Remove from heat and set aside. Grill the lamb steaks to medium-rare, over high heat, turning only once with tongs. Spoon warm sauce onto plates and place grilled lamb chops on top to serve.

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The Dalecarlia Clarinet Quintet will perform in Warkworth this month.

Warkworth Music presents quintessential clarinet show Outstanding emerging New Zealand clarinetist, Anna McGregor, with The Dalecarlia Clarinet Quintet, will be perform at Ascension Wine Estate on Friday, July 18. With new and old music, and featuring composer Anthony Ritchie alongside the all-time favourite, the Mozart Clarinet Quintet, this will be a concert to delight all audiences. Entitled Antithesis, A Programme of Opposites, the concert will be the fourth in the 2014 series presented by Warkworth Music. The programme will start with a short contemporary Swedish piece written by Emmy Lindstrom called Song About Em. The piece was written for the composer’s husband, clarinettist Emil Jonason. Ritchie’s Clarinet Quintet will present a three movement work which has links to Mozart in its last movement. The best known piece of the whole programme will be the Mozart Clarinet Quintet, written originally for a basset clarinet, a similar instrument to the

modern clarinet but with a lower range. It was the first major work for such an ensemble and inspired later quintets, such as those by Carl Maria von Weber and Johannes Brahms. Anna completed her postgraduate studies at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm and, along with fellow student violinist, Sofie Sunnerstam, has formed The Dalecarlia Clarinet Quintet with the principal string players from the Dalasinfoniettan, Falun in Sweden where Anna is currently on contract. One of these players, Kiwi violinist Manu Berkeljon, originally from the West Coast, is now the associate principal 2nd violin in the orchestra. Anna has performed professionally with the Swedish Radio Orchestra, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Royal Swedish Opera and has freelanced widely with a variety of other orchestras throughout Sweden. Tickets are available at door, with students free. Info: Phone 425 7313 or 425 7015.

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Lions Les Buckton (left) and Lyn Jones erecting the signs.

Lifesaving signs go national A Warkworth Lions Club initiative could soon be saving lives nationwide. The club is promoting a standard defibrillator sign so that members of the public can easily and quickly identify where to find a defibrillator in times of emergency. Immediate past president Les Buckton says the idea came from reading an article about a heart attack victim outside Mangawhai Hall, who was in a bad way when emergency services arrived. “There was a defibrillator stored in the hall nearby, but no-one at the scene knew that,” he says. Upon further enquiry, the club found that there were at least 21 defibrillators in the Warkworth and surrounding area but very few people knew where they were kept.

“The club obtained prices to supply a sign designed by one of our members,” Les says. “We had 30 signs made and Lion Lyn Jones canvassed the buildings’ owners to allow us to erect them. With permission granted in most cases, we went to work.” The club is now promoting the signage project to all Lions Clubs throughout NZ. A defibrillator is a type of life saving equipment used when someone experiences sudden cardiac arrest. It delivers a short, powerful electric shock to the heart, helping the heart to regain its natural rhythm. They are designed to be easy to operate with automated ‘talking’ instructions to help the user. For more information about the signage, contact Les Buckton lesmarl@ or phone 425 9619.

Arts and culture discussion Anyone interested in arts and culture is invited to comment on a draft Arts and Culture Strategic Action Plan, released by Auckland Council last month. The plan identifies six goals and supporting key actions to meet the challenges of Auckland’s continued growth, changing demographics and increasing international competitiveness in the creative sector, with a focus on making arts and culture accessible to everyone. The plan is available at: Public consultation closes on July 24.

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Thank you for the opportunity to thank someone for her kindness. Nicki from Sheer Bliss, in Warkworth, was so kind to me when I got the closing time wrong at the shop next door. My son’s new suit trousers were there to be shortened prior to leaving for a wedding in Melbourne, early the next morning. I’d had a busy day in the city and when I arrived to pick up the trousers, at the time I thought that the shop closed, I found it was already shut. As I was jotting down the telephone number to contact the owner, Nicki came out to see if I had a problem. When I told her of my dilemma, she rang the number on the door, but we could hear it ringing in the shop. Nicki looked in the Yellow pages and on Facebook for any leads but finally decided to ring the security people who contacted the owner, who then allowed security to open up so I could get the trousers. I was so grateful because the suit was bought especially for the wedding. I really appreciated Nicki’s kindness and would love her to receive a Chocolate Brown Hamper.

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Hospice care provides support at all stages of a diagnosis By Lesley Ingham Warkworth Wellsford Hospice fundraising coordinator

Aubrey Symons is a plain-spoken Welshman who enjoyed perfect health for 67 years until a routine checkup changed everything. Aubrey and wife Kate were called to the doctor’s office the day after the check-up to hear the news that Aubrey had bladder cancer. That was three years ago and although he can joke about some of the procedures he faced, Aubrey says the shock will probably never wear off. “Even having my finger in a splint is major for a Welshman like me,” he says. The treatments put Aubrey in remission for some time, but the tumour eventually reappeared and when chemo and radiotherapy stopped having the desired effect, he received another shock. His oncologist told him she was referring him to hospice. “That was as much a shock to the system as being told in the first instance that I had a terminal variety of cancer.” Aubrey says he associated the services of hospice with the process of dying but he now realises he could have done with hospice support even earlier – particularly for information about possible side-effects such as lymphedema. “You don’t get told enough about the side effects and consequences of the cancer you have got. I’ve got this thing called lymphedema; my left leg is twice the size of my right. Nobody told me.

Hospice build update ... Architects are developing concept plans for a new community day hospice in Warkworth and construction is expected to begin early next year. Warkworth Wellsford Hospice has started the first stage of a capital campaign to raise the funds needed, and will launch a


“How much better would it have been if the home exercises that help lymphedema had been described to me earlier? I might have been able to avoid it.” After a lifetime of being very active – boating, kayaking, swimming, golfing and even playing soccer at 50 – Aubrey has been slow to accept that he can’t do a lot of the things he used to. “My friends will ring me, keep in touch and give me all the moral support I wish, but they will still go and play golf, and find someone else to make up the foursome. Their lives are slowly moving away from mine.” Aubrey says he is now delighted to be in contact with hospice because it has made life so much more bearable. “It’s not just that I’m getting to know them, but I have a

community fundraising appeal later this year. General manager Kathryn Ashworth says the day hospice will be built in Glenmore Drive and will have enough room for services that the hospice cannot provide in its current base in Woodcocks Road. In the new building, patients and families will be able to attend nurseled clinics, complementary therapies,

very real port of call to go to when things are not going to plan. I have a number that I can call day or night and there have been occasions when the pain levels have got to me and I can pick up the phone and talk to a hospice nurse, and it’s wonderful. “They make the time to be with me. It sounds a bit wishy-washy but when the sharp end of this thing eventually arrives, having a relationship and maybe even a friendship with those ladies will make things much easier for me than if it had been left to the bitter end.” Aubrey recently took part in a patient focus group run by Warkworth Wellsford Hospice as part of its planning for a new community day hospice. It made him aware of how much support could be found in sharing experiences with other patients. “Now that hospice is developing these premises, there are so many things they could do that would help people like me.” He believes a lot of people like him would appreciate the chance to come together for a Bridge night or art session, combining the enjoyment of the event with the kind of support they need. Art, physical therapy, cooking, gardening and discussion groups are among the activities proposed in the new hospice building. “I believe people in my situation should be put in touch with hospice a lot earlier,” Aubrey says. “From a patient’s perspective, getting to know them early on in the piece, knowing what they can provide and having a port of call, is absolutely invaluable.”

day programmes and support groups, or simply drop in for a cup of tea and a chat. “The move is essential if we are to continue meeting our community’s need for palliative care as our population grows,” Kathryn says. The hospice has spent the last 18 months talking to people with an interest in the service, consulting with health experts and creating a business

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model to ensure the proposed service is appropriate and sustainable well into the future. The building will include space for the weekly garage sale, and other initiatives are planned to increase operational funding longer term. Anyone interested in the project is welcome to contact Warkworth Wellsford Hospice on 425 9535 for more information.

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Raising awareness and wellness for future generations

He Kāwai Oranga FREE Community event

Raising awareness and Saturday, 12th July 2014 wellness for future 10am - 2pm at Wellsford Community Centre Hall, generations 1 Matheson Road

FREE Community event Saturday, 12th July 2014

FREE Community event 10am - 2pm at Wellsford Presentations on: The Living Way students built and manned a shelter on the street corner to promote the 40 Hour Famine to passers-by.

Third World living for a day Students from Living Way Christian School, Wellsford, braved the elements recently, with a ‘Third World Day’. Principal Peter Thomas said it was an opportunity for the students to experience the problems people face in Third World countries, where simple things Kiwi take for granted, like having food, water, and shelter, are daily challenges. The school’s student council leaders organised the day as part of their efforts to raise money for the World Vision 40 Hour Famine. Working in teams, the children built shelters out of whatever materials they could muster. Water had to be fetched by bucket from the other end of the street, and then conserved and kept hygienic for the day. Students built fires which were used to cook a meal of rice. A shelter was constructed at the corner of Station Road and Rodney Street in order to

give the project a public profile. “An occasional shower of rain gave some added realism to the day, as the children had to huddle in their shelters at times to escape the drizzle,” Peter says. “But this only served to add to the challenge and fun for the students.” Last year, the school received a Platinum Award from World Vision for being among the top 10 per cent of fundraising schools, per head of student population, in the Auckland area. This year’s student council is confident they can exceed last year’s achievements. Peter says funds raised will go to help the country of Malawi, where 1.8 million people are currently facing starvation after a drought caused crop failure. “The money will help families by providing chickens, goats, cows and vegetable gardens to help the people re-establish self-sufficiency.”

