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Mahurangi College Newsletter 56-57 New hands at the tiller of the Kawau Yacht Club are, from left, Dave Jeffery, John Sinclair, Trevor Ready, David Innes and Evan Innes-Jones.

A piece of maritime history has been given a new lease of life after six boaties banded together to save the Kawau Island Yacht Club. Earlier this year the Royal NZ Yacht Squadron warned the clubhouse would be mothballed if it wasn’t sold or leased. It came after mounting maintenance costs and a decrease in island population made the building unsustainable for the squadron. After months of discussions, six

boaties and businessmen, three who have properties on the island, reached an agreement in principle last week to lease the building. They hope the renovated building and reinvigorated club will bring more visitors to the island. They will give it a quick spruce up to open it by summer and then work on more renovations in the next 12 months. All going to plan, it will reopen by Labour Weekend as the renamed

Kawau Boating Club, reflecting a more inclusive club inviting yachting, boating, fishing and community members. They plan to run it with a cafe and bar fulltime during the boating season, from spring to autumn, and continue during winter dependant on the needs and interests of the community. They also plan to have a 24 hour/seven days a week automated fuel system. The steering committee is comprised


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Ryan Torckler (Y7) and Term 3 Week 7 Lukas Vikstrand (Y9) both gained High Distinction • Hockey & Netball Winter in the recent ICAS Tournament week Science exams, placing Monday September them in the top 1% 1 internationally. A further 17 of • L1-3 Solo Music Performances Distinction for being placed our students gained in the next 10%. • L2/3 Drama Evening Performance Whaia te iti Kahurangi, • Student Rep BoT Nominations our Maori Achievement Dear Parents and Guardians Open Evening, was held on Tuesday 19th August Tuesday September in the school auditorium. 2 Tena Koutou Katoa The guest speaker was • L1-3 Solo Music Performances Hayley Schiscka who was a House Prefect • L2/3 Drama Evening in 2004 when she was also Performance Congratulations to a leader in our Kapahaka our Deputy Head Girl, and involved in many sporting activities. Wednesday September Rose Gannaway, for Hayley 3 winning the Zone has since completed Championships • Yr 8 Science Fair Display her degree, learnt for the Te - Hall Lions Reo and is currently Young Thursday September 4 Ambassadors employed by Auckland • Yr 11-13 Parent/Teacher Evening Competition. She Health Board and Thursday September will now represent 4-7 working towards her • Underwater Hockey our zone at the Masters in Business Nationals - Rotorua Friday September 5 Northern Administration. District She Finals in October • Teacher Only Day spoke of how she this year. applied • Student Rep BoT Nominations Rose the skills close spoke about the and determination Tuesday September 9 little known role and she developed from • Yr 6 Enrol 2.00pm 6.30pm plight of horses in sporting involvements • Student Rep BoT Candidates World War 1. Our speak at assembly into other areas of her The Rodney District finalists in the Lions Young Ambassadors Wednesday September thanks to Mr Cave life. 10 Competition with the organiser, Mr Cave. • Yr 6 Enrolments 2.00pm for organising and The winner, our Deputy Head Girl, Rose Gannaway, is third from left. - 6.30pm The school compering the event has Friday September 12 voluntary BYOD on behalf of the Rodney • Senior Exams Begin (Bring Your Own District Lions Club Device) so and to Mark Mitchell • Touch Nationals Fundraising (MP for Rodney), Murray students at all levels are allowed to Night bring any Chapman (Warkworth Toastmasters) and device to school and log onto the school Tuesday September internet Burnette O’Connor 23 system, provided they (Company Director) have • Hockey signed Prize Giving Evening for approved our Board judging the contest. Hall Digital Citizenship Policy. In the Junior Wednesday September School however, Congratulations also 24 to our Head Girl, recommended” from 2015, iPads are the “highly • Yr 9 10 Graduation Alana Hathaway, for print out to parents device. Not all students winning the Northern access have • Pasifika Celebration to the internet at home, District Rotary Speech Evening 6.30pm - 8.00pm so much of the Competition with her teaching in Year 7/8 is Apps based Thursday September passionate speech about 25 rather than the plight of modern Web based, and our staff have found • Sports Photos - all day the Apple day people held in Apps to be more stable. Students • Netball Prize Giving at this age Evening - Hall various forms of also seem to enjoy the touch screen Friday September 26 technology. slavery and what Various affordability options have been • End of Term we can do about available to made families, contact exec@mahurangi. it. It is still very important that all students learn Congratulations and maintain the ability to handwrite quickly to all our Senior and legibly because, to ensure authenticity, students, and in all NCEA Senior External examinations are still particular to our handwritten. Head Prefects On Monday 17th August, Darren Pereira presented and Mrs Newlove, his Shape Your Destiny programme to our Year on another 11 students, guiding and supporting them as they very enjoyable thought about their own aptitudes and interests, and successful set goals for their future and developed actions school ball. plans to help them get King & Queen of the School Ball there. From the feedback, Photos can be all our Year 11 students enjoyed the day and viewed and found it extremely helpful downloaded for free from so we will continue with the website: http:// this programme in the School Ball Commitee: future. Mrs 4.

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of a group who have had a membership or association with the club for 40 years – Evan Innes-Jones, David Innes, Martin Farrand and Kawau Island Resident and Ratepayers Association members John Sinclair, Trevor Ready and Dave Jeffery. Together the group has a combined experience in granary supplies, marketing, business, architecture, hospitality and accommodation.

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Warkworth commuter service a step closer A regular bus service from Warkworth to Silverdale in 2016 is a step closer, with public consultation due to start early next year. Auckland Transport (AT) is proposing the service runs every two hours during the day and hourly at peak times. Based on results from a public transport engagement survey completed last month, AT will develop proposed routes and timetables for public consultation in 2015. Any new services would start in 2016 and be trialed for at least a year. Changes to the Kowhai Connection, between Warkworth and Matakana via Snells Beach, will be reviewed at the end of this year. The survey comes after the Auckland Regional Public Transport Plan (RPTP), outlining proposed public transport services over the next 10 years, allowed for the introduction of the regular Warkworth to Silverdale bus service. Buses would terminate at a new Hibiscus Coast Station to be built in Silverdale, where passengers could connect to services to Auckland city (via

the Northern Express) or local services to other areas of the Hibiscus Coast. Senior public transport engagement planner Lorraine Maguire says 350 surveys were submitted on the Warkworth network. At the AT public information event at Warkworth last month, Warkworth resident Debbie Hall said the current service was too expensive and irregular. She catches a bus to Auckland fortnightly to visit family and go shopping, as she doesn’t own a car. “The bus is always nearly full, you can never get a seat on your own.” Ti Point resident Paul Smith said a lack of public transport to Auckland was one of the reasons he had given up his job and career as an IT manager in the city. He commuted for three years, clocking up 200,000 km on his car, costing him $200 a week and taking up three hours driving a day. “It drove me up the wall.” Paul says he would have used public transport if a regular and reliable service had been available. He knew many others who would, too.

Warkworth resident Debbie Hall, who doesn’t own a car and catches a bus to Auckland fortnightly to visit family and go shopping, says buses are too expensive and irregular.

Ti Point resident Paul Smith says driving to Auckland every day for three years “drove me up the wall”.

Unitary Plan hearings begin Mahurangi Matters is a locally owned publication, circulated twice a month to more than 13,000 homes and businesses. Views expressed in Mahurangi Matters are not necessarily endorsed by the publisher. All rights reserved. Reproduction without permission of the editor is prohibited.

The next step in developing the Auckland Unitary Plan starts this week. An eight member hearings panel, under chair Judge David Kirkpatrick, will consider the views of about 9500 submitters, and a further 3500 submitters who have responded to the original submissions, on 74 different topics. The proposed plan sets the rules on how the Auckland region will develop over decades, including what can be built and where, and how to protect the environment and Auckland’s heritage. The panel must report back to Auckland Council by July 2016 on any changes it thinks should be made to the plan. Council then has until September to consider the panel’s recommendations and to publish an Auckland Unitary Plan. Find details of the hearing topics and the schedule until February 2015 at

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Warkworth businesses vote on BID next year The Warkworth Area Business Association will be hoping it’s ‘third time lucky’ after formally agreeing to pursue a rateable Business Improvement District (BID) for Warkworth. About 25 people attended the association’s annual meeting, held at the Bridgehouse on August 27, and voted unanimously to take the next step towards a formal vote by all affected businesses and landlords early next year. The Rodney Local Board has set aside $53,000 to help the association develop a business case for the proposal, which will include defining the area where the compulsory rate will be levied. If a majority of those who vote support the BID, it will be introduced from July 1. To the burning question of how much it will cost individual businesses, association chair Rachel Callender said that this was still an unknown at this early stage. “We need to develop a business plan which will include priorities, key performance indicators, maps and a communication plan, before we can answer that question,” she said. On two previous occasions in the past 10 years, Warkworth has rejected the idea of a BID. This time around, the business association surveyed Warkworth businesses and customers to identify issues and collect some baseline information, as well as garner support for the concept of a representative organisation with secure funding. Association secretary Nicola Jones

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The size and cost of a Warkworth Business Improvement District will be investigated over coming months, ahead of a vote early next year.

said it was time to recognise that big changes were on the horizon for Warkworth, citing the proposed Grange development on SH1, the growth predicted in the Unitary Plan and the new motorway proposal. Meanwhile, concern about the Warkworth BID was raised at last month’s Local Board meeting. Member Steven Garner questioned why details such as the size of the proposed BID and number of businesses involved was not yet available. “I would have thought that was one of the first things to be investigated. It should be relatively simple to find out how many businesses are within an area,” Mr Garner said. “Not knowing the size would make it difficult to forecast projects the BID could fund and the likely costs for businesses.” However, BID partnership advisor Claire Siddens said it was a surprisingly complex process to find that information. “We know the BID would be able to raise the minimum requirement of $50,000,

but we don’t yet have an idea of what the total income will be,” she said. Member Phelan Pirrie was concerned that Warkworth might be too small to raise “a reasonable amount of money”. “Ideally, a BID should have about $150,000 to $200,000,” he said. “If the burden on businesses is too high, businesses will vote against it.” Phelan asked whether Snells Beach, Matakana and Wellsford would be considered for a region-wide BID, if Warkworth proved too small. Ms Siddens said this would be part of the discussion. Member Greg Sayers was concerned about the level of money being allocated to the project. The breakdown of project costs showed $15,000 allocated for meetings with the public and eligible voters. However, Phelan defended the time and cost of the investigation. “It needs that time. Otherwise you are setting it up to fail.” All members voted in favour of the funding, except Thomas Grace, who abstained.

Roading dominates Annual Plan submissions Roading and transport have been identified as the main concerns of residents in Rodney. Of the 395 submissions to the draft Rodney Local Board Plan, which closed for submissions on August 6, 172 submitters identified roads, paths and public transport as their main issue. Their suggestions included advocating for $10 million a year for 10 years for road sealing, better maintenance of roads and provision of a regular public transport service. This was followed by parks and sports facilities, and community planning. Other main topics raised included the environment, halls and libraries, business growth, and arts, culture and events. Hearings on the plan started this week on Tuesday, September 2. Decisions on the final plan will be made at a meeting on October 13.

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Committee coordinator Evan InnesJones says there is lot to do in the next few months to get it ready for summer. “Success in the long-term will be dependent on support from the islanders and members of the club,” he said. “We couldn’t do it without them.” Kawau resident Dave Jeffery says the boating club is the centre of a maritime environment. “It would also serve as a community centre and gathering point on the island.” Architect John Sinclair’s designs for the building include opening up the main area, internal access to the toilets, a more functional bar and restaurant area. Outside would be renovated to make the most of the view, including extending the decks and a wind shield on the western and south side. John says the building has a unique place in Auckland’s sailing history and deserved to be preserved. “We’re saving one of the jewels in the Hauraki Gulf and realising its potential to contribute to the whole boating and yachting scene.” The consortium has already canvassed the idea with local boating, fishing and yachting clubs, and invited them to use the venue for race finishes and regattas. They would continue to offer the clubhouse as the venue for the squadron weekend, youth and New Year regattas. The Squadron will continue to operate Lidgard House, which backs onto the club. Squadron general manager Hayden Porter says they are happy to be working through a process to have a facility open at Kawau before summer. The number of people residing on the island has dropped in the last 10 years from about 400 to 40, according to the last census.

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Ticket winners Congratulations to Richard Duhs for winning the double pass to Aldous Harding at the Leigh Sawmill; Sally Burgess for winning the double pass to Wagons at the Sawmill; and Fay Richardson for winning a copy of Fiona Sussman’s Shifting Colours, which she intends to share with her book club on Kawau Island.


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Refurbishment questioned The August 1 Mahurangi Matters published the ‘Community Facilities Renewal Programme for 2014/15. I was interested to see that the Shoesmith Hall will have $77,000 spent to gut and refit most of the building. As a user of the hall, our group have had no notification of this project and have not been consulted with, which is disappointing. When will this project take place? How will it impact on the users of the hall? Will alternative arrangements be made for the community groups to meet elsewhere? At the end of this refurbishment, which may not even be needed, will the cost of the hall hire increase? Please Auckland Council, meet with your ratepayers and hall users and find out what their needs, and wants are and you may discover that the cost of refurbishment may even be less than what was budgeted for. Mona Townson Scotts Landing

Liquor laws too late If the local council had bothered to survey the opinions of Wellsford locals two years ago, they would have found significant opposition to expanding the availability of alcohol in the town.

However, like many regions throughout New Zealand now, this was ignored and Wellsford is awash with liquor and its consequences, thanks to the foresight of the district licensing board. With the proposed licence restriction, it’s a little too late as “the horse has already bolted”. Council (Rodney Local Board) member Phelan Pirrie’s only concern now, is by placing a restriction in Wellsford, it will disadvantage a potential supermarket to sell even more. If a supermarket requires alcohol sales to economically survive, it’s a sad day. The government happily collects excise on all alcohol which increases every year. Councils charge very hefty licence fees and have allowed the issuing of new licences at a rate that has now left NZ oversupplied with liquor, it would seem, with no regard for the inevitable consequences. We have three off licences plus two grocery establishments selling liquor in Wellsford, not including a number of bars etc. The population of Wellsford in a 2013 survey was at 1698. Say no more.

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accessible for safety reasons. “It’s a great opportunity to get visuals and ask questions about what is going on.” The project involves strengthening and repairs, a mezzanine floor, tiered seating for 300 people, a lowered stage with runaway capacity and storage for a grand piano. It will include new toilets, a lift, meeting rooms and wi-fi access. The Warkworth Town Hall Restoration trust is fundraising for the hall fit-out including a new kitchen, rehearsal space and retractable seating. The community can also make donations and contribute fundraising ideas at the restoration launch. So far ideas include ‘buy a brick/seat’ sponsorship, raffles, a schools short film competition and a crowdfunding campaign. The fundraising team is also collecting and sharing oral histories from the community, and would like to hear from more people at the launch. The Warkworth Town Hall is a Category 1 heritage building with the NZ Historic Places Trust, recognising its now-rare hollow stoneware block construction and significance in Warkworth’s social history.

