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One of the largest infrastructure projects ever undertaken in the Mahurangi area has been given the go ahead. The independent Board of Inquiry on the $780 million Puhoi to Warkworth section, of the Road of National Significance to Wellsford, has granted the NZ Transport Agency two notices of requirements and 15 recourse consents, subject to conditions. The draft decision paves the way for the NZTA to begin awarding contracts. The first stage of the project will involve construction of a fourlane, 18.5km motorway from the Johnstone’s Hill tunnels on State Highway 1 to a roundabout just north of Hudson Road, in Warkworth. Ramps to and from Auckland are planned near Puhoi. Pending the board’s final decision in September, construction of the motorway may start between 2016 and 2019 and will take about five years to build. The board imposed special conditions around the use of the Hill Street intersection during construction. It rejected a claim by NZTA experts that the motorway would have “only a minor adverse effect on the Hill Street intersection in Warkworth”. It stated that congestion would be compounded, delays aggravated and safety risks to motorists and

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Town hall to go from “sad to fab” Restoration work on one of Warkworth’s most notable, and controversial, landmarks will start next month. Auckland Council, through the Rodney Local Board, will spend $3 million on getting the 103-year-old Warkworth Town Hall re-opened. The community is expected to stumpup with a further $1 million to see the

refurbishment completed. In the words of the fundraising coordinator Tracey Martin, the old building is set to go “from sad to fab”. As well as strengthening and repairs, the mezzanine floor will re-open, a lift will be installed and the auditorium will have seating for 300 people. There will be new toilets, multi-purpose meeting rooms, tiered seating, a

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Town hall restoration He hopes the building will re-open in September next year, but this won’t be known for sure until tenders have been awarded. While Council money will be used to cover the building costs, the community’s contribution will be spent on the fit-out including the removal of the old kitchen along Neville Street and construction of a new one, provision of a new rehearsal space and retractable seating. On July 16, a meeting was held to start gathering fundraising ideas. Tracey said she believed that if the community could come up with at least $200,000, then the balance could be raised from major funding sources such as lotteries and Vodafone. A Warkworth Town Hall Restoration trust was being formed to spearhead the campaign. “Somehow we have to make this community see what an asset this hall is going to be and to realise it’s potential,” she said. “We need to create some excitement right across the whole community because this hall will be for everyone. Even in the sad old state it was in, under Rodney District Council, it was still the most used hall in Rodney.” Fundraising ideas suggested on the night included a Glory Days event on the Mahurangi riverbank, interest free loans, ‘buy a brick/seat’ sponsorship, Kowhai Festival stall and raffle, youth concerts, walkathon, bucket brigade at

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the Hill Street intersection on Labour Weekend, 48-hour film festival, a Jane Gifford event, a Helensville horse trek and a magic cards tournament. Several young people attended the meeting and were keen to be involved. Tracey said she would like to identify ideas that had the potential to pull in funds from outside the Mahurangi area. “We all know that this community is constantly being asked to put their hands in their pockets for many good causes so it would be good to tap in to some outside donations.” One of the first organisations to make a donation was Warkworth Music which pledged $5000. A project launch will be held on September 14. The town hall is a Category 1 heritage building with the NZ Historic Places Trust, recognising its now-rare hollow stoneware block construction and its significance in the social history of Warkworth. It was closed, and its tenants evicted, in March last year due to concerns about its structural safety. Its many problems included a leaky roof, a failure to meet seismic requirements and concerns about its fire risk. The hall has since remained vacant (see Opinion p4). Fundraising ideas can be emailed to

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pedestrians increased. In response, it set conditions around the use of the intersection by construction traffic, restricting it during peak times on weekdays, weekends, and at holiday times. The report also stated that while it applauded the proposed intersection improvements which will be constructed over summer, it urged the NZTA to look at further improvements over the next three to four years, in consultation with Auckland Transport. NZTA acting highway manager, Steve Mutton, says the draft decision is great news and an exciting and important step towards improving transport connections between Auckland and Northland. “Whangarei to Auckland is one of New Zealand’s key transport routes, and investigations on how to continue improving and securing this corridor are ongoing, including for the Wellsford to Warkworth section.” The applicant and other parties now have 20 working days to make comments on minor or technical aspects of the report. The Board of Inquiry was chaired by retired High Court Judge John Priestley. The other four members of the board were Michael Parsonson, Alan Withy, Bronwyn Hunt and David Chandler. For full coverage of the decision, go to

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Noah-nonsense approach taken to building Parking spaces A Mahurangi entrepreneur says he has to disappear found a solution to the problem of affordable housing by building an ark. Coll Bell has built an A-frame style house on pontoons, which he says is classed as a boat, to show how building a home can be affordable if you don’t need to follow the building code or gain building consent. “It makes me furious to hear Councillors going on about affordable housing when they are part of the problem with their regulations and fees,” Coll says. “If I were to build this to regulation it would cost triple the price. This is what you can do if you relax the rules.” It took the Whangaripo resident a week to build the 35m2 house. It runs 100 per cent off grid, with a small solar panel powering LED lights, and gas hot water and heating. The ‘boat’ is essentially one fully insulated openplan room, with a loft bedroom. Coll has spent 35 years as a boat builder and intends to build an ark on water this summer. “It’s water-worthy and displaces threetonnes of water but only weighs 1.5 tonnes. This isn’t really something new – all around the world people are building homes which can float on water.” The ark is attached to a worm-powered sewerage system Coll has designed and has been selling and installing for the past decade. He is looking to sell the ark as a kit-set for $25,000 and is about to set up the prototype as an off-grid retreat. However, Auckland Council building

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Coll Bell says he has saved “tens of thousands of dollars” by sidestepping the building code by building an ark, but Auckland Council says he can’t live in it on dry land.

control inspection manager Tim Weight says it is illegal to live on a boat on dry land and the structure will still require a building consent. “Although you don’t need building consent to build a boat on your own property you do need a consent if the structure is kept on land,” Tim says. “However, if Coll had the ark in a pond on his property then it would not need a building consent. “It’s a very a very interesting case. I would like to see what the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment had to say about it. These cases are a

bit of a grey area and we would need to run it past our legal team.” Tim says if Coll does not intend to put the structure on water, then the toilet and shower will need to be removed so it can’t be habitable, and no-one will be allowed to live in it. “It would be classed as a shed. “Putting a house on wheels also avoids the building code but it has to get a roadworthy certificate and a warrant of fitness, and abide by the width restrictions for a caravan.” Coll says he intends to launch the ark into water. (see cartoon page 4)

Northland candidates line-up in Wellsford Voters in the Northland electorate, which includes Wellsford, Tapora, Tauhoa, Pakiri, Mangawhai, Kaiwaka and Maungaturoto, are invited to a Meet Your Candidates Meeting on August 14. The meeting is being organised by Wellsford Promotions. Spokesperson Tony Sowden says the Wellsford area seldom sees its parliamentary representative so the meeting is an opportunity to meet those standing for Northland. “It’s the first meeting of its kind held in Wellsford for many

years so we hope residents will make the effort to attend,” he says. Candidates at the meeting will include Mike Sabin for National, David Clendon for Greens, Willow-Jean Prime for Labour, Ken Rintoul for Focus, Mel Taylor for Conservatives, and David Wilson for Democratic. The evening will be held at the Wellsford Community Centre starting at 6.30pm, with presentations from 7pm onwards.

Warkworth’s parking woes look set to continue with the closure of two central carparks in August and September, and no alternative parking on offer. The site of the proposed Oaks on Neville Retirement Village, which currently caters for about 40 to 50 cars, will close when construction starts next month. The carpark is well-used by retail shop owners and their staff, real estate agents, tavern patrons and shoppers. Then around 20 spaces, behind the Senior Citizens Rooms, will be permanently lost in September when work starts on the old Town Hall. There is no provision for any parking as part of the hall’s restoration. Rodney Local Board member Steven Garner says that for the last three years, the board has advocated to Auckland Transport (AT) for better parking arrangements for Warkworth. “They don’t consider we have a problem,” he says. Steven also doesn’t see a second storey on the Baxter Street carpark building happening anytime soon. “It’s been talked about and I think it was originally built with that ultimate aim, but I’ve never known it to be in any Council plan of significance. We’re not even close to seeing that happen. “AT is making some change to parking arrangements along Baxter and Neville Streets – removing the parallel parking in favour of angle parking – which will provide some short-term relief.” Warkworth Area Business Association committee member David Wilmot says in every survey undertaken by the association in recent times, parking has been the number one issue. The association and the Warkworth Liaison Group have made a joint submission on a current Auckland Council discussion document on parking. David says the document focuses on the city, with little or no mention of Warkworth. “A one-size-fits-all approach won’t work here,” he says. “We need a specific plan for Warkworth.”

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YOU S AY Email letters to Spoil not marina’s issue I would like to comment on two letters regarding the use of material for road works on the Sandspit Spit arising from the Sandspit Marina dredging (MM Jul 16). I have been associated with the marina project since it was first initiated and, unless things have changed over the last year, I am aware of the issues relating to this situation. It has been suggested that the use of this material within the Sandspit would advantage the Marina Society and because of this some people who oppose the marina also oppose the suggestion. Some time ago a contract for the construction of the marina was let to Hopper Construction and the Marina Committee and Yacht Club now have no direct involvement in the construction. Hopper Construction have a fixed price contract to dig and dispose of the material from the marina basin; there is no financial or operational advantage to the Yacht Club or the Marina Society if an alternative use is found for any sand or rock that has been excavated. Many people, including the local Iwi, have commented on the uses that could be made of the material currently being dug from the marina basin if it is left in the Sandspit area. One such use is an upgrade of the spit. The problem with the spit is two-fold. Firstly, the anti-erosion rip rap cloth behind the big stones on the seaward face of the spit is breaking down and the waves are washing out the existing fill under the road. At some stage in the reasonably near future the road will start to fall in and this will need serious work. I understand that this is the opinion of Council and local contractors. The second problem is that increasingly frequent storm waves are breaking over the Spit and damaging the seal and at the same time flooding the car park. Jon Nicholson Sandspit Marina Society

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Reclaiming the Warkworth Town Hall It’s time to put our differences over whether or not the Warkworth Town Hall should be restored behind us. The decision is in and the old girl is here to stay, ugly old glazed stoneware blocks and all. This community has been without a suitably-sized gathering place for too long. Thank goodness for privately-owned facilities such as Ascension, and the generosity of their owners, which have helped fill the void. Multi-purpose buildings, such as school halls, can only be stretched so far. With the new Town Hall, Warkworth will finally get a specific performing arts venue, which will enrich and satisfy this community’s considerable appetite for music, theatre, art and entertainment. It will be a place to hold wakes and weddings, town meetings and celebrations – just as it has been for more than 100 years. The importance of sports fields and parks, good roads and infrastructure, are undeniable,


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Church on market Yes, the tiny church that gave the name to Church Hill (Port Albert) is for sale. The Methodist Church apparently doesn’t want to be bothered with the required earthquake-proofing for such a small building and want to hand it back to the congregation ... er, not exactly. The land was gifted to the Church in the first place and now the Church wants $50,000 from the locals to take it off her hands – that is, in addition to continued next page

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but we also need to build civic meeting places that nourish creativity across the age, cultural and economic divide. The renovation of the hall also has special significance at this time, when worldwide we are remembering the sacrifices made during World War I. It was from the Town Hall that our local soldiers left for theatres of war throughout Europe. At the hall’s opening concert on 4 October 1911, the town’s inaugural mayor, Nathaniel Wilson, declared that it was one of the finest buildings north of Auckland. We don’t expect that it will ever be described in such grand terms again, but let’s at least be proud of its heritage and its precious link with the people of Warkworth who have gone before us. How hard can it be to raise $1 million to make this happen? Not hard at all if we get behind the Town Hall fundraising campaign and work together.

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YOU S AY the earthquake-proofing costs that the congregation would then be liable for, not to mention maintenance costs and so on. The incumbent vicar appears to have been charged with brokering the deal. I’d love to see their job description for vicars! The church is in regular use for worship. I consider it immoral of the Methodist Church to attempt to sell it back to the congregation (of which I am not a part). Surely, having received the land as a gift in the first place, the least they could morally do is to hand it back as a gift – along with the poisoned chalice of earthquakeproofing? Or, is the Church more about business than about faith

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Christmas wish Please, Santa ... can we have a roundabout before Christmas? Please! As Bruce Whistler commented (MM Jul 16), this should have been begun last week. Two good men with a digger and a truck should have the basic layout sorted in little over a week. Please, Santa!

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Start made on Warkworth’s multi-storey retirement home Construction of the mulit-storey Oaks on Neville Retirement Village, in central Warkworth, will start with the demolition of the old Mitre 10 building this month. Developer Chris Murphy told a Warkworth Liaison Group meeting that work from September through to October would focus on piling and drainage including stormwater management around buildings one and two, which run parallel to one another behind the tavern. The two buildings were expected to take about 18 months to complete and would include nine retail spaces and basement parking. A starting date for building three, which would include a care facility, would come later. The demolition and foundation work was expected to generate up to 16

truck movements an hour, with trucks accessing the site via Elizabeth Street and exiting via Neville Street. The tavern would be restored in two stages and the final design would include a family-styled restaurant. The early work would include the removal of the annex and the temporary relocation of the bar to the eastern side of the building. Structural engineer and project manager Dave Stott also spoke at the meeting. He said excavation for the carpark would take about six weeks. It might start before Christmas, otherwise in mid-January. The development includes an 83-unit retirement village spread over three multi-storey blocks, a 29-bed care complex, retail shops and café, gym and pool.

Hearing date change Submissions on the Rodney Local Board Plan have been moved to Tuesday, September 2, with a reserve day on September 3. The hearings were to be held on Monday, September 1. The hearings will be held at the Council Chamber, Orewa Service Centre, 50 Centreway Road, Orewa.

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Talking sewage in Matakana and Omaha Groundwater contamination and the problem of poor performing septic tanks were raised at a Watercare Services information meeting in Matakana last month. Only a handful of people attended the poorly advertised event, which was held as part of preliminary steps to re-consent the Omaha Wastewater Treatment Plant. The current resource consent comes up for renewal next May. The treatment plant handles waste from Omaha, Matakana and about half of the properties in Point Wells. Treated wastewater is used to irrigate a eucalyptus plantation and a stand of native trees near the plant on Jones Road, and on the northern section of the Omaha Beach Golf Course. During heavy rain, irrigation is turned off and the discharge is held in a storage dam. Boundary drains monitor the quality of the run-off, while shallow boreholes monitor the quality of the groundwater. The resource consent limits both the quantity and quality of discharge. The Watercare representatives in Matakana said some increase in the quantity of discharge would be sought to meet the growth anticipated in the Unitary Plan.

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Residents at the meeting voiced concern about the capacity of the mature stands of trees to take up the irrigated water and were concerned nitrates and pharmaceuticals could be leaching into Whangateau Harbour. There was also concern at the number of homes around the harbour, which were still using substandard septic systems. A Watercare representative said septic tank compliance was a real issue but

it fell in Auckland Council’s ‘too hard basket’. “Everyone in Point Wells should have been made to connect when the scheme was built,” he said. “Those who didn’t, now find themselves having to pay an infrastructure service cost on top of the cost of connecting. Watercare gets the blame, but that is a cost imposed by Council.” A similar meeting was held at Omaha.