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Presentations on: BowelScreening/Bowel Bread Making and Cancer Breast Screen/Breast Healthy Kai from:Cancer Te Ha Oranga and Diabetes Whakarongotai Nikora Vitamin D

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Whakarongotai Nikora Young Mum’s Educational Programme Wed 23rd July, 10am-12.30pm, 10wks, FREE. This event is being run in partnership of: For young mothers up to 25 years to encourage positive parenting, behaviour management skills & strategies for raising healthy and happy children. Runs Community health stalls weekly. Facilitated by Maria Collins Personal Development Tues 22nd July, 10am-12.30pm, 10 wks, FREE. A weekly support group for women that encourages learning, sharing and inner-growth in a confidential and caring environment. Facilitated by Heidi Downey Mum’s Post-Natal Support Group Thurs 24th July 10.30am-12.30pm, 10 wks, FREE. Come along for a cuppa and a chat with this friendly group. Meet other mums, make friends and gain strength every week. Facilitated by Danielle Stapleton Career Development & Job Search Tues 19th Aug, 10.00am-12pm, 6wks, FREE. A course for women returning to work or changing career, including creating a career plan and a CV, job search, interviews, assistance with clothing and much more. Tutor: Fiona Brading, People Architects Computer Skills: Basic & Intermediate Word Fri 25th July, 9.15am to 11.15am, 8wks, FREE. Have your computer skills extended with either of these word-processing courses: The Basic Word course suits beginner level. The Intermediate course is for women who already have good skills. Both are valuable for those returning to or looking for work. Tutored by Senior Net Raw Food Workshop Mon 11th August, 10.00am-1.00pm, $30 Delwyn is certified in “Living Foods Lifestyle & Total Well-Being Education’. Enjoy a morning preparing easy & delicious living cuisine that is meat, wheat, dairy & gluten free. Tutor: Delwyn Ward Clay Sculpture 1 Day Workshop Sat Term 3 (TBC) 9.30am-3.30pm, $32 After an introduction to material and sculpting, explore 3D space while creating an indoor or outdoor ornament. Sculptures will be fired so they can be painted at a later date. Facilitators Vivienne Paterson & Marianne Mischler The Big Latch On Event Fri 1st August 10.30am. This is an annual worldwide event to raise awareness of the benefits of breastfeeding and the need for global support. The Women’s Centre Rodney is hosting this synchronized breastfeeding event. Morning tea provided. Please contact the Centre to register your interest. Counselling: Low Cost Sessions. Available by appointment. Conditions apply. Please contact the Women’sCentre Massage for Women: $45 for 1 hour. Available on Tuesday afternoons by appointment. Please contact the Women’s Centre.

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Getting enough zzzz Insomnia is a problem which affects a large number of New Zealanders every year. It is defined as difficulty falling or staying asleep, leading to impairment of daytime functioning. One-in-three of the population will be affected by this at some point in their lives, and up to one-in-10 will have a constant struggle with this issue. In addition, long-term sleeping issues can be associated with mental health problems such as anxiety and depression, increased risk of use of alcohol and other drugs and problems with the memory. As a GP, I see a number of patients with this issue and it seems many are taking regular sleeping tablets in order to help. In and around the 1970s, benzodiazepine medications such as temazepam and diazepam were frequently prescribed, before the realisation that regular use of these tablets resulted in dependence, tolerance (needing higher doses over time to achieve same effect) and difficulty stopping them. Subsequently, in the late 1990s the z medications such as zopiclone were introduced with the aim of avoiding the disadvantages of the benzodiazepines, including next day sedation, dependence and withdrawal. However, there is increasing realisation in the medical world that these tablets carry similar risks as above. In addition, they can affect memory, cause drowsiness and dizziness, aggressive behaviour, sleep walking and even having sex whilst not fully awake. The elderly are a group that we as doctors need to take extra caution with as these pills increase the risk of falls, which can result in broken hips and bones and other injuries. Where possible, we try to use these medications for short spells of five to 10 days and no more. After four weeks of regular use, risks of dependency increase substantially. Another problem is ‘rebound insomnia’– inability to initiate sleep after suddenly stopping these meds. Usually insomnia is due to a poor sleep environment or related to a medical condition, circumstances such as shift work or medications. Some medical conditions, such as an enlarged prostate resulting in getting up regularly to pass urine at night, painful joints (arthritis) and overactive thyroid (sweats) may cause symptoms which directly interfere with sleep. Other medications may have an influence on sleep such as steroids and some heart medications can cause bad dreams. Therefore, if you are concerned about the possibility of this then I would recommend you discuss this at length with your doctor. Once the above has been looked at, what else can help? You may have heard of the term sleep hygiene – this is a term referring to a number of practices and habits which can improve things. I have summarised these with a handy mnemonic: A – Alcohol and nicotine – avoid. Alcohol helps initiate sleep but the quality of sleep is poor and you often wake up feeling unrefreshed S – Sleep and sex should be the only uses of the bed L – Leave TV, laptops etc out of bedroom E – Exercise regularly but avoid within three hours of bedtime E – Early rising – avoid sleep-ins or daytime naps P – Plan for bedtime – establish a bedtime routine such as having a bath This may not work for all, but evidence supports at least 30 per cent of people will benefit from the above tips. Beyond this, you may wish to consider other medication such as melatonin, trying natural remedies or other sleeping aids, or even going to a sleep clinic for a specialist review.

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Glaziers & Joiners ...................................... 1 Automotive Services ............................... 1 Auto Wreckers............................................ 1 Panel and Paint.......................................... 1 Trellis, Fencing & Supplies ..................... 2 Carpenters, Builders & Roofers ............ 2 Scaffolding .................................................. 2 Construction & Earthworks ................... 2 Brick & Block Layers ................................. 2 Tiling & Waterproofing ........................... 2 Concrete Specialists ................................ 2 Engineering ................................................ 3

Flooring ........................................................ 3 Solar .............................................................. 3 Architects & Surveyors ............................. 3 Arborists ...................................................... 3 Lawn Mowing & Landscaping .............. 3 Driveways .................................................... 3 Electrical ...................................................... 4 Property & Handyman Services .......... 4 Furniture & Restoration .......................... 4 Painters/Decorators & Plasterers ........ 4 Window & Carpet Cleaners ................... 4


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For all your glass, glazing, and aluminium needs

53 Station Road, Wellsford • Phone (09) 423 7358 Email:


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2 Glenmore Drive, Warkworth Ph (09) 425 7835 or (09) 425 7730

Northland 0800 55 66 00

Private & All Insurance Work

Ph 425 8723 • Fax 425 9526 Wayne 021 765 706 or Ian 021 977 729 47 Woodcocks Road, Warkworth



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Phone: 09 425 7510

We specialise in: • Vantage Aluminium Joinery • APL | Architectural Series • Metro Series • Internal and External Timber Joinery


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20 Glenmore Drive, Warkworth 09 425 8678 • 021 952 077

Composite Joinery Ltd 7 Glenmore Drive Warkworth 0941


arkworth lass & lazing


027 490 4564



Domestic and Commercial Glazing Glass Showers Splash Backs Mirrors • Cat Doors Windscreen Replacement and Chip Repair

Snells Beach


 425 5355

1 Hamatana Road - Snells Beach

Snells Beach Panel and Paint all insurance work, crash repair, rust repair • courtesy cars available

ph 09 425 6755


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Trellis, Fencing & Supplies | Builders, Roofers & Suppliers, Carpenters | Scaffolding | Construction & Earthworks | Brick, Block Layers | Tiling & Waterproofing | Concrete

RODNEY TRELLIS Trellis - Panels - Fencing Installations - all shapes and sizes Specialities: Framed Archways – Superior Trellis Pedestrian Gate Frames (mortised) Trellis spray painting / oiling Gazebo's ~ dove cotes ~ pergolas



Trellis & Fencing Fences - Gates - Screens - Pergola Phone Bob Moir 422 9550 or 0274 820 336 Email:

872 Kaipara Flats Road Ph: 425 7627 • Fax 422 4976



Phone 09 425 5491 • Mobile 027 275 1172

Snells Beach • Warkworth • Orewa

• Custom made • Quality material • Quality workmanship

Also see Lance for your supply of Native and Landscaping plants

Fax 09 422 5800

TIM HENRY Mob 021 826 605 • Home 09 425 0941 Email

• Renovations • Maintenance • Small jobs a specialty

Trellis Guy Ph 09 422 5737 • 027 272 7561

• New Homes • Alterations & additions • Decks & fences • Bathrooms • Outdoor Living

• Terraces • Alterations • New Housing



BEN CLEAL Contracts Manager • New Roofs • Roof Repairs • Re-Roofs • Roof Inspections

Specialists in long-run roofing M:021 220 5404 P:09 422 2131 Free Phone:0800 649 324




Auckland region house of the year 2008 For the construction of:

• Architecturally designed homes • New houses • Decks • Alterations • Fences

Phone: 027 4771 583 email: 152M

ROOFING NZ New • ReRoofs • Cladding Specialists Covering Rodney in Long-Run Iron Local Quality Guaranteed

Matt Tickle Licensed LBP Mobile: 021356965 Home: 09 425 6311 Email:

Servicing Auckland - Rodney - Kaipara

Metroscaff Limited

For your safety we have: • Experienced Qualified Scaffolders • Full range of Equipment • Including Alloy Mobile & Builder’s Props

PHONE 0800 622 7929

OMAHA - SNELLS BEACH - WARKWORTH - MANGAWHAI Member of Scaffolding and Rigging New Zealand

- Residential & Light Commercial - Quick Stage - OSH Standards - Tube & Clip - Qualified Scaffolders - Reliable Service P 09 425 0300 M 021 774 653 F 09 423 0017

Footings Hole Boring Landscaping

3.5T Digger 5T Truck

Bob Waata Mobile 021 634 484 PO Box 193, Warkworth

Foundations • Floors • Drives • Paths • Digger & Truck Hire Concrete Specialists backed by over 30 years experience Established since 1984



Phone: 09 422 0688 • Mobile: 0274 930 806


Denis 021 945 498 Joel 021 422 592

43 years experience

• Truck Hire • Metal Supplies • Bulk Cartage

Owner/Driver: Ray Dams ● Winching ● Bulldozing ● Driveways House Sites ● Landscaping ● Earthmoving ● Sub Divisions

Tiling & Waterproofing Bricks • Blocks • Paving

WARKWORTH BRICKLAYING SERVICES LTD Phone Alan Berthelsen 021 780 170 • A/hrs 425 8252

38 Coquette Street, Warkworth Ph 422 3450 or 0274 955 566 • Fax 09 422 3451

EUROTILERS Steven Duinkerke Floor & Wall Tiling, Waterproofing Specialising in Ceramic, Marble & Granite

09 431 5735 • 0274 838 920

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Engineering | Flooring | Solar | Architects & Surveyors | Driveways | Lawn Mowing & Landscaping | Aborists

FLOOR SANDING - FLOOR PREPARATION FLOOR SANDING - FLOOR PREPARATION Polyurethaning:- Wooden Floors, Particle Board & Cork Cork Tiles:- Natural & Coloured

Carpet, Vinyl, Cork, Ceramic Tiles, Wood & Laminate

Enviro Friendly Products available

09 422 2275 21 Glenmore Drive

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Rupert Mather 021 425 837 Graeme Smith 021 422 983 23 Bertram Street, Warkworth

09 425 7393


Tree Care

Specialising in:  STUMP GRINDING  Fine Pruning  Tree Removal  Hedge Trimming Ph Kevin on 021 725 757

• Gardening & Design • Hedge & Tree Maintenance FOR ALL YOUR GROUNDCARE NEEDS

0800 276 7726 L A W N



Lawn Mowing Property Services

LAWNS & MORE “It’s all in the finish”



Driveway Specials Running Now

Phone Bruce 425 7766






JOHN BETTRIDGE (JB) Phone: 09 425 4086 Mobile: 021 665 558 E-mail:


email: 25-31 Morrison Dr WARKWORTH 09 425 9780

Dedicated Mowers for • Finishing • 4x4 hill work • Scrub clearing

Ph Richard Bray Owner/Operator 422 2992 021 842 340

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Does your driveway need attention?

