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It’s Father’s Day this weekend, and with it comes an attempt to find the Coast’s Fastest ‘Iron Man’. No muscles are required – this is a fun challenge for all men at The Plaza in Whangaparaoa and involves actual ironing! Teams, including Surf Lifesaving Clubs will go head to head on September 6, at The Plaza. (details in What’s On, p31). Pictured are Orewa senior lifeguard Taine Johnston left and Jetts Gym member Asher Trotter ‘in training’.

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Ambulance staff boosted

Silverdale St John strengthens its front line

Council budget cuts hit home as local board fights for projects

As it seeks to identify $300 million in savings across the region, Auckland Council’s axe is now poised over many community projects, including several on the Hibiscus Coast. In recent weeks the governing body 2014/15 budgets. The proposition capital spending. A delegation of local presented local boards with a list of met stiff opposition, forcing the local board members from around Auckland projects to be deferred from their boards to fight for every dollar of continued page 2

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A pretty and active shorebird, these are nationally vulnerable but doing well at Shakespear. Right now they have their reddish breeding plumage and are staking out their territories. Their nests are often just a scrape in the sand on the beach, and since they hard to see they are easily disturbed or destroyed by humans. Please give them space. Dotterel (Tuturiwhatu)

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Coast feels cuts attended the Finance & Performance Committee meeting on August 21 and managed to gain a few weeks time in which to consider and comment on the proposals. The list of projects for deferral came to the local boards’ attention last month, just two months after Council adopted the plans that set out their spending for the current year. Hibiscus & Bays Local Board chair Julia Parfitt says this came “completely out of the blue” and was both alarming and of questionable legality. “I’ve never heard of a Council doing this – adopting a Plan and in a few weeks making deep cuts to it,” she says. “Our board is very unhappy because we are left without sufficient funding to deliver projects that have been promised to the community in a timely fashion.” Among the projects at risk were the upgrading of the Stanmore Bay Pool and Leisure Centre, the building of Stillwater Hall and soil remediation work at Stoney Homestead in Millwater. Decisive action by the local board has ensured work will still proceed this year on Stillwater Hall – Mrs Parfitt says this was largely because the project was too advanced to defer, with tenders already closed. Enough money to cover design and consents for the Leisure Centre upgrade, around $400,000, was also retained. Mrs Parfitt says the need to deal with contaminated soil at Stoney Homestead and keep the restoration work on track is urgent. “We will find a way to go ahead with that, even if we have to use other funding sources or delay other projects,” she says. She says the local board is seeking clarity that deferring projects is not an underhand means of permanently cutting them. Councillor John Watson says he fears this may be the case, as any projects that are deferred will be re-evaluated as part of the Long Term Plan. “In the environment that’s been signalled, where there is a huge drive to cut spending, projects that don’t make it now

from page 1 will be difficult to keep in coming years,” Cr Watson says. “The projects that are suffering are community ones, with a small budget, while the big ticket items are not being looked at on that same line by line basis. It leaves local boards like ours fighting for a few crumbs, while big money goes elsewhere.” The deferrals will be considered again at next month’s Finance & Performance Committee meeting. The list of projects proposed for deferral are linked to this story: www. localmatters.co.nz Transport projects hit roadblocks Auckland Mayor Len Brown’s budget proposals, released last week, make it clear that Penlink and “almost all the park n’ ride projects” will not be delivered in the Council’s Long Term Plan (LTP) 2015-25 – unless significant rate rises coupled with higher fuel taxes, or alternative funding sources, such as network charges, are introduced. An independent advisory group will present Council with costings for the alternative funding streams in October. Those options will form part of the draft LTP which goes out for public consultation over summer. Auckland Transport said recently (HM July 16) that if Penlink is deferred other network improvements around Silverdale will be considered. Cr Wayne Walker says he and Cr John Watson will push for the widening of Whangaparaoa Rd from Red Beach to Hibiscus Coast Highway to be brought up the priority list should Penlink be deferred. At the same time, resource consent for the next stage of the Silverdale Park ‘n’ Ride is under appeal in the Environment Court. AT says that the appeal, made by owners of neighbouring properties, may push the projected date for completion out to May 2016, depending on the outcome of the appeal. The current 100 parking spaces are already insufficient to meet demand. Stage 2 consists of the busway station, 500-vehicle carpark and stormwater pond.

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Disappointment as local events struggle for funding After the story about the cancellation of this year’s Guy Fawkes event on Orewa Beach broke on Hibiscus Matters website and Facebook page on August 21, the response from the public was immediate. Most evident from the comments was to continue,” Mrs Wilkins says. “There the disappointment and anger felt by are a lot of community events which local families – and it appears more happen in this area and the same local disappointment could be on the way, companies are saturated with funding as other summer events struggle for requests every year. Many funding trusts are also at capacity with requests. There funding. Organisers are blaming a mix of is only so much money to go around.” funding, logistical and consent issues She says a Council permit for the for the cancellation of the popular Guy event had not been obtained from Fawkes event held each November by Auckland Council to date because the health and safety requirements around the local fire service. The event has been held for around pyrotechnics and other activities had seven years, attracting crowds of up not yet been fulfilled. to 12,000 people, and is a fundraiser The event has been credited by the fire for both Silverdale and Manly fire service with a reduction in fire callouts due to people coming to the event rather brigades. than setting off fireworks at home. It costs around $25,000 to put on – major funders in the past have been Funds raised via a bucket collection Orewa New World and the Hibiscus raise between $4500 and $9000 annually for the fire volunteers. & Bays Local Board. The Local Board offered funding of Deputy chief fire officer Shayne $4000, however major funding from Kennedy says the service is other sources proved difficult to secure disappointed not to be able to put on such a popular event, and apologises in time to make the event happen. to the community. Event Designers director Hellen Wilkins, who coordinates the event He says part of the problem was for the fire service, says after many logistical, with the fire fighters short discussions, the decision was made of time to get the project up and collectively by the fire service and other running. “We are working towards bringing it parties to postpone until next year. “The event is a huge draw on so many back next year,” he says. resources – manpower, sponsors and Christmas at the Beach in doubt volunteers and as the funds needed This is not the only long-standing cannot be guaranteed to be found Orewa event to suffer this summer. Last in time to confirm the significant week the organisers of Christmas at the services, it is too much of a risk for all Beach – which features live musical

Photo taken of last year’s Orewa firework display by Lawrence Yang.

performances held on Orewa Reserve – made a plea for funding to keep their event on the calendar. The event, in its seventh year, is a fundraiser for Orewa Surf Lifesaving Club. The organisers have set up a Give A Little account. Along with the fireworks event, Christmas at the Beach was also previously sponsored by Orewa New World, which recently changed ownership. New owner Catherine Versalko-West confirms that she will be continuing with the store’s long history of sponsoring local community groups and charities alongside the national charities and initiatives that New World supports.

Having just taken over the store she is currently undertaking a review of previous owner Gary Christini’s sponsorship commitments. She says in light of this, the mix of sponsorships that the store undertakes may differ from previous years. Sponsorships already confirmed include the Santa Parade, Age Concern, Hospice, a photographic club, Daffodil Day and Weiti Boating Club. Catherine has also provided local schools with support including Whangaparaoa College and Silverdale School and she is meeting with other schools to discuss their requests. She will give every request for sponsorship careful consideration.

Mixed response to Local Board open workshops proposal The move to open Local Board workshops to the public and media, received a thumb’s down in Hibiscus & Bays but gained support in Rodney. Workshops, which include briefings by Council staff and information relevant to decision making, are held almost weekly. No Minutes are kept and public access is not permitted. Decisions are not taken at the workshops, but recommendations that lead to decisions are made.

This year the Devonport Takapuna Local Board opened its workshops to the public, leading to calls for the Hibiscus & Bays and Rodney Local Boards to follow suit. The cause has been championed by Greg Sayers, who is a member of both local boards. He says he raised the matter because of concerns from the media and the public that closed workshops reduce transparency and enable items that do not meet


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the criteria for confidentiality to be discussed out of the public eye. The issue was put to the vote at the Hibiscus & Bays Local Board meeting on August 20. Those opposed – Julia Parfitt, Gaye Harding, Janet Fitzgerald, Lisa Whyte and Gary Holmes – raised concerns such as an increase in bureaucracy and constraints on full and frank discussions. Mr Sayers, Lovisa Rasmussen and avid Cooper supported the move, but it

was voted down, 5–3. An amendment that allows a more comprehensive record of workshops to be kept was agreed to. Mr Sayers’ disappointment was lessened somewhat by a better outcome in Rodney. He says that Rodney Local Board members agreed in principle to replace workshops with Committees with decision-making powers, which will be open to the public.