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The community is invited to have one last look inside the Warkworth Town Hall this month before restoration work begins on the 103-year-old heritage building. The hall has been closed since March last year and is set to re-open in late 2015 after a $3 million restoration, funded by Auckland Council, through the Rodney Local Board. Another $1 million is being raised by the community to complete the refurbishment. To mark the beginning of the project the community is invited to a restoration launch on Sunday September 14, from 2pm to 3.30pm, to find out more about plans for the building. The launch will start with a blessing, short speeches from Rodney Local Board chair Brenda Steele and Auckland deputy mayor Penny Hulse, and a performance by the Mahurangi College Kapa Haka group. Architect Antony Matthews and project manager Steven Davey will then take small groups through the main building to explain the renovations. Steven Davey says they will only have access to the lobby and the main part of the hall, as some areas are not

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CAB branch closures on radar A proposal to close outlying Citizen Advice Bureau (CAB) branches was aired at the Wellsford CAB annual meeting last month. Wellsford bureau chair Sandra Becroft said that a member of the bureau’s Auckland committee, ACABx, which represents branches in the Auckland area, was canvassing the option of closing outlying bureaus, replacing them with a call centre. But Rodney Hibiscus ACABx representative Diane Taylor emphasised that nothing was on the table at this stage. The issue would be discussed at the next committee meeting. “It’s been raised by a member of another bureau. It’s not a problem for us now, but it could be. We will work to ensure the face-to-face service is maintained.” Northland National MP Mike Sabin attended the meeting and was also concerned by the threat of any closures. “The service needs to have face-toface contact with clients,” Mr Sabin said. “A call centre in Auckland just wouldn’t work.” Members of the Wellsford CAB said the central committee was too Auckland-centric and didn’t understand the needs of rural areas. Meanwhile, the new Warkworth satellite branch is halfway through its six-month tenancy at the Auckland Council office in Baxter Street. Mrs Becroft said client numbers were promising, but had

dropped off in the past month. “We aren’t getting as many general enquiries as Wellsford, but the enquiries are a lot meatier and are more time-consuming issues such as custody and will disputes.” However, overall, the Warkworth service was receiving more walk-in clients per hour than Wellsford. “There have also been a lot of people interested in volunteering at Warkworth and we may look at running some training in Warkworth in the future.” Mrs Becroft says she is still unsure of what will happen to the Warkworth branch when the lease ends. CAB is in discussion with Warkworth Rotary about using the Warkworth Court House as a service centre. Concerns about a push by business group, Wellsford Promotions, to turn the old Wellsford Library into an information centre, were also raised at the meeting. “We could loose a lot of our enquiries if this went ahead,” Mrs Becroft said. Meanwhile, Sandra was re-elected as chair of the Wellsford bureau, while Helen Kidd was re-elected secretary and Bronwyn Heasman re-elected treasurer. Lorraine Merton received a 25 Year Service Award, while Megan Gordon and Eileen Hutchinson received 10 Year Service awards. Sandra Becroft and Helen Kidd received 5 Year Service awards.

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Survey uncovers hidden Rodney diversity Conservation Weed impacts Invasive weeds are deemed to have a significant ecological impact in 44 per cent of surveyed sites, while in 36 per cent of parks invasive weeds are having a noticeable impact. Invasive weeds have no ecological impact in only 2 per cent of parks. Rodney contains more than half (55 per cent) of the significant ecological areas, or SEA’s, identified in the proposed Auckland Council Unitary Plan.

The importance of parks as a reservoir for biodiversity has been highlighted in the largest and most comprehensive ecological survey of parks and reserves in Rodney. A total of 162 of Rodney’s 345 parks and reserves were surveyed as part of a project to prioritise the biodiversity management of Auckland Council parks. The survey found threatened species such as forest gecko and native bats, and discovered ecosystems unique in the Auckland region. However, in a large portion of the parks, pests and invasive weeds are having a significant ecological impact, threatening the long-term viability of ecosystems. A significant stand of kauri forest is also found to have inadequate protection against kauri die-back disease. Tomarata Dune Lakes Reserve is listed as the highest priority for biodiversity management, containing a unique wetland ecosystem on the margins of a dune lake with threatened plant and animal species. The reserve contains the only remaining example of the highly threatened and fragile wetland type – manuka, wirerush restiad rushland – in Auckland. Brick Bay Drive-Puriri Place Reserve is second on the priority list with high quality kauri forest and a significant and stable population of forest gecko,

which are declining nationally. But pest control and weeding is needed to maintain the reserves biodiversity. McElroy Scenic Reserve, in Mahurangi West, is fifth on the list with the largest kauri-podocarp-broadleaf-beech forest of the parks surveyed. But the report said urgent measures are needed to prevent kauri dieback disease spreading to the area. Infected kauri trees have been recorded in Morrison Scenic Reserve in Kaipara Flats and a region-wide kauri dieback survey of local parks is currently underway. Goat and animal pest control and fence repairs are also required to protect the park, the report found. A population of kauri snails and a regionally critical orchid species were found at Woodcocks-Kawaka Reserve, while a native long-tailed bat was found behind Ahuroa Hall. The report advocates creating ecocorridors to help extend native habitats, but said substantial restoration work was required in some parks to bring this to fruition. Corridors from Leigh to Whangateau Harbour, Goldsworthy Bay to Matakana and through the Mahurangi Harbour were listed as options. Council senior ecologist Brenda Osborne says the results are beyond what was expected. “There’s a huge range of untouched

Pest impacts Pests, including possums, mice, goats and deer, are having an obvious impact in 10 per cent of parks, with trampled plants and root systems, while in 87 per cent of parks possums, rats and mice are expected to be present. Only 3 per cent of parks are assumed to be low in pests due to control measures.

Livestock impacts Livestock did not have access to 75 per cent of parks, but stock are having a major impact on vegetation composition and regeneration in 5 per cent of parks, with no palatable species present, while stock had a moderate impact in a further 5 per cent and a moderate impact on 15 per cent of parks. ecosystems, from unique wetlands and forests to dune systems.” The report will also help direct the work of community groups in the region. “Often they are doing really valuable work but may not be aware of a threatened plant species. Now we can help guide work to areas which will have the greatest benefit.” The survey was jointly funded with the Board contributing $25,000 and Council $75,000. The Board has earmarked $130,000 over five years in the Draft Plan, towards protecting and maintaining ecosystems identified in the survey.

projects funded Rodney community groups spent $58,000 on environment projects in the year to June 30, with funding from Rodney Local Board. The money was distributed as follows: • Takatu Landcare spent $10,000 to employ a contractor to control climbing asparagus. • The Leigh Harbour Valley Society spent $6000 on a weed control programme which involved contractors and volunteers. • Developing a Sandspit Strategic Plan cost $5000. Andrew Stewart Ltd was engaged to collate information on the Sandspit catchment. Initial engagement with the Sandspit community was undertaken to identify issues and the values associated with the catchment. • Tapora Land and Coast Care spent $3000 to create a booklet about the unique biodiversity of Tapora. Residual funds of $500 were spent by the group on rat and stoat traps. • $5000 for the Mahurangi Farm Forestry Trail, funding a digger to assist with track construction and the purchase of metal. • $2000 was spent weeding and planting along the Kaipara Flats rail corridor. • $200 was spent providing traps and bait stations to Rodney landowners and community groups undertaking pest control. Biosecurity contributed further funds to the budget. • The Hoteo North Historic School Society spent $1000 fencing two significant stands of totara in the Hoteo North Recreation Reserve. The society also purchased 500 plants along with materials needed to prepare for planting.

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Hard-wired for nature The Biophilia Hypothesis was first suggested in 1964 with the idea that we are hard-wired to love the special natural environment we evolved in. Because we evolved in this environmental setting, we react to cues from it. We like flowers because they’re linked to food, we’re sensitive to the weather because it can mean either flourishing or harm. We care for animals because they provide us with food, company or other benefits. To obtain essential natural services from nature, we have to be attuned to it and act with compassion, in its and our best interests. But we get other benefits from nature, too – we love animals and landscapes, nature’s beauty and grandeur provides inspiration and respite. We get a sense of achievement and adventure from climbing mountains or planting trees. Nature is who we are. The theory explains why so much of our culture and language uses ecological references. “Like a headless chicken”, “as strong as an ox” and “a heart like a lion” all reflect the influence of nature in explaining our culture. The theory says there’s a pervasive spiritual connection and reverence for animals and nature across the world, that loving nature is part of our humanity. But the Biophilia Hypothesis also says that with technological ‘advancement’, we’re increasingly separated from the natural world. We lose the opportunity and desire to even engage with the environment, love for it diminishes, and we end up with less appreciation for its diversity. Nature is no longer what it was – and neither are we. We become detached and alienated. Our homes, transport, workplaces and entertainments are all enclosed, manufactured, ecologically (and spiritually) sterile. The closest some of us get to nature is through our TV screens. Then there is the problem of super-natural stimulus – in a highly technological, ‘artificial’, temperature-controlled, plastic-moulded, comfort-oriented world, our detachment from nature increases while our need for stimulus goes into hyperdrive. Our food is overloaded with sugars and calories, and our entertainment is more violent, pornographic, adrenaline-filled, with over-amped social cues, physical characteristics and relationships. In response, many major cities around the world including Wellington have committed to Biophilic City principles. They’re inspired by natural processes and ecological, historic and cultural influences. There’s a strong irony there. Cities already reflect all that – but often in a negative way. The theory proposes reconstructing nature instead of stopping more destruction and big questions about whether real nature and mass populations can co-exist, remain unanswered. It’s obvious most of civilisation is pretty removed from nature. Even in New Zealand some people have never been into a real forest – even the Waitakeres. We’re losing the opportunity to see the dark night sky to wonder at the cosmos. Many people don’t know or care where their food comes from, whether plant or animal. Apparently, environmental damage becomes addictive. Worryingly, in losing touch with nature, we also lose our own humanity.

Keeping Omaha Beach beautiful The community are invited to help clean up Omaha Beach on September 14, as part of Keep New Zealand Beautiful Clean-Up Week. Hosted by Saltwater Eco, registrations start at 10am. It is one of many clean-ups on during the week, from September 14 to 20. In 2013 about 40,000 volunteers donated 79,610 hours of their time, collecting an estimated 47.3 tonnes of rubbish. Community groups, branches and schools can get involved in cleaning up their local patch by registering their events at

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Gateway funding ignores super city’s main gateway The super city’s northern gateway at Te Hana may miss out on funding allocated to develop gateway features in Rodney. Rodney Local Board has a $214,000 budget to fund “welcome to …” features, but Te Hana has been overlooked because no community group is driving the project. Kaukapakapa has already received $25,000 for a gateway feature, while Helensville, Parakai, Kumeu, Huapai and Riverhead are next in line. Wellsford, Warkworth Puhoi, Kawau Island, Omaha Beach and Shelly Beach are also in the pipeline, but Te Hana is currently not on a priority list. Auckland Council principal planner Andrew Trevelyan told the Board last month that the projects were being driven by the community, with groups presenting plans and designs for funding. But no group in Te Hana had developed a plan so the town could not receive funding at this stage, he said. However, member John McLean believed Te Hana should be a priority for funding and more needed to be done to progress the initiative. “They may not be a coherent group but it is a very important tourist gateway in the north,” John said. “I’m sure if we spent more time with that community, there would be someone who would take up the cause.” But member Thomas Grace said the Board shouldn’t fund gateway features. “Auckland Council is screaming they are broke and we are encouraging people to spend almost a quarter of a million dollars on signs. We are saying ‘get your heads together and see what you can blow it on’. Why not spend it on a bit of tar sealed road? “If the Kumeu community want a gateway feature, they would get it done at a fraction of the cost. It is part of the Business Improvement District drive and I’m not for it.”

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“Gateways are unnecessary for some towns. Why does Kawau Island need further signage? You know when you are going to Kawau.” However, member Phelan Pirrie said the project would pay for itself. “We are trying to attract people to the area and grow the economy. At the moment, towns are not themed and there’s no particular way of differentiating them, but they all have things that make them unique which could be a selling point. We are putting in a little bit of money to create a theme that will help them economically. It’s peanuts.” Deputy chair Steven Garner said Matakana had no problem attracting tourists without a gateway feature, but Phelan said Matakana had $400,000 toilets, which did the job. The Board will approach Council to enter a partnership to fund a gateway entrance to Te Hana, as the northern entrance to the Super City. A Council staff member will be based in Wellsford and Te Hana to help develop initiatives in the region, which could include the gateway project. However, John remained sceptical. “If we leave it to a regional force, it’s never going to happen.”

Representing Rodney in Auckland, both as your ward councillor and chair of the Finance and Performance Committee, is an honour and a privilege. It gives me an ability to provide a strong voice for Rodney at the head of the Council table plus ensuring the financial management of Auckland Council as a whole is under control while we continue to invest in our future. It also means that I can tell you that some of the scaremongering in the press lately is without foundation. To suggest, as happened in the last issue (Viewpoint, MM August 13) that “the axe is being lowered and Rodney is getting cut out” as part of the current 11-month Long Term Plan process, is nonsense. Rodney’s rate increases on average are among the lowest in Auckland especially for farms and townships. I acknowledge that coastal properties, because of their capital value, are an issue. However, we are hoping to address that. For businesses, rates will fall on average as there is a gradual reduction in their differential. Under the Auckland legislation, the Mayor presents his proposal for the Long Term Plan, setting the Council direction for spending priorities over the next decade. The detail of that budget will not be known until it has been debated and discussed with all Aucklanders over the coming months. The Council will continue to balance its budget. Average rates increases will continue to stay low and around the rate of inflation. The Council is in great financial shape and will stay that way. Only 12 per cent of our income goes to debt. Compare that to your average family mortgage and we have investors clamouring to be part of the growing city. The Council continues to invest around $3 billion a year across Auckland, including Rodney. The CCO Watercare has spent over $65 million in Rodney in the past three years upgrading plants and getting them to compliant standard. We have suffered from under investment for decades – that had to stop. We can’t do everything, but what we are doing is making sure your money stretches further. And we will not cut essential services in Rodney. I know there is stuff we can do better in this part of Auckland. I continue to advocate that we must deliver better services. It is not easy but one thing is for sure – the axe is not falling and Rodney is not being cut out.

Local alcohol policy hearings begin Hearings on when, where and how alcohol should be sold across the region have begun. The Auckland Council received 2688 written submissions on the draft Local Alcohol Policy (LAP), with more than 400 requesting to speak. Wellsford was identified as a priority area in the draft policy. Priority areas apply to places with a high level of alcohol related crime and/or a large number of liquor outlets. The draft policy proposes a two-year freeze on off-licenses in the area. It comes after the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012 gave councils

the ability to develop LAPs. The Auckland Council draft LAP aims to balance the social impacts of alcohol with Aucklanders being able to enjoy a drink responsibly. The hearings panel is chaired by Cr Bill Cashmore. During public deliberations in September, the panel will consider the submissions and make recommendations to council, which will adopt the provisional policy in October or November this year. It is then open to appeals from submitters on the draft policy and depending on how long that process takes, the final LAP is not expected to be in place until 2015.