• Screened Topsoil • Living Earth Compost & Garden Mix • Lawn Mix • Mulch • Bark • Pebbles • Stones • Sand • Drainage • Metal • Sleepers • Pongas • Grass Seed • Fertiliser • Weedmat • Kiln Dried Firewood bagged & bulk plus much more

0508 2 SCAPE • 021 939 117


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• Landscape Construction & Garden Design • Specialists in Lifestyle Property Development & Maintenance

09 422 9514 021 831 938

1.5 ton digger contracting • retaining walls ground leveling • fencing • lawn installation • edging rock work • concrete prep • decks • planting

TREE WORKS WE CAN •Sand•Metal•Shell•Pebble•Scoria •Mulch•Garden Mix•Topsoil•Compost

• Earth Excavation • Tree Felling & complete removal

183 SANDSPIT RD, WARKWORTH • OPEN 7 DAYS! Mon-Fri: 7am-5pm Sat: 7am-4pm Sun: 9am-3pm

09 431 5344 • 021 159 7147

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Electricians | Property & Handyman Services | Furniture & Restoration | Painters & Decorators | Window & Carpet Cleaners | Water Pumps

• Electrician • Gates & Automation t. 09 422 2175 m. 027 497 0464 e.


Phillip Keesing

Decks Fences General repairs 09 422 6036 Clean ups 021 045 0132 All things considered

General repairs covering a wide range of jobs around the house including decks and fences


Bespoke Furniture and Kitchens in NZ recycled Matai.

NZ Made Solid Wood

Ph 425 9030 • Dome Valley 5 minutes past Warkworth

• Painting • Paper Hanging • Spray Painting • Water Blasting

Mob: 027 240 8330 A/h : 422 2678 • Fax: 422 2676


OUTDOOR FURNITURE Tables to order Chairs • Swingseats Benches • Umbrellas NZ made – quality built to last 25 Hibiscus Coast Highway, Silverdale (next to BP) Ph: 09 426 9660 • em:

Sparkling windows is our business Ruth Murray •

021 106 5717 or 021 230 2626

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Furniture polishing & respraying • Repairs • Touch ups Upholstery • Colour matching • Insurance quotes We also manufacture one-off furniture items from recycled or new timber. Guaranteed quality workmanship by ‘Old school’ tradesmen Phone Grant or Lesley

23b Foundry Rd, Silverdale • 426 2979



09 4317552



Your Painter/Decorator with over 25 years experience serving all surrounding areas

Leigh Decorators Painting • Paperhanging • Roofs • Airless Spraying • Stopping (small jobs) • Repaints • New Homes For your Free Quote and/or Consultation phone Gary HOME: 09-422-6695 • MOBILE: 021-024-44941 EMAIL:

Bright Outlook

Window Cleaning

We’ll find the right tradesperson for those jobs around your home and property. We’re local like you – from Puhoi to Mangawhai.


Phone to discuss YOUR requirements 021 423 860 - 423 8619 a/h

Welch Painting & Decorating Mark Welch

Do you need a reliable, honest local tradesperson?



For all your property maintenance and small building projects




0800 022 101

Emergency Flood Service 12 Years Technical Experience Fully Qualified & Certified

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Interior/Exterior n Waterblasting n Roof Painting Airless Spraying n Plastering n Wallpapering Colour Consulting n Decorative Effects Qualified Tradesmen - Honest/Reliable Ph Mandy 09 423 0005 or 021 507 463

Pump & Filtration Services (2007) Ltd

• Water treatment & Filtration • Pumps • Pool & Spas • Waterblasters 7days / 24hours Paul Harris M: 021 425 887 T: 09 425 0075 E:

H2O PUMPS Water Treatment

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Pumps / Water Tanks / Filtration / Treatment Spa & Pool Shop / Pool Valet Service Water Blasters / Sprayers Hose & Fittings / Mobile & Workshop Service


• Filtration • UV Sterilizers • Softeners and Neutralizers • Iron Removal

Water - Filters - Underbench - UV - Whole House • Water Coolers • Water Pumps • Sales & Service

0800 787 392

Owen Ward

Phone 021 771 878 • 24hrs 09 425 6002 Email: MoBILe eFTPos AVAILABLe

“If you don’t have a filter you are the filter” Call Steve today 027 478 7427 he’s your local

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Water Pumps & Tanks | Plumbing & Drainlaying | TV Aerial & Satellite | Printing & Copying | Picture Framing | Water Suppliers | Mobility Scooters | Storage | Furniture Removal | Beauty & Nails


WATER TANKS 09 4312211

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Phone/Fax 425-5619 Mobile 0800 733 765

0800 638 254



09 422 3700

TV AERIAL & SATELLITE SERVICES Freeview Sales & Installation TV & FM Aerials


GAVIN BROUGH Ph 09 425 5495 Mob 0274 766 115

Warkworth: Phone John or Annette Carr

p: 09 425 7477 | m: 027 240 7791 | f: 09 425 7483 email:


Mangawhai: Phil Lathrope 431 4608 | 021 642 668

Warkworth FURNITURE REMOVALS • Specialist Furniture Truck • Packing & Storage • Caring Owner/ Operator • Carriers Liability Insurance Phone 0274 889 216 • Ah 09 422 7495 y dsa Lin ylor Ta


PHONE 09 425 5597


Mark Sim 021 102 4561 TTT Plumbing & Drainlaying Limited


Household Water Deliveries 0800 747 928 mobile: 027 556 6111

Digital Freeview Satellite Installation & Repairs

TV • Video • DVD Tuning Additional TV Outlets Phone David Redding 09 422 7227 or 0274 585 457

WARKWORTH PICTURE FRAMERS COMPLETE CUSTOM FRAMING SERVICE David and Pat Little P. 09 425 8143 E. 15 Coquette Street,Warkworth 0910 DAVID LITTLE GCF


MOBILITY SCOOTERS Rodney – North Shore

office & Internet services • Plan Printing, Colour & B/W Photocopying • Laminating, Binding, Fax and Scanning Service • Internet and Email Service

Phone 425 7257 | Argyll Angle, 58-60 Queen Street, Warkworth

• SALES • SERVICE • HIRE Noel & Lyn Beale

Ph 09 422 2615 or 0800 022 884

Beauty Therapy & Nail Creations for head to toe pampering

Alison Wech

C.I.D.E.S.C.O, C.I.B.T.A.C, dip Beauty Therapy, dip Electrolysis, dip Body Therapy, dip Nail Technician

46 McKinney Road, Warkworth Mob 021 051 3661 • Ph 09 425 7776

• Facials • Waxing • Tinting • Gel Nails • Acrylic Nails • Manicures • Pedicures • Electrolysis • Make-up • Body Wraps • Massage • Spray Tans


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$4.40 per line or $11.20 per/cm inc GST for boxed adverts.





A SMART REPAiR Service for F&P smartdrive washers, F&P/Simpson dryers. Same day service 09 423 9660 or 021 168 7349.

HAY - NEW SEASONS Top quality, no kikuyu, $10-$12 a bale. Phone 09 4257479 or 0274970980.



DRivEWAYS MAiNTENANCE Grading, Rolling & Metalling for rural Driveways. No job to BiG or small. Ph Bruce 425 7766.

EQUESTRiAN SAFE DESTiNATiON Natural hoof trimming. Horse starting. Ph Nathan 027 678 3865


SCENiC FligHTS 30 mins $59; 20 mins $49; Min. 3 passengers. Trial flights $79. Gift vouchers available. gREAT BARRiER FligHTS. Special stopover up to 4 hours. Return $110. Min. 3 passengers. One way flights $115 each. Min 2 passengers. NORTH CAPE FligHTS $430 each. Min 3 passengers. Rodney Aero Club 425 8735 or Rod Miller 425 5612 FOR RENT


RAWlEigH Products. Ph Pat 425 8851 FiREWOOD Firewood, dry, shed stored, delivered. 021 0228 4013 2002 NiSSAN PRiMERA station wagon. Good condition. 131,000ks $6000 or near offer. Ph 431 4966 or 027 2911632

HANDYMAN – THE MAiNTENANCE MAN Your one stop fix-it-man. Phone Jim 422 3725 or 021 254 2048 or visit lAWNS - Contouring, prepping and laying. Owner/operator 25+yrs experience. For complete quality projects phone Bruce (09) 425 7766. WATER FilTERS Underbench filters & whole house Ultra violet filters – Kill and remove ecoli/bacteria. FREE site visits. Ph Steve 09 945 2282 or visit CHiMNEY SWEEPiNg SERviCES Call Nathan 027 678 3865 STEvE’S MAiNTENANCE lawns, hedges, waterblasting, rubbish removal, section clearing, property maintenance. No job too big or small. Phone Steve 029 770 7101 or 09 425 9966. Serving Warkworth, Snells, Matakana, Sandspit. WATER PUMPS Low water pressure? Get it sorted. Sales, service and installation. Work guaranteed. Steve 09 945 2282


is seeking expressions of interest for the following: Catering contract: to supply food on golf club days/ nights & for squash tournaments & whenever groups play our course. Cleaning contract: for clubhouse & squash area, 10 hours per week. Contracts are available separately or may be combined. Please send CV details to P O Box 83 Wellsord. Closing date: 14 July 2014 Enquiries to: Max Parker Ph. 4237726