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Park work queried

As ratepayers, long term residents and very frequent users of the William Bays Park for walking and children’s play we are interested in the cost and purpose of the recent work that is being carried out there – with block kerbing, concreting, additional sand, security fencing and so on. This work alongside the Flying Fox,

What’s on your mind? Readers are welcome to air their views. Letters may be abridged or withheld. See address on p2 or e: terry@localmatters.co.nz for some reason closed this equipment off from use for 4–6weeks (including the last school holidays). This park already has very limited play equipment and we recall a newspaper article a few years ago about a project completed by Red Beach School students that requested more play equipment for this very park. We understood the response from the council was positive and we

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have been ‘watching this space’. Added to this, the whole park has always been poorly drained, and walkers already have to negotiate large puddles that pond on the footpath in winter. Thus, given the poor drainage, what was the need to carry out such work at this time of the year? Des & Janice Trafford, Red Beach

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A reader was surprised to come across this carefully constructed barricade outside a Manly home, while walking her dog. The elaborate prank must have taken some time, with dozens of carrots strung around the property. The reason remains a mystery.

Orewa divided over parking On wet and windy days, the sight of Orewa’s workers battling the elements as they dash to and from their cars, which may be parked as much as a 10 minute walk away from their place of work, is becoming commonplace. The changes introduced to parking in Orewa last year, which include a blanket restriction of P120 in the town centre and nearby residential streets from 8am–6pm, Monday to Friday, were designed to improve things for shoppers and therefore, for businesses. Business association Destination Orewa claims that it has, overall, been a positive change, making best use of limited parking and providing more spaces for customers. However, those benefits have come at the expense of convenience for many who work in the town. The majority of Orewa businesses do not have sufficient on-site parking for their workers, so employees who do not use public transport or cycle to work are forced to find free parking spaces further away, receive parking fines, or move their vehicles every two hours. Destination Orewa says employees are also parking in central, but privately owned car parks, such as those in Westpac Plaza, or New World, causing frustration to the owners. For workers, parking has become a constant headache, while business owners are caught between the need to provide parking for customers, and having staff time disrupted to move cars or walk to and from parking spots. It has also led to the scenario where streets just outside the P120 restrictions are crammed with workers’ cars, which is inconvenient for residents. The ad hoc way in which Orewa has grown up from a few businesses serving holidaymakers to a town centre has left parking provision woefully inadequate – and tensions between the parking needs of employees and those of customers is likely to get worse. Bakehouse Lane is a case in point. Business owners there are frustrated at the amount of employees taking up customer parking and earlier this year, registration numbers of vehicles repeatedly parking on Bakehouse Lane for long periods were provided to Auckland Transport for enforcement, with tickets issued as a result. Destination Orewa says there is adequate parking close to the town centre and is seeking to have Bakehouse Lane become an enforced two hour parking zone, seven days a week, to prevent employees parking there. This change has yet to go to the consultation phase and is being worked through with Auckland Transport. Added to the mix is Auckland Transport’s recent draft parking policy document, which indicated a preference for a system that has already been introduced in central Auckland. This includes the replacement of time limit parking with paid parking, in areas where a peak occupancy rate of 85 percent for on-street parking regularly occurs. It is not known how close Orewa is to that threshold – Auckland Transport will undertake a count of parking levels in Orewa next month. Recommendations for the parking strategy will be put before the Auckland Transport board in the coming weeks and the document will be finalised by the end of the year. Next year there will be public consultation, after which any changes will be implemented. Orewa is scheduled to be among the first for delivery for those changes.


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Construction of a storage complex on Hibiscus Coast Highway was interrupted the other day, as three sheep came on site. Mark Tillett of Silverdale Self Storage was working with some North Tec students when the sheep appeared, having escaped from a neighbouring property. Not only did the students from North Tec get some building experience, they also became shepherds, delivering the sheep safely back to their owners with the assistance of a local policeman.

Historical remains found

Land that is part of the Fairway Bay development in Gulf Harbour contains much information about the area’s history, and archaeological work has taken place there for many years. Some results came to light last week in dramatic fashion; Police were called to a site in The Anchorage after archaeologists excavated a human skeleton. Although the CIB were called in, the remains are estimated to be more than 100 years old. Police are now in consultation with local iwi and other parties to determine the next course of events. CONGRATULATIONS to Patricia Bradley of Orewa, winner of a copy of Fiona Sussman’s novel Shifting Colours. Thanks to all who entered.

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Auckland Council local and sports parks north manager, Martin van Jaarsveld, replies: The path for the flying fox came from requests from the community to improve access, particularly during the winter months. It was funded by the local board, at a cost of $15,000, and followed consultation with local residents, who also suggested adding a bench at the launch area. Infill planting and edging will be completed this month. The fence has been kept up to protect the curing concrete and planting area. We will continue to monitor drainage and, if any ponding issues arise, will install drain coil where necessary. The project initiated by Red Beach School was indeed well received. This feedback has been kept on file for when the time comes to replace this playground. With the current playground still in good working condition, that could be some years away, however it will be considered.

Ratepayers pay I’ve been following Hibiscus Matters stories on The Nautilus leaky home court case with interest. At one time I looked into acquiring one of those apartments and am so glad that I didn’t! While I genuinely feel for all the people affected by the leaks and other problems (HM August 1 & 13), it is Council’s role in all of it that upsets me the most. Had it not been for their incompetence, ratepayers would not be lumbered with what looks like a significant amount of money for repairs. Others are culpable too, but Council had the ultimate sign off and that should never have happened. Sandra Stephens, Hatfield’s Beach


Future not bright I read Greg Sayers’ Viewpoint (HM August 13) with horror. It’s astounding that budget cuts are planned for the Hibiscus Coast. In Orewa, and I suspect elsewhere on the Coast, there have been no new works of consequence since amalgamation. So cuts are going to put us in full reverse. In fact, large sums of money are needed here just to maintain the status quo. Some aims of amalgamation were: A reduction of Council staff: staff numbers have increased. Rationalisation of resources: the only one that comes to mind is improved libraries. Improved services: Yeah Right! More efficient admin: The recent story in Hibiscus Matters that quoted Greg as saying he had to deal with five Council departments to get a tatty NZ flag replaced is a graphic example of woeful admin. Local Boards to have more power: they’re being ‘knee capped’. If this budget, due for release for public comment in December, proves as grim as Greg suggests, we shall need to take drastic action. How can we possibly aspire to be one of the “most liveable cities on Earth” if some places, such as the space alongside the CAB, pictured, look like a shanty town? John Clements, Orewa Editor’s note: For more on those cuts, see our front page story this edition

Bus changes considered

Feedback on Auckland Transport’s (AT) proposed changes to the public transport network for the Hibiscus Coast closed last month. More than 900 submissions were received and over 70 percent supported the changes. Proposals include extending the Northern Express to Silverdale, and more frequent services between Orewa, Silverdale and Whangaparaoa, with an interim stop at the park ‘n’ ride. AT says both proposals received support with more than 70 percent saying they wouldn’t mind transferring at the park ‘n’ ride, in return for overall improved service. Key concerns included the trial Arkles Bay bus service and the reduced service for Dairy Flat Highway. AT is analysing submissions. A summary including the final New Network will be available on the AT website at the end of the year.

