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Environmentalism takes root at Mahurangi schools what’sonline Farmland was transformed into forest this month, after students from Mahurangi College and Snells Beach School planted 1600 natives as part of an initiative to improve water quality. The Trees for Survival programme is run nationwide in a collaboration between Rotary, regional councils, landowners and schools to increase plantings around waterways to prevent erosion and sediment entering streams. The trees are nursed from seedlings by school pupils as part of the science curriculum. After a year tending to the plants, the pupils spend a day planting on a local farm. Rotary contributes $650 to each school, while Council distributes seedlings and coordinates with landowners. The recent planting was on a property on Sandspit Road which forms part of the Mahurangi Farm Forestry Trail – a track under construction continued page 2

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Mahurangi Rugby Year 4 Snells Beach pupil Ethan Bayer, 9, got stuck into planting with his grandma Avis Bayer and Year 4 pupil Morgan Grace-Meredith, 9.

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Supercity opposition heads to High Court The Northern Action Group (NAG) has filed an appeal against last month’s decision by the Local Government Commission not to assess its bid to establish an independent North Rodney Unitary Authority. The appeal will be heard in the High Court and breathes new life into the campaign to separate from

Auckland Council. NAG chairman Bill Townson says the commission’s decision treated North Rodney and NAG with contempt and didn’t take the proposal seriously. “Nobody likes to be bullied by bureaucracy and I don’t like to see democracy being undermined. This goes right back to when the then Local


Government Minister Rodney Hide decided to disregard his own Select Committee’s recommendation that North Rodney not be included in the supercity.” The appeal will address the three principle reasons that the Commission gave for refusing to consider assessing the proposal. They were:

• That the description of the North Rodney area wasn’t adequate • That the whole of Auckland hadn’t been canvassed for support • That it wasn’t in the public interest to assess the proposal. Mr Townson says NAG consulted

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with Wellington Public law specialists Franks & Ogilvie who advised that there were grounds for appeal. He says it could be at least three months before the appeal is heard. “We’ve been advocating for a democratic outcome for North Rodney’s local governance since Auckland Council’s inception in October 2009. “The new Local Government law requires community views to be heard and taken seriously by the Commission and it is required by law to be independent and objective. “We believe the Commission had clearly predetermined their decision. They seem to think that having a large supercity council is more efficient and effective, and better for the North Rodney community. But the community has opposed being included in the supercity since day one.”

NAG appeals for donations Although a benefactor has agreed to underwrite the cost of the High Court appeal, the Northern Action Group believes it will struggle to meet all expenses. “Up until now, we have managed on very modest funding mostly from our own pockets and a few generous donations from members of the community,” chairman Bill Townson says. “However, professional legal advice and a High Court appeal are very costly, and are well beyond our present means.” Mr Townson says it is the community of North Rodney that is most likely to derive the benefit from the group’s activities and he hopes they will be prepared to show that support with a donation. “There are more than 20,000 of us so the price of a cup of coffee or two from the majority will soon build into a significant fund. Any donation would be very much appreciated.” Donations can be deposited at any bank to: Northern Action Group ASB Warkworth account 12-3095-0233547-01. The Northern Action Group is currently in the process of becoming an incorporated society under the Incorporated Societies Act 1908.

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Council takes Rodney money Nearly $50,000 of funds allocated by the Rodney Local Board has been lost to Auckland Council after last minute projects were unable to meet the end of the financial year deadline. In a last minute spending spree in June, the Board allocated more than $170,000 to avoid losing the money to Council. But three of the nominated projects couldn’t spend the money in time. A social media trial, allocated $16,800, never got off the ground and the

Board is now looking at options using current staff and existing resources to use social media more effectively. Work to upgrade toilets in Kumeu, Wellsford and Warkworth never started and the $25,000 allocated for the work will now come out of the current budget. The $7500 set aside for a North American study tour by Board chair Brenda Steele and deputy chair Steven Garner was unspent when the tour was cancelled.

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running from the Parsley Pot Café to Mahurangi River Winery. The trees will help protect a further planting of totara trees next year, which will be monitored by the Mahurangi Action group to investigate the possibilities of growing totara commercially. Auckland Council environmental programme coordinator Sue Crawshay says the programme works with 71 schools in the region and planted 55,000 native trees last year.

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Rodney candidates, from left, Malcolm McAll (Greens), Tracey Martin (NZ First), Mark Mitchell (National), Beth Houlbrooke (ACT) and Eric Bolt (Labour) with Hibiscus Coast Forest & Bird chair Karen Field and Mid North Forest & Bird chair Tony Dunlop.

Rodney candidates quizzed on environment Getting excited about the General Election seems a bit of a stretch for many people this year, but that certainly doesn’t apply to members of Hibiscus Coast Forest & Bird. Local Forest & Bird members were first to host five of Rodney’s general election candidates in a public meeting held in Orewa on August 5, and about 50 people turned out to hear what the candidates had to say on environmental issues. The Conservatives’ Anton Heyns was not invited to attend, due to the timing of his selection as candidate for Rodney. Sitting MP Mark Mitchell gained general agreement across all the

parties represented at the meeting when he said that New Zealanders are conservationists at heart. The use of the poison 1080 for pest control was also given the nod by all the candidates, who agreed that while it is far from ideal, it is the best tool currently available for the job. More heated discussions between those right and left of centre took place around the Resource Management Act (RMA), which ACT candidate Beth Houlbrooke described as “needing a rewrite” as part of her party’s policy to “cut green tape”. The Greens’ Malcolm McAll and NZ First’s Tracey Martin countered this by saying the focus for the RMA should be

on protecting the environment, rather than commercial imperatives. Carbon emissions were also a divisive issue, with Mr Mitchell saying National aimed to engage with the real carbon emitters, but would not be the leader on cutting emissions because it would punish the economy. Mr McAll strongly disagreed, saying as a small country, NZ was in a prime position to lead by example while Ms Martin said NZ First “sits in the middle”, with the view that NZ should set and abide by our own emission targets independent of the rest of the world. Labour's Eric Bolt said that as the dairy industry is the biggest emitter, it is important that regulations include it.

Araparera Forest joint-venture on downhill run Harvesting of the last stand of trees in the Araparera Forest, under a joint venture arrangement between northern Rodney ratepayers and Maori landowners, is expected to finish next month. The harvest, which is about a year behind schedule, was delayed when Auckland Council ran into problems accessing one block because it didn’t own the land. The landholder refused access and, as a result, a new road had to be built. The final 3000 tonnes was due to come down around the middle of this month, and Auckland Council Property expects to know the final proceeds by mid-October.

However, the joint venture parties need to agree on the final profit split before ratepayers will know what their share might be. In March, an Auckland Council representative said the joint venture was expected to produce a profit of about $3.5 million, of which Council’s share would be about $2.45 million. The money has been earmarked for rural road sealing. The joint venture was set up by the Rodney District Council in 1984, and until last year collected $1.5 million in targeted rates from more than 7000 properties in the area.

General election candidates standing for the seat of Rodney will be questioned on a range of set topics when they front a Meet the Candidates evening, hosted by Mahurangi Presbyterian Church at the Matakana Country Park, on August 24. Emcee for the evening will be Gary Caldwell. Candidates will be given the opportunity to introduce themselves before fielding questions on issues such as education, the local community, social issues and encouraging local business. There will be an opportunity for the audience to ask their own questions of candidates over tea and coffee at the conclusion of the main programme. The meeting will be held in the Woolshed, starting at 6pm. All welcome.

Disaster training Leigh to Point Wells will be the site of a significant disaster management training exercise for the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) in November. The annual event will primarily involve representatives from Australia, Papua New Guinea and the Pacific. However, emergency relief representatives from Red Cross and the Salvation Army, local iwi, Civil Defence groups and Auckland Council have also been invited to participate. ADRA emergency response officer Robert Patton says the five-day exercise will start with targeted training, which will culminate in a 36-hour, roundthe-clock response exercise. “The exact nature of the exercise scenario is confidential in order to keep the response as spontaneous as possible, but it will be a significant disaster which has the potential to impact on a lot of people and would require external support,” he says. “We will endeavour to replicate what happens when a disaster unfolds and the participants will be trained in the appropriate responses.” The exercise will run from November 3 to 7. Last year it was held at Coromandel.

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Retiring chairman Peter Corry (right) with Paul Topliss.

Wellsford St John YOU S AY calls for volunteers Committee chairman Peter Corry has been with Wellsford St John for 30 years, volunteering for both the ambulance service and the committee. He was instrumental in getting the current station, in Rodney Street, built in 1990 and has been chairman of the committee for more than a decade. “We rolled up our sleeves and virtually built the station ourselves, with help from the community,” he says. “But it took us three years.” His departure, along with another member, means more volunteers are needed. Volunteering for the committee involves one meeting a month, managing the finances of the station and working on fundraising. Volunteers also help train St John cadets. “We’ve got about 38 cadets in Wellsford. It’s wonderful for the kids, but it’s a lot of work and we need more leaders to help. It’s the future of St John we are training.” The ambulance service is also appealing for more volunteers to share the load. Operational team leader Paul Topliss says volunteers are expected to work about two days a month with flexible shifts available and training is provided. Meanwhile, the headquarters will undergo a $20,000 upgrade this year and get a new lick of paint. Info: The committee meets on the third Thursday of the month. Volunteers, Peter on 423 8761; Ambulance volunteers, call 423 8330.