Community grants meeting re-think Auckland Council has had a re-think on how it consults on its community grants policy in north Rodney. Originally, the “northern” consultation meeting was to be held in Takapuna. When this was posted on Mahurangi Matters’ Facebook page, the reaction was fast and furious. As one person commented: “Become part of the super city and fall off the face of the Earth!” Last week, Rodney Local Board forwarded an email from Council stating that … “we are pleased to advise that we will be running an additional community workshop in Rodney, based on community and staff feedback.” The workshop will be held in the old Masonic Hall in Baxter

Street, Warkworth, on Monday August 4, from 1pm. The draft policy proposes introducing a new community grants programme with two main components – local grants and regional grants – with funding programmes for arts and culture, community development, environment and natural heritage, historic heritage, events and sports and recreation. “At the moment there are still a number of different grants policies, schemes and processes in place based on what was offered by the previous councils, and this is confusing and time-consuming for applicants,” Council’s Regional Strategy and Policy Committee chair, Cr George Wood, said. Consultation on the policy closes on August 11.

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Animals on election agenda Whether it’s concern about factory farming, testing on animals or the decline of Maui’s dolphins, for the first time in New Zealand history, animal rights are on the election agenda. New Zealanders have a strong association with animals. With our high level of cat and dog ownership, our farming heritage and our developed society, we should be world leaders in animal welfare. But more than 300,000 animals are used in animal experimentation in this country each year. We have a high incidence of animal brutality. Those who have responsibility for animals sometimes betray that trust – this year, prosecutions have been brought against men who have bashed pigs to slow death with iron bars, stabbed their dogs and butchered cows’ tails. FarmWatch/SAFE recently exposed, through random surveillance, horrific treatment of pigs, even on certified ‘PigCare’ farms, while abhorrent practices such as unanaesthetised castration, tail docking and tooth trimming are still allowed under the Animal ‘Code of Welfare’. New Zealanders are not without empathy, especially given our close relationships with domestic animals. Most of us find it hard to understand ill treatment of animals. We wouldn’t want it done to us or our pets, so why should we condone it for animals in farms or labs? Large scale animal abuse on factory farms or science labs should be no more acceptable than the incidents of abuse of single dogs or cows or pigs. How can we condone it just because the products of this abuse end up on our plates and (arguably) taste good? An agenda for animals would ban animal testing of recreational drugs and cosmetics, though some argue tests for medicines are okay. An animal agenda would improve sentencing guidelines and penalties against abusers. It would recognise the link between abuse of people and animals. Farmed animals would be provided with adequate shelter (appropriate to the species, environment and circumstances of the animals) and better standards would be required for stock transportation to ensure animal trauma is minimised. There should be a Commissioner for Animals to act as a high level advocate in animals’ interests. Intensive farming should be prohibited. Painful devices such as electric prodders and gin traps should be forbidden. We need stringent regulations for the use of animals in ‘entertainment’, including racing, marine parks, the film industry, rodeos and circuses. The law and Animal Welfare Codes should recognise that animals are sentient and that their experiences and living conditions matter. Various political parties have responded to the widespread calls of New Zealanders for better treatment of animals. Parties on the left have committed to banning testing of cosmetics on animals, and intensive and inhumane farming practices such as farrowing crates, by 2017. Though National remains concerned about economic effects, systematic mistreatment of animals is bad for both the economy and the animals. Animals feel, like us, irrespective of party politics. This election, think of and vote for the animals, too. Info:

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No-one appreciates the irony of Mark Gatt’s appointment as programme manager for the Snells Beach-based youth initiative Futureworks more than the man himself. While he checked out of academic learning at an early age, he is now immersed in motivating students to achieve their NCEA credits and pursue internships or further learning. But perhaps it is precisely because he hasn’t followed a straight path on his own life journey that he has the empathy, patience and understanding to guide, when he can, teenagers who are on the cusp of finding their own way in the world …. chool is a story all on its own! At the start I did quite well, and I’ve always loved sport and music. But around Standard 3, I decided soccer was going to be my priority. Dad was a soccer coach and I loved to play. I didn’t want to fall behind on the work though so I persuaded my classmates to mark my work as correct, even though it wasn’t. Basically, I cheated and got away with it. This went on for about a year-and-a-half until one day the principal came into the room, stood me up in front of the class and exposed my fraud by asking me the questions on the sheet, which I clearly did not know the answers to. It was the most humiliating experience. Even though I now accept that what I did was wrong, I think about how poorly the school handled it. Anyway, it was at that point that I pretty much gave up on school. I concentrated on sport and music, and refused to try academically. I never read a single book or completed a single assignment through the whole of high school. I think the only reason I wasn’t kicked out was because of my sport – I captained the First XI – and my music. By 14, I’d set my heart on becoming a rock star and was already ‘living the life’ – there was plenty of weed, booze and girls. For a boy from South Auckland, I thought I had it made. My Mum and Dad are really loving and supportive parents, but I don’t think they had a clue about what was going on. When it came around to doing the School Certificate exams, of course I hadn’t done any study. Even still, I nearly passed English! We were asked to write three book reviews, which was a little difficult for me given that I’d never read a thing, so I made them up – the title, the author and the story. My complete fabrication earned me a score of 42 per cent! Towards the end of our last year, I was asked to play at the school concert and decided to “go clean”, do a good job and at least finish school on a positive note. And it was about this time that I met a girl who had a very different lifestyle to mine. She didn’t smoke or drink, and had a spirituality that intrigued me. I guess it woke something up in me that there was a whole lot missing in the life I was leading. Like all Kiwi kids, I’d always dreamt that somehow I was meant

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themselves careers, buying houses and setting up financially. Maybe I do have some regrets about this period in our lives, but on the other hand, I feel proud that we followed our convictions. When we got back I worked as an associate pastor for the Urban Vineyard Church in Auckland but, honestly, there was nothing left in the tank to give to people. It was a hard call, but because Katie was burnt out, too, we knew we needed a break. We wanted to live by the beach and buy our first home so we moved to Snells Beach. I went painting houses and mowing lawns, playing music in my spare time and tuning out. Plus, the family was expanding – we now have three kids, aged five, two and four months. After two years, my head woke up and I volunteered at Springboard, just supervising the young guys chopping firewood. It was a way to start connecting with people again, without too many responsibilities. After six months, Gary (Diprose) asked me if I wanted a job managing a new programme they were going to launch called Futureworks. It was going to be different from the core work of Springboard in so far as it was going to be about connecting with all 15 to 17 years olds in the district, whether they were ‘at risk’ or not. I was intrigued and, albeit a little reluctantly at first, agreed. I started around September last year and what’s unfolding is really exciting. Although we were originally looking at the Otorohonga model of transitioning young people into employment, we’ve since won a Ministry of Social Development contract that involves encouraging kids to stay in school and transition into further learning or a career. I’m working with everyone from high achievers to kids in serious need of assistance, as well as key stakeholders. It’s bringing a whole new dynamic and

lots of new faces to Springboard so it’s pretty exciting. There’s a wide spectrum of kids – those who have been kicked out of home to the ones who look polished on the outside, but have a few issues to work through. For many there’s just noone in their lives to listen and love them. For some there’s simply been a lack of parenting. Drugs are a pretty big issue, too, and so is boredom. Some of the kids have amazing stories that would just break your heart – on more than one occasion I’ve gone home to Katie and said .. “We’re just going to have adopt this one!” ne of my biggest regrets is the amount of time I spent getting wasted when I was young. Drugs shutdown your personality. But you have to make mistakes to learn and its natural for kids to want to push the boundaries, but I want them to keep within safe boundaries. The journey so far has had big ups and downs but I feel like it’s all helped me grow in so many ways – especially the downs. I’ve come to a place of balance and I’m loving life – my family, my work, the direction I’m heading in. Since leaving school, I’ve pretty much been in catch-up mode and have fallen in love with reading and studying, and for the majority of the last decade most semesters I’ve been doing one or two papers through distance learning including topics in world views, theology, human development, world religions and youth work. I have a very wide view of God these days, which is more in balance with the rest of my life and what I believe. I still go to church, but if the fish are biting, I’m just as likely to be out in Kawau Bay. My understanding of God is far bigger than just meeting him once a week on Sunday.


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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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AT blocks private road sealing A proposal for a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) road sealing project has hit a roadblock after Auckland Transport (AT) refused to contribute any funds to the proposal or consider alternative contracting arrangements. Residents of Pukapuka Road, Mahurangi West, offered to pay $600,000 towards sealing the 3.8km dead-end road, which they estimated was 85 per cent of the total cost. The road is a low priority for sealing and AT has no plans to seal the road in the foreseeable future. Resident Tony Mair made a presentation to Rodney Local Board in April requesting $130,000 to pay for design and consent costs. Tony, who has more than 45 years experience as a civil engineer, says the project will only get off the ground if AT adopts an alternative method of working or approach to contracting. “Getting a contractor to do a designbuild package would eliminate huge upfront costs from the design and tendering process,” Tony says. The Board allocated $20,000 towards initial designs. However, in a report presented to the Board last month, AT said the $600,000 estimate “represents a significant shortfall” and appeared to exclude the costs of drainage, shoulder treatment, pavement widening, earthwork structures and additional items that may be required by the Resource Management Act such as stormwater management. The investigation and design phase alone “could possibly cost as much as $200,000-$250,000,” the report said. AT said it had not updated its seal extension guidelines to include PPPs, but said all seal extension work would have to be managed by AT and residents would have to meet all costs. Tony is disappointed AT is not prepared to discuss the proposal and rubbished the estimated design costs. “A $250,000 design fee to seal an existing road is ridiculous,” Tony says.

Pukapuka Road residents have offered to pay the cost of sealing the narrow, winding, potholed road.

“The current sealing scheme is not working and AT needs to look at new proposals. “The alternative is to wait hundreds of years, which is how long it will take at the current rate of sealing.” Board Transport Portfolio holder Steven Garner says the Board will meet with AT and the Governing Body, asking for the rational behind the current position and question whether it can be changed. “AT and Council need to open the conversation on having PPPs for road sealing,” Steven says. Board member Greg Sayers says AT is being stubborn. “This was to be expected, but it doesn’t end here. This isn’t about wealthy people getting boosted up the priority list, but if groups wish to pay for the sealing of their roads, then there should be a way for that to happen.”

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paddler who successfully aimed to finish within the top 20 in the gruelling Kaiwi challenge in Hawaii; and Holly Boyd, who wants to be the first girl to race in the V8 SuperCars. “Since 1998, AMP has dedicated almost $2 million towards helping more than 150 Kiwis do their thing,” Richard says. “This year’s prize pool of $200,000 is the largest scholarship fund of its kind in New Zealand.” Applications close on September 16 and almost anyone is eligible, as there is no age limit. For more information, including application tips, information about previous scholarship recipients and to apply online, head to




Hill Street improvements I would like to acknowledge the Warkworth Area Liaison Group, Mahurangi East Residents and Ratepayers Association, Snells Beach Residents and Ratepayers Association, Matakana Coast & Country, Warkworth Area Business Association, and the Algies Bay Residents and Ratepayers Association. All these community groups have worked hard to deliver an excellent result that will see work begin on incremental changes to the Hill Street Intersection this year. I was approached by these groups earlier in the year to help address a decision by NZTA to delay any upgrade of Hill Street until the completion of the Northern Motorway extension to Warkworth. I invited representatives from NZTA, Auckland Transport, Local Board members and our local community representatives to come together, and over several meetings we were able to develop a plan that achieved consensus and support from everyone involved. This is not the final solution but will go a long way towards relieving congestion at Hill street, and construction will be delivered in a way that will keep inconvenience to a minimum. NZTA will upgrade the Hill Street intersection on the SH1 northbound right turn into Matakana Road, the SH1 southbound left turn into Matakana Road and a slip lane between Sandspit Road and Elizabeth Street. Improvements will also include upgrading the walking and cycle ways as part of the project. NZTA are now focussing on finalising the detailed design for the intersection upgrade, and will obtain the necessary consents over the next three months. Community engagement will commence this month. Construction will begin this summer with a focus being on avoiding holiday peak traffic and minimising the impact on the local community and road traffic in general.


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Parks funded Budget backs Rodney arts The Rodney Parks Capital Works Programme budget has been finalised with $2.7 million on development and $2 million on replacements and upgrades, known as renewals. The budget contains insufficient detail to determine which particular projects are to receive funding, but main areas of funding include: Development:

• Warkworth Showgrounds $802,000 • New sand field development $389,000 • Major sports field Huapai - $447,000 • Hard court development - $206,000 • Reserve water supply improvements - $204,000 • Seawall development and erosion protection - $162,000 • Mainstreet toilet upgrades $153,000 • Recreational Walkways and bike trails - $107,000 Renewals:

• Local park public convenience $652,000 • Local park coastal structures $642,000 • Sports fields - $354,000 • Local park play space - $201,000 • Park furniture and fixtures $84,000 • Sports park car park - $75,000 • Park walkways and cycle - $66,000

The Helensville Arts Centre and the Kumeu Arts Centre were the two big winners in this financial year’s Rodney Local Board Community Development Arts and Culture Work budget. Each centre will receive $20,000. Warkworth’s Kowhai Arts and Craft Centre will receive $3000 in operational funding. Part of a $36,000 fund for community buildings will go towards work with the Wellsford community to develop options for a community hub and an assessment of the feasibility of using the old Wellsford Library as an information centre. The Community Facilities renewals programme for 2014/15 has a budget

of $345,000 and includes work on a number of Rodney Halls: Kourawhero Hall - $26,000 to gut and refit the kitchen and to replace the switchboard and meter boxes. Leigh Hall - $33,000 to replace electrical fittings and the main switchboard and main cable. Pakiri Hall - $8000 to replace the concrete water tank. Shoesmith Hall - $77,000 to gut and refit most of the building and install additional heating. Tapora Hall - $27,000 for heating. Tauhoa Hall - $20,000 for heating. Whangateau Hall - $22,000 for additional heating.

Briefs RSA says “thanks” More than $1.7 million was donated to the Poppy Appeal for the support of veterans, ex-service men and women and their families in need this year. RSA chief executive David Moger says that while stormy conditions across the country during the Poppy Day street collection on 17 April may have dampened donations, the warm spirit of donors and collectors shows that the men and women who served New Zealand have not been forgotten. “We’re deeply grateful for the generous support of poppy collectors, donors, the New Zealand Defence Force and our national partners, including Z Energy and ANZ. Because of their help, we’re able to assist veterans in need with funds for healthcare, a hand around the home, transport to the doctors, practical care, and so much more,” Moger says.

Hospice tour The biennial Warkworth Wellsford Hospice Homes tour will be held in the Matakana and Point Wells area on Saturday, November 9. Tickets go on sale next month with discounts for groups of four or more. The tour is being supported by Ray White Bogue Real Estate.



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A&P fundraiser The Warkworth A&P Show will hold a fundraising film evening at Matakana Cinemas on Tuesday, August 19, at 8pm. The society will screen the comedy-drama The Hundred Foot Journey, directed by Lasse Hallstrom (Chocolat) and starring Helen Mirren. It is an adaptation of a novel by Richard Morais about the rivalry of an Indian restaurant with a Michelin Star restaurant in the South of France. Tickets $20 and are available from Bayleys offices in Warkworth, Snells Beach and Omaha.

