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Kawau Island baches left to rot
These derelict waterfront baches on Kawau Island were once available to the public to rent. They were closed by the Department of Conservation 12 years ago and all attempts by residents to get them restored and re-opened have failed.
The Department of Conservation (DOC) is again being criticised for its management of property on Kawau Island with some people calling for the island to be handed over to Auckland Council. The latest reserve in the spotlight is Sunny Bay, where DOC owns two abandoned baches. The waterfront buildings were at one time rented out as public accommodation and residents would like to see them restored and returned to community use.
But since 2002, when DOC stopped using the houses for staff, the buildings have been empty. An advocate for the restoration plan was Norman Gibbons, who has owned property on the island for 15 years. “We spent about a year trying to work out a plan with DOC but it was a total waste of time,” he says. “Everything was a problem, from putting in a new wastewater system to replacing the timber on the houses or tidying up the grounds. For instance, we were told all the trees had to be carbon-dated. This
was going to mean flying an expert up from Wellington, a cost that we were expected to bear. “Even digging a drain was going to require an archaeologist’s report. We just couldn’t make any headway and after 12 months, and thousands of dollars of our own money, we just had to walk away from it.” The residents’ plan included leasing the property for $1 a year and in return, rebuilding and maintaining the baches for community and public use, and doing up the wharf.
“We had about $600,000 pledged towards the work, but needed a commitment from DOC to make it happen, which they just couldn’t give us. It’d be better if Auckland Council ran the place.” Island property owner Mark Smith, who was also keen to see the baches reopened, says the idea was to make the place available for groups like canoeists, day parties, youth and as a meeting place for the rural fire service. “Our offer was predicated on the continued on page 2
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Kawau houses left to rot understanding that the community would raise the funding, and provide the materials, labour and the machinery necessary to do the work. We thought this was well within our abilities, over a one to two year period. “That was two years ago and nothing has happened since. The place is just being left to rot. It’s criminal.” Warkworth-based DOC spokesperson Liz Maire says a remedial work plan for the Sunny Bay baches has been completed and would guide any restoration project. She says that over the last few years the focus has been to engage the community in the restoration and use of the baches, but admits that to date,
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that has not been successful. “DOC’s current priorities for Kawau Island Historic Reserve are to restore and maintain Mansion House, plus manage the recreational facilities and logging project. We would not be able to financially contribute to any proposal for upgrading/use of the facilities at Sunny Bay.” Kawau Island Residents & Ratepayers Association (KIRRA) chair Les Mellars believes DOC is in a difficult position. “They don’t have the money to do anything themselves, but are liable in the event that anyone is injured or hurt on the property,” he says. “It’s a crying shame to see those baches sitting there empty. Providing
opportunities for the public to enjoy Kawau is the lifeblood of the island.” The classification of the Sunny Bay site as an historic reserve reflects the early mining history of the island and the fact that the area once formed part of Sir George Grey’s estate. The buildings have local significance as examples of early residences on the island. DOC is currently engaged with the Treaty Settlement process, in particular with Te Marutuahu who have interests in Kawau Island. Several years ago, DOC was severely criticised by residents over its management of Mansion House.
Roads dominate Local Board plan meetings Auckland Council staff and Rodney Local Board members outnumbered the public at an information evening on the Local Board Plan in Wellsford this month. The plan sets out priorities for the Local Board for the next three years and invites residents to comment by August 6. Only about 10 people attended the meeting at the Wellsford Community Hall, which became tense as the issue of unsealed roads eclipsed the focus on other issues such as recreation facilities and town centre growth. Landowners and Contractors Association member Colin Smith said he had given up hope of achieving any progress on road sealing through submitting to the Board.
“My family has been here 150 years, and nothing has happened with road sealing,” he said. “It’s been like this all my life and I’ve submitted on it hundreds of times. I’m sick of it.” Frustration was also vented at the Supercity structure. “You (the Board) are not the decision makers. You are a buffer for us to take out our frustrations on,” Colin said. The use of the old Wellsford Library was also a heated issue. Wellsford Promotions chair Stephanie Railey said locals were frustrated with the red tape involved in regaining use of the facility which became available when the new Wellsford Library opened a year ago. “If it had been given to us a year ago, we could be doing something with it
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right now,” Stephanie says. Board member John McLean assured her the community would “have the keys by Christmas”. The prospect of a pedestrian/cycle bypass off the main road and adding two roundabouts at either end of the town was also raised. Meanwhile, the Warkworth meeting – jointly hosted by the Warkworth Area Business Association, Warkworth Liaison Group and Mahurangi Action Plan – attracted about 40 locals, many representing community groups. Issues discussed included roads, pest management, hall fees and work on a Warkworth Structure Plan, which may start next year.
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Briefs Get on board Auckland Transport is running a public engagement survey on Warkworth’s public transport needs, from July 21 to August 18. The survey results will be used to plan for the future of public transport for Warkworth. At a Warkworth Area Liaison Group meeting this month, members were urged to advocate for a commuter bus service between Warkworth and Silverdale or Albany, and a free park n ride. A public information event will be held on the New Network information bus (the AmBUSador), which will be parked on Queen Street, Warkworth, on Saturday August 9, from 10.30am to 2pm.
Nil average increase Springboard youth service has secured ownership of its headquarters, in Snells Beach, following an outpouring of generosity from the community.
Community secures Springboard base Springboard youth service has finally secured its own headquarters after receiving more than $200,000 from the community. The sale of the building in Snells Beach, which is understood to have cost more than $500,000, was finalised on June 30 after a lightning 21-day fundraising campaign. Springboard founder, Gary Diprose, initially set what he thought was an ambitious fundraising goal of $60,000 to help finance the purchase, but the final total of $204,000 more than tripled his expectations. “When we started looking to raise the money I thought we were sunk,” Gary says. “I’m completely blown away by the result.” Two individuals donated $50,000 and a total of seven donors contributed more than $10,000 each. “One guy donated $50,000 over the phone. I’d never heard from him
before and he had never been here or donated before. He was leaving home to visit his son in Christchurch when he picked up a Mahurangi Matters on his way out of town. After reading the paper he called us up and said ‘I hear you guys need some funding. It’s your lucky day’,” Gary says. “But our first donor was one of my first students here. She wanted to secure this building for other youth and donated $50. She went from a girl who was causing trouble in the community to where she is now giving back. That’s what Springboard is all about.” All up, Springboard received 80 donations. “They will all be honoured in an acknowledgement board in our foyer. These people will always be remembered for getting us to this stage. For getting us home. “But it’s not only about the building.
It’s given us all a huge boost in confidence to realise how many people are cheering us on and appreciate the work we do. We don’t want crime in the community, we don’t want tagging and we are committed to helping young people give back.” Springboard moved into the former landscape supplies shed four years ago, after generous grants from the community helped secure a oneyear lease. However, last August the landlord said he was putting the building on the market and negotiations over a purchase price went on for the next 10 months. “We finally have a secure home which is a huge weight off us, but the journey won’t be over until the debt is gone.” Springboard is hosting an afternoon tea on August 1 to thank all the people who have been a part of the journey to this point. Info: 425 4623 or mail@ springboard.org.nz
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OFF THE RECORD No promises The audience at a Local Board show & tell meeting in Warkworth were reassured when it came to question time that … “there is no such thing as a dumb question.” To which one of the Board members muttered, “but you might get some dumb answers.” Email Off the Records to editor@ localmatters.co.nz
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community at a previous hearing regarding Kowhai Reserve and the potential disruption due to construction. This was in 2008, six years ago. The idea of a large roundabout was only proposed last year. It seems NZTA is now going to use the same excuse for the next 10 to 15 years. The Rodney Local Board wrote to the NZTA on 10 December 2013 requesting that Hill Street intersection be upgraded as soon as possible and that the large roundabout solution be considered. This is surely far more relevant. NZTA has not even had the decency to reply to the RLB request. It is time for the politicians to tell NZTA to give us a real solution now.