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spa, a pool specifically for learning to swim and an eight-lane 25 m pool. My grandchildren absolutely love this Centre and spend many hours here as it is for families to enjoy young and old as well as a learn to swim centre. In the changing rooms the floors are heated so no wet cold puddles to stand in while changing. I think this is done by running the hot water pipes underneath the concrete floor but I am no expert. This Centre runs rings around any other swimming complex I have seen and something like this for the local community would be a godsend. The cost I believe to build was $14 million a vast difference to the $25 million plus stated by Penny Webster. I wish the so-called powers that be could go and visit this Centre. This is highly unlikely, I know, but I wish we had someone with the foresight that this Council has. What an asset to the district a facility like this would be.

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Inner Wheel thanks I was very sorry to read in your last publication that the Warkworth Inner Wheel group had disbanded. They have been an amazing group interested in and supporting local groups where they could. An example of their support for Hospice was providing voice recorders to help with our Life Review service. This is an amazing service that Hospice can offer people who are suffering from serious illness. Telling their story to a trained biographer can help patients put their life in perspective, and find comfort and a sense of meaning and purpose. I just want to say a huge “thank you” to the Inner Wheel group for their energy and enthusiasm and for the support they have given to Hospice over the years.

There has been much debate recently about an aquatic centre for Warkworth and the surrounding districts. I have just returned from Christchurch visiting family and had the pleasure of swimming in the new (one-year-old) aquatic centre in Rolleston which is in the Selwyn district. This complex has to be seen to be believed. It is not just a venue for swimming lessons but has four pools. One for leisure with a lazy river, a hydrotherapy pool with a

Holiday highway I listened to Cr Penny Webster being interviewed on National Radio. She was talking of the terrible traffic jams on the highway to Auckland. Well, I wondered if I was on the same road because there was very little traffic around me on the road to Warkworth. OK it was off peak, but the way she was talking it was bumper to bumper and articulated trucks all the way. Not so.

In fact, I too commute to and from Auckland every day and am rarely held up by heavy traffic. I find that the only time there is a delay on the road is the occasional holiday weekend. Is this why it has been nicknamed the ‘Holiday Highway’? The only real bottleneck is the perennial Hill Street intersection. This and the Woodcocks Road lights can cause a queue into Warkworth. Now the subdivisions around Orewa are coming on, there are more commuters joining at Silverdale. The traffic only gets slow around Greville Road. Similarly, when I leave town, it is heavy going getting on the bridge and from Esmonde to Oteha. After Albany, it is plain sailing through to home. I don’t see why the new stretch of motorway is going to help this. The enhanced Holiday Highway will probably result in increased traffic upon it because more people will be living up here. They will still be inconvenienced when they get closer to town and when heading North. It’s a lot of money for no real gain. Mayor Len (who seems to like his train sets) should work his wonders over here! Russell Ward Warkworth

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YOU S AY and Palmer (MM Aug 1); you are not alone! We constantly see vehicle after vehicle failing to stop at the compulsory Stop sign located on the intersection of Leigh and Takatu Roads. Leigh Road is classified as an open road, therefore if conditions are right vehicles can travel up to 100km/h. We are sick and tired of reckless idiots refusing to obey road rules in this district. We have had many near misses

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Council plans service cuts It is happening! The axe is being lowered and Rodney’s getting cut out. The Mayor will release the details of the next 10-year budget this month, which includes proposals for major service cuts to parks and community services and to key transport projects. The budget will require the council to slash up to $2.8 billion of new spending to hold rates at 2.5 per cent. Councillors and the Mayor insist the City Rail Link is the absolute priority. So what does this mean for Rodney? The first concern is around capital spending. Any “reallocating” of the bulk of Auckland’s capital spending to projects south and west of the Harbour Bridge, with Takapuna’s city centre being the only exception, will mean even less of Council’s already limited spending being directed into Rodney. What’s disturbing is that this isn’t being proposed for a year or two, but for the next decade. This is quite different from the promises made during last year’s local government elections. It’s not hard to predict what will happen in 10 years if Auckland Council again finds itself short of money. To put it in a nut shell, the proposal is politically biased and fundamentally unfair. Add to this the planned cuts to parks, community services and many projects, and Rodney is about to end up with a double whammy loss by losing future spending for our own projects, while simultaneously acting as an ATM machine for the other side of Auckland. Auckland Council’s Budget Committee is the orchestrator. I support asking for the City Rail Link to be delayed so the required investment into Rodney can be made, particularly with so much more growth planned throughout Mahurangi. We need more community-led wins like Hill Street to be delivered. However, let’s not forget about the other basics we don’t have either such as sealed roads, adequate water supply, coping waste treatment plants, broken or non-existent footpaths, inadequate seawall defences, few jobs, and no learn-toswim pool. We need to sort these out before we agree to fund other’s wish lists. No additional money for new road sealing has been indicated so far, which means that Rodney’s voice is not being heard. The Budget Committee is responsible for developing the 10 year budget. It is vital that the road sealing money is added in by this committee to Auckland’s top priorities. If it’s not, we can assume projects like the City Rail Link are considered more important than the safety of our families, friends and visitors travelling on our unsealed and unsafe roads. Alternative forms of road sealing are red herrings, as this would only increase road sealing from 2.6 kilometres per year to 4.2 kilometres, remembering Rodney has over 673 kilometres of dangerous Third World standard roads. What’s missing is a fair share of our rates being spent back in Rodney. Be loud. Stay proud. Do not allow a budget that excludes Rodney.


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The process The Mayor will formally release his proposed Long-term Plan/ Ten Year Budget this month. The Governing Body will adopt it as a draft Budget in December. Once the draft version of the Ten Year Budget has been adopted, it will to go out for public feedback. This public consultation phase will run for only a few short weeks between late January and through February 2015. This will be your only opportunity to put forward your views on what you think are the key matters we should be spending our money on over the next decade. You will be able to disagree or support the proposed budget. The Mayor wants to finalise the Long-term Plan/Ten Year Budget by June 2015.



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Te Arai mediation reaches agreement A campaign waged over the last eight years to save Te Arai from development is over. An appeal, by the Te Arai Beach Preservation Society and NZ Fairy Tern Charitable Trust, to a decision by Auckland Council hearing commissioners to approve Plan Change 166 has been resolved through mediation. The society and the trust – the two groups who spearheaded the opposition – say they will now maintain a watching brief. In a joint statement, they say that while they did not achieve their bottom line of no housing at Te Arai, they have done what they could to ensure that the impacts on the sensitive ecosystem and threatened species at Te Arai, such as the critically endangered NZ fairy tern and the northern NZ dotterel, are minimised. Preservation society chair Mark Walker and Heather Rogan, of the Fairy Tern Turst, said the creation of a 172 hectare public reserve within the settlement land was a positive outcome. “We believe that the provisions of Plan Change 166, through covenants and other measures, will ensure that there are never more than 46 houses at Te Arai and, if the agreed safeguards are properly implemented by Council and landowners, Te Arai’s sensitive environment will be protected.” The applicant was Te Arai Coastal Lands who jointly own the land with Te Uri O Hau. The iwi purchased the forest lands north of Te Arai/Eyres Point as part of the commercial redress of their Treaty of Waitangi settlement with the Crown and on-sold a 75 per cent share to Te Arai Coastal Land Holdings. Some of the agreements reached include: • Improved reserve design particularly around the Te Arai stream mouth. • Changes to the areas where houses could be built including buffer zones around the reserve. Limits on the

The organisations that fought to conserve Te Arai’s relative isolation say they will maintain a watching brief to ensure conditions are met.

In the early days of the Te Arai campaign, the Preservation Society went to Auckland to enlist the support of the then Environment Minister Chris Carter.

number of houses in particular areas. • Specific agreement about the taking of water from Te Arai Stream. • Preparation of a comprehensive whole site conservation management plan (CSMP) – this includes the golf course land but not the reserve area which will have its own Council prepared management plan. The CSMP includes other management

plans such as the Shorebird Management Plan and a Vegetation Management Plan. • Covenants or consent notices on all titles including balance land to prohibit in perpetuity further subdivision for residential or rural residential lots. Under the rules of the plan change, Queen Elizabeth II National Trust is to be approached to put in place covenants over the

Correction - Te Arai costs The Te Arai Beach Coastal Lands has been ordered to pay the Crown $96,675 following the direct referral of an appeal relating to resource consents granted for a water permit and earthworks consent, not the Te Arai Beach Preservation Society, as reported in our August 1 issue. The costs represent the expenses incurred by the Environment Court. balance land, but not the house lots, at the site to ensure there will be no further residential development. • Public access points will be retained as they are. • Fencing of the boundary between the proposed golf course and the Mangawhai Wildlife Refuge. • Prohibition on keeping any domestic pets. • Establishment of a Community Liaison Group which specifically includes the preservation society and the fairy tern trust. Mr Walker and Mrs Rogan’s statement said “the proof of the pudding will be in the eating”. “The onus is on Council to effectively carry out its RMA responsibilities and for Te Arai Coastal Lands and Te Uri O Hau to make good on their promises to protect the values of Te Arai. “Our expectation is that the developers have, through the mediation process, come to understand the importance of the Te Arai site to the survival of threatened species and will from now on work with us to avoid any further environmental damage. “The proposed Community Liaison Group will hopefully be a positive step for ongoing community input. Also, we look forward to all the parties involved in the Court case now working together to protect Te Arai and abide by the agreements reached.”