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Neighbourly support works The number car break-ins in Snells Beach has reduced thanks to the strong Neighbourhood Support group in the area, police say. Snells Beach Community Constable Hamish Buick says there were about five or six cases of valuables stolen from cars recently, but getting the message out to the community through the Neighbourhood Support network helped put an end to the crime wave. “It is an incredibly effective way to communicate what people need to be on the look out for,” Constable Buick says. “We were able to tell people to make sure they locked their car doors and didn’t leave valuables around. It’s a simple thing, but as a result we’ve had a decline in that sort of offending.” But the information flows both ways and tip-offs from the community can be invaluable to keeping a lid on crime, he says. The Snells Beach Neighbourhood Support group is one of the strongest in the region with 900 households and 50 businesses signed up. “I would be surprised to find another town with such a strong Support Group.” Ahuroa has also had a drop in crime after a Neighbourhood Support group was established last year. Constable Steve Hunt says there were a number of car fires, break-ins and thefts in the area, but the action of the community has helped make the area safer. “It took a huge crime wave in our

area for something to be done but I recommend that others do something before they get to that stage,” Constable Hunt says. “The power of the community has proven to be very valuable and jolted many community members into better security, including myself – I’m now locking my gate.” Neighbourhood Support Rodney coordinator Margaret Faed says there are still many areas of Rodney without Neighbourhood Support groups and advises people to get in touch with her to start one. “It’s about keeping communities safe and getting to know your neighbours,” Margaret says. The Rodney Neighbourhood Support annual meeting will be held on August 6, 7pm, at St Chads Anglican Church, 117 Centreway Road, Orewa. Rodney Area Commander Inspector Scott Webb will be the guest speaker. Ahuroa’s next Neighbourhood Support meeting will be held on Saturday, August 2, 9.30am, at the Ahuroa Fire Station. Info: Margaret 021 258


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A monthly series compiled by Mahurangi Matters & Warkworth RSA following World War I events.

New Zealand’s first military action in World War I was the occupation of the then German Samoa. In early August 1914, the British Government indicated that it would be a “great and urgent service” if NZ forces seized the German wireless station near Apia. The 1370 soldiers of the Samoan expedition were all volunteers from NZ Territorial Force units. They were transported to Samoa on the converted merchant steamers Moeraki and Monowai. But before leaving NZ waters, they were joined by three cruisers of the Royal Navy’s NZ Division – HMS Psyche, Pyramus and Philomel. The fleet was further augmented in Fiji when it was joined by the battlecruiser HMAS Australia, the cruiser HMAS Melbourne and the French cruiser Moncalm. NZ landed and marched through the streets of the capital Apia on August 29 and demanded German surrender. Although Germany refused to officially surrender the islands, the local German authorities offered no resistance and the occupation took place without any fighting. It was the second German colony after Togoland, in West Africa, to fall to British imperial forces. The new Administrator of Samoa, Colonel Robert Logan, recorded that “at 8am, the British flag was formally hoisted on the Government Buildings in the presence of the officers of the NZ Division Royal Navy troops and

the leading Native chiefs”. He then read out a Proclamation laying out the terms of occupation. After their eight-month stint in Samoa nearly all the NZ soldiers went on to join the Expeditionary Force in the Middle East and France. By the war’s end, 210 of these men had been killed in action or died of wounds (163 died in France). A further five were killed while serving with the Australian Imperial Force.

August 1, 2014 HMS Amphion sunk by mine off Yarmouth. 9 HMS Birmingham sinks German submarine U-15 in the North Sea, the first submarine destroyed in the conflict. 10 British aerial coast patrol established. 13 Four squadrons Royal Flying Corps fly from Dover to France, the first units to cross by air. 15 Japanese Government sends ultimatum to Germany demanding evacuation of Tsingtau 19 First unit of Indian Expeditionary Force C departs for East Africa. This unit, the 29th Punjabis, was the first to leave India for any theatre of war. 23 Japan declares war on Germany 28 Naval action off Heligoland The German light cruisers Köln, Mainz, and Ariadne sunk by British squadron.

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Robert Logan reads the Proclamation with the terms of occupation.

August 1914 1 British Government order Naval

Mobilisation. German Government order General Mobilisation and declare war on Russia Hostilities commence on French frontier. 3 Germany declares war on France. British Government orders General Mobilisation. Italy declares neutrality. 4 Britain declares war on Germany. New Zealand receives the news of the outbreak of war at 1 pm on 5 August (NZ time). It is announced by the Governor, the Earl of Liverpool, on the steps of Parliament to a crowd of 15,000. 5 Montenegro declares war on AustriaHungary. Minelaying in the open sea commenced by the Germans (east of Southwold) German minelayer Königin Luise sunk. First meeting of British War Council 6 Field-Marshal Earl Kitchener succeeds Mr Asquith as Secretary of State for War.

Officers of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force, Royal Navy, Royal Australian Navy and the French Navy raise the Union Jack at Apia courthouse, German Samoa, on August 30, 1914, the morning after the occupation. Photos courtesy of Alexander Turnbull Library.

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Snells Algies water upgrade Work on a $1.8 million upgrade to the water main between the Hamilton Road water treatment plant and the James Street Reservoir, which services Snells Beach and Algies Bay, is expected to be completed in October. The new 3.3km long main will replace the existing 1.9 km pipe, which runs largely through private farm land. Watercare Services senior engineer Stephen Grace says much of the current route passes through soft ground, which increases the rate of deterioration of the pipe and makes repair work difficult. “The existing pipe was installed in the 1970s and has had two major breaks since 2011,” he says. “It is the sole

supply to the Snells-Algies area and the James Street reservoir has limited storage capacity, so failure presents a risk of supply interruptions.” The existing 200 mm pipe is asbestos cement, while the new main will be the same size, but made of polyethylene. Watercare is not expecting the work to disrupt supply, but Stephen says there may be some disruption to traffic along Sandspit Road. “We will endeavour to keep this to a minimum and will ensure any construction noise complies with Auckland Council regulations.” The work is being carried out by City Contractors.

Motorists on Sandspit Road are being asked to take extra care while the water main work is underway.

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Residents are working with the Matakana Pony Club to expand public use of the Matakana Diamond Jubilee Park.

Residents of Matakana are promoting a plan to extend the use of Diamond Jubilee Park on Matakana Valley Road. The Council-owned park is zoned as a recreation reserve but has been used by the Matakana Pony Club for the last 33 years. The residents want to develop a public green space and redevelop the tennis courts (see story page 21). Group member Peter Freckleton says they are proposing to fence off a section of the park, closest to Matakana Valley Road, to separate it from the Pony Club. “We want to develop this to become a traditional village green for everyone to use and get some barbecues, picnic tables and so some native planting.” Peter says. “Matakana’s development has centred on a small commercial area, but there are about 80 sections being developed near the park and greater community space is sorely needed.” In the long-term, the group is looking to have a community building for social gatherings and sport equipment storage, walking tracks, and possibly a basketball and volleyball court. The development has the support of the Matakana Community Group and Matakana School.

Pony Club president Brigit Esch says the club also supports the project. “We are all for greater public use of the park,” Brigit says. “It’s not going to affect us in a major way. We only use it once or twice a week during summer, and club members ride there throughout the week, but if others want to use it we can work around that.” Meanwhile, the club is trying to secure a five-year lease with Council to guarantee their continued use of the space. But Brigit says Council has been hesitant and negotiations have been going on for two years. “We’ve been looking after the park for 33 years and have made improvements to the building and the grounds, and they are telling us the grounds don’t suit our needs. But we want to stay. We love our grounds. We hope the lease will get signed, but we aren’t holding our breath.” The lease agreement would include provisions for the space to be shared with the community, she says. The group made a presentation to Rodney Local Board this month to get Council help to develop a plan. The Pony Club also made a presentation to the Board, asking for support for their lease.

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NZTA sets up public meeting on Hill Street intersection Residents of Mahurangi will have an opportunity to discuss the Hill Street intersection directly with NZ Transport Agency representatives this month. A meeting is being arranged to specifically look at the planned improvements, which are due to start later this year. The date of the meeting was not confirmed when Mahurangi Matters went to press, but it was likely to be late August. The improvements include the extension of the northbound right turn lane on SH1 into Matakana Road, the SH1 southbound left turn into Matakana Road and a slip lane between Sandspit Road and Elizabeth Street. Construction will be done in stages and will be completed over the summer months, but avoiding main holiday peaks. In a meeting with local representatives to clarify aspects of the project, NZTA said it was not proposing to restrict access on Elizabeth Street. Figures showed that in the mornings, about 20 per cent of southbound traffic accessed Warkworth via Elizabeth Street. NZTA said restricting this movement would impact on the wider network. Additionally, the agency won’t look at opening a new access point from Kowhai Park as part of the project or double right turn lanes from SH1 (northbound) into Matakana Road. “While the existing access from Kowhai Park is not ideal, relocating it would create its own safety problems,” a spokesperson said. “Likewise, traffic modelling on the suggestion of double right turning lanes was done and the results showed only marginal benefits above the option to extend the right turn lane. The double right turn lane option also has more significant impacts – environmental, social, safety, construction timing and obviously costs.” Meanwhile, retired roading engineer Roger Williams, of Warkworth, who is promoting a roundabout as a long-term solution for Hill Street, says that thanks

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to his letter in Mahurangi Matters last month, he’s made some refinements to his design. “Noel Paget, from Mangawhai, has made me aware of a similar looking large loop option that keeps the traffic exiting Warkworth, via Elizabeth Street to Snells Beach and Matakana, well away from the SH1,” he says. “I have tweaked his option by adding

traffic signals (pictured above). This makes the intersection with the state highway much simpler and keeps it well clear of the narrow Shoesmith Bridge. A further advantage is that it links the Kowhai Park carpark area directly to the town. “This new option provides the opportunity to make this gateway to the town something special.”

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Iconic fish ‘n’ chip shop makes heritage move Mahurangi The renovation of the heritage building, Broomfield House, in Warkworth, is nearly finished and the neighbouring Seafood ‘n’ Eat It fish and chip business will move in next month. Business owner Kamlesh Prajapati bought the 158-year-old building in Neville Street in 2011 and a $200,000 renovation started in June. As well as earthquake strengthening and fireproofing, the interior has been stripped back and restored, the building has been re-piled and the original fireplace boarded up for safety reasons. Many of the weatherboards were rotten and needed replacing, as well as two windows. Negotiations are underway with the neighbouring landlord to have three trees along the boundary removed, which Kamlesh believes are undermining the building’s foundations. “There hasn’t been work done on the building for decades,” Kamlesh says. “We’ve maintained the taste of Warkworth’s heritage without compromise. It will be old and new together.” The work is being done by Aucklandbased renovation specialists, Bangalow and Villa. Kamlesh says he decided to make the move to larger premises as the shop became busier. At 175m2, Broomfield House is more than four times the size of the business’ current premises. The award winning Seafood n’ Eat It will remain a takeaway shop in the new

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building, but there will be tables as well. Kamlesh also wants to have a greater selection of seafood available. “I want to get stuff you can’t get in the supermarket such as fresh blue cod, crab, squid, scampi and paua.” The upstairs will accommodate the family, but will be available if the shop expands in the future. All going to plan, the fish and chip shop will only close for a day or two for the changeover. “Two days feels like a lot. I don’t want to close for one.” Building owner Gavin Thomas hopes

to lease the premises to another food outlet, perhaps with seated dining upstairs. The site has been a fish and chip shop for about 25 years and there have been “more than one” inquiry from people interested in running another fish and chip shop. “But I’m not sure there is room for another one in Warkworth. I want to do what’s right for the town.” Gavin has owned the building for 39 years. Broomfield House is a Category Two listed building with the Historic Places Trust.

Mahurangi Technical Institute (MTI) is expanding its youth training courses to encourage more young people to gain experience and get some qualifications under their belt. Site manager Adrian Paarman says MTI has been running youth automotive training courses for decades, but has decided to expand into hospitality, retail and maritime training. The free 19-week courses are funded by the government and are restricted to 16 to 24 year olds. Students complete two days of work experience per week and the courses cover basic skills such as CV writing. Students leave the course with an NCEA certificate in employment skills. “The courses are ideal for people who are still trying to find their path after school and don’t know what to do next,” Adrian says. “For many students it can offer their first taste of the world of work. “It’s great for people who have had difficulty finding employment and don’t have any qualifications or experience. “It’s also a chance for people to try a career they haven’t tried before, and if they don’t like the course they are on, then they can switch into a different area.”


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The function and powers of Local Boards is under review with a suggestion that some Board decisions should be shifted to the Governing Body. Rodney Local Board provided feedback to the review last month, which looks at the allocation of nonregulatory decision-making between Local Boards and the Governing Body. At a Rodney Board meeting on July 14, members were concerned the review had an agenda to take decisions away from Boards. Board member Phelan Pirrie said it was a growing trend. “If this continues, we will be sitting here in a few years making very few decisions on what goes on,” Phelan said. “It’s happening a lot and it’s death by a thousand cuts. We are just going to end up advocating and we all know what that means.” Member Greg Sayers said the review was heading in the wrong direction. “We should be delegated more power over the decisions in our area, not less,” Greg said. Deputy chair Steven Garner said there were some startling comments in the Local Board Services report which identified economic development and local facility renewal such as playground, toilets and community facilities, as key areas where management and decision-making

could be moved to Council. The report said that budgets could be allocated to areas most in need if local facilities were managed at a regional level. The role of Local Boards in setting up business improvement districts, or Bids, and town branding and marketing were also highlighted as areas which could be transferred to Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED). The report stated the default position was to allocate decisions to Local Boards, unless “decision-making on an Auckland-wide basis will better promote the well-being of the communities across Auckland”. Amendments to the current allocation of decisions will be the exception, the report stated. The review will also attempt to clarify the roles of Local Boards and the Governing Body. The Rodney Board feedback rejected any shift of decision-making. In fact, it called for and extension in Local Board responsibilities and wanted the principles of the Local Government (Auckland Council) Act strengthened in favour of local decision-making. The Board’s feedback will be incorporated into Council’s draft Long Term Plan which will go to public consultation in January next year. Changes to the role of Local Board’s would come into effect on July 1 next year.

Wellsford charity dance A Memorial Charity Dance for Murray Stewart will be held in the Rodney College hall on Saturday, August 30. All funds raised will be donated to Coastguard. There will be raffles and prizes for the ‘Best Dressed’ in a Nautical theme. BYO drinks, and a plate for supper would be appreciated. Entertainment on the night will be by The Kavalliers. The band specialises in playing golden greats, dance music and rock ‘n’ roll. Doors open at 7 pm and band starts at 7.30 pm. Info: Berni 423 8024 or 021 276 3732.

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New multi-sport upgrade funded by Auckland Council Three rundown tennis courts in Rodney will be upgraded after the Auckland Council set aside $200,000 for the projects. A total of $150,000 will be spent on new multi-sport courts in Whangateau, and $25,000 each for the design and planning of courts at both Puhoi and Matakana. Local and sports parks north manager Martin van Jaarsveld says Council intends to get the work completed through a combined tender to save costs. The current Whangateau courts are beyond repair and work is planned to build the new courts within the next 12 months, Martin says. Council is looking to develop a multi-use facility for a wide range of hard court sports including tennis, basketball, netball and football. The Whangateau courts are being given priority because they are close to a major campground, as well as being near Leigh and Matakana, which both have rundown courts. The public toilets in Whangateau will also be upgraded, which will dovetail with the construction of new clubrooms by Rodney Rams. Rams chairperson Lynnette Penney says the Whangateau tennis courts have been out of use for over 20 years and the Rams have been trying to get the courts back up and running for years. “It’s wonderful news,” Lynnette says. The club is still trying to purchase

a temporary structure to use for clubrooms after the fire in May destroyed their building, she says. The Puhoi tennis courts have been out of action for two years, and Martin says a multiuse court could be completed within the next 12 months. The Puhoi Sports Club estimates it will cost $64,000, which will include re-concreting and laying an astroturf surface. The club hopes to contribute $25,000 towards the project, leaving a shortfall of $14,000. Club member Sharon Hallett presented to the Rodney Local Board in July asking for a contribution of $15,000. However, Martin says it may be possible to deliver the project for a $50,000 budget. Sharon says the Club initially leased the courts, but was advised by Council staff to surrender a portion of the lease to Council to get the work completed faster. “But now we can’t apply for funding grants,” Sharon says. She is also concerned costs will blowout with Council managing the project. “We’ve got concreters in the club and had worked out a deal with Wharehine’s for the concrete, so we were going to be able to do it at a low cost. But the Council has a policy of putting contracts out to tender. We are worried that’s going to chew up a lot of the money.”

