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Nautilus leaky Inside this issue buses building claim More coming heads to court Barring a last minute settlement, owners of apartments in Orewa’s largest building, the Nautilus, will see their $30 million leaky building claim go before the High Court next week. It has been long road since the claim was first brought, in December 2009, involving multiple attempts at settlement and postponed hearing dates. The trial before Justice Gilbert is due to start on August 4 and is set down for 12 weeks – an indication of the complexity of the issues, and the expense that will be incurred by all involved. According to the original statement of claim, the Nautilus body corporate and around 147 owners of units in the complex are suing the former Rodney District Council (now Auckland Council) as well as the builder Multiplex Construction, Walker Architects and contractors, including the cladding installer, membrane roof applicator and others, for a sum in excess of $30 million. This sum, which is made up of repair costs – initially estimated at more than $19 million – plus consequential losses and general damages for individual claimants, makes it one of New Zealand’s largest defective building Details about weathertightness at the Nautilus are about to be laid before the disputes. court, in a case that pits residents against Auckland Council and others.

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Nautilus leaky claim The 12-storey complex, which opened in 2004, was built by companies formed under the umbrella of Rick Martin’s Cornerstone Group, all of which have since been struck off the Companies register. Mr Martin is not a party to the claim, and says he remains immensely proud of the Nautilus, which was clad in composite aluminium sheeting designed to be “dynamic, practical and low maintenance”. Mr Martin says he was unaware of the building’s weathertightness issues until residents made complaints, and that the defects are the responsibility of Council and the builder Multiplex. He says that building specifications were changed without his knowledge; the aluminium cladding on the exterior was to have been separated from the structure by a cavity, and backed by marine grade plywood, but that this was not done which left the building vulnerable to leaks. In addition, he says the roof membrane used was a cheaper one than had been specified.

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Mr Martin says those changes should never have obtained building consent from the former Rodney District Council. “I’m very disappointed at how Council handled it,” Mr Martin says. “We paid them a good amount of development levies, yet they rolled over when the builder put pressure on them. It was a mix of incompetence and naivety on their part.” Mr Martin is currently overseeing work on the apartments recently built in Link Crescent, Whangaparaoa. He says this build was his idea, and he located the site for a friend who is the sole director of developer Valiant Corporation. This project is almost complete, with most apartments sold, and Mr Martin says he is now looking for another affordable piece of land for Valiant Corporation to develop. For updates on the Nautilus High Court hearing and more information, visit www.localmatters.co.nz

Keen interest in proposed new Coast bus network Auckland Transport says interest is high in its proposals to change the bus network on the Hibiscus Coast. Auckland Transport (AT) bus network raised by the public. lead planner Suresh Patel says that Routing Whangaparaoa to Orewa three days into the consultation buses through Silverdale may only period, well over 100 submissions had add 13 minutes to the journey, as Mr been received, the majority of which Patel claims, but it also disadvantages supported the overall concept. around 400 Hibiscus Coast Village However, proposed changes to local residents, who face a severe reduction bus routes have failed to impress a in service through Red Beach Rd. number of residents who use the buses Village resident Frank Butler says this to travel around the Hibiscus Coast is a serious concern as many residents or into town in off peak hours, rather than for commuting to and from of the retirement village don’t drive. AT is also proposing to increase the Auckland city. Mr Patel says the proposed removal of frequency of buses that travel via the the off-peak service along Dairy Flat motorway to and from Albany and the Highway, coupled with the idea that city, while reducing the current hourly travel from Whangaparaoa Peninsula service via Dairy Flat Highway. “We to Orewa has to include a stop at the can’t afford to do both,” Mr Patel says. continued page 3 Silverdale park ‘n’ ride were frequently

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Bus route changes controversial One elderly resident who does not wish to be named says the proposal to remove the off peak service through Dairy Flat is tantamount to cutting off her legs. She says the bus route from Silverdale down Dairy Flat Highway to Albany and the city (and back) is an essential lifeline for many residents. It enables people who don’t drive to get to and from work, do their shopping, attend appointments and social events and volunteer with local organisations. There is no safe means by which people could walk to the Silverdale Park ‘n ‘Ride from Dairy Flat Highway to connect with daytime buses. “I will feel completely cut off if the service is discontinued,” she says. Another Dairy Flat resident, David Wright, says he and his wife Adrienne have used the off peak bus for more

than 60 years, primarily to attend cultural events in Auckland, and to get to hospital appointments in Takapuna. “Dairy Flat Highway is the end point for many feeder roads and enables bus users to drive to the highway, park and board buses. As the area becomes more closely settled, there will be greater demand for this service,” he says. He says one reason he prefers the buses is because it is better for the environment. “If this service is removed, it will force many of us back into our cars, surely something traffic planners want to avoid,” he says. Mr Patel says all the feedback has been noted and AT is already considering changes as a result. However the sticking point for the Dairy Flat Highway service could be passenger numbers.

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Highway speed comes down

He also says that commuters are the biggest user group by far and that re-routing the buses from Dairy Flat Highway down the motorway will cut 30 minutes off the journey from Silverdale to the city. Mr Patel says another factor in designing the new bus network has been the difficulty of accessing new subdivisions, which are often not designed with buses in mind. He says in Millwater, for example, there are only two roads accessible by bus – Millwater Parkway and Bankside Rd. Consultation began on July 14 and continues until August 14. There is one further consultation session locally on August 9 at Orewa Library, 12 Moana Ave, Orewa, 10am–2.30pm, with Auckland Transport representatives on hand.

Drivers will need to watch their speeds along Hibiscus Coast Highway, as a reduction to 70kph in the vicinity of Silverdale is to be introduced soon. After at least 10 years of lobbying, the Silverdale Area Business Association has been granted a 10kph reduction in speed by Auckland Transport – this will apply from Hilltop to the Silverdale motorway interchange. Auckland Transport (AT) expects the new speed limit to be introduced next month. An AT spokesperson says that the speed may come down further “in time”. While Business Association president Lorraine Sampson says her organisation is pleased to see the speed reduced, members were clear in seeking 60kph. She says an AT survey last year asked a “one sided” question along the lines of – ‘do you want 70kph, or 80kph’, so it was clear where it was heading. The Business Association has sought a reduction in speed because of safety, particularly at the Hibiscus Coast Highway/Silverdale St/Tavern Rd intersection. The NZ Transport Agency listed this intersection as the 16th most dangerous in the country four months ago. Mrs Sampson says recently, in one week alone, there were four big accidents on that stretch of highway.

Ferry timetable finally launched

This week saw the launch of a new timetable for the Gulf Harbour ferry, with daily sailings in and out of Auckland city increasing from four to 12, starting on July 28. While the new ferry sailings are not a trial, Auckland Transport has made it clear that patronage will be monitored and adjusted according to demand. It will undertake a full review after 12 months, at which time it is possible that sailings could be altered to reflect demand. Among the residents expected to greet the new sailings with enthusiasm are Gold Card holders, who can travel free on the service after 9am. However, Hibiscus & Bays Local Board members are keen to see large numbers of residents use the service in order to secure its future. Obtaining those additional sailings has required lobbying and lengthy negotiations, as well as investment by Fairway Bay campervan travellers especially in ferry sailings and carpooling options, developer Top Harbour. summer. The local board has asked as well as connecting buses. Parking is a key concern, with chair Auckland Transport to investigate this AT will look at ways to facilitate Julia Parfitt saying that it would issue further. carpooling for ferry users in the be a shame to see the new service Consultation on the new ferry coming months. It says weekend throttled by a lack of parking. Parking timetable drew around 1000 responses at the Hammerhead alongside the – a total of 76 percent indicated they sailings are not an option at present. 360 Discovery terminal is limited would use the ferry more than they do Currently the only bus connection and the car park is also popular with now. People also asked for weekend is the 999 from Army Bay to Orewa,



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Not amused Auckland Council needs to take responsibility for the mess it has allowed Whangaparaoa Peninsula, and its traffic, to become. It was poor planning and lack of constraints on development that allowed the peninsula to have houses packed in every corner, and for yet more to be going in as we speak. That horse has bolted, but Council owes the community some decent investment – and we will not be amused if it now backs down on Penlink. Amy Bolton, Stanmore Bay

Common sense? On one of the many occasions I found myself halted at Hilltop in Silverdale waiting my turn in the queue for the Whangaparaoa Peninsula, I noticed that the car in front of me had a faded rear window sticker that stated ‘Penlink Now’. That sticker must have been on the window for over six years. With Millwater and golf course housing and Fairway Bay growing like wild gorse, the peninsula won’t just be gridlocked – it will be set solid. But Len must have his train set to the detriment of (most important) another harbour crossing and (almost as important) easier access to Whangaparaoa as this would release some of the pressure on North Silverdale. It’s common sense. Yeah, right. John Morris, Gulf Harbour (abridged)