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Open Day on Hill Street plan The Hill Street intersection will be discussed at a NZ Transport Agency open day in the Old Masonic Hall in Baxter Street, Warkworth, on Saturday August 16, from 10am to 2pm. The NZTA will explain in more detail its interim improvements for the intersection, which will start later this year. Highway manager Brett Gliddon says that as part of the longer term plans for Hill Street, NZTA will continue to investigate the traffic impacts of the new Puhoi to Warkworth motorway, the Western Collector and potential projects such as the Matakana Link. The interim improvements at the intersection include: • widening the northbound approach on SH1, and increasing the capacity of the right turn lane into Matakana Road by extending it back to the

intersection with Shoesmith Street. • widening the corresponding southbound approach which will add some capacity for traffic turning left into Matakana Road. • the southbound right turn lane from SH1 into Hill Street will be removed to give more green light time to other traffic movements. The alternative routes to access Hill Street will be via Hudson Road and Falls Road or Hudson and Albert Road. • a new wider shared walking and cycling path on the western side of SH1. • an improved connection between Sandspit Road and Elizabeth Street. The improvements are expected to be finished before Easter next year. Information about the project is also available online at warkworth

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Ti Point harvesting date unknown There is still no clear starting date for the harvest of a 14.5 hectare Auckland Council-owned radiata pine forest, on the corner of Leigh and Ti Point Roads. The forest contains an estimated 7000 tonnes of wood and harvesting was to have started early last year, when its value was estimated at $150,000. The Rodney Local Board and the Whangateau Residents & Ratepayers Association want to see the proceeds from the forest spent on local projects. However, the harvest was delayed when kauri snails were found on the property in February last year and since then, 35 snails have been relocated. The property includes two closed landfills, and an assessment of what level of monitoring and management is required has also contributed to the delay. Auckland Council Property Ltd (ACPL) commercial manager Craig Beecroft says harvesting is likely to start later this year. It is understood that the 21-year-old forest is being removed for “safety reasons” but the property will be retained by Council until the landfills are stable. Although earlier advice from ACPL indicated that the Ti Point contract had been awarded to Kiwi Forestry Ltd, an associated company of Silverdalebased company Harvestpro, which is harvesting the Araparera Forest, this is no longer the case. Mr Beecroft confirmed last week that ACPL would appoint a contractor after “a competitive tender process”. ACPL had previously told the Rodney Local Board that the time and costs associated with a full tender process for Ti Point would not result in a better outcome and would reduce the net return to Council. The Local Board wants the proceeds from the forest spent on projects such as the Whangateau

The Ti Point harvest was delayed when kauri snails were found in the forest.

pedestrian bridge, the Matakana walking bridge (east of Matakana) and planting in the Whangateau catchment. However, Mr Beecroft says the proceeds will be provided to Council for distribution. ACPL has already stated that it is unaware of any commitment by Council or the former Rodney District Council to use the funds for local community projects. Kauri snails are a threatened species and protected under the Wildlife Act and it is illegal to destroy their habitat.

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Teen author launches book A 16-year-old from Warkworth has written and illustrated a series of books to help children understand and accept mental illnesses. Albany High School student Emily Pearson says she has been interested in how society often judges Emily Pearson people who are different. “My older brother has cystic fibrosis and often people didn’t understand the condition and were scared of what they didn’t know,” Emily says. “A lot of people get pushed down for being different, which is wrong. I wanted to do something to help stop that.” The five books are written from a child’s perspective, showing some of the challenges children can face living with a family member with a mental illness. But the resounding message is accepting differences in those you love. “There is lots written to educate adults about mental health issues and disabilities, but not a lot for children and how these issues impact them.” The book is self-published but Emily is in discussions with Mary Egan Publishers about further books. The book will be available at a launch at Mahurangi College on Friday, August 15, 7pm. Emily will read extracts from the books and there will be performances by Mahurangi College students on the theme of embracing difference. Professional dancer Justin Haiu has choreographed a dance for the event and will be performing along with Mahurangi students Imogen Capes and Lydia Henderson, while Alex Hunter and Jonathan Rabey will provide the music.


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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.

Archivists at the Warkworth & District Museum, in Tudor Collins Drive, are celebrating the arrival of the internet. The long-awaited connection has been made possible through the purchase of a computer with funds from Pub Charity. It will be used to assist visitors doing local history research and people tracing their family history. “The enquiries the museum receives are many and varied,” volunteer Judy Waters says. “Many come via email or people come in person. Often they are visitors from overseas who believe they have a connection with the district through an ancestor. People who have bought a commercial or residential building in the area often come seeking something of its history. “Websites such as and can be invaluable in assisting with these

enquiries, along with our large collection of books, paper records, newspaper clippings, family histories, library records, minute books, church and cemetery records, and school rolls. The school rolls are particularly helpful because they provide birth dates, as well as the names of the parents.” Judy believes a lot of “locals” still have very little idea of what goes on behindthe-scenes at the museum and the amount of items that volunteers repair and maintain. “Only a very small percentage of what we have is ever on display.” Anyone wishing to get a copy of any photos at the museum is asked to supply a memory stick because although the room now has access to the internet, it still does not have the facility to print. The archives room is open every Wednesday, from 10am to 2.30pm.

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Once a week a regular bunch of TOSSI members get together to help produce the 20,000 plants needed for the autumn and winter revegetation planting of Tawharanui Regional Park. The final planting day on August 3 saw 5000 of the most wonderfully lush large healthy looking plants go into an area at the south end of the park. The nursery group number varies from 15 to 30 depending on the season, and the members are involved in seed collection, seed germination, and the subsequent pricking out and potting on of the plants. The team also takes part in the strenuous task of laying out all the plants in readiness for the Sunday in the Park planting days. The plants are transported to the prepared site and the group members trudge up and down the hillsides placing the plants in their eventual planting place. Heavy and exhausting work! The nursery teams work with the Open Sanctuary coordinator Matt Maitland to plan the next three years of planting sites and collect appropriate species. They recently had a big loss with the departure of Steve and Penny Palmer, who have moved to the South Island. Steve had been the TOSSI chairperson since 2010 and Penny collected seed, raised the seedlings at their property, planned the plantings, coordinated the nursery activities, and raised some rare plants and reintroduced them to Tawharanui. Their skills and tireless work will be sorely missed. In order to upskill themselves, the nursery team recently travelled to the Botanic Gardens in Manurewa to learn plant propagation techniques. With their newly-acquired skills, they are going to begin propagating seed onsite at Tawharanui, aided by some modifications to the existing shade house to give the tiny seedlings a little more protection.

TOSSI volunteers raise around 20,000 plants every year for distribution around the park.

The thousands of plants planted around the park are reaping rich rewards. Recently, TOSSI deputy chairperson James Ross spotted 15 different species of birds in the area of last year’s wetland planting, including a banded rail and a spotless crake, both unusual sights. The birds are extending their range in the park because of the new habitat being created by the extensive new plantings. Signs of kiwi have also been spotted in the 2013 planting site. Nursery plants have also been used to improve the habitat around the nesting boxes for the petrels, with flaxes being planted to reduce the exposure of the nesting area. We salute the work this dedicated team undertake!

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Computer course targets parents A computer literacy course for parents of Wellsford School pupils, to improve internet access in low decile areas, starts this month. Participants will get a free refurbished computer and subsidised internet access for a year as part of the Computers in Homes programme. The course is funded by the government and corporate sponsors, and is run nationwide in low decile schools. Seven parents will attend 10 two-hour workshops at the school, where they will learn basic computer skills including surfing the internet. School principal Dave Bradley says the internet is becoming an increasing part of students learning and those without internet at home can be at a disadvantage. The school has a range of internet learning initiatives and sometimes homework requires students to go online, he says. Parents are also able to keep up with their child’s progress at school by looking at blogs and wikipedia pages created by pupils. But according to the 2013 census, 40 per cent of Wellsford households do not have internet access, compared with 33 per cent nationwide. Currently, students who don’t have internet access at home can use it at the school before class and during lunch times, as each classroom has about eight laptops or iPads. The Computers in Homes initiative started in 1999 to raise literacy rates. Since then, more than 12,000 families have participated. Northland coordinator Sue Kini has worked with 24 schools in Northland, including Wellsford, and says the courses can result in a transformation in parents. “It’s absolutely unbelievable. We have had parents go on to further education and gain employment. It opens up a whole new world for them.” It is the second time Wellsford School has hosted the programme.