New multi-sport courts in Whangateau and Puhoi could be built within the next year after Auckland Council allocated $200,000 towards renovating Rodney tennis courts.

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Over the last 30 years, unisex hairdressers have become the norm and the number of male hairdressers and barbers has continued to decline. There’s also a perception that barbers are just focused on short styles. “I keep an eye on music videos, movies and sport, checking out what the latest styles are. It’s a subconscious thing I’ve been doing all my career.” Clive has also had a 26-year career in the Fire Service, working as a professional fireman in the Auckland region, including New Zealand’s busiest station in Balmoral. He is now a volunteer at the Wellsford station.

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Rodney demographic older than national average As researchers warn of a boom in the proportion of over 65 year olds, many towns in Rodney are already surpassing age predictions. Statistics NZ’s latest demographic prediction is that 20 to 22 per cent of New Zealanders will be aged over 65 by 2031, compared to 14 per cent in 2013. By 2061, it is expected to grow to between 22 and 30 per cent. The median age of NZ is also predicted to increase from 38 to 44 by 2061. Of the major towns in Mahurangi, only Matakana and Wellsford have a median age younger than 44, while Warkworth, Snells Beach, Omaha and Mangawhai all have median ages above 44. According to census data, Matakana and Wellsford are also the only two towns in Mahurangi where less than 20 per cent of the population is 65-plus, with 16 per cent and 19 per cent respectively. Omaha has the oldest median age at 52, while 24 per cent of its population is over 65. The second oldest concentration of residents is in Mangawhai Village, with a median age of 50 and 25 per cent of the population over 65. Snells Beach follows closely behind with a median age of 49, but has the highest proportion of over 65s at 28 per cent, double the national average. Wellsford is the youngest town, with a median age of 38 and 19 per cent over 65, while Matakana has the smallest proportion of over 65 year olds at 16 per cent and a median age of 40. Warkworth has a median age of 44 with 26 per cent of the population over 65. Some areas of Mahurangi have aged dramatically since the 2001 census. Matakana has been the fastest ageing area, with the median age rising from 33.5 in 2001 to 40.5 in 2013. Wellsford has also aged rapidly – the median age going from 32 in 2001 to 38 in 2013. Warkworth and Omaha have had relatively stable

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median ages, with only a one-year difference between the 2001 and 2013. Both Snells Beach and Mangawhai Village experienced a large jump in median age since the last census. Snells Beach median age was 45 in 2001 and 2006 but jumped to 49 by 2013. Mangawhai actually had a decrease in median age between 2001 and 2006, from 45 to 44, but then increased to 50

in 2013. Rodney is the oldest ward in Auckland, with a median age of 42, but is the third oldest Local Board area, behind Great Barrier at 53.8 and Waiheke at 45. Nationwide, the Rodney Ward is nowhere near the top of the pack, coming in with the 90th highest median age out of 257 wards.




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The Lions Club of Kowhai Coast held its Change of Officers function at the Salty Dog Inn in Snells Beach recently. About 50 Lions and guests attended. President Christine Mackay handed the gong and gavel over to retired school teacher Edna Dyson, who was inducted as president by Past District Governor Huck Taingahue. The club also welcomed new member Hilary Dennis, who was inducted by Past District Governor Robyn Walker. Mr Huck installed the Board of Directors and wished them all the best for the coming year. He wore a pink shirt in honour of the ‘Pink Ladies’ who are world famous in Warkworth. Lion June Brown was voted Lion of the Year by her peers. June spends countless hours taking the inner plastic circles out of wine bottle tops which the club collects from around the area for Kidney Kids NZ. She quietly works in the background and is a well-deserving recipient of the award. Newly-inducted president Edna changed hats and joined the group KaiRythmix to wind-up the day. The club is looking forward to another year with great projects to raise funds that go straight back to the community, following the Lions motto: “We Serve”. Contributed

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Probus talk touches on South Korea Author, stylist and image consultant Susanne Morning was the guest speaker at Warkworth Men’s Probus Club last month. Susanne worked in South Korea in the early 2000s as a university lecturer and has been published in several international journals and anthologies. Her talk was titled Land of the Morning Calm. South Korea is one-third the size of NZ with a population of 50 million. Susanne spoke about the buildings, which would probably be condemned in New Zealand and the yellow dust hazard from China which enveloped the country at times, causing many health hazards. Face mask were worn at these times. Swimming is only

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Pipe bands rewards members The Warkworth & Wellsford Pipe Band held its 29th annual general meeting at Snells Beach on July 5. The Zola Turner Drumming Achievement Trophy was presented to Anthony Bennett and the Zola Turner Piping Achievement Trophy was awarded to John Lane. Rodger Turner received a certificate for 20 years of exemplary service. The band is always keen to recruit new members. All ages are welcome and no previous band experience is needed as full and free tuition is provided on an individual basis. “Instruments are loaned to learners so there isn’t a big capital outlay,” president

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Ahuroa residents assembled under the kauri trees to meet Lord Ranfurly and the Vice-Regal party on June 5, 1903.

Dignitaries travel by rail Lord Ranfurly, Governor of New Zealand from 1897 to 1904, travelled around the country visiting small settlements where he liked to meet veterans not long returned from the South African war. He personally chose the site of the Ranfurly Veterans’ Home in Auckland, ensuring that it was “not too near a public house yet not too far”. He laid the foundation stone on the first Empire Day of May 25, 1903. Some 10 days later, on a fine winter’s morning, the viceregal party left Auckland by special train for a day devoted to the children at schools en route from the city to Ahuroa. His Excellency was accompanied by the bishop, the mayor, a private secretary and his usual attendants. Stops were made at Henderson, Swanson and Woodville, and in honour of the visit all the stations were decorated with flags and greenery. Lord Ranfurly spoke to each group of children assembled to meet him and granted them a holiday. At Helensville, which was reached about noon, there were 140 children with their headmaster Mr Whittaker and at Kaukapakapa the visit was commemorated by the planting of an oak tree in the school grounds.

Tahekeroa was the last school on the trip, but on arrival, no inhabitants could be seen. The line passed through some picturesque bush scenery, which was greatly admired. The terminus of the railway was reached at Ahuroa about 3pm and here a surprise awaited as some 200 people had assembled to give the Governor a true settlers’ welcome. Miss Amelia Berger presented Lord Ranfurly with a bunch of native ferns and Miss Sainsbury gave him a buttonhole. The guests were entertained by the residents under a fine clump of kauri trees. Amid cheers from those assembled the visitors boarded the train for their return journey to Auckland. The day Lord Ranfurly came to Ahuroa would have been a talking point for many years but now, 110 years later, there is no-one left with personal memories. This illustrates the importance of photographs and written accounts as a record of local history. Reaching an age when we belong to the oldest generation there is no more valuable legacy we can leave our descendants than a written account of our memories. Whether it is hand written or recorded by a family member, it will be treasured by future generations.

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

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


Water Pump Specialists .............................. 4 Plumbing & Drainlaying ......................... 5 TV Aerial & Satellite Servicing .............. 5 Printing & Copying................................... 5 Picture Framing ......................................... 5 Water Supplies .......................................... 5 Water Tank Cleaning & Purification......... 5 Storage ......................................................... 5 Mobility Scooters...................................... 5 Furniture Removal.................................... 5 Beauty Therapy & Nail Creations......... 5 Classifieds & Church Notices ...... 6-7

Glaziers & Joiners | Auto Wreckers | Panel & Paint | Automotive Services



For all your glass, glazing, and aluminium needs

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

425 7340

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• Robust, Good Looking and Durable • Specify Best Practice, Specify Flashman • The only Flashing System Guaranteed


0800 70 40 10 •

Independent WoF, CoF, Vehicle Condition Assessments & Maintenance Check-Ups. No bookings required. Visit the team at VTNZ Warkworth: 6-14 Glenmore Drive, Warkworth Ph: (09) 425 7441 Mon to Fri: 8:00am–5:00pm Sat: 8:00am –12noon

Northland 0800 55 66 00



EDMONDS & MASON PANEL & PAINT Private & All Insurance Work

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


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

Composite Joinery Ltd 7 Glenmore Drive Warkworth 0941


arkworth lass & lazing


027 490 4564



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

Snells Beach


 425 5355

1 Hamatana Road - Snells Beach

Phone: 09 425 7510 Fax: 09 422 2011

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



WE NEED CARS FORID WRECKING – $$$ PA 2 Glenmore Drive, Warkworth Ph (09) 425 7835 or (09) 425 7730

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

ph 09 425 6755


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

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



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

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


Also see Lance for your supply of Native and Landscaping plants


Adding value to homes since 1980

Phone: 027 4771 583 email: 152M



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

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



Small Jobs • Renovations • Bathroom Makeovers Decks • Pergolas • Plastering

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

Phone 09 425 5491 • Mobile 027 275 1172

• Custom made • Quality material • Quality workmanship


For the construction of:


Snells Beach • Warkworth • Orewa

Fax 09 422 5800

Auckland region house of the year 2008

• Renovations • Maintenance • Small jobs a specialty

Trellis Guy Ph 09 422 5737 • 027 272 7561


• Terraces • Alterations • New Housing


For an obligation free quote Ph 021 085 12024 or

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

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

Servicing Auckland - Rodney - Kaipara

Metroscaff Limited

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

PHONE 0800 622 7929

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

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

Footings Hole Boring Landscaping PO Box 193, Warkworth

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



Phone: 09 422 0688 • Mobile: 0274 930 806


Denis 021 945 498 Joel 021 422 592

43 years experience

• Truck Hire • Metal Supplies • Bulk Cartage

Owner/Driver: Ray

3.5T Digger 5T Truck

Bob Waata Mobile 021 634 484

Dams ● Winching ● Bulldozing ● Driveways House Sites ● Landscaping ● Earthmoving ● Sub Divisions


Tiling & Waterproofing



KIM 021 933 598

Bricks • Blocks • Paving

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

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

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

09 431 5735 • 0274 838 920

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

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

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

Enviro Friendly Products available

09 422 2275 21 Glenmore Drive

KAE JAE CONTRACTORS (LTD) PHONE KEN (0274) 866-923 A/Hrs (09) 422-7328 • Fax (09) 422-7329


Housing, Units & Landscaping

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• Rural & Urban Subdivision • Boundary Locations • Site Contour Plans • Construction Set-out

Mob 0274 532 495 Fax 09 425 0514 W Mob 0274 532 495 New structures,Supervision, Restorations, Alterations, Surveys etc... Renovations, Landscaping

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• Mowing – Residential & Lifestyle Blocks

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lands rochford landscapes Covering all aspects of Landscape Construction – We can mow anything

9 mob:02 hm:(09)4226469 mob:021939117 aping@g

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

09 425 7393


Tree Care

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

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

0800 276 7726 L A W N


TREE WORKS • Earth Excavation • Tree Felling & complete removal

0800crewcut 021 373 136

09 431 5344 • 021 159 7147

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Kurt Salmond

Driveway Specials Running Now


for complete quality projects

09 422 9514 021 831 938

Phone Bruce 425 7766

0508 2 SCAPE • 021 939 117


Lawn Mowing Property Services

Does your driveway need attention?




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

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





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

It's your day off and you are mowing the lawn? • Lawnmowing (large & small) • Hedges & Pruning • Gardening / Spraying • Section Clean-Ups • Handyman

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Call your LOCAL JIM 0800 4 546 546 or book online at Franchise Enquiries welcome

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



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

DELIVER! •Tirau Gold•Pine Chip•Cambian Bark

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


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


Tree Removal • Chipping Ph Steve 029 7707101 09 425 9966

Do you need a reliable, honest local tradesperson?



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


‘Just one call Linda and we’llRobinson arrange it all.’ Contact p e

09 422 9860

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027 526 1146


‘Just one call and we’ll arrange it all’

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

For all your property maintenance and small building projects Phone to discuss YOUR requirements 021 423 860 - 423 8619 a/h •


Phillip Keesing

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

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


Phone 09 423 8945 – service all areas


Bespoke Furniture and Kitchens in NZ recycled Matai.

NZ Made Solid Wood

Ph 425 9030 • Dome Valley 5 minutes past Warkworth


Welch Painting & Decorating Mark Welch

• Painting • Paper Hanging • Spray Painting • Water Blasting

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

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

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



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

MrWhite White





Skim Coat Specialist Tired of that out-of-date wallpaper? Modernise your home by skim coating Strip wallpaper • prime • plaster • paint Free Quote – Call Karl Hall today

0210 42 42 96 • A/hrs 09 428 7127

Water Treatment

Pumping Systems



23b Foundry Rd, Silverdale • 426 2979

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

H2O PUMPS Pumps / Water Tanks / Filtration / Treatment Spa & Pool Shop / Pool Valet Service Water Blasters / Sprayers Hose & Fittings / Mobile & Workshop Service

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

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

Owen Ward

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


0800 022 101

Emergency Flood Service 12 Years Technical Experience Fully Qualified & Certified

Certified Member of the M: 021 456 429 Carpet Cleaning Association of NZ E:

Pump & Filtration Services (2007) Ltd

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

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


WATER TANKS 09 4312211

water pumps

New Pump Sales   Service     Installation




Phone/Fax 425-5619 Mobile 0800 733 765


0800 638 254


09 422 3700


Mark Sim 021 102 4561 TTT Plumbing & Drainlaying Limited


Household Water Deliveries 0800 747 928 mobile: 027 556 6111

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


0800 787 392

Warkworth: Phone John or Annette Carr

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

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

Mangawhai: Phil Lathrope 431 4608 | 021 642 668


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

Freeview Sales & Installation TV & FM Aerials GAVIN BROUGH Ph 09 425 5495 Mob 0274 766 115



MOBILITY SCOOTERS Rodney – North Shore

Join the surge to get photovoltaic solar panels installed on your property. We do complete systems for your home, business or farm.


For information visit our website...

Noel & Lyn Beale

Ph 09 422 2615 or 0800 022 884

Or contact Charles Law

09 431 3147•027 277 3358




PHONE 09 425 5597


Phone Cathy or Shona 425 9068 or email your advert to *for a three insertion contract

Installation & Repairs

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

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

Beauty Therapy & Nail Creations for head to toe pampering

Alison Wech

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

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

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

Selco Enterprises

Carpet Overlocking Services

39 Worker Road • Wellsford Ph 09 423 8322 / 021 403 072



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Finance | Specialty Foods | Printing & Photocopying

Need FiNaNce? office & Internet services Good food that’s Gluten Free

Phone Felicity on 021 916 854 email:

18b Glenmore Drive, Warkworth 425 9593 •

Based in Warkworth, we offer fast friendly flexible finance for all needs

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

DRIVEWAYS MAINTENANCE Grading, Rolling & Metalling for rural Driveways. No job to BIG or small. Ph Bruce 425 7766.