I refer to the article in Hibiscus Matters’ July 14 edition, ‘Zoning an issue in roll out of Special Housing Areas’ which discussed the infrastructure supporting Special Housing Areas (SHAs) and also the use of provisions of the Proposed Auckland Unitary Plan (PAUP) within SHAs. I would like to reassure your readers that the council’s Governing Body recommends areas as SHAs to the Government only when it knows that an area has adequate infrastructure or that any infrastructure servicing issues can be resolved. The PAUP’s provisions then apply within these, as allowed for under legislation. The council undertakes due diligence to determine infrastructure capacity for SHAs. This always involves Auckland Transport, Watercare, the Ministry of Education, and the council’s stormwater and parks’ units. For the Silverdale North SHA, Auckland Transport was satisfied the SHA could proceed provided that developers build ramps and fund Hibiscus Coast Highway/Whangaparaoa Road intersection upgrades. Your readers will know that transport has always been a sticking point to development in Silverdale. The SHA process found a solution to that. Watercare approved the SHA on the proviso that the developer undertakes local reticulation upgrades and provides additional bulk capacity at Orewa Pump Station (which they have agreed to do). Ree Anderson, Project Director Housing, Auckland Council (abridged)

overloaded. Let’s have a bit of proper, considered planning and create communities, not just more housing. Carol Taylor, Silverdale (abridged)

widen Whangaparaoa Rd sufficiently to allow a dedicated bus and T2 lane either side and we’re done and dusted. The land that ratepayers bought for Penlink can be sold to bring some money in, and the Archer’s Block can be turned into a beautiful bush reserve. I call that a win-win situation. William Fowley, Tindalls Bay

Water meters a rip off Here is what worries me about this rip off. You wash your car, you pay, but water does not go down the drains paid for many years ago, it goes into the ground. You flush and wash your boat, the same as above. You empty the laundry machine over the garden, the same – you pay. On the peninsular I doubt very much if anybody receives the same remuneration as Watercare’s CEO ($750,000.00) or his executives on $100.000.00 plus. Plus of course the perks like vehicles, expense accounts etc, all paid for by the ratepayers. Tank meters are a straight out and out rip off of ratepayers. The sooner the Auckland Council realise this and trash this system and Watercare the better as it should not be a stand alone company but part of Council, or better still trash the Auckland Council and bring back Rodney or the North Shore as a stand alone council. We seem to end up paying for everything over the bridge and getting nothing in return. Derek Robertson, Army Bay Martin A4 flyer.indd 1

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The ratepayers that grizzle that Council is so much in debt should be pleased to hear that the expense of I couldn’t agree more with Councillor building the Penlink Rd may be wiped John Watson about those special off the ledger. Other non-essential, housing areas (HM July 16). The New for: that I read that expensive projects should also get the It isSpokesperson with huge relief need for affordable housing forZealand first First Communications & IT | Education | Research, Science & Technology building of the Penlink Rd could chop. Staff numbers at Council, and home buyers is clear, but Women’s what kind Affairsthe | Youth Affairs delayed (HM July 16). I think the CCOs, also need to be looked at of community are we bringing new be Education Select Committee: and Science residents to? It’s not just a case of people will be amazed at how the bus and salaries reduced. We have to target Auckland Office:and ferry improvements being offered spending where it’s needed with public putting up a home – where are the 157A Kitchener locally Road, PO Boxturn 31-119, Milford the Auckland will around traffic transport and community amenities playgrounds, schools, community P 09 489 8336 | tracey.martinmp@parliament.govt.nz halls and other facilities? Our schools, problem, over time, and make Penlink and services at the very top of that list. roads and other services are alreadyOffice: redundant. All that’s needed is to Angela Tailor, Arkles Bay Parliament

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The age-old debate about the existence of God has perhaps never been expressed more succinctly than here – in a church billboard in Orewa, which lately had graffiti added.

Thanks Dr Ted Thank you for publishing the article Living with Parkinson’s (HM July 2). For those of us dealing each day with this neurological condition, it is encouraging to have Dr Ted Watson writing of the challenges he faces in his retirement years. He may be aware of the book Positively Parkinson by Ann Andrews, published by Calico, which sets out symptoms and diagnosis, research and treatment, advice and support. Ann dedicated the book to her friends with Parkinson’s who shared their experiences so that others might benefit. In the same spirit I would suggest that to overcome Dr Watson’s sleep posture problem, he tries wearing satin fabric boxer shorts over his pyjamas so he can more easily slide and turn over in bed for greater comfort. The condition he and many other readers may experience involving a compulsion to move one’s legs when trying to get to sleep can be resolved by consulting Restless Legs, Wikipaedia on the internet for recommended treatments. I have found that counting backwards mentally from 250 to 0 takes one’s mind off restless legs and unresolved daily problems so that, by the time one has reached 20 or 10, one can drift off to sleep for several hours. John Buckland (abridged), Hillcrest, North Shore CONGRATULATIONS to Anne Walker and Colleen Jayne Ellinson who each won a double pass to the Fleetwood Mac tribute concert Dream. Thanks to all who entered.

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Contractors struggle to keep pace with storm repair work Auckland Council’s contractors are snowed under dealing with damage caused to parks, reserves and coastal areas by recent winter winds and rainfall. Trees have slumped sideways in soggy The sand was scoured out to the ground, or had limbs wrenched off by extent that several large logs were winds, signs and other infrastructure exposed that Stanmore Bay residents are damaged, and sand eroded. say haven’t been seen on the beach for The message is that repair work “won’t more than 30 years. happen overnight, but it will happen”. Coastal engineers are undertaking an Council parks staff say the mess is being assessment that will clarify what work sorted out as quickly as possible and needs to be done at Stanmore and in they are asking for people’s patience. the meantime Council staff recently Stanmore Bay bore the brunt of last advised residents that there will be a month’s north-easterly winds and while tidy up, which may include some sand the swell was a bonus for surfers, it replenishment. caused a large amount of erosion and The work will be funded from the subsidence along the beach and damaged governing body’s ‘storm emergency works budget’. several privately owned seawalls.

Organics trial a good idea

Halfway through the household organics collection trial on Auckland’s North Shore, feedback is flowing in as to how Council can create a user-friendly food waste collection service; 92 per cent of those surveyed say the trial is a good idea. Participants separate food scraps and other organic matter such as paper towels and teabags from their rubbish so it can be collected weekly and turned into compost. Feedback is also helping Council understand how people adapt to the service and what effect it has on waste minimisation, before its rollout across urban Auckland. Concerns raised include the durability, size and fit of the kitchen caddy liners and odour. The trial has been running since May across nearly 2000 households in Northcote, Milford and Takapuna. So far 85 percent of households have put out their organics bin at least once, while 75 percent are regular users of the service. In eight weeks, the trial diverted 31 tonnes of food waste from landfill. A rates-funded urban organics collection service was one of a suite of projects promised in the council’s Waste Management and Minimisation Plan of 2012 and is intended to significantly reduce waste to landfill.

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The future of a local safe house has been secured by the intervention of two community groups – Hibiscus Coast Community House and The Shiloh Trust. The two organisations have been Understanding with the Community working behind the scenes with House regarding the rent. Hibiscus & Bays Local Board deputy Shiloh Trust chair Allan Robertson says chair Greg Sayers to save the safe house this ensures that the facility remains since a story appeared in Hibiscus available to all the organisations Matters five months ago alerting them and agencies that used it in the past, that it was in jeopardy. which include Age Concern, Victim The Council-owned house has Support, Women’s Refuge, WINZ provided a refuge for people in need, and the Police. including elderly abuse victims, for a The Shiloh Trust also worked with decade. However, Auckland Council Council to ensure that the property Property’s requirement that a market was made comfortable. This included rent be paid put the property’s installation of a heat pump and repairs. continued use as a safe house in doubt. “We stepped in because we didn’t want Age Concern Rodney, which this service lost to the community,” operated the safe house under a rent Mr Robertson says “We expect it will deferral agreement, decided not to be well utilised by organisations and continue if a $260 weekly rent was agencies that work with local people in to be charged, however the Hibiscus need of a safe retreat.” Coast Community House put up the Mr Sayers says the community is necessary money. very lucky that the two groups have Community House chair Carol combined forces to save the facility. Laidlaw says the organisation can pay His attempts to arrange a meeting the rent because it is getting more and with Mayor Len Brown to put a case better quality goods donated by the that the facility be provided rent free, community to its shop. “After selling as it was by the former Rodney District those goods, we can, in return, put the Council, met with no response. money back into the community,” she “Council wants to optimise the rent says. “That is what the Community and would not offer any discount, even for a safe house,” he says. House is all about.” The Community House needs However the Community House is donations of furniture, bedding, not in a position to administer the safe cutlery, crockery and other house, so, in an arrangement facilitated household items to furnish the safe by Mr Sayers, The Shiloh Trust took house. Any items can be dropped over the lease and administration of the off at the Community House in property. Last week, the Shiloh Trust Western Reserve, Orewa, or phone signed the lease with Auckland Council 426 3598 to arrange collection. Property. It also has a Memorandum of

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A local women’s dinner club called Elle 88 donated $100 to Alzheimers NZ last month as part of the Cuppa for a Cause fundraiser. Elle 88 members also had a talk from Alyson Wentworth of Life Pharmacy Orewa on the subject of dementia at their July meeting. The talk covered many aspects of coping with dementia including what support is available in our local community. Dementia is a growing health need for NZ, with Alzheimers accounting for approximately 50–70 percent of all dementias. Alyson then accepted the cheque from Elle 88 on behalf of Alzheimers NZ.