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Legislative changes over the last five years, aimed at improving tenancy agreements, can prove a minefield for anyone new to the rental property market. Property manager Julie Beaumont says a tenancy agreement governs what is expected of each party and the legislation has become more prescriptive. “For instance, if a landlord drives by the property too often, the tenant can claim harassment. Similarly, the bond money has to be lodged within 21 days and inspections have to be done with proper notice. If a landlord ignores any of these procedures, they can wind-up paying exemplary damages. “Likewise, tenants are expected to fulfil their part of the contract by keeping the premises clean and tidy, and paying their rent on time.” Julie estimates that while many properties in the Mahurangi area form part of an investment portfolio, the majority are owned by what she calls “incidental” landlords – people who have inherited a property or who have saved up enough to own a second house or unit as a rental. She says these are the people who are most at risk of falling foul of the new legislation when a dispute arises because they are inexperienced and often “way too trusting”. Julie, nee Copestake, is a longtime local who has eight years of property management experience with

Since moving to New Zealand from Croatia when she was eight years old, Ines Ćurin has never been afraid of a challenge. “I believe moving to the other side of the world made me a stronger person,” Ines says. “I couldn’t speak a word of English, but it made me a fighter and has driven me to succeed. Overcoming that challenge made me believe I could do anything and that life’s possibilities are endless.” After owning and operating the business for 17 years, Ines has taken on a new challenge in her new role as a sales and marketing consultant at Harveys Warkworth. Ines began her career in the fashion industry. Her parents owned a wholesale knitwear company and she became immersed in the industry at a young age. “Growing up I was always surrounded by sewing machines and materials. My mother taught me to sew and I went on to study in the field.” After working in retail, Ines opened her own street and surf store on the North Shore when she was 28. “It was fun. I loved it. I think you have to do something you love.” But three years ago she decided it was time for a change. “I wanted to move to a new stage of

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Community lobbies for purchase of Port Albert church A group of Port Albert residents has banded together to secure the historic Port Albert Methodist Church for community use. The Methodist Church informed the congregation last year that it planned to sell the property for around $50,000. In response, a Port Albert Church Preservation Society was formed with the aim of raising enough money to buy the church. Society chairperson Lynette Gubb says it is vital the church is maintained for the community. “It’s a part of the heritage and character of Port Albert, and some families have been using it for generations,” Lynette says. “We don’t want it to be turned into a house. We want to it maintained for regular services, weddings and funerals.” The Wellsford Cooperating Parish stopped running services at the church two years ago due to low attendance and members of the congregation were told the church might be sold. A small group kept the services going once a month by running the church themselves. A public meeting was held last year to discuss the future of the church and a group was formed to look at some options. In April, a second meeting was held to set-up an incorporated society to try to raise the money to buy the church. One of the main concerns residents have is about the cost of ongoing

The ownership of the land that the Port Albert Church is built on has become a hot topic as a group attempts to buy the church for the community.

maintenance, particularly earthquake strengthening which has yet to be assessed. Lynette says if the church is listed as a heritage building it may provide an avenue for funding, but nothing can be done until the community owns the church. The group has already raised $11,000 in pledges with more people dedicating their time towards refurbishing the church. “There’s a lot of community support to keep the church.” The group is already paying the

running costs, including more than $200 a month in insurance and power. Some Port Albert residents believe the land was gifted to the church in the 1800s so the community should not have to buy it back. However, firm evidence of the gift has not yet been uncovered. Albertland Museum archivist Lyn Johnson has found records showing that the land was transferred from Port Albert founder, William Brame, to the town’s minister, Samuel Edger, in 1863, the year of William’s death.

However, the record does not say whether the transaction was a gift, part of a will or a sale. So far, Lyn has been unable to find any record of the land being transferred to the Methodist Church. The church was built in 1885. Archivists at the Methodist headquarters in Christchurch are looking into the matter, but had not responded when Mahurangi Matters went to print. A representative of the Wellsford Cooperative Parish was unavailable for comment.

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Members of the Scandrett family (from left) Joan, Ruth, Don and Trent planted three totara trees to celebrate 150 years since the first Scandretts settled in the bay.

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Institute remains relevant The Warkworth Women’s Institute celebrates 75 years in October. Formerly known as the Country Women’s Institute or CWI, the organisation was founded in Canada in 1897 and arrived in NZ in 1921. The word ‘country’ was dropped from the name as the organisation spread to cities and towns. Warkworth publicity officer Moira Dye says the institute’s aims are to enjoy friendship and encourage women of all ages to share their skills and talents. “Each year a project is selected nationally,” she says. “In 2012, it was Kidney Kids. Each club was given $10 and challenged to increase it by our ingenuity. The six institutes in the North Auckland Federation – Warkworth, Matakana, North Albertland, Hibiscus, Coatesville and Browns Bay – raised $5600. “Nationally, a total of just over $110,000 was raised and presented to Kidney Kids at Starship Hospital. We continue to save can tabs and wine bottle tops for this organisation.” Moira believes the institute has remained relevant because it is a wellrespected organisation that lobbies on behalf of women and promotes their issues. “Women’s Institute debates on topical remits at our National Conference and lobbies the Government on matters of importance to women,” she says. “In recent times, this has included fair pay

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for carers and a recognition of their travel costs.” The institute’s current theme is “spreading happiness” and the federation has chosen Riding for the Disabled as its two-year project. “We also support North Shore Hospital by providing hospital dolls, knitting for premature babies and providing amenity packs for patients admitted unexpectedly.” Warkworth WI meets on the second Tuesday of the month in the Anglican Church Lounge at 1.30 pm. All women welcome.

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Dogged determination delivers debt-free museum A project that has fired the imagination of the Mangawhai community for almost five years is nearing completion. The Mangawhai Historical Society last month closed its small space in the village, in anticipation of opening the new purpose-built museum, on Molesworth Drive, in December. The state-of-the art facility has cost an estimated $3 million, largely funded by major grants. But society president Christine Bygraves says none of it would have happened without the “thousands” of hours contributed by volunteers. “From the bulldozers and diggers that cleared the site to the teams that have been building the exhibits and patiently archiving the collection, the contribution of the volunteers can’t be over-stated,” she says. “They are consistent and reliable, and many have become very skilled at what they do for us.” Museum display and design specialist Chris Currie has overseen the project, which draws its inspiration from the Mangawhai Harbour. Chris has been associated with museums and heritage organisations for more than 35 years including 10 years at the Waikato Museum of Art and History, a period at Lopdell House in Titirangi, and a long stint at Rotorua Museum. The harbour theme ties together Maori and European history, and

Historical society president Christine Bygraves says the countdown has begun to the grand opening of the museum later this year.

today’s holiday makers and residents with the experiences of the pioneers. Through a series of themed exhibits, visitors will be able to learn the story of the mighty battle fought between Ngapuhi and Ngati Whatua in the valley below Mt Pukekororo, near Kaiwaka; watch a video describing the distinctive coastal rock formations in the area; and revisit the sinking of the RMS Niagara, by a German raider, in 1940. A life-sized replica of the shed that once stood at the end of the Mangawhai Wharf provides a venue to tell the story of Mangawhai’s ship-building,

kauri gum and logging industries, local shipwrecks and the building of the breakwater. Family histories, colourful characters such as the pilot Captain Ladd and information about the areas flora and fauna are captured in words and photographs, and there’s a special place for the distinctive tramcar baches. Christine says members of the public regularly drop in with stories, photographs and items, many of which are being added to the collection, which is being scrupulously tagged and catalogued by volunteers, lead by Heather Quinn.

Heather, who has a systems and library background, says Mangawhai is using Te Papa standards. “None of us has had special training, but Te Papa has a brilliant teaching resource online which we’ve taken full advantage of,” she says. “The painstaking task of tagging every component, of every item, has certainly expanded our knowledge of our collection!” The cataloguing process started about four years ago and is about threequarters complete. When it’s finished, online visitors will also be able to access it. As well as exhibition space, the museum will have a shop and café, a public research and genealogy room, a dedicated space to set-up temporary and travelling exhibitions, “clean” and “dirty” workshops, and basement storage. A shipping container was recently purchased to store larger exhibits. Christine says that each stage of the process has required attention to different aspects of the project. A lot of time at the moment is centred on establishing the staff requirements for a seven-day-a-week operation, marketing and governance. And on a note that will resonate with Mangawhai ratepayers, Christine says the museum has been entirely built without debt.