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Whether it’s retro, recycled or vintage fashion you are looking for, second hand clothing stores have come of age. Casting off the musty, dusty, image, they have become popular not only with those who love a bargain, but also with people of all ages who are looking for interesting items to refresh their wardrobe with. Lindyloo’s Recycled Fashion, in Whangaparaoa, opened last month, and owner Linda Holden has created an inviting, well-lit and customer-friendly interior with many retro and girly touches. It’s hard to believe the store, at 707 Whangaparaoa Rd, was transformed from its previous operation, as a roast shop, in only four weeks, using locally found recycled items wherever possible. The store’s motto is ‘from t-shirts to tiaras, girls to grannies” and Linda has made sure she covers all the bases. As a self-confessed “avid shopper”, Linda contributed to the stock from her own wardrobe and from those of her friends. “Most women have items in their wardrobes that still have the tag on them,” she says. “I always look for things that are nearly new, so the quality is there.” The racks feature everything from

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skirts and dresses to jackets and sportswear, in sizes 6–20. There are designer and vintage labels, including Redhead and Thornton & Hall, as well as clothes teens will snap up from places such as Dotti and accessories. “We provide winter and summer clothing all year which is handy for people travelling overseas,” Linda says. Linda intends to build up her range of ball and wedding gowns and is happy to buy in good quality gowns from customers. One of her priorities was to provide spacious fitting rooms, large enough for wheelchair and pram access, so that customers can thoroughly assess any potential purchases. “Women are shopping smarter, buying a few new items and mixing and matching with unique recycled items,” Linda says. “It’s economical and it’s good fun.”

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Commercial quality cleaning products are now available to the wider community at a new store at 621 Whangaparaoa Rd. Nationwide Cleaning Products is a family business that has outgrown the barn on a Wainui lifestyle block where it began almost a decade ago. Owner Ian Harrison, who was formerly in engineering supplies, developed his first product, Spray & Away moss and mould killer, with the assistance of a friend, eight years ago. Demand for the product quickly grew and the product is now made in an Auckland factory. Other formulations followed, including a citrus-based cleaner called Orange Hell. Ian sells the products as concentrates to commercial cleaners and other businesses where cleanliness is critical, such as Northern Arena Swim School. He says that the feedback from these professionals has ensured he only stocks products that do the job well. Over the years Ian has taken on the distribution of several brands, such as the Kemsol range of chemical cleaners, a shower glass cleaner called Shower Demon and Flowers of Jessica, described as “a deodoriser with attitude”. Last year Nationwide Cleaning Products purchased the wellestablished Odarid brand, which

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makes animal care products. “We were a distributor for Odarid, and when the owner wanted to sell the business we jumped at the chance,” Ian says. Nationwide Cleaning Products supplies these animal care disinfectants to doggy day care centres, kennels and catteries and the Police dog kennels in Auckland and Wellington as well as some branches of the SPCA. However, as you might expect, the most popular with retail customers are the products that remove pet-related stains and odours from around the home. Ian says home owners also soon see the benefit of buying cleaning products in bulk, concentrated form. “It’s definitely more cost effective – for example, the disinfectants are diluted by around 50:1 so you get a lot for your money,” he says.

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Funding available from the Hibiscus & Bays Local Board for local events was hotly contested in its first round. A total of $93,943 is available for distribution over two funding rounds, with decisions made last month to allocate $74,950 in the first round, from 38 applications that totalled $215,997. Local events that received funding were: Mainstreet Orewa for the New World Orewa Santa Parade, $5000, and Boulevard of Buskers, $2000 • Hibiscus Coast Community Arts Council, for the Hibiscus & Bays Visual Art Awards, $1000 • Hibiscus Coast Elderly People’s Lunch Club, for Christmas Party, $250 • Hibiscus Hospice Charitable Trust for Twilight Walk, $1000 • Hibiscus Rodders for Beach Festival, $3000 • Whangaparaoa Rotary Club, Soap Box Derby, $5000 • Applications for the second round of event funding close on October 31.

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The Hibiscus Coast must get its fair share of Auckland’s upcoming 10-year budget. We are still catching up to cope with more than two decades of rapid growth. That growth is still happening. There are a number of straightforward projects promised and budgeted for in this and past years that are in danger of being put off yet again. Widening Whangaparaoa Road between the Hibiscus Coast Highway and the Red Beach/ Whangaparaoa Road lights should have happened 10 years ago. The holdups now are unacceptable. Even the buses are stuck in snail-pace peak traffic in the morning and evening which is getting steadily worse. Many parts of Whangaparaoa are still without footpaths on one side of the road – including Whangaparaoa Road. Stillwater could use a bus service. Orewa Beach requires erosion protection. The Leisure Centre at Stanmore Bay has big repair bills. Metro Park in Silverdale needs toilets and changing rooms at least. Myself and fellow councillor John Watson see the needs first hand. We’ve raised our families here. We get stuck in the traffic too and share the frustration. To help make residential rates more affordable I believe the business differential should not drop any further. Businesses are able to claim rates as an expense and there is a strong case that businesses benefit more than homes from council services and spending. A modest regional fuel tax would make a substantial contribution to the transport budget and enable big ticket items like Penlink to progress. Most importantly we should not be allowing development without the infrastructure and making sure the development pays a much fairer share of the cost of – including parks and recreational facilities as well as roads, water and sewerage. The $7,000 per new property for park purchases we get now from development contributions is simply not enough as the estimated $30,000 we used to have before the single city structure. It doesn’t make any difference to the cost of buying a property because sale prices reflect what the market can stand. The new growth areas and especially the Special Housing Areas in greenfield locations that are fast-tracked should not go ahead until we have budgeted for existing growth areas, like the Hibiscus Coast. Why should existing ratepayers subsidise new developments through higher rates? You have a united front on behalf of both Albany Ward councillors, myself and John Watson, who live in the area. As part of the community we are working together to achieve the best we can for the Hibiscus Coast.

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The recent move of Liquorland Orewa from Moana Ave to 2 Tamariki Ave may be a small one in distance, yet it is significant for long time owner Bryan Russell. He says the move, after 15 years of operating from the Mad Butcher’s Block, has “changed everything” – including providing an opportunity to refresh and modernise the store and increase the range of beer, wine and spirits stocked. Bryan has lived in the area for more than 30 years and says there has been a liquor shop on the site behind New World Supermarket for as long as he can remember. The new store, with its trademark Liquorland lime green signs, is once again located behind a supermarket – this time Countdown – but Bryan says experience has shown that customers still value personal service and the variety offered by the Liquorland franchise. He says the product knowledge and service provided by staff members who have been with the company for years, Sarah and Kevin, are one reason why the Orewa business has many loyal, “first name basis” customers. Offering Flybys has also proved a big drawcard, but above all, Bryan says the Liquorland brand is trusted for taking

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its responsibilities to the community seriously. The business has its own Mystery Shopper programme to ensure ongoing, rigorous application of the law and there is a policy of asking for ID if a customer is thought to be under the age of 25, rather than the legal age of 18. Liquorland Orewa also supports many local community organisations. “We are known for being responsible in the way we run the business, and that’s pretty important as we all value the lifestyle on offer in this community,” Bryan says. He says that Orewa town centre is heading in the right direction, with the recent addition of restaurants along the main highway bringing in business. “Food and wine businesses go hand in hand with providing a good place for locals and visitors to socialise,” he says.


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The Candidates Rodney Eric Bolt Labour Party Anton Heyns Conservative Beth Houlbrooke ACT NZ Malcolm McAll Green Party Tracey Martin NZ First Party Mark Mitchell National Party* *Sitting member

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Advance and overseas voting starts Parties of the left and the right are battling it out for the seat of Rodney; although it is seen as a safe blue ribbon seat, sitting National MP Mark Mitchell says he takes nothing for granted. In 2011, National captured 53 percent of the electorate votes cast and close to 62 per cent of the party vote. Key issues raised by Rodney voters on the campaign trail this election include how growth can be managed

sustainably, the need for better urban planning, and infrastructure such as roads and public transport. Wider concerns, such as the growing gap between rich and poor, freshwater quality and the sale of land to overseas buyers are also putting candidates on the spot. Local Matters raised these questions, and more, with each Rodney candidate. In this feature, the six candidates,

Anton Heyns (Conservative), Eric Bolt (Labour), Malcolm McAll (Greens), Mark Mitchell (National), Tracey Martin (NZ First), Beth Houlbrooke (Act) introduce themselves and discuss the issues.* For pre-election news, and results, visit localmatters.co.nz/Features/ Election2014 *The candidates are presented in random order generated by a draw.