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Abandoned chickens stretch resources Fundraisers for Dozens of chickens and roosters are being dumped in Rodney parks and on roadsides, filling animal rescue centres in Mahurangi to capacity. Warkworth resident and former veterinary nurse, Jill Guillemin, has been feeding more than 20 chickens, which were abandoned near Falls Road a year ago. One rooster was suffering from a diseased foot and Jill believes dogs had attacked the birds. She has re-housed 17 chickens, but is struggling to find homes for the remaining three. “A neighbour has re-homed 40 abandoned birds, but can’t take any more,” she says. “People think they are doing the right thing by releasing birds they can’t house, but it’s cruel. Chickens need worming and get lice. They need to be looked after. Some of them were just skin and bone when I found them.” Jill contacted Auckland Council but their only assistance was to provide a bag of grain. Meanwhile, some animals are not only abandoned, but are also subject to cruelty. A rooster found at the Matakana Wharf, which was taken to the Matakana animal rescue centre The Sanctuary, had a burned tail and wax on its behind. “It was in a bad way,” Sanctuary coowner Michael Dixon says. The rooster has since been re-homed, but Michael says finding a place for poultry is an ongoing struggle. “We get about three or four calls a week to re-home unwanted roosters, but there are just too many.” Arborfield Sanctuary, near Wellsford, has taken unwanted roosters for two years and co-owner Robyn Rae says they have reached capacity. “We have 65 roosters at present,” Robyn says. “The food for half of the roosters is sponsored by donors, but we still can’t make ends meet. We need more people, who have land or own a farm, to offer them a home. They are

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No need to dump on Sandspit Open Letter in response to Jon Nicholson of the Marina Society

Sandspit SOS wishes to clarify a number of misconceptions arising from Jon Nicholson’s letter to the Mahurangi Matters (30 July 2014), regarding the use of dredged spoil on the spit at Sandspit. 1. Mr Nicholson states that the Marina Committee and Yacht Club now have no direct involvement in the marina construction. Yet according to the Contract Management Structure, provided in the Construction Management Plan, the Sandspit Marina Society is the Principal. It is also listed as scheme issuer and issuer of berth licences, and as consent holder is responsible for all conditions of consent. The Yacht Club is also bound to the land-based consent conditions. Perhaps Mr Nicholson can explain why the Marina Society is suddenly seeking to distance itself from the construction of its own marina. 2. He claims that disposing dredged spoil on the Spit would provide “no financial or operational advantage to the Yacht Club or the Marina Society.” Is he genuinely unaware of a 2007 feasibility study, commissioned by the Yacht Club? That study clearly states that: “The viability of the (marina) project depends on finding an economical solution to the disposal of dredgings,” and that disposing the waste at sea, beyond the 12 mile limit, “will be the most expensive option.” For every barge load of spoil that does not depart the estuary, the Marina Society or their contractor will make significant savings. Offshore dumping costs are estimated at $5-6 million. So, will the hefty cost savings from local dumping become windfall profits for Hopper Construction Ltd if the proposal to dump on the Spit is accepted by Council? 3. In referring to apparent damage caused to the Spit by storm and sea inundation, Mr Nicholson says, “No-one seems to be arguing that these problems aren’t an issue.” Strange that Mr Nicholson has not referenced the comprehensive 20-page Tonkin and Taylor report, commissioned by the Rodney Local Board in July 2012, at ratepayers’ expense, following an approach by the Marina Society to use their dredgings at Sandspit. The suggestion of dumping spoil on the spit was also supported by the Sandspit Residents and Ratepayers Association Committee (SRRA). The Sandspit community, however, was not consulted, despite the importance of the matter.

that the matter be urgently revisited. A second approach to Auckland Transport was again met with a negative response. If dumping on the spit represents no benefit to the Marina Society or to Hoppers, perhaps Mr Nicholson can explain why the SRRA Chairman made a further attempt to secure support for the idea in May of this year – this time via a letter to the Chief Executive of Auckland Council. Furthermore if this is such a pressing issue why has no attempt been made to canvass the views of residents, or engage them in consultation? 4. Mr Nicholson stresses that “this work can be done as remedial road work”. Incorrect. In replying to the SRRA Chairman’s December letter, the Chief Executive of Auckland Transport dismissed that suggestion. 5. Mr Nicholson insists that the spoil will be offered free of charge, as though Council and ratepayers should be thankful for such generosity. But why should ratepayers throughout Rodney fund expensive engineering work to raise the spit against occasional inundation when so many roads throughout the district demand far more urgent action? In all their attempts to secure leverage for their ideas to raise or extend the spit, not once have the Marina Society or the SRRA Committee presented supporting drawings, calculations or the real cost to the ratepayer of their vague proposals. Rodney ratepayers may question why Mr Nicholson and the (then) SRRA Chairman are so vociferously championing this plan if there is no benefit to the Marina Society, or Hoppers, and if coastal engineering experts commissioned by Auckland Council have concluded that the spit requires no additional futureproofing. Perhaps they are facing the reality of the marina feasibility study, which clearly stated, “Disposal at Sea - This option is most unlikely to be viable given the estimated quantity of dredged material required to be disposed of.”

Although the ensuing report stated that the Spit is vulnerable to inundation from extreme coastal events, like the storm of January 2011, it placed the average recurrence interval of such events at 88 years. It concluded that “if the rock revetment wall is adequately maintained and upgraded as required the shoreline position is likely to stay as it currently is”. Another approach to the Board, by the SRRA Chairman (who was also salesperson for the marina society), accompanied by a Hoppers’ representative was made in December last year asking

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Mixed response to Local Board open workshop discussions The move to open Local Board workshops, currently held in confidence, to the general public and media, has received a decisive thumb’s down in Hibiscus & Bays but a far more positive response in Rodney. Workshops, which include briefings by Council staff and the circulation of information relevant to decision making, are held almost weekly. No proper 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 the criteria for confidentiality to be discussed out of the public eye. The suggestion that open workshops be introduced was debated and 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 the constraints it may place on full and frank discussions with Council staff. Two other local board members –

Lovisa Rasmussen and David Cooper – supported the move, but it was voted down, 5–3. However, an amendment that allows a more comprehensive record of workshops to be kept and made public, was agreed to. Mr Sayers’ disappointment at the failure to have the Hibiscus & Bays Local Board workshops opened to the

public has been lessened somewhat by signs of success in Rodney. Mr Sayers says that the Rodney Local Board members have agreed in principle to work towards a structure that allows far more transparency and public input. The suggested structure will see workshops replaced with Committees with delegated decision-making powers,

which will be open to the public. He says this also works from the pointof-view of efficiency, replacing around 18 portfolio meetings with just four Committee meetings. The mechanics of the change are currently being worked through, and the new structure will also have to be approved formally at a Rodney Local Board meeting – possibly next month.

Montessori preschoolers take small steps for Cure Kids Small Steps Montessori Preschool in Matakana has raised $348 for Cure Kids. The children held a ‘Dress in Red ‘ day and a disco and baked dozens of Red Nose Day cookies, made from shortbread and jaffas, on August 22. The local businesses and public gave generously, including Matakana Four Square who donated the ingredients for the shortbread. Montessori teacher Jude Collings says it is important to foster a sense of community by helping out those more in need. “Our children are incredibly caring. Many children gave up their own pocket money to help Cure Kids. They were so proud that they were able to contribute to helping make kids better,” she says. Their fundraising effort comes after Small Steps held an Open afternoon for family on August 14 where the children sang and showed their

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New Wellsford officer-in-charge marked for adventure Sergeant Geoff Medland helped setup a United Nations deployment during the uprisings in East Timor in 2006, worked on Pitcairn Island for 18 months and plans on sailing around the world solo one day. But for now, he has returned to Rodney to work as officer-in-charge at Wellsford Police Station. Geoff grew up in Auckland and joined the army at 18 in search of adventure. He became part of the airborne division and had a stint in Hawaii, rappelling from helicopters as part of a training exchange with the US. “During the Cold War, New Zealand had a greater focus on its a combat role,” Geoff says. “It was an exciting time.” After six years in the army, he worked in Auckland as a professional fireman before becoming a policeman. While based at the Mangawhai station, he applied to serve a term in East Timor, helping to establish a police presence. For the first three months, he was in charge of an 18-man international police team, working in one of the most dangerous areas of the country. “The local police left the area after the government collapsed and the army was running around killing people. Some gangs in the area had about 30,000 members and were trying to take over villages. People were getting murdered on a daily basis. There were times I thought it was my last day on

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She spoke about ANZAC horses in WWI and her experiences as a volunteer in animal welfare. She will progress to the district final in mid-October in Te Atatu. The district stretches from the Coromandel Peninsula to Cape Reinga, and includes Samoa, American Samoa, Fiji and Tonga. This year’s judges were Rodney National MP Mark Mitchell, local Toastmasters president Murray Chapman and Warkworth planning consultant Bernadette O’Connor. Kowhai Coast Youth Trust sponsored the day and the prizes were presented by founder Ian Fergusson. The Lions Young Ambassador Contest was first organised in 1974 as the Lions Youth Award. Other entrants this year were Rodney College student Bronson Young, Mahurangi College students Findlay Buchanan and Alana Hathaway, and International College student Helan Sun.

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

Many of the young men from the Mahurangi district served in the 3rd Auckland and 11th North Auckland Mounted Rifles, which formed part of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force during World War I. At full strength, the Auckland Mounted Rifles (AMR) had 26 officers and 523 other ranks. The regiment had 608 horses – 528 riding horses, 74 draught horses and six pack horses. It consisted of a headquarters staff, a machine-gun section and three squadrons. A squadron had a total strength of 158, divided between a headquarters and four troops, and each troop was made up of eight fourman sections. Sections were tight-knit units; each man had a defined role, both in battle and in camp. After training in Egypt, the AMR fought in the Gallipoli campaign from May to December 1915. The regiment then spent another four months in Egypt before taking part in the Sinai campaign of 1916 and the Palestine campaign of 1917/18. After the armistice with the Ottoman Turks in October 1918, the AMR remained in Palestine until March 1919, when it was sent back to Egypt to help suppress nationalist riots. The regiment disbanded in June, when most of its officers and men embarked on the troop transport Ulimaroa for the return voyage to New Zealand.

September 1914 1 Government announces the formation

of a Maori Contingent of 200 men for service with the NZEF. This is expanded to 500 at the suggestion of the British War Office. Lord Kitchener visits France to confer with the British Commander-in-Chief. 2 French Government transferred from Paris to Bordeaux 3HMS Speedy sunk by mine off the Humber. 5 German forces reach Claye, 10 miles from Paris (nearest point reached during the war). First British warship HMS Pathfinder sunk by submarine in the North Sea German forces cross frontier of North Rhodesia. Defence of Abercorn begins 8 General Sir John Maxwell takes over command of British forces in Egypt 11 Australian Expeditionary Force lands on the Bismarck Archipelago (German New Guinea) 15 Rebellion in South Africa begins 17 German New Guinea and surrounding Colonies capitulate to Australian Expeditionary Force 18 General von Hindenburg appointed Commander-in-Chief of German Armies in Eastern Theatre 19 First bombardment of Reims Cathedral by German artillery

20 HMS Pegasus sunk by German light cruiser Königsberg at Zanzibar 22 Auckland Mounted Rifles embark from Queen’s Wharf in Auckland. Most men join the Auckland Infantry Battalion on HMNZT Waimana; the rest board HMNZT Star of India. 23 The Waimana and Star of India leave Auckland Harbour in the evening and sail north. 24 The vessels carrying the AMR re-enter Auckland Harbour. The sailing of the Main Body of the NZEF was delayed because the convoy lacked a sufficiently strong escort to fight off German cruisers known to be in the Pacific. 27 Siege of Antwerp begins The AMR disembarks at Auckland. Two squadrons resume training at Otahuhu, while the third is based at Takapuna. 28 Distinctive markings on German aircraft first reported.

We acknowledge the following sources: New Zealand History Online, Auckland War Museum Cenotaph Database and Papers Past websites.


College rugby teams head to Gold Coast Two rugby teams from Mahurangi College are heading to the Gold Coast next year to play in an international rugby carnival. An Under 18s and an Under 16s team will represent the school in the weeklong carnival in July, where teams from 50 countries will play. College assistant principal and tour leader Hugo Vaughan says the 45 players are already busy fundraising for the event and are offering their labour to the community. “If anyone wants gardening, lawn mowing or wood chopping done, then please get in touch with Mahurangi College and we can arrange a student to work to raise money for the trip,” he says. Ahuroa is also holding a Spring Ball at the Ahuroa Community Hall on September 6, to raise money for two of the players. Local rock band, The Damage, will be performing. The ball starts at 7.30pm. Tickets $30. Cash bar open. Info:

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A Takapuna home, by Red Beach-based Bonham Builders and Management, won The Supreme House of the Year

Rodney builders bag regional house awards Rodney homes and builders have been recognised as Auckland’s finest in the latest Registered Master Builders House of the Year awards. Homes from Silverdale to Omaha, ranging from under $250,000 to more than $2 million, featured in the Auckland and Northland finals, with five picking up Gold awards. Warkworth-based company Brackenridge Builders received two Gold awards for new homes more than $2 million, in Omaha and Point Wells. Another home in Omaha, by Steve

Haycock Construction, won a gold award for new homes in the $1-2 million category. The House Company picked up Gold in the $450,000 to $600,000 category for a home in Arkles Bay and a Silver award for a Snells Beach property under $250,000. The Supreme House of the Year went to Red Beach-based Bonham Builders and Management, for a home in Takapuna described by the judges as meticulously designed and built. “This house is to die for. A builder of superb skill has made the dream come

true for these very lucky homeowners.” The home also took out six regional awards, three lifestyle awards and a Gold Category win for the Westpac New Homes over $2 million. The homes are among 28 Gold winners from Auckland to Northland that will go on to the national gold reserve finals this month. The Gold award is given to homes considered to be at least 80 per cent above industry standard. They are judged on workmanship and design, functionality and style.

Home sellers are still expecting near record prices for their homes, according to figures released by, the website with New Zealand’s largest number of homes for sale. The national average asking price is $488,711, only 0.4% lower than the all-time record achieved in June. The total number of homes for sale on this July was 39,906. This is about 3500 more than in July 2013. “The number of listings should be seen as indicative of the usual seasonal cycle,” marketing manager Paul McKenzie says. “Every year, we see a surge in the number of properties in the market when spring comes around, and there is every reason to expect that the same will happen in August and September this year.”

Market in winter mode The Real Estate Institute of New Zealand (REINZ) says the market is firmly in winter mode with low levels of listings and activity muted across the country. On a 12-month basis sales volumes are down 13 per cent and the national median price is up 8 per cent on July 2013. REINZ chief executive Helen O’Sullivan says the sales volumes picked up a little in July compared to last month, at 2.3 per cent, which was in line with the normal seasonal pattern. “Rising interest rates and the forthcoming election are probably also influencing buyer behaviour.”

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Collaboration key to creating gold Collaboration and consistency is the key to creating award-winning homes, say the team at Brackenridge Builders. The Warkworth-based company has picked up two Gold awards for new homes over $2 million, in Omaha and Point Wells, at the Master Builders 2014 House of the Year regionals. Director Steve Brackenridge says all of the crew, sub-traders, specialists and suppliers who worked on them buy into the desire to produce high quality homes. The Omaha waterfront house, designed by local architect Grant Neill, was the second home designed and built by the same team for the same owner. Clare Brackenridge says collaboration and consistency is key. “We’ve had guys working on our sites that have been with us for years. We try to keep some cohesion so everyone knows we have high expectations before we start,” Clare says. The Omaha home was designed to be maintenance free and durable for the owner, who lives in Auckland. It came with heat pumps, under-floor heating, automated blinds, motorised windows, and a gas fireplace. Features include an underground wine cellar, hydraulic car lifter, no trims, a stainless steel staircase, curved interior walls, glass and doors. The Point Wells house, which boarders the estuary, was based on a home the owners liked in Wanaka, so the Brackenridge team were flown down to get an idea for the style and finish. Steve describes the home as solid, comfortable and spacious. “It’s a beautiful home.” He says the standard of workmanship was particularly high, and included difficult angles in the ceilings, which created a stunning effect. “With all of our homes quality is the most important thing. We enjoy challenging and interesting projects.”

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Leigh commercial landscape changes Businesses beef up on research

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Nine Mahurangi businesses have received nearly $32,000 in research and development training subsidies from the Government this year. The businesses received capability development vouchers, which can be used as partial payment towards training and capability development such as business planning, finance and marketing. The funds come from New Zealand Trade and Enterprise, the government’s international business development agency and are distributed in coordination with Auckland Council organisation, Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED). The vouchers were distributed to the following businesses: AB Axis Company, $5000; Boohoo Box, $1650; Glass Shape, $5000; GymGuru, $3500; LD, EJ, MR, BJ & TS Brodie Partnership, $4950; Little Tree Homes, $1650; Lothlorien Winery, $3800; Underwater Promotions, $4925; Warkworth Lodge & Warkworth Tours (trading as Matakana Styles), $1075.