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August 13, 2014

St John spearheads Mangawhai Park plan Freeman takes on walking weekend

Residents in Mangawhai will be able to view a final plan for what’s proposed for Mangawhai Park next month. A Steering Committee, which has been driving the project, is hoping Kaipara District Council will sign off on the plan this month, ahead of community consultation during an open day at Mangawhai Museum on September 7. Tenants confirmed or interested in locating to the 37 hectare park include St John and the Mangawhai Volunteer Fire Brigade. There is also provision for an historic village and an arts centre. St John district operations manager Tony Devanney says he hopes the new station – Mangawhai’s first – will be finished by Christmas, in time for the busy season. “It’s been hard to recruit volunteers without a dedicated space, but the new station will mean volunteers can feel like they belong to something,” Tony says. “We have eight operational volunteers, but we hope to triple that once the station is built.” Tony says resource consent is expected shortly and construction is due to start in about six weeks. Mangawhai St John has raised $700,000, from the Mangawhai St John opportunity shop and donations, Tested and Proven towards the project. The Generations fire brigade hopes to build a by new station beside St John. Area of Professionals. commander Mike Lister says the current station has been deemed uninhabitable following a health and

A new St John ambulance station, a fire station, an historic village and an arts centre are in the master plan for Mangawhai Park.

safety report about a year ago and the brigade has been in a temporary building since. The NZ Fire Service will fund the new station, but plans will not begin until a lease is secured. “I’m fairly confident it will go ahead,” Mike says. “We’ve got to find something soon.” The Mangawhai Artists Association is working on an arts centre. Association president Jeanette Vickers says the centre is still about two years away, but land is being set aside for a building. “We are still looking at our options,” she says. Steering committee chairman Jim Wintle says the historical village will

include the old Anglican Church and the telegraph office, which are currently located beside the former museum in the village. The buildings will be moved to a site near the new Mangawhai Museum where they can be used as classrooms for school tours and other events. Jim says the completion of the plan is not the end of the park’s development. The future may include a picture theatre and a performing arts centre. “It all depends on what the community wants,” he says. The land was purchased in 1979 by council and adjoins the Mangawhai Golf Club, between Mangawhai Heads and Mangawhai Village.

One of the biggest events on the Mangawhai calendar, the Mangawhai Walking Weekend, has a new president. Dorothy Freeman has taken over from founder Jean Goldschmidt who retired this year after 15 years at the helm. Dorothy has been involved for the past six years and says she is excited, but a bit daunted, to be filling the big shoes left by Jean. “We are going to need 20 Jeans to keep up the good work she’s done,” Dorothy says. Next year’s walking weekend will be held from March 27 to 29, and Dorothy says there will be new tracks on the programme, as well as the usual classic walks. There are also plans to launch a new website by Labour Weekend, which will make it easier for people to enrol. Meanwhile, the Mangawhai Track Cutters group has been busy working to extend the Tanekaha Forest Track into a four-hour loop walk. The new track, which runs through the Brynderwyn forest, will open on Labour Weekend. People who would like to get involve in organising the Walking Weekend can contact Dorothy on 431 5950. The Track Cutters group meets on Friday mornings. Info: Mike 431 5443 or Gordon 431 5779

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  Mike Pero franchise revitalised   The Mike Pero Real Estate franchise in Mangawhai has changed hands, with Matakana locals Angela Wain and Andrew Steens taking over the reins. Angela and Andrew have just returned from the national Mike Pero Conference with a raft of awards, including the Supreme Award for the North Island, runner-up for NZ for franchise financial performance and third place for sales performance. As one of the original Mike Pero franchises, Andrew says he and Angela jumped at the opportunity to purchase the Mangawhai territory. Salesperson Alan Corkin has taken up

 Become a Summer     Member and enjoy the challenge of revitalising the brand   sensational golf on one      in Mangawhai. He says he sees a huge      of New Zealand’s finest     low opportunity the Mike Pero  courses.   for             area. cost, high-service inthis  brand  1st October    -     Unbeatable    Andrew feels that the timing couldn’t   31st March  Mangawhai             be better.           “Mangawhai starting to experience  is       ONC JOIN FOR 2014 - 2015 SUMMER SEASON  the surge that areas closer to  in sales 



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     Auckland have already been through. & GET 3 EXTRA MONTHS FREE!      (Your season commences 1 July 2014)  Also, many Warkworth clients are   

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  selling up to move further north.     “Residential property sale volumes     are up more than 25 per cent in    Mangawhai Village and Mangawhai      months Heads over the past 12     compared to the previous year.”

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August 13, 2014

Mark Watkin - Over 30 Years experience in Panel • Full Coach Building & Fabricating • Insurance Claims • Aluminium/Steel/Fibreglass • Rustwork Cars & Trucks, Horse Trucks & Floats, Caravans, Motorhomes

194 Molesworth Dr, Mangawhai Heads, 021 775 469 The removal of mangroves in the Mangawhai Harbour will stop for the birdnesting season and won’t start again until next February.

Harbour mangroves disappear


Warkworth Satellite Service

1 Matheson Rd, Wellsford 0900 Opening hours: Mon-Fri 10am-3pm

Auckland Council Building, The Board Room Opening hours: Wed & Fri 10am-1pm

Wellsford Community Centre

Queen Street, Warkworth

Cordially invites you to our:

2014 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING Date : Tuesday, 26 August 2014 Time : 11.00am Venue : Lounge Wellsford Community Centre 1 Matheson Road, Wellsford 0900 09 423 7333 or 0800 367 222 • •

The first stage of mangrove removal in Mangawhai is wrapping up for the year with about a quarter of the work completed. Mangawhai Harbour Restoration Society (MHRS) president Trevor Downey says the work has been progressing more quickly than expected and plenty of volunteers have been helping get the job done. Removal at Lincoln Street Reserve and Molesworth Drive has finished, and removal at the Insley Street causeway is ongoing. The removal will stop at the end of this month, as a condition of the resource consent, to allow sea birds time to nest. When work resumes in February, it will target a small island of mangroves out from Insley Street, using a barge. This will provide practise for the removal of mangroves in the area known as

Mangrove Island, which is about 12 hectares, making-up the majority of the mangroves consented for removal. The entire project is expected to take three seasons to complete. The society initially applied for resource consent to remove 87 hectares of mangroves, but that was declined. However, following an appeal to the Environment Court, and about $400,000 in legal fees, the MHRS received consent to remove 17.4 hectares of mangroves. Trevor says the removal costs and legal fees were funded through a levy on Mangawhai rates and a $30,000 grant from Mangawhai Endowment Fund. The levy is a flat rate of $78 a year and has been collected since 1996. It is a loan to the society to spend on maintenance and restoration of the harbour. In 2014/15, a total of $267,000 was collected.

Ten buoys, funded by Northland Regional Council, have been installed in Mangawhai Harbour to improve navigation. The society is creating a GPS map of the Mangawhai Channel. Work to extend the boat ramp at Alamar Crescent is also set to begin this month. The society holds the resource consent for the ramp, and the Mangawhai

Boating and Fishing Club has raised about $20,000 for the project. Club president Colin Buchanan says the work will be completed in two stages. The first stage includes extending the ramp and turnaround space, and should be finished by the end of the month. The second stage will address the adjacent pontoon and will be completed in May to avoid peak times over summer.

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August 13, 2014

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Student work earns accolades

Invest in Your Health 2 hour workshop

Relax over a long lunch You Taste – I Talk You Ask – I Answer Only $30

Understand why and how to improve your health (General or critical health challenges)

It’s easier than you think

AUG: Sunday 17th 1-3pm • SEPT: Saturday 20th 1-3pm Mangawhai

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Mangawhai Beach School has received $1300 from the Northland Regional Council Environmental Curriculum Awards. The awards recognise and support excellence in schools’ environmental education work. Bream Baybased Councillor Craig Brown presented the cheque to the school this month. “Students, teachers and the community all have a part to play in the region’s sustainable management,” Cr Brown said.

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August 13, 2014

Saddle up for Kaipara Flats country dance Stetsons, blue jeans and boots will be the dress code for a Country Dance at the Ranfurly Hall, Kaipara Flats, on Saturday, August 23. The fundraiser for St John Warkworth is being organised by the Warkworth Rodeo Club. Special guests will be the country music duo Trevor V. Stevens and Kylie Austin. Trevor is a veteran on the country music circuit in NZ and was the 2010 and 2012 NCMA Music Artist of the Year. He has recorded three albums including I Wanna Feel That Way Again. Kylie is a member of the Eastern Districts Country Music Club in Auckland and has been performing for about 15 years. She has been a finalist in the NZ Country Music Entertainer of the Year on many occasions as a solo artist and was a finalist in the NZ Songwriter of the Year awards. In 2004, she was the Maton Talent Search Winner at the Gympie Muster in Queensland, the largest talent search of its kind in Australasia. Her debut album When It Rains was released in 2008. Rodeo club secretary Krista Fletcher said the night will be a “good oldfashioned knees up”. “The dance used to be an annual event, but we haven’t held it for a while,” she says. “We thought it was about time we did it again.” The evening is BYO drinks, with supper provided. Tickets cost $25. Info: Phone Krista on 425 8828 or 021 2655 158.


We have a double pass to Aldous Harding to give away. Enter on the Mahurangi Matters Facebook page or email news@localmatters. with Aldous Harding in the subject line. Competition closes Friday, August 15.

Hannah Harding got her break while busking in Lyttelton.

Taste of Lyttelton at Sunday session

Watch a video of Trevor V. Stevens and Kylie Austin performing on the TVNZ Good morning Show

Duo Trevor V. Stevens and Kylie Austin have a long list of country music credits to their name.

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Lyttelton artist, Aldous Harding, aka Hannah Harding, is playing the Leigh Sawmill on August 17, after releasing her debut self-titled album in April. Harding, the daughter of folk recording artist Lorina Harding, got her first break while busking to raise enough money for a ticket to see Anika Moa in Lyttelton. Moa saw Harding perform before the gig and asked her to open for the concert and latter offered Harding a recording space. Members of NZ band, The Eastern, also got behind the young artist and helped get a collection of her songs on record. Harding will perform her quiet, contemplative, acoustic folk music on Sunday, August 17 at 5pm.