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Anton Heyns Conservative Party With 24 years experience as a lawyer and barrister Orewa-based Anton Heyns is in the business of representing people’s interests. He says that as the Conservative candidate for Rodney therefore creating less jobs.” he can listen to the electorate’s needs, understand Instead, he supports with the Conservative policy the situation and be an advocate to present issues of putting money in everyone’s pockets, by making eloquently and effectively at a national level. income tax free for the first $20,000 and a flat tax “I can make somebody listen. I’ve got that ability after that. and skill.” “It’s about more money in the pockets of individuals After 21 years specialising in criminal law, the and businesses so they can develop and employ more Conservative policies on tougher penalties appealed people, so the economy can grow and in that way to his natural sense of justice. hopefully reduce the discrepancy. “As a lawyer all I’m doing is presenting the other side of “The answer is not more laws. It’s about smaller the story. I’m a cog in the wheel that provides justice. government, less red tape and government spending It’s for the same reason that I think laws are slack. It’s less on unnecessary areas as a result, and getting a two edged sword. There has to mercy in the exercise rid of the Emissions Trading Scheme is one of the of justice, but there also has to be firmness.” first things the Conservative Party would do. “We While he has lived in Manly for eight years and is consider it unnecessarily burdensome.” aware of local issues including roading, Penlink, Cutting red tape should be happening on a local affordable housing, and cutting down on red tape, he level as well, and he says it shouldn’t be so difficult once again says he’s here to hear what the electorate to put on local events. needs and represent it. “It’s unnecessary and just makes life too hard for He supports building Penlink to reduce traffic as everybody.” it affects productivity, the economy and “the way Overall, Anton says Conservative policies appeal people feel by the time they get to work”. to his personal philosophy of an ordered and selfHe says it’s important to consider social and disciplined life, government and society. economic impacts as the region grows, including more apartments to accommodate single people “We have to protect our rights but on the other side and small families to take pressure off the demand of the coin, we have to respect others, in our work, for land. Protecting large-scale sales of NZ land to in our play, in everything we do.” foreign ownership is also important, to keep the At a local level, he says he offers the people of Rodney control and income in New Zealand. the ability to listen, understand and empathise and Increasing the minimum wage is not the solution to to act decisively. reduce the gap between rich and poor, he says. “Injustice, waste, red tape, PC and inefficiency push “This can have a direct negative effect putting my buttons. I have commonsense, I’m practical, and pressure on employers who cannot afford it and I’m not scared of a fight if it comes to that.”

Anton Heyns says his greatest strength is his diversity of life experience. He has been a lawyer (also a prosecutor) full time for 24 years. He has completed 25 years of military service and 15 years of farming experience. He has lived and worked with people from all walks of life and diverse race groups and has keenly served every community he has lived in. He grew up in the Drakensberg Mountains (inland from Durban) in South Africa. He was born and lived for most his life on a farm that was in the family for generations. He moved to New Zealand in 2005 with his wife and three daughters. They lived on the North Shore for 18 months and then moved to Manly in December 2006. His wife teaches at Kingsway School in Orewa. Anton was an avid motorcyclist for many years and a keen hunter. He enjoys tramping, particularly in the mountains of the South Island. He is a keen follower of rugby, his wife’s grandfather was a Springbok captain and his grandfather an international referee. Advocating for people’s needs comes naturally to Anton.

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Eric Bolt Labour Party A lifelong interest in aviation led to being in the right place at the right time for Eric Bolt to stand as the Labour candidate in Rodney. After selling his Silverdale-based accounting business employment.” he combined his skills and interests to complete Labour policies to help small businesses include a Bachelor of Aviation Management, creating a apprenticeship schemes and ensuring more crossover period in his career and time for the long- government procurement is first offered to New time Labour Party member to get involved at a Zealand firms. deeper level. For people travelling for work or business, transport It was also the right timing with growing inequality, costs and traffic delays are costing the local economy, child poverty and too many wasted opportunities. and local networks and public transport need to be While Rodney is considered a higher socio-economic improved. area, Eric says lower income families and creeping He supports Penlink and the Hill Street upgrade poverty cannot be ignored. but does not agree with spending $760 million on “People who can’t make ends meet have to make the Puhoi to Warkworth motorway extension. He sacrifices and it ends up manifesting itself in says Labour is committed to immediately upgrading healthcare and housing.” the existing highway from a safety point-of-view, Local job opportunities, along with a decent wage and but the rest of the money and time should be spent Labour policies of raising the minimum wage and free improving access into Warkworth and upgrading GP visits for children under 13, is a starting point. rural roads. As the region grows, he says it’s important to keep “The inference that SH1 is a ‘holiday highway’ is diversity in mind, with mixed levels of housing and really a misnomer. People tell me it’s not a holiday facilities for different incomes, ages and needs, to highway, it’s how we get to work.” build stronger communities. Sensible planning, water quality, climate change and “Some areas of Rodney were designed for temporary creating a sustainable low carbon economy are topics holiday accommodation, not long-term rental Eric could get stuck into. “In the long run, meeting housing for families. Labour’s policy of ensuring that challenge is going to have a greater benefit to every rental house is a warm dry house will help the economy than the short-term view that Emission address avoidable health problems. Trading Schemes adversely affect profit.” “Supporting local economic growth, business and With his aviation management degree and focus on regional development is also important to avoid a environmental impacts, he knows a thing or two cycle of disinvestment that affects the character of about creating carbon neutral businesses. It creates the area. the same sense of zeal he demonstrates when talking “If we create a society that is completely dependent about his favourite hobby, plane spotting, which he on jobs in Auckland then there are less opportunities can be found indulging in on a Sunday afternoon for lower income people to be involved in local when not on the campaign trail.

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Eric was born in Australia and arrived in Auckland when he was 17. He has been a proud New Zealand citizen since 1986. His working life started in travel after completing a course at ATI. He spent time managing travel agencies in the North and South Island and working in the hotel industry. He joined the airline industry in 1995 working in both passenger and cargo. He set up an accounting practice with his wife in 2003 and soon afterwards moved the business to Silverdale. The couple has been resident in Rodney since and recently moved to Orewa. In 2011 they sold the business and Eric graduated in 2013 with a Bachelor of Aviation Management at Massey University, where he became involved with the e-centre. He is in the process of developing a software application to help small businesses manage tax, and has returned to work in taxation to support this. He believes the main issues in Rodney are housing, transport and employment. He says care needs to be taken that current expansion plans allow for balanced development making sure that community services are provided locally and our local environment is not affected by growth. Eric’s interests include aviation, singing in a community choir, tramping and the arts.


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Malcolm McAll Green Party As an architect and builder, Malcolm McAll has promoted sustainable housing and solar energy; he took this one step further with the decision to stand as the Green candidate for Rodney. Witnessing the impact of urban sprawl in Britain, northern rail link would also get more freight trucks where he grew up, was a starting point for Malcolm’s off those roads.” passion for the environment and his choice of Malcolm says he understands the frustration with architecture as a profession. He has been active in Council; through his work in planning and building Green politics for more than 25 years and says it is he comes up against this first-hand. as much about creating a fair, caring and sustainable “Council liability in the building sector needs to be society as it is about advocating for the environment. reduced. Liability for issues with buildings used to “The free market economy, starting in the mid- fall to builders and architects, because they carry 1980s, widened the gap between rich and poor, to insurance. Now it’s often Council, which is so risk the detriment of the country. The focus should be on averse that they bury themselves in paperwork, ‘waste not, and want less’, rather than growth at any adding cost to construction.” cost. Growth must be sustainable. Plato said that if the He says how growth occurs in urban Rodney is also difference between the top and bottom earners is more a concern. He is in favour of denser development, than a ratio of 1:4, trust breaks down. In NZ it must as long as it is balanced with the protection of green be 1000:1, and getting worse. That creates an unstable space. society. The political will to address poverty is vital, and policies such as free healthcare for those under 18 “At present, growth is developer-led, which creates are a step in the right direction. Affordable solar energy sprawl without sufficient infrastructure. Smarter planning would preserve green spaces while adopting will also improve things for low income earners.” denser housing in urban centres. Denser housing is “The creation of a higher wage, higher output part of Auckland Council’s plan, but rather than economy is a strong focus for the Greens. All the protecting green spaces, it sees them as potential fastest growing industries are green tech, but we housing areas. That attitude leads to poor planning are not investing in that in NZ. Moving away from decisions, such as the development of the golf course fossil fuels and into the next generation of solar in Red Beach. It is all about the dollar value of land, energy will create jobs.” not its environmental or community value.” Topics that are raised by locals during the campaign Increasing stress on the nation’s waterways is also of include Auckland Council’s decision-making, urban concern to the Greens. planning, transport and roads. “The minimum acceptable water quality for our Malcolm supports the building of Penlink as a light lakes and rivers is swimable and pristine. We consider rail connection with the City Rail Link and says the anything short of that demonstrates bad management Roads of National Significance are not a priority. and a lack of care. The Greens would give our most “The Greens would reprioritise the transport precious rivers protection similar to that given to budget, including dropping the Puhoi to Wellsford National Parks and set robust standards that must be motorway in favour of bypasses for Warkworth and met. It will take a big effort on behalf of the community Wellsford to prevent bottlenecks. Investing in the and Councils to achieve, but it must be done.”