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closed the past month but will reopen this month with a new café. New owner Kwinten De Vos says he will open a fish and chip shop if one doesn’t open in Leigh before December. He is also applying for a liquor licence and plans to open seven days, including late nights in summer. Kwinten has worked at Sea Friend for three years and plans to work with the Goat Island Marine Discovery Centre to offer lectures and courses for school tours, rather than running courses from Sea Friends. But the centre will still run snorkel tours and gear hire.




the double-storey building beside the store, is expected to open by Christmas. Property owner Peter Scott says he has been trying unsuccessfully to fill the commercial building on Hauraki Road for a while. He has now decided to set up the bar himself, in conjunction with Lion Breweries. “We hope to provide a place for people to meet, play pool, watch sport, enjoy some quality bar food and a drink,” Peter says. Sea Friends, near Goat Island, is also undergoing a make-over under new ownership for the first time since it opened 22 years ago. It has been




The future of the iconic Leigh fish and chip shop is uncertain, as the commercial landscape of the village enters a period of change. Leigh café and conservation centre Sea Friends is under new ownership, a new bar is expected to open beside the dairy by Christmas, and the Sawmill Brewery is looking to move from its current premises (see story pg 40). Leigh Fish and chip shop building owner Sandy Fisher says the building is being renovated in the hope of securing a new tenant by Christmas. Sandy has owned the building for 12 years, but says it has been a fish and chip shop for at least 40 years. “We would love it to stay as a chip shop or a cafe. There’s a lack of places to eat in Leigh, but we’ve got to look at our options.” About four people have shown interest in renting the building, with three looking to open an eatery. If a tenant isn’t secured, Sandy says she will look at renting the apartment above the shop separately while she investigates other options to fill the ground floor. The building has gone through four different tenants over the past 12 years with businesses finding the going tough over winter, she says. The number of empty commercial buildings in the town had given the area a bad look. Meanwhile, a new sports bar, in



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Life membership for surf patron Mangawhai Heads Volunteer Lifeguard Service has recognised club Patron Marie Flavell for her ongoing service. At the annual meeting held on August 17, Marie was given an honorary Life Membership. Marie has been the cornerstone of the club’s culture for more than two decades, with three generations of her family coming through the junior surf and lifeguard ranks at the club. She was also awarded a 50 year badge from Surf Life Saving New Zealand. Also recognised at the awards ceremony was the contribution of four of the five club “Originals” – Rob Haworth(Hub), Dave Chisholm (Haggis), Warrick Orr (Wack) and Jim Chisholm – who were awarded honorary Life Memberships. Member Gordon Finlayson said the four represented the original lifeguards

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New classrooms meet Snells Beach growth Snells Beach School unveiled two new classrooms this month to accommodate a growing roll as more people move to the area. The school roll has nearly doubled since it opened in 2009, going from 123 pupils to 226. Principal Jill Corkin says the school has been growing steadily, but there has been a recent pick-up in enrolments. “I don’t think it will be another five years before we need a new building,” Jill says. The school now has 12 classrooms, which can accommodate up to 300 pupils. It has room for further eight classrooms in the future, as it was designed for growth, with foundations for 20 buildings laid when the school was built. There was concern the new classrooms wouldn’t be built in the same woodfronted style of the rest of the school, but Jill says the final result is fantastic. “We didn’t want to just have relocatable classrooms trucked in.” The classrooms are split into multiple areas with quiet places for teachers to work with small groups, so teachers are better able to cater for different pupils needs. The pupils helped choose the colour scheme and furniture for the rooms and named the rooms Totara and Ruru, the Maori name for morepork. Rodney MP Mark Mitchell cut the

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A road in Wellsford is being named to commemorate the 100th anniversary of WWI and honour returned service men and women. The road which links Port Albert Road (SH16) and Worker Road Memorial Lane has been unnamed since it was constructed about three years ago, but will now be called Memorial Lane. In 2012, the Board declined the proposed name Central Link Drive, requesting greater community consultation to find a name with significance to Wellsford. Following consultation and agreement with the local community, member James Colville put forward the name Memorial Lane. “The road is just near the RSA and war memorial. With the 100th anniversary of the beginning of WWI, we thought it would be fitting,” James said. James hopes that flowers will be planted along the Lane, to strengthen the theme. The Rodney Local Board accepted the name at its August business meeting.

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Whangaripo olive oil wins gold on international stage Whangaripo Valley olive oil company, Virtuo, has won two gold medals and a Best of Class at an international extra virgin olive oil competition in Los Angeles. The company’s mild oil won a gold, scoring over 85 points in the Southern Hemisphere competition, while their medium oil won gold and best of class. Virtuo co-owner Margaret Legh has been running The Olive Place, one of the largest oil processing facilities north of Auckland, for the last seven years. The company does contract pressings from groves as far afield as Whakatane, processing around 100 tons of olives from about 40 clients, including olives from the Matakana Olive Co-op. Margaret only established her own oil brand last year but it quickly rose to notoriety, taking out Best in Show and three gold medals at the 2013 New Zealand Oliveti Awards and Gold, Best in Class and two silvers at the Olives New Zealand Awards. The secret to good oil starts in the soil, Margaret says. “It needs to be free draining and north facing. The trees don’t like soggy feet.” There is also a fine science, taking soil samples and adding nutrients to boost any deficiencies down to the teaspoon per hectare. The equipment also plays a part and the press, imported from Italy, can process 500kg of fruit per hour. But it still comes down to the fruit in the end, she says.

Virtuo olive oil co-owner, Margaret Legh.

“You can make bad oil from good fruit, but no matter what you do, you can’t make good oil from bad fruit.” Blending different varieties is also important. The Whangaripo grove was planted with 630 trees of 10 different varieties, each with a distinct flavour.

Alcohol consumption declining There were 289 million litres of beer available for consumption in NZ last year, according to Stats NZ, equating to about 875.6 million 330ml bottles of beer. This is up nine million litres on 2012, but still well below beer’s former popularity, which has been declining both in volume and proportion of total alcohol available, for decades. In 1996, beer made up 81 per cent of alcoholic

beverages available, but that declined to 62 per cent in 2013 as both wine and spirits availability increased. While total litres of beer consumed declined from 400 million litres in 1984 to 305 million litres in 2000, where it hovered for a decade, before declining to 280 million litres in 2012. The total litres of alcohol consumed per person over 18 years old also declined over the same period.

Margaret says New Zealand is making its name on the international olive oil stage, with Waiheke oils picking up a further four gold medals in the L.A competition this year, beating Australia on the medal table. New Zealand has some of the strictest regulations in the world to guide what can be called “extra virgin”. However the oils struggle to compete with the massproduced oils in Australia. “We can’t make it for the price they are selling it at.” New Zealand has a lot of small-scale hobby producers, which often aren’t that cost-effective. Margaret believes producers need to band together more to share resources of marketing, packaging and pressing, and take advantage of economies of scale. “That’s why under Virtuo we buy in about 30 tonne of olives from other groves to sell under our own brand. You need to produce high volumes to make it worth it.” The oil is available in the exclusive fine-food retailers Sabato in Auckland, Warkworth New World and the Matakana Four Square. The company has also been doing community pressings, incorporating batches as low as nine kilograms from local groves, and donating free processing for a Ruakaka School project pressing. “The school had all 234 pupils involved with the project to harvest the olives, and to market the oils.”

Little change to Rodney ethnicity The proportion of Maori in Rodney remains unchanged since 2006, according to the 2013 census. In district’s population is recorded as 91 per cent European, 10 per cent Maori, two per cent Pacific and two per cent Asian. In New Zealand as a whole, 74 per cent stated they were European, 15 per cent Maori, 7.5 per cent Pacific and 12 per cent Asian.


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Campervans mooted for Parry Kauri Park Allowing campervans to stay overnight at Parry Kauri Park was mooted at a Rodney Local Board meeting last month. Warkworth Museum committee member Ian Ferguson told the Board there was currently nowhere for selfcontained campervans to stay in Warkworth and it could be a boost to tourism in the area. “We don’t expect a lot of people, but we are hoping if they stay overnight they may stay an extra day or so and see more of the area,” Ian said. Ian said he envisioned it would be free to stay in the Council-owned park and said it would have little impact on the park and wouldn’t cost ratepayers. “They don’t need any facilities, except somewhere to park safely. There are already parking spaces there and security patrols are run every night at closing time.” The security guard would make sure only self-contained campervans were parked at the site before locking up for the night. The Council also regularly removes rubbish from the park, so it was unlikely there would be extra costs for waste collection. The park could continue to close between 7pm and 7am, with campers locked in for the night, and security staff on call to let people out in an emergency. The park is already a tourist attraction in the area, with two 800-year-old kauri trees and a walkway through a

Stakeholders in Parry Kauri Park believe self-contained campervans should be allowed to stay in the park overnight.

regenerating kauri forest with glowworms, but the move would see more people enjoy it, Ian said. “It would give visitors a really neat experience.” It was suggested camping be limited to members of the NZ Motor Caravan Association, which has rules of conduct and ensures members have self-contained vehicles. The association supplied a letter to Council supporting the proposal. The Kauri and Native Bushmen’s Association, which maintained and developed the park, was behind the idea.

Board member Greg Sayers said it was a no-brainer. “I hope the Board gets behind this. There appear to be many upsides and few downsides.” Member Steven Garner said the move might have security benefits for the area. “They’ve recently allowed campervans to stay overnight at the waterfront at Snells Beach and it’s turned out fantastically. It’s provided a counter measure to vandalism as kids don’t go there to drink and light fires if there are people there.”

Farm sales reflect winter slowdown Data released by the Real Estate Institute of NZ (REINZ) shows there were 74 more farm sales for the three months ended July 2014 than for the three months ended July 2013. There were 1923 farms sold in the year to July 2014, 25.2 per cent more than were sold in the year to July 2013. Overall, there were 512 farm sales in the three months to end of July 2014, compared to 544 farm sales for the three months ended June 2014. The median price per hectare for all farms sold in the three months to July 2014 was $26,680 compared to $20,667 recorded for three months ended July 2013 (up 29.1 per cent). The median price per hectare rose 2.6 per cent compared to June. The REINZ All Farm Price Index fell 5.7 per cent in the three months to July compared to the three months to June, moving from 3405.7 to 3212.9. Compared to July 2013 the REINZ All Farm Price Index rose by 8.8 per cent. “While annual statistics confirm a solid increase in volumes and prices over the past 12 months, three monthly figures to the end of July indicate an easing in both volumes and prices,” says REINZ rural spokesman Brian Peacocke. Grazing properties accounted for the largest number of sales with 43.9 per cent share of all sales over the three months to July, finishing properties were 20.5 per cent, dairy properties were 9.2 per cent and horticulture properties accounted for 10.9 per cent of all sales.

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Church bell tower restored After 135 years, the bell tower atop Mahurangi Presbyterian Church, in Warkworth, is getting a $9400 upgrade, thanks to a grant from Auckland Council. Parish manager Roger Mackay says the Category 2 heritage building was inspected last year in an initial earthquake strengthening assessment and the spire was identified as a risk. “It was starting to rust and showing signs of wear and tear,” Roger says. The spire is an original feature of the church and it is the first time significant work has been done on it. The work involves replacing the weatherboards, but the original kauri framework will be retained.

Roger says that although there were no hidden messages left inside the spire, they did find a half-crown and a lot of abandoned bird nests. He says the church is filling up on Sundays and has reached capacity, with about 240 people in regular attendance over two services. “There isn’t room to expand, but we are looking at other options to accommodate the upswing in attendance, but it’s difficult to find suitable land in Warkworth.” The grant for the renovations came from the Council Heritage Building fund and is expected to cover about half of the renovation costs.

The bell was originally recovered from a shipwreck in the 1860s and was installed in the Mahurangi Heads Presbyterian Church. However, the church was demolished after being damaged by Cyclone Bola in 1988 and the bell was stored at the Warkworth Museum. But 15 years ago the bell was installed in the Warkworth tower as its original, larger bell was deemed a safety risk. The original Warkworth bell is now stored at Warkworth Museum. Mahurangi Presbyterian parish manager Roger Mackay says it might be 100 years before anyone gets to enjoy the view from the church bell tower again.


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Vintage car enthusiasts warm up for national rally in Rodney More than 200 classic car enthusiasts will roll into Mahurangi next year as the Warkworth Wellsford Vintage Car Club hosts the National North Island Rally for the first time. Usually about 100 vintage cars attend the event from around the North Island, but organisers are expecting a boost in numbers following the cancellation of the South Island Rally this year. The event is traditionally held on Easter Weekend, but will be held in Mahurangi from March 27 to 30 to avoid the holiday traffic. Club chairman Leon Salt says it is great to finally be able to host other

car enthusiasts in Mahurangi. “There are some great back-roads in the area for people to explore,” Leon says. The club wants to hear from accommodation providers so it can put together a brochure for those coming for the rally. There will be no formal car display, but the rally will start from Centennial Park in Wellsford, where the public will be able to see some of the best vintage vehicles in the North Island. The rally is only open to members of the Vintage Car Club of New Zealand. Accommodation providers can contact Leon Salt on 423 8122

Young speakers in Gallipoli More young speakers will get a chance to commemorate the centenary of Anzac Day in Gallipoli next year. All eight regional finalists of the 2015 ANZ RSA Cyril Bassett VC Speech Competition will join a group of 25 Youth Ambassadors from New Zealand. The national winner will also perform their speech at the official Anzac Day commemorations in Gallipoli. The competition aims to promote a deeper understanding and appreciation of the sacrifices made by those who have served New Zealand in armed conflicts overseas. Competition registrations for year 12 and 13 students open in the last school term of this year with regional finals planned for early February. Info:








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Borrowers beware Lately I have come across clients who have wanted to purchase their first home, but don’t have a deposit or they have just too much short-term debt. They all ask for advice on how to get to home ownership as fast as possible, so I thought over the next few editions, I would share some tips about budgeting, finance and how it all works. Banks and finance companies – friends or foe? Gone are the days of going cap in hand to the bank manager to ask for a loan. These days, anyone and everyone is offering to finance all manner of items, whether they can afford it or not. The common philosophy behind most sales people is to sell the finance not the product. Everywhere you look – television, internet, radio, newspapers, and malls – the advertising is designed to lure you to buy now and pay later. The problem is that it works well – New Zealanders love to spend. Traditional banks are, and always will be, the cheapest source of borrowing money for larger items such as houses, cars and anything over around the $2000 mark. For items under $2000, the norm seems to be finance companies or hire purchase. Banks and finance companies will always charge interest rates based on what the risk to them is if they need to get their money back. So, the higher the risk, the higher the interest rate. The interest rate is also determined by whether or not the lender has some form of security for the amount being borrowed. For example, if you own a house the bank has a mortgage over the house, which is considered a low risk. Therefore, you pay less interest. If, however, you borrow say $5000 from an appliance retailer, the interest rate is much higher as they have no security. Interest rates typical for various loans are as follows: House mortgage 6% to 8% per annum Car & personal loan 12% to 16% per annum Hire purchase 12% to 30%+ per annum Credit cards 12% to 24% per annum My rule of thumb for deciding what the best option for you is shop around and check all the interest costs for the type of loan you need. Stick to traditional banks where possible and use a mortgage broker for home loans because they have access to most lenders and will shop around to the best deal. With car finance, stick to specialist car lenders. Be careful of car dealer finance as often they get a commission or part of the interest. Ask the bank first. Stay away from small cash loan companies or private finance companies unless you really have too. Beware of insurance add-ons. They might not be necessary or you may already have cover elsewhere. Credit cards are generally the most expensive form of finance (they make the banks millions every year) and if you don’t need it chop it up! Beware of interest-free deals. Ask what the finance rate is and what all the associated costs/fees are.