As the inaugural Road Safety coordinator for Queenstown Lakes and Central Otago Districts, I would like to commend Roger Williams for his Hill St/SH1 roundabout plan (MM July 2). Queenstown, Wanaka, Cromwell and Alexandra each have large volumes of traffic flowing through town using roundabouts. Before roundabouts were installed, these towns were often gridlocked. Now traffic flows, at reduced speed but a flow – everything from cyclists to huge truck and trailer units all giving way to all traffic on their right as they negotiate the roundabouts. Roundabouts can be from very small and low (so truck and trailer tyres can move over them safely) right through to large raised garden roundabouts. I invite NZTA transport planning managers to look more closely at roundabouts as an option for the Hill St/SH1 intersection in Warkworth. Lynne Stewart Warkworth
Hill needs real solution It is time we made Hill Street intersection a Road of Electoral Significance. Mieszko Iwaskow (NZTA) response to my roundabout proposal (MM July 2) is both misleading and disappointing. He uses the excuse that he had conversations with the
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Hill St syndrome I am appalled at the endless debacle regarding the upgrade of the Hill Street intersection. I have an issue with NZTA claiming that using some of Kowhai Park is not an acceptable solution. This, they claim, is a result of consultation with the public. What the NZTA have to realise is that the few people they have listened to are not the overwhelming majority at all. I have yet to find a single person who has a problem with using some of Kowhai Park, which is a bit of a car
park not a ‘park’ anyway. The people opposed to this have contracted a strange disease – You Can’t Do That Syndrome (YCDTS). Unfortunately, they seem to have infected the NZTA with this disturbing affliction. What the NZTA has to realise is that most of us would not have been aware of any meetings regarding this, let alone have time to attend. So what if some totara have to be removed! If that’s a big issue, someone can go and plant a couple of hundred somewhere else. This intersection is a basic piece of infrastructure that many thousands of people use constantly and to not upgrade it because of a vocal minority is not acceptable. I acknowledge the disruption during construction is a concern and that would have to be carefully controlled/managed. Could the NZTA start work by tomorrow lunchtime please? Actually, that’s a day too late.
Board recently held up for grabs as part of the $170,000 unspent budget reported in your June 18 issue) still not even begun, I would like to know where she got that figure from? Until that study is completed, the community won’t know what we’re hoping to build nor where, so an estimated cost is far from being promulgated. But quoting such a colossal figure is hardly going to garner community support for Council funding, nor sponsorship from potential investors, let alone community fundraising efforts. You’d have to wonder whether our Councillor even supports this project.
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I read Penny Webster’s Viewpoint (MM Jul 2) article and was quite surprised when she said “the diggings from Sandspit Marina need to be taken out and dumped at sea in the outer Hauraki Gulf. At the same time, the road to the Sandspit is being undermined by the frequent storms and the high tides. So, in not too many years, Auckland Transport/ Council is going to have to purchase fill to fix the road.” What surprised me was Penny’s suggestion that the dredgings might
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Dredgings debated Cr Webster’s Viewpoint (MM Jul 2) is revealing, and a number of her statements are incorrect. While it is correct is that the only available repository for marina dredgings is in the outer Hauraki Gulf, it is not “one of the conditions” of the Sandspit marina consent that the dredgings be taken there. The Sandspit Marina Society (SMS) originally applied to dump its capital dredgings on a designated property in the Matakana estuary, but this was declined by the then consenting authorities and that decision was not appealed. SMS appears not to have applied its mind until recently to the issue of where it can legally dump its capital dredgings. The dump site off Great Barrier Island (GB) accepts a limited quantity of capital and maintenance dredgings each year from all marinas. Auckland Council has stated that it will be challenging for
the SMS to fit its dredgings into the overall quota and applicable timeframes at the GB site which is currently under the control of Maritime NZ. As Council has no responsibility for the dump site, it has chosen to avoid the implications of the problem. Meanwhile the Sandspit Residents and Ratepayers Association committee has tried twice, unsuccessfully, to interest Auckland Transport (AT) in utilising the dredgings to “futureproof ” the Sandspit, citing the same arguments now espoused by Cr Webster. Fortunately, AT knows the applicable law, which is that any moves to dump dredgings on the Sandspit Reserve would require proper consultation with all appropriate stakeholders including the Sandspit community. This process takes time: too much time for SMS. Abridged – Chris Rowe’s full letter can be read on the Opinion section at www.localmatters.co.nz
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Thanks Auckland Transport Sharp Road now has improved safety signage on a corner where several cars have left the road this year. Serious injuries were only avoided due to seat belts, airbags and child seats. It pays to ask Auckland Transport to fix things as they do respond. I emailed them with suggestions in May and the improved signage was installed by the end of June. If you have an issue with road safety or signage just drop them a note or fill in the form on line. It works. Thanks Auckland Transport. Tony Dunlop Warkworth
Boardwalk plea In April, I appealed to the Mayor’s office to remedy the no-compliance of boardwalks at the Sandspit playground. In a long-winded letter his office acknowledged that the installations are indeed not compliant with the building code. While our community would expect the authority that is entrusted with enforcement of the building code would obey its own rules, the Mayor’s office in essence states that it has the discretion to weigh financial concerns against obeying the law. This is deeply troubling in a democratic society. More letters next page
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be suitable for the road. It certainly is not. The dredged material is just marine mud and silt, which is totally unsuitable for roading. What needs to be done to fix the erosion problem on the spit is blue spalls to break the water washing it away. In behind that would be ideally suited to put the equivalent to a crib wall using poplars and anchoring them down and lashing the tiers as you build up with number 8 wire. I had personal experience of this method when a flood washed out a road on the Tomarata Scenic Reserve many years ago. We used this method to fix the road and it didn’t take long for the poplars to get a hold and shoot away, and to this day heavy trucks are still driving over that section of road and no repairs have ever had to be done on it. There are many examples in this area of white rails around the slips on the edge of the road. Using poplars is cheap and the repair is there forever. Even a decent sized slip wouldn’t take much more than a day with the right gear to fix it. Anyone reading this letter might wonder what experience I have to give this advice. Well, take your pick – at the end of the 1960s into the 1970s I worked on the Mangere Airport extension which took the first jumbo jet, I worked on the causeway at Omaha Beach and had 23 years continuous service with the Rodney District Council. So, all up, that’s over 30 years roading experience.