Malcolm grew up in the New Forest, beside the Cadnam River in the UK, surrounded by ancient oaks, beech forests, small farms and idyllic scenery. He was educated in the UK public school system, built his first house at the age of 20, became a Master Builder and qualified from Portsmouth University as an architect at the age of 33. Taking part in student rallies was his first foray into politics and he joined the UK Green Party in 1989. He and his wife Penny have lived on the Hibiscus Coast for seven years – they moved here for a new challenge, and to increase opportunities for their four children. On arrival in NZ, one of the first things Malcolm did was join the Green Party. For three years, he ran a building company based in Whangaparaoa, and he is currently working as an architect and managing director of a solar power company. Over the years, he has been involved with forestry and with various NGOs concerned with environmental stewardship and conflict resolution. His fascination for social history and interest in craft skills are absorbing hobbies and he is also an amateur architectural archaeologist. Malcolm and his wife live in a carbon neutral house in Stanmore Bay.

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Mark Mitchell National Party

At the end of his first term in Government as the sitting Rodney MP, Mark Mitchell says his enthusiasm for representing the community remains undimmed, and that party politics will always come second to that goal. During this election campaign Mark says ‘growth’ investment to improve things at Hill Street.” is the word on everyone’s lips, along with related He points to achievements such as improving traffic concerns about the need for investment in safety around schools with new lights and electronic infrastructure, particularly roads and schools. He says Slow Down signs in Dairy Flat and Silverdale and keeping that investment on track is an ongoing battle. funding for a major upgrade of Warkworth School. “Northland MP Mark Sabin I lobbied very hard to With most schools on the Hibiscus Coast already at, ensure that investment in the Puhoi to Wellsford or near, capacity, discussions about the building of a motorway was not pushed back and I am still new college in Silverdale are underway. working on getting the Penlink Road project When it comes to environmental issues such as delivered. Some very positive, strong pressure is water quality and climate change that are a focus this being brought to bear.” election, Mark says National balances caring for the “We are absorbing a lot of growth in the area so I environment with taking care of the economy. am undertaking a full review of every service area. The National government introduced standards That includes health, education, law and order and for freshwater quality recently, setting minimum roading, so when the work is complete, we will have requirements for rivers and lakes so that the water is a clear idea of what investment we need to retain our suitable for ecosystem and human health. Councils quality of life. It will put Rodney in a strong position remain responsible for maintaining or improving to secure that investment.” water quality and Mark is confident that this will Mark says around 50 percent of the issues raised provide robust protection for waterways. with him by Rodney residents are Local Government “Our waterways are national treasures and all Kiwis matters but that does not stop him from getting are conservationists at heart. Every community has involved. a vested interest in clean waterways, so if I would “I will not uncouple myself from local government expect the local decision making to support that issues and have built up a good working relationship objective.” with the Local Boards and Councillors. People He says the government is committed to the expect their representatives to work together.” Emissions Trading Scheme, which it sees as “an In northern Rodney, Mark says there is a lot of economically effective strategy” to address climate interest in the creation of Special Housing Areas, change. which he fully supports, as well as the effects of the “New Zealand’s emissions are low and we don’t want Puhoi to Wellsford motorway on private properties, to destroy our country’s competitive advantage by and the Hill Street intersection. setting unrealistic targets. The objective is to make “I’m working with Penny Webster on re-designation a fair and affordable contribution to global emission of properties affected by the motorway, and mitigation efforts.”

Mark was born and raised on the North Shore and is an ex-pupil of Rosmini College who went on to study at the Wharton Business School, University of Pennsylvania. His first job was as a shepherd on Weiti Station in Rodney. In 1989 he joined the New Zealand Police serving in both the Dog Section and Armed Offenders Squad. During this time he and his Police dog Czar were stabbed with a samurai sword while preventing an armed offender from entering a primary school. Mark never regained the full use of his right arm as a result of those injuries. On leaving the Police, he formed a company in the Middle East specialising in Emergency Logistics and Protective Services, providing support to organisations such as the United Nations and NGOs. He has been decorated by the NZ and Italian Governments for dedicated service and bravery and is a recipient of the British Iraq service medal. In 2011 Mark, wife Peggy and family returned to the Hibiscus Coast, settling in Orewa. Their youngest children attend Orewa and Wentworth Colleges. Mark is Patron of the Orewa Surf Lifesaving Club, where daughter Sylvie is following in her father’s footsteps as a competitive surfboat rower.


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Tracey Martin New Zealand First Party NZ First deputy leader Tracey Martin says poverty and inequity are the biggest issues facing New Zealand. As the party’s education spokesperson, Tracey should be a coordinated effort to get them housed.” believes greater investment in education is vital to To help pay for some of these initiatives, New lifting the living standards of New Zealand. There Zealand First would look at raising the top tax rate needs to be greater investment to make education to nearer 38 per cent. freely available to everyone, she says. “I don’t think high income earners are paying their Tracey has been meeting with representatives from fair share, and I’m in that tax bracket.” every level of the education system and says a lack of One of the biggest challenges facing Rodney funding is a recurring concern. is coping with a rapidly growing population. “All of these organisations are hurting under More needs to be done to boost infrastructure. National.” The government’s policy to reduce development Many playcentres are about to collapse because of contributions is moving in the wrong direction, funding cuts, and the government has effectively lumping infrastructure costs on existing ratepayers. There should also be stronger restrictions on the sale privatised kindergartens, she says. “We need to fund them to a level where they will of all property to non-New Zealanders, she says. “But there’s nothing wrong with immigration, as survive.” There also needs to be more done to assist the long as it doesn’t work to create a low wage economy employment and training opportunities for youth and make it more difficult for New Zealand citizens in areas disconnected from main centres, like to find work.” Tracey is supportive of the Penlink project, but says Warkworth, she says. It is NZ First policy to introduce universal student her constituents haven’t raised the issue. allowances and a bonding system to incentivise The achievement she is most proud of during her first term was getting unanimous support for a students to stay in the country after they graduate. members bill to enable grandparents and other “We need youth employment without debt.” family members caring for children to access the To alleviate poverty, New Zealand First would same clothing allowance as foster parents. The bill remove GST from food, immediately reducing the will likely go to its second reading the next time New Zealand First Spokesperson for: costs faced by all New Zealanders. Parliament sits. Communications & IT | Education | Research, Science & Technology Tracey believes WINZ should play a greater role to Women’s Affairs | Youth AffairsThe biggest frustration has been watching ensure beneficiaries have a Select basic Committee: standard ofEducation living and backbench Science MPs tow the party line and not follow with greater coordination with social agencies to their conscience on issues such as charter schools. assist low income earners. Auckland Office: Tracey believes climate change is an issue which 157A Kitchener Road, PO Box 31-119, Milford Auckland “I’ve been working with three homeless in needs to be addressed, but there needs to be cross P 09 489 8336 | people tracey.martinmp@parliament.govt.nz Warkworth. Beneficiaries should be asked whether party support to set targets to reduce carbon they have a home to live in, and if not, then there emissions. Parliament Office: Martin A4 flyer.indd 1