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Judy Waters, Warkworth & District Museum

Main street fire damages deeds Early in the morning on July 28, 1931, fire destroyed a block of shops in the main street of Warkworth. With no means available to fight the flames, nothing could be done to save five business premises from total destruction. The buildings were occupied by Elliot and Holden solicitors, Rodney and Otamatea Times, H. Roper radio dealer and electrician, Azzy’s tobacconist, hairdresser and bootmaker, and H Stubbs butcher. The skipper of a launch making his way up the river was the first to notice the fire and raise the alarm. By the time spectators arrived flames were emerging from the printing office and Roper’s shop, and within a few minutes the solicitor’s premises were burning fiercely. The heat was so intense that paint blistered on the buildings across the road. Willing hands saved stock from Stubbs and Azzy’s before the strong winds spread the fire, with the butcher’s shop making a huge blaze. When the flames began to moderate, three safes could be seen red hot among the falling debris. A hose was run from the hotel to put water on the safes and Captain Reg Collins from the scow Jane Gifford brought a wire rope ashore to loop around each safe, enabling them to be pulled clear by a motor lorry. One safe from the solicitor’s office was opened and the contents – valuable documents and deeds – were found to be in good order save for some charring around the edges. More severe damage was viewed when the second safe was opened the following day. But for the prompt action and cooling, all of the papers could have been charred to uselessness. These fire-damaged deeds are now kept on the shelves of the museum archives department and are a constant source of interest to staff and visitors. The oldest documents are written on parchment and the names that can be deciphered are a ‘who’s who’ of colonial Warkworth. Some record land sales between John Anderson Brown and various purchasers, while others give details of the mortgage arrangements of early settlers. The deeds are more than a curiosity. The information they provide is valuable to researchers as it defines old boundaries and gives an exact location for properties, as well as the date of a sale or purchase. Some go further and include assets such as cows, listed by name, and whether the family owned a horse-drawn vehicle or a boat. The deeds are likely to be the only articles to survive that disastrous fire. For the business owners it was a catastrophe but the town ultimately benefitted as the replacement buildings, in line with new bylaws, were built of brick or fire resistant materials. Sources - Papers Past website and Warkworth Museum files

Warkworth’s Great Fire, July 1931.

Damaged documents and deeds salvaged from the fire.

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GENERAL election Guide September 20 Your guide to the candidates in this year’s general election

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The Candidates Rodney Eric Bolt,

Labour Party

Anton Heyns,


Beth Houlbrooke, ACT NZ

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 per cent 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 Election2014 *The candidates are presented in random order generated by a draw.

Malcolm McAll,

Green Party

Tracey Martin,

NZ First Party

Mark Mitchell,

National Party*

Northland Key Dates 3 September

Advance and overseas voting starts

19 September

Advance voting ends Last day to enrol for the election

20 September – Polling Day

Polling places open from 9am to 7pm Preliminary results released progressively from 7pm on

4 October

Official results declared

David Clendon,

Green Party

Craig Nelson,


Willow-Jean Prime, Labour Party Ken Rintoul,

Focus NZ

Murray Robertson, Independent Mike Sabin,

National Party*

Mel Taylor,


Glen Timms, Money Free Party David Wilson,

Democrats for Social Credit

* Sitting members




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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 he can listen to the electorate’s needs, understand the situation and be an advocate to present issues eloquently and effectively at a national level. “I can make somebody listen. I’ve got that ability and skill.” After 21 years specialising in criminal law, the Conservative policies on tougher penalties appealed to his natural sense of justice. “As a lawyer all I’m doing is presenting the other side of the story. I’m a cog in the wheel that provides justice. It’s for the same reason that I think laws are slack. It’s a two edged sword. There has to mercy in the exercise of justice, but there also has to be firmness.” While he has lived in Manly for eight years and is aware of local issues including roading, Penlink, affordable housing, and cutting down on red tape, he once again says he’s here to hear what the electorate needs and represent it. He supports building Penlink to reduce traffic as it affects productivity, the economy and “the way people feel by the time they get to work”. He says it’s important to consider social and economic impacts as the region grows, including more apartments to accommodate single people and small families to take pressure off the demand for land. Protecting large-scale sales of NZ land to foreign ownership is also important, to keep the control and income in New Zealand. Increasing the minimum wage is not the solution to reduce the gap between rich and poor, he says.

“This can have a direct negative effect putting pressure on employers who cannot afford it and therefore creating less jobs.” Instead, he supports with the Conservative policy of putting money in everyone’s pockets, by making income tax free for the first $20,000 and a flat tax after that. “It’s about more money in the pockets of individuals and businesses so they can develop and employ more people, so the economy can grow and in that way hopefully reduce the discrepancy. “The answer is not more laws. It’s about smaller government, less red tape and government spending less on unnecessary areas as a result, and getting rid of the Emissions Trading Scheme is one of the first things the Conservative Party would do. “We consider it unnecessarily burdensome.” Cutting red tape should be happening on a local level as well, and he says it shouldn’t be so difficult to put on local events. “It’s unnecessary and just makes life too hard for everybody.” Overall, Anton says Conservative policies appeal to his personal philosophy of an ordered and selfdisciplined life, government and society. “We have to protect our rights but on the other side of the coin, we have to respect others, in our work, in our play, in everything we do.” At a local level, he says he offers the people of Rodney the ability to listen, understand and empathise and to act decisively. “Injustice, waste, red tape, PC and inefficiency push my buttons. I have commonsense, I’m practical, 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 he combined his skills and interests to complete a Bachelor of Aviation Management, creating a crossover period in his career and time for the longtime Labour Party member to get involved at a deeper level. It was also the right timing with growing inequality, child poverty and too many wasted opportunities. While Rodney is considered a higher socio-economic area, Eric says lower income families and creeping poverty cannot be ignored. “People who can’t make ends meet have to make sacrifices and it ends up manifesting itself in healthcare and housing.” Local job opportunities, along with a decent wage and Labour policies of raising the minimum wage and free GP visits for children under 13, is a starting point. As the region grows, he says it’s important to keep diversity in mind, with mixed levels of housing and facilities for different incomes, ages and needs, to build stronger communities. “Some areas of Rodney were designed for temporary holiday accommodation, not long-term rental housing for families. Labour’s policy of ensuring every rental house is a warm dry house will help address avoidable health problems. “Supporting local economic growth, business and regional development is also important to avoid a cycle of disinvestment that affects the character of the area. “If we create a society that is completely dependent

on jobs in Auckland then there are less opportunities for lower income people to be involved in local employment.” Labour policies to help small businesses include apprenticeship schemes and ensuring more government procurement is first offered to New Zealand firms. For people travelling for work or business, transport costs and traffic delays are costing the local economy, and local networks and public transport need to be improved. He supports Penlink and the Hill Street upgrade but does not agree with spending $760 million on the Puhoi to Warkworth motorway extension. He says Labour is committed to immediately upgrading the existing highway from a safety point-of-view, but the rest of the money and time should be spent improving access into Warkworth and upgrading rural roads. “The inference that SH1 is a ‘holiday highway’ is really a misnomer. People tell me it’s not a holiday highway, it’s how we get to work.” Sensible planning, water quality, climate change and creating a sustainable low carbon economy are topics Eric could get stuck into. “In the long run, meeting that challenge is going to have a greater benefit to the economy than the short-term view that Emission Trading Schemes adversely affect profit.” With his aviation management degree and focus on environmental impacts, he knows a thing or two about creating carbon neutral businesses. It creates the same sense of zeal he demonstrates when talking about his favourite hobby, plane spotting, which he can be found indulging in on a Sunday afternoon when not on the campaign trail.

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, but he has taken this one step further with the decision to stand as the Green candidate for Rodney. Witnessing the impact of urban sprawl in Britain, where he grew up, was a starting point for Malcolm’s passion for the environment and his choice of architecture as a profession. He has been active in Green politics for more than 25 years and says it is as much about creating a fair, caring and sustainable society as it is about advocating for the environment. “The free market economy, starting in the mid1980s, widened the gap between rich and poor, to the detriment of the country. The focus should be on ‘waste not, and want less’, rather than growth at any cost. Growth must be sustainable. Plato said that if the difference between the top and bottom earners is more than a ratio of 1:4, trust breaks down. In NZ it must be 1000:1, and getting worse. That creates an unstable society. The political will to address poverty is vital, and policies such as free healthcare for those under 18 are a step in the right direction. Affordable solar energy will also improve things for low income earners. “The creation of a higher wage, higher output economy is a strong focus for the Greens. All the fastest growing industries are green tech, but we are not investing in that in NZ. Moving away from fossil fuels and into the next generation of solar energy will create jobs.” Topics that are raised by locals during the campaign include Auckland Council’s decision-making, urban planning, transport and roads. Malcolm supports the building of Penlink as a light rail connection with the City Rail Link and says the Roads of National Significance are not a priority. “The Greens would reprioritise the transport

budget, including dropping the Puhoi to Wellsford motorway in favour of bypasses for Warkworth and Wellsford to prevent bottlenecks. Investing in the northern rail link would also get more freight trucks off those roads.” Malcolm says he understands the frustration with Council; through his work in planning and building he comes up against this first-hand. “Council liability in the building sector needs to be reduced. Liability for issues with buildings used to fall to builders and architects, because they carry insurance. Now it’s often Council, which is so risk averse that they bury themselves in paperwork, adding cost to construction.” He says how growth occurs in urban Rodney is also a concern. He is in favour of denser development, as long as it is balanced with the protection of green space. “At present, growth is developer-led, which creates sprawl without sufficient infrastructure. Smarter planning would preserve green spaces while adopting denser housing in urban centres. Denser housing is part of Auckland Council’s plan, but rather than protecting green spaces, it sees them as potential housing areas. That attitude leads to poor planning decisions, such as the development of the golf course in Red Beach. It is all about the dollar value of land, not its environmental or community value.” Increasing stress on the nation’s waterways is also of concern to the Greens. “The minimum acceptable water quality for our lakes and rivers is swimable and pristine. We consider anything short of that demonstrates bad management and a lack of care. The Greens would give our most precious rivers protection similar to that given to National Parks and set robust standards that must be met. It will take a big effort on behalf of the community 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’ is the word on everyone’s lips, along with related concerns about the need for investment in infrastructure, particularly roads and schools. He says keeping that investment on track is an ongoing battle. “Northland MP Mark Sabin I lobbied very hard to ensure that investment in the Puhoi to Wellsford motorway was not pushed back and I am still working on getting the Penlink Road project delivered. Some very positive, strong pressure is being brought to bear. “We are absorbing a lot of growth in the area so I am undertaking a full review of every service area. That includes health, education, law and order and roading, so when the work is complete, we will have a clear idea of what investment we need to retain our quality of life. It will put Rodney in a strong position to secure that investment.” Mark says around 50 per cent of the issues raised with him by Rodney residents are Local Government matters but that does not stop him from getting involved. “I will not uncouple myself from local government issues and have built up a good working relationship with the Local Boards and Councillors. People expect their representatives to work together.” In northern Rodney, Mark says there is a lot of interest in the creation of Special Housing Areas, which he fully supports, as well as the effects of the Puhoi to Wellsford motorway on private properties, and the Hill Street intersection.

“I’m working with Penny Webster on re-designation of properties affected by the motorway, and investment to improve things at Hill Street.” He points to achievements such as improving traffic safety around schools with new lights and electronic Slow Down signs in Dairy Flat and Silverdale, and funding for a major upgrade of Warkworth School. With most schools on the Hibiscus Coast already at, or near, capacity, discussions about the building of a new college in Silverdale are underway. When it comes to environmental issues such as water quality and climate change that are a focus this election, Mark says National balances caring for the environment with taking care of the economy. The National government introduced standards for freshwater quality recently, setting minimum requirements for rivers and lakes so that the water is suitable for ecosystem and human health. Councils remain responsible for maintaining or improving water quality and Mark is confident that this will provide robust protection for waterways. “Our waterways are national treasures and all Kiwis are conservationists at heart. Every community has a vested interest in clean waterways, so if I would expect the local decision making to support that objective.” He says the government is committed to the Emissions Trading Scheme, which it sees as “an economically effective strategy” to address climate change. “New Zealand’s emissions are low and we don’t want to destroy our country’s competitive advantage by setting unrealistic targets. The objective is to make a fair and affordable contribution to global emission 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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NZ First deputy leader Tracey Martin says poverty they have a home to live in, and if not, then there and inequity are the biggest issues facing New should be a coordinated effort to get them housed.” Zealand. To help pay for some of these initiatives, New As the party’s education spokesperson, Tracey Zealand First would look at raising the top tax rate believes greater investment in education is vital to to nearer 38 per cent. lifting the living standards of New Zealand. There “I don’t think high income earners are paying their needs to be greater investment to make education fair share, and I’m in that tax bracket.” freely available to everyone, she says. One of the biggest challenges facing Rodney Tracey has been meeting with representatives from is coping with a rapidly growing population. every level of the education system and says a lack of More needs to be done to boost infrastructure. funding is a recurring concern. The government’s policy to reduce development “All of these organisations are hurting under contributions is moving in the wrong direction, National.” lumping infrastructure costs on existing ratepayers. Many playcentres are about to collapse because of There should also be stronger restrictions on the sale funding cuts, and the government has effectively of all property to non-New Zealanders, she says. privatised kindergartens, she says. “But there’s nothing wrong with immigration, as “We need to fund them to a level where they will long as it doesn’t work to create a low wage economy survive.” and make it more difficult for New Zealand citizens There also needs to be more done to assist the to find work.” employment and training opportunities for youth Tracey is supportive of the Penlink project, but says in areas disconnected from main centres, like her constituents haven’t raised the issue. Warkworth, she says. The achievement she is most proud of during her It is NZ First policy to introduce universal student first term was getting unanimous support for a allowances and a bonding system to incentivise members bill to enable grandparents and other students to stay in the country after they graduate. family members caring for children to access the “We need youth employment without debt.” same clothing allowance as foster parents. The bill To alleviate poverty, New Zealand First would will likely go to its second reading the next time sits. New Zealandreducing First Spokesperson for: remove GST from food, immediately the Parliament Communications & IT | Education | Research, Science & Technology costs faced by all New Zealanders. The biggest frustration has been watching Women’s Affairs | Youth Affairs backbench Tracey believes WINZ should play a greater Education role to and Select Committee: Science MPs tow the party line and not follow ensure beneficiaries have a basic standard of living their conscience on issues such as charter schools. with greater coordination Auckland with social agencies to Tracey believes climate change is an issue which Office: 31-119,toMilford Auckland but there needs to be cross assist low income earners. 157A Kitchener Road, PO Box needs be addressed, P 09 489 8336 | “I’ve been working with three homeless people in party support to set targets to reduce carbon Warkworth. Beneficiaries should be asked Parliament Office: whether emissions. 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, and removing regulations on the free market would allow businesses to thrive. Rodney is lucky with relatively low unemployment, but most young people leave the area in search of work, she says. ACT policies, such as dropping the company tax rate, from 28 per cent to 12.5 per cent by 2020, would immediately improve business bottom lines, enabling them to employ more staff and pay higher wages. “It’s the one policy which would have the greatest positive impact on New Zealand.” Housing affordability is another big issue for Rodney. Beth believes there is an artificial restriction on land supply, partly due to the Resource Management Act (RMA), which has been inflating house prices. The RMA is slowing down the development of land and pushes up the costs faced by developers, she says. “ACT would throw out the RMA and start again. It’s not enough to keep tweaking it.” ACT doesn’t believe placing restrictions on foreigners buying land or businesses is beneficial to New Zealand. “We are the pro-immigration, pro-foreign investment party. Foreign investors who purchase our farms and businesses are employing New Zealanders and paying taxes. The profits may go off shore, but we retain the investment.” But Beth is supportive of infrastructure projects

such as Penlink. Water quality issues have been making the headlines over the past year, but she believes the country is on the right track. “I think dairy farmers have been getting a bad wrap. We don’t have a dirty dairy industry. Most farmers want to work in a clean manner and we trust them to do that. If we impose fines and fees on dairy farmers, then the industry will become less competitive and we will lose business to countries that can produce milk at a lower cost.” Beth also believes the government should scrap the Emissions Trading Scheme. She believes it’s not the government’s role to reduce greenhouse emissions. “The consequences of climate change are not immediate enough or certain enough and New Zealand’s emissions are insignificant, internationally. Putting a tax on emissions will end up harming everyone, particularly those on low incomes.” Inequality has also been a much-debated issue since the last election, but Beth doesn’t see it as an issue. “We are concerned about those who are struggling, but to focus on the income gap is what we call ‘the politics of envy’. You don’t make the poor richer by making the rich poorer. If you take away peoples incentives to do better, then everyone will stop striving. The focus needs to be on addressing depravation by increasing economic growth.” ACT needs to win about 3.5 per cent of the vote to secure Beth a seat in Parliament. It is the second time she has stood as a candidate for Rodney, but she wants to be clear she is campaigning for the party vote, not the electorate vote.