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YOU S AY The reply further states that I would be contacted by some ranger once the matter has been further explored. It comes as no surprise that I have neither been contacted by a ranger nor have handrails been fitted to the boardwalks. Instead, the Council has taken to the $20 solution and installed signs to warn the public of the danger that the Council’s installations pose to our children. This cynical behaviour is consistent with previous experiences in our community, which clearly indicate that the Council is not willing to provide services to our rural communities in return for the exorbitant rates that are extracted from us. The Minister has ruled against Council in a similar case and forced Council to remedy non-compliant boardwalks, which pose risks of falling and drowning to children. In the case mentioned, the respective boardwalks were 150 metres from a playground while in Sandspit the boardwalks are just 10 metres away from the playground, thus posing a significantly higher risk to our community. I am aware that the Mayor has suggested that our rural communities should be patient until eventually the blessings of the supercity will come our way, but must admit that our patience is running out. I request again that the non-compliance is fixed without any further delay. Gerhard Zieroth Sandspit
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Wheelie despair I read with interest your story on the front page (MM Jul 2). But my interest changed to despair when I read that rural residents are to be provided with wheelie bins for recycling. Are the Auckland Council contractors’ vehicles going to drive up the many right-of-ways to empty these bins? I think not. For many residents, transporting a wheelie bin to a collection point will simply not be feasible. They do not fit in the boot of most cars. Whereas, the current system of using the blue plastic boxes is quite satisfactory for most people. I suspect that the wellintentioned staff of Auckland Council do not really understand life in rural Rodney. Pat Emery Kaipara Flats
Hall charges I was astounded and dismayed that once again Auckland Council has not taken into account, the needs of the Rodney area. I received a letter informing me of a 350 per cent increase per hour for renting Warkworth’s Shoesmith Hall for a club. The original cost was $11 per hour and the new price was to be $39 per hour. The increased rent would have had an immediate impact on the group and would no doubt mean that some people would leave as they would not be able to afford the
increase in their club fees. I also think that the club would decide that they could no longer afford to hire this hall. People in rural areas make the effort to become involved in a range of activities partly because of the isolation and because it is too costly and difficult without a public transport system to be able to go to Auckland City. Having a wide range of people involved in activities ranging from line dancing classes, yoga, Probus, embroidery, painting and just general social activities such as a birthday or an anniversary makes for a healthy and happy community. Shoesmith Hall provides a venue for so many people and so many organisations. With the limitation of hall space in Warkworth there are very few options for people to use other facilities so they are a “captive” people base for the Auckland Council to earn more money. However, just as I began this letter I was told that the Rodney Local Board had not signed off on this proposal. The notice informing me of the changes to take place on 1 July are now no longer going to occur. The fees for the Shoesmith Hall will be $11 for peak hours and $8.80 for non-peak hours. Thank you Rodney Local Board members. Mona Townson Scotts Landing
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Hill Street blues – still! The Hill Street intersection continues to raise hackles. The position of the Local Board has been questioned recently and this was something of a shock. The Local Board has always and continues to have improvement to the Hill Street intersection as one of the key transport priorities for Rodney. To that end, I have addressed Auckland Council, Auckland Transport (AT), the NZTA, local resident and ratepayer groups, and everyone I can who might have influence and imparted this view. It is astonishing that we have fabulous improvements on SH1, both north and south of Hill Street, and at present the plans that were agreed and consented in 2009 are still not going to be completed. The Warkworth Area Liaison Group, Business Association, Snells Beach, Mahurangi East, Sandspit in fact nearly every ratepayer group in the area strongly support significant improvements at Hill Street. There are some who suggest that the disruption of improvements outweighs the benefit. However, by far the majority of the people I have spoken to are accepting of the fact that there will be disruption. The recent significant work done at Hudson Road is a great example of how things should be done and how disruption can be minimised and mitigated. An estimated 67 per cent of all northbound vehicles turn east into Matakana Road and the projected numbers are similar at the completion of the Road of National Significance (RONS). More than 60 per cent of that traffic then turns onto Sandspit Road. Experts tell me that significant improvement must include increasing the capacity of the intersection for east turning traffic. Two east-turning lanes is the only way to ‘stack’ cars between the intersection and the restrictive bridge and must be part of the “solution”. This does mean more work between SH1 and the Sandspit Road intersection, but the evidence is that this east turning traffic volume is predominately what chokes the intersection and the projections indicate this does not change significantly for local traffic even with the completion of the RONS or the suggested Matakana Link. Transport is the single greatest issues faced by Rodney residents. It is very easy to argue that there is insufficient funding for maintenance and improvement of our roads. This must be addressed by our Councillors, AT and the NZTA. The Local Board is able to advocate only. With regard to the Warkworth local roads, Matakana/Leigh and Sandspit/ Mahurangi East Roads need to be improved. Not just maintained but it is time for these to be upgraded and improved. Our metal roads need to be sealed and the Mansel Drive bridge portion of the Western Collector should have been completed three years ago, and is it time to also connect the two sections of Alnwick Street? I think so! Please let me know what you think: Steven.email@example.com
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Study tour cancelled Two Rodney Local Board members are no longer going on a North American study tour after it was cancelled due to lack of interest. Board chair Brenda Steele and deputy chair Steve Garner had been allocated $7500 from the Board’s budget to go on the 15-day tour of Victoria, Vancouver, Seattle and Portland next month called Delivering Medium Density that Works Well. Brenda says many of those within central government who had registered their interest in the trip had pulled out once the election date was announced. “I’m quite relieved actually. I don’t like leaving home,” Brenda says. Funding for the trip was allocated from $170,000 of left over funds in the Board’s budget, which had to be spent by the end of June.
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work hard all around Auckland Rates 2014/2015 Your rates are used to pay for things that make Auckland such a great place to live, such as improved public transport, events and parks, as well our continued investment in community facilities and infrastructure. Auckland Council has worked hard to reduce the average rates increase to 2.5 per cent. The council has a policy to slowly reduce the rates differential on business properties over a ten-year period. Currently business pays value based general rates that are 2.53 times that of a residential property. This year it is being reduced to 2.43, which will mean that residential and farm/lifestyle properties will pay the difference. When combined with the average rates increase, the result is an average increase of 3.7 per cent for non-business properties and an average change of 0.1 per cent for business. July 2014 saw the start of the third year of Auckland Council’s three-year move to a single rating system. This means that over time, all Auckland properties of a similar value and use will be charged a similar amount of rates. The transition process helps manage the rates changes, with the maximum that rates can rise for residential and farm/lifestyle properties capped at 10 per cent and the lowest they can drop is 3 per cent. Business ratepayers have transitioned to their new rates amount, having moved from their 2011/2012 rates amount in near-equal steps over the threeyear period. Rates notices will be sent out from early August.
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‘Take five’ with Mayor Brown Auckland Mayor Len Brown was in Wellsford on July 4 on a whirlwind visit that included the Te Hana Te Ao Marama Marae, Wellsford School, the Citizens Advice Bureau and the Wellsford Library. He also took time to sit down for a quick Q&A with Mahurangi Matters.
Could you comment on the Local Government Commission decision not to assess the NAG proposal for a standalone unitary authority in North Rodney? It’s important to recognise that this was a decision by the Local Government Commission made on the best advice and analysis. I believe it’s probably useful to let the supercity boundaries settle to see absolutely what the benefits or detriments are under the change. We’ve got to give it time. It’s also important to recognise that the applicants obviously feel a loss of governance and we (Council and the Local Board) need to work hard to replicate and enhance the sense of representation. It’s one of the reasons I’m here in Wellsford today.