CLASSIFIED DEADLINE for Aug 13 issue is Aug 4 Phone 425 9068 to book your classified advertising


GARAGE SALE Sunday 3 Aug, 12-2pm. Household furniture, clothes dryer, odds n sods. 9 Te Kapa Pl, Snells Beach Ph. 4254934




Diploma Therapeutic Massage NZ College of Massage

Ideal as Ideal an extra office. Three as bedroom an extraor bedroom or ofce. convenient sizes:- $65pw, convenient sizes:Three standard 3.6m x 2.4m standard x 2.4m - $65pw, large 4.2m x 2.4m3.6m - $79pw & xtra-large 4.8m & 2.4m - $79pw x 2.4m - large $95pw.4.2m Fullyx insulated with lockable xtra-large 4.8m x 2.4m - $95pw. ranchslider, large window, power, security lights, with& even lockable curtains,Fully carpet,insulated smoke alarm a small ranchslider, largerental window, power, deck. Minimum 6 month period. security lights, curtains, carpet, Call to find alarm a Display Cabin in your smoke & even a small deck.area or for6 amonth free brochure. Minimum rental period.

GREAT BARRIER FLIGHTS. Special stopover up to 4 hours. Return $110. Min. 3 passengers. One way flights $115 each. Min 2 passengers.

Rodney Aero Club 425 8735 or Rod Miller 425 5612


Massage For Health

SCENIC FLIGHTS 30 mins $59; 20 mins $49; Min. 3 passengers. Trial flights $79. Gift vouchers available.

NORTH CAPE FLIGHTS $430 each. Min 3 passengers.

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Massaging locally for 18 years - Qualified Relaxation, Deep tissue, Pregnancy Home clinic/Mobile. New clients welcome Ph Evelyn 09 - 425 6479 Mob 021 148 1779

EQUESTRIAN EQUINE CRANIOSACRAL MASSAGE THERAPY Bringing balance to horse & rider. Kim Dobney 021 933 598. 0508 267642.

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

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



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

FOR SALE RAWLEIGH Products. Ph Pat 423 8851 Please note new phone number FIREWOOD Firewood, dry, shed stored, delivered. 021 0228 4013 FIREWOOD Dry, shed stored pine, $60m3 collected. $70m3 delivered. Ph 422 5042 2002 NISSAN PRIMERA station wagon. Good condition. 131,000ks $6000 or near offer. Ph 431 4966 or 027 2911632

Not getting your paper?


Chocolate Burmese, 2 years old. Neutered Male Last seen Saturday 19 July 2014 Please contact Angela – 0212743853 09 425 7151


& mind. Kim Dobney 021 933 598. 0508 267642.



HANDYMAN – THE MAINTENANCE MAN Your one stop fix-it-man. Phone Jim 422 3725 or 021 254 2048 or visit LAWNS - Contouring, prepping and laying. Owner/operator 25+yrs experience. For complete quality projects phone Bruce (09) 425 7766. WATER FILTERS Underbench filters & whole house Ultra violet filters – Kill and remove ecoli/bacteria. FREE site visits. Ph Steve 09 945 2282 or visit STEVE’S MAINTENANCE lawns, hedges, waterblasting, rubbish removal, section clearing, property maintenance. No job too big or small. Phone Steve 029 770 7101 or 09 425 9966. Serving Warkworth, Snells, Matakana, Sandspit. WATER PUMPS Low water pressure? Get it sorted. Sales, service and installation. Work guaranteed. Steve 09 945 2282 PLUMBER Semi retired for small jobs. 09 423 0193 027 490 2054 - Point Wells.

HOUSIE, HOUSIE, HOUSIE Warkworth RSA downstairs meeting room, 1.30pm start August 6th & 20th 2014 HBC SENIOR MOMENTS is looking for volunteers to help us run our new centre at Totara Park in Warkworth from August 13, 2014. If you have some time to spare and would like to give back to the community by helping us please contact Monique on 09-426 0056. HBC SENIOR MOMENTS is a social activity group for seniors in the Warkworth area. We are looking for volunteers to help us prepare morning tea and lunch for our clients. If you enjoy cooking and would like to help please contact Monique on 09-426 0056.

Come and pick up our sticker for your mailbox to ensure delivery.


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Wednesday 27 August 2014 – 5.30pm Bridge House Lodge All current members welcome

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FREE INFORMATION EVENING. River Cruises covering Europe, Russia, Burma, India, China, Mekong, Mississippi, Amazon. Tuesday 19 August 5.30pm. Guest speaker, exclusive deals, spot prizes and refreshments. RSVP by 15 August – seats are limited. World Travellers Warkworth Tel: 09 425 8009.


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

Warkworth Anglican Parish Church Services


Phone 425 8545

Holy Mass Timetable: WARKWORTH

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

Christ Church, Church Hill, Warkworth

Every Sunday 8am and 9.30am St. Leonard's, Matakana


SS. Peter & Paul Church Sunday: 8.30am

GUITAR LESSONS Flexible & patient. Loan guitar available. Ph Martin 422 3037

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

2nd Sunday at 9am

Is your child’s education important to you?


Puhoi, Waiwera, Snells Beach, Mangaturoto, Kaiwaka and surrounding areas. Have you ever wanted to help people and give something back to your local area? We need experienced (ideally) Support Workers to work with high needs clients. If you have experience in Personal Care and/or Home Help we need you. Applicants who have similar experience are welcome to apply as we offer free training towards an NZQA in Home Support Level 2. Geneva Northlink Healthcare benefits include a free uniform, travel allowance (conditions apply) and continued learning. For evening and weekend work we offer a higher hourly rate. Applicants must be good communicators, hold a full, clean drivers licence and be legally able to work in NZ. To apply call Verity on free phone 0800 425 999.


Due to our clients demand we require experienced Health Care Assistants to work in aged care facilities. Call today. Phone 09 476 0501. BUILDER experienced wanted lay new deck and fit kitchen in new house Ph 021 728 928

Phone 425 9068 to book your classified advertising

Individualised, proven programme. Excellent results. Affordable private school., 09 423 7727

St.Alban's, Kaipara Flats

1st Sunday at 11.15am

St.Michael and All Angels, Leigh

3rd Sunday at 11.00am

Phone 425 8054 or

5 Pulham Road, Warkworth Phone 425 8861 Sunday Services 9am & 10.30am

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



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

ALL FREEVIEW INSTALLATIONS Dish, Aerial, Additional Outlet .. THE TV MAN IS THE ONE! FREE QUOTE Call JIM THE MAINTENANCE MAN 021 254 2048 or visit FREEVIEW TV, Audio, Installation, Faults & Supply. Andrew 021 466 394 or 422 2221. TV SERVICES Aerials, Dishes, Freeview sales, installation and service. Extra outlets. Serving the area for 18 years. Phone Gavin 027 476 6115.


Mahurangi Methodist Parish Warkworth Methodist

1 Hexham Street, Warkworth Parish Office: Ph 425 8660 Sunday Service 10.30am Hall Bookings PH 425 8053

snell’s Beach Community Church 325 Mahurangi East Rd Sunday Service 9am Hall Bookings PH 425 5707

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CASH PAID TOOLS & Machinery, Shed & garage clearouts. All things considered. Call or txt 021 161 5139. Auckland Council service centre, Baxter St, Warkworth. Every Monday, 10am to 2pm. Saturday 10-12 noon. No appointment necessary. Service includes signing, witnessing, declarations, certified copies, immigration & marriage dissolution. Sponsored by Mahurangi Matters

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We have a vacancy for an experienced cabinet maker to join our small team building and installing high quality kitchens and other cabinetry based in Warkworth. We offer a friendly working environment and competitive rates of pay. Contact Tony or Peter 09 422 2001 or 021 681 140



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Heated debate over freeze on liquor sales in Wellsford The Rodney Local Board has decided to support a freeze on liquor outlets in Wellsford after a heated debate on alcohol policy. The Board was providing feedback to the draft Auckland Council Local Alcohol Policy (LAP), which canvasses a broad range of changes to alcohol availability. The LAP comes after the government gave greater power to local authorities to tailor it’s own alcohol policy. Wellsford was identified as a priority area in the draft policy. Priority areas apply to places with a high level of alcohol related crime and/or a large number of liquor outlets. The draft policy proposes a two-year freeze on off-licenses in the area. Board member Beth Houlbrooke was concerned the freeze would prevent a supermarket establishing in the area. “If a supermarket wants to open and sell wine, it puts them at a commercial disadvantage,” she said. Member Phelan Pirrie said the freeze could place unfair restrictions on some businesses. “This would mean a boutique brewery or vineyard couldn’t sell from their premises for two years,” Phelan said. “The policy could have an economic

The Rodney Local Board has supported a two-year freeze on off-licenses in Wellsford.

impact on our area.” But deputy chair Steven Garner said Wellsford residents were in support of the move. “I’ve heard from that community that they are concerned with the proliferation of alcohol outlets in that space and the moratorium is appropriate,” Steven said. Phelan wanted to delay the Board’s recommendations until written submissions from the public were available. “How are we meant to represent the people of Rodney if we can’t have access to their submissions?” Phelan said. Written submissions on the policy closed on July 16, but the Board

meeting was on July 14, so the feedback was unavailable. Council policy analyst Rebecca Turner said public input would be taken into account through the submissions process. The Board voted in support of the recommendation, but noted its concern over the impact it may have on a supermarket trying to establish. The Board was also split over recommendations to restrict offlicense trading hours to 9am to 10pm and resolved to make no comment on the proposal. Beth said it impacted on the ability for responsible adults to buy a bottle of wine on the way home from an event

Local Board gets stuck on smoke-free sticker debate Stickers will go up in Rodney parks soon to raise awareness of smoke-free public areas. The Rodney Local Board debated at length the different options available to make the public aware of smokefree parks, at a meeting on July 14. Options ranged from signs which cost $120 to stickers which cost a few cents. Policy analyst Jasmin Kaur presented the item and stated compliance with the smoke-free policy is voluntary, with no enforceable fines, so relies on the public being informed. This lead to a short role-play on how the policy works, centering on the hypothetical event that board member Beth Houlbrooke was smoking beside member Warren Flaunty at a rugby game in a Council park. “If I ask her to stop and she tells me to ‘stuff off ’, what happens?” Warren said. Member John McLean said the combined peer pressure of other spectators would likely stop Beth from smoking. “The second time Beth chooses to

Rodney Local Board is trying to dissuade smoking in Lucy Moore Park by putting up smoke-free stickers.

light up at Riverhead Domain she will probably think twice,” John said. The debate then progressed to the rules, regulations and options for signage used to inform the public that an area was smoke-free. Member James Colville wanted to cut back on the labour costs of sticker installation. “Just give us a few boxes of the stickers and we’ll go put them up,” James said. After a 20-minute debate, the Board settled on putting up larger stickers, which cost about $1 each, at the mostused parks in Rodney. The Board

allocated $200 towards the project. Member Phelan Pirrie said the Board had spent more money with the time taken to debate sticker sizes than on the stickers themselves. The stickers will be installed in Puhoi Pioneers Memorial Park Domain, Warkworth Showgrounds, Lucy Moore Memorial Park, Wellsford Library, Algies Bay Reserve, Omaha Boat launching and wharf area, Matheson Bay Reserve, Port Albert Recreation Reserve, Wellsford War Memorial Park and Wellsford Centennial Park.

such as a concert. “It punishes everyone for the sins of a few,” Beth said. But member Thomas Grace said the restrictions didn’t go far enough. “Can’t you plan ahead far enough to get the wine before the concert? If you’d seen the drunkards around like I have, while along on a police community patrol, you’d just shut the places down and go back to 6pm closing.” The Board resolved to support more restrictive maximum hours for clubs, like sports clubs and RSAs, of 8am to 1am. Member John McLean said the change was sensible. “What are people doing at 1am? It’s when you get into trouble,” John said. But Beth disagreed. “That’s early for me,” she said. Thomas said he’d also had a few late nights. “I’ve managed to walk from a party to the cow shed without going to bed in between.” At the end of the debate the stress appeared to be getting to him. “I’ll have to go home and have a drink,” he said.

Seaweek theme ‘15 announced The theme for next year’s Seaweek has been announced. The NZ Association for Environment Education will run the event from February 28 to March 8 and the theme will be: Look beneath the surface - Papatai ō roto - Papatai ō raro. Seaweek Programme manager Pam Crisp says the week will be an opportunity for Kiwis to celebrate Tangaroa’s realm, tackle issues such as marine pollution and learn about the positive impacts of initiatives such as sustainable fishing and marine reserves. Seaweek 2015 is once again supported by ASB Community Trust, Department of Conservation, NZ Marine Studies Centre, University of Otago, Auckland Council, the DSP Print Group and many local sponsors. “It’s wonderful that we’re now able to plan early to grow the event and engage more people in this fun and informative week about the sea,” Pam says. Later this year members of the public will be able to nominate and vote for the 2015 “Ocean Champion” to celebrate individuals, groups and organisations. Info:


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Age proves no barrier in digital age Grey Power grills Seniors are embracing the digital age as a way to connect with family and the wider world, with the help of SeniorNet. The Warkworth learning centre says fear and embarrassment, not age, are the biggest barriers to learning a new technology. And as devices get smarter and cheaper, it is becoming easier for seniors to access. “They’ve embraced it,” SeniorNet chairman Brian Oakes says. “They often do it out of necessity to keep in touch with their family or grandkids. But they end up feeling less isolated and it opens up a whole new exciting world.” Smart phones and tablets have become increasingly popular in the last four years and are easier for many to use. SeniorNet technical manager Neville Fursdon says the most common problem used to be struggling with old hand-me-down computers. While they still help fix problems at the free clinic every Friday, the numbers are reducing as more people buy smart devices instead. “It’s difficult to bust them or get a virus and you don’t need to know how to fix them. You can do nearly everything you need to do on them, they are stunning pieces of equipment.” While they see the trend to smart devices increasing, most members still want to learn computer-based skills through the beginner to advanced courses on everything from Word documents, file management, Excel and Windows 8. The small stress-free classes, with one tutor to one student, are often taught by volunteer tutors who have also been through SeniorNet training. Special interest courses on Photoshop image editing,

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digital scrapbooking, Powerpoint and website design are proving popular for all ages. As are workshops on everything from 3D printing to using Google Maps and cloud computing. The Warkworth group does not have a 55-plus age restriction, as most of the SeniorNet networks do, and has a healthy 535 members. It costs $25 for single members annually, with small fees for individual courses. Info:

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Rodney’s political hopefuls in September’s General Election can expect to answer some tough questions from Grey Power members when they attend a Meet The Candidates meeting in Warkworth next month. Election issues on the agenda will include the benefit rate for single superannuitants, local body rates and elective surgery waiting lists. Grey Power, which represents people aged 50 years and over, has been canvassing its national membership for examples of where they’ve been removed from elective surgery waiting lists or their names have been omitted altogether. Warkworth and Districts Grey Power branch president Anne Martin says some interesting case studies have come to light. In respect of single superannuitants, Grey Power wants the Government to provide more financial assistance. Anne says NZ Statistics figures show that half of all older people, who do not own their own homes, are living in poverty. The organisation is calling for a complete review of how local government is funded and how rates are spent. Meanwhile, Grey Power is riding a wave of new members following its partnership with Pulse energy which gives members access to low cost power, easyto-red bills and a dedicated NZ-based call centre. The pricing arrangements guarantee the consumer a fixed maximum price for five years and if prices fall, those savings are also passed on. The Meet The Candidates meeting will be held at the old Masonic Hall, Baxter Street, Warkworth on Saturday August 30, starting at 10.30am Info: Anne Martin on 422 2370

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The number of people living into their 80s is growing every decade and will double by 2050, making up 8 per cent of New Zealand. How we prepare, as individuals and communities, for our ageing population is the focus of a NZ study. It’s one of only a few studies around the world preparing for the ‘baby boomer’ retirees by talking to people in their 80s and 90s now. Mahurangi Matters also talked to Rodney retirees to ask how they feel.