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Northland MP Sabin in hot seat over Mangawhai rates A Meet the Candidates night in Wellsford last month descended into a shouting match as members of the audience rallied against Northland MP Mike Sabin on the government’s role in the Mangawhai rates furore. More than 100 people filled the Wellsford Community Centre on August 14 to hear Northland candidates from National, Labour, ACT, Conservatives, the Green Party and newly-formed rural party Focus New Zealand. The meeting in the safe National seat ran without incident, until Mr Sabin finished his pitch and the meeting was opened to questions from the floor. A Mangawhai resident said he faced loosing his house because of unpaid rates accrued from the rates strike. He asked Mr Sabin why the government intervened and passed legislation, which required outstanding rates to be paid back, before a court case determined the legality of Kaipara District Council’s actions. The Validation of Rates and Other Matters Act passed in December, just three months before the case was to be heard in court, removed the ability for a court to validate the rates strike. Mr Sabin said the situation was a ‘perfect storm’ of issues and said if the government had not passed the Act, it would have cost ratepayers more in

Northland electorate candidates had five minutes each to pitch policy before taking questions from a crowd of more than 100 people in Wellsford last month.

the long run. “Something had to be done to enable things to move forward,” he said. However, members of the audience continued to attack Mr Sabin over the decision and the meeting chair, Tony Sowden, closed the gathering when it descended into a shouting match. Before the Mangawhai debate, National’s Mr Sabin spoke about how

he had organised a summit with key stakeholders in Northland to create a plan to boost the economy at the start of his parliamentary term. Northland’s economy was now the fastest growing in New Zealand, he said. National had also undertaken a major reform of the Resource Management Act over the last three years and was encouraging oil and gas exploration in the area. Focus NZ candidate Ken Rintoul

was well-received with his message that rural areas were not getting the benefit from the tax they paid and more needed to be spent upgrading rural roads. The party was formed in Northland in February. Conservative Party candidate Mel Taylor advocated for binding referenda, tougher sentencing and a flatter tax, but seemed to falter while taking questions from the audience, turning to her husband to ask if she had answered correctly. ACT candidate Robin Grieve got some nods from the audience speaking about the need to “throw out the RMA and start again”. Whangarei Green candidate Paul Doherty stood in for sitting list MP David Clendon, who is the Green candidate for Northland. Paul was scant on detail while trying to answer questions related to the party’s policy on a carbon tax for dairy farmers. Labour candidate Willow-Jean Prime was forced to defend her party’s opposition to the Puhoi to Wellsford motorway. She said there were other priorities in Northland and she was concerned the cost of the highway would take funds from other projects in the region. The meeting was organised by Wellsford Promotions.

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From curtains to coffins ... 90 years service in Kaiwaka Four generations of Jaques boys have worked in the Kaiwaka Four Square, which is celebrating its 90th birthday this year. Frank Jaques started the store in 1925, when it provided everything for the rural community, from curtains to coffins. Much of the produce was sourced locally, and customers would often pay with a dozen eggs, or fruit from the garden. Frank was also the pioneer who brought ice cream to the district, which quickly became a hit. His five sons – Bill, Brian, Alan, Reg and Ken – and one daughter, Pam, were born in the family house just behind the store and grew up in the shop. “We knew everyone in the town, and everyone knew us. It was like one big family,” Brian says. Bill Jaques, the oldest son, worked in the store for nearly 50 years, starting in 1949 after finishing high school. “It was just after the war, and there weren’t a lot of workers around, so I came to help out.” But as the other brothers finished school they all donned an apron and set to work until retirement. Each brother took over a different department, from selling firearms, working the milk bar and petrol station, to sourcing produce. When Pam married the local baker she left

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Four generations of the Jaques family have worked in the store, pictured here in 1950.

the shop but continued to be involved supplying the bread to the store. The brothers also had a band together, called Jaques Band, which played at dances throughout the area. 
“When we started we would be playing every Friday and Saturday night,” Brian says. The old time dance band is still together and plays about three concerts a year. During the 1960s, supermarkets became more popular, and competition started springing up in surrounding towns. So in 1967 the brothers built a new store on the site and it became part

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reputation of The Sawmill as a venue for getting us to where we are. But we have to move on.” Two other Mahurangi brewers netted medals at the Brewers Guild Awards – Zeffer Cider and 8 Wired. Zeffer won gold for their Slap Ma Girdle cider and silver for their Zesty Citrus cider. Zeffer started out in Matakana, but has moved production to bigger premises in Silverdale. But the brewers, Hannah Bower and Sam Whitmore, are still based in Warkworth. The multi-award winning beer label, 8 Wired, will start production in Warkworth by the end of the year. Head brewer Soren Eriksen has been living in Warkworth for the past year and is establishing the label’s first brewery on Glenmore Drive. Until now, the beers have been brewed in Blenheim. In 2011, 8 Wired won the top prize of Champion NZ Brewery at the Brewers Guild Awards, while this year they picked up eight medals, including three golds and three silvers.

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The possum culling fundraiser will have a triple benefit.

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pet food, but because they’re hunted in the wild, we couldn’t guarantee the safety of the meat.” This year the school is fundraising for shade sails so pupils can play in the sandpit, out of the summer sun. Prize giving is on Sunday September 14 from 11am at the school. There are more than $5000 worth of prizes, with awards for most possums, most hand plucked fur, best team name and spot prizes. There will be a bouncy castle and slide, family activities, kids competitions, ice cream sundaes and a sausage sizzle at the prize giving. Registration is $10 for adults, children are free. Registration forms from the school, Paparoa Hotel, 100% Fergus Appliances Maungaturoto, or online at or email admin@ All pre-registrations by September 10 will go into a draw for a Holiday Weekend. Registrations close September 13.

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It might be the ultimate man cave, but for the owner it’s simply a place to put his collectable junk and chill out. Despite being infamous with locals and car clubs, Jamie prefers to keep his shed out of the public radar. Until now, as he prepares to hand over the keys and sell it along with the family property. While his shed has benches of old woodworking tools, there is no mistaking this is a ‘toy room’ rather


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An eclectic mix of motoring paraphernalia lines the walls of Jamie’s shed. from previous page

scarpering across the infield rack with his latest treasure. His memorabilia is often procured through ‘a box of beers’ and other collectables are gifted to him as a trusted caretaker. He says it’s not hoarding, it’s about saving treasures from the scrap metal heap, including the station control room from the original Warkworth Satellite Station. “I never intended for it to end up like this. I just had some memorabilia, collectable junk, maybe a bit of a sign fetish. I got a little bit carried away I suppose.” The shed was also partly built from recycled commercial material including castellated roll steel joist

beams, down shop gantry crane beams, and 16 tonne concrete panels. While there is a lot of ‘manliness’ going on in this man cave, it comes from a sensitive place of nostalgia. Jamie can recall a story about each ‘piece of junk’ in his shed, from his kids toys to his mother’s dental nurse veil. He enjoys it when older visitors reminisce, or younger generations learn something new. “It takes people back, it’s history, why throw it away.” He’ll be taking his most precious memorabilia, and cars, with him before he hands over the keys to the shed, and says he’s ready to pass the rest on to the ‘right person’ who can keep it going or put their own touch on the ultimate man cave.

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Dedicated ward for women Cutest baby comp funds Plunket Margaret Willougby knows first hand the difference a dedicated gynaecology, women’s inpatient ward at North Shore Hospital will make. The Health Link North board member was surprised when she found herself in a general ward after staying at the hospital for a small procedure two years ago. While the level of care was high, she says a private ward and specialist care will make a big difference. “It’s really about providing privacy and appropriate dignified care. “For people with more serious issues it can be a very personal and emotional experience. So having a dedicated caring team will be important.” The 15-bed ward will have a 30-member specialist gynaecological team providing integrated care alongside the maternity ward on level two. It is the first dedicated women’s ward built by the Waitemata DHB. It will include a separate Butterfly Suite, a private area for women and whanau experiencing stillbirth and for grieving families and for women with palliative care needs. Chief executive Dr Dale Bramley says it is needed to meet an increasing demand for gynaecology services as the population grows, and will provide support to women at what can be a vulnerable time. “The inclusion of the Butterfly Suite in the design is important because it provides a discreet space for staff

Margaret Willougby says the new ward will provide privacy and dignified care.

to have sensitive discussions with patients and whanau, and allows those who may have received difficult news to be together in privacy.” At an anticipated cost of $6.2 million the gynaecology ward will have a four bay assessment area, a procedure room allowing seamless care without moving patients around the hospital. It will include an isolation room, two single rooms, four double rooms and a four-bed room. The new ward will be built on what is currently an open roof area and space used for maternity clinics, with construction to begin in December. It will free up beds in other parts of the hospital, and is the latest development in a strategic plan to add 209 beds to Waitemata DHB’s capacity by 2026.

The search for the cutest baby in Mahurangi is on again as entries for the annual Warkworth Plunket Baby Photo Competition open. The event is one of the biggest fundraisers for the local Plunket branch and raised nearly $1400, from 77 entries, last year. There are three prize categories – most creative photo, most votes and cutest baby. For the second year, The Camera Shop will host the event. Meanwhile, support for the branch has picked up after being dormant for the past year. Committee volunteer Jodene Mildon says three mothers have volunteered to coordinate events and playgroups in the area, but more members would be welcome. The Committee has already established a new playgroup in Snells Beach, as well as coordinating playgroups in Warkworth, Wellsford and Matakana. Jodene thanked the 18 local businesses

who generously donated prizes for the photo competition. If you would like to volunteer or join a playgroup, contact Jodene Mildon on 027 647 7775. Entries for the photo competition close September 26 and cost $5, with all money going to Warkworth Plunket. The Camera Shop will print entered photos free-of-charge and give them to entrants after the competition. The competition is open to all children under five. To enter, take your camera, phone or USB into The Camera Shop or email photos to or apply online at Include names and ages of children and contact details. The public will vote for their favourite entries on display at Warkworth New World from September 29 to October 12. The winners will be displayed from October 13 to 19.

Call for young leaders Young women with a spirit for adventure and leadership are invited to apply for a chance to set sail for 10 days. The Zonta Club of Mangawhai is offering an award for the Youth Development Voyage on the Spirit of Adventure for women between the ages of 15 to 18. It is open to residents of the Mangawhai, Tomarata, Wellsford, Kaiwaka, Maungaturoto or Waipu area. The application includes explaining how the voyage fits into personal goals and how the experience will be shared with the community. It is the fourth annual award offered by the Zonta Club of Mangawhai. Previous winners were Charlene Kahotea-Smith from Rodney College in 2013, Hayley Aldworth from Rodney College in 2012 and Leila Stephens from Otamatea High School in 2011. Info: or phoning 027 555 6636

Summerset Care


As one of the country’s leading operators of retirement villages, care is an essential part of what we do. Come along to our Care Centre Open Day to find out more about the continuum of care we offer. Our presentation at 11am will cover:

• In-home, rest home and hospital-level care options at Summerset • Costs involved and subsidy entitlements • Daily life in the Care Centre For more information about the presentation or our range of care options call 09 425 1200. You’ll find our village at 31 Mansel Drive, Warkworth.

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FREE Canada & Alaska Info. Evening Tuesday 16 September 5.30pm

•Cruising - large & small ship •Rail Journeys •Touring •Self Drive •Taylor Made Independent Holidays Guest speakers from Adventure World & Holland America Line. Exclusive Deals. Spot prizes. Light refreshments.

RSVP by 12 September. Numbers are limited.

World Travellers Warkworth

Sailability Auckland competitors race for the top mark. The boats are unsinkable, even when filled with water and cannot be capsized, due to the heavily weighted drop-keel.

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Sailability base extends north 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 in Rodney. 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 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.

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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 who are supported by Sailability Auckland face varying challenges. 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 will hold a celebrity charity dinner in aid of Sailability Auckland, with Harold Bennett as the celebrity speaker. The dinner will be held at the Gulf Harbour Country Club on November 8. Info: look for the Rotary Club of Whangaparaoa on Facebook.


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Warkworth Birth Centre

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Breast Feeding Support Group Wednesday 1st October @ 10am ALL MOTHERS WELCOME

FREE pregnancy tests Prenatal classes, birth venue & post-natal stay Own room in peaceful rural surroundings Excellent equipment and atmosphere Water birth a speciality Our friendly helpful postnatal staff at the birthing centre Midwives on call at all times, and as backup for your caregiver (LMC) For further information talk to your  Full post-natal hospital stay LMC/Midwife or Warkworth Birth Centre  24 hour Registered Midwives/Nurses to care for you and your baby  You can transfer from your birth hospital within Phone 09 425 8201 12 hours of normal birth or 24 hours following a Caesarian      

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Kowhai Laundry

with Chocolate Brown Send your nominations to

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Congratulations to Linda Gribble, a music teacher at Warkworth Primary School, who is the recipient of a gift basket from Chocolate Brown. Linda was nominated by Moira and Bob Dye, who wrote:

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Hours - Mon-Fri 8am-5pm • Sat 9am-1pm 13 Neville St, Warkworth Phone 09 425 9775

We would like to nominate Linda Gribble for your chocolate hamper. She is a music teacher at the Primary School, but the work she puts in with the local Kiribati children far and beyond school hours, is amazing. As you recently reported, during the holidays she took a group to entertain the patients at the Warkworth hospital, then took the children home for lunch and followed this with an outing to the cinema. Linda also does a magnificent job conducting the massed school choir at the Christmas Carol Service in Lucy Moore Park every year. The hamper would be a well-deserved reward.

Milford Eye Clinic Warkworth Branch

Affiliated Southern Cross Healthcare provider

• Dr Michael Fisk • Dr Brian Sloan • Dr Jo Koppens • Dr David Squirrell • Dr Rasha Altaie

Serving the eye needs of North Shore and Rodney for over 35 years Purpose-built eye consulting rooms in Warkworth. Surgery available at Rodney Surgical Centre or Shore Surgery, Milford, as appropriate. For your convenience consultations available at Milford, Red Beach and Warkworth.

• Milford Eye Clinic, 181 Shakespeare Road, Milford • Coastcare, Red Beach Shopping Centre, Red Beach • Warkworth, Unit 3, Warkworth Health Centre, Cnr Alnwick & Percy Streets, Warkworth

For all appointments phone 09 422 6871



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Tom is back This is your opportunity to try out the hairstudio for an exclusive price! Colour, Conditioning treatment, Cut & Blowwave for


Conditions apply: colour to be block or top head foils. Appointments to be made on Wednesday with Tom & Bianca. New Clients only. Expires 1st October.

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Know someone who deserves a big “thank you” for their community spirit? Tell us and they will receive acknowledgement in Mahurangi Matters and an amazing hamper from Chocolate Brown, 6 Mill Lane, Warkworth. Send your nominations to (subject line: Sweet Appreciation) or post to: Sweet Appreciation, Mahurangi Matters, PO Box 701, Warkworth.