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For 10 weeks, twice a week you can receive free computer training at the Otamatea Community Services Training room. Starting 21st July. Call at the Community House 155 Hundall Street, to apply

Quality full-time local courses for nanny & childcare careers Call Amanda now for free info! 424 3055

Taoist Tai Chi Classes Beginners Classes starting September 2014 WARKWORTH

Scout Hall, Shoesmith Street Tuesday, 2nd Sept, 5.30pm-7pm Thursday, 4th Sept, 10am-11.30am Methodist Church Hall, Church Hill Rd Wednesday, 3rd sept, 5.30pm-7pm Tai Chi is an ancient art that promotes holistic well being for people of all ages Ph Lynda Spivey 09 422 5040

Wednesday, 16 July 2014 at 7pm Wellsford Golf & Squash Club SH1, Wellsford Guest Speaker: Jacqueline Rowarth Topic: Local Government legislation & its effects on our farming future NOMINATIONS FOR COMMITTEE MEMBERS Written nominations for Candidates to be proposed and seconded by Members and forwarded to: The Secretary, LCPA, PO Box 51, Wellsford 0940

THE MAUNgATUROTO CHiROPRACTiC CliNiC Will be closed from Wednesday July 16th and will reopen Wednesday August 13th because Dr. Macaulay will be attending a postgraduate course at this time.

looking for a different way to educate your child? Small classes. High standards. Affordable private school., 09 423 7727

SilvERDAlE BAllROOM STUDiO Adult, beginners social classes Thurs, 7pm. Advanced classes, 8.15pm. Ph 428 4939.

PUBliC NOTiCES HOUSiE, HOUSiE, HOUSiE Warkworth RSA downstairs meeting room, 1.30pm start June 11th & 25th 2014 KiWi DANCE ClUB Social dance ballroom, Latin American, new vogue, Modern sequence. All welcome. 4th Sun of month, 5pm-8pm. A great way to meet people. Silverdale Hall, Ph 428 4939 or 022 081 6476. Next event July 27.

WarkWorth & Districts a&P shoW

Annual General Meeting Monday 7th July 2014 at 7pm at the Show Society committee meeting room Warkworth Showgrounds Reserve All welcome. M. R. Blythen Sec.

MATAKANA COAST WiNE COUNTRY AgM Wednesday 23 July 2014 The Salty Dog inn 242 Mahurangi East Road Snells Beach 6:30 for 7pm start

MATAKANA iNFO CENTRE AgM 6pm 15 July. Rear room Matakana Hall. RSVP your attendance.



Professional installation of Satellite Dishes and Freeview UHF Aerials. Wall mount TV installations, Multi-room Solutions. Audio and Home Theatre. TV Tuning Services. Phone 425 5431.

All FREEviEW iNSTAllATiONS Dish, Aerial, Additional Outlet .. THE Tv MAN iS THE ONE! FREE QUOTE Call JiM THE MAiNTENANCE MAN 021 254 2048 or visit

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FREEviEW TV, Audio, installation, Faults & Supply. Andrew 021 466 394 or 422 2221.


Tv SERviCES Aerials, Dishes, Freeview sales, installation and service. Extra outlets. Serving the area for 18 years. Phone Gavin 027 476 6115.

WANTED TO BUY CASH PAiD TOOlS & Machinery, Shed & garage clearouts. All things considered. Call or txt 021 161 5139.

WORK WANTED CARPENTER Fences • Decks • Maintenance, etc • Pensioner Rates • Jobs Big or Small. Ph Bryan 431 3101 021 025 76521

i’m seeking a small one or two bedroom home for a staff member. The property needs to be within 20 minutes drive of Warkworth. He is a tidy and quiet young professional and is prepared to mow the lawns etc. if you think you have something that might be suitable, please phone 425 9068 or email news@

If it’s local, let us know! Mahurangi Matters 425 9068

FREE Information Evening Tuesday 22 July 5.30pm

Island Escape Cruises - New Zealand & Vanuatu Guest speaker from Island Escape Cruises. Exclusive Deals. Spot prizes. Light refreshments.

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$4.40 per line or $11.20 per/cm inc GST for boxed adverts. CHURCH NOTiCES

Holy Mass Timetable: WARKWORTH

Holy Name Church, 6 Alnwick Street Saturday Vigil: 6.00pm Sunday: 10.30am

St. Leonard's, Matakana

1st and 3rd Sundays at 9.30am Snells Beach Community Church

2nd Sunday at 9am

St.Alban's, Kaipara Flats

1st Sunday at 11.15am

5 Pulham Road, Warkworth Phone 425 8861

Mahurangi Methodist Parish Warkworth Methodist

1 Hexham Street, Warkworth Parish Office: Ph 425 8660 Sunday Service 10.30am Hall Bookings PH 425 8053 325 Mahurangi East Rd Sunday Service 9am Hall Bookings PH 425 5707

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LINK with your Local Board Customer Service Centre (next to Warkworth Library) 1 Baxter Street, Warkworth Next session: Thursday 17 July 2–4pm

Call toll free 09 301 0101 to book your time.





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Making himself readily available to you. Come and visit Greg for a personalised face-to-face meeting to help get your local government problems solved. Solve it with Sayers, every third Thursday of the month. Working with your Local Board team.

3rd Sunday at 11.00am

Phone 425 8054 or

Sunday Services 9am & 10.30am

Phone 425 8660 for information

Greg Sayers

St.Michael and All Angels, Leigh

School holiday Programme For years 1-6 July 7 to 11, 9.15am to 12.30pm cost $2 per day To register contact ann cates on 425 0966 or email

•42 Queen Street •T: 09 425-8009 •E:


Every Sunday 8am and 9.30am


snell’s Beach Community Church

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Christ Church, Church Hill, Warkworth

SS. Peter & Paul Church Sunday: 8.30am

RSVP by 18 July. Numbers are limited.

World Travellers Warkworth

Warkworth Anglican Parish Church Services


Phone 425 8545








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Judy Waters, Warkworth & District Museum

Gown returns home A family in Australia, while cleaning out their late mother’s house recently, were surprised to find her wedding dress packed away undisturbed for many years. After having the gown professionally cleaned, they were in a quandary as to what should be done with it as they felt some reluctance to hide it away again. Considering their mother had grown up near Warkworth, the idea came to them that the dress should be returned and so it duly arrived at the Warkworth Museum and was accepted into the care of the textile department. One might well ask of what relevance to Warkworth’s history is a wedding dress? The local connection revealed a story which traversed 100 years of a family’s fortunes including how two World Wars had shaped their destiny. Thomas Hatfull left England before World War I, looking for work as a carpenter. He tried Australia and then followed his brother Harry to New Zealand. Violet was the girl he had been keeping company with in Peckham, near London, and he had plans for her to join him in New Zealand. With the outbreak of war in Europe in 1914, he joined the NZ Army Field Engineers and was posted to Egypt, the Dardenelles, Turkey and France. In due course, he was awarded the Military Medal for bravery. Like many WWI soldiers, Thomas was affected by gas and was sent to England on sick leave so was able to see Violet again. They were married quietly at Peckham in December 1918 and then spent a month at Torquay waiting for the troopship Remuera to return them to New Zealand. Once Thomas was discharged from the army he found work very hard to find and the pay very poor. They lived with Harry and his family at Hunterville and while there, their daughter was born in December 1919. A nurse in the hospital called her Peggy Bright Eyes so although she was named Grace, she was always known as Peggy, who later became the owner of the wedding dress. Fred Hatfull, another brother, had already taken up land on the Streamlands Soldiers’ Settlement at Kourawhero, near Warkworth. This was 1200 acres of swampy land set aside by the government for returned servicemen. Thomas, Violet and Peggy had moved north to Auckland by this time and decided to join Fred on the land. However, Thomas remained in Auckland as his wages were needed to support the family. Violet took Peggy on the train to Kaipara Flats and was then taken by horse and gig to the land that was to become their home. A small cottage ex-Wilson Cement Company had been moved from Warkworth for them.

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Violet’s first visitors were the neighbouring wives bringing gifts of eggs and honey. A strong community spirit grew among the ex-servicemen and their families as the land was drained and coaxed into providing a living. A school was provided for the children and when it was no longer needed, the building became a venue for social gatherings. Peggy was joined in the family by brothers Gavin, Arthur and Leslie. In 1940, the Hatfulls had a new house to replace the cottage which had been destroyed by fire. By then the world was again at war and Gavin followed the family tradition and became a soldier. Peggy had moved to Auckland and trained as a dressmaker so when she met her husband-to-be Colin Catlow she was well able to create a beautiful wedding gown in ivory crepe de chine. I wonder if Violet’s thoughts went back to her own wedding outfit, the dark austere costume and wide brimmed hat. It must have given her pleasure to see her daughter married with all the trimmings. The Hatfull farm is still occupied by descendants. Thomas died in May 1963, while Violet lived to be 102 and left a wonderful account of her life. Grace (Peggy ) Catlow nee Hatfull died in July 2013, in Australia aged 94.

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Residential sale volumes trend down; but prices remain steady

The building plan will cater for the increasing enrolments at Tomarata School.

Roll fuels school expansion Planning has started on the design of four new classrooms at Tomarata School. Principal Lynne Duffin says two 40-year-old prefabs were demolished over Christmas. “The rooms were damp and mouldy, and unhealthy for the children,” she says. “The Ministry of Education has done an assessment on our roll growth and decided to build four replacement classrooms, as well as a toilet block.” Teaching staff, the community and students are being canvassed for their ideas. There were 120 enrolments at Tomarata at the start of last year. At the start of this year, that number had increased to 151 and has since grown to 168. “There are a number of factors contributing to the growth,” Lynne says. “Being a small school, Tomarata can meet the needs of home-schooled

children and some of the increase has also come from the number of dairy farm workers who’ve moved to the area, who have families. And then there is the general move north by people looking for a lifestyle change. A lot of parents now work from home with a commute to Auckland maybe once or twice a week.” Lynne says that although she had hoped to see the new rooms open by the start of next year, she thinks that realistically, they will probably be available around term 2 or 3. In the meantime, two temporary classrooms have been moved on site. “It’s an exciting project, which we hope will re-establish covered decking outside classrooms and also undercover access throughout the school.” The school caters for students from Year 1 to 8.