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Push for Penlink continues


Last year at a meeting in my office with Auckland Transport chief executive David Warburton, and NZTA representatives, an agreement was reached to update the Penlink business model. The reason for this request was that I felt the old business model was outdated and did not make a compelling case for private investment. The new report was completed late last year, and I waited for it to be reported on, back through our local government representatives. When the report had still not been made available by June, I requested a briefing from Auckland Transport on the new findings. I was confident that, with the growth we had experienced in Rodney and the Hibiscus Coast over the last 24 months, combined with future growth projections, the case would clearly be made to bring the projected start date for Penlink forward. It quickly became apparent at the briefing that this was not the case, and in fact indications were that Penlink’s start date was in risk of being pushed back. The Mayor and I met in my office last month to discuss this. In this meeting I requested that if there were to be deferral of any capital intensive projects, then it should be the Central Rail Link that is deferred, and not projects like Penlink. I have spoken with our Local Government representatives and Councillors Penny Webster and John Watson, Local Board Chair Julia Parfitt, Deputy Chair Greg Sayers and Board member Janet Fitzgerald, who are supportive of this position. I continue to work at both central and local government level to seek a positive result for us. One thing I can assure you of, is that my position will not change over the fact that Penlink must be prioritised over the City Rail Link. I acknowledge that the City Rail Link is seen as an integral part of an efficient public transport system for Auckland, but not at the expense of other critical regional investments such as Penlink.

The Conservative party has selected Orewa-based barrister, and ex-farmer, Anton Heyns as its candidate for Rodney in the September election. Mr Heyns has 24 years of legal experience and says that representing people is ‘his game’. He says that the Conservative Party is the right vehicle for him to promote accountable government and to oppose liberal social experiments.

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Meanwhile, ACT Party vice-president and Rodney Local Board member Beth Houlbrooke will be her party’s candidate. 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.

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Buses are changing on the Hibiscus Coast Have your say – consultation for the Hibiscus Coast opens 14 July and closes 14 August 2014

We are moving to a simpler and more integrated public transport network for Auckland that will change the way people travel. Due to the scale of change the New Network will happen in stages, and we are now consulting on the Hibiscus Coast. We want to know if the new public transport network works for you; so if you live, work, study or play on the Hibiscus Coast now is the time to have your say.

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Coast low on priority list

An Auckland Council proposal concentrating the bulk of future spending into 10 priority areas, which exclude the Hibiscus Coast, is fundamentally unfair according to a group of local body politicians. At a symposium held last month, 10 priority areas across the Auckland region were identified where the majority of Council’s future spending could occur. Aside from a relatively contained area around Takapuna town centre there is nothing prioritised north of the Harbour Bridge: the priority areas are concentrated around Pukekohe, Papakura, Manukau, Otahuhu, Flat Bush, Tamaki, New Lynn, Westgate, the city centre and Takapuna. Councillors John Watson and Wayne Walker and Hibiscus & Bays Local Board members Greg Sayers and This map was Lovisa Rasmussen are concerned that presented to a Council this points to less Council spending workshop showing on the Coast over the next 10 years. where Auckland’s Cr John Watson says that a 70–30 spending could be split in favour of the 10 priority areas prioritised (in yellow). has been previously mentioned as a region is around $83 million (more guide to the future allocation of the than $10 million of which is from Council’s capital budget over the next businesses) in the 2014/15 financial 10 years. year. However, Council’s capital “That’s a disturbing figure given this expenditure in this area via the Annual proposal is not just for a year or two Plan, for the same period, is just $24 but for the whole of the next decade,” million. 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Tweet, don’t repeat As business owners we are always rushed off our feet with endless ‘To Do’ lists. So when social media is added into the mix, it can end up being put into the too hard basket. If you are jumping into the world of social media – as many businesses are, I know the easiest thing to do is to link all the various platforms up. That way one post once, goes out across all the social media platforms of your brand. This might seem like an efficient idea, but it isn’t. Each social media platform works differently: Facebook and Twitter are two completely different forms and styles of social media. Facebook is a website you can browse, scroll back and read over various articles of relevant, personal interest that have been uploaded throughout the day. At your leisure you can comment on links or share articles with your friends and often you can “catch up” from where you left off the last time you logged on. Therefore as a business, you can be confident that your audience is likely to view your contribution at some point throughout the day. This contrasts greatly with Twitter, which is an “immediate”, “real time” social media platform, dynamically changing every minute. Compared to the gentle flow of Facebook, Twitter is like a rushing river of information racing past. Within this context it is impossible to read all the content from your followers and certainly impossible for your voice to be heard if you are just repeating your Facebook broadcast. To be a business heard on Twitter you need to get amongst it and chat in real time to your audience. Therefore, if you link your Facebook to your Twitter account the question to ask is; is there really any reason for you to have a Twitter account? Twitter is a faster medium and very hard to crack if you are a business due to the amount of persistent attention it needs. If you want to build an audience with Twitter you need to be present and engaging with followers regularly – which you will never achieve if you are sending your Facebook broadcasts to it. Twitter is truly a conversation in text and is therefore vastly different than the more broadcasting style of Facebook. Consequently linking your social media platforms is completely ineffective. While this may sound discouraging, I am in no way discounting Twitter for business. I use Twitter for my business everyday, as it is a valuable medium that gradually snowballs with regular attention. However, if you don’t think you have the time to learn the art of tweeting and regularly engaging with followers, then I would stick with building a solid audience on Facebook. A motto I tell all my clients is, ‘if you have to do one, do one well’.

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Free composting courses and online seminars are being offered by Kaipatiki Project Environment Centre to teach residents how to transform food and garden waste into rich home-made compost that works wonders in the garden. Each participating household receives a $46 discount voucher, which can be used to buy a composting system from Kaipatiki Project. The introductory workshop covers how to compost with traditional bins, worm-farms and bokashi bucket systems and will be held at Orewa on August 2, Puhoi on August 16 and Albany on August 30. An online seminar covering how to use worm-farms and bokashi buckets takes about an hour. Bookings for the workshops and online seminars can be made at www.kaipatiki.org.nz/courses, by emailing admin@kaipatiki.org.nz or by calling 09 482 1172.

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More students than ever before are expected to take part in the Electoral Commission’s Kids Voting programme this election, and schools have until August 8 to join. Nearly 50,000 schoolchildren from over 300 schools around the country are already registered. The programme offers students a first-hand experience of what it’s like to vote in a general election. Students vote for parties and candidates contesting the general election, and can compare the results of their classrooms’ election with the real results. Schools can register until August 8 at www.kidsvoting.org.nz

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Spring lambs are already gambolling around in local fields – and, more surprisingly, one is also to be found at the SUP Shed in Orewa. The lamb, named Frozen, was found last month on the Wainui farm where SUP Shed owner Nik Sams lives with his family. She had been left by her mother and was at death’s door. Nik warmed the lamb and she began to respond in a few hours. Frozen has become Nik’s constant companion and a pet for his three children. She has also paid a visit to Wainui School and will be back there again for the annual Ag Day. Nik says if he can find a lifejacket small enough he may eventually take Frozen out on his stand up paddleboard – “a sign that spring is really here,” he says.

Silverdale post centre to remain

Phil and Tracey Bennett of Team Rhapsody will take over the Hammer Hardware site from the Brunton family at the end of this month (HM July 16). Phil says it’s important that locals are aware that the NZ Post Centre on the site will stay, as well as the PO Box service.

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First Weiti Block sites welcomed by ready buyers Last month saw the release of the first sections in the Weiti Block; 150 sites with views across Karepiro Bay, were offered for sale by Bayleys Orewa and developer Evan Williams says more than 25 have already sold. Pine forest on the land has been situated 1km inland, which will contain cleared to ready the sites for sale. The a range of housing – including some sites range in size from 1500sqm to that meets the Council’s “affordable 2000sqm. housing” criteria – are planned along This coastal part of the development, with other facilities including a fitness which is around 80ha, is being club, café, bar and restaurant. marketed as Weiti Bay. It will be a A marine centre is also proposed for gated community, and the size of the the northern part of the property, near sites, together with an architecture Stillwater. code, are designed to ensure quality is Developers Williams Land currently maintained. have consent for a further 400 houses Weiti Bay includes approximately within the 120.76ha village precinct, 38ha of landscape areas to be shared in but last year the company made a common by residents. submission to the proposed Unitary Promotional material for Weiti Bay Plan to increase this to 1450. This says that stables and a retail shop will includes greater density in part of be built for owners’ use within nine the villages, as well as an additional months of the issue of titles – as the development area. first houses are being completed. The final number of residential lots The entire Weiti development is around permitted in the villages will not 830ha and Mr Williams says less than be known until the Unitary Plan 10 percent of it is being developed. process is complete in around three Around 20ha of conservation gardens years. However, Bayleys Real Estate are included in the plans. Two villages publicity in the North Shore Property

The first sections in the Weiti Block are being offered for sale, and despite the minimum price tag of $750,000, sales are good.