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Retro-revival rocks in Leigh Australian band, Wagons, will play at the Leigh Sawmill this month, on the back of touring the summer festival circuit in Canada. The Melbourne-based band released their sixth album Acid Rain and Sugar Cane this year. The band has been touring for the past decade, including a couple of trips across the Tasman, playing their flavour of retrorevival, crooning rock. Rolling Stone described front-man Henry Wagons as “sounding like the love child of Nick

Cave and Johnny Cash”. Henry says the band strived to get the live feel of the music across in their latest record. “We wanted the record to sound very obviously like a band playing together in a room, capturing that sense of live performance at the core, but also augmented by the grand scope of the cinematic, trippy orchestral arrangements from the 70s.” Wagons are playing on August 30.

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Bands call on fans for UK tour Two bands are fundraising for their UK tour with a show at Leigh Sawmill on August 29. Local regulars Bonnie and the Oosh and Auckland-based band The Nowhere Effect are both playing their last NZ gig together before their September tour. The bands will perform at major centres in England, as well as in Glasgow, Scotland. Bonnie and the Oosh are also releasing their latest single Afraid at the Sawmill. This comes hot on the heels of the release of their latest music video for their single Higher. The video was made by 48-hours filmmaking competition 2012 winners, Noise and Pictures, and features electric fans collected from the bands actual fans in Mahurangi.

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Seafarers and solicitors The Sellars (originally spelled ‘Sillars’) family came from the Isle of Arran in Scotland and many of their men were master-mariners. Daniel Sellars came to New Zealand in the 1850s and settled in Tauranga. The family’s connection to this area began when Daniel’s son George Henry, at the age of 16, entered the Kaipara Harbour in a sailing ship. He spent some years on the inter-colonial trade, sailing between Australia and New Zealand, but eventually returned to the Kaipara and, in 1897, at the age of 27, became skipper of SS Wairua the largest of five vessels operating between Helensville and Dargaville. For 25 years, Captain Sellars plied the harbour’s waters, building up a vast knowledge of its many moods. He passed on his wisdom and experience in boat handling to two of his sons, Tom and Alf, who also became very well known on the Kaipara. At 21, Tom became the youngest ticketed skipper at that time as master of the SS Tuirangi and was often responsible for the safety of 100 or so passengers. Alf became a skipper after first working on steamers as the ‘brass boy’ polishing brass and collecting meal money. Another son, Daniel, served as an engineer on harbour ships. But it was their brother Ted Sellars who first settled in the north. He had started a law practice in Helensville, travelling to Wellsford by train on sale days. He eventually moved to Wellsford permanently in the early 1930s and was the town’s first resident solicitor. He attended his legal office from the 1930s until the early 1990s. Ted built several commercial premises in Wellsford, including the Theatre Royal which is now the Top Four-Square. During the 1930s, he was secretary of seven Wellsford organisations. Soon after Ted settled in the town, his brothers Ross and Jack also moved there and in 1936, opened one of the first petrol stations, on the site where Mobil is now. Ross was an outstanding athlete, excelling in both rugby and swimming. Tom retired from the sea and joined his brothers in the garage. He also managed the Theatre Royal for Ted. The youngest brother, George, moved to Wellsford as well and opened a panel-beating business. When Ted Sellars made his move to Wellsford the town was smaller than Matakana or Puhoi. More than ordinary foresight and much enterprise was needed for these young men to create and develop their own little empire there. Descendants of Captain George Sellars are still very much a part of Wellsford’s life today. Sources – Coast to Coast Courier, Sellars Reunion news article, Sellars family history, ‘Tall Spars Steamers and Gum’ (Ryburn).


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Cancer research making a difference Daffodil Day A Snells Beach resident, diagnosed with incurable cancer, says newly-developed chemotherapy drugs have probably added years to his life. Landscape architect and father of two, Don Fox, was diagnosed with the rare blood cancer Multiple Myeloma after a routine blood test two years ago. “It’s a shock to get a diagnosis like that when you think you’re well,” Don says. “But I was lucky it was picked up early.” Multiple Myeloma makes up just one per cent of diagnosed cancers. It is similar to leukaemia, but affects the white blood cells rather than the red ones. But unlike leukaemia, there is no cure. “It’s a cancer that is becoming more common and affecting younger people, but researches don’t know why. It weakens bones and often people don’t find out they’ve got it until one of their bones break. Some people sneeze and break their back, or break a leg getting out of bed.” Don received nine months of chemotherapy via a weekly injection to slow the disease. “It’s not as bad as it sounds. Although I had bad days, and was hospitalised a couple of times with a fever, it was nothing compared to what I was expecting.” Then, in 2013, he had a stem cell transplant. “They harvest stem cells from your bone marrow for two days and then blast your body with enough chemo to hopefully kill the cancer. Then the harvested stem cells are returned and the body is left to recover.” For Don, this meant three weeks in hospital, including two weeks in isolation. “I spent the next three months mostly sleeping. I’m in remission now, but I’ll never be cured. The average remission period is about four years and I’m feeling great at the moment. “Everyone has got to go at some point and it’s nice to know I still have a chance to do things. There are others who are in a far worse position.” Don says he has been lucky with recent advances in

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the drugs used to treat the cancer. “If I’d been diagnosed 10 years ago, I wouldn’t be in this position.” The Cancer Society holds a conference on Multiple Myeloma about once every two years, which provides welcome information for those with the disease. He says he is currently living a semi-retired life, caring for his daughters, Olivia and Ashleigh, aged five and six.

A movie screening, a trivia night and a raffle are just some of the fundraising events being organised in the Mahurangi area, in the run-up to Daffodil Day on August 29. For the ninth year, Charlene Morrison is organising events on behalf of Warkworth ANZ, in aid of cancer research. “Everyone comes together on the day to share stories or donate in memory of a loved one, and it is a privilege for all the staff at ANZ to be part of this,” Charlene says. The trivia night will be held at the Warkworth Men’s Bowling Club at 6pm on Wednesday, August 20. Tickets $20, which includes nibbles and dinner. Newly-released movie And So It Goes is screening at Matakana Cinemas on Sunday, August 24. Tickets are $20. On Daffodil Day, Friday August 29, there will be a roadside collection from 7.30am to 9am at the Hill Street intersection and there will be a barbecue outside ANZ Warkworth from 10.30am to 2.30pm. Daffodil Day raffles will be available from Monday August 18, at ANZ, with prizes donated by local businesses. Tickets for events can be purchased by phoning ANZ on 425 0510. Meanwhile, in Mangawhai, there will be a morning tea with bingo at the Mangawhai Golf Club on Wednesday August 27, starting at 10am. A $10 donation includes morning tea and one bingo game. There will also be a raffle with $1500 of vouchers to be won. Dorothy Freeman has been organising Daffodil Day fundraisers in Mangawhai for the past 10 years and says last year, 140 people attended the morning, raising $7900.

Summerset Art and Craft Exhibition Raising funds for The Child Cancer Foundation. On Sunday 24 August, come along to our village residents’ craft market, where you’ll be able to see a fabulous array of crafts from the talented folk who live here at Summerset. Painting, jewellery, pottery, quilts, embroidery, woodwork, these are just some of the amazing items on display. There will be a sales table along with a raffle. While you’re here, drop in to our Divine Café and enjoy a great cup of coffee and a bite to eat.

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The costs of keeping warm As we get into the teeth of winter there is nothing like the cheer of a toasting hot fire or basking in a warm room while the rain teems down outside. Regrettably, for many people on a low income or a benefit, heating has become a luxury. We regularly meet people at Homebuilders who face the choice between providing even limited heating for their home and putting food on the table for their children. This situation is often exacerbated by people on lower incomes only being able to afford housing which is un-insulated and often with issues around drafts, mould and damp. This can often mean that people in the coldest houses and on the lowest incomes face the highest heating costs. Lamentably, we often come across people living in substandard, unhealthy houses, still having to pay very high rent. Copious research shows a strong connection between ill health and living in a cold damp environment. This is especially the case for babies, young children, the elderly or those already unwell – but research shows that even for healthy adults living in a cold damp home makes them more susceptible to a wide range of chronic health problems. For people in low paid work or on a benefit, including those on National Super, there can be some limited financial assistance available with heating costs. In some situations, if a fire is a person’s only form of heating, there assistance is available in the form of a small loan from Work and Income to purchase firewood or buy a heater, if the home has no heating system at all. For a person not on a benefit, but on a low wage, this payment is called a Recoverable Assistance payment. For a person on a benefit, including people on National Super, this is called an Advance Payment. To receive either of these payments there is an income and asset test – you have to have a very low income with little, if any savings. For people with an ongoing health problem, such as asthma or arthritis, extra assistance can be in the form of a small weekly payment called a Disability Allowance. This payment is made to help cover the extra heating costs related to the illness. The Work and Income policy states the allowance is for the costs over and above the normal power consumption of similar-sized households in the area, at the same time of the year. As with Advance payments and Recoverable Assistance payments, there is a range of criteria that needs to be met. If you would like to know more about what support may be available to help keep you and your family warm and healthy this winter, we encourage you to either call Work and Income on 0800 559 009 or contact us at Homebuilders on 425 7048.