There’s a perception that the bulk of Auckland’s rates are being spent in the urban areas. Do you think the spread of Council expenditure is fair and equitable? Yes, I do. It’s important to remember that amalgamation brought a reduction in rating across the Rodney community. People struggle to accept this as a truth, but it is. In particular, for rural ratepayers, the differential dropped to .8. Secondly, our average rate increases have been much lower than previously indicated by Rodney District Council. The last one of 2.5 per cent shows that we’ve been as prudent as we can. Thirdly, we are trying to get an equity of spend around the region (see list p10). In Wellsford, the thing we’re most proud of is the speed at which we delivered the library. A lot of the work is small work but it’s often the most important to people – footpaths, upgrades around townships and road sealing – and we’ve done as much of that in Rodney pro rata as anywhere else in Auckland. We’re as focused here as we are anywhere.
There’s been some criticism in the community about the lack of consultation on the Rural Urban Boundary around Warkworth and predicted growth. Is this fair? There’s been nearly two-and-a-half years of discussion around the Unitary
Plan and the Rural Urban Boundary. It’s yet to be finalised and we will be continuing to listen to the community. We have that fine balancing act of not wanting too much growth so as to preserve rural amenity, while at the same time providing people with reasonable housing choices. We want the city to build up, more than out. And the cost of providing too much residential growth in and around the rural sector is huge in terms of stormwater, wastewater and transport.
In 20 years time, what should public transport look like north of Puhoi? I would certainly like to think that we would have a reasonable bus service here. We’re going through a massive change in public transport. This comes off the back of not doing a lot about public transport for decades. There’s significant investment going in to rail … I wouldn’t say that there would be a commuter rail here but it is important to maintain the rail links and, in particular, get rail through to Northport. For the sake of preserving the possibility of commuter rail up here, we must maintain the rail line through Wellsford and Warkworth. I certainly encourage the community to advocate for a commuter bus service both to Warkworth, and between Warkworth and Wellsford.
At present funding levels, it will take around 155 years to seal the gravel roads in Rodney. The Local Board is asking for $10m a year for the next 10 years for sealing projects, is there any likelihood that Auckland Transport will ever agree to this? We doubled spending on rural roads last year to $2 million, but I know that’s not enough. The decision around resealing has to be made around the framework of all our priorities in Auckland. And against lining up those priorities against the Long Term Plan (LTP) and the Auckland Plan. There are other discussions happening about alternate, specific funding for transportation. We are looking at whether or not we should have dedicated, standalone network charges or a transport levy to deal specifically
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with some of the shortfalls we have but that won’t, of itself, detract from the fact that we know we have to invest more strongly in the sealing of rural roads here. I’m confident we will give this community a better outcome than we presently have by the end of the LTP.
The Local Board has underwritten the shortfall of Stage One of the 100-yearold Town Hall restoration ($287,000). They asked the Governing Body to contribute this extra funding, but the Governing Body refused, even though the Warkworth community itself will have to raise the $1 million needed
for Stage Two. Is that fair? I thought we had made a decision to meet that shortfall! I’ll get back to you on that.
Have we got Rodney’s draft Local Board Plan 2014 right? Some of the proposed ways to make Rodney better include: • advancing major road projects for Warkworth and Kumeu/Huapai • working with local businesses to make our town centres grow and thrive • providing new and improved sports and recreation facilities. These are just some of the initiatives we propose to create a better Rodney. We need you to tell us if our plan represents your ideas and priorities. Read the plan and complete a submission form by 6 August 2014.
What’s your position on taxpayers funding the next America’s Cup campaign? We are! We are clearly funding the America’s Cup – the Government has made the decision to contribute. I’m a huge supporter of the America’s Cup. Internationally, their brand is as strong as the All Blacks. It’s been great for Auckland, great for the country, great for business and great for our reputation internationally. It is important that we support them as part of the economy not just as sporting icons.
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The Northern Action Group, which has been advocating for a standalone Unitary Authority in North Rodney, estimates that the area north of Puhoi contributes about $42 million a year to Auckland Council in general rates, water and wastewater charges. So when Mayor Len Brown was in Wellsford this month, Mahurangi Matters asked him to point to examples of where north Rodney was better off under the amalgamated Auckland Council. In response, the Mayor’s office provided the following list of projects delivered in our area.
Replaced King George’s head Support for Kowhai Arts Support for Wellsford Community Garden Grant for Rodney Rams Grant for Mahurangi College to reestablish community education Grant to assist Neighbourhood Support
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Parks Warkworth Showgrounds hockey turf Warkworth Showgrounds upgrade Atlas site consultation Funding for dredging on Mahurangi River Playspace project for Sunrise Boulevard, Snells Beach Port Albert carpark sealing Playground replacements at Martins Bay, Wellsford, Matheson Bay, Algies Bay Sandspit Reserve toilet replacement and mural Grant to Warkworth Lions for walkway from Warkworth to cement works
transport Advocating for road sealing in Rodney – Matakana Valley Road seal completion by the end of the year and Takatu Road seal completion New footpaths, Wellsford New footbridge and footpath in Puhoi approved Construction of mountable kerb outside 336 Mahurangi East Road, Snells Beach Footpath extension, Point Wells approved
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Mahurangi business improvement district (BID) mooted The Rodney Local Board is canvassing whether there is support for a Mahurangi Business Improvement District (BID), which would incorporate Wellsford, Warkworth and Snells Beach. The board believes that larger BIDs, such as the recently-launched NorthWest Business Association, can be more effective. The Warkworth Area Business Association (WABA) is already well down the track towards developing a BID of its own and the board sees the business surveys in Wellsford and Snells Beach as timely. It will spend $40,000 to survey both townships to identify the challenges that businesses in those areas face. Board economic development portfolio holder Beth Houlbrooke says the results will also help the Board develop an Economic Development Plan over the next 12 months. The work in Wellsford will involve an online survey, face-to-face discussions and phone surveys of businesses from Top of the Dome to the Auckland border past Te Hana. Wellsford Promotions chair Stephanie Railey says she is unable to comment on the association’s views on a BID, as she is yet to consult with members. The Snells Beach survey will involve approximately 60 businesses. Beth says that as Snells Beach doesn’t have a business association, a representative from the survey
Rodney Local Board member Beth Houlbrooke says supporting more business improvement districts, or BIDs, in Rodney will save the Board money in the long run.
organisation will be employed to go door-to-door to identify businesses. A similar survey was conducted in Warkworth this year, following a $30,000 grant from the Board. WABA chair Rachel Callender says the information from the surveys has been invaluable. “It gives us a good understanding of the challenges facing local businesses and the priorities businesses want WABA to focus on,” Rachel says.
Following the survey results, the association has decided to go to the next phase of investigating a BID for Warkworth. This will involve applying for more funding from the Board to further investigate the details of forming a BID. “There is initial funding involved in getting a BID off the ground, but once the model is established it’s selffunding through a targeted rate on members,” Beth says. Since May last year the Board has
allocated $143,000 for business surveys and BID investigations. The North-West Business Association BID is the largest geographically in the Auckland area, involving 700 businesses from Helensville, Parakai, Kumeu, Huapai, Riverhead, Kaukapakapa and Waimauku. In total, the Board spent $73,000 on that BID with the business sector contributing about $20,000. Board member Phelan Pirrie says a lot of the work is still done by volunteers so it is value for money, but it is essential the surveys are done professionally. “Local business associations are already stretched for resources and rely on volunteer hours. It also needs to be an independent process to get an accurate reflection of opinions,” Phelan says. “The costs aren’t that high when compared with the Board’s total budget. “But the more businesses involved, the wider the costs are spread, giving better value for money.” But Beth questions whether it is the Board’s role to invest in economic development at all. “With Auckland Council announcing the need for major budget cuts in the 10 year plan, is economic development a core function?” The Board allocated $25,000 for the Wellsford survey, and $15,000 for Snells Beach.