Press suggests there will be “a further 1050 residential lots” in the villages. Mr Williams says this figure did not indicate that he is making assumptions about the end result of the Unitary Plan process, but that it was important for any interested parties to know that there was the potential for the development to grow to this sort of size. He says Auckland Council has, to date, declined the company’s

application for Special Housing Area status, which allows resource consents for a development to be fast-tracked and the density to be increased. Access to the development is via East Coast Road, which Mr Williams says has “a ton of capacity”, so although the building of Penlink would improve ease of access to the block, Mr Williams says he is “neutral” on the possible postponement of Penlink.

Silverdale clock tower construction nears final completion Larman Construction’s development on the corner of Silverdale St and Wainui Rd is having the finishing touches completed. The Coast Montessori Preschool has been operating on one side since last October and the first tenants in

the main complex opened in recent weeks. Tenants include a law firm, café, South African delicatessen, bar/ restaurant, French delicatessen, dairy and nail bar. Only one of the 10 shops is still for sale, and one office area of 284sqm,

which could be split into smaller areas to suit individual owner occupiers. Barfoot & Thompson’s Barry Masefield, who with colleague Graeme Perigo, has been handling the leasing and selling of the development, says that the quality of the development,

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The owners of the Peter Snell Youth Village in Army Bay are hopeful that they will soon have a clear way forward after years mired in the planning process.

Youth Village awaits hearing A blunder by the former Rodney District Council that came to light four years ago has caused headaches for the owners of the Peter Snell Youth Village ever since. The NZ Sunday School Union, expanded. which owns the village, hopes that the To fund this, the owners hope to hearing of a proposed plan change that provide up to 17 residential units on will put the facility on a firmer footing the property – something Mr Stout and allow it to expand, will see the describes as “an ambitious scheme”. He end of the matter, however it has faced says that the units would be occupied opposition to its plans. by people who are supportive of the No date has yet been set for the plan aims of the Youth Village. change hearing but the owners of the Mr Stout says maintaining the rural Youth Village say it is “imminent”. feel and outdoor attractions of the In 2010 Hibiscus Matters revealed that facility as suburbia grows up around the former Council had accidentally it was always going to be a challenge, removed the Youth Village as a but that the 10.9ha property is large ‘permitted activity’ when it prepared enough to make that possible. its District Plan 10 years earlier. He says part of the hold up with the This could have seen the Christian plan change has been the need to camping organisation, which runs remove portions of native bush. outdoor activities for school and “It’s no different from what has community groups, forced to close, happened in other developments, and however to prevent that happening a what is to be removed is low quality plan change process was put in action scrub,” he says. that has taken four years. The plan change proposed includes Ken Stout, chair of the Peter Snell the statement that “the overall Youth Village committee, says it’s development will retain the site’s good to finally be in the closing stages valued natural character”. of the process. A total of 45 submissions were made Mr Stout, who is a mechanic by trade, on the proposed plan change, all says he had to “learn a whole new but three opposed. Grounds for language” in order to progress the plan opposition include the need to protect change. what is one of only a small number “It’s been a long winded and expensive of bush clad areas remaining on the process to say the least,” he says. Hibiscus Coast, as well as concerns He says if the plan change is enacted, about the impact of increased traffic it will allow the camp facilities, located to and from the site should residential in Army Bay, to be improved and units be built there.

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Right at your doorstep! Hatfields land returned to iwi A piece of land at Hatfields Beach that was surplus to requirements for the Northern Gateway Toll Road was recently sold to iwi. The land at 51 Otanerau Road includes pasture, native bush and flat areas suitable for building. It has the Otanerau Stream alongside. It originally formed part of a 76ha farm and was purchased in December 1998 for the construction of the toll road. Almost 27ha of the original farm was transferred to the Department of Conservation for use as a scenic reserve and around 17ha was used for the toll road. The 24.8ha piece of land not needed for the road was put on the market with Barfoot & Thompson, Orewa, and was sold by the NZ Transport Agency to Ngati Whatua O Kaipara last June. The iwi secured the land as part of a first right of refusal process. The land is subject to a Department of Conservation covenant protecting approximately 14ha, including a marginal strip along the stream. Part of the land was also used for a clean fill site.

Stillwater hall consent issued



Work may begin within the next few months on the long-awaited Stillwater Hall in Duck Creek Road Reserve, which will provide a meeting place for community groups and a venue for functions and events. Resource consent was obtained for stage one of the project, pictured, on June 17 and Council staff advise they have identified four contractors to go to the tender process. All going well, work is expected to begin in September. The project was initiated by the former Rodney District Council and progressed by the Hibiscus & Bays Local Board. Stage one is budgeted to cost $759,570 and consists of a 217sqm building and 89sqm deck. Costs include $642,000 for construction, design and development, $20,000 for project management, $9775 in Watercare costs and $12,275 to relocate the playground. The second stage, as yet unfunded, will add an east and west wing, half court and skate bowl.

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New life injected into Silverdale Old Boys rugby The Silverdale Old Boys (SOBS) section of the Silverdale United Rugby Football Club is living proof that even when you stop playing rugby, you never really retire from the sport. Established in the 1990s by club With many of the SOBS members identities Stu Flexman, Gary Hick now into their 80s, and the original and Warner Holder, the SOBS aims to management trio having been provide a social forum for past players, associated with the club over the past coaches, administrators and supporters 70 years, the decision was made to pass to foster support for the Silverdale club. on the reins to a new, younger group in The SOBS officially host two formal order to take the SOBS to a new level. luncheons each season to support Spokesman Terry Wilson is one of the Premier team prior to important the new SOBS management, and says home games. Recently a luncheon while the club will never forget the was held with North Harbour’s new older generation who established the representative coach, Steve Jackson, club and steered it through the hard as guest speaker. He entertained the years, there will now be a drive to also gathering with some serious rugby talk, rein in the younger Old Boys who as well as a fair bit of humour thrown in. may have retired in more recent years. And the support from the SOBS “With the population growth in the appeared to have the right effect – area, especially in Millwater, Silverdale following the luncheon, the Premiers is the sleeping giant of North Harbour thrashed East Coast Bays 37–0 to Rugby,” Terry says. “A vibrant, active provide the perfect conclusion to the Old Boys club is going to be crucial afternoon’s entertainment. to offer the club some support and

Happiness is … watching your former team play, in any weather. Silverdale Old Boys, from left, Athol McLachlan, Neil McCathie and George Cowper, watch Silverdale beat East Coast Bays 37–0. Photo, Jennifer Hall

experience in the coming years.” Terry says that many ex-players concentrate on careers and family life once they hang up the boots and often aren’t seen around the club for a few years. “But the comradeship built from having been ‘in the trenches’ in collision team sports such as rugby, means you always

share a bond with your old team mates, and most Old Boys are keen to build this thing to its potential”. Any past players, coaches, administrators or supporters not currently on the registrar but interested in SOBS membership can email denish@harbourrugby.co.nz or ring the club on 426 5602.

Survey reveals good health enjoyed by many elderly folk

The number of people living into their 80s is growing every decade and will double by 2050, making up eight percent of the NZ population. How we prepare, as individuals and communities, for our aging population is the focus of a recent study.

It’s one of only a few studies preparing for the baby boom retirees by talking to people in their 80s and 90s. It shows older people in NZ are happy with their health, despite 40 percent being hospitalised in the previous year. The Life and Living in Advanced Age

Cohort Study, published in the NZ Medical Journal, was based on more than 900 people in their 80s and early 90s, in Bay of Plenty and Rotorua. Nearly half were Maori. One in five said they were in excellent health and 40 percent reported

excellent health compared to others their age. This was better than results from a UK study, where 11 percent rated their health excellent compared to others. The survey also showed that Kiwis in their 80s are more physically active than international counterparts.