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Beth Houlbrooke ACT Party Rodney Local Board member, Beth Houlbrooke, who has recently risen to number four on the ACT Party list, says increasing economic growth is the way to solve most of the issues facing Rodney. She believes reducing tax and government spending, over the past year, but she believes the country is on and removing regulations on the free market would the right track. allow businesses to thrive. “I think dairy farmers have been getting a bad wrap. Rodney is lucky with relatively low unemployment, We don’t have a dirty dairy industry. Most farmers but most young people leave the area in search of want to work in a clean manner and we trust them to work, she says. do that. If we impose fines and fees on dairy farmers, ACT policies, such as dropping the company tax then the industry will become less competitive and rate, from 28 per cent to 12.5 per cent by 2020, we will lose business to countries that can produce would immediately improve business bottom lines, milk at a lower cost.” enabling them to employ more staff and pay higher Beth also believes the government should scrap the wages. Emissions Trading Scheme. She believes it’s not the “It’s the one policy which would have the greatest government’s role to reduce greenhouse emissions. positive impact on New Zealand.” “The consequences of climate change are not Housing affordability is another big issue for Rodney. immediate enough or certain enough and New Beth believes there is an artificial restriction on land supply, partly due to the Resource Management Act Zealand’s emissions are insignificant, internationally. Putting a tax on emissions will end up harming (RMA), which has been inflating house prices. everyone, particularly those on low incomes.” The RMA is slowing down the development of land and pushes up the costs faced by developers, she says. Inequality has also been a much-debated issue since the last election, but Beth doesn’t see it as an issue. “ACT would throw out the RMA and start again. It’s “We are concerned about those who are struggling, not enough to keep tweaking it.” ACT doesn’t believe placing restrictions on foreigners but to focus on the income gap is what we call buying land or businesses is beneficial to New ‘the politics of envy’. You don’t make the poor richer by making the rich poorer. If you take away Zealand. “We are the pro-immigration, pro-foreign peoples incentives to do better, then everyone will investment party. Foreign investors who purchase stop striving. The focus needs to be on addressing our farms and businesses are employing New depravation by increasing economic growth.” Zealanders and paying taxes. The profits may go off ACT needs to win about 3.5 per cent of the vote to shore, but we retain the investment.” secure Beth a seat in Parliament. But Beth is supportive of infrastructure projects It is the second time she has stood as a candidate for such as Penlink. Rodney, but she wants to be clear she is campaigning Water quality issues have been making the headlines for the party vote, not the electorate vote.

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Estuary Arts wing takes off Construction is due to begin on the extension to Estuary Arts Centre in Orewa, with resource and building consents recently approved. The design, by Pacific Environments family has also gifted the centre a kiln. architects, is for an energy efficient Centre manager Kim Boyd says and eco-friendly building to keep the committee is approaching local operating expenses down. businesses and the community for The extension has been on the drawing assistance. There are also a number board for more than three years, and of further fundraising projects in the the latest estimate of the total cost is pipline. $895,000. Auckland Council retains ownership A significant chunk of the funding of the building, so all monies are has come from ratepayers, with managed from a designated fund held the Hibiscus & Bays Local Board by Council but under the oversight of contributing around $311,000. Estuary Arts’ management/steering Auckland Council’s Auckland committee. Regional Services Trust provided a grant of $184,000, a further $150,000 The former i-SITE building will be has been granted by the ASB Trust, removed to make way for construction. Lotteries committed $240,000 and It is hoped that it can be moved across the road to the Orewa Top 10 Holiday Estuary Arts raised $10,000. Estuary Arts Trust board must also Park, but that is subject to resource find around $100,000 for the fit out consent approval. and equipment. The centre began The latest start date for construction fundraising for this last year, and has is the end of September. The build is so far brought in just $12,000. A expected to take around five months. A number of sites at Highgate Business Park off Wainui Rd, Silverdale, have come on the market, with this one at 15 Highgate Parkway being handled by Harcourts. Earthworks are currently underway on the site, which is on a high profile piece of land adjacent to the northern motorway and earmarked for light industrial. It is around 2500sqm and is being marketed at around $970,000. Highgate Parkway is owned by Clayton Reid and is currently zoned Knowledge Economy. Under the proposed Unitary Plan, the bulk of the land would be zoned General Business, with a precinct that carries over the Knowledge Economy provisions. There is also a residential subdivision being developed there.

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Fashion forward recycling Wainui School Year 8 student Romy White has a proven talent for artfully recycling materials into fashion – something she says she does simply for the fun of it. Romy took out the Unveiling Europe, Romy White sculptural category of this year’s of Wainui Schools Trash to Fashion Awards – she School models also made the finals last year. her winning The competition, which is organised garment. annually by Auckland Council in conjunction with the Keep Waitakere Beautiful Trust, promotes creativity as well as recycling and is open to all primary to secondary pupils. This is the third year that pupils from Wainui School have reached the finals. Romy used bird netting and chicken wire stripped from her mum’s vegetable garden and tons of old lace and material from old petticoats, after many trawls through the local op shops, to make her garment. The inspiration was a picture of the Eiffel Tower in winter snow and a headpiece once worn by Beyonce. about the combination of hard and The judges were impressed with soft materials and intertwined the Romy’s fusion of sculpture and fashion, look of the Eiffel tower with the feel of saying it was clear that she thought historical French fashion.

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Aptitude for altitude I spent an action packed July in a lovely warm and dry Tanzania while the Hibiscus Coast was battered by storms. I was the doctor on a school trip with 16 students, six teachers and Murray (a builder). We spent two weeks teaching in two schools. I enjoyed seeing Tanzanian teachers I had met two years ago and seeing their pupils growing and improving their use of English. The “water project” we had fundraised for went ahead with the construction of a concrete tank to provide clean drinking water for the school. I was struck again by the simple lifestyle of the people and their joy at small things in life - the kids had such fun when Murray repaired the broken swings in their playground. There was no major illness in the team, just colds, coughs, grazes and thorns. When the students returned to NZ, Jenny (one of the teachers) and I started our adventure – trekking up Kilimanjaro for seven days. At the base of the mountain we walked through rainforest with plants and trees similar to those of New Zealand but with a profusion of flowers. We walked 4–5 hours per day and the motto was “pole pole” (“polay polay”) meaning “slowly slowly” to allow acclimatization to the altitude. We had time to stop, look at plants and insects, the Colobus monkeys (black and white with long white bushy tails) and take many photos. I appreciated the quiet, reflective time after the busy teaching weeks in the schools. This climb had been on my “bucket list” for many years and I’m glad I had the opportunity to do it. At 3000m the vegetation changed and we went through zones of heather and moorland up to 4000m. Then we had our first glimpses of the peak we were going to climb to the summit. The final hut before the peak was at 4700m and by now it was rocky barren terrain. Our final climb began at 11pm (we slept for a couple of hours in the afternoon) and it was arduous and slow. Breathing became laboured and difficult after 5000m. The sun rose on a clear cold morning (-5°C) when we passed Gillman’s Point at 5700m and saw the glaciers on the southeastern side of the mountain. We reached Uhuru peak, 5895m, at 7:20am and had triumphant photos taken at the summit. Our descent was very rapid, sliding down the scree slope for an hour and then walking another 15km to halfway down the mountain. As we descended breathing became easier and our pace faster and we reached Horombo Hut in three hours. The final day we had a pleasant 20km walk through moorland, heather and rainforest to the base of the mountain. I appreciated the altitude training I had done before leaving, at Albany Fitness, and the encouragement and expert leadership of our Tanzanian guides. Trekking at altitude presents medical challenges – one needs to prepare and go slowly; allowing the body time to acclimatize is important.


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Dedicated ward for women Margaret Willougby knows first hand the difference that the dedicated gynaecology women’s inpatient ward planned for North Shore Hospital will make. The Hibiscus Coast resident and palliative care needs. Health Link North board member Chief executive Dr Dale Bramley was surprised when she found herself says the ward meets an increasing in a general ward after staying at the demand for gynaecology services as the hospital for a small procedure two years population grows, and provide support ago. While the level of care was high, at what can be a vulnerable time. she says a private ward and specialist “The Butterfly Suite is important care will make a big difference. because it provides a space where staff “It’s really about providing privacy and can have sensitive discussions with appropriate dignified care,” she says. patients.” “For people with more serious issues it At an anticipated cost of $6.2 million can be a very personal and emotional the gynaecology ward will also include experience. So having a dedicated a four-bay assessment area and a caring team will be important.” procedure room allowing seamless The 15-bed ward will have a care without moving patients around 30-member specialist gynaecological the hospital. team providing integrated care The new ward will be built on what alongside the maternity ward. It is the is currently an open roof area and first dedicated women’s ward built by space used for maternity clinics, with the Waitemata DHB. construction to begin in December. It It will include a separate Butterfly will free up beds in other parts of the Suite – a private area for women and hospital, and is the latest development whanau experiencing stillbirth and in a strategic plan to add 209 beds to for grieving families and women with Waitemata DHB’s capacity by 2026.