The Life and Living in Advanced Age Cohort Study, published in the New Zealand 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 per cent reported excellent health compared to others their own age. This was better than results from a similar UK study, in Newcastle, where only 11 per cent of those aged 85-plus rated their health excellent compared to others. Retired residents at Summerset Warkworth interviewed by Mahurangi Matters also rated their health highly. Joyce Fortescue, aged 86, said if she wasn’t forgetful she would say her health was 99.9 per cent. “I’m very happy, I enjoy life, I’ve got a wonderful husband who looks after me. We’re still here together.” Her husband Andy Fortescue, aged 86, rated his health highly. “It’s probably very good, because a lot of other people are not here. You’ve got to be positive.” Lead author of the journal article, general practice research fellow Dr Ruth Teh, says the perception of health, how good you feel and quality of life, is very important as it



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determines your outlook on life. “It drives them and gives them a goal. There is no single answer to why – it’s the context of the older person, their family, network and support.” Driving itself was a motivating factor, with 73 per cent still driving a car. Other factors influencing their health included smoking, alcohol, grip strength, physical activity, nutrition, dental health, cognitive impairment and falls. The survey, compared to other international research, also showed New Zealanders in their 80s are more physically active. Trevor and Jessie Dill, aged 87 and

93, who worked hard for years on their Kaipara farm, believed physical activity was key to their good health. Mrs Dill commented that future generations might not be as fit in their old age. “You’ve only got to watch people walking down the road and they aren’t very athletic are they.” Dr Teh said a key aim of the research was to inform the public how as individuals and communities they could age more successfully and how the health care system could prepare to meet the needs of a large group of people who are coming into their 80s.

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Rates Health: Very Good “I have no great problems that worry me. • I’m always surprised how people say you are looking so well for your age. • I see a lot of other people my age who seem to be very frail.”

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Rates Health: Good “I see other people and I’d say very good • You’ve only got to watch people walking down the road and they aren’t very athletic are they.”

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Rates health: Good “Growing old is not that easy, there’s always a few ailments. Take one day at a time, the sunshine, the birds, everything around you, a day at a time.” Compared to others: Very good “There’s a lot of people out there, 25 years younger than I am, that are not as fit as I am.”

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I left from the office on Neville Street about 11.30am to do a lap around town. Becoming reliant on the three-wheeled mobile, I quickly became aware of obstacles and footpath undulations and noticed broken sections of path I had never seen before. After a bumpy ride down the hill I turned onto Queen Street and began to navigate through the early lunch rush of town, and around the sandwichboards outside the cafes and shops. Generally, people were very courteous and gave me space, but the uneven footpath at every driveway was more than a little unnerving and put the whole scooter on a worrying lean. If the scooter became unbalanced I would have been able to move quickly and a fall may have only resulted in a grazed knee. But for a person in their 80s, a fall from that height could be lifethreatening, making driving over steep gutters and sloped pavement terrifying. The next obstacle was crossing the main street. There was a scooteraccessible dip in the gutter where I attempted to cross, but being stuck at car height, and reliant on the acceleration of the scooter to get out of harm’s way, I realised this wouldn’t be so easy. I struggled to see beyond parked cars and had to make a couple of false starts before making it across. There is a further pedestrian crossing planned near to where I crossed which would significantly improve accessibility at both ends of the street. There were roadworks on the footpath on the bridge on Elizabeth Street, but a plastic hump across the broken pavement worked well. However, crossing to the Dick Smith side of the street was a challenge, with no clear path to cross the wide road and

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traffic zooming from the Hill Street intersection. I can see why parents would be concerned for their children crossing here to go to school. I continued up the hill towards Countdown. Plants spilled across the path and it became very narrow, requiring a keen eye and a great deal of focus. I found it difficult and I’m in my 20s. If I had slower reactions, poor eyesight and a stiff neck, the risk of falling would multiply. Crossing the street towards the Countdown car park wasn’t easy. With no direct route between scooter accessible dips in the footpath I was forced to travel on the road for about 20 metres. When I found a lowered section to mount the footpath, the lip on the path proved to high for the scooter and it took several attempts, with traffic whizzing past my back tyres. Once in the Countdown car park it was smooth sailing up the escalator and back down to the new pedestrian crossing on continued next page

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Neville Street, which provided a seamless bridge back to the office. I was surprised how the short trip alerted me to obstacles I had never noticed of before. 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 Warkworth much more accessible to people reliant on wheels. As the elderly population grows, these considerations will need greater attention.

Mobility scooter safety emphasised As more mobility scooters are using roads and footpaths there has been a concerning number of scooter accidents, and police are urging people to be patient and considerate. NZTA figures show there were two fatalities from crashes between mobility scooters and vehicles last year, and since 2011 there have been 16 cases of users suffering serious injuries and 81 cases of minor injuries. Warkworth Senior Constable Neil Winterbottom says footpaths are often blocked by cars parked illegally, forcing scooters onto the roads. He says people need to be aware that parking a car on a footpath creates significant issues for other users and can be dangerous. “If someone has parked on the footpath then I fine them on the spot,” Constable Winterbottom says. But scooter drivers also need to be considerate. Warkworth Police get about two complaints a year for inconsiderate use of a motor scooter. The design of roads and footpaths can create a safer environment for those on wheels. CCS Disability Action barrier free advisor, Vivian Naylor, consults

with Auckland Transport and Auckland Council on access issues for projects. She says there is greater awareness of access issues than there used to be. “They [Auckland Transport] are beginning to realise that cars aren’t number one and other users need to be considered. They’re very receptive to our concerns,” Vivian says. But there are still relics from a less considerate era and significant obstacles still exist. “For a while footpaths were designed to dip down at every drive way. This allows cars to drive across the footpath quickly, but unbalances people travelling on wheels, achieving the exact opposite of our aim.” Regular maintenance of paths and roads is also essential, she says. Scooter drivers also need to take steps to ensure they travel safe. Vivian says it’s a good idea to consult with a GP about using a scooter, especially following illness or injury. “People need to drive to their abilities. If there isn’t a good assessment of their abilities then mobility scooters aren’t always a safe option. They can be quite a lethal weapon in the wrong hands, for both parties.”

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A programme that targets isolation amongst the elderly is looking for more volunteers. The St John Caring Caller programme involves volunteers telephoning people, who live alone or feel a bit lonely, to check on them a few times a week to ensure they are okay. District manager Len Dunn says there are a lot of people living alone who don’t have a lot of contact with the world. Getting a 15-minute phone call a couple of times a week is a relatively small act that can make a big difference to someone’s life, he says. “It’s a big problem,” Len says. “If someone is lonely they might not eat properly or keep things together. They loose track of life sometimes. The calls can give them a bit of stability.” The calls are also a chance to ensure that people are taking their medication and to get a sense of their overall health. If something isn’t right, then the information is passed on to St John and they can get medical attention at an early stage. But the calls can have a much broader impact on health. “Giving someone a smile can make a big difference. If a person is smiling, it cures a lot of their problems,” Len says. “It’s not just elderly people. We deal with any age. We have clients in their 50s and callers in their 30s.” There are currently 22 volunteers working in the area from Warkworth

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Len Dunn is looking for more volunteers for the St John Caring Caller programme to ensure those living alone get at least one phone call a week.

New Zealand’s first Dementia Research Clinic will open in Auckland this year, to investigate ways of slowing the onset of the disease. The clinic will operate within the Brain Recovery Clinic at the University of Auckland. CBR director professor Richard Faull says although there’s no magic cure for Alzheimers, new treatments and innovative care has the potential to delay the onset and progression. “If we are able to delay the onset by two years that would see the prevalence of Alzheimers drop by 20 per cent,” Professor Faull says. At present, there are about 50,000 New Zealanders suffering from dementia with the numbers predicted to increase to about 150,000 people by 2050.

Life expectancy On average, New Zealanders reaching age 65 around 1950 lived another 14 years. By comparison, those reaching age 65, in 2013, can expect to live another 22 years. Source, NZ Statistics.

Good and bad to Maungaturoto, but Len believes the service could be reaching more. Mangawhai resident Frances Wearing has been a Caring Caller for 12 years and says it is very rewarding. “I find it absolutely marvellous,” Frances says. “When someone has no family around and doesn’t get out much, sometimes it’s the only call they get. It makes their day.”


The calls are free to clients and volunteers generally call two or three times a week. All volunteers are police vetted and Len meets all the callers. For more information on becoming a volunteer, contact Len on 431 8810 and those who would like a Caring Caller can call 0800 000 606.

Older workers are likely to be more experienced, have more institutional knowledge and be seen to be more reliable, loyal and committed. However, older workers are also perceived to have problems with technology and adaptability, be less flexible and more resistant to change, be more expensive to employ and be lacking ambition, innovation and creativity. Planning for the Future, by Geoff Bascand.

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Ageing gracefully One thing that really irks me is how ‘ageing’ is inaccurately blamed for so many ails. Sure we all get older every year and there are certain processes that we cannot avoid. But way too much discredit is given to the numbers of our years. Clinically, I have seen many folks in their 90’s who are higher functioning than many recent gold card recipients. The two outstanding features that these active individuals have are usually: • A ‘can do mind-set’ – they don’t see their age as the ultimate barrier but safely challenge their ability. • They take proactive care for themselves by doing things to maintain or even improve their health and wellbeing. The biggest obstacle I see is the mind-set around ageing. The media seems to want to prematurely age us and has created an enemy of the ageing process. Again, I am not trying to ignore the reality of the real changes of ageing, but if we always default to blaming ageing as the cause without investigation, then we often miss the real cause and limit the best we can be. I suffered from the degenerative effects of osteoarthritis (often age is blamed for this) at the ‘old age of 18’. Of course, it would be absurd to blame age for this at 18, but this is typically what happens, faulty biomechanics or neglect of a problem is nearly always the real culprit. Two decades older and I have no more problems. Another way to look at this is why a person may have osteoarthritis in one knee joint and not the other. Can we blame age, after all both knees are the same age! Perhaps the worst issue with attitude I have witnessed is the “I’m getting older and I should slow down/do less/give that up” and so on. Of course certain things should be avoided at certain ages – playing Rugby league in your 70’s may be very foolish, but it would be equally foolish to reduce the walking that you do or rely on modern conveniences that you don’t need. My inspirational neighbour, who retired a few decades ago, recently acquired an electric scooter, but decided to use it in only exceptional circumstances, choosing her own two legs as the preferred mode of transport. A very wise attitude. Regular exercise balanced with muscle and joint care such as stretching, massage and gentle movements, will help to keep you moving and supple. Walking, swimming and cycling are all excellent for the heart and lungs. Yoga, Tai chi, pilates and gym exercises are great for strength and stretching. The best inspirational story I heard was of a 90-plus year old gentleman who could sit in a perfect cross-legged position ... while in a head stand. But please don’t try that at home!

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Election enrolment plea Anyone who hasn’t received an enrolment update pack by now, isn’t enrolled to vote for this year’s general election. The packs were sent out last month to the three million New Zealanders who are enrolled to vote. “Everyone who is correctly enrolled should have received an update pack in the mail by now,” enrolment services national manager Murray Wicks says. “This information ensures they can vote in the general election on September 20. Many people do not receive their packs because they’ve moved house and not updated their enrolment details. If their pack gets returned to us then we have to remove these people from the electoral roll. The Electoral Commission, and its Registrars of Electors around the country, are making a plea to those who didn’t receive an enrolment update pack to enrol now. Visit: nz or freetxt your name and address to 3676, calling 0800 36 76 56 or by visiting any PostShop.

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Warkworth Group stands test of time The Warkworth Scout Group is marking its 100th anniversary this year and is in the best shape it’s been in for decades. Scout Group leader David Hay says the group has had a boom-bust-boom history since its beginnings in 1914. “But as we enter our centennial year, we have around 75 Keas, Cubs and Scouts, with plans to set-up a Venturer unit soon,” he says. The group caters for boys and girls from years 1 to 12. “We have about 12 leaders, but could always do with more, particularly for the Keas.” David says scouting develops independence and leadership through focused activities held weekly. The scouts work through a series of badges, which mark their proficiency. Members can also participate in regional, national and international events, and scout schools provide

opportunities to pursue a wider range of interests including flying, canoeing and skiing. Some of the highlights on the local calendar include Founders Day in February, the Mudslide in May, the Mahurangi zone Gang Show, Jamboree on the Air and Anzac Day. “It’s about getting children away from technology into a non-competitive environment with lots of outdoor activity,” David says. Info:

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Potted history ... The Warkworth Scout Group was established in 1914 by Scoutmaster Carter and in the early days, there was a strong focus on rifle care and shooting. At the outset of World War I, the movement prospered and Boy Scouts lent a hand to raise funds for causes such as the Belgian Relief Fund. It then went into abeyance until 1933 when a meeting was held to gauge interest in re-forming a troop. The following year, the new group had the opportunity to welcome their Chief Scout, Lord Bledisloe, when he visited Warkworth to open Kowhai Park. Twenty Scouts performed the Dominion haka, which had been specially created for such occasions. The group initially met in the Town Hall, but in 1961 it got its first den, an old classroom from the former primary school, which was relocated to Shoesmith Street by the Mahurangi River. This was replaced with a purpose-built den in the 1990s. But not long after the new den was built, the group again went into recess. Then, in 2006, new residents Mark and Kim Lee helped re-establish a group of cubs. Mark is now the assistant Mahurangi Zone Scout Leader, which oversees 21 groups representing more than 1000 members. Mahurangi, which stretches from Devonport to Wellsford, is the second largest zone in NZ.




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What does the future of public transport look like in Warkworth? Engagement survey open 21 July to 18 August Over the next few years we are moving to a new public transport network for the Auckland region. As part of these changes we are investigating what this might mean for Warkworth and surrounding communities. Let us know your views on the future of public transport for Warkworth by completing the short survey available online or in the brochure.

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Gardening has been a lifelong hobby for one of the Horticultural Society’s longest serving members Eunice Mann.

Gardeners plan celebration Past members of the Wellsford Horticultural Society are invited to an afternoon tea at the Wellsford Community Centre on August 28 to celebrate the club’s 70th anniversary. Founded on August 9, 1944, the club’s current membership is 86. Guest speaker at the celebration will be one of the the club’s long-standing members Olga Yuretich. Also present will be representatives of the Auckland Horticultural Council. The programme will include a cake cutting ceremony, Powerpoint presentation of photographs and information, and memorabilia table. A recipe book compiled by members, entitled From the Garden to the Plate, will be for sale and all profits will be

donated to local community projects. The society meets once a month and the winter programme, from June to August, consists of indoor meetings with guest speakers and the popular trading table and raffle. The summer and autumn programmes include coach trips to gardens and places of interest in the Rodney, Auckland and Northland areas. The society makes annual donations to local schools who have garden projects and the Wellsford community garden, as well as other groups. Any past members who would like to share in the celebration should contact Linda Kemp on 423 8015 for further details. The afternoon tea will run from 1pm to 4pm.