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Effluent disposal rules challenge high risk dairy farms The number of Rodney dairy farmers failing to comply with effluent disposal conditions has doubled since last year, as Auckland Council changes its strategy to focus on high risk farms. Of the Rodney farms visited in the 2013/14 inspection season, 39 farms or 51 per cent, did not fully comply with consent conditions, up from 17 farms (22 per cent) in the 2012/13 year. There were seven cases of serious non-compliance, 13 of moderate non-compliance, 19 of minor noncompliance and 38 fully compliant. The most dramatic increase was in moderate non-compliance, going from two cases last season to 13 this season. However, numbers were more consistent with the 2011/12 year when there were 46 non-complying farms. A minor non-compliance grading is issued if poor practise has been followed, but there is no immediate adverse impact on the environment. Serious non-compliance is where there is direct environmental impact such as effluent entering a stream. Consents compliance and water team leader Andrew Benson says a change in Council’s inspection strategy has contributed to the higher number of non-compliant farms. “We found we were spending a lot of time visiting farms which never had compliance issues and decided to target our resources to higher risk farms and those with a history of noncompliance,” Andrew says. Overall, there has been a significant

High risk dairy farms are being targeted by Council compliance officers.

improvement in the collection, treatment and discharge of dairy farm contaminants over the past 10 years, he says. Farming practices have improved as there is more awareness of the environmental impact of effluent discharge. Farmers are also beginning to understand the benefits of distributing effluent on land as a fertiliser. The approach of inspectors has also changed. “We’ve worked to strengthen our working relationship with farmers,

Dairy NZ and Fonterra to better communicate expectations and find the best solutions to barriers to compliance. Where in the past inspectors may have issued an abatement notice for a minor issue, we now try and work with farmers with the focus on improving environmental standards rather than handing out fines.” Landowners and Contractors chair Brian Mason says the relationship between farmers and compliance inspectors has improved dramatically over the past three years.

“Three years ago it was a very tense environment, but that’s turned around,” Bruce says. “There’s greater communication now and what is required of farmers is a lot clearer. Though I think it’s the only positive change we’ve seen under the Super City.” Inspectors are now scheduling many of their visits with farmers, rather than making cold calls, which has been a factor in the improved relationship. “In the past, inspectors would go in and surmise what was going on, whereas now farmers can be there to explain their systems.” Brian doesn’t believe scheduled visits allow farmers to hide poor practises. “If someone has serious compliance issues, it’s not the kind of thing that can be fixed up in a few days. We are talking tens of thousands of dollars of work.” Andrew is confident the approach is not allowing non-complying activity to be swept under the rug. “There’s an argument that it gives farmers time to hide issues, but the majority of farms we visit are complying and there’s got to be an element of trust based on a farms compliance history.”

Walks expanded Warkworth walkers will have the choice of five new walks later this year. Altogether, there will be 12 walk choices on the three-day programme, from November 7 to 9. The walks are designed to cater for all tastes and levels of fitness. Repeat walks are the Big Bay Heavenly Hike, Glorious Glorit, Kaipara Back Country, Cape Rodney to Leigh, Pukapuka Revealed, Artists in Residence and the extremely popular Hauturu – Little Barrier Island. New walks include the Gibbs Farm, Sandspit to Brick Bay, Duck Creek Dawdle, Big Omaha Trail and the Moirs Hill to Puhoi. Info:

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Sleepless nights and lamb poo I will never tire of that adorable image of new born baby lambs frolicking amongst the pastures in our paddocks on a sun kissed winter’s day. Nor will I tire of looking into the glassy big panda eyes of new born calves whose eyelashes us women can only dream of. For most of us, this time of year heralds the start of new life and the beginnings of a much awaited new income stream. As a mother of five, I believed I had well and truly done my bit to help populate this great nation and that my midnight bottle feeding days were well and truly over – not so when you are a farmer. Like it or not, at this time of year, us farmers collectively become the mothers and fathers to thousands of orphaned or abandoned new born animals and our parenting duties extend well beyond any school lunches or domestic responsibilities. Most farmers’ lives during this period become a blur of cold early morning rises from the consistent sounds of our adopted children bleeting and mooing with the same gusto as a new born baby. Relentless as they are in their quest for some warm milk, our babies do not stop until you have hurled your butt out of bed and trudged through the mud to satisfy their needs. Our adopted animals are kept around our house, which is great for convenience but it is far too close to my linen cupboard for my liking. Apparently sheets, pillows, towels and mats are overrated for their use inside the house. My children have a firm belief that our adopted animals should be mothered in style. Every day I scout around the yard for my linen, mostly covered in mud and poo. My (8)kg washing machine works overtime to cater for these pampered future kings and queens of the pasture. Wherever you can place a new born animal my children have done it – in the their beds with nappies on and folded clothes heaved out of draws seemingly become perfect animal cots. I have even had them in front of the fire plonked on top of my clean washing in the laundry basket! My children seem to kill these animals with kindness and to be brutally honest, it drives me nuts! But for all my whinging, sleeplessness, dirty linen and lamb poo at the front door, I have to say watching a baby animal that you have reared go back amongst their kin is ultimately satisfying. So until such time as our scientists can prevent mortality and abandonment rates in farmed animals, and my children grow up, I may have to keep expanding the meaning of tolerance and compassion or perhaps invest in disposable linen.

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Harbingers of spring I think August must be my least favourite month, despite it being my birth month. Soggy ground, grey skies, trees laid bare by winter storms, cold and dreary weather; but at least the spring bulbs are starting to show their gloriously cheerful colours. Every garden should have some spring flowering bulbs. I may be biased due to my Dutch heritage, but I think there is no more uplifting sight than a glade of golden daffodils in spring! Hyacinths, iris, freesia and snowdrops all add their bit to the festive melee. If you haven’t already planted your bulbs, get them in now, as they will be starting to sprout in the garden shed. While a little bit of sprouting doesn’t matter, if left too long the bulb will start exhausting its reserves, until the flower stem aborts and the bulb may even die. Before you plant, sort through the bulbs and discard any that are soft, show signs of rot or have dehydrated. Planting only healthy bulbs will reduce potential disease outbreaks. Many gardeners prefer to plant their bulbs in the perennial garden, where they can emerge amongst the shrubs and flowering plants to provide a good show. Flower beds usually have good soil and may get fertiliser and mulch applied regularly, which is generally good for the bulbs. After flowering, a good technique is to bundle the leaves together and tie them in a knot to keep them tidy. You want to keep the leaves attached to the bulbs as long as possible to get the energy back into the bulb for next season. I prefer the more natural look of clumps of bulbs emerging through the lawn under my deciduous fruit trees. Although the soil may be a little leaner, the bulbs still grow well and the advantage is that once the foliage has died down, I can just mow over them. The soil under deciduous trees is often slightly drier and freer draining over winter than surrounding areas, as the soil level under these trees gradually builds up over time. With a few exceptions, free draining soil is preferred by bulbs. It’s so easy to plant into lawn, just open a slot in the soil with a spade, pop the bulb in about one bulb depth down and close up again. The real trick is not mowing them down as they emerge. From mid-July on, I quickly scout the lawn for signs of emerging bulbs before I mow. Most spring bulb species send their leaves up well before their flowers, so if you take the tips off with the mower it doesn’t matter too much. The lawn may look a bit less tidy for a while, but once the flowers are out most people won’t notice! You may even get visits from some of the seed eating birds as a bonus such as finches, quail and even a pheasant has been seen in our garden, feasting on the grass seed.

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A tale of three bugs When it doesn’t stop raining, here are some of the veterinary pathogens I think about. Leptospira: These bacteria die quickly in dry conditions but will survive up to six months in the environment in wet conditions. Cattle, sheep and deer are “reservoir hosts” for one of the Lepto strains present in NZ – hardjo. Infected reservoir hosts seldom show obvious illness but will shed the bug in their urine for a year or two. In normal winters, most stock will be exposed to these bacteria but in very wet years, the challenge rockets up. Apart from the serious human health risk from these bacteria, recent research shows if young cattle, sheep and deer are vaccinated before they are challenged with Lepto hardjo, they will grow better and be slightly more fertile later in life. So it is economic for all cattle, sheep and deer to be vaccinated at a few weeks old, as soon as they are able to respond to vaccination. Most dairy cattle are vaccinated in NZ but, so far, only small numbers of beef, sheep and deer are vaccinated. Yersinia: Where torrential rain washes away many microbes in the environment, Yersinia seems to stay and thrive in these conditions. These bacteria are a major cause of diarrhoea in farmed deer young stock in the winter. Yersinia can cause foul smelling diarrhoea in sheep, too, especially in hoggets in the winter. We also see it causing diarrhoea in cattle. Often just one animal is affected at a time but outbreaks can occur. Any age can be affected but six to 12 months old is most common. In all stock, Yersinia is most likely to strike when there are other stress factors such as feed shortage and worm burden. Reducing other stresses may be all it takes to get over Yersinia but bad cases can be treated with antibiotics. Dermatophilus: These bacteria are ubiquitous and have a tough spore form which can survive in the environment for years. In wet conditions it changes into its invasive form. It is a pathogen of the top layer of skin that finds it easy to invade damaged skin, especially skin that is chronically wet. It is one of the main players in ‘mud fever’ (aka pastern dermatitis) in horses. It is the causative bug in “lumpy wool” in sheep, which occurs as an exudative disease (weeping protein forming lumps) along the backline and occasionally head and ears. Just occasionally, we see dermatophilosis in cattle. When excess wet weather is the primary cause of skin damage, then lesions will most likely be along the back, neck and back of udder. There are a myriad of ways to treat this bug. Removing the protein lumps and hair to let the air at the skin and using antibiotics that get to the site in the bloodstream are some of the best.