There were 6572 dwelling sales in the month of May, up 15.9 per cent on April, but down 14.8 per cent compared to May last year, according to figures released by the Real Estate Institute of NZ. The national median price was $430,000 for the month of May, an increase of $38,000 compared to May 2013, but a fall of $2250 from April 2014. Institute chief executive Helen O’Sullivan says the easing trend in the number of sales continues, with all regions recording a decline in sales volume in May compared to 12 months ago “This is the second month in a row that we’ve seen this,” she says. “The weakening trend is also showing up in the number of days to sell with five regions seeing an increase of a week or more in the number of days to sell between April and May. At the national level, the number of days to sell is about in line with the 10 year average.

“While the growth in the national median price is almost 10 per cent compared to May 2013, the driving force for this increase are the Auckland and Canterbury/Westland regions. Together these two regions represent almost 53 per cent of all sales, but contributed 76 per cent of the uplift in the median price. Other regions such as Hawkes Bay, Manawatu/Wanganui, Wellington, Central Otago Lakes, Otago and Southland contributed just six per cent of the uplift in the median price, despite representing almost 25 per cent of the national sales total.” Nationally there were 1141 dwellings sold by auction in May representing 17.4 per cent of all sales and a reduction of 426 on the number of dwellings sold by auction 12 months ago. For the 12 months to March 2014, the total number of sales by auction reached 15,440 or 20 per cent of all sales, compared to 14,450 or 18 per cent for the previous 12 months.

The breakdown of the value of properties sold in May 2014 compared to May 2013 is: May 2014-06-27 475 7.2% 1,379 21.0% 1,779 27.1% 2,939 44.7% 6,572 100.0%

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There were 980 fewer (-25.0%) sales under $400,000 in May 2014 compared to May 2013, compared to a drop of 1142 sales (-14.8%) for all price brackets between the two periods.

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Wellsford Library resources in demand from young people When the school bells ring in Wellsford, many students are heading to the Wellsford War Memorial Library. Since opening 12 months ago, there’s been a boom in youth membership. Wellsford Community Library manager Megan Livick put this down to the new library being a lot more welcoming for youth. “It’s become a real hub for the community,” she says. The number of members under 18 years old has increased 53 per cent and there has been a 68 per cent increase in borrowings of items for children and teenagers. Overall, active membership has increased 28 per cent, from 1595 to 2038, and the number of items borrowed has increased 56 per cent to 80,041. The new building is five times larger than the old one and has more than twice the number of computers. This has seen the number of WiFi users spike 204 per cent to 15,506 in the first year. “About 40 per cent of visitors connect to our WiFi which is much higher than most other libraries in the region,” Megan says. One reason for the high usage could be the fewer number of households in Wellsford who have internet access – 60 per cent compared to the national average of 77 per cent.

The Wellsford War Memorial Library has had nearly 80,000 visitors since it opened a year ago. Photo, FotoArte.

Megan says programmes such as Wriggle & Rhyme and storytime sessions are very popular, as is a fortnightly coffee and craft session. “We also have PS3 gaming afternoons and computer and classes in iPad basics.” More than 3220 people have participated in literary-based programmes, which represents a 336 per cent increase. “Our new specialist children’s librarian Rochelle Gray is also making a big impact on our services with more than 80 children enrolling in our Dare to

Explore summer reading programme last year.” The extra space has also allowed the library to host more events such as an open mic week and Samoan dance sessions. The library’s community meeting room, which is free for community groups, has also been well used. Rodney Local Board chair Brenda Steele says the board is delighted with the result. “We always hoped that this project

would provide a dynamic space that the community could adopt as their own and use as more than just a library,” Brenda says. The electric vehicle charger, which the Board allocated $7000 towards, has been used 24 times. The library has also been receiving accolades for its design, winning two awards at the Property Council New Zealand Awards. It won merit in the Coffey Education and Arts, and Resene Green Building Property Award categories.


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Warkworth hall restoration seeks community support structurally sound and re-opening it as it stands,” Steven says. “While this is true as it is a historical building, there will be many added features and the building will be cleaned up to give the community a nice looking, useful and much-needed building. It will be a multi-purpose function centre that will cater for shows, as well as conferences.” Committee member Raewyn Morrison says the committee is still working to set up a trust for fundraising, but once the trust is established, funding applications will get underway. “We will be applying to the ASB Community Trust and Pub Charity, but we would like to hear from the community for ideas of fundraising events so we are not so reliant on those outside charities. We really want the community involved in the project.” Raewyn says a steering group, comprised of Council staff and committee members, has been meeting monthly to discuss matters including a restoration launch in September. The committee is keen to hear from interested people who might like to be on a fundraising group or from people/groups who will be potential users of the town hall.

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Ideas on how to raise $1 million to finish the Warkworth Town Hall restoration will be canvassed at a meeting on Wednesday, July 16. The open meeting will be held in the old Masonic Hall and is being organised by the Warkworth Town Hall Advisory Committee. Town Hall project manager Steven Davey will give a presentation on the restoration project including an artist’s impression of what the finished hall will look like. Auckland Council has agreed to fund $2.75m of the $4m project and the Rodney Local Board has underwritten the $287,000 needed to complete stage one of the two-staged project. However, the community is expected to raise the remaining $1 million for stage two, which includes removal of the old kitchen, construction of a new one, and some of the hall fit out. Council initially declined to fund the $287,000 shortfall for stage one, however Cr Penny Webster says she is still working towards getting the funding approved. Mr Davey says his presentation will emphasise the new facilities that will be incorporated into the restored hall such as meeting rooms, toilets and a lift to allow full access to the mezzanine floor. “The view of some of the community is that we are making the building


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Building owners bear brunt of earthquake strengthening Tough new rules in the Building Act, around earthquake strengthening of pre-1976 buildings, are beginning to impact on Rodney’s commercial sector. A building is earthquake-prone when it is below 33 per cent below the current building standard of a new building. Auckland Council estimates there are 500-plus pre-1976 buildings in the former Rodney District Council region and current assessments are finding that nearly one in every four buildings assessed so far, has been earthquake-prone. Warkworth project manager Grant Devine says the implications for the owners of these buildings, and ultimately their tenants, could be very significant, and particularly if the building is also heritage listed. The seismic rating will also have a bearing on insurance and funding. “I’ve heard of one building owner in Wellington who listed his property on Trade Me for $1 after it was assessed as earthquake-prone,” he says. “Apparently he couldn’t be bothered with even trying to bring it up to compliance.

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Depending on the building, its uses and whether or not it is heritage listed, as in the case of the BNZ in Warkworth, the timeframe for strengthening work can vary from 10 to 30 years.

“At least selling at a peppercorn price might mean that the new owner can afford to bring it up to code.” The alternative is demolition. Grant is currently project managing the BNZ site redevelopment in Neville Street. It’s his first encounter with the new earthquake strengthening rules. “Any work on a heritage building will incur significant costs when you’re trying to retain the building’s character. But when you look at the costs involved in strengthening and retaining character and history, the owners would have to be asking themselves is it viable?” The NZ Retailers Association, in a submission to the Minister of Business, Innovation and Employment, says

the new rules could, in essence, “close down provincial towns in New Zealand” as many retailers operate out of older and heritage buildings. For this reason, Business New Zealand believes that localised regimes should be considered as an alternative to the proposed “one size fits all” approach. Grant says an Initial Evaluation Procedure (IEP) assessment involves identifying what the biggest risk factors are to occupiers and pedestrians, largely based on the building’s age and type of construction. “When you look at a building like the BNZ, which is a timber and brick construction, it means strengthening the brick parapets and any external features that might fall off in an

New Zealand has between 15,000 and 25,000 earthquake prone buildings, representing around eight to 13 per cent of all nonresidential and multi-unit/multistory residential buildings. Some estimate the cost of bringing these buildings up to code is in the vicinity of $1.7 billion, which would be met by building owners. earthquake. Internally, it involves bracing the ground and upper storey, as well as the ceiling. This means removing features like the timber skirting boards and architraves, and then replacing them when the bracing is completed. There’s limited access under the building or in the ceiling, so it’s not an easy job and it’s timeconsuming which all adds to the cost.” Meanwhile, Prendos structural engineer Cathy Thomas says there has been some frustration amongst stakeholders at the wide range of IEP assessment results provided for the same building. “One reason is that the outcome may be heavily dependent on engineering continued next page


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Strengthening causes delays Repairs to the science block at Mahurangi College are expected to be completed next month. The Ministry of Education’s head of education infrastructure service Kim Shannon says part of the work has included strengthening the structure to ensure it meets the current building code. “This has added three extra weeks to the schedule,” he says. Altogether, the work at Mahurangi College consists of repairing five buildings with weather-tightness issues over the next couple of years. “We are currently procuring contractors to complete the remediation work on

the remaining four buildings. These buildings are expected to be finished by early-2016, approximately two months later than expected.” Kim says that except for the science block, the buildings are only being repaired for weather-tightness issues, and do not require earthquake strengthening work. “However, we are also assessing the school’s 1975 gymnasium and the pool cover building to better understand their earthquake strength,” he says. The initial cost to repair the leaky buildings issues at the college was $4.5 million.

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Rental prices rise in Mahurangi outstrip national average Rental prices in Mahurangi have increased dramatically over the last 12 years, with the median weekly rent more than doubling in some areas. Census figures show that median weekly rent prices in Rodney have risen by 68 per cent since 2001, going from $190 to $320 per week in 2013. However, some areas have had a more dramatic increase. The median weekly rent for Omaha went from $200 in 2001 to $480 in 2013 – a 140 per cent increase. Rent in Matakana has also increased significantly, from $180 per week in 2001, to $400 in 2013 – a 122 per cent increase. The difference in rental prices between areas has also increased. In 2001, the difference in rent between Snells Beach, Warkworth, Wellsford, Omaha and Matakana was just $20. That difference skyrocketed to $200 by 2013, with Wellsford the lowest at $280 and Omaha the highest. Prices have also been converging with Auckland. In Warkworth the median weekly rent is now the same as Auckland at $350 per week, whereas in 2001 Auckland was $30 a week more expensive, costing $220 per week compared with $190 in Warkworth. However, the difference in rent between Auckland and Rodney as a whole has remained steady at $30 a week. Barfoot & Thompson Warkworth manages about 150 properties and rental manager Christine Sinton says the rise in rents is fuelled by demand and higher quality housing.