Online: Visit In person: Drop in to our public information event on Saturday 9 August anytime between 10.30am to 2.00pm, on Queen Street, Warkworth Town Centre. The event will be held on the New Network information bus (the AmBUSador), and there will be Auckland Transport representatives to speak to. In writing: Fill out the feedback form in the Warkworth consultation brochure (available at Warkworth library, i-Site Information Centre and on the Kowhai Connection) By phone: Call (09) 366 6400

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From Warkworth fundraiser to the WOW of Wearable Arts What started as family fun at a local wearable arts fundraiser five years ago has opened up a World of Wearable Art for Warkworth designer Jayne Boesley. This year is the third time Jayne’s wearable art has been selected for the WOW Awards Show. Her latest work, in the Bizarre Bra section, is still under wraps until show time in September. But she can reveal the Warkworth Satellite Station is the inspiration and it’s made out of vinyl leather, wire, felt and plastic grass. Jayne is one of 16 designers selected from Auckland this year and her bra will be one of 166 garments on show in Wellington, attended by 50,000 people over three weeks. The bra took six months to make from idea to creation including months of strength testing, and working with hardy materials and power tools, to make sure it lasts multiple highperformance WOW shows. “You’ve got to make it really tough so it doesn’t fall apart because the models are really energetic on stage. “It’s such an exciting show and so much fun, it’s a wonderful feeling to be part of it even if you don’t win.” Her 2011 entry ‘One Out Of The Box’ was made with her daughter Lauren. It was a rebuilt and redesigned version of their winning entry into Catwalk Arts in 2010, a fundraiser for Warkworth Wellsford Hospice held at Ascension Wine Estate in Matakana. Jayne says she entered the local competition to spend more time with her daughter, a teenager at the time,


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Her 2012 Bizarre Bra entry ‘It’s About Time’ was made out of her children’s old watches and represented the passing of time and nostalgia for her children.

who helped create and model the designs. It became an annual event and winning encouraged her to move on to WOW. However her daughter stopped modelling when her mother started making bizarre bras. “Hopefully it makes people laugh and their initial reaction is ‘bizarre’ oh my goodness what’s going on in her head,

she looks quite normal.” Her ‘It’s About Time’ 2012 entry was also a Bizarre Bra finalist. It was made from cuckoo clocks and a collection of her children’s old watches, with a memory message attached to each. “It helped me get through missing them when they first left home. It was quite an emotional one.”

Jayne says she had not considered a professional career in wearable art but enjoys the challenge each year and “it’s a great winter boredom buster”. In 2013, Jayne’s work didn’t make the show, but another local designer Rachael Jones had her work ‘Silent Crimson Tide’ selected. This has now been chosen for the WOW historic collection.

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Shifting Colours by Fiona Sussman As a New Zealander it can be so hard to imagine the plight of black South Africans during apartheid. This novel beautifully highlights this awful time in South African history. Celia Mphephu is a live-in maid for the Steiners in a leafy up-market suburb of 1960s Johannesburg. Celia’s sons are living with her mother back in her home village but she has a young daughter Miriam with her. Mother and daughter do everything together and share a small bed in a shed at the back of the garden at nights. As racial tension in the city builds, Celia is aware that Miriam will need to leave her to grow up in the village. When the Steiners announce that they are leaving for London, they offer to take Miriam and give her an education and a chance at a better life. Of course, London is nothing like Johannesburg and Miriam misses the heat, the smells and most of all the love of her mother. As the years pass, these memories become vague and confused but Miriam struggles with her sense of self and belonging. Eventually she realises she will have to go back to her homeland to find her mother and herself.

Village Of Secrets by Caroline Moorehead Moorehead wrote the very popular A Train In Winter and has followed that up with this fascinating look at a group of small villages that hid Jews during the Nazi occupation of France. The inhabitants of Le Chambon-sur-Lignon saved several thousand people from concentration camps. It wasn’t just Jews that these amazing people kept safe, but also resisters, Freemasons and communists. The townspeople were mostly Protestants and privacy and respect for human life seemed inbred. The fugitives were also aided by the sheer remoteness of the villages and many made it across the border into neutral Switzerland. This is a story of courage and determination, of a small number of heroic individuals who risked their lives to save others, and of what can be done when people come together to oppose tyranny.

Debut novelist shares stories in Matakana Kiwi 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. The morning tea event, which costs $20 per person, will also raise money for The Animal Sanctuary in Matakana. Set in South Africa, the Shifting Colours shares some of Fiona’s own experiences of her formative years growing up under the apartheid regime. She tells many stories of events she witnessed and, in some instances, where she tried to make amends, like refusing to do her hospital placement while training to be a doctor because her black colleagues were forbidden from working in the white hospitals. She travelled to NZ in the late 1980s and has been here ever since, working as a GP and married to a successful surgeon whom she followed from South Africa. However, she gave up her medical practice about 12 years ago to go back to her first love – writing. She has won numerous awards for her short stories and this year her dream has finally been realised with the release of her first novel. Published in the UK by Alison & Busby, Shifting Colours is already being noticed. Amazon UK chose Fiona as one of its 12 Rising Stars for 2014 and she has secured a publishing deal with Penguin USA imprint Berkley, who represent bestselling authors such as Nora Roberts, Tom Clancy and Charlaine Harris and New York

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Times bestsellers Laurell K. Hamilton, Sylvia Day, Christine Feehan, Kathryn Stockett and Joan Rivers. Along with her husband Luigi and two other medical professionals, Fiona started the Auckland Charity Hospital, a service that offers surgery to those who have fallen between the cracks in the public health system and who cannot afford to access private medical care. Based on the successful Canterbury model, it is manned by volunteer doctors and nurses. Fiona is a director and helps oversee its operation. Tickets to the morning tea are available from The Village Bookshop in Matakana.


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Netball stalwarts oversee Rodney centre’s growth Several generations of netballers will gather in Wellsford to mark Netball Rodney’s 50th Jubilee this month. The celebrations, from August 15 to 17, will include a wine and cheese on the senior’s semi-final night, an official Jubilee Opening March during the junior competition on Saturday morning, group photos, a Jubilee Dinner at the Wellsford Community Centre and the Oldfield Shield Tournament and prizegiving on the Sunday. Association president Lynette Gubb is encouraging anyone who has been involved with Netball Rodney – as coach, player, referee or supporter – to register for the jubilee as soon as possible. “It hasn’t been an easy job getting the publicity out to everyone, particularly those who no longer live in the district, so we need people to pass the word around,” she says. “We’re expecting a really great weekend of netball; a reunion as much as anything else.” Memorabilia such as early club uniforms, photographs and trophies will be on display over the weekend, and a special surprise guest speaker has been lined-up for the Jubilee Dinner. Netball Rodney grew from very small

beginnings in the 1950s. Initially, a Warkworth senior team joined the Waitemata Basketball Association, which played in Silverdale. Then, in 1959, Wellsford joined Warkworth and Orewa to form the North Waitemata Basketball Sub Association. Orewa left that association in early 1960 so the remaining committee

formed the Rodney Basketball Sub Association in 1964. Rodney became affiliated to the Auckland Basketball Association, but changed affiliation to North Shore the following year. In the late 1960s, outdoor basketball officially changed to netball and Rodney started the 1971 season as the Rodney Netball Sub Association.

The regional Association was still North Shore, with Hibiscus Coast and Rodney as its sub associations. Games were played in alternate venues – Warkworth and Wellsford – but with the interest widening further afield, it was decided to centralise. In 1976, there were 18 senior and 16 junior continued next page


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teams, and from 1978, all games were played at Rodney College. By 1980 the membership covered an area from Maungaturoto to Puhoi. The Netball Rodney Centre, at Centennial Park, was opened by Tui Mason, wife of the then Mayor Gordon Mason, in 1985, on the association’s 21st anniversary. The centre’s six courts now cater for 10 clubs in the Friday night senior competition and 17 clubs in the Saturday morning junior competition, representing 68 teams or more than 600 players. Association Life Members are Gladys Adams, Lynette Gubb, Jenny Hastie, Pixie Jones, Val Moffat, Annie Oldfield and Lorris Prictor. The patron is Gladys Adams. Info: or phone 09 423 7400.

There have been many competitions held between neighbouring associations over the years, but the one that has survived the test of time is the Oldfield Shield. Mrs Elsie Oldfield, who was co-president with Miss Grayling when the Rodney Basketball Sub Association formed, donated the shield in 1964. It was to be played for by the sub associations and that concept of the competition has essentially been maintained. Hibiscus Coast, North-West, Kaipara and Rodney Centres look forward to this every year. Teams at the various levels play in sections and points are recorded. At the end of the day, the centre with the most points wins the shield. In 1987, the three associations competing at the time – Rodney, Hibiscus Coast and North-West – finished on the same points total sharing the victory; an event that has never been repeated. Unfortunately, Hibiscus Coast lost the original shield in 1985 and with it some of the history. From then on it was decided to hold the Oldfield Shield at Rodney annually rather than rotating around the associations.

Netball first played in Silverdale Prior to the formation of Netball Rodney in 1964, basketball was played in the schools, but there were no locally-organised Saturday games. The senior players from the Warkworth area caught the morning Gubbs Motors bus to Silverdale on Saturdays, played their game at the Silverdale Sub-Association, then caught the afternoon Gubbs bus back to Warkworth. Among these players was Jennie


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secretary of the Rodney Netball SubAssociation with Elsie Oldfield as the president. Life member Pixie Jones joined the Sub-association at the start of the 1970 season, when she went on to the committee as treasurer and junior representative coach/selector, and started the Matoma club, which won the top grade competition many times.

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From the netball archives

The Warkworth Marathons senior team in 1964, from left, Jennifer Ferguson (nee Butler), Tina Anning (nee Morrison), Susanne Scrivener, Lois McCarthy, Gaylene Jones (nee Brown), Nadine Clegg, Mariane Moore and Jillian Pirrit.

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Warkworth Netball are delighted to have 12 teams playing in the Rodney Netball Centre competitions & are proud to support their 50 year celebration

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Rising stars take centre court For a small association, Netball Rodney has produced several elite players. In 1987, the sub-associations, Rodney and Hibiscus Coast selected a North Shore Sub Association team to play in the national tournament where they won the Fourth Grade. Rodney had three players in this team – Lynda McGregor, Megan Buckley and Lynn Schutt (Prictor). Pixie Jones was the manager. But with changes in the North Shore Association afoot, the team would only go on to play in one other national tournament in 1988 where it finished third equal in the Third Grade. Lynda and Megan were again in the team and Val Moffat, from Rodney,

was the manager. The latest Rodney player to excel is Jessica Moulds, from Otamatea. She represented Rodney in Centre representative teams and the northern region U17 and U19 teams. While at Otago University, she was selected for Otago U21 and then New Zealand U21s, which she also captained. She has played for the Mystics and is now in her second year with the Tactics. Several other players have also made their mark including Stacey Martin and Helena Humfrey (nee Korewha) who was selected to play for the North Harbour age group team. She still plays today and her daughter is a Centre representative player.


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SCOREBOARD A roundup of sports activities and events in the district Bowls Night

Deb Collings was presented with a life membership by Lisa Chapman-Smith.

Open indoor bowls night at the Tomarata Public Hall, Friday August 1, 6.30pm. Teams will be put together on the night, no experience required. Being a plate for supper. Info: Graeme 423 7058 Max 431 4901

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The Omaha Beach Life Saving Club celebrated its 25th anniversary in July, with about 150 gathering at the clubrooms for the event. Co-club captain Deb Collings says it was great to have so many of the people who have been pivotal to the club’s history all under one roof. “It was really good to have some of the original members along,” Deb says. The surf club combined the celebration with the annual prizegiving. Graeme Garner won the Grant Vennell Memorial Award for overall contribution to the club. Graeme has been instrumental in renovating the clubrooms and also volunteers to be on call after hours for emergencies. “If you ask people to pitch in with something, he’s always there,” Deb says. James Campbell won the Mark Flavell Award for Club Member of the Year. In January, the 19-year-old helped rescue four swimmers who were swept out to sea from the Orewa estuary and

The Mahurangi Under 19s are playing a semi-final against Massey on Saturday, August 2, 1pm. Mahurangi Rugby Club, Warkworth. Good crowd of supporters welcome. Great Barrier Marathon Wharf to Wharf Marathon on October 11. Booking required, limit 250 runners. Half marathon available. $85 for adults, $45 for children. Info: wharf2wharf Golf Tournament Warkworth Golf Club hosts an open tournament on the first Friday of every month. Shotgun start at 11.30am. All welcome. Info 425 8248 Tennis Games for 35yrs+ at Warkworth. Tues & Sat 1-3pm. Info: Murray Ph 425 7454. Junior Rugby Eastern United JMB Rugby welcomes players for the Under 7s, 9s and 11s teams from the Kaiwaka/Mangawhai area. Practice Tues & Thurs at Kaiwaka Sports Centre, 5.30pm. Info: Jennie 02102764171 Ladies Squash Warkworth Club is running a ladies morning on Mondays, 9.30-11am. Fees: $7 for non-members. Racquets and balls supplied, non-marking indoor shoes required. Coaching available. Info: Kaye 425 6965 Squash Wellsford Club on SH1. Primary school aged play Mon 3.30pm, teenagers Tues 3.30pm, men’s Wed 4pm and women’s Thurs 4pm. Info: Mary 4226190 Indoor Bowls

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James Campbell won the Mark Flavell Award, presented by Terry Gillespie.

was awarded the Regional Life Guard Rescue of the Month award. Deb was awarded a life membership, after 14 years with the club. Numbers of the club have doubled over the last couple of years to 80 members, including many young members from Mahurangi College. Training for the club doesn’t stop for winter with weekly swimming training at Mahurangi College and surf ski and IRB driver training. Patrols start again at Labour Weekend. Prize winners were: Top Volunteer Patrol Hours – Francesca Orchard-Hall; Most Improved New member – Sam Robertson; Most Improved Lifeguard – Calum Gray; Rookie Lifeguard Award – Xavier Garneau Roughan; Service Award – Rhys Powell. U19 male sportsman – Jamie Peterson; U19 female – Chantelle Maher; Open – Tayla Rogers; Team award – U16 girls swim team of Laura Puckett, Hannah Shaw, Chantelle Maher and Ashley Maher.

Snells Beach Club play in the Snells Beach Community Hall on Mon 1-3.30pm. All welcome. First day free. Membership $20 per year. Info: Joyce or Graham 4256276

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Plenty of pigs Entries in the annual Boar Hunt, based at the Three Furlongs Hotel in Kaiwaka, are coming in from throughout Northland and organiser Vic Birkenhead says there’s no shortage of pigs to be caught. He says the Ridgeline hunts are bringing in more pigs than last year. The Kaiwaka-based hunt is offering a prize pool worth more than $10,000. It will be held from August 8 to 10. Info: Phone Vic

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It seems the school holidays were two weeks of two halves with regards to the weather – bright, sunny days to end the holidays and stormy, windy and wet days at the beginning. It wouldn’t be surprising if parents despaired at the bad weather and the thought of children cramped in small places with too much energy and not enough to do. So it was really good to see continued use of parks and sports fields throughout the holiday period by small groups of children, families and sports teams who recognised the value of the outdoors and the open spaces that we are lucky enough to have in our region. Research from Sport NZ indicates that young people are far less active on the weekend than at school, so we can equally imagine that the school holidays replicates weekends and we end up with far less active children on our hands to manage. Most children enjoy some sort of adventure and with the popularity of TV series’ such as Amazing Race and Survivor, there are endless opportunities during the holidays to amuse the children with little imagination or expense required, but a guaranteed opportunity to blow some cobwebs out and get the legs moving. Children should be moderately active for 60 minutes a day and adults for 30 minutes at least five days a week. It’s not surprising that most adults look at themselves and say how am I supposed to manage that in between working and all the other things I have to accomplish within daylight hours? One thing to consider is to become a volunteer for a sports team. This could also enable some physical activity to be accomplished at the same time or give you a bit of a goal to be able to keep up with the children that you are training. If you actively participate in much of the session with them or, as an official, keep fit enough to comfortably keep up with play and make good decisions for the game, then you are bound to be more active. Most sports have a shortage of volunteers, mostly coming about by the working requirements of adults and the inflexibility of sports timetables and facility use. A good look at how more volunteers can be engaged should be a priority for all sports. For those that are committed to working with their community and having an athlete centred sport, the benefits are huge and the increased volunteer numbers are testament to its value and success. Combining the incredibly valuable role of a volunteer with the crucial need for adults to keep ourselves physically active and being excellent role models for the young people in our community are rewarding and exciting. For more information on getting active or becoming a volunteer, visit the Harbour Sport website

Tennis squash meet The Warkworth Tennis & Squash Club will hold its annual meeting at the clubrooms in Shoesmith Street on August 20 at 7pm. This will be an opportunity to vote for the club tennis and squash captains, as well as the executive committee including a new president. After 15 years at the helm, Joyce Marshall is retiring.