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As more mobility scooters are using roads and footpaths there have been a number of accidents, and police are urging people to be considerate. NZTA figures show there were other users need to be considered, but two fatalities from crashes between significant obstacles still exist. mobility scooters and vehicles last “For a while footpaths were designed to year, and since 2011 there have been dip down at every driveway. This allows 16 cases of users suffering serious cars to drive across the footpath quickly, injuries and 81 cases of minor injuries. but unbalances people travelling on Warkworth Snr Constable Neil wheels, achieving the exact opposite Winterbottom says footpaths are of our aim,” Vivian says. Regular often blocked by cars parked illegally, maintenance of paths and roads is also forcing scooters on to the roads. essential, she says. However scooter drivers also need to Scooter drivers also need to take steps be considerate. “It comes down to to ensure they travel safe. Vivian says patience on both sides,” he says. it’s a good idea to consult with a GP The design of roads and footpaths can about using a scooter, especially create a safer environment for those following illness or injury. on wheels. CCS Disability Action “People need to drive to their abilities. barrier free advisor, Vivian Naylor, If there isn’t a good assessment of their consults with Auckland Transport and abilities then mobility scooters aren’t Auckland Council on access issues for always a safe option. They can be quite projects. She says AT is beginning to a lethal weapon in the wrong hands, realise that cars aren’t number one and for both parties.” Local Matters reporter George Driver travelled up footpaths and down kerbs in his efforts to discover how scooter-friendly Warkworth is. “I was surprised how the short trip alerted me to obstacles I had never noticed before,” George says. “Small obstacles create large challenges for a scooter, but small changes can make a huge difference. Repairing cracks in paths, keeping plants trimmed back and ensuring easy access across roads would make an area much more accessible to people reliant on wheels. As the elderly population grows, these considerations will need greater attention.” Video of his ‘adventure’, captured on GoPro, can be viewed at www.localmatters.co.nz

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Cataract specialist in Warkworth

Dr Mark Donaldson of Eye Doctors and team perform the first cataract operation in the Rodney Surgical Centre, July 2010.

Rodney Neighbourhood Support has been in safe hands with an interim committee taking charge. Members of the committee, from left Gary Courtney, Sue Bright and Margaret Faed are pictured with Hibiscus & Bays Local Board deputy chair Greg Sayers and Orewa Community Constable Antony Searle.

Dr Donaldson has safely performed hundreds of small incision cataract operations at the Rodney Surgical centre since it opened in 2010.

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Despite the loss of long-time Area Coordinator Karen Little early this year, Rodney Neighbourhood Support has soldiered on thanks to the efforts of a team of volunteers. Following Karen’s resignation in interested in finding out more about January, an interim committee was Neighbourhood Support to attend the formed to keep the organisation active annual meeting. until its annual meeting, which takes The meeting will include food, raffles place on August 6. and guest speakers such as Rodney Volunteers, including Lleon Downes Area Commander, Inspector Scott and Jane Jensen, who have both been Webb. Community Constable Antony street coordinators for Neighbourhood Searle will provide information about Support, have worked hard to re- how members of Neighbourhood confirm street groups in the Orewa Support can assist police. Hibiscus & area, keeping the files updated with Bays Local Board members will also be visits and phone calls to listed contacts. at the get together. Margaret Faed, who instigated The Rodney Neighbourhood Support Neighbourhood Support at Snells annual meeting will be held on August Beach, has been acting chair. 6 at St Chad’s Anglican Church, 117 The group is inviting anyone Centreway Road, at 7pm.

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Seniors helping Seniors

The idea of SeniorNet is for seniors to teach other seniors in our community to use the Computer and to help in their quest to learn the intricacies of this wonderful new way of communicating. Over the years there has been a number of the more mature folk eager to be taught the complexities of this new way of interaction with friends and family in all parts of the world. One of our current members is 97 years of age in fact, and is enjoying this new education that has been thrust upon him… and there are many more ‘students’, well into their 80’s who are taking up the challenge. Of course, rather than the hand-me-down machines of yesteryear, when younger family members replaced their computers and handed the old ones on to Mum or Dad, the members are buying new Laptops, with new systems which are a challenge for the best of us. With the more recent advent of the iPad tablets and Android devices and all that entails, more classes are offered to our members...as well as the myriad of two-hour workshops on a variety of interesting subjects. The oldies are certainly taking both to the innovation, and also to the understanding of the exciting progress that they have to learn to keep up with the rest of the country. Recently we had a workshop about the Social Media and were informed of the dozens of websites there is dealing with this phenomenon by New Zealand SeniorNet Federation Executive Officer, Mr Grant Sidaway, who gave members and friends a presentation on this interesting subject. Many older people may feel they’re being left behind by technology and the computer age. SeniorNet brings older adults and computers together in a friendly, fun and stress-free way… and there are six “Introduction to Computers” classes running at the present time. It is for those retirees who would like to learn more about computers and what they can do, from basic word-processing, through to email and surfing the Net, and so much more. The big feature of the SeniorNet is peer tutoring… This is mature people helping people of the same age group to learn technology.

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Motivation to get moving Exercise plays a vital role in preventing disease and extending and improving the quality of life. The benefits are well known – it strengthens your heart, improves circulation, keeps muscle in tone, helps prevent osteoporosis and keeps bones strong, helps control weight and enables you to sleep better and feel better. Regular aerobic activity also has a positive effect on cognitive function. Older people who exercise regularly have better balance, fewer falls and are able to do daily chores that keep them independent. Statistics for NZ show that between the ages of 65 and 74, only 55 percent of men and 47 percent of women are regularly physically active. After 75 the figures drop and only 38 percent of men and 28 percent of women are regularly active. Research tells us that it is ideal to do some form of aerobic activity for at least 30 minutes, five days a week. This should not be strenuous or stress joints, so walking, swimming, cycling and low impact dancing are ideal. 3 sessions of flexibility and balance exercises per week like bowls, gardening, housework, yoga, Tai Chi and Pilates will help prevent falls. Two sessions of muscle building exercises will keep muscles toned .This could be cycling, stair climbing, carrying shopping, swimming and walking. Structured activities such as group exercises, Tai Chi, dancing, golf and bowls can motivate older people to get out and be socially and physically active. But, I hear you say, ‘what if I would love to do this but am too frail?’ It is recommended that you still be as active as possible and do as many daily activities as possible such as hanging out the washing, walking to the mailbox, walking the dog (a dog is like a personal trainer). Many exercise programmes can be tailored to each individual. “Opportunistic exercise” is a good way to keep active without really thinking about it. A few years ago, while staying with us, my then 86-year-old father-in-law would walk up the hill to Whangaparaoa Plaza at least twice a day – there was always a letter to post or some small item of shopping. Currently in NZ we are enjoying a longer life expectancy than ever (males 78 years and females 82 years) and it would be a shame to spend the extra time living with ill health. So let’s get walking –it is free, does not require expensive equipment and can be done at a rate to suit everyone.

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Hearing health studied by Dr Judy Blakey Findings from New Zealand’s fourth national Disability Survey in March 2013 show an estimated one in four Kiwis identified they were living with at least one impairment that limited their ability to carry out their everyday activities. For sensory impairments, an hid their communication difficulties estimated one in ten Kiwis in the to avoid becoming stigmatised, whilst general population reported being relying heavily on their spouses for affected in their everyday activities by support. the limitations of their assistive devices Ageing with the invisible burden of such as hearing aids or glasses. Hearing hearing handicap is central to my 2007 loss was noticeably more than twice as doctoral thesis, which reported on 671 likely to be identified as a sensory loss NZ veterans (with an average age of than vision. 79 years) and their spouses. Over half That trend was noted in a 2002 the men reported waiting 20 years on Ministry of Health publication average before seeking help for their entitled “Health of Older People in communication difficulties. New Zealand: A Statistical Reference” Reviews highlighting the negative which ranked hearing impairment the results of uncorrected hearing losses third most likely disability to occur have pointed to the links between in Kiwis aged 65 years and over, after hearing losses, depression and mobility and agility. cognitive declines. Understanding In the 2013 Disability Survey over a spoken language is complex, and can third of the men and under a quarter be exceptionally challenging when of the women aged 65 years and over higher frequency and therefore softer reported living with hearing losses. consonants are not heard. Engaging A growing body of international in conversation requires listening to research evidence now documents brief and fleeting sound bites that how normal age-related hearing place heavy demands on our neural losses can be amplified by exposures networks, as they transmit and encode to different things (such as loud sounds accurately, prior to determining noises, toxic medications or smoke) and storing their meaning in order to during a person’s lifetime; especially respond appropriately. if the person also experiences tinnitus The “use it or lose it” dictum is (which occurs when a person is aware critically important as we age. of sounds inside their head that are Clearly if we intend to sustain our not linked to an external source in participation and age well, we need their environment). to prioritise attending to our hearing Dismissing hearing losses as an health. inevitable part of ageing is not Dr Judy Blakey’s interests in advisable, as people who experience neuropsychological research saw her challenges communicating are also employed as a research officer on the more likely to report more depressive NZ War Pensions Hearing Aid Research symptoms, loneliness, have smaller Study at Massey University’s School of social networks and feel less confident Psychology, in Palmerston North. Her about coping with activities related to doctoral research programme, which living independently. explored the implications of older Canadian researchers were amongst veterans and their spouses ageing with the first to describe how workers with a hearing handicap, evolved from that noise-induced hearing losses typically project.