Cafe / Chocolaterie / Gifts Phone 09 422 2677 No 6 Mill Lane, Warkworth

Citizens Advice Bureau Wellsford

Warkworth Satellite Service

A hive of information For free confidential and impartial information, advice, advocacy and support, come in and talk to us. Our services cover from Puhoi to the Brynderwyns and Coast to Coast.

Wellsford Community Centre

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

Queen Street, Warkworth

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

09 423 7333 or 0800 367 222 • •


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25% off Sapphire Jewellery September’s Birthstone

18 Neville St, Warkworth (opp Local Matters) • 09 425 7404

CONGRATULATIONS to... United Autos office manager Nicole Dunn presented prizes to colouring competition winners, from left, Ben Bliss, Jack Anderson and Nicholas Maric.

Racing colours win IT prizes Snells Beach pupil Jack Anderson won an iPod Nano in a colouring competition run by United Autos in Warkworth recently. As part of his prize, United Autos will also sponsor sports team uniforms for the school. Warkworth pupil Ben Bliss and Matakana pupil Nicholas Maric

both won an iPod shuffle for their entries, which were judged to be the best from their respective schools. Snells Beach pupils Brooke and Lewis Savage also won treats from Chocolate Brown for their brother-sister entry. The competition drew more than 100 entries from three schools.

Health care address to Probus Integrated health care was the subject of speakers Eugene Sims and Richard Moon, from Warkworth Natural Therapies, when they addressed Warkworth Men’s Probus Club last month. They said that their practice was made up of a range of therapists with a variety of skills who were working together to ‘close the circle’ of healthcare, enabling patients to get well and stay well. For further information about Probus, phone Bill Speed on 425 8414.

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We have specialist training in the following : • Neck & back care • Chronic headache • Post cancer rehabilitation • Breathing disorders • Pilates one on one/classes


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By The Village Bookshop, Matakana

Tumbledown Manner by Helen Brown Life seems to be going well for Lisa Trumperton. At a surprise birthday party, put on by her Wall Street Trader husband, she is happily celebrating with friends and family, when a shock discovery stops her in her tracks. The deadline for her new novel is looming, her daughter has become distant and troubled, her husband has taken off with a woman from his work, and life in America seems empty and lonely. She makes a quick escape back to Australia, where she hopes to spend some time with her son and put her broken marriage behind her. Determined to be adventurous and stretch her comfort zone, she turns her back on a tidy, charmless townhouse that her sister is trying to talk her into buying, and instead buys a grand old country house that once belonged to her great grandfather. But Trumperton Manor has seen better days, crumbling, filthy, in great need of restoration, and according to local gossip, haunted. With help from her son and his friends, the local and very hot handyman, the grey power work team, a wild one-eyed cat with attitude and an injured cockatoo, the manor and Lisa, slowly come back to life. When a raging fire destroys the nearby countryside and nearly the manor, Lisa thinks of selling and moving into that tidy little townhouse. But when the community rallies around, Lisa realises that she is never going to abandon the manor, her new friends, her pets or Mr overly friendly Handyman. Helen Brown grew up in New Zealand and was a popular magazine columnist. Her memoirs Cleo and After Cleo are bestsellers and Cleo is currently being made into a film. She currently lives in Melbourne but is coming to Matakana on Thursday September 11 to do an event with The Village Bookshop at 7pm in the Paradiso Theatre, Matakana Cinemas. Tickets are $5 and are available from The Village Bookshop. This is sure to be an entertaining evening, so don’t miss out!

Book Giveaways

The Village Bookshop, Matakana, is giving away these books. Just write the name of the book you would like to win on the back of an envelope, along with your name and daytime contact phone number, and post to Book Competition, Mahurangi Matters, PO Box 701, Warkworth or send us a message Facebook/mahurangimatters with the name of the book in the subject line. Competition closes September 19.

Fire Island

by Jenni Frances Jenni lives in Matakana and is heavily involved in many community activities. This is her second children’s book and is a story about a young girl’s courage in the face of bullying. Keri Walker is 12 and is being consistently bullied by ‘The Gang Of Five’. Her mother’s advice encourages her to walk away from any sort of drama and Keri is hoping this will help. However, on school camp, things start to escalate. The camp is on an island with lots of new and exciting activities and Keri is loving the challenges these pose, but when the bullies start to push her too hard and there’s nowhere to escape to, Keri has to decide whether to play it safe, or stand up for herself. There are many interesting scenarios in the story and some will be familiar to the reader. Teachers don’t always see the full story behind children’s actions and it can be hard for children to make the right decisions under this kind of pressure. This is an excellent story that will appeal to girls from the age of nine and will hopefully encourage a dialogue between children and parents on the topic of bullying behaviour and tactics and mechanisms to deal with it.

Dessert wine wine & & Dessert cupcake tasting tasting cupcake Wednesday 10th of September, 8pm

Budburst Celebration We invite you to an intimate wine & music event at the vineyard.

The Vintry and Amazing Cakes and Desserts $25 • Bookings essential

Striking new talent, mezzo soprano

Grace Neale

with accompanist Liam Wooding Presents “Frauenliebe und Leben” A Woman’s Life & Love a song cycle by Robert Schumann.

Sunday 28 September at 1pm Combined with delicious, warm platters from the winery kitchen. COVER CHARGE OF $15 PER PERSON PLUS CASH BAR | BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL. TO RESERVE A TABLE PHONE 425 8862 OR EMAIL:


Napier author visits Mahurangi Like many authors Charity Norman has drawn from her life experience to create her imaginary worlds and characters. But after more than a decade as a full-time writer and mum, with her children getting ready to leave the nest, Charity says she’s trying to create new experiences and stories. The Napier based author will talk about her work and inspiration at Warkworth Library on September 19. It’s easy to understand how her rich early experiences and life has inspired her work. Born in Uganda, as the seventh child of missionary parents, Charity was raised in English vicarages in Yorkshire and Birmingham. She met her New Zealand husband Tim and they lived in the UK while she practised as a barrister, specialising in criminal and family law, for 15 years. Tim was the house husband and Charity says her three children remember her from this time as a “posh woman in a black suit, who ran in and out of the house, shouting.” In 2002, when her youngest child was four, they decided on a role reversal and moved to Waipukuraru, in Central Hawkes Bay. The courts were replaced by chickens and sheep and Charity became a full-time writer. Her first novel, Freeing Grace, was published in 2010. It was followed by Second Chances (After the Fall in the UK) and The Son-in-Law. Second Chances is about a family that moves from London to Hawkes Bay, a fresh start which goes very wrong. Her novels cover topics of families, relationships, emotional upheaval and redemption. Charity says she’s tried to create a completely new world for her latest novel, The New Woman (a working title), due to be published next year. It’s about a man in his 50s who struggles with his desire to be a woman. Charity says the story is about families dealing with change when they discover a husband, father or son is not who they thought they were.

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The 2nd annual Warkworth RSA

Talent Quest & Karaoke 2 Separate Competitions


2014 Held over the 4 Saturdays of October 2014

Over $3,000 value in prizes

Charity Norman

While the story was inspired by her more recent life experience, specifically working on a helpline with a transgender friend, it also harks back once again to her early life experience. Her father was friends with the famous travel writer Jan Morris, who was born James Morris. Charity says she grew up surrounded by eccentric people and would join in to hear all kinds of stories at selfhelp groups when her father was a vicar of two parishes in Birmingham. “The only thing he is intolerant of is intolerance.” Charity is visiting Mahurangi with her husband Tim as part of a fortnight long road-trip. Her children have now grown up, with only her youngest daughter, who is 16-years-old, still at home. She says her children have always accused her of borrowing from their lives for her characters, so she has promised them she’ll try not to. Charity says she trusts her readers will continue to follow her as she explores new experiences for her book. Info: Meet Charity Norman at Warkworth Library on Friday September 19, from 6pm to 8pm.

Calling Talented Singers, Musicians, Bands, Groups, Entertainers, Magicians, Comedians ENTER NOW – Post or drop in your entry to the Warkworth RSA, 28 Neville Street, Warkworth. Just $5 entry per person or act. Thanks to our generous sponsors. Your LOCAL Community Newspaper

ENTRY FORM To be eligible to enter, you must be:

• Available to perform for up to 15 minutes Saturdays between 7pm and 9pm from October 4th to October 25th 2014 (Finals night) • Provide and be responsible for your own gear/equipment (microphone and speaker available)

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Andrea Hinchco, Taste The Kitchen Shop

Vege subterfuge

Exquisite stationery Writing Accessories ~ Unique Gifts 2 matakana valley rd matakana t: 09 422 9748 f: 09 422 9768 ponsonby store t: 09 378 8085 e:

As the mother of a macho, meat-eating, sports-mad son, I became an expert at hiding vegetables from him as he was growing up. For many parents, getting the five-plus a day into the family diet can be worrying if they have a child who just doesn’t like the vegetable that are in season. Perseverance and subterfuge will win out and eventually they will come to enjoy them all. My problem child is now in his 30s and has finally become interested in cooking. As with most male cooks, he has started out by perfecting elaborate curries and show-stopping meat dishes. He quickly realised that the weekly budget wouldn’t cope so has been asking for guidance on how to increase the vegetable content and decrease the costs. It has been most enjoyable researching and digging out a lot of my old recipes and I had forgotten just how sneaky I had been at making sure he had his vegetable intake. This one was a favourite and is suitable for brunch or as a lunchbox filler.

Carrot and Zucchini Muffins

Makes 12

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Two Weeks only until 14th September


Kitchenaid Food Processors

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• 1 cup flour • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon • ¼ teaspoon salt • 1 teaspoon baking soda • 3 tablespoons butter, melted and cooled • ½ cup brown rice malt syrup (or honey) • 1 large egg, beaten • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract • 1 cup finely grated zucchini • ½ cup finely grated carrot • ½ cup raisins Preheat oven to 180°C, place rack in the centre of the oven and grease a 24 cup mini or 12 cup standard muffin tray. Thoroughly combine the flour, cinnamon, salt and baking soda in a mixing bowl. Mix together the butter, syrup (or honey), egg and vanilla extract in a large mixing bowl. Add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients and stir together until just barely combined. Gently stir in the zucchini, carrot and raisins until just distributed. Fill each cup in the mini muffin pan to approximately ¾ full. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the centre of a muffin comes out clean.


40% off and

the local vocals choir inc. present

a Celtic themed community singing workshop

Knives 16 Mill Lane, Warkworth

09 425 0302

“I strongly believe the supportive environment of a community choir allows us to find our voices again, and enjoy the freedom to express ourselves through song.”


Carol Shortis

direct from Wellington

weekend of

Sept 20th & 21st

Old Masonic Hall, Warkworth 9.30am till 4.30pm

Subsidised cost $60. All welcome, No prior experience necessary

further info. ph.423 7740 or:

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Steak, Salad & Chips


184 184 Rodney Rodney St St ••Wellsford Wellsford •• 09 09 423 423 8046 8046

Warkworth Music

presents one of this country’s finest pianists

STEPHEN DE PLEDGE ‘Tell me the truth about love…’

Stephen De Pledge’s repertoire is far reaching, from music of the 17th to 21st centuries.

Solo pianist performance Accomplished New Zealand pianist Stephen De Pledge comes to Warkworth on Sunday September 14 to perform at Mahurangi College. Hosted by Warkworth Music, his solo programme is inspired by WH Auden’s poem, ‘O Tell Me the Truth about Love’. With a diverse performing schedule as a soloist, chamber musician and song accompanist, Stephen’s repertoire is far reaching, from music of the 17th to 21st centuries. He is an advocate for contemporary music, playing world premiere performances of many works. On this tour Stephen will present a new work by Anthony Ritchie, ‘Touched’. His solo programme follows a Chamber Music New Zealand tour, with the Michael Hill International Violin Competition winner Nikki Chooi, earlier this year. After his career was launched with a Gold Medal from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, and the NFMS Young Concert Artists’ Award, Stephen’s

solo performances have taken him throughout the world. He has given five solo recitals at Wigmore Hall in the UK and performances in Hong Kong, Italy, France, Singapore, Japan, Australia and the USA. His solo programme in Warkworth is bookended with Granados’ lush and charming work Los Requiebros and Debussy’s reaction to the 18th century French painter Watteau’s work ‘The Embarkation for Cythera’. Cythera was the legendary birthplace of Venus, Goddess of Love. Schumann composed ‘Kinderszenen, Scenes from Childhood’ during the spring of 1838 to get through a difficult period of separation from his fiancée. Strauss and Wagner were no strangers to writing about love. Isolde’s great closing scene is one of the most transcendental of all love songs. The concert at Mahurangi College hall starts at 4pm and tickets are available at the door – adults $30 and students free. Info: Phone 425 7015



SUNDAY 14th September at 4pm At Mahurangi College, Warkworth

Adults $30 • Students Free • Info. Ph 425 7313 or 425 7015

Flavour of the month

Jaffa Gelato


scoop Fathers 3icecream for the Day price of Special 1 scoop



Winter hours: Friday-Sunday 10am-4pm

Summer hours start: Monday 15th September • 9am-5pm • 7 Days 17 Sharp Rd, Matakana • Ph 422 7942 •

Plume, the vineyard restaurant, Matakana is a must visit destination on any Matakana wine or food journey. Plume also provides a spectacular setting for all couples taking that next step in their journey together or even a special event. Your day will benefit from the special atmosphere we have created. Plume, proudly the house of Runner Duck Wines.

For current opening hours please call or visit 49a Sharp Road | Ph: 09 422 7915 |


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September 3, 2014

The Nomad

There is room for 30 stalls at the Warkworth Artisan Market.

Artisan market call for crafty creations A local market, that started as a crafty idea between talented mothers, is calling for more local creatives to join their quarterly market in Warkworth. Organiser Kathy Roscoe says the idea for the market first came about two years ago when a group of mothers were admiring each other’s talents and wanted an outlet to sell their creations. “It’s amazing the number of people making things and the level of talent out there,” Kathy says. For the next market this month they are rebranding as the Warkworth Artisan Market, as it was formerly called the Home, Body and Beauty Market. “The new name is less of a mouthful and represents what we are about, people who are skilled at what

they are making.” Kathy sells alpaca yarn, knitting packs and her hand knitted babies clothes, sourced from her alpaca farm Gumtree Gully in Warkworth. Co-organiser Brenda Howson sells her Zealous designer kids clothing and ladies bags, which she makes from her home in Snells Beach. They have room for 30 stalls at each market, held at the Masonic Hall in Baxter Street, and are looking for more people with local, homemade and New Zealand sourced wares. They are also encouraging the community to come along to the upcoming market, on September 13, from 9am to 1pm, to help support the makers and the market. Info:

The Nomad’s winter tour stops at Leigh Sawmill New Zealand bass music pioneer The Nomad, aka DJ and producer Daimon Schwalger, is stopping at Leigh Sawmill on September 12 as part of his winter tour. The road trip around New Zealand comes off the back of his seventh album release, the suitably titled ‘7’. The first single from the album, Brok Out was picked up by alternative radio, topping the charts on RDU, with the album release following in July. The 10 stop tour started in August in the South Island, where he is based, and ends with seven gigs in the North Island this month. The show at the Sawmill features The Nomad on beats, bleeps and echoes, Andy Qroniq on sax, Warp TV on live visuals, and special guest MC Lotek (UK). Info:

viewonline Hear The Nomad album 7 sampler

NEW ITALIAN MENU STARTING 27th OF SEPTEMBER BOOK YOUR TABLE NOW FOR LUNCH OR DINNER 480 Matakana Rd Matakana (09) 422 9601 Open 7 days Dinner Thurs -Sun


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Coaching is the key Playing sport is an important part of growing up in New Zealand, in fact almost all young New Zealanders participate in some form of sport and recreation. Questions we often ask are what are the key factors that encourage young people to participate in sport and what factors or barriers prevent them? There are a variety of factors highlighted – young people play sport to have fun, for enjoyment, to socialise, to get fit, develop skills, establish identity and balance the demands of academic work. Barriers to participation include the competitive nature of secondary school sport, poor or non-existent coaching, concern about ability, influence of friends, family, lack of time, need to travel, poor or inappropriate competition and the costs associated with playing. Given the feedback above that poor or non-existent coaching is a barrier to participation, I would like to point out the very positive impact coaching can have on people who play sport. There is significant evidence and research from the UK to support the belief that competent coaching can help bring people into sport, enhance their enjoyment, increase how often they play and the likelihood of them staying involved. The research also found that adults and young people at all levels have experienced the positive impacts of coaching, from beginner to competitive levels, right the way through to national and international standard athletes. This makes sense, if you think of the impact your coaches had on you growing up. So, given these facts, why don’t we, our clubs and schools, ensure our coaches do a good job? A major problem at primary and secondary schools, and for clubs in our region is that often we can’t find enough coaches. Consequently, we tend to take anyone, even if their skills are limited. This could, in fact, be reducing the numbers that participate and the quality of their experience. To be a good coach is a skill in itself and the ability to coach a skill is only one part of it. How you engage young people, build interpersonal relationships, address players’ perceptions and make behavioural change are all integral components of being a coach. So where does a volunteer coach get these skills and who supports them? It is important for all schools and clubs to have a coach development plan in place. Indeed, this is critical because, as we have seen above, coaches are a ‘key enabler’ to participation and quality coaches improve the experience of athletes and they improve the retention of athletes. For further information, contact coaching manager David Keelty at Harbour Sport: www.harboursport.