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She says the motorway extension, completed in 2009, resulted in more people looking to live in the area and commute to work in Auckland. According to census figures, Warkworth’s population increased 38 per cent between 2001 and 2013, going from 2826 to 3909, while Omaha’s population increased by 114 per cent, from 291 to 624, and Matakana’s by 45 per cent, from 201 to 291. However, Wellsford’s population decreased by two per cent over the period, from 1740 to 1698. There is also growing trend for people to build a house in Mahurangi for their future retirement, and rent it out in the interim, Christine says. This has meant there is more high quality housing on offer. But the area is still good value when compared with the North Shore and Central Auckland, she says.

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The Real Estate Institute of New Zealand residential rental review shows the median weekly rent for a three-bedroom house in East Coast Bays is $540 and $650 for Takapuna. Rent is cheaper in areas in West and South Auckland, she says. Harveys Real Estate principal property manager Amanda Wynne says she is not surprised by the price rises. “I would say the average rent is around $420 a week for most areas other than Wellsford,” Amanda says.

The timing of the census would also have had an impact on the figures, as they fluctuate throughout the year due to higher demand in summer and lower demand in winter, she says. Meanwhile, house ownership has remained steady in Warkworth. In 2013, 68.5 per cent of occupants owned their home or held it in a family trust, down from 70.5 per cent in 2001. This is slightly higher than in Auckland where 61.5 per cent owned their own home in 2013, compared to 64.5 per cent in 2001.

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Many struggling as rents rise

Low income earners are struggling to afford housing in Mahurangi and some are resorting to sleeping in their cars, as rental prices continue to rise. Homebuilders Family Service advocacy worker Maria Collins says they see about one client a week who is struggling to find permanent accommodation. “There has been a definite increase in the number of people living in their cars in the Warkworth and Wellsford area,” Maria says. “This is due to high rents and the costs associated with moving into a house.” Barfoot & Thompson Warkworth rental manager Christine Sinton says these costs usually include up to four weeks rent for bond, up to two weeks rent in advance and a letting fee of one week’s rent plus GST. For someone renting at the median weekly rate in Warkworth of $350 this would cost nearly $2500. Maria says this is forcing people to leave the area in search of more affordable housing, often in rural areas, but this comes with added fuel costs. “They are leaving their families and friends, and their support networks because they can’t afford to live here.” Work and Income NZ has a Recoverable Assistance Payment grant to help those who can’t afford the up-front costs, which is paid back in instalments. There is also an accommodation supplement available.

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Auckland Council adopts higher sea level rise predictions Auckland’s draft Unitary Plan proposes to put tighter restrictions on coastal developments as the forecasted sea level rise used to guide coastal planning is proposed to increase substantially. Currently, developments in Rodney have to account for a sea level rise (SLR) of 20cm by 2050 and 50cm by 2099, based on the minimum Ministry for the Environment (MFE) recommendations. However, the Unitary Plan proposes subdivisions on undeveloped land, known as greenfield developments, factor in a sea level rise of two metres to future-proof developments. Developer Mark Hurt says this, among other restrictions in the plan, will mean the end to coastal development in the Auckland area. In 2011, Mark was granted resource consent to turn his waterfront family farm at Point Wells into an 89 section subdivision. As a condition of the resource consent, the foundations of the buildings have to be at least 3.1 metres above the mean spring high tide level, which means some sections have to be raised by up to a metre. That is to account for a forecasted SLR of 50cm by 2099 and the risk of storm surges, high tides and other factors which impact on sea levels. Mark says if the subdivision had had to accommodate an additional sea level rise of 1.5 metres, it would have had a significant impact on building

The developer of this Point Wells subdivision, Mark Hurt, says the proposed Unitary Plan could mean the end of coastal developments like this.

restrictions and on the cost of the development. The 50cm SLR currently used is taken from a 2008 MFE report co-authored by sea level expert Dr Rob Bell, from the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA). The report draws on predictions from the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and recommended

planning for a base level SLR of 50cm for 2090-99 relative to the 1980-99 average sea level, and SLR of 80cm also be considered. In 2011, Dr Bell updated the estimates to forecast for 2115, in a report commissioned by Auckland Council. The base SLR was raised to one metre by 2115 or 70cm for activities with a limited impact which are relocatable.

However, when assessing applications for greenfield subdivisions Dr Bell went further, recommending Council plan for a SLR of at least two metres, which the Council proposes to adopt. Based on the latest IPCC reports, it is likely sea level rise will continue for several centuries and planning should change accordingly, Dr Bell says. continued next page



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Sea level predictions New infrastructure and housing should be developed to survive beyond 100 years and, therefore, should plan for a higher rate of SLR. Auckland Council chief engineer Sarah Sinclair says at this stage, the changes are just proposed and submissions will be taken into account in the final Unitary Plan. She says it is the Council’s role to plan for future generations. “Our intention is to provide quality long-term planning. I hope Auckland will be around in 200 years and we

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need to plan for that.” Environment, Climate Change and Natural Heritage Committee chair Wayne Walker says the regulations don’t have to mean an end to coastal development. “We need to be looking at adaptive buildings which are mobile or allow water to flow through without damaging property,” Cr Walker says. “People are still going to want to live in coastal areas. But right now we have to adopt a cautious approach.”


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Residential building in Rodney recovers with economy The number of residential building consents issued in Rodney has more than doubled since 2011 and is the third highest since current records began in 1991. Statistics New Zealand figures show 1211 residential building consents were issued for the year to April, up from 970 last year and 567 in 2011. But this is still lower than the boom a decade ago, when figures peaked at 1409 consents in 2003. The figures are drawn from the former Rodney District Council area, as consents are still recorded under the old Auckland Regional Council boundaries. An Auckland Council spokesperson says the rise reflects the ready supply of sections onto the market in combination with the upturn in the economy. Bayleys Warkworth director Mark Macky says a large number of subdivisions were sitting on the market following the financial crisis and these have only recently started selling strongly. “Now the area is starting to run out of sections and there’s been a bit of a land grab, mainly by Aucklanders,” Mark says. “There are more sections being developed in Warkworth and Snells Beach, but that still may not meet demand.” Long-term the upward trend is set to continue, with the planned rezoning of land around Warkworth from

The property boom in Auckland, combined with a ready supply of land, has seen the number of building consents issued in Rodney double in the last three years.

rural to residential as outlined in the Unitary Plan. Meanwhile, the number of building consents issued in the Kaipara District has seesawed since 2009, fluctuating by 20 or 30 consents each year, with 144 consents issued in 2014, 107 in 2013 and 145 in 2012. Mark says the property market in Mangawhai has picked up substantially, but other areas of Kaipara have remained flat. The Auckland market is fueling the boom in Mangawhai and Rodney, but that market has not shown interest in the rest of Kaipara. “People are not selling up in Auckland

and moving to Dargaville. You can still get a section in Ruawai for $60,000 whereas in Mangawhai you’re looking at more than double that.” But Mark says that unlike northern Rodney, there is still a lot of land coming online in Mangawhai so building should increase steadily. Meanwhile, interest in factories and industrial buildings has shrunk. In Rodney, numbers have steadily declined from a peak of 33 consents in 2003 to nine so far this year. The Kaipara District has also had a decline, going from a high of 11 industrial consents in 2004, down to none in 2012, one last year and none

so far this year. Industrial building specialists Coresteel is one company concerned about the lack of industrial land in Warkworth inhibiting growth in the sector. North Harbour director Andrew Boyd says it is his biggest concern. “Companies are trying to build here but have to settle for existing buildings. The building we are working on at the moment is on an old rubbish dump in Morrison Drive. It’s costing the owner about $100,000 just to clean up, but there’s just nothing else available.” He says there is strong demand as manufacturers are driven from Auckland’s high lease price.



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No place for ‘she’ll be right’ in health & safety planning By Joy Paxton People Plus People - Health & Safety specialists

Proposed new legislation governing health and safety practices in the workforce are scheduled to come into force in April next year. Statistics NZ data (Feb 2011) shows us that more than 98 per cent of construction enterprises as employing under 20 employees. The total number of workers in this sector, including the self -employed being more than 91,000. So what will the new health and safety reforms mean to our local construction sector? With construction, based on historical number of fatalities and serious injuries, being a high risk sector, the proposed law indicates stronger penalties and court powers with more enforcement tools and new directors’ duties. However, we can also expect to see more involvement in and consultation with your workers. Worksafe NZ, our businesses and workers will all work together and share responsibility. With our workplace injury and death rates about twice that of Australia clearly this is a challenging and complex problem. Could our national culture and our current approach to safety be a major cause when looking into the problem? Many people are working to make the workplace healthy and safe. However, with a different attitude and changes to behaviours and habits many more

people could play their part. Embedded in our culture is this tendency to believe bad things such as accidents, injuries and death happen to others not us. We say “just this once won’t matter” and “nobody is watching”, and believe keeping healthy and safe takes too much time and is too costly. We are reluctant to change our ways – “I have done it this way for 30 years” and “she’ll be right”. Changing a health and safety culture within our local construction sector may not be quick or easy but I do not see this as impossible, costly or time-consuming. This can start with our business leaders taking responsibility by demonstrating a commitment to a safety culture, providing training, sharing knowledge, ensuring the proper equipment and tools are available and maintained, and allowing workers to speak out and suggest safer ways of doing things. Employers could consider making their Health & Safety Plan part of their annual Business Plan. Will the ‘she’ll be right?’ approach be right when the law comes into force in April next year? I think not. Keeping our workers safe and mitigating risks is everyone’s responsibility. • Worksafe New Zealand is our new stand-alone health and safety agency, with December 2014 seeing the new Health & Safety at Work Bill (based on Australian law) entered into the House.

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Sandspit architect Grant Neill believes higher density housing would help Warkworth accommodate a broader range of ages and socioeconomic groups.