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In the cold depths of winter, many trees in many backyards are positively groaning under the weight of bright yellow or orange fruit. It’s citrus season: maybe summer is just around the corner! The not so humble lemon is, in our opinion, one of the most versatile culinary fruit. It is recognised not only for its distinctive sour flavour often used to enhance cooking and baking, but also for health giving and mood enhancing properties. It is also recognised as a primary source of citric acid and as a useful cleaning agent. Eating seasonal fresh fruit and vegetables is not only affordable but offers a range of health benefits. If you eat seasonally then not only will you be eating a variety of different fruit and vegetables, plus at this time of year with winter in full swing you may feel the need to boost your immunity and what better way than to use what nature has to offer? A hot lemon, honey and ginger drink for soothing a sore throat is an age old remedy. Simply adding half a juiced lemon to a glass of warm water first thing in the morning is advocated to improve health. Citrus fruit adds a zesty fresh twist to winter dining where meals are generally hearty and richer. Lemons have to be one of the most versatile citrus, easy to use in either sweet or savoury dishes. We are lucky to have lots of old lemon trees here on the Hibiscus Coast and you’ll find that often a lemon tree is the first or only fruit tree many people will plant. We have been fortunate to have a few lovely locals drop in fruit from their backyards – the flavour is amazing. Here is a recipe we use as soon as we feel the start of a cold:

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Time to open history vaults

A national focus on genealogy in August could be a good opportunity to take the plunge and begin the search for information about your family’s history: you never know what you might find. Family History Month is marked In addition, photo historian Keith throughout the country, with Councils Giles will speak at the group’s monthly and local genealogy groups taking the meeting at St Chad’s Church, Orewa, lead. on August 19 at 2pm. Visitors are The Hibiscus Coast Genealogy Branch welcome to attend. has a busy month planned. Hibiscus Coast Genealogy volunteers One of its popular Genealogy for are also on hand at Whangaparaoa Beginners four-week courses will Library four times a week, all year run from August 4–25. There is round, to offer assistance to those one session per week, held in the hoping to dig out information on their Pohutukawa Room of Whangaparaoa forebears. Simply bring along whatever Library. This is free for those who join information you already have to the the branch – joining costs $20 per library on Mondays, Wednesdays, year. Bookings are essential, phone Thursdays or Saturdays from 10am–12 noon and a volunteer will help. Levina, 09 420 5281. For those who may have made a start Whangaparaoa Library also has its on their research, and wish to know own programme of talks for Family more about accessing information History Month – these include subjects via computer, there are two Open such as researching probate and Wills, Computer Groups to be held on newspapers and magazines and what to August 6 and 7. Each looks at a do if you hit a ‘brick wall’ during your separate programme – Family Tree research. For more information on Maker and Legacy. those, contact Whangaparaoa Library.

Age no barrier in digital age

Seniors are embracing technology as a way to connect with family and the wider world with the help of SeniorNet. The Hibiscus Coast group say fear and embarrassment, not age, are the biggest barriers to learning about new technology. Secretary Sharron Russell says it is natural to feel overwhelmed but encouragement and a stress free environment overcomes it. You can learn everything from how to use a computer, to email and spreadsheets, Skype and Trade Me. Tablet courses are growing in popularity. Popular workshops include book writing using Publisher, which many use to create memoirs and family history books, and the Camera to Computer course. Info: ph 426 1509.

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The quiet, leafy environment known as Palm Grove Retirement Village is proposing to build some additional units and we now invite enquiries from interested locals. Palm Grove offers: Solid brick & tile units (no leaks!) with ultramodern interiors • 80 year old Oak & Pohutakawa trees and beautiful gardens • Abundant bird life including Tuis and wood pigeons • 24/7 emergency call alarm responded to by qualified nurses • Residents lounge and library (cosy fire during cold winter days) • Convenient to bowling green and bus service • One block from the beach and next door to Milton Court Resthome. This friendly, community style village offers companionship with total independence in a small, friendly environment.

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Dairy Flat writer gets noticed Dairy Flat author Fiona Sussman will be in Matakana on August 15 to promote her debut novel Shifting Colours, which is already causing a stir in literary circles around the world. Set in South Africa, Shifting Colours shares some of Fiona’s experiences of growing up under apartheid. While her life was privileged – her father was head of Heinemann Publishing and authors such as Wilbur Smith, Frank Muir and Charles Pick were regular dinner guests – the book redresses the helplessness she felt living within the system. She tells stories of events she witnessed and, in some instances, of trying to make amends, such as refusing to do her hospital placement Fiona Sussman while training to be a doctor because her black colleagues were forbidden started the Auckland Charity Hospital, from working in white hospitals. which offers surgery to those who have She travelled to NZ in the late 1980s fallen between the cracks in the public and has been here ever since, working health system and cannot afford as a GP and married to a surgeon. She private medical care. It is manned by gave up her medical practice about 12 volunteer doctors and nurses. years ago to go back to her first love – writing. She has won numerous Book giveaway awards for her short stories and this Hibiscus Matters has a copy of Shifting year sees publication of her first Colours to give away. Just write your novel. Shifting Colours is already being name and daytime phone number on noticed. Amazon UK chose Fiona as the back of an envelope and post to one of its 12 Rising Stars for 2014 and Shifting Colours, Hibiscus Matters, she has secured a publishing deal with Unit G, Tamariki Plaza, Cammish Penguin USA imprint Berkley, which Lane, Orewa or send us a message represents several bestselling authors. Facebook/hibiscusmatters subject Along with her husband Luigi and line: Shifting Colours. Competition other medical professionals, Fiona closes August 16.

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locallifestyle Cellist Edward King is establishing a reputation both here and overseas as an exciting young classical musician. He performs with the Auckland Youth Orchestra in Whangaparaoa this month.

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Orchestra tugs at heartstrings Following its successful Folklore concert at Whangaparaoa College in May, the Auckland Youth Orchestra is bringing its talented young performers to the area again this month. On August 8, the orchestra will Delshaw Ave, Manly, starting at 7pm. perform its Heartstrings programme, There are door sales. which features Dvorak’s Carnival Win tickets Overture, Sibelius’ Symphony No. 1 and The Youth Orchestra and Hibiscus Schumann’s Cello Concerto; the cello Matters have a family pass (2 adults and soloist is Edward King of Auckland. 2 children/students) to the concert, Edward, aged 23, is described as valued at $60, to give away. To go in “one of the foremost young cellists to the draw, send us a message via www. emerge from NZ”. facebook.com/Hibiscus Matters, subject The Auckland Youth Orchestra Orchestra. Or write your name, is a registered charity made up of address and daytime phone number student musicians from all over the on the back of an envelope and post to region, mentored by the Auckland Youth Orchestra Heartstrings concert, Philharmonia and NZ Symphony Hibiscus Matters, Unit G, Tamariki Orchestra. Plaza, 18 Tamariki Ave, Orewa 0931 – or drop it into the office. Entries close The Heartstrings concert is on August 8 August 6. at Whangaparaoa College auditorium,

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An ongoing programme to beautifying public spaces, schools and buildings on the Hibiscus Coast with carvings and artworks made by prisoners was recognised this week at the Arts Access Awards, presented at Parliament by Arts Access Aotearoa. On July 29, the Hibiscus and Bays prisoners are mutual. “It gives the men Local Board received the Arts Access and their whānau something to be Prison Arts Community Award for its proud of when they can see their works outstanding contribution in working in public spaces,” she says. “The wider with the Department of Corrections community also benefits when the and using the arts as a tool to support prisoners return to their community focused on a positive new direction.” the rehabilitation of prisoners. The judging panel described the Completed projects include six seats Hibiscus and Bays Local Board as “a carved for Orewa Estuary’s Te Ara fine model for other local councils”. Tahuna walk and cycleway and waharoa It also said the process of carving and at Whangaparaoa College. Signs for gifting the work to the community Orewa, and carvings for the Silverdale was “a transformative experience” for park ‘n’ ride are currently underway. the carvers at Auckland Prison and The annual Arts Access Awards celebrate Northland Region Corrections Facility. individuals and organisations that Local board chair Julia Parfitt says the provide opportunities for people with benefits to the community and the limited access to engage with the arts.

Grants policy changes proposed

Auckland Council is seeking community views on a draft policy that it says simplifies the process for applying for local and regrional community grants. Currently legacy councils have a range of different policies and the draft aims to make the process fairer and more accessible. The policy proposes two main components: • A local grants programme – including the ability for local boards to work together to allocate grants for activities that cross several local board areas • A regional grants programme – with funding programmes for arts and culture, community development, environment and natural heritage, historic heritage, events and sports and recreation. Feedback on the Draft Community Grants Policy is now open and closes at 5pm on August 11. Info: www.shapeauckland.co.nz. Copies are also available at libraries, and the Orewa Service Centre in Centreway Rd.