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Rams seek temporary rooms Plans to rebuild the Rodney Rams Clubroom at Whangateau have started, but club officials say their first priority is to arrange some temporary accommodation to cater for the summer touch season, which starts in October. Chairperson Lynette Penney says it’s likely to be at least two years before any permanent structure is on site at the Whangateau Domain. “There’s a lot of planning, fundraising and negotiating with Auckland Council to do before we can even think of building,” she says. “In the meantime, we need somewhere for our league, touch and netball teams to socialise, which is also an important source of income for the club.” The club is looking at using transportable rooms, which could later be sold. Lynette says the response from the community to the fire, which destroyed the building in June, has been “wonderful”. “People have held raffles and cake stalls, and Leigh Sawmill, Tomarata Rugby Club, the Waiheke Rams Club and Warkworth RSA were among the first to organise fundraising events, and the Rodney Local Board gave $25,000 to help us get back on our feet. It’s been really awesome. “We lost a lot of irreplaceable memorabilia in the fire – the old Omaha Rugby bell, photos of NZ rep players such as Brian Riley and the jerseys of NZ Kiwi Tawerau Nikau – but we are determined to rebuild.”
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Mahurangi students tackle sobering topic Probus speaker When a parent is sent to jail, sometimes it’s not just them who serves the sentence. That was the theme of the Mahurangi College Stage Challenge entry this month, which saw the school placed second overall on their night, as well as netting six certificates of excellence for everything from costuming and character to choreography and set design. Liaison teacher Jane Newby says Mahurangi delivered an excellent performance at the Aotea Centre in Auckland, which was perfectly timed and “very slick”. Mahurangi also received the Leadership Award, recognising the contribution of the performance’s three directors – Elspeth Free, Claudia Pati and Ariaana Osborne. Work on the seven minute 15 second production Not My Crime, Still My Sentence started last October and featured original dance, music, choreography and mime. It tells the story of a girl whose parent is sent to jail and how that impacts on how she’s treated by her peers and the
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Inner Wheel runs out of puff After 26 years of service to the Warkworth community, Inner Wheel has folded. The women’s service club held a final get-together at Q Café on June 25. Outgoing president Heather Pearce said it was a sad occasion, but not unexpected. “We weren’t able to find people willing to become office bearers so the decision was made to close,” she said. Over its lifetime, club members have assisted numerous local groups with donations and support including Homebuilders, Springboard, Hospice,
Women’s Refuge and the HIPPY programme, as well as Auckland hospitals. Although it was a standalone club, it shared many of Rotary International’s values including fostering friendship, international understanding and the ideals of personal service. “A lot of our work was done quietly in the background,” Heather said. “I think that willingness to support the community won’t disappear with the club and many members will continue individually to knit, sew and do other craft activities for groups of their choice.”
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AT refuses Alnwick Street connection The two sections of Alnwick Street in Warkworth don’t look like being connected anytime soon. Auckland Transport (AT) has declined a Rodney Local Board request to join the street, which is currently divided by a private property. AT says the project will be costly and deliver little benefit. The Board recommended AT progress joining the street “to enhance connectivity within the town”. It made similar requests in December 2011 and January 2014. But on both occasions, it was told that joining the two sections of Alnwick Street was “likely” in future, depending on subdivision of the privately owned property. Board transport portfolio holder Steven Garner says if the property owner decides to subdivide the section,
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Disability groups set to shine at Summerset Falls high tea concert Mahurangi disability groups are hosting an entertainment afternoon and high tea at Warkworth’s Summerset Falls Retirement Village next month. Adults in Motion (AIM) and Healing Through the Arts Trust (HTA) are putting on the show on August 10, which will include professional musicians, Mahurangi College students and some HTA participants. The trust uses sports and arts as rehabilitation tools for underprivileged and socially disadvantaged youth, and programmes for people who are socially, physically or mentally challenged. HTA chairperson Maxine Donnellan says events like the high tea help those with disability to give back to the community. “This is an opportunity for the people
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Photographers are heading to Mahurangi to take photos of the cosmos and photographer, Jonathan Green, says it could be a major tourism draw card for the area. Jonathan has been travelling to the area to take photos of the stars since 2012. “Warkworth is the first area north of Auckland that has low enough levels of light pollution to take these kind of photos,” Jonathan says. The images are created using a Digital SLR (DSLR) camera and by taking multiple 20-second exposures. The long exposure time allows the camera to capture the low levels of light
emitted from stars. “But any longer than 20 seconds and you are going to get distortions from the Earth’s rotation as the stars appear to move across the sky.” North Shore resident Mike Mackinven started capturing starscapes around iconic Mahurangi sites last year. “My favourite locations include the satellite station and the haunting ruins at the cement works,” Mike says. “A lot of people don’t look to the stars and don’t know about the Milky Way, even though it’s right above them every night. It’s nice to be able to show people what is out there and what an
amazing place we exist in.” But there is concern the bright stars will be lost as the area develops and more night lighting is installed. Jonathan has experienced this first hand. He started out taking photos near his Coatesville home, but as the area developed he has been forced further north to avoid light pollution. He says that unless more is done to manage lighting, such as covers for streetlights and sensors for other public lighting, the same could happen to Warkworth. The Auckland Astronomical Society is lobbying Auckland Council to make
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Surprise app fees upset unsuspecting parents Warkworth Managing the settings on your smart phone or tablet could save you thousands of dollars, says Netsafe. The advice comes as more parents are getting stung with huge fees from apps that their children are using. Often the apps are free to download, but in-game fees and data costs can add up quickly. Many users are unaware they are incurring fees until the bill arrives at the end of the month. Orewa resident Theresa Tudor was shocked when she received a $500 bill after her daughter was using a smart phone for a month. Her daughter was allowed to install a number of apps on her phone under the impression that they were free to use. However, the apps chewed through 1.2 gigabytes. As the phone wasn’t on prepay, the costs continued to rise without their knowledge, until the bill came. “I felt like we had been ripped off, that it was fraudulent, dishonest and unethical.” After reading the terms and conditions she discovered that the apps were using data even while they were not in use. “We had to go into the settings and turn off each individual app from using mobile data but we didn’t know this at the start. Everyone should know they need to do the same thing.” Netsafe operations manager Lee Chisholm says many people fail to read the terms and conditions, but
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09 425 6910 there are still measures you can put in place to avoid unexpected bills. “People can also put in a data cap or have their provider contact them when a certain percentage of data is used to avoid this sort of thing,” Lee says. Other smartphone users have racked up thousands in fees from children buying in-game purchases. Netsafe digital project manager Chris Hails says putting in place restrictions around how credit card details are used is vital. “It comes down to spending the time to understand the settings on your tablet or smartphone and being certain that any credit card stored for ease of use is not wide open, allowing a one-click purchase,” Chris says. “The simplest way to avoid big bills is to never share your password for the purchasing account with your child. That prevents them from being able to automatically install paid apps on