Warkworth needs to look at higher density, affordable housing in order to cater for the different needs of the community and future population growth, according to Sandspit architect and urban designer Grant Neill. Grant, a director of registered architects Pacific Environments NZ, has been involved in designing a number medium density projects in Auckland and other parts of the country. He says the lack of variety in the housing market in the Mahurangi area is driving some local buyers to look elsewhere. “People at different stages of life have different housing needs and at the moment this isn’t catered for in Warkworth,” he says. As a result, some younger and older people often have to leave the area to move into housing which better suits

their lifestyles. “We need a richer mix of housing and more affordable housing. A lot of people look to down-size after the kids leave home and want something in town so they can walk to the shops and don’t have to take care of a large garden and mow the lawns. They want to know that they can lock the door and go away on holiday for a month or so and not worry about doing maintenance or security. But at the moment, they’ve largely got to go to Orewa or further away to get that,” he says. Longer term, this results in separated communities, with different towns and suburbs for different generations of people, he says. “But if you can integrate those needs within a town, you retain the sense of community. We are some years behind other countries in this

regard. In North America there are aged care facilities, where small-scale buildings housing 10 to 12 residents are integrated seamlessly into the existing community. This allows even those who require high levels of care to remain close to family and friends. “Higher density has got a bit of an image problem, but it can be appealing. Two-storied terraced housing could be one way to fill the gap in the market and can be done in a visually pleasing way. Auckland Council’s new Auckland Design Manual has plenty of examples and guidance on how to do this. “It doesn’t always need to be a huge multi-storied block of flats. The scale of the development needs to fit within the context of its environment.”


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Warkworth treehouse maintains international attention

Treehouse-like buildings are being designed for Poland and Nicaragua based on the Redwoods Treehouse south of Warkworth.

interested in the idea of minimising a building’s footprint to leave more land for growing crops. “The structures will be similar to that in Warkworth, functioning as kind of self contained pods for people to stay in.” From Nicaragua he will fly down to Peru where he has been asked to design social housing in the Amazon Basin. Meanwhile, the treehouse at Redwoods is still being used for private functions for up to 30 people. “Some thought the tree would die within a year, as the treehouse is held in place by


a series of pins which run through the trunk. But the tree is thriving and the house still stands,” Peter says. Back in 2008 Peter was given no budget and virtually no brief to build the treehouse, other than it had to be completed within four months. “Often just getting resource and building consent takes longer than that,” Peter says. “But the then Rodney District Council got behind the project and resource consent was issued within two days of being lodged and the building consent was granted within five days.”






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More than five years after the awardwinning Redwoods treehouse was built at Pohuehue, the project is still gaining international attention. Architect Peter Eising, who designs for Pacific Environments in Auckland, was the mastermind behind the treehouse design, at Redwoods, just south of Warkworth, in 2008. It became an international sensation, firing the imagination and awe of people around the world as many saw their childhood fantasy building come to fruition. “We were inundated with inquiries,” Peter says. “It was intended just for the local market, but its uniqueness captured interest everywhere.” The structure featured in hundreds of magazines and dozens of books and went on to be a finalist at the World Architecture Festival Award in Barcelona. Peter became a kind of rockstar of the architecture world. On the plane to the Barcelona awards the treehouse featured in the in-flight magazine, he says. “It was incredible how far it spread.” Peter is still getting at least one email a week about the treehouse, but despite the buzz, none of the inquiries for replicas to be built has so far resulted in a second version. He is designing a similar structure for a restaurant in a Polish resort on the Baltic Coast and is flying doing a site visit next month. “We’ve been commissioned to design a pair of buildings. One’s a dining space and the other will be the kitchen and


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Master Builders entry a local effort Two Mahurangi houses, built by Warkworth-based Brackenridge Builders, are entered in the Master Builders 2014 House of the Year competition. The homes, in Point Wells and Omaha, are in the open section for houses worth more than $2 million. They will be judged on workmanship (65 per cent) and design, functionality and style (35 per cent). Brackenridge has won gold at a national level three times and won the regional section multiple times. Construction manager Tony Borich says the buildings entered this year provided some unique challenges during the build, “but it was worth it for the end result”. Tony says the 450sqm concrete-block house in Omaha is largely open plan with the concrete-block work exposed to the interior, requiring a high level of attention to detail. The construction also required an extremely low margin of error with the floor and ceiling fitting seamlessly into the walls.

The waterfront house was designed by Sandspit architect Grant Neill, of Auckland based Pacific Environments NZ. Grant says the building exemplifies the talent of local tradesmen. “They did a fantastic job. It shows the quality of what we can produce in the area,” he says. This is the second Omaha home designed by Grant for the same owner, who lives in Auckland but is looking to retire at Omaha. “It’s a home of contrasts, with curves balanced with hard edges and concrete block, stainless steel, glass and wood all interacting in the same space.” Grant says the stainless steel staircase, made by Warkworth company Stainless Specialties, is a real feature. “It’s become like a piece of jewellery in the house.” The Point Wells house is a hardwood construction with the main timber hand-picked at the mill. The competition winners will be announced on August 9.

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Green subdivision on market LET NG I N O U R I S Sections are on sale for a Matakana showcase sustainable building. DO Y O U R W A S H I N G & subdivision, which is set to become one “People will be able to see 35 examples of New Zealand’s first developments with a minimum eco-rating. Matakana Green is being developed by Matakana resident Leo Nelis and Ebode sustainable homes sales manager David Wildish. They say all homes in the 35-lot subdivision will have a Homestar rating of seven or above. The New Zealand Green Building Council, who manages the Homestar system, will independently assess the homes. Solar power will be one of the requirements and the developers are providing a $5000 subsidy towards the costs of the solar units. David says the average new New Zealand home would achieve around a four Homestar rating, so it’s a bit of a step up. While the developers are awaiting the final details of the resource consent application, sections at 224 Matakana Valley Road went on sale last month. The hope the subdivision will

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Garden Club awards life members The long service of two Warkworth Garden Club members was recognised at a winter solstice event, at the Salty Dog Inn in Snells Beach, last month. Club members Fay Illingworth and Joy Cherrie were presented new badges conferring Life Member status. Club secretary Lois New says Fay has been a past president and a member of the club for around 36 years, joining just one year after the club formed. She was involved in ensuring the survival of the annual Rose and Flower show, which has been running since 1921, but was threatened when the Warkworth Beautifying Society folded in 1999. Joy has been a member for nearly 20 years and is also a past president. She was convener of the Flower Show for 15 years, and retired from the position last year. The club has about 115 members. “While some members resign, taking up other interests, our club continues to attract new members, which augurs well for the future,” Lois says. At the lunch, members also reminisced on the early days of the club, back when there were no written rules and the clubs funds were kept safely in a jar. “Today records are computerised,

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In 1994 the annual sub was $2 and a motion to increase it to $3 was defeated. Today, membership costs $10.

Tariffs lifted The government has temporarily removed tariffs and duties on building selected building materials and products to improve housing affordability. Housing Minister Dr Nick Smith says the move will increase competition and reduce costs, with an expected saving of around $3500 for the construction of a standard home. The changes came into effect on June 1.

There were 52 more farm sales for the three months ended May 2014 than for the same period last year, according to figures released by the Real Estate Institute of NZ. Overall, there were 564 farm sales from March to May this year. A total of 1881 farms were sold in the year to May 2014, which is a 26 per cent increase on sales during the same period last year. The median price per hectare for all farms sold in the three months to May 2014 was $25,018 compared to $20,499 recorded for three months ended May 2013. The median price per hectare rose 1.8% compared to April. Eight regions recorded increases in sales volume for the three months ended May 2014 compared to the three months ended May 2013 – Bay of Plenty recorded the largest increase in sales (+24 sales), followed by Northland (+17 sales) and Otago and Southland with seven sales each. Grazing properties accounted for the largest number of sales with 40 per cent share of all sales over the three months to May. Finishing properties accounted for 2 per cent, dairy properties accounted for 17 per cent and horticulture properties accounted for 10 per cent of all sales. These four property types accounted for 88 per cent of all sales during the three months ended May 2014.

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Boom in apprentice entries A 34 per cent rise in entries in this year’s Apprentice of the Year competition is being credited to NZ’s thriving building and construction industry. A total of 134 apprentices have entered the Registered Master Builders Carters 2014 Apprentice of the Year, gearing up to compete for the title and claim their share of more than $100,000 worth of prizes. Master Builders chief executive Warwick Quinn says the current building boom is a very exciting time for those involved with the industry. “It’s great to see that while apprentice numbers are increasing to meet demand, building excellence is still a priority,” he says. “The competition is an opportunity for apprentices to step up and show potential employers that they are


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Spotlight turned on Matakohe bridges A meeting will be held in the Matakohe War Memorial Hall on July 21 to hear an update on plans to realign two single-lane bridges in the area. The meeting is being convened by Northland MP Mike Sabin. He says the single-lane Hardies and Anderson bridges, commonly referred to as the Matakohe bridges, were built in the 1930’s and have not altered since. “For decades, people have being calling for their re-alignment given the dangers they present and bottleneck

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Olympic rower talks about beating the odds for gold When Olympic gold medallist Joseph Sullivan took up rowing at Queen Charlotte College in Picton, the coach dismissed him as being too short to ever be any good at the sport. “And the first year I competed he was dead right – I came last in every regatta I entered,” he told senior students at Warkworth Primary School last month. “But instead of giving up, it just made me train harder and longer, and do twice as much as I was asked to do. “The next year, I won the first race that I entered and I decided I didn’t want to lose anymore.” When the NZ selectors said he was “too small” his case was taken to the Ombudsman who ruled that they couldn’t discriminate against him based on size. “The message I want you to hear today is ‘don’t let anyone stop you from doing what you really want to do. Stay true to yourself and never give up’.” During his 14-year rowing career, Joseph collected 65 medals – four bronze, 10 silver and the rest were gold. But, as he explained to the students, his achievements didn’t come easy. Leading up to the Olympics in London two years ago, he was training six hours a day, six days a week. This involved a 12-km cycle ride to and from the training centre in Cambridge, rowing 25km on the river in the morning, an hour-and-a-half of weight training, stretches and then time back on the river in the afternoon. “If you added up how many kilometres I’ve rowed in my career, I’ve probably been around the world five times.” Joseph, 27, announced his retirement from competitive rowing last month and is heading to Rotorua this month to start a three-month training course to become a firefighter.

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It was a thrill for the Warkworth students to pass around Joseph Sullivan’s Olympic gold medal. He told them that he and his rowing partner Nathan Cohen were so small, compared to the rest of the Olympic field, that they were nicknamed “The Hobbits”. Pictured with Jospeh are Terrayne Collins-Maginley (holding the medal), Amelia Burton, Ameline Makin, and Amali Shore (front).