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Puppets dance to many tunes at Estuary Arts Whether it’s cheap and cheerful finger or glove-puppet fun, fairground entertainment, carefully carved cultural icons or powerful therapeutic tools, puppets take many forms. All these aspects of puppetry, and more, will be explored this month at Estuary Arts Centre’s Festival of Performing Arts. Centre manager Kim Boyd says the idea of dedicating the month of August to puppets was to “engage the audience with the incredible world of puppetry”. She says the core theme of the festival is participation and creativity – the idea that “the difference between an object and a puppet is imagination”. Co-organiser of the festival, Dietlind Wagner, says using puppets as a creative medium for adults, as well as children, is new in this country but well established in many cultures Dietlind Wagner around the world. Dietlind is a digital imaging teacher Around 20 of the characters she has and artist whose interest in puppets created, which she says can sometimes began around two years ago when the reflect the personalities of people she Papier Mache heads she created for knows, will be on display at the festival. an exhibition were given life with the Also on display will be the 1.5m addition of glove puppet bodies. marionettes made by Norbet Hausberg, Her Dede puppets are now used in traditional Czech marionettes stop-motion animation films and are brought to NZ by Aucklander Lucie the focus for workshops that Dietlind Kodovskova, and photos and drawings holds with children and young adults. of puppets by Sue Hill. Jonathon Dietlind says her main interest is in Acorn with his skeleton puppet Spike the creation of the puppets, and the Bones, who performs to music by Ray storytelling, which she says bring out Charles, will give a live performance on opening day. people’s creativity. “Anyone can tell a story, and doing The month-long festival, which runs it through puppets makes it non- from August 9–31, also includes threatening,” she says. “That’s one workshops in puppet making, story reason that puppets work so well in telling and stop-animation – and therapy for people with depression or Wellington puppeteer Anna Bailey is taking a series of puppet shows around other mental health issues.” local schools. The fun and laughter associated with puppets is something that artist Info: www.estuaryarts.org Jeannie Court discovered when The Festival of Performing Objects • making puppets out of recycled August 9–31 • Estuary Arts Centre, Western Reserve, Orewa materials for her grandchildren.

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Entertainment, sport, environment

Footballers head to Youth Cup

There’s an added motivation for some of the Coast’s young footballers to focus on their training this term, as the Hibiscus Coast Association Football Club is sending its top 13th grade team to compete in the Gold Coast Champions Youth Cup. It’s the first time that a full team from to kick a football. Eleven of the 14 the club has competed in the Cup, players are having additional training which attracts entries from around with the Northern Football Federation the world, and team manager Craig Talent Centre as well as training twice Russell says competition will be tough. a week at the club. The team of 13-year-olds that is going The team has been fundraising hard to the event in Broadbeach, during the since the start of the season and Craig next school holidays, is unbeaten this says they have around half the money season in the Metro competition that needed. They are looking for sponsors – covers Northern and Auckland regions. especially for shirts and gear. If anyone Craig says most of the boys have been can assist with this, contact Craig on 021 with the club since they first learned 366 319 or email craig.jenna@xtra.co.nz

These young footballers will represent the Hibiscus Coast, on the Gold Coast. The team is pictured with coach Brent Edwards, left, and assistant coach Michael Brown.

Trial shelters come to park ‘n’ ride Compact versions of the bus shelter designs being considered by Auckland Transport for rollout nationwide, are expected to be in place early this month at the Silverdale Park ‘n’ Ride, on the left hand side of Painton Rd. There are three designs being considered by AT – scaled down versions of two of these should be at the park ’n’ ride soon, with installation of the remaining one due later this month. An AT spokesperson says the three smaller shelters are being installed in Silverdale so that the public can


ascertain what they will look like ‘in the flesh’, given that these designs will dominate the infrastructure roll outs across Auckland; it is not part of the formal consultation, which closes on August 22, although comments will still be welcomed by the CCO. Bus services to and from the park ‘n’ ride won’t be using these shelters initially, but the spokesperson says that consideration is being given to diverting the current services to the new temporary site as an option, and in advance of the Hibiscus Coast bus network changes currently being consulted on.

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Skate park revamp overdue The popular skate park in Western Reserve, Orewa, is nearing the end of its usable life, and Auckland Council has indicated to the Hibiscus skate community they may have to wait another five years to see any changes. In the meantime, the Hibiscus and Bays local board have put together a team of local skate enthusiasts to help with the design of a new park; this includes sponsored skater Chase Collins, business owner Nick Humphreys, Alan Keclik from the Hibiscus Coast Skate Academy and also Trent Armstrong from OnBoard skate school. Basic designs for the new park are close to being finalised, but it seems that further developments will be slow and steady. The current skate park was built by a team of local skaters in 1997. The process involved laying concrete and then pulling wooden ramps into the area, constructing the basic park that we have today for everyone to use. Over the years the council has done their best to maintain the park by upgrading it and fixing areas of concern, such as graffiti and damage, as they arose. Both Trent and Alan, who run their skate schools in Orewa, agree that the park needs to be more accessible for all ages and experience levels. Any new concepts are communicated closely with the neighbouring Hibiscus Coast Youth Centre and the redevelopment of the skate park could be seen as a great opportunity for them to upgrade their facilities at the same time. The team of designers have worked on a plan that is visually appealing by integrating different textures and colours. They want to step away from the boring grey concrete and turn Western Reserve into an attraction for locals, as well as people from all over New Zealand who visit the area. Due to popular demand in the local community from various age groups, the skate park has served as a well-used feature for our community. Many competitions have been held there and champions in the skateboarding community have originated from Orewa. Therefore, with so many members of the public supporting its presence, it’s important that the local council upholds its commitment to making those improvements and rebuilding this sporting/fun activity feature on the Hibiscus Coast – and sooner, rather than later. Taila Johnston of Whangaparaoa replaces Brian McLennan as Hibiscus Matters’ Sport columnist. Taila teaches skating and surfing but is an all-rounder when it comes to his sporting interests. He runs to keep fit and has played for the Raiders and Hibiscus Coast Hawks basketball team as well as playing soccer, volleyball and tennis. He’s even been known to have a go at netball, as his mum is a netball coach.

Athletics Hibiscus Coast Athletics Club is reforming, based at Metro Park in Millwater. Ages 5 to 14 years can learn running, high jump, long jump, shot put and discus skills. New members welcome. Info: email dion@ runnz.co.nz or phone Bill 424 5532. Gymnastics Gymnastics Community Trust, Playgym Classes (pre-school classes): 2-4yrs Tues/Thurs 11am, Fri 10am, Sat 8.30am; Age 4+ Tuesday 10am; Fun Gym Classes: 5yrs+ Wed 3.30pm, Sat 9.30am; 5-7yrs Mon/Thurs 3.45pm; 6yrs+ Rhythmic Sat 10.30am; 9yrs+ Mon/Thurs 5pm. Unit 4-5, 27 David Sidwell Place. Info: Centre Manager phone 021 216 8083 or 09 443 2795. Karate Classes for children and adults in Orewa. Fully matted dojo. Japanese qualified instructor. Info: Ph 426 3028 or info@ochiba.co.nz Tae Kwon-Do Dynamic Martial Arts introduces Tae Kwon-Do Tigers classes open to children aged 4 to 6 years. Learn the basics of self defence, discipline, fitness and flexibility. Classes twice weekly. Info: email dave@dynamic. org.nz or phone 021 214 7204. To list sports news email: terry@localmatters.co.nz

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HIBISCUS WOMENS INSTITUTE (North Auckland federation). Meets every 3rd Wed of month, 10am, at Stanmore Bay Community Hall. Competitions, speakers, activities and fellowship. New members welcomed. Ph 426 2432. Hibiscus Coast Widowed Club Meets 2nd Wed of month. Orewa Community Centre 1pm. Interesting speakers, morning/afternoon teas, raffles, outings/trips. Good Company – We care. Ph 424 3757. Toastmasters – Silverdale / Orewa - Fortnightly meetings held 7.30pm–9.30pm Wednesdays, Orewa Masonic Hall, 103 Centreway Rd, Orewa. All visitors welcome. For enquiries Ph 021 129 3568 or visit www.orewa. toastmastersclubs.org SENIOR MOMENTS Social activities for Seniors, every Mon & Thurs 10am – 12.30pm. We are looking for volunteer drivers to transport guests to & from Red Beach centre. Ph Monique 426 0056. WOMEN”S OUTDOOR PURSUITS If you enjoy the bush and would like to improve or refresh your skills in the outdoors, then join our WOP’s introductory course Saturday August 9 & 16. Open to women of all ages throughout the Auckland area. Experienced trampers or beginners are welcome, no special skills or fitness needed. For more info: www.wops.co.nz

Work wanted Private Carers / companion support work offered; We are well qualified with excellent references. Ph Linda 09 421 0604 or 027 664 5004.