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Local Brits, Christine and Martin Liggins, have opened a Warkworth store to bring back fond memories of the motherland for expatriates and travellers. Poms Away is selling popular British food and drinks which would otherwise be hard to find. “There are always certain things people miss when they are away from home,” Christine says. “It’s like a trip down memory lane when you eat something like a favourite sweet from your childhood. We hope to remind people of those happy memories because it’s what you miss when you live away from where you were raised.” “We’ve had people in the shop who haven’t been back to England for 50 years, but they still remember certain products,” Martin says. As the shop is a bit of a Mecca for UK expats, the couple often gets involved in nostalgic discussions with customers. “It’s good to reminisce,” Christine says. However, surprisingly, about half of the customers have been New Zealanders. “We get a lot of people who remember a certain product from their OE or saw something on Coronation Street and wanted to try it,” Martin says. The couple moved to New Zealand from Lancashire 10 years ago for a change of lifestyle. Two years ago, they moved to Warkworth from the North Shore. “We always liked coming up here on day trips and wanted a bit more space,”
The new owner of the Rodney Flooring Centre in Station Road Wellsford, Wayne Hunt, is putting 30 years experience in contract management and procurement to good use. Wayne and partner Helen Jones have taken over from Selwyn Person who retired in March after 42 years. “Selwyn had a huge and loyal client base who knew that they could rely on him for personal customer service and a fair price,” Wayne says. “It’s really important to us that we maintain that high level of integrity.” The couple have only recently returned to New Zealand after two years living in the remote Northern Territory town of Nhulunbuy, whose economy is based around the huge bauxite mine nearby. Wayne was a procurement superintendent at the alumina refinery with responsibility for a team of about 30 and an annual budget of around $1 billion. “Living in such a remote area of Australia was fantastic. Unlike a lot of Australian mining towns, most of the workforce lived locally so there were a lot of young families and a real sense of community.” However, when Rio Tinto closed the refinery, Wayne and Helen were given the option to relocate to another Rio Tinto site or accept redundancy. “Both our parents are getting on in years so we decided it was time to move back. We didn’t have any preconceived ideas of what sort of business we wanted to buy but when a broker presented Rodney
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Christine says. They started Poms Away after a Britishthemed shop in Orewa closed recently and they saw a gap in the market. It’s all been running smoothly barring an incident with customs. “We’ve had a shipment of throat lozenges held by customs because they have honey centres. Unfortunately, they are likely to be destroyed,” Christine says. Before the shop, Martin worked as a carpenter for 40 years, while Christine is a budget adviser and financial literacy teacher. She continues to work in her field, working on insolvency cases in court and volunteers at the Wellsford Warkworth Budget Service.
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Flooring, we really liked what we saw.” Neither Wayne nor Helen has a connection to Wellsford – he’s from Taranaki and she’s from Auckland – but they say they have been made to feel very welcome. “There’s a really positive vibe in Wellsford with some investment and expansion in the air. We’re looking forward to playing a bigger role in the community as a whole, not just the business community.” Wayne says his years in procurement have taught him how to set up a supply chain that is efficient and reliable, and those savings will be passed on to customers. “Businesses in Wellsford are fortunate that their overheads are lower, which can give us a competitive edge. One area we hope to grow is our relationship with builders, designers and architects.” The range of flooring at the shop has already expanded from carpets and vinyls to include the eco-friendly Torlys engineered flooring range of laminates, hardwood, cork and even leather.
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Hunt prize pool tops $10,000 Pig hunters, fishermen and pheasant shooters are being invited to join the third annual Boar Hunt, based at Kaiwaka, next month. Organiser Vic Birkenhead says he’s hoping a $10,000-plus prize pool will draw entries from all over the Auckland and Northland area. The pigs can be hunted from anywhere in New Zealand, but must be caught during the hunt which runs over three days from August 8 to 10. Last year, 101 tickets were sold and six pigs were brought in.
Prizes will be awarded in a variety of categories including average weight and mystery weight. There will also be a prize for ‘the best hard luck’ story. Juniors who are under 14 years haven’t been forgotten with prizes in the snapper, eel and possum categories. The final weigh-in will be held at the Three Furlongs Hotel on Sunday afternoon, between 1pm and 3pm. The event is a fundraiser for the Point Curtis Cruising Club. Info: Phone Vic on 021 260 9588
Mahurangi residents are being offered the chance to study for free with NorthTec, starting this month. Fees-free programmes include business administration, painting, construction, forestry, agriculture and foundation studies. The courses mostly last for around six months and give students a start towards a career or further studies, earning them a certificate or national certificate. A NorthTec spokesperson says the free programmes also come with a range of extras such as free tools to give painting and construction students a head-start in the workforce or gym membership for sport and recreation students. The majority of the courses start on Monday, July 21. The following fees-free courses are
available at local NorthTec facilities: • Certificate in Elementary Construction (Level 2) – Silverdale and Kaiwaka* • Certificate in Sustainable Rural Development (Level 3) –Paparoa and Albany • Certificate in Painting (Trade) (Level 2) – Silverdale and Kaiwaka* • Certificate in Foundation Studies, Sport & Recreation focus (Level 2) –Whangaparaoa • National Certificate in Horticulture (level 3) –Whangaparaoa • National Certificate in Agriculture (general Skills) (Level 2)– Rodney
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I feel compelled to use this column to go into bat for our rural cousins within the Kaipara District. The deplorable actions and decisions of the former district council will now have long-lasting repercussions for all New Zealand ratepayers. The judge has handed down his findings and for all intents and purposes there is no hiding the fact the Kaipara District Council failed its citizens. These findings will do little to ease the pain and financial burden of the Kaipara District ratepayers because the Bill passed through Parliament made dam sure of that! Effectively, the Bill now requires all of us to “put up and shut up”. Ratepayers all over the country will now take cold comfort in the fact that we have been stripped of our right to accountability. An ex-councillor on national television bemoaned the fact that ratepayers were withholding their rates. “It is our civic duty,” she decreed. Sorry, love, I disagree. It is not our civic duty to sink our properties into generational debt so ratepayers can fund the unscrupulous, extravagant and poor decisions made behind closed doors by our elected representatives. What, however, is our “civic duty” is to collectively help pay for the maintenance and upgrading or “basic core” services that have a proven cost benefit analysis and have been transparently put to the ratepayers in a democratic way. Along with the townies I have heard from many farming colleagues in the Kaipara district that some of their rates have increased 100 per cent over the last three years. The appointed commissioners have perceived that the minority (who do not have access to the debt incurred services) can afford to service the debt. Tell that to the farmers now amounting in the double digits whose farms are being sold up by the banks on the back of two consecutive horrific droughts. Councils all over the country are sinking their citizens into colossal debt. We are now seeing a “borrow and spend” mentality after years of overspending on glamour projects and bureaucracy far removed from our basic core services and their need for maintenance and upgrading. Meanwhile, back at “the ranch” the rest of us mere mortals are trying desperately to live within our means. No council or elected representative has the right to make decisions that will greatly impact the financial wellbeing of its constituents without the idea being floated transparently and democratically. The government must overturn the current legislation to make the decision-makers accountable for their actions and not the ratepayers. Perhaps then we will see reckless spending being curtailed to an acceptable and fair level.