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Twelfth Man not about cricket As the name suggests, The Twelfth Man is set in the changing rooms of a cricket club, however the play is definitely not about sport. Written by New Zealander Jeffrey language has been toned down, but Thomas in the 1970s, The Twelfth that its character-based storyline will Man is a comedy/farce about a women’s give the audience a good laugh. cricket team who come together to Prin moved to Red Beach five years play a charity match and are joined by ago and has directed a number of plays prisoners on day release and their male and children’s theatre performances. friends who want to make the most of Six local actors are among the cast, the chance for a break out. including Centrestage regulars such as Prin Barry, who is directing a Nikki Kent (Margaret), Debbie Bate production of The Twelfth Man for (Alice) and Karyn Shanks (Anne). Centrestage Theatre in Orewa, played Lynda Hart, playing Jean, and Shelley the part of Hilda, “the smoking Charlton, who plays Hilda, are both Post Office worker” 30 years ago at new to Centrestage, although Shelley the Waimauku Village Theatre and is a stalwart of Peninsula Players. remembers what fun it was for cast Making his stage debut is Jason Brown and audience. She says she has brought of Stanmore Bay in the role of Noel. elements of the play up to date from The show is on September 12–20. the late 1970s, and some of the “fruity” Bookings at iticket.co.nz or ph 426 7282.

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Coast sailors get behind international regatta

Local sailing clubs have joined together to take part in a global event held in memory of British Olympian Andrew Simpson (nicknamed ‘Bart’). Andrew was killed in May 2013, of the other local clubs and the while training for the America’s Cup Wentworth College sailing team will and Bart’s Bash, which takes place mean a potential field of around 60, on September 21, is the inaugural including keelboats, Flying 15s, Jolly international regatta designed to boats, Zephyrs, Optimists and various recognise his legacy and raise money types of dinghy. for charity – along the way it is in line The date has been chosen because it to set a new Guinness World Record. represents the crossover between the The idea is to have sailors racing in northern and southern hemisphere as many countries as possible within sailing seasons. the same 24-hour period and Gulf Harbour Yacht Club commodore The event has the potential to be John Weston says his club was the first the world’s biggest regatta, which the organisers say would be a fitting in NZ to sign up to take part. memorial for a great sailor, as well as The Club has also brought the raising funds for the Andrew Simpson Weiti and Manly Boating Clubs on board and Coastguard Hibiscus Sailing Foundation. will provide safety boats; because of The Bart’s Bash race at Gulf Harbour an unfavourable tide, Fairway Bay will take place at 2pm on September developer Top Harbour is allowing the 21, with staggered starts for the various Weiti Club’s boats to be kept overnight classes of boat. The club will be open in Hobbs Wharf marina. for camaraderie and refreshments and Currently more than 2000 individual races can be viewed from the club, or entries have been received for Bart’s the Hammerhead. The Gulf Harbour Bash from hundreds of clubs in Radio Yacht Club will also be racing at around 35 countries – including four the same time on Regency Lake. NZ clubs. Info: www.bartsbash.co.uk or email A wide range of classes of boat will take Gulf Harbour Yacht Club, admin@ part. John says that the involvement ghyc.co.nz. Are you following us on facebook? www.facebook.com/hibiscusmatters

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Serves four 120g of rocket Two pears, peeled, cored and sliced wafer thin (we use a mandolin for this) A good handful of Parmesan shavings 50g of pine nuts, toasted Dressing: Three tablespoons of cold pressed extra virgin olive oil Juice of one lemon One clove of garlic, minced A good pinch of sea salt and ground black pepper Combine dressing ingredients in a jar and shake to combine. Layer the rocket, parmesan and pears in a bowl or on a large plate and scatter with toasted pine nuts and drizzle over dressing. You can ‘pimp’ this basic recipe by adding roasted pumpkin and feta, prosciutto, or beetroot and goat’s cheese. Photo, Leah Victoria Photography

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Raiders just fall short in semi-finals The Mandron Masonry Phelan shield is now unreachable for the Hibiscus Coast Premier Raiders team after a nail biting semi final against the Mt Wellington Warriors last month. Sky Sport covered the bone rattling 80 minutes, which was played at Trust stadium in Henderson. A huge number of supporters from both sides turned up to encourage their teams. Mt Wellington Warriors struck first, breaking through the Raiders’ defence and scrambling over the try line, however the Raiders answered back quickly when halfback and captain Chris Watkins scored right under the posts to secure some points on the board for Hibiscus Coast. By halftime the Warriors were ahead 18 to 8. In the second half Jack Miller managed to sneak around the Warriors on the wing to score another try, lifting the Raiders’ spirits. The Raiders’ defence stayed strong all game, with players like Buck Hall giving the Warriors a run for their money. Unfortunately playing their hearts out all match wasn’t enough to place the Raiders in the final against Pakuranga. Captain Chris Watkins said after the game that he was proud of how far the team went in the competition. He said it was a lot harder considering they had such a young team compared to the other sides, but that the experience for the young boys was good for them. Chris said that overall this has been a good year for the Raiders and that he is looking forward to building on those positive results, and growing, in future seasons. Jack Miller, one of the younger players for the Raiders’ top side, statistically came out on top with a huge 13 tries in the whole season (adding up to 52 points); he was ranked the top try scorer of the whole competition. Although the season has finished for the Premier Raiders team, four young players from their top side have been selected for the Auckland under 21s team. Jack Miller, Jordan Schofield, Llewis Harding-Powell and Matiu Dunn will be in the regional representatives team. They will train with some of the best players in the area and challenge other regional teams all over New Zealand.

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Safety at boat ramp raised A timely presentation to the Hibiscus & Bays Local Board by two local boaties may enable safety improvements to be made at the Gulf Harbour boat ramp. Kerry Innskeep and Paul Fransham told at the ramp, as well as looking into local board members at its meeting on conflicts with other users of the area, August 20 that the ramp remains one such as campervans. of the most dangerous in the region, At the same meeting the Council despite the breakwater that was built presented the results of its recent in 2011 by Auckland Council to assist research into Northern Boat ramps. with safe use of the facility. Locally, Council is proposing to Both presenters said that it is too easy improve the management of boat for boats to collide with the large steel launching facilities. The local board piles at the ramp, with the potential to also supports a feasibility study into damage boats and injure boaties – an the development of an additional allissue that is made worse by the amount tide boat ramp for the Hibiscus Coast of people using the ramp in the peak to meet growing demand. The study season. The pair suggested that the would investigate suitable sites and installation of heavy, stable pontoons costs, but the building of an additional beyond the piles would be a cost ramp is not funded in the 2015-20 effective solution. As a result of the budget. It is suggested that any such presentation, the local board resolved work could be funded by a user-pays to investigate safety improvements system.

Coast club improves Sailability For many years, at its Westhaven base, Sailability Auckland has provided sailing for people with disabilities but those services will soon be extended, with plans to provide facilities for disabled sailors who live on the Hibiscus Coast and further north. Plans for a Sailability centre at the Gulf Harbour Yacht Club are well underway, supported by the Rotary Club of Whangaparaoa. This new centre will serve people living on the Hibiscus Coast and from as far north as Warkworth, some of whom currently travel to Whangarei in order to sail. President of the Rotary Club of Whangaparaoa, Brian Mullan, says when he was selected as president, he decided that Sailability would be his nominated charity. “As a former UK-Rotarian, I saw how successfully my old Club supported Sailability there and was amazed and humbled by the abilities of the socalled ‘disabled’ sailors,” he says. Brian says even the severest disabilities

do not deter these sailors – some confidently command the yachts by a mouthpiece air-tube controller and compete successfully against ablebodied sailors. Sailors that are supported by Sailability Auckland face varying challenges: for example, some have had strokes, some have cerebral palsy and others have advanced muscular dystrophy. NZ Paralympian Tim Dempsey, who took part in the London Olympics, is part of the Sailability team. Sailability Auckland chair Brendan Tourelle is also wheelchair-bound. The Rotary Club of Whangaparaoa is planning to hold a celebrity charity dinner in aid of Sailability Auckland, with Harold Bennett as the celebrity speaker. The dinner, on November 10 at Gulf Harbour Country Club, aims to raise money towards the provision of the new facilities at Gulf Harbour Yacht Club. Info: look for the Rotary Club of Whangaparaoa on Facebook.