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Building repairs • Roofing • Gutter replacement/cleaning • Waterblasting Landscaping • Tree work Fencing Hedge trimming • Painting • Rubbish removal • Lifestyle-block work. Regular maintenance protects your investment. Ph Paul 021 724 075 • 424 4150a/hrs A Master Painter Interior–Exterior. References. Competitive rates. 30 yrs exp. Free quotes. Immed start. Guaranteed workmanship. Ph Simon 021 023 36518. A SMART REPAIR Service for F&P smartdrive washers, F&P/Simpson dryers. Same day service 09 423 9660 or 021 168 7349. At Your Request your local cleaning team is ready to deliver our 5 star shine in your home for weekly cleaning, spring or moving cleans. For a FREE quote call Yvonne 09 475 9716. BAY APPLIANCE REPAIRS Repairs to all major brands of Laundry and Kitchen Appliances small appliances and powers tools. All work guaranteed EWRB registered. Ph 09 947 0333/022 600 9919. BUILDER 40 yrs+ exp semi retired available for property maintenance, decks, fences etc. No job too small. Good rates. Ph Rob 021 1672155 or 426 2960. GARDEN makeover & MAINTENANCE Greenspace Landscapes. Contact Jeremy @greenspace.net.nz ph 0210 273 2626. Heat Pump Cleaning Specialists We clean all types of heat pumps, can change hrv, dvs filters. Call Neil 0800 225 327, www.heatpumpclean.co.nz Interior Exterior Painter Affordable, approachable, anytime, AAA guarantee. Free quotes. Located on the Hibiscus Coast. Ph Chris 09 421 1638, 021 164 1663. Plastering, Gib Stopping. All aspects of stopping. Skim coat specialist. 25 yrs exp. Karl 0210 42 42 96 or 428 7127. Plastering, solid, Gib Stopping, Painting/repair work. Small jobs. Trade Cert. Keith 424 8841 or 022 682 4760. Property Maintenance “One Stop Shop” Painting. Waterblasting. Soft chemical housewashing. Moss/ mould removal and treatment. Full cleaning services. Commercial. Domestic. Spring cleans. Handyman service. Free quotes. Ph Simon 021 023 36518. Roof restoration & coatings, repairs, washing down, recoating, gutter cleaning. Free quotation. Txt or ph 027 247 7273. Water Filters Underbench filters & whole house Ultra violet filters – Kill and remove ecoli/bacteria. FREE site visits. Ph Steve 09 945 2282 www. purewaterservices.co.nz Window Cleaning 30 years exp, local owner operator, reasonable rates. Ph David 426 2253.

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HOME HELP Household tidying, cleaning done. Orewa. Exc refs. $18/hr. Ph 021 298 2703.

Housesitting HOUSESITTER Experienced, respectful, mature female. Quality care. Avail Mid Oct. Glowing refs. Ph 021 145 3027

BUSINESS services Adept Computer Services, Est 1993. PC repairs at good rates. Ph 421 1039 or 021 114 5517 www.adept.net.nz

wanted Delivery people Required URGENTLY to distribute Hibiscus Matters & flyers for all areas of the Hibiscus Coast. Ph Julie Murray 021 333 233 or em: juliemurray@orcon.net.nz CASH PAID Tools & Machinery, Shed & garage clearouts. All things considered. Call or txt 021 161 5139. TO BUY, RECORDS/LP’s Ph 428 1587.

HEALTH & Beauty HYPNOSIS for stress, phobias, easy Stop Smoking. Bill Parker NZAPH, 424 7610. Winter Special: HandS & Feet Nails cut & filed, includes hand & foot massage. $30 each or 2 people for $50. I will come to you. Phone 424 0676.

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SeniorNet for Seniors Computer courses & workshops available. Phone 426 1509. Mon–Thurs 9am–3pm, Fri 9am–12pm www.seniornet-hbc.org.nz Watercolour Painting Absolute Beginners workshop 10am–4pm, August 2, $75. Watercolour Wed 1pm–3pm. Pauline Smith 426 4244 paulinesmith@xtra.co.nz

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Eaves Bush Appreciation Group workday, meeting 9am at the Old North Road entrance to the reserve. Clearing the gutters by the tracks. Some tools supplied but your own gloves and trowel would be handy. Cup of tea at 10.30am. New faces welcome. Info: phone Don Turner, 426 4761 or Laurie Rands, 426 3122. Free composting courses with the Kaipatiki Project, Orewa, 2–4pm. Venue to be advised on booking. Workshop covers how to compost with traditional bins, worm-farms and bokashi buckets. Each participating household receives a $46 voucher, which can be used to buy a composting system. Online seminar also available. Bookings essential at www. kaipatiki.org.nz/courses, email admin@kaipatiki.org.nz or ph 09 482 1172. Candidates Meeting hosted by Hibiscus Coast Forest & Bird, St Andrews Presbyterian Church, 107 Centreway Rd, Orewa, meeting starts 7.30pm. Meet candidates from National, Labour, Greens and NZ First to hear how their party will respond to environmental issues. Come early to buy rat and possum traps for your backyard. All welcome. Info: www. hbcforestandbird.org.nz Rodney Neighbourhood Support AGM, St Chad’s Anglican Church, 117 Centreway Road, starting 7pm. Find out more about Neighbourhood Support, meet the team and find out how you can get involved. Food, raffles and guest speakers. (see story p19) Engage Careers Expo, Stanmore Bay Pool & Leisure Centre, 159 Brightside Rd, Stanmore Bay. August 6, 12.30pm–8.30pm; August 7, 10am–8.30pm. Info: www.cyctrust.org.nz/engage Auckland Youth Orchestra Heartstrings Concert, Whangaparaoa College auditorium, Delshaw Ave, Manly, 7pm. Music by Dvorak, Schumann and Sibelius, featuring cello soloist Edward King. Tickets $20 adults, $15 senior, $5 child. Door sales only. (see story p25) Information on proposed new bus network for the Hibiscus Coast, Orewa Library, 12 Moana Ave, Orewa, 10am–2.30pm. AT representatives on hand to discuss the proposal. (see story p3) Festival of Performing Objects, Estuary Arts Centre, Western Reserve, Hibiscus Coast Highway, Orewa. A month-long festival dedicated to puppetry that includes displays of traditional and modern puppets, workshops in puppet making and stopanimation films. Info: www.estuaryarts.org (see story p27) Free composting courses with the Kaipatiki Project, Puhoi, 2–5pm. Venue to be advised on booking. Workshop covers how to compost with traditional bins, worm-farms and bokashi buckets. Each participating household receives a $46 voucher, which can be used to buy a composting system. Online seminar available. Bookings essential at www.kaipatiki.org.nz/courses, email admin@kaipatiki.org.nz or phone 09 482 1172.

Silverdale Village Market every Saturday 8am-1pm

Many bargains to be had! From organic fruit & veges, to jewellery, crafts & clothing. Only $12 for a stall. If you would like a stall or for more info phone Jill 426 4479

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FEATURE BIRD – FANTAIL (Piwakawaka) These delightful and vocal little birds often appear to perform aerobatics for you personally. They are in fact chasing the insects you may have disturbed and which are their main food. They call with a chattering ‘cheek’. Talk back to them

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Athletics club ready for new start at Metro Park The local athletics club, Hibiscus Coast Athletics, has a new lease on life thanks to the creation of Metro Park East in Millwater. The club was formed by the this season, but this will be extended to Whangaparaoa Baptist Church in 2004 400m by the 2015/16 season. and in its busiest seasons had around Dion and Bill say it may be basic to 240 children, aged five to 14 years, start off with, but that the club will learning running, high jump, long definitely be there on October 15, jump, shot put and discus skills, using even if they have to run on a dirt track. school grounds in Whangaparaoa. Their gear can be stored in a shipping Numbers dropped off in recent container on site and a caravan will seasons and last summer, the club be brought in as a base. Eventually went into recess; it was a move that they will be able to take advantage of treasurer Bill Toohill says could well shared clubrooms but it could be five have been permanent had it not been years before that facility is built. for an approach by Craig Hewett and The club’s annual meeting on July 29 Jim Hogg of Athletics Auckland last included a presentation on what Metro October. Park East will offer, and the vision of the Athletics Auckland is on the Metro club for the future. That vision includes Park East working group and had been delivering a comprehensive children’s considering starting up a new club, athletics programme, developing a based at the new grounds in Millwater. strong leadership base of volunteers and After discussions with the core group growing membership. Long term goals that had been keeping Hibiscus Coast include offering a programme for those Athletics going while in recess, it was aged 15, up to Masters level, adding decided to give them a spot at Metro a full winter programme including Park that covers two soccer fields to road and cross country running, and use in summer. developing an all weather track. New members, made up largely Fired up by this, a membership drive of families moving into Millwater, is underway – expect to see committee include Dion Jelley of Run NZ who is members handing out information now club captain. around the community this month. Dion says there’s a lot of support for For more info, or to join the club, an athletics club in Millwater, and the visit http://www.sportsground.co.nz/ push is on now to get it started this hibiscusathletics, email dion@runnz. season, with a date set of October 15. co.nz or phone Bill, 424 5532 or 027 The club will have a 300m running track 442 3346.

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This is how Hibiscus Coast Athletics Club hopes its centre at Metro Park could look, by 2024. Inset, Dion Jelley, left, and Bill Toohill are helping get the Hibiscus Coast Athletics Club up and running again.

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