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Enterprising rural women encouraged to enter awards Women in the rural sector who run their own business are being encouraged to enter the Enterprising Rural Women Awards 2014. Rural Women national president Wendy McGowan says this is the sixth year the awards have been run and her organisation is already fielding inquiries from women keen to enter. Last year’s supreme winner, Diane Coleman, of Treeline Native Nursery in Rotorua, says business is booming after the publicity that followed her win. Though entering the awards may be outside some people’s comfort zone, Diane encourages rural businesswomen to pluck up the courage, as she did. “Winning this award has been a once in a lifetime opportunity that was challenging, exciting, scary, fun, humbling and has really put my business on the map,” she says. There are four award categories:
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Gardening Andrew Steens
Last month, we bid farewell to gardening columnist Wendy Schick, of Tumbleweed. Wendy has been giving local gardeners advice and guidance through this column for many, many years and we thank her and wish her well. Stepping in to the void is Point Wells gardening author Andrew Steens, who has a lifetime of practical experience, as well as a horticultural degree from Massey University. He believes he inherited his love of gardening from his mother, who regularly sent her six children on forays to collect horse manure and seaweed for her veges and flowers.
Caring for citrus One of the few things about winter that I actually look forward to is the ripening of citrus and, in particular, oranges. At this time of year, the oranges are the star; the trees are laden with golden orbs that bring vibrancy to the back of our garden. The crop is so heavy the branches are scraping the ground, despite the skirts being pruned to half-a-metre above the ground each winter. When we brought the property six years ago, the orange trees were not looking too flash, even though we are on Point Wells peat soil, which citrus love. Citrus are surface feeders that hate competition around the root zone and these trees had been overgrown with kikuyu, arum lilies, queen of the night and black nightshade. The trees were struggling to get enough nutrients and moisture over summer, resulting in small, sour fruit and yellowed leaves. In winter the arum lilies were blocking light from getting to some of the branches, causing big dead patches. In my travels looking at properties around the area I see lots of citrus like this; spindly, sick looking trees with grass or weeds growing up to the trunk and a measly crop. The first step to improving your crop is to spray out the grass with glyphosate (or cover it in cardboard or newsprint if you are organic). The entire area under the canopy should be free of grass, out to just past the dripline, which is where most of the active roots are. Sprinkle a few handfuls of citrus fertiliser (or use a blend of potash, blood and bone and dolomite) to give the trees a head start and then start mulching. Mulch with alternating layers of any green or brown material you can get hold of – grass clippings (don’t place these against the trunk and keep the layer to less than 5cm), wood chips, hedge clippings and all sorts of prunings go under mine. Sometimes the mulch pile under my trees can build up to 30cm high, before breaking down and feeding the roots. After just a year or two of doing this, the results are outstanding with dark green leaves, big fruit with thin skins and excellent sweetness. A side benefit of all the mulching is that I no longer have to fertilise my trees – they get all they need from the composting mulch layer. Several years on and weeds and grass under the trees have stopped coming back, I don’t mow under the trees at all and only weedspray around the edges every 3-4 months or so to stop the kikuyu creeping back in. I also don’t have to worry about disposing of difficult to deal with plant material like palm fronds, canna stalks and cabbage tree leaves; they’re more than welcome under the citrus as they help stop the blackbirds scattering the smaller mulch materials over the lawn!
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A Rodney College student is jetting to Chile for six months after being one of 15 students to win a Language Immersion Award. Year 12 student, Aimee Stevens, will leave for the coastal town of Santo Domingo next month after a year-long process of interviews, selections and preparations. It’s been a long wait since she was awarded the scholarship last August, but she says she is grateful to have had the year to hone her Spanish. “I’ve never been more excited in my life. I’ve always loved adventure. I’m looking forward to the challenge,” Aimee says. “I’ve never been immersed in a foreign culture. I’ve never been in that situation where no-one knows me.” Aimee will live with a host family and will go to a school with about 150 students. The 16-year-old has been learning Spanish for four years, and says she will have enough to “get by”, but hopes to become fluent. Her host brother is the same age and has been on an English language exchange, so hopefully the language barrier won’t feel so large, she says.
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Minimising down cows Calving is upon us and with it we will always encounter a few cows that can not get up after calving. Farmers need to work to minimise the number of down cows and the time individuals spend down. There are three main categories – first and foremost are metabolic conditions; secondly, is a difficult calving causing paralysis, birth canal damage or bleeding; and thirdly, is general sickness like mastitis, Theileria, poor condition and muscle damage due to spending too much time down. The metabolic problem is complex. Uddering-up dramatically increases demand for calcium. The cow responds by increasing mobilisation of calcium from her bones and increasing calcium absorption from her food. But many times she can not lift her blood calcium levels high enough to maintain adequate muscle function. She is weak, sluggish and, finally, becomes comatose and dies. The magnesium we start feeding to the cow about two weeks prior to calving until well into the first third of lactation, stimulates the cow to mobilise calcium from her bones before she calves. The body tries to keep the calcium to magnesium ratio constant. Magnesium can be supplied as oxide, chloride or hepthydrate. Magnesium oxide is used for pasture dusting at 100g/cow or as an additive to supplementary feed sat 30-40g/cow. Magnesium chloride and hepthydrate are water soluble salts that are delivered via drinking water. Starter drenches containing calcium, magnesium and energy concentrates are a very good option to get the girls over the initial dip. The ongoing feeding of calcium supplement after calving, on top of the magnesium, should be considered depending on the ration that is fed. When a lot of the total ration is maize silage, then lime flour is needed to balance low calcium in the maize. The same applies for large amounts of fodder beet where low phosphorus has to be balanced with dicalcium phosphate as well. As a rule, never feed calcium before calving! The actual treatment of the downer cow should focus on checking whether she is dull or alert, has she got a mastitis, is she anaemic and don’t forget to take the body temperature. The calcium is best administered intravenously (i/v). I prefer calcium/magnesium solutions because they work synergistically but straight calcium is fine. Both types of solution can go under the skin (s/c). If your solution contains dextrose as well it is better to give it i/v because it is irritant under the skin. I/v administration achieves higher peak concentrations in the blood. Cows with nerve paralysis are often alert and should be treated with antiinflammatory straight away to minimise further tissue swelling pushing on the nerves serving the back legs. These cows should also be checked for a damaged birth canal. Hypothermia is a well-known complication of milkfever and extra dextrose infusions, plus a plastic tarp on the cow to keep her out of the weather, works wonders. Severe cases should be in a hay barn.
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The rumours are true! Fleetwood Mac fans are in for a treat when the Fleetwood Mac tribute band performs at the Orewa Arts & Events Centre, at Orewa College, on Saturday, July 26. The concert is raising money for CanTeen, the charity that supports young people living with cancer. Karen Davy, who fronts the show as Stevie Nicks, has 27 awards for singing and song writing, as well as holding a Guinness World record for singing (48hrs). Co-singer Anna Fisher, a music teacher and mother of two, takes the part of Christine McVie. Organisers are promising that the Dreams show will take the audience back to re-live one of the most memorable and outstanding musical experiences of the seventies and eighties.