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12.30pm, Orewa Catholic Church Hall, Centreway Rd. Ph Ann 427 8377. Orewa Lions Old - car or Boat Batteries collection. Redundant car, boat, or any batteries no longer needed, we will pick them up for you, and all monies raised from the sale will go to the Lions Child Mobility Foundation. Give us a call for pick up, Mandy 426 0586 or Laurie 426 3122. Red Beach Ladies Probus meet 2nd Wed of month, 10am. Red Beach Methodist Church. Friendship, fun, fellowship, outings. All welcome. Ph Gloria 426 8098. SINGERS WANTED men & women, for HBC Singers’ pre-Christmas Concert. Ph Bob 424 5711 or Wendy 428 4452. Sing Me Up Hibiscus If you can talk….you can sing. Community singing is fabulous. Come and try it. Tuesdays 7pm, Sea Scout Hall, North end Orewa Beach, Arundel Reserve. Contact Brigid singmeup2@gmail.com Sing to Breathe Thursdays 9.30am– 10.30am, the Sea Scout Hall. This is a lovely group. Relaxation and gentle stretching exercises following by singing exercises and a couple of unison songs at the end. Very good for anyone with asthma, depression, or anyone just knowing the worth of singing and breathing together. Contact Brigid singmeup2@gmail.com WANTED! KNITTING NANAS! Orewa Library is looking for some volunteers (especially Grandmothers) to help children learn to knit in the next school holidays. If you can spare some time, contact Liz 427 3917. Whangaparaoa Horticultural Society show September 15, Whangaparaoa Hall from 1.30pm. Exhibits of flowers, floral art, fruit and veges. Refreshments, trading table and raffles. Speaker, “What a judge is looking for”. New members welcome. Ph Lyndell 426 0327

Housesitting HOUSESITTER Experienced, respectful, mature female. Quality care. Avail Oct 13. Glowing refs. Phone 021 145 3027.

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SHUTTLES/Tours LOCAL SHUTTLE Transfers & Tours Local & Auckland 4–9 people Tues, Weds, Thurs. Ph Steve 428 4706.

HEALTH & Beauty HBC Pink Runners Social running group, successfully running for the last 4 yrs. Beginners Tues 6pm, others Wed 6pm alternate Sat/Sun 7am. Only $5 p/ run. Info Debbie Goldingham ph 027 600 6110 or debbie@lifeforcecoach.co.nz HYPNOSIS for stress, phobias, easy Stop Smoking. Bill Parker NZAPH, 424 7610. Spring Special: HandS & Feet Nails cut & filed, includes hand & foot massage. $30 each or 2 people for $50. I will come to you. Phone 424 0676.

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PIANO+THEORY TUITION Effective & youthful teacher, 6 yrs teaching exp. $18/half hr, $30/hr. Entry-mid level pupils. All ages, based in Orewa. DipConMus. Ph. Crystal Teo 021 128 0238/426 1313. SeniorNet for Seniors Computer courses & workshops available. Phone 426 1509. Mon–Thurs 9am–3pm, Fri 9am–12pm www.seniornet-hbc.org.nz

BUSINESS services Adept Computer Services, Est 1993. PC repairs at good rates. Ph 421 1039 or 021 114 5517 www.adept.net.nz Need help with your book keeping? Ph: 021 905 979 or email: fiona@balancebooks.co.nz

wanted CASH PAID Tools & Machinery, Shed & garage clearouts. All things considered. Call or txt 021 161 5139. TO BUY, RECORDS/LP’s Ph 428 1587.

FOUND Black kitten/small cat, Thurs Aug 21, Amorino Dr, Red Beach, black collar with fish on it, please ph Judy 421 1256 or 027 671 0803.

LOST Small black female cat, very timid, Hobbs Rd area, Wed Aug 27. No collar but micro chipped. Ph 428 4418. (Escaped from cage on way to cattery). Silver “kiwi” earring, Early July in vicinity of Pacific Plaza/Whangaparaoa Hall, Paua body, sentimental value. $10 reward Ph 428 2355.

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what’s on September 2014

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Fabulous ‘50s Dinner Dance, featuring Shane & The Shadz – Cliff Richard & The Shadows Tribute, Silverdale & Districts RSA, Vipond Rd, Whangaparaoa. Dinner from 6pm. Tickets $35pp from Silverdale RSA.


Hibiscus Coast MMA Battle of the Coast, Silverdale Rugby Club, Hibiscus Coast Highway, 6pm. Tickets: dashtickets.co.nz


Eaves Bush Workday, starts 9am at the Old North Road entrance to the reserve. Bring gloves, a bucket and a wheelbarrow if possible. All welcome. Info: phone Don, 426 4761 or Laurie, 426 3122.


Coast’s Fastest Iron Man, at the Plaza Whangaparaoa, 1pm–3pm. Show off your male ironing prowess. Prizes for the fastest ironing, plus an Iron Off between Orewa SLSC and Red Beach SLSC. All men, as well as teams from businesses and sports groups, can take part. Info: The Plaza’s Facebook page. (see story p1)


Orewa College Trade Fair, Orewa College Arts and Events Centre, 5pm–6.15pm. Orewa College Year 10 business enterprise students sell products as part of their grade. All welcome.


Casino Royale Hospice fundraiser, Orewa Arts & Events Centre, Orewa College, Riverside Rd, Orewa, from 7.30pm. All the fun of the Casino without risking a cent –play to win great prizes. Tickets $45. Info and tickets: www.hibiscushospice.org.nz or Hibiscus Hospice, 2a John Dee Crescent, Red Beach, phone 421 9180.


North Harbour Rockers Band plays at the Stetson Country Music Club, Dairy Flat Community Hall, Postman Road, Dairy Flat, 8pm to 11.30pm. Info: stetson.co.nz or phone 09 410 7772.

I have lived on the Coast all my life and thought I knew every secret spot, but didn’t discover this one, in Shakespear park, until last year. With plenty of open space, it’s an idyllic place to spend the day and enjoy family picnics. It has running water, a picnic table and a wood fuelled barbecue, and we often have it to ourselves. It’s a bit of a walk to get to, especially when you’re lugging wood, chilly bins, picnic baskets and sports equipment but worth the effort. Where is it? That remains a secret. Karl Hall

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12 & 13 Hibiscus Coast Orchid Society Spring Show, Orewa Community Hall, Friday, 11am–4pm, Saturday 9am–3pm. Free Entry. Trading Table. 14

Ducky Derby, Western Reserve, Orewa (by the Hibiscus Coast Youth Centre), 11am–3pm. Music, stalls and family entertainment. Duck racing at 2pm. Fundraiser for Hibiscus Coast Kindergarten. Tickets $10 per duck from Orewa Vets or on the day.


The Asthma Bus returns to Manly Village. For a free appointment, contact Manly Care Chemist, phone 424 7708.


Bart’s Bash sailing event, based at Gulf Harbour Yacht Club, Gulf Harbour, racing at 2pm. Racing of many classes of sailing boat as part of an international sailing record attempt and fundraiser. (see story p25)

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Coast gets behind Daffodil Day Spring is here and with it the Cancer Society’s major fundraiser, Daffodil Day. Hibiscus Coast schools were among the biggest supporters of the day, holding mufti days and special events to raise funds, on August 29. Last year local collectors raised more than $14,000 on top of the money donated via the ANZ bank. The donations go towards scientific research into the causes and treatment of cancer, as well as providing a wide range of support services, information, health promotion and education programmes to reduce cancer risk, awareness campaigns and programmes for people affected by cancer.

Clockwise from top, Teachers and pupils of Stanmore Bay School dressed up for Daffodil Day and raise around $500 each year. Orewa Primary students wore yellow themed Daffodil Day mufti, raising around $400. Stanmore Bay School students, from left, Jordan McKenzie, Rosie Monckton, Nicole Devonshire and Bailey-Brooke McKenzie.

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Orewa resident Inga Zimmerman, pictured on Daffodil Day, has been collecting for The Cancer Society ever since her own battle with the disease, 12 years ago. Inga says the diagnosis of bowel cancer changed her life. She says she had no symptoms until she began bleeding. Two operations followed – the second brought her to death’s door. Inga says although chemotherapy and radiation work for some people, she refused them both because of concerns about the longterm health effects. More than three years of recovery followed – since which Inga has been in remission. She says the experience made her determined to help other people; she became a hard working Orewa Lion, as well as collecting for causes such as Daffodil Day. “When you are collecting, you get a lot of stories from people, it’s very moving,” Inga says. “It’s important to give back and I hope the money we raise helps someone else.”

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