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Forrest Axford (second from the right) hopes to head to Spain next year to compete in the world underwater hockey championships.

Underwater hockey scores gold Mahurangi College student Forrest Axford won gold last month, playing for the New Zealand Under 18s in an underwater hockey trans-Tasman clash held in Wellington. The Year 12 student says the five-day competition was gruelling. “It was hell, but a good kind of hell,” Forrest says. “You go to bed dead and you wake up dead. The teams were really close. You had to put everything into each game and we were playing three games a day.” The NZ Under 18 A team beat Australia in the finals, winning 4-2. “It could have gone either way.” The 16-year-old qualified for the Under 18s team in February and was selected to play in the championship. It was his first time playing at a national level and he was the youngest member of the team.

Forrest worked hard for the success, training 20 hours a week. Next on the hockey calendar is the regional competition in November, when Forrest expects to represent Northland. The top players in the competition will be shoulder tapped to trial for the national Under 19s team to go to the world championships in Spain next year. NZ won silver at the last championship in 2013 and is one of the stronger teams in the competition. Meanwhile, underwater hockey is taking off at Mahurangi College with about 50 students playing the sport. The junior boys team took out the NZ competition undefeated last year, but have had a challenging transition into the senior grade, coach Terry Axford says. The senior open teams are competing in the national competition in September.

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Joanne Macdonald needs to raise $2500 to participate in a 200km fundraising ride in November.

Fitness Centre which raised $250, and has been holding sausage sizzles thanks to sausages donated by the Mad Butcher. She is also holding a movie screening of Woody Allen movie, Magic in the Moonlight, at Matakana Cinemas on Sunday September 14 at 6pm, and is planning on holding a fundraiser at the Matakana Markets. To donate to Joanne’s campaign visit click on the “donate” icon and type Joanne Macdonald into the field provided. To book a Magic in the Moonlight ticket, phone Joanne on 021 901 262.

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Joanne Macdonald is biking 200km to raise money for cancer research to help fight the disease which took both her parents. She will be joined by hundreds of other riders in The Ride to Conquer Cancer, one of New Zealand’s largest fundraising events. Participants will bike from Ellerslie to Pukekohe and back over two days in November. Last year, more than 600 riders took part, raising more than $2.1 million for the Cancer Society. Every rider must raise a minimum of $2500 and Joanne is already more than halfway towards the target. “I’ve had so much support. It’s been amazing,” she says. In 2003, Joanne lost her mother to cancer, then three years later her father succumbed to the disease. “It’s a vicious and horrible disease. I was just recovering from my mother’s death when my father died. But fundraising has been a healing experience. It’s forced me talk about it and reflect, and it’s been a way to talk to others who have had a similar experience. It feels good to be able to do something proactive.” Joanne has run numerous halfmarathons but didn’t even own a bike when she decided to join the fundraiser. She has since joined a group who are also doing the fundraising ride. “Training is the easy part. Raising $2500 takes a lot of work.” At the start of the month Joanne ran a spin class fundraiser at Warkworth


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The Annual General Meeting of the Tawharanui Open Sanctuary Society Inc. is to be held at 1pm on Sunday, 7 September 2014, at the Woolshed, Tawharanui Regional Park. Business to be conducted:

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14 Northland electorate candidates meeting, Wellsford Community Centre, from 7pm. 15 Author’s Talk, Fiona Sussman fundraiser Info: Village Bookshop Matakana. 15 Book launch, Mahurangi College, 7pm. Emily Pearson (see story p9) 15-17 Netball Rodney 50th Anniversary Reunion Info: 423 7400 16 Local Knowledge,Trivial Pursuit Night, $30 to enter a team of up to 6. Tickets available at RSA, 7pm to 10pm. 16 Warkworth Hill Street intersection meeting with NZTA, Old Masonic Hall, Baxter Street, Warkworth, 10am to 2pm (see story p7) 17 Weddings Matakana Expo 2014, The Matakana Country Park, 10am to 4pm 17 Wai Care native tree community planting day, behind Mahurangi College, Warkworth, 10am to 12pm. Info: Shelley Hackett 09 427 3992 19 Movie night organised by Warkworth A&P, Matakana Cinema, 8pm 20 Housie, Warkworth RSA downstairs meeting room, 1.30pm 20 Warkworth Tennis & Squash Club annual meeting, 7pm 20 Trivia night fundraiser for Daffodil Day, Warkworth Men’s Bowling Club, 6pm. Tickets $20. Info: 425 0510 (see story p28) 21 Forest & Bird Winter Talk, Totara Park, Warkworth, starts at 7.30pm. Guest speaker Dr Kevin Parker, research scientist at Massey University. 23 Country Dance, Ranfurly Hall, Kaipara Flats, a fundraising for St John. Info: Krista on 425 8828 or 021 265 5158 (see story p24) 23 Paparoa Wearable Arts Info: 24 Koru Quintet, presented by Warkworth Music at Ascension Wine Estate, from 4pm (see story p26) 24 Hostess Day, Warkworth Methodist Women’s Fellowship, Methodist Church Centre, 1.30pm. All welcome. Info: Val Shepherd 425 6336 24 Meet the Candidates, Matakana Country Park, 6pm. Q&A format (see brief p3) 24 Summerset Village art and craft exhibition, 10am to 4pm (see brief p7) 24 Movie screening, And So It Goes, fundraiser for Daffodil Day, Matakana Cinema. Tickets $20. Info: 425 0510 27 Warkworth Area Business Assn annual meeting, Bridgehouse Lodge, 5.30pm 27 Daffodil Day bingo and morning tea at the Mangawhai Golf Club, 10am. $10 donation includes morning tea and one bingo game. 27-29 Old Time Music Hall, Mahurangi College junior production, college hall, 7pm. Gala night August 29, come along in period costume. Tickets, available from school. 29 Daffodil Day fundraiser, roadside collection from 7.30-9am at the Hill Street intersection and barbecue outside ANZ Warkworth, 10.30am-2.30pm 30 Memorial Charity Dance for Murray Stewart, Rodney College hall, fundraiser for Coastguard, 7.30pm start. Info: Berni 423 8024 or 021 276 3732 30 All Candidates’ Meeting, Old Masonic Hall, Baxter Street, Warkworth, 10.30 am. Representatives from all registered parties have been invited. All welcome. Gold coin donation appreciated. Hosted by Grey Power, Warkworth and District Assn. 31 Puhoi Farmers Market, 9am-1pm



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Mahurangi Matters

August 13, 2014

Under 19s final makes Mahurangi rugby history The Mahurangi Under 19s side, which only formed this year, proved unstoppable in its bid for a place in the North Harbour Rugby senior grade championship final. The team beat Massey 11-0 on their home ground on August 2 to secure a showdown with Northcote, which beat Silverdale in the other semi-final. Mahurangi Rugby Club president Dave Moore says win or lose in the final at North Harbour Stadium, the Under 19s performance this season had been impressive. It was the first time in the club’s 25year history that a senior side had made it all the way. “It shows the future of the club is in good hands,” Dave says. “Every club wants to establish a winning culture and this team is a great role model for the 200-plus players in our junior competition. “They’ve played with confidence and injected a lot of enthusiasm into the club.” Dave put the team’s success down to two main factors – good coaches who had brought out the best in the players and a nucleus of skills within the team. In the semi-final, points were scored from a try by Jake Meek in the first half and two penalties by Brad Moka. After the match, coach John McKittrick said close scoring matches were very typical in a semi-final and he was pleased with the tight game his

After beating Massey in the semi-final, Mahurangi played Northcote in the championship final at North Harbour Stadium on Saturday August 9. Read this story online for coverage of that match.

side had played. “They just chipped away at the points, which were borne out of the pressure the team maintained throughout the game,” he said. “Going into the match, we put a lot of emphasis on the short side, both

on attack and defence, and it was the attention to that detail that was instrumental in the win. “It was very difficult to single out a single player for special mention because they played as a unit. The whole team played well.”

Final result online

John formerly coached the USA sevens team and still travels around the world as a guest coach. He was ITM Cup manager for North Harbour for about five years and also coached the Cook Islands sevens team to the Commonwealth Games in 2002.

For a full range of family health care, including A&M services in an integrated system 24 hours per day, across our region, including public holidays For further information and new enrolments, please contact any of our clinics Wellsford 220 Rodney St (Cnr. SH1 & Matheson Rd) 09 423 8086 ALSO AFTER HOURS Snells Beach 145 Mahurangi East Road 09 425 6666

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