“This amazing show features a dynamic and exciting two-and-a-half hours of hits including Gypsy, Gold Dust Woman, Dreams, Rhiannan and The Chain,” they say. “The show also features great costumes and dramatic lighting, complete with the latest special effects, to create a special atmosphere for this fantastic night.” Audiences can get into the act with prizes for the best dressed ‘Stevie’ on the night. There will also be a raffle, merchandise for sale, including CanTeen Bandannas, and a special door prize. The event is BYO drinks and nibbles. Tickets are $25 and available from Orewa Menswear on Bakehouse Lane or phone 027 297 5667.
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Runner’s selfless deed rewarded Auckland Mayor, Len Brown, presented Wellsford School pupil Georgia Brierly with the Sir Peter Blake Trust Young Leader Award this month. Georgia won the award for her initiative in guiding groups of younger pupils through the school crosscountry course. “She didn’t just do this once, but six times. Sir Peter Blake was renowned for his leadership and picking up those who are struggling and that’s just what Georgia has done here at the school,” Mr Brown said. Georgia featured in Mahurangi Matters in March for her success in local running races, often beating the adults. The Year 8 pupil has since come first in the Lower North Island Girls junior cross-country and was “fastest woman” in the Omaha Classic for the third year in a row and second overall. She was also first female and third overall in the recent George Heaven Te Hana Road Race.
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During my weekly visit to a supermarket I usually take an interest in the area where lucky shoppers can pick up their favourite wine brand for a price that they consider a bargain. Supermarkets have been able to sell wine for well over 20 years. They currently sell about 70 per cent of wine in the country to the public. They have amazing distribution systems and know, to many significant digits, how much a product costs them to sell. Supermarkets love wine. Principally, due to the fact of the plethora of wine brands means they can negotiate the buy price with plenty of willing sellers, all happy to crawl over broken glass to plug their wine into a vast distribution system. There is no need to explain to customers the elements and values that make up the story behind the wine, they simply have to agree to some terms and conditions – a memorable one was the 2% discount that the supermarket demanded so that they paid their invoice on the due date. Ostensibly not so different from an early bird discount, except that a discount is normally offered by the vendor. Anyway, I am amazed at the prices they sell these wines at – many at $8.99 or even below. At $8.99 incl GST means the ex GST price is $7.82. Excise tax and ALAC levy is $2.11, leaving $5.71. Large wineries with colossal tank farms and international distribution can really bring down the costs by way of giant scale. Their packaging costs are usually about $1.50 per bottle, production costs are generally $2 per bottle and the grapes cost a further $2, which leaves about 21 cents. No account is taken for the cost of the sale, transport from warehouse, marketing and sales, in fact about a dozen other costs, both direct and indirect. The Matakana wineries tend to have costs two or even three times this amount – purely due to the smallness of their operation and the varieties grown are not the high yield producing ones. Local producers also prefer to avoid supermarket chain distribution purely as they cannot compete on the price (which is the basis of supermarket selling). Why would you? The aforementioned areas in the supermarket are called dump stacks for very good reason. Once you have sold you wine for $8.99, it becomes almost impossible to sell it at its ‘regular retail price’, as customers will think to themselves: “ I’ll just wait till it’s cheaper.” The compliant and increasingly overseas-controlled wine companies are happy enough as long as they can move what they now call “product” over a shorter “sales cycle” without increasing the “cost of sale’.
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Taniwha Shield opening at Kaiwaka tinged with sadness The New Zealand flag flew at half-mast at the opening of the Dave Culham Taniwha Shield rugby tournament, in Kaiwaka this month, out of respect for two Otamatea rugby identities. Otamatea Hawks player Jordan Kemp died the weekend before the tournament, following a suspected head injury during a game between the Hawks and Old Boys Marist in Whangarei, while Kaiwaka Sports Foundation founder, John Keighley, also died during the same weekend. At the tournament opening, event organiser Cheryl Anderson said the pair would be sorely missed, but they would have wanted the tournament to go on. “Jordan’s family is a prominent Maori family in the community and a big supporter of the Sports Foundation,” Cheryl said. John Keighley, who died after a long struggle with illness in his old age, was the driving force behind getting the Kaiwaka Sports Centre built. “Every community has someone who does everything and gets things done. That was John for Kaiwaka. “John and Jordan were rugby nuts and I’m sure they wouldn’t have wanted their passing to hold up the rugby tournament.” A minute’s silence was observed to remember the pair. Eight teams of Year 7 and 8 students attended the tournament, drawing players from schools from Wellsford
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Opening day The Taniwha Shield tournament in Kaiwaka.
to the Far North. Speaking at the start of the tournament, Rodney Otamatea comanager Chantelle Peeni said the loss of Jordan had hit the team hard. “A lot of the players’ older brothers were friends with Jordan. But the tournament has been a good distraction for them. They are going to play for Jordan and use that to drive them on.” Rodney Otamatea coach Mike Peeni
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Wellsford to allow the Kaiwaka field to recover. “I’ve been organising this tournament for months. It feels like everything that could have gone wrong, has gone wrong,” Cheryl says. “But the boys are still playing with spirit. It can’t be much fun for them playing in pouring rain and gale-force winds.” For tournament localmatters.co.nz
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Warkworth Playgym closes Lack of interest by the community is being given as the reason for the closure of Warkworth’s Tiny Tumblers Playgym this month. The gymnastics programme for toddlers has been based at the Warkworth Scout Den since 2010. Mahurangi Gymnastics Club president Liz Davie-Martin says she is disappointed that there wasn’t more support for the gym. “We couldn’t continue to subsidise the programme,” Liz says. The gym had also missed two rounds of Rodney Local Board funding due to mishaps with the applications. Last year, there was confusion over whether or not the application was received and this year, the application was rejected as the Board only received a hard copy, when a digital copy was also required. Liz says the group wasn’t told a digital application was needed until it was too late. But she says the funding would only have delayed the inevitable. The club is now looking at starting a
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July 16, 2014
Pasifika concert warms chilly winter afternoon A blast of Pacific warmth blew through Warkworth Primary School this month when it hosted the annual Pasifika concert to mark Kiribati Independence. More than 40 students, representing mainly Kiribati, Tuvalu and Tonga, but also including Samoan, Cook Island Maori and Fijian Banaban children, presented a programme of dance, music and commentary on their island homes. Music teacher Linda Gribble started the Pasifika group eight years ago. “Many Kiribati children, whose parents work at Southern Paprika, had newly-enrolled at the school, and needed support and confidence to fit into their new environment,” she says. “It made a big difference in those early days and now our Pasifika students are fully involved in all areas of school life. Their parents are also very helpful and supportive with our group and at school.” The group is limited to Pacific Islanders recognising the support of their parents who teach the songs and dances, and dress the children in native costume. The school also has its own Pasifika costumes. Mahurangi College Pasifika performed a Tongan dance at the concert, and the audience included several kindergartens and retirement home residents, and the wider school community. “There’s always a crowd and in true
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The concert’s costumes represented several different Pacific Island nations.
Pasifika style, they represent all age groups and aren’t shy to call-out, cheer or dance along. “Over the years our Pasifika group has performed at many community functions. It gives them pride in their culture to be so popular and it is great to see teacher Carol Weaver continue to nurture this at Mahurangi College.” Mrs Gribble says the Pasifika groups is also grateful for the support of Maxine Hatfull and teacher aide Teriribwe Taukoriri.
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