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Ryan Torckler (Y7) and Lukas Vikstrand (Y9) both gained High Distinction in the recent ICAS Science exams, placing them in the top 1% internationally. A further 17 of our students gained Distinction for being placed in the next 10%.

Whaia te iti Kahurangi, our Maori Achievement Evening, was held on Tuesday 19th August in Dear Parents and Guardians the school auditorium. The guest speaker was Hayley Schiscka who was a House Prefect in Tena Koutou Katoa 2004 when she was also a leader in our Kapahaka Congratulations to our Deputy Head Girl, and involved in many sporting activities. Hayley Rose Gannaway, for winning the Zone has since completed her degree, learnt Te Reo and is currently Championships for the employed by Auckland Lions Young Health Board and Ambassadors working towards her Competition. She Masters in Business will now represent Administration. She our zone at the spoke of how she Northern District applied the skills Finals in October and determination this year. Rose she developed from spoke about the sporting involvements little known role and into other areas of her plight of horses in dors life. assa Amb g Youn Lions the in World War 1. Our ict finalists The Rodney Distr

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Competition with the thanks to Mr Cave The school has Gannaway, is third from left. winner, our Deputy Head Girl, Rose The for organising and voluntary BYOD compering the event (Bring Your Own Device) so on behalf of the Rodney District Lions Club students at all levels are allowed to bring any and to Mark Mitchell (MP for Rodney), Murray device to school and log onto the school internet Chapman (Warkworth Toastmasters) and system, provided they have signed our Board Burnette O’Connor (Company Director) for approved Digital Citizenship Policy. In the Junior judging the contest. School however, from 2015, iPads are the “highly Congratulations also to our Head Girl, recommended” device. Not all students have Alana Hathaway, for winning the Northern access to the internet at home, so much of the District Rotary Speech Competition with her teaching in Year 7/8 is Apps based rather than passionate speech about the plight of modern Web based, and our staff have found the Apple day people held in Apps to be more stable. Students at this age various forms of also seem to enjoy the touch screen technology. slavery and what Various affordability options have been made we can do about available to families, contact exec@mahurangi. It is still very important it.

Congratulations to all our Senior students, and in particular to our Head Prefects and Mrs Newlove, on another very enjoyable and successful school ball. Photos can be King & Queen of the School Ball viewed and downloaded for free from the website: http:// .

Term 3 Week 7

• Hockey & Netball Winter Tournament week

Monday September 1

• L1-3 Solo Music Performances • L2/3 Drama Evening Performance • Student Rep BoT Nominations Open

Tuesday September 2

• L1-3 Solo Music Performances • L2/3 Drama Evening Performance

Wednesday September 3

• Yr 8 Science Fair Display - Hall

Thursday September 4

• Yr 11-13 Parent/Teacher Evening

Thursday September 4 - 7

• Underwater Hockey Nationals - Rotorua

Friday September 5

• Teacher Only Day • Student Rep BoT Nominations close

Tuesday September 9

• Yr 6 Enrol 2.00pm - 6.30pm • Student Rep BoT Candidates speak at assembly

Wednesday September 10

• Yr 6 Enrolments 2.00pm - 6.30pm

Friday September 12

• Senior Exams Begin • Touch Nationals Fundraising Night

Tuesday September 23

• Hockey Prize Giving Evening - Hall

Wednesday September 24

• Yr 9 10 Graduation print out to parents • Pasifika Celebration Evening 6.30pm - 8.00pm

Thursday September 25

• Sports Photos - all day • Netball Prize Giving Evening - Hall

Friday September 26 • End of Term

that all students learn and maintain the ability to handwrite quickly and legibly because, to ensure authenticity, all NCEA Senior External examinations are still handwritten. On Monday 17th August, Darren Pereira presented his Shape Your Destiny programme to our Year 11 students, guiding and supporting them as they thought about their own aptitudes and interests, set goals for their future and developed actions plans to help them get there. From the feedback, all our Year 11 students enjoyed the day and found it extremely helpful so we will continue with this programme in the future.

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This year the Mediators are running a program called ‘Stand.’ The program has the support of the staff and has been introduced through the house and school assemblies. Junior and Middle school students have been given the opportunity to sign a pledge against bullying in the form of an acronym of the word ‘RESPECT’. Once students have signed the pledge they receive a badge with the word STAND that acknowledges their agreement to stand up against and not partake in bullying.

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Year 7 & 8 North Harbour Cross Country Championships Our team of runners competed successfully in these Championships help on 12 August at Onepoto Domain, Northcote. The rain cleared but the runners faced very heavy conditions underfoot. There were big fields of runners representing the major North Harbour Intermediate Schools. Katherine Rowe and Shona Illingworth ran aggressively in the Yr 7 Girls race and led the field most of the way to finish 2nd and 3rd respectively. Lucy Rowe in Yr 8 ran a very well judged race to take over the lead at the three quarter mark to finish strongly in 1st place. Many others ran fine races with George

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Emily Martin (Year 8) treated us to her rendition of “I see Fire” by Ed Sheeran and Aurelia Torkington brought some American folk music along with “Eli the Barrow Boy” by The Decemberists. We were joined by brother-sister duo Alex (Year 7) and Nicole Bindon (Year 12) for this concert, singing a delightful version of “Lucky” by Jason Mraz and Jenny Eirena, the Choir’s Director, performed a comic piece called “The Alto’s Lament”. All in all it was a lovely event. Jenny Eirena, Music Teacher

Mahurangi College Sport page on Facebook Just a reminder to everyone that we have the Mahurangi College Sport page on Facebook, which everyone in the Community is able to add/view us on. We are posting on there regularly with sport information and photos. We encourage you all to join us and keep up to date with Sports within our school. If there is anything that you would like posted, please feel free to get in touch with Sports Coordinators, Sandra & Angela on 09 425 8039 Ext 726, and they will be happy to help!

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D’Urban-Burgess finishing 11th in Yr 8 Boys and Davina Jones 13th in Yr 8 Girls. A number of these runners qualify for selection to run next month in the Greater Auckland Yr 7 & 8 Championships.. Les Cave

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The Mahurangi College Junior Choir had the pleasure of performing for the residents of Summerset Village on July 24th this year. We walked to the picturesque venue, surviving a torrential downpour. Needless to say we looked very washed out on arrival, but the students still managed to put on a wonderful performance, which was enjoyed by both residents and staff. The varied programme included choir pieces, solos and a duet. The choir performed “Pompeii” by Bastille, “Let it Go” from Frozen, “Dumb ways to Die” a comic piece known well by most kids! and “Wind of the Western Sea” a beautiful 3 part piece with text by Tennyson and Girls’ Mobile App Develo music by Bradley pment Course Ellingbone.


The program has been very successful with a large majority of students enthusiastically signing up. Each day more students are signing the pledge and joining the program. We feel confident that this program will assist in reducing bullying and indicate to potential bullies that they are in the minority. With so many students showing their support, students learn that working together with a common goal can achieve success.

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The Peer Mediation program at Mahurangi College has been up and running successfully all term. This program runs all year long and involves a team of twenty-four Year 12 students who are rostered to monitor the Year 7 and 8 area at lunchtime, keeping an eye on the students play and interacting with them in order to form a strong relationship between the Senior and Junior schools. One pair walks around while the other stays in one of the Year 7 classrooms which is open for any Year 7’s and 8’s with an issue they want to talk about or if they just want someone to hang out with. The Year 12’s also run mediations for any recurring problems between two students that want a safe and relaxed environment to discuss any issues.


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• NCEA Level 2 with Merit • Maori Senior Student of the Year Award (Te Tohu Whetu) • House Leader & Peer Support Leader • Senior Girls Touch Rugby (NZ Rep) • Co-Director Stage Challenge • Performing Arts Academy


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Netball Rodney Jubilee Opening March. Photos by Sarah Wells.

Rodney netballers reunite for Jubilee anniversary. The weekend also included a senior’s semifinal night, a Jubilee Opening March, a junior competition and a Jubilee dinner. Many past and present members attended, including current Tactix player Jessica Moulds who spoke about her fond memories of starting out with Otamatea. There were two cake-cutting ceremonies. One during the junior competition on Saturday with the oldest life member, 90-year-old Annie Oldfield, and her great-grand-daughter, six-year-old junior player Mackenzie Oldfield. At the Jubilee dinner, the cake was cut by players from the first netball team, Gaylene Jones and Jennifer Ferguson.

Netball Rodney took out the Oldfield Shield last month, topping off a weekend of Jubilee celebrations. It is the first time since 2006 the club has won the shield, an annual competition against neighbouring associations. The 2014 shield holders Northern Wairoa came in only one point behind Rodney’s 24, followed by Hibiscus Coast and Kaipara. “It was very appropriate that we won the Oldfield Shield on our birthday, it was a perfect end to a great weekend,” association president Lynette Gubb says. Mrs Elsie Oldfield, who was co-president when the original Rodney Basketball Sub Association formed, donated the shield in 1964. Five of her relatives presented it on the last day of a weekend of celebrations marking Netball Rodney’s 50th





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Snells Beach Garden Circle Spring Flower Show, Mahurangi Community Centre, Snells Beach, from 1pm-3.30pm. Free entry. Supporting Hospice and Warkworth Homebuilders. Info: 425 5717 6 Ahuroa Spring Ball, Ahuroa Community Hall, 7.30pm till late. Info: Angela 422 4950 or Fiona 021 425487 (see story p16) 8 Warkworth Genealogy Society monthly meeting 10am-noon, Shoesmith Hall, Shoesmith Street. Shared lunch. 11 Author’s talk - Helen Brown, The Village Bookshop, Matakana (see book reviews p50) 11-14 Paparoa Primary School Possum Purge. Registration $10. (See story p43) 12 Snells Beach Kindergarten 70s themed trivia night at the Salty Dog, 7.30pm. Tickets $15. Info: 425 6330 (see story p11) 12 The Nomad, Leigh Sawmill (see story p54) 13 Spring Market, Wellsford Library, Port Albert Road, organised by Friends of the Wellsford Library, from 9.30am-12.30pm. Stalls $5; bring your own table. Info: 13 Warkworth Artisan Market (ex Home Body Beauty Market), Masonic Hall, 3 Baxter St. 9am-1pm (see story p54) 13 Three-time Australian golden guitar winner, Michael Fix plays at the Matakana Village Pub 13 Spring Market Day - Friends of the Wellsford Library, Wellsford Library, Port Albert Road, 9.30am-12.30pm, stalls $5, bring your own table. Contact 14 Omaha Community Beach Clean, hosted by Saltwater Eco, in association with Keep NZ Beautiful Week. Meet at 10am. Info: at 14 Warkworth Town Hall fundraising launch, 2pm-3.30pm (see story p4) 14 Matakana Branch Pony Club enrolment day, 11am-1pm, Matakana Diamond Jubilee Park. There will be a sausage sizzle and a buy-sell-swap table. Riders without horses programme available. Info: Birgit 021 910 145 14 Stephen De Pledge, hosted by Warkworth Music, Mahurangi College, 4pm (see story & ad p53) 18 Forest & Bird Winter Talk, Totara Park, Warkworth, starts at 7.30pm. Guest speaker Alison Staines, of TOSSI 19 Meet author Charity Norman at Warkworth Library, from 6pm8pm (see story page 51) 19 Suffrage Day Breakfast, Zonta Club of Mangawhai, Waipu Golf Club, from 9am. Jill Mutch and Sarah Shaw will be giving speeches at 10am. 19 The Beehive Childcare Centre are hosting a Prince & Princess Ball, 5.30pm-7.30pm, at Lifeway Campus, Info: Sally 425 4305 (see brief p11) 20 General Election (see feature p31) 20&21 Local Vocals singing workshop (see ad p52) 21 NZ Fairy Tern Trust’s AGM, Senior Citizens’ Hall, Fagan Place, Mangawhai Heads at 2pm. Address by Nigel Miller, Dept of Conservation. Enquiries to 28 Budburst Celebration, Ransom Wines (see ad p50) 29-Oct 3 Kids Holiday Programme for years 1-6. Donation $2 per morning. Info: Ann Cates 425 0966 29-Oct 12 Entries into the Warkworth Plunket Baby Photo Competition display at Warkworth New World where the public can vote for their favourite photo. Entries close Sept 26 (see story p46)

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Under 19 rugby victory savoured at prizegiving

A winning combination … from left, Mahurangi Club president Dave Moore, with Under 19s coach John McKittrick, captain James Wyatt, assistant coach Bernie Kose and manager Bruce Stubbs. Top right, Mahurangi Premiers captain Cullen Venter was awarded trophies for Best Forward and Most Valuable Player at the prizegiving. Bottom right, Connor Lawson was awarded Best Team Man and Top Point Scorer for the Premiers.

After the Mahurangi Under 19s rugby team made history last month, winning the club’s first championship ever, an under 21s team is being developed to keep momentum behind the star players. Assistant coach Bernie Kose says the victory signals a bright future for the club. “Our prime objective was always to develop players’ skills and produce players who can carry-on and play premier rugby for Mahu,” Bernie says. The club is unlikely to field an under 19s team next year, but school leavers will be able to play for the under 21s, he says. The club is also looking to field

an Under 85kg team next season. At the club’s prizegiving night, Koen McGee and Rei Harris were announced as coaches for the premier teams next year, while Bernie Kose and Bruce Stubbs will coach the Under 21s team, with John McKettrick assisting depending on his international coaching schedule. The Mahurangi Rugby Club award winners were: Under 19s: Best Team Man – J. Topia and D. Sandford; Coaches Award – J. Wyatt; Team Commitment – S. Fabricius; Most Improved – J. Nathan; Best Forward – J. Riggall; Best Back – S. Fabricius; Most Points – B. Moka.

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Senior Firsts: Best Team Man – E. Farrand and C. Jones; Most Improved – T. Rodgers; Most Unfortunate – E. Farrand; Sportsmanship Award – T. Winterbottom; Most Valuable – W. Cornall. Premiers: Most Improved – J. Roberts; Best Forward – C. Venter; Best Back – L. Thomas; Best Team Man – C. Lawson; Top Try Scorer – T. Vosailagi; Top Points Scorer – L. Thomas; Players’ Player of the Year – J. Roberts; Most Valuable Player – C. Venter. Club: Club Person of the Year – S. and K. Ryburn; Team Joker – J. Oakwood; Dick of the Year – B. Stubbs and C. Venter.

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