“Retiring from rowing wasn’t so hard once I’d decided that I wanted to be a fireman,” he said. He was in Warkworth as part of the ANZ Olympic Schools Programme, aimed and inspiring and motivating youth through sharing the Olympic experience. As part of his presentation, Joseph replayed the Olympic double sculls final which saw him and Nathan Cohen bag NZ’s first gold medal of the Games. One father in the audience couldn’t contain himself as the nailbiting race reached its conclusion, barracking loudly “C’mon New Zealand” to the amusement of the staff and students.

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Dear Parents and Guardians Tena Koutou Katoa I would like to thank our senior students involved in coordinating the String Movement in our school. Over 800 students signed up and symbolically wore a gold string around their wrists for a week. The purpose of the string movement is to remind us that we are all connected to each other, so need to support each other and create an environment where each student feels accepted and that they belong.

Over a period of several weeks, the student leaders spoke at assemblies, arranged guest speakers and organised a range of fun activities ,with a strong underlying message that we all go through difficulties at times in our lives; that help and support is available; that we all need to be inclusive and supportive of each other; and that we must not tolerate any form of bullying within the school. Special thanks to Liam Bates, Olivia Collier and the team of student leaders who supported them.

conductor, Jenny Eirena.

The school’s PTA is currently researching an electronic sign to be placed outside the front of our school, which will be funded by the PTA.

The annual School Ball will take place this year on Saturday 2nd August at the same venue as last year, the North Harbour Stadium. This is at the end of the second week back to school in Term 3. The PTA will be hosting a Pre-Ball function in the school auditorium prior to the ball. There are to be no After-Ball activities. We look forward to another very enjoyable evening.

At a recent assembly we invited the police to bring a drug dog into our school and talk with the students about the dangers of illegal drugs. The local police Youth Aid Officer, John Williams, spoke about recent research showing the impact cannabis has on the actual physical makeup of the brain, doing long-lasting damage to memory, attention and higher cognitive functions, and its strong link to mental health issues. The younger a person starts, the longer they have smoked cannabis and the more heavily they use, the greater and more lasting is the impact on the brain. The police dog handler then spoke about some of his experiences with drug dogs, including some of the sad situations he has encountered, and did a short demonstration of how effective the dog is at detecting even the slightest trace of cannabis or any other drug. As a school, the most immediate observable impact we see on any students who start using cannabis is a rapid deterioration in their attitude, motivation and achievement at school. As a result, we take any involvement with drugs extremely seriously. To ensure the school is kept safe we have invited the drug dogs back to search through the school before the end of this year.

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Congratulations to our Music teachers, Mrs Eirena and Mrs Sutherland, and to all the students involved in the Senior Choir and the Harmony Group, which each won major awards at the Northland Big Sing Competition. Competing against all other Northland Secondary Schools, our choirs won two of the three major awards on offer. Of particular note is the senior choir, Vocal Point, who won the best New Zealand song for “Promise of Land” which was written and arranged by their

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Our thanks to all the senior students who have led the Peer Support programme in our school again this year and to Mrs Johnston for coordinating this.

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Our Stage Challenge team will be holding a Community Performance in the school auditorium on Thursday 3 July, at 6.30pm and 7.15pm. Entry is by gold coin donation on the door .

The official Stage Challenge Performance will be at the Aotea Centre on Friday 4 July, at 7pm. Adults $33, Children (under 12) $27. Jane Newby, Arts Coordinator

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Big Sing 2014 The Harmony Group, “Black Gems”, and the Senior Choir, “Vocal Point”, competed at “The Big Sing” in Whangarei on Monday 9th June. The students produced performances of a high standard and were rewarded with two out of the three trophies up for grabs. The Black Gems received the Stagecraft Award and Vocal Point the best performance of a New Zealand Song. Vocal Point also received the only Highly Commended given out for their overall performance of their three songs. It was a great day with a fabulous group of students who delivered excellent performances. CONGRATULATIONS! Jenny Eirena, Music Teacher

NCEA Fees 2014

It is that time of the year again and all students from Yr 11 to 13 need to pay their annual NCEA fee. This fee is collected by the school and paid over to the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA). The cost is $76.70 per student, rebates are available for families with 3 or more students enrolled for NCEA. See the website link enclosed or contact the school office for more details. The $76.70 includes up to 3 scholarship papers for Yr 13 students, additional scholarship papers (4 or more) will cost extra. Yr 10 students doing NCEA standards must not pay this fee. Families that hold a community services card and/or beneficiaries can apply for a subsidy which reduces the fee to $20. Forms to apply are available on the school website for download or can be collected from the students reception office. All fees are due to be paid by the 1st of September, after that date parents will have to pay the money directly to NZQA. Important note: Automatic payments do not cover NCEA fees, a separate payment has to be made to cover this fee. Follow this link to the NZQA website: http://www. secondary-education-fees/ Do not hesitate to contact me for any further assistance or clarification. Mr H Vaughan, Assistant Principal.

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Yr13 Great Barrier Island Trip 2015

Planning is now underway for the Year 13’s annual camp to Great Barrier Island. As usual it is scheduled for the first week of the school year in 2015. This years, Year 12 students will receive information shortly and will need to have completed their consent form and paid the deposit before the end of term three, to book their spot on this amazing adventure. Importantly we will need at least a dozen hardy parents to assist with the logistics and escorting the students on the various tramps. So if you’re keen and available, especially if you have been before, or assisted with our other school camps, we’d like to hear from you. Please leave your details with the school office so I can follow up. Russell Stirling. T/c Year 13 Camp

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Kids’ Lit 2014

Two teams of four Year 7 & 8 students participated in the Kids’ Lit Quiz Auckland Regional finals. The students were selected from the Kids’ Lit group which meets every Monday lunchtime in the library and is coordinated by the library staff. In an intense competition of fifty-three teams our two teams were placed 8th= and 15th=. They answered one hundred questions on all types of literature covering categories including Classics, Legends, Symbols, Witches, Rabbits and Maori. No one knows in advance what the categories or questions will be so that makes it even more challenging. Jeanette Cornege RLIANZA, Library Manager

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International student Jana Starke from Germany has enjoyed considerable success over the summer riding for the Warkworth Pony Club. She competed in the team inter- club dressage event where she won the Intermediate Champion trophy for most overall points and her team was placed third. She has also won numerous ribbons and trophies in two ribbon day events run by the Pony Club. Natalie O’Flaherty, International Student Assistant


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Matariki Movie Night - Mana Waka, Te Hana Te Ao Marama. Doors open 6.30pm Broadway Magic, a concert presented by Matakantata Choir, Matakana Hall, 7.30pm. Supporting Springboard. Tickets $15, children gold coin donation Broadway Magic, a concert presented by Matakantata Choir, Warkworth Presbyterian Church, Pulham Rd, 2.30pm. Supporting Springboard. Tickets $15, children gold coin donation Songs of Freedom, Local Vocals Choir, Wellsford Community Centre, 7pm. Info: Sally Randal on 423 9393 or www.facebook. com/singlvc (see ad p21) TOSSI planting day, Tawharanui Regional Park, meet at The Woolshed, from 9am. Info: Taniwha Sheild tournament, Kaiwaka Sports (see story p46) Warkworth Business and Professional Women’s Club (BPW) 30th anniversary dinner meeting, Salty Dog Inn, 6pm. Speakers Hilary Lewis, Highlights From Our History; and Sally Smith, Highlights from International Congress. Dinner $25. RSVP to Sally 021425407 by 6.07.14. Wellsford Health Expo, Wellsford Community Centre, 10am-2pm Mid Winter Market, Wellsford Library, Port Albert Road, from 9.30am - 12.30pm. Organised by Friends of the Wellsford Library. Stalls $5, bring your own table. Contact: Lesley. Mid North Forest and Bird planting day, along the Cement Works track, from 10am to 12 noon. Meet at the Cement Works at 10am. Info: Tony 422 3110 Warkworth Genealogy Society monthly meeting 10am-noon, Shoesmith Hall, Shoesmith Street. Shared lunch. Kowhai Festival planning meeting, Walton Park Motel, 7pm (see story p19) Warkworth Town Hall Advisory Committee meeting on fundraising ideas for the hall restoration, the old Masonic Hall, Baxter Street, Warkworth, 7.30pm. Info: warkworthtownhall@ (see story p29) Forest & Bird Winter Talk, Totara Park, Warkworth, 7.30pm. Guest speaker Dr Tim Lovegrove, Auckland Council’s senior regional advisor (fauna), on the restoration of birdlife at Tawharanui Warkworth Music presents Antithesis, Ascension Wine Estate, 7.30pm (see story p21) Wilkinson Road Race (10km), from Kaipara Flats Hall, for runners aged over 16. Plus shorter races for children; organised by Wellsford Road Runners. Info: Info: Caroline Marsh 423 7191 Concert - tributes to Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan & Rory Gallagher, Warkworth RSA. Fundraiser for Rodney Rams rebuild. Pool challenge, indoor bowls and darts competition, Warkworth RSA, from 12.30pm. Proceeds to Rodney Rams rebuild project. Quiz Night, Bowls Warkworth, Mill Lane; 7pm for a 7.30pm start, $10 a head. Organised by Lions Club of Kowhai Coast.

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Tomarata rugby seniors on track for semi-final Tomarata Rugby’s senior team has its eye on the Bayleys Northland Second Division title as the 2014 competition heads towards the semi-finals and final this month. Some controversial decisions in last year’s final against Whangaruru saw Tomarata robbed of the glory and the chance to play in the promotionrelegation match. Coach Nick Cammell, who’s been coaching the team for the last two seasons, says the boys are looking to set the record straight this year. “We’ve had a good season so far with only one loss and we’re looking forward to a semi-final on our home ground,” he says. While there are some veteran campaigners in the team, new players like Eru Repia at first-five are making their mark. “The team’s fitness is good and we’ve been working on developing a fast, free-flowing game. It seems to be paying off, but of course the forwards still have to do it up front.” The semi-final is set down for July 12. For more info:

Top: With ball in hand, fullback Ritchie Lockington looked unstoppable. Right: Tomarata half-back Shaun Vaughan sprints for the line to score his third try in the first half against Dargaville Old Boys.

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