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Congratulations also to our Year 8 Girls’ Hockey team which won the North Harbour Intermediate Schools’ zone day competition. David Macleod The 52nd annual sporting exchange with Hauraki Plains College (HPC) took place at Mahurangi College in the last week of term 2. The 168 Dear Parents and Guardians students from HPC were billeted out overnight and all the sports played in good spirits, with Tena Koutou Katoa HPC winning 5 of the games and taking home the overall trophy this year. The winning teams Welcome back to term 3. from Mahurangi were First Fifteen Rugby, Boys’ The senior internal exams start in week 8 of this Hockey and Boys’ First XI Soccer. term, so it is very important all senior students On Sunday 29th June the Harmony Group- the are strongly focused on their academic studies Black Gems - travelled to St Cuthbert’s Church from the start of this term. The Junior Show in Kaukaukapa to perform an hour long concert. will take place in week 6 of this term, and there The girls did group, duet and solo performances will be a Teacher Only Day on Friday 5th with Jennifer Eirena performing a September. comic solo piece Congratulations to all as the finale. The students, staff and girls were thrilled parents involved in this to be asked for an year’s Stage Challenge encore and they production of “Not performed Jenny’s My Crime, Still My composition, Sentence”, which came Promise of Land. second on the final The concert helped night of the Auckland the church raise competition at the funds and they are Aotea Centre on Friday very grateful for the 4th July. In keeping Stage Challenge Crew on time and talent The Stage with the ethos of Stage Black Gems gave. Challenge, all aspects of the performance The Careers Department is organising the were very strongly student led and special annual Careers evening, where approximately commendation is deserved by our student 60 Training establishments and occupations leaders, Claudia Ainscow-Pati, Ariana Osborne will be represented, including Universities, and Elspeth Free, who won the Student Technical Institutes, Training Organisations, Leadership Award. We also won six Awards of Police and Armed Forces. Work and Income Excellence. These were in Drama, Costuming, will be represented, to give information on job Choreography, Visual Enhancement, Stage Use opportunities to students and members of the and Set Design. It was pleasing that two of our community. neighbouring Y7-13 schools had also done very well the previous night when Orewa College A large number of ex-pupils, representing various came second and Whangaparaoa College trades and careers, will also be attending and will came third in their competition. welcome any inquiries. Anyone wanting their organisation or business to be represented at this evening is invited to contact Marilyn Newlove, Careers Advisor at the College by phoning 09 425 8039 ext 714. In past years the Careers Evenings have been very well attended. They are a good opportunity for students to look at different careers and to help them with their subject choices. It is also an ideal opportunity for adults wishing to further their education and to explore possibilities open to them. Members of the public are encouraged to attend. Mahu Stage Challenge Cre w

David Macleod, Principal

Friday August 8

• PTA Revival Fashion Show • Jazz Band 3 day Trip to Paihia

Monday August 11

• Yr 11 - Shape Your Destiny Session • Yr 12 - Healthy Relationships Programme - all day • Yr 13 - Achieve Your Best Session

Tuesday August 12 • ICAS Maths Exam

Wednesday August 13

• Yr 6 Parent Open Day - 11.00am - 1.00pm • Yr 6 Parents: Information Evening 6.00 - 7.00pm • Performing Arts - concert - lunchtime

Thursday August 14

• Careers Evening 7.00 - 8.30pm (school gym) • NCEA Information Evening for Yr 10 Students & Parents 6.00pm (hall)

Monday - Friday August 18-22 • Tech Expo Week

Wednesday August 20

• Greenwood Shield - Hockey Tournament

Thursday August 21

• Tech Expo Evening 6.00 - 7.00pm • Trees for Survival - Planting Day

Saturday August 23

• Hockey Comedy Evening

Monday - Friday August 25 - 29 • Junior Show Week

Tuesday - Wednesday August 26 - 27 • L1 & 2 Drama Evening Performance

Tuesday - Thursday August 26 - 28 • Yr 6 Testing Days for 2015 Yr 7’s

Friday August 29

• Yr 11 - 13 Reports issued

Cultural Blues 2014

Cultural Blues recognises students who have outstanding achievements in Dance, Music, Art, Kapahaka, Speech, Library Duties, Pasifika or Drama. If you would like to be considered for a Cultural Blue, please complete a Student Application form obtained from the school website or the Student Office. Applications close on Monday 1 September.

Ann Marinus, Assistant Principal

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Mahu Technology Expo Evening Are You Keen and Curious? Keen and Curious is a new initiative at Mahurangi College. It is a variety of programs run outside the classroom to capture the interests and talents of our students and promote their inquiry and skills. Led by our teachers in charge of Gifted & Talented, Miss Piaggi and Miss Goodwin, along with two very Keen and Curious parents, Cath Lewis and Kathy Hunter, and a group of Keen and Curious students. We have a number of courses started already, and many more ideas ready to run. Courses offered will be a mix of school-based, off-site, block or day courses or regular weekly classes, however we will be aiming to use 3 201 ning Eve o Exp gy nolo Tech Wednesday afternoons for most modules. Already Jenine This event showcases the work of senior Abarbanel, with the students across all Technology subject areas support of Auckland - Fashion Design, Mechanical Engineering, Unitec Computer Graphics & Design, Furniture & Technology and Science Department, Food & Hospitality. has started a girls’ Highlights of the short, one hour event computer group will include a catwalk fashion show, with building Android and amazing creations modelled by Fashion iOS Mobile Apps. Design students, live demonstrations of CNC Jenine will continue machining and 3D printing, delicious finger to meet with this foods expertly made and served by Hospitality group on Tuesdays students, and displays of project work from beginning August 12 Graphic Design, Furniture Technology and at lunchtime in B12 Mechanical Engineering students. to explore numerous other extensions of Mahurangi College students are working this. on some outstanding creative designs this Girls’ Mobile App Develo pment Course year, including walkway bridges, temporary Mr Stewart is leading housing units, mini motorbikes, a town a ‘Small Engines’ hall, sports vehicles, promotional display stands, group who are building a super go-kart with the stunning formal dresses, and much more! support of the Stihl workshop in Warkworth who have donated a ride-on lawn mower, while a Technology subjects are an important link to critical local member of the community will be teaching jobs in our community, many of which lead on to the team welding skills. entrepreneurship and becoming a business owner. An ex-pupil from Mahurangi is leading a The Tech Expo is a way to promote these subjects Robotics group and Max Donnelean is guiding a and their importance to students and parents, as group of students in the launch of “CALM”, a set well as an opportunity for students to practice of children’s books about mental health authored presenting their designs and creations to a live by local writer and ex-pupil Emily Pearson. audience. If you would be interested in sharing an interest We invite you to support these students, to see or talent with students, and would be prepared their work, and to enjoy this wonderful event with to give some time to helping us run a course us. See you there! of this nature, please contact either Stephanie Piaggi or Ellyse Goodwin at the college (email or e.goodwin@ Book Amnesty We have books missing from many areas of the On August 21st, from 6pm to 7pm, the Mahurangi College Technology faculty is hosting their second annual Technology Expo Evening.

College. Please check bookcases at home for Mahurangi College textbooks or Department books. If any are found, please return them to the College office. We would love to get them back. Thank you. Trish Bartlett, Careers/Gateway/STAR Admin

To register interest in any of these courses, or to offer feedback and ideas, student and parents are encouraged to visit the Keen and Curious facebook page - KeenandCuriousMahurangiCollege

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Mangawhai teen’s music career boosted An Otamatea High School student’s music career got a boost this month when she won the solo/duo section of the Northland Smokefree Rockquest regional finals in Whangarei. Year 11 student, Emma Scott Rankin, was first out of 23 other Northland high school acts. The 15-year-old has been working hard for it. Over the last 12 months, she has played at the Wellington Folk Festival, Whangarei Christmas in the Park, and a string of local gigs. She also found time to record her second demo album at a studio in Devonport, and plans to return to the studio shortly to record her debut EP. “My main goal is to get a record deal,” Emma says. “That’s what I’m working towards, to make money doing something I love.” The singer-songwriter says the secret to gaining experience is to “just ask” and take the initiative to write to festival promoters and venues to book gigs. One of her first live performances was to a crowd of about 20,000 at Whangarei’s Christmas in the Park in 2010, after winning a star-search competition. “It was pretty incredible. It motivated me to keep going, to keep trying until it’s something I can do every night.” She was invited back to perform at the event last year. Since learning the guitar three years ago, Emma has been prolific, writing about 150 songs. But she is modest

Emma Scott Rankin, 15, is already well on the way to forging a career in music, playing gigs as far afield as Wellington and working towards her debut EP.

about her achievements. “Only about 10 or 12 of them are good.” The next step in the Rockquest competition is to make a 15-minute video, which will be judged against entries from finalists across the country. The top nine bands then go through to the national finals in September. Emma is no stranger to the camera either. She has nine videos of her

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performing on Youtube, gaining hundreds of views. Bream Bay College Alien Weaponry came second in the band section at the regional final, while Otamatea High School band, The Vybes, came third. Rodney College duo, The Unemployed, won the APRA Lyric Award and the Lowdown Best Song award. Emma’s music can be found at

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College fashion show goes online Fashion designers from Mahurangi College will be showing their talent on the catwalk at the Matakana Hall on August 8. The annual fundraising event, which will also feature clothes from Revival Reloved Fashions, in Matakana, includes an online auction this year. The auction went live on Monday, July 21 and features a range of items donated by local companies. “The silent online auction enables friends and family of Mahurangi College to support the college, even if you are unable to attend the event,” an organizer Nikki Rogers says. The auction will close at 10pm on the night of the Fashion Show. To participate, download the Smudge Auction app ‘silent auction’ from the App Store, then press Mahurangi College and type in the password ‘auction’. Tickets for the show can be purchased from Nikki Rogers 021 703112 or Mahurangi College for $20, which includes a complimentary glass of wine and nibbles, and a chance to win a spot prize on the night. The show will start at 7pm. Download the Smudge Auction app to participate in the Mahurangi College online auction.


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Big Latch On, Women’s Centre Rodney, 10 Morpeth Street, Warkworth, at 10am. The national synchronised breastfeeding event to help raise awareness of the benefits of breastfeeding. morning tea provided. To register: info@ or 425 7261 Dine and Dance to the Big Band sounds of Warkworth Brass featuring jazz vocalist Jenny Eirena and an exhibition of Latin dancing, Warkworth RSA, 7pm-10pm; $35pp includes 2 course dinner and show. Ahuroa Neighbourhood Support meeting, at Ahuroa Fire Station, 9.30am. Puhoi Landcare Community Planting, meet at Puhoi Domain carpark, 10am - 12noon. BYO spade and gloves, free sausage sizzle, contact Shelley 422 0076 or 0275 864 696 TOSSI planting day, Tawharanui Regional Park, meet at the Woolshed, at 9am. Info: Kowhai Singers present Play It Again, Sam a concert celebrating the choir’s 30th anniversary, Ascension Wine Estate, 4pm. Tickets $20 from Not Just Hats, Maria’s Florist and at the door. Community grants draft policy meeting (see story p6) Politics and our Environment: Forest and Bird hosts a meeting to hear the views of Rodney election candidates on environmental issues; Presbyterian Church Hall 105 Centreway Road Orewa 7.30pm. All welcome. Info: Tony Dunlop 09 422 3110. Rodney Neighbourhood Support annual meeting, St Chads Anglican Church, 117 Centreway Road, Orewa 7pm. Guest speaker, Rodney Area Commander Inspector Scott Webb. All welcome. Info: Margaret 021 258 3737 Mahurangi College Fashion Show, Matakana Hall, 7pm. Info: Nikki Rogers 021 703112 (see story opposite ) 3rd Annual Boar Hunt, 3 Furlongs Hotel Kaiwaka, total prize pool over $10,000. Adult entry fee $30 (includes pork or lamb spit roast), auction after prize giving. All enquires to Vic 021 160 9588 Warkworth Scouts centenary quiz night, Scout Hall, Shoesmith Street, 7.30pm Tickets $10 Phone Nicola 422 2269, BYO drinks (see feature pgs 36 & 37 ) Warkworth Genealogy Society monthly meeting 10am-noon, Shoesmith Hall, Shoesmith Street. Shared lunch. U3A meeting, Totara Park, Melwood Drive, Warkworth, starts at 10am Author Talk by Dr Cathie Dunsford, translator and publisher Dr Karin Meissenburg will be speaking at the Mahurangi East Library on being guests of honour at the Frankfurt book festival, and their work, 2.30pm to 4pm. Warkworth Photo Club, Kowhai Arts & Crafts clubrooms, Warkworth Showgrounds. Info: or at 09 425 6910 Local Knowledge,Trivial Pursuit Night, $30 to enter a team of up to 6. Tickets available at The Warkworth RSA, 7pm to 10pm Weddings Matakana Expo 2014, The Matakana Country Park, 10am to 4pm. Wai Care Community Planting Day, Behind Mahurangi College, Warkworth. Come along and help Mahurangi College students and Auckland Council Wai Care Programme plant native trees, 10am-12pm. Info: Shelley Hackett, 09 427 3992 Warkworth Quilters, Shoesmith Domain Hall, from 10am to 1pm. Info: 425.4669 or Forest & Bird Winter Talk, Totara Park, Warkworth, 7.30pm. Guest speaker Dr Kevin Parker, Research scientist at Massey University, Albany, a biologist with an interest in avian translocations.

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August 1, 2014

Mahurangi Matters



Mahurangi Matters

August 1, 2014

About 60 runners turned up for the event on July 19.

Takapuna team takes out Wilkinson Trophy road race A former Omaha resident and his fellow club members from Takapuna took out the top three spots at the annual Wilkinson Trophy Race held at Kaipara Flats. It is the second time 30-year-old Stephen Lett has won the 10km race, beating his previous time and coming in at 32m 42s. Stephen, who grew up in Omaha, is now an accomplished athlete and captain of the Takapuna Amateur Athletic Harrier Club. He encouraged his club members, second and third place winners Marc Graham and Matthew McQueen, to join the race which ended with a ‘fantastic afternoon tea’ in the Kaipara Flats Hall. The first woman home, 45-year-old Carolyn Younger from Whangarei, came in at 40m 42s and says she entered the race to be a good role

model for her children. The first walker home, in 65m, was Mike Vickers. Despite some drizzle, the rain held off for the 10km course but started pouring by the time the Under 16 and 13 races started. The winners were Shana Illingworth (2km, under 13 girls) Catherine Kashammer (4km, under 16 girls) and Bryson Theedom (2km, U13 boys). About 60 runners turned up to compete on July 19 for the trophy, which was first awarded in 1973 and given to Wellsford Road Runners by the late Rodney Member of Parliament Peter Wilkinson. His widow Cunitia Wilkinson continues to financially support the race, which is also supported by Downer & Co through volunteer traffic management.

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Takapuna club members took the top three spots, and afternoon tea, at the Wilkinson Trophy Race. (left to right Stephen Lett, Marc Graham and Matthew McQueen)

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